FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
ARRIVED
I've been doing a lot of traveling over the past several weeks: Buffalo, MN to teach a workshop for a transitional ministries conference; the Synod meeting in the Twin Cities area; and a fun trip with my sisters.  In two weeks, I will join mid-council leaders from across the denomination in Baltimore for training and mutual sharing about how to best serve our presbyteries and congregations.  My trusty companion for all of this has been ... ( READ MORE ) .

PRESBYTERY PULSE
SEPTEMBER 25th PRESBYTERY GATHERING RECAP
Thank you Good Shepherd Trinity Church for hosting the September 25th Presbytery Gathering.  We had an excellent time learning about and discussing the educational inequities for children of color with Dr. Bettina Love and being in communion with one another.
PRESBYTERY HIGHLIGHTS
Weren't able to make it to the last Presbytery Gathering but interested in the good work happening in the Presbytery?  Check out the Presbytery Highlights, a one-page synopsis of the September 25, 2019 Presbytery Gathering.
SPECIAL BEHIND-THE-SCENES PRESBYTERY TOUR  
America's Black Holocaust Museum 
Sunday, October 13
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
401 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53212
 
~ Light refreshments provided ~
 
For members of the Presbytery of Milwaukee: Get a sneak peak into America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) before it reopens to the public. Reggie Jackson, ABHM's Head Griot (Storyteller), will provide an-depth presentation and Q&A on the museum's history and mission, Dr. James Cameron, and the museum's goal of promoting racial repair, healing, and reconciliation. Mr. Jackson will then lead a tour of the museum. Click for more information and to REGISTER
CONGRATULATIONS TO CARROLL UNIVERSITY
The recently published U.S. News and World Report's "2020 Best Colleges" ranking list included included seven Presbyterian colleges and universities within the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, including Carroll University!  Find the whole list of "2020 Best Colleges" here.
SAN JOSE & SANTA MARIA PARISH'S BILINGUAL NEWSLETTER
Please find exciting news of the ministries at San Jose and Santa Maria Parish in their newsletter, Notas de Gracia.   
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
'STUDY 7 DEVOTIONAL GUIDE' ON THE UN'S SUSTAINABLE 
DEVELOPMENT GOALS EXPANDED
The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations has expanded its Study & Devotional Guide on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.  In addition to snapshot into each of the goals through the lens of Matthew 25, the second edition of the guide also includes biblical reflections from mission co-workers and global partners serving around the world.
HELPING CHURCHES TALK ABOUT RACISM
If you are in one of the many predominantly-white Presbyterian congregations across the PC(USA), chances are that racism isn't a topic that gets addressed from the pulpit unless there's a major news event of a hate crime.  Many people avoid talking about racism for a number of reasons: worry that they will say the wrong thing, the belief that avoiding the subject will make race less significant, or the fear of creating conflict in the church.
On Tuesday, October 29th at 1:00 p.m. (CST) Presbyterian Outlook will host  Helping Churches Talk About Racism, a 90-minute webinar designed to help congregations start having meaningful conversations about race.   Find out more about the webinar and purchasing details here.  
MINISTER SURVEY 2019 (WITHIN CALL TO HEALTH)

How do ministers fulfill their call?  Who are they?  What did they learn in Seminary?  How do changes in the life of the church and in society as a whole affect the emotional and physical well-being of a minister?  If you are a PC(USA) minister, join the denomination wide effort to understand these questions and more by taking the 2019 Minister Survey.
REGARDING RULING ELDERS: 
A MONTHLY SERIES FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERS
 
Olanda Carr has written the most recent installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource of the Office of the General Assembly.
GIVING TUESDAY WEBINAR
 
Giving Tuesday is a day designed for online giving.  It follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the days after Thanksgiving when hordes of shoppers head to retail centers and online shopping sites to snap up holiday deals.  This year, Giving Tuesday is December 3rd and, following suit with recent years, it will be a popular day to give support to causes you love.

Join the Presbyterian Mission Agency and Presbyterian Foundation for a free webinar on Thursday, October 10th at 12:00 p.m. (CST)  to learn how churches can use this day for supporting causes people love, too.
INVITATIONS
HERITAGE IS BACK ON THE ROAD IN NOVEMBER
For the past three years, Heritage Presbyterian Church has gone out to lead worship at other congregations to raise awareness and funds for their mission partners.  In 2019, they have partnered with The Women's Center.
Heritage's Shelter Service is a full worship service from beginning to end.  They invite your folks to sing in the choir (Heritage will provide music ahead of time) and ask for access to your sanctuary the Saturday before the service for set-up and rehearsal.  This is a Communion worship service (they will provide gluten-free bread) and a special offering will be collected for their mission partner (they will provide marked envelopes).
All of the proceeds raised go to TWC.  Available dates are November 10, 17, and 24.
If you're interested, please contact Michelle Henrichs.
SUNDAY LIFT EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP
Saturday, November 23rd, 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
All are invited to the workshop: Sunday LIFT Experience on Saturday, November 23rd, at Southminster Presbyterian Church.  The workshop will be led by Jacob Sefton and Amanda Hinthorn from GenOn Ministries.
The Sunday LIFT Experience workshop explores the concept of intergenerational ministry, and discovers why gathering multiple generations together to learn, worship, serve, and build relationships is important for faith development and church growth.  The event includes time for planning practical ways to become more intergenerational and time to experience Sunday LIFT with guidance on implementing it.  Find more information about Sunday LIFT here.
Cost: $70/person
Please contact the Rev. Dr. Christian Boyd, Pastor of Southminster, with any questions.
Southminster Presbyterian Church, 200 Richard Street, Waukesha, WI
MEDITATIVE SONG CIRCLE
Friday, October 4th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Relax...Release...Revive...Rest in snug prayer at the Tippe Faithing Community's meditative song circle on Friday, October 4th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sing or listen...let go...come!  Openness of heart and kindness await you as the spirit guides us!  Come as you are!  All are welcome!
The Meditative Song Circle is offered each first Friday of the month from October through May.  An open heart offering of $5 is appreciated.  
Tippe Faithing Community, 125 W. Saveland Avenue, Milwaukee
SPAGHETTI DINNER AT FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Saturday, October 5th, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Faith Presbyterian Church invites you to their annual spaghetti dinner catered by That's Amore on Saturday, October 5th.  Enjoy all you can eat spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert, and beverages at this affordable night out that supports the many mission projects of Faith's Deacons.  Tickets cost $11 for adults and children over 12, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 4.  Purchase tickets by contacting Lynn in the church office at 414-421-3860.
Faith Presbyterian Church, 3800 W. Rawson Avenue, Franklin, WI
SARA GROVES LIVE IN CONCERT
Saturday, October 12th, Crossroads Presbyterian Church
Over two decades and 12 albums, singer/songwriter Sara Groves has attempted to name and explore the many tensions of faith.  Sara recorded her first album, Past the Wishing, in 1998.  Since then, she has released 11 additional albums and appeared on several others.  Sara has been nominated for three Dove Awards including New artist of the Year in 2002 and Special Even Album of the Year in 2003 by the Gospel Music Association.  She was named one of the best Christian music artists of 2005 and the album, Add to Beauty, was named Album of the Year for 2005 by CCM Magazine.  She will be in concert at Crossroads Church with her band on October 12th.  
Tickets are available here and group discounts are available by contacting Steve Carpenter.
Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 6031 West Chapel Hill Road, Mequon, WI
AN EVENING WITH BESTSELLING AUTHOR JIM WALLIS
Wednesday, October 16th, 7:00 p.m.
Join Boswell Book Company and Immanuel Presbyterian Church for an evening with renowned theologian, pastor, and bestselling author Jim Wallis for an introduction to his book Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus on Wednesday evening, October 16th, at 7:00 p.m.  The event is free of charge, but participants are asked to register in advance.  The registration link includes a way to pre-order a copy of the book from Boswell for purchase at the event.  Friends and colleagues from neighboring congregations and judicatories are warmly invited to also attend.
Through his writing, Wallis hopes to offer a path to spiritual healing and solidarity, aimed to mend the divide separating Americans by addressing questions of power, truth, fear, and discipleship.  His writing applies lessons from the biblical stories to contemporary issues like race, immigration, and political discourse.
Please share this invitation widely with colleagues, congregations, church members, and friends!
Childcare will be provided for this event, if requested.  Deadline to request childcare is end of day on October 9th.
FALL CAMP REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Friday, October 25th - Sunday, October 27th at Pilgrim Center
Intergenerational Fall Camp is just around the corner and we hope you are getting excited about exploring and expressing your faith through the idea of Play.
As a reminder, Jason Santos, PC(USA) Mission Coordinator for Christian Formation, will be the keynote speaker this year and intends to explore the ways PLAY can help strengthen and expand our faith and our understanding of faith.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Individual churches call to reserve spots for the retreat (920-745-4746)
Individual churches collect fees and submit one check for their group to the Pilgrim Center on or before the event (preferred)
Each individual attendee registers through the Pilgrim Center's online platform under their church group to fill out the appropriate forms (medical, etc.) 
Fall Camp is an event hosted by the Presbytery of Winnebago, with special invitation to the Presbytery of Milwaukee.
ONLINE OPEN HOUSE AT WCC'S NEW OFFICES
The Wisconsin Council of Churches office has moved to Madison!  Recognizing that not everyone is not in Madison, the WCC has decided to host an online open house on October 7th at 12:00 p.m.  Join the WCC on Facebook Live over the lunch hour to see the new office and ask questions.  If you tune in, you will also have the opportunity to witn a copy of the 2020 Washington Island Forum speaker, Kaitlin Curtice's book Glory Happening.
WHITE FRAGILITY DISCUSSION GROUP
All are invited to attend the White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism discussion group on Wednesday mornings, from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., October 2, 16, and 30.  The discussion group will meet in the fellowship area of the First Congregational UCC in Waukesha.
Unable to make it to First Congregational UCC, but interested in participating in a White Fragility discussion group?  There are additional opportunities in Hartland, Waukesha, and Oconomowoc in October and November.
First Congregational UCC, 100 E. Broadway, Waukesha, WI
PASTORAL STUDY LEAVE PROGRAM
Established in 2005, the University of the Ozarks Pastoral Study Leave Program is a unique opportunity for Presbyterian pastors to visit the University for personal and professional development.  
During this self-guided study leave pastors can access University resources, attend classes, and engage with faculty, staff, and students.  The participant will also have the opportunity to preside over the weekly chapel service. 
Travel expenses, meals, lodging, library resources, and work space are provided in-full for participants.
HOLOCAUST STORIES AT THE CATHEDRAL
Join us as we listen to the survival stories of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center's Speakers Bureau.  This program allows community members, both teenagers and adults, an opportunity to listen to the testimonies of our local Holocaust survivors while there is still time to do so, and to recognize these unique individuals for their heroic survival of the Nazi hell and their creation of a new life on American soil.  Please view this flyer for full details about the upcoming engagements on Sunday, October 13th and Sunday, November 17th.
These events are free and open to the public.
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Atrium, 812 N. Jackson Street, Milwaukee
TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY TRAINING 
The Interim Ministry Training Institute will offer training in transitional ministry to pastors beginning in October.  This program prepares pastors for a wide range of situations including changing in pastors, change in congregation size, challenges of a new direction in ministry, and other types of movements happening today.  Students in IMTI have included settled pastors, pastors looking for a career in intentional interim ministry, and pastors exploring a succession model.  The program is ecumenical and will address the specific needs of each person's polity and position.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
DIVINE INTERVENTION ORIENTATION/TRAINING
Saturday, November 3rd, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Collaborating with 56 Faith Communities and neighborhood groups, Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church is entering its 10th season of Divine Intervention to the Homeless.  This program provides overnight prayer vigils and warming rooms during the cold Wisconsin winter from December 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020.
New Host Orientation/Training will be offered on Sunday, November 3rd, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Tippe sanctuary.  Please share this information with your community.  All are invited to come learn more about this ministry. 
Tippecanoe Church, 125 W. Saveland Avenue, Milwaukee
PRESBYTERIAN COALITION BUILDS 20TH HOME
Milwaukee Habitat's Presbyterian Coalition
Milwaukee Habitat's Presbyterian Coalition
Milwaukee area Presbyterian Churches are putting their faith into action by helping local families in need of safe, affordable housing by partnering with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity.

The coalition of Presbyterian Churches has sponsored the construction of 19 brand new safe, affordable homes in Milwaukee and this year are raising the walls to number 20.  With their support, 20 local families are building the foundation for a brighter future in a safe, stable home they can truly call their own.

The next available volunteer opportunity is October 5th!  You can also make financial donations directly to the Presbyterian Coalition.
HOT LINKS
A Year in Zambia  - YAV Emily Teerink's Blog - Relief and Development
Grapevine - Presbyterian Women's Newsletter
Keeping In Touch  - Newsletter from the Synod of Lakes and Prairies 
Life in the Labyrinth - Inspirational Website by Michelle Henrichs
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - Current Information
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Good Shepherd Trinity is a combined ELCA/PCUSA congregation.  Please see their Ministry Site Profile and direct all inquiries and interest in the position to Ann Gibbs, Associate for Ministry Vitality, Presbytery of Milwaukee.
Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee seeks  DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY MINISTRY
University Christian Ministries (UCM) seeks   COOK FOR 2019
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales

Share this information with your congregation -- bulletin inserts & bulletin board flyers available!