FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
HEAR HER
Her words haunted me, "I'm afraid they won't listen to me, and I'll die."  Her words were also foreign to me.  Why wouldn't they listen to her?  Why wouldn't the hospital staff respond appropriately?  Why would her life be at stake during the birth of her child?  Even as a mother, it was hard to understand the fear and anxiety that she felt over giving birth.

On Tuesday, October 27, at 6 pm, Nicole Farley and Mary Jessen will help us all to understand.  As one of our first webinars on the Matthew 25 topic of Medical Care, you are invited to join our Zoom webinar "Healthcare Denied"- as easy as the click of a link to register - to learn the realities of...(READ MORE)
MATTHEW 25: I WAS SICK AND YOU LOOKED AFTER ME...
HEALTHCARE DENIED: HOW THE CHURCH CAN CONFRONT RACISM
October 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Join Mary Jessen, Director of Community Benefit for Ascension Wisconsin and scholar on the topic of race, health, and healthcare, in an interview with the Rev. Nicole Farley. Learn more about disparities and actions we can take as efforts to lessen these differences. There will also be time set aside for Q&A. Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome! 
MATTHEW 25 ONLINE EVENT: 
ERADICATING SYSTEMIC POVERTY: GLOBAL ISSUES
October 28th, 1:00 p.m. cst
Where in your church can you take action to address systemic poverty on a global level? The next online Matthew 25 event, scheduled for October 28 at 1:00 p.m. Central, will lift up how to engage existing partners for this work and where potential partnerships might exist. This event will follow the model of the previous Matthew 25 events with facilitated dialogue, guest speakers, and the sharing of resources. Mark your calendars today and register here.
MEDICAL DEBT CHALLENGE
As the first Matthew 25 challenge, the Presbytery is confronting the crushing costs of medical care, especially for those living in poverty.  "Medical debt destroys the financial stability of large segments of America's most vulnerable communities: the sick, the elderly, the poor, and veterans. It also targets the middle class, driving many families who are barely getting along into poverty. Medical debt isn't the result of bad decisions. It's a debt of necessity."  [RIP Medical Debt]  By forgiving this debt, we can give those who are struggling a fresh start and help them back towards financial stability.  We can extinguish medical debt for cents on the dollar, and your Presbytery Council has already committed $1500 to do so.  We challenge congregations and individuals to join this effort.  The Presbytery will accept donations through November 6 through normal remittance channels, noting "medical debt payoff" on the form or check.  To learn more about medical debt in the time of COVID-19 and how to help extinguish it, check out this 2020 Medical Debt Summit, recorded by RIP Medical Debt on October 6.  Stories of other churches that have risen to this challenge can be found on our new Medical Care webpage.
JOIN COMMON GROUND'S COMMUNITY HEALTH VOLUNTEERS
Another way to act our your Matthew 25 commitment is by joining Common Ground's Community Health Volunteers project.  You can add to the 46 members calling COVID-positive people referred by the Milwaukee Health Department.  The phone calls are made each day for 10 days to people who are recovering at home and monitoring their health condition.  Common Ground has helped over 250 people to date.  Contact Patricia Obluck, Associate Organizer at patricia.obluck@commongroundwi.org for more information.
PRESBYTERY PULSE
SAVE THE DATE: 
ZOOM PRESBYTERY GATHERING
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Join us for the last Presbytery Gathering of 2020 on Thursday, November 12.  We will continue to meet virtually through Zoom, as we have the past two meetings.  Look for an email regarding registration information next week!
CELEBRATING THE INSTALLATION OF REV. KIM TRIMBOLI AT FOREST PARK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Dear friends of the Milwaukee Presbytery, this Sunday we celebrate the installation of Rev. Kim Trimboli at Forest Park in New Berlin.
This would usually be an announcement inviting you to come and participate; but in this time of COVID-19 and escalating cases, it is an invitation instead to participate in spirit. You are invited to lift up prayers for Kim and the Forest Park congregation at 3PM on Sunday, when a small Commission of the Presbytery and members of the congregation will be gathered for the installation. You are also invited to send notes/cards of welcome or find other creative ways to reach out to Kim and friends at Forest Park in celebration.
CHURCHES URGED TO RETURN TO PHYSICALLY DISTANCED MINISTRY
October 6, 2020 Press Release from the Wisconsin Council of Churches
As a follow up to the Governor's Executive Order and a Faith Leaders call with the Lt. Governor, the Wisconsin Council of Churches has cooperated with Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice to develop a WI Faith Leader COVID Safety Pledge, committing to safe, remote worship at this time.  Congregational faith leaders are invited to sign onto the pledge by advising the Wisconsin Council of Churches.

The Wisconsin Council of Churches recommends that churches statewide return to remote operations as the COVID-19 crisis deepens in Wisconsin. While the state Executive Order to limit indoor gatherings to 25% of building capacity exempts religious services and places of worship, and churches are free to continue operations as they have been, the ecumenical organization recommends that that they not gather in person...(READ MORE)
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN COMMON GROUND
The Presbytery voted at its last meeting to make $10,000 grants to Common Ground for the next four years in exchange for a Presbytery-wide membership for our congregations and ministers.  This introduction letter explains how you can take advantage of that membership to get involved in your communities at a grass-roots level, for positive change. 
REV. DR NEDDY ASTUDILLO RECEIVES ANNUAL ECO JUSTICE AWARD
The Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo, friend of Milwaukee Presbytery, recently received the Presbyterians for Earth Care Annual Eco Justice Award.
 
Rev. Dr. Astudillo, who now works with GreenFaith, an organization with a mission to inspire, educate, organize and mobilize people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds globally for environmental action, is a leader in the ministry of environmental justice. 


NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
IMPROVE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
The Presbyterian Communicators Network is offering a one-hour workshop for church staff and volunteers with responsibility for congregational communications.  Titled "Getting the Most out of Your Social Media Platforms," the workshop will be offered at 1 p.m. CST on Tuesday, October 27. To participate individuals may register here.
BE PART OF THE PRESBYTERIAN VOTING CAMPAIGN
Several national offices in the PC(USA) have joined together for a monthlong Presbyterian Voting Campaign to engage, educate, and motivate people to exercise their right to vote, especially those in marginalized communities.  Follow this link to find the schedule of events and resources for voter education, advocacy, PC(USA) policy, and 501(c)(3) engagement.
SDOP TO AWARD COVID-19 GRANTS
The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People was supposed to celebrate its 50th anniversary in Rochester last month.  Instead, it is using money for the event to fund grants to help low-income communities struggling with the fallout from COVID-19.  Learn more about the grants, including how to apply, here.
REGARDING RULING ELDERS:
A MONTHLY SERIES FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERS

A Vulnerable Pray-er
Jerrod B. Lowry has written the most recent installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource of the Office of the General Assembly.

ANYTHING BUT COVID-19 NEWS
BOY SLEEPS IN TENT FOR MONTHS IN MEMORY OF FRIENDS
A 10-year-old boy has been sleeping outside in a tent for more than 200 days in memory of two family friends.
Max Woosey, from Braunton, was inspired to sleep out every night in a tent left to him by his friend and neighbour Rick, who died in February.  Rick, who was 74, told Max "promise me you'll have an adventure in here", before...(read more
GIANT 2,000-YEAR-OLD CAT ETCHED INTO HILLSIDE IN PERU
Located in a desert in southern Peru, Nazca Lines is an incredible triumph that shows the creativity of prehistoric tribes. The collection of geoglyphs-large designs-made in the soil date from 500 BCE to 500 CE and new work is constantly being uncovered. In fact, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture just unveiled the discovery of a 120-foot-long cat etched into the side of a hill.
INVITATIONS
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN VIRTUAL GATHEIRNG
Saturday, October 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
The cup is a rich symbol of life, with its emptiness and fullness, its brokenness and flaws, and all of its blessings.  Please join the Presbyterian Women for their upcoming fall gathering, The Cup of Our Life, on Saturday, October 24th, via Zoom.  Reservations can be made through October 22nd by contacting Marilyn Stone at mmstone52@att.net or 262-763-0918.  Please provide your name, church, and cell phone number.  All are welcome -- please share this information with anyone you think might be interested in joining the gathering.

Bring your favorite cup along with why it has special meaning to you.
A REFORMATION SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE FROM THE TWIN CITIES
Our friends from the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area developed a full worship service that can be used on Reformation Sunday, October 25th. 
 
Reformation Sunday: October 25
Sermon by Rev Dr. Rodger Nishioka, currently on the pastoral staff at Village Presbyterian in Prairie Village, Kansas, with Scripture and sermon that celebrate and reflect on our heritage as Reformed Christians.
Here is the YouTube link, for streaminghttps://youtu.be/PQeQ-HkRBbk
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To download the media file directly, follow this link: https://app.wipster.io/Review/CfsXLAA5mzjLPX8Z4hFD4ROjD0VdbMZvhKvo5CXsxCtjmCH3kQ
MEDIATION SKILLS TRAINING INSTITUTE FOR CHURCH LEADERS
November 16-20
The last session of Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders for this year will be November 16-20, 2020.  This outstanding 5-day event helps participants deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict.  The tentative dates for next year are March 1-5, May 3-7, June 21-25, August 2-6, October 4-8, and November 15-19, 2021.  No decision has yet been made with regard to returning to an in-person format, so attendees will need access to a device with both a camera and a microphone.  
Questions?  Contact the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org or 630-627-0507.   To receive a $200 tuition discount for the November 2020 session, register no later than October 16.  To register online for any of our events scheduled for this year, please visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/720852.
HOT LINKS
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
The Sower -  August 2020 Newsletter for the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES

Download the 2020-2021 Presbytery Gathering flyer 

  • THURSDAY, November 12, 4:00 p.m.
  • TUESDAY, March 9, 2021
  • SATURDAY, May 22, 2021
  • WEDNESDAY, September 22, 2021
  • THURSDAY, November 18, 2021