FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
REORIENTING
An energetic group from Milwaukee and Winnebago Presbyteries gathered to kick off Congregational Vitality Week, with a workshop led by Rev. Dr. Kathryn Threadgill of the Presbyterian Mission Agency's Office of Vital Congregations.  She started where we need to start: in prayer and listening to God's word in Scripture.  For me, it shaped the rest of the afternoon.

Yes, we spoke about the challenges of being the church and our observations about what makes a congregation vital.  We dove into... ( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
CONGREGATIONAL VITALITY WEEK PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
You are invited to participate in the Congregational Vitality Scavenger HuntThe hunt runs from October 27-November 8
This bulletin friendly handout includes instructions and what should be included in photos.  Each congregation can create a team or teams to participate.  Participating teams and congregations will be recognized at the November Presbytery Gathering, and there will be prizes.  As this is a photo/video scavenger hunt, the images will be put together in a Presbytery video for the meeting, a copy of which will be available to participating congregations for your websites or congregational use.  The presbytery staff will be conducting its own scavenger hunt on Friday, November 1st at 10:00 a.m. and you're welcome to join us.
If you haven't already looked into the other Vitality Week opportunities please visit https://www.pbymilwaukee.org/congregational-vitality-week.html.
CONGREGATIONAL VITALITY WEEK
Happening Now!
It's been an excellent week so far!  We've welcomed Rev. Dr. Kathryn Threadgill and Dr. Marcia McFee to our Presbytery as we look at the marks of vitality and how to incorporate those into our own churches.  There are still opportunities for pastors to participate in small group discussion and, of course, the photo scavenger hunt running through November 8th.  Thank you to all who have made our first Congregational Vitality Week a success!
REGISTER FOR THE NOVEMBER 21 PRESBYTERY  GATHERING
Building on the momentum from our September 25th Presbytery Gathering, the Presbytery Office has opened registration for the November 21st, 2019 meeting .  We encourage everyone who is interested in attending Restorative Justice Advocate, Honorable Janine Geske's lecture to  register through this link  (also found on the Presbytery's homepage).
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL HEALTH SURVEY
The Presbyterian Mental Health Ministry is currently conducting a church wide survey, seeking input from as many people as possible.  
The aim of the survey is to take a broad look at mental health ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and identify strengths and areas for improvement.  Results will be reported to the 224th General Assembly in June 2020, helping to inform future recommendations and initiatives.
Find more information about the survey and take the survey here
Survey is open through October 31st.
TRANSLATING MATTHEW 25 INTO LITURGICAL LANGUAGE
A free new booklet is proof Presbyterians can confess their sins, affirm their faith, pray, break bread and be dismissed -- and start and end the day with prayer, all without leaving the 25th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.
INVITATIONS
TONIGHT -- FAITH & ACTION PROGRAM ON MIGRANTS
The Catholic-Jewish Conference of Milwaukee is presenting Faith & Action: A Rabbi and Nun at the US-Mexico Border at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, October 30th.  This program features two nationally prominent, faith-motivated advocates, Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz and Sister Norma Pimentel.  The moderator will be Tom Heinen, the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee's newly retired executive director.
MEDITATIVE SONG CIRCLE
Friday, November 1st, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Relax...Release...Revive...and this month...Remember!  An All Souls' Day Honoring!
Friday, November 1st, 6:30-8:00 p.m. join the Tippe Faithing Community's Meditative Song Circle.
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
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Lisbon Presbyterian Church invites everyone to their Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, 
November 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lisbon Presbyterian Church, W250N7095 Hillside Road, Sussex, WI
WESTMINSTER COLLEGE PRESBYTERIAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Westminster College Young Presbyterian Scholar Program is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.  Young Presbyterian Scholars is a partnership between Westminster College and Presbyterian churches.  Each congregation can nominate tow students each year.  In addition to membership in a Presbyterian congregation, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be nominated by a member of the pastoral staff or a Westminster alumni belonging to the church.  Pastor/alumni nominations due Nov. 1; student applications for admission to Westminster due Nov. 15.
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.
University Christian Ministries (UCM) seeks   COOK FOR 2019
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales

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