FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
CHANGING WITH THE TIMES
When I lived in Louisville, Kentucky, I kept a small vegetable garden in the backyard.  Once, after getting my sandals particularly muddy in the garden, I hosed them down and, as I normally did in arid Colorado, I left them on the front porch to dry overnight.  The next morning when I went to retrieve them, not only were my sandals not dry, they ere covered in snails.  It was a powerful sign that I was no longer living in a high mountain desert, but rather in humid Kentucky, along the slow-moving Ohio River.

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PRESBYTERY PULSE
PRESBYTERY GATHERING ONE WEEK AWAY!
Register now for the September 25th Presbytery Gathering at Good Shepherd Trinity Church!  We will welcome Dr. Bettina Love, an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia.   We encourage everyone who is interested in attending Dr. Love's lecture to register  (link also found on the Presbytery's homepage).

You can now download the Meeting Papers for the September 25th Presbytery Gathering.

In preparation for the September 25 Gathering, we encourage individuals and groups to read Dr. Love's book,   We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom This book is available for purchase through the Presbytery Office for $14.00.

Please share this information with your congregations and communities!  Post bulletin board flyers in your church and community and share bulletin inserts with your congregation.  We look forward to hosting our next two excellent speakers!
PRESBYTERY PRE-GATHERINGS
If you were unable to have Rev. Lydia Neshangwe come to your church during her visit to the Presbytery of Milwaukee, you can hear her at the upcoming Presbytery Pre-Gathering at 3:00 p.m. 

Also at 3:00 p.m., the Commission on Ministry will offer a 2020 Minimum Terms of Call Q & A session.
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
MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 19TH
Join the staff at the Presbytery Office for the monthly prayer meeting held every 3rd  Thursday of the month from 1:00-1:30 p.m.  Can't make it to the Presbytery Office?  We  invite you to join us by "Praying in Place" at that same time.
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
RESOURCES TO RESPOND TO GUN VIOLENCE
In the wake of recent shootings in Gilroy, CA, in the Texas communities of El Paso and Odessa, and in Dayton, OH, and with the advent of the Season of Peace, the Compassion, Peace & Justice Ministry programs of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) are providing congregations and mid-councils a robust package of resources to help congregations put thoughts and prayers about gun violence into obedient action.

You should have received resources mailed last week.   You can read more about the resources here .
A SEASON OF PEACE DAILY REFLECTIONS
In partnership with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, this five-week pilgrimage is designed to deepen the pursuit of peace for congregations, small groups, families, and individuals.  The reflections for the 36 days of "A Season of Peace" come from a diverse and varied set of voices within our church and illustrate the many times and ways that we are offered, engage in, and are even challenged by peace.  Subscribe to daily reflections that will be delivered directly to your inbox through October 6th or download the entire collection as a devotional resource.
PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING RESOURCES
It's time to prepare for the Peace & Global Witness Offering, received by most congregations on World Communion Sunday, October 6th.  Resources should be in churches now.  If you have not yet received your standing order, or if you would like to request additional materials, please call Customer Service at 800-533-4371.  Additional Peace & Global Witness resources, including videos and regional Minutes for Mission, can also be found on the redesigned website.
NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR BEST PRESBYTERIAN WRITER
The Presbyterian Writers Guild (PWG) is accepting nominations for its 2020 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award.

The award is given biennially in even-numbered years to recognize the cumulative work and influence - regardless of genre or subject matter - of a PC(USA) writer.

Criteria for nominations and the mailing address for nominations can be found here.  Nominations must be emailed or postmarked by December 16th.
INVITATIONS
AN INVITATION FROM PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN
Thursday, September 26th, 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Please join Rev. Lydia Neshangwe, International Peacemaker from Zimbabwe, for a program and light lunch on September 26th from noon to 2:30 p.m.  Rev. Neshangwe will be sharing her experiences with healing and wholeness ministries, as well as her work with orphan children.  The program will take place at Apostle Presbyterian Church. 
Please register for this event by September 18th via email (LinnChurch@gmail.com) or telephone (262-248-1588).
Sponsored by the PW Presbytery Coordinating Team, PW also invites you to share this invitation.
Apostle Presbyterian Church, 1509 South 76th Street, West Allis, WI
CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MEN'S ASSOCIATION ANNUAL
 BAR-B-Q DINNER  FUNDRAISER
Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., or until gone
The Men's Association at Christ Presbyterian Church is holding its annual BBQ dinner fundraiser -- chicken or shoulder, bread, potato salad, baked beans, and a slice of cake.  Cost per plate is $13.
Christ Presbyterian Church, 1930 West Walnut Street, Milwaukee, 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.
Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 6031 West Chapel Hill Road, Mequon, WI
2019 RACIAL ETHNIC STUDENT SCHOLARSHI P  APPLICATION
The Committee on Racial Ethnic Ministries of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies is pleased to provide the 2019 Racial Ethnic Student Scholarship application.
The Student Scholarship is an educational assistance program designed to encourage indigenous and students of color in their preparation for academic success in higher education.  Students must have a permanent residence within the Synod of Lakes and Prairies and be active members in a PC(USA) congregation.
Completed applications are due October 7, 2019 and must include an official transcript and financial aid statement.
SAVE THE DATE FOR FALL CAMP
Friday, October 25th - Sunday, October 27th at Pilgrim Center
New this year!  Fall camp will be an intergenerational retreat for people of all ages to explore and express their faith through the idea of Play.
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.
This event will be filled with fun camp-wide games, break out sessions exploring fine arts, construction, and faith development/game development.  We hope to see people of many ages explore the love of games and PLAY and experience its effects on our spiritual journey.  
Final details for registration will be shared as soon as they are available.
Fall Camp is an event hosted by the Presbytery of Winnebago, with special invitation to the Presbytery of Milwaukee.
COMPANIONS IN MINISTRY WELCOMES APPLICATIONS FOR COHORT TWO
Are you a Christian pastor in southeast Wisconsin seeking to improve your spiritual and professional well-being?  Marquette's Companions in Ministry is an ecumenical support program designed for you!  This new program begins its second cohort in February and will engage pastors from diverse denominations in prayer, retreats, spiritual companionship and group discussions.  180 pastors will build supportive relationships and accompany each other in ministry over a two year time period.  Companions in Ministry is taking applications for Cohort Two which begins with a Opening Retreat on February 11, 2020.  Expenses are fully funded, thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  Pastors receive a $1,000 stipend upon completing the program.  Group leaders receive a $2,000 stipend upon completing the program.  Small "affinity" groups for Cohort Two include: Senior/Soon to Retire Pastors; Pastors Serving Small Congregations (250 or less); Mid-Career Pastors; Female Pastors; Pastors Who Are Parents /  Guardians.

Deadline to apply for Cohort Two is October 30th.  Please see the website for details and to apply online or download the brochure.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
HEARTFELT FAREWELLS AND NEW BEGINNINGS
Sherri and Dustin Ellington, our PC(USA) mission co-workers in Zambia who oversee the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, have posted a new update.  This recent post includes information about the three YAVs working in Zambia, including our own YAV Emily Teerink who requested to stay in Zambia for a second year.  Read more about Emily's call to serve in Zambia and her new host family in the Ellington's post Heartfelt Farewells and New Beginnings.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE TASKFORCE
USHER AND GREETER TRAINING
The Milwaukee Presbytery Disaster Preparedness Response Task Force (DPRTF) has been preparing a series of articles regarding important resources that congregations can use to better prepare and respond to a variety of emergency situations.  Listed below are tow references on training your church ushers and greeters.  These references will assist you in providing and maintaining a robust training program for new ushers and greeters as well as refresh training for existing ushers and greeters.

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
Presbyterian Homes & Services seeks
 VARIOUS POSITIONS
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • WEDNESDAY, September 25 - Good Shepherd Trinity Church
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales

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