FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
LET IT BE
Starting this past Saturday, I've been blessed to accompany our visiting International Peacemaker, Rev. Lydia Neshangwe, as she speaks to groups in the Milwaukee Presbytery.  If you don't catch her pre-Gathering presentation tonight at Good Shepherd Trinity Church, you can also hear her on Thursday.  The Presbyterian Women of Milwaukee Presbytery are hosting her at Apostle Presbyterian Church in West Allis, and you are invited for the lunch and presentation, beginning at noon.

Lydia has an openness to the Spirit as she speaks.  Her words, often impromptu, find... ( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
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
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
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
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 med 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!