FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
YOU'RE MUTED!
"You're muted!"  How often have we heard that announcement in the last six months?  On conference calls and Zoom meetings and in online worship, we find ourselves inevitably muted when trying make a critical point or a perfectly timed pun.  Worse, we might find we're not muted when we really wish we had been.  I still recall with amusement the woman who went through the McDonald's drive-thru to place her order at the same time she was on a large conference call with Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor.  While we were trying to learn about pandemic measures, she was...(READ MORE)
PRESBYTERY PULSE
PRESBYTERY GATHERING HIGHLIGHTS
Weren't able to make it to the last Presbytery Gathering, but interested in the good work happening in the Presbytery?  Checkout the Presbytery Gathering Highlights, a two-page synopsis of the September 29, 2020 Presbytery Gathering.

Find information about upcoming Presbytery Gatherings here.
YATES APPOINTED TO ETHICS BOARD
Presbytery Executive Rachel Yates has been appointed to the Milwaukee County Board of Ethics, filling a seat designated for the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee.  She will serve a six-year term.  The Ethics Board is responsible for enforcing and interpreting the Ethics Code for the guidance of county public officials and employees to help them avoid conflicts between their personal interests and their public responsibilities, improve standards of public service, and promote and strengthen the faith and confidence of the people of Milwaukee County.
HAVE YOU REGISTERED?
JESUS CHRIST & THE 'DIVIDING WALL': RACE & GOD'S MISSION
October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2020, at 6: 30 p.m. (CST)
As our nation continues to grapple with the consequence of racial injustice, Christians need to have a truthful conversation with one another on how our understanding of race impacts the way we engage in God's mission. This virtual McClure Lectures and WMI Month of Mission Series will gather online for four Wednesday evenings to explore issues of racial justice with world-class speakers and provide an opportunity to connect and learn with people from all over the country. Churches will also be organizing watch parties to gather their members for guided discussion following plenary presentations.

This event is free to everyone, but registration is required.  Click here to find out more about this Wednesday mission series, register, and download materials to share.

The Presbytery of Milwaukee is a proud co-sponsor of Jesus Christ and the "Dividing Wall": Race and God's Mission.
CELEBRATE TERESA LARSON'S ORDINATION VIRTUALLY
You are invited to join the Lake Michigan Presbytery in celebrating the ordination of Teresa Larson as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament on Sunday, October 4th, at 3:00 p.m. CST.  Teresa's ordination service will be held at Camp Greenwood in Gowen, Michigan, and will be live streamed on the First Presbyterian Church of Holt (Teresa's church of care) YouTube channel:
 
Congratulations Teresa!
MATTHEW 25: I WAS SICK AND YOU LOOKED AFTER ME...
MATTHEW 25 AFFIRMED
At its Sept. 29 Gathering, Milwaukee Presbytery unanimously voted to affirm the denomination's Matthew 25 vision to focus our ministries on building congregational vitality, eradicating systemic poverty, and dismantling structural racism.  We are already doing good work in these areas, but we'll be concentrating our focus at the spaces where racism and poverty intersect and how the church is called to action.  At the same Gathering, the Presbytery began learning about the first of six Matthew 25 topics:  the lack of quality, affordable healthcare, especially for those living in poverty and People of Color.  Between now and our November 12 Gathering, we will offer opportunities for learning and action.  On November 12, we'll share what we've learned and be invited into another topic.  All topics (with clickable links) can be found on the Presbytery's Matthew 25 webpage.  Although this vote applies to the Presbytery at large, every congregation is invited to discern whether to become a Matthew 25 church as well.  We encourage you to join Heritage, Southminster, and Tippecanoe Presbyterian churches, which have already made this commitment!
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 upcoming summit hosted by RIP Medical Debt, October 6, noon-3 pm.  Stories of other churches that have risen to this challenge can be found on our new Medical Care webpage.
ADVENT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SERIES IS COMING!
Members of the Milwaukee Presbytery are working on an Advent series featuring the Matthew 25 passage and initiatives interwoven with other familiar themes and messages of Advent. The series will include resources for all ages at no cost to congregations.

Look for more on Witness to Hope, Peace, Joy and Love coming soon.
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKER SYMPOSIUM
September 28-October 10
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program invites you to join their International Peacemaker Virtual Symposium, going live September 28!
 
Each day, September 28 - October 10, Presbyterian Peacemaking will host a premiere on our Facebook page. You can find all the episodes posted on their website at www.pcusa.org/ipvirtualsymposium.
REV. LYDIA NESHANGWE @ INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKER SYMPOSIUM
Catch up with Rev. Lydia Neshangwe, last year's visiting International Peacemaker from Zimbabwe, as she speaks about the coronavirus, gender justice, racism, and her new work with the Council for World Mission.  She also extends her greetings to the Presbytery of Milwaukee!
 
WORSHIP KIT AVAILABLE FOR WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
The desire to gather around common prayers, shared music, and the communion table brought several Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries together to create a World Wide Worship Kit, launched in time for World Communion Sunday, October 4. The resources are flexible so they can be tailored to each individual context and churches can choose which pieces fit best in their needs and add their own scripture reading, sermon and other worship elements. For congregations unable to make use of the video resources, there is also a text version of the liturgy.
2020 FOOD WEEK OF ACTION
Hopeful Harvest is the theme of this year's October 11-18 Food Week of Action.  A Hopeful Harvest relies on family farmers, fishers, and others producing in agroecological ways that lead toward food sovereignty.  As communities around the world face the pandemic and vulnerable food chains, people are realizing the necessity of more resilient agricultural systems that put workers and people first and that protect and cool the planet.  Food Week will highlight groups and initiatives that are building an equitable and sustainable food-farm system - while also tackling the economic and racial drivers of hunger, poverty, and oppression.
NEW DISABILITY MINISTRY RESOURCE
How does your church connect with people with disabilities? What ministries do you offer to those who face intellectual and physical challenges? How do you preach the healing narratives?  Those are some of the topics in a new study course offered by the Office of the General Assembly and available on Equip. As a companion to the book, Disability and the Way of Jesus: Holistic Healing in the Gospels and the Church, this free study is available for you to use at your own pace.

The author of the book and creator of the study is the Rev. Dr. Bethany McKinney Fox, who is founding pastor of Beloved Everybody church in Los Angeles. She says this about our current ministries in response to the pandemic: "One thing churches should be attentive to is the fact that more people with particular challenges may be able to participate online than in person. Churches have been forced to adapt their practices radically, so this may be the perfect time to really think about how we create new practices when we come back together and orient our lives in such a way that it does include everyone from our community, including those with disabilities. Moving forward, think about ways to involve all people in planning."

This course is part of the offerings from Equity and Representation to support deeper and wider inclusion in every part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Thanks to Molly Casteel for shepherding this project.
ANYTHING BUT COVID-19 NEWS
WHAT DID HUBBLE SEE ON YOUR BIRTHDAY?
The Hubble Telescope explores the universe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  That means it has observed some fascinating cosmic wonder every day of the year, including your birthday.  What did Hubble look at on your birthday?  Enter the month and date in this nifty tool to find out!
COMMUNITY FIXES RUN DOWN HOUSE FOR FREE
Having something break down in your home is unpleasant, to say the least. Luckily, it's great there's always someone who can help - and it's even more awesome when it's an entire community doing so.
 
Massachusetts handyman and electrician John Kinney was recently called in to fix an electrical problem at an eldderly lady's home, but found so many problems around the house that he couldn't just leave them be. So he organized a volunteer group and fundraiser to give it an overhaul - completely free to the kind elderly lady!
INVITATIONS
DRIVE THRU SPAGHETTI DINNER, FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Saturday, October 3, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Faith Presbyterian Church invites you to their annual spaghetti dinner catered by That's Amore on Saturday, October 3rd. The annual event you have come to know and love, but this year, is drive-thru only. Enjoy spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, salad, bread, and a cookie at this affordable night-in that supports the work of Faith's Deacons. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. Pre-order your tickets and pay online now or order and pay cash at the door. 
 
Faith Presbyterian Church, 3800 W. Rawson Avenue, Franklin, WI. 
IMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH BLOOD DRIVE
Monday, October 5, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
In an effort to uplift our community and help local patients thrive, Immanuel Presbyterian Church invites you to donate blood and any non-perishable food items you may not want or need to benefit Interchange Food Pantry.

To schedule your appointment to donate, please call 1-877-232-4376 or visit http://bit.ly/immanueloct2020

Thank you for helping save local lives!
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY VIRTUAL GALA
Thursday, October 8
Forget the heels and cummerbund and join Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity's Framing the Future Virtual Gala from the comfort of your favorite cozy chair!  Bid on fantastic auction items (check out this sneak peak!) beginning October 1st.  Your participation can make a life-changing difference for local families in need through safe, affordable housing.  Get your tickets today!
AN EVENING WITH DIANA BUTLER BASS & BRIAN MCLAREN
Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.
Long-time friends Diana Butler Bass & Brian McLaren join the Wisconsin Council of Churches for an hour of conversation, touching on religion and politics, the upcoming election, and their hopes for the future.  Bring your favorite beverage, make yourself comfortable, and settle in for encouragement and a good word from these two friends of the Council.
 
Both speakers have presented at the Washington Island Forum, and the WCC is delighted that they've agreed to spend time with here once again.
 
This is sure to be a popular event. Register NOW!
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
SAVE THE DATE
The PC(USA) Ghana Mission Network is planning a Virtual Meeting this year. It will be held over two days, Oct 24 and Oct 31, 2020, 8-11 am.  More information and details will be sent out over the next few weeks.
 
The GMN looks forward to connecting and reconnecting with one another, offering some encouragement and support, especially through these challenging and changing times.  Please consider participating, spread the word, and join in praying for this exciting new way of gathering our GMN Family and Friends!
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
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

  • TUESDAY, September 29, 4:00 p.m. 
  • THURSDAY, November 12, 4:00 p.m.
  • TUESDAY, March 9, 2021
  • SATURDAY, May 22, 2021
  • WEDNESDAY, September 22, 2021
  • THURSDAY, November 18, 2021