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SEPTEMBER,  2018 -  MESSENGER   

GREENFIELD   AVENUE   PRESBYTERIAN   CHURCH

1455 S. 97th St., West Allis, WI 53214

Church Office (414) 453-3710     Pastor Kevin G. Tarvid    

Pastor’s Cell Phone for Emergencies   (414) 588-0159

Sunday Morning Worship                 Sunday Church School

9:30 AM       www.gapc-usa.com       10:45 AM

 

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Worship Schedule    Sept 2  –  Sept 30, 2018

 

     

Sun.  Sept 2 - 9:30 AM      Communion Worship

First Reading:  James 1:17-27

Second Reading:  Song of Solomon 2:8-13

Sermon: “Holy Fun!”

Liturgist/ Children’s Message: Sally T

Servers: Kerstin & Sally T

 

Sun. Sept 9 - 9:30 AM       Rally Day & Penny Sunday

First Reading: Psalm 125          

Second Reading:  Mark 7:24-37

Sermon:  “Eph’Phatha?”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Mark B

 

Sun. Sept 16 – 9:30 AM      Baptism Renewal

First Reading:  Mark 8:27-30

Second Reading:  Psalm 19

Sermon:  “The Heavens Are Telling”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sally T

 

Sun Sept 23 - 9:30 AM       “Penny Sunday” 

First Reading: Psalm 1

Second Reading:  James 3:13-18

Sermon: “Who Is This “James”?”

Liturgist:   Barb B

Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin

 

Sun. Sept 30 – 9:30 AM       Homecoming  (More about this later in the month)

First Reading:  Psalm 124

Second Reading:  Mark 9:38-50

Sermon:  “On the Same Team!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue S

FROM   OUR    PASTOR:    Happy September, Beloved!

          I have a new idea for our Sunday School program year.  I’d like to call it: “The Great Questions!” 

          Here’s the plan…  Sunday, September 9th will be Rally Sunday.  We’ll celebrate the year ahead, with food, and treats, dreams and visions…

          Then, on the 16th, we’ll take some time to brainstorm about the issues and ideas that we are the most curious about, that matter most to us.  Please bring your best ideas, your most heartfelt wonderings, and then we’ll make a list.

          I’d very much like that list to include topics of interest to all ages.  I’d especially like for young people to be welcomed and included in our discussions.  The insights we discover together can influence thinking for a lifetime!

          The ideas can be spiritual and theological in nature, but they don’t have to be.  We can talk about any issues that we’re concerned about, and ideas we find motivating and inspirational.  Maybe even silly…

          Then, as the season unfolds, we’ll address these issues.  When and where we can, we’ll recruit wisdom and expertise from outside sources. Sometimes, we’ll mine the depths of our own experience and wealth of knowledge. 

          If there is a topic that is especially important to you, and you would be willing to lead the discussion, please let me know.  If you’d be more comfortable building a team of leadership, that’s great! 

For many reasons, I would love to see this be the most exciting Christian Education season ever.  My fondest hope and prayer is that you will be most active in this, and that you will invite many friends and loved ones to take part.   

I’m excited about this possibility, and I’m really looking forward to talking to you about it.  God loves you.  Me too! 

                                                                   ~  Pastor  Kevin

 

RALLY   DAY  is SEPT 9 !!!  After  worship, we’ll go down to Jack Reichert Hall, & get the Sunday School year “kicked off” for the Fall Semester.  We’re going to enjoy a little lunch of hot dogs & buns, chips, & strawberries & ice cream (left over from Strawberry Fest).  We can visit as long as we like, since Packer kickoff isn’t till evening …

   Image result for free clip art fall fest  FALL FEST  will be on Sat., Oct 27!  It’s one of our FAVORITE DAYS of the year!  We’ll have our FABULOUS  BAKE  SALE, our outstanding CAFÉ, our INCREDIBLE  RAFFLE (which we HOPE will feature at least 30 wonderful baskets ), & … back by popular demand, our AUCTION, with Duane D repeating his smash performance of last year as our AUCTIONEER!      We’re hoping LOTS of folks will donate   baskets, or items for a basket (new things only, please), for the raffle;  and MANY desirable treasures (new or antique-ish) for the AUCTION!  This is SO much fun … help us set up at 6:00 PM on October 26, please bring BAKED  GOODS by 8:30 AM on the 27th (the 26th is better …) & let us know HOW you’ll help!   MANY,  MANY  THANKS !!!

WORLD  COMMUNION SUNDAY & the “PEACE & GLOBAL W  WITNESS”  SPECIAL OFFERING  -  This year, Sunday, October 7, is the day we celebrate communion with Christians around the world.   Additionally, we accept a very special offering (formerly known as the Peacemaking Offering), now renamed.  (See above caption.) The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of our denomination’s General Assembly, explains the offering this way:

   “The church in every age wrestles with the distance between our immediate desires & God’s desires for all creation.  The times we are living in are no different, & we hold fast to our faith that God’s peace is without boundaries …

   “I invite you to engage with and support the Peace & Global Witness Offering … which encourages us to embrace God’s reconciling peace & witness to that peace to those around the corner & around the world.

   “As the Body of Christ called Presbyterians, we are making a difference together through our serving & our giving.  Together, in the Spirit of God, let us work to break the power of hate & heal the wounds of violence & division …

   “A  SEASON of PEACE” runs from Sept. 2 –  Oct. 7 on our church calendar.  Please use the SPECIAL  OFFERING  ENVELOPE  that you’ll find in your offering box, & donate what you can toward this gift.  You’ll be helping to make “a transformative impact on people’s lives through ministries you choose & across the globe.”  A full 25% of this offering stays with OUR congregation, to support peacemaking in this community!  The remainder goes to support peacemaking in our region & around the world.

 

So nice to have our friend, Rev. Rex Wentzel, here as guest preacher on August 19!  Thank you, Rex !

 

COMING UP IN OCTOBER …  

              

We’re holding our own “SPECIAL  HARVEST”,

in which we collect EXTRA non-perishable food products for the Good Samaritan Food Pantry.  We’re asking folks to bring AS MANY THINGS AS POSSIBLE for this effort.  Please bring your gifts of food to the church by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, so we can deliver everything to Good Samaritan that week.   We’re placing SPECIAL  EMPHASIS on things like peanut butter & jelly, & other foods that can be used for children to bring to school for lunch.  (Boxed mac & cheese that parents can prepare the night before, refrigerate, & send to school the next day is a good option.)  So are flour tortilla wraps (because not all kids like sandwiches);  individual-sized fruit cups; single-serving puddings, etc. are also fine ideas.  And, if you’d like to make a CASH donation (actually, a CHECK, made out to GAPC; Treasurer JT Gall will get it to Good Samaritan), it’s particularly appreciated, because Good Samaritan can get FAR  BETTER  PRICES when THEY purchase food, than we’re able to get.  Do remember, though:  ANY non-perishable foods you wish to donate to Good Samaritan are NEEDED, &  SO APPRECIATED!   We’re thankful for your participation in “Special Harvest”!

 

        REMEMBER to order  SCRIP each month, on the 2nd Sunday.  The  GIFT  CARDS you’ll receive return a percentage of purchase toGAPC !  Why is SCRIP  so wonderful?  Its  because you can use it for things you ordinarily buy anyway; & because it makes the PERFECT  GIFT for birthdays, anniversaries, “just because” gifts, & more.  Who can’t use a GAS CARD, or a GROCERY CARD, or one of the MANY others you can purchase???

We HOPE our newsletter & announcements on Sunday morning will inspire you to PURCHASE as much SCRIP as possible whenever we offer it!!  It’s such a PAINLESS way to help our church!  Here are just a few possibilities:  PICK ’N SAVE,  SAM’S CLUB, WAL-MART, MENARD’S, SPEEDWAY,  & KOHL’S)  There are MANY, MANY more, so many that we just DON’T have room to list them all.  Please do look over the Scrip pages in the narthex, so you can decide well in advance which ones you want to order!  Then, – place your order with Church Treasurer JT  & your gift cards will be here the next week!   It’s one of the best ways you can help out the church budget!

 

 

FOOD PANTRY CHALLENGE: The Peace & Justice Committee challenges us to gather as many of the SUGGESTED items for each month of the year as possible.  At the end of the month we will take them to Good Samaritan Food Pantry.   For September, it’s BABY FOOD.  Of course, you may donate anything you wish at any time, all non-perishable food items are needed!  Thanks!

 

THE  GUEST  HOUSE                 

One of the ways that Guest House is "More Than Shelter" is by providing essential items to all of our clients, and we need your help to fill some of these urgent needs! Here are a few of our most-requested items by clients:

  • Lotion
  • Washcloths
  • Disposable razors
  • New pillows
  • Sandwiches  (Perhaps donate money for purchase???)

 

They also welcome the following:

 

  • New men’s jeans (34x32, 36 x 32, & 38 x 32)
  • New men’s T-shirts sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3 XL
  • New men’s boxers sizes S, M, 2X & 3 X
  • New men’s deodorant

 

To view the remainder of the Guest House Wish List, please go to their web site,

www.guesthousemilwaukee.org

 

   Don’t forget to help us as we continue to support WILSON SCHOOL!  We’re beginning our 6th  year helping this WAWM elementary school by making donations of back packs & school supplies.  This school, (like so many others in the area) has a significant number of students whose parents, through no fault of their own, cannot afford the necessary school supplies.  Teachers & administrators often dig deep into their own pockets to provide for these children, whom they care about so deeply.   This is a year-long, ongoing mission for us; our “first box” of supplies has already been delivered, but  we ask that you continue to bring supplies & leave them in the decorated box in the narthex.   Back-to-School SALES  are still going on as we “go to press”, so take advantages of the prices, NOW!!  Our help means SO MUCH to the teachers, administrators, & most of all, to the children who NEED it!

2018

REGULAR EVENTS

DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR

 

SUNDAYS  8:15 – 9:15 – Chancel Choir practices

 

SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP

and  at

10:45 AM -  Church School for all ages

Communion 1st  Sunday of each month, & on

Easter, Maundy Thursday &  Christmas Eve

2nd & 4th SUNDAYS - “Penny Sunday”

 

3rd & 4th  WEDNESDAYS from

7:00-8:30 PM – Chancel Choir

practices in the sanctuary

 

THURSDAYS - 1:30 PM -People w/Arthritis Can Exercise

2nd THURSDAY of each month from 7:00 - 9:00 PM,

“Friends of Multiple Sclerosis” meet

 

THIRD SATURDAY - 9:00 AM - NOON

“Spinning Yarns” knitting ministry

 

Pastor Kevin’s USUAL “Day Off” is Friday

 

 

NOTE:  Regular calendar events listed in the box above are NOT included below.

 

 

Thurs Sept 6      12:00 Noon – CE/Nurture/ Committee meets in the library

 

Sun. Sept 9        9:30 AM – RALLY DAY * 

                         10:45 – Lunch with hot dogs *

 

Mon Sept 10     7:00 PM – Resources meets

 

Thur Sept 13   7:00 PM – Friends of MS meet downstairs in Jack Reichert Hall

 

Sat Sept 15      9:00 AM – Spinning Yarns meets

 

Sun. Sept 16   9:30 AM – Special Baptism Renewal during worship *

 

Tues Sept 18     7:00 PM – Session meets

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