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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       10:45 AM


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Worship Schedule    Dec 9 – Dec 30, 2018


Sun.  Dec 9 - 9:30 AM       2nd Advent

First Reading:  Philipians 1:3-11

Second Reading:  Luke 3:1-6

Sermon: “Smoooth!”

Liturgist/ Children’s Message: Rachel Yates


Sun. Dec  16 - 9:30 AM   3rd Advent

First Reading: Isaiah 12:2-6                 

Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-7

Sermon:  “The Lord Is Near …!?!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Laurie Elliott


Sun. Dec 23 – 9:30 AM   4th Advent

First Reading:  Micah 5:2-5a

Second Reading:  Luke 1: 39-45

Sermon:  “Leaping for Joy”

Liturgist/ Children’s message: Sue Smith


Mon Dec 24 - 6:30 PM   Christmas Eve - Our beloved service of  “Lessons & Carols”


Sun. Dec 30 – 9:30 AM

First Reading: Luke 2:41-52

Second Reading:  Colossians 3:12-17

Sermon: “  Good Grief!  The Comedian’s a Bear!”

Liturgist: Barb Brunett;  Children’s Message:  Pastor Kevin




RACHEL  YATES, our Milwaukee Presbytery Executive, will be with us for worship on December 9!   She’ll serve as liturgist; do the “Yayahs Time” for the “Young & Young at Heart”; & teach Sunday School.  It’s a human rights theme, with emphasis on racism, since Monday the 10th is Human Rights Day.  Rachel has a powerful message for us all, & we’re delighted to welcome her here!

FROM  OUR  PASTOR:   Happy December, Beloved!

          So – this morning I realized that the gas tank was nearly empty.   It was cold, and the roads are still icy and slippery, and I didn’t feel like it. 

          On top of that, it is garbage day.  So that meant that first, I had to gather all the garbage, and the recycling, and slog out to the alley and get the garbage out.  It wasn’t fun.  I grumbled.

          In addition to that, traffic was heavy this morning and I had to be patient.  I’m not always good at that.

          Then, the radio was telling me about the global climate change report, and how we human beings can’t even agree on the fact that pollution isn’t good for us…  Yuck!

          It could have been a lousy start to a perfectly lousy day.  But then…

          I switched the station, and there was music.  Some relatively new singer, I guess his name was Paul McCartney or something like that, was singing “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time.”

          Suddenly, the Sun started shining, and it was as if the still small voice of God was saying:  “Knock it off, Kev, focus on the positive - and the possibilities.”

          I realized that Advent is nearly here, the time of exited anticipation, and wonder, hope and celebration.  Christ is coming!

          So, the tank is full.  The garbage is out.  Patience is a good thing, when you’re waiting for something wonderful.

          So, it’s time to celebrate, and sing the world into a better place.  Let’s do!

Let’s gather together as often as possible.  Let’s pray, and converse, and contemplate these wonderful days ahead.  God loves you.  Me too!    Pastor Kevin

 See the source imageCHRIST   CHURCH  CHILDREN’S  CHRISTMAS  TOY  STORE - Please bring  your UNWRAPPED toys, books, puzzles, games, warm hats & gloves – in short, anything that a child between the ages of infancy through age 12 might enjoy receiving for Christmas by THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, & place under the big tree in the sanctuary.  We’ve donated to this effort for many years, as we help to make Christmas a joyful time for kids who might not receive gifts, otherwise.


Image result for free clipart choirCHANCEL CHOIR will practice on the 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays  this  month, at  7:00 PM.  That’s Dec. 11 & Dec. 19!   They’re  SO eager to make  joyful  Christmas  music  for  us! 


         See the source image  The Dec, 24 Christmas Eve Worship, our  Service  of  Lessons  &  Carols, will take  place  at  6:30.   CHOIR practice that evening will begin at 5:45.


The Christmas Joy Offering  See the source image is a special offering of the PC (U.S.A.) The theme this year is “The Perfect Gift”, which of course is God’s gift to us of Jesus.  The offering is designed to honor the faithfulness of current & retired church workers & their families in need. It also promotes education & leadership development through the establishment & support of Presbyterian-related schools & colleges equipping communities of color.  Our future church leaders of color can receive much-needed assistance while they discover and pursue their professional goals at these schools & colleges. The gifts we offer are our response to God’s charge to love one another as Jesus commanded.  Offering envelopes are available on the table in the narthex;  please use only these envelopes if you wish to donate to Christmas Joy.



SPECIAL PEOPLE            

NJ now in rehab at the Village oat Manor Park.  Pastor Kevin visited on Dec. 5.  It’s slow going.


Roy, NJ’s husband, was taken to the ER at St. Luke’s on Nov. 29. 


Jeri was in back in worship with us Dec. 2, wearing a “boot” on her severely broken (but healing) ankle.  She’s able to walk a tiny bit at home, if she limits walking to only what’s essential.  Jeri tells us she sees the doctor in another couple of weeks, to find out “what’s next”.  SOOO good to see her!  Husband John’s been a fantastic help!


Little Logan came to church Dec. 2 wearing a white helmet.  Dad Peter explained to us that Logan’s been sleeping with his head turned to the left too often, & a flat spot developed.  He’s wearing the helmet for a while, to prevent development of things like uneven bite, earaches, etc.  Thankfully, Logan seems very much at ease in his new “headgear”.  (Perhaps you saw a segment on the local news this past week, about “flat head syndrome”.


Lori J, having an epidural on Dec 6 to relieve the headaches caused by vertebrae problems in her neck.  May it be successful, and provide pain relief for many months!


So many of our folks have been “laid low” with the awful upper respiratory virus that’s “Going Around”.  Baby Jayden Y is one of them … The cough is terrible, & seems to hang on forever!  May everyone have relief, soon!


Sally T’s brother Ed, who needs additional healing, following surgery.


Prayers for those seeking jobs, or folks in unhappy job situations.  May wonderful new opportunities become available to them, soon.


We continue our prayers for Anne W & Ken B.


We pray for those experiencing problems with blood pressure, and/or with blood sugar.


Prayers for troubled children & teenagers, and the families who love them.


All caregivers & all travelers.  Also: prayers for  our shut-ins; those with ailing loved ones; all enduring any type of  pain; & those who search for jobs, or are in unhappy job situations.







Dec 9 –  Sandy R


Dec 16 – Judy & Jim


Dec 23 – Larry A. S.


Dec 30 - Bud

       “Dolly” E sends thanks to the many folks who sent cards & positive thoughts, called, & said prayers as she recovered from hip replacement surgery.  She’s been back to worship, & is feeling SO WELL!  She reports that her physical therapy is making her recovery even quicker!  We’re so happy for her!



     TO:  The Nominating Committee, who worked hard to provide us with a slate of officer possibilities in the “Class of 2021”.  At our Congregational Meeting on Nov. 4, we elected Barb B,  Jay S & LB as Elders; & Deacons Diane E & Peter J.  Thanks, everyone!

                   and …

Former Wisconsin Governor Martin Schreiber, who spoke with us during Sunday School time of November 18.  He let us know the importance of caring for oneself when in the role of caregiver.  He knows from personal experience how vitally important it is for caregivers to find humor, & respite, and acceptance:  his wife, Elaine, has suffered for the disease for more than 14 years.  “The only thing worse than Alzheimer’s Disease is IGNORANCE of the disease”, he told us.  It was a powerful message, delivered with expertise and, yes, with humor.  GAPC family, THANK YOU for  being here in such a great number, to hear what Schreiber described as his “first presentation to PRESBYTERIANS!”  It was wonderful!

                   and …

Harpist Mary R, who played so beautifully as she  provided accompaniment for choir and hymns at the “Thanksgiving Eve Eve” worship.  (She’ll be with us again on Christmas Eve …)

                      and …

Trumpet player Brian H, who accompanied the chancel choir on their anthem “Acclamation & Praise” on November 25.  Brian deserves extra special praise for being here that morning, as he was NOT feeling well … “the bug” that’s “going around:” …

                   and …

Ed G, who fixed the saddle stapler in the church office, (when it decided to become obnoxious).

                   and …

EVERYONE who brought PIES to share at PIE FEST, following our Thanksgiving “Eve Eve” service.  It was all DELICIOUS!

                   and …

The folks who braved the snow & went ahead with Fall Cleanup on Nov. 17.  And Bobbie & Ed, who continued raking throughout the following week, so everything could be taken away by the city.

                   and …

Sandy R, who covered the church office while our Administrative Assistant was on vacation in November.

                   and …

The “crew” who “Hung the Greens” on Nov. 25.  The sanctuary looks just lovely!

       Help HABITAT for HUMANITY when you donate in ANY amount to the Habitat Tree in the narthex.  You’ll receive a card to send to the folks you honor by purchasing an ornament to go on the tree … the card tells them they’ve made a gift to Habitat, in your honor.  Let’s fill up that little tree! 



PACE class will meet next on Tues. Dec 18, at NOON in the church library for their annual CHRISTMAS PARTY!   PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) is a group that LOVES a good party, (& of course, there WILL be lots of food, & very little – if any – exercising !)


Presbyterian World Missions - We’ve met Thomas Goetz, a Mission volunteer worker serving in Japan.  He’s a long-term volunteer serving as professor of English in the Faculty of Social Welfare at Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan. He is also English language coordinator at Hokkaido Christian Center. Hokusei Gakuen University is a four-year liberal arts school founded more than 100 years ago by Presbyterian missionary Sarah Smith.  Tom was here & visited GAPC with his wife, Hideko, several summers ago.   In a recent issue of the PC(U.S.A.) Mission Connections,

Tom was quoted in an interview with one of his students, in which  the topic of DISCRIMINATION was raised, as portrayed in the motion picture “To kill a Mockingbird.”  Since manipulation of others and discrimination are both addressed in the movie, it led to some interesting conclusions about the topics, both as expressed in Japan, & in the U.S.   

Tom is doing valuable work by volunteering his time & talent in Japan!   Because he’s a VOLUNTEER, the financial support of Tom (& others) in the mission field is necessary. 

We invite the GAPC congregation to continue to support Tom’s ministry through prayer, personal letters, & emails.  And, if you’re able,  please support his ministry with a financial gift. 

Individual donations may be made online at

or mailed to

Presbyterian World Mission

P.O. Box 643700

Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

and on the memo line, please write

“Goetz-E074285 (Individual giving)



   THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES appear in MOST of our Messengers, sometimes identical from one month to the next, sometimes with small changes (such as the monthly suggestion for the Good Samaritan food pantry.)  Are you wondering WHY?   They’re here just as a REMINDER, that we need YOUR HELP as we support these ministries.  


Interfaith West Central  - Manager Tammy Herro tells us:  “We provide free services to more than 1000 senior (mostly low income) clients annually and could not do this without your help and the ongoing commitment of our supporting congregations.  I appreciate you all!”



There are many opportunities to help this wonderful organization which are “Christmas Only”.  We’ve posted two of their flyers on the bulletin board in the narthex, listing these special ways to help their mission.  These are simple things, but SO caring, for the folks they serve!


And, as noted in previous Messengers: the organization has reached the point where they are in DESPERATE need of volunteer drivers.  Tammy says:

Interfaith Volunteer Drivers Needed!  Seniors are missing their medical appointments when they do not have a way to get to the doctor.  Please join UNISON's Interfaith West Central Office as a volunteer to provide an occasional ride to a senior in need.  Contact the West Central Office to get started in this important area of outreach. 414-774-1747 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thank you!    Tammy Herro, Manager, West Central     Neighborhood Outreach Interfaith Older Adult  Programs,  1236 S. 115th St, West Allis, WI 53214    414-774-1747

            REMEMBER to order  SCRIP each month, on the 2nd Sunday.  The  GIFT  CARDS you’ll receive return a percentage of purchase to GAPC !  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 December, it’s baking items that can be used in preparing Christmas meals.   Of course, you may donate anything you wish at any time, all non-perishable food items are needed!  Thanks!


         The Guest House tells us:  Every year, we celebrate the holidays with the guys in shelter by throwing a holiday party for them on Christmas morning.  It is a great time to be with our Guest House family, & bring the spirit of the season to the guests.  We rely on the support & generosity of the community to help us provide gifts for the guys, including items like new jeans, new backpacks, new pillows, and $10 Walgreens or Walmart gift cards.      And …  Urgent Needs: Help us get ready for Winter!

As we head towards winter, we are low or completely out of a couple of winter items, like: Lotion; Chapstick; Kleenex; Cough drops; New and gently used winter coats, gloves & hats; Warm socks  ”  To view the remainder of the Guest House Wish List, please go to their web site,



Don’t forget to help us as we continue to support WILSON SCHOOL!  We’re well into  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.   Whenever you happen to see crayons, boxes of facial tissue, or any of the other items on the “needed” list on sale, please purchase a few, & bring them up to the box in the narthex.   

Our help means SO MUCH to the teachers, administrators, & most of all, to the children who NEED it!  Thank you!   







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


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

“Friends of Multiple Sclerosis” meet



(for November & December)



“Spinning Yarns” knitting ministry


P.A.C.E. (People with Arthritis

Can Exercise) – Time & date TBA


Pastor Kevin’s USUAL “Day Off” is Friday



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



Sun Dec 9 – Presbytery Executive Rachel Yates visits our congregation, serving as liturgist & providing the YAYAHS  TIME ( Young & Young at Heart) at our 9:30 AM worship.  At 10:45, she’ll lead our Sunday School Class with a talk on Human Rights, & more specifically, on RACISM.


Tues Dec 11    7:00 PM – Resources Committee


Wed Dec 11    7:00 PM – Choir practice


Thurs Dec 13   7:00 PM – Friends of MS ???


Tues Dec 18       7:00 PM – Session meets


Wed Dec 19       7:00 PM – Choir practice


Sun Dec 23     9:30 AM – Morning Worship


Mon Dec 24    5:45 PM – Choir Practice

                        6:30 PM – Christmas Eve Service of Lessons & Carols *


Tues Dec 25     HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!   (Church offices are closed!)


Wed Dec 26     Staff  has the “day off” !


Sun Dec 30     9:00 AM – Choir Practice – Note time change!  *