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GREENFIELD   AVENUE   PRESBYTERIAN   CHURCH

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

Church Office (414) 453-3710     Pastor Kevin G. Tarvid  (cell) 414-588-0159   

Sunday Morning Worship 9:30 AM    www.gapc-usa.com   Sunday Church School  10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                          

Worship Schedule    May 5 – May 26,  2019

 

Sun.  May 5 - 9:30 AM          Communion  

First Reading:  John 21:1-19

Second Reading:  Revelation 5:11-14

Sermon: “So – Not So Exclusive After All!?!”

Liturgist/ Children’s Message: Lori

Servers: Mark, Kerstin, Mick & Sally T.

 

 

Sun. May 12 - 9:30 AM       “Penny Sunday”

First Reading: John 10:22-30                 

Second Reading: Philippians Psalm 23

Sermon:  “For Ever!”

Liturgist: Barb

/Children’s Message:   Pastor Kevin

 

Sun. May 19 – 9:30 AM    

First Reading: Psalm 148

Second Reading:  John 13:31-35

Sermon:  “How They’ll Know”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sally T

 

Sun. May 26– 9:30 AM      “Penny Sunday”

First Reading: Psalm 67

Second Reading: John 5:1-9

Sermon: “Yes, Yes We Do!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue S

 

FROM   OUR   PASTOR:   Happy May, Beloved!

          I have had a certain saying rolling around in my brain for years.  At times, it has become almost like a mantra for me.  Sometimes, it brings me comfort, but other times, it reminds me of the challenges that keep smacking me in the face.

          I don’t remember where I first heard it, or if it just bubbled up in my brain, I just know it’s been there for years, and lately, it’s there even more often.

          Are you ready?  Here it is: 
“Transition is never easy…”    How’s that for words of wisdom?  Deep, huh?

I feel like Captain Obvious when I say or think it.

          But the words are true, and right now I’m finding them helpful.  I am finding this transition particularly challenging.   I’m feeling just about every emotion I can imagine. 

          I know I’m not alone.  This transition, in some way, is touching us all.  On one hand, I wish I could turn back time, and together we could redo the past twenty years, and this time really make this world that better place we (and Jesus) want it to be.

          On the other hand, I am completely convinced that this is the right time, and retirement is the right thing to do.   I feel as though we have accomplished wonderful things together, and that the future is bright!

          I’m reminded of some other words of wisdom that come from the philosopher James Buffet:  “Breathe In, Breath Out, Move On.”

          I figure the best way for us to complete this process, is for us to spend time together: in worship and song and celebration – and mission.  I want us to be open and communicative – express our feelings, share our concerns, and especially look forward into that bright future.

          The time will go quickly.  Exciting things will come.  We’ll laugh, we’ll rejoice, and we will remember.  I believe in you.  God loves you.  Me too!

           

                                                                         Pastor  Kevin 

 

DOES  YOUR  FAMILY have a GRADUATE this spring/summer?  We

love to publish this kind of good news in The Messenger !  Please let us know, so we can send our congratulations, & let the church family know all the details!  We want to know who’s graduating, from where, & any future plans.  It’s great to give pats on the back for a job well done!

 

                      P. A. C. E.   (People with Arthritis Can Exercise)  meets on Saturday, May 4, at Noon.  This dedicated group of folks, led by R.N. Lynn, stays active through gentle exercises (& a bit of conversation), & welcomes new members!  If YOU’VE been thinking about making a better effort to “stay in shape” (or GET in shape …)  give P.A.C.E. a try!     

 

 

May 5 – Sandy R                     May 19 – Larry J

 

May 12 – Mark B                   May 26 – Bud B  

     

 

Your Administrative Assistant will be out of the office, away on vacation the week of April 6.  She’ll be back, hard at work, on May 13!  Deacon’s Member Care Coordinator Sandy R. will check emails (& return when necessary while Sue’s away.  (Thank you, Sandy!)

 

TO:     Coordinator LB & the crew who helped with our April 6 Great Pancake Breakfast.   This year’s event was our 30th Annual!    We were especially pleased with the attendance, & everyone had a wonderful time! . 

 

                and …

Nikki W, (Marie’s granddaughter), who shared her incredible vocal talent with us during worship on April 7.  It’s always such a blessing when she visits, from Texas.

                and …

Chairperson Barb & the Peace & Justice Committee folk, who served up such FABULOUS soups & sandwiches at their April 28 fund-raising lunch.  LB  provided made-to-order grilled cheese sandwiches; there were ham sandwiches; & the DESSERT bars & cookies were mighty tasty, too! 

                   and …

Those who helped with Spring Clean-Up on April 13.

                   and …

Such a treat to have Executive Presbyter Rachel Yates with us on Palm Sunday.  She shared a special Minute for Mission during worship, & stayed to visit following the service.

                   and …

SESSION members (& Dan L), who prepared such scrumptious fare for the pre-worship brunch on Easter morning.  (Recipes on special page). 

                   and …

Sheri, Chancel Choir, & Bell Players, for their hard work in making Palm Sunday & Easter music so lovely.

       

STRAWBERRY  FEST  IS  COMING!!!  SUNDAY, JUNE 23

11:30 AM – 3:00 PM            We’re excited!   EVERYONE  is lighthearted & happy on this VERY special day!  Tell friends & neighbors, sign up to help, (we need folks to wash & cut berries; to make tasty treats for our BAKE SALE; loan us your card  tables; cook hot dogs & pizza; scoop ice cream & berries; take orders, & MORE!  There will be a sign-up sheet at the rear of the sanctuary, soon!  June 23 will be here before we know it!

 

    

 HOLY  HUMOR  DAY on April 28 was full of fun!  Some was expected -- & some was completely UNexpected – but the laughter was genuine, which made everyone feel GOOD!  Thank you, God, for the gift of laughter!

 

       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! 

 

    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 MAY our suggestion is RICE.   Of course, you may donate anything you wish at any time, for all non-perishable food items are needed.  Good Samaritan also gathers “gently used” clothing, shoes, & disposable diapers, (both for babies AND adults).  Cash donations are also welcome; Good Samaritan is able to purchase more food supplies with cash/checks give to them, than we are able to purchase as individuals. They are located at 5924 W. Burnham St., Milwaukee, WI 53219, Phone: (414) 541-7668

 

 THE  GUEST  HOUSE helps men in transition, both “in shelter” & in permanent housing.  This organization, which we support through our donations,   has many serious needs, “Old Man Winter” isn’t done with us yet; in fact, at this writing, it’s barely begun! We’ve been helping The Guest House for many years, & plan to continue helping with their ministry.  Here’s an important reason WHY we give.  On any given night, there around 1,500 people who are homeless in Milwaukee.    On any given night, there are only about 1,000 SHELTER BEDS in Milwaukee.  Of these beds, only 336 are for men, when men comprise 58% of the homeless population.

39% of homeless men report some form of mental illness.

20% of homeless men are veterans of the US military.  26% of homeless men suffer from alcohol addiction. 

22% of homeless men suffer from substance abuse issues.

All guests in shelter work one-on-one with a case manager to create a personalized plan to overcome homelessness.  The goal of the Guest House is that all guests leave with permanent housing, a family supporting income, and sustained sobriety or stable mental health. 

 Especially needed at present are:

  • 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 see the entire list of needs, please go to their web site,  www.guesthousemilwaukee.org  

 

 

Don’t forget to help us as we continue to supportWILSON SCHOOL! It’s  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.   

 

PENTECOST OFFERING: An important Special Offering of our denomination, the Pentecost Offering (begun in 1998) helps Presbyterians invest in our most important resource – the faith of those who are the church to come: children, youth, & young adults.  We believe we are called to do as much as possible to support our young people, as they build a strong foundation of faith to last a lifetime.  Each year on Pentecost Sunday (celebrated this year on June 9) we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit – the BIRTHDAY of the church.  40% of donations received stays with the individual congregations to develop & support programs for young people in its own church & community.   25% supports Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) serving in communities around the world, & growing as leaders through transformative Christian service.   25% supports Ministries with Youth to help guide your youth by uniting them in Christ & lifting them up as leaders & messengers of God’s word.

10%is devoted to children at-risk, to improve education & provide safe havens.  IF WE ALL DO A LITTLE, IT ADDS UP TO A LOT! 

 

THE   EASTER    BRUNCH

RECIPES BELOW WERE REQUESTED by some of our folks – DAN  L graciously shared them.  Thanks, Dan!  Delicious !

 

Eggs Benedict Casserole

Prep:  25 minutes + chilling                Bake:  45 minutes               Yield:  12 Servings

 

Ingredients:

3/4 pound Canadian bacon, chopped

6 English muffins, split and cut into 1-inch pieces

8 eggs

2 cups 2% milk

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

 

Sauce:

4 egg yolks                                           I use McCormicks Hollandaise sauce mix. 

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream            Instead of 1 cup water use 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 water with a teaspoon of Dijon mustard. 

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 cup butter, melted

 

Directions:

Place half of the bacon in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.

Top with English muffins and remaining bacon.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and onion powder and pour over the top.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.

Sprinkle with paprika.

Cover and bake at 375° for 35 minutes.

Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

In a double boiler, constantly whisk the egg yolks, cream, lemon juice and mustard until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Reduce heat to low. Slowly drizzle in warm melted butter, whisking constantly.

Serve immediately with casserole. Yield: 12 servings (1-2/3 cups sauce).

                        Bacon Wrapped Asparagus    

 

Ingredients:

2 pounds fresh asparagus, ends trimmed

12 slice bacon, uncooked

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 Tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Divide asparagus spears into 12 bundles (3-4 pieces each).

Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each bundle, starting 1/2" from bottom of the tips.

Secure the bacon-wrapped asparagus with a toothpick.

Arrange bundle in a shallow baking pan.

Combine brown sugar and remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan.

Heat mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Pour mixture over asparagus bundles.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until spears have begun to wilt and bacon looks fully cooked

 

 

Incredible Keynote Speaker at the May 21 Presbytery Meeting

 

      The  Presbytery  of  Milwaukee  PRESENTS  2019 Reconciliation Speaker Series  -- NY TIMES Bestselling author, Robin DiAngelo, author of the New York Times best selling book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, will join us on May 21 at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church as we work to recognize the behaviors and often unconscious bias that perpetuates racial division.  Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial  equity.  Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society.  Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice. May 21, 2019 · 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church · 2366 N. 80th Street · Wauwatosa, WI 53213

In preparation for the May 21 Gathering, we encourage individuals and groups to read Dr. DiAngelo's book, White Fragility:  Why It's So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism.  This book is available for purchase through the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for $9.00 -- 45% off the list price.

 

 

MAY 2019

CALENDAR

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 during school year

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

 

FIRST  SATURDAY  -  P.A.C.E.

(People with arthritis can Exercise)

meets at NOON until further notice

 

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.

 

 

Sat May 4   Noon -  P.A.C.E. meets                   

 

Sun May 5  **  9:30 AM – We receive a new member, & baptize Drew Allen T. 

               **  10:50 AM – Personnel Committee   

 

Thurs May 9   7:00 PM – Friends of MS meet

 

Mon May 13    7:000 PM – Resources

 

Wed May 15   7:00 PM – Session meets

                        7:00 PM – Choir practice

 

Sun May 19  10:45 AM – CE/Nurture Committee

 

Tues May 21   4:00 PM – Presbytery meets at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church;

 

                                           Keynote Speaker is Robin DiAngelo  * 

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