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MARCH,  2018 -  MESSENGER   


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   SundayChurch School  10:45 AM


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            Worship Schedule

          March 4 -  March 25



Sun.  March 4 - 9:30 AM      3rd  Sunday in Lent;  Communion & Two Baptisms

First Reading:  Psalm 19

Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Sermon: “No Contradictions!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Lori

Servers: Lori Johnson, Kerstin, Mi & Sally T



Sun. March 11 - 9:30 AM    4th Sunday in Lent;  Penny Sunday

First Reading:  Psalm 107:1-16       

Second Reading:  John 3:14-21

Sermon:  “What If, When Jesus Says …”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Jay


Sun. March 18 – 9:30 AM           5th Sunday in Lent

First Reading:  Psalm 51:1-12

Second Reading:  Jeremiah 31:31-34

Sermon:  “Like Breathing …”

Liturgist: Barb

Children’s Message:  Pastor Kevin


Sun March 25-9:30 AM  “Palm/Passion Sunday”  & “Penny Sunday

First Reading: Mark 11:1-11

Second Reading:  Psalm 31:9-16Mark 8:31-38

Sermon: “Parades (and Beyond)”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sandy R



DAYLIGHT  SAVING  TIME begins on Sunday, March 8!  Seems like it rolls around awfully early – but this is your reminder to set your clocks AHEAD one hour (“Spring”

Ahead” ) before heading for bed next Saturday night! 


COME  ONE,  COME ALL -- & Invite  everyone  you  know !  It’s our 








1455 S. 97th Street      West Allis WI


(one block south of Greenfield Avenue)




All-U-Can Eat Pancakes with toppings/ Syrup/ Juices

Sausage / Apple Sauce / Coffee, Tea, Milk


7:30 TO 11:00 AM


DONATION               ADULTS      $7.00

                 CHILDREN under 12    $3.00



Happy March, Beloved!


          The winter is almost over!  Yayyy!  I, for one, will be glad to see it go.  At so many times, it’s been cold, and windy, dark, and dreary.


          Do you remember that episode from a few years ago, when Jimmy the Groundhog from Sun Prairie didn’t like the winter, and didn’t like being dragged out of his den?  He hauled off and bit the Mayor in the face!  While I do not condone his behavior, I think I do have a little bit of sympathy…


          I think the thing that bugs me the most about this winter is that it has, at times, forced us as a faith family into a kind of hibernation.  We’ve been kept apart on Sunday, not just by the usual forces of busy schedules, but by ice and snow, and discomfort!


          It’s never easy being the church, but it’s even harder when we can’t get the whole family together on Sundays.  For us to be at our best, we need to be together: loving and praying, planning and caring, learning and working.


          I’m very proud of our ability to stay vital and strong, even in the face of a rotten season.  Now that there is a promise of Spring in the air, I’m hoping  hat we’ll overcome all the forces that are holding us back, and we’ll come out of our retreat even more energized and holy than ever.


          Please give thought and prayer to taking as active a part in our faith life together as possible.  We need you!  Help us plot a course for an even more vibrant, resourceful and effective future than we could even imagine.


          God loves us – and is counting on us.  Peace,     

                                                                                      -  Pastor   Kevin



Image result for free clipart eASTER flowersEASTER  FLORAL  ORDERS are due in the church office NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY,  MARCH 14.   Milaegar’s in Racine, where we purchase our flowers, has an early deadline, if we wish to receive their discount (which saves us quite a bit -- & THAT’S good STEWARDSIP!)  




DURING LENT, we participate in ONE  GREAT  HOUR  of  SHARING,  a Christian effort to empower, provide water, supply food, & give relief from disasters.  Currently, OGHS has projects to provide clean drinking water in more than 20 countries, as well as hunger relief.  It’s a long-term commitment to disaster relief, and also helps men & women supply the needs of their families in a variety of ways.   To name just a couple: 

v  We Share – with women  who were once trafficked for domestic labor and now own their own cooperative business.

v  We Share – with those whose lives are adversely affected by crises & catastrophic events, staying for the LONG-TERM.

Please take a moment to read the bulletin inserts that tell the stories of some of the people & congregations who have been helped by this VERY important special offering of our denomination!

AND  -   We hope you’ll  USE THE ENVELOPE which is provided for OGHS  IN YOUR REGULAR OFFERING ENVELOPES.   




We received a “Thank You” letter from Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, for our investment in the community, our neighbors, & the future.  They are thrilled that 2017 was such a great year for them, & WE  HELPED!!

Our special thanks to Ed, who works tirelessly for them every Thursday;  to everyone who contributed to the “Habitat Christmas Tree”, raising funds for them during Advent; & our dedicated Peace & Justice committee, for their support of Habitat.


  WORSHIP will be held at Heritage Presbyterian Church, now located at Tudor Oaks Senior Living Center,  S 77 W 12929 McShane Drive, Muskego

The service will take place at 7:00 PM; “Fab 4” combined choirs will participate.  This important Holy Week event bids us “Come and worship!”  Pastors from the 4 churches will take part.


Kristina, Jess, Mark, who led the informational & Q & A discussion of Opioid Addiction on February 4.

               and …

Jake Jansen, who spoke to the Adult Sunday School about addictions & recovery, on February 11.  Jake operates “My Recovery Project”, & explained that “Addiction is not a choice, but Recovery IS!”  He spoke to us for well over an hour, sharing his experiences & fielding questions.  Those of us who heard him (there were quite a few!) could have continued listening & asking additional questions for several MORE hours … We plan to have him here for a return visit!  It’s SUCH an important topic!

               and …

Mark, who filled in as “Guest Preacher” on Feb. 18, while Pastor Kevin & Sally enjoyed a week of vacation in the Dells.

               and …

The Peace & Justice Committee members, who prepared four DELICIOUS  HOMEMADE SOUPS for their annual “After Church Soup & Sandwich Café” on Feb. 25.  )The sandwiches & desserts were great, too!)   They made $256.00 to use in helping the Rescue Mission, St. Ben’s Meal Program, Habitat for Humanity, Good Samaritan Outreach Center, & the other groups their mission supports.  And what a wonderful time everyone had, just visiting & spending time together.

               and …

                and …

JT, who loaned Melissa’s cello for our guest cellist to use on Feb. 18. 

                and …

Brilliant cellist  Ji Eun Kim, (a friend of our Music Minister, Sheri), who awed us with her breathtaking rendition of  Priere, by composer Camille Saint-Säens.

                and …

Sheri, for arranging for Ji Eun Kim to be here to play for us.    

                and …

Larry A. S., who helped with some “office tasks” while regular helpers Gail & Dick Kloes were “under the weather”. 



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 we continue to include them?  They’re here just as a REMINDER that we need YOUR HELP as we support these ministries.  

         REMEMBER to order  SCRIP each month, on the 2nd Sunday.  The  GIFT  CARDS you’ll receive return a percentage of purchase to GAPC !  Why isSCRIP  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, when you need a gift card for any special occasion -- a birthday, an anniversary, a wedding or baby gift, a graduation gift – or simply a gas card for yourself – 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 AND have cards to use for things you’d buy anyway!


          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 March, it’s FRUIT.   Of  course, you may donate anything you wish at any time, all non-perishable food items are needed!  Thank you for helping!


THE  GUEST  HOUSE  helps men in transition, both “in shelter” & in permanent housing, has many serious needs, for “Old Man Winter” isn’t done with us yet!  now that winter has arrived with a vengeance.  We’ve been helping The Guest House for many years, & plan to continue helping with their ministry. Especially needed at present are:


  • New winter gloves,
  • 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,



              See the source image  Don’t forget to help us as we continue to support WILSON SCHOOL!  We’ve started our 5th  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, so once school is actually in session, we don’t stop bringing supplies … we keep providing them!


INTERFAITH  WEST  CENTRAL  urgently needs VOLUNTEER DRIVERS .  The DRIVERS bring Interfaith clients to needed appointments: doctor, hairdresser, dentist, etc.  Even if you’re able to drive only once in a while, your help will be valued.  If you’re able to take clients with walkers, please let Interfaith know.   Call Tammy Hero, Director of West Central Neighborhood Outreach Older Adult Programs, 414-774-1747.



                                 march, 2018





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



“Spinning Yarns” knitting ministry


Pastor Kevin’s USUAL “Day Off” is Friday



NOTE:  Regular calendar events listed in the box above are NOTincluded below.



Thur Feb 1     Noon – CE/Nurture meets


Sun Mar 4   9:30 AM – Baptism of TWO babies!

                     10:45 AM – Sunday School on


Mon Mar 5   6:30 PM – Peace & Justice Committee Meets

Tues, Mar 6  4:00 PM – Presbytery meets at Forest Park Presbyterian, New Berlin




Fri Mar 16    6:00 PM – We set up for the Great Pancake breakfast set-up


Sat Mar 17    7:30 – 11:00 AM – THE  GREAT  PANCAKE  BREAKFAST  *


Mon Mar 19   7:00 PM  - Resources meets


Tues Mar 20   7:00 PM – Session meets


Thur Mar 29   7:00 PM – Maundy Thursday worship  *










An important announcement from Colleen Struck, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Aurora West Allis Medical Center Education Department, which may be beneficial to you or to someone you know, is as follows.


‘HEALING After the Loss of a Loved One Due to Addiction” is the title of a FREE support group offered there.  It’s for survivors of the passing of a loved one due to addiction or drug related deaths.  This group provides a supportive environment that fosters healing, hope, & recovery with consideration of the unique circumstances of a death related to substance use.  For mature adolescents & adults only, the program meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Aurora West Allis Medical Center, 8901 W. Lincoln Ave. West Allis, WI 53227.  NO REGISTRATION is required for this program; those who wish more information may call 414-328-7524.