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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

“Friends Moving Forward, Focused on Faith”



If “the weather outside is frightful”, & you think Sunday worship may be cancelled, tune in to Channel 12.   We’ll let them know, by VERY early Sunday morning, if we WON’T have services, so you can stay home by a fireplace that’s “so delightful”.   And remember: don’t take a chance.  If you think the roads will be unsafe, be wise, & stay home!


Worship Schedule

February 1 – March 29, 2015


Sun Feb 1 – 9:30 AM   Communion Worship

First Reading: Psalm 111

Second Reading: Mark 1:21-28

Sermon: “Let’s Get Those Unclean Spirits!!!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Janice Pendergast

Servers:  Dolly Edward, Bill Haschker, Lori Johnson & Dan Lefevre


Sun Feb 8 – 9:30 AM         “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Isaiah 40:21-31

Second Reading: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

Sermon:  “Binding Up Broken Hearts”

Liturgist:  Dick Kloes;   Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin 


Sun Feb 15 - 9:30 AM     

First Reading:  Psalm 50:1-6

Second Reading: Mark 9:2-9

Sermon: “How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take  To Change …”

Liturgist: Lori Johnson;   Children’s Message:  Pastor Kevin


Sun Feb 22 – 9:30 AM    “Penny  Sunday”

First Reading:  Mark 1:9-15

Second Reading:  Psalm 25:1-10

Sermon:  “All the Paths of the Lord”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: JT Gall


Sun Mar 1 – 9:30 AM   Communion Worship

First Reading: Psalm 22:23-31

Second Reading: Genesis 17:1-7

Sermon: “Never Too Late …!!!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sandy Reichert

Servers:  Dolly Edward, Dane & Kerstin Lefevre


Sun Mar 8 – 9:30 AM        

Southminster Youth Music Ministry leads our worship today

First Reading:  Exodus 20:1-17 

Liturgist:  Mark Brodaczynski


Sun Mar 15 – 9:30 AM        

First Reading:  John 3:14-21

Second Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

Sermon:  “Ancient Language – But It Still Works!”

Liturgist: Barb Brunett

Children’s Message:  Pastor Kevin


Sun Mar 22 – 9:30 AM    “Penny  Sunday”

First Reading:  Psalm 51:1-12

Second Reading:  Jeremiah 31:31-34

Sermon:  “Let the Day Hurry …”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Kristina Tarvid


Sun Mar 29 - 9:30 AM      Palm/Passion Sunday

First Reading:  Mark 11:1-11

Second Reading: Mark 15:21-39

Sermon: “Just Beginning to See …”

Liturgist:  Diane Edward;   Children’s Message: Janice Pendergast & the children of the church



WE  HAVE  a  MUSIC MINISTER!  Sheri Masiakowski who was our

“Interim Minister of Music” has accepted the Minister of Music position on a permanent basis!  Session “made it official” at their January 13 meeting, & we’re delighted that she’ll “wear SIX hats”: directing Chancel, Childrens’, Handbell choirs & Praise Band; playing organ; & accompanying.  What a great blessing!  Here’s the plan for PRACTICE  TIMES:  On mornings when Chancel Choir is singing, they’ll meet from 8:15 – 9:15 AM, in the sanctuary; they’ll most likely sing 3 Sundays a month.  Handbells will practice AFTER Sunday School (around 11:10  or so), except on the Sundays when THEY’RE playing – at which time they’ll practice at 8:15 AM.  They’ll play once a month.  And on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month during the school year, Chancel Choir will ALSO meet at from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  If additional practices are necessary, our singers/ ringers/Praise Band members, etc., will be notified.  If you haven’t already joined one of these musical groups, Sheri would love to welcome you aboard!  You’ll have a wonderful time, & you’ll learn a LOT!  We’re thrilled to have Sheri on staff!


A Quarter-Note from Sheri:  It is so good to be part of the GAPC Family again!  On leaving in 2007 I  told you that my heart was 25% Presbyterian and I still mean that!

We’ll dive into rehearsals shortly:

1.      8:15am February 1st — Vocal Choir

2.  11:05am February 1st — Handbell Choir

3.  and directly after the Service a Childrens’ Call will sound (Jesus Loves Me) inviting the youth to work with me on a song for the day (same process each Sunday) in the Sanctuary. Thanks for your warm welcome.  I am truly grateful,   Sheri


ASH WEDNESDAY, thebeginning of Lent, is on Feb. 18, this year.  Services will be at 6:30 PM here at GAPC.  We’ve invited the other churches which make up the “Fab 4” to join us.



Starting right after Sunday School (11:10 AM)  you’ll be able to enjoy savory, home-made soups (there are SEVERAL to choose from), & “build your own sandwich”, (ham & roll – ) PLUS a DESSERT  BAR!  This is a fund raiser to help support the Peace &  Justice Committee’s  ongoing commitments to Good Samaritan Outreach; the Guest House; St. Ben’s Meal Program; Repairers of the Breach; Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative; Amnesty International; Soujourner Family Peace Center; and Milwaukee Rescue Mission.  If you are unable to attend you can still support us by ordering a TAKE-OUT LUNCH!   Just fill out an order form when you buy your ticket; we will get your order ready so you can pick it up right after worship services.   Tickets are $7.00 for adults, & $3.00 for kids under 12.  If you are able to STAY to eat, your ticket also includes a beverage & fellowship!


SOUTHMINSTER P.C. Youth Music Ministry is with us to lead worship with their

musical “Change the World”!  on Sun., March 8.  The musical looks at the world of high school life, & how faith plays into it.  It depicts some “typical” teenagers as they enter the world of politics by running for Student Body president.  (Their election theme is “Campaign 4 Change”, & yes, they use the # 4.)  Through drama & song, the young people expose ALL of us to the topic of change, & cause us to examine how we react to it.   You can expect to hear a number of great songs by contemporary Christian artists, including Casting Crowns’; Mercy Me; & Matthew West.   We’re always eager to welcome these enthusiastic & inspiring youngsters to visit us.  The free will offering they accept at the end of the program goes to support their summer mission trip, (to Washington, D.C., this July). You’re encouraged to invite your friends & neighbors to join us for this very special worship opportunity.


The  GREAT  PANCAKE BREAKFAST will take place here on Saturday, March 28, from  7:30 AM - to 11:00 AM.!  It’s our 26th Annual, & JT Gall has retired from the position of coordinator.  This year, the event will be headed by LB Smith, with an assist from JT.  Of course, they’ll need folks to help with set up,  serving & clean-up, so we hope YOU’LL “get on board” & tell them, “Count on me, I’ll be there”.  Set up will be Friday, March 27, at 6:00 PM.  Ticket prices are SOOOOO reasonable --$6.00 for adults; $3.00 for kids under age 12.  TALK IT UP, & invite EVERYONE you know to come & eat PANCAKES!  (There are many wonderful toppings; & there’s applesauce, & sausages, & orange juice … it’s not to be missed!)


THE CHILDREN of the church will present a small program for us in worship on Palm Sunday, March 29.  Janice Pendergast will “shepherd” the event, & she’ll contact parents about rehearsal times (most likely right after worship on several preceding Sundays).  Diane Edward will assist.  It’s always a joy when our young folks play a role in the service!


Happy Soon to be Lent, Beloved!

            I have been thinking about the word “Worship.”  It is a wonderful word, and one that we have been using for a very long time.  It comes from the old English “werth scipe”  - “worth-ship” – and it speaks to how we express our appreciation for God and all that God does for us through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. 

            A closely aligned word is “praise.”  It is also a word we use a lot in living out our faith.  It is that piece of worship that Author Anne Lamott refers to as the “WOW” – the “God you are so magnificent” piece.

            Sometimes, I think we wonder if God really needs us to be heaping all that praise on the divine.  I’m sure God appreciates a “way to go” as much as the rest of us, but at the same time, I wonder if God would prefer that we use some of that energy in other pursuits…

            I’m thinking about our pursuit of Christ’s mission.  I’m thinking about Matthew 25, and how Jesus reminds us that, when we show the tiniest or wildest kindness to the least of these, we are showing that love directly to Christ.

            So, maybe Jesus’ favorite expression of “Worthship” is when we live our faith right out in the open, in expressions of kindness and generosity and forgiveness and love.  Maybe worthship is so much more that that hour we share each week in learning, and praise, and thanksgiving, and hope.

            While I’m not ready to give up thinking about that hour or so as worship, I’m wondering if it needs a little something more to express its fullness, its completeness…

            I’m thinking “Celebration” might also fit:  a time of joyous reverie in the knowledge that God loves us, has cared for us, and now in the most mysterious of mysteries, has invited us into the divine enterprise of caring for the creation, and all God’s children.

            I’m thinking our worship needs to be a growing, yet reverent, explosion of celebration of God, and God’s relationship with us.  We are blest.  God loves you.  Me too!    -     Rev.  Dr.  K.


OUR  INTERACTIVE SUNDAY  SCHOOL  resumes on Sun., Feb. 8.  The

theme for this semester is “Living the Faithful Life” & the topic on the 8th is “Mindfulness for All Ages”, led by Sally Tarvid & Janice Pendergast.  The Christian Education Committee is VERY excited about the topics they’ve chosen for these sessions, which immediately follow our worship service.  (Of course, you’ll have time to get coffee, juice & a snack item  to take to class with you before things get underway.)  Additional topics are:

Feb 15 – Prayer 101 (Being in the Moment) – led by Sally & Pastor Kevin Tarvid

Feb 22 – Adding On, Not Giving Up (for Lent, & Always) – Diane Edward, leader

Mar 1 – Introduction to a Personal Relationship with Christ – Pastor Kevin

Mar 8 – No Sunday School – It’s the day Southminster’s Youth Music Ministry visits us

Mar 15 – Keeping the Faith – Leader needed

Mar 22 – Commitment – Leader needed

Mar 29 – Children do a small program in worship, so NO Sunday School today

April 5 – Easter Sunday - No Sunday School

April 12 – Bible Study & the Rule of Love  - Pastor Kevin leads this morning.  Want to help?  Let

                  him know!

April 19 – Patience & Acceptance – Diane Edward

April 26 – Forgiveness – Pastor Kevin & Sally

May 3 – Honesty, the Best Policy – Leader needed

May 10 – The children sing for Mother’s Day – NO Sunday School this morning

May 17 – Pentecost Party (it’s the Birthday of the Church!) – Everyone’s invited!

May 17 is the last day of Sunday School until Fall.  


As you can see from reading the above schedule, there are a few dates when leaders are needed.  We hope you’ll choose one that is of particular interest to you, & be willing to lead it.  Pastor Kevin will be happy to give you whatever help you wish, as you prepare for the class -- & will help you with the discussion if you’d like.  Please sign up on the sheet at the rear of the sanctuary.




Mike Hagen, for modifying the T.V. cart to support the new TV.  (Note of interest: Mike & his late father, Marve Hagen, made the cart for the last t-T.V.).

                and …

Many thanks to the folks who ordered Christmas Poinsettias to leave in the sanctuary to beautify our January worship services.  The plants held up wonderfully, & added so much warmth to our services during COLD,COLD days!

                and …

The Tarvids, who welcomed us into their home for a “Holiday Open House” on Jan. 18.  The warm atmosphere & delicious snacks & sweets, coupled with hospitality & fellowship with church family, made for a very special occasion.  Spending this time with dear friends even made the Packer loss just a bit easier to bear …

                and …

John Doty,  who sang such a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” for “Special Music” time on Jan. 25.

                and …

Jim Dickson & Ed Griffith, who do the lion’s share of cleaning the church.

                and …

The good folks who “un-hung the greens” on Jan 7 (so we didn’t have miss the  Packer game on Jan. 11, the date we’d originally scheduled “unhanging”  ….

                and …

Cynthia Winke & Bonnie Rosen, who’ve filled in for Minister of Music Sheri Masiakowski, while Sheri fulfilled prior commitments.

               and …

Gail & Dick Kloes, always willing to be of assistance as office volunteers.  They really earned our applause in January, as they assembled & stapled the Annual Report, in addition to the “hard copy” Messengers to be found in the narthex.


COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS & Session members on those committees for 2015:


Lori Johnson, Clerk of Session; Personnel:  Lori Johnson, (Chairperson); Jay Saugstad & Bill Haschker; Christian Education: Janice Pendergast, (Chairperson); Diane Chandler


Peace & Justice: Dick Kloes, (Chairperson);  Ed Griffith & Mick Payton


Resources: Ed Griffith, (Chairperson); JT Gall, Jay Saugstad, & Kerstin & Dan Lefevre


Nurture: Phyllis DiPronio, (Chairperson); Dan Lefevre & Diane Chandler


Nominating Committee: Dan Lefevre, (Chairperson); Bill Haschker

Thank you to all these good people, for their willingness to serve Christ and the church in this way.

Thanks, also, to elders whose  terms on Session ended on January 18, when new folks were ordained and/or installed in the “Class of 2017”:  Judy Dickson, Diane Edward, Jenny Lefevre, Sue Pope & Sally Tarvid. 


DISCOVERY DAY of  the Presbytery of Milwaukee is scheduled for Sat., February 21, at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 6031 W. Chapel Hill Rd.  in Mequon.  Registration begins at 8:30 AM; the day ends at 4:00 PM.  Discovery Day is for EVERYONE in the church family!  There are workshops; a presbytery meeting from 9:00 – 10:00 AM; lunch; an absorbing keynote speaker; a bookstore; nursery for infants through children age 4, & a “Day  Camp” with crafts, games, interactive Bible studies, & songs that are FUN for youngsters ages 4 – 12. 

The workshops are not only educational & informative, but also exciting & thought-provoking.   ESPECIALLY important for Elders is workshop # 15 – “Not Your Father’s Ruling Elder Training (or To What Exactly Have I Agreed?) 

And for Deacons, workshop # 5  - Deacon Training: “High-Touch” Communication in a “High-Tech World”.   Other workshops include #4 – “Becoming a Viable Congregation”;  #6 – Spirited Study Groups; #8 – Losing Our Religion?  Ministry with Young Adults”; #12 – Social Media as Ministry: To Tweet or Not to Tweet, That is the Question”.

Keynoter is the Rev. Carol Howard-Merritt, a minister whose writing, speaking & teaching is anchored in theological wisdom & fresh sociological insight.  She’s a sought-after keynote speaker, especially on the topic of ministering to a new generation.

From reading the above, you can see why the theme of Discovery Day is “Communicating the Faith in the 21st Century”,  (perhaps THE most challenging job faced by the church in our current age). It’s a topic that’s important for ANYONE who’s interested in the future of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), so we hope MANY of our folks will plan to attend. 

Crossroads church is asking churches to help them with set up on Friday, Feb. 20, from 9:00 AM until the task is complete -- &, of course, they’d appreciate help to restore the building ahead of their Sunday worship. 

Mark that date on your calendars; you’ll be hearing much more about it as the time draws nearer.


FOOD  PANTRY  CHALLENGERemember the Peace & Justice Committee’s challenge to us, to gather as many of each month’s  SUGGESTED items as possible, to be taken to Good Samaritan Food Pantry.   January, it was soup, & 37  cans were donated.   Here’s the line-up of suggested items for the remainder of 2015:

February:  Pasta & Sauce

March: Fruit (canned, dried)

April: Vegetables

May: Rice

June: Peanut Butter

July: Cereal

August: Tuna

September: Baby Food

October: Beans

November: Holiday meal items (such as cranberries, stuffing, package potatoes, corn, green beans, gravy mix, etc.

December: Baking items (Flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, baking soda, baking powder, canned milk, nuts, chocolate chips, oil/shortening, etc.)

And remember, you may donate anything you wish at any time, for ALL non-perishable food items are needed, & gratefully received!


HELP  CLEAN the CHURCH - Once again, we’re asking folks to volunteer to clean the church.  We’d love to hire a part-time custodian; in fact, we’ve been advertising for someone to help out in a 2- hour-a-week paid position, but in the meantime, we need volunteers.  It’s not too difficult, & Ed Griffith will be glad to provide all the information you need.  There’s a sign-up sheet next to the center front doors of the church; please let us know that YOU will help -- & how.


GOOD  SAMARITAN  OUTREACH  CENTER, which we support with donations for their food pantry & “gently used” clothing, is in DESPERATE NEED of VOLUNTEERS.  There are SO many folks in need who are aided by this wonderful organization – but unless there are volunteers who can help sort & shelve food items, sort clothing, etc. -- they can’t get the job done.  If YOU have even a few spare hours, -- & want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE – give them a call at 414-541-7668 & ask how YOU can help.  They’re open on Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, & are located here in West Allis, at 59th & Burnham.  And, of course, your donations of non-perishable food items are invaluable.  Please keep them coming!


We continue our effort to provide LOTS of school supplies for Wilson School, the WAWM elementary school we’ve helped for the past year.  So many of the 460 children there, through no fault of their own, lack access to essential school supplies, & the need for supplies is year-round.  There’s a list of needed school supplies posted on the bulletin board, & there’s a VERY brightly-colored box located on top of the table there, in which to place the supplies you donate.  What a great way to reach out to children (& through them, their families), who need help getting the best-possible educational start! 


ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING - This special offering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is accepted on Easter Sunday, although there will be envelopes expressly for this purpose in the pews during the entire month of March, & you may donate to it at any time during Lent.

A bit of history:

Immediately following World War II, Protestant churches in the United States made appeals for the relief & reconstruction of devastated areas, primarily in Europe & Asia.  In 1949 the leaders of several denominations formed a committee to organize an appeal to support their churches’ separate campaigns.  A radio program called “One Great Hour’ was broadcast on March 26, 1949, over major networks & many independent stations.  The broadcast closed with a request that listeners attend church the following  morning & make a sacrificial contribution.  No exact measure of receipts was possible, but it was estimated that more than 75,000 churches participated.  The next year, the offering was repeated, for the first time using the name “One Great Hour of Sharing”.  From the beginning, the offering has been an ecumenical effort.  As denominations changed & merged, OGHS has varied from 8 to 29 participating communions.  While each denomination allocates its gifts differently, all use their funds for ministries of disaster relief, refugee assistance, & development aid.  Today, projects supported by OGHS are under way in more than 100 countries, including the United States & Canada.  In recent years, Presbyterians have given about $7.5 million annually.

YOUR gift to OGHS is a gift of HOPE.  It allows Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to restore communities around the world affected by natural & human- caused disasters.  Your generosity helps the Presbyterian Hunger Program work with Presbyterians & other partners to alleviate hunger & eliminate its causes in this country & internationally.  Your sharing makes it possible for Self-Development of People to affirm the dignity of all by assisting in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, & disadvantaged people.  Funds are divided equally among the three agencies named above.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been given over the past 65 years, which have enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly.

And we must always remember: our first and best response following a disaster is to seek God’s presence in prayer, on behalf of those in need, & ask God to help our congregation & OGHS in response, as we seek to reflect the hope that is found in Christ.







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


SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP

10:45 AM -  Church School for all ages

11:10 AM – Handbell Choir practices

Communion 1st  Sunday  of each month,

Easter, & Christmas Eve

2nd & 4th SUNDAYS - “Penny Sunday”


MONDAYS  6:00 PM - “Fit & Faithful Exercise”


TUESDAYS   5:00 - 6:00 PM - TOPS  in  library


2nd & 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 NOT included below.


Sun Feb 1 – 11:00 AM -  POT LUCK LUNCH *            

                     12:30 PM – ANNUAL MEETING *                                     


Sun Feb 8    10:45 AM – Sunday School resumes

                     11:10 AM – Handbells practice

                     11:10 AM – Deacons meet

Tues Feb 10    7:00 PM – Resources meets

Tues Feb 17    7:00 PM – Session meets

Wed Feb 18    6:30 PM – Ash Wednesday worship service, here *

Sat Feb 21   8:30 AM – Presbytery’s Discovery Day at Crossroads Presbyterian in Mequon *

                     9:00 AM – Spinning Yarns meets

Sun Mar 1  11:10 AM – Soup & Sandwich Lunch sponsored by Peace & Justice Comm. *

Sun Mar 8    9:30 AM – Southminster’s here *

Mon Mar 9   6:30 PM – Peace & Justice meets

Tues Mar 10   7:00 PM – Resources meets

Sat Mar 21    9:00 AM – Spinning Yarns meets

Fri Mar 27    6:00 PM – Set Up for Pancake Breakfast *

Sat Mar 28   7:30 – 11:00 AM – 26th ANNUAL  GREAT  PANCAKE  BREAKFAST *

Sun Mar 29   9:30 AM – Palm Sunday with  Children’s Program during worship *

Thurs. Ap. 2 – 6:30 PM – Maundy Thursday worship service, here




                                *  Indicates article about this event in preceding pages.