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APRIL, 2015  -  MESSENGER   


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”


Worship Schedule

April 12 – April 26, 2015



Sun Apr 12– 9:30 AM        “Holy Humor” Sunday

First Reading:  Psalm 133           “Penny Sunday”

Second Reading: John 20:19-31

Sermon:  “As the Father Has Sent …”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Sue Smith 


Sun Apr 19 - 9:30 AM      

First Reading:  1 John 3:1-7

Second Reading: Luke 24:36b-48

Sermon: “Got Anything to Eat?”

Liturgist: Dick Kloes

Children’s Message:  Pastor Kevin


Sun Apr 26 - 9:30 AM    “Penny  Sunday”

First Reading:  John 10:11-18

Second Reading:  1 John 3:16-24

Sermon:  “Love in Action”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sandy Reichert



FROM  OUR  PASTOR: Happy Resurrections, Beloved:

After a very, very, very long winter, and a most reflective Lenten season, the time has come for us to rejoice!

As I write, I’m still basking in the glow of our wonder full Palm/Passion Sunday together…

I so loved Janice Pendergast’s poem, and the way it was so spectacularly presented by our young people: with song, and verse, and their amazing beauteousness!

I was also so moved by our Holy Conversation regarding Christ’s passion, the state of our world today, and the role of the church in bringing the mission to fruition.  The depth of faithfulness and thought you display continues to delight me, and make me ever grateful to be your partner in ministry.

          So many good holy things are happening among us.  I’m so grateful for how folks are stepping forward and taking leadership and making things happen.

          Clearly, a most meaningful resurrection is, right now, happening for and amongst us.  It is a beautiful thing to see unfold.

          I can’t wait to see the blessings God brings us in the near future, and I invite us all to receive with most joyful hearts.  God loves you!  Me. Too!

                                                                                                   -   Pastor Kevin


HOLY HUMOR SUNDAY is April 12, & we’re celebrating the joke God played on the devil, in raising Jesus from the dead!  For the past few years, it’s been our tradition to be especially gleeful on this first Sunday after Easter, so you’re encouraged to bring along your sense of humor, the desire to laugh out loud, & jokes you’d like to share (in good taste, of course …)  Why not invite your friends to come & join us in worship?  It’s an experience they’re sure to enjoy -- & remember!


YARD CLEAN-UP Day is set for Sat., April 18, at 9:00 AM. Please bring your rake & any other lawn care equipment you think might be handy … & join our Resources Committee members as they work to “spruce up” the church grounds for Spring!


 Did YOU ever wish you knew how to create beautiful pictures?  If you’ve ever “had a hankerin’ ” to paint in acrylics, here’s a golden opportunity!  Kathy Doty has arranged for art instructor Kristen Monday to be with us on Sat., April 25, at 1:00 PM for “Coffee & Canvas”.  For just $35.00, YOU can create your own version of a seascape scene (see painting on easel in narthex …) & Kristen, who teaches art at UW-Whitewater, will show you how!  The fee includes a canvas & ALL art supplies (plus, of course, the coffee).  There are limited spots available, so register NOW, with Sue the church offic414-453-3710.   Don’t miss this  opportunity! 


OUR  INTERACTIVE SUNDAY  SCHOOL (theme - “Living the Faithful

Life”) has the following topics scheduled:

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!  Be sure 

                 to WEAR RED for PENTECOST!

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


As you can see from reading the above schedule, there’s one date when a leader (or leaders – you can always volunteer to help the “scheduled leader” with one of the discussions …) is needed.  We hope you’ll choose a topic that is of particular interest to you, & be willing to be part of 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.


We received the following note from the Southminster Youth Music Ministry:

“Dear Friends at Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church,

On behalf of our youth and their leaders, thank you for so graciously hosting our youth musical.    Over the years, the support of congregations like yours has helped countless lives  --  both mission workers and the recipients of their efforts.  Your support has assisted our mission to get our youth engaged and committed to make a change in our community and in the world.

May you all be richly blessed, and thank you again.

                                                                                       -    Susanne Koehne”


Elected at the Annual Meeting on Feb. 8 (which was postponed from Feb. 1 due to inclement weather) were:

NOMINATING COMMITTEEmembers for 2015: Mark Brodaczynski, Judy Dickson, LB Smith, & Kristina Tarvid.  And for a 2-year term on the AUDIT COMMITTEE: Bud Brunett.  Many thanks to these good folks for their willingness to serve.


A Note of Appreciation  -  Louise Berte was thrilled with the large number of cards she received from the GAPC family on the occasion of her 95th birthday, February 19.

She writes:   “Dear Church Friends,

     Many thanks for all the love you sent in the many birthday cards filled with good wishes.

     I felt really blessed.                 Love – Louise”




Sheri Masiakowski, who arranged to have trumpeter John Rose with us to provide special music during the prelude, hymns & postlude on Feb. 8.  What an uplifting treat, to have both organ AND trumpet accompanying our singing & playing to enhance our worship!  Thanks also to John, for being here.  Prelude composer Sr. Marion was also with us that morning, & was recognized with applause. 

                and …

Our Deacons, for the consistent care & comfort they provide to our folks who need it.  At the Feb. 8 annual meeting, Member Care Coordinator  Sandy Reichert explained that 2014 was the biggest year in memory, in terms of folks who needed special care from our Deacons.  Our heartfelt thanks to all these selfless folks, who work so hard to make sure our folks are properly looked after.  

                and …

Mick Payton & Kristina Tarvid, who almost single-handedly have kept our Chili Mac program going, providing this meal to St. Ben’s the Monday after the 2nd Sunday of every month..

                and …

SPECIAL THANKS to Church Treasurer JT Gall,  who spends countless hours taking care of our finances, & does such an OUTSTANDING job!

                and …

Ed Griffith, who made arrangements to have our misbehaving office copy machine repaired, while Sue was away.

                and …

Scott Griffith, who donated a 42” Vizio “Smart TV” to the church.

                and …

Joanne Haschker, who’s spent much time creating the informative & attractive POSTERS you’ll see in Jack Reichert Hall, explaining the many orginizations our Peace & Justice Committee supports.  Be sure to check them out; you’ll learn SO much, about the causes we’re involved in!

                and …

Lori Johnson & Kristina Tarvid, who did such a SENSATIONAL job with duets Feb 22 & March 1 which called attention to our March 1 Soup & Sandwich Luncheon -- & on March 22, publicizing the March 29 Great Pancake Breakfast.  (Thanks also to Sue Smith, who wrote lyrics for their numbers, & to Sheri Masiakowski, who provided accompaniment.)   

                and …

LB Smith, who shepherded the 26th Annual Great Pancake Breakfast on March 28, & helpers JT Gall,  Jim, Judy & Jeff Dickson, Kristina Tarvid, Sue & Larry Smith, Dick Kloes, Bobbie & Ed Griffith, Lee Larson, Kerstin & Dan Lefevre & Joanne & Bill Haschker.  We’re pleased to report that the Breakfast raised $572.00 for the church!

                and …

Mick Payton, who worked with the Wi-Fi system, expanding the signal throughout the church.

                and …

MORE thanks to Mick, who spent several hours on March 29, figuring out a massive problem with the church email/Internet Explorer system.  We’d been unable to ACCESS emails or get online with Explorer since March 25 … Mick FIXED it!  (Sue & JT are SO relieved!)

                and …

Thanks to everyone in the congregation for their generous support of the Presbyterian Coffee Project.  Coordinators Sally Tarvid & Kathy Dettman are most grateful! (They’d also appreciate some volunteer helpers, to fill in on those rare Sundays when neither Sally nor Kathy can be present.)

                and …

Our PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) class, who donated$720.00 toward our building utility bills in 2014!  (Each member contributes $1 per class, but only if they wish, & can afford it -- & EVERY little bit helps!  See how it adds up!)

               and …

Mark Brodaczynski, whom Sheri taught to play her recorded organ music for worship March 29.  Sheri had a prior commitment in Madison, but was happy to pre-record -- & Mark was delighted to help out by learning.  (He got a kick out of telling people he’d “learned to play the organ with just one half-hour lesson!)  Thanks, Sheri, for “making it happen!”

                and …

Bonnie Rosen & Cynthia Winke, who filled in on organ & piano while Sheri fulfilled prior commitments.

                and …

Kristin Cudzewicz, our guest flautist who accompanied the choir on several occasions.  The music was SO uplifting!

                and …

Sandy Reichert & JT Gall, who cared for Sue’s office plants while she was vacationing.

                and …

JT, for correcting a glitch experienced by the Epson printer in the church office.

                and …

Gail & Dick Kloes, who’ve earned our undying gratitude for their always good-natured help as volunteer office workers.

The “Soup & Sandwich Lunch” on Mar. 1 was our most successful EVER!  The Peace & Justice Committee’s efforts raised $420.00 to support their worthy causes!  Attendance was outstanding, & the committee sends thanks to the congregation for their enthusiastic response, for the “Soup & Sandwich” Lunch & the October “Peace & Justice Luncheon” are the sole means of support for the committee’s mission work.


It’s THAT time of year.  Do we have young people (or even not-so-young) who will GRADUATE from Middle School, High School, College/University, or grad school this spring?  We want to be sure to recognize these accomplishments, & wouldn’t want to MISS anyone, so PLEASE – if there’s a graduate in YOUR family, give Sue a call at the church office, 414-453-3710, so we can include that information in the May and/or June issue of The Messenger.


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, (co-chairperson with Barb Brunett);  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”.  Departing were:  Judy Dickson, Diane Edward, Jenny Lefevre, Sue Pope & Sally Tarvid. 


JOYS?  We do our best to keep the folks in the congregation updated on all prayer concerns, whether someone is hospitalized, ill, suffering from a broken bone, loss of a dear one, or any other situation that requires loving prayers. 

It’s equally important that we be able to share JOYS with everyone, for FAMILY -- & that’s what we are, a church family – needs to celebrate: accomplishments, or a healing, or a new grandchild, great-grandchild, marriage – there are MANY joyous situations we’re delighted to announce in The Messenger.  Here’s the thing:  If we don’t KNOW about them, we can’t pass that information along.  We hope you’ll always let us know when there’s an event in your life or the life of someone in your family that we can let folks know about.  “SHARE the JOY” by letting us know -- & you’ll have ALL of us at GAPC celebrating WITH YOU!


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.   For February it was pasta & sauce, (31 jars/packages were donated) & for March, fruit, (84 cans/jarsdonated).  Here’s the line-up of suggested items for the remainder of 2015:

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!


STRAWBERRY FEST will be here before you know it – Barb Brunett & Lori               Johnson are spearheading this community-outreach/fundraiser.  SAVE THE DATE – it’s SUNDAY, JUNE 14, FROM 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM !  As usual, we’ll need lots of willing workers to clean berries on the 13th; to be at the church at 8:00 AM the 14th to help with set up; people to run games for the children; to make tasty treats for the bake sale; to scoop berries & ice cream; to take orders; & to help with selling tickets.   Mark that date on your calendar NOW, for your support is needed!


FALL FEST - YES, we’re already PLANNING it is set for Sat., Oct. 31 – HALLOWEEN!  We’re seeking volunteers to COORDINATE the OVERALL EVENT, and someone (or SEVERAL someones) to coordinate the RUMMAGE portion of the day.

Coordinators for the café, bake sale & raffle have stepped forward, but an “overseer” & “RUMMAGE CHAMPION” are urgently needed.  “Getting our ducks in a row” for this major fund-raising effort is a real priority, so please DO volunteer as soon as possible.  And, of course, it’s NEVER too soon to start setting aside your items to DONATE to the rummage!  Ask your friends & neighbors if THEY have unneeded “gently used” rummage items they’d be willing to donate!


We’re still providing LOTS of school supplies for Wilson School, the WAWM elementary school we’ve helped for the past year and a half.  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! 


Presbytery’s “DISCOVERY DAY” on Feb 21 – in Mequon offered MANY learning opportunities, as well as the chance to reconnect with friends from other congregations.  “Our” folks who attended were: Barb Brunett & Lori Johnson, Bill & Joanne Haschker, & Pastor Kevin. 


SYNOD SCHOOL at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, begins on Sunday, July 26 & runs through Friday, July 31.  It’s been a few years since any of our folks have attended this event, but it’s something we hope you’ll read about & consider, for it’s an educational, inspirational event that’s intergenerational, open to ANYONE and EVERYONE in the congregation!  Because of its intergenerational approach, there are excellent programs for children & youth in mission, study & fellowship, & there’s high-quality child care for infants & toddlers! 

Here are some exciting workshops to pique your curiosity:

“God at the Box Office”,   led by our good friend the Rev. Mr. Bill Humphreys.

“How to Survive Church Hurt (Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome), taught by Linnea Gettman, of Norfolk, NE.

“Seven Principles for a Successful Marriage”, by John Henrich, Staff Counselor, North Central Ministry Development Center in New Brighton, MN.

“Guided Spiritual Retreat: Living a Prayer-Filled Life”, with Charles Ayars, Retreat leader, spiritual director, & pastor, from Sioux Falls, SD.

“St. Paul, the Pastor” led by Sarah Henrich, Professor of New Testament (Emerita) at Luther Seminary, Roseville, MN.

“The Near Death Experience (NDE), with Dirk R. Brinkmeyer, Pre-Natal Presbyterian & Ruling Elder who’s a member of Peace Presbyterian church in Lakewood Ranch, FL.

“One in Four: Responding with Compassion to Individuals with a Mental Illness & their Families” – Leader, Tammy Rider, preacher, teacher & poet from Rochester, MN.  She is certified by the Minnesota affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to teach their Hope for Recovery class.

The above list is “just a taste”of

the 70 possibilities from which those who plan to attend may choose.  There’s a copy of Synod School’s “A Future with Hope” catalog, which contains ALL workshop names & a full description of each, on the big bulletin board in the narthex.  Additionally, Synod offers $50 scholarships for the first 62 “first-timers” who register to attend.  Presbyteries & congregations may offer SCHOLARSHIP AID, & additional Synod School scholarships are available by application (see the Synod School catalog, for further details.)

APRIL, 2015





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


SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP

and  at

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 Apr 12    9:30 AM –Holy Humor Sunday *

Sat Apr 18     9:00 AM – Church Clean Up Day*

Tues Apr 21  7:00 PM – Session meets

Sat Apr 25     1:00 PM – Coffee & Canvas – Learn to paint with art instructor Kristen

                                          Monday from UW-Whitewater *



*  Indicates article about this event in preceding pages.