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MAY, 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

May 3 – May 31, 2015


Sun May 3 – 9:30 AM   Communion Worship

First Reading: Psalm 22:25-31

Second Reading: 1st John 4:7-12

Sermon: “So, Just Which Hoops, Exactly?”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Jay Saugstad    

Servers:  Phyllis DiPronio, Bill Haschker, Dan & Kerstin Lefevre


Sun May 10– 9:30 AM     Mother’s Day & “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Psalm 98          

Second Reading: John 15:9-17

Sermon:  “Complete Joy!!!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Mark Brodaczynski 


Sun May 17 - 9:30 AM     

First Reading:  Psalm 1

Second Reading: 1 John 5:9-13

Sermon: “Looking Forward …”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Janice Pendergast


Sun May 24 - 9:30 AM    Pentecost & “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Acts 2:1-21         

Second Reading:  Romans 8:18

Sermon:  “Done Deal”

Liturgist: Dick Kloes

Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin


Sun May 31 – 9:30 AM   Trinity Sunday

First Reading: Psalm 29

Second Reading: Isaiah 6:1-18

Sermon: “Our Time Before the Throne …”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Lori Johnson





FROM  OUR  PASTOR:  Happy Resurrections, Beloved:

          I just have to tell you how much I loved our Easter Celebration together.  It was, in fact, most marvelous, even magical!

          The crowd was beaming, and energetic, engaged and most faithfully happy.  All the music was so wonderful – I was moved to tears.  The Children were sooo beautiful in their Easter regalia… 

          I was thrilled that we were reunited with some of our winter travelers, and with some families from far away.  I just wish we’d had more time together!

          We had a myriad of wonderful surprises that day.  Our beloved cousins from Waukesha were there.  One of the most delightful families from our church in Oconto amazed us.  Even some of our favorite friends from my pre-ministry days at the church in Stevens Point shocked us. 

          One great small world story is that, two days later, when Chaz and Jerry were voting, someone at the polls in Stevens Point said:  “Hey, I saw you at Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church on Sunday!”  (It was Sandy Schueppel’s daughter, Heidi!)

          I wish that we could have that kind of excitement every Sunday, and that should be a goal to work for, but we might get a little tired….

          So, I’m thinking that, while we were worshipping together, we might have heard a quiet “swishing” sound.  It was probably the sound of the Holy Spirit, but I think also the sound of pendulum beginning to swing the other way!  God loves you!  Me too!

                                                                                           -  Pastor Kevin


PENTECOST -- the birthday of the Christian church -- is on May 24 this year!  It’s a time of great celebration when we remember that  “from heaven there came a great wind, and it filled the

entire house where they (the apostles) were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them,  & a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit …” (Acts 2:2-4a)  Because it’s a BIRTHDAY,  (always great fun), & remembering the “tongues of fire”, you’re encouraged to WEAR RED ON PENTECOST!



Our 26th ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FEST  is coming up on


June 14, 2015

11:30 AM – 3:00 PM

& we’re so excited we can hardly contain ourselves!  The days are flying by so rapidly it will be

here before we know it, so NOW’S the time to be thinking ahead & making plans for this

greatly-anticipated “happening”.   It’s our major “Community Outreach” event of the year, &

it’s ALSO one of  our very FAVORITE Fund-Raising  opportunities. Barb Brunett & Lori Johnson are coordinators, and we’d LOVE to see EVERYONE IN OUR CONGREGATION join in making it a SMASHING SUCCESS!    Those who’ve worked on it over the years can attest to the fact that it’s SO MUCH FUN, & a chance to engage with the church family as well as with our neighbors (near & far, for folks come from many surrounding communities.)  We  need folks to clean berries on the morning of June  13th (9:30 AM is when we’ll begin …);  to be at the church at 8:00 AM the 14th to help with set up (which continues from right after the worship service until we’re “open for business” at 11:30;) people to run games for the children; to make tasty treats for the bake sale; to scoop berries & ice cream; to take orders; to loan us CARD TABLES to set up on the front lawn; to make pizza, & hot dogs; to help with selling tickets; to deliver FLYERS in the neighborhood around the church the week prior to STRAWBERRY FEST -- & to TALK IT UP!  Tell everyone you know & everyone you meet about this outstanding event!   Mark that date on your calendar NOW, & plan to be here, for your support is needed!


A Note of Appreciation  -  Lynn Heinrich thanks all in the church family for their cards of condolence & presence at the visitation & memorial service for her mother, Julia Bublitz, on March 26.  “Your prayers and concern mean so very much,” Lynn tells us.


Special Thanks to Kerstin Lefevre, for a job well done in decorating the wooden cross that’s just inside the center doors of the church, for Easter.  It looks beautiful.  Thanks, also, Kerstin, for decorating the chancel & front doors of  the church with wreaths for each season.


 “COFFEE  &   CANVAS” on April 25 raised  $365.00 for the church!  It was SUCH fun -- & we had a total of 34 amateur “artists” taking part!  Everyone is SO eager to “do it again” …  We’re delighted to announce that art instructor Kristin Monday will be with us at Strawberry Fest (June 14), with art projects for adults AND kids -- & she’ll be with us again in the fall, with another painting for folks to experiment with.  This was a delightful experience, & even those who thought they could barely manage “stick figures” artistically, surprised themselves by creating colorful seascapes.  DO plan to take advantage of one of our upcoming opportunities, for you’ll have a ball with acrylics! 


It’s THAT time of year.  Do wehave 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 June issue of The Messenger.


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”


MOTHER’S DAY  is Sunday, May 10.  As always, we’re honoring mothers with floral tributes to decorate the sanctuary that morning.  You’ll find order forms on the table in the narthex, as well as in Sunday worship bulletins through May 3, (which is the deadline for orders to be turned in to the church office).  Flower Lady Phyllis DiPronio will pick up the colorful blossoms we’ll display that morning, so don’t forget to turn in YOUR “In Memory” or “In Honor of” forms by the 3rd.                 


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 April we had 37 cans of vegetables donated.  Here’s the line-up of suggested items for the remainder of 2015:   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!


FALL FEST -  Eagerly anticipated every year, in 2015 it’s set for  Sat., Oct. 31 – HALLOWEEN!

Because we want it to be our VERY BEST FALL FEST EVER, we’re “getting ahead of the game” by 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!

          And guess what?

We’ve already received some LOVELY rummage … BUT … we need  SAFE  PLACES  to STORE  RUMMAGE  ITEMS!!  Do YOU have extra space in your garage or basement where you’d be willing to keep them for us until mid October?  If so, you can earn SHINY GOLD STARS & HEARTY HANDCLASPS!  Please let Pastor Kevin know, if you have extra room.


We continue our effort to provide 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! 



GOOD  SAMARITAN OUTREACH  CENTER, we’re happy to report, now has plenty of  volunteers.  We’ve been running a plea for folks to step up & volunteer their time there, as have many other churches --- & folks stepped forward!



PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE is responding to the April 25 earthquake disaster in Nepal.  The quake was the worst in more than 80 years in that area, striking just west of the capital of Kathmandu, & destroying towns & mountain villages.  Thousands are dead or injured. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is providing emergency relief & short-term recovery in the impacted areas with a partner, ACT Alliance, & its members who are already on the ground there.  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will remain active through the long-term recovery, accompanying its partners in the area as they determine long-term program needs & providing financial support for rebuilding & resilience.  The needs for the response will be great.  God’s people are once again called on to stand in the “GAP” – Give. Act. Pray.


Give: Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR999999 with reference to Nepal.  Gifts can be made online, by phone (800) 872-3283 weekdays between 8 AM & 6 PM (Eastern Time), or checks can be mailed to

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box  643700

Pittsburg, PA 15264-3700


Act:  Learn how congregations can help families who have lost everything in the devastation.


Pray:  Pray for those who suffered loss of family or those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, & spiritual & psychological support.  Visit


Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit as a bringer of new life.  With the Spirit’s coming, we no longer need to settle for “business as usual”, but can know the transforming, redeeming love of God that makes the impossible, possible.  The Pentecost Offering, one of the 4 “special offerings” of the PC (U.S.A.) in which we participate, will be accepted on Sunday, May 24, (although you may use one of the special offering envelopes you’ll find in the pews earmarked for that purpose on any Sunday during the month).  The offering supports a broad range of programs that work to nurture young people.  Gifts to the Pentecost Offering unite young people in Christ & inspire them to share their faith, ideas, & unique gifts with the church & the world.  Congregations keep 40% of collected funds, to support local youth-focused programs they are most passionate about.  60% of collected funds are remitted to the Presbyterian Mission Agency to support the Young Adult Volunteers and Ministries with Youth programs.  These funds are also used for education and advocacy for children at risk.


SYNOD SCHOOL at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, begins on Sunday, July 26 & runs through Friday, July 31.  We’re encouraging you to pray & consider attending, forit’s  an outstanding opportunity to learn ways to enrich worship & nurture spiritual practices.  There are MANY, MANY classes and activities offered during the week which benefit our faith lives, & all worship experiences are planned to be intergenerational.

Here’s a sample of classes offered:    “Clutter 101, or Why I Don’t Have a Dining room Table”; “Hymn Text Writing – New Words to Familiar Tunes”; “Yoga Vacation Style 1”;  How the Bible Came to Be”; “God & Young Adult Fiction”; “Worshipful Work”; “Stuff”; “Faith, Culture and Ideology”; “More Parables for Today”.   These are only a few of the 70 (yes, that’s right, 70 !!) possibilities from which to choose.  There’s an ADULT CONVOCATIONS SPEAKER, Theresa Cho, who’s co-pastor of St. John’s Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA.  She has a “passion for child advocacy, creating intergenerational worship experiences, & urban ministry”; & has many published articles.

There are YOUTH CONVOCATION SPEAKERS, Rob Mueller & Beth Watson. 

There are too many worship leaders to mention here, but they’re all excellent; & there’s an ARTIST in Residence, Sue Rutford, (AKA the “Queen of Tie Dye”).

Accomodation & Scholarship Information are available in the Synod School  2015 catalog, which you’ll find on the bulletin board in the narthex right next to the elevator.  Registration deadline is July 1, & you’ll want to know that several classes have very limited enrollments, & all tuition fees must accompany your registration.  After you’ve read all about it in the catalog, if you need a registration form, our Administrative Assistant will print one for you … let her know.  We all lead busy lives, but Synod School offers SO much that is enriching … perhaps we could even get a GROUP from GAPC to attend!


MAY, 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 May 3       9:30 AM – Handbell Choir plays

Sun May 10     9:30 AM – It’s Mother’s Day

Mon May 11   7:00 PM - Nurture Committee

                         7:15 PM – Resources Committee

Wed May 20   7:00 PM – Session meets             

Sun May 24    9:30 AM – It’s PENTECOST , 10:45 AM – Pentecost PARTY *  

                 11:10-ish AM – DEACONS meet

Mon May 25 – MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY – our church offices are CLOSED on this day