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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”


Worship Schedule

July 5 – August 30, 2015


Sun July 5 – 9:30 AM   Communion Worship

First Reading: Psalm 100

Second Reading: Mark 6:1-13

Sermon: “Time to Let Go the Skepticism …”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sally Tarvid

Servers:  Lori Johnson, Dan & Kerstin Lefevre & Sally Tarvid


Sun July 12 - 9:30 AM      “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Psalm 24          

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14

Sermon:  “Congratulations on Your Inheritance!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Jay Saugstad


Sun July 19 - 9:30 AM    A Healing Service  

First Reading: Proverbs 1:2-7

Second Reading: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Sermon: “The Healing Power of Faith”

Liturgist:  Dick Kloes

Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin


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

First Reading:  Ephesians 3:14-26         

Second Reading:  John 6:1-21

Sermon:  “Let’s Do That!?!”

Liturgist:  Barb Brunett

Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin


Sun August 2 – 9:30 AM  Communion Worship &

First Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6     Sign Dedication

Second Reading: John 6:24-35

Sermon: “Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign…”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Mark Brodaczynski

Servers:  Phyllis DiPronio, Lori Johnson, Dan & Kerstin Lefevre


Sun Aug 9 - 9:30 AM     Higher Education & 

 First Reading:  Ephesians 4:1-16    “Penny Sunday”

Second Reading: Psalm 130

Sermon:  “The Power of Prayer for Ordinary People (There Oughta Be a Law!)”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Lori Johnson


Sun Aug 16 - 9:30 AM    Youth in Church & World

First Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20                       

Second Reading: John 6:51-58

Sermon: “The Power of Communion (& Don’t Be Toooo  Literal …)

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue Smith


Sun Aug 23 -  9:30 AM        “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Ephesians 6:10-14         

Second Reading:  Psalm 84

Sermon:  “The Power of Church & Living in the House of God”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Mark Brodaczynski


Sun, Aug 30 – 9:30 AM

Pastor Kevin’s away --- Sue Pope is liturgist



Greetings, Beloved:


We’ve been talking about how prepared we are, or aren’t, if and when any of us might have a medical emergency. Needless to say, we’d like to be as ready as possible if any of us needs help in a hurry. In a perfect world, with all the technology we have available at our finger tips, we could have a complete health history database digitally ready to roll at any given moment.

On the other hand, in this age of HIPAA and hacked computers, we’re thinking this might be a bit too much, and so we’re suggesting this… 


We’d like to encourage everyone who works and worships with us to supply us with, at a bare minimum, an ICE, an In Case of Emergency contact.  This information needs to always ways be current and correct.  In addition, if we have a medical condition that might not be readily apparent, and yet might complicate first aid, it would be very helpful to know that.

Here’s a ridiculous example from my own life:  I’m highly allergic to cats, goats, and ragweed.  So, If I ever pass out in the middle of a sermon, it would be best not to immediately treat me with a therapy kitten, glass of goat’s milk, or herbal tea.  I’m just sayin’… So, here’s the thing.  We’ll be rolling out a form for folks to fill out and sign, designating an emergency contact, and perhaps listing important medical information.  We ask that everyone provide us with this basic information. And since this is an evolving conversation, we’d love to hear your ideas on the subject. Have a Holy, Happy, Healthy Summer, and see you in Church!  God Loves You.  Me, too!  


    -  Pastor Kevin


RELAY for Life,  the fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society in which GAPC has participated for many years in the past, is being held at the Nathan Hale High                              School track field School  on July 17-18 this year.   Libbie Jansen is heading up our team for this year’s event, & she hopes we’ll have many, many of our folks taking part.  If YOU plan to be one of the walkers (we hope to have a member of our team for each hour of the walk, which begins at 6:00 PM the 17th with the Survivor’s Lap & ends at 8:00 AM on the 18th), please speak with Libbie at church on a Sunday morning – or sign up on line at Relay For Life West Allis /New Berlin.  Those who raise $100 or more in pledges will receive a Relay for Life T-shirt.          


STRAWBERRY FEST was a ROUSING SUCCESS!  The “liquid sunshine” 

outdoors on June 14 didn’t dampen spirits or attendance, as our activities were moved inside to Jack Reichert Hall & the church library.  We raised almost $1,400.00, & welcomed MANY new visitors (& “regulars”) to this fun-filled event.

PROFOUND THANKS to Barb Brunett & Lori Johnson, who co-chaired the event; to Joanne Haschker, who headed the bake sale – (it was the most successful bake sale Strawberry Fest has EVER had – we’re THRILLED); to Jeff Dickson, who was in charge of the kitchen crew; to Mark Brodaczynski, who provided such carefully chosen & delightful music; to Wendi & Matthew Devan, who donated their own brand of South African Sausage for us to introduce to our guests (we sold out!), & to “Mom & Step-Dad” Anne & Jeff Weber, with Anne preparing the sausages & Jeff handing out samples. (They’re DELICIOUS!  Read the article about Wendi & Matthew & their business on the narthex bulletin board!)

Victoria, Ali, Isabella & Arianna Pope shepherded some very popular children’s games in the library, and our kitchen helpers, bake-sale bakers, ticket sellers, order-takers, strawberry cleaners, setters-up & cleaners-up were just AWESOME!  We wish we could name EVERYONE who helped make this the highlight of our year so far, but if we forgot to mention someone, we’d feel awful … so … folks, you know who you are, & we’re SO thankful for all you did (& continue to do!)


We introduced a RAFFLE to Strawberry Fest this year; the basket filled with strawberry-related items was donated by Barb Brunett, & won by Norma Jean Larson.


We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of the GAPC family, always so willing to “roll up their sleeves” to help with our projects; we can’t say it often enough.  THANK YOU, EACH & EVERY ONE OF YOU!


Our  PACE Class will NOT meet during the Month of July.  They’ll resume exercising on Thursday, August 6, at 1:30 PM in the library.  Want to join?  All you need to do is show up!  It’s good to get moving & have FUN while you’re doing it!  (They also have frequent parties …)


The Rev. Mr. Rex Wentzel, our guest preacher on June 28, has a hobby – he writes whimsical verses. “I do not call them ‘poems’, because poems usually have serious intent, whereas mine are just whimsy,” he says.  His whimsy is such fun – (as the name implies -- ) he’s agreed to let us share several with the congregation, for you’re sure to enjoy them.  (Look for them later in this issue of the Messenger … keep reading ...)


TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly), whose Chapter 126 has met at GAPC for more than 16 years each Tuesday at 5:00 PM, regrets that their chapter is disbanding; their last meeting was Tuesday, June 30. 

“We want to thank Pastor Kevin and the GAPC parishioners for the wonderful hospitality you have shown us over the many years we have held our meetings in your library,” wrote Debra Kosloske, Chapter 126 leader.  “We have enjoyed our time in your beautiful church facilities.  Thank you again.”

Thanks to Ed Griffith, who helped the TOPS ladies move their files, scales & other items out of the building on June 30.


A SPECIAL “THANK YOU” to Wendi & Matthew Devan, for the generous donation

of 48 of their delicious “SA Braai” sausages to our Strawberry Fest.  (The “eight” sausages were used as “samples”, which were used by way of introduction to our “Fest-goers” …) 


Folks were asking “What are South African Sausages?”, & Jeff Weber said – “Taste a sample” … that was all it took!                 A little background information:

Matthew was born & raised in South Africa, where he was educated as a certified butcher & worked in his father’s butcher shop.  Later, he moved to Ireland, where he was employed by the prestigious Higgins Family Butchers.  While working in Ireland, Matthew met Wendi Horcos, & the rest, as they say, “is history”.  Matthew has worked as a butcher since coming to the Milwaukee area, & is currently employed at Engine Company No. 3, on National Avenue in Milwaukee. 

“Boerewors”, the type of South African sausage Matthew makes, is a specialty he prepared for family & friends for years; it’s a scrumptious combination of beef, pork, & special seasonings, based on a recipe Matthew obtained from his father.

Wife Wendi convinced him that here in “beer & sausage town”, there was a market for it … & marketing the 4-ounce, bratwurst-looking links grew from dream to reality.  Matthew also makes several outstanding chutneys, (which the people of South Africa use instead of ketchup & mustard.)

Currently, SA Braai & the chutneys are available at Metcalfe’s in Wauwatosa;  Sendik’s in Elm Grove sells the sausages.  The couple offer their sausage, chutney & spices intermittently at the Saturday Wauwatosa Farmer’s Market.  

To learn more about Matthew, Wendi, & SA Braai, please read the newspaper article which is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.  It’s a marvelous story, the sort we love to hear -- & we wish this young couple every success with this & soon-to-come additional products! 


Our dear Kelley Kadunc writes us:  "To my wonderful church family: I wanted to send a big "thank you" to everyone who sent me cards and well wishes for my medical school graduation and move to Seattle.  It was so nice to hear from you all and to be reminded of how blessed I am to be loved and supported by so many great people. I definitely could not have made it through medical school without you all. Hopefully the next time I am back in Wisconsin I can stop by and visit. Until then, I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.      With love, Kelley Kadunc"



What’s brewing in the Kitchen?

If you regularly read the monthly budget report, you may have noticed that we have started a Kitchen Fund.  A few folks who have dreamed of having a nicer kitchen have been saving a bit here and there hoping that one day we can afford to update.  The church kitchen gets used a lot and has been starting to show its age (60 + years!) We host potlucks, funerals, special events and fundraisers. We have weekly coffee hours and monthly Chili Mac prep.  Recently, we received a large donation to the Kitchen Fund so that now we have almost $15,000. The dream is starting to take shape.  Kerstin Lefevre has started sketching some plans and would like input from all the church members.  What do you think we need to make the kitchen more efficient and inviting?    With some careful planning, we can make this dream become a reality!


CHANCEL & HANDBELL CHOIRS will have a POT LUCK party on Thursday, July 30, at 5:30 PM.  SPOUSES of choirs members are included in the invitation.  (There MAY be some singing … what a surprise THAT would be!) 


FALL FEST RUMMAGE - 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 … Sandy Reichert has volunteered her basement as a SAFE  PLACE  to STORE  RUMMAGE  ITEMS, (though if you have extra space in your garage or basement where you’d be willing to keep things  for us until mid October, we’d welcome it …)  You’ll earn SHINY GOLD STARS & HEARTY HANDCLASPS, if you do!!  Please let Pastor Kevin know, if you have extra room.


FOOD PANTRY CHALLENGE:  Remember 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.   Here’s the line-up of suggested items for the remainder of 2015:

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!


Don’t forget:  We continue our effort to provide LOTS of school supplies for Wilson School, the WAWM elementary school we’ve helped for the past two years.  Just because school will be out for the summer in a few weeks doesn’t mean we’re not collecting – we ARE!  Let’s see how many supplies we can accumulate over the summer, so we can donate MORE than ever, when school begins in fall!  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! 



The Rev. Mr. Rex Wenzel was our guest preacher on June 28, & during the service, we noted that one of his hobbies is “writing verses”.  Although he says they’re merely whimsical, many of them are thought-provoking, & we wanted to share several with you.  Here they are.


                  For President

Who should win next year’s election?

Read on to who would be the prefect selection.

I would like to name the candidate

Who would be absolutely great.

I present Joe Friday from Dragnet;

There’s no one better we can get.

He’s famous for saying, “Just the facts,”

Which is all any one of us asks.

How refreshing it would surely be

To hear unvarnished truth regularly,

Instead of that spin and hype

And all that political tripe.

Alas!  I just found out Friday is dead;

So we’ll be getting a smooth talker, instead.


                            Dinner Time

Dinner is over, and now I fear   I will not be granted my wishes;

The good fairy will not appear; I’ll have to wash my own dishes.



There is power in words, that is certainly true;

Think of Winston Churchill in World War II.

What’s the effect of words coming out of you?

Do they beautify the world, or turn it blue?



Sometime when I walk I have the sensation
That the earth is a little bit quaky;

But there’s a more logical explanation:

It’s only I who’s a little bit shaky.


Thank you, Rev. Rex, for sharing your “whimsy” with us!









SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP

Communion 1st  Sunday of each month

2nd & 4th SUNDAYS - “Penny Sunday”


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


THURSDAYS - 1:30 PM - P.A.C.E. (People with

Arthritis Can Exercise) Class meets  in library,

but taking the month of July “off” this year


MONDAY thru FRIDAY - 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM

MAPLEGROVE Summer Sessions begins

June 22; will end August 14



“Spinning Yarns” ministry


Pastor Kevin’s USUAL “Day Off” is Friday



NOTE:  Regular calendar events listed in the box above are NOT included in the information below -- unless an event is CANCELLED on a particular date.



Sun July 5     9:30 AM  Independence Day Worship

Tues July 7    6:30 PM – Nurture Committee

Wed July 22   7:00 PM - Session

Thurs July 30  5:30 PM – Pot Luck Party for Handbell & Chancel choir  *             

Sun Aug 2    9:30 AM – We dedicate our new outdoor sign, during worship *

Sun Aug 23   10:45 AM – Deacons meet   

Sun Aug 30 – We have a guest preacher (To be announced …)


* Behind an event means there’s an article about it in this issue of The Messenger.