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DECEMBER,  2015  -  MESSENGER   

GREENFIELD   AVENUE   PRESBYTERIAN   CHURCH

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       www.gapc-usa.com       10:45 AM

“Friends Moving Forward, Focused on Faith”

 

Worship Schedule

December 6 – December 27, 2015

 

Sun Dec  6 – 9:30 AM       2nd Advent; Communion

First Reading: Luke 3:1-6

Second Reading: Malachi 3:1-4

Sermon: “Being Refined!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Dan Bailey

Servers:  Phyllis DiPronio, Bill Haschker, Lori Johnson & Dan  Lefevre

 

Sun Dec 13 - 9:30 AM              3rd Advent; “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Isaiah 12:2-6     

Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-7

Sermon:  “We Got the Peace of God!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Lori Johnson

 

Sun Dec 20 - 9:30 AM          4th Advent     Children Sing

First Reading: Micah 5:2-5a

Second Reading: Psalm 80:1-7

Sermon: “O.K., Done … ”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue Smith (& kids sing)

 

Thur Dec 24 – 6:30 PM   Christmas Eve - A Festival of Lessons & Carols

                                           with many scripture readings

Servers:  JT Gall, Dan & Kerstin Lefevre, Janice Pendergast, Sue Smith & Sally Tarvid

 

Sun Dec 27 - 9:30 AM        “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Luke 2:41-52        

Second Reading:  Colossians 3:12-17

Sermon:  “Christmas I July, and …”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Sandy Reichert

 

We’re having a CAROL SING this Sunday, at 10:45 in Jack Reichert Hall!  Our beloved 
Sheri will play for us as we “belt out” our favorites at the top of our lungs!  We’ll have Christmas cookies, & hot apple cider, & coffee, & REALLY get in the spirit of the season.  Is your “singing voice” not quite up to par?  IT DOESN’T MATTER!!!  We’ll all be singing so enthusiastically, and loudly, that no one will be able to single out YOUR voice.  We hope you’ll INVITE YOUR FRIENDS to be with us on this special occasion, because it’s going to be both FUN -- & MEANINGFUL!

 

YOU CAN ORDER  SCRIP on both Dec. 6 AND Dec. 13!  Remember – these gift cards help the church ---- & they make the PERFECT Christmas gift!  There’s scrip for EVERYONE on your list!  Don’t forget to order!

 

Our fundraising KRINGLE  SALE has concluded.  Be sure to be here to  PICK UP  your order between 9:00 & 11:00 AM on Sat. Dec. 12.  If  you AREN’T able to be here at that time, please arrange for someone to pick up your order for you.  THANK  YOU  for  ordering!

 

THE  CHRIST CHURCH  CHRISTMAS TOY STORE is a project we support each year.  It provides gifts for kids in the inner city who might not otherwise receive them.

Please bring UNWRAPPED gifts for children up to age 12 & place under the sanctuary tree no later than Sunday, December 13.  The gifts should be NEW, and include: toys, games, coloring books, crayons, markers, stuffed animals, balls, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, school supplies, dolls, cars/trucks, puzzles, etc.  Additionally, your donations of money help in meeting ongoing needs of the people served by Christ Church.  Checks should be made payable to Christ Presbyterian Church & can be designated to the Children’s Christmas Toy Store. Thank you for anything you can do to help Christ Church in this special ministry to the children & families!

 

FROM OUR PASTOR:   Happy Advent, Beloved:   As the New Year approaches, and we begin to think about resolutions, I’d like to continue our “Critical Mass” discussion with a simple statement:  Your faith family needs you!

          I’ve been talking quite a bit about the changing landscape for the church in our society, and how challenging things are for us, and for almost all of the churches across the Northern Hemisphere.

          These days, expectations for churches have changed.  Talk is, that the ideal small church might have 250 “members” and average 100 people in worship on a given gathering day.

          On one hand, that sounds like a pretty lofty goal.  On the other, it is one that is totally reachable.

          One little wrinkle is that the denomination now considers “regular” church attendance to be once a month.  With life as busy as it is, that’s not surprising.   Sadly, that’s really not enough for us to be vital, healthy and effective.

          Sometimes, I think we feel that as busy as life is, the church can wait, and it will be there when we need it…

          I would love for us all to consider that when we are in worship, it’s not only good for us, but also for everyone around us.  For us to be everything Jesus needs us to be, we need to be together as often as possible.

          I know life is busy.  But we need you.  Can you help?  God loves you.  Me too!

                                                                                                                      -  Pastor  Kevin

 

 

CHRISTMAS  EVE  OPEN  HOUSE !!  DONNA  SAUGSTAD  invites everyone in the church family to join her & her family on Dec. 24, (following our 6:30 PM worship service), for her annual Holiday Open House, at 900 S. 96th St.  There’s such a warm & cozy atmosphere, & there’ll be snacks, & warm beverages, & visiting, & fun – it’s all about LOVE, of family, friends, & the baby born more than 2000 years ago!  See you there! 

 

Do  your Christmas Shopping at  GAPC’s  PRESBYTERIAN COFFEE PROJECT  Coffee Cart!  Christmas is a time of giving to others.  Did you know that when you buy coffee, tea, chocolate, and olive oil products that are offered at GAPC, you are supporting and making a difference in the lives of small farmers around the world?  In addition, your purchases support the fellowship mission of GAPC where we serve the delicious coffee and tea products.  Our denomination is one of many faith partnerships that participate in the Equal Exchange program.   For more information about these partnerships, visit www.equalexchange.coop/our-partners/interfaith-partners

GAPC offers a variety of coffees, teas, chocolate bars, and olive oil for you to enjoy or give to others.  If you need a hostess gift, something for a gift exchange, or a stocking stuffer, please be sure to stop by the coffee cart in the narthex on Sunday mornings.  Sally Tarvid will be happy to answer any questions you have.  Be sure to ask Sally about recipes using the delicious products and please let her know if you would like to volunteer to help with this important mission of our church. 

Thank you for your continued support and for making this a successful mission project for our church!    And have a delicious and blessed Christmas! 

 

SPECIAL PEOPLE

 

Prayers for:

 

Joanne Burke passed away just after midnight on Nov.1, , following a long period of declining health.  Our condolences are extended to the Burke, Dettman, Robinson & Dickson families during this very difficult time.

 

Bill & Joanne Haschker & family.  Bill’s brother, Mike, passed away on Dec. 1.  We send loving prayers of support.

 

Peg Woehl, wife of our friend the  Rev. Roger Woehl, (who recently retired as pastor at Forest Park Presbyterian Church in New Berlin) passed away on November 4, shortly after  entering hospice care.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Woehl family.

 

Kerstin Lefevre, who’s experiencing severe shoulder & back pain.  She finds relief only when lying flat on her back, & even then, it’s a problem.  Pray for rapid & complete healing!

 

Ken Burke, soon to undergo another medical procedure.

 

Peter Jansen, now receiving both chemo AND radiation treatments – and a CT scan showed the tumors are shrinking!  There’s extra JOY for Peter, too, for he’s been cleared to return to work, (which he did, on Nov. 30).

 

Norma Jean Larson, who’s home following a lengthy stay in rehab following her knee surgery.  We’re delighted that she’s been able to be back at worship!

 

Gail Kloes had a fall, & was badly shaken.  Nothing was broken, she’s “out & about” again, now, but it was a serious fall.

 

Lori & Scott Johnson, whose dog Lola had to be put down on Nov. 9, following an apparent stroke.  It’s so hard to lose a beloved pet!

 

Individuals who are struggling with anger.

 

Those whose personal lives are in turmoil.

 

All caregivers & all travelers.

 

Continued Prayers for: our shut-ins; those with ailing loved ones; all enduring any type of pain; & those who search for jobs, or are in unhappy job situations.

 

Joy:

 

That Toni Jansen is back at home with Larry, after spending more weeks that they wanted in rehab, while Larry recovered sufficiently from his hip replacement surgery.  However, Toni was hospitalized soon after, with an infection.  We’re pleased to report that she’s now at home.

 

For Mick & Gina Payton, on the birth of their daughter, Kylie Sophia, at 4:21 AM on Nov. 28.  The new little one weighed in at

7 lbs. 9 oz, & measured 22” in length.  We’re so happy for them!

 

For Angela (Burke) & Dustin Hosaka, who had a baby boy, Koa James, on Nov. 27 (which  also happens to be Aunt Judy Dickson’s birthday!)  Although Koa was five weeks early, he weighed in at a healthy 6 lbs.  Grandparents Ken & Fran Burke are thrilled to welcome this new addition to the family!  Angela & Dustin’s address is: 3595 S. Rivershire Dr., Apt. 5,  Greenfield, WI 53228.

 

Matthew Devan, son-in-law of Anne & Jeff Weber, became a United States citizen the first week of November.  We’re  thrilled for him!

 

Debbie Thomson’s son Rocky became engaged to Jennifer Sands on October 3.

 

Kristina Tarvid began a new job with an internal medicine practice affiliated with Elmbrook Hospital, on November 2.  SUPER!

 

Barb & Bud Brunett are the proud great-grandparents of Layton Elliott Brunett.  The lovely little lady weighed in at 8 lbs 3 oz.  How wonderful! 

 

A Note of Appreciation:

 

“Thank you to all in the church family for the kind & loving  thoughts, prayers, & cards directed to our mother, Joanne Burke, and to us, during the time of her extended illness & passing.  It means more than mere words can express.”

                                                                          - Joanne’s family

 

 

GREETERS

 

Dec 6 – Mark Brodaczynski

 

Dec 13 - Joyce Zeeb

 

Dec 20 – The Dickson family

 

Dec 27 – Kerstin & Dan Lefevre

 

 

Directory

Changes

 

       Ellen & Peter Crisci, Emily & Katie  have a new home!  It’s at

       W169 N10672 Juniper Dr.      Germantown, WI 53222

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 

Dec 2 – Ainsley Reichert

Dec 4 – Laurie Kadunc

5 – John Gamache    

 7 – Mark Hendry; Hailey Hendry; & Tom Reichert

8 – Dan Lefevre

20 – “TJ” Kuglitsch-Mathieu     

29 – John Brick

31 – Marie Hagen   

 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Dec 18 -  20th anniversary of  RuthMary Gamache’s heart transplant

24 – Rose & Allan  Luttrell   (60 years!)

27 – John & Amy Reichert

 

 

 

         

A  VERY “SPECIAL THANK YOU” to Fall Fest Coordinators  Lori Johnson & Donna

Saugstad; Sandy Reichert, who stored SOOOO many rummage items in her basement, until we could bring them up to the church; Phyllis DiPronio, our raffle coordinator (& her helpers Dolly Edward & Sue Pope); Jeff Dickson, in charge of the Café; Joanne Haschker, who headed the Bake Sale; Sandy Schueppel, who took café orders; & the many other members of the church family who so generously shared their time with us to make FALL FEST a RESOUNDING SUCCESS !! 

And finally, we send EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to Barb Brunett’s friends Sheree Delhi & Jan Wessel, who put in many hours helping with rummage set-up & marking, as well as helping with the actual rummage sale & bake sale -- & the Tarvid’s friends Jeff & Patti, from Friendship, who also provided MUCH help!  It’s a blessing to have such wonderful friends!

Even though it rained that day,

we raised a total of $5,425.85 !

That’s $275.36 MORE than we raised at the 2014 Fall Fest !  Looking back through financial reports of past years, it appears this may have been our 2nd-best Fall Fest ever!  WOW!

 

The church YARD looks SOOOOO fantastic!  We had one of the biggest cleaning crews we’ve had in recent memory, on a gorgeous November day (the 14th.)  Raking & “spiffing up”  (Really? Spiffing?  Yes!  Spiffing!) the grounds were:   Mark Brodaczynski; Jeff & Jim Dickson; JT Gall; Ed & Bobbie Griffith; Peter Jansen; lee Larson; Kerstin Lefevre; Mick Payton; Paul Rosen; Jay Saugstad; Larry Smith; & Kristina Tarvid.  We’re sending our heartfelt thanks & a rousing round of applause to them all!

 

More Special Thanks !   At the September Resources Committee meeting, treasurer JT Gall reported that we were paying a lot for garbage/re-cycle pick-up, & that it felt like Waste Management was raising the rate monthly.  The next day Kerstin Lefevre went to work on this.  Through a professional acquaintance, Kerstin was able to broker a deal with W M.  That resulted with a contract with W M that reduced the price to less than ONE HALF of the rate we were paying!  He then dropped his commission of $44.00 a month after three months, because we are a church.  The contract will cover the next two years with a maximum increase of 5% per year.  This is a saving of well over $1,000.00 per year for the next  two years.  Hats off to Kerstin!

 

Church Officers in the “Class of 2018” are:  Elders: Barb Brunett, JT Gall, & LB Smith.     Deacons:  Diane Edward, Peter Jansen, & Joyce Zeeb.  Our sincere thanks to these good folks for their willingness to serve!

 

THANK YOU,  THANK YOU, TO:

 

Harry Koroghlanian, who spoke with the Adult Sunday school class Nov. 22, on “Ellis Island, Gateway to America”.  Harry & his family emigrated through Ellis Island when he was only 6 years old.  What a great story!

                and …

Those who helped “Hang the Greens” on Nov. 21.  Doesn’t the church look lovely? 

                and …

The good folks who baked PIES for the Pie Fest which followed our Nov. 24 Thanksgiving worship service. And to Judy Dickson & Sue Smith, who coordinated the Fest.  The service (patterned on a worship from the late 1700’s) was more than meaningful … if was FUN!

                and …

The Nominating Committee, for a job well done in presenting a fine a slate of nominees at our Nov. 8 election of officers.

                and …

Chuck Barber, who continues to provide maintenance for the church furnace.  He’s SO appreciated!  

                and …

Ed Griffith, who replaced the leaky faucet in the sink in the church library with a beautiful NEW one.  And thanks, also, to Ed & Bobbie, for replacing worn out weather stripping around the outer doors of the building. 

                and …

Kathy Doty, who made arrangements for our Nov. 14 “Corks & Canvas” artistic event. 

                and …

Jennifer Sands, (Rocky Thomson’s fiancé), who made elegant ribbon wreaths & donated them to us, to sell at Fall Fest. .    

           and …

Gail & Dick Kloes, our faithful office volunteers.  We can’t thank them enough! 

 

Our “Corks & Canvas” “artistic” event on Nov. 14 was SUCH a good time!  27 folks

painted canvases featuring pumpkins, & Christmas candles, & all were delighted at the fine quality of their work!  We’ll do it again on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 4:00 PM & 6:30 PM.  Mark your calendars with that date, now!  The event raised over $330 for the church!

 

GAPC  DOES  MAKE  A  DIFFERENCE !!  Spinning Yarns has knit & crocheted prayer shawls & hats to provide comfort & warmth for MANY deserving recipients!

 

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  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!

 

WEST  CENTRAL  INTERFAITH appreciates all who purchased a plant from their recent mum sale.  They write: “Your support allows us to continue providing outstanding care to all of our older adults living in our neighborhood.   Thank You!”  The message was signed by Tammy Hero, Director of Neighborhood Outreach for West Central Interfaith Older Adult Programs.

 

The CHRISTMAS JOY  OFFERING is one of the special offerings of the PCUSA in which we participate each year. During this Advent season, we reflect on the influence a promise can have on our lives. God promised each of us salvation, and kept that promise with the birth of Jesus. That promise sustains and uplifts us, during good times and challenging ones.

 

When we understand this deeper meaning of a promise, we also understand each of us has a special responsibility to make and keep faithful promises of our own. The Christmas Joy Offering is one way to do that. Each gift received equally supports two vital promises for our faith.

 

Through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, the Christmas Joy Offering assists church workers and their families during times of need, giving back to those who have spent their lives in the service of the church. The program provides grants for housing supplements, income assistance, and pastoral vocational leadership needs.

 

The Christmas Joy Offering also supports the education and development of our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. These schools are dedicated to nurturing opportunity and creating environments where diverse students can succeed from a foundation of Christian values. The Offering benefits Menaul School and Presbyterian Pan American School, two secondary schools that ready students for a path of higher learning, as well as Stillman College, where graduates are prepared for lives of leadership and service.  When you give to the Christmas Joy Offering, you help sustain these promises and uplift our brothers and sisters in Christ by reducing their burdens and opening new paths of opportunity.   Please give generously.

Please remember the St. Ben’s  Meal Program, in which we participate through

the Chili Mac project.  They’ve lost one of the churches which has been providing food for them for the second Monday of the month.  We’re HOPING to pick up the slack for them, by making TWICE AS MUCH Chili Mac when we cook on the Sunday BEFORE the second Monday … can YOU help out?  Mick Payton & Kristina Tarvidhave been doing the lion’s share of food preparation, but your help would be welcome!  We’re thinking perhaps we can get together a GROUP on “cooking Sunday”, to enjoy eating a pizza while doing the cooking!  (Speak to Barb Brunett, Mick or Kristina, if YOU can help!) Additionally, if you’d be willing to provide SUPPLIES for making Chili Mac, there’s a list on the Peace & Justice Committee bulletin board in the narthex … anything you can contribute (including a check to pay for supplies) would be most welcome!  St. Ben’s typically feeds between 250 & 300 people, on the 2nd Monday of each month.  There’s great need for our help.  (We’ve been told we WON’T need to provide it in November, for the Milwaukee Bucks have volunteered, for that date.)

 

Thanks to all  who brought School Supplies

for Wilson School, the WAWM elementary school we’ve helped for the past two years.  Before school even started, we heard from the principal that MANY parents had contacted the school, explaining that their families simply didn’t have financial resources to provide the necessary school supplies. Janice Pendergast brought the many back packs, pencils, notebooks & other supplies we’d collected to the school on August 17, & our donation was gratefully received.  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 VERY brightly-colored box located on top of the table in the narthex --  in which you may 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!  Let’s keep those school supplies coming!

 

 

Our friend, the Rev. Mr. Rex Wentzel, has shared more of his verses.

                                                    Black?

People tell me, "Black looks good on you."   So I've worn a black shirt a year or two.

Then strong light showed I had the wrong hue;  The shirt is not black but navy blue!

I'd been going by what I thought I knew,   But discovered it was not strictly true.

Friends, isn't this what we often must do -  Discard old ideas and embrace the new?

 

We appreciate Rex’s poems, for they’re often SO thought-provoking – as is this one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER

2015

CALENDAR

REGULAR EVENTS

DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR

 

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”

 

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

 

THIRD SATURDAY - 9:00 AM - NOON

“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 Dec 6         10:45 AM – CAROL  SING *

Mon Dec 7         6:30 PM – Peace & Justice meets

Tues Dec 8         7:00 PM – Resources meets

Thurs Dec 10    7:00 PM – Friends of MS

Sat Dec 12   **  9:00 – 11:00 AM - KRINGLE PICK UP  **  

Tues Dec 15     7:00 PM – Session meets

Sat Dec 19       9:00 AM – “Spinning Yarns” 

Sun Dec 20  The Children sing in worship

Thurs Dec 24     6:30 PM – Christmas Eve  Worship Service *

                  8:15 –ish PM – Open House at  Donna Saugstad’s 

Fri Dec 25   HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!     (Church offices are CLOSED on this day)

Fri Dec 31 – Church Offices Closed this day, also

 

                            FRI, JAN. 1, 2016   -  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

We still have some lovely CALENDARS for 2016, with beautiful pictures & messages … but the supply

is LIMITED.  They’re a bargain at just $5, & the money goes to support the Youth Fund.  See

Sally Tarvid to pick up your copy!

 

If “the weather outside is frightful”, & you think Sunday worship may be canceled, tune in to Channel 12.  We’ll let them know, VERY early on Sunday morning, if we WON’T have services.  Then you’ll know you can stay home by a fireplace that’s “so delightful” (provided you have one …)   Remember:  Don’t take a chance.  If you think the roads will be unsafe, be wise, & stay home.

 

UN-HANGING of the GREENS will take place on Sun., Jan. 10, immediately following the worship service.

 

Our ANNUAL MEETING  -- This is “down the road a piece” – but the annual congregational meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Jan 31, 2016.  We encourage you to save the date on your calendar, for it’s important to have as many of our folks here as possible.

 

                            

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

           For the month of October, 2015

 

                 INCOME         $   8,771.71

              EXPENSES       $ 12,358.32

     As of Oct 31,

                 2015

           a LOSS of           ($   3,586.61)