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FEBRUARY/MARCH, 2016  -  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 February 7 – April 3, 2016

 

Sun Feb 7 – 9:30 AM      Communion

First Reading: Luke 9:28-36

Second Reading: Exodus 34:29-35

Sermon: “God Does This Often … Still Is …”

Liturgist:  Dick Kloes

Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin

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

 

Wed Feb 10 – 6:30 PM   Ash Wednesday

 

 

Sun Feb 14 - 9:30 AM  1st Lent; “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Psalm 91:1 & 2, 9-16                 

Second Reading: Luke 4:1-13

Sermon:  “A Valentine for the Devil”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Sally Tarvid

 

Sun Feb 21 - 9:30 AM     2nd Lent      

SOUTHMINSTER YOUTH MUSIC MINISTRY

First Reading: Exodus 12:1-17

Liturgist: Mark Brodaczynski

 

Sun Feb 28 – 9:30 PM   3rd Lent; “Penny Sunday”

First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-9

Second Reading: Luke 13:1-19

Sermon: “High Expectations & Karma”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Kristina Tarvid

 

March 6 - 9:30 AM     4th Lent; Communion  

First Reading:  Psalm 32        

Second Reading:  2nd Corinthians 5:16-21

Sermon:  “You Have Been Chosen!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Sally Tarvid

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

 

March 13 – 9:30 AM    5th Lent;  “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  John 12:1-8     

Second Reading:  Psalm 126

Sermon:  “A Glimpse of What Was to Come”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Sally Tarvid

 

Sun. March 20 – 9:30 AM    Palm/Passion Sunday

First Reading: Luke 19:28-40

Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11

Sermon: “A New Mind”

Liturgist:  Dick Kloes

Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin

 

Sun March 27 – 9:30 AM    EASTER

First Reading: John 20:1-18\

Second Reading: Isaiah 65:17-25

Sermon: “Resurrection Matters”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Sally Tarvid

Servers Needed

 

Sun April 3 – 9:30 AM     Holy Humor Sunday

First Reading: Psalm 150

Second Reading: John 20:19-31

Sermon: “If We Forgive”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue Smith

Servers: Phyllis DiPronio, Dan & Kerstin Lefevre

 

“Souper Bowl of Caring”, when we collect a dollar (or more) in soup pots at the end of our service on Feb. 7, goes to support the hungry in our community – “for those who do not have so much as a bowl of soup, to eat”.  We’ve participated for many years.  Be here that morning to help eliminate hunger in West Allis! 

 

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE with a tomato juice drink, complete with jerky stick, cheese & crackers, on Sun., Feb. 7!  It’s our February “special event”, which you can enjoy either BEFORE – or AFTER the morning worship.

ASH  WEDNESDAY is Feb. 10, & our worship service is at 6:30 PM.  This year, we’re encouraging folks to renew their baptismal vows, as we begin the season of Lent.

 

“Our” SHERI  MASIAKOWSKI has an ORGAN  CONCERT on Tues., Feb. 9, at Church of the Gesu, 12th & Wisconsin, at 7:30 PM.  There’s a flyer in the narthex with all the details – what a wonderful opportunity to hear one of the finest ORGANISTS in Wisconsin, play on one of the finest pipe organs in Wisconsin!!  Invite friends!

                               and …

On Sunday, March 13, Sheri will give an organ concert HERE at GAPC, at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon.  Let’s fill the church to overflowing!  Mark the date on your calendar, & ask EVERYONE you know to join us!  There aren’t enough powerful adjectives to describe Sheri’s incredible talent, & we’re so VERY blessed to have her as our Music Minister!

 

LENTEN  “CLOTHING DRIVE” FUND-RAISER

Thinking of giving something up for Lent?  How about giving up clothing?  (Tee hee …)  Now, we don’t mean you should rush out & join a nudist colony, but if you’d like to get an early start on your “spring cleaning”, now’s the time to go thru your closet & eliminate some of the “gently used” clothing items that you haven’t worn in at least a year.  (That’s the “rule of thumb” on how to determine what to keep & what to send away.)

HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING  -  we’re collecting your unneeded clothing, including coats, shoes, etc. – clean & in good condition.  Please bring these things to church DURING LENT,  in plastic bags.  EASTER SEALS will come & pick it all up, & PAY US 20 CENTS A POUND.  They’re able to re-sell the clothing at very reasonable prices to those in need (sort of like Goodwill) -- & we have a fund-raiser that benefits US (less crowding in our closets) & the CHURCH!  How cool is THAT?  Here’s another great idea … ASK  YOUR  FRIENDS  to go through THEIR closets & dresser drawers, & ADD it to our fund-raiser!  REMEMBER – we’ll be collecting things ALL DURING LENT!   Bring them to the narthex.  Thanks!

 

“ GODSPELL” here on FEB  21 !  This year, 20 youth from Southminster & Vernon Presbyterian Churches will joining us for worship, presenting a shortened version of the Broadway show!  Their musical journey will take us through the life, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ, as the young people show us how Jesus’ message is still SO important in our

lives today!  The purpose for the visit is to join together in fellowship and worship as well as to fundraise for their upcoming youth mission trip to South Dakota in July.  Ask friends to join us!

 

AFTER  CHURCH CAFÉ  on  FEB 28 - The Peace & Justice Committee’s popular “Soup & Sandwich” luncheon is a fund-raising effort to help with their support of Good Samaritan Outreach Center, St. Ben’s Meal Program, and SOOOO many other charitable programs.  Warm up on this day before “Leap Day” with a delicious bowl of homemade soup, (FOUR to choose from!)  plus a wonderful ham sandwich on a tasty roll.

 

The 27th ANNUAL GREAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST is Sat., March 19,

from 7:30 -11:00AM. We hope you’ll HELP with this delicious event!  LB Smith is at the helm; he needs folks to help in the kitchen, with set-up at 6:00 PM on Mar. 18, with serving, with clean-up, & MORE.  Can we make this the BIGGEST PANCAKE BREAKFAST EVER?   We hope so -- & to that end, at 10:30 that morning, we’ve scheduled an

                          EASTER   EGG

                                  HUNT,

& we’re inviting kids from the neighborhood as well as those in the church family!  Sue Pope is spearheading this effort– and she needs MANY folks from the congregation to help!   PLEASE speak to Sue as soon as possible, to let her know you’ll help!  It’s a GREAT way to reach out to the community!

What we’re THINKING is -- – folks can bring their kids around 9 or so –  & eat PANCAKES  -- - & stay to hunt EASTER EGGS!  Yes, weather may not be so great – but if that’s the case, the Easter egg hunt will be held IN THE CHURCH BUILDING.  Now, we ARE asking children to BRING THEIR OWN CONTAINERS, in which to place the Easter eggs they find.   Spread the word!

 

FROM PASTOR KEVIN:     Happy February/March, Beloved!

            The Presbyterian Church (USA) has had a problem for a very long time, and it is now time for us to address it!

            The problem I’m talking about is “maturity”.  Now, maturity is usually seen as a good thing, but in our case it might be considered a real concern. 

            When I first discovered the average age of a Presbyterian, I was just a kid of 46.  Ironically, that was the average age of a Presbyterian!  Now, I’m a little older, and the average age has aged with me! (Ouch!)

            I would like to propose that we find ways to make our worship more YPF.  (Young Person Friendly!)  One suggestion I’ve conferred with Sheri about is asking young people to be our Bell Ringers to begin worship!

            I’d also like to see us begin to involve young people more in our worship.  I’d like to see the Yayah (Young and Young at Heart) time be led by kids more often.  I’m reminded of a book by Patricia Van Ness called:  Transforming Bible Study with Children.  I think sometimes we could ask young people to actually act out our first reading.  They say the more we involve people in learning, the more we retain.  Makes sense.

            I have long thought that worship needs to have a greater sense of celebration.  We need to, every time we worship, acknowledge that the good news really is that, good news.  We need to celebrate with a sense of praise, gratitude, and JOY!

            Please give this some thought and prayer.  Let’s work together on this.  Not only can we grow the church, and grow it younger, we can have more fun in the process!

            God loves you.  Me too!  Hooray!                           -  Pastor Kevin 

 

EASTER  FLOWERS - Because Easter is EARLY this year  (it’s March 27 !), we’ll need to
place our order for FLORAL Tributes on  Sun., March 13!  You’ll find order forms in your Sunday bulletins beginning on Sunday, Feb. 21. Certain plants that we’ve ordered in the past will NOT be on the list this year … among them hyacinths, Asiatic & Easter lilies.  Many of our folks are so sensitive to these plants (due to allergies), that they experience sneezing & other unpleasant symptoms upon entering the sanctuary.  SO – we’re offering only plants that are NOT in the “high-allergy” category.  Our abbreviated list still offers choices -– just fill out the form “in honor of” or “in memory of”  loved ones, indicate whether you’ll be taking your plant(s) HOME after Easter Service or leaving them to decorate the sanctuary the following week,  & be sure to turn your order in to the church office BY MARCH  13!  

 

GAPC  DOES  MAKE  A  DIFFERENCE !!  For the cold weather, Spinning Yarns Knitting Ministry donated warm knitted hats to Wilson Elementary School and the  Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

 

Administrative Assistant Sue Smith will be on vacation Feb. 5 through Monday, Mar. 7.  Worship bulletins have been printed in advance, so if your announcement isn’t included in one or more bulletins, please make sure to write it in the announcement book on a Sunday morning – or make it orally, at the end of worship.  Thank you!

 

SPECIAL PEOPLE

 

Prayers for:

 

Peter Jansen, who had his first of three surgeries on January 15.  He indicates that in about six weeks, when he’s recovered from THIS surgery, he’ll have the second. Though many prayers are in order, Peter’s already been back in worship with us.  He’s amazing!

 

Joyce Zeeb, who was so very ill, is home from the hospital.  She’s missed us, & is VERY eager to get back to worship – we’re praying it will be soon!

 

Pam Bailey had gall bladder surgery in early January.  She’s doing well … Husband Dan reports that she went back to work THREE DAYS after surgery!  WOW!  

 

Dan Lefevre’s knee replacement surgery on Jan. 6 was a bit more complicated than expected, but he came home on Jan. 8, was back in worship on Jan 17 -- & plans to be back at work around Feb 1 !

That’s great, Dan, but you’re still mending … don’t overdo …

 

Joanne Haschker, who had cataract removal (& a little more) … she’s doing well.

 

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:

 

Joyce Zeeb, who’s HOME from  the hospital, at last!  She’s still recovering, but is SO thankful to be home.

 

For Sandy Reichert, moving in to her new apartment on Feb. 1 (see address correction below).

               and also …

Sandy’s brother, John Broadway, for whom we’ve been praying, is in remission from leukemia.  We’re so happy to be able to share this news!

 

GREETERS

 

Feb 7 – Kathy Dettman                     Feb 28 – Sandy Reichert            March 20 – Sue & Larry Smith

 

Feb 14 – Gail & Dick Kloes              March 6 – Donna Saugstad        March 27 – Mark Brodaczynski

 

Feb 21 – Tina & Spencer Myers      March 13 – ??????????????

 

 Please, Greeters, DO mark these dates on your personal calendars, folks, so you don’t forget

 

Pastor Kevin will be on vacation from immediately following worship on Feb. 14 until Monday, Feb. 22.  In an emergency, contact Sandy Reichert, Deacon’s Member Care Coordinator, at

                                                                    414-430-5564.

 

Directory Changes

 

Jeri & John Gamache no longer have a LAND LINE.  We didn’t know that when we printed the new church directory – their CELL numbers are correct in the directory, but please CROSS OUT the land line # that’s printed there.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 

Feb 1 – Tina Myers

2 – Lisa Pope

3 – Ann Liempeck

 4 – Peg Larson     

 6 – Dawn Guzman

 9 – Greta Sue Reichert

12 – Christopher Hagen 

13 – Ed Griffith 

19 – Louise Berte – She’s 96!

20 – Lucy Duga

22 – “Friend of the Church” Lynn Heinrich

24 – Mark Brodaczynski

26 – Scott Johnson & Mike Hagen

March 1 – Alaina Williams

3 – Holly Weber

12 – Barb Brunett & Pam Torcivia

15 – Sydney Grace Klauck

17 – Joyce Saugstad (She’s 87!)

24 – Bobbie Griffith & Jeff Weber

27 – Joanne Haschker

29 – Libbie Jansen

30 – Steve Ewert

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Feb 9 -  Annie (Dettman) & Rob Kaczmarski

26 – Erin & Tom Reichert

March  17 – Lisa & Cary Pope

19 – Kerstin & Dan Lefevre

20 – Toni & Larry Jansen  (It’s their 40th !!!)

27 – Laurie & Tony Elliott

 

 

  

A NOTE from Sally Tarvid

I wanted to let my church family know that I have made some important changes in my professional life.  After a great deal of thought and prayer, I made the decision to leave Pathways Counseling Center at the end of 2015.  I was at PCC for eleven years (seven as an owner) and decided it was time to start my own solo private practice.  I have relocated to a wonderful space on Pilgrim Parkway in Elm Grove and am now seeing clients there.  I have taken a huge leap of faith (after being “nudged” by God) and, as always, I appreciate your prayers, support, and love as I continue my journey as a mental health professional.

Love and Prayers,

Sally S. Tarvid, MSW, LCSW

Tarvid Counseling LLC 

 

THE NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY is ready for pick-up on the table in the narthex.  Please be sure to CHECK YOUR LISTING to make sure that all your information is correct.  Folks sometimes forget to let us know they’ve moved, or if they have a new email address, or phone number …  Tell us if there’s an error, & we’ll print a correction in the next Messenger.  Then – be sure to MAKE that correction, in your directory, so you have everyone’s correct contact information!

 

DEACON’S  NEWS --  Although a bit belated, Happy New Year from our Deacons. The veteran and newly-installed/ ordained Deacons met on Sunday, January 24 after service. Sandy Reichert led her final meeting as a Deacon and welcomed the returning and new Deacons. Diane Edward will serve as  Deacon Moderator. She can be contacted with any concerns requiring Deacon assistance. Kristina Tarvid will continue serving as Secretary.

    As a reminder, our Deacons are: Bobbie Griffith, Kristina Tarvid, Marie Hagen, Joanne Haschker, Jim Dill, Sandy Schueppel, Peter Jansen, Diane Edward, and Joyce Zeeb. However, with a church family as friendly as ours, each one of us is a Deacon!  Visits, phone calls, cards, etc. are always welcomed by those who, for whatever reason,  cannot be with us. We have cards of all types available should you need any.

    Sometimes we have new young families with babies/little ones attending service. These visitors don't always know the way to our nursery, so please help direct them. Ed Griffith is currently working on making "Nursery" signs, but personal contact is always best.  A big “ Thank You” to Sandy Reichert for all her exceptional work as a Deacon. 

 

We encourage EVERYONE in the congregation to fill out the EMERGENCY  CONTACT  FORM  you’ll find on the table in the narthex.  We included it in the January issue of The Messenger, but only a handful have been completed & returned to the church office.  We’re asking for your information to ensure that, should you feel faint during worship, or fall, orhave any other type of difficulty that you aren’t able to handle yourself – a family member or close friend who can act FOR you, can be contacted.    It’s really important; thanks for helping us with this.  We want to be sure our folks are well taken care of in any eventuality.          

 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, TO:

 

Chuck Barber, who came to the rescue when we discovered that the heat wasn’t on, when we arrived for worship on the morning of Jan. 24.  Chuck took the church boiler apart, & cleaned it.  (By the way, he put it back together, & it works just fine!)  Chuck has also taken apart many of the radiator valves, to free them   so they work.

               and …

Judy & Jim Dickson, who proofread your NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY, which is available for pickup NOW, in the narthex (with the Day-Glo Orange cover).

                and …

Cynthia Winke &  Kate Sponholz,  who filled in for Sheri while she took “days off” on Jan 10 & Jan 17.  (Cynthia will be with us again on Feb. 28.)

                and …

Kristen Cudzewicz , who provided flute accompaniment for the choir on Jan. 24.  Incredibly lovely! 

                and …

Phyllis DiPronio, who has been our “flower lady” for the past year.  Phyllis continues on Session, & as chairperson of the Nurture/Evangelism Committee, but has asked to be relieved of the “floral duties”.  She did a great job with the flowers -  applause, applause!

                and …

Sue Smith, our “new flower lady”.

                and …

Sue Pope & Dolly Edward,  who planned & brought hot chocolate & donuts for our “Come as You Are” event on Sunday morning, Jan. 17.  Though it was  BITTERLY cold outdoors, the atmosphere in the church was snug, warm, & inviting.  (There were wonderful  “jammies” & Hawaiian shirts -- & Hugh Evans showed off a new shirt & bib overalls – for this former farmer explained that he’d been “doin’ chores”.  WHAT FUN WE HAD on that morning!  Folks who think church is stodgy & boring haven’t yet met US!

                and …

Gail & Dick Kloes, who  assembled the 2015 ANNUAL REPORT.   It’s a lengthy undertaking, & we’re SO thankful for their willing help!  (They also assembled several worship bulletins!)

                and …

JT Gall, Pastor Kevin, & Sue Smith, who researched & “comparison shopped” for a new office copy machine – which arrived Jan. 11, & is SO much more efficient AND cost-effective  than the OLD machines.  Our ONE new machine now does the work of TWO!  Gotta love it!

                and …

Gail & Dick Kloes, always so cheerful as they help out with tasks in the church office!  They’re a joy to work with!

 

 

 

COMMITTEES (so far) for 2016

 

Resources:  Elder Kerstin Lefevre, Chairperson
& President of the Corporation; Elder Dan Lefevre;  Elder JT Gall; Elder Jay Saugstad, Vice President of the Corporation; Jim Dickson; Ed Griffith; Larry Smith

 

Nurture/Evangelism:  Elder Phyllis DiPronio, Chairperson; Elder Lori Johnson; Elder Mick Payton; Sue Smith

 

Peace & Justice:  Barb Brunett, Chairperson; Bud Brunett; Ed & Bobbie Griffith, Joanne & Bill Haschker; Judy & Jim Dickson; Dick Kloes

 

Christian Education: Elder Janice Pendergast, Chairperson; Sally & Kristina Tarvid; Sue Smith

 

Nominating: Elders Lori Johnson & Dan Lefevre

 

Personnel:  Elder Lori Johnson, chairperson; Elder Jay Saugstad; Elder LB Smith

 

Clerk of Session: Elder Lori Johnson

 

TOPICS for Adult Sunday School were discussed following worship on Jan. 17, & there was interest in a LOT of possibilities.  We know that we’ll have Harry Koroghlanian speak with us on the topic of “The Great Depression” on ONE of the Sundays this winter or spring – we haven’t selected a date for that one, as yet.  BUT – we’d like YOUR input, to help us select to topics of greatest interest.  We’ll list them below:

·       Autism (We’d invite Tim & Raina, from MapleGrove)

·       How to use Facebook & other social media

·       Mental Health

·       Emotional Intelligence

·       Bullying

·       Different interpretations of scripture

·       Heroin & other addictions

·       Alcoholism

·       A speaker from Good Samaritan Outreach

·       “Our” published author, Amy Reichert (who’s 2nd book is on its way to the publisher)

·       Altzheimer’s

·       Pop Culture

·       The movie “Selma”, which we’ll watch in  several increments

Do YOU have suggestions, that aren’t listed here?  Share your opinions with Pastor Kevin, as soon as possible!  We want to engage all of our adults in discussions that are timely, & of interest to EVERYONE!

 

WANTED:  VOLUNTEERS!  There are SO many ways to get involved in the life of GAPC, & we realize there are SO many of you who are doing SO much … BUT … to be as vital, & alive, & present not just here, but in the surrounding community, we hope you’ll be willing to do even MORE!  First of all, our COMMITTEES are not just for the elders.  We depend on other members to “flesh them out”, to offer fresh ideas, & helping hands … JOIN A COMMITTEE!  Our committee chairpersons WELCOME your support!    Other areas where help is needed:

 

vBe part of our “Sound & Tech Team”

vHelp with the EASTER EGG HUNT that we’ll host at 10:30 AM during Pancake Breakfast.

vWe need an “overall” coordinator for FALL FEST, & equally important, we need a RUMMAGE COORDINATOR!

vUsher one Sunday a month.  (Larry & Sue Smith will be delighted to add your name to the usher’s schedule!)

vSign up to be a GREETER!  It’s easy, & such a help in making visitors AND church members feel welcome!

vTry your hand at being liturgist.  No need to agree to lead the children’s message unless you’re ready … but of course, we’d love your help there, also.

vHelp with Pancake breakfast

vHelp with one of our FESTS.  Lori Johnson is coordinating this year’s Strawberry Fest, but we need folks to organize the bake sale, to scoop ice cream & berries, to sell tickets … there’s SO much to do!

vWork on our Facebook page, & help with other social media applications.

vBe a member of our PR team to help with publicity for our events

vBe a Band member – (we especially need a BASS player, or players …)

vJoin our “Flower Team”, to make sure our floral needs are covered when Flower Lady Sue Smith is away.

See?  There are MANY ways in which you can help, some large, & some not-so large, but ALL SO IMPORTANT in maintaining a church family that is filled with life & purpose.  Speak with Pastor Kevin or any of the folks we’ve named above,  to say, “Count on me, I’ll help_____ (fill your choices in the blank) when you need me.”

 

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.   Items for February: PASTA & SAUCE.  For March, it’s FRUIT.   And remember, you may donate anything you wish at any time, for ALL non-perishable food items are needed, & gratefully received!

 

Per Capita for 2016 is $30.00 per confirmed member.

 

PRESBYTERY will meet on Feb. 27, at Carroll University, for what’s described as a “lively, engaging, interactive, educational, participatory exploration of the topic: ‘Church as Improv’!”

THIS IS a HUGE OPPOTUNITY, folks !!!  The article from Presbytery Moderator Jim Rand continues:    “If you think ‘improv’ is something that happens in comedy clubs, you’re right … but

only partly.  Laughter is just one element.  Improv – like church – involves listening, paying

attention, thinking on your feet, & responding in the moment. Bob Orvis (from Comedy Sportz in

Milwaukee) will lead the morning workshop, sharing techniques he uses to help corporate board members

and organizations work effectively.  Ashley Goff (Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, DC) will lead

worship after lunch.”  Registration will be at 8:30 AM; Bob Orvis’ presentation will begin at 9:00

AM.  And the “presbytery business” portion of the meeting will begin at 11:00, followed by lunch at

noon, & worship from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for EVERYONE!

“Serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”  -    1 Peter:4:10

ONE GREAT HOUR of SHARING - This special offering of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is accepted on Easter Sunday, although there will be envelopes expressly for this purpose in the pews during all of Lent.  A bit of history:   Immediately following World War II, Protestant churches in the United States made appeals for 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.  It was an idea whose time had come, & it continues to this day.  Our denomination designates funds to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance; the Presbyterian Hunger Program; Self-development of people, & in other ways. 

Give to One Great Hour of Sharing, & you’ll join in ministries that provide food & safe water to people in need; hope to those overcoming catastrophe & conflict, & resources to disadvantaged & oppressed communities striving to better their lives.  Your gift, united with the talents & gifts of those who receive it, serves to create a more resilient, just, & sustainable future.  Please give generously.

 

REFLECTIONS of  WELLNESS for WOMEN,sponsored by Aurora Women’s Pavilion of the West Allis Medical Center, will hold it’s annual event on Sat., Feb. 20, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at West Allis Central Highs School.  It’s always a “refreshing morning of health & well-being”; there’s a poster on the narthex bulletin board, with full details.  Many of the women of GAPC attend every year.  It’s most worthwhile!

 

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 Tarvid have been doing the lion’s share of food preparation, but your help would be welcome!  Maybe 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. 

 

Thanks to all who brought (& continue to bring) School Supplies

for Wilson School, the WAWM elementary school we’ve helped for the past two & 1/2 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!

 

 

FEBRUARY/

MARCH

2016

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.

        

Mon Feb 1         6:30 PM – Peace & Justice meets     

Tues Feb 2        7:00 PM – Resources meets

Sun Feb 7   8:30 – 11:00 AM – “Spice Up Your

         Life” with cheese, crackers, & zesty juice  *

Mon Feb 8     7:00 PM – Nurture/Evangelism

Tues Feb 9    7:30 PM – Organ concert @ Gesu *

Wed Feb 10  6:30 PM – Ash Wed. worship

         Feb 10 – March 28 – CLOTHING DRIVE *

Thur Feb 11  7:00 PM – Friends of MS meet

Sun Feb 14   1:00 PM – Mon. Feb 22, 9:00 AM -  Pastor Kevin is on vacation

Wed Feb 17    7:00 PM – Choir Practice

Sun Feb 21     Southminster Youth Music Ministry is here *

Tues Feb 23    7:00 PM – Session meets  

Wed Feb 24    7:00 PM – Choir practice

Sun Feb 28     11:00 AM – “Soup & Sandwich” *

 

Tues Mar 8    7:00 PM – Resources meets

Sun Mar 13    3:00 PM – Sheri’s organ concert, here at GAPC!  Invite friends! *

Tues Mar 15   7:00 PM – Session meets

Wed Mar 16   7:00 PM – Choir Practice

Fri Mar 18     6:00 PM – Set-up for Pancake Breakfast

Sat Mar 19  7:30 AM - PANCAKE BREAKFAST

                   10:30 AM – EASTER EGG HUNT *

Wed Mar 23   7:00 PM – Choir Practice

Thur Mar 24  6:30 PM –Maundy Thursday *

Sun Mar 27    8:30 AM – Session-sponsored “Mini” Easter brunch

                       9:30 AM – EASTER WORSHIP - One Great Hour of Sharing offering is accepted

 

      Coming soon …

Sunday April 3  is  HOLY  HUMOR SUNDAY -- & “Seed” Sunday. 

Okay.  We get the “humor” part, but what is “Seed Sunday”, anyway?  Well, we’ll be giving away  seeds, so you can “plant a garden – with good humor”. 

                      and then, on

April 9, our spring ART EVENT, at 4:00 & 6:30 PM.   We’ll take reservations, beginning March 13!  Just $35 per session!  (Wine available, for just a bit extra!)

              

                             

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

           For the month of December, 2015

 

                 INCOME         $ 31,345.67

              EXPENSES       $ 13,142.60

     As of Dec 31,

                 2015

           a GAIN of             $ 18,203.07          

 

and to carry over into

2016, we begin the year with   $14,407.32

 

 

*  indicates  that an article with full details about this event is printed in the body of the newsletter.