Current Newsletter

MAY  2016  -  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 1, - May 29, 2016


Sun.  May 1 – 9:30 AM     Communion Worship

First Reading: Psalm 67

Second Reading: John 5:1-9

Sermon: “Sometimes You Gotta Break the Rules”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Jay Saugstad

Servers: JT Gall, Dan & Kerstin Lefevre & LB Smith



Sun. May 8 - 9:30 AM          Mother’s Day

First Reading:  Psalm 97     Penny Sunday”

Second Reading: John 17:20-26

Sermon:  “We Need Unity & Diversity”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Janice Pendergast



Sun. May 15 – 9:30 AM         Pentecost, & we celebrate our 90th Anniversary

First Reading: Acts 2:1-21       

Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17

Sermon: “I Love Our Family!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue Smith


Sun May 22 – 9:30 PM      Trinity Sunday & “Penny Sunday”

First Reading: Psalm 8       

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-5

Sermon: “So, That’s Why (We Are Such Characters!)”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Lori Johnson


Sun May 29 – 9:30 PM

Mark Brodaczynski fills in as “Guest Preacher” while Pastor Kevin’s away

First Reading:  Psalm 26

Second Reading:  Luke 7:1-10

Sermon:  “God Bless America, Again”

Liturgist:  Barb Brunett; Children’s Message: Mark Brodaczynski


ON SUNDAY, MAY 1, we’ll welcome a SPEAKER from GOOD SAMARITAN OUTREACH  CENTER during our Sunday School time.  We’ll learn about all the work done by this wonderful organization; the challenges they face, & how we can best continue to help them.  They’re one of our “VIP” local mission projects, which we support with non-perishables for their food pantry, & “gently used” clothing which they make available to those in need.

MOTHER’S DAY is MAY 8, & we’ll present CARNATIONS to all the women & girls who attend worship that morning.  The service has special prayers … We all have, or had, moms -- & we’re so blessed to be able to acknowledge them in this way. 

PENTECOST (the birthday of the Christian Church) is Sun., May 15!


It’s a DOUBLE CELEBRATIONfor it’s the day we’ll officially celebrate GAPC’s  90thAnniversary!  EVERYONE  is invited to join us as we take part in a special litany, then adjourn to the Jack Reichert Hall to enjoy a fellowship time, with CAKE.  (We’re planning to make the remainder of 2016 a time of MANY 90th Anniversary celebrations; see Pastor Kevin’s letter, below, to find out more.)


FROM  OUR  PASTOR:  Happy Anniversary, Beloved!

          You may have heard…  Monday, May 9th is our 90th Anniversary!  We are planning a whole season of celebrations, beginning on Sunday, May 15th, which happens to be Pentecost, the birthday of the Church around the world!

          Please be with us on the 15th!  We will celebrate with a special dedication, surprises during worship, and of course, some serious cake consumption after church.  We also want to celebrate by cherishing our tradition and history with a very special Sunday School.

          Then, throughout the year, we’ll be adding special events to mark this wonderful milestone.  As these ideas come together, we’ll be keeping you posted as to the dates, times and places.

          If you have an idea about a great way to celebrate, we’d love to have you share it with us.  If you would be willing to share a milestone moment/memory during worship, we’d love that too.  Please let me know.

          One great idea that Libbie Jansen shared yesterday was that we craft an anniversary song!  So I’m calling all composers to begin work.  Maybe we could have enough for our own musical!

          As we celebrate our 90 years of Faith, Hope and Love, I believe it’s vital for us to being looking, thinking and praying ahead.  What does the future hold for us?  I know that, with Jesus standing with us, our future is bright.  It will take energy, intelligence, imagination and love, all of which we have in abundance!  Come Celebrate!  God loves you!  Me too!                                        -  Pastor  Kevin

Words From the Deacons

          At our April 24th meeting we were pleased to welcome Deacon Joyce Zeeb, who joined us for the first time after her long recovery. We were so happy to have Deacon Joanne Haschker join us again after recovery from surgery.

          Our members continue to be busy with member care to those who cannot be with us in church. Please remember that not only Deacons, but all of us can help. The following people would enjoy receiving cards from our congregation members: Norma Schuele, Louise Berte, Bob Reber, Toni Jansen, Sherman & Sally Stock, and Peg Larson.

          We know that Mark and Rachel Hendry would feel comforted by cards from our congregation. This is an especially difficult time for them after the death of Esther. Let them know we haven’t forgotten.

          Thanks to all of you who helped the Deacons with all the duties that needed doing for the Jansen’s 40th Anniversary celebration. Your help is greatly appreciated.

          Our next meeting is August 14 after service.

          God Bless                  -   Your  Deacons


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, TO:   Harry Koroghlanian, who told us about:  “The Great Depression: What It Was Like”, during Sunday School time on April 10.  This important event in the history of our country is one we should never forget.

                and …

Dolly Edward & Sue Pope, who provided the wonderful packets of SEEDS which were handed out to members of the congregation on April 24.

                and …

EVERYBODY who helped with “Clean Up Days” on April 9 & again on Apri1 16.  The yard AND the inside areas which were cleaned look wonderful!  (We wish we could name everyone, but we wouldn’t want to leave someone’s name out due to faulty memory …) 

                and …

Kerstin Lefevre, who did such a fantastic job painting the stage to make it so much more “performance compatible”.

                and …

Ed Griffith, who repaired the “ailing” front doors of the church -- & then painted them.  The doors look great!

                and …

Phyllis & Dave DiPronio, who set up for our “Corks & Canvas” art event on April 9, & donated the wine, cheese & crackers served at the event; to Lori Johnson, who coordinated with artist Kristen Monday; to Libbie Jansen, who took photos & posted them on Facebook; to Sue Smith, who took reservations.  There were 27 folks who came to be “artists” … it was SUCH a good time … & we raised $343.00 for the church, as well!  We’ll do it again!

               and …

Gail & Dick Kloes, our faithful office volunteers.  They’re a joy to work with!


SPRING  GRADS?   Is there a soon-to-be GRADUATE in your family, whom we should acknowledge?  It’s such an accomplishment – we don’t want to leave out any of our young (or not-so young) folks, for congratulations are in order!

The American Cancer Society’s RELAY for LIFE will begin on July 22, at Nathan Hale H.S. in West Allis. We’re having a team again this year; Libbie Jansen’s our “Captain”.  Libbie will be attending the Captains’ meeting in several weeks … we’ll keep you posted as she receives more information.  There’s no time like the present to sign up (& begin getting SPONSORS!)  You can sign up on line (www.relayfor lifewestallis/newberlin) or with Libbie, who’ll have sign-up sheets.


GAPC  DOES  MAKE A  DIFFERENCE !  We help support West Central Interfaith.  The organization helps older adults (over age 60) in our area of Milwaukee County to maintain an active, healthy and independent lifestyle, while living in their own homes.  GAPC provides drivers and financial support to these special needs.  Hugh Evans tells us he “has to support this organization because someday I may get old & need their services”.


STRAWBERRY FEST will be here before we know it!!! It’s Sunday,

June 26, from 11:30 until 3:00, here at GAPC!!  Lori Johnson is coordinator, & we need folks to CLEAN berries at9:00 AM on June 25; to help us set up at 8:15 AM on the 26th; to bake tasty treats for us to sell; to work at the bake sale; to take orders; to scoop ice cream & berries; to cook hot dogs & pizza; to sell tickets – there’s so VERY much to do -- & we need your help!  Please tell Lori she can count on you -- & what you’ll do at this combination community outreach & fund-raising event.


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.   For May, it’s RICE.   And remember, you may donate anything you wish at any time, for ALL non-perishable food items are needed, & gratefully received!


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.  At this point, we’re picking 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?  WE REALLY  WOULD WELCOME  YOUR  HELP WITH  THIS  EFFORT!!!  Maybe we can get together a GROUP on “cooking Sunday”, to enjoy eating a pizza while doing the cooking?  (Speak to Barb Brunett, or Kristina Tarvid, 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. 


The PENTECOST OFFERING - “Educate a Child, Transform the World” is the theme of this 2016 Special Offering of the PC(USA).


Childhood education is in crisis mode!  Only 18% of schools in the US meet basic reading standards!  Making it even worse, the US Dept. of Education reports significant teacher shortages in math, science, special education & bilingual education.  (A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel supports this statement.)  High school dropouts are not eligible for 90% of jobs available in the U.S., yet 25% of poor & minority children who enter high school will NOT earn a diploma.  The American high school dropout rate costs between $320 - $350 BILLION annually in lost wages, taxable income, health, welfare, & incarceration costs. 

The Presbyterian Mission Agency is working with partners in the US & worldwide to provide quality education to one million children by 2020, in a number of ways.

YOUR contribution to this special offering can help!  OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!   Whatever you can give will be appreciated!






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


SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP

and  at

10:45 AM -  Church School for all ages

Communion 1st  Sunday of each month, & on

Easter, Maundy Thursday &  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



“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 1    10:45 AM – We have a speaker from Good Samaritan during Sunday School


Sun May 8   9:30 AM – Mother’s Day


Mon May 9    It’s our 90th ANNIVERSARY !!  *    

          7:00 PM – Resources Committee meets   


Wed May 11  7:00 PM – Session meets


Sun May 15  It’s PENTECOST  -- and we CELEBRATE  our  90th ANNIVERSARY *


Sun May 29   9:30 AM – Mark Brodaczynski, our “Guest Preacher”, helps us celebrate the United States of America during worship on this Memorial Day weekend




v  My mother taught me religion:  “You better pray that stain comes out of the carpet”.

v  My mother taught me logic: “Because I said so, that’s why.”

v  My mother taught me about stamina: “You’ll sit there until you’ve eaten ALL of your broccoli”.

v  My mother taught me about weather: “Your room looks like a tornado went through it!”

v  My mother taught me about anticipation: “Just wait until we get home!”

v  My mother taught me how to become an adult: “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up!”




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