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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 3 – August 28, 2016



Sun.  July 3 – 9:30 AM     Communion Worship

First Reading: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 ;   Second Reading: Psalm 30

Sermon: “God’s Favor for a Lifetime”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Mark Brodaczynski

Servers: Mark Brodaczynski, Dan & Kerstin Lefevre & LB Smith


Sun. July 10 - 9:30 AM       “Penny Sunday

First Reading:  Psalm 100 ;   Second Reading: Luke 10:25-37

Sermon:  “Time to Surprise (Mission)”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue Smith


Sun. July 17 – 9:30 AM        

First Reading:  Luke 10:38-42;   Second Reading:  Psalm 52

Sermon:  “Be Like a Green Olive Tree! (Faith)”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Lori Johnson


Sun July 24 – 9:30 PM      “Penny Sunday

First Reading: Luke 11:1-13;   Second Reading: Psalm 85

Sermon: “Righteousness and Peace Will  Kiss (Hope)”

Liturgist:  Barb Brunett;  Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin


Sun July 31 -  9:30 PM      

First Reading: Psalm 107:1-9, 43;  Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-17

Sermon: “Clothe Yourself with (Love)”

Liturgist/ Children’s Message: Sally Tarvid


Sun.  August 7 – 9:30 AM     Communion Worship

First Reading: Luke 12:32-34;   Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-12

Sermon: “Faith & Science Work Fine!”

Liturgist: Barb;   Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin

Servers: Lori Johnson, Dan & Kerstin, & LB Smith



Sun. August 14 - 9:30 AM       “Penny Sunday

First Reading:  Psalm 71:1-6;   Second Reading: Luke 13:10-17

Sermon:  “Hypocrites!  (Always Room for One More!)

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue Smith


Sun. August 21 – 9:30 AM      Hawaii  Day   

First Reading:  Genesis 1:1-10;   Second Reading:  Genesis 1:26-31

Sermon:  “It Is Very Good!”

Liturgist:  Dustin Hosaka;   Children’s Message: Angela Hosaka



Sun August 28 - 9:30 PM      “CRITTER  SUNDAY  & Penny Sunday

First Reading: Micah 6:6-8;   Second Reading:  Luke 14:1, 7-14

Sermon: “Good to Have Friends in Low Places”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Lori Johnson


SUNDAY,  JULY  10  is “HOT  DOG  DAY !!”  Lee Larson will be at the grill,

preparing scrumptious “tube steaks” just the way you like them.  We’re hoping that folks will bring other food items to share (chips, or potato salad, or baked beans, for example).  Let’s’ make it a LOT like a PICNIC! 


SUNDAY, AUG. 21 is HAWAII  DAY!  Everyone is encouraged to wear their most

colorful  HAWIIAN  SHIRT to worship that day.  Don’t have a “Hawiian” shirt?  Then go for your BRIGHTEST shirt!  (Should we have a contest to see whose shirt is loudest???)  We’re hoping to have a luncheon with a Hawaiian theme .. more information, soon.  There’ll be fun, fun, fun, & some surprises.  Invite your friends!


FROM  OUR  PASTOR:  Happy Summer, Beloved: 

We, like so many churches across the country, are in a season of reflection, a time of wondering how best to serve the needs of our congregation, while reaching out to a world that needs us and the Gospel more than ever, but isn’t very interested in being reached…

          One of the many avenues we are exploring is a “re-branding” – it’s not that we want to fundamentally change who we are and the wonderful history and tradition we hold, it’s more that we want to be as effective as possible in reaching our neighbors, friends and loved ones with the good news of how the love of God in Jesus lives with us.

          We have a new one-line mission statement – a motto perhaps – that we want to use a lot – to have folks easily recognize us.  Here it is:


                    Faith  Hope  Love =

                                         Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church                     


We also want to renew our use of the Presbyterian USA seal – using the rainbow and red, white and blue color schemes, to show that, in addition to being loving, kind and faithful, we are also a colorful, fun people.

          We hope to find a myriad of ways to embrace this re-branding, and welcome your ideas.  What do you think?

          God loves you.  Us too!!!!                 -  Pastor  Kevin


STRAWBERRY  FEST was ENORMOUSLY SUCCESSFUL on June 26.  The weather gave us a scare,  but we took a chance & set up on the front lawn for all but the bake sale, which we kept in Jack Reichert Hall.  Mother Nature smiled, for “liquid sunshine” moved on,  the skies cleared & gave us a very warm, sunny day.  Ticket sales were brisk, we saw lots of familiar faces & many NEW faces, as well.   A BIG question loomed:  would Fest-goers make the effort to go downstairs to the bake sale, with everything ELSE being on the front yard???       


THE BAKE SALE WAS SOLD OUT before 2:30 – so those who waited too long had to forego baked items!  And here’s some VERY hearting news …  THE 2016 STRAWBERRY FEST WAS OUR  4th  MOST SUCCESSFUL  IN  11  YEARS!     YOU MADE IT HAPPEN,  CHURCH  FAMILY!

                                          Many,  many thanks to ALL of you!          

                                                    OH … and …

There are still some jars of Bobbie Griffith’s EXCELLENT strawberry jam available for  sale … supply is limited, so get some THIS SUNDAY, while there’s still time!



 A SPECIAL NOTE OF THANKS TO KERSTIN & DAN LEFEVRE, who purchased and installed the brand new water-saving toilet in the rest room above Pastor Kevin’s office.  It was much needed!  Additionally, MANY thanks to Dan & Kerstin for the donation of paint for the stage, & to Kerstin, for doing the painting.




Lori Johnson, who coordinated our INCREDIBLY SUCCESSFUL June 26 STRAWBERRRY FEST! 

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EVERYONE who helped with Strawberry Fest.  It’s such a large undertaking -- & we’re so very grateful to all who work so hard to make it happen!

                and …

Dave Rasmussen,  the accomplished violinist who played The Swan (Le Cygne), by Camile Saint-Saens for our “Special Music” on June 26.  It was so very lovely!

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Dolly Edward & Sue Pope, who treated us to FANTASTIC root beer floats on June 12.  

                and …

Kristina Tarvid & Lori Johnson, who helped our Strawberry Lady sing “publicity songs” on June 12 & June 19.

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Mary Radspinner, the talented harpist who played The King of Love My Shepherd Is during Special Music time on June 12.  (She’ll be back with us twice, in July …)            

               and …

Cynthia Winke & Kate Sponholz, who graciously fill in for Sheri, while she’s away.

                and …

Gail & Dick Kloes, much-appreciated office volunteers!


Items to include  in the Fall Fest RAFFLE BASKETS are now being welcomed by Raffle Coordinator  Phyllis DiPronio.   There’s no need to donate an entire basket (unless you WISH to) – but we hope many of you will donate NEW items that can be INCLUDED in baskets, (which Phyllis will assemble).  It may seem like Fall Fest is a LONG way off – but it’s not!  OCTOBER 22 is the date, & it will be here before you know it!  Phyllis also notes that she has plenty of lovely baskets  -- she just needs lots of attractive, desirable things to FILL them with!  Beat the rush!   Donate your items as soon as possible!  You’ll be awarded “shiny gold stars”!


RELAY for  LIFE July 22 at Nathan Hale H.S. – 2:00 PM       

We’re having a team again this year; Libbie Jansen’s our “Captain”.  Libbie now has luninary bags for you to purchase, & decorate.  There’s still time to sign up (& get folks to sign up to be SPONSORS!)  Sign up online  (www.relayforlifewestallis/newberlin) or with Libbie, who’ll have sign-up sheets.



GAPC  DOES  MAKE A  DIFFERENCE !  Repairers of the Breach serves the needs of the homeless.  This is another community project we support through the work of our Peace & Justice Committee.  Thanks to the help of groups such as GAPC, they are able to provide nourishing breakfasts, instead of just coffee & doughnuts.  Want to learn more about this very worthwhile organization?  Google “Repairers of the Breach”.


      The next DEACONS meeting will be Sunday, Aug. 14, after church.


We received a “Thank You” note from Habitat for Humanity; they greatly enjoyed the delicious

COOKIES that GAPC supplied their workers the week of June 12.  MANY, MANY THANKS to all the wonderful folks who BAKED & DONATED those cookies.


As most of you know, we support GOOD SAMARITAN OUTREACH CENTER’S  FOOD  PANTRY, & each month, we suggest a CHALLENGE  ITEM  which you’re asked to donate,  in as large a quantity as your budget can manage.  We’ve just received a “thank you” letter from them, printed below.

“Dear Friends:  Thank you so much for your food donations.  Rest assured we will make sure that these goods are received by needy members of our community.  Your contribution of food is more significant because it enables Good Sam’s to provide greater variation in the food that we distribute.  We tend to provide our community members with a somewhat routine menu of food, & we are delighted to be able to surprise them with different foods.  Thank you so much for thinking of us.  Sincerely yours, Good Samaritan Outreach Center”


We’re listing the monthly challenge suggestions below – but remember, you may donate ANY non-perishable food items at ANY time!  And thank you, GAPC family, for continuing this essential support!

July  --- Cereal

August --- Tuna

September --- Baby food

October --- Beans

November --- Holiday items   (cranberries, sweet potatoes, canned gravy, etc.)

December --- Baking items  (flour, sugar, brown sugar, etc.)  Please take time to read their thank you note to us.  It’s posted on the narthex bulletin board.

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We’ll have a “Women’s Ensemble” providing “Special Music” on Sunday,

August 14.  ALL women who’d like to sing (even if you’re not a “regular”

choir member) are asked to practice at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, Aug. 10, & Thursday, Aug. 11.  We’ll sing “On Eagle’s Wings”.

                                  AND …

CHOIR PRACTICE begins at 7:00 PM on Wed., Aug. 24, continuing on Wed. Aug. 31.  First choir appearance in worship for the season is Sun., September 4, with practice that morning at 8:15 AM.  New members are eagerly welcomed!!!  Lend your voice in “making a joyful noise unto the Lord!”


            “CRITTER  SUNDAY


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                            Blessing of the Animals

                 Sunday, August 28, 2016  -  9:30 AM

In the back yard of the church, weather permitting; inside if weather doesn’t cooperate  …  Pets must be leashed, or otherwise under control of owners; bring water & “scooper”, & all else that’s needed for your pets to be comfortable.  (Treats? Favorite toys?)  Invite your friends to bring their (well-socialized) pets for this special service!


“START  YOUR ENGINES!” It’s time to participate in the Peace & Justice

Committee’s special collection for the GUEST  HOUSE.  (For those who don’t know, the Guest House provides shelter, housing, education, & services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity & purpose.)  They’re hoping to collect 500 pairs of men’s new underwear (sizes S – 3X); undershirts (sizes S-3X) & crew socks, for the folks who depend on help from the Guest House.  It’s important!  Bring your gifts to the basket marked “Guest House”, in the narthex.  We’ll collect these items all during the months of July & August. 


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!!!    (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 Mondayof each month.  Our help is essential!  



MAPLEGROVE TREATMENT  CENTER, for which we provide space on a year-round basis, began it’s summer program on Monday, June 27.  During the school year, they meet almost exclusively in our downstairs areas.  However, because the number of young, autistic individuals MapleGrove works with in their summer program is a larger group than last summer, they’ve asked to use our LIBRARY on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 9:00 – 3:00, until late August.  That shouldn’t present a problem, particularly since our PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) group is taking the month of July “off”.  MapleGrove won’t be using the library on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  

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Have you noticed the lovely GARDENS that MapleGrove planted & maintains in the play yard behind the church?  They are lovely, & thriving -- & the young people who do the work (under staff supervision) are SO very PROUD of their efforts!  They’ll be donating some of their produce, & using some of it for their lunches.  What a feeling of satisfaction they’re experiencing!  And aren’t we blessed, to be able to provide this space for them?  It’s a win-win-win situation!


We support WILSON SCHOOL, a WAWM elementary school we’ve helped for the past three years.  We know school is out for the summer, but the need will be very great, come fall.  There’s a box in the narthex for this purpose, with a list of needed items taped to the box.  Let’s get a head start on autumn semester NOW!


"Wisconsin Voter Photo ID  - What you need to know.  The Wisconsin  voter photo ID law is now in effect, (with some limited exceptions.)   Voting is a right you can't afford to lose.  This month, we're including a two-sided page in the Messenger that you pick up in the narthex, (the one that we send through the regular mail); we're also putting copies on the table in the narthex, for you to pick up.  We're  sorry, but we're unable to include this page in our email Messenger, so if you have questions, please DO get a copy  from the narthex.   In order to vote, you MUST have an ACCEPTABLE form of Photo ID.






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,

On vacation for the month of July


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

MAPLEGROVE Summer Sessions began June 27; will end August 19



“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.


Mon July 4   Our Offices are  CLOSED this day

Sun July 10  11:00 AM – HOT DOG DAY *  (Please bring munchies to share!)   

                     11:15 AM – Resources meets

                     11:30 AM – Chili Mac is prepared

Sun July 17  10:45 AM – CE Summit meeting *

Mon July 18   6:00 PM – Nurture Committee 

Fri July 22      3:00 PM – Relay for Life begins *

Sun Aug 7     10:45 AM – Chili Mac is prepared

Sun Aug 14    10:45 AM – Deacons meet *

Wed Aug 17    7:00 PM – Session meets

Sun Aug 21    9:30 AM – HAWAII  DAY *  We’ll have a meal … more about it, later

Sun Aug 28  9:30 AM – “CRITTER SUNDAY


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



The Christian Education Committee will hold a very important SUMMIT MEETING right after church on Sunday, July 17.  We’ll do some brainstorming about the form ourSunday School (both for the young 7 the “young at heart” …) will take as we prepare for the “fall semester”.  We have some exciting ideas to share, & welcome any & all suggestions as we work together to make our Sunday Schools even more vital & compelling!