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                      February/March, 2017 -  MESSENGER  



                                  1455 S. 97th St., West Allis, WI 53214

                       Church Office (414) 453-3710     Pastor Kevin G. Tarvid     

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                     Sunday Morning Worship                 Sunday Church School 

                                 9:30 AM       10:45 AM


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Worship Schedule  February 5 - 26, 2017


Sun.  Feb 5 – 9:30 AM           Communion Worship

First Reading:  Matthew 5:13-15               

Second Reading:  1st Corinthians 2:1-12

Sermon: “All the Mysteries…”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Janice Pendergast

Servers: JT Gall, Dan & Kerstin Lefevre


Sun. Feb 129:30 AM       “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Psalm 119:1-7

Second Reading:  Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Sermon:  “Easy Choice?”

Liturgist:  Barb Brunett 

Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin 


Sun. Feb 19 – 9:30 AM     SOUTHMINST’ER

First Reading: Psalm 119:33-38A

Liturgist: Sandy Reichert


Sun Feb 26 – 9:30 AM     “Penny Sunday”

        Transfiguration of the Lord

First Reading: Matthew 17:1-9

Second Reading: 2nd Peter 1:16-21

Sermon: “Eyewitnesses of God’s Majesty”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sandy Reichert


Tues Feb 28  -   6:30 PM          Mardi Gras !!!

First Reading: Matthew 6:16-31

Second Reading: Isaiah 58:1-14

Sermon: “To Ride Upon the Heights of the Earth”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  ????


Sun.  March 5 – 9:30 AM   1st Lent; Communion

First Reading:  Matthew 4:1-11               

Second Reading:  Psalm 32

Sermon: “Happy Are WE Whose Transgression is Forgiven”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Lori Johnson

Servers: Phyllis DiPronio, Lori Johnson, Kerstin Lefevre & Mick Payton


Sun. March 129:30 AM   Lent 2: Penny Sunday

First Reading:  Psalm 121

Second Reading:  John 3:1-17

Sermon:  “Daylight Savings”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Lori Johnson 


Sun. March 19 – 9:30 AM     Lent 3    

First Reading: Psalm 95

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-11

Sermon: “The Anvil”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Barb Brunett


Sun March 26 – 9:30 AM   Lent 4   Penny Sunday

First Reading: Psalm 23

Second Reading: John 9:1-12a

Sermon: “Making Mud …”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Kristina Tarvid-Lawrenz


THE ANNUAL MEETING is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 5, &  we’ll have a VERY special meal – Instead of our “usual pot luck”, one of our folks has offered to make LASAGNA for ALL of us!  He’s an absolutely fantastic cook, Italian dishes are his specialty, (so the noodles will be HOMEMADE), & we’re THRILLED to accept his kind offer!  (Our taste buds are already tingling!)  We’ll be providing garden salad & rolls, so it will be a complete & delicious meal.  We’ll have the meal at about 11:00 AM, with the meeting to follow.

SOUTHMINSTER P. C. YOUTH MUSIC MINISTRY will be here Feb. 19, to present their musical, #GraceWins.  The theme, of course, is “Grace”, & it’s a collection of songs & skits.  Invite your friends to come & enjoy these talented young people, who visit us each year.


FROM  OUR  PASTOR  -  Happy Almost Spring, Beloved!


      I have a proposition for you!  I realize that this is a bit of a stretch, a departure from the norm, but when you hear about the whys - I’m really hoping that you’ll embrace this idea!


This year, we are going to welcome Lent, not with Ash Wednesday, but with Mardi Gras - (aka Fat Tuesday and/or Carnivale!)


    Here’s why…  I have always had an uncomfortable feeling about the observance of Ash Wednesday.  I don’t remember taking part as a small child in my little Lutheran Church, and when I joined the UCC, it was not a part of our faith life together.  My loved ones in Oconto were united in their desire to gather on the day, but not take part in the “imposition of ashes.”


   I’ve always been doubtful about the basis for the practice in scripture… and then, one day as I was walking into our church, it hit me – I think you could see the light bulb go on over my head! While many of my colleagues are comfortable with symbolism of ashes representing our mortality and our humility, I can’t help but associate them with feeling dirty.


   For me, this fits right into the research that indicates that people largely find the “church” negative, judgmental, hypocritical and old-fashioned.  Ouch!


   I’m more than fine with the idea that Christ calls us to observe Lent with a new sense of discipline, and deeper faith living, but I really like the idea of celebrating the moment of transition – and have some sugary, fatty delight, and then walk away for 40 days! 


  So, let’s gather on Tuesday, February 28th, at 6:30 (?), and celebrate the coming of Lent, let’s indulge a little bit, recognizing that we are now ready to embrace the discipline!  God loves you.  Me too!                         


 -  Pastor Kevin



The  AFTER  CHURCH  CAFE  will tantalize your taste buds with homemade soups &

“build-your-own sandwiches on Sun., Feb. 26, immediately following worship.  It’s one of two fund-raising meals the Peace & Justice Committee sponsors, with proceeds going to help charitable causes such as the Rescue Mission, Repairers of the Breach, Good Samaritan Outreach Center, & others.  Tickets are just $7.00 for adults, & $3.00 for kids under age 12.  The sandwiches feature several types of tasty breads, & meats, with many delicious toppings, & the soups simply can’t be beat!  See Barb Brunett, for tickets.


MARDI GRAS (otherwise known as “Fat/Shrove Tuesday”) will be celebrated at  GAPC with a worship service on Tuesday, February 28, at 6:30 PM.  It will replace our usual Ash Wednesday worship


SAVE THE DATE for an ORGAN CONCERT, by Music Minister Sheri, with a guest appearance by harpist Mary Radspinner, & maybe MORE!   Though it’s still in the planning stages, we’re aiming for Sun., April 2, in the afternoon.  The cost to concert-goers will be modest & reasonable, & we’ll want LOTS of folks to take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to hear absolutely BEAUTIFUL, MOVING MUSIC!


AND  PANCAKE BREAKFAST is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, from 7:30 - 11:00 AM.  It’s our 28th year (or maybe 27th, but who’s counting …) An annual favorite food fest, with LB Smith as coordinator, & good help from JT Gall & volunteers.   Have your friends save the date for this one, also!!!





Peace & Justice:  Barb Brunett, Chairperson; L B Smith

Resources:  Kerstin Lefevre, Chairperson; JT Gall & Jay Saugstad

CE/Nurture: Lori Johnson & Sally Tarvid, co-chairpersons; Phyllis DiPronio

Personnel: Lori Johnson, Chairperson; LB Smith & Jay Saugstad

Nominating Committee:  Kerstin Lefevre & Jay Saugstad, co-chairpersons


 SOUPER BOWL of  HUNGER on Feb. 5.  -  We’ll have SOUP POTS by the doors to the sanctuary following the service that morning, as we collect a spare dollar or two to help “those who do not have so much as a bowl of soup to eat”. 



Our Peace & Justice Committee supports the Homeless Veteran Initiative.  Since 2008, they have helped more than 700 veterans & their families get health care & VA benefits.

Veterans living on the street have help finding safe housing.  When they do find save places to live, they are helped with furnishing their room or apartment with donated furniture & household items.

The Homeless Veteran Initiative runs a food pantry and donates food to veterans & their families & delivers food to physically disabled vets who are unable to come to the Pantry.

The organization also clothes & helps to get eyeglasses & provides transportation to medical appointments & job interviews.  Please come to the Peace & Justice Soup & Sandwich Luncheon (February 26, 2017), to help support this worthwhile organization.


 Your  P & J Committee





Recently, I was asked by a few people why I was wearing a safety pin on my shirt.  No, I’m not falling apart at the seams!  There is (to me) a very important reason that I wear the safety pin.  As many of you know, I have my Master’s Degree in Social Work and am a Clinical Social Worker in private practice.  As a proud member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers), I am bound by a Code of Ethics which states “The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.” 


The recent Presidential election was particularly difficult for those of us in the Social Work profession.  Much of the rhetoric was demeaning, insulting, and has become the norm.  Hate crimes and bullying are rising at alarming rates.  So, when I read an article online at Yahoo Style dated November 11, 2016, entitled “Safety Pins in Solidarity: The Powerful Fashion Statement You’re Seeing Everywhere,” I was moved to place a safety pin on my clothing.  I shared the information with family, friends, and even clients, and they started wearing safety pins on their clothes.    


Wearing the safety pin is my way of letting people know that I am a “safe place” and will treat them fairly, regardless of their gender, race, disability, immigrant status, or sexual orientation.  By proudly wearing the safety pin, I am letting those who are marginalized know “You are safe with me.  I stand beside you.”


Now, more than ever, we need to stand together as people of strong faith.  One of my favorite scriptures is Micah 6:8 which asks “…and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  Won’t you stand with me, wear your safety pin, and make GAPC a place where all people can find a warm welcome and feel safe?  Thank you and Thanks be to God!


            Sally Tarvid, MSW, LCSW


P.S.  If anyone would like to read the article, it can be found online, or I would be happy to forward it to you via email.


HABITAT sent us a lovely letter, thanking us for our recent contribution of $390.00  for their ministry of building & renovating homes for families in need of sustainable housing.  You can read the entire letter, which is posted on the narthex bulletin board.


 Don’t forget to help us as we continue our support of WILSON SCHOOL! This fall, we began our 4th year helping provide donations of back packs & school supplies; we’ve already delivered a generous amount to the school.  Here’s the thing:  THE NEED FOR THESE SUPPLIES IS ONGOING – it doesn’t stop once the school year is underway --- so we need KEEP DOING WHAT WE DO, TO HELP SUPPORT THESE CHILDREN!  This WAWM elementary school, (like so many others in the area) has a significant number of students whose parents, through no fault of their own, cannot afford the necessary school supplies.  Teachers & administrators often dig deep into their own pockets to provide for these children, whom they care about so deeply.   We applaud them, and we want to offer as much assistance as we’re able, also.  There’s a LIST of needed items taped to the collection box in the narthex; please jot down a few of the items, watch for sales, & pick up some to bring to church.


We support GOOD SAMARITAN OUTREACH CENTER’S FOOD  PANTRY, & each month, we suggest a CHALLENGE  ITEM  for you to donate,  as generously as possible.  Remember, you may donate ANY non-perishable food items at ANY time!  Good Samaritan reminds us that:  “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.”  For February, we suggest PASTA & SAUCE; for March, it’s FRUIT.



The Guest House asks:  “Did YOU ever wonder when you’d eat next, or   find a place to shower, or where you’d sleep tonight?”  Most of the people the Guest House serves asked these questions on a daily basis, before coming there.  Their web page states: “Since 1982, the Guest house has provided #OneWarmBed  to people in our community in need of shelter – but providing one warm bed is not all we do.  The Guest House is more than shelter – we provide permanent housing, job training, access to addiction & mental health counseling, & much more.  We know that in order to overcome homelessness, providing one warm bed is only one piece of the puzzle.  Visit us at













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


SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP

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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 Feb 5      11:00 AM – LASAGNA  lunch *

                       12:15 PM – ANNUAL MEETING *

Tues Feb 7      7:00 PM – Resources Committee

Mon Feb 13    6:30 PM – P& J Committee

Sun Feb 19     9:30 AM – Southminster’s here *

Tues Feb 21   7:00 PM – Session meets

Sat Feb 25      Presbytery at Carroll University *

Sun Feb 26    11:00 AM – After Church Café with soup & sandwich *

Tues Feb 28    6:30 PM – Mardi Gras worship *

Sun Mar 1      9:30 AM – 1st Sunday in Lent

Tues Mar 14   7:00 PM – Resources Committee

Tues Mar 21   7:00 PM – Session meets



You’ll notice that we don’t have a lot listed on the calendar in March.  That’s because some things are still in the planning stages.  You’ll receive all-church emails at a later date, to alert you to coming events.


PLEASE NOTE:  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.



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



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