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MAY, 2017 -  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


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Worship Schedule  May 7 –  May 28, 2017


Sun.  May 7 – 9:30 AM    Communion

First Reading:  Acts 2:42-47               

Second Reading:  John 10:1-10

Sermon: “Jesus Is the Gate!”

Liturgist:  Dustin Hosaka

Children’s Message:  Angela Hosaka

Servers: JT Gall, Kerstin Lefevre, Sally Tarvid


Sun. May 14 – 9:30 AM  

           Mother’s Day & “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  1 Peter 2:2-10  

Second Reading:  Psalm 31:1-5, 15 & 16

Sermon:  “Shining Face, Steadfast Love”

Liturgist: Barb Brunett  

Children’s Message: Janice Pendergast 


Sun. May 21 – 9:30 AM       

First Reading: Psalm 66:5-9 

Second Reading: John 14:15-21

Sermon: “Tight Circle!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Kathy Dettman 


Sun May 28 -  9:30 AM     “Penny Sunday”

First Reading: 1 Samuel 28:3, 6-16      

Second Reading: 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11

Sermon: “Restore, Support, Strengthen & Establish!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sally Tarvid



FROM  OUR  PASTOR:   Happy May, Beloved!

          So, as I write, I’m still reveling in yesterday, our Holy Humor Sunday.  I was reminded then, and again, that we are a joyful people!  Yes, we endure life challenges, and yes, we sometimes get frustrated, even overwhelmed, but at the end of the day, we are good-natured, good-hearted, faithful- people!!!


          That good-naturedness gets us through a lot.  It is a reflection of our trust in God!  I’m reminded of Romans 8: 31b - “If God is for us, who is against us?!?”


          One of the real punchlines from our reading of the Gospel of John was:  “As the Father has sent me, so I send you!”  It seems a lot ludicrous that Jesus would not only invite us into the family of God, but also as equal (?) partners in the healing of the world.  He then “ups the ante” by giving us the power to forgive sin!  That’s hilarious!  Who are we to forgive sin?  We’re just ordinary human beings!?!?!


          That makes me realize that one of the great problems of the church today is that has become a “consumer” religion, instead of a “producer” faith.  So many folks approach it with the perspective “what’s in it for me?”, rather than “what can I do?”


          So, it seems that we need to hold on to our sense of humor, and with humility realize the awesome gift and responsibility Jesus has given us!


          Then, as silly as it might sound, we need to continue to take our calling seriously, and share the gospel in ways that make the world a better place, and our angels smile!

Let’s roll up our sleeves even farther.  Can I count on you?  God loves you.  Me too! 

                          Pastor Kevin



ON SUNDAY, MAY 7,  we’re pleased to welcome Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Ph.D., who is a leader at the Islamic Center of Milwaukee,  as our Sunday School speaker.   Peacemaking & interfaith relations are so vitally important; Dr. Ali Shah will tell us a bit about Islam, & we’ll learn how we’re ALL connected.  You might want to invite friends to be present, to hear him.


TALENT  SHOW?  We’re HOPING to have a talent show on Sun. May 21, at 4:00 PM on our BEAUTIFUL  STAGE!   At this writing, several folks have signed up – but we need LOTS of participants, so we’d love it if YOU would show us how wonderfully you play the kazoo, or sing a song, or sing in a trio, or quartet – or play an instrument, or do a tap dance, or yodel … Talent shows are SUCH great fun, & we want to make use of our stage at least once each month!  Sign up  on the sheet at the rear of the sanctuary.


COOKIES FOR HABITAT  June 4  -  We’ve been asked to provide Cookies for  Habitat for Humanity the week of June 4.  Our aim is to be able to give them a MINIMUM of 700 cookies, so we hope all you bakers will MARK YOUR  CALENDARS with this date,  & bring your homemade cookies to the church on June 4, when the Peace & Justice Committee will package them to be delivered to Habitat.  We have it on good authority that the cookies GAPC donates to this wonderful organization are among their VERY FAVORITES – let’s keep up the good work! 


STRAWBERRY FEST will be here before we know it!  It’s Sun., June 11, from 11:30 until 3:00.  Our coordinator will need folks to clean berries at 9:00 AM on June 10, & help in MANY ways June 11.  A sign-up sheet will be available SOON!


MAKE YOUR MOTHER’S DAY FLORAL TRIBUTES through Sunday, May 7 (since Mother’s Day is the 14th!)  It’s easy!  Just  fill out the form in your Sunday worship bulletin with your name & the name of the mother you wish to remember; include $1 with the completed form, & place in the collection plate.  We’ll list all names in a special bulletin insert on Mother’s Day.      


THE  BIG  CROSS which stood beside the front doors of the church for many years was moved into the rear-center of the chancel following worship on Palm  Sunday.  It has special meaning for us, for it was constructed just for our church by the late Chuck Pope, (Sue’s husband).  Moving it was a HUGE undertaking, so we’re shouting out very special thanks to:  DAN & KERSTIN LEFEVRE, JIM & JEFF DICKSON, JT GALL, SPENCER MYERS, ED GRIFFITH, & DAVID NELSON,  who brought it from the entryway of the church to its new location.  It was hard work, but SO worth the effort!  And KERSTIN did an amazing job decorating it for Easter.  It is just breathtaking!


SPRING  GRADUATES    Do you have a soon-to-be GRADUATE in your family, whom we should acknowledge?  High school, college, grad school … it’s such an accomplishment, we don’t want to forget ANY of our young (or not-so-young) folks, for congratulations are in order!



To our wonderful Music Minister, Sheri Masiakowski, who arranged for & played in   the concert here on April 2.  Her organ selections were just lovely; mere words are inadequate to describe them!  Harpist Mary Radspinner is so talented; her musical offerings were eloquent.  Cellist Aaron Michael Zauner impressed us with his skill … wow!  The moving “Nocturne”, which concluded the program, was the perfect way to close an outstanding musical experience.  Thank you, thank you to all three of these exceptional musicians!  We can’t wait for the NEXT concert!



PANCAKE BREAKFAST on April 8 was our most successful EVER!!   It brought in a total of $664.00, & $50 of that amount came from the sale of Bobbie Griffith’s delightful

greeting cards.  Thanks to LB Smith, JT Gall, & ALL who supported pancake breakfast in so very many ways.               


 RELAY for LIFE  Once again, GAPC is getting a team together for this American Cancer Society event; Libbie Jansen is captain.  The relay will take place from 2:00 PM on Friday, July 21, through 2:00 AMon Saturday, at the track field at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis.  The walk begins  with a survivor’s lap, designed to define courage & inspire those facing a cancer diagnosis.  Then, during the evening, there’s a Luminaria lighting, with each bag representing a loved one lost to cancer  (see Libbie to purchase bags, which you’re encouraged to decorate).  The Luminarias also bring support to those affected by cancer, & honors survivors.  The relay concludes with a closing ceremony, where the walkers celebrate all they’ve accomplished together, & remember those who’ve been lost. Together, all commit to take action & help end the pain & suffering of cancer.  It’s SO VERY IMPORTANT!!  Libbie will be glad to sign you up – or, you may sign up online; Google  2017 Relay for Life West Allis New Berlin.


SOUTHMINSTER YOUTH MUSIC MINISTRY sent us the following note:  “Dear Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian, We wish to thank you for continuing to welcome us into your church & congregation.  We enjoyed having the chance to share God’s word through our performance of “Grace Wins”.  We also appreciate the opportunity for fellowship & raising funds for our youth mission trip this summer.   With God’s’ Love,  Southminster Presbyterian Youth”    You can see the actual note on the bulletin board in the narthex.


We’re hoping to stimulate our sale of SCRIP by attaching a PDF with names of merchants from whom you can purchase these gift cards.  Although a few are listed below, (PICK ’N SAVE,  SAM’S CLUB, WAL-MART, MENARD’S, SPEEDWAY,  & KOHL’S)  there are MANY, MANY more, so many that we just DON’T have room to list them all in the Messenger.  We’ll include the list in Messengers beginning next month.  Simply open the PDF, & you can see (& print out to keep at home, if you wish) a complete listing.  Then, when you need a gift card for any special occasion -- a birthday, an anniversary, a wedding or baby gift, a graduation gift – or simply a gas card for yourself – place your order with Church Treasurer JT Gall  on the second Sunday of each month, & your gift cards will be here the next week!   It’s one of the best ways you can help out the church budget!


We’ve welcomed a new TREE on the 97th St. right-of- way (approximately opposite Sue’s office). The City of West Allis has provided this EXCLAMATION LONDON PLANETREE.   Although it’s just an “adolescent tree” at the moment, it will grow to be  magnificent.  These trees are a hybrid resulting from a cross between the native sycamore and the non-native oriental planetree. Like sycamore, this is a large tree with beautiful peeling bark.  They have an upright, pyramidal growth habit that makes them a beautiful addition to any setting with multiple seasons of color.  In the spring and summer they have lush green foliage that turns a shade of golden yellow in the fall. However, the real show begins in the winter when their smooth grey-brown bark peels away to reveal shades of white, grey and green underneath. The bark has beautiful marbled colors that stand out in the barren winter landscape.   With a growth rate of about 3 feet per year, Exclamation London Planetrees quickly establish themselves as mature shade trees.  Additionally, they help purify the air by filtering out smoke, toxins and pollutants, providing us with fresh clean air.  These tough trees are cold hardy up to zone 4, and will flourish under heavy layers of ice and snow.  It will be our pleasure to watch it grow!






may  2017  CALENDAR




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.


April 28 – May 5 -  Pastor Kevin away on STUDY   LEAVE  *  

Sun May 7    Last day to order Mother’s Day Floral Tributes *

Mon May 8       9:30 – Noon – Presbytery’s  Administrative Committee (AC) meets here

                         7:15 PM – Resources Committee

Tues May 9     9:30 AM – Presbytery’s AC 

Mon May 15   2:00 – 5:00 PM – Presbytery’s AC

Tues May 16   2:00 – 5:00 PM – Presbytery’s AC

                         7:00 PM – Session meets

Wed May 17   2:00 – 5:00 PM – Presbytery’s AC

                        7:00 PM – Choir practice

Sun May 21    4:00 PM – Talent Show  *

Mon May 29 – MEMORIAL  DAY - Our offices are closed on this holiday


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


The Guest House asks that we  remember their needs as they continue to provide shelter for men in transition: homeless, job training, mental health counseling, access to help overcoming addictions … & SO MUCH MORE!  For more than 35 years, the Guest house has been there to help those vulnerable folk who are  most in need.  Full size bottles of body wash’ deodorant; body lotion; new backpacks, toilet paper, garbage bags (55-gallon size), new tennis shoes (sizes 12 & 13), & pots & pans (new or gently used) are among the most needed items.  For a full list of current needs, see the Guest House’s wishlist.  And oh, yes:  we’re helping out with their “Undy 500”, which begins May 1.  See below.  


Start your engines for the 2017 UNDY 500! It’s taking


place May 1 through May 25!


     THE  GUEST  HOUSE benefits from this Aurora Health Care-sponsored effort, in which GAPC has participated in recent years.  Our Peace & Justice Committee asks that we collect  NEW  PACKAGES  of  MEN'S UNDERWEAR and UNDERSHIRTS in sizes small through 4XL.  These basic needs items help restore hope and dignity in the guests staying in shelter at the Guest House.   Thank you in advance, for whatever help you can provide toward this vitally important project.


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 MAY,  we suggest RICE.


PENTECOST OFFERING will be accepted “officially” on the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, June 4, though you may make your donation earlier if you wish.  Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit as a bringer of new life with an offering intended to nurture the faith of those newest among us.  The offering helps our youth begin life with a strong start – a solid foundation of faith formed in the first third of life, from childhood through young adulthood.  It unites us in a churchwide effort to support young people in Christ & inspire them to share their faith, ideas, & unique gifts with the church & the world.  Presbyterian congregations are finding new ways to minister to children at risk in their own communities, & General Assembly programs are advocating for children & developing youth & young adult leaders.  Please help out by giving generously!


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.


SYNOD SCHOOL is scheduled to take place July 23-28, at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa,   & the theme is “Let Justice Flow”.  Many of you may be wondering: “Just what IS Synod School?”  Simply put, it’s a learning & personal enrichment experience for people of all ages, designed for laity & clergy, individuals & families.  There are many valuable workshops & classes for ALL ages; there are excellent speakers, worship leaders, an artist in residence, there are nightly movies, special children’s programs designed for kids infant through 5th grade, & of course, there’s housing & meals.

CLASSES offered cover a WIDE range, from :How 60’s Pop Music Influenced Society (& Vice Versa)”, to “The Last Days of Jesus”, to “Living a Life of Loving Attention to God”, to “Palestine: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly”; then there’s “Yoga, Vacation Style”, & “Adverse Childhood Experiences”, & “Reformed & Ever Reforming”, & “Crisis in Syria”.   We’ve posted a catalog on the big narthex bulletin board, for you to look over at your leisure – but PLEASE put it BACK on the board, when you’re done.

Those who wish to attend Synod School are asked to register online, at: