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JUNE, 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  June 4 –  June 25, 2017


Sun.  June 4 – 9:30 AM           Pentecost & 

First Reading:  Acts 2:1-21          Communion

Second Reading:  Psalm 104:24-34

Sermon: “Breath & Spirit”

Liturgist:  Barb Brunett

Children’s Message:  Pastor Kevin 

Servers: Lori Johnson, LB Smith, Sally Tarvid


Sun. June 11 – 9:30 AM    Trinity Sunday &

First Reading:  Psalm 8             “Penny Sunday

Second Reading:  Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon:  “A Very High Christology!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Laurie Elliott


Sun. June 18 – 9:30 AM       Father’s Day

Mark Brodaczynski is Guest Preacher

First Reading: Genesis 1:1-19 

Second Reading: Genesis 1:20-2:3

Sermon: “Created Different But Equal”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Mick Payton 


Sun. June 25 – 9:30 AM    “Penny Sunday

First Reading:  Romans 6:1-5  

Second Reading:  Psalm 86:8-13

Sermon:  “Give Us an Undivided Heart”

Liturgist: Sally Tarvid

Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin






FROM  OUR  PASTOR:   Happy June, Beloved!

          It’s funny how perceptions change…  I remember being quite concerned that churches tend to hibernate in the summer, and so we worked very hard to keep the calendar full, and the level of energy up!


          Then, I remember a couple of summers where we were just about overwhelmed with activity.  We almost couldn’t wait for fall, when things might slow down a bit…


          Now, of course, all across the country, the fear is that churches are in an almost constant state of dangerous hibernation!


          So, the question is, how would we like to pursue our summer as a faith family?  Would we like lots and lots to do, or would we like a manageable pace, one that doesn’t tax us too much?


          My guess is that we should, as always, let the Spirit lead us.  We should be as busy as we need, and find the kind of balance that places us right where we need to be to a faithful, effective congregation.


          We need to remember that our purpose is not to entertain, (although that often just happens), but we are called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to wrestle with those ultimate questions…


          Where else can we explore the meanings of life and eternity, the purpose of our purpose, the nature of good and evil?  Where else can we strategize to bring about the healing of the world, and the blossoming of love in our hearts and homes?


I would love to know what you think…  How do you think God would like us to embrace our summer?  There’s time to plan…  God loves you.  Me too!

                                                                       ~    Pastor Kevin




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  is SUNDAY  JUNE 11 !!!  We can hardly wait!  CAN YOU HELP???  We need BAKERS for our FANTASTIC BAKE SALE, & folks to help in the kitchen, & people to fill orders for drinks, & the loan of MANY card tables & large coolers, &

folks to sell tickets for our INCREDIBLE RAFFLE!  It’s going to be SENSATIONAL,

so PLEASE  INVITE  EVERYONE YOU KNOW, & even folks you DON’T know, to be with us between 11:30 & 3:00 that day, to eat our delicious SHORTCAKES, & SUNDAES, & HOT DOGS, & BRATS, & PIZZA, & CHOCOLATE-COVERED STRAWBERRIES, & NACHOS.


FIT & FAITHFUL EXERCISE CLASS:  Personal Trainer Jeri Gamache writes:  “It is with great sadness that I must tell you that, due to all the family caring I am currently doing, I must step down from teaching Fit & Faithful.”  Jeri led her small but VERY faithful group in exercising for many years, & her “students” will miss the special time they enjoyed together, keeping “fit”.  THANK YOU SO MUCH, JERI!   YOU ARE LOVED !





was so VERY moving & meaningful!  We  set aside a special time to remember loved ones who are no longer with us, not just those who gave their lives in service to our country, but for all who have gone before us, who have blessed us with their presence.  The prayers & message that morning incorporated this theme, & we began a special tradition.  Worshippers were given a card on which to write the names of those each wished to remember; the cards were then placed in a basket, which was laid at the foot of the big wooden cross in the chancel, as a symbol of remembrance and thankfulness.  The response was overwhelming!  HUNDREDS of names were provided!  We are most grateful for these lives, and for God’s promise of eternal life.  It was quite wonderful.


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!  



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, at 2017 Relay for Life West Allis New Berlin


FATHER’S DAY FLORAL TRIBUTES deadline is Sunday, June 11, (since Father’s Day is the 18th!)  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 Father’s Day.      


                                          Coming events …


We’ll have “RALLY DAY”   and   “CRITTER SUNDAY”  on the same date --  September 10.  The start of the Sunday School year & “Blessing of the Creatures” – what a wonderful day to celebrate!

                      and …

We’ll have several opportunities to become more “tech savvy” during our Sunday School time.  There’s SO much many of us don’t know about the INTERNET … Mick, Libbie Jansen, & several others will provide tutorials, & for those who want to bring laptops, there’ll be an opportunity for “hands on” experience.  (There’s nothing like “learning by doing”!)

                      and …

During some of our autumn Sunday School hours, we’ll welcome representatives from  other faith communities, who’ll tell us about their beliefs.  HERE’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT to be involved in interfaith dialogue:  


The term “interfaith dialogue” indicates a constructive, positive interaction between people of different religious traditions.  The aim is to promote understanding between different beliefs, in order to increase acceptance of others. Learning to respect persons who subscribe to beliefs, customs & traditions which are different from our own is vitally important, because we live in a society which is increasingly diverse, in terms of both  religion, race, & ethnicity.   It is a sad truth that too often, this leads to conflict because of stereotypes, misunderstanding, negative ideas, and just plain fear of religious “Others.” Interfaith cooperation calls us to more than just “tolerance” of religious difference. Instead, it is a call to action, entreating us to engage with others of differing faith traditions.  It does not “gloss over” our religious differences, nor does it mean giving up our faith-based allegiance to whatever doctrines or beliefs about the world best guide us. It simply requires that we open to the best of one another, that we acknowledge and respect our differences and our common humanity.  


So --  when we’re engaging in interfaith dialogue, we don’t use this space to proselytize or to evangelize, even if that is an important part of our religious tradition. Instead, interfaith dialogue focuses our attention on the values that we share and how these compel us to act in service to a better world.  And isn’t a better world what all of us desire?


THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES appear in each of our Messengers, sometimes identical from one month to the next, & sometimes with small changes (such as the monthly suggestion for the Good Samaritan food pantry.)

Are you wondering WHY we continue to include them?  They’re here just as a REMINDER, that we need YOUR HELP as we support these ministries.  


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) for 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 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 JUNE,  we suggest PEANUT BUTTER.


Don’t forget to help us as we continue to help out at WILSON SCHOOL! This past fall, we began our 4th year helping provide donations of back packs & school supplies.  But 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.  Let’s see how many items we can collect for them over the summer, so when our 5th year begins, we have a HUGE amount to donate!



The Guest House asks that we  remember their needs as they continue to provide shelter for men in transition: homelessness, 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 are most needed.  For a full list of current needs, see the Guest House’s wishlist.    


NOTE:  SESSION will NOT meet this month.









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 begin

June 12; will end August 18


“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.



Sun June 4   9:30 AM – it’s PENTECOST !!

             BRING COOKIES for HABITAT  *

Fri June 9            6:00 PM – Wedding rehearsal

Sat June 10   There’s a wedding here today

Sun June 11       8:15 AM – Set up for  STRAWBERRY  FEST  *

                           9:30 AM - Worship

                         10:30 AM – Complete set up

11:30 – 3:00 – STRAWBERRY  FEST  *

Sun June 18  - Mark Brodaczynski is guest preacher