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                          JULY/AUGUST,  2017 -  MESSENGER   

                              GREENFIELD   AVENUE   PRESBYTERIAN   CHURCH

                                            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  July 2 –  August 27, 2017


Sun.  July 2 – 9:30 AM      Communion Worship         

First Reading: Psalm 146

Second Reading: Matthew 10:40-42

Sermon: Hospitality!!!

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue Smith  

Servers:  LB Smith, Sally Tarvid


Sun. July 9 – 9:30 AM     “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Proverbs 2:1-5           

Second Reading:  Matthew 11:25-30

Sermon:  “It’s Not That Tricky!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Lori Johnson


Sun. July 16  9:30 AM       Cross Re-Dedication

First Reading: Psalm 119:105-112

Second Reading: Romans 8:1-5

Sermon: “What God Has Done …”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sally Tarvid


Sun. July 23 – 9:30 AM    “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Genesis 28:10-19a

Second Reading:  Psalm 139:1-12, 23 & 24

Sermon:  “Nowhere, No Need”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Laurie Elliott


Sun July 30 – 9:30 AM

First Reading: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Second Reading” Romans 8:31-35, 37 & 38

Sermon: “Best. News. Ever!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Sandy Reichert

Sun.  Aug.  6 – 9:30 AM      Communion Worship         

First Reading: Genesis 31:22-31

Second Reading: Matthew 14:13-21

Sermon: “We Can Do That !?!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Kristina Tarvid-Lawrenz

Servers:  Kerstin Lefevre


Sun. Aug. 13 – 9:30 AM     “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Matthew 14:22-33         

Second Reading:  Romans 10:5-15

Sermon:  “Beautiful Feet? Yes We Can!”

Liturgist:  Peter Jansen

Children’s Message:  Pastor Kevin


Sun. Aug 20 - 9:30 AM       

First Reading:  Psalm 133

Second Reading: Matthew 15:21-28

Sermon: “(WOOF?)”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sally Tarvid


Sun. Aug  27– 9:30 AM    “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Matthew 16:13-20

Second Reading:  Romans 12:1-8

Sermon:  “We Are Members of One Another

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  JT Gall


STRAWBERRY  FEST on June 11 was  OUR  MOST SUCCESSFUL  EVER !!!   What a fantastic day!  The weather was perfect (yes, HOT is GOOD, when you’re selling sundaes & shortcake …), our helpers put in SO much HARD work … smiling all the while, as were our customers … as of this writing, our total is just about $1,681.00.  There’s still some money that could come in, so our eventual total COULD be a bit higher … THANKS  SO   MUCH  to LORI

J.,  LAURIE E., & BARB, who coordinated, & to ALL our wonderful workers!!!!




FROM  OUR  PASTOR:  Happy Summer, Beloved!


          I’d like to share a little story that combines “what I did on my summer vacation” with some “unfinished business”…


          Thirty years ago, I was working for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as the Associate Director of Alumni Relations.  I got the opportunity to attend a national conference at Boulder, Colorado.  Sally, Kristina, and I all climbed into our old Chevy wagon, and headed west.


          It was challenging.  The car broke down in three states:  Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.  Each time good hearted souls got us connected with help, and we were able to get back on the road and continue our journey…


          I remember as stressful as all that was, I enjoyed the seminar and we loved Colorado.  We decided that, since we had a little more time, we would take the northern route home and take in Mount Rushmore!


          But Murphy’s Law once again intervened, and this time the engine blew a head gasket.  We were stuck in Fort Collins for several days, and then had to head straight for home!


          We always talked about going back and finishing the trip, but life always seemed to get in the way…


          So, this year we attended a family wedding in Estes Park, and were determined to complete what we had started all those years ago.


          Can you imagine the thrill as we stood at the base of the mountain, and looked up at those beautiful, historic, iconic faces?  Joy, fulfillment, wonder!


  I think it meant even more because of the adversity we faced

along the way.  What a feeling of satisfaction to finally finish that quest.  Almost holy…


          The lesson I’m taking is that there is joy in never giving up, persevering, and always pressing toward the great goal.  It seems to me that is a good lesson for a faith family…  Amen?


          God loves you.  Me too!                 ~  Pastor  Kevin                  


CROSS   RE-DEDICATION - On Sunday, July 16, we’ll have a special time during worship to re-dedicate the big cross in the chancel, which Chuck P made for us some years ago.  It’s been relocated to the chancel from the place it occupied beside our front doors.  Chuck’s family will be with us as we celebrate this occasion.  Plan to be here! 







Personal Trainer Jeri sends heartfelt thanks to the members of the “Fit & Faithful” exercise class that Jeri led for so many years.   She so enjoyed each of them, appreciates their diligence in keeping physically fit, & their willingness to try new things & work hard.   Jeri expresses the hope that perhaps, down the road, she’ll be able to resume teaching the class.   Meantime, WE send our loving thanks to Jeri, for her enthusiastic dedication as class leader!



HEIFER PROJECT  -  Our Church Treasurer reports that on Palm Sunday, the Sunday School children voted on gifts for Heifer Project International, which we support with our “Penny Sunday” offerings the second & fourth Sundays of each month.  We’re delighted to report that we sent “an ARK”!  It included: an alpaca; 2 broods of chicks; a goat; a couple of flocks of ducks, a kit which trains people in animal health care, and, at last, A WATER BUFFALO!  Thanks, everyone, for your pennies, other change, & dollars.  We received a certificate of thanks, from Heifer Project; it’s posted in the narthex.


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, TO:  everyone who contributed toward the Father’s Day Floral Tributes (June 18).  What beautiful, purple button mums!    It’s always SUCH a treat, to have fresh flowering plants &/or cut flowers for morning worship.  

                and …

Those who baked COOKIES for Habitat, & those who helped package the cookies, on June 4.  There’s a “Thank You” note from Habitat, in the narthex.

                and …

Our “berry cleaners”,  who met on the evening of May 31, to clean berries, which were then frozen, & used for Strawberry Fest on June 11.

                and …

Pastor Kevin, who sang “Undivided Heart” (his own composition” during “Special Music time on June 25.  Terrific!

                and …

Our devoted volunteers who so willingly help with office tasks.


Minister of Music Sheri is looking for folks to VOLUNTEER to provide SPECIAL MUSIC

on Sundays during the summer.  On July 2, we’ll have a Men’s Chorus … talk with Sheri & let her

know what YOU’D like to do.  Sing, play an instrument (even a kazoo …)  HEY!  Here’s a idea! 

Wouldn’t a kazoo band be fun?



RELAY for LIFE  Once again, GAPC is getting a team together for this American Cancer Society event; Libbie J.  is captain.  The relay will take place from 2:00 PM on Friday, July 21, through 2:00 AM on 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. Be sure to PLEDGE!


PETER J. is riding in the MS 150 the weekend of August 5-6.  He hopes you’ll be interested in pledging – please see him in a Sunday morning; he really appreciates you support, for the funds he raises go for research toward treatment & a cure for this terrible disease.


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 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 JULY,  we suggest CEREAL; for AUGUST, it’s TUNA.


Don’t forget to help us as we continue to support WILSON SCHOOL! This fall, we’ll begin our 5th  year helping this WAWM elementary school by making donations of back packs & school supplies.  This 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 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 school begins, we have a HUGE amount to donate!  Soon stores will begin having SALES on back packs, notebooks, pencils, etc.  Keep an eye out for these sales, please, so you can take advantage of them to provide as much support as possible!


The Guest House tells us:  Over the past 35 years, programming at the Guest House has evolved in many different ways.  As the needs of our community have changed, so have we!  One of our newest programs is our Recovery Housing program, which serves individuals in need of a safe place to recover from mental health or substance abuse challenges.  The program provides a safe place to stay at the Guest House, case management, access to our counseling clinic, & many enrichment classes to care for our guests’ total well-being.

Recovery Housing is the newest way we are providing more than shelter for our guests!”

Items ESPECIALLY needed at present are: new men’s T-shirts sizes S – 3X; new men’s boxers, sizes S, M, 2XL & 3XL; new men’s deodorant;; & new men’s flip flops.


                             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 … Several of our folks who are VERY “tech savvy”, 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?











SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP

Communion 1st  Sunday of each month

2nd & 4th SUNDAYS - “Penny Sunday”



THURSDAYS - 1:30 PM - P.A.C.E. (People with

Arthritis Can Exercise) Class meets  in library,

Perhaps on vacation for the month of July?????


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

MAPLEGROVE Summer Sessions began

June 26; 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.


Tues July 4   INDEPENDENCE DAY !   Our offices are CLOSED on this date

Sun July 16       9:30 AM – Worship, with Re-Dedication of the big wooden cross *

Wed. July 19     7:00 PM – Session meets

Wed  Aug. 16    Session meets

Sun Aug 20    Special celebration *



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