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                             SEPTEMBER  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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                                                        GREENFIELD  AVENUE  PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

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Worship Schedule

  September 3  -  September 24, 2017


Sun.  Sept 3 - 9:30 AM      Communion Worship         

First Reading:  Psalm 105:1-6

Second Reading:  Romans 12:9-21

Sermon: Work Hard

Servers:  TBA


Sun. Sept 10 – 9:30 AM     “Rally Day”, “Blessing of the Critters Day” & “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Psalm 36:5-9           

Second Reading:  Matthew 25:31-45
Sermon:  “Sheep, Goats, and Least of These …”


Sun. Sept 17 – 9:30 AM    HOMECOMING !!!

First Reading:  Matthew 18:21-35

Second Reading:  Romans 14:1-12

Sermon:  “Welcome Home!”


Sun. Sept 24  9:30 AM     “Penny Sunday”

Mark is Guest Preacher

First Reading: Exodus 16:2-25

Second Reading: Matthew 20:1-16

Sermon: “I Want a Raise!”


FALL FEST  The date is October 21, & we’re concerned about forming a leadership team.  Laurie Elliott has volunteered, but this is such an eagerly anticipated day for the congregation & the surrounding community that we hope to recruit several MORE volunteers who’ll shepherd the event.  We plan to cut back on the size of our rummage sale, & there’ll be other EXCITING CHANGES.   Please contact Pastor Kevin or Lori Johnson to let them know you’ll be “on the team”!  


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SEPTEMBER 10 is RALLY DAY and “CRITTER SUNDAY”, when we “kick off” the Sunday School fall semester, & hold the “Blessing of the Creatures” during worship at 9:30 AM.  What fun!  The children (& adults) will have an opportunity to “meet & greet” some of the pets which join us to receive blessing, as we celebrate both the children AND the “critters” with whom we share our homes & lives.  Please be sure to bring water & treats for your pets; keep them leashed or crated while they’re here, so they’re always under your control; & a “scooper” should it be necessary …  We always look forward to this special morning!


HOMECOMING  SUNDAY  SEPT. 17 - As Pastor Kevin notes on his letter (below), we’re going to have “Homecoming Sunday” on Sept. 17!!!  We hope EVERYONE will be here -- & we’ll invite past members who’ve moved away, but are close enough geographically to join us in worship, & for the POT LUCK which will follow!  With the fabulous COOKS we have in our congregation, the meal will be SPLENDIDLY DELICIOUS!   Save  that date, & we’ll see you there!


FROM   OUR   PASTOR:     Happy Homecoming, Beloved!

          After all these years, I bet you’re not surprised that I choose this time of year to write about the concept of homecoming!

          This has always been a favorite, important, meaningful time of year for me.  In high school and college, I always looked forward to that “big game”, that first home game after the first away game, that time of parades, and bonfires, dinners and dances. 

          These days, I can’t help but think of that tiny little town that was my first home.  In its “glory days”, the greater Dellwood area was a thriving metropolis of up to nearly 100 people who knew each other very, very well. 

          All in all, my memories of that place and its people are warm and wonderful.  I truly was raised by the proverbial village, and that village embraced me and the children I grew up with- in a way they all were my extended family.

          Sadly, that little town is now nearly a ghost town.  We once had two grocery stores, a drive-in, and a pub that served as our community center. (Oh, and a Methodist Church – and a Lutheran Church!)

          I just learned that the pub – the only commercial enterprise left, has closed.  For the first time in nearly a century, there is no business in Dellwood.  Like so many rural Wisconsin communities after the Great Recession, my little town has suffered greatly.

          It was Thomas Wolfe who wrote “You can’t go home again…”  But wait… – can we?

          We at GAPC are now that little community of warmth and wonder, that place where children of all ages are embraced and nurtured and encouraged to grow.  In times of joy and challenge, we have proven over the years that we are that extended family that brings comfort and care and support and love to those who need us.

          So – Sunday, September 17th is Homecoming Sunday – please join us – especially if your team has been “on the road” for a while.  Come celebrate with us, and after church, let’s have one great pot-luck “Homecoming Dinner.” It’ll be good to be home.  God loves you.  Us too!

                                                                                        ~  Pastor  Kevin                 

CHANCEL CHOIR will start up on Wed., August 23, with a potluck and practice at the home of our Music  Minister, Sheri.  Supper will be at 6pm / rehearse 7-8pm.  New members are welcome & desired. All you have to do – is show up!



THANK YOU,  THANK YOU, TO:  to Nikki (Marie’s granddaughter from Texas), & Nikki’s daughters, 10-year-old Audrey & 7-year old Alaina, who sang “God Is for Us!” so charmingly & beautifully for us on July 30.  It’s always a delight to have them here!

                and …

Kerstin & Dan, who took care of backlighting the big wooden cross in the chancel.  We saw it for the first time during the service July 16, when we re-dedicated the cross, which Charlie Pope made for us so many years ago.  Cris Pope & family from Appleton were able to join the “local” Pope families for the occasion.  

                and …

Kate, who “filled in” as guest musician on July 23, while Music Minister Sheri was away.  Kate is SO talented, & her vocal solo during special music time was both beautiful, and touching!

                and …

Cynthia, who is filling in for Sheri during the month of August.  Sheri enjoys having the opportunity to play in other venues in summer, & Cynthia loves to be with us.  She’s providing us with MARVELOUS “Special Music”. We love BOTH of our Guest Musicians!

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Mark, who presented us with an American flag from the American Tribute Ride on  July 22.  (See article, below)

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Kathy & Debbie,  so devotedly bringing mom Donna to Sunday worships.  

                and …

Gail & Dick devoted volunteers who so willingly help with office tasks.

MARK B. tells us about the American Tribute Ride: It’s an event for 2 & 3-wheel motorcycles, with some 4-wheel vehicles, that pays tribute to Law Enforcement, Firefighters, EMTs, & Military. Starting at the Wisconsin Rapids State Firefighters Memorial Park, the July 22 ride took more than 140 participants through many beautiful areas, visiting fire departments along the way, concluding in Theresa.  There, a closing memorial ceremony paid homage to 9 brave men who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in the line of duty: 5 law enforcement officers, 1 member of the military, & 3 firefighters.

While there, Mark presented one of the prayer shawls made by our Spinning Yarns Knitting Ministry to the family of a fallen law enforcement officer.  He will present a second prayer shawl at a later date.  Ride proceeds benefit: Badger Honor Flights; Concerns of Police Survivors; Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial; Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety Burn Camp; & Veterans Assistance Program at King Veterans Home.  Thanks, Mark, for continuing to take part in the ride!


A  NEW  CHURCH DIRECTORY is in the works.  It’s being given to SANDY  & DONNA for proofreading, during the week of August 13.   If YOU have had an address, phone number, or email change about which we have NOT been notified, PLEASE call the church office & tell Sue or leave a message on voicemail.  We want the new directory to be as up-to-date as possible. After the first proofreading, we can make corrections; after the second proofing, it will be printed.  We hope to have it “ready to go” by September 17.


PEACEMAKING OFFERING  -  On World Communion Sunday, Oct. 1, we accept the Peace & Global Witness Offering (formerly known as the Peacemaking Offering), one of the Special Offerings of the PCUSA in which we participate.  As Presbyterians, we are called to be peacemakers – no easy task in a world filled with turmoil.  The offering this year emphasizes the sentence in Ephesians 2:14 – 17, in which the Apostle Paul says: “So he came & proclaimed peace to you who were far off & peace to those who were near.”  It tells us that Jesus came to earth to proclaim universal peace.  While his earthly ministry occurred in a specific age & place, the peace he shared is limited by neither time nor geography.  As followers of Christ, our call to work for peace begins in our own neighborhoods & extends to the ends of the earth.  It means creating materials that equip congregations to deal with important issues – from disagreements between church members to bullying at schools to gun violence in our communities.  It means using our seat at the United Nations table to speak up for the vulnerable around the world.  It’s SO VERY IMPORTANT!   Plan to give generously.


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.  


SCRIP  -  We’re sorry, but we haven’t been able to attach names of merchants who provide scrip to our monthly Messengers.  We HOPE our newsletter & Sunday morning announcements will inspire you to PURCHASE as much SCRIP as possible on the second Sunday of each month, for these gift cards are an EXCELLENT way to raise money for the church. Here are just a few:  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.  Please do look over the Scrip pages in the narthex BEFORE the second Sunday of the month, so you can decide well in advance which ones to order on “order day”.    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  SEPTEMBER,  we suggest BABY FOOD.


Don’t forget to help us as we continue to support WILSON SCHOOL! This fall, we’re beginning 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!  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!  Stores now have 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!   REMEMBER -  this is a year-long, ongoing mission for us, so once school is actually in session, we don’t stop bringing supplies … we keep providing them!  THANK  YOU!!!


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.











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”


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 Sept 10        9:30 AM – RALLY DAY  &  CRITTER  SUNDAY  *


Tues Sept 12      7:00 PM – Resources Committee


Thurs. Sept 14   7:00 PM – Friends of MS meet in JACK REICHERT  HALL


Sun Sept 17       9:30 AM -  HOMECOMING SUNDAY, followed by POT  LUCK *


Sun Sept 24      9:30 AM – Mark is Guest Preacher

Sun Oct 1      9:30 AM – World Communion Day



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