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                                                      NOVEMBER, 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

      November 5 -  November 26, 2017


Sun.  Nov 5 - 9:30 AM      Communion

First Reading:  Psalm 107:1-7

Second Reading:  Matthew 23:1-12

Sermon: “It’s that Consistency Thing!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sally T

Servers:  JT, Lori, Kerstin  & LB


Sun. Nov 12 – 9:30 AM    “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Matthew 25:1-12           

Second Reading:  Psalm 78:1-7

Sermon:  “Teach Your Children (What?)

Liturgist: Barb

Children’s Message:  Pastor Kevin


Sun. Nov 19 – 9:30 AM   

First Reading:  Psalm 123

Second Reading:  Matthew 25:14-28

Sermon:  “Making the Most”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Lori


Tues Nov 21 – 7:00 PM   


We meet at Faith Presbyterian Church at

3800 W. Rawson Ave. in Franklin for our

combined pre-Thanksgiving worship


Sun Nov 26 - 9:30 AM     “Penny Sunday”

First Reading: Psalm 100

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23

Sermon: “Putting this Power to Work!”

Liturgist: Barb

Children’s Message:  Pastor Kevin


Happy Harvest, Beloved!

          I continue to follow the research surrounding the state of the Christian Church around the world today, and the news continues to be challenging, at best.

          As with so many of the institutions in our society, the church in general is slipping in importance in people’s lives…

          I do believe that pendulums swing, and that, eventually, more and more people will realize that faith is important, and dis-organized spirituality is no substitute for a real faith family!

          I also believe that there are little adjustments we can make to improve our standing in the community, and on the list of people’s priorities.

          I’d like to propose a few “tweeks” to our faith-life, and I need your help in bringing them to fruition!

          Our website is so 1990’s…  We need to upgrade, update, and make it more useful, user-friendly, and make it “pop!”  We need to provide more helpful information, and links to some of the great resources the church has to offer.

          We also need to improve our social media presence.  I want us to be more connected to people, so that the community can know how helpful we are, and can be.

          We also need to upgrade our media presence in worship.  I recently visited a sister church where a big screen actually enhanced the experience.  (not to replace bulletins and hymnals, but to add beautiful images…)

          This is a place to begin, and I’m hoping that you can be helpful in making this happen.  If you have expertise in these areas, or know someone who does, or can just add your good will to the momentum, please do.

          I’m hopeful, maybe even optimistic, so let’s roll!  God loves you.  Me too!

                                                     -     Pastor  Kevin


Peace & Justice Committee’s TATER  TOPPER  LUNCHEON will take place on Sun. Nov. 12, immediately following worship.   Funds raised go to support the many organizations to which we donate.  Tickets are available RIGHT  NOW, from Barb..  $7.00 & $3.00.



FALL  FEST  is Nov. 4 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  We’re setting up at 6:00 PM on Nov. 3, & we hope lots of folks will come up to help with this process.  We need CARD  TABLES  for the café, so PLEASE do bring yours “on loan” to us for that 2-day period.  If you haven’t signed up to let us know how you’ll help - - come on up to the church on Saturday morning by 8:30, & ask “Where do you need me?”  You’ll be put to work.


SUNDAY  SCHOOL on Nov. 5 will be led by HARRY,  who will tell us about  “Berlin during the Cold War”.  He was in Germany during some of this time.  With Veteran’s Day approaching, it’s important that we not forget what happened during those years.  It’s going to be a most informative presentation.

November is STEWARDSHIP MONTH, when we’re asked to pledge to the church for the coming year.  “Stewards” (in this case, that’s EVERYONE who’s a church member) are those who are responsible for the care & management of the church property, finances,  & other matters pertaining to the church.  STEWARDSHIP IS AT THE VERY CENTER OF OUR IDENTITY AS CHRISTIANS ! !  We are God’s stewards, asked to manage God’s resources for God’s purposes.   We realize that stewardship means sharing of our time, talent, & treasure.  Pledging these things each November gives us the best possible idea of how to budget for the coming calendar year, (which “helps to keep the lights on” in the church building, & pay the staff, & pay for snow removal, & the myriad of other things which must be taken care of).  And it’s letting us know that you’re willing to share your personal gifts in the life of the church … by singing in the choir, or serving as a greeter, or liturgist, or board member, or teacher, or kitchen helper, Fest worker … it’s a lengthy list, & your help is needed.  Please pray & consider carefully when your   pledge card & letter arrive … then fill out, & return to the church.  For when we do, we commit ourselves to caring for God’s creation, especially our church home.  Thank you!

THANKSGIVING WORSHIP  on Tuesday, Nov. 21will be at Faith Presbyterian, 3800 W. Rawson Ave., at 7:00 PM.  Their pastor, Debra Bergeson-Graham, is retiring at the end of this year, & we’ve been invited to attend her final Thanksgiving service there.  There’s going to be a “skit”, based on the Story of Ruth – in which Pastor Kevin will play the part of Boaz.  We’re told it might be just a little “racy”… so don’t be surprised … it will  be both meaningful & fun.  Our choir joins the choirs from the other “Fab 4” churches (choir practice there is at 6:00 PM); there’s a lovely harvest anthem.  Let’s all be present to thank God for our blessings, & wish Pastor Deb well. 

POINSETTIAS will  be available for you to purchase to  decorate the church for Christmas, which you may take home after the service Christmas Eve day, if you wish.  You’ll find order forms in all the worship bulletins during the month of November – or you may pick one up from the table in the narthex.  Please note that the DEADLINE for orders to be turned in to the church office is Sunday, November 26.  We must call our order in to Milaegar’s by Monday, Nov. 27, in order to get the special discount price of $13.00 for each plant.  (They’re unusually lovely, so be sure to place your order by filling out the form, attaching your check, & placing in the offering plate on a Sunday morning – or mail to the church.  

NEW CHURCH DIRECTORIES are available on the narthex table. Just one per family, please.   


In Appreciation   ~ ~  “Friend of the Church” Cindy tells us:  “Thank you so very much for all the prayers & loving thoughts sent our way for my father -- & for David & me – as Dad deals with his treatment for malignant melanoma.  He’s doing as well as can be expected. 

We greatly appreciate your thinking of us during this stressful time.  Please continue to keep us in your prayers”.


INTERFAITH  WEST  CENTRAL  urgently needs VOLUNTEER DRIVERS  for the holiday season.  The DRIVERS bring Interfaith clients to needed appointments: doctor, hairdresser, dentist, etc.  One event is the Rotary Club Christmas Party, for Interfaith’s most isolated & shut-in clients to have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays at this party.  It’s on Saturday, December 9 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, at the Aurora West Allis Women’s Pavilion, 8901 W. Lincoln Avenue.  Even if you’re able to drive only once a year, your help will be valued.  If you’re able to take clients with walkers, please let Interfaith know.   Call Tammy Hero, Director of West Central Neighborhood Outreach Older Adult Programs, 414-774-1747.


CHRIST CHURCH CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS TOY STORE  -  For the past 47 years, Christ Presbyterian Church, 1930 W. Walnut St. in Milwaukee, has been helping to make the lives of children in their neighborhood a little brighter through their annual Christmas Children’s Toy Store.  GAPC has supported them  in this effort for more years than we can count.  The toy store this year will be held on Sat., Dec. 16, & serves children from birth through age 12.  If YOU would like to help these children God has given all of us to care for, new items needed include:  toys, games, coloring books, crayons, markers, stuffed animals, balls, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, school supplies, dolls, cars/trucks, puzzles, etc.  If you’d care to donate money instead, please make checks payable to Christ Presbyterian Church, & write “Christmas Toy Store” on the “memo” line. We’ll see to it that everything is delivered to their church by Tues., Dec. 12

When you’ve purchased your gifts for the toys store, bring them to GAPC & place, UNWRAPPED, under our big Christmas tree in the sanctuary.

Christ Church is most grateful for the help we provide in this special ministry to children & families.


A PHONE MESSAGE from HEIFER PROJECT told us:  “Thank you SO very much for the generous donation you made to our organization at the end of May.  You are making an incredible difference in the lives of SO many people!  We can’t say ‘thank you’ often enough!”


We received another letter from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, this time thanking us for our second gift (of $45.00).  That means that so far, we’ve donated a total of $747.00 in Hurricane Response.  We know there were additional donations in October; we’ll provide the total amount we’ve sent to them in the December Messenger.   They wrote:  “Again, thank you for giving to enable all people to know God’s life-giving welcome in Jesus Christ.  You are a valued partner in mission.”   PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE’RE CONTINUING TO ACCEPT DONATIONS THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER.  Thankfully, by that time, “hurricane season” is expected to be over … so we’ll send in a final check to PDA, from GAPC.  Please don’t forget to write “PDA” on the “memo” section of your check, so Church Treasurer JT can send it to the correct destination, & Church Financial Secretary Dan Lefevre can credit it to your donations.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMAZING GENEROSITY to help those in such serious need! 

           AT THE  GUEST  HOUSE, where they’re already planning ahead for the holidays.  This wonderful organization, which helps men in transition, both “in shelter” & in permanent housing, hosts a celebration for their “guests” each year during the holidays.  We’ve been helping The Guest House for many years, & hope to assist in bringing a bit of Christmas joy to their residents.  Their HOLIDAY WISH LIST includes the following (all items MUST be new):

  • Men’s sneakers (size 10-13)
  • Men’s pajama pants
  • Men’s slippers
  • Men’s jeans (34x32, 36 x 32, & 38 x 32)
  • Men’s sweatshirts
  • Men’s watches
  • Men’s wallets
  • $10 gift cards to Walmart or Walgreen’s
  • Backpacks
  • Bed pillows


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 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!  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 “2nd Sunday”.    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  November, we suggest HOLIDAY ITEMS: CRANBERRIES, SWEET POTATOES, CANNED GRAVY, INSTANT MASHED POTATOES, ETC.


Don’t forget to help us as we continue to support WILSON SCHOOL!  We’ve started 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.   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!!!

            and …

We’ve just received the following note:

“Dear Members of Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church,

    Thank you for all of the school supplies that you donated to Wilson Elementary.  It was so generous, and we very much appreciate it.  You put smiles on so many children’s faces!

        Thanks again!

The Staff & Students at Wilson











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 Nov 5      10:45 AM – Harry leads Sunday School by telling us about  “Berlin during the Cold

                                            War”  *


Sat Nov 11   9:00 AM – Fall Clean-Up Day  *


Sun Nov 12  10:50 AM – P & J Luncheon *


Tue Nov 14  4:00 PM - Presbytery @ Beaver Dam

Tues Nov 14   7:00 PM - Resources Committee


Sun Nov 19  10:45 AM – Deacons meet


Mon Nov 20   7:00 PM – Session meets


Tues Nov 21   7:00 PM – Thanksgiving Worship at Faith Presbyterian, 3800 W. Rawson Ave.


Thur Nov 23  - Happy  Thanksgiving   !!


Sun Nov 26 – 10:45 – “Hang the Greens”  *