Current Newsletter

July/August 2019


1455 S. 97th St., West Allis, WI 53214

Church Office (414) 453-3710      

Sunday Morning Worship 9:30 AM   Sunday Church School  10:45 AM


Worship Schedule    July 7 – August 28,  2019                           

Sun.  July 7 - 9:30 AM      

Elder Mark B, preaching

First Reading:  Psalm 30
Second Reading:  Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Sermon: “The Few, the Many”

Liturgist/ Children’s Message: Mick P



Sun. July 14 - 9:30 AM     “Penny Sunday”

Elder Sue S, preaching

First Reading: Colossians 1:1-10                 

Second Reading: Luke 10:25-37

Sermon:  “Truth, and …”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Lori J


* Sun. July 21– 9:30 AM     COMMUNION

The Rev. Mr. Bill Grimbol,is our “Guest Preacher”

First Reading:  James 4:13-5:6

Second Reading: Luke 15:11-24

Sermon: “The Teeter-Totter”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Mark B


Sun. July 28 – 9:30 AM      “Penny Sunday”

Elder Mark B, preaching

First Reading: Luke 11:1-13

Second Reading: Psalm 85

Sermon: “ I Will Always Love You”

Liturgist/ Children’s Message: ?????????????












Sun.  August 4 - 9:30 AM      

Elder Mark B, preaching

Lectionary & Liturgist to be announced later


Sun.  August 11 - 9:30 AM    “Penny Sunday”

Elder Sue S, preaching

First Reading: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Second Reading:  Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Sermon: “Faith?  What’s That?”

Liturgist/ Children’s Message: ??????????       


Sun.  August 18 - 9:30 AM   

Rachel Yates,  Executive Presbytery, preaching

Lectionary & Liturgist to be announced later


Sun.  August 25 - 9:30 AM    COMMUNION

The Rev. Mr. Bill Grimbol, preaching

First Reading:  Psalm 46

Second Reading: Matthew 6:25-34

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Sue Smith


Dear Wonderful, Beautiful, Faithful GAPCers:  

          On behalf of Sally, Kris, Jess and Myself, we want to thank you for the fantastic celebration, the great gift, and most especially, for all your faith and love these past 20 years.

          You are a most remarkable faith family.  We could not have asked for better!  Our prayer and hope for you is continued strength, faith, dedication and Divine love.  Beyond that, our wish for you is great joy and peace as you continue down Jesus’ way.

          We will, and already miss you so.  We are strengthened by your love and prayers.  We know that you now need the space and freedom to pursue your future, and that when our paths cross, the relationship will be different. 

          We’re very excited about the future, and look forward to witnessing your success.  Be proud.  God loves you.  We do too.  Peace!      ~ Kevin      "/> See the source imageCOMMUNION  WORSHIPS  in the PCUSA must be conducted by ordained clergy, & it seems that most of our churches within the Milwaukee Presbytery hold this sacrament on the first Sunday of the month.  This means that “pulpit supply pastors” (whom we’ll be having on communion days) are already “booked” for many 1st Sundays.  We hope you’ll be patient with us as we schedule communion worships here on Sundays when we’re able to SCHEDULE a clergyperson.  For example, we had TWO communions this month; but now that Pastor Kevin has retired, the first time we’ve been able to schedule a clergyman is July 21.  In August, communion will be on the LAST Sunday of the month; and in September, the Rev. Rex Wentzel will  officiate at communion on the FIRST Sunday (which happens to be Sept. 1).  And all will be fine!   Additionally, we’re blessed to have Presbytery Exec Rachel Yates guest preaching occasionally; some of our Elders here at GAPC who are knowledgeable   preachers will also act as “pulpit supply”.   “The winds of change” will blow GOOD THINGS our way! Please be here to see what our “guest preachers” share with us!


OUR  FIRST  GUEST  PASTOR will be the Rev. Mr. Bill Grimbol, who grew up in Racine, & has recently moved back to the area following a 25-year pastorate at New York’s historic Shelter Island Presbyterian Church.  Much of his ministry involved working with teens, & he is the author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Spirituality for Teens”, as well as more than a dozen other books.  Numbered among his favorite things are writing & painting.


We are blessed to have him officiate at our communion worships on July 21 &August 28, & we know you’ll give him an enthusiastic GAPC welcome!   If you’d like to learn more about him, Google “Rev. Bill Grimbol”; read his bio, his blogspot, & more.  You’ll find it fascinating.



OUR JUNE 23 "/> STRAWBERRY  FEST  was  wonderfully  successful !!  Even though it was held downstairs in Jack Reichert Hall (instead of on the front lawn), MANY people came, both from the congregation & friends, & also from the community.  It turned out to be a GOOD thing we erred on the side of caution & made the decision to keep the event indoors, because at about 12:45 PM, the skies opened up & there was a TORRENTIAL downpour!  Overall, the FEST raised a WONDERFUL TOTAL!  Thanks  SO VERY MUCH to ALL who helped! 


   "/> RELAY  FOR  LIFE West Allis/New Berlin will take place at the Nathan Hale High School track field on Friday, July 19, beginning at 4:00 PM.   Walkers may begin at 4:00, with the Welcome Ceremony scheduled for 6:00 PM; the ceremony to honor survivors & Caregivers for their strength & courage beginning at 4:15.  The Luminaria Ceremony will take place at about 9:15; Closing Ceremony will be held at 1:45 AM.  The Relay, which benefits the American Cancer Society, is one GAPC has supported with a team for many years.  Peter Jansen heads up the team this year.  To sign up, you may speak with Peter or Libbie J – or sign up online.  It’s IMPORTANT!  Those who’ll be walking in the Relay will be asking folks to sign up to pledge for the event … let’s give as generously as we’re able!


A "/> of an UNUSUAL NATURE  is being discussed.  Date is undetermined, as yet … we’ll keep you posted.  Laurie E’s idea is that the things you bring for the rummage will have only THREE prices:  One dollar, $5; & $10.  If there’s NO price marked, the item  is $1.00.  Only the $5 & $10 items will be marked.  It simplifies the rummage, requiring far less “elbow grease” while still being attractive to rummagers.  We’ll provide more information as soon as things are finalized. Start setting your “junque” (which is another person’s treasure) NOW!

"/> REMEMBER to order  SCRIP each month, on the 2nd Sunday.  The  GIFT  CARDS you’ll receive return a percentage of purchase to GAPC !  Why is SCRIP  so wonderful?  Its  because you can use it for things you ordinarily buy anyway; & because it makes the PERFECT  GIFT for birthdays, anniversaries, “just because” gifts, & more.  Who can’t use a GAS CARD, or a GROCERY CARD, or one of the MANY others you can purchase???   We HOPE our newsletter & announcements on Sunday morning will inspire you to PURCHASE as much SCRIP as possible whenever we offer it!!  It’s such a PAINLESS way to help our church!  Here are just a few possibilities:  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, so you can decide well in advance which ones you want \to order!  Then, – place your order with Church Treasurer JT & your gift cards will be here the next week!   It’s one of the best ways you can help out the church budget!


LARRY  J.  is President of the Milwaukee Festival City Chorus, a Barbershop Harmony Society that strives to provide a weekly opportunity for its members to experience the joy of ringing barbershop chords in fellowship with their friends, and frequent opportunities to share that joy with others through performance.   As you might expect, the Chorus needs to hold fundraisers, so the group can have means to provide the quality harmony expected of them.  Their NEXT fundraiser is at: Sendik's Grocery Store, 7901 West Layton Avenue, from  11am-4pm on Saturday, July 6.  they’ll be at Sendik’s again on Saturday, August 3.  Chorus members will be cooking brats, Italian sausage, hot dogs, & hamburgers.  They’ll be singing while they work!  Be there to buy a brat, & treat your senses to music & the scent of BBQ!

                                             also …

Larry plans to ride in the Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Tour 2019 Aug. 3-4.  It’s Pewaukee to Whitewater on Day 1; Whitewater to Madison, Day 2.  He’d appreciate your sponsorship – in any amount you can donate.


FOOD   PANTRY  CHALLENGE: The Peace & Justice Committee  challenges us to gather as many of the SUGGESTED items for each month of the year as possible.  At the end of the month we will take them to Good Samaritan Food Pantry.   For July, it’s CEREAL, & for August, it’s TUNA.   Of course, you may donate anything you wish at any time, all non-perishable food items are needed!  Thanks!


The Guest House Current special needs:  > Body Lotion; > Ground Coffee; > New Men's Deodorant> New Men's Undershirts, Size XL & 2XL        


Don’t forget to help us as we continue to support WILSON SCHOOL! We’re soon to begin our 7th  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.  


JULY/AUGUST  -  2019




SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP

Communion – Announced in Advance

2nd & 4th SUNDAYS - “Penny Sunday”




P.A.C.E. (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) Class

meets  in library,


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

MAPLEGROVE Summer Sessions began

June 17; will end August 16


“Spinning Yarns” ministry





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.


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Sun. July 21     Rev. Bill Grimbol  serves COMMUNION   *


Wed. July 24    7:00 PM – Session


Sun. Aug. 25    Rev. Bill Grimbol  serves COMMUNION *