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JULY, 2018 -  MESSENGER   


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

Church Office (414) 453-3710     Pastor Kevin G. Tarvid  (cell) 414-588-0159   

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


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Worship Schedule  July 1 – July 29, 2018


Sun.  July 1 - 9:30 AM     

The Rev. Susan Stoll, Guest Preacher

First Reading:  Acts 4:32-35

Second Reading:  Psalm 91

Sermon: “Singing God’s Word of Promise: God Is Our Refuge”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Jay

Servers: Kerstin, Jay, & LB


Sun. July 8- 9:30 AM        Penny Sunday

First Reading:  Mark 6:1-13      

Second Reading:  Psalm 48

Sermon:  “We Ponder Your Steadfast Love, O God”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Lori


Sun. July 15 – 9:30 AM      

First Reading:  Psalm 24

Second Reading:  Ephesians 1:3-14

Sermon:  “What Does it Mean to Be a Child of God?”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue S


Sun July 22 - 9:30 AM       “Penny Sunday” 

MAY  have special communion that day … ???

First Reading: Psalm 89 

Second Reading:  Mark 6:30-44

Sermon: “The Formation of Faith (Lunch?)

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Mark


Sun July 29 – 9:30 AM

First Reading:  Psalm 100

Second Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

Sermon: “Strengthened in Our Inner Being”

Liturgist: Barb     Children’s Message: Pastor Kevin




CHANCEL CHOIR is singing in worship on July 1.  There’s practice at 8:45  AM, & the number they’re presenting is “From Sea to Shining Sea”, a medley of religious & patriotic music.  Unusually lovely & meaningful, the anthem touches hearts & souls with its beauty.  

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And on a special note: Choir practice resumes for fall season on Thurs. Aug 23, with a POT LUCK at the home of Music Minister Sheri Masiakowski, at 6:00 PM.  Address:   5589 Arrowwood, Greendale  (“Usual” evening choir practice on 3rd & 4th Wednesdays,

7:00 PM.)   AND … **  Judy, Jim  & Jeff  Dickson & spouses of choir members are encouraged to be there!*   Choir  practice of 1 hour follows the meal.


ON   SUN.  JULY  1, we have a VERY  SPECIAL  TREAT   during worship.  The Rev. Susan Stoll, part-time Associate Pastor for Spiritual Care at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, will fill in for Pastor Kevin, (whose week of study leave concludes that evening.)

Accompanied by her husband of 50 years, Richard, Rev. Susan will SING a majority of the sermon!  It will be an exciting opportunity to hear this very creative sharing of God’s message to us, & is one you won’t want to miss!  Invite your friends to this one!  It’s going to be quite wonderful!                          

                Image result for free clipart relayis set for Friday, July 20, at the track field at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis (116th St. just N of Cleveland Ave)!  It begins at 4:00 PM and ends at 2:00 AM on July 21, with the  Welcome Ceremony & Survivor Lap taking place at 6:00 PM.   Larry Jansen tells us that his Barbershop Quartet group will sing the National Anthem at this time.


We’ve had a GAPC team for many years now, and we continue to join in the fight against cancer!  On July 1 & July 8, Libbie or Peter Jansen will have luminaria bags available for you to purchase ($5.00 each), & decorate in honor of a cancer survivor, of someone currently battling cancer, or in memory of a loved one who succumbed to this dreadful disease.  

AND … on July 11, if you pick up a special ticket in advance from Libbie or Peter,  you’re encouraged to go to any Buffalo Wild Wings, show the ticket to your server, & 10% of your total bill will be AUTOMATICALLY DONATED to Relay for Life.  Sign up to be a team member, online, at Relay for Life West Allis/New Berlin – or speak with Libbie or Peter for additional details.   Your support is greatly appreciated!


   PRAYERS   FOR:   Sherm & Sally & family.  Sherm’s “Irish Twin Brother” Grover, passed away at the age of 91, following a period of declining health. We send our condolences to the family.  


RuthMary, who’s been hospitalized with health issues.


Former member Greg B.  was hospitalized in Arizona due to an infection, shortly after returning home from his visit here.   


Patti, whose knee surgery was successful.  She’s now receiving physical therapy to get her knee “up  to par”.


Lori, who continues to have debilitating headaches due to a pinched nerve in her neck.


Pastor Kevin, who will be having cataract surgery this month.  Let’s pray that he’ll experience HUGE visual clarity, when it’s completed.  He’s counting the days!


Prayers for those seeking jobs, or folks in unhappy job situations.  May wonderful new opportunities become available to them, soon.


We continue our prayers for Anne Ken.


We pray for those experiencing problems with blood pressure, and/or with blood sugar.


Prayers for troubled children & teenagers, and the families who love them.


All caregivers & all travelers.

Also: prayers for  our shut-ins; those with ailing loved ones; all enduring any type of  pain; & those who search for jobs, or are in unhappy job situations.





Diane & George flew to Seattle for the high school graduation of their granddaughter, Cameron, in June.  Cameron will attend Pomona College in Claremont, CA in the fall, where she plans to continue her basketball career.    


Laurie, Mark, Kevin & Jess traveled to Seattle as our wonderful Kelley graduated from her residency program at Seattle Children’s Hospital (on June 22).  Kelley will be starting her first job as a pediatrician in August.  She’s accepted a primary care position with the Everett Clinic in Marysville, Washington, about an hour north of Seattle.  Mom Laurie tells us:  “We are so proud of all her hard work!  Four years of undergrad, 4 years of med school, & three years of  residency.  Such a happy

time for our family!  (Editor’s note:   And for the church family, because all of US are proud of Kelley, & share your joy!  Love you, Kelley!)


Kevin & Jess K. have purchased their first house!  They’ll be moving in in mid- July. 


We could all “feel” Joyce’s presence at the “Party” celebrating her life, which family & friends enjoyed on June 23!  Maynard  Sr. tells us he counted 87 adults in attendance (we think maybe it was more); he says couldn’t COUNT the children, because there were so many (& the little ones kept moving …)  Thanks to all the in this wonderful family for inviting their church family to join them,,& for providing such wonderful fellowship, food, & hospitality.  It was exactly what Joyce had requested.  And, as always, it’s so nice when Maynard’s able to be here for a special occasion or visit!


Former member Greg B. & wife Cindy were able to be with us in worship on June 10.  What a delight to be able to renew acquaintances!


Sally S. tells us that, on June 3, they traveled to Kohler with family members, to attend the graduation of two grandchildren.






July 1 – Amy                 24 – Emily 

    2 – RuthMary           30 – Samantha

    8 – Lee                       31 – Jess, & Cary                 

  10 – J J



July 1 – Annette & Matt        20 – Alicia & Michael

        4 – Patti & Jay                22 – Peter & Heather     





July 1 – Mark                July 22 – CAN YOU HELP??


July 8 – Sandy R            July 29 – Bud


July 15 – Sue & Larry






Lori & Laurie who worked so hard as coordinators of our June 17 Strawberry Fest.  GREAT  JOB!!!

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ALL the good folk who worked at Strawberry Fest, in so very many ways! 

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JT  for his care in tending the Peace Garden & the window boxes & flowers outside Pastor Kevin’s office.

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Larry A. S., who planted flowers outside the church office, & in the window boxes there. 

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Cynthia, who filled in as Guest Musician on June 10, while Sheri was away.  Cynthia will be playing for us several times this summer.

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Kate, our Guest Musician on June 24.  She’ll be with us on three additional Sundays this summer.

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Our GREETERS, who welcome everyone on Sunday mornings!  We always need willing folks to take these jobs, which are so easy!  A big smile, a handshake or hug, & a cheerful “Hello” are all it takes.  PLEASE  sign up to greet, on July 22, or in August !






                                IMPORTANT RECYCLING INFORMATION


The Recycling Industry is experiencing  high levels   of contamination  - -   trash in the recycling – at a time when requirements for quality (clean recycling) are increasing.


Here are some tools for success  -  follow these simple rules to avoid contamination in our recycling container.


            RECYCLING DO’S


DO recycle all empty plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard

DO keep foods and liquids out of recycling   (RINSE CANS THOROUGHLY)

DO keep plastic bags out of recycling



DON’T bag recyclables – plastic bags and film tangle in recycling machinery

DON’T include food soiled items


The take home message is you can carry the recycling materials in a plastic bag to the recycling container at the far corner of the church parking lot.  But once there, dump the loose recycling materials into the recycling cart and throw the plastic bag into the trash dumpster.


THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES appear in MOST 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?   They’re here just as a REMINDER, that we need YOUR HELP as we support these ministries.  

        REMEMBER to order  SCRIP each month, on the 2nd Sunday.  The  GIFT  CARDS you’ll receive return a percentage of purchase toGAPC !  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  JT   & your gift cards will be here the next week!   It’s one of the best ways you can help out the church budget!


                  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  Of course, you may donate anything you wish at any time, all non-perishable food items are needed! 


THE  GUEST  HOUSE, which helps men in transition, both “in shelter” & in permanent housing.  Though  has many serious needs, for “Old Man Winter” isn’t done with us yet!  now that winter has arrived with a vengeance.  We’ve been helping The Guest House for many years, & plan to continue helping with their ministry. Especially needed at present are:

  • New men’s jeans (34x32, 36 x 32, & 38 x 32)    New men’s T-shirts sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3 XL
  • New men’s boxers sizes S, M, 2X & 3 X        New men’s deodorant



Don’t forget to help us as we continue to support WILSON SCHOOL!  We’re concluding 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 even though school will be ending for the semester in a few weeks, we ask that you continue to bring supplies & leave them in the decorated box in the narthex.  And, once July & August arrive, be on the lookout for the Back-to-School SALES you’ll see in so many stores.  Our help means SO MUCH to the teachers, administrators, & most of all, to the children who NEED it!  WATCH  FOR  SALES ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES, WHICH WILL START SOON!    You can save money on your donations, & win-win, the kids will benefit !! 


                                               JULY           2018




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,

**   On vacation for the last 2 Thursdays of July,

& first 2 Thursdays of August. **


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.


Sun July 1       9:30 AM – Rev. Susan Stoll is our Guest Pastor

Wed July 4      Church offices are CLOSED for the holiday

Fri July 20       4:00 PM – Relay for Life *

Sat July 21      9:00 AM – Spinning Yarns meets

Sunday July 29 – 10:40 AM – DEACONS meet