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JUNE, 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  June 3 – June 24    -          Because Pastor Kevin’s away, Communion will be

Mark is Guest Preacher                                       NEXT Sunday.

First Reading:  Mark 2:23-3:6

Second Reading:  Various

Sermon: “Woof, Meow, Oink, & Moo”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue S




Sun. June 109:30 AM     Communion &

First Reading:  Psalm 138       Penny Sunday

Second Reading:  2nd Corinthians 4:13-5:1

Sermon:  “O Good, There IS a Reason!?!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Mark B

Servers: JT, Lori J, Kerstin, & Sally T


Sun. June 17 – 9:30 AM       Father’s Day & Strawberry Fest

First Reading:  Psalm 20

Second Reading:  2nd Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17

Sermon:  “The Gift of Confidence!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Sandy R


Sun June 24 - 9:30 AM       “Penny Sunday 

First Reading: Psalm 133 

Second Reading:  Mark 4:35-41

Sermon: “So Who Is This Guy?  Really?”     

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Mick



On June 24, we’ll celebrate the life of our beloved Joyce S. during worship, with a special litany.




FROM  OUR  PASTOR:    Happy Summer, Beloved!    Last time, I promised we would explore the spiritual benefits of active church life.  I’ve been giving this quite a bit of thought.  It seems as though these are pretty basic ideas, but it’s good for us to revisit them often.  It helps keep our faith fresh.

            On one level, worship helps us understand our relationship with God.  Worship helps us keep in touch with God, and helps us along our life-long journey of exploration.  Worship helps us solidify our understanding about Who God Is, and who we are in God’s eyes…

            Worship is an ancient word that in the Old English, was “werth-scipe”, and described our expression of how much God means to us, or what God’s “worth” is to us.

            I’ve always thought of celebrational worship as an expression of joyful gratitude.  In worship, we often find ourselves smiling and laughing, letting God know just how happy and thankful we are for all of God’s blessings.

            And, of course, there is that quiet, deep, spiritual aspect of worship.  Sometimes, we aren’t completely comfortable with the silence, but it reminds us to listen carefully for that “still small voice of God.”

            And then, there is that moment when we can acknowledge that we aren’t quite everything that God would like us to be, knowing that we are forgiven, and given room to grow!

            On a related note, worship reminds us that we are not on this journey alone.  One cannot be truly faithful in a “just Jesus and me” relationship.  Certainly, one of the criteria we’ll be judged on is: “how well we get along with others on the playground!”

            Finally, for now, we need to mention life everlasting!  So many people don’t consider a faith community an important factor for the time after our passing, but, the more I give it thought and prayer, the more I humbly disagree.  Living fully within the “Body of Christ” plays a role in how we live our life eternal…

            I’m very curious to see how you feel about these ideas, so let’s continue this conversation…

            God loves You!  Me too!               ~  Pastor  Kevin


      STRAWBERRY FEST  -  June 17  - 11:30 – 3:00 Right here in the front yard of the church, just like a good old fashioned ice cream social, only BETTER!    There are our always delicious strawberry shortcakes, & sundaes, & hot dogs.  Our BAKE  SALE  features some of the most wonderful DESSERTS you’ll find ANYWHERE, & there’s a RAFFLE, & an expanded GIVING TREE (so popular at Fall Fest, & EVERYONE is a WINNER)!  Once again, we’ll hold a 50/50 Raffle!   NEW this year – a PHOTO BOOTH !     Lori J & Laurie E are coordinating this event, and Laurie E asks if you’d be kind enough to make some  DONATIONS for RAFFLE BASKETS.  She will put your donations together in beautifully creative ways, (“It brings out my creative side”, she tells

us …), although if you’d like to make up your own basket to donate, that’s welcome, also!


BAKERS …. are you ready?  Pies, cookies, muffins, breads, cupcakes … everyone looks forward to these tasty treats!  And do remember, we need the loan of your CARD TABLES to set up on the lawn. 


                                      FANTASTIC  EVENT!!!



                                   Image result for free clipart graduates   OUR  SPRING  GRADUATES:  


Holly, finishing up her Ph.D.  in psychology at the University of Indianapolis this July.  She’ll be doing post doctorate work at Marquette University for a year, beginning in August.



Billy, who  just graduated from Arizona State University with a Political Science major.  He’s getting a real estate license, & has already found a job in this area.



Chris S.,  who received his law degree from the Marquette University Law School.


And last but not least, Melissa, who received her Doctor of Veterinary Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Melissa will work for the next year as an intern at the Humane Society in Madison


WOW, and WOW again!  All the parents & family members of these bright kids are walking on air because of the accomplishments of these remarkable young people!   Our warmest wishes are extended to our grads, for the bright & shining futures they richly deserve.


   June 8 – “Friend of the Church”  Bonnie R;    11 – Michael J;   13 – Amanda W;   15 – Ryan S;  18 – Tim C & Chuck B;    21- Sheri M;   22 – Kevin T;   23 – Janice V;   24 - Donna S;

   27 – Larry A. S. ;   29 – Harry K


           June 9 – Kathy & Rick D;  16 – Pastor Kevin’s 19th Anniversary with GAPC;

      19 – Sally & Sherman S  (67 years !!); 29 – Diane & George E  (52 years !)




For worship June 3, guest preacher Mark B asks folks to bring a photo of their favorite “critter” … or even bring their favorite stuffed toy animal.  It all has to do with his sermon title: “Woof, Meow, Oink, & Moo”, & will be loads of fun (as well as something different!)  Be here to experience this one-of-a-kind worship service!   




         June 3 – Sue & Larry    June 10 – Judy & Jim       June 17 – Mark B

                                              June 24 – Donna S


to   NAPOLEON & MIRABEL, for speaking with us during Sunday School time on May 20.  They provided such thorough, comprehensive information about their home country, Cameroon, & the terrifying & tragic situation facing English-speaking (& other) citizens there.  Although aware of the situation, the U.N. doesn’t seem to want to “get involved” … & apparently, neither does the U.S.  Yet thousands of Cameroon citizens are being tortured & murdered … it’s genocide.  No question about it.  Please pray for the innocent people there who are being intimidated, brutalized, & killed.  And for this world, where such things happen!





Libbie J & her volunteers, who put together the PHOTO BOOTH we’ll use at Strawberry Fest.


To all who baked COOKIES for HABITAT, which were delivered to Habitat’s the week of May 20.  They LOVED them!

               and …

The “Berry Cleaners”, who showed up in such amazing numbers to help prepare strawberries for freezing.  Naturally, we’ll be USING the thawed berries for sundaes & shortcakes on June 17(the date of Strawberry Fest, in case you’ve forgotten …)  Thanks to all the helpers, we had the whole task completed in an hour & a half!   

               and …

Sue S, who provided music for the service on Pentecost Sunday, while Sheri was away, & our usual subs were unavailable.  



              Our beloved Minister of  Music is looking for VOLUNTEERS to provide some very SPECIAL  MUSIC on Sundays during the summer.  Please tell her if you’re willing to sing a solo or in a group; play an instrument (even a kazoo,); do a liturgical dance while singing, or other musical offering.  No kidding, folks, we’d LOVE to have you help with our summer music program in this way!    




will provide a wonderful opportunity to have that VERY  SPECIAL  PICTURE … you know, the one you’ve been wanting …taken.  It’s a NEW addition to the Fest, & will be lots of fun.  The price is reasonable, our booth was constructed just for this occasion … plan to have YOUR picture taken!



is set for Friday, July 20!  We’ve had a GAPC team for many years now, and we continue to join in the fight against cancer!  Libbie J is our team captain, & Peter J is “on (the) board”.  You can sign up on line at Relay for Life West Allis/New Berlin – or speak with Libbie or Peter for additional details.

NOTE:  We won’t be preparing Chili Mac for St. Ben’s in June.  The Milwaukee Bucks have volunteered to provide the meal on “our” day, so WE get a bit of a vacation!  We’ll resume providing Chili Mac to them in July.

              FATHER’S  DAY  FLORAL  FORMS will be included in Sunday worship bulletins on June 3 & June 10.  Since Father’s Day is June 17, the final day for orders to be turned in to the church office is the 10th.  Just fill out the form, place $1.00 in an envelope marked Father’s Day, & place in the offering plate or turn in to the church office.  We’ll include your “in honor of” or “in memory of” names in the bulletin insert the 17th.

THE PEACE & JUSTICE COMMITTEE reminds us to look at the narthex baskets for Good Samaritan Outreach, & the Guest House:  for some time now, donations placed in the baskets for delivery to these worthy organizations have been very LOW.  Let’s all make a renewed effort to support these charities, which have such a vital impact on area communities.  And please remember that Good Samaritan needs both non-perishable food AND “gently used” clothing for those in need.  Thank you!


from your EDITOR:   We received the following from  Tammy HerroManager, 

West Central Neighborhood  Outreach, Interfaith Older Adult Programs.  As you know,  Interfaith is one of the organizations we support, for they perform valuable services for seniors.  We’re reprinting portions of the letter here, for Tammy does an expert job explaining their mission & their needs.  Please read on.



“Hello Pastor Kevin, 

West Central Interfaith is experiencing a lull in volunteers.  I know this is a situation that often plagues many service organizations.  We are now at a critical time in which we must sometimes cancel appointments for some of our seniors due to lack of volunteers.  Unfortunately, in recent months, our volunteer base had several people drop off due to hospitalization, cars breaking down, family illness, and moving out of town.  All valid reasons, but it is sharply impacting what we can offer to our clients.  I am now asking for a few things from you and Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church:


1)      Prayers that we would be able to continue to serve all of our client needs.


2)      Help in finding additional volunteers, especially for providing free rides to medical

           appointments and grocery shopping.


“I often post volunteer opportunities on the Volunteers United website and submit articles to the congregations to appeal to congregation members.  Unfortunately, there has just been a low response rate lately.  

 “As a long time supporting congregation of West Central Interfaith, we appreciate the ongoing involvement of Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian and your assistance as we strive to continue serving the seniors in need in and around West Allis.  

“Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to further discuss the opportunities for volunteers.

         We are located at

1236 S. 115th St., West Allis

    Phone 414-774-1747

“Thank you for taking time to read my letter, and for anything your congregation can do.

           -  Tammy  Herro”


Can you help with this important job?  As you can see, the need is urgent!


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 Church Treasurer JT Gall  & 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 June, it’s PEANUT BUTTER.   Of course, you may donate anything you wish at any time, all non-perishable food items are needed!  Thanks!


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

To view the remainder of the Guest House Wish List, please go to their web site,



See the source image  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.  Wilson 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.


JUNE  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.


Thurs June 7   Noon – CE/Nurture meeting


Sun June 10 – 9:30 AM – COMMUNION  WORSHIP *


Mon June 11   7:00 PM – Resources meets


Sat June 16   NO  KNITTING  GROUP *


Sun June 17    8:00 AM – Set up for  STRAWBERRY  FEST  *

                         9:30 AM – Worship

                        10:45 AM – Finish set up

                        11:30 – 3:00 – STRAWBERRY  FEST *            

Sun June 24 – Special litany remembering our dear sister Joyce S, during worship today.