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

Church Office 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

“Friends Moving Forward, Focused on Faith”



Sunday Worship Schedule

January 9 - February 6, 2011


Sun Jan 9 - 9:30 AM    “Penny Sunday”   

First Reading: Matthew 3:13-17

Second Reading: Isaiah 42:1-9

Sermon: “Gentle Power”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Barb Brunett

Ushers: Larry & Greg Smith; Eric & Matt Arenz


Sun  Jan 16 - 9:30 AM   

First Reading:  Psalm 40:1-11 

Second Reading: John 1:29-42  

Sermon: “What Are You Looking For?”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sally Tarvid

Ushers:  Libbie Jansen


Sun Jan 23 - 9:30 AM    “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Psalm 27:1, 4-8

Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 1:10-18

Sermon:  “UH-OH!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Sandy Reichert

Ushers: Tom Liempeck, Jeff & Jim Dickson


Sun Jan 30 - 9:30 AM    

First Reading: Micah 6:1-8

Second Reading:  Matthew 5:1-12

Sermon: “Makarios!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Sue Smith

Ushers: Sherman & Sally Stock, Tom Liempeck


Sun Feb 6 - 9:30 AM      Communion Worship

First Reading:  1 Corinthians 2:1-12

Second Reading: Psalm 112

Sermon: “Steady Hearts”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Judy Olson

Ushers: Dick Kloes

 FROM  OUR  PASTOR:  Happy New Year, Beloved!

          ‘Tis the time of year for New Year’s resolutions!  How are yours going?

          I remember the year that I made my most successful NYR ever.  To this day, I have been able to keep it, and I’m very proud!  (OK, yes, it’s the one where I resolved to stay out of Bulgaria, but hey, I’ve stuck to at least one!)

          In 2011, I am forced to return to one of the old favorites.  I have just come from a most disturbing moment with the scale.  This Christmas season, I enjoyed the sweets way to much, and am now faced with the need to repent, and to repent hard…

          For 2011, my faith NYR goes something like this:  I want this to be a year when I am more open to the movement of the Spirit.  I want to be more sensitive to what God wants.  I want to be more responsive to the call of Christ.  In short, I want to be more faithful.

          I would love for you to join me in this NYR.  You are such wonderful partners in this ministry.  Our faith family is something very special, and by being even more faithful together, we can make miracles happen.

          Where should we start?  How can we prioritize our holy efforts to most please God?  How can we best improve and enhance our programming?

          I am so looking forward to hearing how the Spirit is moving you.  Let’s visit, and together, let’s make progress.

          God loves you.  Me too!                   -   Pastor Kevin

 ORDINATION/INSTALLATION OF NEW CHURCH OFFICERS will take place on Sun. Jan. 9, during morning worship.  We’ll honor outgoing officers as well, & it’s a great morning as we let ALL of them know how very much we appreciate their dedication & service.

 Then, following morning worship, children will report to their Sunday School classes, while the

adults “UN-HANG the GREENS”.  The sanctuary looked lovely during the Advent & Christmas seasons, but it’s time to remove the decorations & put them away ... LOTS of folks helping make the work light, so please DO stay, & “lend a hand”.



 will be held on Sun., Feb. 6.  You’re asked to bring a salad, entrée, or dessert to share, plus your own tableware (for it saves time on the clean-up which follows.)  The lunch will begin immediately following Sunday School, (about 11:45 AM), in Jack Reichert Hall, with the meeting scheduled to start at approximately 12:30 PM, in the sanctuary.  We’ll need to vote on Pastor Kevin’s terms of call, elect 4 members from the congregation-at-large to the nominating committee, a member for the audit committee, & be brought up to date on the budget for 2011.  A quorum is necessary, so save that date on your calendars! 


THE DEADLINE for information to be included in our 2010 ANNUAL

REPORT is Monday, January 17, at 9:00 AM.   If you’re a committee chairperson, or in charge of any other group whose information is customarily included in the report,  please be sure to turn your information in to Administrative Assistant Sue Smith by that date. 



Prayers for: 

 Bill Haschker, who had a bit of surgery on Dec. 7   He’s now at home, doing very well.  

 Gail Kloes, scheduled for  knee replacement surgery this month.

 Barb Brunett, who hopes to have knee replacement surgery in January.  No date has been set, at this writing.

 Sally Stock, who had cataract surgery on her left eye in Nov, and the right eye on Dec 7.

 Ed Leintz will have cataract surgery this month.

 Joann Jakubowski, suffering from back problems.  We all pray surgery isn’t necessary.

 Melissa Gall had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted a week before Christmas, but her recovery was uneventful (except for a bit of initial pain), & she hopes she’ll be able to open her mouth, wide, by the time this reaches members of her church family.

 The many folks suffering from severe viruses, bronchitis, etc.  There are a lot of NASTY bugs going around.

 Continued prayers for: Loretta Nalencz; all of our shut-ins



 An exciting new job for Laurie Karrels began this month!  Congratulations! 

 Cindy Nelson had a number of medical tests, all of which gave a “clean bill of health”.  Cindy sends many thanks to all in the congregation, for showing such loving concern.

 In the baptism of Sophie Anne Bouvier, daughter of Nicole & Philippe, great-granddaughter of Elsie Mae & Ken Arenz, during our Dec. 19 worship service.  Thought the family presently resides in Maryland, they hope to find work in the Milwaukee area, soon. 

 Debbie & Glenn Thomson will become grandparents again in June.  (Making Marv & Donna Saugstad great-grandparents once more!)

 That our Marine Corporal Peter Jansen was home for Christmas & New Year’s.



Bill Haschker sends thanks to the good folks in the church family who remembered him in their prayers, and with cards, calls, & other expressions of caring following his recent surgery.  He reports that things are going well, & he hopes to be back with us in worship very shortly.



Jan 9 - Sally & Sherman Stock                 Jan 30 - Peg & Lee Larson    

Jan 16 - Kristina Tarvid                            Feb 6 - Greg & Kat Smith

 Jan 23- Joanne & Bill Haschker




MID-WEEK WORSHIPS ARE ON HIATUS until further notice.  We’re hoping to re-design them into something so unique & exciting that NO ONE will want to miss out!  Ideas are welcome ... please speak with Pastor Kevin.


LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!  We might as well let it, because we haven’t much choice in the matter!  However, since we’ve already had some inclement weather, which had a few folks wondering if one (or more) of our services might be canceled, we offer the following:  Check WISN (Channel 12) for “closings”, for should worse come to worst, & we cancel an event (or a worship service), we’ll do our very best to get it posted on TV.  If you DON”T see our cancellation there, but you’re concerned about going out in bad weather, or even predicted bad weather, we urge you to err on the side of caution, & stay home.  We want our family & friends to be SAFE!   



Our readers, Leah Karrels, Alexzandrea Pope, Victoria Pope, Emily Crisci & Stephanie Jervis; candle lighters Ryan & Tyler Smith; and all of our young people who participated in the Children’s Message (as well as Sunday School teachers & folks on the Christian Education Committee), who did such a good job with the Christmas program on Dec. 19.  Special thanks to Leah Karrels, who played the piano for our final hymn of the morning, accompanying the young folks  & congregation on “Joy to the World.”   

                 and ...

The readers, the Chancel Choir, Handbells, God’s Guild,

Karin Schmeling, Laurie Kadunc, Sally & Kristina Tarvid,  Matt Arenz, JT Gall and Jill Lukas whose musical contributions added so very much to our Advent & Christmas Eve worships.

                 and ...

Special thanks to Choir Director Jill Lukas & Guest Organist/Accompanist Janice Borkenhagen, for their devotion & hard work in making the musical experience on Christmas Eve truly magical!

                 and ...

Host & Hostess “with the mostest” Marv & Donna Saugstad, whose Christmas Eve Open House (HOW many years has it been???  We think close to 30 ...) is greatly enjoyed by their church family.

                 and ...

Melissa Gall, who accompanied the Chancel Choir on cello during the Nov. 21 worship.  (Sorry we didn’t get  a “thank you” in last month, Melissa.)

                 and ...

Jeri Gamache & Lynn Heinrich, whose continued leadership of our “Fit & Faithful” & PACE exercise classes is invaluable!  

                 and ...

“Flower Lady” Jan Wilke (& husband John), who oversaw ordering & set up of the beautiful poinsettia plants which decorated the church during the Christmas season.

                 and ...

Laurie, Karin, Sally & Kristina, who repeated their “Lo, How a Rose” quartet from Christmas Eve to provide special music Dec. 26. 

                and ...

Dick & Gail Kloes, who continue to brighten the church office with their presence as volunteers.  (Gail will be given “excused absences” while she recuperates from upcoming knee replacement.)

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL - Sun. Jan 23 will introduce guest leader Melissa, from Habitat for Humanity, to the class.  We’ll learn important things about the group, which is one of our favorite causes.  Melissa was scheduled to speak with us in December, but a scheduling conflict made it necessary to move her appearance to January. 

 A change in schedule means Kathy (Saugstad) Leitch, who planned to be with us on Jan. 16, has been rescheduled for Sun. Jan 30.  Kathy will tell us about her August mission trip to Guatemala.  For some years, Kathy and a group of other dedicated health care folk have volunteered their time to bring their skill, love & hope to struggling people there.  It’s sure to be an inspiring morning, so mark it on your calendar! 

 SOUPER BOWL of Hunger is Sun., Feb. 6.  At the close of worship on Super Bowl/Souper Bowl Sunday, our young folks will stand at the sanctuary doors, holding empty soup pots.  You’re asked to place $1 -- or more, if you wish -- in the pots, to be used in the community to provide badly needed supplies for food pantries.  With unemployment at levels most of us can’t remember ever seeing before, demands on food pantries are VERY high.  As we seek to follow Christ’s command to love one another... we give.

and ...

There’s a letter to us from the St. Ben’s Community Meal program on the narthex bulletin board, thanking us for our work as “an integral part of the St. Ben’s team of ministers”. Our Peace & Justice Committee provides “chili mac” for the program the second Monday of each month.  DO take time to read the letter, for you’ll learn about many other vitally important projects sponsored by St. Ben’s.  Peace & Justice Committee is always eager to embrace new members ... their first meeting of 2011 is at 6:30 PM on Tues., Jan. 11.  All you have to do is attend!

 Do, please, remember that the Nurture/ Christian Education Committee would like to see all nursery children come forward to receive communion on communion Sundays, instead of being served in the nursery.  It’s important for them to realize that their presence during the service is valued.

 We Love Our Custodial Volunteers !  For December, those dusting, vacuuming, mopping & cleaning were:  Ed & Bobbie Griffith, Joann Jakubowski, Phyllis Shudy, & Karin Schmeling.   THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  These volunteers continue to be our “Custodial Angels”, for it’s a vitally important means of keeping our expenses here at the church down!  DO, PLEASE, consider helping the church in this way!

 MILWAUKEE  ADMIRALS  HOCKEY  -  Have YOU signed up, yet, to go to the game with your  GAPC family on Sat. Mar. 19?  There’s still time to make your reservations with Mark Brodaczynski.  See him at church, or email him at  xxx As usual, Mark has arranged for some EXCELLENT seats for us, as “our” Admirals face off against Lake Erie.  (We’re told that Huey Lewis & the News will make a live appearance, following the game!  Don’t know who Huey Lewis & the News are?  Come find out; you’ll have a rockin’ good time!)   Tickets are just $13 for adults, $9 for kids, but the price does NOT include food or beverage items, as we erroneously announced in previous Messengers.

 Pick ’n Save has notified us that they plan to discontinue their We Care program, in which the church has taken part for many years.  (You’ll still want to keep your Roundy’s card, to take advantage of coupon items, etc., of course.)  The GOOD NEWS is, before too long, you’ll be able to order Pick ‘n Save GIFT CARDS through the purchase of SCRIP!!! 

Gift cards will be available in $25 denominations, & the return to the church will be four percent on every card.

We’re not sure just how soon the Pick ‘n Save cards will be available through Scrip, but we’ll keep you posted, in worship & in upcoming issues of The Messenger.  Thanks to all who supported the We Care program; this new effort looks as if it will be even more profitable for the church!

 Coming event: The Southminster Presbyterian Church Youth Music Ministry will bring it’s 2011 musical production, The Prodigal, to our morning worship on Sun., March 20!  We’ll provide more information in our Feb. & Mar. issues of your newsletter.


from THE PRESBYTERY - Would you like to join an All Presbytery Choir?  Plans are underway for this year’s Discovery Day (the new face of CLT Day) at Carroll University on Saturday, February 26, 2011.  The theme this year, Walking on the Moon: Strategies for Being Church in the 21st Century, will include worship led by an All Presbytery Choir.  Contact worship leader Rob Ater  or choir director Martha Stoner to express your interest in singing in the choir.  Church choir directors:  Would you like to warm up your choir members?  Let us know if you’d like to order the music for your choir to practice in advance.  “Discovery Day” at Carroll features workshops which will appeal to folks of all ages.  The keynote speaker is Rev. Sarah Drummond, associate dean of the faculty & assistant professor of ministerial leadership at Andover Newton Theological School, in Newton, MA.  Registration forms are available NOW, & if we register 5 or more people by Feb. 4, our folks can attend for just $12 each.  (The church will pay for you, but you’re welcome to contribute that amount, if you wish.)                                    






SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP 

10:45 AM -  Church School for all ages

Communion 1st  Sunday  of each month

2nd & 4th SUNDAYS - “Penny Sunday”


MONDAYS - 6:00 PM - “Fit & Faithful Exercise”


TUESDAYS - 4:30 - 7:00 PM - Teen DIVAS

5:00 - 6:00 PM - TOPS  in  library


WEDNESDAYS 3:00 PM - Maplegrove Treatment Center

meets downstairs; Director Tim Kabarra has office

hours  in lower classroom, as necessary.

6:30  PM- Handbells

7:30 PM - Chancel Choir


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


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.




Mon Jan 3  Church offices CLOSED to celebrate the New Year’s holiday, BUT at

                   6:00 PM - Fit & Faithful Exercise WILL MEET

Sun Jan  9   9:30 AM - Ordination/Installation of newly elected church officers

                 10:45 AM-Adults “Un-Hang the Greens”; Children DO have Sunday School *

Mon Jan 10    7:15 PM - Christian Education meets

Tues Jan 11    6:30 PM - Peace & Justice meets

Fri Jan 14       7:00 PM - Choirs party at Tarvid’s

Mon Jan 17    9:00 AM - DEADLINE for both the Feb newsletter AND the ANNUAL REPORT *

                        7:15 PM - Resources Committee

Tues Jan 18      6:30 PM - Session meets

Sun Jan 23    10:45 AM - Melissa from Habitat for Humanity speaks to Adult Class *

Sun Jan 30    10:45 AM - Kathy Leitch is guest speaker in Adult Sunday School class *

                     10:45 AM - Deacons meet


We’re THRILLED to announce that we’re going to try working the

Miller Park Sportservice Booths at Milwaukee Brewers games again this year.   Originally, we’d thought it wasn’t a workable option, but Anne Sheridan & Jill Lukas have “stepped up to the plate” as organizers.  We’ll need LOTS of trained workers, of course; we’ll provide information on sign-up & training just as soon as we have the details.  It’s fun, & a good way to raise much-needed funds for the church!





           For the month of November,  2010


                 INCOME         $  18,549.53 


              EXPENSES       $  14,514.26


As of Nov 30, 2010  

                  a gain of        $    4,035.27 **


** Please note:  The above figures include a $7,500.00 gift from Corrine Reichert, and a $3,000 endowment deposit  (repaying the $3,000 we borrowed from the fund in September.)   



     is MON., JAN 17, at 9:00 AM !!  ** 

                         and ...


    *   Article about event appears in newsletter

 VERY SOON, our GAPC Sunday morning worships will be broadcast on Channel 96!  Thanks to Tom Tarnowski &  Becky & Mike Schmeling, who are taking care of the many details!

All youth are invited to attend the Presbytery of Milwaukee’s Montreat Youth Conference, “Searching for the Signal”, July 24-30, 2011.  Registration forms are available on the presbytery website .  Click on “Forms & Documents” and then “Application Forms” – Montreat Youth Conference Application.   Trip Coordinator is the Rev. Dee Anderson, 414-353-8680.  Check out this link: A Day in the Life of a Youth Conferee .  Registration deadline is January 30, 2011.  Start making your plans now!