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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

December 5, 2010 - January 2, 2011


Sun Dec 5 - 9:30 AM    Communion Worship

First Reading: Matthew 3:1-12

Second Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10

Sermon: “As the Waters Cover the Sea”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue Smith

Ushers: Dick & Gail Kloes

Servers: Diane Edward, Lori Johnson, Judy Olson & Larry Smith


Sun  Dec 12 - 9:30 AM    “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Matthew 11:2-11 

Second Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10

Sermon: “Sorrow & Sighing ...”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Jan Wilke

Ushers:  Larry & Greg Smith; Eric & Matt Arenz


Sun Dec 19 - 9:30 AM    Children’s Program & a Baptism

First Reading:  Matthew 1:18-25

Second Reading: Isaiah 7:10-16

Sermon:  “The Sign!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Our Young People

Ushers: Libbie Jansen


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

First Reading: Psalm 148

Second Reading:  Hebrews 2:10-18

Sermon: “The Pioneer of Salvation”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Laurie Kadunc

Ushers: Tom Liempeck, Jim & Jeff Dickson


Sun Jan 2, 2011 - 9:30 AM - Epiphany Sunday & Communion Worship

First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6

Second Reading: Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon: “Like a Light Bulb”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Judy Olson

Ushers: Dick & Gail Kloes



Our annual CHRISTMAS PROGRAM will take place on Sunday, Dec. 19, during morning worship.  The young folks will take on role of the liturgists, (& perhaps even help Pastor Kevin with his sermon!)  It’s always an especially meaningful morning, & because it’s the last Sunday of Advent, it’s filled with excitement & anticipation of the birth of the Christ Child to come.  See you there!


CHRISTMAS  EVE worship, a Service of Lessons & Carols, will begin  at  6:30 PM on Fri., Dec. 24.  There’s lots of music & joy as we experience the wonder of the season, & celebrate the miracle that is Jesus.  We’re recruiting READERS for the service; if you’d like to share your talent by reading a scripture that evening, please sign up on the sheet at the rear of the sanctuary.


FROM PASTOR KEVIN  -  Happy Advent, Beloved:         

          I love that new Christmas Song we sing: Star-Child, especially the refrain that goes like this: “This year, this year, let the day arrive, when Christmas comes for every one, everyone alive.”

          While the world around us is caught up in wild commercialism and unfocused revelry, (Okay - I like a little of that, too), deep down we realize that this is the time of year when Christ is born anew in our lives, our hearts, our souls.

          Our loved ones, our neighborhoods, our communities, our world, really need this Christmas to be the one that makes a difference.  Our world needs that Gentle Child, the Prince of Peace, yes, even Lord and Savior to take center stage in the dramas of our lives.

          While Jesus is everywhere, there are places where his message gets a little confusing.  The Christ I hear described on TV isn’t necessarily the one we find in the scriptures.  And I hate to say it, but there are a lot of “holy” places that give more time to the devil and doom than Love and Good News.

          So, how about we all give the greatest gift this year? What if we each think of just a few people invite to church - and really do it!!!!  No need for pressure, just invitation. 

          Then, let’s prepare for company.  Let’s give the Lord our best.  Let’s worship with joy, sing with gusto, pray harder than ever.  Let’s leave good parking spaces, both in the lot and in the pew.  Let’s be even more warm, welcoming and genuine than ever.

          Let this year be the year.  God loves you!  Me too!

                                                                                 -     Pastor Kevin


CHRIST CHURCH CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS TOY STORE - The Christ Church Children’s Christmas Toy Store has helped make life brighter for many inner city children for 42 years, & once again, we’ve been asked to help out.  The store serves children through age 11, & items needed include: toys, games, coloring books, crayons, cars & trucks, puzzles, dolls, school supplies, balls, stuffed animals, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, etc.  Donations of money are welcome, also, for they help in meeting ongoing needs of the people Christ Church serves.  (Make checks out to Christ Presbyterian Church, & designate “Children’s Christmas Store” on the “memo” line.)  Bring your UNWRAPPED donations here to GAPC BY SUNDAY, DEC. 12, & place under the large sanctuary tree.  We’ll deliver them to Christ Church on the 14th, for their toy store operates from  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Dec. 18.  Thank you!
WE  CAN  HELP  RONALD  McDONALD  HOUSE!  In an effort to help charities in the community, we are going to be a “collection site” for the “Pop Tab Program” benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.  Two containers will be placed in the church, one in the Narthex and one in the kitchen of Jack Reichert Hall.  Since 2000, Ronald McDonald House has realized $133,000 ($14,000 last year alone!) from these small pieces of aluminum.  They are recycled like aluminum but are easier to handle and collect than cans.  For those of you who already bring  your Pop Tabs, just keep bringing them to church.  If you don’t already, PLEASE help this is a very worthwhile cause. 




Prayers for: 

 Megan & Steve Ewert & their extended family.  Megan’s 4-year-old nephew, Skylar, whose home was in Idaho, died of smoke inhalation from a fire in the building on the morning of November 21. 

 Lin Bradley, who will undergo additional  skin cancer surgery on Nov. 29.

 Arliss & Hugh Evans, as   Arliss’s condition continues to decline.

 Esther Hendry, who recently suffered a stroke.  She’s now back at home.

 Bobbie Griffith, dealing with a painful facial nerve condition.

 Donna Saugstad, who had carpal tunnel surgery recently.

 Friend of the Church David Nelson’s mom.  Mrs. Nelson recently fell & fractured a hip.  Surgery was successful, & at this writing, she is in a rehab facility in Oconomowoc, near David & Cindy

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



For John & Amy Reichert, Ainsley & Sam, who have purchased a lovely new home.  Move-in date is scheduled at just prior to Christmas.

 For Kelley Kadunc, who received word that she has been accepted into the UW-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health for the fall semester of 2011.  Wonderful!  Congratulations, Kelley!

 For the moving moments of sharing during the Recognizing Our Veterans celebration following worship on Nov. 14.  At the special coffee fellowship that morning, Marvin Saugstad, Sherman Stock, Bill Haschker, Bill Burke, Bill Toepfer, Hugh Evans, Bob Reber, Harry Koroghlanian, Ken Arenz, Bud Brunett, Chuck Pope, & Peter Jansen (speaking through his father Larry, for Peter is on duty with the Marines in San Diego), shared experiences & thoughts with us.  It was a very special occasion.

 Alan Arenz, who received a wonderful promotion at Journal Communications, Inc. 





Dec. 5 - Marv Saugstad                             Dec 24 - Elsie Mae Arenz


Dec 12 - Kay & Chuck Barber                 Dec 26 - Larry Smith


Dec 19 - Megan & Steve Ewert                 Jan 2 - Sandy Reichert 


All who signed up to donate blood  at our Nov. 6 blood drive.   

                 and ...

Our veterans who spoke on Nov. 14.

                 and ...

Cary & Lisa Pope, for their generous donation of two beautifully decorated Dairy Queen ice cream cakes for the Veteran’s Day celebration here on the 14th.

                 and ...

The Deacons, who coordinated the celebration of our veterans, & baked cookies & bars to serve.

                 and ...

Barb Brunett, who prepared the delicious lunch for our yard workers Nov. 14, & Anne Sheridan & Judy Dickson, who served the workers.

                 and ...

The 15 workers did “yard clean-up” on Nov. 14, (including JT Gall, who helped Nov. 13 ...)  A LOT of leaves were collected by the city on “pick up” day, thanks to our workers.

                 and ...

Our newly elected church officers.  (See list, below.)

                 and ...

The good folks who “Hung the Greens” on Nov. 27.  Doesn’t the church look lovely?

                 and ...

Dick & Gail Kloes, simply the best office volunteers in the state, (& possibly in the world), always cheerful & ready to help.


New Church Officers were elected on Nov. 7.  For a one-year term as deacon, in the “Class of 2011”,  is Bob Huck, (filling the unexpired term of Larry Jansen, who found it necessary to step down).  Deacons in the “Class of 2013” are Megan Ewert, Matt Arenz, & Kayla Jervis.

Elders in the “Class of 2013” are Dan Lefevre, Judy Olson, Tina Myers & Janice Pendergast.  WELCOME to these important ministries! 



Offerings received at our three-church Thanksgiving worship (held at Forest Park Presbyterian, on Nov. 21) totaled $476.00!  WOW!  That sum has been donated to local food pantries.  THANK YOU to all who contributed.  It was a moving service, with outstanding music.  Thanks to our musicians who participated.



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL - On Sun., Dec. 5, Sue Smith will lead the Adult Sunday School class.  We’ll take a fun Advent quiz, check it out using the Bible, & have a stimulating discussion.  We’d love to have a good-sized group in attendance!

Sun. Dec. 12 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.  Don’t forget to “buy”  ornaments for the “Habitat Tree” in the narthex, for your donations go to support Habitat, & you’ll receive cards to send to friends & relatives, in whose honor you’ve “purchased” the ornaments.

There will be NO Sunday School from Dec. 19 - through Jan. 2.  Classes for children resume on January 9, but the ADULTS will “Un-Hang the Greens” on the 9th, so no adult class will take place on that day. 


EASY CHRISTMAS LISTENING - Looking for an opportunity to hear to some lovely Christmas music & enjoy an evening out?  The Suburban Concert Band (featuring our own Eric Arenz) will have their Holiday Concert on Dec. 12th at 7:30 at Nathan Hale High School, 116th & Lincoln.  Cost of admission?  It’s a free will donation!  See you there!

We Love Our Custodial Volunteers !  For November, those dusting, vacuuming, mopping & cleaning were:  Ed & Bobbie Griffith, Joann Jakubowski & Norma Jean Larson.  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!



Please Note:

After much conversation & prayer, Session has decided not to plan on working at Miller Park next year.  Other options for fund raising, including perhaps something with State Fair , are being explored.  If YOU have ideas which would help the church raise funds, please speak with Pastor Kevin or any of the church elders.


 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.

 The BLOODCENTER of WISCONSIN sent a letter of thanks to the church for the 23 people who registered to donate blood at our Nov. 6. blood drive.  19 units of blood were collected at this event, which means that we may have helped to save as many as 57 lives!    (Sometimes, through the screening process conducted on the day of a blood drive, an individual who signed up to donate is found to have a condition  -- too high or low blood pressure, etc., which prevents them from being a donor at that time, thus not everyone who signed up was able to donate.) Our thanks to ALL who signed up!  The 2011 GAPC Blood Drive will be held on Sat., Nov. 5, from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  It’s NOT too early to mark that date on your calendar!


ABOUT THE GUEST HOUSE ... For many years, GAPC has supported the Guest House, which serves many of the homeless men in Milwaukee.  Perhaps most people are not aware, but Milwaukee is now the 4th poorest large city in the nation, with the poverty rate reaching 27% in 2009!  At the request of our Peace & Justice Committee, we’ve reprinted a letter from Cindy Krahenbuhl, the Guest House Executive Director, which appeared in their Fall 2010 newsletter, for you to read.

“Dear Friends,

As the cool weather of fall approaches, we are once again reminded there will be thousands of people seeking shelter on any given night in Milwaukee.  At the Guest House we work tirelessly to impact as many people as we can to end the cycle of homelessness.

What is it like to be homeless?  This is a common question that, if not asked out loud, is evident in the faces of those who come to the Guest House for a tour.  The answer is not always the same, but the concept that each person who is homeless is indeed a person is the same.  So, whether the person has been sleeping on the street, under a bush or doubling up with friends or relatives, when you have lost everything, you truly have lost everything, including your sense of dignity.  The Guest House helps individuals reclaim their dignity, one person at a time.  This opportunity is made possible thanks to the many ways you -- our partners, friends and volunteers -- help us each day.  Through your gifts of time, energy and financial support, we continue to fulfill our mission each day by providing shelter, housing, education and services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose...

       With warm regards,   

             Cindy Kraenbuhl”


There’s an excellent staff at the Guest House; staff members connect with individuals who have been homeless & assist them in meeting their goals & finding a place they can finally call “home”.


Here’s a list of a few things you might donate:

Spray Deodorant

$10 Wal-Mart Gift Cards

Twin-size bedding

TV converter boxes

Coffee Makers

Laundry Bags

Irons/Ironing Boards

White socks

Men’s underwear sizes 32-42



Shaving cream


It’s all about helping others at the Guest House, & even if you aren’t able to volunteer your time, or make a cash donation, every little bit helps, and will be SO greatly appreciated!   Place donations in the basket in the narthex ... & if you wish to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards, please get them to Barb Brunett, 282-7280, who’ll see that they get delivered.   



Purchased your calendar for 2011 yet?  The church youth are selling inspirational calendars once again, with beautiful photographs & scriptures.  The cost is only $6, but supply is limited.  Don’t miss out!  They’re on sale right now, in the narthex following Sunday worship.

 WALKING on the MOON  is the theme of DISCOVERY DAY (formerly  known as “Church Leader Training Day”) at Carroll University on Sat., Feb. 26, from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.  Keynote speaker is Sarah Drummond, associate dean of the faculty & assistant professor of ministerial leadership at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, MA., & author of the book Holy Clarity,   There will be two keynote addresses; the first will focus on ways in which our culture (& therefore our church) are changing.  The second address deals with ways to prepare to take on the challenges of guiding a faith community.

Mid-Day worship will be led by Rev. Rob Ater, with an “all-presbytery” choir.  There are 8 absorbing afternoon work-shops from which to choose, including Elder training, deacon networking, “They Like Jesus but Not the Church”, under the leadership of Executive Presbyter Gregg Neel; “A Visitor Amongst Churches - Welcoming the Alien”, by Rev. Roger Hawthorne, & more.

It’s an event that offers something for EVERY member of our congregation, & we hope you’ll plan NOW, to attend.  (Fee is just $12 per person, when 5 or more register together by Feb. 4, 2011.  We’ll be handing out registration forms in January.) 

 The CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING - What Child Is This?” asks the PCUSA.  “In this season when we celebrate the child born in Bethlehem, we also realize that the birth of Jesus ushered in a new realm of God’s love at work in the world.  This love causes us to recognize the image of God imbedded in all humankind.  It compels us to reach out with charity, justice, & grace.  We seek to honor every child of God.  This, too, is how we celebrate the child born on that first Christmas day.”

 The roots of the offering go back for more than 72 years, but it’s more important than ever, today. 

 The Christmas Joy Offering is collected every year in December, “shared equally by Presbyterian-affiliated racial, ethnic schools & colleges, which enable students to develop their gifts & find their calling, & the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, which provides critical assistance to Presbyterian church workers & their families.

 “At some point in their lives, many ministers, other church workers, & their families need help beyond what the Benefits Plan and personal resources can provide.  Some need relatively limited, yet critical assistance -- to afford a hearing aid, for instance, to continue a ministry.  Others may need more substantial ongoing support -- to help make ends meet during retirement, for example, after a lifetime of ministering for modest pay.  The Christmas Joy Offering recognizes the faithfulness of current & retired church workers through its gifts to the Assistance Program, which in turn helps these individuals & families through difficult times by providing shared, emergency, & other types of grants.  The Assistance Program depends entirely on gifts & bequests, including half of the Christmas Joy Offering.  Last year, the Offering funded more than 800 grants to individuals & families.  

 “The Presbyterian Church has long promoted education by establishing & supporting racial ethnic schools & colleges.  Christmas Joy Offering funds provide scholarships to deserving students as well as help with basic operating costs.  These institutions develop leaders in

the church & in society, & they enable students to discover & pursue their professional goals.  Every congregation’s gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering are critical to the future of these programs, especially now.  If you don’t already do so, please make the Christmas Joy offering part of your Advent & Christmas tradition.”

 You’ll find Christmas Joy Offering envelopes in the pews.  Be sure to write your name on the envelope, so we can include your donation on your annual financial statement.  Thank you.

 MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS HOCKEY has MANY fans in the GAPC congregation.  Here’s a reminder that Mark Brodaczynski has arranged for some EXCELLENT seats for us on Sat., March 19, when “our” Admirals face off against Lake Erie.  (We’re told that Hewey Lewis & the News will make a live appearance as well!   SOME in the congregation may be old enough to remember that the group is a rock band ...)  Mark has signed up some folks to go, but there’s room for MORE ... see him on Sunday mornings to make your reservation.  There’s LOTS of action, (with a hot dog or sausage & a small soda included in the $13 ticket price.)

 December, 2010





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

7:00 PM - Midweek Worship

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.


Sat Dec 4       9:00 AM - Staff  Reviews

Tues Dec 6     6:30 PM - Resources meets (budget)

Sun Dec 12  10:45 AM - Melissa from Habitat is guest speaker for Adult Sunday School *

Wed Dec 15   9:00 AM - Newsletter Deadline *

Sun Dec 19    9:30 AM - Christmas Program & the baptism of Sophie Anne Bouvier (Ken & Elsie Mae Arenz’ great-granddaughter) *

Wed Dec 21   6:30 PM - Session meets


Fri Dec 24     6:30 PM - Christmas Eve worship


Mon Dec 27 - Christmas Holiday Celebrated; our church offices will be CLOSED on this day

Mon. Jan 3, 2011 - New Year’s Day holiday celebrated; our church offices will be closed today


 ** JANUARY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is WED., DEC 15, at 9:00 AM !!  ** 

   *   Article about event appears in newsletter