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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

 July 4 - August 1, 2010


Sun July 4 - 9:30 AM       Communion worship

First Reading: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Second Reading: Galatians 6:1-10

Sermon: “For the Good of All”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Barb Brunett 

Ushers: Dick & Gail Kloes & Jenny Lefevre

Servers: Barb Brunett, Diane Edward, Judy Olson  


Sun July 11 - 9:30 AM   “Penny Sunday”

First Reading: Psalm 82

Second Reading:  Luke 10:25-37

Sermon: “Go and Do Likewise!”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Laurie Kadunc      

Ushers: Larry & Greg Smith; Eric & Matt Arenz


Sun  July 18 - 9:30 AM    

First Reading:  Luke 10:38-42        

Second Reading: Colossians 1:15-28

Sermon: “The GWE”

Liturgist/Children’s Message: Sue Smith

Ushers:  Libbie Jansen, Melissa Gall


Sun July 25 - 9:30 AM  “Penny Sunday”     

First Reading: Luke 11:1-13

Second Reading: Psalm 85

Sermon: “Love & Faithfulness”

Liturgist/Children’s Message:  Laurie Kadunc

Ushers: Tom Liempeck, Jeff Dickson


Sun. Aug. 1 - 9:30 AM      Communion Worship 

First Reading: Psalm 107:1-9,43

Second Reading: Luke 12:13-21

Sermon:  “Work with Me Here!”

Liturgist:  Ed Griffith

Children’s Message:  Pastor Kevin

Servers: Lori Johnson, Judy Olson, Larry Smith


We know this is the JULY issue of our newsletter -- BUT DON’T FORGET

OUR STRAWBERRY FEST ON SUNDAY, JUNE 27, FROM 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, on the church front lawn!  INVITE EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO JOIN US!  It’s a community outreach & fund-raiser combined, & always provides great food, fun & fellowship!



Hello, Beloved!

We use the phrase “family of faith” around here a lot - and for a number of good reasons.  The Apostle Paul uses the term in Galatians 6:10:  “So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those of the family of faith.”

Over the past generation or so, there has been a ton of research into the way congregations function, and it has been demonstrated time after time that we tend to operate like one, big, big, (usually happy) family.

And so, like any family, we have our blessings and our challenges.  Like any family, we sometimes have issues.  Some members of the family get along better with some than others.  At our best, we appreciate each other almost completely.

We are a family brought together not by genetics, but by the love of God in Jesus Christ.  We love each other, not because we have been thrown together by birth, but because we have been drawn together by our faith in Christ.

It goes without saying, then, that we are called by God, when we have issues with each other, to work through those with the ultimate of patience, understanding and love.  In Romans 12: 10, Paul calls on us to “love one another with mutual affection, and outdo one another in showing honor.”

It is so vital that, whenever we squabble, we do so in an atmosphere of complete respect and admiration.  Let us never forget who we are, and whose we are.

          God loves you.  Me too!

                                                                            -     Pastor Kevin 


DIRECTORY PHOTOS Jenny Lefevre will be taking your pictures for our 2010

Church Directory on Sunday, July 11, Monday July 12, & Tuesday, July 13.  (If ABSOLUTELY necessary, she’ll schedule on July 14, also.)  If you haven’t already signed up on the sheets at the rear of the sanctuary, please do so as soon as possible.

We’ve needed a new photo directory for SO long ... it really helps new folks to get acquainted, & Jenny’s a delight to work with ...


UMPTEENTH ANNUAL POOL PARTY at the home of Sue & Larry

Smith, will be held RAIN or SHINE on Sun, July 18, beginning at 1:30 PM.  It’s always lots of fun; there’s shade for those who prefer not to swim, & the food is always exceptional!  It’s a BBQ/Pot Luck, which means your asked to bring a dish to pass, plus your own meat for grilling, plus whatever rolls needed for your hot dogs, brats, burgers, etc.  We fire up the grills about 4:00 PM, which means dinner will be 5-ish.  Don’t forget to bring your swim suit, sun screen, a lawn chair & TV table & dinnerware.  Condiments & beverages are furnished.  It’s fun for the whole family as we relax in (or beside) the water, visit with friends, & enjoy being outdoors in a garden-like setting.  DO let Sue or Larry know you plan to come, for it helps them know how much soda, ketchup & mustard to have on hand ...  SEE YOU THERE! 


JULY 4 CHURCH CHICK-NICK - Our delicious chicken roast will be back, complete with pot luck picnic, immediately following worship on Sun., July 4.  Purchase ½ chicken for $7; in return you’ll receive not only the chicken, but soda, chips, & your choice of tasty foods from the pot luck buffet!  Please BRING: a salad, veggie dish or dessert to share for the pot luck (but please, no “jello” type foods, for they melt ...); your dinnerware,; a TV tray or card table; a lawn chair; your sunscreen; & the desire to have a great deal of fun, & do some visiting.  Terry Arenz is selling tickets; she’ll need your reservation by July 2, please, so the proper number of chickens can be purchased. INVITE LOTS OF FRIENDS TO COME!  WE’D LOVE TO MEET THEM & SHOW THEM OUR GAPC HOSPTALITY!

P.S. - We DO need non-musicians to watch over the chickens during worship, as there is MUCH music in the service, & many chick-nick workers are involved; also, we need volunteers to accept pot luck dishes in the kitchen, & see that they’re brought outside at the appropriate time.  See Terry, & tell her “I’ll help!”


COOKIES  FOR  HABITAT - We’ve been asked to provide cookies for the workers at Habitat for Humanity the week of July 11, & our congregation always responds SO generously!  If YOU can bake cookies to share for this project (they say they’ll need LOTS!), please bring them on Sunday, July 11.  We’ll package them right after  worship, & will deliver them to Habitat on July 12.  The folks at Habitat are VERY appreciative; our cookies are among their FAVORITES!   





Prayers for: 

 Scott Johnson, recovering from surgery.

 Bobbie Griffith, working through hip pain.

 Dick Kloes, experiencing  sciatica-related pain. 

 Linda May, who continues to receive chemotherapy treatments.  It’s difficult.

 Peter Zoeller, with troublesome shoulder pain.  

 Marv Saugstad, whose hip replacement surgery approaches ...

 Anne Sheridan, confronting several pain issues.

 Our church organist Loretta Nalencz, still struggling with fingers that just don’t want to work right.  She misses us, & will be back with us just as soon as it’s possible.  

 Medical consultations regarding “Friend of the Church” Cindy Nelson’s recent inconclusive mammogram met with a “wait six months when we’ll do more tests” verdict from her radiologist & oncologist.   Waiting is hard ...

 Those who are struggling with emotional issues.

 Continued prayers for:    Lin Bradley; Sylvia Koroghlanian; all of our shut-ins




For Becky (Schmeling) & Jeremy Huck, who were wed here on June 19.  Best wishes to this wonderful couple!

 That Lance Corporal Peter Jansen has returned safely from Afghanistan.  He’ll be stateside for about 18 months.

 That Airman First Class Josh Kosler has been home on leave.  Josh presented the Children’s Message during morning worship on Father’s Day.   

 For Stephanie Palmer & Josh Kosler, who announced their engagement on June 20.  Congratulations!  The wedding is still some time off, as Steph has schooling to complete.

 Melissa Gall was honored with a plaque of special recognition for “Excellence in Multiple Ares of Musical Performance” by the music department at Nathan Hale High School.





Scott (& Lori) Johnson wish to express their heartfelt appreciation for the many cards, prayers, & other expressions of love & concern from the folks in the church family during the time of Scott’s recuperation.  It means SO  much!  Thanks you!   



Don’t forget Jenny Lefevre’s “OPEN HOUSE HOUSEWARMING” on Sat., July 3, beginning at 1:00 PM.


JUNE GRAD Stephanie Palmer, who graduated from Nathan Hale High School on June 12, was considering several colleges.  She’s decided to attend Carroll University, where she will be a communications major.  Best wishes, Steph!


CHOIR DIRECTOR Jill Lukas received a scholarship from the presbytery to attend a series of workshops at the Green Lake Conference Center July 18 - 24.  The event is put on by the American Baptist Assembly in a gorgeous location, for it’s  right on the shores of the lake.  Jill attended conferences there in 1982 & 1996, & “came away with a wealth of information”.

Music clinicians are brought in from all over the US to hold daily seminars on adult and youth choirs, handbell choirs, organ, piano, instrumentals and enhancing worship services.  Each night there are music readings where they bring in various publishers to showcase their new music.

We’re so pleased that Jill is able to attend this important event!





Sandy Kuglitsch had a birthday on June 24, & we missed it ... we apologize.  Belated birthday wishes, Sandy!


July 1 - Amy Reichert

2 - RuthMary Gamache 

3 - Bob Reber

4 - Toni Jansen & the USA  

5 - John Doty

6 - Kay Ulma & Michelle Ulma

 8 - Lee Larson & Victoria Pope

9 - Helen Groninger

10 - JJ Saugstad

14 - Rachel Schmeling

18 - Hugh Evans

21 - Norma Schuele

23 - Marv Saugstad 

24 - Mildred Nelson (she’ll be 98!); Joanne Burke, & Emily Gall Drury

25 - Janice Borkenhagen & Scott Dettman

30 - Hilda Czaplewski

31 - Cary Pope

Aug 1 - Sally Stock & Tom Liempeck            



July 1 - Annette & Matt Klauck 

3 - Phyllis & Peter Shudy

6 - Sandy & Steve Brick

8 - Janice & Maurice Pendergast, Sr.

30 - Sue & Chuck Pope (44 years!)

31 - Kathy & John Doty     





July 4- Elsie Mae & Ken Arenz


July 11-Joanne & Bill Haschker


July 18 - Laurie Karrels 


July 25 - Jean & Bill Toepfer


Aug 1 - Joyce Zeeb





God’s Guild, for their “Special Music” on May 30.

                 and ...

Jill Lukas, who sang such a beautiful solo on June 6.

                 and ...

Melissa Gall, who not only provided “special music” on June 13, but also did piano solos on the Prelude & Offertory. 

                  and ...

Larry & Peter Jansen, for their moving duet of “Here I Am, Lord” on June 20. 

                  and ...

Sherman Stock, who designed the new PLACEMATS we’ll be using for events when we have food (& whenever 2 or 3 or more Presbyterians are gathered, you KNOW there’ll be food!), & Greg Smith, who facilitated printing of the placemats.

                  and ...

Bob Huck & Jill Lukas, who made & donated the fabulous T-shirts with the Strawberry Fest design to raise funds for the Fest.

                  and ...

JT Gall, who let Jill know there were presbytery scholarships available for the Green Lake event.

                  and ...

Dick Kloes, who continues as “solo office volunteer” while Gail recovers form knee surgery. 

                  and ...

Terry Arenz, who led mid-week worship on June 24, while Pastor Kevin was away.

                  and ...

The SCHMELING family,

for shepherding Strawberry Fest (just one week after Becky’s wedding.)  Your dedication is awesome!

                  and ...

Laurie Kadunc, Karin Schmeling, & Judy Olson, for sharing their musical talents with us on June 27, by singing “God Bless the Broken Road” during the special music portion of worship.


THERE’S  STILL  TIME  TO  SIGN  UP  FOR  THE  6th ANNUAL  ROGER SAUGSTAD  MEMOIRAL  GOLF  OUTING, on Friday, July 30, at the St. John’s/Northwestern Military Academy Golf Course in Delafield.  Lunch is at noon, with a shotgun start for golf promptly at 1:00 PM.  We’re looking for: golfers; “watchers” (which is folks who come for the meals & the socializing, but don’t golf); & donations of items for door prizes & the raffleProceeds benefit the American Cancer Society & the church, & it’s ALWAYS a great occasion!  Cost of the event is $60, & the price includes lunch, dinner, 18 holes of golf (with cart), plus snacks, beverages,  a T-shirt, & 5 raffle entries.  Please note that there are only enough carts for the first 36 paid golfers.  For those who wish to attend the event WITHOUT golfing, the price is just $30.  Forms are on the narthex table.


The JULY 4 worship service will have special flowers decorating the sanctuary.  The flowers are in memory of and in honor of those who have served or are presently serving in the armed forces of the United States of America, to whom we owe such debts of gratitude.  We’d like to see EVERYONE who’s a member of our congregation be present that day, if possible ... & it would be great if we had many guests that day, as well!           


VBS (Vacation Bible School) - For the first time in MANY years, we’re taking a “solo flight” for Vacation Bible School August 16 - 20.  It’s from 5:00 through 8:30 PM, & participants will have lots of fun, & snacks, & learn about God & how to follow Jesus’ way. It’s open to kids from Kindergarten through grade 6, & we hope to have lots of children from the neighbor-hood involved, as well as those from the congregation.  We’d also like to have “our” children invite their friends to come, for the sky’s the limit as we become astronauts ready for a “Galactic Blast” (which is the theme of VBS this year).   HELPERS are still needed for this venture; please talk with Terry Arenz to find out how YOU can help!  We want our VBS to be a HUGE success, but workers are needed if we’re to provide a high-quality experience.   


We Love Our Custodial Volunteers ! - For June, those dusting, vacuuming, mopping & cleaning were:  Joann  Jakubowski; Becky Schmeling Huck; Ed & Bobbie Griffith; Hugh Evans, & Peter Zoeller.  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!



For some years, GAPC has sponsored a team in RELAY FOR

LIFE, which benefits the American Cancer Society. This year’s event is scheduled for Fri. & Sat., July 16 & 17, at the Nathan Hale High School football field.  It begins at 6:00 PM on the 16th with the “Survivor’s Lap”, & continues until 10:00 AM on the 17th.  NEEDED:  Walkers &  many, many folks eager to “sponsor” them!  We hope to have walkers on the field every hour for the duration of the relay; speak with Laurie Kadunc to sign up to walk or sponsor our walkers.  THANK YOU! 


OUR COLLECTION OF EMPTY PILL BOTTLES HAS STOPPED, (at least for the time being.)  Donna & Marv Saugstad’s daughter Kathy will take them to Guatemala, where they will be put to good use, on her next mission trip.   (We’ll let you know if there’s a need to resume collecting.)  Until then, thanks to all in the congregation who shared in this way.


The GOOD SAMARITAN OUTREACH CENTER volunteers write that in the 6 month period from Dec., 2009 through May, 2010, they served a total of 10,322 “clients” in their food pantry.  They send thanks to the GAPC congregation for our generous support.  The need continues; remember to buy a few extra staples to donate, when you get groceries!


FREE FOOD FOR SENIORS IN NEED - If you’re a senior (age 60 or older), & have a monthly income of $1,174 or less, you’re eligible to receive a “Stockbox” which contains as much as 35 pounds of food each month!  Hunger Task Force tells us it’s a free box of food from the federal government -- & you can sign up any time from now until September of 2010.    The food is grade A, purchased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; everything is wholesome & good for you.  There’s no application, just a form you sign & date.  You “self declare” that you are eligible, bring along identification to help you get signed up.  There’s a flyer on the Peace & Justice bulletin board that explains the program; call 866-211-3380 to find out where you can go; there are more than 35 locations where you can get a Stockbox!


ARE YOU CRAFTY? Kathy Doty  tells us the St. Francis Music Boosters Association is having a craft fair on Sat. Nov. 7, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, at Willow Glen Elementary School in St. Francis.  Your items can be GREAT sellers at this annual event, & perhaps make a perfect Christmas gift for someone out there!  If you’re interested, please contact Beth Lewis,  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Social Security Administration has asked us to publicize information about their “Extra Help” program.  Medicare beneficiaries with limited income & resources may be eligible for this program, which helps pay for cost of Medicare prescription drug premiums, deductibles, & prescription co-pays.  See the brochure posted on the Health & Wellness bulletin board in the narthex.

JULY, 2010  




SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP

Communion 1st  Sunday  of each month

2nd & 4th SUNDAYS - “Penny Sunday”


MOST MONDAYS - 6:00 PM - “Fit & Faithful Exercise Class” (for all ages)


EVERY TUESDAY -  5:00 - 6:00 PM - TOPS  in church library - new members welcomed


EVERY THURSDAY - 7:00 PM - Mid-Week Worship Service


EVERY THURSDAY - 9:00 AM - Growth Group

1:30 PM - P.A.C.E.  (People with Arthritis Can Exercise)

This class is suitable for people of all ages.

7:00 PM - Mid-week Worship


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 July 1    8:45 AM - Growth Group

Sat July 3       1:00 PM - Open House at Jenny Lefevre’s *

Sun July 4        9:10 AM - Choir Practice

                         9:30 AM - Communion worship with special patriotic music to celebrate the USA

                       10:45 AM - Church Chick-Nick *

Mon July 5  Independence Day holiday celebrated - NOTE THAT OUR CHURCH OFFICES ARE   

                     CLOSED ON JULY 5

Tues July 6       6:30 PM - Peace & Justice meets

Thur July 8       8:45 AM - Growth Group meets

Sun July 11 - Tues July 13 - PHOTOS FOR NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY **

Thurs July 15    8:45 AM - Growth Group

Fri July 16 - 6:00 PM - Sat July 17 - 10:00 AM - Relay for Life at Nathan Hale HS *

Sun July 18     1:30 PM - Pool Party at Larry & Sue Smith’s home *

Mon July 19     7:15 PM - CE meets

Thurs July 22    8:45 AM - Growth Group

Thur July 29      8:45 AM - Growth Group

Fri July 30 - Noon - 6h Annual Roger Saugstad Memorial Golf Outing *     



 TRAINED VOLUNTEERS - DON’T FORGET: WE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY NEED HELPERS TO SIGN UP TO STAFF  MILLER PARK SPORTSEVRVICE BOOTHS during MILWAUKEE BREWER GAMES!  Many, many folks are needed for this project!  We’re scheduled to work  Wed. July 7; Fri., July 9; Fri. July 23; Fri. Aug. 6; Wed. Aug. 11; Fri. Aug. 20; Wed. Aug. 25; Fri. Aug. 27; & Sat. Aug. 28.  Game times are published on the sign-up sheets, & volunteers are required to report to Miller Park two & ½ hours prior to game time.   Yes, it’s work, but it’s also a LOT of fun, as we greet the public & help make their experience at the ball games enjoyable!  It’s a MAJOR FUNDRAISER!



For the month of May, 2010


Income         $  9,463.45


Expenses     $ 11,446.28


                        As of May 31, 2010    a LOSS of  ($   1,982.83)             




**   Deadline for the August newsletter is Monday, July 19, at 9:00 AM !!  **