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June, 2015 - MESSENGER

JUNE, 2015  -  MESSENGER   


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

Church Office (414) 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”


Worship Schedule

June 7 – June 28, 2015


Sun June 7 – 9:30 AM   Communion Worship

First Reading: Psalm 138

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

Sermon: “This Slight, Momentary Affliction”


Sun June 14 - 9:30 AM      “Penny Sunday”

First Reading:  Psalm 20          

Second Reading: 2nd Corinthians 5:6-17

Sermon:  “If We Are Beside Ourselves …”


Sun June 21 - 9:30 AM      Father’s Day

First Reading:  Psalm 133

Second Reading: Mark 4:35-41

Sermon: “Stilling the Summer Storm …”


Sun June 28 - 9:30 AM    “Penny Sunday”

The Rev. Mr. Rex Wentzel, of Sioux City, IA is our guest preacher this morning.  Rev. Rex has been with us in worship on several occasions, when he visits his brother, Jon, who worships regularly with us.

First Reading:  Proverbs 3:1-6         

Second Reading:  To be announced

Sermon:  “The One Cent Sermon”


FROM OUR PASTOR:  Hello, Beloved:

 I have a proposition for you.  I would like to propose that we, as a faith family, designate this upcoming season as…. (drum roll please)…

            “A Summer to Remember… While Planning Ahead!” 

StrawberryFest will be here before we know it, and there’s so much for us to do in preparation and implementation and celebration!  I’d also like us to find time to have impromptu fun events together… perhaps a musical event or two, a sports event (like a pick-up intergeneration softball game?)  How about a few times where a whole bunch of us go out for brunch after church?  We’ve been thinking about a couple of other neat events… maybe now is the time to pin those plans down…  What would you like to do?

We’re also very serious (in a fun way) about adding some fantastic midweek programming in the fall. As with any new adventure, there is risk and confusion, excitement and a little doubt, but I think it’s time we take some leaps of faith.

We’re hoping to put together a real, honest to goodness Support Group for Anyone who could use a boost, (like everyone) and also a new Youth Group for all Ages, (‘cause we are all young at heart!).

I’m also very interested in hearing about favorite hymns and songs you’d like to include in worship, and also topics we need to discuss during our “Holy Conversations.”  

I believe our “Outreach Intern” will be joining us soon, and we can really dive into discovering strategies for growth, communication, branding, and… (the sky isn’t even the limit…)

There are so many wonderful things happening.  I so hope you’ll give some time in thought and prayer into participating and leading…  Let’s talk.  God loves you.  Me too!

                                                                                   -    Pastor Kevin


   It’s our 26th ANNUAL  STRAWBERRY  FEST!  YES!  IT IS!!

   It’s coming on Sunday,  June 14, 2015     11:30 AM – 3:00 PM

& we can hardly wait!  Barb Brunett & Lori Johnson are coordinators, and we need YOUR help to make it a SMASHING SUCCESS!    (Can we make it the very best Strawberry Fest EVER???)  You all know it’s GREAT FUN, & provides an opportunity to engage with the church family as well as with our neighbors from all over the place, (for folks come from many surrounding communities).       

But, here’s the thing:

We  need folks to clean berries on June  13th,  at 9:30 AM;  to be at the church at 8:00 AM the 14th to help with set up; to make tasty treats for the bake sale; to scoop berries & ice cream; to take orders; to loan us CARD TABLES to set up on the front lawn; to make pizza, & hot dogs; to help with selling tickets; to deliver FLYERS in the neighborhood around the church the week prior to STRAWBERRY FEST -- & to TALK IT UP!  Tell everyone you know & give them some flyers, as reminders!   Mark that date on your calendar NOW, for your support is needed!


A   NOTE  from  Sheri (Our Music Minister): 

Dear Good and Kind GAPC Folk,

Your welcome and hospitality to me are a joy.  I sincerely thank you for your kind words and encouragement.  You have my utmost respect as a people who mirror the Gospel commandment:  “Love one another as I have loved you and your neighbor as yourselves.”  

I smiled this morning as I made coffee and looked at the beautiful roses on my kitchen counter (that were placed on the communion table this past Sunday).  They are symbolic of the inner beauty that we do our best to cultivate through our music, worship and service beyond…   

I enjoyed talking with many of you after Sunday’s service during the reception in Jack Reichert Hall.  You certainly know how to do this up right!

During the morning service the formal installation as your minister of music touched me deeply, especially the words of the ordination/installation service for deacons & elders– “Will you seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?    I will.”  

I am very happy to be here at GAPC serving you and yes, I will do my level best!

With warm regards,               






Bud Brunett, who shared his experiences on the April 18 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. with us following the May 17 worship service.  The trip was truly amazing, & we’re grateful to Bud for “taking us along” on the trip, by telling us all about it!

                and …

Kathy Doty, for directing Chancel Choir on Pentecost, so Sheri could concentrate on the accompaniment of “Holy Spirit, Grant Us Peace”.  It was lovely!

                and …

Bob Estlund, who accompanied the choir & piano on flute on May 24. And thanks to Sheri, for arranging his visit with us. 

                and …

Sheri Masiakowski, who recorded the choir’s rehearsal of “Holy Spirit, Grant Us Peace”, so we could email it to Pam Leintz to play for her new grandson.  (They all loved it!)

                and …

Kristin Cudzewicz, one of the guest flautists who has accompanied Chancel Choir.   Her music completes the compositions so wonderfully!

                and …

Flower Lady Phyllis DiPronio, who chose such lovely flowering plants to grace the sanctuary for Mother’s Day.  (JT planted them in the Peace Garden, the following week.)

                and …

Gail & Dick Kloes, the very best volunteer office workers anyone could ask for!


  Deacons’ Corner  - 

    As Deacons we are responsible for member care in our congregation.  One of our recent concerns has been to improve the awareness that we have a staffed nursery available for young children during worship.  The nursery is located in our library and is staffed by  a very capable college student.

    Currently we are trying to have more signage so visitors can find the nursery.  We are asking your help:  when you see visitors with young children, please inform them that we always welcome young children in worship, but if they prefer to have their child cared for during worship, the nursery is available for them.

    We also are updating the activity bags at the rear of the sanctuary for use by children who chose to stay in worship with their parents. 

    Thank you for your assistance in increasing awareness of these options for new folks.


SPECIAL  MUSIC -  This summer, as in many summers past, we’re inviting folks who’d like to provide Special Music during Sunday worships to sign up on the sheet you’ll find on the table at the rear of the sanctuary.   Love to sing?  Want to form a KAZOO BAND?  Or play a more traditional musical instrument?   There are many ways to make joyful musical noises unto the Lord, & you’re encouraged to share your talents with us!   If you need accompaniment, choose a Sunday when Sheri will be present, please (she does have some vacation Sundays scheduled, but they’re noted on the Special Music sheet)  And, of course, you’re welcome to use a CD, or sing a Capella.  Here’s the line-up, so far:

May 31 – a Trumpeter

June 7 – Bell Choir

June 14 – A Singing Family

June 21 – A wonderful  vocalist

June 28 – A flautist

July 5 – Open

July 12 – Open

July 19 – Open

July 26 – Open

Aug. 2 – A family of singers, & Friends

Aug 9 – Open

Aug 16 – Open

Aug 23 – Open

Aug 30 – Open

As you can see, you have PLENTY of Sundays from which to choose – AVOID THE RUSH!  SIGN UP EARLY!


Wasn’t is FUN to see so many folks wearing red on Pentecost?  SUPER!


OUR   P. A. C. E.  CLASS is taking the month of July OFF.  The initials

stand for “People with Arthritis Can Exercise”, & they’re led by a dedicated registered nurse.  It’s a friendly group who enjoys parties for special occasions, as well as socializing before & after the group meetings.  They meet in the church library  every Thursday afternoon from 1:30 – 2:30 PM.  As you might suppose, it’s GENTLE exercise, specially designed for folks who aren’t up to doing “high (or even medium) impact” stuff!  There’s room for LOTS more exercisers, & it is NOT necessary to be a member of GAPC to be part of the group!  If you’ve realized you need to do a bit more moving – or if you have a friend or family member who could benefit from taking part in P.A.C.E., please do PASS THE WORD ALONG that it’s GOOD to GET MOVING!


Did we MISS Any New GRADUATES?? We know Tyler Smith will be leaving 8th grade at Frank Lloyd Wright to attend Nathan Hale High School, come fall … but are there others whom we should acknowledge?  PLEASE - - - if there’s a graduate in YOUR family, give us a call at the church office, 414-453-3710, so we can include that information in the July issue of The Messenger.


FOOD PANTRY CHALLENGERemember the Peace  & Justice Committee’s challenge to us, to gather as many of each month’s  SUGGESTED items as possible, to be taken to Good Samaritan Food Pantry.   Here’s the line-up of suggested items for the remainder of 2015:

June: Peanut Butter

July: Cereal

August: Tuna

September: Baby Food

October: Beans

November: Holiday meal items (such as cranberries, stuffing, package potatoes, corn, green beans, gravy mix, etc.

December: Baking items (Flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, baking soda, baking powder, canned milk, nuts, chocolate chips, oil/shortening, etc.)  And remember, you may donate anything you wish at any time, for ALL non-perishable food items are needed, & gratefully received!


FALL FEST -  Eagerly anticipated every year; in 2015 it’s set for  Sat., Oct. 31,  HALLOWEEN!

Because we want it to be our VERY BEST FALL FEST EVER, we’re “getting ahead of the game” by seeking:  

v  volunteers to COORDINATE the OVERALL EVENT,

v  someone (or SEVERAL someones) to coordinate the RUMMAGE portion of the day.


Coordinators for the café, bake sale & raffle have stepped forward, but an “overseer” & “RUMMAGE CHAMPION” are urgently needed. 

“Getting our ducks in a row” for this major fund-raising effort is a real priority, so please DO volunteer as soon as possible.  And, of course, it’s NEVER too soon to start setting aside your items to DONATE to the rummage!  Ask your friends & neighbors if THEY have unneeded “gently used” rummage items they’d be willing to donate!

                                                        And guess what?

We’ve already received some LOVELY rummage … We have a member who has volunteered her basement as a SAFE  PLACE  to STORE  RUMMAGE  ITEMS, (though if you have extra space in your garage or basement where you’d be willing to keep things for us until mid October, we’d welcome it …)  You’ll earn SHINY GOLD STARS & HEARTY HANDCLASPS, if you do!!  Please let Pastor Kevin know, if you have extra room.


Help for NEPAL!  PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE is responding to the April 25 earthquake disaster in Nepal.  The quake was the worst in more than 80 years in that area, striking just west of the capital of Kathmandu, & destroying towns & mountain villages.  Thousands are dead or injured. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is providing emergency relief & short-term recovery in the impacted areas with a partner, ACT Alliance, & its members who are already on the ground there.  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will remain active through the long-term recovery, accompanying its partners in the area as they determine long-term program needs & providing financial support for rebuilding & resilience.  The needs for the response will be great.  God’s people are once again called on to stand in the “GAP” – Give. Act. Pray.

Give: Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR999999 with reference to Nepal.  Gifts can be made online, by phone (800) 872-3283 weekdays between 8 AM & 6 PM (Eastern Time), or checks can be mailed to

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box  643700

Pittsburg, PA 15264-3700


Act:  Learn how congregations can help families who have lost everything in the devastation.


Pray:  Pray for those who suffered loss of family or those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, & spiritual & psychological support.

For more information, visit

GAPC is accepting a SPECIAL OFFERING for Nepal on Sunday, May 31, during worship.




We’re wondering what you like or what we could improve on in:  our worship services (for example, do you enjoy our blues-y new “Glory to God Whose Goodness Shines on Me” in the place where the Gloria Patri used to be; or the way the Messenger is presented; or our Sunday School; or just any number of things.  Are you willing to let us know?  We’ll have “Comment Cards” in the pews very shortly, & you’re encouraged to share your feelings with us.  It’s up to you whether or not you remain anonymous when you jot down your thoughts, though it would be most helpful if you DO give us your name … that way we know whom to ask if we need clarification, or if we can explain something that YOU need to have clarified … but that’s entirely up to you.  PLEASE help us be the best we can be, by making use of the Comment Cards.  Place them in the little wooden Suggestion Box at the back of the sanctuary.  THANK YOU! 


Don’t forget:  We continue our effort to provide LOTS of school supplies for Wilson School, the WAWM elementary school we’ve helped for the past two years.  Just because school will be out for the summer in a few weeks doesn’t mean we’re not collecting – we ARE!  Let’s see how many supplies we can accumulate over the summer, so we can donate MORE than ever, when school begins in fall!  So many of the 460 children there, through no fault of their own, lack access to essential school supplies, & the need for supplies is year-round.  There’s a list of needed school supplies posted on the bulletin board, & there’s a VERY brightly-colored box located on top of the table there, in which to place the supplies you donate.  What a great way to reach out to children (& through them, their families), who need help getting the best-possible educational start! 



Pastor Kevin found the following article on “Yahoo” on May 26, & found it so powerful that he wanted to include it in this month’s issue of The Messenger.  We think you’ll find it inspiring.


“To the Stranger Who Cried When He Held My Infant Daughter”

The Mighty‎  May‎ ‎26‎, ‎2015

I don’t think any parent goes into their 20-week ultrasound expecting to hear there’s a problem with their unborn child. I know we didn’t, but that’s exactly what happened. Our fourth child, our first together, our precious daughter, had brain abnormalities. From that day on it was a whirlwind of ultrasounds, meetings with doctors and genetic counselors, blood tests, an amnio and still no clear answers.

My fiancé has a large family, so naturally news traveled fast. Rarely did a conversation with my mother-in-law end without her telling me “[so and so] is praying for you.” So, as thankful as I was, in that moment, hearing that my fiancé’s cousin’s father-in-law had added us to his church prayer list was nothing overly significant.

As soon as our daughter was born, she began to defy the odds. The surgery to place a shunt in her brain that we were repeatedly told she would need immediately after birth, wasn’t necessary. The six-week NICU stay we were told to expect turned in to a short 13-day stay. We took our daughter home not knowing what her future would hold.

A few weeks later, we traveled the two hours to my fiance’s hometown for a birthday party. My mother-in-law, being the proud new grandma, proceeded to take our daughter around to introduce her to the family. She handed my infant daughter to a man I’d never seen before; I was a little uneasy. When tears began to run down this man’s cheeks, I was confused. It all made sense when he began to speak to her… telling her how hard he’d prayed for her every night, that his entire church was praying for her, how he never dreamed he would get to meet her, what a miracle she was. I promised myself he would see her again, he deserved to watch her grow. The next day, he died from an allergic reaction to a bee sting in his yard. I still think he gets to watch her grow.

My daughter is doing things doctors said she would never do: walking, talking, learning, laughing. She finally had to have that brain surgery and a second one. She has struggles. But I believe she also has someone in her corner in heaven. He was in her corner fighting for her before I could wrap my head around the fact there was a battle to fight. My fiancé’s cousin’s father-in-law… my daughter’s first hero.

Remember that SYNOD SCHOOL at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, begins on Sunday, July 26 & runs through Friday, July 31. 

Registration deadline is July 1, & you’ll want to know that several classes have very limited enrollments.  Note that all tuition fees must accompany your registration.  Every bit of  information you’ll need is in the catalog that’s posted on the narthex bulletin board – there are SOOOO many meaningful and/or fun workshops from which to choose!  After you’ve read all about it in the catalog, if you need a registration form, Administrative Assistant Sue Smith will be happy to print one for you … just let her know.

These days we all lead busy lives, but Synod School offers SO much that is enriching … do pray, & consider going!  Accommodations & Scholarship Information are available in the Synod School  2015 catalog,








SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP

Communion 1st  Sunday of each month

2nd & 4th SUNDAYS - “Penny Sunday”


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


TUESDAYS   5:00 - 6:00 PM - TOPS  in  library


THURSDAYS - 1:30 PM - P.A.C.E. (People with

Arthritis Can Exercise) Class meets  in library,

but taking the month of July “off” this year


MONDAY thru FRIDAY - 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM

MAPLEGROVE Summer Sessions begins

June 22; will end August 14



“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.


Tues June 2    6:30 PM – Nurture Committee

Thurs June 4   6:30 PM – Handbells practice

Sun June 7   10:40 AM – Personnel Committee

Mon June 8    7:15 PM – Resources Committee

Sat June 13    9:30 AM – Clean Strawberries *

Sun June 14       8:00 AM – Set up for FEST  *

                          11:30 AM – STRAWBERRY FEST *

Sun June 28 – Rev. Rex Wentzel is our guest preacher this morning


                                   ** DEADLINE

                      for the JULY/AUGUST  MESSENGER

                      (yes, we’re doing a two-month issue,

                            for there are fewer events

                                  taking place here

                                   in July & August …)


                               THURSDAY, JULY 18

                                       at 9:00 AM  **