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January 2020 - MESSENGER


1455 S. 97th St., West Allis, WI 53214 - Church Office (414) 453-3710

Sunday Morning Worship 9:30 AM

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  See the source imageORDINATION & INSTALLATION of  OFFICERS in the “Class of 2022” will take place on Sun., Jan. 19, during the worship service.  We’ll say “good-bye” to those who’ve finished their term of office, & welcome oncoming members.  Be here to say “thanks” to all of them!




It’s very important that you get your reports in to the church office  NO  LATER  THAN  



We want to have the report PRINTED & ready for you to read when you arrive here at the

church on Sunday, January 19.


The  Annual   Congregational  Meeting  is  on

Sunday, January 26.  It’s immediately after worship (well, you can get coffee, first …)

& there are a few important decisions to make: Audit Committee members, Nominating Committee members-at-large for 2023, etc.

SO – we need a QUORUM of our members to take a vote, & we’re asking that you make every effort to be here!


See the source image EVENTUALLY,  it will SNOW.  This is, after all, WISCONSIN.  Check Channel 12 if you’re not sure whether or not we’ll have worship on a particularly snowy Sunday.  And if YOU don’t feel it’s safe to go out on the roads – please err on the side of caution, & stay home.  Your safety is most importance to us.  (On the other hand, most of us are pretty well used to driving in a smaller amount of fluffy white stuff …) 


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From the Church Office:  Happy New Year, Church Family!  


It seems like just yesterday people were fretting about Y2K (remember that???), worrying that all the computers would go crazy & the techie world would come crashing down around our ears as we moved from 1999 into 2000!  I wasn’t worried about it; I had faith that all would be fine, & that things here in the church office would continue to hum along as usual.  And they did.


They’ll continue to do that in 2020, as well.  On January 21, your new Administrative Assistant, Donna Holmes, will come in to “learn the ropes”; for the rest of January, I’ll show her how the office functions, & as of February 2, she’ll take over.  


Donna has worked in the offices of Milwaukee Presbytery, handling their weekly newsletter & doing other tasks, so she’s familiar with Presbyterian workings, & is absolutely more technologically savvy than I am.  Her days in this office will USUALLY be Tuesday through Friday.  Please be sure to give her a big welcome to GAPC, & get information for the announcement pages of the bulletin & articles for the Messenger to her in a timely manner! 


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your Secretary/Administrative Assistant since October 1, 1982!   It’s been quite a journey, & I’ve absolutely loved (most of) it!  


Meanwhile … I’ll see you in church! 


Wishing all of you the deep Peace of Christ,






   WE’LL   “Un-Hang the Greens” on  SUNDAY,  JANUARY  5, immediately following worship.  Please be here to help, as it won’t take long with MANY workers! 




For many years, Dick & Gail K have worked as volunteers, taking care of our SACRISTY needs.  They prepared elements for communion, added fluid to the Kerry candles in the chancel as needed, changed the paraments according to the color of the liturgical season, & other tasks involved with this position.  We owe them a very special vote of thanks, for their dedication to the task has been total.   

We’re sad to say they’re unable to continue with this responsibility, due to health difficulties.  

We applaud you, Dick & Gail, for your faithfulness to Jesus Christ & our church family.

It doesn’t seem like quite enough to merely say “Thanks” …  You are treasured!!




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EVERYONE who ordered POINSETTIAS to decorate our sanctuary during the final days of Advent, & the Christmas Eve worship.  Just incredibly beautiful!  (If you ordered a poinsettia to take home, but didn’t pick up yours, yet, please take it after worship on January 5.  Thank you.)

                   and …

Music Minister Sheri, the handbell players, & Chancel Choir, who worked hard to provide music during Advent worships & on Christmas Eve.  It’s challenging with small groups, but we’re SO appreciative of their efforts!

                   and …

Mirabel, who surprised the congregation with HOMEMADE “donuts” she distributed to EVERYONE who attended our Christmas Eve worship.  Mirabel, they were DELICIOUS!  (She even let some folks take “doggie bags”! )

                   and …

Sandy R, who for many years has helped with office chores whenever Sue was away.  Now that Sue’s retiring … so is Sandy.

                   and …

Violinist Rebeca P, whose playing added such beauty to our Christmas Eve worship.

                   and …

Bill G, Mark B, Sandy R & Sue S, who filled in as Pulpit Supply Preachers during December. 

                   and …

Our Interim Search Committee & Personnel Committees.  They’ve been SO dedicated in carrying out their duties.

                   and …

Sue L, who’ll take over “flower” duty in 2020. 

image007.jpgsent us a “Thank You” note:  “Thank you Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian for your continued support over the last 20 plus years!  Wishing the church a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!”  and “We love working with Greenfield Ave. Presbyterian!”  Habitat is one of the organizations our Peace & Justice Committee joyfully supports.

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GOOD  SAMARITAN  OUTREACH  CENTER is one of the many worthy organizations GAPC supports, through donations of non-perishable food items & “gently used” (or new) clean clothing.  We’re particularly aware of the need during winter, when enough food & clothing are more vitally important than ever.  Please bring YOUR donations of these items & place them in the baskets in the narthex, which are marked for this purpose.  The angels will smile …



We’re delighted to tell you that our “Penny Sunday” collections for 2019 reached a total of a bit more than $1,000.00 !   Church Treasurer JT  informed the congregation that just prior to year’s end, we donated a heifer, several goats, & a water buffalo to this worthy organization!  



       image009.jpg  The Guest House is a cause we gladly support.  They rely on the support & generosity of the community to help them provide for homeless and transitioning men, in a LARGE variety of ways.  Food, a place to sleep, education, help in overcoming addictions, & SO much more!   Many basic needs items uses in shelter every day are:

·         New Men's T shirts, sizes Small - 3XL

·         New Men's Underwear, sizes Small - 3XL

·         Body Wash, full size bottles

·         Body Lotion

·         New backpacks

·         Toilet Paper

·         Garbage Bags, 55 gallon size

·         New tennis shoes, sizes 12 and 13

Additional information?    See their web site, 



Don’t forget to help us as we continue to support WILSON SCHOOL!  We’ve started our 7th  year helping this WAWM elementary school by making donations of back packs & school supplies.  This 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.  Remember to CHECK THE LIST in the narthex, which tells you about needed items.   This is a year-long, ongoing mission for us,  so please don’t stop donating supplies just because we’ve reached January, or  March …We ask that you continue to bring supplies & leave them in the decorated box in the narthex.   














SUNDAYS  8:15 – 9:15 – Chancel Choir practices


SUNDAY   9:30 AM   -   WORSHIP

Communion 1st  Sunday of each month, & on

Easter, Maundy Thursday &  Christmas Eve

2nd & 4th SUNDAYS - “Penny Sunday”


3rd & 4th  WEDNESDAYS from

7:00-8:30 PM – Chancel Choir

practices in the sanctuary


2nd THURSDAY of each month from 7:00 - 9:00 PM,

“Friends of Multiple Sclerosis” meet



(People with arthritis can Exercise)

meets at NOON until further notice



“Spinning Yarns” knitting ministry


Administrative Assistant Sue Smith’s hours  are flexible, but USUAL hours are

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Her usual “day off” is Friday



NOTE:  Regular calendar events listed in the box above are NOT  included below. 


Sat Jan 4     Noon -  PACE ???



Sun Jan 5   10:40 AM – We “Un-Hang” the Greens”    *


Thurs Jan 9   6:00 PM – Care Net Board Meets

                       7:00 PM – Friends of MS  


Sun Jan 12    9:30 AM – Rev. Nicole Melara leads our worship on this morning


Wed Jan 15   9:00 AM – DEADLINE for  Annual  Reports to be turned in to office *


Sat Jan 18    9:00 AM – Spinning Yarns Knitting Ministry   


Sun Jan 19 – 9:30 AM - Ordination/Installation of Officers in “Class of 2020”    *


Sun Jan 26 – 10:40 AM – Annual  Congregational Meeting  *




   See the source imageREMEMBER to order  SCRIP each month, on the 2nd Sunday.  The  GIFT  CARDS you’ll receive return a percentage of purchase to GAPC !  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! 

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DID  YOU  NOTICE  HOW  MANY  GIFTS  were placed under the sanctuary Christmas tree for the Christ Church Children’s Toy Store?  It SEEMED to be an unusually LARGE number, & we couldn’t be happier!  Helping to make sure so many kids who might not otherwise receive gifts is one of our special GIVING opportunities, & we offer our sincere thanks to everyone in the congregation who donated.  We never fail to be impressed with your generosity!

Worship Schedule   Jan 5 – Jan 26, 2020


Jan 5 - 9:30 AM        Communion