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E ACTS OF APOSTL December 2012


Family Resource A Message from our Pastor Center play group is very BUSY and It is Christmas every time you let FUN! COME & SEE God love others through you...yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand. --Mother Teresa

Apostle Presbyterian Church Inside this issue: Pastor’s Message


Advent Events


Read Bible in a year 4 Mission News


Music notes


Thanks & Blessings


Prayer & Praise


Special points of interest:  This newsletter is published monthly by Apostle Presbyterian Church .

When Christ does come again, He isn’t going to ask us to account for Dear Church anyone other than ourselves. He isADVENT!!! It is ADVENT!!! We are n’t going to want to hear excuses waiting for the Christ Child to come. about what prevented us from doing what He has ordained us to do. He We already celebrated CHRIST THE isn’t going to ask if “things had KING SUNDAY (Sunday, November calmed down” enough that we could 25, 2012). In worship we heard about the comfort we can feel when begin to do His work. He is going to we know that indeed we have a king ask us to tell Him what we DID do with the time he gave us—the time who has promised to come back. we are spending waiting for his return—the Advent time of our lives. When Mark and I got married, we had 5 children in our home. Mark’s I have started a journal this Advent parents were both ill, we both season to really be intentional about worked more than full time and looking at my life to see what I am somewhere in there church life had to fit as well. Every time we found doing and what do I keep on a list of something we REALLY wanted to do, “someday I will do this ministry”. I don’t want to tell Jesus Christ that we had NO TIME and certainly NO while I was waiting for his return, I MONEY. So we would say “ When sat back and did NOTHING. What things calm down, we will do ____________ (fill in the blank with about you?

any number of things) A couple weeks ago I realized that the kids are grown, we are both working 40  Newsletter deadline is hours a week ( not as much overthe 3rd Monday of the time as we did in law enforcement) month. and church IS one of those jobs for  Notify the church if you me. We should have a TON of extra time but we still have that laundry move, change your phone number or email list of things we have NOT accomplished. What are we waiting for? address

Happy Advent!! See you in church!! Cathy


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More news from Our Pastor—

Wednesday Advent Study We are going to have Bible Study during Advent!!! Each Wednesday night beginning at 7 PM ( and I promise it will only be ONE HOUR—unless YOU decide you want more!!) we will study a different topic. Stay tuned to your email OR the church bulletin to follow what we are going to study during any particular week. Our first Study on Wednesday December 5 is “ I am a Presbyterian!” It is designed as a discussion for someone who has been part of the church for many years as well as those who might be considering joining. See you in church!!! Cathy

This is the time of year we like to send Christmas cards to those we love and care about. For some, this can be very expensive and time consuming. Apostle has created a very unique way to share our Christmas wishes and blessings to each and every one of our members. The Christmas tree in Fellowship Hall is for Christmas cards. Just mail or bring in ONE card addressed to Apostle , and the Evangelism Committee will hang your card on the tree. This should be a fun and creative way to say MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR to each other.


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SENIOR MOMENTS CHANGE OF DATE TO MONDAY December 10, 2012 - 11:45 a.m. Senior Moments will be held December 10th. It is a Monday. We will be going to the Domes. From 9:00 a.m. to noon, the Milwaukee County residents are free with an ID. We will be going to Meyers Restaurant on 75th and Cold Spring Road for lunch. We will meet at the church at 10:00 a.m. to car pool to the domes. We will have lunch at 12:30 p.m. at Meyers. One of the following will be happy to take your reservation: Vera Bernhardt................................414-543-0835 Jean Maercklein...............................414-257-1162 Jane Pagel........................................414-541-1375

EVERYONE INVITED ADVENT IS COMING! Join us for a special program of carols and devotions TUESDAY, December 4, 2012 - 7:00 p.m. Apostle Sanctuary After a short business meeting and installation of 2013 officers for Presbyterian Women, we will be entertained by a delightful quartet from the Sweet Adelines THE SIZZLERS. You'll want to be present and please bring a guest. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.


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In the November newsletter the Christian Education Committee issued a challenge to all members of Apostle starting January 1, 2013. The challenge was to read the entire Bible in one year! To learn more about the challenge, each Sunday in December, a resource table will be set-up in Fellowship Hall during the coffee hour. You will be able to look at the participants guide, “The Year of the Bible”, and different versions of the Bible. Bibles on display will include “The New Revised Standard Version” a more literal translation of the Bible, “The Message” a paraphrase version of the Bible, and “The Good News Bible” a version written in everyday, natural English. We ask you to prayerfully consider joining the challenge to read the entire Bible in 2013.


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Presbyterian Women thanks Apostle Congregation for your generous donations of $656 to the PW Thank Offering. With your contributions, you help provide clean water, help alleviate homelessness, provide educational and health care opportunities and improve the lives of women and children in the United States and around the world. Thank you so much for your support.

West Allis Thanksgiving Food Baskets Thank you to the seven Apostle volunteers who helped pack Thanksgiving Food Baskets at the First United Methodist Church. A total of 204 baskets were assembled, providing food for 1001 persons here in West Allis – the most food baskets ever requested and filled. This ecumenical event was successful because many folks donated two hours of their time to accomplish this huge task! Also, 40% of Apostle’s Pentecost Offering was donated to purchase food for the baskets! Thank you all!

CROP Walk Thank You October 14, 2012 Many thanks to our Apostle congregation for your pledges to the CROP Walk this year. Your generous pledges to the recruiters/walkers totaled $585.00. Apostle congregation donated 35# of food to the CROP Walk. Our local pantries receive 25% of the money donations and all of the food donated. Thanks to our 6 walkers: Linda Gardner, Sarah Gardner, Emma and RJ as well as Al and Adelle. It was raining the first third of it, but then the sun came out and it was pretty nice. We are looking forward to participating in the CROP Walk again next year along with even more walkers and hopefully, no rain. Thanks again for all of Apostle’s participation with donations of pledges, food and walking.


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Sunday School Mission Project

Children’s Christmas Store at Christ Presbyterian Church

All donations of items for the Children’s Christmas Store need to be at Apostle by Sunday, December 9th. Items can be placed in the box at the back of the sanctuary or on the third floor of the Christian Education building. All items must be unwrapped and no items promoting violence are accepted. Christ Presbyterian Church, located in the central city of Milwaukee, hosts a Children’s Christmas Store each year where parents of neighborhood children are able to select a gift for each of their children. For over 40 years, the lives of many children have been made a little brighter through your contributions to this “store”. We will be collecting the following items: Hats, mittens, gloves, scarves. School supplies, art supplies, coloring books, stuffed animals, games, puzzles, board games, books, toys, dolls, balls, cars

“Sock it to Poverty” Sunday Update

“Sock it to Poverty” Sunday Update On December 9th, men’s white tube socks will be collected to specifically use for the Guest House Christmas Sock Project. All other socks will be donated to the homeless men, women and children staying at Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church’s Divine Intervention homeless shelter. The Mission Committee thanks you for donating socks.


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Become a Volunteer at Guest House of Milwaukee Volunteering our time is a gift that is essential to the operation of many agencies that provide food, clothing, and shelter to persons in need. Without volunteers, these agencies would be unable to open their doors – this includes the Guest House of Milwaukee. The Guest House, located at 1216 North 13th Street, has been in existence since 1982 and has received both financial and volunteer support from Apostle for the past 20 years! Initially, the Guest House provided overnight shelter for 70 men. Its services have expanded so that men who enter the shelter and successfully work through their program are able to leave the Guest House with a key to an apartment of their own and the resources to attain a selfsustaining income. Can you volunteer for one and one-half hours, 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the first Sunday or fourth Friday every other month (total six times per year)? New volunteers are needed to replace some who have served for a number of years. Volunteers distribute personal care items and linens in the Dispensary or distribute “guest” mail, assist “guests” with phone calls, and sometimes dispense clothing. Would you prayerfully consider helping a “neighbor” in this manner? Please see Marilyn Stone for additional information or to express your interest!

Guest House Christmas Sock Project

Can you help fill 90 socks on Sunday, December 23rd following worship in Fellowship Hall? Tube socks filled with an apple, orange, toothbrush, toothpaste, clippers and various other items is the only gift that every man at the Guest House receives at Christmas. Please consider donating your time to help fill the socks which will bring joy to others on Christmas Day.


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MUSIC NOTES “Christmas

Time – Music Time”

I have been impressed over the years with the massive library of Christmas music during December that is available to the musician and the listener. It seems that so much of the music is written for the fun of the season or for commercial reasons. There are also a lot of reflective popular songs about home and Christmas trees and stockings and even Grandma. To my mind, though, it is a season for the Reason and that is the wonder and dignity of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. So as we begin this time of rejoicing that the little Child of Bethlehem is born let us listen with a keen sense of excitement to the music that brings us invitations to believe and visit the Holy Throne in Nazareth. Your choirs will be celebrating the music by bringing you anthems, solos, and a wonderful cantata (“Celebrate the Wonder” - on December 16) as they share their musical talents in praise of this wonderful and glorious time of the Christian year. Blessings,



the Wonder”

December 16th


There has been a delay in the shipment of the contribution December 2nd Communion—Please remember to bring food for the fooden-


Synodan School, is an annual midsumYouth Night - December 2nd evening of Fellowship and friends

Synod School 2012

December 16th Join us for a week of:

mer ministry of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies of the Presbyterian“Celebrate the (USA) Wonder” Christmas Church

July 22-27, 2012 Worship for all ages, with spirited Buena Vista University,and StormGuest music and singing: December 23rd—Christmas Joy Offering Lake, Iowa Daily convocation on the theme

Cantata House Christmas Socks

December 24th Eve Service 7:00 p.m. Classes for youth and adults of all ages’


December 25th—CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS CHRIST Bookstore and global fair-trade gift shop

1-800-328-1880,ext December 27th Choir party at Estlunds home—6:00 p.m. Sing-a-longs and nightly coffeehouses with live music


Contribution Envelopes for 2013 will be in Mary Paull Chapel for pick up by the end of December


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Dear Apostle Deacons, We want to thank Sharon and Larry Petrus for bringing us a delicious Thanksgiving dinner and beautiful flowers We enjoyed them very much! But most of all we enjoyed seeing church friends and visiting! Thank you deacons for thinking of us. May God bless you all. Sincerely, LaVerne & Lois Anderson To All at Apostle, It is Thanksgiving Day and we are giving thanks that Greg is coming home from the hospital today. Greg and I give our heartfelt thanks to everyone for their prayers, cards, tasty food and care and concern. A special thanks to Cathy for her visits, the prayer chain ladies and for the offers of help. We are blessed to have our “APOSTLE FAMILY.” With thanks and love, Greg and Nan Congratulations

to Jim and Betty Baumann on the birth of their new

granddaughter, Emma Rose Schuff..

My niece, Karen Amalfa who lives a few miles from the coast in New Jersey had brain surgery the day Hurricane Sandy hit. She finally called me when the power & phone service were restored after 12 days. First wind, 2 rains and 12 inches of snow. Karen’s first words were “We’re all alive and I will be fine”. She had thanks for prayer and praised the goodness of strangers. Nine Amalfa’s moved to a hotel on the west side of New Jersey and were given food and lodging for a reasonable cost. Their home is OK. Thanks to the Apostle Prayer Chain and many others who prayed. Ginny Treviranus


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Arthur G. Losey December 23, 1917 - November 12, 2012 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

Alice I. Funk June 13, 1918 – November 21, 2012 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31: 29-31


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Rich & Marianne Carus for Marianne’s declining health  Suzanne Lewitzke, Tamara Kaddatz’s mother who needs further biopsies.

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Paula friend of Charmaine Wargolet who has a cancerous tumor Brooke Jensen who has a concussion Vera Bernhardt who has been ill Greg & Nan Granrath as Greg continues rehab at home Samantha, Shirley Anderson’s niece with cancer & Irv LaRock Shirley’s brother having a 2nd eye surg Jeff, friend of Haessly’s having surg to remove 40 lymph nodes Betty DeFrancisco who had a stroke

Bob Reimer who has severe shoulder pain & also has had a 2nd cataract surgery Karen, Ginny T’s niece who had a brain tumor removed & is suffering from lung CA

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Bev Benatti, friend of Elaine Curtis who is on chemo

Tom Slottke nephew of Mary  Collins who is have eye surg

Shotton family in the death of their grandmother

Emmie, granddaughter of the Losey family who had surgery in Seattle

Alice Solik who is back at Meadowmere Don Leaman in Colorado Betty Weger who is in poor health Rick Colter brother of Nancy Borkowicz who is on chemo & radiation for a brain tumor Lois & Laverne Anderson Jason Letizia, Kathy Estunds nephew who is improving after an infection following his liver transplant

Karen Cushing as she continues to have problems with her foot healing properly.


Mike Granrath, Greg’s brother who is also fighting cancer

Statia Treece, Brenda Thomas’s mother

Brenda Thomas as she continues to heal after ankle surgery

Keske family as their mother had hip surg after a fall

Alex Lazerides who completed his treatments & is doing  Thankfulness that June Schwartz was able to come better to church as she continues  Audrey & Karen Schicantek home rehab 

The Apostle Prayer Chain is responsible for ensuring that your prayer request is passed on and lifted up in prayer. If you have a prayer request, please contact Ginny Treviranus, at 414-543-2013 chairman of the Prayer Chain. She will be happy to add your prayer request to the prayer chain. Ginny requests the name and address of the person being added to the prayer chain so she can send a note from the Prayer Chain, informing them that they are being prayed for.

Merry Christmas The newsletters are availab le for pick up at the back of the sanctua ry, the first of each month. If you have an email addr ess and are not currently receiving your ne wsletter by email but would like to, ple ase contact the church office to provide yo ur email address. 414-476-2043 The newsletter will continu e to be sent to those who are homebound or are unable to attend church ‌...

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1-25 Dora Reimer

12-5 Betty DeFrancisco


Roy Bernhardt

1-28 Katherine Russell

12-8 Nancy Baumann


Walter Schwartz

1-30 William Gardner

12-9 Robert McGough


Phyllis Melzer

12-11 RJ Kangas


Alyssa Provencher

12-14 Matthew Baumann 1-5 1-5 12-15 Brian Beaulieu

Hazel Meh Barbara Nowicki

12-20 April Sether


Nancy Borkowicz

12-22 Gregory Alt


Richard Jensen

12-23 Jean Maercklein

1-12 Amanda Costello

12-29 Richard Carus

1-19 Adelle Sanford

12-29 Sydney Shotton

1-19 Elayne Stover

12-30 Teresa Puschnig

1-22 Robert Nowicki

12-31 Calvin Czerwinski

1-24 Rudy Baumann

December 2012 Newsletter  

December 2012 edition newsletter of Apostle Presbyterian Church, West Allis, WI