Month: November 2018

Sunday November 25, 2018

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-0190

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas - Senior Pastor

Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Minister of Christian Education

Mr. Tracy Hoffman - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services

Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost
November 25, 2018

 Celebration of Worship 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.

   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

   CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE   Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas

 *OPENING HYMN No. 22  “All Creatures of Our God and King,” (Verses 1-3) Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

   Loving Father, who has brought us again to the glad season in which we celebrate

   the birth of your Son, Jesus of Nazareth, open our hearts that we may joyfully

   welcome him to reign over us; open our hearts, “Glory to God” in the highest, and

   on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased.  Amen.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   SPECIAL MOMENT  “A Word of Thanks”

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “Let All Things Now Living,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9:00), “All Praise the God of Harvest,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)

SCRIPTURE READING   Genesis 1:20-31a; Mark 13:1-10, 32-37 Lectors: Michele McNeely (9),  Jane Dykowski (10:30)   

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*congregation standing

*HYMN No. 697  “Creative God, You Spread the Earth,”  (verse 1-Soloist, verses 2-3-Congregation)

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN No. 59 “This Is My Father’s World”

  RESPONSIVE READING  No. 694  “Caring for the Earth”  

  OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS

*DOXOLOGY

         Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

         Praise him all creatures here below.

         Praise him above ye heavenly host;

         Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

SERMON  “The End of an Age?,” Pastor Drutchas

   LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE

 *CLOSING HYMN No. 33 “How Great Thou Art”          

  *BENEDICTION

  *POSTLUDE  Pease remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)

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HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our new Family Room.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.

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ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS POINSETIAS  to honor someone special in your life or in memory of a loved one. The cost is $8.00 per plant and can be ordered by filling out one of the white envelopes found in the pew racks. Designate Christmas Poinsettias. Last day to order is Sunday, December 16.  The poinsettias will be placed in the Chancel area prior to December 23 and will remain there throughout our candlelight services.  You can take your plant after the Christmas Eve Worship Service.  Any plants left behind will be given to our shut-ins or nursing homes where church members reside.


MISSION STATEMENT

“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of salvation in our church family and community. Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”

 ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  John Smith (9)

Deacons:  Allen Gunther (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

Ushers:  (9), Jane Dykowski, Sue Mrowka, Helen St. Louis (10:30)

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  November 25 – December 2

Sunday       Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – All Church Decorating/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Communications Ministry 7:00 p.m.

Sunday       Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ Wear Blue/ Communion/ 1st Sunday of Advent/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Advent By Candlelight 6:45 p.m.

 

MORNING TIDE/ ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between services.

NEW DOOR CLOSERS 
have been installed in all the downstairs bathrooms as required by the Health Department.  We are in the process of adjusting the closers for ease of opening and closing timing.  Please knock before entering.

  Christian Education is sponsoring their annual “Advent by Candlelight” program Sunday, December 2, from 6:45-8:45 p.m.  One woman hosts a table and asks up to 7 other ladies to  join her for our advent program, fellowship and dessert.  It’s quite easy to be a hostess and  I will have envelopes for each hostess with all the information.  I will need to know total  numbers at each table by November 25.  The table arrangement in the hall is based on  the order that you sign up by.  You will be better able to sign up by emailing me and then I  can email the hostess papers to you.

‘BLUE CHRISTMAS’ SERVICE CHERISHES LOVED ONES Thursday, December 6 members and friends who have lost loved ones and are experiencing Christmas the first or second time are invited to attend a special “Blue Christmas” program and worship service on Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m. We will initially gather in the church parlor and then join for a time of very special worship in the chancel of the St. Paul sanctuary. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one with them that night to place on the altar. The “Blue Christmas” Service will be led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas. For more information, contact the church office (313-291-1221).

ANNUAL ‘HANGING OF THE GREENS’ Sunday, November 25 we will begin decorating our facility for the Christmas season. The Angel Tree will be lighted to inaugurate the new Advent season. Members who wish to add an angel ornament to the tree are invited to do so that morning. All are invited to wear blue —the color of the Advent season. Service will conclude with pew communion open to all baptized Christians.

CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN LONG-TERM NURSING/ REHAB CARE

Mary Dubke - Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167; Danielle Gardner The Maples, Benzie County Medical Center, 210 Maple Center, Frankfort, MI,49635;John Montgomery - Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart Rd, Ann Arbor 48105; Eleanor Rossi – Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room 415, Allen Park 48101; Betty Steinhauer, Grace Torango - Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., River-view, 48193; Melissa Rossi - 17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125.

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for St. Paul Day at Taylor’s Heritage Park Saturday, December 8, 12-8 p.m. Our volunteers will be helping raise funds for the Fish & Loaves Food Pantry. Santa’s Magic Forest opens its doors Saturday, November 24 at 3 p.m., just in time to welcome Santa at the head of the city-wide parade through Heritage Park at 4 p.m. The ‘Magic Forest” will welcome visitors through Sunday, December 23. Children have an opportunity to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. There is a $3 admission charge which directly benefits the Fish & Loaves Pantry providing food assistance to thousands of Downriver families throughout the year. Photos with Santa are also available at $8. All fees are cash only. Volunteer stints for St. Paul Day at the Magic Forest are two hours. To volunteer, complete a Make-A-Wish card add it to the offering plate, or contact the church office (313-291-1221).

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN SPONSOR HAT & GLOVE DRIVE through December 10. The Sunday School children are collecting hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks and undergarments for children and families in need. All items can be dropped off upstairs and/or placed in the gigantic stocking located at the bottom of the stairs. All items will be donated to the Salvation Army on December 10th for their annual “Families in Need Christmas Store.” If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Schalm.

BE AN ANGEL TO A CHILD IN NEED Christian Education is pleased to share the opportunity to be an “Angel” to a child in need this holiday season. An Angel Tree adorned with angel ornaments identifying the gender and age of a child in need is in the Fellowship Hall. Simply pull an ornament, log the number on the sheet located on the table, and return the gift unwrapped with the ornament taped to it by December 10. All  gifts will be delivered to the Salvation Army on Monday, December 10. If you have any questions regarding this outreach, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our exercise session is Mondays and

Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Our instructor, Delessa, is a wonderful trainer with a

Christian philosophy.  A donation of $3-5 for each session is invited.  Caregivers - Meet

for mutual support. The Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.

Caregiving tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Geoff Drutchas leads the

session, assisted by Parish Nurse Kathy Williams. The group is open to everyone.

  Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers,

wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams or the office.  TOPS (Take Off  

  Pounds Sensibly)is a nonprofit and non-commercial weight loss support group St. Paul

is hosting Chapter 9744, Taylor. Meetings are Monday nights with weigh in starting at

6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m., in the West Room. The first

visit is free with no obligation.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Our Christmas Dinner get together is Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. at Lakes of Taylor. Sign-up on the bulletin board. Check the due date for your money. Secret Pals are revealed that evening. Bring a gift for your Secret Pal with a card letting her know who you are. Don’t have a secret pal? Bring a $10 gift to exchange.   

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The cost is $40 which includes your cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.  Even if you do not want to scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop with our venders.  If you are a vender, or know of a vender, and they might be interested, please let me know.  We will be needing raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie Case by phone or email debbiescase@aol.com if you want more information.

A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ you everyone who contributed sweat labor for our annual Spaghetti Dinner: Girl Scouts, Toni Hill, Helen St. Louis, Rosemarie Laslo, Harold Fick, Barb Schultz, Sally Sigmund, Kathy Williams, Charlie Barnard, Margie Barnard, John Smith, Al Gunther, Dave Lange, Dan Case, Zach Defoe, Andrew Caruso, Sue Mrowka, Patricia Olson, Sheri Herkimer, Gary Peters, Mark Ennis, Pastor Schalm and Rev. Geoff.  I would also like to thank all everyone who bought tickets and told friends, family and neighbors.  Everyone working together made it a huge success!  1st V. P., Pam Lange.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

DeAnna Alderman (daughter, Brenda Tank), Susan Bennett, Gunter Berndl, Sherrill Berndl, Marion Bolen, Virginia Butzlaff, Margo Charette, April Clark, Steve Clark, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske, Dan Fisk (son, Brenda Tank), Joan Foley, Oren Forsyth, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry, Shirley Havenstein, Eileen Herkimer,  Doris Hilliker, Pam Lange, Jacob May, Emma May, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Walter Ray, Brenda Roll (friend, Helen St. Louis), Sue Spears, Brenda Tank, Bert Thompson, Grace Torango, and Carol Wioncek.  Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored.

 THE ST. PAUL BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY is hosting its 12th Annual Wild Game DinnerThursday, February 7, 2019.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 pm.  It’s a fun filled evening with raffles, good eating and great fellowship.  This year’s menu will feature Buffalo, Wild Boar, Venison, Salmon, Turtle and much more.  Tickets are $30/each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, or by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by calling James Poet, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Candace Poet or Dan Case.  We are also looking for donations of wild game food and any items that can be used for the raffles as prizes.

OUR ST. PAUL WEBSITE is migrating to a new and more secure SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certified site.  The new SSL certification ensures a connection that is highly secure and shows our website’s visitors that we take their privacy very seriously.  Note, when you begin viewing the new site you will see (https://stpaulucctaylor.org) in your browser’s address bar.  Improvements include total compatibility with all mobile phone devices, making it more convenient to use on this widely used method of surfing the web.  At St. Paul, we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all viewing our website and social media platforms.  We are changing to the new website on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  If you have questions, please see any member of the IT Ministry.

INVITING ALL LADIES!  Women’s Fellowship, Sew ‘n Sews, and Dorcas Society invite you to celebrate their Annual Christmas Luncheon with them. The luncheon is Wednesday, December 12, 12:30 p.m. at Woodside Meadows Golf Course Restaurant, 20820 Inkster Rd., Romulus, 48174.  Please R.S.V.P. to Thelma Poet by Sunday, December 9.  Please join us!

 

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Thanksgiving Eve

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-3910

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas - Senior Pastor

Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Minister of Christian Education

Mr. Tracy Hoffman - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services

 

Thanksgiving Eve 

November 21, 2018

Celebration of Worship 7:30 p.m.

  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN No. 718 “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation  

  Gracious God, we give thanks for your presence among us as we gather to worship  

  this evening.  We thank you for providing us over time with so much spiritual 

  guidance: the words of scripture, the ways of Jesus, the tradition of the church, the 

  witness of faithful men and women through the ages, and the promptings of the   

  Holy Spirit.  We confess that we have taken so many of these blessings for granted 

  and have been slothful, even cowardly, in applying to our daily living what you

  have already shared with us.  Forgive us our shortcomings.  Help us in this hour               

  of worship to set aside sloth and selfishness and whatever other impediments get in

  the way of being grateful to you and faithful to the loving, righteous example of 

  Jesus Christ. Amen. 

*CONGREGATONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

WELCOME/ PASSING OF PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

EVENING ANTHEM  “Let All Things Now Living,”  Chancel Choir

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*congregation standing

SCRIPTURE READING Psalm 100, Hebrews 11:13-16, Matthew 22:37-39  Lector:  Michele McNeely

*HYMN No. 695  “God of the Fertile Fields”

   READINGS FROM PLYMOUTH PLANTATION Pastor Drutchas

   UNISON PRAYER No. 698 “Prayer of a Native American”

   OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/ *DEDICATION OF GIFTS

 *DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him all creatures here below;

Praise Him above ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.      

*HYMN No.  721  “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”

PILGRIM NUMEROLOGY  Pastor Drutchas

CHIMES  “Creative God, You Spread the Earth”

  OUR THANKS-GIVING

*HYMN No. 701  “Shall We Gather at the River”

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your seats as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)

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RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available in the East Lobby which can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our new “Family Room”.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: 

Any one desiring to unite with St. Paul United Church of Christ by transfer of membership or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd marks the start of the Advent Season.  You are invited to come dressed in something blue, the official Advent color.  You’re also welcome to stay and join in our All Church Christmas Decorating.  Fun and Fellowship.


MISSION STATEMENT

“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of salvation in our church family and community. Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  Dave Lange

Deacon:  Allen Gunther

Ushers:  Confirmands

 

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  November 21 – December 2

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m./ Thanksgiving Eve Worship 7:30 p.m.

Thursday    Happy Thanksgiving!  Office Closed

Friday         Office Closed

Saturday     Bring Decorations from Balcony/ Set up Trees 9:00 am.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ All Church Decorating

 

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

No 9:00 a.m. Audio Service recorded this Sunday

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-3910

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas - Senior Pastor

Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Minister of Christian Education

Mr. Tracy Hoffman - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services

 

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
November 18, 2018

Celebration of Worship 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.

 

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

  CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE   Pastor Cheryl Schalm

*OPENING HYMN  No. 718  “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

*RESPONSIVE READING  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

  WOMEN: O God, we give you thanks for all that you have done for us.  That you have created us, and have given us the gift of life and set us to live in this fair earth; that you have given us work to do, and strength to do it;

  ALL: Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices.

  YOUNG ADULTS / YOUNG MARRIED: We give you thanks for all that others have done for us.  For those who taught us when we were children; for those who in the days of youth gave us the guidance that kept us from going astray; for those who to this day love us and surround us with their care:

  ALL: Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices.

  MEN: We give you thanks for all that your church has done for us.  For strength and guidance each week for life’s way; for the friendship and the fellowship which we here enjoy; for the sacraments of your grace, and the prayers of your people.

  ALL: Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices.

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*Congregation standing

WORSHIP TEAM: We give you thanks for all that you have done for us in Jesus Christ.  That in Christ you have shown us the length and breadth and depth and height of your great love for us; that in Christ you have opened to us a new and living way into  your presence.

  ALL: Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices.

  ALL: We give you thanks for everything that has given us strength for earth and  

  hope for heaven.  Accept this our sacrifice of praise for your love’s sake. AMEN.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

  CHIMES  “Let All Things Now Living,”  (9)

  CHILDREN’S CHOIR  “Step By Step,”  Sally Sigman, Director (10:30)

  FAMILY OF GOD Blessing of the Shoe boxes & Other Special Concerns

  SCRIPTURE READING   Psalm 100:1-5, Philippines 4:11-13 & 1 Corinthians 15:57  Lectors:  Jim Sauter (9), Jane Dykowski (10:30)

  SPECIAL MUSIC   “Lord, Send in Your Angels,”  Barbara Schultz, Soloist (9:00)
“Heavenly Sunshine,”
  Chancel Choir (10:30),

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm

*HYMN No. 715 “Now Thank We All Our God”

  OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS Special Music, “Sing it Now,” Reba McEntire

*DOXOLOGY

     Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him all creatures here below.

     Praise him above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

SERMON  “Embracing the Beatitudes with an Attitude of Gratitude,” Pastor Schalm

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*HYMN No. 714  “For the Fruit of All Creation”          

  *BENEDICTION

  *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our new Family Room.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.
ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.

MISSION STATEMENT

“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of salvation in our church family and community. Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  John Smith (9)

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury (9), Allen Gunther (10:30)

Ushers:  Jane Dykowski, Pam Lange, Dave Lange (10:30)

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  November 18 – November 25

Sunday       Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Shoe boxes due/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Youth Work Day and Lunch Outing 11:30

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Cabinet 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m./ Worship Service 7:30 p.m.

Thursday    Happy Thanksgiving!  Office Closed.

Friday         Office Closed.

Saturday     Bring our decorations/ set-up trees 9:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ All Church Decorating/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m.

MORNING TIDE/ ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221

Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost/ November 18, 2018

 

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between services.

FILL A SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN All boxes need to be returned today, Sunday, November 18th.   Youth Fellowship Workday & Lunch. We will gather at 11:30 a.m. to load up and drop off shoe boxes to the Dearborn collection center. Afterwards, we will have lunch at Buddy’s Pizza in Dearborn.

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE Wednesday, November 21. “Moments of Thanks” will be the theme of our Thanksgiving Eve Service. Service will be in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. A fellowship period is in the West Room with fresh pie served for those remaining after the service. Mark your calendars now for a night of thanks together.

NEW DOOR CLOSERS have been installed in all the downstairs bathrooms as required by the Health Department.  We are in the process of adjusting the closers for ease of opening and closing timing.  Please knock before entering.

Christian Education is sponsoring their annual “Advent by Candlelight” program Sunday, December 2, from 6:45-8:45 p.m.  One woman hosts a table and asks up to 7 other ladies to join her for our advent program, fellowship and dessert.  There is a sign-up sheet available during coffee hour through November, or you can call or email Debbie Case (debbiescase@aol.com).  It is quite easy to be a hostess and I will have envelopes for each hostess with all the information.  There’s another sign-up sheet for ladies that do not want to host a table but would like to attend.  We will do our best to find a place for every lady that would like to attend.   Deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 18th.  I will need to know total numbers at each table by November 25.  The table arrangement in the hall is based on the order that you sign your group up by.  You will be better able to sign up by emailing me and then I can email the hostess papers to you.

A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ you everyone who contributed sweat labor for our annual Spaghetti Dinner: Girl Scouts, Toni Hill, Helen St. Louis, Rosemarie Laslo, Harold Fick, Barb Schultz, Sally Sigmund, Kathy Williams, Charlie Barnard, Margie Barnard, John Smith, Al Gunther, Dave Lange, Dan Case, Zach Defoe, Andrew Caruso, Sue Mrowka, Patricia Olson, Sheri Herkimer, Gary Peters, Mark Ennis, Pastor Schalm and Rev. Geoff.   I would also like to thank all everyone who bought tickets and told friends, family and neighbors.  Everyone working together made it a huge success!  1st V. P., Pam Lange.

‘BLUE CHRISTMAS’ SERVICE CHERISHES LOVED ONES Thursday, December 6 members and friends who have lost loved ones and are experiencing Christmas the first or second time are invited to attend a special “Blue Christmas” program and worship service on Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m. We will initially gather in the church parlor and then join for a time of very special worship in the chancel of the St. Paul sanctuary. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one with them that night to place on the altar. The “Blue Christmas” Service will be led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas. For more information, contact the church office (313-291-1221).

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for St. Paul Day at Taylor’s Heritage Park Saturday, December 8, 12-8 p.m. Our volunteers will be helping raise funds for the Fish & Loaves Food Pantry. Santa’s Magic Forest opens its doors Saturday, November 24 at 3 p.m., just in time to welcome Santa at the head of the city-wide parade through Heritage Park at 4 p.m. The ‘Magic Forest” will welcome visitors through Sunday, December 23. Children have an opportunity to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. There is a $3 admission charge which directly benefits the Fish & Loaves Pantry providing food assistance to thousands of Downriver families throughout the year. Photos with Santa are also available at $8. All fees are cash only. Volunteer stints for St. Paul Day at the Magic Forest are two hours. To volunteer, complete a Make-A-Wish card add it to the offering plate, or contact the church office (313-291-1221).

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Our Christmas Dinner get together is Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. at Lakes of Taylor. Sign-up on the bulletin board. Check the due date for your money. Secret Pals are revealed that evening. Bring a gift for your Secret Pal with a card letting her know who you are. Don’t have a secret pal? Bring a $10 gift to exchange.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our exercise session is Mondays and

Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.  Our instructor, Delessa, is a wonderful trainer with a

Christian philosophy.  A donation of $3-5 for each session is invited.  Caregivers - Meet

for mutual support. The Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.

Caregiving tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Geoff Drutchas leads the

session, assisted by Parish Nurse Kathy Williams. The group is open to everyone.

  Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers,

wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams or the office.  TOPS (Take Off  

  Pounds Sensibly), is a nonprofit and non-commercial weight loss support group St. Paul

is hosting Chapter 9744, Taylor. Meetings are Monday nights with weigh in starting at

6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m., in the West Room. The first

visit is free with no obligation.

 

ANNUAL ‘HANGING OF THE GREENS’ We will meet Sunday, November 25 to begin decorating our facility for the Christmas season. Building and Grounds Ministry is looking for volunteers Saturday, November 24 at 9:00 a.m. to remove the decorations from the Bell Tower and to set-up the Christmas Trees in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. It should take no more than one – two hours to complete. Please call the Church office at 313-291-1221 to volunteer. The Angel Tree will be lighted Sunday, December 2 to inaugurate the new Advent season. Members who wish to add an angel ornament to the tree are invited to do so that morning. All are invited to wear blue —the color of the Advent season. Service will conclude with pew communion open to all baptized Christians.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The cost is $40 which includes your cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.  Even if you do not want to scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop with our venders.  If you are a vender, or know of a vender, and they might be interested, please let me know.  We will be needing raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie Case by phone or email debbiescase@aol.com if you want more information.

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

DeAnna Alderman (daughter, Brenda Tank), Susan Bennett, Gunter Berndl, Sherrill Berndl, Virginia Butzlaff, Margo Charette, April Clark, Steve Clark, Charlie Duncan, Dorothy Evison, Phill Felske, Dan Fisk (son, Brenda Tank), Joan Foley, Oren Forsyth, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry, Shirley Havenstein, Eileen Herkimer,  Doris Hilliker, Pam Lange, Jacob May, Emma May, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Pam Lange, Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Walter Ray,  Brenda Roll (friend, Helen St. Louis), Barbara Schultz, Sue Spears, Brenda Tank, Bert Thompson, Grace Torango, and Carol Wioncek.  Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored.

THE ST. PAUL BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY is hosting its 12th Annual Wild Game Dinner Thursday, February 7, 2019.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 pm.  It’s a fun filled evening with raffles, good eating and great fellowship.  This year’s menu will feature Buffalo, Wild Boar, Venison, Salmon, Turtle and much more.  Tickets are $30/each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, or by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by calling James Poet, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Candace Poet or Dan Case.  We are also looking for donations of wild game food and any items that can be used for the raffles as prizes.

OUR ST. PAUL WEBSITE is migrating to a new and more secure SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certified site.  The new SSL certification ensures a connection that is highly secure and shows our website’s visitors that we take their privacy very seriously.  Note, when you begin viewing the new site you will see (https://stpaulucctaylor.org) in your browser’s address bar.  Improvements include total compatibility with all mobile phone devices, making it more convenient to use on this widely used method of surfing the web.  At St. Paul, we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all viewing our website and social media platforms.  We are changing to the new website on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  If you have questions, please see any member of the IT Ministry.

INVITING ALL LADIES!  Women’s Fellowship, Sew ‘n Sews and Dorcas invite you to celebrate their Annual Christmas Luncheon with them. The luncheon is Wednesday, December 12, 12:30 p.m. at Woodside Meadows Golf Course Restaurant, 20820 Inkster Rd., Romulus, 48174.  Please R.S.V.P. to Thelma Poet by Sunday, December 9.  Join us!

 

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-0190

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas - Senior Pastor

Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Minister of Christian Education

Mr. Tracy Hoffman - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services

 

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
November 11, 2018

Stewardship Sunday

Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.

 

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF CHURCH BELL    

CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

 *OPENING HYMN No. 274  “I Love Your Church, O God,”  (vs. 1-4) Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader     

 *UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O Lord, giver of life and a source of our freedom, we are reminded that Yours is

    the earth in its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it.  We know that it is

    from Your hand that we have received all we have and are and will be.  Gracious

    and loving God, we understand that You call us to be the stewards of Your

    abundance, the caretakers of all You have entrusted to us.  Help us always to use

    Your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously.  May our faithful worship

    and stewardship bear witness to the love of Christ in our lives.  We pray this with

    grateful hearts in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

    CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “Heavenly Sunlight,”  Chancel Choir (9), Tracy  Hoffman, Soloist (10:30)

______________________

*Congregation standing  

SCRIPTURE READING  1 Kings 17:1-6, Mark 12:38-44  Lectors: Eileen Vernor Drutchas (9), Sam Kincaid (10:30)

*HYMN “Take My Life and Let It Be”

Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord to thee.

     Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.  

  Take my hands, and let them move at the im-pulse of thy love.

     Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee.

  Take my voice and let me sing; unto God my praise I bring.

     Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from thee.

  Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold.

     Take my intellect and use, every power as thou shalt choose.

  Take my love; my Lord I pour at thy feet its treasure store.

     Take my-self, and I will be ever, only all for thee.  Amen.

  MORNING PRAYER

 HYMN No. 16 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,”  (vs. 1-2, soloist; 3, congregation)

OFFERTORY/ *BLESSING OF TITHES & FAITH COMMITMENT CARDS 

*DOXOLOGY

     Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him all creatures here below.

      Praise him above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING  1 Peter 4:8-11 

SERMON  “All God’s Stewards,”  Pastor Drutchas

MEMORIAL PRAYER/ LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)  

*CLOSING HYMN No. 458  Ours the Journey” 

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)

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RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available in the East Lobby which can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our new Family Room.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of salvation in our church family and community. Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  John Smith (9)

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

Ushers:  Sue Mrowka, Sharon Podpora, Barbara Schultz (10:30)

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  November 11 – November 18

Sunday       Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey - Reducing the Risk Workshop 9:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.                     

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m./ College planning program 7:00 p.m./ Red Hat Outing 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m. / Shoe boxes due/ Youth Work Day and Lunch Outing

 

MORNING TIDE/ ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

 

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between services.

 

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of my dear husband, Wally Stanek, from loving wife, Louise.

 

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Linda, Tom, family, and friends of Will Tank who passed away November 5, 2018 at the age of 74 years.  Funeral service was November 10, 2018.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

 

COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT November 15 by Thrivent.  Are you a college-bound student or a parent of a college-bound student with questions about the college-journey? You've come to the right place. On November 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., join us for a College Planning Night at St. Paul United Church of Christ and listen to TED Talk speaker and author, Adam Carroll, share tips and tricks to graduate with less debt and much more. Register for free today! https://bit.ly/2QseIyn.

 

SEWING GUILD Sew ‘n Sews monthly meeting is Thursday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. Bring a sandwich, coffee & dessert are provided.  New sewing experience is required.  Join us for fellowship and Food for Thought!

 

2019 YEAR BUDGET PLANNING The St. Paul Budget and Finance Ministry continue working to develop a new budget for 2019. There is an open meeting in the West Room Sunday, November 11 immediately following the 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. services. Church members are invited to attend after service to provide input or ask questions regarding our budget.  If you have any questions regarding our budget development process, please contact Council President Diane Poet, Treasurer Gary Peters or complete a “Make-a- Wish” card and drop it in an offering plate.  The new proposed budget will be presented to the congregation at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 13, 2019 for final approval.


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S EXTENDED FAMILY:

Helen Belcher (aunt, Sue Mrowka), Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin (daughter, Shirley Havenstein), Dianne Fazzio (sister, Pam Lange), Allison Files (granddaughter, John & Barb Smith), Mary Jane Fliss (sister-in-law, Arlene Wolfram), Gabriella Gomez (niece, Darlene Babin), Robert Grigg (friend, Schalm family), Lynn Harbin (sister, John Smith), Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Stephen Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Richard Jones, Justin Kurtz (friend, Chelsey Schalm), Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Jennifer & Tammy Lee (grand- daughter & daughter, Barb Siemers), Chris Lunsford (friend, Velma McGee), Courtney Matthews McEachern, Kim McEachern (daughters-in-law, Helene & Neil McEachern), Jeff Natzke (nephew, Michael Natzke), Helen Osborne (sister, Esther Perry), Judy Robin (aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Richard Sherman (brother, Anne Blanchard),  Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter, April & Steve Clark), David Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson, Helene McEachern), Jerry Walsh (friend, Sue Mrowka), Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart), and Brad Zabik.        

 

‘WHEN GOD INTERRUPTS’ Dealing with the change we don’t expect and keeping it all in faith perspective is a book discussion at St. Paul Church concluding Sunday evening, November 11, 7 p.m. in the Parlor.  Pastor Geoff Drutchas leads the discussion of a thoughtful book by M. Craig Barnes, When God Interrupts: Finding New Life Through Unwanted Change. For more information please speak with Pastor Drutchas.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The cost is $40 which includes your cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.  Even if you do not want to scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop with our venders.  If you are a vender, or know of a vender, and they might be interested, please let me know.  We will be needing raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie Case by phone or email debbiescase@aol.com if you want more information.

 

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE Wednesday, November 21. “Moments of Thanks” will be the theme of our Thanksgiving Eve Service. Service will be in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. A fellowship period is in the West Room with fresh pie served for those remaining after the service. Mark your calendars now for a night of thanks together.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our exercise session is Mondays and

Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.  Our instructor, Delessa, is a wonderful trainer with a

Christian philosophy.  A donation of $3-5 for each session is invited.  Chronic Pain

Self-Management Class- Tuesday afternoons 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the West Room.  Our

six-week session will provide tips and techniques. To register contact: the NKFM (734)

222-9800 or PATHprograms@nkfm.org.  Caregivers - Meet for mutual support. The

Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. Caregiving tips are

shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Geoff Drutchas leads the sessions, assisted by Parish

Nurse Kathy Williams. The group is open to everyone. Health/Medical supplies – If you

have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse,

Kathy Williams or the office.  TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), is a nonprofit and non-

commercial weight loss support group St. Paul is hosting Chapter 9744, Taylor. Meetings

are Monday nights with weigh in starting at 6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end

at 7:15 p.m., in the West Room. The first visit is free with no obligation.

 

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  November 15 outing, we are visiting a member’s home to see a unique salt & pepper collection. We are invited to bring snacks and drinks. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall. Carpooling from church at 6:30 p.m.  Our Christmas Dinner get together is Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. at Lakes of Taylor. Sign-up on the bulletin board. Check the due date for your money. Secret Pals are revealed that evening. Bring a gift for your Secret Pal with a card letting her know who you are. Don’t have a secret pal? Bring a $10 gift to exchange.  

 

ANNUAL ‘HANGING OF THE GREENS’ We will meet Sunday, November 25 to begin decorating our facility for the Christmas season. Building and Grounds Ministry is looking for volunteers Saturday, November 24 at 9:00 a.m. to remove the decorations from the Bell Tower and to set-up the Christmas Trees in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. It should take no more than one – two hours to complete. Please call the Church office at 313-291-1221 to volunteer. The Angel Tree will be lighted Sunday, December 2 to inaugurate the new Advent season. Members who wish to add an angel ornament to the tree are invited to do so that morning. All are invited to wear blue —the official color of the Advent season. Service will conclude with pew communion open to all baptized Christians.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Susan Bennett, Gunter Berndl, Virginia Butzlaff, April Clark, Steve Clark, Charlie Duncan, Dorothy Evison, Phill Felske, Oren Forsyth, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (Beaumont, Dearborn), Shirley Havenstein, Doris Hilliker, Pam Lange, Jacob May, Emma May, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Pam Lange, Judy Nieman, Shirlen Powell (Beaumont, Southshore), Walter Ray, Barbara Schultz, Sue Spears, Brenda Tank, Bert Thompson, and Grace Torango.  Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored.

 

Christian Education is sponsoring their annual “Advent by Candlelight” program Sunday, December 2, from 6:45-8:45 p.m.  One woman hosts a table and asks up to 7 other ladies to join her for our advent program, fellowship and dessert.  There is a sign-up sheet available during coffee hour through November, or you can call or email Debbie Case (debbiescase@aol.com).  It is quite easy to be a hostess and I will have envelopes for each hostess with all the information.  There’s another sign-up sheet for ladies that do not want to host a table but would like to attend.  We will do our best to find a place for every lady that would like to attend.   Deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 18th.  I will need to know total numbers at each table by November 25.  The table arrangement in the hall is based on the order that you sign your group up by.  You will be better able to sign up by emailing me and then I can email the hostess papers to you.

 

FILL A SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN Christian Education has kicked off their Operation Christmas Child shoe box ministry.  Please take a simple shoe box, decorate it, and fill it with small gifts for children in need.  The gift-filled shoe boxes are distributed by Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian, non-profit organization) to children in need through-out the world.  All shoe boxes need to be returned no later than Sunday, November 18th.  The shoe boxes will be delivered to the Dearborn collection center where they are loaded onto semi-trucks for distribution.  For more information, or a shoe box, contact Pastor Schalm.

Sunday, November 18th is Youth Fellowship Workday & Lunch. We will gather after church to load up and drop off shoe boxes. Afterwards, we will have lunch at Buddy’s Pizza in Dearborn.

NEW DOOR CLOSERS have been installed in all the downstairs bathrooms.  Please  knock before entering. 

 

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Sunday, November 04, 2018

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-0190

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas - Senior Pastor

Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Minister of Christian Education

Mr. Tracy Hoffman - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services

 

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost - November 4, 2018

Totenfest/ Memorial Sunday Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

(Nursery care available 10:30)

As the prelude begins, members of the congregation mourning a loved one who is being memorialized today are invited to light a remembrance candle on the altar.  Please speak with an usher if further assistance is needed.

 

  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE/ RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL Sally Sigman, Organist

*CALL TO WORSHIP/ INVOCATION  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas & Congregation

  Pastor:  As we begin our time of worship and praise, let us look for inspiration and hope in the words of God spoken to us as divine promise.

  Congregation:  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.

  I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious hand.

  Pastor:  I am the resurrection and the life:  all who believe in me, though they die, yet shall live.

  Congregation:  And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.

  Pastor:  Holy God, bless us this day that we might be your servants from here to eternity.  Amen.

*OPENING HYMN No. 637 “For All the Saints,” (vs. 1-3)  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Taste and See,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “Taste and See,” Chancel Choir (10:30)           

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN No. 195  “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” 

OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/ *DEDICATION OF GIFTS

  SCRIPTURE READING  Revelation 21:1-7, Matthew 22:23-33, Lectors: Helen St. Louis (9),  Janet Staffeld (10:30) 

  CHIME RESPONSE  “There’s Something About That Name”

  SERMON  “Surprise Me!”  Pastor Drutchas

  HYMN No. 628  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”  

  THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

     Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

     Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration

     Response:

       One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless.  

       And we, though many through out the Earth, we are one body in this one Lord.        

     Distribution of the Elements      

     Prayer of Thanksgiving     

*Doxology

       Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him all creatures here below.

       Praise him above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

  THE MEMORIAL SERVICE

       Unison Reading with Memorial Acclamations (see insert)

       Time of Remembrance/ Tolling of the Bell 

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 562  “Because He Lives”  

*BENEDICTION/ *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)

_____________________

*Congregation standing

 

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS AND CHANGINGROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our new “Family Room”.  Please alert the Ushers if you need assistance.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available. Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM. 

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate. 

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Anyone desiring to unite with St. Paul United Church of Christ by transfer of membership or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas.

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  John Smith (9)

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury (9), Allen Gunther (10:30)

Ushers:  Pam Foresta, Helen St. Louis, Teri Staffeld (9)

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  November 4 – November 11

Sunday       Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ Totenfest/                  Communion/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.m./ Youth Retreat returns                      

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30  p.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00

Thursday    Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ Reducing the Risk Workshop 9:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m. / Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.

 

MORNING TIDE/ ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST       

Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 

Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost/ November 4 2018 

 

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between services.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of my dear wife, Sharon from your loving husband, Patrick.

 

HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING.  Our congregation welcomes to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian affiliation. What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants maintain a reverent silence that fits the dignity of the sacrament.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the family & friends of Lisa Wild who passed away October 26, 2018 at the age of 84 years.  Memorial service is Wednesday, Novem-ber 7, 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Church.  Visitation is 10:00 -11:00 a.m. Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas will officiate.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

 

A Special Thank You to all of the wonderful people who helped to make this year’s Fall Rummage Sale such a huge success.  Women’s and Men’s Fellowship.

 

PANCAKE FUNDRAISER for Pastor Bill Kren Saturday, November 10, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Community United Methodist Church, 11160 Olive Street, Romulus.  Cost is donations only. For more information please contact Lisa Watts, 313.378.4985.  Wear Pastor Kren’s favorite colors:  Maize and Blue!

 

COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT November 15th by Thrivent.  Are you a college-bound student or a parent of a college-bound student with questions about the college-journey? You've come to the right place. On November 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., join us for a College Planning Night at St. Paul United Church of Christ and listen to TED Talk speaker and author, Adam Carroll, share tips and tricks to graduate with less debt and much more. Register for free today! https://bit.ly/2QseIyn

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGAIONS’ PARENTS

Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Laura O’Neil (mother, Shawn Block), Sheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez).

 ‘WHEN GOD INTERRUPTS’ Dealing with the change we don’t expect and keeping it all in faith perspective is a book discussion series at St. Paul Church on Sunday evenings, November 4 and 11, starting at 7 p.m. in the Parlor.  Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the discussion of a thoughtful book by M. Craig Barnes, When God Interrupts: Finding New Life Through Unwanted Change. Barnes, a Christian pastor, invites us to look for God’s hand and guidance amid life changes—a choice we can all make that can help redeem even the worst situation and give us new insight and outlook on our present and future. Our book discussion will include a ‘workshop’ session on tapping our own faith to embracing change positively and constructively. Copies of the books may be reserved through the church office. For more information please speak with Pastor Drutchas.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The cost is $40 which includes your cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.  Even if you do not want to scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop with our venders.  If you are a vender, or know of a vender, and they might be interested, please let me know.  We will be needing raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie Case at 734-941-1228 or email debbiescase@aol.com if you want more information.

2019 YEAR BUDGET PLANNING The St. Paul Budget and Finance Ministry continue wor-king to develop a new budget for next year. There is an open meeting in the West Room on Sunday, November 11th immediately following the 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. services. Church members are invited to attend after service to provide input or ask questions regarding our budget.  If you have any questions regarding our budget development process, please contact Council President Diane Poet, Treasurer Gary Peters or complete a “Make-a- Wish” card and drop it in an offering plate.  The new proposed budget will be presented to the congregation at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 13, 2019 for final approval.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our exercise session is Mondays and  ednesdays at 2:00 p.m.  Our instructor, Delessa, is a wonderful trainer with a Christian philosophy.  A donation of $3-5 for each session is invited.  Chronic Pain Self-Management Class- begins Tuesday, November 6 from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the West Room.  Our six-week session will provide tips and techniques. To register contact: the NKFM (734) 222-9800 or PATHprograms@nkfm.org.  Caregivers - Meet for mutual support. The Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, November 19. Caregiving  tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Geoff Drutchas leads the sessions, assisted  by Parish Nurse Kathy Williams. The group is open to everyone. Health/Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams or the office.  TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), is a nonprofit and non-commercial weight loss support group St. Paul is hosting Chapter 9744, Taylor. Meetings are Monday nights with weigh in starting at 6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m., in the West Room. The first visit is free with no obligation.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  November 15 outing, we are visiting a church member’s home to see a unique salt & pepper collection. We are invited to bring snacks and drinks. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall. We can car pool from church at 6:30 p.m.  Our Christmas Dinner get together is Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. at Lakes of Taylor. Sign-up on the bulletin board. Check the due date for you money. Secret Pals are revealed that evening. Bring a gift for your Secret Pal with a card letting her know who you are. Don’t have a secret pal? Bring a $10 gift to exchange.   

“REDUCING THE RISK” Training Class Scheduled - November 11th St. Paul Child Protection Policy requires that anyone over the age of 18, who work with children more than 10 hours a year, complete the “Reducing the Risk” Training Class and fill out a work application which includes a formal Criminal Background Check, every two years. During the class we’ll learn the specifics of the St. Paul Policy as well as tips and infor-mation on how to handle situations as they arise. We’ll gather Sunday, November 11,  9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the Church Parlor. If you have questions regarding this training, please contact Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case.

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE Wednesday, November 21. “Moments of Thanks” will be the theme of our annual Thanksgiving Eve Service. Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas this year’s service will be in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. A fellowship period is in the West Room with fresh pie served for those remaining after the service. Mark your calendars now for a night of thanks together.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Gunter Berndl, Virginia Butzlaff, April Clark, Steve Clark, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske, Oren Forsyth, Harry Gardner, Bev Gunther, Bob Harry (Beaumont, Dearborn), Shirley Havenstein, Doris Hilliker, Jacob May, Emma May, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Judy Nieman, Walter Ray, Sue Spears, Will Tank (hospice), Bert Thompson, and Grace Torango.  Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored.

 

Christian Education is sponsoring their annual “Advent by Candlelight”  program Sunday, December 2, from 6:45-8:45 p.m.  One woman hosts a table and asks up to 7 other ladies to join her for our advent program, fellowship and dessert.  There is a sign-up sheet available during coffee hour through October and November, or you can call or email Debbie Case (debbiescase@aol.com).  It is quite easy to be a hostess and I will have envelopes for each hostess with all the information.  There’s another sign-up sheet for ladies that do not want to host a table but would like to attend.  We will do our best to find a place for every lady that would like to attend.   Deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 18th.  I will need to know total numbers at each table by November 25.  The table arrangement in the hall is based on the order that you sign your group up by.  I will be out of town a lot in October, you will be better able to sign up by emailing me and then I can email the hostess papers to you.

FILL A SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN Christian Education has kicked off their Operation Christmas Child shoe box ministry.  Please take a simple shoe box, decorate it, and fill it with small gifts for children in need.  The gift-filled shoe boxes are distributed by Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian, non-profit organization) to children in need through-out the world.  All shoe boxes need to be returned no later than Sunday, November 18th.  The shoe boxes will be delivered to the Dearborn collection center where they are loaded onto semi-trucks for distribution.  For more information, or a shoe box, contact Pastor Schalm.

SEWING GUILD Sew ‘n Sews monthly meeting is Thursday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. Bring a sandwich, coffee & dessert are provided.  New sewing experience is required.  Join us for fellowship and Food for Thought

 

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