Month: December 2018

Sunday December 30, 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

First Sunday after Christmas
December 30,  2018
 

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

 

SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

    PRELUDE  Guest Organist

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

*OPENING HYMN No. 155  “Angels We Have Heard on High,”  Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O Gracious God, we thank you for the gift of your son Jesus Christ, making  

     possible our redemption and salvation.  Encourage us to do our part to bring

     goodwill and peace to our families, our churches, our schools, our neighbor-

     hoods, and the world.  Now let your Spirit put us in touch with you, the living

     God, through the words and music we hear today.  In Jesus’ name we pray,  Amen.

   *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “All Year Long,”  Mark Ennis, Soloist

    SCRIPTURE READING  Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44 Lector:  Sandy Ennis

*Congregation Standing

HYMN No. 149  “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”

   MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

   HYMN No.  151  “The First Noel”     

   OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*OFFERTORY PRAYER

 *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  “Teach Us to Number Our Days,”  Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 164  “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”

*BENEDICTION

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

RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available in the East Lobby which can be reached through the side door at the east front of the sanctuary.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.

PARENTS WITH CRYING INFANTS are encouraged to make use of our Family Room at the rear of the sanctuary.

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

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:  Gary Peters

Deacon:  Kristi Caruso

 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  December 30 – January 6

Sunday   Service 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.

Monday       New Year’s Eve/ Office Closed

Tuesday       Happy New Year!/ Office Closed

Thursday     Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m.

Saturday      Hurricane Relief Mission Returns

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas- Sunday School 10:00 a.m. / Block Family Baptism 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.

MORNING TIDE

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall immediately following our morning worship service, hosted by our Dorcas Society.

LAST SUNDAY TO RECEIVE CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING The Christmas Fund Offering, is an important way of sharing our joy at Christmas.  Your offering helps provide “thank you” gift checks, pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retired UCC ministers and lay leaders.  Please contribute prayerfully and generously to this offering as a way of blessing and thanking our retired ministers and lay persons, who have served God so faithfully.  There are red offering envelopes in the pews marked:  “Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross”.   On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, God Bless you, Merry Christmas and Thank you.

St. Paul’s SOUPER BOWL VI is scheduled for Sunday, January 27, 2019.  A simple donation of $7.00 buy’s you a spoon, a support tray (holds 6 bowls of soup) and allows you to taste a variety of amazing soups prepared by local businesses as well as our own membership. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the KIOSK table on Sunday mornings or by contacting the Church office at 313-291-1221. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in our own Fellowship Hall.  All profits go to support the facility.  If you have a secret family recipe and would like to participate in Souper Bowl VI, please contact Jim Poet at 734-718-3137 or Dan Case at (734) 558-2585.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL RESUME on Sunday, January 20, 2019 after the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  All children are invited.

2019 PHONE DIRECTORY  We are beginning preparations for our 2019 Phone Directory. If you have moved, added a new family member or changed your phone number, please notify the Church Office.  If you don’t want your cell phone number listed in the directory, you will need to notify us in advance.  Your help in keeping our data up-to-date will make for a more accurate Directory.  Thanks for your support.

WINTER BASH FAMILY FUN NIGHT  This much loved event hosted by Rock Hard in Faith will be January 13 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Please join us for this free and fun family event.  There’ll be music, and indoor moonwalk, crafts, games, cookie & hat decorating and s’more making.  A Coffee Café featuring minimally priced flavored coffee, hot chocolate, pizza, nachos, and an Icee machine all in our Jerusalem Café.  You don’t want to miss this!

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, January 24, 2019 is our planning meeting.  Join us with suggestions for events, outings, etc. for the upcoming year. If you’re not able to attend, please share your suggestions/ ideas with Kathy prior to the meeting.

 THE 2019 ALTAR FLOWER CHART Altar flowers are a very special way to honor or memorialize that special someone in your life or even a special occasion (anniversary, birthday, graduation, etc.).  The cost for altar flowers is $30.00 (2 vases) or you may purchase a side vase for just $15.00.  Please contact the Deacon after the service for  assistance in getting your altar flowers or side vase.  Please check the flower chart for availability of Sundays or other occasions. Please use envelopes found in the pew racks to request altar flowers.  You may also contact the church office at 313-291-1221.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up board located in the Narthex of the Church. Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary. Our Deacons will be glad to answer any questions and walk you through training prior to the service.  All ushers are asked to be at Church thirty minutes prior to the service.  Any Deacon can assist you.

ALTAR GUILD has an opportunity for a few volunteers to maintain the altar candles and to ensure the paraments (cloths on the lectern and pulpit) are changed accordingly. There are no meetings to attend.  All materials and training are provided at your convenience.  For more information please contact Arlene Felske or Sue Mrowka.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – We will resume Monday, January 14,

2019 at 2:00 p.m.  Meditation classes - Are you stressed?  Do you want to focus more on

being in the present? We will be having four sessions learning and practicing breathing

and meditation. We will meet on Wednesday, January 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m. for four weeks.

Kathy Williams will lead the session. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support.

Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, January 21, 7:30 p.m. Caregiving tips are shared

on a confidential basis. Pastor 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.  Blood Drive - January 29, 2019 1:00-645 p.m. It’s important to

sign up in advance.  Please make an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy

Williams, or complete a Make-a-Wish card and place it in the offering plate. You can also

make appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet. You will need to

register & obtain a password. If you have questions, you can visit  www.redcrossblood.org or contact the Red Cross blood donation center at 866-236-3276.  Adult Shingles and TDAP Immunizations - The current recommendation is to have a two-dose series, given 6 months apart, to protect adults over 50 even those that  had the previous one dose shot given before 2017. Call your insurance company to see what your co-pay will be as this can be expensive. The TDAP vaccination is the adult version of diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough). The Hepatitis A vaccine is still recommended.

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.

THE ANNUAL MEETING of our congregation is set for Sunday, January 13, 2019     10:00 a.m.  One topic will be the authorization of our Council to begin a congregational dialogue about migration to a single Sunday service.  Questions?  Please speak with Diane Poet, Pam Lange, or Cheryl Kincaid.  All congregational reports are now due in the church office.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

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

Susan Bennett, Sherrill Berndl, Jennifer Berringer, Marion Bolen, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske, Joan Foley, Oren Forsyth, Harry Gardner, Gertrude Hagen (Heartland, Allen Park), Betty Hagerty, Bob Harry, Shirley Havenstein, Eileen Herkimer, Doris Hilliker, Jacob May, Emma May, Rev. Bill Kren, Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Nancy Rabb, Barbara Romas, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, 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.

PAPER RE-CYCLING BINS TO BE REMOVED  The paper re-cycling bin in the West parking lot will be removed.  The bin is wrecking the parking lot, people are dumping their trash in the bin, and paper is flying all over the property since it is not emptied on a regular basis.   We are sorry for an inconvenience this may cause you.  St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.

SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be January 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a sandwich, coffee and dessert is provided.  No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food for Thought!    

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.

2019 GIVING ENVELOPES and calendars are now available for pickup in the Narthex (rear) of the church.  Please ask one of the Ushers if you would like assistance locating your box.  If you do not find your box, please contact Financial Secretary, Annette Thie. Please note:  to be recorded for 2018 tax credit purposes all contributions must be received in the church office no later than December 31. All congregational reports are now due in the church office.

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Christmas Eve 7:00 & 11:00 p.m.

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

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2018

Celebration of Worship 7:00 & 11:00 p.m.

 

  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE “Shepherds to Bethlehem,” Sally Sigman, Organist

  RINGING OF CHURCH BELL/CHIME INTROIT  “Down to Earth as A Dove”

  CALL TO WORSHIP (Unison)

     O Little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!

     Above thy d and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.

     Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;

     The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight!

INVOCATION Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

 HYMN No. 148  “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (Verses 1, 3 - Congregation; Verse 2 - Choir), Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*WELCOME/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

  ANTHEM  (7) “What We All Want for Christmas is Peace,” Brenda Murphy
(11) “He is Born Now, the Prince of Peace,” Chancel Choir, Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

SCRIPTURE  Luke 2:1-21  “The Birth of Jesus”  Lector:  Barbara Schultz

HYMN No. 170  “How Great Our Joy!” (Verses 1-3)      

YOUTH TIME  “A Drummer Boy’s Story,” Pastor Schalm (All children and youth are invited to come forward to the chancel area)

  RELIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES

     *Hope for our lives * Peace for our Lives * Love for our Lives * Joy for our Lives

  ANTHEM (11) “Carol of the Drums,” Chancel Choir

  INVITATION TO CHRISTMAS OFFERING

OFFERTORY  “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

*OFFERTORY PRAYER

  ANTHEM  “O Radiant Star,” (7) Noel Ensemble; (11) Chancel Choir

  HOMILY  “As Word and Carols Proclaim!” Pastor Drutchas

  LIGHTING OF CHRIST CANDLE and CHRISTMAS PRAYER  Pastor Drutchas

  PASSING OF PEACE (Congregation is invited to extend a greeting of peace to   

    your neighbor)

  ANTHEM  “O Holy Night,” (7) Tricia Nault; (11) Mark Ennis

  SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

Prayers of Confession and Consecration (Pew Card)

Distribution of the Elements

Congregational Caroling (Insert)

    The First Noel * Away in a Manger * Hark, the Herald Angels Sing! * Joy to the World!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

  SHARING THE LIGHT (Congregation seated)

  HYMN  “Silent Night” (Insert)

  LORD’S PRAYER (A Cappella – entire congregation)

  CHRISTMAS BENEDICTION

  POSTLUDE

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.

PARENTS WITH CRYING INFANTS are encouraged to make use of our Family Room at the rear of the sanctuary.

 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 DESCIPLESHIP & 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.


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.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  December 24 – December 31

Tuesday       Merry Christmas/ Office Closed!

Wednesday Office Closed!

Friday         Congregational Reports due in the church office

Saturday     Hurricane Relief Mission Departs

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas- Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

Monday       New Year’s Eve/ Office Closed

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Sunday December 23, 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

Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2018

Christmas Cantata 10:00 a.m.

Nursery Care available

  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

  RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

  INVOCATION  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas 

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 142  “People Look East”

  WELCOME/ ANNOUNCEMENTS/ PASSING OF PEACE

  LIGHTING OF ADVENT CANDLES “One Candle is Lit,” Barbara Schultz

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

  CHILDREN’S ANTHEM  “I Will Follow,” Children’s Choir with Cali Staten, Soloist

  OFFERTORY INVITATION

  HYMN  “Christians All, Your Lord is Coming”

    Christians all, your Lord is coming, drawing near in holy birth.

    Ring the bells and sound the trumpets, let your music fill the earth.                   

    Dance and move to show God’s glory; keel and pause to hear God’s word.

    Alleluia, alleluia! Rise and let your songs be heard.

    Christians all, your Lord is coming, hope for peace is now at hand.

    Let there be no hesitation, walk in faith where life demands.

    Bear the word that God has given; share the birth that stirs your soul,

    Alleluia, Alleluia! Christ will come and make you whole.

OFFERTORY PRAYER

*Congregation standing

CHRISTMAS CANTATA Tracy Hoffman, Music Director; Narrators: Pastors  Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm

BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE  (Please 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.

PARENTS WITH CRYING INFANTS are encouraged to make use of our Family Room at the rear of the sanctuary.

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.

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.”

  

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  December 23 – December 30

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Cantata/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Lights Before Christmas-Toledo-Schalm’s 5:00 p.m.

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 7:00 & 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Merry Christmas!/ Office Closed

Wednesday  Office Closed

Friday          Congregational Reports due in the church office

Saturday      Hurricane Relief Mission Departs

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas- Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

 

MORNING TIDE

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall immediately following our morning worship service, hosted by our Dorcas Society.

CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING RECEIVED DURING DECEMBER The Christmas Fund Offering, one of the four Special Mission Offerings of the UCC, is an important way of sharing our joy at Christmas.  The theme for the 2018 is, “The Light Is Surely Coming”.  Your offering to this Fund is an expression of joy and gratitude for those who have so faithfully and selflessly served the church.  Your gifts help provide “thank you” gift checks and pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retired UCC ministers and lay leaders.  We invite you to partner with the UCC in this ministry so that they can continue to share the Good News of compassion and love with those who are so deserving. An offering envelope was included in your recent Tidings, and there are extra red offering envelopes in the pews marked:  “Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross”.  This offering may be brought on any Sunday in December.  Please contribute prayerfully and generously to this offering as a way of blessing and thanking our retired ministers and lay persons, who have served God so faithfully.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, God Bless you, Merry Christmas and Thank you.

SINGLE WORSHIP SCHEDULE BEGINS As the Advent season gets underway and we ready ourselves for Christmas with special services planned our St. Paul congregation will be shifting to a single service schedule at 10 a.m.  Single services will continue on Sunday mornings December 30; January 6 and 13. Our congregation will resume a double service schedule on January 20, 9 and 10:30. To check on the Sunday morning service schedule, call the church office (313-291-1221). The church’s voice mail recording will maintain an updated service schedule.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL RESUME on Sunday, January 20, 2019 after the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  All children are invited.

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

Mary Dubke – hospice - Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167; Danielle Gardner The Maples, Benzie County Medical Center, 210 Maple Center, Frankfort, MI, 49635; Gertrude Hagen – 9150 Allen Rd., Room 88, Allen Park, 48101; 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.

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.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up board located in the Narthex of the Church. Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary. Our Deacons will be glad to answer any questions and walk you through training prior to the service.  All ushers are asked to be at Church thirty minutes prior to the service.  Any Deacon can assist you.

THE ANNUAL MEETING of our congregation is set for Sunday, January 13, 2019     10:00 a.m.  One topic will be the authorization of our Council to begin a congregational dialogue about migration to a single Sunday service.  Questions?  Please speak with  Diane Poet, Pam Lange, or Cheryl Kincaid.

2019 PHONE DIRECTORY  We are beginning preparations for our 2019 Phone Directory. If you have moved, added a new family member or changed your phone number, please notify the Church Office.  If you don’t want your cell phone number listed in the directory, you will need to notify us in advance.  Your help in keeping our data up-to-date will make for a more accurate Directory.  Thanks for your support.

WINTER BASH FAMILY FUN NIGHT  This much loved event hosted by Rock Hard in Faith will be January 13 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Please join us for this free and fun family event.  There’ll be music, and indoor moonwalk, crafts, games, cookie & hat decorating and s’more making.  A Coffee Café featuring minimally priced flavored coffee, hot chocolate, pizza, nachos, and an Ice machine all in our Jerusalem Café.  You don’t want to miss this!

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, January 24, 2019 is our planning meeting.  Join us with suggestions for events, outings, etc. for the upcoming year. If you’re not able to attend please share your suggestions/ ideas with Kathy prior to the meeting.

HURRICANE RELIEF MISSION TRIP A team of young adults departs for Volusia County Florida on December 29 to partake in a week-long mission.  They will provide aid for those affected by the numerous hurricanes that have struck that area over the last several years.  Partnering with the UCC wider mission, the group will work on a house that was destroyed by one of these natural disasters. Together, they will work to paint the newly rebuilt exterior, help rebuild and restore the kitchen and work on various other projects needed in order to get the family back into their home.  Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts.  You will be truly with us in spirit.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST
Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Susan Bennett, Sherrill Berndl, Jennifer Berringer, Marion Bolen, Debbie Case,  Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske, Joan Foley, Oren Forsyth, Harry Gardner, Gertrude Hagen (Heartland, Allen Park), Betty Hagerty, Bob Harry, Shirley Havenstein, Eileen Herkimer, Doris Hilliker, Jacob May, Emma May, Mark Kenosian, Rev. Bill Kren, Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Nancy Rabb, Barbara Romas, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, 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.

PAPER RE-CYCLING BINS TO BE REMOVED  The two paper re-cycling bins in the West parking lot will be removed.  The bins are wrecking the parking lot, people are dumping their trash in the bins, and paper is flying all over the property since they are not emptied on a regular basis.   We are sorry for an inconvenience this may cause you.  St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.

SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be January 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a sandwich, coffee and dessert is provided.  No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food for Thought!   

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.

2019 GIVING ENVELOPES and calendars are now available for pickup in the Narthex (rear) of the church.  Please ask one of the Ushers if you would like assistance locating your box.  If you do not find your box, please contact Financial Secretary, Annette Thie. Please note:  to be recorded for 2018 tax credit purposes all contributions must be received in the church office no later than December 31. All congregational reports are due in the church office no later than Friday, December 28.

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Sunday December 16, 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

Third Sunday of Advent 

December 16, 2018

Christmas Pageant 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)/ PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

  CALL TO WORSHIP/ THIRD ADVENT CANDLE (Love)  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN  No. 148 “O Come, All Ye Faithful” Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

*RESPONSIVE READING Pastor Drutchas and Congregation

  LEADER: The greatest gift given long ago was not wrapped in paper or tied with a bow.

  PEOPLE: God’s only Son from heaven above, given to us straight from His love.

  LEADER: Lest we forget, let us hold on tight to the great truth brought on that night.

  PEOPLE: His gift of love for all to receive.

  LEADER: The gift of Salvation to those who believe. (~Jennie Munson~)

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

  SCRIPTURE READING   Isaiah 7:14, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, John 3:16 Lector:  Hayden Robbins

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

Create in me a new heart, so that I’ll give you more than part, of this life, the life you’ve given me, create in me a new heart.

 _____________________

*congregation standing

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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

The pageant is interactive and your participation in singing the hymns with the children is encouraged and appreciated.

“The Night Christ, Our Savior Was Born”

  SCENE 1 – The Good News Flash

    Chief: James Sauter, Fred: Eric Poet, Connie: Hayley Dykowski, Joyce: Angel Staten, Shepherd: Emily Winter,
Inn Keeper:
Alyssa Brandt

  HYMN No. 144 “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

SCENE 2 – The Good News

    Mary: Eleanor Ruffner, Joseph: Drake Dykowski, Lead Angel: Evelyn Hard

    Stars: Morgan Dowell, Patra Flomo, Cali Staten, Everett Hard, Lily Forsyth

Angels: Madison Dowell, Natalya Peralta Kowalski, Gracie Barnosky, Luke Barnosky, Elizabeth Ruffner, Kaitlyn Isaacs

    Shepherds: Cash Erickson, Koston Erickson, Preston Romas, Christian Maher, Cameron Maher, Gavin Smith

    Kings: Ethan Hard, Anthony Staten, Bradley Patterson

  SEE CHORAL BOOK INSERT

    Little Town of Bethlehem * Away in a Manger * Angels We Have Heard on High*

    Hark the Herald Angels Sing * Joy to the World * We Three Kings

  SOLO “Immanuel,” Tracey Hoffman

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*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 door at the rear of our Hall. There are also restrooms in the West Lobby.  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:  Gary Peters
Deacons:  Allen Gunther

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  December 16 – December 23

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School Christmas Pageant 10:00 a.m./ Luncheon 11:00 a.m./ Cookie Walk 11:30 a.m./ Taylor Community Chorus Christmas Performance 4:00 p.m.

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

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 7:00 p.m.

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

Thursday    Young Adult, Youth & Family Potluck-Pastor Schalm’s home 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas- Choir Cantata/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Toledo Lights Before Christmas 5:00 p.m.


MORNING TIDE

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Jim Pattenaude’s birthday, from his loving family.

‘THE NIGHT CHRIST WAS BORN’ Our “2018” Sunday School Christmas pageant is in Fellowship Hall as part of the single 10:00 a.m. worship service. Following the pageant, a special luncheon will be hosted by the Christian Education Ministry. Everyone is welcome. We expect a visit from Santa and hope you will visit our Cookie Walk after lunch in the West Room.

CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING RECEIVED DURING DECEMBER The Christmas Fund Offering, one of the four Special Mission Offerings of the UCC, is an important way of sharing our joy at Christmas.  The theme for the 2018 is, “The Light Is Surely Coming”.  Your offering to this Fund is an expression of joy and gratitude for those who have so faithfully and selflessly served the church.  Your gifts help provide “thank you” gift checks and pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retired UCC ministers and lay leaders.  We invite you to partner with the UCC in this ministry so that they can continue to share the Good News of compassion and love with those who are so deserving. An offering envelope was included in your recent Tidings, and there are extra red offering envelopes in the pews marked:  “Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross”.  This offering may be brought on any Sunday in December.  Please contribute prayerfully and generously to this offering as a way of blessing and thanking our retired ministers and lay persons, who have served God so faithfully.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, God Bless you, Merry Christmas and Thank you.

SINGLE WORSHIP SCHEDULE BEGINS the Third Advent Sunday December 16. As the Advent season gets underway and we ready ourselves for Christmas with special services planned our St. Paul congregation will be shifting to a single service schedule at 10 a.m.  Single services will continue on Sunday mornings December 23, and 30; January 6 and 13. Our congregation will resume a double service schedule on January 20, 9 and 10:30. To check on the Sunday morning service schedule, call the church office (313-291-1221). The church’s voice mail recording will maintain an updated service schedule.

REMEMBER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN OUR MILITARY

President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Cade Ferguson (Navy, nephew, Patrick Ferguson), Kevin Giles (Navy, Gunne’s Mate, 1st Class, E6, friend, Sue Mrowka), 1st Lieutenant Tyler Gillespey (Army, Okinawa, Japan, grandson, Murl & Judy Nieman), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Kevin & Kelli Johnson & Stephen Johnson (Navy, grandsons & wife, Patricia Olson), PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek (son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve), Kyle Lassa (Korea sons, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Netherlands, granddaughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grandson, Barb Williams, Volunteer, Fish & Loaves), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Nicholas Smith (Navy, Florida, husband, Morgan Gillespey-Smith), Sam Smith (nephew, Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew, Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy, son, Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son, Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida, nephew, Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother, Heather Williams Dykowski).

2019 PHONE DIRECTORY  We are beginning preparations for our 2019 Phone Directory. If you have moved, added a new family member or changed your phone number, please notify the Church Office.  If you don’t want your cell phone number listed in the directory, you will need to notify us in advance.  Your help in keeping our data up-to-date will make for a more accurate Directory.  Thanks for your support.

YOUNG ADULTS, YOUTH & FAMILY CHRISTMAS POTLUCK This year’s party is at Pastor Schalm’s on Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m. All youth and families are invited to bring a dish to pass and youth, instead of bringing a gift to exchange, are encouraged to bring a pair of children’s (up to age 16) flip flops, crocs or children’s chewable vitamins with iron. All items will be donated to Christy’s Legacy of Hope for an orphanage in Haiti. Please sign the sheet located on the youth board or inform Pastor Schalm of number of family members attending. The more the merrier!

Winter Bash Family Fun Night... this much loved event hosted by Rock Hard in Faith will be January 13 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Youth should plan to arrive by 5:30 p.m.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, January 24, 2019 is our planning meeting.  Join us with suggestions for events, outings, etc. for the upcoming year. If you’re not able to attend please share your suggestions/ ideas with Kathy prior to the meeting.

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.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up board located in the Narthex of the Church. Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary. Our Deacons will be glad to answer any questions and walk you through training prior to the service.  All ushers are asked to be at Church thirty minutes prior to the service.  Any Deacon can assist you.

THE ANNUAL MEETING of our congregation is set for Sunday, January 13, 2019     10:00 a.m.  One topic will be the authorization of our Council to begin a congregational  dialogue about migration to a single Sunday service.  Questions?  Please speak with  Diane Poet, Pam Lange, or Cheryl Kincaid.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST
Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Susan Bennett, Sherrill Berndl, Jennifer Berringer, Marion Bolen, Debbie Case, Margo Charette, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske, Joan Foley, Oren Forsyth, Harry Gardner, Gertrude Hagen (Heartland, Allen Park), Bob Harry, Shirley Havenstein, Eileen Herkimer, Doris Hilliker, Jacob May, Emma May, Mark Kenosian, Rev. Bill Kren, Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Nancy Rabb, Barbara Romas, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, 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.

PAPER RE-CYCLING BINS TO BE REMOVED  The two paper re-cycling bins in the West parking lot will be removed within the next two weeks.  The bins are wrecking the parking lot, people are dumping their trash in the bins, and paper is flying all over the property since they are not emptied on a regular basis.   We are sorry for an inconvenience this may cause you.  St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.

2019 GIVING ENVELOPES and calendars are now available for pickup in the Narthex (rear) of the church.  Please ask one of the Ushers if you would like assistance locating your box.  If you do not find your box, please contact Financial Secretary, Annette Thie.

Please note:  to be recorded for 2018 tax credit purposes all contributions must be received in the church office no later than December 31.

SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be January 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a sandwich, coffee and dessert is provided.  No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food for Thought!  We will not be gathering in December.  

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.

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Sunday December 9, 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

 

Second Sunday of Advent                                                                     December 9, 2018

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 THE CHURCH BELL

   CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE   Pastor Cheryl Schalm

 *OPENING HYMN No. 517  “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

 *RESPONSIVE READING  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

   LEADER: Gentle, yet powerful; lowly, yet almighty; Shepherd, yet King

   PEOPLE: In your gentleness, guide us; In your power, strengthen us; In your  

      lowliness, strip from us our selfish pride which only destroys us.  In your  

      greatness, lift us up that we might aspire to greater things.

LEADER: As a shepherd, call us to be your servants.  As a King, call us to be your royal priesthood.

PEOPLE: O God, who is our shepherd and our king; O Christ, who was crucified   

      and is now risen from the dead; O Spirit, who comforts and empowers; O Great

      One in Three, Holy Trinity, this hour, set us free to worship.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   LIGHTING OF THE SECOND ADVENT CANDLE (Peace)

   ADVENT REFLECTION “BUILDING & RESTORING,” Alyssa Brandt 

____________________

*congregation standing

SPECIAL MUSIC “No Golden Carriage,”  Chancel Choir (9), Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (10:30)

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm

  CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

  Create in me a new heart, so that I’ll give you   

  more than part, of this life, the life you’ve given me, create in me a new heart.

  SCRIPTURE READING   Psalms 127, Matthew 7:24-29 Lectors: Kathy Williams (9), April Clark (10:30)

*HYMN No. 610  “Living for Jesus” 

  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 Home Where Jesus Dwells,” Pastor Schalm

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

 *HYMN No. 518 “This is a Day of New Beginnings”          

 *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.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DESCIPLESHIP & 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.

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:  Diane Poet (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

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

Ushers:  Sharon Podpora, Kathy Williams, Tom Williams (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  December 9 – December 16

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm– Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Youth Luncheon & Christmas Play Outing/ Angel Tree Gifts, Hats, & Glove Gifts due

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

Tuesday       ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Pain Management 12:30 p.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Women’s Christmas Luncheon 12:30 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Taylor Chorus Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Saturday     Pageant Rehearsal 10:00 a.m./ Taylor Chorus Rehearsal 1:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas- Sunday School Christmas Pageant 10:00 a.m./ Luncheon 11:00 a.m./ Taylor Community Chorus Christmas Performance 4:00 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.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the Zabik & McGahey families & friends on the loss of Bradford William Zabik who passed away December 3, 2018 at the age of 62 years. Funeral was December 6, 2018. Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Crane Funeral Home, Romulus Chapel.

LAST DAY TO 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 and designate Christmas Poinsettias. 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.

CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING RECEIVED DURING DECEMBER The Christmas Fund Offering, one of the four Special Mission Offerings of the UCC, is an important way of sharing our joy at Christmas.  The theme for the 2018 is, “The Light Is Surely Coming”.  Your offering to this Fund is an expression of joy and gratitude for those who have so faithfully and selflessly served the church.  Your gifts help provide “thank you” gift checks and pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retired UCC ministers and lay leaders.  We invite you to partner with the UCC in this ministry so that they can continue to share the Good News of compassion and love with those who are so deserving. An offering envelope was included in your recent Tidings, and there are extra red offering envelopes in the pews marked:  “Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross”.  This offering may be brought on any Sunday in December.  Please contribute prayerfully and generously to this offering as a way of blessing and thanking our retired ministers and lay persons, who have served God so faithfully.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, God Bless you, Merry Christmas and Thank you.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST
Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Susan Bennett, Sherrill Berndl, Jennifer Berringer, Marion Bolen, Debbie Case, Margo Charette, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske, Joan Foley, Oren Forsyth, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry, Shirley Havenstein, Eileen Herkimer, Doris Hilliker, Jacob May, Emma May, Mark Kenosian, Rev. Bill Kren, Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Nancy Rabb, Barbara Romas, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, 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.

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 today.  Join us! 

PAPER RE-CYCLING BINS TO BE REMOVED  The two paper re-cycling bins in the West parking lot will be removed within the next two weeks.  The bins are wrecking the parking lot, people are dumping their trash in the bins, and paper is flying all over the property since they are not emptied on a regular basis.   We are sorry for an inconvenience this may cause you.  St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.

‘THE NIGHT CHRIST WAS BORN’ Our “2018” Sunday School Christmas pageant will be held on Sunday, December 16 in Fellowship Hall as part of the single 10:00 a.m. worship service. Following the pageant, a special luncheon will be hosted by the Christian Education Ministry. Everyone is welcome. Plan to bring your cameras and children should bring their wish list as we anticipate a special visit from Santa. Parents, please mark your planners as a special dress and all cast rehearsal will be held Saturday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. – noon.

SINGLE WORSHIP SCHEDULE BEGINS The Third Advent Sunday December 16. As the Advent season gets underway and we ready ourselves for Christmas with special services planned our St. Paul congregation will be shifting to a single service schedule at 10 a.m.  That’s the morning of our Children’s Christmas Pageant in Fellowship Hall. Single services will continue on Sunday mornings December 23, and 30; January 6 and 13. Our congregation will resume a double service schedule on January 20, 9 and 10:30. To check on the Sunday morning service schedule, call the church office (313-291-1221). The church’s voice mail recording will maintain an updated service schedule.


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S EXTENDED FAMILY:

Annalynn (friend, Debbie Case), DeAnna Alderman (daughter, Brenda Tank), Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin (daughter, Shirley Havenstein), Allison Files (granddaughter, John & Barb Smith), Dan Fisk (son, Brenda Tank), Mary Jane Fliss (sister-in-law, Arlene Wolfram), Gabriella Gomez (niece, Darlene Babin), Lynn Harbin (sister, John Smith), Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Stephen Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Richard Jones, 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), Brenda Roll (friend, Helen St. Louis), Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter, April & Steve Clark), David Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten), Norm Stachulski (friend, Helen St. Louis), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson, Helene McEachern), Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart), and Brad Zabik.        

LAST DAY FOR THE SUNDAY SCHOOL SPONSORED HAT & GLOVE DRIVE  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 10 for their annual “Families in Need Christmas Store.” If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Schalm.

LAST DAY TO BE AN ANGEL TO A CHILD IN NEED Return the gift unwrapped with the ornament taped to it by today, December 9. 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.

2019 GIVING ENVELOPES and calendars are now available for pickup in the Narthex (rear) of the church.  Please ask one of the Ushers if you would like assistance locating your box.  If you do not find your box, please contact Financial Secretary, Annette Thie. Please note:  to be recorded for 2018 tax credit purposes all contributions must be received in the church office no later than December 31.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our exercise sessions are Mondays and

Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.  A donation of $3-5 for each session is invited.  Last session is

December 19.  We will resume Monday, January 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Caregivers  

  Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, December

17, 7:30 p.m. Caregiving tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor 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.  Blood Drive - January 29,

2019 1:00-645 p.m. It’s important to sign up in advance.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, January 24, 2019 is our planning meeting.  Join us with suggestions for events, outings, etc. for the upcoming year. If you’re not able to attend please share your suggestions/ ideas with Kathy prior to the meeting.

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.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up board located in the Narthex of the Church. Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary. Our Deacons will be glad to answer any questions and walk you through training prior to the service.  All ushers are asked to be at Church thirty minutes prior to the service.  Any Deacon can assist you.

THE ANNUAL MEETING of our congregation is set for Sunday, January 13, 2019  10:00 a.m.  One topic will be the authorization of our Council to begin a congregational dialogue about migration to a single Sunday service.  Questions?  Please speak with Diane Poet, Pam Lange, or Cheryl Kincaid.

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Sunday December 2, 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

 

First Sunday of Advent  December 2, 2018

“Advent of the Unexpected”

A Festival of Lessons & Carols for Advent

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.

 

  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)/ PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

LIGHTING OF FIRST ADVENT CANDLE (Hope)

CALL TO WORSHIP (Unison) “The Glory of Zion” - Isaiah 60:1-3

     Arise, shine! For your light has come; the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

     For look!  Darkness will cover the earth and thick darkness is over the people,

     but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.  Nations

     will come to your light, and kings before your dawn.

BELL PEAL & FLOURISH  Note-A-Bells

INVOCATION PRAYER  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN  No. 142, “People, Look East”

WELCOME/ ANNOUNCEMENTS/ PASSING OF THE PEACE

  ANTHEM “Come into God’s Embrace,” Chancel Choir, Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

  MORNING/ MEMORIAL PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

CHIMES  “There’s Something About that Name”

HOMILY  “Advent of the Unexpected: A Festival of Lessons & Carols,” Pastor Drutchas

HYMN “No. 119  “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (Verses 1-4)

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*congregation standing

LESSON  “The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold” – Luke 1:5-13, 18-25, Lois Rice

HYMN No. 155 “Angels We Have Heard on High” (Verse 1)

LESSON (Responsive - Men) “Zechariah’s Song” – Luke 1:67-69, 76-77, 79

   Leader: In his great joy at the word of the angel announcing that his wife Elizabeth

would bear a son and that he would be a servant of God, proclaiming the coming

kingdom and Israel’s long awaited messiah, Zechariah sang these glad words…

   Men:  Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people  

   and redeemed them.  He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of  

   David.  [One child born] will be called a prophet of the Most High; [another child]  

   conceived and born] will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give  

   his people the knowledge of forgiveness of their sins…to shine on those living in  

   darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.

MORNING OFFERING/ OFFERTORY 

HYMN No. 136 “Christians All, Your Lord is Coming” (Verses 1-2,4)

LESSON  “The Birth of Jesus Foretold” – Luke 1:26-38, Helen St. Louis

HYMN No. 149  “Angels from the Realm of Glory” (Verses 1,4)

LESSON (Responsive - Women) “Mary’s Song” – Luke 1:46-55

   Leader: And Mary [rejoicing in the visit of the Angel Gabriel and the news of the child she was soon to bear] sang her own glad song.

HYMN No. 136 “Christians All, Your Lord is Coming” (Verses 1-2,4)

LESSON  “The Birth of Jesus Foretold” – Luke 1:26-38, Helen St. Louis

HYMN No. 149  “Angels from the Realm of Glory” (Verses 1,4)

LESSON (Responsive - Women) “Mary’s Song” – Luke 1:46-55

   Leader: And Mary [rejoicing in the visit of the Angel Gabriel and the news of the child she was soon to bear] sang her own glad song.

   Women: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for

   he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.  From now on all

   generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me  

   —holy is his name.  His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to  

   generation.  He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scatted those  

   who are proud in their inmost thoughts but has lifted up the humble.  He has filled   

   the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.  He has helped his

   servant Israel, remember to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever,

   just as he promised our ancestors.

  HYMN  No. 164  “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” (Verses 2-3)

LESSON “Mary Visits Elizabeth” – Luke 1:39-45, Kathy Peters

HYMN No. 143  “Joy to the World” (Verses 1-2)

  LESSON “The Birth of John the Baptist” – Luke 1:57-63, 66, Tricia Nault

  HYMN No. 153  It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” (Verses 1,4)

LESSON  “The Birth of Jesus” – Matthew 1:18-25, Marjie Barnard

HYMN No. 158  “Her Baby, Newly Breathing” (Verses 1-3)

LESSON “The Word Made Flesh” – John 1:14-18, Pam Lange

  HYMN No. 155  “Angels We Have Heard on High (Verses 1, 4)

  SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

    Prayer of Confession (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 throughout the Earth, we are one body in this one Lord.

Distribution of the Elements

Assurance of God’s Love/ Lord’s Prayer (debts/debtors)

*DOXOLOGY

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

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

*BENEDICTION/ POSTLUDE (Please 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.


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:  Diane Poet (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury (9), Kristi Caruso (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  December 2 – December 9

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

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 p.m.

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Blue Christmas 7:00 p.m.

Saturday    Youth Host Soup Kitchen Christmas Party 11:00 a.m./ St. Paul Day-Santa’s Magic Forest 12:00 noon

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./ Youth Luncheon & Christmas Play Outing/ Angel Tree Gifts, Hats, & Glove Gifts due


MORNING TIDE/ ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST        

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Jerusalem Café (West Room) between services hosted by our Dorcas Society.

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.

‘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).

OUR ANGEL TREE will be lighted today to inaugurate the new Advent season. Anyone who wishes to add an angel ornament to the tree can 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.

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 and designate Christmas Poinsettias. Last day to order is Sunday, December 9.  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.

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATIONS’ 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). 

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 which directly provides food assistance to thousands of Downriver families throughout the year. 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. 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 9. 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 9. 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.

2019 GIVING ENVELOPES and calendars are now available for pickup in the Narthex (rear) of the church.  Please ask one of the Ushers if you would like assistance locating your box.  If you do not find your box, please contact Financial Secretary, Annette Thie.

Please note:  to be recorded for 2018 tax credit purposes all contributions must be received in the church office no later than December 31.

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

Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.  A donation of $3-5 for each session is invited.  Last session is

December 17.  We will resume January 14, 2019. Caregivers - Meets 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 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.  Blood Drive - January 29, 2019 1:00-645 p.m. It’s important to

sign up in advance.

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. Thursday, January 24, 2019 is our planning meeting.  Join us with suggestions for events, outings, etc. for the upcoming year.  

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.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up board located in the Narthex of the Church. Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary. Our Deacons will be glad to answer any questions and walk you through training prior to the service.  All ushers are asked to be at Church thirty minutes prior to the service.  Any Deacon can assist you.

  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.


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, 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.

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! 

CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING RECEIVED DURING DECEMBER The Christmas Fund Offering, one of the four Special Mission Offerings of the UCC, is an important way of sharing our joy at Christmas.  The theme for the 2018 is, “The Light Is Surely Coming”.  Your offering to this Fund is an expression of joy and gratitude for those who have so faithfully and selflessly served the church.  Your gifts help provide “thank you” gift checks and pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retired UCC ministers and lay leaders.  We invite you to partner with the UCC in this ministry so that they can continue to share the Good News of compassion and love with those who are so deserving.

An offering envelope is included in your recent Tidings, and there are extra red offering envelopes in the pews marked:  “Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross”.  This offering may be brought on any Sunday in December.  Please contribute prayerfully and generously to this offering as a way of blessing and thanking our retired ministers and lay persons, who have served God so faithfully.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, God Bless you, Merry Christmas and Thank you.

 

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