Services

Ash Wednesday Service – February 26, 7:30 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

Ash Wednesday Service – February 26, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

 

  PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

  RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

*CALL TO WORSHIP/ INVOCATION (Responsive)

    Leader: As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment the heaven was opened, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

    Congregation: And a voice from heaven said: ‘This is my son, whom I love. With him I am well pleased!’                                        

    Leader: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert…

    Congregation: As we gather tonight, we seek to follow you, Jesus.  Lead us by your Spirit into a season of preparation and growing faith.  Amen.

 *HYMN (Insert) “At the Name of Jesus” (Duet: Vs. 1-2, Congregation: Vs. 3-4

  *WELCOME/PASSING OF PEACE

   ANNOUNCEMENTS

   ANTHEM  “Draw Me Near the Cross,”  Chancel Choir

   SCRIPTURE  Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Matthew 4:1-11

    HYMN RESPONSE

      Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!  There’s something about that name!  Master, Savior, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain.
  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!  Let all heaven and earth proclaim:
 Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something about that name!

INVITATION TO SHARE/ 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.

   MESSAGE “Truth Written in Ashes,” Pastor Drutchas

   PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Insert- responsive)

   HYMN  No. 344 “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

     Leader:  As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to struggle against everything that leads us away from love of God and neighbor.  May we confess our sins and ask God for strength to overcome them.

     West Congregation: Most Holy God, we confess to you and the whole communions of saints in heaven and earth that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed, not only by what we have done but left undone.

     East Congregation: We have not love you with all our heart, mind, and strength, nor loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven.

     Leader: We have, O God, ignored your call to serve as Christ served us.  We have not been true to the mind of Christ and so have grieved your Holy Spirit.

     Chancel Choir: We confess to you, O God, our past unfaithfulness.  Pride, hypocrisy, and impatience have led us astray from your path.

     East and West Congregation and Choir: We possess self-indulgent appetites that  prompt us to exploit others, even as we envy those more fortunate than ourselves.  We love worldly goods and comforts.  Negligent in prayer and worship, we fail to  draw on the gift of faith you have given us.

     Leader: Accept our repentance, O God, for the wrongs we have done.

     West Congregation: For our neglect of human need and suffering, for our  indifference to injustice and cruelty.

     East Congregation: For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts towards our neighbors, for prejudice and contempt for those who differ from us.

     Chancel Choir: For waste and pollution of your creation and for our lack of concern for those who come after us.

     Leader: Restore us, O God, and let your anger depart from us.  Favorably hear us, for  your mercy is great.

     West and East Congregation, Chancel Choir: You know our needs even better  than we do.  Hear our prayers and supplications, spoken and silent this night— prayers and supplications for ourselves and others in profound need.  As we  receive ashes upon our foreheads, help us to be reminded of our own human mortality—the limitations of flesh.  But may these ashes also make possible for us new and abundant life in Jesus Christ. Amen.

  INVITATION FOR ASHES

    All are invited to come forward to receive the sign of the cross drawn in ashes on your forehead.

  HYMN MEDLEY (until distribution of ashes concludes)

      No.  65  “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

      No.  179  “Forty Days and Forty Nights”

      No. 82  “His Eye is on the Sparrow”

      No. 211  “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley”

  BENEDICTION (responsive)

      Leader: God of eternal love, we have made our commitment to you, and have started a new journey into purposeful growth.  But we know that if we are to remain faithful we need your help and your strength.  So we ask…

      Congregation: Teach us to pray with pray and to read your word with  understanding.  Teach us to worship with passion and gather together with love.  Teach us to give generously, to serve compassionately, and to  use our time mindfully, so that we may reflect your goodness, and that others may discover your grace through us.

      Leader: In this season, O God, sanctify us through and through that our whole spirit, soul, and body may be kept blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In Jesus’ name, bless us.

      Congregation: Amen!

   CHIME RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

   POSTLUDE

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Sunday February 16, 2020

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

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
February 16, 2020

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m. 

Nursery care available

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF THE GREAT BELL

CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE   Pastor Cheryl Schalm

OPENING HYMN No. 613 “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” (vs. 1, 3, 4) Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

UNISON INVOCATION   Evelyn Hard & Congregation

Lord, we come before you today and we thank You for all the blessings that You have given us.  Many times, our lives are so full of busy work that we neglect our relationship with You, for that we are sorry.  We know that You never neglect us, for if You did our very lives would cease to be.  Continue to pull us to Yourself, guide us in our journey, and hold us close in Your bosom until the day we come home to be with You forever.  Be with us now as we gather in Your name, may we feel Your presence among us.  In Jesus precious name we pray.  Amen.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

DRUM ROLL Pastors & Congregation

30 HOURS LATER  Angel Staten

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “I’d Rather Have Jesus,”  Chancel Choir

FAMILY OF GOD “Olaf’s Warm & Loving Heart”

CHIMES “Family of God”

SCRIPTURE  READING  Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 7:16-17, 20-25 Lector:  Emily Winter

HYMN No. 610 “Living for Jesus”

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm & Anthony Staten

SHARING OF GIFTS/ OFFERTORY “Back to God,” Reba McIntyre

DEDICATION  Kaitlyn Isaacs

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  Revelations 3:14-21 Lector: Alyssa Brandt

MESSAGE  “Check Yourself,”  Pastor Schalm

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

CLOSING HYMN No. 609 “Take My Life and Let It Be”  (vs. 1, 2, 3, 6)       

 BENEDICTION

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

___________________ 

PLEASE STAND IN BODY AND/OR IN SPIRIT as you are able when indicated.

A 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 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.  For children 3 years and older, the Usher’s Room and upstairs Pre-School are available.

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

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

PRINTED COPIES OF MOST RECENT SERMONS are available in the Church vestibule as you arrive or depart.

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.

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: Dan Case

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury

  

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  February 16 – February 23

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm- Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Pictorial Sign-up 11:00 a.m.  (Coffee Hour - Kiosk)/ ARC Valentine Dinner Dance 4:00 p.m.

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Cabinet 7:30 p.m./ Teenage Parenting Workshop 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir Rehearsal 6:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m. / Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m./ Red Hats Dinner & Bunco 6:30 p.m./ Safety & Securities 7:00 p.m.

Saturday     Cut Cabbage 8:30 a.m./ Cut Peppers & Make Coleslaw 9:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Souper Bowl VII 11:00 a.m.


MORNING TIDE                                                                                                                                                

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Jerusalem Café (West Room) immediately following our worship service, hosted by our Girl Scout Troop.

PARENTING YOUR TEENAGER This workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. concluding March 17.  The focus will be on teens identity, rebellion, turmoil and legacy.  Fear of failure and frustration are several of the greatest obstacles faced as parents. All parents though, regardless of experience and training, make mistakes and feel a sense of loss and confusion at times… “whose child is this?” While we learn and grow together, we will also serve as a support group for one another. This workshop based on Christian principles is open to all parents or anyone who fulfills a parenting role. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating.

St. Paul’s SOUPER BOWL VII is Sunday, February 23, 2020.  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, tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event. The event will take place from 11:00 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 VII, please contact Jim Poet or Dan Case.

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Gunter Berndl, Marion Bolen, Robert Brainard, Nikita Burris (cousin, Charlie Barnard), Charlie Duncan, Dan Galeski (husband of Kathy Galeski),  Barbara Gish, Kyle Hard, Mary Hard, Doris Hilliker, Pam Holland (daughter, Viola Holland), Shirley Koths, Neil McEachern, Shirlen Powell, Eleanor Rossi, Sheryl Schwab (Rivergate Terrace), John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Larry Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten), Diane Sturgeon, Brenda Tank, Doreen Thompson. 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. 

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH TO HOST DINNER DANCE TODAY at 4:00 p.m. The youth are hosting a Valentine’s Dinner Dance for the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens).  The youth need donated desserts and door prize items to help off-set the cost. If you would like to donate or help, please contact Pastor Schalm. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Please contact Pastor Schalm to confirm your attendance.

  COLESLAW PREPARATION The 2020 fish dinners are coming! We are making our famous St. Paul coleslaw on Saturday, February 22.  At 8:30 a.m. we are shredding cabbage and then at 9:30 will cut the peppers and mix it together in the brine. The process takes from three to four hours to make 22 five-gallon pails of coleslaw. Even if you can stop by for only one hour all help is appreciated. Please contact Jim Poet, Dan Case or the Church Office (313) 291-1221 if you need more information or want to volunteer to help.

 THANKS ONE AND ALL  Well, our 15th annual scrapbook crop/vendor show is over for another year.  We made a total of $3,000 to be split between Health Ministries and Christian Education.  We could never have done this without all of the people that came out to help. To date, we have made $37,677.  To me this is also a form of ministry because we had new people here that were either scrapbooking, a vendor, or shopping, and several asked me about our church. One lady even met with Pastor Geoff.  I am proud to tell them that I belong here.

CHRISTNET SERVICES with Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 14805 Dix-Toledo Road, Southgate is pleased to host “Lunching for the Homeless” Saturday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20.00 adults, $5.00 children (10 years and under).  Limited seating.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Ticket reservation forms are available in the office  Please make checks payable to ‘ChristNet Services.  Tickets will be available mid-February.

  THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Michigan, Alzheimer’s Disease Center has a series of lectures. The next two are: "Brain Health & The Pocketbook: New Findings & Directions," presentation by Dr. Peter Lichtenberg February 25, from 12n-2 p.m.  March 25 from 12n–2 p.m. "Risks and Protective Factors of Dementia," presentation by Dr. Scott  Roberts. Call 734.232.2459 to register. Both sessions are in Detroit, at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Avenue Suite 150, Detroit, 48201. Other events can be found at: https://alzheimers.med.umich.edu/events/.

 ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE Our congregation will be observing the start of a new Lenten season with an Ash Wednesday Service February 26, 7:30 p.m. Church members and friends will be invited to receive ashes, recalling our own mortality, as well as the dust of the desert that Jesus experienced in the forty days and nights after his baptism in the River Jordan. Ashes will also be available 7:00-9:00 a.m. for those who wish to receive them before beginning their day.

PAUL PICTORIAL DIRECTORY  It’s been over 5 years since we last published a St. Paul Pictorial Directory. Each family/member will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 portrait and a directory just for having their picture taken, no additional purchases are required. However, you may want to order additional pictures to share with family and friends. Pictures will be taken on April 16, 17 and 18. You can sign up on Sunday at the Kiosk table during Coffee Hour. An online sign-up system is also available for your use as well.  Go towww.ucdir.com, click on schedule your photography session on the right side.  Enter mi1410 in the Church code field and enter photos in the Church Password field.  Follow the prompts to schedule your appointment time.  If six or more will be photographed, please use two consecutive time slots.  This option is available Monday through Friday.  Appointment times do fill quickly.  If you have additional questions, please contact any member of the Communication Ministry.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for these sessions.  Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.

RED HATS POTLUCK & BUNCO Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. in the West Room. Bring a dish to pass. Dinner at 6:30. Bring $5 for Bunco. You don’t need to know how to play. All Ladies of the church are welcome.

CAREGIVERS GROUP Meets Monday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m. in the church parlor. Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas, the meeting provides an opportunity for those providing care for loved one at home or in nursing home care to share experiences and receive extra support. For more information, contact the church office.

OPERATION SNUGGLE  God’s love can be felt through the warmth and comfort of a blanket. Help to share God’s love by donating a new blanket for those who served our country at Veteran’s Hospital and/or the homeless finding their way at Cass Social Services, ChristNet, and the Salvation Army. Donate your gently used blankets for the unwanted and abandoned animals of the Taylor Animal Shelter. Additionally, we will be collecting duffle bags for Operation Can, a center for foster children. Each duffle bag will include a blanket and will replace the plastic bag currently given them to hold their items. They will be handed out to each child during intake. All donations should be dropped off in the Christian Education Department or Church Office. Items will be taken to the designated location the first Sunday of every month. For more Information contact: Kaitlyn Isaacs, “Operation Snuggle” Founder or Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

LAST CHANCE TO MAKE ANY CHANGES to the 2020 Membership Directory is February 21.  Final preparations for the 2020 Membership Directory are underway, if you have moved, added a new family member or changed your phone number please notify the Church Office at (313) 291-1221. If you don’t want your cell phone number listed in the directory, or any other information, you will need to notify us as well. Keeping our data up-to-date will make for a more accurate 2020 Membership Directory. Thanks in advance for your support. Dan Case.

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Sunday February 9, 2020

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

February 9, 2020

It’s Cruisin’ Sunday!

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  “Nearer My God to Thee,”  Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF THE 1911 BELL

GANGWAY CALL Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas

MARINER SONG No. 3  “The Sun is on the Sea and Shore,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

WELCOME MATES! (Announcements)

SHIPMATES’ ANTHEM  “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,”  Chancel Choir

CRUISE ACTIVITIES  30 Hour Famine  Angel Staten

SHIP’S BELLS (Chimes)  “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”

COURSE, BEARINGS, HEADINGS (Scripture lesson)  1 Timothy 1:12-20, Matthew 8:18-27  Lector: Grace Wangbickler

MARINER SONG No. 337  “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult”  (vs. 1-3)

NAVIGATION PRAYER  (Healing, Strength, & The Right Course)

MARINER SONG No.  85  “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”

PURSER’S CALL (Entrusting gifts)

KEDGER’S PLEA  “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist

CAPTAIN’S SALUTE (Dedication & 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.

CHAPLAIN’S WORD  “Seadogs in Christ,”  Pastor Drutchas

MARINER SONG  “The Haven of  Rest”  (insert)

OUR CAPTAIN’S PRAYER  (Debts/debtors)

ANCHORS UP!  (Postlude)  “I Feel the Winds of God Today”     

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

_____________________

WELCOME ABOARD to this morning’s “Cruising Service.”

PLEASE STAND IN BODY AND/OR IN SPIRIT as you are able when indicated.

A 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 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.  For children 3 years and older, the Usher’s Room and upstairs Pre-School are available.

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

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

PRINTED COPIES OF MOST RECENT SERMONS are available in the Church vestibule as you arrive or depart.

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.

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: Dan Case     

Deacon:  Jim Nault 

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  February 9 – February 16

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas- Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Pictorial Sign-up begins 11:00 a.m.  (Coffee Hour - Kiosk)

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:00 p.m./ Teenage Parenting Workshop 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir Rehearsal 6:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal  7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m. / Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Wild Game Dinner Doors open 5:30 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ ARC Valentine Dinner Dance 4:00 p.m.

MORNING TIDE                                                                                                              

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Jerusalem Café (West Room) immediately following our worship service, hosted by our Girl Scout Troop.

ALTAR FLOWERS celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Glen & Sally Sigman from their family.  Michelle, Lexi, & Jena wish you a Happy Anniversary filled with love.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE for St. Paul’s Thirteenth Annual Wild Game Dinner on Thursday, February 13.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by contacting James Poet, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Candace Poet or Dan Case.  This is a SELL-OUT event every year.  The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry is accepting donations of new items that can be used as prizes for the Wild Game Dinner raffles.

PARENTING YOUR TEENAGER This six-week workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. beginning February 11.  The focus will be on teens identity, rebellion, turmoil and legacy.  Fear of failure and frustration are several of the greatest obstacles faced as parents. All parents though, regardless of experience and training, make mistakes and feel a sense of loss and confusion at times… “whose child is this?” While we learn and grow together, we will also serve as a support group for one another. This workshop based on Christian principles is open to all parents or anyone who fulfills a parenting role. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Gunter Berndl, Marion Bolen, Robert Brainard, Nikita Burris (cousin, Charlie Barnard), Charlie Duncan, Dan Galeski (husband of Kathy Galeski),  Barbara Gish, Kyle Hard, Mary Hard, Doris Hilliker, Pam Holland (daughter, Viola Holland), Shirley Koths, Neil McEachern, Judy Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Family of Norma Reid (Friend, Denise Foley), Eleanor Rossi, Sheryl Schwab (Rivergate Terrace), John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Larry Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten), Diane Sturgeon, Brenda Tank, Doreen Thompson, and Carol Wiley (cousin, Cindy Romas).  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.  

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TO HOST ARC DINNER DANCE Sunday, February 16, 4:00 p.m. the youth are hosting a Valentine’s Dinner Dance for the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens).  The youth need donated desserts and door prize items to help off-set the cost. If you would like to donate or help, please contact Pastor Schalm. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Please contact Pastor Schalm to confirm your attendance.  St. Paul Youth to Go Without - The “30 Hour Famine” youth lock-in is the weekend of February 15 – 16.  The group will gather for a lock-in on Saturday, February 15 where they will complete the 30-hour fast together.  Participants will break-fast on Sunday morning at Pete’s Place in Taylor. Our young people need your help!  They need prayers and pledges. They are collecting cans and bottles.  All monies raised will be sent to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide. Anyone interested in sponsoring a youth or making a donation should see a youth at the Kiosk during coffee hour.  Anyone interested in helping should see Pastor Schalm.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for these sessions.  Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.  Blood Drive Results - We had a successful blood drive on January 26. We actually made our goal! Twenty-eight persons participated. Twenty-six persons were able to donate. Three of those pints were incomplete, therefore, unusable. Twenty-three usable pints were collected. There were two deferrals.  Thanks for all those who participated.

RED HATS POTLUCK & BUNCO Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. in the West Room. Bring a dish to pass. Dinner at 6:30. Bring $5 for Bunco. You don’t need to know how to play. All Ladies of the church are welcome.

   THE 2020 ALTAR FLOWER CHART is now up in the Narthex.  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 two altar flower vases is $30. A single altar vase is $15.  Please contact the Deacon after the service for assistance in getting your flowers to take with you.  Please check the chart for availability of Sundays or other occasions.  Use the white envelops found in the pew racks to request altar flowers.  You may also contact the church office (313.219.1221).

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE Our congregation will be observing the start of a new Lenten season with an Ash Wednesday Service February 26, 7:30 p.m. Church members and friends will be invited to receive ashes, recalling our own mortality, as well as the dust of the desert that Jesus experienced in the forty days and nights after his baptism in the River Jordan. Ashes will also be available 7:00-9:00 a.m. for those who wish to receive them before beginning their day.

 St. Paul’s SOUPER BOWL VII is Sunday, February 23, 2020.  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, tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event. The event will take place from 11:00 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 VII, please contact Jim Poet or Dan Case.

  THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Michigan, Alzheimer’s Disease Center has a series of lectures. The next two are: "Brain Health & The Pocketbook: New Findings & Directions," presentation by Dr. Peter Lichtenberg February 25, from 12n-2 p.m.  March 25 from 12n–2 p.m. "Risks and Protective Factors of Dementia," presentation by Dr. Scott Roberts. Call 734.232.2459 to register. Both sessions are in Detroit, at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Avenue Suite 150, Detroit, 48201. Other events can be found at: https://alzheimers.med.umich.edu/events/.

  CHRISTNET SERVICES with Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 14805 Dix-Toledo Road, Southgate is pleased to host “Lunching for the Homeless” Saturday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20.00 adults, $5.00 children (10 years and under).  Limited seating.  Tickets must be purchased in advanced.  Ticket reservation forms are available in the office  Please make checks payable to ‘ChristNet Services.  Tickets will be available mid-February.

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Sunday February 2, 2020

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 after Epiphany
February 2, 2020

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

 

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF THE GREAT BELL

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

OPENING HYMN  No. 5  “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  (Psalm 15)  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  O God, who may abide in your tent? Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue,  and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors; in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear God; who stand by their oath even to their hurt; who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent. Those who do these things shall never be moved.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

WELCOME/ PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Come to the Table,”  Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE READING  Ephesians 4:13-16, 25-31; Luke 4:14-30 Lector: April Clark

HYMN No. 526  “The Gift of Love”

MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

HYMN No. 467  “Fill the World with Love”

SHARING OF GIFTS/ OFFERTORY/ DEDICATION

MESSAGE  “Tell It With Love,”  Pastor Drutchas

HYMN No. 494  “They’ll Know We Are Christians” (vs. 1-3)

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

  Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)

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.

BENEDICTION 

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

PLEASE STAND IN BODY AND/OR SPIRIT as you are able when indicated.

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 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.

PRINTED COPIES OF MOST SERMONS are available in the vestibule.

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.” 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council: Dan Case

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury

Usher: Timothy Ruffner

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  February 2 – February 9

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-  Communion/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Sub sandwich sales  11:00 a.m.

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.

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

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

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Scrapbook set-up 6:00 p.m.

Saturday     Scrapbook Event 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Pictorial Sign-up begins 11:00 a.m.  (Coffee Hour Kiosk)


MORNING TIDE                                                                                                              

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall immediately following our worship service, hosted by our Girl Scout Troop.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of David Mrowka from your loving wife, Sue.  SIDE VASE is in honor of Betty Steinhauer’s 93rd birthday from your daughters, Sue & Diane.  SIDE VASE wishes Sally Sigman a “Happy Birthday” from your loving family.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Michele Tetreau, the Beyar & Peters families on the loss of Paul Allen Tetreau who passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the age of 57 years.  Memorial service is Thursday, February 6, 2020 at St. Paul. Family visitation at 12  noon.  Memorial service is 1:00 p.m.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas to officiate.  Arrangements by Voran Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 8,   9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. The cost is $40. Cost includes cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day. There will be vendors, make and takes, demos, and raffles. If you do not care to scrapbook, you can shop with our vendors. If you are a vendor, or know of a vendor that might be interested, please let me know. We need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day. This is a big fundraiser for Health and Christian Education Ministries. Please contact Debbie Case to volunteer or for more information.  

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Gunter Berndl, Stacey Black-Quantz, Robert Brainard, Nikita Burris (cousin, Charlie Barnard), Betty Caufield, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Barbara Gish, Kyle Hard, Mary Hard, Doris Hilliker, Pam Holland (daughter, Viola Holland), Shirley Koths, Neil McEachern, Michael Natzke, Judy Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Family of Norma Reid (Friend, Denise Foley), Eleanor Rossi, Sheryl Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Diane Sturgeon, Brenda Tank, Doreen Thompson, and Carol Wiley (cousin, Cindy Romas).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.

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TO HOST ARC DINNER DANCE Sunday, February 16, 4:00 p.m. the youth are once again hosting a Valentine’s Dinner Dance for the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens).  The youth are in need of donated desserts and door prize items to help off-set the cost. If you are interested in making a donation or in helping, please contact Pastor Schalm. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Please contact Pastor Schalm to confirm your attendance.  St. Paul Youth to Go Without - The young people of St. Paul have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of starving children around the world.  The “30 Hour Famine” youth lock-in is the weekend of February 15 – 16.  The group will gather for a lock-in on Saturday, February 15 where they will complete the 30-hour fast together.  Participants will break-fast on Sunday morning at Pete’s Place in Taylor. Our young people are in need of your help!  They need prayers and pledges. They are collecting cans and bottles.  All monies raised will be sent to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide. Anyone interested in sponsoring a youth or making a donation should see a youth at the Kiosk during coffee hour.  Anyone interested in helping should see Pastor Schalm.

SOUPER BOWL VII has been rescheduled to Sunday, February 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall. A $7.00 donation buys you a spoon, a 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 congregation. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. All profits support our facility.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE for St. Paul’s Thirteenth Annual Wild Game Dinner on Thursday, February 13.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by contacting James Poet, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Candace Poet or Dan Case.  This is a SELL-OUT event every year.  The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry is accepting donations of new items that can be used as prizes for the Wild Game Dinner raffles.

PARENTING YOUR TEENAGER This six-week workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. beginning February 11.  The focus will be on teens identity, rebellion, turmoil and legacy.  Fear of failure and frustration are several of the greatest obstacles faced as parents. All parents though, regardless of experience and training, make mistakes and feel a sense of loss and confusion at times… “whose child is this?” While we learn and grow together, we will also serve as a support group for one another. This workshop based on Christian principles is open to all parents or anyone who fulfills a parenting role. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating.

  THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Michigan, Alzheimer’s Disease Center has a series  of lectures. The next two are: "Brain Health & The Pocketbook: New Findings & Directions," presentation by Dr. Peter Lichtenberg February 25, from 12n-2 p.m.  March 25 from 12n–2 p.m. "Risks and Protective Factors of Dementia," presentation by Dr. Scott Roberts. Call 734.232.2459 to register. Both sessions are in Detroit, at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Avenue Suite 150, Detroit, 48201. Other events can be found at: https://alzheimers.med.umich.edu/events/

  CHRISTNET SERVICES with Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 14805 Dix-Toledo Road, Southgate is pleased to host “Lunching for the Homeless” Saturday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20.00 adults, $5.00 children (10 years and under).  Limited seating.  Tickets must be purchased in advanced.  Ticket reservation forms are available in the office.  Please make checks payable to ‘ChristNet Services.  Tickets will be available mid-February.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for these sessions.  Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.  Blood Drive Results - We had a successful blood drive on January 26. We actually made our goal! Twenty-eight persons participated. Twenty-six persons were able to donate. Three of those pints were incomplete, therefore, unusable. Twenty-three usable pints were collected. There were two deferrals.  Thanks for all those who participated.

RED HATS POTLUCK & BUNCO Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. in the West Room. Bring a dish to pass. Dinner at 6:30. Bring $5 for Bunco. You don’t need to know how to play. All Ladies of the church are welcome.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our Usher Sign-up Board in the Narthex (back) of the church.  Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary.  Our Deacons are happy 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 beginning of service.    

  THE 2020 ALTAR FLOWER CHART is now up in the Narthex.  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 two altar flower vases is $30.  A single altar vase is $15.  Please contact the Deacon after the service for assistance in  getting your flowers to take with you.  Please check the chart for availability of Sundays or other occasions.  Use the white envelops found in the pew racks to request altar flowers.  You may also contact the church office (313.219.1221).

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE Our congregation will be observing the start of a new Lenten season with an Ash Wednesday Service February 26, 7:30 p.m. Church members and friends will be invited to receive ashes, recalling our own mortality, as well as the dust of the desert that Jesus experienced in the forty days and nights after his baptism in the River Jordan. Ashes will also be available 7:00-9:00 a.m. for those who wish to receive them before beginning their day.

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Sunday January 26, 2020

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 after Epiphany
January 26, 2020

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

 

SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF THE GREAT BELL

CALL TO WORSHIP / MOMENT OF SILENCE  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

OPENING HYMN No. 263 “Surely the Presence of the Lord”   Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

Creator God, we pray to you this day and thank you for giving us tools to find you more fully in our lives. We sing, chant, read, meditate, pray, fast, keep silent—and we find you in our worship. We confess that we turn to you more often when we need more than what life gives us; when we have a hard time coping with life versus celebrating life. Help us Father God to seek your face and your wisdom during all moments of life, both good and bad.  Be with us this day. Know our hearts. Listen to our silent prayers. Show us Your light. We come seeking you in this worship. Bless us with your presence and your power. We pray through your son Jesus Christ.  Amen.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Reverend Geoffrey Drutchas

MOMENT OF INTEREST  “Operation Snuggle,”  Katelyn Isaacs

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “How Can I Keep from Singing?”  Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE READING  Proverbs 16:3, Psalm 46:10, Matthew 11:28-29 Lector: Pam Lange

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

MORNING PRAYER for healing, strength & thanksgiving

HYMN No.  288 “O God of Vision” 

SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (pew card) Block Family   Reverend Geoffrey Drutchas

HYMN No. 75  “I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry”

SHARING OF GIFTS/ OFFERTORY  “Enough,” Chris Tomlin

DEDICATION

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.

GOSPEL LESSON Luke 10:38-42  Lector: Pam Lange

MESSAGE “Chill Out Martha!”  Pastor Schalm

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

CLOSING HYMN  No. 344 “ I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

BENEDICTION

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

___________________

 

PLEASE STAND IN BODY AND/OR SPIRIT as you are able when indicated.

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.

  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.

PLEASE USE WHITE PEW ENVELOPES to request altar or chancel flowers.

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.

 

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:  Christine Schwab

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury

Usher:  Janet Staffeld, Peggy Staten, Wendy Warner

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

    

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  January 26 – February 2

 

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-  Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Block Family Baptism 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Youth Food & Flick 11:00 a.m.

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Blood Drive 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday Meditation 12:30 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Choir  7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m. / Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion/Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Sub sandwich pick-up 11:00 a.m.

 

MORNING TIDE                                                                                                            

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall immediately following our worship service, hosted by our Girl Scout Troop.

BAPTIZED UNTO THE LORD, Silas Gregory Block, born November 12, 2019 to Gregory and Shawn O’Neil Block and baptized Sunday, January 26, 2020.  Grandparents are Laurie & Gordon O’Neil, Jim & Paula Block, and Pam Block. Great-Grandparent is Virginia Maruszewski .  Siblings are August and Gabriel.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 8,   9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. The cost is $40. Cost includes cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day. There will be vendors, make and takes, demos, and raffles. If you do not care to scrapbook, you can shop with our vendors. If you are a vendor, or know of a vendor that might be interested, please let me know. We need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day. This is a big fundraiser for Health and Christian Education Ministries. Please contact Debbie Case to volunteer or for more information.  

LAST DAY the Youth Fellowship will be taking orders for their St. Paul SuperBowl Sub Sandwiches.  You do not want to miss these awesome sandwiches!  Youth Fellowship is taking orders during coffee hour and accepting orders through the church office today.  Twelve-inch subs are $10.00, a pint of soup $4.00 and a ½ dozen cookies $3.00.  All proceeds benefit the Youth Fellowship summer mission trip and/ or outreach programs.  See order form attached.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Gunter Berndl, Stacey Black-Quantz, Robert Brainard, Nikita Burris (cousin, Charlie Barnard), Betty Caufield, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Barbara Gish, Kyle Hard, Mary Hard, Doris Hilliker, Pam Holland (daughter, Viola Holland), Shirley Koths, Neil McEachern, Michael Natzke, Judy Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Family of Norma Reid (Friend, Denise Foley), Eleanor Rossi (Beaumont Commons), Sheryl Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Diane Sturgeon, Brenda Tank, Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Doreen Thompson, Carol Wiley (cousin, Cindy Romas), and Kaitlyn Williams (granddaughter, Kathy & Tom Williams).   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.

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TO HOST ARC DINNER DANCE Sunday, February 16, 4:00 p.m. the youth is once again hosting a Valentine’s Dinner Dance for the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens).  The youth became involved with the ARC as a result of a community outreach program with the Downriver Special Olympics for which the members of the ARC are involved.  The youth are in need of donated desserts and door prize items to help off-set the cost. If you are interested in making a donation or in helping, please contact Pastor Schalm. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Please contact Pastor Schalm to confirm your attendance.  St. Paul Youth to Go Without The young people of St. Paul have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of starving children around the world.  The “30 Hour Famine” youth lock-in is the weekend of February 15 – 16.  The group will gather for a lock-in on Saturday, February 15 where they will complete the 30-hour fast together.  Participants will break-fast on Sunday morning at Pete’s Place in Taylor. Our young people are in need of your help!  They need prayers and pledges. They are collecting cans and bottles.  All monies raised will be sent to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide. Anyone interested in sponsoring a youth or making a donation should see a youth at the Kiosk during coffee hour.  Anyone interested in helping should see Pastor Schalm.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE for St. Paul’s Thirteenth Annual Wild Game Dinner on Thursday, February 13.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by contacting James Poet, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Candace Poet or Dan Case.  This is a SELL-OUT event every year.  The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry is accepting donations of new items that can be used as prizes for the Wild Game Dinner raffles.

PARENTING YOUR TEENAGER This six-week workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. beginning February 11.  The focus will be on teens identity, rebellion, turmoil and legacy.  Fear of failure and frustration are several of the greatest obstacles faced as parents. All parents though, regardless of experience and training, make mistakes and feel a sense of loss and confusion at times… “whose child is this?” While we learn and grow together, we will also serve as a support group for one another. This workshop based on Christian principles is open to all parents or anyone who fulfills a parenting role. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating.

SOUPER BOWL VII has been rescheduled to Sunday, February 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall. A $7.00 donation buys you a spoon, a 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 congregation. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. All profits support our facility.

  THE 2020 ALTAR FLOWER CHART is now up in the Narthex.  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 two altar flower vases is $30. A single altar vase is $15.  Please contact the Deacon after the service for assistance in getting your flowers to take with you.  Please check the chart for availability of Sundays or other occasions.  Use the white envelops found in the pew racks to request altar flowers. You may also contact the church office (313.219.1221.)

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for these sessions.  Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.  Blood Drive –January 28, 2020, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  There needs to be 59 days between donations. Please make an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams, completing a Make-a-Wish card and placing it in an offering plate, or you can make appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet. Visit www.redcrossblood.org click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says, 'Enter a Sponsor Code', under 'Find a blood drive near you.' Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces). You will be directed to the next page listing our blood drive. Click on the last column to sign up. You will need to register & obtain a password. IDs & passwords are case sensitive.  You can download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of prior to coming to the drive. You can read the educational materials & complete the health history online to save some time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility, you can look at eligibility requirements on www.redcrossblood.org or the Red Cross donation center (866-236-3276).

THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY IS REQUESTED at the installation of Rev. Carl Zerweck III and the recognition of Rev. Nina Trump Sunday, January 26, 2020, 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ – Disciples of Christ, 26550 Cherry Hill Road, Dearborn Heights, 48127.  Light refreshments to follow.  R.S.V.P. 313-806-4176. Clergy are requested to bring robe and red stole.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our Usher Sign-up Board in the Narthex (back) of the church.  Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary.  Our Deacons are happy 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 beginning of service.    

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Sunday January 19, 2020

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 after Epiphany
January 19, 2020

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF THE GREAT BELL

CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE   Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas

OPENING HYMN  No. 611  “Rise Up, O Saints of God,” Tracey Hoffman, Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O gracious God, we come into your presence to be renewed in a spirit of love and stewardship.  Help us to be more faithful in the way that we share our time, talents, and all other resources so that all that we say and do might testify to your greatness and glory.  In Jesus Christ, Amen.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

SPECIAL MOMENT  Souper Taste Test

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “The Longer I Serve Him,”  Chancel  Choir (10:30)

SCRIPTURE READING  Mark 10: 35-45  Lector:

CHIME RESPONSE  “Seek Ye First”

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

HYMN No.   490  “Sister, Let Me Be Your Servant”  (Duet verses 1-3, Congregation verses 4-5)  

SHARING OF GIFTS / OFFERTORY/ DEDICATION                                                                                                           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.         

MESSAGE  “A Servant Faith,”  Pastor Drutchas

CHIME RESPONSE  “I Love Your Church, O God”

INSTALLATION OF COUNCIL OFFICERS  (see insert)

PRAYER FOR OUTGOING AND INCOMING OFFICERS

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

CLOSING HYMN No. 453  “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service” (verses 1-3)          

  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 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.” 

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  Christine Schwab

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury

    

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  January 19 – January 26

 

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-  Installation of Officers/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Souper Bowl VII 11:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Council Dinner 5:30 p.m.

Monday       Office Closed/ Pictorial Meeting 10:00 a.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  Meditation 12:30 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Choir 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m. / Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Red Hat Planning Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Block Family Baptism 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Book  Discussion 7:00 p.m.

 

MORNING TIDE                                                                                                             

ALTAR FLOWERS honor the birthdays of Debbie Case, Christopher Case, and Hollie Saidak.

LAST DAY TO VERFIY your family information (name, address, phone number, e-mail, etc.) for our upcoming Membership Directory.  The information we have on file is on a table in the Narthex. Please take a moment to review and verify your information.  We always try to make sure that information published in our membership directory is accurate as possible.  If you have questions, please contact Dan Case.

SOUPER BOWL VII is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall. A $7.00 donation buys you a spoon, a 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 congregation. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. All profits support our facility.

CAREGIVERS GROUP meets Monday, January 20, 7:30 p.m. in the church Parlor.
They share experiences and provide mutual spiritual support in providing assistance and care to family members and friends.  Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas and Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams.  Conversations are confidential.  Newcomers are always welcome.

PARENTING YOUR TEENAGER This six-week workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. beginning February 11.  The focus will be on teens identity, rebellion, turmoil and legacy.  Fear of failure and frustration are several of the greatest obstacles faced as parents. All parents though, regardless of experience and training, make mistakes and feel a sense of loss and confusion at times… “whose child is this?” While we learn and grow together, we will also serve as a support group for one another. This workshop based on Christian principles is open to all parents or anyone who fulfills a parenting role. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Rev. Jim Beecken, Gunter Berndl, Stacey Black-Quantz, Robert Brainard, Nikita Burris (cousin, Charlie Barnard), Betty Caufield, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan,  Oren Forsyth, Barbara Gish, Kyle Hard, Mary Hard, Doris Hilliker, Shirley Koths, Neil McEachern, Alice Nagy (Beaumont, Taylor), Christopher Natzke (Beaumont, Royal Oak, nephew, Michael Natzke), Michael Natzke, Judy Nieman, Bill Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, Family of Norma Reid (Friend, Denise Foley), Shirley Robinson, Sheryl Schwab, John Sharp  (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Bettie Slusher, Diane Sturgeon, Brenda Tank, Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Doreen Thompson, Carol Wiley (cousin, Cindy Romas), Kaitlyn Williams (granddaughter, Kathy & Tom Williams), Carol Wioncek, and Frank Wolfram. 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.

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TO HOST ARC DINNER DANCE Sunday, February 16, 4:00 p.m. the youth will once again host a Valentine’s Dinner Dance for the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens).  The youth became involved with the ARC as a result of a community outreach program with the Downriver Special Olympics for which the members of the ARC are involved.  The youth are in need of donated desserts and door prize items to help off-set the cost. If you are interested in making a donation or in helping with this event, please contact Pastor Schalm. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Please contact Pastor Schalm to confirm your attendance.

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP PLANS FOR A SUPER SUNDAY BIG GAME EVENT
As has become tradition, Rock Hard in Faith Youth Fellowship will once again be taking orders for their St. Paul famous, SuperBowl Sub Sandwiches.  Plan now!!  You do not want to miss the opportunity to sink your teeth into an awesome 12-inch Super Sub Sandwich.  Youth Fellowship will be taking orders during coffee hour and accepting order forms through the church office for Superbowl Subs, soup and snack packs through January 26th.  Twelve-inch subs can be ordered for $10.00, a pint of soup $4.00 and a ½ dozen cookies for $3.00.    All proceeds benefit the Youth Fellowship summer mission trip and/or outreach.  See order form attached.

BOOK DISCUSSION “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ is a New York Times best-seller about a woman whose genetic cells saved thousands of lives is the subject of a three-part book discussion series on Sunday nights, January 26 and February 2 and 9, 7-8:30 p.m. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” underscores the genetics revolution that is changing everyone’s life and raises profound moral issues about who gets to use our own medical information. Copies of the book are available through the church office. Cost is $10. Let by Pastor Geoff Drutchas, the series will meet in the church parlor. Please RSVP by completing a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and dropping in an offering plate or in the church office.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 8,  2020, 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. The cost is $40. Cost includes cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day. There will be vendors, make and takes, demos, and raffles. If you do not care to scrapbook, you can shop with our vendors. If you are a vendor, or know of a vendor that might be interested, please let me know. We need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day. This is a big fundraiser for Health and Christian Education Ministries. Please contact Debbie Case to volunteer or for more information.  

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE for St. Paul’s Thirteenth Annual Wild Game Dinner.  The event is Thursday, February 13.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by contacting James Poet, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Candace Poet or Dan Case.  This is a SELL-OUT event every year.  The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry is accepting donations of new items that can be used as prizes for the Wild Game Dinner raffles.  

 THE 2020 ALTAR FLOWER CHART is now up in the Narthex.  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 two altar flower vases is $30. A single altar vase is $15.  Please contact the Deacon after the service for assistance in getting your flowers to take with you.  Please check the chart for availability of Sundays or other occasions.  Use the white envelops found in the pew racks to request altar flowers. You may also contact the church office (313.219.1221.)

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for these sessions.  Meditation classes – Beginning Wednesday, January 15 we will have three sessions from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  We will focus on learning and practicing breathing and meditation. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions.  Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.  Blood Drive –January 28, 2020, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  It’s important to sign up early.  There needs to be 59 days between donations. Please make an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams, completing a Make-a-Wish card and placing it in an offering plate, or you can make appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet. Visit www.redcrossblood.org click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says, 'Enter a Sponsor Code', under 'Find a blood drive near you.' Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces). You will then be directed to the next page listing our blood drive. Click on the last column to sign up. You will need to register & obtain a password. IDs & passwords are case sensitive.  You can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of prior to coming to the drive. You can read the educational materials & complete the health history online to save some time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility, you can look at eligibility requirements on www.redcrossblood.org or contact the Red Cross donation center (866-236-3276).

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, January 23, 2020, 7:00 p.m. is our planning meeting.  Join us with any suggestions for events, outings, etc. for the upcoming year. If you’re not attending the meeting, please share your suggestions/ideas with Kathy or Sally Sigman beforehand. If anyone is willing to volunteer to take Kathy’s place regarding the planning schedule, please contact her.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our Usher Sign-up Board in the Narthex (back) of the church.  Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary.  Our Deacons are happy 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 beginning of service.

 

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Sunday January 12, 2020

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 Epiphany
January 12, 2020

Annual Congregational Meeting

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

 SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

 PRELUDE/ CHIME INTROIT  “Love Came Down At Christmas,” (Christina Rossetti)  Sally Sigman, Organist

 RINGING OF THE GREAT BELL

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

 OPENING HYMN No. 274  “I Love Your Church, O God,”  Tracy  Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

 UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

   In the cold of a bitter winter morning, we rise – leaving the shelter of our homes to gather in the shelter of this place.  This is the house of God, who is present but not constrained here.  This is our house, the place where we belong, the place where we welcome strangers as guests.  Almighty God, the source of all goodness, we give you our thanks and praise that in your mercy you have brought us through another year.  As we gather this day, each of us brings something to worship.  We bring the burdens of the week.  We bring prayers of hope, and prayers of anguish.  We bring our voices, and our offerings, and our questions.  We bring our faith, shattered, or whole as it may be.  We bring all this to You Father God, whom we have come to worship this day.

 CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

 WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

 OPENING/ RECESSING OF THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING  

 ANTHEM  “To God Be The Glory,”  Youth Choir, Sally Sigman, Director

 SCRIPTURE READING  Isaiah 6:1-8, Mark 12:41-44   Lector: Grace Wangbickler

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “The Call,”  Chancel Choir

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

HYMN No. 452  “Here I Am, Lord”          

SHARING OF GIFTS/ OFFERTORY/ DEDICATION

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.

MESSAGE  “The Gifts We Bring,”  Pastor Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

ANTHEM  “In the Bleak Midwinter,”  Chancel Choir (Christina Rossetti)

  BLESSING FOR ANNUAL MEETING Pastor Drutchas

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

  REOPENING OF THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

 

PLEASE STAND IN BODY AND/OR SPIRIT as you are able when indicated.

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.

USE WHITE PEW ENVELOPES to request altar or chancel flowers.

PRINTED COPIES OF MOST SERMONS are available in the front vestibule.

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.

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:  Church Council Members

Deacon:  Kristi Caruso

  

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  January 12 – January 19

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-  Sunday School  10:00 a.m./ Annual Congregational Meeting 11:00 a.m.

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday  Meditation 12:30 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Choir  7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m. / Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School  10:00 a.m./ Installation of Officers 10:00 a.m./ Souper Bowl VII 11:00 a.m./  Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Council Dinner 5:30 p.m.

 

MORNING TIDE                                                                                                              

TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, please verify your family information (name, address, phone number, e-mail, etc.) for our upcoming Membership Directory.  The information we have on file is on a table in the Narthex. Please take a moment to review and verify your information.  We always try to make sure that information published in our membership directory is accurate as possible.  If you have questions, please contact Dan Case.

THE ANNUAL MEETING of our congregation is immediately following our worship service.  Your attendance is very important.  End-of-year reports will be shared. A presentation of the financial report for 2019 will be followed by a proposal for a 2020 unified budget. Also, a slate of candidates for the Church Council will be presented by the trustees for a vote of the congregation. 2020 giving envelopes are available for pick up in the Narthex (rear) of the church.  Please ask an usher if you would like assistance locating your box.  If you do not find your box, please contact Financial Secretary, Annette Thie.  No Coffee Hour today.

SOUPER BOWL VII is Sunday, January 19, 2020.  A $7.00 donation buys you a spoon, a 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 congregation. Advanced tickets can be purchased on Sunday mornings during Coffee Hour at the KIOSK table or by contacting the Church office (313) 291-1221. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. The event is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  All profits to support our facility.  If you have a secret family recipe and would like to participate in Souper Bowl VII, please contact Jim Poet or Dan Case.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Rev. Jim Beecken, Gunter Berndl, Stacey Black-Quantz, Robert Brainard, Nikita Burris (cousin, Charlie Barnard), Betty Caufield, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan,  Oren Forsyth, Barbara Gish, Kyle Hard, Mary Hard, Doris Hilliker, Shirley Koths, Charles Markey (father, Rebecca Markey), Neil McEachern, Alice Nagy (Beaumont, Taylor), Christopher Natzke (Beaumont, Royal Oak, nephew, Michael Natzke), Michael Natzke, Judy Nieman, Bill Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, Family of Norma Reid (Friend, Denise Foley), Shirley Robinson, Sheryl Schwab, John Sharp  (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Bettie Slusher, Diane Sturgeon, Brenda Tank, Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Doreen Thompson, Carol Wiley (cousin, Cindy Romas), Carol Wioncek, and Frank Wolfram.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.

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TO HOST ARC DINNER DANCE Sunday, February 16, 4:00 p.m. the youth will once again host a Valentine’s Dinner Dance for the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens).  The youth became involved with the ARC as a result of a community outreach program with the Downriver Special Olympics for which the members of the ARC are involved.  The youth are in need of donated desserts and door prize items to help off-set the cost. If you are interested in making a donation or in helping with this event, please contact Pastor Schalm. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please contact Pastor Schalm to confirm your attendance.

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP PLANS FOR A SUPER SUNDAY BIG GAME EVENT
As has become tradition, Rock Hard in Faith Youth Fellowship will once again be taking orders for their St. Paul famous, SuperBowl Sub Sandwiches.  Plan now!!  You do not want to miss the opportunity to sink your teeth into an awesome 12-inch Super Sub Sandwich.  Youth Fellowship will be taking orders during coffee hour and accepting order forms through the church office for Superbowl Subs, soup and snack packs through January 26th.  Twelve-inch subs can be ordered for $10.00, a pint of soup $4.00 and a ½ dozen cookies for $3.00.    All proceeds benefit the Youth Fellowship summer mission trip and/or outreach.  See order form attached.

SEWING GUILD Sew ‘n Sews next meet on Thursday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Room.  Bring a sandwich, coffee and dessert are provided.  New sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food for Thought!  We are looking for anyone who knits or crochets and would like to make baby blankets, lap blankets, kid size blankets, baby or kid's cancer hats.  All yarn will be supplied. Please contact Sharon Leonard or the church office if you are able to help us utilize a large donation of yarn. It would be great if you could attend our meetings, but not necessary.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 8,  2020, 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. The cost is $40. Cost includes cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day. There will be vendors, make and takes, demos, and raffles. If you do not care to scrapbook, you can shop with our vendors. If you are a vendor, or know of a vendor that might be interested, please let me know. We need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day. This is a big fundraiser for Health and Christian Education Ministries. Please contact Debbie Case to volunteer or for more information.  

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE for St. Paul’s Thirteenth Annual Wild Game Dinner.  The event is Thursday, February 13, 2020.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by contacting James Poet, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Candace Poet or Dan Case.  This is a SELL-OUT event every year.  The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry is accepting donations of new items that can be used as prizes for the Wild Game Dinner raffles.

PARENTING YOUR TEENAGER The six week workshop will be held on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. beginning January 27.  The focus will be on teens identity, rebellion, turmoil and legacy.  Fear of failure and frustration are several of the greatest obstacles faced as parents. All parents though, regardless of experience and training, make mistakes and feel a sense of loss and confusion at times… “whose child is this?” While we learn and grow together, we will also serve as a support group for one another. This workshop based on Christian principles is open to all parents or anyone who parents. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for these sessions.  Meditation classes – Beginning Wednesday, January 15 we will have three sessions from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  We will focus on learning and practicing breathing and meditation. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions.  Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.  Blood Drive –January 28, 2020, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  It’s important to sign up early.  There needs to be 59 days between donations. Please make an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams, completing a Make-a-Wish card and placing it in an offering plate, or you can make appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet. Visit www.redcrossblood.org click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says, 'Enter a Sponsor Code', under 'Find a blood drive near you.' Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces). You will then be directed to the next page listing our blood drive. Click on the last column to sign up. You will need to register & obtain a password. IDs & passwords are case sensitive.  You can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of prior to coming to the drive. You can read the educational materials & complete the health history online to save some time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility, you can look at eligibility require-ments on www.redcrossblood.org or contact the Red Cross donation center (866-236-3276).

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, January 23, 2020 is our planning meeting.  Join us with any suggestions for events, outings, etc. for the upcoming year. If you’re not attending the meeting, please share your suggestions/ideas with Kathy or Sally Sigman beforehand. If anyone is willing to volunteer to take Kathy’s place regarding the planning schedule, please contact her.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our Usher Sign-up Board in the Narthex (back) of the church.  Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary.  Our Deacons are happy 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 beginning of service.

  THE 2020 ALTAR FLOWER CHART is now up in the Narthex.  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 two altar flower vases is $30.  A single altar vase is $15.  Please contact the Deacon after the service for assistance in  getting your flowers to take with you.  Please check the chart for availability of Sundays or other occasions.  Use the white envelops found in the pew racks to request altar flowers

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Sunday January 5, 2020

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 after Christmas
January 5, 2020

Epiphany/ Three Kings Day

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

(Nursery care available)

 

  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE   Sally Sigman, Organist

  RINGING OF THE GREAT BELL

  CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE

   OPENING HYMN No. 173  “As with Gladness,”  Mark Ennis,  Hymn Leader

  UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

     O God of life, we rejoice in your love which has filled creation from the beginning and which calls all life into being.  We praise you for Jesus Christ who reveals most fully your loving purpose for all people.  We bless you for your Spirit who draws all humanity into the circle of your love.  Gracious God, bless us with your presence so that our worship and our lives may be a true celebration of your love  in Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen.

   CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.   

   WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   WELCOME BACK! Pastor Drutchas

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “The Savior Is Waiting,”  Chancel Choir     

   SCRIPTURE READING  Matthew 2:1-18  Lector:  Peggy Staten & Pastor Drutchas

   HYMN No. 160  “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

   MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Thanks, Healing)

   HYMN No. 172  “We Three Kings”  (Congregation: verses 1 & 5, plus refrain)                                                      (Soloists: verses 2 – 4)

SHARING OF GIFTS / OFFERTORY/ DEDICATION

    MESSAGE  “With Bended Knee,”  Pastor Drutchas

    HYMN No. 158 “Her Baby, Newly Breathing”

    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.

    Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)

    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.

    BENEDICTION

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

 

PLEASE STAND IN BODY AND/OR SPIRIT as you are able when indicated.

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.

USE WHITE PEW ENVELOPES to request altar or chancel flowers.

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.


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:  Christine Schwab

Ushers: Tim Ruffner

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule


OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  January 5 – January 12

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-  Communion/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m./ CE & Teacher Dinner 6:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday  Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Choir 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 / Worship Wednesdays 7:00 / Wild Game Dinner Planning 7:00

Thursday     Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Safety-Security 7:00 p.m.

Friday          Winter Family Fun Night 6:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Annual Congregational Meeting 11:00 a.m.

 

MORNING TIDE                                                                                                                                            

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

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 family & friends on the loss of Robert “Bob” Harry who passed away December 30, 2019 at the age of 81 years.  Visitation is today from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Querfeld Funeral Home, 1200 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn.  Funeral service is Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ.  He will lie in state at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas to officiate.

TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, please verify your family information (name, address, phone number, e-mail, etc.) for our upcoming Membership Directory.  The information we have on file is on a table in the Narthex. Please take a moment to review and verify your information.  We always try to make sure that information published in our membership directory is accurate as possible.  If you have questions, please contact Dan Case.

WELCOME BACK Pastor Cheryl Schalm, Cindy Winter, Sheri Herkimer, Janet Bloomfield, Carolyn Bresky, Alyssa Brandt, Eric Poet, Jim Sauter, and Emily Winter.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Rev. Jim Beecken, Gunter Berndl, Stacey Black-Quantz, Robert Brainard, Nikita Burris (cousin, Charlie Barnard), Betty Caufield, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan,  Barbara Gish, Beverley Gunther, Kyle Hard, Doris Hilliker, Shirley Koths, Charles Markey (father, Rebecca Markey), Neil McEachern, Alice Nagy (Beaumont, Taylor), Christopher Natzke (Beaumont, Royal Oak, nephew, Michael Natzke), Michael Natzke, Bill Pattenaude, Thelma Poet, Shirlen Powell, Family of Norma Reid (Friend, Denise Foley), Shirley Robinson, Sheryl Schwab, John Sharp  (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Bettie Slusher, Diane Sturgeon, Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Doreen Thompson, Bob Weigel (brother, Barbara Schultz), Howard Wilson, Carol Wioncek, and Frank Wolfram. 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.

YOUTH CHOIR will resume rehearsals today at 11:00 a.m.  All youth are invited. If you have any questions, please contact Sally Sigman, Youth Choir Director.

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED various St. Paul members wearing a Yellow and Red Armband during our Sunday Worship Services and at special events.  They are part of our Emergency Response Team and serve a very important function.  It is their responsibility to get you to a safe location during any emergency.  Please make sure that you follow the directions of these trained individuals. Your safety is our top priority.

2020 giving envelopes and calendars are available for pick up in the Narthex (rear) of the church.  Please ask an usher if you would like assistance locating your box.  If you do not find your box, please contact Financial Secretary, Annette Thie.
The Annual Meeting 
of our congregation is Sunday, January 12, 2020 immediately following our morning worship service.  Your attendance is very important.  End-of-year reports will be shared. A presentation of the financial report for 2019 will be followed by a proposal for a 2020 unified budget. Also, a full slate of candidates for the Church Council will be presented by the trustees for a vote of the congregation.

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TO HOST  “Winter Family Fun Night” Friday, January 10, 2020.  This free and fun family event is 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and is open to all church members, family and friends.  In addition to music, an indoor moonwalk, crafts, games, cookie decorating, hat decorating, and s’more making, a coffee café featuring minimally priced flavored coffees, hot chocolate, pizza, and nachos will be set-up in the West Room.  This night is packed with so much fun that you will not want to miss it. We hope to see you there!

SOUPER BOWL VII is Sunday, January 19, 2020.  A donation of $7.00 buys you a spoon, a 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 congregation. Advanced tickets can be purchased on Sunday mornings during Coffee Hour at the KIOSK table or by contacting the Church office (313) 291-1221. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  All profits to support our facility.  If you have a secret family recipe and would like to participate in Souper Bowl VII, please contact Jim Poet or Dan Case.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 8,  2020, 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. The cost is $40. Cost includes cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day. There will be vendors, make and takes, demos, and raffles. If you do not care to scrapbook, you can shop with our vendors. If you are a vendor, or know of a vendor that might be interested, please let me know. We need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day. This is a big fundraiser for Health and Christian Education Ministries. Please contact Debbie Case to volunteer or for more information.  

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE for St. Paul’s Thirteenth Annual Wild Game Dinner.  The event is Thursday, February 13, 2020.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by contacting James Poet, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Candace Poet or Dan Case.  This is a SELL-OUT event every year.  The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry is accepting donations of new items that can be used as prizes for the Wild Game Dinner raffles.

MUSIC DIRECTOR, TRACY HOFFMAN, IS AWAY celebrating with his mother on her 90th birthday.  

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Resume Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. on January 8.  There is no charge for these sessions.  Meditation classes – Beginning Wednesday, January 15 we will have three sessions from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  We will focus on learning and practicing breathing and meditation. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions.  Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.  Blood Drive –January 28, 2020, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  It’s important to sign up early.  There needs to be 59 days between donations. Please make an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams, completing a Make-a-Wish card and placing it in an offering plate, or you can make appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet. Visit www.redcrossblood.org click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says, 'Enter a Sponsor Code', under 'Find a blood drive near you.' Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces). You will then be directed to the next page listing our blood drive. Click on the last column to sign up. You will need to register & obtain a password. IDs & passwords are case sensitive.  You can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of  prior to coming to the drive. You can read the educational materials & complete the health history online to save some time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility, you can look at eligibility requirements on www.redcrossblood.org or contact the Red Cross blood donation center (866-236-3276).

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, January 23, 2020 is our planning meeting.  Join us with any suggestions for events, outings, etc. for the upcoming year. If you’re not attending the meeting, please share your suggestions/ideas with Kathy or Sally Sigman beforehand. If anyone is willing to volunteer to take Kathy’s place regarding the planning schedule, please contact her.

  THE 2020 ALTAR FLOWER CHART is now up in the Narthex.  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 two altar flower vases is $30.  A single altar vase is $15.  Please contact the Deacon after the service for assistance inting your flowers to take with you.  Please check the chart for availability of Sundays or other occasions.  Use the white envelops found in the pew racks to request altar flowers.  You may also contact the church office (313.219.1221.)

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Sunday December 29, 2019

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 29,  2019

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

 SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

 PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

 RINGING OF THE GREAT BELL   

 INTROIT “Down to Earth,”  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Soloist

 OPENING HYMN No. 167  “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,”  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 neighborhoods, 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.

  WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “What Child Is This,”  Brenda Murphy, Soloist

 SCRIPTURE READING  Isaiah 11:1-9; John 14: 1-2, 27  Lector:  Sandy Ennis

 HYMN No. 161  “I Wonder as I Wander”

 MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

 HYMN No.  164  “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”

SHARING OF GIFTS / OFFERTORY/ DEDICATION

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.

MESSAGE  “The Lion Shall Lie With the Lamb,”  Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

CLOSING HYMN No. 677  “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

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.

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.

PLEASE STAND IN BODY AND/OR SPIRIT as you are able when indicated. 

USE WHITE PEW ENVELOPES to request altar or chancel flowers.

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.

 

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: Mark Ennis

Deacons:  Jim Nault

Ushers:  Helene McEachern, Sharon Podpora

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  December 29 – January 5

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

Monday        TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       New Year’s Eve/ Office Closed

Wednesday  Happy New Year!  Office Closed

Friday          Congregational Reports due in the office

Saturday     Young Adult Hurricane Relief Returns

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion/ Sunday School 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 worship service, hosted by our Dorcas Society

ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Alfred Gish Nielsen, born Christmas Eve to Kevin and Lindsey Gish Nielsen.  St. Paul Grandparents are Barbara Gish and Rodney Gish. Sibling is:  Simon.

LAST SUNDAY TO RECEIVE CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING The Christmas Fund Offering is an important way of expressing our gratitude to those retired clergy and lay personnel who have so faithfully served our God.  We invite you to partner with the UCC Mission and Pension Board in this offering. There are 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.

ALL CONTRIBUTIONS must be received in the church office today to be recorded for 2019 tax credit purposes. All Congregational reports are due in the church office by Friday, January 3, 2020.  2020 giving envelopes and calendars are available for pick up in the Narthex (rear) of the church.  Please ask an usher if you would like assistance locating your box.  If you do not find your box, please contact Financial Secretary, Annette Thie.  The Annual Meeting of our congregation is Sunday, January 12, 2020 immediately following our morning worship service.  Your attendance is very important.  End-of-year reports will be shared. A presentation of the financial report for 2019 will be followed by a proposal for a 2020 unified budget. Also, a full slate of candidates for the Church Council will be presented by the trustees for a vote of the congregation.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Stacey Black-Quantz, Robert Brainard, Gunter Berndl, Betty Caufield, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan,  Barbara Gish, Beverley Gunther, Kyle Hard, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Shirley Koths, Neil McEachern, Alice Nagy (Beaumont, Taylor), Christopher Natzke (Beaumont, Royal Oak, nephew, Michael Natzke), Michael Natzke, Bill Pattenaude, Thelma Poet, Shirlen Powell, Family of Norma Reid (Friend, Denise Foley), Shirley Robinson, Sheryl Schwab, John Sharp  (father, Gina Hribik), Bettie Slusher, Diane Sturgeon, Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Doreen Thompson, Bob Weigel (brother, Barbara Schultz), Howard Wilson, Carol Wioncek, Richard Wygonik (friend, Sue Mrowka), and Frank Wolfram. 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.

YOUTH CHOIR will resume Sunday, January 5, 2020, 11:00 a.m.  All youth are invited. Enjoy a Happy New Year!  Sally Sigman, Youth Choir Director.

 SOUPER BOWL VII is Sunday, January 19, 2020.  A simple donation of $7.00 buys 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 on Sunday mornings during Coffee Hour at the KIOSK table or by contacting the Church office at (313) 291-1221. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  All profits go to support the facility.  If you have a secret family recipe and would like to participate in Souper Bowl VII, please contact Jim Poet or Dan Case.

NEW ST. PAUL PICTORIAL DIRECTORY Coming in 2020  The Communication Ministry has an agreement to produce a 2020 Pictorial Directory.  Additional information will be rolled-out at the Annual Meeting on January 12, 2020. Pictures will be taken in April after Easter.  The directory will be published in early May. It’s been over five years since we last published our Pictorial Directory.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Resume Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. on January 8.  There is no charge for these sessions.  Meditation classes – Beginning Wednesday, January 15 we will have three sessions from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  We will focus on learning and practicing breathing and meditation. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions.  Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.  Blood Drive –January 28, 2020, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  It’s important to sign up early.  There needs to be 59 days between donations. Please make an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams, completing a Make-a-Wish card and placing it in an offering plate, or you can make appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet. Visit www.redcrossblood.org click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says, 'Enter a Sponsor Code', under 'Find a blood drive near you.' Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces). You will then be directed to the next page listing our blood drive. Click on the last column to sign up. You will need to register & obtain a password. IDs & passwords are case sensitive.  You can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of  prior to coming to the drive. You can read the educational materials & complete the health history online to save some time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility, you can look at eligibility requirements on www.redcrossblood.org or contact the Red Cross blood donation center (866-236-3276).

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, January 23, 2020 is our planning meeting.  Join us with any suggestions for events, outings, etc. for the upcoming year. If you’re not attending the meeting, please share your suggestions/ideas with Kathy or Sally Sigman beforehand. If anyone is willing to volunteer to take Kathy’s place regarding the planning schedule, please contact her.

  2020 PHONE DIRECTORY We are beginning preparations for our 2020 Phone Directory.  If you need to update any of your information, such as a new address, new phone number, email address change, etc., please notify the Church office.  We utilize email addresses of approximately 290 members and friends in our current e-mail notification system.  It is the easiest way to stay up-to-date on events/ happenings at St. Paul.  It is essential we maintain an accurate and up-to-date email list. If you don’t want your cell phone number published, please let the office know as well.  If in doubt, contact the office and we’ll verify your information.  We would like our Directory to be as accurate as possible.

“Each one, as a good manager of God's different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God. 1 Peter 4:10.”  Looking to utilize your special gifts? Please consider serving on the St. Paul Church Council.  Council positions open for nomination in 2020 include first vice president (two-year position), second vice president (three-year position), secretary (one-year position) and deacon (three-year position). Job descriptions are available for all Council positions per request.  Council meetings are the second Tuesday of every month excluding July and August. A special thanks to those individuals who have agreed to be Trustee and Elder. Any member interested in being nominated should speak with Church Trustees Michael Isaacs, Dave Badarak, or Toni Hill.

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TO HOST  “Winter Family Fun Night” Friday, January 10, 2020.  This free and fun family event is 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and is open to all church members, family and friends.  In addition to music, an indoor moonwalk, crafts, games, cookie decorating, hat decorating, and s’more making, a coffee café featuring minimally priced flavored coffees, hot chocolate, pizza, and nachos will be set-up in the West Room.  This night is packed with so much fun that you will not want to miss it. We hope to see you there!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 8,  2020, 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. The cost is $40. Cost includes cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day. There will be vendors, make and takes, demos, and raffles. If you do not care to scrapbook, you can shop with our vendors. If you are a vendor, or know of a vendor that might be interested, please let me know. We need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day. This is a big fundraiser for Health and Christian Education Ministries. Please contact Debbie Case to volunteer or for more information.  

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE for St. Paul’s Thirteenth Annual Wild Game Dinner.  The event is Thursday, February 13, 2020.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by contacting James Poet, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Candace Poet or Dan Case.  This is a SELL-OUT event every year.  The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry is accepting donations of new items that can be used as prizes for the Wild Game Dinner raffles.

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship – 7:00 p.m. & 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,  2019

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

 

 SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

 PRELUDE “Carols of the Star,” Sally Sigman, Organist

 RINGING OF THE GREAT BELL

 CALL TO WORSHIP “Adeste Fideles”  Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

 CHRISTMAS INVOCATION  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

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

 WELCOME/ PASSING OF PEACE/ ANNOUNCMENTS

 CAROL No. 144  “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (Verses 1-2)

 THE CHRISTMAS STORY Luke 2:1-20  Lector:  Aaron Johnson

 CHIMES  “Christmas Night”  Sally Sigman

 MESSAGE  “Five Snap Chats for Christmas,”  Pastors Drutchas and Schalm

 UNISON PRAYER  Pastors and Congregation

 O God, as we listen to your word tonight and the sacred music which affirms its good news, may we be inspired and strengthened to be—more completely than ever—the faithful, loving, peaceable people that you always meant us to be and which Jesus in the fullness of time sacrificed his own life to make possible.  Amen.

 CAROL No. 150  “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

 SNAP CHAT “The Angels” (Reconciliation of Heaven & Earth)

 LIGHTING OF FIRST CANDLE (Hope)

 SHARING OF GIFTS/OFFERTORY “The First Noel”

 SNAP CHAT “The Shepherds” (Reconciliation of Rich & Poor)

 LIGHTING OF SECOND CANDLE (Peace)

 ANTHEM  (11) “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”  Chancel Choir

 SNAP CHAT  “The Holy Family” (Reconciliation in Family Life)

LIGHTING OF THIRD CANDLE (Love)

 ANTHEM  (7) “Away in a Manger”  Christmas Ensemble

 CAROL (11)  No. 165  “Once in Royal David’s City” (Verses 1-2)

 SNAP CHAT/CHILDREN’S TIME  “The Animals” (Reconciliation of All

   God’s Creatures)  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

 LIGHTING OF FOURTH CANDLE (Joy)

 CAROL (7) No. 172 “We Three Kings” (Verses 1, 5)

 ANTHEM (11)  “As Some People Tell It”  Chancel Choir

 SNAP CHAT “The Wise Men” (Reconciliation of Nations)

 LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE

 UNISON PRAYER FOR RECONCILIATION

 O God, we thank you that you have brought together tonight to worship Jesus Christ, just as you called so many to his manger side on that first starlit Christmas long ago.  Open our hearts anew to the way of life that your son came to proclaim.  Help us to live as loving, forgiving people with compassion and respect for others.  Strengthen us to be those men and women who in your time and in anticipation of Christ’s ultimate reign further reconciliation between God and humankind; between the rich and poor of the earth; between husbands and wives, parents and children; between humankind and the animal kingdom; between nations, as well as between science and faith. Keep this vision of unity in our hearts and, along with it, a faith and determination to help accomplish it.  Amen.

 SOLO  “Christmas is a Time for Love”  Mark Ennis, Soloist

 SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER  Pastors Drutchas and Schalm

   Prayers of Confession and Consecration (Found in pew racks)

   Ave Verum Corpus (7) – Tricia Nault, Soloist

   Distribution of Elements

   Heaven’s Bread – Sally Sigman, Organist

   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.

 SHARING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST (Congregation seated)

 CANDELIGHT HYMN “Silent Night, Holy Night” (See insert)

 LORD’S PRAYER IN ACAPELLA VOICE  Choir and Congregation

 BENEDICTION/ POSTLUDE  “Gloria in Excelsis Deo”  Sally Sigman


ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council: Church Council Members

Deacons:  Jim Nault (7), Kristi Caruso (11)

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule

*Please stand in body and/or spirit as you are able when indicated


OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  December 24 – January 3

Tuesday       Worship Service 7:00 & 11:00 pm– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-Communion

Wednesday  Merry Christmas!  Office Closed

Thursday     Office Closed

Saturday      Young Adult Hurricane Relief Departs-Florida

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

                     10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.

 

ABOUT THE ‘SHARIAs you arrive this evening, wax candles are available with the Christmas

                                      Eve Order of Service for all adults and youth over the age of twelve.

                                      Hazard-free battery-operated candles are provided for children, along

                                     with their special activity packet.  The candle-lighting comes towards the

                                      close of the Christmas Eve Service before our final carol.  At that time     

                                      our pastor will ignite his candle from the Christ Candle with the

                                      declaration: “Jesus, You are the light of the world—the light which

                                      brings us hope, peace, love, and joy!”

  The ushers’ candles will then be lit.  Stepping down from the chancel they will move through the center and side aisles and extend their candles to worshipers seated at the end of each pew.  In turn, these worshipers will extend their candle to the person sitting next to them, sharing the flame.  Those with newly-lit candles will do likewise with their pew neighbor.  Please note: Do not tip any lit candle—to protect from dripping wax only unlit candles should be tipped into a flame.

   As pew candles are ignited, spreading the Light of Christ across the sanctuary, electric lights will be dimmed.  The seated congregation, holdings their candles in front of them, are invited to join in singing “Silent Night, Holy Night.”

   As singing concludes, the pastors and ushers will extinguish their candles and all worshipers are asked to do so as well.  Beware of dripping wax!  As you depart the sanctuary, all used candles can be deposited in baskets provided in the narthex.

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

Tonight, we welcome children and youth to our Christmas Eve Services…

♥ Holy Communion is open to all guests and visitors.  At St. Paul United Church of Christ, we observe and practice “open communion,” which means that adult and confirmed guests and visitors gathering with us for Christmas Eve worship can freely share in the sacrament without regard to personal church affiliation.

♥ Our congregation encourages everyone receiving the communion wafer and cup tonight to silently commit themselves anew to walk more closely with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

♥ The Usher’s Room and our new “Family Room” off the Narthex is available for parents with crying or fussy children.  Please feel free to rejoin your fellow worshippers in the pews after calming or quieting your child.  A handicap accessible restroom with changing table is available at the rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our “Family Room.”

The location of rest rooms…

♥ Restrooms are available near the east and west lobbies of the church.

ASSISTANCE TO THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

♥ Those with wheelchairs are encouraged to make use of the special area reserved for you at the rear of the sanctuary with easy exit access to the front door and the wheelchair ramp.  In case of a fire emergency, an usher will assist you in exiting from the sanctuary and building.

♥ Worshippers using oxygen are asked to briefly retire to the usher’s room off the narthex at the end of service as the sharing of the Light of Christ begins to avoid all hazardous contact between a lit flame and an oxygen container.

♥ Large print orders of service are provided for the convenience of worshippers.  Request one from the greeters and ushers before the start of the Christmas Ever service.

♥ Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers for your use.  Turn to channel 105.5.  Please return the assistive listening devices to the ushers at the end of the service.

♥ Cell phones and pagers should be turned off or set to vibrate.

♥ Christmas Offering received – The Christmas Fund Offering, one of the four special UCC mission offerings will be received anytime during the month of December.  Gifts to the Christmas Fund help provide pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retired ministers.  Special red offering envelopes marked ‘Christmas Fund Offering’ are available in the pew racks for your donation use.

 

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