Sunday December 29, 2019

Bulletin, worship service audio, and sermon text for this Sunday.

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


 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.


  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”



       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”


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.


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.



“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.” 


Council: Mark Ennis

Deacons:  Jim Nault

Ushers:  Helene McEachern, Sharon Podpora

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule


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.


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 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 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.