Sunday January 12, 2020

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 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



 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.




 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”          



       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)


  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.

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

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:  Church Council Members

Deacon:  Kristi Caruso



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.


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.

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 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 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