Sunday November 24, 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

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
November 24, 2019

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

 

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL    

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

 OPENING HYMN No. 16  “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader     

 UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

God and Father of us all, we come into this hour of worship in humility and praise,

  seeking your grace and forgiveness as we meet in holy fellowship.  Let your Holy 

  Spirit be with us and keep us mindful of your healing and strengthening power.   

  Forgive our short-sightedness and lack of faith.  Open our lives to the spirit of our  

  Lord Jesus Christ and fill us with your spiritual gifts for the doing of your will. 

  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.

WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS 

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Bound for the Promised Land,”  Chancel Choir

 SCRIPTURE READING  Ezra 3:10-11, Matthew 14:15-21  Lector:  Jane Dykowski

  HYMN No. 697  “Creative God, You Spread the Earth” 

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  HYMN No.  719 “Come, Sing a Song of Harvest” (vs. 1, Soloist, vs. 2-4 Congregation)

SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (pew card) Kronemann Family

CHOIR LULLABY  “Jesus, Friend, So Kind and Gentle”

OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/ DEDICATION OF GIFTS  

DOXOLOGY

     Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

     Praise him all creatures here below.

     Praise him above ye heavenly host;

     Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

MESSAGE  “Grateful to Be Blessed,”  Pastor Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)  

  CLOSING HYMN No. 720  “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”   

  BENEDICTION

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

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.

PRINTED COPIES of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

PLEASE USE 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

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:  Michael Isaacs

Deacons:  Kristi Caruso

Ushers: April Clark, Julius Enesey


OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  November 24 – December 1

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-  Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Kronemann Family Baptism 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir Rehearsal  11:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m./ Event West Room 11:30 a.m.

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Choir Rehearsal 6:15 p.m./ Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday  Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Happy Thanksgiving/ Office Closed

Friday          Office Closed

Saturday      Set up Christmas Trees/ Bring Decorations from Bell Tower 9:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – First Sunday of Advent/ Communion/ Wear blue!/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir Rehearsal 11:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 am./ Christmas Decorating 11:00


MORNING TIDE

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments following the morning worship service.  We will be gathering in our Fellowship Hall, hosted by our Youth and Young Ault Ministries.

ALTAR FLOWERS honor the 91st birthday of Loralee Wilson, from her family.  SIDE VASE celebrates the baptism of Nora June Kronemann, from Grandma & Grandpa Ray and Great-Grandma, Irene Stoner.

BAPTIZED UNTO THE LORD Nora June Kronemann, born March 9, 2019 to Roy & Rebecca Parant Kronemann and baptized Sunday, November 24, 2019.  St. Paul Grand-parents are Walter & Janet Ray.  St. Paul Great-grandmother is Irene Stoner.

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE is Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  A fellowship period is in the West Room with fresh pie served for those remaining after the service. Mark your calendars for a night of thanksgiving together.    

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  The Building and Grounds Ministry is looking for volunteers to help set-up the St. Paul Christmas Trees in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall and to remove the Christmas decorations from the Bell Tower Saturday, November 30 at 9:00 p.m.  It  should take no more than one – two.  Please call the Church office (313-291-1221) or contact Gary Staffeld or Dan Case if you would like to volunteer.  We will be lighting the tree Sunday, December 1to inaugurate the Advent season.  All are invited to wear blue – the color of Advent.  Service will conclude with pew communion open to all baptized Christians.

 THE TAYLOR COMMUNITY CHORUS is presenting their Annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm at the Wm. D. Ford Senior Activity Center, 6750 Troy St. Taylor (West of Telegraph and North of Ecorse).  Tickets include refreshments and can be purchased from chorus members or cash at the door.  Pricing is $8.00 adult, $5.00 6 thru 17 years and 5 and under are free.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Dave Badarak, Liz Bechtol, Stacey Black-Quantz, Shawn Block, Robert Brainard (Beaumont, Dearborn), Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Terry Dyer (Heartland, Allen Park), Christine Gilliland, Vicki Grant, Kyle Hard, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Shirley Koths, Beverly Jean Lloyd, Christopher Natzke (Beaumont, Royal Oak, nephew, Michael Natzke), Bill Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Sheryl Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Beverly Sitz, Diane Sturgeon, Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Doreen Thompson, 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.

 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS SPONSORING their annual “Advent by Candlelight” program on Sunday, December 8, from 6:45-8:45 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet available during coffee hour or you can call/ email Debbie Case (debbiescase@aol.com). I have  envelopes with all the information. There is another sign-up sheet for ladies that do not want to host a table but would like to attend, and we will do our best to find a place for every lady. Deadline to sign up is today. I will need to know total numbers at each table by December 1.

 

 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION is pleased to share an opportunity to be an Angel” to a child

  in need this holiday season. An Angel Tree adorned with angel ornaments identifying the

  gender and age of a child in need is in the Fellowship Hall. Simply pull an ornament, log the

  number on the sheet located on the table, and return the gifts unwrapped with the ornament

  taped to it by December 8. Gifts will be delivered to the Salvation Army on Monday,

  December 10. Our Sunday School Children are collecting hats, gloves, mittens, scarves,

  socks and undergarments for children and families in need. All items can be dropped off

  upstairs and/or placed in the gigantic stocking located at the bottom of the stairs. Items will

  be delivered to the Salvation Army on December 8 in time for their annual “Families in Need

  Christmas Store.” If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

  YOUNG ADULT HURRICANE RELIEF MISSION TRIP is heading to Holly Hill,

  Florida on December 28 to spend a week repairing and rebuilding homes damaged from

  hurricanes and tropical storms. They will be working with the UCC wider mission disaster

  ministry team. Anyone interested should contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS to honor someone special in your life or in memory of a loved one.  The cost is $8.00 per plant and can be ordered by filling out one of the white envelopes found in the pew racks.  Designate ‘Christmas Poinsettias’.  Last day to order is Sunday, December 8.  The poinsettias will be placed in the Chancel area prior to December 22 and will remain there throughout our candlelight services.  You can take your plant(s) after our Christmas Eve Worship Service.  Any plants left behind will be given to our shut-ins or nursing homes where church members reside.

 ‘BLUE CHRISTMAS’ SERVICE’ members and friends who have lost loved ones over the past year or more and are experiencing Christmas the first or second time without a loved one are invited to attend a special “Blue Christmas” program and worship service on Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m. We will gather in the parlor and then join for a time of very special worship in the Chancel of the St. Paul Sanctuary. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one with them that night to place on the altar. The “Blue Christmas” Service will be led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas. For more information, contact the church office.

  SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for St. Paul Day on Saturday,

  December 7, 12-8 p.m.  Volunteers are needed to welcome visitors. Volunteer stints are two

  hours. Santa’s Magic Forest opens its doors on Saturday, November 30 through Sunday,

  December 22. Claus, Children can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus as well the Grinch. Photos with

  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Grinch are available at $8. There is a $3 cash only admission.

 INVITING ALL LADIES! Women’s Fellowship, the Sew ‘n Sews, and Dorcas Society invite

 you to celebrate their Annual Christmas Luncheon with them.  The luncheon is Thursday,

 December 12, 12:30 p.m. at Woodside Meadows Golf Course Restaurant, 20820 Inkster Rd.,

 Romulus, 48174.  Please R.S.V.P. to Thelma Poet by Tuesday, December 10. Please join us!

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 gift? Please consider serving on the St. Paul 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), elder (three-year position), deacon (three-year position), and trustee (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. Any church member interested in being nominated should speak with Church Trustees Michael Isaacs, Dave Badarak, or Toni Hill.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for these sessions.  Meditation classes - Individual sessions are available. Please contact Kathy Williams. Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.   Updating our Call List – Please notify the church office (313-291-1221) if you would like to be contacted when there are important messages to share (such as a death, meeting cancellation, etc.).  This list is for members without e-mail.  Medicare Enrollment Time is here until December 5. Not sure about which Medicare supplement to choose? The Senior Alliance assists persons changing programs and/or Part D (medication plan). See the Health Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall for dates and places.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Christmas Dinner celebration is Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. at Lakes of Taylor. The contact is Sally Sigman. $28 is due by Sunday November 24. Remember, it will be time to reveal yourself to your secret pal at the dinner. So, bring her a gift and reveal who you are on the card. If you cannot attend the dinner you can always leave a gift in the west room and someone will take it to the dinner for you and yours will be left in the west room for you to pick up.  If you didn’t participate in the Secret Pal and want to be part of the gift giving, bring a gift costing approximately $10 to exchange. There is no obligation to do so. Please sign up on the RHPA bulletin board in Fellowship Hall if you will be attending the dinner.

USHERS NEEDED Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our Usher Sign-up Board located in the Narthex (back) of the Church. Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary. Our Deacons will be glad to answer any questions and walk you through the process prior to the worship service.  LECTORS (Scripture readers) are needed to read during worship services. No experience is needed. Training provided. Copies of all readings are available Thursday or Friday of each week and for your convenience can be emailed to you by our church’s administrative assistant, Cindy Romas.

THANK YOU to Barb Schultz, Dan & Deb Case, Toni Hill, Dorothy Evison, Helen St. Louis, Marjie Barnard, April Clark, Sue Mrowka, Kathy Williams, Grace Wangbickler, Rev. Geoff Drutchas, Mark Ennis, Dave Lange, John Smith, Ed Brainard and our Girl Scout Troop 74590 for helping to make the Spaghetti Dinner a success.