February 11, 2024

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Sixth Sunday of Epiphany/Transfiguration Sunday
 February 11, 2024


Silent Prayer and Reflection

Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here.” (Mark 9:5)

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements/ Welcome                                      Rev. Linda Anderson

Opening Voluntary                                                 John Joanette, pianist

*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace                  Peggy Staten, lector

 One: Lord, you have called us to the mountaintop.

All: Help us to look forward to where you would have us go.
One: Help us to listen carefully to the words of your healing love.
All: Open our hearts and spirits to receive your glorious directions.
One: Place your trust in the Lord in all your ways.
All: Lord, we have come here to give our lives to you. AMEN.

One: The peace of Christ be with you.

All:   And also with you.

*Hymn No. 595 “Be Thou My Vision,”       Tracy Hoffman, hymn leader

Prayer of the Day                                                    Peggy Staten, lector

Morning by morning you awaken us, O God; day by day you show us your wondrous love. The words of your teachings fall fresh upon our listening ears; we heed your wisdom and are renewed by your word. You surround us with countless acts that reveal your majesty; we are struck by your goodness as we are refreshed in your Spirit. Come, dwell among us, and through Christ let us praise you. You are the God we worship and adore. Amen.

Anthem “We Are Singing in the Light of God,”                    Chancel Choir

First Lesson 2 Kings 2:1-14 (NRSV)                        Peggy Staten, lector

Gospel Lesson Mark 9:2-10 (NRSV)

Message “Standing on the Threshold,”                   Rev. Linda Anderson

*Hymn No. 461  “Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service”

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


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.             


A Time of Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy            

   kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give  

   us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we  

   forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver    

    us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power and the    

    glory, forever and ever Amen.                                                                                        

*Hymn No. 562  “Because He Lives”

*Dismissal with Blessing

Closing Voluntary/ Recessional: Please remain in your pews as the Light of Christ leads the way into the world followed by our Pastor.




SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN will gather upstairs for lesson, crafts, and snack.

PLEASE JOIN US in Fellowship Hall immediately following worship for beverages, donuts, and fellowship.  All are welcome.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY will gather at 10:30 a.m. in the West Room. Lead by interim pastor Reverend Linda Anderson.  All are welcome. For more info call the office.

EXERCISE CLASS Wednesday mornings, 10:30 a.m.   All are welcome to join for fun and fellowship. Contact Kathy Williams for more information.  

CHOIR REHEARSAL TIME CHANGE. Wednesday, February 14 Choir will gather at 6:30 p.m. because of Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 p.m. All other Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m. in the West Room. New voices are always welcome.  Contact Music Director, Tracy Hoffman, for more information.  

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Fred Miller, Denise St. Louis, Rebecca Romas, Diane St. Louis, Carol Wioncek, Sally Sigman, Joan Smarr, Justine Kimbler, Baby Boy Healey, Brody Howell, Ailani Flores, Sue Milatz, Linda Tank, Rachel Tank, Jennifer Lee, Kyle Hard, Bill Pattenaude, Richard & Kathy Green, Marybeth Staffeld Gibbs, Randy Snelson, Ted Butkin, Kevin Siemers, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink.

YOUTH TO SERVE AT CASS SOCIAL SERVICES Rock Hard in Faith Youth Fellowship will be serving at Cass Social Services from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24 (Please note date change). Afterwards we will head out for some pizza and fellowship. Please sign the sheet on the youth board upstairs or contact Pastor Schalm to confirm your participation.

2024 LENTEN FISH DINNERS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Our congregation is hosting five drive-thru fish dinners on Fridays, February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The menu includes three breaded pieces of wild-caught Icelandic Cod, French fries, our church’s famous Cole slaw, roll with butter, and a pie slice or brownie for an adult meal. The children’s meal will be two pieces of fish plus everything else in the adult meal. Dinners are $14.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Volunteer help is needed to host the dinners. To volunteer, please contact Jim Poet, Tim Ruffner or the church office (313.291.1221).

YOUTH PARTICIPATING IN A “30 HOUR TECHNOLOGY FAMINE” to Help Feed the Need”. Instead of going without food for 30 hours this year, the youth will be tucking away their technology & electronics in order to help feed the need. For 30 hours they will take their minds and hands off social media and electronics and redirect them to helping those less fortunate. With the American Psychological Association (APA) reporting that technology use has been found to contribute to poor self-esteem and isolation in some youth and World Vision International reporting that millions of children are dangerously malnourished with 30 million of them suffering from wasting (also known as acute malnutrition), it’s a win-win for all young people! The famine will begin at 12:00 a.m. on Friday, March 8 and conclude at 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The youth will then gather at the church on Saturday, March 9 at 4:30 p.m. to host the annual ARC Special Olympics dinner dance. A celebratory breakfast will be shared on Sunday, March 10. Youth are accepting pledges in support of their famine during coffee hours. Proceeds will benefit World Vision’s work to feed children in need throughout the world. Cookies, cupcakes, and dessert items are also being sought for the Special Olympic dinner dance. Please see Pastor Schalm if you are interested in donating.

TRUSTEES SEEKING TO FILL COUNCIL POSITION A three-year term ending January 2026, for the position of Deacon is open on Council.  Please prayerfully consider filling this position or becoming an auxiliary member of Council.  A description of responsibilities is available in the church office or see a trustee.  Please speak with Toni Hill, Marjie Barnard, or Michael Isaacs, Trustees.

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.



                                               Calendar Week February 11 – February 18

Sunday         Worship 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Linda Anderson

                       Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee hour 11:00 a.m.

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

Wednesday  Exercise 10:30 a.m./ Choir Rehearsal 6:30 p.m./ Ash Wednesday Service 7:00

Thursday       Sewing Guild Sew ‘N Sews 10:00 a.m.

Sunday          Worship 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Ralph Brown

                        Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Communion 10:00/ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.