January 28, 2024

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Fourth Sunday of Epiphany/ January 28, 2024 


Silent Prayer and Reflection

When has Jesus been your star, leading you through doubt, confusion, or anxiety to a deeper love or understanding?

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements/ Welcome                                           Pastor Cheryl Schalm

Opening Voluntary                                                        John Joanette, pianist

Hymn No. 132 “When God Is A Child”            Tracy Hoffman, hymn leader

*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace                      Aaron Johnson, lector
One: Arise, shine, for your light has come. The glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
All: OThe glory of God shines in the darkness.
One: Lift up your eyes and look around. Follow the star, wherever it leads!
All: Take the journey that leads to the child.
One: Let your hearts rejoice. Be overwhelmed with joy!

All: We worship the Christ child, the hope of the world.
One: The peace of Christ be with you.
All:   And also with you.

*Hymn No. 469  “I Am the Light of the World!”

*Prayer of the Day                                                          Aaron Johnson, lector
Heavenly Father, You remind us daily that we are seen and loved. We are not walking alone. As we start our journey of discovery into the New Year, we know that You will guide us every step of the way. Keep our hearts tender and humble while at the same time steadfast and open to all You reveal to us. Continue to show us what You have for us personally in the year ahead. Amen.

Anthem “He,”                                                                 Tracy Hoffman, soloist


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.  Amen.

First Lesson First Lesson: Isaiah 60:1-6                        Aaron Johnson, lector
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 2:2-12

Message: “Star Light, Star Bright, We Seek Insight”

*Hymn No. 586 “Open My Eyes, That I May See”

Installation of Council Officers (insert           Council President, Aaron Johnson

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. 612 “O Jesus, I Have Promised”

Distribution of “Star Words”  

*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.



JANUARY 28, 2024                     

President    Suzanne Mrowka

First Vice-President     Timothy Ruffner

Second Vice-President     Louise Stanek

Deacon     Teri Staffeld (1 year term)

Elder     Fred Miller (1 year term)

Elder     Mark Ennis (3 year term)

Trustee     Michael Isaacs (3 year term)

Auxiliary Roster     Jennifer Ruffner, David Lange, Sr.


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

PLEASE JOIN US in the West Room immediately following worship for coffee, 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.

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 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: Dan Case, Lois Rice, Sally Sigman, Wendy Warner, Joan Smarr, 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, and the Abdual Family. Condolences to Lori and Ronald Rogers & family on the loss of Ronald’s sister, Vickie Spiker, who passed away January 25, 2024. Funeral service was January 24 at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Dearborn Chapel.

TRUSTEES SEEKING TO FILL COUNCIL POSITION - UPDATE The following position is open on Council.   A three-year term ending January 2026, for the position of Deacon.  Please prayerfully consider filling this position or becoming an auxiliary member.  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.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS HOSTING A ‘WINTER WONDERLAND BLAST’ Sunday School children are encouraged to invite their friends to join them for the “2024” Winter Blast held on Sunday, February 4. Arrive early (9:30 a.m.) to partake of the waffle bar. Afterwards join in for some fun games, winter crafts and s’more making. All activities including the waffle bar will be held upstairs in the Christian Education department. We hope to see you there! Mark your planners now!

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 by February 11.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PREPARE FISH DINNER COLESLAW to be served at the five drive thru fish dinners which begin on February 23, 2024. The brine will be made on Friday February 9. Saturday, February 10 many hands will be needed starting at 8:00 a.m. when the cabbage will be chopped and prepared. At 9:30 chopping all the other vegetables that make the coleslaw will begin. Then the brine will be mixed with the chopped vegetables, put into five gallon buckets and stored in the refrigerators until needed. This is a great time for fellowship and to show your skills in the kitchen. Please consider joining in the fun. Free Donuts and Coffee will be available for all who help.

2024 LENTEN FISH DINNERS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Our congregation is hosting five drive-thru fish dinners on Fridays during the Lenten Season. The dinners will be hosted on February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The menu will include 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. Cost of the dinners are $14.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Volunteer help is needed to host all of the dinners. To volunteer, please contact Jim Poet, Tim Ruffner or the church office (33.291.1221)



                                               Calendar Week January 28– February 4

Sunday         Worship 10:00 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm

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

Tuesday        Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

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

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

                        Sunday School Winter Blast 9:30 - 10:15 a.m./ Communion/ Coffee Hour 11:00