Christmas Day

                            

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. Mark Ennis - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services

 

Christmas Day                                                                                                  December 25, 2016

 

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.   

 

  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  CHIME PRELUDE “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,”  Sally Sigman, Organist

  CHRISTMAS PROCLAMATION (Isaiah 11:1-2, 35:1-2)

  INTROIT  “On This Day Bells Shall Ring,”  Mark Ennis, Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas      

  RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL/ PROCESSION OF LIGHT AND ROSE LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE 

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

    Eternal and ever blessed God, who in the fullness of time didst send forth Thy Son to            

    be our Savior and the Savior of the world, grant that this time of worship may be

    acceptable to Thee and comforting to our souls.  As we celebrate the birth of Jesus may

    we remember that He came to shine light into darkness, to spread truth amid falsehood,

    to create compassion and generosity where there is selfishness and greed, to forgive

    those who have sinned and to open the doors of heaven for all who place their faith in

    Him.  In his holy and saving name we ask it.  Amen.

*OPENING HYMN No. 149 “Angels, from the Realms of Glory,”  Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader                                              

  WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Happy Birthday, Jesus,” Chancel Choir   

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) 

  HYMN No. 147  “Away in a Manger”

  SCRIPTURE READING  Matthew 1:18-25  Lector:  Barbara Schultz

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*Congregation standing

   OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY ANTHEM “The Holly and the Ivy”   

 *DEDICATION OF GIFTS

  *HYMN No. 162  “What Child Is This” 

    SERMON  “Let the Bells Ring,”  Pastor Drutchas

    ANTHEM  “Ding Dong Merrily on High,”  Chancel Choir

  THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

      Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

      Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration

      Response:

            One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

            one cup of blessing which we bless.

            And we, though many through out the Earth,

            we are one body in this one Lord.

      Distribution of the Elements

      Prayer of Thanksgiving

      Lord’s Prayer (debts/debtors)   

*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.  

 *CLOSING HYMN No. 151  “The First Noel”

  *BENEDICTION 

  *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as  the service closes and until all of the       

      candles are extinguished.)

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RESTROOMS 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. 

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.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: 

Any one 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.

 

MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221

Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org

Web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Christmas Day

December 25, 2016

 

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.”

 

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

  

  2017 OFFERING ENVELOPES are now available for pickup in the Narthex (rear) of the   

  church.  Please ask one of the ushers to assist you in locating your box.  If for some reason  

  you do not find a box with your name on it speak with Financial Secretary, Annette, or call  

  the church office at 313-291-1221.

ALL 2016 CONTRIBUTIONS must be received in the
 church office no later than December 29th.  

REMINDER:  All congregational reports are due in the church office by December 29th. 

HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING.  Our congregation welcomes to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian affiliation.  What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants maintain a reverent silence that affirms the dignity of the sacrament. 

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady, David Cowper, Morgan Dowell, June Dolan, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Andrea Fuller, Pat Herkimer, Ollie Hilliker, Kole Johnson (friend of Mike Natzke), Rev. Norm Kirsch, Sylvia Matney, Zachary Miller, Michael Natzke, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Allen Rook & family (Fish & Loaves), Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Janet Staffeld, Kevin Staffeld, Peggy Staten, Leah Wagner, and Al Whited. 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.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Our January planning meeting is Thursday the 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor.  Come with ideas for next year’s outing/ meetings or give them to Kathy by the 25th.

ST. PAUL MEN’S FELLOWSHIP  is sponsoring its second annual St. Paul Euchre Night.   The date is Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 6:00 – 11:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall here at St. Paul.  There will be cash prizes, 50/50 raffle, pizza, snacks and beverages.  The cost is $10 / person in advance and $12 / person at the door.  No partner is required since we will be playing Progressive Euchre which puts individual players against each other.  Tickets can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour beginning on Sunday, December 4th or by calling the church office at 313-291-1221.  Thank You in advance for your support - St. Paul Men’s Fellowship.

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday, January 15, 2017 immediately following our 10:00 a.m. worship service.  (Congregational reports are due in the church office no later than Thursday, December 29th.)  Attending church members will be asked to approve a unified budget and a slate of new church council members.  Reports from church ministries will also be presented. 

SHIFT TO 10:00 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICES FOR FOUR SUNDAYS.  The St. Paul Congregation will shift for four weeks to a single Sunday Worship service.  Worship services on Sunday, December 25th, January 1st, January 8th, and January 15th will all begin at 10:00 a.m.  Our 9:00 & 10:30 worship schedule will resume on the fourth Sunday of the month, January 22nd, 2017.  The telephone greeting for our church’s voice mail system will be updated to reflect changing worship times in January.  Please contact the church office (313-291-1221) if you have any questions regarding worship times. 
The church office will be closed Monday, December 26th; Tuesday, December 27th; and Monday January 2nd, 2017.  Congregational reports are due in the church office no later than Thursday, December 29, 2016.
 

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week   December 25 – January 1

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. –- Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Christmas/Communion

Monday       Office is Closed.

Tuesday       Office is Closed

Thursday     Congregational reports due in the office

Saturday      Boy Scout Troop 825 New Year’s Lock-in

Sunday         Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – New Year’s Day/Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Pot Luck 11:00 a.m.                 

NEW YEAR’S DAY CELEBRATION PLANNED Our congregation is invited to celebrate the New Year together in worship and fellowship, January 1, at 10 a.m.  Worshipers are invited to bring a favorite noisemaker to the morning service, plus baked goods and finger foods to share at the 11 a.m. Fellowship Period that follows.  Have holiday cookies, chocolates, and other delectables you would rather not eat alone at home in light of all the calories?  Why not share your blessings and bounty and contribute them to a great New Year’s celebration together on the first Sunday of 2017?  Your items can be dropped off in the kitchen in advance.  Volunteers will oversee placement of all items on the long elegantly dressed and skirted table at the center of Fellowship Hall.  Please contact the church office if you have any question about our upcoming New Year festivities and what to bring.

ST. PAUL SOUPER BOWL IV is scheduled for Sunday, January 29th.  A simple donation of $7.00 buy’s you a spoon, a support tray (holds 6 bowls of soup) and will allow you to taste a variety of amazing soups prepared by local businesses as well as our own membership.  The event will take place from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM in our own Fellowship Hall.  All profits will go to support the “Building Our Future” fund.  If you have a secret family recipe and would like to participate in Souper Bowl IV, please contact Jim Poet at 734-718-3137 or the Church Office at 313-291-1221. 

    ST. PAUL BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY will be hosting its 10th Annual Wild Game Dinner on Thursday, February 9th.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 pm.  It’s a fun filled evening with lots of raffles, good eating and great fellowship.  This year’s event will feature Buffalo, Wild Boar, Venison, Salmon, Turtle, Squirrel and more.  Tickets are $30/each and can be purchased beginning December 4th at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by calling Candace Poet, James Poet, Gary Staffeld or Dan Case.  We are also   looking for donations of wild game and any items that can be used for the raffles. 

CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN NURSING OR REHAB CARE

David Cowper (Applewood Nursing Ctr, 18500 Van Horn Rd., Woodhaven, 48183),  Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048),Ben Scherf (904 E. Lake Mitchell Dr., Cadillac 49601), and Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193) Grace Torango (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193).

LAST SUNDAY FOR CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING TO BE RECEIVED. The Christmas Fund Offering, one of the four Special Mission Offerings of the UCC, is an important way of sharing our joy at Christmas.  The theme for the 2016 Offering is “God’s Love Colors Everything”.  Your offering to this Fund is an expression of joy and gratitude for those who have so faithfully and selflessly served the church. Your gifts provide “thank you” gift checks and pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retired UCC ministers and lay leaders.  We invite you to partner with the UCC in this ministry so that they can continue to share the Good News of compassion and love with those who are so deserving.  An offering envelope was included in your recent Tidings, and there are extra red offering envelopes in the pew racks marked:  Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross”.  This offering may be brought on any Sunday in December.   Please contribute prayerfully and generously to this offering as a way of blessing and thanking our retired ministers and lay persons who have served God so faithfully. On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, Thank you, Merry Christmas and God Bless. 

OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you will now be receiving all your Church related e-mails from “stpaulucctaylor.org”.  Please make sure you add us to your contact list to ensure that you are receiving all the Church announcements.  If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Gary Peters or Dan Case.

ST. PAUL NURSERY MOVES TO NEW LOCATION.  Effective with the 10:00 a.m. January 8, 2017 Worship Service our St. Paul Nursery will move to its new location in the Family Room just off the narthex. This move will eliminate our current 2nd floor nursery. Parents are asked to check in with Christine Schwab our Nursery coordinator prior to the start of each worship service.  St. Paul will continue with a single service through January 15th returning to two services on January 22nd. Child care will be provided for all Sunday Worship Services (with the exception of Christmas).  If you have questions regarding the new nursery, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case.

HEALTH MINISTRIES – Exercise Classes – Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumbato a DVD at 4 PM on Mondays in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Just show up and join in the fun & fellowship!  Zumba can be done at your own pace and modified to your ability. 
Shalom– Chronic disease group meeting. Our January meeting is Monday the 9th at 1:00 p.m. 

Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, unopened packages of diapers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact Kathy Williams. 

Blood Drive –
is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  Please mark your calendar for this event.  There needs to be 59 days between donations.  Please schedule an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams (313-291-1221) or complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and place it in an offering plate.  You can also make appointments by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.  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.  ID’ and passwords are case sensitive.  You can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of the drive before you come to donate.  You can read the educational materials and complete the health history online to save time at the blood drive.  If you have questions about eligibility you can look at eligibility requirements on www.redcrossblood.org or contact the Red Cross blood donation center at 866-236-3276.  There is updated information about a four by week deferral for those who have been to areas where the Zika virus has been found. 

   MARK YOUR PLANNERS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop on Saturday, February 4th

  from 9 AM- 7 PM.  The cost is $40.  This includes your cropping space, three meals, as well  

  as snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.   

  Even if you do not want to scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop       

  with our venders.  If you are a vender, or know of a vender, that might be interested, please  

  let me know.  We will need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This

  is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie  

  Case at 734-941-1228 or email debbiescase@aol.com if you want more information. 

 

   LEAVES FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S “Tree of Faith” continue to be available for     

  those who wish to honor or commemorate family members and events. The cost of each leaf  

  is $300 with proceeds helping to fund “A Room with a View.” The tree is located in the  

  narthex, just outside the entrance to the new “Family Room”.  Those who wish to have a leaf 

  placed on the tree are encouraged pick your leaf from those available (see sign-up sheet) and      

  to complete a blue card available in the pew racks or by going to the Church Website 

  “www.stpaulucctaylor.org” click on the ‘Giving” tab to access Vanco Services and utilize our  

  new highly secure electronic giving site. Purchases can be debited automatically from your  

  checking or savings account, or from your debit or credit card.

  CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS  Christian Education is in need of all college, trade school, and “2016” High School Graduate address and location information.  In addition, we would like your photo to be included on our “YOUNG ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board.  Please forward all information and pictures to Pastor Schalm.