New Year’s 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


New Year’s Day                                                                                           January 1, 2017

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

(Nursery care available)


    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE   Sally Sigman, Organist



   *OPENING HYMN No. 164  “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice,”  Mark Ennis,                   

      Hymn Leader


       O God of life, we rejoice in your love which has filled creation from the beginning

       and which calls all life into being.  We praise you for Jesus Christ who reveals

       most fully your loving purpose for all people.  We bless you for your Spirit who

       draws all humanity into the circle of your love.  Gracious God, bless us with your

       presence so that our worship and our lives may be a true celebration of your love

       in Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen. 



     CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Whispering Hope,”  Kari Cappello & Mark Ennis   

     SCRIPTURE READING  Matthew 1:1-17  Lector:  Lois Rice     

     HYMN No. 158  “Her Baby Newly Breathing”

     MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Thanks, Healing)


     ‘Twas in the moon of wintertime, when all the birds had fled, that mighty Gitchi 

     Manitou sent angel choirs instead; before their light the stars grew dim, and 

     wand’ring hunters heard the hymn:  Peace on earth, Christ is born, Jesus is born,

     in excelsis gloria!


*Congregation standing




         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.    

      SERMON  “All in the Family,”  Pastor Drutchas     

      LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

      CHIME RESPONSE  “Let There Be Peace on Earth”


    *CLOSING HYMN No. 167  “Go Tell It on the Mountain”


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

      all of the candles are extinguished.)



RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our “Family Room”.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.



of service are available.   


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.





Do not be afraid, do not be afraid.

Heaven is sending a star as your guide.

Do not be afraid, do not be afraid.

God will be here at your side.

                                                                                               Philip Rice



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

New Year’s Day

January 1, 2017



“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.

REMINDER:  All congregational reports are now past due.  Please turn yours into the church office ASAP.

Sunday, January 15, 2017 immediately 

 following our 10:00 a.m. worship service.  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.


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments and fellowship in our Fellowship Hall, hosted by our Choir members. 



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady, David Cowper, 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.


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.


SHIFT TO 10:00 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICES FOR TWO SUNDAYS.  The St. Paul Congregation will shift for two weeks to a single Sunday Worship service.  Worship services on Sunday, 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 is closed Monday January 2, 2017. 


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.


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.  Please remember to check the shelf in the West Room for any gifts from 

your new Secret Pal.



Calendar Week  January 1 – January 8

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. 

Monday       Office is Closed/ Zumba 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday  Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m.

Sunday         Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas –  Epiphany

                      Sunday School 10:00 a.m.                 


   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.


OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you will now be receiving all your Church related e-mails from “”.  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.

   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 if you want more information.



Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol     

Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Bill Pinage (father of Brenda Buzo), Cheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Frank Small (father of Chris Chavez), Grace Torango (mother of Sylvia Matney),and Robert Warren (father of Spencer Warren). 


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  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 or contact the Red Cross blood donation center at 866-236-3276.  There is updated information about a four week deferral for those who have been to areas where the Zika virus has been found. 


THE SEWING GUILD (Sew ‘n Sews) will begin the New Year with their meeting January 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  Please bring a sandwich, dessert and beverages are provided.  All are welcome whether or not you know how to sew.  WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP will meet on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.  All ladies are invited.  THE DORCAS SOCIETY will meet Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  

  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 

  “” 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.


  PLEASE REMEMBER to complete a kitchen check list and put it in the Trustees box in  

  the West Room after the kitchen has been used.  Completed check lists are not being 

  received on a regular basis.  Blank forms are located on the cupboard door near the large 

  coffee pot.



  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.