Sunday December 10, 2017

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


Second Sunday of Advent                                                                  December 10,  2017

Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.                                                      Nursery care available

  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  CHRISTMAS WARM-UP (insert)  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist


*CALL TO WORSHIP  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

  UNISON READING  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  “For to us a child is born, to us a child is given; and the government will be upon    

  his shoulder, and his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and of

  peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to

  establish it and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and

  for evermore.  The zeal of the Lord will do this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)



  Eternal God, we thank you that through the years you have given peace to your

  people.  Help us to have your peace for our lives.  We pray that, in this Advent

  season, we may, by what we do, show your presence to the sick, to the hungry, and

  to the lonely, so that they too may have peace.  Amen.

*OPENING HYMN No. 129  “Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates,”  Tracy    

  Hoffman, Hymn Leader


*Congregation standing



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “Carol for Advent,”   

  Chancel Choir (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING  2 Peter 3:8-15a, Luke 3:1-18  Lectors: Peggy Staten (9),  

  Barbara Schultz (10:30) 


  On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh; Come then 

  and hearken for he brings Glad Tidings from the King of kings.  Then cleansed by

  every Christian breast furnished for so great a guest.  Yea, let us each our hearts

  prepare for Christ to come and enter here.  For thou art our salvation, Lord, our  

  refuge and our great reward; once more upon thy people shine, and fill the world

  with peace divine. 

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN No.  HYMN No. 122  “Comfort, Comfort You My People”


     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  “The New We,”  Pastor Drutchas

   LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)     

*CLOSING HYMN No. 677  “Let There Be Peace on Earth”


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

  all of the candles are extinguished.)



RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available in the East Lobby which can be reached through the side door 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.

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.

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.     


“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.”



Council:  Gary Peters (9), Dave Lange (10:30)

Alcolyte:  Tyler Staten (9), Aaron Flomo (10:30)





Calendar Week  December 10  -- December 17

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas  – Angel 

                     Tree Gifts & Hats-Gloves Due/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Guest Speaker    

                     Christy’s Legacy of Hope 12:30 p.m.  

Monday       Shalom 1:00 p.m.                   

Tuesday       ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Handbell Rehearsal 6:30 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00/ No Confirmation class

Thursday    Women’s Fellowship/ Dorcas/ Sewing Guild Christmas Luncheon 12:30 p.m.

Saturday     Christmas Pageant Rehearsal 10:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship 9:00 – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Christmas Pageant 10:30 a.m./

                     Luncheon 11:30 a.m./ Cookie Walk



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Second Sunday of Advent/ December 10, 2017



 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Bob Barley, Megan Barnosky, Sherrill Berndl, Dan Childress, Miles Church, Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King), Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin, Dave Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Al Gunther, Shirley Havenstein, Dorothy Kaczmarek, David King, John King, Carol & Dennis Komathy, Rev. Bill Kren, Jena Mellin, Michelle Mellin, Esther Perry, Sharon Podpora, Garnett Raymond (daughter, Betty Hagerty), Lil Roscoe, Sandi Rose, Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Mary Lou Staffeld, Brenda Tank, and Jeannette Wackro. 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.


  PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments between

  worship services in the Jerusalem Café (West Room) hosted by our Dorcas Society.


  CANDY CANE CHRISTMAS…The “2017” Sunday School Christmas pageant,

  “Candy Cane Christmas,” will be performed on Sunday, December 17th.  The production

  will be held in the Fellowship Hall as part of the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  Following

  the pageant, a special luncheon will be hosted by the Christian Education Ministry.  All

  are encouraged to attend.  In addition, parents should plan to bring their cameras and

  children their wish list as we anticipate a special visit from Santa. Parents, please mark

  your planners as a special dress and all cast rehearsal to be held on Saturday, December

  16th from 10:00 a.m. – noon.  All cast members should refer to their rehearsal schedules

  for additional rehearsal dates.


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

  will be celebrating their Annual Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 14th at

  12:30 p.m. at Toast Family Dining, 22100 West Rd, Woodhaven, 48183 and would like

     you to join them.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Toni Hill.  Please join us! 


HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. No

  classes in December.  Watch this space for classes resuming in January, 2018. All are

  welcome.  Participants had noticeable improvement in dexterity, balance, and strength.  

  Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is December 11th at 1 PM.  

  Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers,

  wheelchairs, please contact our parish nurse, Kathy Williams, or the office.


ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS POINSETIAS to honor someone special in your life or in memory of a loved one who has passed away.  The cost is $8.00 per plant and can be ordered by filling out one of the white envelopes found in the pew racks and designate Christmas poinsettias.  Deadline for ordering is Friday, December 15th.  The poinsettias will be placed in the Chancel area before Sunday, December 24th and will remain there throughout our candlelight services.  Any plant you ordered can be taken after the service you attend on Christmas Eve.  If there are any plants left behind they will be given to our shut-in or nursing homes where church members reside. 


JOIN YOUR CHURCH FAMILY TODAY at 12:30 p.m. for a special presentation offered by Karen Depriest, daughter of St. Paul members Julius and Janet Enesey.  Karen will be sharing her daughter Christy’s dream to help orphans around the world.  While Christy lost her battle with cancer, her legacy lives on through Christy’s Legacy of Hope.  Come hear her heart touching and life changing story.  We will be gathering in the West Room.


THANK YOU to all of those who helped make our 1st annual spaghetti dinner a success:  Girl Scouts, Barb Schultz, Dave Lange, Dan & Deb Case, Fred Miller, Toni Hill, Dorothy Evison, John Smith, Al Gunther, Kathy Williams, Cheryl Schalm, Michael Issacs, Kristi Caruso & Mark Ennis from Pam Lange, Dinner Coordinator.


Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving  For those members  and friends who want to donate electronically, St. Paul now offers a mobile version of our online giving page to make it easy for you to give any time or place from your smart phone. Simply scan the image you see here using your phone’s QR code reader or you can still visit our website:


  Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin (daughter, Shirley Havenstein), Mary Fairemont (sister,

  Richard Wagner), Allison Files (granddaughter, John & Barb Smith), Gabriella Gomez

  (niece, Darlene Babin), Robert Grigg (friend, Schalm family),Lyn Haas (cousin, Dawn

  Vachereese),Lynn Harbin (sister, John Smith), Paola Hillebrand (friend, Wendy Warner),

  Tamsey Hoffman (friend, Sue Mrowka), Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson

  (grandson, Patricia Olson), Stephen Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Richard Jones, Justin

  Kurtz (friend, Chelsey Schalm), Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Annette

  Lauseng (friend, Cindy Romas), Jennifer Lee (granddaughter, Barb Siemers) Chris Lunsford

  (friend, Velma McGee), Courtney Matthews McEarchern, Kim McEachern (daughter-in-law,

  Helene & Neil McEarchern), Sister of Brenda Murphy (Alabama), Nicki Pappas (neighbor,

  Velma McGee), Robert Rider (brother, Virginia Butzlaff), Brian Reid (friend, Sue Mrowka),

  Judy Robin (aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Cookie Robinson (sister of Bob Robinson),Richard

  Sherman (brother, Anne Blanchard), Tammy Sherman (sister, Anne Blanchard), Trudy Clark-

  Schiller (daughter, April & Steve Clark), David Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten),Joyce

  Thompson Smith (sister, the late Harry Thompson), Denise St. Louis (sister-in-law, Marjie &

  Charlie Barnard), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson, Helene McEachern), and Victoria

  Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart).


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Our January planning meeting is Thursday, the 25th at 7

  PM in the Parlor. Please come with ideas for next year’s outings/ meetings or give them to

  Kathy Williams prior to that day.


   CHILDREN’S CHOIR will not gather again until January 21, 2018 in the West Room

   after the 10:30 a.m. service to practice our songs.  All children up to and including 6th grade

   are invited to join.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Children’s Choir

   Director, Sally Sigman.  We will be singing at the Christmas Pageant next Sunday.


   2018 GIVING 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 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.


SEWING GUILD Sew ‘N Sews next meeting will be January 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich, coffee & dessert is provided. No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food For Thought!  We will not be gathering in December.