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
RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL
*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)
LIGHTING OF THE SECOND ADVENT CANDLE (Peace)
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
*WELCOME/ PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS
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”
OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/ *DEDICATION OF GIFTS *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.
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.
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.
“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.”
ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY
Council: Gary Peters (9), Dave Lange (10:30)
Alcolyte: Tyler Staten (9), Aaron Flomo (10:30)
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP
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
MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor
Second Sunday of Advent/ December 10, 2017
FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST
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:
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S EXTEDED FAMILY:
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
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.