Sunday December 11, 2016


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


Third  Sunday of Advent                                                                               December 11,  2016

Festival of Lessons and Carols

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

Nursery care available


  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



     Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN No. 136  “Christians All, Your Lord is Coming” (Verse 1, soloist;  

     Congregation Verses 2, 4)



     Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there’s something about that name.  Master, Savior, Jesus, like

     the fragrance after a rain.  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!  Let all heaven and earth proclaim;

     kings and kingdom will all pass away but there’s something about that name!


     An Introduction to our Advent “Festival” – Pastor Drutchas

     First Lesson: A Righteous Couple – Zechariah and Elizabeth - Luke 1:5-7- Aiden Ostrowski

     Carol: No. 24  “The God of Abraham Praise” (Verses 1-2)

     Second Lesson: An Angel Speaks - Luke 1:8-17- Jordyn Miller

     Chimes: “Song of Zechariah”

     Third Lesson: The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold - Luke 1:18-19 – Kaylah Newton

     Carol: No. 155 “Angels We Have Heard on High” (Verse 1)

     Fourth Lesson: The Birth of Jesus Foretold – Luke 1:26-37 – Sam Kincaid

     Carol: No. 150 “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” (Verses 1-2)

     Fifth Lesson: The Blessedness of Mary – Luke 1:39-45 – Abigail Johnson


    *congregation standing


     Carol: No. 130  “Mary’s Song: My Soul Gives Glory to My God” (Verses 1-3)

     Sixth Lesson: The Birth of John the Baptist – Katie Kincaid

     Carol: No. 162  “What Child is This” (Verses 1-2)

     Seventh Lesson: The Birth of Jesus, Our Savior – Matthew 1:18-25 – Emily Pedersen

     Carol: No. 165  “Once in Royal David’s City” (Verses 1-2)

     Eighth Lesson: Wise Men Seek the Star – Matthew 2:1-6 – Hayden Robbins

     Carol: No. 151 “The First Noel” (Verses 1-2)

     Ninth Lesson: The Star Shines at Bethlehem – Matthew 1:7-9 – Luke Frazier

     Carol: No. 172  “We Three Kings” (Congregation, Verses 1, 5; Soloists: 2-4)

     Tenth Lesson: Our Savior Receives Homage and Gifts – Matthew 2:10-12 – Nick Mink (9)


     Carol (9): No. 144  “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (Verses 1-2)

     Anthem (10:30): “O Radiant Star”  Chancel Choir, Mark Ennis, Music Director

     Eleventh Lesson: King Herod’s Evil Intentions – Matthew 2:13-15 – Jacob Miller

     Solo: “When Joseph Was A-Walking,” Mark Ennis

     Twelfth Lesson: Escape to Egypt – Matthew 2:16-18 – Zachary Miller

     Carol: No. 161  “I Wonder as I Wander” (Verses 1-3)

     Thirteen Lesson: The Holy Family Returns to Nazareth - Matthew 2:19-23 – Cole Haas

     Carol: No. 164  “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”

     Fourteenth Lesson: The Promise of the Messiah – Isaiah 11:1-9 – Pastor Drutchas


     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.


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

       all 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 new “Family Room”.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.


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.




Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Third Sunday of Advent

December 11, 2016



“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.”



Acolyte:  Emily Pedersen (9), Jordyn Miller (10:30)


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


   PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our 

  Jerusalem Café (West Room) between morning worship services, hosted by Dorcas Society.


TREE OF FAITH LEAF VERIFICATION  We are asking everyone who purchased a leaf on the Tree of Faith to verify the inscription that will be on their leaf.  There will be a table located in the before both services where inscriptions can be verified prior to the actual engraving.  The engraved leaves should be back on the tree after the first of the year.  If you have questions, please contact Marjie Barnard at the church office or Dan Case.

SEWING GUILD Sew ‘n Sews will not meet Thursday, December 15th.




Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, David Cowper, June Dolan, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Pat Herkimer, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Velma McGee, Sylvia Matney, Zachary Miller, Michael Natzke, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Janet Staffeld, Kevin Staffeld, Peggy Staten, Ricky Staten, Linda Tank, Leah Wagner, Lisa Wild, and Carol Wioncek. 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.


CONDOLENCES TO Louise Stanek and family on the loss of husband Walter Stanek who passed away November 12, 2016.  Memorial service was Saturday, December 3, 2016.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated. 


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.


2017 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 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.  REMINDER:  All congregational reports are due in the church office by December 29th.


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.




Calendar Week   December 11 – December 18

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

                     Sunday of Advent/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Pageant Rehearsal 11:30           

                     a.m./ Hat & Gloves Gifts Due/ Angel Tree Gifts Due

Monday       Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m.

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

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

Saturday      Sunday School Christmas Pageant Rehearsal 10:00 a.m.

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

                      of Advent/ Sunday School Christmas Pageant 10:00 a.m./ Luncheon 11:30 

                      a.m./ Cookie Walk                      


  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.


IT’S TIME TO ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA’S 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 completing the form below or filling out one of the white envelopes in the pew racks and designating Christmas poinsettias.  Deadline for ordering is Monday December 19th.  The poinsettia’s will be placed in the chancel area for the candlelight service on Saturday December 24th.  Any plant you order 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-ins or nursing homes where church members reside by our visiting elders.


   I/We would like to order a poinsettia to be placed in the Chancel Area for Christmas:


  In Memory/ Honor of: ___________________________________________________


  From: ________________________________________________________________


  Contact info: ____________________________How many: ______Amt due: ______




Barbara Ash (friend of Lori Kuhn), Andrew Burnell (nephew of Evelyn Lassa), Lois Carter (friend of Lori Kuhn), Elaine Collins (relative of Arlene & Phill Felske), Nick Collins (grandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Shirley Darga(friend of Daisy Stedman),Patty Wolfe (daughter of Esther Perry), Kristi DeCoster (Friend of Lois Rice), Gregory Drewno (friend of Anne & Kirk Blanchard), Norma Duddy (friend of Doreen Thompson), Gabriella Gomez (niece of Darlene Babin), Paola Hillebrand (friend of Wendy Warner), Shannon Henry (friend of Melissa Winter), Irene Jacobs (aunt of Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson of Patricia Olson), Stephen Johnson (grandson of Patricia Olson), Laura Kelly (friend of Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Matthew Kozlaski (grandson of Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Joanne LaFleur (daughter of Helene McEachern), Jennifer Lee (grand-daughter of Barb Siemers) Pamela Lietz (friend of Michael Natzke), Charles Linne (brother of Lil Roscoe), Carson Maloney (grandson of friend of Wendy Warner), Chance Patrick (relative of Cleora Pattenaude), Rod Pemberton (neighbor of Marjie & Charlie Barnard), Steve Rieley (relative of Darlene Babin), Judy Robin (aunt of Lucinda Chavez), Jackie Robinson (sister of Pam Badarak), Ernest Rossi (brother of Al Rossi), Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter of April & Steve Clark), Kyle Siemers (grandson of Barb Siemers), Joan Slusher (sister of Doris Hilliker), Kirt Small (brother of Chris Chavez), Joyce Smith (sister of the late Harry Thompson), Aaron St. Louis (nephew of Marjie & Charlie Barnard), Cameron Stroupe (great-grandson of Tom & Linda Tank), Carissa Stroupe (grand-daughter of Tom & Linda Tank), Daniel Summer (grandson of Kathy Williams), Veronica Sullivan (friend of the Herkimer family), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson of Helene McEachern), Paul Tetreau (nephew of Kathy & Gary Peters), Anna Thompson (mother of Lucinda Chavez), and Victoria Whitcher (daughter of Cheryl Stewart).


CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING RECEIVED DURING THE MONTH OF  DECEMBER 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 help 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.



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.  There is no Zumba on December 12th or 19th. Shalom– Chronic disease group meeting. Our December meeting has been cancelled.  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 by week deferral for those who have been to areas where the Zika virus has been found. 


SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST, Heritage Park Activity Building, 12111 Pardee Rd., Taylor is hosted by Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, will be open every weekend through December 22nd.  Santa is on hand every day to welcome children of all ages who come to visit.  Hours are Fridays:  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays:  1:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sundays: 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.  General Admission $3.00, children 3 & Under free.  Picture with Santa $8.00.  All proceeds benefit Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry who assist many families struggling with hunger and food insecurity.  To volunteer please complete a Make-A-Wish care (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office.  


   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.



ARE YOU AN “ANGEL” IN DISGUISE?  Return the unwrapped gift with the angel ornament taped to it today.  All gifts will be delivered to the Salvation Army Monday, December 12th.  Qualified families (those in need) have appointed times in which they come to shop for their children.  One parent is allowed to shop for their children and can select one large item and one stocking stuffer for each child under the age of 16 years.  The family also receives a food basket and a Kroger gift card.  If you have any questions regarding the Angel Tree program, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.


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.  With the Christmas season coming soon there will be many activities happening at the Church and you want to make sure that you are aware of them.  If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Gary Peters or Dan Case.

SHIFT TO 10:00 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICES FOR FIVE SUNDAYS.  The St. Paul Congregation will shift for five weeks to a single Sunday Worship service.  Worship services on Sunday, December 18th, 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.                                                               


   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.