Sunday December 17, 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

 

Third Sunday of Advent                                                           December 17, 2017

Celebration of Worship 9:00 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

  “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God

  showed his love among us.  He sent his one and only Son into the world that we

  might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us

  and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so

  loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  (1 John 4:9-11)

  LIGHTING OF THE THIRD ADVENT CANDLE (Love)

*UNISON INVOCATION 

  O God, we thank you that Jesus showed your love for every person—babies and

  children, old and young, sick people and those who were strong, rich people and

  those who were poor.  Come to us in this Advent season and give us love in our

  hearts for all people.” 

*OPENING HYMN No. 160  “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

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*Congregation standing

*WELCOME/ PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Carol for Advent,”  Chancel Choir  

  SCRIPTURE READING  John 1:6-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 Lector: Eileen Vernor

     Drutchas   

  HYMN No. 161  “I Wonder as I Wander”

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN No.  HYMN No. 165  “Once in Royal David’s City”

  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  “A Perfect Christmas?”  Pastor Drutchas

   CHIME INTERLUDE  Sally Sigman

   CHRISTMAS PRAYER CARDS

   LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)     

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

*BENEDICTION

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

  all of the candles are extinguished.)

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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. 

                                                   
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.”

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

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

Alcolyte:  Emily Pedersen (9), Andrew Caruso (10:30)

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

 

Calendar Week  December 17  -- December 24

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas  – Christmas

                     Pageant 10:30 a.m./ Luncheon 11:30 a.m./ Cookie Walk  

Monday       Caregivers 7:30 p.m.                   

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Handbell Rehearsal 6:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00/ Confirmation class 

                     Caroling 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./

                     Worship 7:00 & 11:00 p.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion 7 & 

                     11 p.m.

Monday       Merry Christmas!/  Office Closed

Tuesday      Office Closed



 

Christmas Pageant - 10:30 a.m. 

                                                                                    
Nursery care available

  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

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

  CHRISTMAS BELLS  Children’s Hand Bells

*CALL TO WORSHIP  Worship Leader

  UNISON READING  Worship Leader & Congregation

  “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God

  showed his love among us.  He sent his one and only Son into the world that we

  might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us

  and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so

  loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  (1 John 4:9-11)

  LIGHTING OF THE THIRD ADVENT CANDLE (Love)

*UNISON INVOCATION 

  O God, we thank you that Jesus showed your love for every person—babies and

  children, old and young, sick people and those who were strong, rich people and

  those who were poor.  Come to us in this Advent season and give us love in our

  hearts for all people.” 

*CHILDREN’S CHOIR  “The Light of the World,”  Sally Sigman, Director,  

  Children’s Choir

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*Congregation standing

*WELCOME/ PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

*HYMN No.  160  “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

  SCRIPTURE READING  John 1:6-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 Lector: Alyssa Brandt    

  HYMN No. 161  “I Wonder as I Wander”

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN No.  HYMN No. 165  “Once in Royal David’s City”

  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.

   CHRISTMAS PAGEANT  “A Candy Cane Christmas,”  Lucinda Chavez, Director

   LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)     

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

*BENEDICTION

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

  all of the candles are extinguished.)

 

MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 

  Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

  website:  stpaulucctaylor.org

  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Third Sunday of Advent/ December 17, 2017

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Ann Anderson, Bob Barley, Megan Barnosky, Sherrill Berndl, Betty Caufield, Dan Childress, Miles Church, Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King), Dan Evison, Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin, Dave Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Al Gunther, Shirley Havenstein, Pam & Wayne Jones, 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.

 

  ALTAR FLOWERS are in honor of Jim Pattenaude’s 77th birthday from his loving wife & sons, Cleora, Ken, and Bill.

 

  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. Congregational Reports are due in the church office by December 28th.


  ALL 2017 CONTRIBUTIONS
must be received in the church office no
 later than December 31st .

 

  READERS ARE NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS EVE’S 10:00 a.m. morning service.  If  

  you are interested in reading on Christmas Eve morning, please complete a Make-A-Wish

  card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or hand it to an usher.  You

  may also contact the office at 313-291-1221 to let Pastor Drutchas know you are interested. 

  

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 2017 is “Shepherding The Light”.  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 is 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 in 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, God Bless you, Merry Christmas & Thank you.

 

  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 January 8th at 1 PM.

  Blood Drive – is scheduled for January 25, 2018, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  Please mark your

  calendar for this event.  Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies,

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

 

  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 24th, December 31st, January 7th, and January 14th will all

  begin at 10:00 a.m.  Our 9:00 & 10:30 worship schedule will resume on the third Sunday of

  the month, January 21, 2018.  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 25th; Tuesday, December 26th, and Monday,  

  January 1st, 2018.

Congregational Reports are due in the church office no later than
 December 28th.

 

 SEWING GUILD’S 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.  


ST. PAUL MEN’S FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY
is sponsoring its third annual Euchre Night.   The date is Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  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 any Sunday or by calling the church office at 313-291-1221.  Thank You in advance for your support - St. Paul Men’s Fellowship.

 

ST. PAUL’S SOUPER BOWL V is scheduled for Sunday, January 28, 2018.  A simple donation of $7.00 buy’s you a spoon, a support tray (holds 6 bowls of soup) and allows you to taste a variety of amazing soups prepared by local businesses as well as our own membership. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the KIOSK table on Sunday mornings or by contacting the Church office at 313-291-1221. The event will take place from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in our own Fellowship Hall.  All profits go to support the facility.  If you have a secret family recipe and would like to participate in Souper Bowl V, please contact Jim Poet at 734-718-3137.

 

THE ST. PAUL BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY is hosting its 11th Annual Wild Game Dinner on Thursday, February 8, 2018.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 pm 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 and much more.  Tickets are $30/each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, or by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by calling James Poet, Gary Staffeld, Candace Poet, John Smith or Dan Case.  We are also looking for donations of wild game food and any items that can be used for the raffles.

 

   THE OFFICE IS COLLECTING NAMES & ADDRESSES of soldiers currently

  deployed overseas for a “Soldiers Around the World” outreach program.  Church  

  member, Betty Caufield, volunteers for this important project which sends food and care  

  packages to men and women in our Armed Services who are defending our nation and

  upholding peace abroad.  Please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) 

  with the name and address of an overseas soldier you know who can benefit from this    

  caring outreach.  

REMEMBER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN OUR MILITARY

President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), 2nd Lieutenant Tyler Gillespey (Army, Tacoma, Washington, grandson, Murl & Judy Nieman), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Kevin Johnson & Stephen Johnson (Navy, grandsons, Patricia Olson), PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek (son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve, son, Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea, son, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Netherlands, grand-daughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grandson, Barb Williams, Volunteer, Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), David Schafer (grandson, late Muriel & late Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew, Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew, Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy, son, Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son, Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida, nephew, Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother, Heather Williams Dykowski).

 

  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 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, contact Children’s Choir Director, Sally Sigman.   

  

  ALTAR GUILD has a couple of opportunities for volunteers to maintain (fill) the altar   

  candles weekly and to ensure the paraments (cloth on the lectern and pulpit) are changed

accordingly.  There are no meetings to attend.  All materials and training are provided at

  your convenience.  For more information please contact Arlene Felske or Sue Mrowka