Sunday December 18, 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

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent                                                                   December 18, 2016

 

Christmas Pageant 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

 

  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

  RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

*CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

  Congregation: As we focus on our Advent wreath today, we rejoice that Christmas   

  is a time of prayer and of open hearts when we sing songs of joy.  Christmas is a  

  time of worship—the moment when the busiest of us pause in wonder.  Christmas 

  happens when God comes to us in love through Jesus Christ and fills us with love

  for all humankind.

  Pastor:  We light our fourth candle of Advent to proclaim the coming of the light of God

  into the world.  With the coming of this light there is love.  Such great love helps us to 

  love God and one another.

*OPENING HYMN  No. 151  “The First Noel,”  Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

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

  children, old people 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.  Amen.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME/ PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

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*Congregation standing

 

   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.

  SCRIPTURE READING  Matthew 2:1-11  Lector:  Jeannette Wackro 

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

  MORNING PRAYER/ LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)

  HYMN No.  150  “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”   

  CHRISTMAS PAGEANT  “Christmas In Hawaii”  (insert)

     Lucinda Chavez, Director; The Sunday School children

  CLOSING PRAYER/ BLESSING FOR LUNCHEON

*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 new “Family Room”.  There are also restrooms available in the West Lobby as well as a handicap bathroom which can be reached through the door at the rear of Fellowship Hall near the pop machine.  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.            

  

STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

In Matthew 25:40 Jesus says, “I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me!”  In this scripture Christians are assured that caring for the least fortunate in society is caring for Christ.  It’s both appropriate and proper use of our personal wealth, a form of stewardship.

 

MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221

Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org

Web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 18, 2016

 

 

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

Acolyte:  Jacob Miller (9), Katelyn Stull (10:30)

  

 ALTAR FLOWERS honor the wedding anniversary of Pastor Cheryl & Jim Schalm.

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

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

  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 29th.  REMINDER:  All congregational reports are  

  due in the church office by December 29th.

 

 FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, David Cowper, Morgan Dowell, June Dolan, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Pat Herkimer, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Sylvia Matney, Michael Natzke, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Allen Rook & family (Fish & Loaves), Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Janet Staffeld, Kevin Staffeld, Peggy Staten, and Leah Wagner. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week   December 18 – December 25

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

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

                      Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

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

Saturday      Christmas Eve Worship 7:00 & 11:00 p.m./ Pew Communion

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

                     Communion                  

 

  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 debbiescase@aol.com if you want more information.

 

  LAST DAY 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.

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   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: ______

 

     

REMEMBER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN OUR MILITARY

President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend of Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force) (Grandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Brian Felske (Army) (Gandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy) (friend of Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, North Carolina) (nephew of Cindy Romas), Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines), Ryan Klimek (son of Troy & stepson of Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve) (son of Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea) (son of Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana) (Air Force Reserve) (daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq) (brother of Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam) (granddaughter of Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend of Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan) (Grandson of Barb Williams, Volunteer at Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew of Cindy Romas), David Schafer (grandson of the late Muriel & Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend of Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew of Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew of Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy)(son of Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son of Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida) (nephew of Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother of Heather Williams Dykowski).

 

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 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.

 

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

 

 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 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 www.redcrossblood.org.  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 www.redcrossblood.org 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. 

 

   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.

 

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 UCC TAYLOR offers a mobile version of                 

   our online giving page to make it easy for you to give         

anytime, anyplace from your smart phone. Simply scan

the image you see here using your phone’s QR code reader

or visit our church website: www.stpaulucctaylor.org/giving

 

 

   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 

  “www.stpaulucctaylor.org” 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.

 

  CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL  

  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.