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
OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/ *DEDICATION OF GIFTS
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.)
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
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 18, 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.”
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
I/We would like to order a poinsettia to be placed in the Chancel Area for Christmas:
In Memory/ Honor of: ___________________________________________________
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
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.