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
Fourth Sunday of Advent December 24, 2017
Festival of Lessons and Carols
Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.
SILENT PRAYER/ PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist
RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL
LIGHTING OF THE FOURTH ADVENT CANDLE (Joy) Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas
CHIME RESPONSE “Down to Earth”
UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation
O Holy One, as Christmas draws near, there is a sense of excitement in the air. We
can feel a joy in our lives and see it in those around us. Still, for some of us this is a
sad time because of unhappy things that have happened in our lives. Help us to
have the joy that does not depend on earthly happiness but on you. Help us to be
filled with your joy so that we may share it with a joyless world. Amen.
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.
*WELCOME/ PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS
ANTHEM “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” Hand Bell Choir
FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS
An Introduction to the “Festival” – Pastor Drutchas
Chimes: “O Come All Ye Faithful”
First Lesson: “To Us a Child is Born” – Isaiah 9:2, 6-7- Michelle Matney
Carol: (insert) “O Holy Night”
Second Lesson: “The Genealogy of Jesus” – Matthew 1:1-17 – Lois Rice
Carol: No. 135 “Blessed Be the God of Israel”
Third Lesson: “John’s Birth Foretold” -Luke 1:5-14, 17-19, 23-25 – David Lange
Carol: No. 146 “From Heaven Above” (Verse 1-3)
MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Thanks, Healing) Pastor Drutchas
ANTIPHON “Emmanuel, Emmanuel,” Chancel Choir
Fourth Lesson: “Jesus’ Birth Foretold” – Luke 1:26-38 – Grace Wangbickler
Carol: No. 155 “Angels We Have Heard on High”
Fifth Lesson: “Joseph and His Dream” – Matthew 1:18-24 – Helen St. Louis
Carol: No. 150 “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
Sixth Lesson: “Mary Visits Elizabeth” – Luke 1:39-56 – Michelle McNeely
Carol: No. 149 “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”
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.
Seventh Lesson: “The Birth of John the Baptist” – Luke 1:57-66, 80 – Kathy Peters
DUET “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Mark Ennis, Tracy Hoffman
Eighth Lesson: “The Birth of Jesus” – Luke 2:1-7 – Pam Lange
Carol: No. 147 “Away in a Manger”
Ninth Lesson: “Shepherds Visited by Angels” – Luke 2:8-20 – Barbara Schultz
Carol: No. 154 “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”
Tenth Lesson: “The Visit of the Magi” – Matthew 2:1-12 – Aaron Johnson
Carol: No. 172 “We Three Kings”
Eleventh Lesson: “A Man Sent from God Named John – John 1:6-9, 15 – Eileen
ANTHEM “How Great Our Joy!” Chancel Choir
Twelfth Lesson: “The Word Made Flesh” – John 1:1-4, 10-14 – Fred Miller
LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)
*CLOSING CAROL: No. 143 “Joy to the World”
*POSTLUDE (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all the candles are extinguished.)
“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
Ushers: Council Members
Alcolyte: Meredith Stull
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP
Calendar Week December 24 -- December 31
Sunday Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School
Worship 7:00 & 11:00 p.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion 7 &
Monday Merry Christmas!/ Office Closed
Tuesday Office Closed
Wednesday Handbell Rehearsal 6:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Annual Congregational Reports Due in the office
Saturday Youth hosting Wyandotte Soup Kitchen Lunch 10:30 am.
Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
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 24, 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, Julius Enesey, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Al Gunther, Shirley Havenstein, Pam & Wayne Jones, Dorothy Kaczmarek, David King, John King, Carol & Dennis Komathy, Rev. Bill Kren, Neil McEachern, 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.
THERE IS NO Coffee Hour/ Fellowship period today. We will have Coffee Hour next Sunday, December 31 immediately following our 10:00 a.m. service.
ALTAR FLOWERS are in loving memory of our nephew, Aaron St. Louis from Marjie and Charlie Barnard.
LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Loralee Wilson on the loss of her sister-in-law, Velma Dunning. And to Diane Sturgeon on the loss of her brother who passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017.
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
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.
CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING RECEIVED during the month of December. The Christmas Fund Offering, is an important way of sharing our joy at Christmas. 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. There are red offering envelopes in the pew racks marked: “Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross”. 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 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!
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
CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN NURSING OR REHAB CARE
Mary Dubke (Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167), Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Helen Parrish (9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180), Ilene Krogman (Applewood Nursing Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd, Room #309, Woodhaven, 48183), Eleanor Rossi (Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room #415, Allen Park 48101), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048), Ben Scherf (904 E. Lake Mitchell Dr., Cadillac 49601), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193) Grace Torango (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), and Lisa Wild (Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183).
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
THANK YOU to all of my Church Family and Friends for their prayers, cards and words
of encouragement. Your concerns have given me inspiration and courage. I am indeed
blessed with many caring and wonderful friends. Thank you all and may God Bless each
of you, Dan Evison.
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.