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

    _____________________

    *congregation standing

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

 *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.

      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  

    Vernor Drutchas

  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”

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all the candles are extinguished.)

 

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

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 

                     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

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 

  Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

  web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

  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    

  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.  

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    

  caring outreach.  

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.