Sunday December 3, 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


First Sunday of Advent                                                                         December 3, 2017

Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available


  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist



*UNISON ADVENT GREETING  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See,

  darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord  

  rises upon you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to the righteousness of 

  your dawn.  Amen.


  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 119  “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,”  Tracy  

  Hoffman, Hymn Leader


    STEWARDSHIP: Simple Gifts  Pastor Drutchas & Gary Peters   

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “The Christmas Communion Song,”  Chancel Choir

  SCRIPTURE READING John 1:1-5, Ephesians 6:10-18  Lector:  Jeanne Edwards 

 *HYMN No. 136  “Christians All, Your Lord Is Coming”  


*Congregation standing


    SERMON  “Put on the Armor of Light,”  Pastor Drutchas

  *HYMN No. 124  “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”


       Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

       Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration


             One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

             one cup of blessing which we bless.

             And we, though many through out the Earth,

             We are one body in this one Lord.

       Distribution of the Elements

       Prayer of Thanksgiving

       Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)


       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.   


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

  *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”.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.


service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM. 

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate. 


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. 


“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.”



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

Ushers:  Church Council Members



Calendar Week  December 3  -- December 10

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas  – First

                     Sunday of Advent/ Communion/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s 

                     Choir 11:30 a.m./ Advent By Candlelight 6:45 p.m.                      

Tuesday       Executive 6:30 p.m./ Red Hats Christmas Party 6:30

Wednesday Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Handbell Rehearsal 6:30 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00/  

                     Confirmation 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ F & L Appreciation Banquet 12 noon/ Blue 

                     Christmas 7:00 p.m.

Friday          Toledo Zoo Lights Outing – Carpooling From St. Paul 5:00 p.m.

Saturday     Youth Soup Kitchen Christmas Party 10:30 a.m./ St. Paul Day at Santa’s  

                     Magic Forest 12 noon – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Angel Tree Gifts

                     & Hats-Gloves Due/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./

                     Guest speaker Christy’s Legacy of Hope 12:30 p.m.




  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  First Sunday of Advent/ December 3, 2017



 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Bob Barley, Megan Barnosky, Robert Brainard, Dan Childress (Southshore Hospital), Miles Church, Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King), Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin, Dave Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Al Gunther, Shirley Havenstein, 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, and Irene Stoner. 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.



  welcomes to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian

  affiliation.  What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants

  maintain a reverent silence that affirms the dignity of the sacrament. 


  ROSES ON THE PULPIT celebrate the births of Beckham Quentin Brock, born 

  November 22, 2017 to Rachel Gunther. Sibling is Lillian Brock.  St. Paul Great-grand-

  parents are Beverley & Allen Gunther.  And for Pauline Adams, granddaughter of Sue



  LOVE & DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Rob & Kacey Wlasuk on the loss of Rob’s father,

  Kenneth Wlasuk, who passed away November 29, 2017 at the age of 73 years.  Visitation

  is December 3rd & 4th 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 9800   

  Telegraph, Taylor. Funeral is Tuesday, December 5th at St. Paul UCC, Taylor.


   PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments between worship services in the Jerusalem Café (West Room) hosted by our Dorcas Society.

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.


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.


SEWING GUILD Sew ‘N Sews 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.  Instead, we will be joining Women’s Fellowship and Dorcas for a Luncheon on the 14th.

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.  

  Medicare Insurance Change Time until December 6thSeniors and disabled persons

  have an opportunity to change both the Medicare insurance supplemental plan including

  their Part D –Prescription coverage.  Medicare Part A & B coverage and enrollment dates

  for Part D assistance are posted on the Healthy Ministries Bulletin Board in Fellowship

  Hall.  Now is the time to look at your supplemental coverage and decide if it’s time to

  change to a different company.  Senior Alliance has counselors available to address all your

  Medicare questions; assist you to find and enroll in the best Part D coverage for you; assist

  you in applying for Medicare Savings and Extra Help Programs for Medicare Part D.  Bring

  your Medicare card and a list of all your prescriptions.  The dates of enrollment events in

  the community are:  December 4, 5, and 6thShalom – Chronic disease group meeting.

  Our next meeting is December 11th at 1 PM.  Health/Medical supplies –If you have or

  need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact our parish nurse, Kathy

  Williams, or the office.


ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS POINSETIAS 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 filling out one of the white envelopes found in the pew racks and designate Christmas poinsettias.  Deadline for ordering is Monday, December 15th.  The poinsettias will be placed in the Chancel area before Sunday, December 24th and will remain there throughout our candlelight services.  Any plant you ordered 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-in or nursing homes where church members reside. 


MARK YOUR PLANNERS now to join your church family on Sunday, December 10th

   at 12:30 p.m. for a special presentation offered by Karen Depriest, daughter of St. Paul

   members Julius and Janet Enesey.  Karen will be sharing her daughter Christy’s dream to

   help orphans around the world.  While Christy lost her battle with cancer, her legacy lives

   on through Christy’s Legacy of Hope.  Come hear her heart touching and life changing

   story.  We will be gathering in the West Room.


TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY will be gathering on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. instead of the usual Tuesday morning.
This is a one-time schedule change.


Michael Bailey (father, Christie Smart),Jan Filpus (mother, Julia-Joy Miller), Bruce Gaither (father, Rebecca Warren), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law, Lori Kuhn), Stella Ludlam (mother-in-law, Ellen Ludlam), Bill Pinage (father, Brenda Buzo), Sheryl Schwab (mother, Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Frank Small (father, Chris Chavez), Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez), and Grace Torango (mother, Sylvia Matney).  


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  December 5 - Tuesday– Christmas Party at 6:30 PM at

  Savannah’s, 2156 W. Jefferson, Trenton. Price is $28. The menu choices are posted on

  the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall.  The sign-up sheet is posted now. Sally is the

  contact. If you are interested in carpooling, let Sally know. Carpooling departs St. Paul at

  6:00 p.m. sharp. Meet at Savannah’s at 6:30, dinner is at 7:00 p.m.  Bring a gift if you have a

  Secret Pal.  This time sign your name so that your Secret Pal finally knows who you are.  If

  you do not have a Secret Pal, please bring a wrapped gift ($ 10-15) to exchange.  You do not

  need to have a Secret Pal to participate in the celebration.  If you are unable to attend but

  would like a Secret Pal for next year, please let Sally know.​ ​ 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 gather in the West Room after the 10:30 a.m. service. to

   practice our songs.  All children up to and including 6th grade are invited to join.  All

   interested children should gather in the West Room at 11:30 a.m.  If you have any

   questions or concerns, please contact Children’s Choir Director, Sally Sigman.  Looking

forward to seeing you in children’s choir!    

  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.  


INVITING ALL LADIES!  Women’s Fellowship, Sew ‘n Sews, and Dorcas Society

   will be celebrating their Annual Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 14th at

   12:30 p.m. at Toast Family Dining, 22100 West Rd, Woodhaven, 48183 and would like

   you to join them.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Toni Hill.  Please join us!