Sunday December 31, 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 after Christmas                                                             December 31, 2017

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.     

Nursery care available


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



*OPENING HYMN No. 276 “We Gather Together” Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader 

*UNISON INVOCATION  Isaiah 42:1-7Pastor Schalm & Congregation

  Leader:           Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul   

                         delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the  


 Congregation: He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;

 Leader:            a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not  

                         quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.

 Congregation: He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in  

                         the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

 Leader:            Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out,

                         who spread out the earth and what comes from it,

 Congregation: who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in  


 Leader:           I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the  

                        hand and kept you;


*congregation standing

All:   I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the  

            eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the

            prison those who sit in darkness.



  SPECIAL MUSIC  “Mary’s Little Boy Child,”  Mark Ennis, Soloist

  SCRIPTURE MEDLEY  2Timothy 3:16-17, James 1:19, 2 Peter 1:3, Hebrews 10:23,       

                                             Romans 12:17-18, Philippians 2:4, Revelations 21:5, John  

                                             14:15 Lectors, Alyssa Brandt & Mark Ennis

  HYMN No. 461 “Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service”  (A new hymn with     

  exceptional tune and words)

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm

  HYMN No.  467 “Fill the World with Love”


         Music “Glow” The Newsboys


         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. 

  SERMON  “Resolving the Resolution” Pastor Schalm

    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

 *HYMN No. 344 “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”          


  *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 “Family Room”.  Please let the ushers know of your need for    


  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.    


  Any one desiring to unite with St. Paul United Church of Christ by transfer of member-

  ship 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

Ushers:  Arlene Felske, Ryan Erickson, Selena Erickson, Sue Mrowka




Calendar Week  December 31 – January 7

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm  – Sunday School 

                     10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.

Monday       Happy New Year!/  Office Closed

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m./ Begin taking down Christmas


Wednesday Closing West Room, Kitchen, & Fellowship Hall for Floor Refinishing

Thursday    Floor Refinishing continues

Friday         Winter Break Bash & Youth Lock-in 6:00 p.m.

Saturday     Event-Fellowship Hall

Sunday        Worship 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion - 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

  First Sunday After Christmas/ December 31, 2017



 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Ann Anderson (Beaumont, Dearborn), Bob Barley, Megan Barnosky, Sherrill Berndl, Debbie Case, Betty Caufield, Dan Childress, Miles Church, Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King), Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin, Dave Cowper, Julius Enesey, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson (Henry Ford, Downtown), Al Gunther, Shirley Havenstein, Pam & Wayne Jones, Dorothy Kaczmarek, David King, John King, Carol & Dennis Komathy, Rev. Bill Kren, Pam Lange, Neil McEachern, Jena Mellin, Michelle Mellin, Esther Perry, Sharon Podpora, Garnett Raymond (daughter, Betty Hagerty), Lil Roscoe, Sandi Rose (Beaumont, Dearborn), Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Mary Lou Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Jeannette Wackro, and Grace Wangbickler (Beaumont, Heritage). 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.


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

   Fellowship Hall immediately following our morning worship service, hosted by our

   Dorcas Society Members.


  2018 GIVING ENVELOPES are now available for pickup.  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. Congregational

  Reports are now past due.  ALL 2017 CONTRIBUTIONS must be received in the

  church office no later than today, December 31st .


    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.   


    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.

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.



  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.  

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.                 



  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, January 1st, 2018. Congregational Reports are now past due.


   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!


  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.


  USHERS NEEDED - We are seeking additional members to assist as Ushers for our 

  Sunday morning worship services. This volunteer activity is extremely important. Friendly

  and efficient Ushers help St. Paul present a welcoming atmosphere to both Church members

  and visitors. Written instructions are available, and training can be arranged at your request. 

  Anyone interested in being placed on our Usher Volunteer list may speak with the presiding

  deacon on Sunday mornings or contact Kristi Caruso by phone call (586-876-4308) or text

  and she will contact you regarding any questions or concerns you may have.