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
RINGING OF CHURCH BELL
CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE Pastor Cheryl Schalm
*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;
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.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen. Amen. Amen.
*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS
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”
OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS
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
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 DESCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:
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.”
ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY
Council: Gary Peters
Ushers: Arlene Felske, Ryan Erickson, Selena Erickson, Sue Mrowka
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP
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
FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST
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.
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
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, 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.