Sunday December 4, 2016


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. Mark Ennis - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services


Second Sunday of Advent                                                                                 December 4, 2016

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

Nursery care available


  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

  CHIME PEEL  Note-A-Bells Handbell Choir



*OPENING HYMN No. 128  “One Candle Is Lit,”  Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  O God:  We thank you for the blessing of this Advent season.  As we once again hear

  the story of your saving work and sing glad carols proclaiming the messiah’s birth,

  open our hearts and minds to your redeeming love for us in Jesus Christ.  Help us

  to be your son’s true disciples in the love that we have for you and one another.  Amen.



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes,”  Chancel Choir

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  PRAYER RESPONSE  Chancel Choir

  Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel. 

  God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel

  SCRIPTURE READING John 1:1-14 Lectors: Barbara Schultz (9), Cheryl Kincaid (10:30) 

 *HYMN No. 160  “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”  


*Congregation standing



    SERMON  “Countdown to Christmas,”  Pastor Drutchas

  *HYMN No. 147  “Away in a Manger”


       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.


 *HYMN No. 142  “People, Look East”


 *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.          



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Second Sunday of Advent/ December 4, 2016



“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.”



Acolyte:  Katie Kincaid (10:30)

Ushers:  Church Council Members

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

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

  Jerusalem Café (West Room) between morning worship services, hosted by Dorcas Society.

HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING.  Our congregation 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. 

TREE OF FAITH LEAF VERIFICATION  We are asking everyone who purchased a leaf on the Tree of Faith to verify the inscription that will be on their leaf.  There will be a table located in the Narthex on Sunday, December 11th before both services where inscriptions can be verified prior to the actual engraving.  The engraved leaves should be back on the tree after the first of the year.  If you have questions, please contact Marjie Barnard at the church office (313-291-1221) or Dan Case.



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, David Cowper, June Dolan, Arlene Felske, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson,  Herkimer, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Velma McGee, Sylvia Matney, Zachary Miller, Michael Natzke, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Glen Sigman, Janet Staffeld, Kevin Staffeld, Peggy Staten, Ricky Staten, Linda Tank, Leah Wagner, Lisa Wild, and Carol Wioncek. 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.

CONDOLENCES TO BARBARA SIEMERS on the loss of her great-grand-niece, Melinda Campanella, who passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016. 

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  – Tuesday, December 6th,  is our Christmas dinner party at Savannah’s at 2156 W. Jefferson, Trenton.  The cost is $26 for dinner.  The menu choicesare posted on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall.  The sign-up sheet is posted there now.  Sally Sigman is the contact for this event.  All money is now past due to Sally.  If you would like to carpool from St. Paul, please let Sally know.  Carpooling will depart at 6:00 p.m. sharp!  We will meet at Savannah’s at 6:30; dinner is a 7:00 p.m.  Bring a gift for your Secret Pal.  This time sign your name so your pal knows who you are.  If you do not have a Secret Pal bring a gift valued $10-15 to exchange.  You do not have 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 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor.  Come with ideas for next year’s outing/ meetings or give them to Kathy by the 25th.

INVITING ALL LADIES!  Women’s Fellowship, Sew ‘n Sews, and Dorcas Society will be celebrating their Annual Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 8th at 12:30 at the Sportsman Den, 15001 Sibley Road, Riverview and would like you to join them.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Pat Staffeld, Dorothy Evison or the church office. Please join us!  Deadline to RSVP was December 1st.  (Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews will not meet Thursday, December 15th.)

ST. PAUL MEN’S FELLOWSHIP  is sponsoring its second annual St. Paul Euchre Night.   The date is Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 6:00 – 11:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall here at St. Paul.  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 beginning on Sunday, December 4th or by calling the church office at 313-291-1221.  Thank You in advance for your support - St. Paul Men’s Fellowship.



Calendar Week   December 4 – December 11

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

                     Sunday of Advent/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Pageant Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Advent by Candlelight 6:45 p.m.

Monday       Matter of Balance 12:45 p.m./ Zumba 4:00 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590

                     6:00 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m./ Red Hat Christmas Party 7:00 Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Ladies Christmas Luncheon 12:30 p.m./ Dorcas 7:00 p.m.

Friday          Coffee House & Family Fun Night 6:00 p.m.

Saturday      Youth Soup Kitchen Christmas Party 11:30 a.m.

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

                     Sunday of Advent/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Pageant Rehearsal 11:30 

                     a.m./ Angel Tree Gifts Due


  MARK YOUR PLANNERS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop on Saturday, February 4th

  from 9 AM- 7 PM.  The cost is $40.  This includes your cropping space, three meals, as well  

  as snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.   

  Even if you do not want to scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop with

  our venders.  If you are a vender, or know of a vender, that might be interested, please let me  

  know.  We will need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This is a big  

  fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie Case at  

  734-941-1228 or email if you want more information.


IT’S TIME TO ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA’S 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 completing the form below or filling out one of the white envelopes in the pew racks and designating Christmas poinsettias.  Deadline for ordering is Monday December 19th.  The poinsettia’s will be placed in the chancel area for the candlelight service on Saturday December 24th.  Any plant you order 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-ins or nursing homes where church members reside by our visiting elders.


   I/We would like to order a poinsettia to be placed in the Chancel Area for Christmas:


  In Memory/ Honor of: ___________________________________________________


  From: ________________________________________________________________


  Contact info: ____________________________How many: ______Amt due: ______




Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Bill Pinage (father of Brenda Buzo), Cheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Frank Small (father of Chris Chavez), Grace Torango (mother of Sylvia Matney),and Robert Warren (father of Spencer Warren). 

   HEALTH MINISTRIES – Exercise Classes – Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumbato a DVD at 4 PM on Mondays in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Just show up and join in the fun & fellowship!  Zumba can be done at your own pace and modified to your ability.  There is no Zumba on December 12th or 19th. Shalom– Chronic disease group meeting. All are welcome.  Our December meeting is Monday the 12th at 1:00 p.m.  Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, unopened packages of diapers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact Kathy Williams.  Blood Drive – is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  Please mark your calendar for this event.  There need to be 59 days between donations.  Please schedule an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams (313-291-1221) or complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and place it in an offering plate.  You can also make appointments by visiting  Click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says “Enter a Sponsor Code”, under “Find a blood drive near you”.  Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces).  You will then be directed to the next page listing our blood drive.  Click on the last column to sign up.  You will need to register & obtain a password.  ID’ and passwords are case sensitive.  You can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of the drive before you come to donate.  You can read the educational materials and complete the health history online to save time at the blood drive.  If you have questions about eligibility you can look at eligibility requirements on or contact the Red Cross blood donation center at 866-236-3276.  There is updated information about a four by week deferral for those who have been to areas where the Zika virus has been found. 

ST. PAUL BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY will be hosting its 10th Annual Wild Game Dinner on Thursday, February 9th.  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, Squirrel and more.  Tickets are $30/each and can be purchased beginning December 4th at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by calling James Poet, Gary Staffeld or Dan Case.  We are also looking for donations of wild game and any items that can be used for the raffles.

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST, Heritage Park Activity Building, 12111 Pardee Rd., Taylor is hosted by Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, will open every weekend through December 22nd.  Santa is on hand every day to welcome children of all ages who come to visit.  Hours are Fridays:  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays:  1:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sundays: 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.  General Admission $3.00, children 3 & Under free.  Picture with Santa $8.00.  All proceeds benefit Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry who assist many families struggling with hunger and food insecurity.  Our congregation will be designation a “St. Paul Day” providing all volunteers for an afternoon and evening.  All volunteer stints are two hours.  To volunteer please complete a Make-A-Wish care (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office (313-291-1221).   

ARE YOU AN “ANGEL” IN DISGUISE?  There are numerous children throughout the Downriver area in need of a Christmas angel to share the love of Christ with them.  These children represent the less fortunate and often forgotten families that struggle year-round for financial, emotional, physical and/or spiritual stability.  While the holidays may be a joyous and celebratory time for some, for others struggling with such issues, they are not. As Christians, we understand that the joy of Christmas comes in knowing that Christ came to the earth to “save” all humanity, regardless of social class or status.  He alone should be the reason we celebrate.  We share that message with others when we lift and encourage them; when we serve to continue spreading the message He can to deliver.  This Christmas you can serve to spread the Love of Christ and the message of His saving grace by being a child’s angel in disguise.  An Angel Tree has been set up in the Fellowship Hall adorned with angel ornaments.  Each ornament identifies the gender and age of a child in need of a gift this Christmas season.  Simply select an angel or ornament and register it on the Angel Registration located on the table.  Purchase a gift (suggestion list located on the table) and return it unwrapped with the angel ornament taped to it by December 11th.  All gifts will be delivered to the Salvation Army on December 12th and distributed in their family-in-need gift store.  Qualified families (those in need) have appointed times in which they come to shop for their children.  One parent is allowed to shop for their children and can select one large item and one stocking stuffer for each child under the age of 16 years.  In addition, the family receives a food basket and a Kroger gift card.  If you have any questions regarding the Angel Tree program, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you will now be receiving all your Church related e-mails from “”.  Please make sure you add us to your contact list to ensure that you are receiving all the Church announcements.  With the Christmas season coming soon there will be many activities happening at the Church and you want to make sure that you are aware of them.  If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Gary Peters or Dan Case.

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 the 2016 Offering is “God’s Love Colors Everything”.  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 was 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 on 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, Thank you, Merry Christmas and God Bless.

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 for some reason  

   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.

  LEAVES FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S “Tree of Faith” continue to be available for     

  those who wish to honor or commemorate family members and events. The cost of each leaf  

  is $300 with proceeds helping to fund “A Room with a View.” The tree is located in the  

  narthex, just outside the entrance to the new “Family Room”.  Those who wish to have a leaf 

  placed on the tree are encouraged pick your leaf from those available (see sign-up sheet) and      

  to complete a blue card available in the pew racks or by going to the Church Website 

  “” click on the ‘Giving” tab to access Vanco Services and utilize our  

  new highly secure electronic giving site. Purchases can be debited automatically from your  

  checking or savings account, or from your debit or credit card.

STUDENTS  Christian Education is in need of all college, trade school, and “2016” High School Graduate address and location information.  In addition, we would like your photo  to be included on our “YOUNG ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board.  Please forward all information and pictures to Pastor Schalm.