Sunday February 19, 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. Mark Ennis - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services

 

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany                                                            February 19, 2017

 

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

(Nursery care available)

   

    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE   Joe Diederichs, Guest Organist

    RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

    CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Ethan C. Drutchas

   *OPENING HYMN No. 53  “Morning  Has Broken,” Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader   

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Ethan C. Drutchas & Congregation

     O, Loving God, as we gather together in worship this morning we praise You and

     we give thanks to You; for this world which You have made, for your bountiful                       

      provisions for our needs, for all the blessings of this present life, and for the

      hope of a better life to come.  Let the memory of your past goodness fill our

      hearts with joy and thankfulness in the present, and for hope for the future. 

      Fill our lives with the truth of your Word and the courage of your apostles

      that, having caught the vision of your Kingdom, we may proclaim it with power         

      and a glad heart to the salvation of many souls and to the glory of Jesus Christ,

      in whose name we pray.  Amen.

  *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

   *WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS 

      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Mark Ennis, Soloist (9),  “Precious Lord,”  Chancel  

      Choir (10:30)

      SCRIPTURE READING  Judges 9:1-15, Matthew 6:25-34  Lectors:  Cheryl Kincaid

      (9), Peggy Staten (10:30)   

  *HYMN No. 595  “Be Thou My Vision”          

    _____________________ 

  *Congregation standing

 

 

     MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

   *HYMN No. 658  “Restless Weaver”       

     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.

    SERMON  “The Flowers and the Trees,”  Ethan C. Drutchas

    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

  *CLOSING HYMN No. 537  “My Hope Is Built”  

  *BENEDICTION  

  *POSTLUDE (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of

       the candles are extinguished.)

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HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE

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 DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:

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.

 

STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Acts 20:35 Apostle Paul says, “I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak remembering the words that Lord Jesus himself said, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.””  As good Christian stewards, we should plan our giving and be purposeful about supporting good work.  Our giving should always be directly connected to supporting ministry and serving the Lord.  Stewardship giving should be from the heart.

 

 

 

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.”

 

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  February 19 – February 26

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Ethan Drutchas –  Sunday School                       

                     10:30 a.m.

Monday       Caregivers Group 7:00 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./ Worship Planning 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday  Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Red Hats Dinner Outing 6:30 p.m.

Friday          Making Brine 9:00 a.m./ ARC Valentine Dance 6:00 p.m.

Saturday      Cut Peppers & Make Coleslaw 9:00 a.m.

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

                     School 10:30 a.m.                    

 

  SIDE VASE is in celebration of the 57th wedding anniversary of Sally & Glenn Sigman from  

  their family. 

 

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

  Fellowship Hall between worship services, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 825.

 

  CONDOLENCES TO Bridget and Lawrence Stephens on the loss of their father on              

   January 25, 2017.

 

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

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany/ February 19, 2017

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Chris Chavez, David Cowper, Janet Enesey, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Ashley Giancecchi (daughter-in-law of Dan & Deb Case), Al Gunther, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Larry Kurtsel, Michael Natzke, Helen Parrish, Shirlen Powell, Garnett Raymond (daughter of Betty Hagerty), Al Rossi (Heartland, Dearborn Heights), Judy Schalm (mother of Jim Schalm), Glenn Sigman, Sally Sigman, Kevin Staffeld, Leah Wagner, David Walker, Al Whited (St. Joseph, Ann Arbor), Lisa Wild (Medilodge), and Shelly Wilson. 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.

 

2017 GIVING ENVELOPES AND YEAR-END STATEMENTS are available for  

pickup in the church office.  Please speak with our Financial Secretary, Annette, or call the church office at 313-291-1221.

 

 THE 2017 ST. PAUL FISH DINNERS ARE COMING!  This year we will be making our  

 famous St. Paul coleslaw on Saturday, February 25th beginning at 9:00 AM in the Church  

 kitchen.  Depending on how many people participate it takes anywhere from two to three   

 hours to make the (20) five gallon pails of coleslaw required.  Any time you can give is  

 appreciated. Please contact Jim Poet, Dan Case or the Church Office at 313-291-1221 if you   

 need more information or want to volunteer to help.

 

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TO HOST SWEETHEART DANCE for the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens) on Friday, February 24th.  The Youth are in need of donated desserts and door prizes to help off-set the cost of this outreach.  Anyone interested in making a donation or helping with this event, please contact Cheryl Schalm. 

 

THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS MINISTRY is looking for volunteers for our annual kitchen clean-up which will be held on Saturday, March 4th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in preparation for the 2017 Lenten Fish Dinners. All cleaning supplies will be furnished. Any  time you can give is greatly appreciated. If you can help or just have questions, please    contact Julius Enesey or Dan Case or call the Church office at 313-291-1221.

THANK YOU THANK YOU to the many people that helped with the 12th Annual Scrap-book Crop.  Whether you donated food or prizes, helped that day, or came and shopped, we are so appreciative!  This is why I love our church, because of all the people that will step up when asked.  We netted $2,206 which gave BOF and Christian Education $1,203 each.  In 12 years our total profit has been $28,312. BOF and CE each have received $14,156!

 

HEALTH MINISTRIES – Exercise Classes – Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumbato a DVD or an alternate video at 4 PM on Mondays in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Just show up and join in the fun & fellowship! This can be done at your own pace and modified to your ability. 

Shalom– Chronic disease group meeting. February meeting is Monday the 13th 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. 

 

REMEMBER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN OUR MILITARY

President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend of Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force) (Grandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Brian Felske (Army) (Gandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Jeremy House (Army, nephew of the Ennis’ and Ostrowski’s), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend of Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, North Carolina) (nephew of Cindy Romas), Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines), Ryan Klimek (son of Troy & stepson of Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve) (son of Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea) (son of Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana) (Air Force Reserve) (daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother of Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam, granddaughter of Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend of Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan) (Grandson of Barb Williams, Volunteer at Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew of Cindy Romas), David Schafer (grandson of the late Muriel & Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend of Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew of Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew of Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy)(son of Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son of Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida) (nephew of Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother of Heather Williams Dykowski).

 

giving.jpgST. PAUL UCC TAYLOR offers a mobile version of                 

 our online giving page to make it easy for you to give         

anytime, anyplace from your smart phone. Simply scan

the image you see here using your phone’s QR code reader

or visit our church website: www.stpaulucctaylor.org/giving  

 

OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you will now be receiving all your Church related e-mails from “stpaulucctaylor.org”.  Please make sure you add us to your contact list to ensure that you are receiving all the Church announcements.  If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Gary Peters or Dan Case.

A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to Brittany Keith, Steve Clark, and Mark Ennis for cleaning all of our white tables in preparation for the 2017 Fish Dinners.  St Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.

RED HAT DINNER OUTING Thursday, February 23 - Dinner at 6:30 PM at Taza Fresh Grill, 1685 Dix-Toledo Rd., Southgate. 734.281.3101, South of Eureka on the east side of the street. Meet there. Contact is April Clark. Sign-up by Feb. 21 as the reservation will be made that day.

ST. PAUL YOUTH GO HUNGRY TO FEED THOSE IN NEED  It is reported that every seven seconds one child dies within our world due to a hunger related cause.  As unbelievable as this might be living in the United States of America, it is a hard reality to many throughout God’s world.  Serving as the hands, feet and voice of Christ, young people within our congregation are choosing to make a difference in the lives of those facing hunger and poverty.  On Friday, March 24-March 26th they will take part in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine.  They’re going to raise awareness and money to help eradicate world hunger by not eating for 30 hours.  Over the course of their time together they will participate in group activities that will serve to increase their understanding of poverty.  They will partake in games, a shopping spree to benefit Fish & Loaves and volunteer at Cass Social Services on Sunday morning.  While they are dedicated to make a difference, they need your assistance.  They young people are in need of prayers and sponsors.  They need courage, strength and hearts that are open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  They need your encouragement and prayers seeking these things on their behalf.  In addition, they are in need of sponsors; those willing to support their efforts through monetary donations.  All monies raised will benefit those in need through the support of programs offered by World Vision, a worldwide Christian based organization serving God’s children throughout the world.  Anyone interested in sponsoring a youth or making a donation should visit the Kiosk during coffee hour beginning February 26th.  Anyone interested in helping should contact Pastor Schalm.

 

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 

  “www.stpaulucctaylor.org” 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.    

 

  CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL  

  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.