Sunday January 14, 2018

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

 

Second Sunday after Epiphany                                                             January 14, 2018

Annual Congregational Meeting

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.   

Nursery care available

 

   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist 

   RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

 *PROCESSIONAL CALL TO PRAYER  Choir, Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Rev. Geoffrey G. Drutchas & Congregation

     In the cold of a bitter winter morning, we rise – leaving the shelter of our homes

     to gather in the shelter of this place.  This is the house of God, who is present but

     not constrained here.  This is our house, the place where we belong, the place

     where we welcome strangers as guests.  Almighty God, the source of all goodness,

     we give you our thanks and praise that in your mercy you have brought us through another year. 

As we gather this day, each of us brings something to worship. 

We bring the burdens of the week.  We bring prayers of hope, and prayers of anguish.

We bring our voices, and our offerings, and our questions. 

We bring our faith,  battered, or whole as it may be. 

We bring all this to You Father God, whom we have come to worship this day.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

 *WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

    MOMENT OF SHARING  A Word About Our E-Giving  Pastor Drutchas

   OPENING/ RECESSING OF THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING  

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*Congregation standing 

HYMN No. 161  “I Wonder as I Wander”

      SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 72   Lector:  Ethan C. Drutchas

      SPECIAL MUSIC  “Brightest and Best,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist

      MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Drutchas

      HYMN No. 173  “As with Gladness”

      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 Wisest Seek Him Still – Revisited,”  Pastor Drutchas

        LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

     *CLOSING HYMN No. 167  “Go Tell It on the Mountain”          

      *BENEDICTION

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

           of the candles are extinguished.)

        REOPENING OF THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

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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 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.

 

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.”

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  

Acolyte:  Carlee Robbins

Ushers:  Carless Robbins,

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

 

Calendar Week January 14  – January 21

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas  –  Sunday School

                     10:00 a.m./ Annual Congregational Meeting 11:00 a.m.

Monday       Office closed/ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Cabinet 7:30 p.m.

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

Thursday     Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m.

Saturday      Euchre Night 6:00 p.m./ Young Married Outing “Escape the Post”

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

                     Installation/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Youth 

                     Food & Flick 11:30 a.m./ Council Dinner 5:30 p.m.   

 

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

  Second Sunday After Epiphany/ January 14, 2018

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Ann Anderson, Megan Barnosky, Debbie Case, Betty Caufield,  Miles Church, Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King), Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin, Dave Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson (Henry Ford Hospice, Downtown), Shirley Havenstein, Pam Jones, Sara Kauffman (Harper), David King, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Pam Lange, Sharon Leonard, Neil McEachern, Jena Mellin, Lexi Mellin, Michelle Mellin, Bob Robinson, Lil Roscoe, Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, friend of Daisy Stedman, Brenda Tank, Doreen Thompson, Jeannette Wackro, Grace Wangbickler, 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.

  

 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.  

2017 Giving Statements are now available for pick up.  Please see Financial Secretary, Annette.

Due to our Annual Congregational Meeting, there is no Coffee Hour today.

 

 ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING is immediately following our 10:00 a.m. worship service.  Attending members will be asked to approve a unified budget and a slate of new church council members.  Reports from church ministries will also be presented.

 

 CHILDREN’S CHOIR will gather again 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.


HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes -
Exercise is important to our health.  We

   will be starting classes again on Wednesday, January 17th at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome.  A

   donation of $3-5 for each class attended is invited. Classes are held each Monday &

   Wednesday. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is February 12th at 1 PM. Blood Drive – is scheduled for January 25, 2018, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  Please make an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams, or complete a Make-a-Wish card and place it in the offering plate. There are some time slots put aside for church members. You can now make appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet. Visit www.redcrossblood.org 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. IDs & passwords are case sensitive.  You can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of the drive prior to coming to the drive. You can read the educational materials & complete the health history online to save some time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility you can look at eligibility requirements on www.redcrossblood.org or contact the Red Cross blood donation center at 866-236-3276.  Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact our parish nurse, Kathy Williams, or the office.     

 

   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!

 

  HEROD & MARIAMNE: Not An Ordinary Love Story. A book about King Herod and

  his fateful love for a Maccabean princess in Jesus’ time will be the focus of a new Sunday

  night book discussion series at St. Paul Church on Sundays, January 28 and February 4 and

  11. Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the discussion series on the short novel by Nobel Prize-

  winning author Par Lagerkvist inspired by the legendary King Herod the Great who ruled

  Israel and re-built the Great Jerusalem Temple in the era of Jesus’ birth. Our discussion

  series coincides with the season of Epiphany, which recalls the flight of Jesus and his family

  from the terror imposed by Herod, and the approach of Valentine’s Day when our thoughts

  turn to love and romance. Copies of the novel are available in the church office. A donation

  to the office fund is welcomed to defray costs. You may reserve a book by completing a

  Make-A-Wish card (in the sanctuary pews) and adding it to the morning offering plate. Our

  Sunday evening discussions will meet in the church parlor and begin at 7 p.m. For more

  information, contact the church office (313-291-1221).

 

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 on 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    

  caring outreach.

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S EXTEDED FAMILY:

  Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin (daughter, Shirley Havenstein), Mary Fairemont (sister,

  Richard Wagner), Allison Files (granddaughter, John & Barb Smith), Gabriella Gomez

  (niece, Darlene Babin), Robert Grigg (friend, Schalm family),Lynn Harbin (sister, John

  Smith), Paola Hillebrand (friend, Wendy Warner), Tamsey Hoffman (friend, Sue Mrowka),

  Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Stephen

  Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Richard Jones, Justin Kurtz (friend, Chelsey Schalm),

  Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Annette Lauseng (friend, Cindy Romas),

  Jennifer Lee (granddaughter, Barb Siemers) Chris Lunsford (friend, Velma McGee), Courtney

  Matthews McEarchern, Kim McEachern (daughter-in-law, Helene & Neil McEarchern),

  Sister of Brenda Murphy (Alabama), Garnett Raymond (daughter, Betty Hagerty), Robert

  Rider (brother, Virginia Butzlaff), Brian Reid (friend, Sue Mrowka), Judy Robin (aunt,

  Lucinda Chavez), Cookie Robinson (sister of Bob Robinson),Richard Sherman (brother,

  Anne Blanchard), Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter, April & Steve Clark), David Staten

  (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten),Joyce Thompson Smith (sister, the late Harry Thompson),

  Denise St. Louis (sister-in-law, Marjie & Charlie Barnard), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson,

  Helene McEachern), and Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart).

 

 A BIG “THANKS” FROM JULIUS ENESEY TO:  Charlie Barnard, Dave Badarak, Jack Burchard, Mark Ennis, Fred Miller, John Smith, Gary Staffeld, and Tom Tank for helping remove all the equipment and furniture from the kitchen and west room last Tuesday to prepare for an outside company to deep clean, wax, and tile/ grout clean and seal the floors.  They all returned on Thursday to move everything back in place.

 

  OUR 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. WORSHIP SCHEDULE will resume on Sunday, January 21,

  2018.  Child care is available at both worship services.  Our nursery is located in the rear of

  the Sanctuary on the east side.  Please contact the church office (313-291-1221) if you have

  any questions regarding worship time.

 

  NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED  Those contemplating membership at St. Paul Church

  are invited to receive the congregation’s welcome on Sunday, January 28th at the 9:00 or

  10:30 a.m. worship services.  New members will be recognized in a special ceremony led

  by Pastor Geoff Drutchas with a presentation of both membership certificates and

  carnations made by Council President Diane Poet.  Please notify Pastor Drutchas at the

  church office (313-291-1221) if you would like to be welcomed that morning.