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
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
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”
*POSTLUDE (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all
of the candles are extinguished.)
REOPENING OF THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
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.
“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
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
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
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.