Sunday January 7, 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
First Sunday After Epiphany January 7, 2018
Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.
(Nursery care available)
SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)
PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist
RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL
*CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE
*OPENING HYMN No. 155 “Angels We Have Heard on High,” Tracy Hoffman,
O God of life, we rejoice in your love which has filled creation from the beginning
and which calls all life into being. We praise you for Jesus Christ who reveals
most fully your loving purpose for all people. We bless you for your Spirit who
draws all humanity into the circle of your love. Gracious God, bless us with your
presence so that our worship and our lives may be a true celebration of your love
in Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.
*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS
A WORD FROM YOUR PASTOR – A Glass Half-Full and More
CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “What We all Want for Christmas is Peace,” Brenda Murphy, Soloist
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 2:1-23 Lectors: Sandy & Mark Ennis
HYMN No. 164 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”
MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Thanks, Healing)
*HYNM No. 162 “What Child Is This”
OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS
SERMON “The Wisest Seek Him Still,” Pastor Drutchas
HYMN No. 172 “We Three Kings”
THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
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.
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.
*POSTLUDE (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until
all of the candles are extinguished.)
RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available 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.
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.
“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: Pam Lange
Deacon: Al Gunther
Acolyte: Luke Frazier
Ushers: DeAnna Frazier, Luke Frazier, Cheryl Stewart, Teri Staffeld
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP
Calendar Week January 7 – January 14
Sunday Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion/
Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.
Monday Shalom 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 6:30 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./
Annual Congregational Meeting 11:00 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 Epiphany/ January 7, 2018
FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST
Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Ann Anderson, 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, Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Mary Lou Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Doreen Thompson, Jeannette Wackro, and Grace Wangbickler. 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
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.
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.
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 TWO SUNDAYS. The St. Paul
Congregation will shift for four weeks to a single Sunday Worship Service. Worship
services on Sunday, 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. Sunday School
and nursery care will be available at 10:00 a.m. 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
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.
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
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATIONS’ PARENTS
Michael Bailey (father, Christie Smart), Robert Brainard(father, Ed Brainard), Jan Filpus (mother, Julia-Joy Miller), Bruce Gaither (father, Rebecca Warren), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law, Lori Kuhn), Stella Ludlam (mother-in-law, Ellen Ludlam), Bill Pinage (father, Brenda Buzo), Sheryl Schwab (mother, Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Frank Small (father, Chris Chavez), Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez), and Grace Torango (mother, Sylvia Matney).
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 NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and you can now receive 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.
THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD was changed in accordance with our IT Policy.
Please contact the church office to get the new Password or contact Dan Case, Michael
Isaacs, or Gary Peters during Coffee Hour or after worship services. St. Paul IT Ministry.
AUDIO COPIES OF ST. PAUL SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES are available.
Just log onto the St. Paul Web Site “stpaulucctaylor.org”, select the “Our Worship
Together” tab, then the Worship Services (Audio)” tab. Directions are given on the
Service page. Services are also available on the Mobile application as well. If you have
any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.
COFFEE HOUR DRINK SPILLS HAVE BECOME A CONCERN. Please help us
avoid drink spills. Lids are provided during our Coffee Hour for your beverages if you
would like to leave the hall with your drink. We have noticed many areas in the building
where beverages were spilled. We would like to keep our building looking nice as we can.
Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank You, St. Paul Building & Grounds Ministry.