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



   *OPENING HYMN No. 155  “Angels We Have Heard on High,”  Tracy Hoffman,                  

      Hymn Leader


       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. 



     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”


      SERMON  “The Wisest Seek Him Still,”  Pastor Drutchas     

      HYMN No. 172 “We Three Kings”


          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.”



Council:  Pam Lange

Deacon:  Al Gunther

Acolyte:  Luke Frazier

Ushers:  DeAnna Frazier, Luke Frazier, Cheryl Stewart, Teri Staffeld




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



 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

   Choir Members.


  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.                 



  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.



  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.  


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 “”.  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.



   Just log onto the St. Paul Web Site “”, 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.



  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.