Sunday January 8, 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


Epiphany                                                                                                      January 8, 2017


Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.   

(Nursery care available)


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist


   CALL TO WORHSIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

 *OPENING HYMN  No. 171  “God’s Love Made Visible!” Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader 

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

     Almighty God, who art the source of all goodness, we give you our thanks and praise   

     that in your mercy you have brought us through the circuit of another year, and

     that, according to your promise, seedtime and harvest have not failed. You have 

     crowned this year with your goodness, and you have bestowed upon us the fruits of

     the earth.  Now grant us your grace that we may receive these gifts with true

     gratitude, and use them carefully for our own comfort, for the relief of those who

     are needy and for the glory of your name.  Help us to remember that as Jesus says,

     we cannot live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.   

     In the name of our living and loving Lord we ask it.  Amen.    



 *HYMN No. 173  “As With Gladness” 

   SCRIPTURE READING  Matthew 2:1-6, 9-11; 3:13, 16-17  Lector:  Matthew Isaacs  

   MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

 *HYMN No. 172  “We Three Kings”

   CHIME RESPONSE  “Good King Wenceslas”    


*Congregation standing




         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 Gift Is Given,”  Pastor Drutchas

      CHIME RESPONSE  “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”

      RESPONSIVE READING “Footprints”  (insert)

      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Sheltered in the Arms of God,”  Chancel Choir

      LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)


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

           of the candles are extinguished.)          



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.



of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.


CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate. 



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 prayers may be awkward.  Our attempts may be feeble.  But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”  Max Lucado




Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor


January 8, 2017



“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.

celebrates the birth of Abigail Aileen Logan, born Wednesday, January 4, 2017 to Erin and Chris Logan.


  2017 OFFERING ENVELOPES are now available for pickup in the Narthex (rear) of the   

  church.  Please ask one of the ushers to assist you in locating your box.  If for some reason  

  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. REMINDER:  All congregational reports are now 

  past due.  Please turn yours into the church office ASAP.


 ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday, January 15, 2017 immediately 

 following our 10:00 a.m. worship service.  Attending church 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.


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments and fellowship in our Fellowship Hall, hosted by our Choir members. 


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady, Miles Church, David Cowper, June Dolan, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Andrea Fuller, Pat Herkimer, Ollie Hilliker, Kole Johnson (friend of Mike Natzke), Rev. Norm Kirsch, Erin Logan, Sylvia Matney, Zachary Miller, Michael Natzke, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Allen Rook & family (Fish & Loaves), Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Janet Staffeld, Kevin Staffeld, Peggy Staten, Kathe Stears, Bev Traver, Leah Wagner, Al Whited, and Lisa Wild. 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.


ST. PAUL MEN’S FELLOWSHIP  is sponsoring its second annual St. Paul Euchre Night.   The date is Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 6:00 – 11:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall here at St. Paul.  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 beginning on Sunday, December 4th or by calling the church office at 313-291-1221.  Thank You in advance for your support - St. Paul Men’s Fellowship.


SHIFT TO 10:00 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICE FOR TWO SUNDAYS.  The St. Paul Congregation will shift for two weeks to a single Sunday Worship service.  Worship services on Sunday, January 8th, and January 15th will all begin at 10:00 a.m.  Our 9:00 & 10:30 worship schedule will resume on the fourth Sunday of the month, January 22nd, 2017.  Please contact the church office (313-291-1221) if you have any questions regarding worship times.   


ST. PAUL SOUPER BOWL IV is scheduled for Sunday, January 29th.  A simple donation of $7.00 buy’s you a spoon, a support tray (holds 6 bowls of soup) and will allow you to taste a variety of amazing soups prepared by local businesses as well as our own membership.  The event will take place from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM in our own Fellowship Hall.  All profits will go to support the “Building Our Future” fund.  If you have a secret family recipe and would like to participate in Souper Bowl IV, please contact Jim Poet at 734-718-3137 or the Church Office at 313-291-1221. 

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Our January planning meeting is Thursday the 26th at 

7:00 p.m. in the Parlor.  Come with ideas for next year’s outing/ meetings or give them to 

Kathy by the 25th.  Please remember to check the shelf in the West Room for any gifts from 

your new Secret Pal 



Calendar Week  January 8 – January 15

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. –- Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Epiphany/  

                      Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

Monday       Shalom 1:00 p.m./ Zumba 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday       ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.

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

Thursday     Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Dorcas 7:00 p.m.

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

                      Welcome/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Annual Meeting 11:00 a.m.                 


   ST. PAUL BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY will be hosting its 10th Annual Wild   

   Game Dinner on Thursday, February 9th.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, hors d’oeuvres at 6:00  

   p.m. 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, Squirrel and more.  Tickets are $30/each and can be purchased beginning  

   December 4th at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-

   291-1221 or by calling Candace Poet, James Poet, Gary Staffeld or Dan Case.  We are also  

   looking for donations of wild game and any items that can be used for the raffles.


OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you will now be receiving all 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.

   MARK YOUR PLANNERS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop on Saturday, February 4th

  from 9 AM- 7 PM.  The cost is $40.  This includes your cropping space, three meals, as well  

  as snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.   

  Even if you do not want to scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop       

  with our venders.  If you are a vender, or know of a vender, that might be interested, please  

  let me know.  We will need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This

  is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie  

  Case at 734-941-1228 or email if you want more information.


THE SEWING GUILD (Sew ‘n Sews) next meeting is January 19th, 10am - 1pm. Bring a sandwich, dessert and coffee are provided. Even if you don't sew, we would love to see us! Hope to see you there.  Please bring a sandwich, dessert and beverages are provided.  All are welcome whether or not you know how to sew.  WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP will meet on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.  All ladies are invited.  THE DORCAS SOCIETY will meet Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  Please join us!


HEALTH MINISTRIES – Exercise Classes – Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumbato a DVD at 4 PM on Mondays in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Just show up and join in the fun & fellowship!  Zumba can be done at your own pace and modified to your ability.  Shalom– Chronic disease group meeting. Our January meeting is Monday the 9th 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.  Blood Drive – is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  Please mark your calendar for this event.  There needs to be 59 days between donations.  Please schedule an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams (313-291-1221) or complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and place it in an offering plate.  You can also make appointments by visiting  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.  ID’ and passwords are case sensitive.  You can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of the drive before you come to donate.  You can read the educational materials and complete the health history online to save time at the blood drive.  If you have questions about eligibility you can look at eligibility requirements on or contact the Red Cross blood donation center at 866-236-3276.  There is updated information about a four week deferral for those who have been to areas where the Zika virus has been found. 




Are you planning a Super Bowl party or a relaxing afternoon watching the game?

What’s football without food!!! Youth Fellowship is taking orders for Super BowlSubs.  All orders are filled Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th and ready to take home

following our morning worship services.  In addition to subs, soup and snack packs

are also available for purchase.  All proceeds will benefit the Youth’s Summer

Mission Trip and outreach programs.

           All subs are 12 inches.  Please circle the items you would like included on your sub.


       _______ Number of subs     Turkey     Ham     Salami    Lettuce    Tomato       Pickle

                      $9.00                    Cheese       Mustard    Mayonnaise       Italian Dressing


      Cookie Packs $3.00 ½ dozen   Chocolate Chip _________  Peanut Butter ________


       _______Pint of Soup $3.00     Cream of Broccoli _______  Chicken Noodle _______

     Total Amount Due:____________  





Barbara Ash (friend of Lori Kuhn), Andrew Burnell (nephew of Evelyn Lassa), Lois Carter (friend of Lori Kuhn), Elaine Collins (relative of Arlene & Phill Felske), Nick Collins (grandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Shirley Darga(friend of Daisy Stedman),Patty Wolfe (daughter of Esther Perry), Kristi DeCoster (Friend of Lois Rice), Gregory Drewno (friend of Anne & Kirk Blanchard), Norma Duddy (friend of Doreen Thompson), Gabriella Gomez (niece of Darlene Babin), Paola Hillebrand (friend of Wendy Warner), Shannon Henry (friend of Melissa Winter), Irene Jacobs (aunt of Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson of Patricia Olson), Stephen Johnson (grandson of Patricia Olson), Laura Kelly (friend of Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Matthew Kozlaski (grandson of Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Joanne LaFleur (daughter of Helene McEachern), Jennifer Lee (granddaughter of Barb Siemers) Pamela Lietz (friend of Michael Natzke), Charles Linne (brother of Lil Roscoe), Kim McEarchern (daughter-in-law of Helene & Neil McEarchern, Carson Maloney (grandson of friend of Wendy Warner), Chance Patrick (relative of Cleora Pattenaude), Rod Pemberton (neighbor of Marjie & Charlie Barnard), Robert Rider (brother of Virginia Butzlaff), Steve Rieley (relative of Darlene Babin), Brian Reid (friend of Sue Mrowka), Judy Robin (aunt of Lucinda Chavez), Jackie Robinson (sister of Pam Badarak), Ernest Rossi (brother of Al Rossi), Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter of April & Steve Clark), Kyle Siemers (grandson of Barb Siemers), Joan Slusher (sister of Doris Hilliker), Kirt Small (brother of Chris Chavez), Joyce Smith (sister of the late Harry Thompson), Aaron St. Louis (nephew of Marjie & Charlie Barnard), Cameron Stroupe (great-grandson of Tom & Linda Tank), Carissa Stroupe (grand-daughter of Tom & Linda Tank), Daniel Summer (grandson of Kathy Williams), Veronica Sullivan (friend of the Herkimer family), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson of Helene McEachern), Paul Tetreau (nephew of Kathy & Gary Peters), Anna Thompson (mother of Lucinda Chavez), and Victoria Whitcher (daughter of Cheryl Stewart).


NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED  Those contemplating membership at St. Paul Church are 

invited to receive the congregation’s welcome on Sunday, January 15th at the single service at 

10:00 a.m. that morning.  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 Pam Lange.  Please notify Pastor Drutchas at the church office 

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


  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 

  “” 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. 


  PLEASE REMEMBER to complete a kitchen check list and put it in the Trustees box in 

  the West Room after the kitchen has been used.  Completed check lists are not being 

  received on a regular basis.  Blank forms are located on the cupboard door near the large  

  coffee pot.



  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.