Sunday November 27, 2016


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


First Sunday of Advent                                                                                   November 27, 2016

Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.   

Nursery care available


  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist



*OPENING HYMN No. 119  “O Come, O Come, EmmanuelMark Ennis, Hymn Leader


  Leader:  Where crooked roads need straightening

  Cong.:    Prepare the Way for the Lord

  Leader: Where people walk in darkness

  Cong.:    Prepare the Way for the Lord

  Leader:  Where busy lives need stilling

  Cong.:    Prepare the Way for the Lord

  Leader:  Where minds are full of tinsel, presents and parties

  Cong.:    Prepare the Way for the Lord

  Leader:  And now, in this place and among your people gathered

  Cong.:    O Come, O Come Emmanuel

  Leader:  Into this broken world we call planet earth, into this busy place we call home,                        

                  into this fragile group of your people,

  Cong.:    O Come, O Come Emmanuel

  Leader:  Into cold hearts and dulled minds, into places where there is no peace,

  Cong.:    O Come, O Come Emmanuel

  Leader:  Where people walk in darkness

  Cong.:    O Come, O Come Emmanuel

  All:         O Come Lord Jesus and help us find room for you in our hearts. Amen.



*congregation standing



    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “It Was Long, Long Ago,” Note-A-Bells Hand bell

    and Chancel Choirs

    SCRIPTURE READING   Isaiah 9:6,Luke 2:25-35 Lector:  Lois Rice 

    HYMN No. 136 “Christians All, Your Lord Is Coming”   

     MORNING PRAYER (Healing, Strength, Joy)


     Create in me a new heart, so that I’ll give you more than part,

     of this, the life you’ve given me, create in me a new heart.

     OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY  Choir Anthem  “God Chose Us,” 



     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.

   SCRIPTURE  READING  Luke 2:36-38

     SERMON  “Prayerfully, Watching and Waiting,”  Pastor Schalm

     LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)

   CLOSING HYMN No. 125 “Come, O Long-expected Jesus”


   *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 in the East Lobby

which can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before

the entrance to our new “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.



“Share a smile with everyone you meet. 

We can make the world a better place…

One smile at a time.”  Jeanne Bice




Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

First Sunday of Advent

November 27, 2016




“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:  John Smith (9), Julius Enesey (10:30)

Acolyte:  Zachary Miller (9), Aiden Ostrowski (10:30)

Ushers:  Jacob, Zachary, Julia-Joy, Jason Miller (9)

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


ALTAR FLOWERS are in honor of the 44th wedding anniversary of Pam & Dave Badarak.


 PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in Fellowship  

 Hall between our morning worship services, hosted by the St. Paul Youth Fellowship.


 CHIRISTIAN EDUCATION is sponsoring their annual “Advent by Candlelight” program  

 on Sunday, December 4th, from 6:45-8:45 PM.  This is where one woman hosts a table and  

 asks about 7 other ladies to join her for an advent program, fellowship and dessert.  It’s quite 

 easy to be a hostess and I will have envelopes for each hostess with all the information.   

 I need to know total numbers at each table by Nov. 29. You will be better able to sign up  

 by emailing me and then I can email the hostess papers to you (




Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, David Cowper, June Dolan, Arlene Felske, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Barbara Gish, Pat Herkimer, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Velma McGee, Sylvia Matney, Zachary Miller, Michael Natzke, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Glen Sigman, Janet Staffeld, Kevin Staffeld, Peggy Staten, Ricky Staten, Linda Tank, Grace Torango, Leah Wagner, Lisa Wild, and Carol Wioncek. 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.


RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  – Tuesday, December 6th,  is our Christmas dinner party at Savannah’s at 2156 W. Jefferson, Trenton.  The cost is $26 for dinner.  The menu choices are posted on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall.  The sign-up sheet is posted there now.  Sally Sigman is the contact for this event.  All money is due to Sally by November 28th.  If you would like to carpool from St. Paul, please let Sally know.  Carpooling will depart at 6:00 p.m. sharp!  We will meet at Savannah’s at 6:30; dinner is a 7:00 p.m.  Bring a gift for your Secret Pal.  This time sign your name so your pal knows who you are.  If you do not have a Secret Pal bring a gift valued $10-15 to exchange.  You do not have to have a Secret Pal to participate in the celebration.  If you are unable to attend but would like a Secret Pal for next year, please let Sally know. Our January planning meeting is Thursday the 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor.  Please come with ideas for next year’s outing/ meetings or give them to Kathy by the 25th.


INVITING ALL LADIES!  Women’s Fellowship, Sew ‘n Sews, and Dorcas Society will be celebrating their Annual Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 8th at 12:30 at the Sportsman Den, 15001 Sibley Road, Riverview and would like you to join them.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Pat Staffeld, Dorothy Evison or the church office. Please join us!  Deadline to RSVP is December 1st.  (Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews will not meet Thursday, December 15th.)


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.




Calendar Week   November 27 – December 4

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. –- Pastor Cheryl Schalm – First 

                     Sunday of Advent/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Pageant Rehearsal 11:30   

                     a.m./ Church Decorating 11:30 a.m.                                    

Monday       Matter of Balance 12:45 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m./ Boy Scout  

                     Troop 825 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ CE & Teacher Meeting 7;30 p.m.

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

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Blue Christmas 7:00 p.m.

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

                     Sunday of Advent/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Pageant Rehearsal 11:30 

                     a.m./ Advent by Candlelight 6:45 p.m.


  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.


IT’S TIME TO ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA’S to honor someone special in your life or in memory of a loved one who has passed away.  The cost is $8.00 per plant and can be ordered by completing the form below or filling out one of the white envelopes in the pew racks and designating Christmas poinsettias.  Deadline for ordering is Monday December 19th.  The poinsettia’s will be placed in the chancel area for the candlelight service on Saturday December 24th.  Any plant you order can be taken after the service you attend on Christmas Eve.  If there are any plants left behind they will be given to our shut-ins or nursing homes where church members reside by our visiting elders.


   I/We would like to order a poinsettia to be placed in the Chancel Area for Christmas:


  In Memory/ Honor of: ___________________________________________________


  From: ________________________________________________________________


  Contact info: ____________________________How many: ______Amt due: ______





Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Melissa Rossi (4187 Weddel, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048),Ben Scherf (The Lodge at Taylor, 22950 Northline Rd, Taylor 48180), and Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193).


   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. All are welcome.  Our December meeting is Monday the 12th at 1:00 p.m.  Matter of Balance – The classes on Monday’s (12:45-2:45) are going well and will continue through December 5thHealth/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 need 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 by week deferral for those who have been to areas where the Zika virus has been found. 


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 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, 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 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.


SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST, Heritage Park Activity Building, 12111 Pardee Rd., Taylor is hosted by Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, will open every weekend November 26th through December 22nd.  Opening day, November 26th, Santa arrives at 3:00 p.m. in a welcoming parade and is on hand every day to welcome children of all ages who come to visit.  Hours are Fridays:  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays:  1:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sundays: 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.  General Admission $3.00, children 3 & Under free.  Picture with Santa $8.00.  All proceeds benefit Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry who assist many families struggling with hunger and food insecurity.  Our congregation will be designation a “St. Paul Day” providing all volunteers for an afternoon and evening.  All volunteer stints are two hours.  To volunteer please complete a Make-A-Wish care (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office (313-291-1221).   


ARE YOU AN “ANGEL” IN DISGUISE?  There are numerous children throughout the Downriver area in need of a Christmas angel to share the love of Christ with them.  These children represent the less fortunate and often forgotten families that struggle year-round for financial, emotional, physical and/or spiritual stability.  While the holidays may be a joyous and celebratory time for some, for others struggling with such issues, they are not. As Christians, we understand that the joy of Christmas comes in knowing that Christ came to the earth to “save” all humanity, regardless of social class or status.  He alone should be the reason we celebrate.  We share that message with others when we lift and encourage them; when we serve to continue spreading the message He can to deliver.  This Christmas you can serve to spread the Love of Christ and the message of His saving grace by being a child’s angel in disguise.  An Angel Tree has been set up in the Fellowship Hall adorned with angel ornaments.  Each ornament identifies the gender and age of a child in need of a gift this Christmas season.  Simply select an angel or ornament and register it on the Angel Registration located on the table.  Purchase a gift (suggestion list located on the table) and return it unwrapped with the angel ornament taped to it by December 11th.  All gifts will be delivered to the Salvation Army on December 12th and distributed in their family-in-need gift store.  Qualified families (those in need) have appointed times in which they come to shop for their children.  One parent is allowed to shop for their children and can select one large item and one stocking stuffer for each child under the age of 16 years.  In addition, the family receives a food basket and a Kroger gift card.  If you have any questions regarding the Angel Tree program, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.


2017 GIVING 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.


     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.



  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.