Month: September 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-3910

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

 

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 30, 2018

 

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

(Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.)

    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

    RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

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

*OPENING HYMN No. 15  “Rejoice, You Pure in Heart,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation       

    Almighty God, who can make all things new, forgive us for our misuse of Your

    good gifts--the opportunity neglected, the half-truth accepted, the unfair judge-

    ment made, the cynical outlook.  Forgive us the unkind word, the unsympathetic

    heart, the false ambition, and every unworthy purpose which has ruled our lives. 

    May the white light of Your truth, and the purifying fires of Your love cleanse us

    and send us forward once again upon the narrow path which leads to life ever-  

    lasting.  Bless our worship this morning, that we may truly adore You, and give

    You praise, glory and honor forever.  In Christ’s name we ask it.  Amen. 

   *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS  

      UNISON READING  Psalm 24  (page 735)

   

_____________________

*Congregation Standing

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “I Have Decided,” Chancel Choir (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING  Ephesians 4:17-24; Mark 9:42-50 Lectors:  Helen St. Louis (9); Kathy Williams (10:30)

*HYMN No. 610  “Living for Jesus”

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN No. 658  “Restless Weaver”

  OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS

*DOXOLOGY

     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  “For Our Children’s Sake,”  Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 59  “This Is My Father’s World”

*BENEDICTION

*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.

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 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.


MISSION STATEMENT

“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:  Diane Poet (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury (9), Allen Gunther (10:30)

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  September 30 – October 7

Sunday       Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ Blue Jean Sunday/ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.                                                            

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale evening set up 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00

Thursday    Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday         Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday     Women’s Retreat departs 7:00 a.m./ Rummage Sale 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas / Pew Communion/ World Communion Sunday/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Youth & Young Adult Kayaking/Women’s Retreat returns


MORNING TIDE/ ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 

  Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

  web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 30, 2018    

 

  ALTAR FLOWERS celebrate the “double nickel” birthday of Music Director, Tracy Hoffman.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the family & friends of Ilene Krogman, who passed away, Thursday, September 26, 2018 at the age of 101 years.  Final arrangements are pending.

  SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP services are 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is in the Family Room and church school for all other youth is upstairs during the 10:30 a.m.service.

Due to Blue Jean Sunday, there is no Coffee Hour today.

“REDUCING THE RISK” Training Class has been cancelled.  Watch your Morning Tide for the next training session.

RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS SOUGHT —Volunteers Needed for the annual Fall Rummage Sale through Saturday, October 6. Rummage Sale donations are welcome (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) until 12 noon Tuesday, October 2, and can be placed at the rear of Fellowship Hall.  It is important that all donations be clean and in a good state of repair. ‘Blue Jean Sunday’ is today. Come anytime! To volunteer, contact Woman’s Fellowship or the church office (313- 291-1221). All proceeds support church- related projects. Toni Hill is coordinating an evening volunteer opportunity Monday, October 1 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. 


THERE’S STILL TIME FOR YOU
to join our Women’s Retreat October 6 and 7. The retreat provides an opportunity for women of faith to share time together and reflect on how we can act on God’s call to kindness amid everyday life. There is also free time, so you can enjoy the beautiful facilities.  We will be carpooling from St. Paul Saturday at 7 a.m. to the Hillsdale area. The retreat begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $97 and includes three meals and one night of lodging. Your payment and completed reservation form, should be returned to Retreat Registrar Marjie Barnard.  


ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TOUR
of historic churches will be Thursday, October 11. Five historic Catholic and Protestant churches are on our itinerary. Cost is $30 per person, not including lunch (Polka Restaurant, Troy). Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the tour with docents meeting us at most of the locations to provide historical background and information about current ministries. The tour is open to family and friends. Our comfortable chartered bus with lavatory will depart from the St. Paul Church parking lot at 8 a.m. and return no later than 6 p.m. We are currently at capacity and are beginning a ‘wait list.’  Please contact the church office for more information.

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 as nice as we can. Your help is greatly appreciated.  Thank You, Building & Grounds Ministry.

E-MAIL CHANGES  If your e-mail address has changed in the last 6 months please notify the Church Office at (313) 291-1221.  We utilize E-mail addresses of approximately 290 members and friends in our current e-mail notification system.  It is the easiest way to stay up-to-date on events at St. Paul.  Your help is essential in maintaining an accurate and up-to-date list.NEW

MEMBERS WELCOMED Sunday, October 28, 2018.  Those interested in joining St. Paul Church are encouraged to contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas at the church office or complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or give it to any usher.

 ALTAR GUILD has an opportunity for a few volunteers to maintain the altar candles and

to ensure the paraments (cloths 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 to assist with our Sunday morning worship services. Friendly faces help present a welcoming atmosphere to both members and visitors. Written instructions are available, and training can be arranged. Anyone interested may speak with the pre-siding deacon or Pastor Drutchas.


HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes –
Our exercise session has begun Mondays

and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Our instructor, Delessa, is a wonderful trainer with a

Christian philosophy.  A donation of $3-5 for each session is invited.  No classes October

1 & 3 due to Fall Rummage Sale. Chronic Pain Self-Management Class- begins

Tuesday, November 6 from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the West Room.  Our six week session

will provide tips and techniques Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our meeting

is October 8th at 1:00 p.m.  Caregivers - Meet for mutual support. The Caregivers Group

will meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The next gathering is

October 21. Caregiving tips will be shared by participants who offer mutual support on

a confidential basis. Pastor Geoff Drutchas leads the sessions, assisted by Parish Nurse

Kathy Williams. The group is open to everyone. Health/Medical supplies – If you have

or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy

Williams or the office.   TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), is a nonprofit and

noncommercial weight loss support group St. Paul is hosting Chapter 9744, Taylor.

Meetings are Monday nights with weigh in starting at 6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30

p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m., in the West Room. The first visit is free with no obligation.

 

 RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  October 25 – Halloween Bunco & Potluck Dinner–

6:30 p.m. in the  West Room. Bring $5. Bunco is easy you don’t have to know how to

play ahead of time. Wear a costume or Halloween shirt. Bring a dish of your choice.

There is a sign-up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Kathy Williams is the contact.

Looking ahead to November, we visit a church member’s house to see a large, unique

salt & pepper collection. We will be able to bring snacks and BYOB.

 

   PRAYER LUNCHEON Tuesday, October 25  The International Health and Hope

Coalitionis hosting a luncheon 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Tabernacle Missionary

Baptist Church in Detroit.  We will carpool from St. Paul at 10:15 a.m.  Dr. Edna Rose is

the key speaker along with a panel discussion.  The topic is “Dementia:  Memories,

Thinking and Behavior.”  Register at www.InterfaithHealthCoalition.org or contact

Kathy Williams.  Let Kathy know if you have registered and/ or would like to carpool.

 

    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.


FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Ida Black, April Clark, Steve Clark, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Mary Jane Fliss (sister-in-law, Arlene Wolfram), Oren Forsyth, Lois Frank, Shirley Gratrix, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Danielle Gardner, Harry Gardner, Jacob Kaszubowski, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Patricia Olson, Blake Schalm, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, and Grace Torango.  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.

 

CHILDREN’S CHOIR REHEARSALS begin October 7 following the 10:30 a.m.  service in the West Room. Please see Sally Sigman, Director, for more information.

 

KICK-OFF FOR Youth Fellowship is October 7 with lunch and activity planning follow-ing our 10:30 a.m. service.  Parents are invited to attend.  Fall retreat is November 3 and 4 – save the date! Please contact Pastor Schalm for more information.

 

THIRSTY THURSDAYS converts to Worship Wednesdays  Young adult Fellowship will resume meeting Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s house. Sunday, October 7 is Kayaking the Huron River.  RSVP by September 23 to Pastor Schalm.

 

2019 PHONE DIRECTORY  We are beginning preparations for our 2019 Phone

Directory. If you have moved, added a new family member or changed your phone

number, please notify the Church Office.  If you don’t want your cell phone number listed

in the directory, you will need to notify us in advance.  Your help in keeping our data up-

to-date will make for a more accurate Directory.  Thanks in advance for your support.

 

   CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADS, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL

   STUDENTS  Christian Education needs all college, trade school, and “2018” High

School graduate addresses.  We would like your picture to include on our “YOUNG

ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board.  Please forward all information and

pictures to Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

 

THE ST. PAUL CHANCEL CHOIR resumed its weekly Wednesday rehearsals. Start time is 7:00 p.m. Note-A-Bell Hand Bell Choir will resume at a later date.  Rehearsal time is 6 p.m. Rehearsals will be led by Music Director Tracy Hoffman.

Posted by Stacey Krejci

Sunday, September 23, 2018

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-3910

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

 

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                   September 23, 2018

 

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

(Nursery care available 10:30)

    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

    RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

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

CHIME RESPONSE (10:30)

A BUTTON-POPPING MOMENT (10:30) Pastor Drutchas

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 277  “Chiristians, We Have Met to Worship,”   

Tracy Hoffman,  Hymn Leader

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Most Gracious God, we greet you once again in this sacred space.  We have come                                                                                    

    because we need to be reminded of your love and your expectations for our living.     

    Restore our vision so that when we gaze at the familiar it is transformed into       

    something richer and more beautiful than we could have imagined.  In our    

    praying and through our presence, deepen our devotion to you and to the world-

    wide community of Christ’s followers known as the church.  Together with other

    disciples in this and every age, we pray –Amen.

   *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS 

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Wonderful Words of Life,”  Chancel Choir (9), Tracy

Hoffman, Soloist (10:30)      

  SCRIPTURE READING  Luke 20:45-47; Mark 10:35-40; Philippians 2:3-8

Lectors:  Janet Staffeld & Pastor Drutchas (9); Pastor Drutchas (10:30)

*HYMN No. 285  “How Lovely, Lord, How Lovely”

    MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  *HYMN No. 274  “I Love Your Church, O God”

    OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS

 *DOXOLOGY

       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  “Take A Seat,”  Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 611  “Rise Up, O Saints of God!”

*BENEDICTION

*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.

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 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.

MISSION STATEMENT

“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:  April Clark (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

Deacons:  Allen Gunther (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

 

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  September 23 – September 30

 

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

School 10:30 a.m.                                                            

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale evening set up 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m.(New Voices Welcome)

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

                     Sunday/ Reducing the Risk Workshop 9:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

 

MORNING TIDE/ ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 

  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 

  Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

  web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 23, 2018    

 

  SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP services are 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is in the Family Room and church school for all other youth is upstairs during the 10:30   service.  Please join the St. Paul Congregation for refreshments in our West Room  immediately following our 9:00 a.m. worship service hosted by our Sewing Guild.

 

RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS SOUGHT —Volunteers Needed for the annual St.  Paul Fall Rummage Sale Thursday through Saturday, October 4-6. Rummage Sale    donations are welcome (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) until 12 noon Tuesday, October 2, and can be placed at the rear of Fellowship Hall.  It is important that all donations be clean and in a good  state of repair. Rummage sale set-up is underway with ‘Blue Jean Sunday’ September 30. You are encouraged to come anytime, ready to pitch in. To volunteer, please contact Woman’s Fellowship or the church office (313- 291-1221). All proceeds support church- related projects. Toni Hill is coordinating an evening volunteer opportunity Monday, October 1 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. 

 

2019 PHONE DIRECTORY  We are beginning preparations for our 2019 Phone  Directory. If you have moved, added a new family member or changed your phone

number, please notify the Church Office.  If you don’t want your cell phone number listed

in the directory, you will need to notify us in advance.  Your help in keeping our data up-

to-date will make for a more accurate Directory.  Thanks in advance for your support.

 

THERE’S STILL TIME FOR YOU to join our Women’s Retreat October 6 and 7. The retreat provides an opportunity for women of faith to share time together and reflect on how we can act on God’s call to kindness amid everyday life. There is also free time, so you can enjoy the beautiful facilities.  We will be carpooling from St. Paul Saturday at 7 a.m. to the Hillsdale area. The retreat begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $97 and includes three meals and one night of lodging. Your payment and completed reservation form, should be returned to Retreat Registrar Marjie Barnard.  

CHILDREN’S CHOIR REHEARSALS begin October 7 following the 10:30 a.m.  service in the West Room. Please see Sally Sigman, Director, for more information.

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TOUR of historic churches will be Thursday, October 11.  Five historic Catholic and Protestant churches are on our itinerary. Cost is $30 per person, not including lunch (Polka Restaurant, Troy). Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the tour with docents meeting us at most of the locations to provide historical background and information about current ministries. The tour is open to family and friends. Our comfortable chartered bus with lavatory will depart from the St. Paul Church parking lot at 8 a.m. and return no later than 6 p.m. We are currently at capacity and are beginning a ‘wait list.’  Please contact the church office for more information.

 

CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN LONG-TERM NURSING/ REHAB CARE

Mary Dubke - Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167; Lisa Wild – Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183; Ilene Krogman - Applewood Nursing Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd, Room124, Woodhaven, 48183; John Mont-gomery - Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart Rd, Ann Arbor 48105; Eleanor Rossi –Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room 415, Allen Park 48101; Betty Steinhauer, Grace

Torango - Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., River-view, 48193;

Melissa Rossi - 17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125.

 

THE ST. PAUL CHANCEL CHOIR is resuming its weekly Wednesday rehearsals.

Starting time is 7:00 p.m. Note-A-Bell Hand Bell Choir will resume at a later date.  Their

rehearsal time is 6 p.m. Rehearsals will be led by Music Director Tracy Hoffman.  New

voices are always welcome.

 

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 as nice as we

can. Your help is greatly appreciated.  Thank You, Building & Grounds Ministry.

 

E-MAIL CHANGES  If your e-mail address has changed in the last 6 months please notify the Church Office at (313) 291-1221.  We utilize E-mail addresses of approximately 290 members and friends in our current e-mail notification system.  It is the easiest way to stay up-to-date on events at St. Paul.  Your help is essential in maintaining an accurate and up-to-date list.

 

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our exercise session has begun Mondays

and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Our instructor, Delessa, is a wonderful trainer with a

Christian philosophy.  A donation of $3-5 for each session is invited.  No classes October

1 & 3 due to Fall Rummage Sale. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our meeting

is  October 8th at 1:00 p.m.  Caregivers - Meet for mutual support. The Caregivers Group

will meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The next gathering is

October 21. Caregiving tips will be shared by participants who offer mutual support on

a confidential basis. Pastor Geoff Drutchas leads the sessions, assisted by Parish Nurse

Kathy Williams. The group is open to everyone. Health/Medical supplies – If you have

or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy

Williams or the office.    

 

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  October 25 – Halloween Bunco – 6:30 p.m. in the  West Room. Bring $5. Bunco is easy you don’t have to know how to play ahead of time. Wear a costume or Halloween shirt. This is a potluck dinner. Bring a dish of your choice. There is a sign-up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Kathy Williams is the contact. Looking ahead to November, we visit a church member’s house to see a large, unique salt & pepper collection. We will be able to bring snacks and BYOB.

 

   CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADS, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL

   STUDENTS  Christian Education needs all college, trade school, and “2018” High

School graduate addresses.  We would like your picture to include on our “YOUNG

ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board.  Please forward all information and

pictures to Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

 

 ALTAR GUILD has an opportunity for a few volunteers to maintain the altar candles and

to ensure the paraments (cloths 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 to assist with our Sunday morning worship services. Friendly faces help present a welcoming atmosphere to both members and visitors. Written instructions are available, and training can be arranged. Anyone interested may speak with the pre-siding deacon or Pastor Drutchas.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Ida Black, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Mary Jane Fliss (sister-in-law, Arlene Wolfram), Oren Forsyth, Shirley Gratrix, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Danielle Gardner, Harry Gardner, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Patricia Olson, Sandra Rose, Blake Schalm, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, and Grace Torango.  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.

 

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Kay, Neal & Glen Koths on the loss of brother, Jay, who passed away September 9, 2018 at the age of 92 years.  Funeral service was in Connecticut September 15, 2018.

 

KICK-OFF FOR Youth Fellowship is October 7 with lunch and activity planning follow-ing our 10:30 a.m. service.  Parents are invited to attend.  Fall retreat is November 3 and 4 – save the date! Please contact Pastor Schalm for more information.

 

THIRSTY THURSDAYS converts to Worship Wednesdays  Young adult Fellowship will resume meeting Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s house. Sunday, October 7 is Kayaking the Huron River.  RSVP by September 23 to Pastor Schalm.

 

“REDUCING THE RISK” Training Class Rescheduled – Sunday, September 30

St. Paul Child Protection Policy requires that all adults 18 years and older, who work with children more than 10 hours a year, complete the “Reducing the Risk” Training Class and fill out an application which includes a formal Criminal Back-ground Check, every two years.  The class learns the specifics of the St. Paul Policy regarding working with children and tips and information on how to handle situations as they arise.  This year’s class has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 30, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the Church Parlor.  If you have questions regarding this mandatory training, contact Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case.

 

NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED Sunday, October 28, 2018.  Those interested in joining St. Paul Church are encouraged to contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas at the church office or complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or give it to any usher.

     

_____________________

*Congregation Standing

Posted by Stacey Krejci

Sunday, September 16, 2018

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-3910

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

 

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                 September 16, 2018

 

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

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.

    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

    RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

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

*OPENING HYMN No. 100  “When Morning Gilds the Skies,”  Tracy Hoffman,

Hymn Leader

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O Lord, sometimes it’s difficult for us to truly worship You – in Spirit and in      

     truth.  We bring along all the baggage of the past week.  We are so easily            

     distracted.  We are making plans for this afternoon and tomorrow when we  

     should be thinking about You and Your word.  Help us to set aside anything and

     everything that would detract from the sacredness of this hour, and enable us to

     focus our minds on what we have come here to do.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

   *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “Seek Ye First,”  Chancel

Choir (10:30)

    SCRIPTURE READING  Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Luke 14:25-33  Lectors:  Lois

Rice (9), Ethan C. Drutchas (10:30)

_____________________

*Congregation Standing

*HYMN No. 537  “My Hope Is Built”

   MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks) 

 *HYMN No. 115  “There’s Something About That Name”

   OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS

 *DOXOLOGY

       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  “God First,”  Pastor Drutchas

HYMN No. 490  “Sister, Let Me Be Your Servant”

MATRICULATION CEREMONY  1st & 2nd year Confirmands & Parents  

LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)/ MEMORIAL PRAYER (Melva Haglund)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 458  “Ours the Journey”

MINISTRY TOGETHER FOR 30

*BENEDICTION

*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 alert the ushers if you need 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 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.     

MISSION STATEMENT

“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:  April Clark (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

 

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  September 16 – September 23

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

School 10:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:00 a.m./ Ethan C. Drutchas Ordination

ceremony 4:00 p.m. - Reception & Activities to Follow                                                              

Monday       Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 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 Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays Outing 6:00 p.m./             

Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chance Choir 7:00 p.m.  (New Voices Welcome)

Thursday    Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m.

Friday/ Saturday  Confirmation Outing to Shipshewana, Indiana 5:30 p.m.

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

                     School 10:30 a.m./ 

 

  MORNING TIDE/ ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 

  Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

  web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 16, 2018 

 

  ALTAR FLOWERS honor the 30 year anniversary of Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

and the ordination of Ethan C. Drutchas, nephew of Rev. Geoffrey Drtuchas. 

 

  SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP services are 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is in

the Family Room and church school for all other youth is upstairs during the 10:30

service.  Please join the St. Paul Congregation for refreshments in our Fellowship Hall

immediately following our 9:00 a.m. worship service hosted by our Sewing Guild.

 

ORDINATION SERVICE The Detroit Metro Association of the United Church of Christ has approved our “under care” seminarian Ethan Drutchas for ordination today at 4:00 p.m. Join us for a very special service followed by food, fellowship and activities.  

 

RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS SOUGHT —Volunteers Needed for Set-Up, Sale,

 and Clean-Up. The annual St. Paul Fall Rummage Sale is Thursday through Saturday,

October 4-6. Rummage donations are welcome (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) and can be placed

at the rear of Fellowship Hall.  It is important that all donations be clean and in a good

state of repair. Rummage sale set-up begins Wednesday, September 26, with ‘Blue Jean

Sunday’ on September 30. You are encouraged to come that morning dressed in work

clothes, ready to pitch in. To volunteer, please contact Woman’s Fellowship or the church

office (313- 291-1221). All proceeds support church- related projects.

 

2019 PHONE DIRECTORY  We are beginning preparations for our 2019 Phone

Directory. If you have moved, added a new family member or changed your phone

number, please notify the Church Office.  If you don’t want your cell phone number listed

in the directory, you will need to notify us in advance.  Your help in keeping our data up-

to-date will make for a more accurate Directory.  Thanks in advance for your support.

 

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TOUR of historic churches will be Thursday, October 11. Five historic Catholic and Protestant churches are on our itinerary. Cost is $30 per person, not including lunch (Polka Restaurant, Troy). Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the tour with docents meeting us at most of the locations to provide historical background and information about current ministries. The tour is open to family and friends. Our comfortable chartered bus with lavatory will depart from the St. Paul Church parking lot at 8 a.m. and return no later than 6 p.m. We are currently at capacity and are beginning a ‘wait list.’  Please contact the church office for more information.

 

SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be September 20, 2018 at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich.  Coffee and dessert are provided. No sewing experience is required. Join us for fellowship and Food for Thought!

 

THE ST. PAUL CHANCEL CHOIR is resuming its weekly Wednesday rehearsals.

Starting time is 7:00 p.m. Note-A-Bell Hand Bell Choir will resume at a later date.  Their

rehearsal time is 6 p.m. Rehearsals will be led by Music Director Tracy Hoffman.  New

voices are always welcome.

 

NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED Sunday, October 28, 2018.  Those interested in joining St. Paul Church are encouraged to contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas at the church office or complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or give it to any usher.

 

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 as nice as we

can. Your help is greatly appreciated.  Thank You, Building & Grounds Ministry.

 

E-MAIL CHANGES  If your e-mail address has changed in the last 6 months please notify the Church Office at (313) 291-1221.  We utilize E-mail addresses of approximately 290 members and friends in our current e-mail notification system.  It is the easiest way to stay up-to-date on events at St. Paul.  Your help is essential in maintaining an accurate and up-to-date list.

 

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our exercise session has begun Mondays

and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our meeting is

October 8th at 1:00 p.m.  Caregivers - Meet for mutual support. The Caregivers Group

will meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The first gathering is

September 17. Caregiving tips will be shared by participants who offer mutual support on

a confidential basis. Pastor Geoff Drutchas leads the sessions, assisted by Parish Nurse

Kathy Williams. The group is open to everyone. Health/Medical supplies – If you have

or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy

Williams or the office.    

 

“REDUCING THE RISK” Training Class Rescheduled – Sunday, September 30

St. Paul Child Protection Policy requires that all adults 18 years and older, who work with children more than 10 hours a year, complete the “Reducing the Risk” Training Class and fill out an application which includes a formal Criminal Back-ground Check, every two years.  The class learns the specifics of the St. Paul Policy regarding working with children and tips and information on how to handle situations as they arise.  This year’s class has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 30, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the Church Parlor.  If you have questions regarding this mandatory training, please contact Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case.

 

   CONFIRMATION CLASSES have begun. They will be enjoying a kick-off retreat to

Amish country in Shipshewana, Indiana Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. Our

confirmands will be meeting Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at

7:00 p.m. all the way to next Easter.

 

   CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADS, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL

   STUDENTS  Christian Education needs all college, trade school, and “2018” High

School graduate addresses.  We would like your picture to include on our “YOUNG

ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board.  Please forward all information and

pictures to Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

 

  ALTAR GUILD has a couple of opportunities for volunteers to maintain (fill) the altar

candles weekly and to ensure the paraments (cloths 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.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Darlene & Donald Babin, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Hayden Forsyth, Oren Forsyth, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Danielle Gardner, Harry Gardner, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Bill McGahey, Patricia Olson, Bob Robinson, Sandra Rose, Eleanor Rossi, Blake Schalm, Barb Schultz, Sue Spears, Tom Tank, and Bert Thompson.  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.

 

 CHILDREN’S CHOIR REHEARSALS begin October 7 following the 10:30 service in the West Room. Please see Sally Sigman, Director, for more information.

 

THERE’S STILL ROOM FOR YOU at the Women’s Retreat October 6 and 7. Led by April Clark, Michelle McNeely, and Eileen Vernor Drutchas, this fall’s theme is “Kindness”. The retreat provides an opportunity for women of faith to share time together and reflect on how we can act on God’s call to kindness amid everyday life. Michindoh Conference Center, near Hillsdale, provides a scenic setting, as well as comfortable indoor facilities. Count on indoor and outdoor activities. We will be carpooling from St. Paul Saturday at 7 a.m. The retreat begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $97 and includes three meals and one night of lodging. A $20 non-refundable deposit will assure your place.  Balance is due by Wednesday, September 12. Your retreat deposit, and completed reservation form, should be returned to Retreat Registrar Marjie Barnard.  

KICK-OFF FOR Youth Fellowship is October 7 with lunch and activity planning follow-ing our 10:30 a.m. service.  Parents are invited to attend.  Fall retreat is November 3 and 4 – save the date!

 

THIRSTY THURSDAYS converts to Worship Wednesdays  Young adult Fellowship. The next gathering is Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. at Mexican Gardens.  The agenda is to discuss some outreach opportunities.  We’ll resume meeting on Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s house. Sunday, October 7 is Kayaking the Huron River.  RSVP by September 23 to Pastor Schalm.

Posted by Stacey Krejci

Sunday, September 9, 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

 

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                        September 9, 2018

Rally Sunday

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

Nursery Care available 10:30 a.m.

   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist 

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

   RESPONSIVE CALL TO WORSHIP Pastor Cheryl Schalm & Congregation

Leader:  We remember, O God,

People:   The countless saints of history who have blazed a trail of courage through

                  time.

Leader:   We remember, O God,

People:   The gentle strength of grandmothers, the blessing of his Spirit, the reminder of his words, the sharing of his suffering, the glory of his resurrection: shown forth in the lives of his disciples, young and old, dead and living, articulate and silent, strange and familiar, brilliant and ordinary.

Leader:    We remember in every time and place the people of God who have shown us the Lord.

All:          Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses let us worship God with joy.

 *OPENING HYMN  No. 190  “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus,” Hymn Leader, Tracy Hoffman 

  ____________________

  *congregation standing

*UNISON PRAYER OF INVOCATION Alyssa Brandt & Congregation

God, our Father, Your Son grew in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and

  men.  Bless, guide, and govern the children and young people of Your Church by

  Your Holy Spirit, that they may grow in grace and in the knowledge of your word. 

  Grant that they may serve You well and usefully, developing their talents not for

  their own sakes but for the glory of God and the welfare of their neighbor.  Protect

  and defend them from all danger and harm, giving your holy angels charge over

  them; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE

  ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING PRAYER Kaylee Ostrowski

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Chancel Choir (9),

  SCRIPTURE READING  Matthew 19:13-14 Lector: Carlee Robbins

HOMILY “Let the Children Come”  Pastor Schalm

SCRIPTURE READING  Proverbs 22:6 Lector: Katie Stull

HOMILY “Train & Gain” Pastor Schalm

SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (pew card, 10:30) Krause Family

  PARENTS PRAYER  Lori Kuhn & Parents (Please Stand)

Almighty God, who has ordained the home to be the center of Christian training, give us

by Your Holy Spirit the humility, the wisdom, the courage, and the love necessary to

bring up our children in the knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To this

end, we implore You, help us to continue in Your Word, to teach diligently to our

children, to work together with our church as it aids us to fulfill our responsibility;

through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.  Amen

  OFFERTORY INVITATION  Anthony Staten

  OFFERTORY (We Believe, The Newsboys)

DEDICATION OF GIFTS  Ethan Hard

*DOXOLOGY

     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  James 2:14-24  Lector:  Hayden Robbins

  HOMILY  “Faith and Works,” Pastor Schalm

  MISSION TRIP REFLECTIONS  Meredith Stull, Anthony Staten, Katie & Sam Kincaid

MISSION TRIP VIDEO

 YOUTH PRAYER Emily Pedersen & Young People (Young people please stand)

 Heavenly Father, we thank You for our mothers and fathers and pastors and  

 teachers, who teach us Your love in Jesus, who died on the cross to pay for our sins.   

 Give us a willingness to learn from, and honor and obey our parents, teachers, and  

 pastors out of love for Jesus.  May we show by our lives and words that Jesus lives in  

 us, so that other people may be led to believe in Jesus as their Savior.  We pray in  

 Jesus name. Amen.

 SCRIPTURE READING 1Corinthians 1:26-27 Lector: Andrew Caruso

 HOMILY “Christ’s Church in an Unpredictable World,” Pastor Schalm

 CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER Emily Winter & Congregation (Please stand)

 Lord God, our spirit is willing to hear your voice and to follow You, but our flesh is   

 weak.  We have not always been eager to hear Your Word nor to equip ourselves for  

 service in your kingdom on earth.  For these and all our other sins, forgive us in  

 your mercy.  Endow us with Your Holy Spirit that we may prepare ourselves for  

 Christian service through the study of Your Word.  Help us to see the spiritual  

 needs of every member of this congregation, as well as those who do not yet know  

 the Savior, and fill us with a fervent desire to bring them Your Word through every  

 agency of Christian Education.  Grant that by our service Your name may be  

 hallowed, Your kingdom enlarged, and Your will done; through Jesus Christ, Your

 Son, our Lord.  Amen.

 HYMN No. 480 “I Love to Tell the Story” 

 TEACHER INSTALLATION Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas

 TEACHER’S PRAYER   Sheri Herkimer & Teachers

 Lord God, we confess that of ourselves we cannot rightly exercise our office as public  

 teachers of Your Word.  We pray that You would enlighten us with the gifts of the  

 Holy Spirit – wisdom and discretion, kindness and perseverance, patience and love –  

 and so guide and direct our teaching that the children committed to our charge may  

 be nourished in their Christian faith and equipped for useful service in your     

 kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.  Amen.

 LORD’S PRAYER Hayley Dykowski & Congregation

 CLOSING HYMN NO. 494 “They’ll Know We Are Christians”

*BENEDICTION/ *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes)


OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  September 9 – September 16

 

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

                     Sunday/ Open House/ Krause Family Baptism 10:30 a.m./ Sunday School

10:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:00 a.m.                                                             

Monday       Shalom 1:00 p.m./ Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ Confirmation Orientation & Ice Cream Social 7:00

p.m./ Chance Choir 7:00 p.m.  (New Voices Welcome – no auditions)

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

Saturday     Fish & Loaves Golf Outing 8:00 a.m./ Red Hat Outing 7:00 p.m.

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

Coffee Hour 10:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Ethan C. Drutchas

Ordination ceremony 4:00 p.m./ Reception & Activities to Follow

Posted by Stacey Krejci

Sunday, September 2, 2018

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-3910

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

 

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                        September 2, 2018

 

Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.

  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Crystal Schippling, Guest Organist

RINGING OF CHURCH BELL    

CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN No. 570  “Sweet Hour of Prayer!”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

*UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Almighty and everlasting God, whose creative power is exceeded only by Thy love,  

  deliver us from coldness of heart and wandering of mind as we worship you this  

  morning.  Cleanse us from our sins and every thought that is displeasing to Thee.

  Show us your glory, reveal to us your truth, strengthen our faith and increase our

  love and we will give you our praise both now and forever.  Amen.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen. 

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Blessing in the Thorn,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist

  SCRIPTURE READING  James 2:1-7, 12-18, Mark 8:22-30  Lector:  Barbara Schultz

*HYMN No. 613  “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” (verses 1-3) 

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  HYMN No. 73  “ There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”  (verses 1-3)      

_____________________

*Congregation standing 

OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS

  SERMON  “Who Do You Say I Am?”  Pastor Drutchas

  HYMN No. 494  “They’ll Know We Are Christians”

  THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

    Unison Confession of Sin  (pew card)

    Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration

Response:

        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.

    Distribution of the Elements

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)

*DOXOLOGY

    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.  

 *BENEDICTION

 *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 alert the ushers if you need 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.

MISSION STATEMENT

“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:  Gary Peters

Deacons:  Allen Gunther

 

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

 

Calendar Week  September 2 – September 9

Sunday       Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion/ 

Summer Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m.                                                             

Monday      Office Closed/ Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m./ Christian Education (off site)

6:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale Drop-offs begin 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Chance Choir 7:00 p.m.  

Thursday    Visiting Elders 10:30 a.m./ Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. –Krause Family Baptism 10:30 a.m./

Coffee Hour 9:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30

 

ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 

  Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

  web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 2, 2018 

 

  HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING  Our congregation

welcomes to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian

affiliation. What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants maintain

a reverent silence that fits the dignity of the sacrament.

 

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

Jerusalem Café (West Room) immediately following our morning worship service.

 

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Fred Frank and Verna Schmoekel from their family.

SIDE VASE honors the 45th wedding anniversary of Gary & Kathy Peters.

 

LOVE & DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the family & friends of Melva Haglund who

passed away Saturday, August 24, 2018.  Memorial service arrangements are pending.

 

  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Saturday, September 15 -​ The “Magic of Motown”

at 8 p.m. Dearborn Performing Arts.  Tickets are $45.  The money is now past due to

Ida Black. Sign up on the RHPA Board in Fellowship Hall ASAP.

 

DOUBLE SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SCHEDULE RESUMES September 9.

​Beginning the second Sunday of the month, worship services will be held at 9:00 and

10:30 a.m. with nursery care in the Family Room at the back of the Sanctuary and church

school for all other youth upstairs during the 10:30 service.  A fellowship period is

hosted in Fellowship Hall after the 9:00 a.m. service. If you have questions about worship

services times contact the church office (313-291-1221). Our voice mail message will

keep current with correct service times.

 

THE ST. PAUL CHANCEL & NOTE-A-BELL HANDBELL CHOIRS are resuming

their weekly rehearsals the first Wednesday after Labor Day Weekend, September 5.

Starting times are 6 p.m. for the hand bell choir and 7:00 p.m. for the Chancel Choir.

Rehearsals will be led by Music Director Tracy Hoffman.  New voices are welcome.

ST. PAUL SOFTBALL TEAM finishes second in the league! Congratulations to all the

players, sponsors, and fans. See you all next season.

 

A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to: Diane Poet, Pam Lange, Dave Lange, Dorothy Evison, Dan Evison, Janet Enesey, Julius Enesey, Tom Tank, John Smith, Michael Isaacs, Mark Ennis, Ed Brainard, and Dan Case who made the Annual Kitchen Clean-up a huge success.  AND to: Gary Staffeld, Fred Miller, John Smith, Julius Enesey, Mark Ennis and Dan Case for helping with the Annual Carpet Cleaning: Building and Grounds Ministry.

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), Laura O’Neil (mother, Shawn Block),

Sheryl Schwab (mother, Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez).

 

RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS SOUGHT —Volunteers Needed for Set-Up, Sale,

and Clean-Up. The annual St. Paul Fall Rummage Sale is Thursday through Saturday,

October 4-6. Rummage donations are welcome starting the Tuesday after Labor Day and can be placed at the rear of Fellowship Hall.  It is important that all donations be clean and in a good state of repair. Rummage sale set-up will begin Wednesday, September 26, with ‘Blue Jean Sunday’ on September 30. Church members are encouraged to come that morning dressed in work clothes, ready to pitch in. To volunteer, please contact Woman’s Fellowship or the church office (313-291-1221). All proceeds support church related projects.

 

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TOUR of historic churches will be Thursday, October 11. Five historic Catholic and Protestant churches will be on our itinerary for the day. Cost is $30 per person, not including lunch. Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the tour with docents meeting us at most of the locations to provide historical background and informa -tion about current ministries. The tour is open to family and friends. Sign up early as our bus fills up quickly. To make your reservation, send your check to the church office or, drop it in the Sunday morning offering plate. Please specify “annual pilgrimage tour” on the memo line. Our comfortable chartered bus with lavatory will depart from the St. Paul Church parking lot at 8 a.m. and return no later than 6 p.m.

 

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our exercise session has begun Mondays

and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our meeting is

September 10th at 1:00 p.m.  Caregivers - Meet for mutual support. The St. Paul

Caregivers Group will meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The first

gathering is September 17. Caregiving tips will be shared by participants who offer

mutual support on a confidential basis. Pastor Geoff Drutchas leads the sessions, assisted

by Parish Nurse Kathy Williams. The group is open to all members and friends.

  Health/Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheel-

chairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy or the office.    

 

“REDUCING THE RISK” Training Class Rescheduled – Sunday, September 30

St. Paul Child Protection Policy requires that all adults 18 years and older, who work with children more than 10 hours a year, complete the “Reducing the Risk” Training Class and fill out an application which includes a formal Criminal Back-ground Check, every two years.  The class learns the specifics of the St. Paul Policy regarding working with children and tips and information on how to handle situations as they arise.  This year’s class has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 30, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the Church Parlor.  If you have questions regarding this mandatory training, please contact Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case.

 

   CONFIRMATION CLASSES begin Wednesday, September 12, 7:00-8:00 p.m.as

parents and confirmands meet for an orientation and ice cream social.  As confirmation

classes get underway they will be enjoying a kick-off retreat to Amish country in

Shipshewana, Indiana. The outing is Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. The

retreat provides a chance for confirmands to get to know each other as we take a first-

hand look at a religious culture somewhat different than our own. In years past, it has

been an eye-opener for our young people, helping them to reflect on what it means for

them as Christians to be in the world. Pastor Drutchas leads the retreat. For the months

that follow all the way to next Easter, our confirmands will be meeting on Sunday

mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

 

   CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADS, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL

   STUDENTS  Christian Education needs all college, trade school, and “2018” High

School graduate addresses.  We would like your picture to include on our “YOUNG

ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board.  Please forward all information and

pictures to Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Darlene & Donald Babin (Heartland, Ann Arbor), Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Hayden Forsyth, Oren Forsyth, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker (Heartland, Allen Park), Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Bill McGahey, Murl Nieman, Patricia Olson, Bob Robinson, Sandra Rose, Eleanor Rossi, Blake Schalm, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, Tom Tank, Bert Thompson, and Wendy Wendt (sister, Cindy Romas).   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.

 

HOLD THIS DATE—SEPTEMBER 16- The Detroit Metro Association of the United Church of Christ has approved our “under care” seminarian Ethan Drutchas for ordination on Sunday, September 16 at 4 p.m. in our sanctuary.  Ethan will be the third seminarian to be ordained by our congregation in the last half century or more.  Mark your calendars now for a very special service.  

 

THERE’S STILL ROOM FOR YOU at the Women’s Retreat October 6 and 7. Led by April Clark, Michelle McNeely, and Eileen Vernor Drutchas, this fall’s theme is “Kindness”. The retreat provides an opportunity for women of faith to share time together and reflect on how we can act on God’s call to kindness amid everyday life. Michindoh Conference Center, near Hillsdale, provides a scenic setting, as well as comfortable indoor facilities. Count on indoor and outdoor activities. We will be carpooling from St. Paul Saturday at 7 a.m. The retreat begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $97 and includes three meals and one night of lodging. A $20 non-refundable deposit will assure your place.  Balance is due by Wednesday, September 12. Your retreat deposit, and completed reservation form, should be returned to Retreat Registrar Marjie Barnard.  

 

KICK-OFF FOR THE “2018-2019” FALL SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM is 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 9.  In addition to a youth led service, young people will be sharing their summer mission trip testimonies and slideshow during this special time, installation of the Fall Sunday School teachers and a special family prayer.  Prior to the Worship Service all are invited to the Sunday School Open House 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. in the upstairs Christian Education department. This is an opportunity to complete and/or return registration forms and meet the Sunday School teachers. Forms are on the church’s website.  See you Rally Sunday! Youth Fellowship kick-off is October 7 with lunch and activity planning following our 10:30 a.m. worship service.  Parents are invited to attend the lunch planning meeting.  Fall retreat is November 3 and 4 – save the date!

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