Sunday August 4, 2019

Bulletin, worship service audio, and sermon text for this Sunday.

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

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
August 4, 2019

Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.


 SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

 PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



 OPENING HYMN No. 2  “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

 RESPONSIVE INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

 Leader: We gather Almighty God to confess our belief in You.

Congregation: You made us in Your image.  We live, we love, we laugh because we are like You.

 Leader: We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior.

 Congregation: He had the last laugh on the devil when He rose from the dead.

 Leader: We gather this morning to confess our belief in the Holy Spirit.

 Congregation: Coequal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son.

 Leader: You are our counselor, our guide, our motivator.

 All: You are our joy!



 CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Nancy Rabb, Flutist, John Joanette, accompanist

 SCRIPTURE READING  Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, Ephesians 5:1-4 Lector: Kathy Williams


Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.


HYMN No. 530  “I’ve Got Peace Like A River”



SERMON  “Embracing The Gift of Joy and Laughter,”  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

HYMN No. 101 “Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts”


            Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

Invitation of Christ and prayer of Consecration


 One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
 one cup of blessing which we bless.
 And we, though many throughout the Earth,
We are one body in this one Lord.

Distribution of the Elements

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer (debts/debtors)


     Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him all creatures here below.

     Praise him above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


POSTLUDE (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the  candles are extinguished.)


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.

PARENTS WITH CRYING INFANTS are encouraged to make use of our Family Room at the rear of the Sanctuary.

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.


Council:  Mark Ennis

Deacons: Jim Nault

Ushers: Kathy Williams

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


Calendar Week  August 4 – August 11

Sunday       Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Communion/ Summer  Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m./

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Tiger Game Outing – First pitch 7:10 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m. –Pastor Cheryl Schalm– Summer Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m./ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 10:30 a.m.


ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Gaston St. Louis from Helen St. Louis.  ROSE ON THE PULPIT CELEBRATES the birth of Noah Douglas Hribik, born July 31, 2019 to Gina & Daniel Hribik.  Sibling is Wyatt.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Teri & Maggie Staffeld and the Staffeld Family on the loss of Kevin Charles Staffeld, who passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the age of 60 years.  Funeral was Saturday, August 3, 2019.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Jerusalem Café (West Room) immediately following our worship service hosted by our Health Ministries.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS SOUGHT.  Our children will explore God’s word and how to apply these lessons to their daily living. In order for the summer program to be successful adults are needed to lead the weekly lessons.  Pre-schoolers through fifth grade will meet in the upstairs’ Westroom.  Older youth meet with Pastor Schalm in the Senior High classroom (pending worship service responsibilities). Please consider visiting the Welcome Center on Sunday to select a date to share your faith with the children of St. Paul.  All curriculum, materials and snacks are provided.

AUGUST 18TH     Abigail Saves the Day                         ____________________

  • God sends wise people into our lives to guide us.

AUGUST 25TH     David Rules!                                         ____________________

  • King David points the way to Jesus. 

SEPTEMBER 1st  Showdown on Mount Carmel          ____________________

  • Nothing is impossible with God.

USHERS NEEDED Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up Board located in the Narthex (back) of the Church. Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary. Our Deacons will be glad to answer any questions and walk you through training prior to the service.  Ushers are asked to be at Church thirty minutes prior to the service.  CHURCH COUNCIL is also in urgent need of a Secretary.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact President, Pam Lange, 1st Vice President, Cheryl Kincaid or Pastor Drutchas.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES for eighth and ninth graders will be starting up Wednesday, September 11, 7 p.m. An orientation will be held that night for both parents and confirmands outlining classes and activities for the coming year. A day outing to Put-in-Bay Island via Lake Erie ferry from Catawba Point is planned for Saturday, September 21. Parents and confirmands are encouraged to mark their calendars now for both September 11 and 21. Confirmation at St. Paul Church is a two-year study program in which young people firm up their own knowledge and understanding of their Christian faith. Classes meet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, 7-8 p.m., and continue from September to April. Second year students will be confirmed on Palm Sunday, April 5. For more information, please contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas (313-291-1221).

CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS AND RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES Christian Education is in need of pictures and addresses of all St. Paul UCC college students and High School graduates enrolled in continuing education programs (trade school, skill programs, apprenticeships, etc.). Please forward addresses and pictures to Pastor Schalm or to the church office. Pictures will be displayed on the “College Connection” board and students will be added to the quarterly “College Connection” mailing list.

PASTORAL NEEDS during August will be in the caring hands of Pastor Cheryl Schalm and Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams.  Please alert the church office (313-291-1221) to any pastoral needs that arises for you or family members.  Pastor Cheryl Schalm will be leading worship on August 11.  Reverend John Martin will be leading the worship service on August 18. On the last Sunday of the month, August 25, Reverend Ralph Brown will be preaching.  Pastor Geoff Drutchas will be on vacation during August.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Resume Monday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is accepted, but not necessary.  Meditation classes - Will resume in the Fall. Individual sessions are available. Please contact Kathy Williams. Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Saturday, August 24 we’re visiting Hitsville, USA, the Motown Museum in Detroit for a tour.  Carpooling available from St. Paul at 10:00 a.m.  Following our tour, we will enjoy lunch together.  The cost is $10 for seniors.  Please sign up on the RHPA Bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.  $10 is due to Kathy Williams.  Tickets were ordered July 12.

The group meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s. All post-High School young adults are welcome and encouraged to join. We are working our way through the Gospels. Plan to join the group for study, discussion, laughter, food and fellowship. The group will not be meeting in July but will resume in August.

PLEASE NOTE Tuesday morning Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m.  Watch this space for changes and updates or call the church office at 313-291-1221.

THERE'S ROOM FOR YOU at the Women’s Retreat October 4 and 5. Providing leadership this year will be April Clark, Michele McNeely, Marjie Barnard and Eileen Vernor Drutchas. This year’s theme is “New Beginnings with Faith, Hope, and Grace”. The retreat provides an opportunity for women of faith to share time together and reflect on how we can rely on God through faith, hope and grace in 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 carpool from St. Paul Saturday at 7 a.m. The retreat begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $99 and includes three meals and one night of lodging. A $20 non-refundable deposit will assure your place.  Balance is due by Sunday, September 15. Your retreat deposit, and completed reservation form, should be marked "Retreat" and returned to Marjie Barnard.  Reservation forms have been mailed to past participants and will also be available from Marjie at Coffee Hour.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Darlene Babin, Donald Babin (Carolyn’s Corner, Riverview), Gunter Berndl, Lisa Childress, Irene Church, Charlie Duncan, Dan Evison, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Mary Hard, Gina Hribik, Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Cleora Pattenaude, Donna Pletz, Joan Rensel, Shirley Robinson, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Beverly Sitz, Tracy Spears, Irene Stoner, Bert Thompson, Spencer Warren, Frank Wolfram, and Richard Wygonik (friend of Sue Mrowka).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.

ANNUAL ALL CHURCH KITCHEN CLEAN-UP The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry will be hosting its Annual Kitchen Clean-up on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All cleaning supplies and special equipment will be provided.  Any time you can share will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Staffeld or Dan Case or call the Church office at 313-291-1221. 

ELECTRONIC GIVING OFFERS MANY DIFFERENT OPTIONS Besides making donations to Weekly Envelopes you can also make a donation to the Lenten, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Heat and Energy Envelopes utilizing our electronic online giving. You can also make a gift to the Memorial Fund or even buy a Tree of Faith Leaf.  To set up a donation, visit us online at, select the “online giving” tab from the main menu and set up your donation. If you have any additional questions, please contact Dan Case or Gary Peters.

AUDIO COPIES OF OUR ST. PAUL WORSHIP SERVICES are available online.  Visit our Web Site at and select the "Weekly Sermons, Bulletins and Audio Services" tab from the main menu.  Select from the listings of dates to view available bulletins, sermons and full audio recordings of the service. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.

SUMMER WORSHIP is at 9:30 a.m.  Summer Sunday School for youth and children is also offered at 9:30 a.m.  We will be worshiping in comfort thanks to our air conditioned sanctuary. Summer Sunday School leaders are needed.  Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm to volunteer.  There is a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center upstairs.  Everything is provided.