Sunday July 28, 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

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 28, 2019

Picnic Sunday

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.


SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist


 OPENING HYMN No. 613  “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

 UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

   O God, as we worship in this tabernacle as your people did in the wilderness for forty years, make your presence known and felt by us.  Through all our prayers and singing and conversation, deepen us in our commitment and devotion to you and your Son, our Savior Jesus.  Amen.



  YEE HAW! Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift “Thankful,”    (Vacation Bible School Sharing) Pastor Cheryl Schalm & Vacation Bible School Children

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Amazing Grace,”  Helen St. Louis, Soloist

MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  HYMN No. 701  “Shall We Gather at the River”



     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 (Unison)  Romans 12:9-21, Luke 6:27-36  Scripture Leader: Helen St. Louis     

HYMN No. 548  “The Old Rugged Cross”  

SERMON  “Where Are the White Hats?”  Pastor Drutchas

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

LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)


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

LAVATORIES ARE LOCATED in the West lobby just inside the door and to the left. 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.


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.


Council:  Barbara Schultz

Deacons:  Kristi Caruso, Jim Nault, Dee Salsbury

Ushers:  Rosemarie Laslo, Wendy Warner



Calendar Week  July 28 – August 4


Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – All Church Picnic  Coffee Hour 9:30 a.m./ Picnic activities begin 11:00 a.m.– see schedule insert                                                                

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Meditation 12:30 & 3:10 p.m.

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


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION beginning at 9:30 a.m. for Coffee Hour before our morning worship service in the Jerusalem Café (West Room), hosted by our Men’s Fellowship Ministry.

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 Schalm and Kathy Williams can provide any necessary pastoral support. Pastor Cheryl Schalm will be leading worship on August 4 and 11.  Tentatively, 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.

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 4TH       An Unlikely Choice For King         ____________________

  • God cares about what’s in our hearts.

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.

THE 2019 ALTAR FLOWER CHART Altar flowers are a very special way to honor or memorialize that special someone in your life or even a special occasion (anniversary, birthday, graduation, etc.).  The cost for altar flowers is $30.00 (2 vases) or you may purchase a side vase for just $15.00.  Please contact the Deacon after the service for assistance in getting your altar flowers or side vase.  Please check the flower chart for availability of Sundays or other occasions. Please use envelopes found in the pew racks to request altar flowers.  You may also contact the church office at 313-291-1221.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – We will resume in August. A donation of $3-$5 is accepted, but not necessary.  Matter of Balance classes will resume on August 5 for eight – ten weeks.  Balance classes are sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.  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 will be ordered July 12.

SAVE THE DATE  - The annual St. Paul Women's Retreat is October 5 and 6, 2019. 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 some free time so that you can enjoy the beautiful grounds and facilities at Michindoh located in Hillsdale. If you would like more information, please contact Michele McNeely or Marjie Barnard.

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 worshipping 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.

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.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Darlene Babin, Donald Babin (Carolyn’s Corner, Riverview), Gunter Berndl, Betty Caufield, Lisa Childress, Irene Church, Charlie Duncan, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Gina Hribik, Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Cleora Pattenaude, Donna Pletz, Roxanne Reid (friend, Sue Mrowka), Joan Rensel, Paul Reside (brother, Arlene Felske), Shirley Robinson, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Beverly Sitz, Tracy Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Irene Stoner, Linda Tank, Bert Thompson, Spencer Warren, and Frank Wolfram.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.

BIBLE STUDY MEETS Tuesday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m. for the last time this summer.  They will gather again Tuesday, September 3 at 10:30 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to join our informal discussion group. 

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.