Sunday June 9, 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

Pentecost Sunday
Music Sunday
June 9, 2019

          Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.


PRELUDE  “Jesus Loves Me,”  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

CALL TO WORSHIP  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor


INVOCATION (Unison) Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Lord, we come here today to praise your name in song.  Bless our

voices so that they may be pleasing to you. May the melodies we share

and every word we sing inspire in each and all a deeper faith, reminding

us of the gifts, talents, and blessings you so freely bestow through the

grace most completely revealed in Jesus Christ, our savior, teacher, and

guide.  In our glad singing may we know the joy of Christian life together

and the hope that comes daily whenever we draw closer to you and one

another in the spirit of Jesus. Amen!

OPENING ANTHEM  “Go Into The House of the Lord,” Chancel Choir; Tracy Hoffman, Music Director


CHILDREN’S ANTHEM  “Standing on the Promises,” Children’s Choir, Sally Sigman, Director

FIRST SCRIPTURE LESSON FOR PENTECOST “The Coming of the Holy Spirit,” Acts of the Apostles 2:1-21  Lois Rice

SOLO  “God Gave the Song,” (Gloria and Bill Gaither), Mark Ennis, Soloist

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING FOR PENTECOST “The Birthing of the Church,” Acts of the Apostles 2:22—24, 33-47  Grace Wangbickler

CONGREGATIONAL HYMN  No. 237  “On Pentecost They Gathered”

1st verse: Tracy Hoffman, soloist;
2nd verse: Congregation/ Handbell Choir;
3rd verses: Soprano ensemble;
4th verse: Congregation, standing/ Handbell Cho


OFFERING WITH ANTHEM  “Creator Rhythm,” Chancel Choir




ANTHEM  “God Chose Us,” Chancel Choir

MEDITATION AND WELCOME TO THE SACRAMENT  “Are We a Pentecostal Church?”  Pastor Drutchas

ANTHEM  “One Song,” Chancel Choir



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  Pastors Drutchas & Schalm, Senior Elder Mark Ennis and Council Members




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.


FINAL BLESSING  Pastor Drutchas

CLOSING ANTHEM  “Shine, Jesus, Shine!”  Chancel Choir

Congregation is invited to join in singing reprise at anthem’send (insert).


AFTER ALTAR CANDLES are extinguished the Congregation may depart, greeting and thanking choir members in the narthex and vestibule. Refreshments in honor of our choirs are provided in air-conditioned Jerusalem Café (West Room).  All are invited.


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.



                 Council:  Dan Case

                                    Deacon:  Dee Salsbury

                                 Ushers: Council Members

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

      Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



                             Calendar Week June 9 – June 16

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas Pentecost/ Music Sunday/ Communion/ Sunday School  Year End Party 9:30 a.m./ Mission Trip Parent’s Meeting 10:30 a.m./ CE & Teacher Meeting 10:45 a.m.

Monday       Matter of Balance 11:30 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS  6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m. / Council 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Meditation 11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Thursday    Women’s Fellowship Luncheon 12:30 p.m./ Father-Child Outing 6:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Father’s Day/ Donuts for Dad 10:30 a.m.



  ALTAR FLOWERS are in honor & with a sincere ‘Thank You’ to Tracy Hoffman & Sally Sigman for your dedication to our St. Paul Music Ministry.
SIDE VASES celebrate the 63rd wedding anniversary of Miles & Irene Church and the 60th wedding anniversary of our parents, Harold & Joan Foley, from their daughters Paula Strawsine and Denise Foley.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN HONOR FATHERS The Sunday School children will honor their fathers and the men of the congregation with a special Donuts for Dad, Continental Breakfast following our morning worship service June 16.  All men should attend the morning’s festivities in honor of Father’s Day. Anyone interested in helping contact Pastor Schalm.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP’S JUNE 13 MEETING is an off-site luncheon at Woodside Meadows Golf Course Restaurant, 20820 Inkster Rd., Romulus.  The ladies are gathering at 12:30 p.m.  Please R.S.V.P. to Thelma Poet by June 10.  All ladies are invited.  Our Women’s Ministries are guests at our June Council Meeting Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 p.m.  Council gathers in the West Room.

STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH OFFERING received during the month of June.  Our UCC “Strengthen the Church” Mission Offering supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new church congregations and revitalizes existing congregations.    This offering is part of the UCC “God Is Still Speaking Ministry” which reminds us that God still has a lot more to say, because no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.  Offering envelopes were included in your June Tidings, and you will find them in the pew racks as well.  Your gift helps God’s spirit move and speak in our congregations for generations to come.   Please give prayerfully to this special mission offering.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, Thank You.

“MUSIC SUNDAY”  Our Church Choirs are performing.   Enjoy and celebrate Pentecost on “Music Sunday” at St. Paul.  Refreshments will be served in our Fellowship Hall at 10:30 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN celebrate with their teachers the end of the “2018-2019” regular Sunday School program with a year-end party. There will be a variety of activities and games followed by refreshments and fellowship. Summer Sunday School will begin Sunday, June 16th at 9:30 a.m. to coincide with the single summer worship service. 

THE ANNUAL ST. PAUL FATHER-CHILD OUTING is Thursday, June 13th from 6:00

- 8:00 pm at Sportway in Brownstown. Go-Karting, Mini Golf, and Batting Cages are part of

the activities for adults and children. A light pizza supper with beverages and dessert will be

served promptly at 6:30 pm, followed by the evening activities. As in past years, Men's

Fellowship will be covering all the costs. Participation is limited to St. Paul members and

their children and grandchildren. Reservations are needed to ensure an accurate headcount

for meal and ticket purchase. To RSVP contact the church office at (313) 291-1221 no later

than Noon on Wednesday, June 12th .

IMMORTAL LIFEBOOK DISCUSSION What would you say and do if someone acquired your bodily cells through a routine medical procedure, replicated them without your permission, sold them for a huge profit to millions of other people, and left you and your family poor, unable to afford health insurance for their own medical care? That really happened to cancer patient Henrietta Lacks and is the subject of a fascinating, best-selling book that underscores the ethical and moral dilemmas posed for us as Christians in age of genomics and advanced medical science. Our three-session book discussion on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will meet on Sunday nights, June 23 and 30 and July 7, at 7 p.m. in the air-conditioned church parlor. All sessions will be led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas. Copies of the book are available for pick-up in the church office at your convenience.

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.

WE ARE ONCE AGAIN HOSTING A VENDOR ARCADE at our annual All Church Picnic, July 28, 2019.  If you would like to be a vendor or know someone who would like to participate, please contact Linda Tank for more information.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is accepted, but not necessary.  Meditation classes - Will resume on Wednesdays beginning June 12 at 14 11:30 & 3:10 p.m. Kathy Williams leads the sessions. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. Caregiving tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Drutchas leads the session, 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.  Matter of Balance Classes continues to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. through June 10 for those who already participate. Snacks are provided. Donations are invited. Blood Drive coming Tuesday June 18.  Please Save-the-Date 1:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please contact Kathy Williams if you are able/would like to donate blood.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, June 20, we will visit and tour Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church and gardens, Bloomfield Township. We will carpool from church at 10:45 a.m. The tour begins at 12 noon and then we will be going to lunch. Michelle Matney is the contact. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in the Hall.

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.

CHRISTNET SERVICES in cooperation with Gorno Ford is hosting “Ford Drive 4 Ur Community,” a fundraiser to benefit renovation completion of a new ChristNet Services Daytime Center.  Thursday, June 20 from 12 – 8 p.m. Go to Gorno Ford, 22025 Allen Rd., Woodhaven and take a FREE test drive and Ford will donate $20 per household (up to 300 drivers, which comes to $6,000)!!  For more information see the flyer on the Community Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall and the church office.

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

Betty Caufield,  Charlie Duncan, Arlene Felske, Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Andrea Holton, Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Dominik Mackowski (friend, Jake Ochab), Sharon Podpora, Roxanne Reid (friend, Sue Mrowka), Rick Rice, Beverly Sitz, Tracy Spears (Rivergate, Riverview), Melinda  Snyder (daughter, Bev Snyder), Tyler Staten, Bert Thompson, and Frank Wolfram (Florida). 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.

THE 2019 SUMMER MISSION TRIP PLANS ARE UNDERWAY, June 16 – June 22, we are serving the Boston, MA area. We will be housed at the Village Congregational UCC church located in Whitinsville, MA. Fundraising events and activities continue all the way through June. Only twenty spots are available. Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm if you are interested in participating. The youth are selling stock to help fund their summer mission trip.  For a donation, shareholders are assured a personal letter from a youth mission trip participant, their name placed upon the Rock Hard in Faith mission trip banner and the knowledge that they have helped to shape a life in Christ.  Youth stock can be purchased during coffee hour at the Kiosk 

YEE HAW, Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift” at VBS Children, pre-school through sixth grade, plan now to join the rodeo and hoe-down. This year’s Vacation Bible School program is taking place at St. Paul UCC from July 22 through July 25. Parents and members of the congregation are encouraged and invited to then join their children for the VBS family finale and closing program that will coincide with the annual picnic held on July 28. In addition to picnic activities everyone can look forward to lunch, games, and a special music presentation offered by VBS participants. To ensure a successful Vacation Bible School program volunteers are needed to be station leaders, to help set-up and tear down decorations, lead and guide children to their various stations, assist station leaders, participate in skits, work the registration desk and help with promotion. Early registration and round-up will begin on July 21 during Coffee Hour.  Those interested in helping with the program or in registering their children should see Pastor Cheryl Schalm.