Sunday November 10, 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

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
November 10, 2019

Stewardship Sunday

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

 SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

 PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist



 OPENING HYMN No. 274  “I Love Your Church, O God,”  (vs. 1-3) Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader     

 UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  O Lord, giver of life and a source of our freedom, we are reminded that Yours is

  the earth in its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it.  We know that it is

  from Your hand that we have received all we have and are and will be.  Gracious

  and loving God, we understand that You call us to be the stewards of Your

  abundance, the caretakers of all You have entrusted to us.  Help us always to use

  Your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously.  May our faithful worship

  and stewardship bear witness to the love of Christ in our lives.  We pray this with

  grateful hearts in Jesus’ name.  Amen.



  CALL TO STEWARDSHIP  Pastor Drutchas

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Without Him,”  Chancel Choir

 SCRIPTURE READING  1 Timothy 6:9-10, Matthew 6:24-34  Lector:  Aaron Johnson

  HYMN No. 420  “I Come with Joy” (vs. 1, 2, 4)

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  HYMN No.  344 “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (pew card) Harmon Family




     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.

MESSAGE  “What a Way to Go,”  Pastor Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)  

  CLOSING HYMN No. 595  “Be Thou My Vision” (vs. 1-3) 


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


HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our new “Family Room”.  Please alert the Ushers if you need 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.

PRINTED COPIES of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

PLEASE USE PEW ENVELOPES to request altar or chancel flowers.



“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of  salvation in our church family and community. Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”



Council:  Michael Isaacs

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury

Ushers:   Jane Dykowski, Teri Staffeld, Wendy Warner



Calendar Week  November 10 – November 17

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-  Stewardship Sunday/ Harmon Family Baptism/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ 2020 Budget Meeting 11:00 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:00 a.m. 

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       ChirstNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday  Handbell Rehearsal 6:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 am.   All Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are due today



PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments following the morning worship service.  We will be gathering in our Fellowship Hall, hosted by our Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in loving memory of my husband, Wally Stanek.

BAPTIZED UNTO THE LORD Ryleigh Ann Harmon, born to Mike & Jenna Harmon on March 22, 2019 and baptized Sunday, November 10, 2019.


2020 BUDGET DEVELOPMENT MEETING after the worship service.  Treasurer, Dan Case will be available in the West Room to answer any questions regarding the 2020 budget. Your input is very important to us so stop by and share your thoughts.

Each one, as a good manager of God's different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God. 1 Peter 4:10
Looking to utilize your special gift? Please consider serving on the St. Paul Council.  Council positions open for nomination in 2020 include first vice president (two-year position), second vice president (three-year position), secretary (one-year position), elder (three-year position), deacon (three-year position), and trustee (three-year position). Detailed job descriptions are available for all Council positions per request.  Council meetings are the second Tuesday of every month excluding July and August. Any church member interested in being nominated should speak with Church Trustees Michael Isaacs, Dave Badarak, or Toni Hill.

YOUNG ADULT HURRICANE RELIEF MISSION TRIP is heading to Holly Hill, Florida on December 28 to spend a week repairing and rebuilding homes damaged from hurricanes and tropical storms. They will be working with the UCC wider mission disaster ministry team. Anyone interested should contact Pastor Schalm.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Liz Bechtol, Sean Block, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Terry Dyer (Heartland, Allen Park), Christine Gilliland, Vicki Grant, Kyle Hard, Doris Hilliker, Shirley Koths, Beverly Jean Lloyd, Christopher Natzke (Beaumont, Royal Oak, nephew, Michael Natzke), Bill Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Sheryl Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Beverly Sitz, Diane Sturgeon, Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Doreen Thompson, Carol Wioncek, 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.

their annual “Advent by Candlelight”
program on Sunday, December 8, from 6:45-8:45 p.m. This is where one woman hosts a table and asks up to 7 other ladies to join her for an Advent Program, fellowship and dessert. There is a sign-up sheet available during coffee hour all through November, or you can call or email Debbie Case ( It is quite easy to be a hostess and I will have envelopes for each hostess with all the information. There is another sign-up sheet for ladies that do not want to host a table but would like to attend. We will do our best to find a place for every lady that would like to attend. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 24. I will need to know total numbers at each table by December 1. The table arrangement is based on the order that you sign your group up by. You will be better able to sign up by emailing me and then I can email the hostess papers to you.

 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION’S Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry is an opportunity to take a simple shoe box, decorate it, and fill it with small gifts for children in need. All shoe boxes must be returned today. The shoe boxes will be delivered to the Dearborn collection center where they will be loaded into semi-trucks for distribution.

 Christian Education is pleased to share an opportunity to be an Angel” to a child in need this holiday season. An Angel Tree adorned with angel ornaments identifying the gender and age of a child in need will be placed in the Fellowship Hall by November 17. Simply pull an ornament, log the number on the sheet located on the table, and return the gifts unwrapped with the ornament taped to it by December 8. Gifts will be delivered to the Salvation Army on Monday, December 10. Our Sunday School Children are collecting hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks and undergarments for children and families in need. All items can be dropped off upstairs and/or placed in the gigantic stocking located at the bottom of the stairs. Items will be delivered to the Salvation Army on December 8 in time for their annual “Families in Need Christmas Store.” If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for these sessions.  Meditation classes - 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.
Updating our Call List – Please notify the church office (313-291-1221) if you would like to be contacted when there are important messages to share (such as a death, meeting cancellation, etc.).  This list is for members without e-mail.
Medicare Enrollment Time is here until December 5. Not sure about which Medicare supplement to choose? The Senior Alliance assists persons changing programs and/or Part D (medication plan). See the Health Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall for dates and places.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, November 21st, 10:00 a.m., we will carpool to the Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, 1345 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, Michigan to tour the church and Christmas decorations. Tour is at 11:00 a.m. Admission is free. Our Christmas Dinner celebration is Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. at Lakes of Taylor. The contact is Sally Sigman. Money, $28, is due by Sunday November 24. Remember, it will be time to reveal yourself to your secret pal at the dinner. So, bring her a gift and reveal who you are on the card. If you cannot attend the dinner you can always leave a gift in the west room and someone will take it to the dinner for you and yours will be left in the west room for you to pick up.  If you didn’t participate in the Secret Pal and want to be part of the gift giving, bring a gift costing approximately $10 to exchange. There is no obligation to do so. Please sign up on the RHPA bulletin board in Fellowship Hall if you will be attending the dinner.

USHERS NEEDED Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our 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 the process prior to the worship service.
LECTORS (Scripture readers) are needed to read during worship services. No experience is needed. Training provided. Copies of all readings are available Thursday or Friday of each week and for your convenience can be emailed to you by our church’s administrative assistant, Cindy Romas.

THE SEWING GUILD Sew ‘n Sews is looking for anyone who knits or crochets and would like to make baby blankets, lap blankets, kid size blankets, baby or kid's cancer hats.  All yarn will be supplied. Please contact Sharon Leonard or the church office if you are able to help us utilize a large donation of yarn. It would be great if you could attend our meetings, but not necessary. We meet in the West Room the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich, dessert and coffee are provided. Join us for 'food for thought'.  Our next meeting   is Thursday, November 21, 10:00 a.m.

‘BLUE CHRISTMAS’ SERVICE’ members and friends who have lost loved ones over the past year or more and are experiencing Christmas the first or second time without a loved one are invited to attend a special “Blue Christmas” program and worship service on Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m. We will gather in the parlor and then join for a time of very special worship in the chancel of the St. Paul sanctuary. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one with them that night to place on the altar. The “Blue Christmas” Service will be led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas. For more information, contact the church office (313-291-1221).

   SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for St. Paul Day on Saturday,  December 7, 12-8 p.m.  Volunteers are needed to welcome visitors to Downriver’s finest  holiday display. In lending a hand, our volunteers help raise funds for the Fish & Loaves Food  Pantry which is Michigan’s largest food pantry. Santa’s Magic Forest opens its doors on  Saturday, November 30, just in time to welcome Santa at the head of city-wide Winterfest  parade through Heritage Park at 5 p.m. The “Magic Forest” holiday display, welcomes visitors through Sunday, December 22. Children can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well the Grinch. It’s a beautiful, fun time for kids, parents, and volunteers. There is a small $3 cash only admission charge which directly benefits the Fish & Loaves Pantry providing food assistance to thousands of Downriver families throughout the year. Photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Grinch are available at $8. Volunteer stints for St. Paul Day at the Magic Forest are two hours. To volunteer complete a Make-A-Wish card on Sunday mornings and add it to the offering plate or contact the church office (313-291-1221).

 CAREGIVERS’ GROUP MEETS on Monday, November 18. The small group provides opportunities for those providing care for family members or friends to share insights and experiences in a mutually supportive environment that maintains confidentiality. Led by Pastor Drutchas and Parish Nurse Kathy Williams, the group meets in the church parlor at 7:30 p.m.