Sunday November 3, 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-first Sunday after Pentecost
November 3, 2019
Totenfest/ Memorial Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m.

(Nursery care available)

As the prelude begins, members of the congregation mourning a loved one who is

being memorialized today are invited to light a remembrance candle on

the altar.  Please speak with an usher if further assistance is needed.


SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)


CALL TO WORSHIP/ INVOCATION  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas & Congregation

Pastor:  As we begin our time of worship and praise, let us look for inspiration and

hope in the words of God spoken to us as divine promise.

Congregation:  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious hand.

Pastor:  I am the resurrection and the life:  all who believe in me, though they die,

yet shall live.

Congregation:  And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.

Pastor:  Holy God, bless us this day that we might be your servants from here to

eternity.  Amen.

OPENING HYMN No. 628  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn  Leader


 CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “My Lips Will Praise You,” Chancel Choir        

MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

HYMN No. 77  “On Eagle’s Wings” 


SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 30; Luke 24:13-35 Lector:  Peggy Staten

CHIME RESPONSE  “There’s Something About That Name”

MESSAGE  “Stay With Us!”  Pastor Drutchas

HYMN No.  124  “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”


    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 through out the Earth, we are one body in this one Lord.

    Distribution of the Elements

    Prayer of Thanksgiving


      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.


      Unison Reading with Memorial Acclamations (see insert)

      Time of Remembrance/ Tolling of the Bell

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

CLOSING HYMN No.  637 “For All the Saints,” (vs. 1-3)    

BENEDICTION/ 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.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Anyone 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.


“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:  Kristi Caruso

Ushers:  Sharon Podpora

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  November 3 – November 10

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas- Totenfest Sunday/Communion/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:00                                                       

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m.

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

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



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.

ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Thomas Matthew Staffeld, born October 24, 2019 to Jessica and Matthew Staffeld.  St. Paul Grandparents: Janet & Douglas Staffeld.

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.

URGENT- ST. PAUL IN NEED OF A COUNCIL SECRETARY.  The term begins immediately and ends in January, 2021. Responsibilities include attending and taking minutes for Church meetings (Council, Cabinet, Semi-Annual, Annual and any Special Meetings). Please contact Pam Lange, Cheryl Kincaid or Michele McNeely if you are interested and would like more information about the position.

2020 BUDGET DEVELOPMENT MEETING Sunday, November 10 after the worship service members of St. Paul have the opportunity to provide input for the 2020 Budget. 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.

    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, 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, Dennis Schmoekel, Sheryl Schwab (Rehab, Henry Ford, Wyandotte), John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, 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.

 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS SPONSORING 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. The gift-filled shoe boxes will then be distributed by Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian, non-profit organization) to children in need throughout the world. All shoe boxes must be returned by Sunday, November 17. The shoe boxes will be delivered to the Dearborn collection center where they will be loaded into semi-trucks for distribution. Wrapped shoe-boxes are available in Fellowship Hall.  For more information on this program, please contact Pastor Schalm. Christian Education is pleased to give everyone 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. If you have any questions regarding this outreach, please contact Pastor 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.

THE ST. PAUL CHANCEL CHOIR rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and is led by Music Director, Tracy Hoffman.  New voices are always welcome.  Handbell Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.  Please consider joining our Handbell Choir.  It’s as easy as counting one, two, three, four.

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 previous experience is needed. Training can be 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.

2020 PHONE DIRECTORY  Soon preparations for our 2020 Phone Directory will be underway.  If you have made any changes to your personal information

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).


  December 7, 12-7 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).

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. All items will be donated 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 Schalm.