Sunday October 13, 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

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 13, 2019

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

(Nursery care available)


SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist



OPENING HYMN No. 24  “The God of Abraham Praise,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O God, since the days of the Patriarch Abraham You have summoned us forth, sometimes by a pillar of fire or a star; other times by Your voice, thunderous or quiet.  We rejoice that You, who revealed Your greatest purposes and intentions for us through Jesus Christ, are a God leading and speaking still, always drawing us forward in deeper devotion to what is true, loving, and just.  As your sons and   daughters and disciples of Christ Jesus we praise and honor your holy name. Amen.



SPECIAL MOMENT  Exodus Sunday – The Plan

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Shine, Jesus Shine,”  Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE READING Exodus 3:1-15, Mark 14:12-16 Lector:  Grace Wangbickler

HYMN No. 663  “Go Down, Moses” (vs. 1, 2 Soloist; vs. 3-5 Congregation)

MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)


If you will trust in God to guide you, and hope in God through all your ways,

God will give strength, whate’er betide you, and bear you through the evil days.

Who trusts in God’s unchanging love builds on the rock that will not move.


HYMN No. 602  “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” (verses 1, 2, 4)



    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  “Faith Forward,”  Pastor Drutchas   

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors) / MEMORIAL PRAYER  (Danielle Gardner)    

CLOSING HYMN No. 545  “He Leadeth Me:  O Blessed Thought”


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 is available 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.


Any one 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.


Council:  Toni Hill

Deacon:  Kristi Caruso     

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  October 12 – October 20

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – New Member Welcome/ ChristNet Hosting Week/ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 9:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m.
Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m. / Confirmation 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Sewing Guild - Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m.
Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m.



ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Benton Matthew Race, born October 9, 2019 to Matthew & Erin Ennis Race.  St. Paul Grandparents are Mark & Sandy Ennis.  St. Paul Great-Grandparents:  Betty & Joe Mayfield. Siblings are Finley & Elijah.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION DRILL The Safety and Security Ministry will have an Emergency Evacuation Drill of the entire Church, weather permitting.  The safety of our congregation is very important, and we are constantly working to maintain and improve it. Everyone will be escorted from the building in an orderly fashion by our Emergency Response Team. Members of the ERT team will be wearing armbands with yellow reflective tape. It is important that everyone follow the direction of the ERT members to ensure that the evacuation is done in a timely and safe manner.

OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED OFFERING  will be received Sundays throughout October.   This offering is one of our United Church of Christ Special Mission Offerings that assists our American Indian Ministries and supports education, justice, peace, and the rights of the poor and needy.  Information about the NIN Offering, and an envelope, are in the October Tidings.  You will also find NIN envelopes in the pew racks. On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, please give as generously as you are able to those in need.     Thank you.

OUR CONGREGATION is providing overnight housing as part of our annual participation in the ChristNet Homeless Shelter during October 13-20. We offer our ChristNet guests breakfast and supper, as well as a brown bag lunch to go.  The guests are expected to arrive at 6 p.m. every evening and depart 7 a.m. the following morning. Male and female volunteers are needed to serve as hosts for half a night, assist with Sunday morning clean-up, launder linens on Sunday morning, and transport bedding and supplies to the next host church.  Hosts have a choice of shifts, 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. or 12 midnight to 6 a.m. To help defray the costs donations including breakfast foods, other supplies, and financial donations are welcomed.  Church organizations are preparing dinners for guests. Kim Martinez is our coordinator. Please look for the ChristNet sign-up table in the Narthex or near the kiosk in Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

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, October 17, 10:00 a.m.

   ALTAR GUILD has opportunities for volunteers to maintain the altar candles and to ensure the paraments (cloths on the lectern and pulpit) are changed accordingly.  There are no meetings to attend.  All materials and training are provided at your convenience.  For more information please contact Sue Mrowka or Marjie Barnard.

   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.

THE “2019” FALL YOUTH RETREAT is November 2 - 3 at the Michindoh Resort and Conference Center.  “The Perfect Example” is this year’s theme. Think about Jesus as a teen. What would it have been like to spend a day with Him? What games might he have liked? Sports? What was he like in school? Was he friendly? Would you have befriended Him? Was He exclusive? Was He perfect? Throughout the weekend we will be talking about friendships and relationships as we dig into, and look at the example Jesus has left for us. Plan to join your church friends for a weekend of fun, fellowship and spiritual growth.  Mark your planners and sign up now! For more information or questions, please contact Pastor Schalm.

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.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Liz Bechtol, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Moses Flomo, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Kyle Hard, Doris Hilliker, Tyler Keith (son, Anne Blanchard), Nancy Koszalka,  Beverly Jean Lloyd (Rivergate Terrace), Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson (Rivergate Terrace), John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Beverly Sitz,  Diane Sturgeon, Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Bert Thompson, Arlene Wolfram, 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.

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for the dedication of our newly landscaped roadside electronic sign following the emergency evacuation drill.  Weather permitting, refreshments will be served on the Church’s front lawn – seating available.

NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED into St. Paul Membership today:  Dan Hribik, Gina Hribik, Jenna Harmon, and Nancy Rabb.

CAREGIVERS GROUP Meet for mutual support and learning on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The next gathering is Monday, October 21st. Every session starts with a quick-read article on a caregiving topic before we turn to conversation and discussion. Caregiving tips are shared by participants who offer mutual support on a confidential basis. Pastor Geoff Drutchas leads the sessions, assisted by Parish Nurse Kathy Williams. The group is open to everyone.

THE 18TH ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TOUR of historic Metro Detroit churches is Wednesday, October 23. The bus is now full but a ‘wait list’ has begun in case of cancellations.  Contact the church office (313-291-1221) to add your name to our wait list.

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.

DORCAS SOCIETY is rescheduling their get together/ luncheon to a later date.   Please watch this space for updated information or contact Marjie Barnard or Sue Mrowka.