Sunday October 20, 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

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 20, 2019

Healing Service 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available


SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)



CALL WORSHIP  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

ANTHEM  “Down to the River,”  Chancel Choir, Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O God, we gather in this sacred space to rediscover our faith and to seek healing

and renewal.  Bless us with your loving presence and strengthen us in body and

spirit that we might have all the stamina we need to be your devoted servants in

the world.  Amen.



HEALING MINISTRY Sew ‘n Sews Sharon Leonard

HYMN No. 579 “Standing in the Need of Prayer”

SCRIPTURE Genesis 18:1-15; Luke 6:17-21 Lector:  Eileen Vernor Drutchas

HYMN No. 564  “He Touched Me” 

HOLY HUMOR  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation



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  “Healing Humor, Healing Faith,” Pastor Drutchas

HYMN No. 351  “Fill My Cup, Lord”

PRAYER FOR HEALING Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

By your power, great God, our Lord Jesus healed the sick and gave new hope to

the hopeless.  Though we cannot command or possess your power we pray for

those who want to be healed.  Mind their wounds, soothe fevered brows, and make

broken people whole again.  Help us to welcome every healing as a sign that,

through death is against us, you are with us, and have promised renewed and risen

life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Bless these waters by which we anoint those who

desire this day healing in body and spirit.  Amen.

ANNOINTMENT FOR HEALING  At the bidding of the ushers everyone is invited to come forth to the chancel steps to receive waters of healing

CLOSING HYMN No. 86  “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”


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.


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:  Toni Hill

Deacons:  Kristi Caruso      

Usher:  Sue Mrowka, 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  October 20 – October 27

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ Healing Service/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m.                                                              

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Caregivers 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Church Tour departs 8:00 a.m./ Handbell Rehearsal 6:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00

Thursday     Red Hats Halloween Potluck Dinner & Bunco 6:30 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm / Reformation Sunday/ Wear Red/ OCC Kick-Off/ 6th Graders receive Bibles/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:00 a.m./ Trunk or Treat     5:00 – 7:00 p.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 Girl Scout Troop 74590.

NO YOUTH CHOIR TODAY.  We will gather next Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

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.

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.

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.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Liz Bechtol, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Kyle Hard, Doris Hilliker, Beverly Jean Lloyd, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson (Rivergate Terrace), Sheryl Schwab (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Beverly Sitz,  Diane Sturgeon, Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), 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.

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.

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.

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.

THIRD ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER is Friday, November 1, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Open to the public, our diners will have the choice of Marinara or Alfredo sauce. Along with pasta, there will be salad, garlic bread, dessert, and beverages. Fellowship Hall will be decorated with Italian travel posters and checkered tablecloths. St. Paul Council president Pam Lange is organizing this year’s Dinner. Advanced tickets are available at the kiosk during coffee hour or in the church office. Advanced tickets for adults are only $9.00, so save a dollar by buying your ticket in advance. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the dinner. Cost is $10.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 5 to 12.

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 October 15 - 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. Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m., we will welcome Mishael Raiford, a speaker for a presentation of Medicare 101. He will explain Medicare changes for 2020.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. Halloween Bunco & Potluck dinner in the West Room. Bring $5. Bunco is easy and you don’t have to know how to play ahead of time. Wear a costume or Halloween shirt. Bring a dish of your choice to pass. There will be a sign-up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Kathy Williams is the contact. Looking ahead 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.

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.

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.

   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.

PAUL’S ANNUAL HALLOWEEN TRUNK OR TREAT EVENTis Sunday, October 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the circular drive and Fellowship Hall. In addition to “trunk or treating” a light hot dog dinner will be served. Following dinner, children will have the opportunity to take a hayride, make a caramel apple and visit the Haunted Hallway. Plan now to decorate your trunk and to join your church family for an evening of fun and fellowship. Pick a theme, get creative, have fun and get decorating! The best decorated, scariest and creative trunks and best adult and children’s costumes will win a prize. All interested trunkers and those who would like to help with the party should sign the sheet located on the Christian Education Welcome Center desk upstairs. For more information or to volunteer please contact Sheri Herkimer or Pastor Schalm.  Wrapped candy donations are welcome.  Drop any candy in the tub upstairs or in the office.

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 and First Vice-President, Cheryl Kincaid will be available in the West Room to answer any questions regarding the 2020 budget. Your input is very important to us.