Sunday, October 21, 2018

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   October 21, 2018

Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.     

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.


  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)/ PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



*OPENING HYMN  No.53  “Morning Has Broken” Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

  Loving and generous God, you are the font of every blessing, the source of all we  

  have. Your breath gives us life, Your love gives us courage and strength, healing  

  and compassion. You care for us like a loving parent and feed our spirits, our  

  minds, and our bodies. We thank you for your abundance given freely to all. But  

  God, forgive us for wanting more, even when we have more than we need.  Create  

  in us new hearts to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. Help us to  

  know that our abundance is for others’ needs. Great Teacher, write your law on  

  our hearts: that we might better prioritize our lives and fulfill our purpose as our 

  children of the one, Living God.  Amen.



  FAMILY OF GOD “The Message of the Shoebox,”  Pastor Schalm 

  Scripture: John 15:12 & Hebrews 13:16 


  I’m so glad I’m part of the family of God, I’ve been washed in the fountain,

  cleansed by His blood!  Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, for I’m part

  of the family, family of God.  

SPECIAL MUSIC Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “If You Love Me,” Chancel Choir  (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING   Luke 12:27-34, John 4:42-44  Lectors:  Michele McNeely  (9), Hayden Robbins (10:30)

*HYMN No. 517 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”  

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm

*HYMN No. 588  “Have Thine Own Way, Lord”                                                                                   



         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. 

   SERMON  “Priorities, Principles and Purpose” Pastor Schalm

   LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

 *HYMN No. 254 “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”          


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


*Congregation standing


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.


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.


“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:  Diane Poet (9), Cheryl Kincaid (10:30)

Deacons:  Allen Gunther (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


Calendar Week  October 21 – October 28

Sunday       Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm/ OCC Kick- Off / Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.                      

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ New Member Welcome/ Reformation Sunday/ Wear Red!/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ 6th Graders receive Bibles 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Trunk or Treat 5:00 p.m.


Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost/ October 21, 2018 


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between services hosted by Girl Scout Troop.


ALTAR FLOWERS are in honor of the wedding of Mike & Cheryl (Robinson) Regan from Mom and Dad.


CHILDREN’S CHOIR REHEARSALS following the 10:30 a.m. service in the West Room. Please see Sally Sigman, Director, for more information.


NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED Sunday, October 28, 2018.  Those interested in joining St. Paul Church are encouraged to contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas at the church office or complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or give it to any usher.


OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED OFFERING  will be received any Sunday throughout

the month of 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 will be included in your 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.


FILL A SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN BEGINS Christian Education is kicking off their Operation Christmas Child shoe box ministry today in Fellowship Hall.  Sunday School children and the congregation can take a simple shoe box, decorate it, and fill it with small gifts for children in need.  The gift-filled shoe boxes are distributed by Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian, non-profit organization) to children in need through-out the world.  All shoe boxes need to be returned no later than Sunday, November 18th.  The shoe boxes will be delivered to the Dearborn collection center where they are loaded onto semi-trucks for distribution.  For more information, or a shoe box, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.


President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (AirForce, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Cade Ferguson (Navy, nephew, Patrick Ferguson), Kevin Giles (Navy, Gunne’s Mate, 1st Class, E6, friend, Sue Mrowka), 1st Lieutenant Tyler Gillespey (Army, Okinawa, Japan, grandson, Murl & Judy Nieman), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Kevin Johnson & Stephen Johnson (Navy, grandsons, Patricia Olson), PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek (son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve, son, Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea, son, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Netherlands, granddaughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grandson, Barb Williams, Volunteer, Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Nicholas Smith (Navy, Florida, husband, Morgan Gillespey-Smith), Sam Smith (nephew, Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew, Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy, son, Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son, Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida, nephew, Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother, Heather Williams Dykowski).


YOUTH FELLOWSHIP Fall retreat is November 3 and 4 – save the date!


‘WHEN GOD INTERRUPTS’ Dealing with the change we don’t expect and keeping it all in faith perspective is a book discussion series at St. Paul Church on Sunday evenings, October 21, November 4 and 11, starting at 7 p.m. in the Parlor.  Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the discussion of a thoughtful book by M. Craig Barnes, When God Interrupts: Finding New Life Through Unwanted Change. Barnes, a Christian pastor, invites us to look for God’s hand and guidance amid life changes—a choice we can all make that can help redeem even the worst situation and give us new insight and outlook on our present and future. Our book discussion will include a ‘workshop’ session on tapping our own faith to embracing change positively and constructively. Copies of the books may be reserved through the church office (313-291-1221). For more information please speak with Pastor Drutchas.

   HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our exercise session is Mondays and  

   Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.  Our instructor, Delessa, is a wonderful trainer with a   

   Christian philosophy.  A donation of $3-5 for each session is invited.  Chronic Pain  

   Self-Management Class- begins Tuesday, November 6 from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the  

   West Room.  Our six-week session will provide tips and techniques. To register contact:   

   the NKFM (734) 222-9800 or  Caregivers - Meet for

   mutual support. The Caregivers Group will meet on the third Monday of each month at

   7:30 p.m. The next gathering is October 29. Caregiving tips will be 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.  

   Health/Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers,  

   wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams or the office.  TOPS (Take Off  

   Pounds Sensibly), is a nonprofit and noncommercial weight loss support group St. Paul  

   is hosting Chapter 9744, Taylor. Meetings are Monday nights with weigh in starting at

   6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m., in the West Room. The first

   visit is free with no obligation.    


 RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  October 25 – Halloween Bunco & Potluck Dinner–  

 6:30 p.m. in the West Room. Bring $5. Bunco is easy you don’t have to know how to   

 play ahead of time. Wear a costume or Halloween shirt. Bring a dish of your choice.  

 There is a sign-up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Kathy Williams is the contact.  

 Looking ahead to November, we visit a church member’s house to see a large, unique

 salt & pepper collection. We will be able to bring snacks and BYOB.


   PRAYER LUNCHEON Thursday, October 25  The International Health and Hope  

   Coalition is hosting a luncheon 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Tabernacle Missionary  

   Baptist Church in Detroit.  We will carpool from St. Paul at 10:15 a.m.  Dr. Edna Rose is  

   the key speaker along with a panel discussion.  The topic is “Dementia:  Memories,  

   Thinking and Behavior.”  Register at or contact  

   Kathy Williams.  Let Kathy know if you have registered and/ or would like to carpool.


 USHERS NEEDED to assist with our Sunday morning worship services. Friendly faces  

 help present a welcoming atmosphere to both members and visitors. Written instructions  

 are available, and training can be arranged. Anyone interested may speak with the pre-

 siding deacon or Pastor Drutchas.


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

Gunter Berndl (Henry Ford, Downtown), April Clark, Steve Clark, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske (Beaumont, Dearborn), Oren Forsyth, Danielle Gardner, Harry Gardner, Bev Gunther, Bob Harry, Shirley Havenstein, Doris Hilliker, Nancy & Amanda Holloway, Jacob Kaszubowski, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Patricia Olson, Walter Ray, Blake Schalm, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson Will Tank, Grace Torango, and Loralee Wilson (Henry Ford, Wyandotte).  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.


2019 PHONE DIRECTORY  We are beginning preparations for our 2019 Phone

Directory. If you have moved, added a new family member or changed your phone

number, please notify the Church Office.  If you don’t want your cell phone number listed

in the directory, you will need to notify us in advance.  Your help in keeping our data up-

to-date will make for a more accurate Directory.  Thanks in advance for your support.


  Christian Education is sponsoring their annual “Advent by Candlelight” program Sunday,

  December 2, from 6:45-8:45 p.m.  One woman hosts a table and asks up to 7 other ladies to

  join her for our advent program, fellowship and dessert.  There is a sign-up sheet available

  during coffee hour through October and 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’s 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, Nov. 18th.  I will need to know

  total numbers at each table by November 25.  The table arrangement in the hall is based

  on the order that you sign your group up by.  I will be out of town a lot in October, you will

  be better able to sign up by emailing me and then I can email the hostess papers to you.


OUR SECOND ANNUAL Spaghetti Dinner is Friday, November 2, 4:30 - 7:00

p.m.  Dinner choices are either Marinara or Alfredo sauce on your pasta, a salad bar with

all the fixings, rolls, dessert, and beverages. It’s a great event to share with friends and

family.  Advanced tickets are available at the kiosk table during coffee hour beginning

Sunday, October 7 or by contacting the church office at (313) 291-1221. Tickets will be

available at the door the night of the dinner. Cost is $10.00 for adults, $4.00 for children