Sunday October 27, 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

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 27, 2019

Reformation Sunday

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



OPENING HYMN  No. 635  “Faith of Our Fathers”  Tracey Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

RESPONSIVE CALL TO WORSHIP  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

Leader: O God, you are our refuge and our strength.

People: A very present help in times of trouble, therefore we will not fear.

Leader: O God, you made an everlasting covenant with us.

People: Help us to be your people in this world of trial and trouble.

Leader: O God, too often we have sinned and have fallen short of your glory.

PeopleSearch us, O God, and know our hearts; test us and know our thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in us and lead us in the way everlasting.

Leader: O God, we have embraced the freedom you offer us.

People: We embrace the Son who makes us free.

Leader: O God, we honor the bold faith of our brothers and sisters in Christ who have gone before us.

People: May we each be as bold in our faith as we cry "Come, Holy Spirit," fill us and lead us, that we might be truly free. Amen.

All: Let us worship God!        



FAMILY MOMENT OF GOD “Reformed, Transformed, and Saved by Grace” Pastor Schalm

PRESENTATION OF BIBLES  Evelyn Hard, Morgan Dowell, Madison Dowell and Luke Smart

SPECIAL MUSIC  “When We All Get to Heaven,”  Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE READING   Isaiah 30:1-5,18 Matthew 18:15-17  Lector: Cheryl Kincaid

HYMN No. 464 “God of Grace and God of Glory ”  

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm

HYMN No. 65  “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

OFFERTORY INVITATION /PRAYER   Holy is the Lord,” Chris Tomlin 


       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.

SCRIPTURE   Romans 12:1-5  Lector:  Cheryl Kincaid

MESSAGE  “Transforming the Parts of a Reformed Body”  Pastor Schalm

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

CLOSING HYMN No. 609 “Take My Life”          


  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 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.


We invite you to sign our ministry of friendship book and to pass the folder to the person next to you.  We encourage visitors to include your address and phone number so that a member of our congregation can send you a welcome note. If you have a special request, please fill out a “Make-a-Wish card” (found in the pew racks) and place it in an offering plate or you may give it to an Usher.



“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:  Jim Nault

Usher: Jane Dykowski, Teri Staffeld

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  October 27 – November 3

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

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Set-up Fellowship Hall-Pasta Supper

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

Friday          Spaghetti Dinner 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Totenfest  



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.

LAST SUNDAY FOR OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED OFFERING to be received.   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.  You will 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.

PAUL’S ANNUAL HALLOWEEN TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT is tonight 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. 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.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Liz Bechtol (Heartland, Allen Park), Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Kyle Hard, Doris Hilliker, Beverly Jean Lloyd, Christopher Natzke (Beaumont, Royal Oak, nephew, Michael Natzke), Bill Pattenaude, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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,, please notify the Church Office at (313) 291-1221. If you don’t want your cell phone number listed in the directory, you will need to notify us as well. Please help in keeping our data accurate as possible. Thanks in advance for your support.

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.

  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 KICKS OFF the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry today in the Fellowship Hall. Here’s 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. For more information on this program, please contact Pastor Schalm.