Sunday, October 28, 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-first Sunday after Pentecost

October 28, 2018

Reformation Sunday              

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

(Nursery care available 10:30)


  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist


  CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN No. 100  “When Morning Gilds the Skies,”  Tracy Hoffman,

  Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  (Martin Luther’s Morning Prayer)

  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. I thank you, my   

  heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this  

  night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also  

  from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your

  hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be 

  with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.



  PRESENTATION OF BIBLES (10:30)  Pastors Drutchas and Schalm

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “If You Love Me,”  Chancel Choir (9), “Lord, Send 

  Your Angels,” Barbara Schultz, Soloist (10:30)  


*congregation standing

  SCRIPTURE READING Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 5:13-16 Lector:  Barbara Schultz 

*HYMN No. 65  “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (verses 1-4) 

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)   

*HYMN No. 613  “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus (verses 1, 2)




  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  “The Big Bang,”  Pastor Drutchas  

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 635  “Faith of Our Fathers”


*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.

 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 member-

ship 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), Pam Lange (10:30)

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury (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 28 – November 4

Sunday       Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ Wear Red!/

                     New Member Welcome/ Reformation Sunday/ 6th Graders receive Bibles 

                     10:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30

                     a.m./ Trunk or Treat 5:00 p.m.                     

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

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ 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.

Saturday     Youth Retreat departs 9:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ Totenfest/

                     Communion/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 / 

                     Youth Retreat returns 3:00 p.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.


Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost/ October 28, 2018 


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


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


WELCOMED INTO CHURCH MEMBERSHIP today Joan Board, Clifford Board, Neil McEachern. Please extend a warm welcome to our newest members.


SIXTH GRADERS RECEIVING BIBLES TODAY  Hayley Dykowski, Lily Forsyth, Kaitlyn Isaacs, Angel Staten, Dylan Stull, Kylie Warren, and Aiden Newton.


THIS IS THE LAST SUNDAY OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED OFFERING will 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, Thank you.


A Special Thank You to all of the wonderful people who helped to make this year’s Fall Rummage Sale such a huge success.  Women’s and Men’s Fellowship.


OUR SECOND ANNUAL Spaghetti Dinner is Friday, November 2, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner choices are Meat 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.  Tickets are available at the kiosk table during coffee hour 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 5 to 12 children, 4 and under are free.  Volunteers are needed the day of the dinner.  See the sign-up sheet in the Narthex or contact Pam Lange.  Any time you can donate is greatly appreciated. 



Mary Dubke - Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167; Danielle Gardner The Maples, Benzie County Medical Center, 210 Maple Center, Frankfort, MI, 49635; John Montgomery - Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart Rd, Ann Arbor 48105; Eleanor Rossi – Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room 415, Allen Park 48101; Betty Steinhauer, Grace Torango - Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., River-view, 48193; Melissa Rossi - 17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125.


‘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, 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.


PANCAKE FUNDRAISER for Pastor Bill Kren Saturday, November 10, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Community United Methodist Church, 11160 Olive Street, Romulus.  Cost is donations only. For more information please contact Lisa Watts, 313.378.4985.  Wear Pastor Kren’s favorite colors:  Maize and Blue! 


MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The cost is $40.  This includes your cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.  Even if you do not want to scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop with our venders.  If you are a vender, or know of a vender, and they might be interested, please let me know.  We will be needing raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie Case at 734-941-1228 or email if you want more information.

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 Monday, 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.  Medicare 101 Information

   Session Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. in the West Room.  Confused about your health

   care coverage?  Learn more about Medicare so you can make the best decision for the

   upcoming year regarding your health care insurance. For more information contact Kathy

   Williams, Parish Nurse.


RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  November 15 outing, we are visiting a church member’s home to see a large, unique salt & pepper collection. We will be able to bring snacks and BYOB.  


 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.


  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 for your support.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:  Gunter Berndl, April Clark, Steve Clark, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Oren Forsyth, 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, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson Will Tank, Grace Torango, and Lisa Wild (Henry Ford, Downtown).  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.


TRUNK OR TREAT Halloween Party today from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Join us for a light hot dog dinner, caramel apple decorating, trunk or treating and a stroll down a ‘haunted hallway.’ Come in costume!  Prizes for Best Decorated, Scariest, and Most Creative trunks.  Prizes for best kiddie and adult costumes.  Trunks are always welcome!  


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, November 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.


FILL A SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN Christian Education has kicked off their Operation Christmas Child shoe box ministry.  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.