Sunday, October 7, 2018

Bulletin, worship service audio, and sermon text for this Sunday.
No Audio Service the Sunday

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-3910

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 7, 2018

World Communion Sunday

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

(Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.)

SILENT PRAYER   (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE   Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist



*OPENING HYMN No. 552   “Standing on the Promises,” Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION   Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O God of Heaven and Earth, we celebrate your redeeming love today with Christians through-out the earth. Help us in this time of worship to affirm our spiritual kinship with all men and women who seek to walk in your grace as disciples of Jesus Christ.  Amen.




MISSION MOMENT  Call for ChristNet

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Many And Great,” Chancel Choir

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN No. 95  “Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun”



*Congregation standing

SCRIPTURE READING Exodus 20:1-6, Mark 10:17-31 Lector: Sandy Ennis (9), Cheryl Kincaid (10:30)

*HYMN No. 354   “Seek Ye First” (insert)

SERMON   “The Hat We Wear,” Pastor Drutchas

HYMN No. 687   “In Christ There Is No East or West”


Unison Confession of Sin (Pew card)

Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration


One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

one cup of blessing which we bless.

And we, though many throughout the Earth,

we are one body in this one lord.

Distribution of the Elements

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)/ Memorial Prayer (Lois M. Frank)


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.


*POSTLUDE (Please remain seated in your pews as the services closes until all candles are extinguished.)


HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our new ‘Family Room’. Please let the ushers know of your need for additional 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.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: 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: Dee Salsbury (9), Allen Gunther (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 7 – October 14

Sunday Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ Pew Communion/ World Communion Sunday/ Neighbors In Need Offering/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Youth & Young Adult Kayaking/ Women’s Retreat Returns

Monday  Shalom 1:00 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday  ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.

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

Thursday Annual Church Tour 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m./ Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m.

Sunday Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas / Healing Service/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ ChristNet Hosting Week Begins



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

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the Charette, Wackro, Isaacs families & friends of Lois M. Frank, who passed away, September 28, 2018 at the age of 97 years.  Funeral was October 3, 2018. Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated. Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

 to the Family & friends of Ilene M. Krogman, who passed away, September 27, 2018 at the age of 101 years. Funeral is Wednesday, October 10, 2018. She will lie in state 9:30-11:30 a.m. Service is 11:30 a.m. Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas will officiate. Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

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

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP kick-off is today with activity planning following our 10:30 service. After the meeting we will head out for lunch then kayaking the Huron River.  Our gathering spot is H2E River Adventures, LLC, 22825 Huron River Drive Water Unit, Rockwood, MI. The cost to kayak is $20.00 (cash only). Parents are invited. Fall retreat is November 3 and 4 – save the date! WORSHIP WEDNESDAYS - Young adult Fellowship Kayaking the Huron River today. We’ll meet at H2E River Adventures, 22825 Huron River Drive Water Unit, Rockwood, MI. The cost is $20.00 (cash).

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.


​Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Laura O’Neil (mother, Shawn Block), Sheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez).

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TOUR of historic churches will be Thursday, October 11. Five historic Catholic and Protestant churches are on our itinerary. Cost is $30 per person, not including lunch (Polka Restaurant, Troy). We are currently at capacity and are beginning a ‘wait list.’ Please contact the church office for more information.

E-MAIL CHANGES If your e-mail address has changed in the last 6 months please notify the Church Office at (313) 291-1221. We utilize E-mail addresses of approximately 290 members and friends in our current e-mail notification system. It is the easiest way to stay up-to-date on events at St. Paul. Your help is essential in maintaining an accurate and up-to-date list.

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.

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADS, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS Christian Education needs all college, trade school, and “2018” High School graduate addresses. We would like your picture to include on our “YOUNG ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board. Please forward all information and pictures to Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

ALTAR GUILD has an opportunity for a few 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 Arlene Felske or Sue Mrowka.

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 presiding deacon or Pastor Drutchas.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our exercise session has begun 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. No classes October 1 & 3 due to Fall Rummage Sale. 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 Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our meeting is October 8th at 1:00 p.m. 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 22.   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.  FLU SHOT CLINIC Thursday, October 18, 7:00-8:45 p.m. in the West Room. A pharmacist will give the shot. There are free vouchers available. The cost is $25 if insurance doesn’t cover the cost or we run out of free vouchers. Please bring your insurance card with you. Minimum age is 7 years. A senior dose is available. Sign up in the church office by October 10.

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 Tuesday, October 25 The International Health and Hope Coalitionis 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.


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

April Clark, Steve Clark, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Mary Jane Fliss (sister-in-law, Arlene Wolfram), Oren Forsyth, Bev Gunther, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Danielle Gardner, Harry Gardner, Jacob Kaszubowski, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Patricia Olson, Blake Schalm, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, and Grace Torango. 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.

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 5 to 12 children, 4 and under are free.

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. Because 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.