Sunday September 1, 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

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
September 1, 2019

 Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.
(nursery care available)


SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE Mary Manier, Guest Organist



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

UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Almighty and everlasting God, whose creative power is exceeded only by Thy love,     deliver us from coldness of heart and wandering of mind as we worship you this morning.  Cleanse us from our sins and every thought that is displeasing to Thee. Show us your glory, reveal to us your truth, strengthen our faith and increase our love and we will give you our praise both now and forever.  Amen.



HYMN No. 59  “This Is My Father’s World” 

SCRIPTURE READING  Philemon 1-25, John 10:17-18  Lector:  Sandy Ennis


Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.


CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Open the Eyes of My Heart,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist


HYMN No. 33  “How Great Thou Art”

 SERMON  “Our Choice,”  Pastor Drutchas

 HYMN No. 452  “Here I Am, Lord”


     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 through out the Earth,

        we are one body in this one Lord.

    Distribution of the Elements

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)


    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 in your pews as the service closes and until all of the 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 Family Room.  Please alert the ushers if you need additional assistance.

PARENTS WITH CRYING INFANTS are encouraged to make use of our Family Room at the east 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.


Council:  Pam Lange

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury  

Ushers:  Jane Dykowski, Rosemarie Laslo

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  September 1 – September 8

Sunday       Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion/ Summer Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m.

Monday      Office Closed/ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m. / Executive 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00
Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m.
Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Rally Sunday/ Open House 9:30-10:00, 11:00 -11:30 a.m./ Youth Lunch & Kayaking 11:40 a.m.


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Jerusalem Café (West Room) immediately following our worship service hosted by our Tuesday Morning Bible Study members.

 HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING  Our congregation welcomes to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian affiliation. What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants maintain a reverent silence that fits the dignity of the sacrament.

NEW WORSHIP TIME BEGINS Sunday, September 8, 2019 with Rally SundayWe are merging our double worship services into a single service at 10:00 a.m.  Sunday School and Nursery Care are also offered at 10:00 a.m.

THE ST. PAUL CHANCEL CHOIR has resumed their weekly rehearsals.  Rehearsal time is 7:00 p.m. and is led by Music Director, Tracy Hoffman.  New voices are always welcome. Watch this space for upcoming information on our Handbell Choir rehearsals.   

St. Paul is in URGENT need of a Council Recording Secretary. The term would begin immediately and ends in January of 2021.  Major responsibilities include attending and taking minutes for Church meetings (Council, Cabinet, Semi-Annual, Annual and Special).  Please contact Pam Lange, Cheryl Kincaid or Michele McNeely if you are interested and would like more information about the position.  This is a great opportunity for someone interested in serving their Church.

A Special “THANK YOU” to the following people who helped with the Annual Kitchen Clean-up on Saturday, August 17, 2019.  Pam and Dave Lange, Janet Staffeld, Ed Brainard, Toni Hill, Dee Salsbury, Kathy Williams and Dan Case.  St Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES for eighth and ninth graders will be starting up Wednesday, September 11, 7 p.m. An orientation will be held that night for both parents and confirmands outlining classes and activities for the coming year. A day outing to Put-in-Bay Island via Lake Erie ferry from Catawba Point is planned for Saturday, September 21. Parents and confirmands are encouraged to mark their calendars now for both September 11 and 21.

Confirmation at St. Paul Church is a two-year study program in which young people firm up their own knowledge and understanding of their Christian faith. Classes meet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, 7-8 p.m., and continue from September to April. Second year students will be confirmed on Palm Sunday, April 5. For more information, please contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas (313-291-1221).

CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS AND RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES Christian Education is in need of pictures and addresses of all St. Paul UCC college students and High School graduates enrolled in continuing education programs (trade school, skill programs, apprenticeships, etc.). Please forward addresses and pictures to Pastor Schalm or to the church office. Pictures will be displayed on the “College Connection” board and students will be added to the quarterly “College Connection” mailing list.

THE ‘2019-2020’ Youth Fellowship Kick-Off is Sunday, September 8.  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service for lunch.  Following lunch, we will head to Flat Rock for some kayaking. PLEASE sign the sheet on the youth board to confirm your participation by September 1st.   Approx. cost $15.00.  The “2019” Fall Youth Retreat is November 2 -3 at the Michindoh Resort and Conference Center.  “Let’s Get Serious” is this year’s theme. Mark your planners and sign up now!  Watch your mail for more information.

The group meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s. All post-High School young adults are welcome and encouraged to join. We are working our way through the Gospels. Plan to join the group for study, discussion, laughter, food and fellowship. The group will not be meeting in July but will resume in August.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS outing Thursday September 19th is a day trip to Greenfield Village. We will meet at the church at 9 a.m. and carpool to the Village. Let Kathy Williams know if you have a membership for a guest pass to share or can drive. We will buy tickets that day.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays & Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. through the end of September, hosted by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. There is no charge for these sessions.  Meditation classes - Will resume in the Fall. 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.

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'.

RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS SOUGHT – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Set-up, Sale, and Clean-up.  The annual St. Paul Fall Rummage Sale is Thursday through Saturday, October 3-5.  Rummage Sale donations are welcome beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day, September 3, and can be placed at the rear of Fellowship Hall.  It is important that all donations be clean and in a good state of repair.  Rummage Sale set-up begins Wednesday, September 25, with “Blue Jean Sunday,” September 29.  Church members are encouraged to come that Sunday morning dressed in work clothes, ready to pitch in.  To volunteer, please contact the church office (313-291-1221).  All proceeds support church related projects.

“REDUCING THE RISK” Training Class is Scheduled for Sunday, September 22nd.  St. Paul Child Protection Policy requires that all adults and youth over the age of 18, who work with children more than 10 hours a year, complete the “Reducing the Risk” Training Class, every two years, and fill out a work application which includes a formal Criminal Background Check, every five years. During the class we learn the specifics of the St. Paul Policy regarding working with children and tips and information on how to handle situations as they arise. This year’s class is Sunday, September 22nd from 9:00 – 9:50 a.m., in the Church Parlor. If you have questions regarding your need to attend this mandatory training, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Kevin (neighbor, Anne & Kirk Blanchard), June Dolan, Charlie Duncan, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Mary Hard, Ilene Jenkins (Applewood Nursing Ctr, Woodhaven), Tyler Keith (son, Anne Blanchard), Nancy Koszalka, Kay Koths (Beaumont Heritage, Taylor), Rev. Bill Kren, Larry Kurtsel, Gloria Lakatos, Shirley Robinson, Christine Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Beverly Sitz, Tracy Spears, Bert Thompson,  Frank Wolfram, and Richard Wygonik (friend, Sue Mrowka). 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.

THERE'S ROOM FOR YOU at the Women’s Retreat October 4 and 5. Providing leadership this year will be April Clark, Michele McNeely, Marjie Barnard and Eileen Vernor Drutchas. This year’s theme is “New Beginnings with Faith, Hope, and Grace”. The retreat provides an opportunity for women of faith to share time together and reflect on how we can rely on God through faith, hope and grace in everyday life. Michindoh Conference Center, near Hillsdale, provides a scenic setting, as well as comfortable indoor facilities. Count on indoor and outdoor activities. We will carpool from St. Paul Saturday at 7 a.m. The retreat begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $99 and includes three meals and one night of lodging. A $20 non-refundable deposit will assure your place.  Balance is due by Sunday, September 15. Your retreat deposit, and completed reservation form, should be marked "Retreat" and returned to Marjie Barnard.  Reservation forms have been mailed to past participants and are also available around the church.

The 18th Annual Pilgrimage Tour of historic Metro Detroit churches is Wednesday, October 23. We will tour at least five churches in the City of Detroit all renowned for their architecture and ministries. On the list are two Roman Catholic Churches, an Ecumenical Catholic abbey, a Serbian Orthodox basilica, and an Episcopal congregation. For lunch we will be enjoying the re-opened Roma Café in Eastern Market. Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas, our tour is by chartered bus, departing at 8 a.m. and returning no later than 5:30 p.m. Cost is $30, not including lunch. Most of the churches will provide docents to orient us, supplemented by further background offered by Pastor Drutchas. In addition, all participants will receive an informational tour brochure highlighting the architectural and artistic treasures of each sanctuary. You are encouraged to RSVP early as seats fill up quickly. Your $30 payment needs to be made with your RSVP. Any checks should be made out to ‘St. Paul UCC specifying Pilgrimage Tour.