Sunday September 22, 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

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 22, 2019

 Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

(Nursery care available)

SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist



OPENING HYMN No. 611  “Rise Up, O Saints of God,”  Tracy Hoffman,  Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Most Gracious God, we greet you once again in this sacred space.  We have come                                                                 

because we need to be reminded of your love and your expectations for our living.     

Restore our vision so that when we gaze at the familiar it is transformed into       

something richer and more beautiful than we could have imagined.  In our    

praying and through our presence, deepen our devotion to you and to the world-

wide community of Christ’s followers known as the church.  Together with other

disciples in this and every age, we pray –Amen.



 CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Sing Them Over Again to Me,”  Chancel Choir       

SCRIPTURE READING  Genesis 1:27-2:3; Mark 2:23-28  Lector:  Peggy Staten

HYMN No. 570  “Sweet Hour of Prayer!”

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

PRAYER RESPONSE  “Ave Maria,”  Brenda Murphy



       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.

MESSAGE  “This Sabbath Day,”  Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

CLOSING HYMN No. 589  “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”


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 let the ushers know of your need for additional 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.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:  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:  Cheryl Kincaid 

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury    

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.
Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  September 22 – September 29

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School/  Youth Choir 11:00 a.m.                          Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Rummage Sale Set-up begins
Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00/Confirmation 7:00 p.m.
Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Blue Jean Sunday/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ No Coffee Hour


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Jerusalem Café (West Room) immediately following our worship service.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to John Scribner and the Evison family on the loss of Joan Scribner who passed away Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the age of 82 years.  A "Celebration of Life" service was held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, in Oklahoma.

THE ST. PAUL CHANCEL CHOIR has resumed their weekly Wednesday evening 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.  Can you count to four?  Please consider joining our Handbell Choir.

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 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.

YOUTH CHOIR (formerly Children’s Choir) REHEARSALS begin this morning following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.  We will gather in the West Room.  For more information, please contact director, Sally Sigman.

NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED Sunday, October 13, 2019.  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.

BOOK SIGNING – ‘Christ with a Y’   Karen DePriest, daughter of Janet and Julius Enesey, will be talking about her book, Christ with a Y: The Story of Christy DePriest Wright, at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on “The Hill” in Allen Park on Saturday, October 5, 2019, 1 p.m.  Karen is the founder of Christy’s Legacy of Hope, which benefits orphaned children across the globe.  Karen will also be happy to sign copies of her book during the event.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES at St. Paul Church are 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 10 a.m. and Wednesday evenings, 7-8 p.m. 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” 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.

CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW COMING October 12.  Volunteers are needed.  Also, donations are welcomed to help offset lunch expenses.  Please contact Linda Tank to volunteer and for more information.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. Halloween Bunco & Potluck dinner in the West Room. Bring $5. Bunco is easy and you don’t have to know how to play ahead of time. Wear a costume or Halloween shirt. Bring a dish of your choice to pass. There will be a sign-up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Kathy Williams is the contact. Looking ahead Thursday, November 21st, we will go on a day trip to the Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, 1345 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, Michigan to tour the church and Christmas decorations. Admission is free.

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 - 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 October 15 - 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. Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m., we will welcome Mishael Raiford, a speaker for a presentation of Medicare 101. He will explain Medicare changes for 2020.

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, October 17, 10:00 a.m.

 “REDUCING THE RISK” Training Class is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. today.  St. Paul Child Protection Policy requires that all adults 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 from 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. in the Church Parlor. If you have questions regarding attending this mandatory training, please contact Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case.

DORCAS SOCIETY is rescheduling their get together/ luncheon to a later date.   All ladies are invited to join us for lunch and fun fellowship.  Please watch this space for updated information or contact Marjie Barnard or Sue Mrowka.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Paula Block, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Moses Flomo, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Kyle Hard, Doris Hilliker, Ilene Jenkins (Beaumont, Southshore), Tyler Keith (son, Anne Blanchard), Nancy Koszalka, Shirley Robinson, Christine Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Beverly Sitz,  Diane Sturgeon, Paul Tetreau (brother-in-law Kathy & Gary Peters), Bert Thompson,  Doreen Thompson, Arlene Wolfram, 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 5 and 6. 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. Your retreat money and completed reservation form should be returned to Marjie Barnard ASAP.  Reservation forms are 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 high-lighting 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.