Sunday September 29, 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

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 29, 2019

Blue Jean Sunday

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

(Nursery care available)


SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist



OPENING HYMN No. 16  “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation       

Almighty God, who can make all things new, forgive us for our misuse of Your good gifts--the opportunity neglected, the half-truth accepted, the unfair judgement made, the cynical outlook.  Forgive us the unkind word, the unsympathetic heart, the false ambition, and every unworthy purpose which has ruled our lives.  May the white light of Your truth, and the purifying fires of Your love cleanse us and send us forward once again upon the narrow path which leads to life everlasting.  Bless our worship this morning, that we may give You praise, glory and honor forever.  In Christ’s name we ask it.  Amen. 




SCRIPTURE READING  Amos 6:1, 4-7; Luke 16:19-31  Lector:  Jane Dykowski

HYMN No. 701  “Shall We Gather at the River”

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

HYMN No. 658  “Restless Weaver”



     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  “The Life That Counts,”  Pastor Drutchas

 UNISON READING  1 Timothy 6:6-12a, 17-19 (see insert)

MEMORIAL PRAYER (Catherine Koths)/ LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

CLOSING HYMN No. 537  “My Hope Is Built”


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.


Deacon:  Jim Nault    

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  September 29 – October 6

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Blue Jean Sunday/ No Coffee Hour/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m.
Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.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.

Thursday    Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday         Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p .m.

Saturday     Rummage Sale 9:00 – 11:00 a.m./ Women’s Retreat Departs
Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – World Communion Sunday/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Women’s Retreat Returns


ALTAR FLOWERS HONOR the birthday of Music Director, Tracy Hoffman from the Choir and Office.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the Harry Gardner Family & friends on the loss of Danielle Gardner, who passed away September 25, 2019 at the age of 79 years.  Funeral service is Monday, October 7, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas is to officiate. Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel. To the Michael Natzke Family & friends on the loss of Ilene Jenkins who passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the age of 93 years.  Funeral is Monday, September 30, 2019 at St. Paul. Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas is to officiate.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

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.

DON’T MISS THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY to join the Women’s Retreat October 5 and 6. The theme is “New Beginnings with Faith, Hope, and Grace”. The retreat provides an opportunity to share time together and reflect on how we can rely on God through everyday life. The Michindoh Conference Center, provides a scenic setting, com-fortable indoor facilities for 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 money & reservation form should be returned to Marjie Barnard.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.  Chronic Pain Self-Management  - A 2.5-hour session, for 6 weeks provides techniques and skills needed for the day-to-day manage-ment of chronic pain will be offered beginning Wednesday, October 9, from 11:15 AM – 1:46 PM. The last session is November 13. Anyone with chronic pain and/or their caregiver are encouraged to participate. Topics include evaluating new treatments, pacing activity and rest, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively and dealing with difficult emotions. Twelve (12) participants must register and can join up until the second week of class. There is no charge. Snacks are provided. Contact Kathy Williams to register or if you have questions. 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.

OUR ST. PAUL CONGREGATION is providing emergency overnight housing as part of our annual participation in the ChristNet Homeless Shelter during October 13-20. We will be offering our ChristNet guests breakfast and supper, as well as a brown bag lunch to go.  The guests are expected to arrive at 6 p.m. every evening and depart from 7 a.m. the following morning. Both male and female volunteers are needed to serve as hosts for half a night, assist with Sunday morning clean-up, launder linens on Sunday morning, and transport bedding and supplies to the next host church.  Overnight hosts have a choice of early or late shifts, 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. or 12 midnight to 6 a.m. To help defray the costs of hosting ChristNet, donations including breakfast foods and other supplies, and financial donations are welcomed.  Church organizations are scheduled to prepare hot dinners for guests. Our ChristNet week is once again being coordinated by Kim Martinez.    Please look for the ChristNet sign-up table near the kiosk in Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.


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, 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, 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.

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. Your $30 payment needs to be made with your RSVP. Any checks should be made out to St. Paul UCC specifying Pilgrimage Tour. The bus is now full but a ‘wait list’ has begun in case of cancellations.

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.  Handbell Choir rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m.  Please consider joining our Handbell Choir.  It’s as easy as counting to four.

YOUTH CHOIR (formerly Children’s Choir) REHEARSALS are following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.  For more information, please contact director, Sally Sigman.

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.