Sunday September 8, 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

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost          Rally Sunday
September 8, 2019

 Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.


SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)/ PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist 


HYMN No. 190  “Tell Me The Stories of Jesus”  Hymn Leader, Tracy Hoffman 

RESPONSIVE CALL TO WORSHIP  Alyssa Brandt & Congregation

Leader:  O God of Black and Brown and White children and those all mixed together, of children who are rich and poor and in between, of children who speak English and Spanish and languages our ears cannot discern…

   People:   Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

Leader:   O God of runaway or thrown-away children who struggle every day without parent or place or friend or future, of children who can walk and talk and hear and see and sing and dance and jump and play and of children who are loved and unloved, wanted and unwanted.

   People:  Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

Leader:   O God of children of destiny and of despair, of war and of peace, of disfigured, diseased, and dying children, of children without hope and of children with hope to spare and share…

People:   Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

Leader:   O God of children who are emotionally fragile, of children who rebel and ridicule, torment and taunt.

   People:   Help us to love and respect and protect them all.



ANNOUNCEMENTS   Hayley Dykowski

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Sweet, Sweet Spirit,” Chancel Choir


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

SCRIPTURE MEDLEY READING Hayden Robbins, Carlee Robbins, Sam Kincaid, Katie Kincaid


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


OFFERTORY  Special Music, Made to Worship, Chris Tomlin



   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.

HOMILY “Faith Plus What”  Pastor Schalm

VBS  REFLECTIONS, Kaitlyn Issacs


MISSION TRIP REFLECTIONS, Angel & Anthony Staten, Katie & Sam Kincaid


SCRIPTURE & INTRODUCTION James 2:16-18 Pastor Schalm


HYMN No. 467 “Fill the World with Love”

TEACHER INSTALLATION  Pastors Drutchas & Schalm


Lord God, we confess that of ourselves we cannot rightly exercise our office as public teachers of Your Word.  We pray that You would enlighten us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit – wisdom and discretion, kindness and perseverance, patience and love – and so guide and direct our teaching that the children committed to our charge may be nourished in their Christian faith and equipped for useful service in your kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.  Amen

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors) Emily Pedersen & Congregation


POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)


Deacon:  Kristi Caruso

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


Calendar Week  September 8 – September 15

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Rally Sunday/ Open House 9:30-10:00; 11:00-11:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m./ Youth Kayaking & Lunch 11:40 a.m.

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m. / Council 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday  Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation Orientation 7:00 p.m.
Thursday   Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m.
Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.



PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall immediately following our 10:00 a.m. single worship service.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Verna Schmoekel’s birthday from her children and their families.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Sue Kren, family & friends on the loss of Rev. William “Bill” Kren who passed away Friday, September 6, 2019.  Visitation is Monday 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home. Rev. Kren will lie in state at St. Paul UCC, Taylor Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m.; funeral service 10:00 a.m. Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas to officiate.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

NEW WORSHIP TIME BEGINS today with Rally SundayWe are merging our double worship services into a single service at 10:00 a.m.  Sunday School (upstairs) and Nursery Care (Family Room) are also offered at 10:00 a.m.

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.

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.

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.

YOUNG ADULT WORSHIP WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY CONTINUES  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.

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'.  Our next meeting is Thursday, September 19, 10:00 a.m.


 “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.

St. Paul is in URGENT need of a Council Recording Secretary. The term begins immediately and ends in January, 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.


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, Gloria Lakatos, Shirley Robinson, Christine Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Beverly Sitz, Tracy Spears, Paul Tetreau (brother-in-law Kathy & Gary Peters), 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 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. 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 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.