November 08, 2020


Stewardship Sunday
Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
November 8, 2020


PRELUDE  “Take My Life and Let It Be,” Organist Sally Sigman


OPENING PRAYER  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas


ANTHEM “Tis a Gift to Be Simple,” Kathy Williams, dulcimer

SCRIPTURE LESSONS  2 Corinthians 9:6-11; Luke 17:11-19, Pastor Drutchas


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  “Ten Leaping Lepers,” Pastor Drutchas


ANTHEM  “Take My Gifts,” Tracy Hoffman

BENEDICTION  Pastor Drutchas


Take My Gifts

1.  Take my gifts and let me love you, God who first of all loved me,

 gave me food and light and shelter, gave me life and set me free,

 now because your love has touched me, I have love to give away,

now the bread of love is rising, loaves of love to multiply!

2.  Take the fruit I have gathered from the tree your spirit sowed,

 harvest of your own compassion; juice that makes the wine of God,

 spiced with humor, laced with laughter—flavor of the Jesus life,

tang of risk and new adventure, taste and zest beyond belief.

3.  Take whatever I can offer—gifts that I have yet to find,

 skills that I am slow to sharpen, talents of the hand and mind,

 things made beautiful for others in the place where I must be:

take my gifts and let me love you, God who first of…all loved me.



St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor
November 8, 2020


WELCOME TO ALL WORSHIPING WITH US ON SITE OR THROUGH FACEBOOK.  Although worshiping in different places we share in a deeper unity made possible through the loving spirit of Jesus Christ.  For onsite worship we both mask and social distance.  Thank you for helping to keep everyone safer with your cooperation and support.  We continue need the assistance of ushers.  To volunteer please speak with this morning presiding deacon Dee Salsbury or call the church office (313-291-1221).

TODAY IS ‘WHAT SHALL I BRING’ STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY in which we recognize and celebrate God as the source of all of our blessings and reflect on our commitment to serve God through our talents and tithes shared throughout the year.  Stewardship invitation letters, along with Faith Commitment cards, were sent to all church members and friends this past week. Your faith commitment cards and gifts may be deposited in the tithe box in the narthex or returned to the church by mail.  All faith commitment cards are confidential and reflect your plan of giving for the coming year.  Thanks for your cards and gifts in support of our church and its ministry throughout the year.

SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETS THIS MORNING in Fellowship Hall where our children will continue to learn and explore ways in which to paint the world using the fruits of the spirit. The lesson will be posted to the Christian Education Blog for all who were unable to attend in-house.  All interested in attending in house Sunday School should complete the Sunday School covenant that can be found on the St. Paul UCC website.

SIGN UP ONLINE NOW FOR FALL BLOOD DRIVE, St. Paul Fellowship Hall, Tuesday, November 24, 1-6:45 p.m.

OUR ST. PAUL YOUNG ADULT BIBLE GROUP continues to meet at Pastor Schalm’s on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  The group is currently reading and discussing the Epistles, letters written to the early Christian churches.  All post-High School young adults are welcomed and encouraged to join.

OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP THE LESS FORTUNATE and to serve as another’s earthly angel begin next week.  All interested: (1) contact Pastor Schalm to purchase a Christmas gift for a child in need through the Salvation Army Angel Program.  Child sponsors receive by pick-up or mailing an enveloped gift tag identifying the child’s gender/age, a suggested gift list, plus instructions for gift drop-off.  Additionally, (2) your donations of hats, gloves, and underwear for those in need (all ages) can be dropped off in the designated narthex Christmas Drive Hat & Glove Tote.  In lieu of in a shoe box ministry this year, (3) your donations to Fish & Loaves and ChristNet are invited and encouraged.  Questions? Contact Pastor Schalm or the church office (313-291-1221).

INTERESTED IN GATHERING FOR THE WORD?  The St. Paul Tuesday Bible Study group meet Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., West Room, with Pastor Drutchas, reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Chapter 8.  The weekly chapter lessons are provided as a hand-out.  We mask and social distance for study sessions.  All welcome!

ARE YOU GETTING DAILY EXERCISE?  Our St. Paul exercise class meets on Wednesday, November 11, 2-3:15 p.m. in Fellowship Hall with Delissa Hampton, instructor with masking.  Also, our Faith & Fitness program continues through 3 Kings Day, January 6th with opportunities to track your weekly exercise minutes through the St. Paul Church website under “What’s Happening.”  Check it out!

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Marion Bolen, Gerri Lynn King, Shirleen Powell, Kirk Blanchard, Arnold Knofske, Velma McGee, Ollie and Doris Hilliker, David Cowper, Shirley Koths, John Dykowski, Eric Bloomfield, Sue Spears, Debbie Case, George Koster, Nora Kronemann, Darlene Babin, Lin Hogan, Kyle Hard, Helen St. Louis, Neil MacEachern, Judy Nieman, Morgan Schalm, Sheryl Schwab, Cassidy Congelierre, Darlene Wangbickler, Richard Janztsen, Marcie Bolen.  Condolences: Nicole May & family on the passing of grandfather Joe Coffee.

‘FINDING HOPE WHEN ALL THINGS FALL’ YOUTH RETREAT was held yesterday.  Participants worked in a small group setting sharing in Bible study, as well as mission outreach at Cass Community Services in Detroit.

REMEMBER THOSE PROVIDING EMERGENCY ‘FRONTLINE’ SERVICES: Tricia Nault, Rick Barnosky, Sam Martin, Chelsey Eisenga, Josh Eisenga, Michelle Mellin, Lexi Mellin, Brenda Murphy, Amber Ostrowski, Rebecca Ostrowski, Samantha Pedersen, Eric Poet, James Hubert, Debbie Lyles, Amy McGahey, Jarod MacZink, Kim Arndt, Jennifer Babin, Wendi Wioncek Ashby, Marcie Magnuson, Inez Kurtsel Ogonowski, Trudy Clark Schiller, Rachel Tank, Emily Wangbickler Baggett, Jillian Wangbickler, and Sarah Wangbickler, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Dana Wioncek Barlage.