November 12, 2023

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost/ November 12, 2023


Silent Prayer and Reflection

Who is my neighbor?

  Ringing of the Bell



Opening Voluntary

*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace 

One: Listen to the teaching and incline your ears to the word.
All: Let us recall and tell the stories we have heard of old.
One: Let us tell the glorious deeds that God has done.
All: Let us recite them to our children and to their children.
One: Then we will set our hope on our God who comes among us.
All: We will not forget God’s works but will keep God’s ways.

One: The peace of Christ be with you.

All:   And also with you.

*Hymn No. 192 “All Glory Laud and Honor”

*Prayer of the Day 

One: Let us pray.

All: O God who dwells in perfect community:
Grant us the grace to live in your presence
and in loving relationship with others. Amen.

Anthem  “Thy Word”

Intro to Scripture  The Reverend Dr. Lillian Daniel

Gospel Lesson Luke 10:25-37 (CEB)

Message “The Good Samaritan”

*Hymn No.  611 “Rise Up, O Saints of God!”

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


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.

Prayers of the People


Lord’s Prayer (debts, debtors)

*Hymn No. 464  “God of Grace and God of Glory”

*Dismissal with Blessing

Closing Voluntary

Recessional: Please remain in your pews as the Light of Christ leads

the way into the world followed by our Pastor and Choir at the close

of service.


The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel, Michigan Conference Minister

Tracy Hoffman, Hymn leader; John Joanette, Pianist;

The Rev. George Reed, Liturgist; Aaron Johnson, Acolyte

 Conrad Heidt, Deacon




SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN are gathering upstairs for lesson, crafts, snacks, and fun.

COFFEE HOUR this morning follows our worship service in Fellowship Hall.  Coffee, tea, donuts, and other refreshments are served. All are welcome.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY meets at 10:30 a.m. in the West Room. Led by Rev. Reed, we are taking a tour through the book of Genesis, a foundational book which lays the groundwork for understanding much of the rest of the Bible. All are welcome.

WEDNESDAY EXERCISE CLASS meets at 10:30 a.m.   All are welcome to join for fun and fellowship. Contact Kathy Wiliams for more information.

CHANCEL CHOIR REHEARSALS Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m. in the West Room. New voices are always welcome.  Contact Music Director, Tracy Hoffman, for more information.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Rev. George Reed, Sally Sigman, Dave Lange, Judy Albright, Dan Newton, Joan Smarr, Tom Williams, Linda Tank, Rachel Tank, Jennifer Lee, Kyle Hard, Bill Pattenaude, Marybeth Staffeld Gibbs, Randy Snelson, Ted Butkin, Kevin Siemers, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink, Gabriel Siadak, Jane Zeuner, Abdual Family.

YOUTH OUTING Friday, November 17, 5:00 p.m. We will gather for pizza at Pastor Schalm’s prior to heading to the Toledo Zoo Lights Before Christmas display. Cost approx. $20.00 (Dependent on number attending).  Sign up on the Event Board upstairs.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD Shoe boxes and materials are available in Fellowship Hall.  A huge “Thank you” to Jane Dykowski for wrapping all the shoeboxes. Shoeboxes are due back Sunday, November 19 so they can be delivered to the warehouse for shipping. For more information about how you can help a child overseas receive a Christmas box adding to their holiday joy, contact Pastor Schalm.

CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOP GRAND OPENING Sunday, December 3, 2023, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. After worship on the day of our annual Advent by Candlelight Event, you will have an opportunity to shop at Christian Education's Christmas Gift Shop in the West Room. Invite your friends and neighbors. The Gift Shop will also be open after Advent by Candlelight in the evening for anyone interested in browsing. Please contact Jane Dykowski or Peggy Staten with any questions.

OUR ANNUAL “ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT” program is Sunday, December 3, 6:45-8:45 p.m.
One woman hosts a table and asks seven ladies to join her for a program, fellowship and dessert. There is a sign-up sheet available during coffee hour all November; or, contact Debbie Case ( It is easy to be a hostess and I will have envelopes for each hostess with all the information. There is also a sign-up sheet for ladies that do not want to host a table but would like to attend. We will do our best to find a place for every lady that would like to attend. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 19. I need to know numbers at each table by November 26.

TRUSTEES SEEKING TO FILL COUNCIL POSITIONS Beginning January, 2024 the following positions are open on Council.  Two Elders, one to fill the vacated position of Pat Staffeld      (term ends January, 2025)  and for Barb Schultz (term ends January, 2024). Two are needed for the position of Deacon. One to replace Conrad Heidt (One year term ending January, 2025), and the second, a three year term ending January, 2026. Please prayerfully consider filling one of these positions.  A description of the position’s responsibilities is available in the church office or see a trustee.   If you will serve, please speak with Fred Miller, Toni Hill or Marjie Barnard.

Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of salvation in our church, family, and community.  Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.



Calendar Week November 12 – November 19

Sunday         Worship 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel, Michigan Conference Minister

Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday        Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Exercise 10:30 a.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday      Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m.

Friday            Youth Dinner & Toledo Zoo Lights Outing 5:00 p.m.

Sunday         Worship 10:00 a.m. – Rev. George Reed

Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.