November 13, 2022

Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Stewardship Sunday - Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Pentecost
November 13, 2022



SILENT PRAYER/ PRELUDE John Joanette, Guest Pianist




   The peace of Christ be with you…And also with you!

OPENING PRAYER  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas

HYMN No. 518  “This Is a Day of New Beginnings,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director


ANTHEM  “Down to the River to Pray,” Chancel Choir;

MORNING SCRIPTURE  Malachi 3:1-2, 7-12; Matthew 6:19-21, 24-34

HYMN  No. 285  “How Lovely, Lord, How Lovely 


HYMN No.  274  “I Love Your Church, O God”



  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 “For the Love of God,” Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

CLOSING HYMN No. 452 “Here I Am, Lord”


POSTLUDE  John Joanette, Piano

WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S SERVICE BOTH IN PERSON AND THROUGH FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING.  Our 10 a.m. service can be viewed on Facebook at other times as well.  An order of service and the pastor’s full message are downloadable from our church website ( with a video recording of our worship together also posted by Sunday afternoon.





THIS MORNING’S FELLOWSHIP HOUR immediately following our worship service will be hosted in Fellowship Hall. Come enjoy coffee, donuts, and good fellowship.

TODAY IS STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY -- an occasion to reflect upon God’s gifts to us, as well as his call to be faithful stewards of resources he makes possible for our needs, and for sharing with others through our church’s ministry.  Everyone is encouraged to complete a Faith Commitment card and drop it in the Narthex tithe box or return it to the office. Faith Commitment cards will be received throughout November.

‘GET BACK INTO THE RINK’ is this morning’s Sunday School message, underscoring for our children that though temptation may rear its ugly head we can make a choice whether to let it take us down for the count, or to break free!  In their classroom upstairs our Sunday School children will learn how they can “resist temptation, because God provides a way out.”

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoe boxes and materials are pick-up ready in the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour.  All shoe boxes need to be returned no later than November 20 for delivery.  For more information, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

OUR SALVATION ARMY TREE is up with tags hung!  All interested in purchasing a gift for a child in need are encouraged to select a tag from the special Fellowship Hall tree.  Each tag identifies the gender and age of a child in need of a gift this Christmas.  A list of suggested age-appropriate gifts is available next to the sign-up sheet below the tree.   Due back by December 4 and deposited in the tub below the tree table, each gift should be left unwrapped with tags taped to them.  Need more information?  Please contact Pastor Schalm.

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL IS COLLECTING HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES AND UNDERGARMENTS on behalf of the Salvation Army’s Holiday Shop assisting families in need.  All donations should be dropped off by December 6 at the upstairs Christian Education Welcome Center or at the foot of the West Lobby stairs.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY for post-high school students meets on Mondays, 7 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s home. All post high-school young adults are welcomed and encouraged to join the group.

OUR ANNUAL ‘LOOK FOR THE BLESSING’ THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Amid holiday preparations, church members and friends are invited to take time out to consider our blessings and offer God our thanks.

PRINTED SERMONS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.  Please see any Usher or Deacon for assistance.

OUR ST. PAUL CONGREGATION IS HOSTING A WEEK OF SUPPERS for the ChristNet Homeless Shelter, Sunday, November 27 through Saturday December 3.  Volunteers are needed to prepare 25 suppers in our church kitchen for delivery to shelter housing.  To volunteer, please sign a Make-A-Wish card from your pew and drop it into the narthex tithe box or return it to the church office.

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED as our congregation hosts ‘St. Paul Day’ at the Downriver’s finest holiday display in Taylor’s Heritage Park, Saturday, December 10, 12-7 p.m.  To volunteer, please complete a ‘Make-A-Wish card from the sanctuary pews and drop it in the narthex tithe box or return it to the church office.  Questions about volunteering?  Call Pastor Geoff Drutchas (313-291-1221).

ST. PAUL COUNCIL NOMINEES are being sought for Second Vice President, Secretary, Elder, Deacon, and Trustee positions – all for three-year terms beginning January 2023. Please consider serving our church and ministry in this vital, faithful way. For more information regarding positions duties or to offer nominations, please speak (313-291-1221) with Trustee and past president, Fred Miller.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY meets Tuesday, November 15, 10:30 a.m., in the West Room.  Newcomers welcomed!

EXERCISE CLASS meets Wednesday, November 16 in the West Room, 10:30 a.m.

CHANCEL CHOIR REHEARSALS are held Wednesdays, 7 p.m., West Room.  New voices always welcome.  No auditions required.  More information contact music director, Tracy Hoffman.

FELLOWSHIP   OF CONCERN: Dan Case, Sally Sigman, Dorothy Evison, Linda Tank, Dianne Sturgeon, Sheila Klimek, Shelly Wilson, Wayne Jones, Vicki Simon, Patricia Olson, Rosemarie Laslo, Nancy Rabb, Doreen Thompson, Gloria Lakatos, Miles Church, Joan Smarr, Shirley Robinson, Kyle Hard, Eleanor Rossi, Jerry Rossi, Jeff Natzke, Neil MacEachern, Kevin Siemers, Sandi Rose, Joyce Reynolds, Jeff MacZink, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Karen Collett, Margo Charette, Larry Kurtsel, Beverly Sitz, Loretta Kurtsel, Joseph Gawne, Carl Smith, Brenda Stockwell, Susan Barnard, Steve Matney, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri.

NOT FORGETTING THE COVID SPIKE which touched our own congregation this past summer, church members and friends are welcome to mask for sanctuary worship, also making use, if preferred, of several roped pews at our sanctuary’s center.  Masks and hand-sanitizer are available at the entrances to the church. See any Deacon or Usher for assistance.

FOR SECURITY REASONS our sanctuary’s front and east doors will be locked ten minutes after the start of morning worship. Those arriving late are asked to telephone the deacons and ushers (313-291-1221) or knock.  To exit out of these doors simply push the bar across them. Throughout the service, our deacons remain attentive on our behalf to any and all security concerns.