Sunday August 12, 2018

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


Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost                                                               August 12, 2018


Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.     


  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



*OPENING HYMN No. 86 “Great is Thy Faithfulness” Tracy Hoffman,   

      Hymn Leader 

*RESPONSIVE INVOCATION   Pastor Schalm & Congregation

  Leader:              Friends, we know what God desires of us:
  Congregation:   That we do justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
  Leader:                We gather this morning to remind each other about that,
  Congregation:   To remember that now is always the right time to do these things.
  Leader:                We come to you, O God, to thank you for what is good.
  Congregation:    We come to you, O God, to cry out for what is wrong.
  Leader:                We come to you, O God, to ask for help and restoration.
  Congregation:    We come to you, O God, with aching hearts and glad souls.
  ALL:                    With thanks in our hearts, we come to worship our God. 



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Caro mio ben,”  (“Thou, all my bliss”) Brenda Murphy, Soloist


*congregation standing

SCRIPTURE READING 1 Peter 1:18-21, Romans 8:17, 28-30

  Lector: Barbara Schultz  

  HYMN No. 461 “Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service” 

  (A new hymn with exceptional tune and words)

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  HYMN No.  467 “Fill the World with Love”


         Music “Forever Reign” The Newsboys


         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. 

  SERMON  “The Journey of a Good Life,” Pastor Schalm

    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

 *HYMN No. 344 “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”          


  *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.


 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. 



Any one desiring to unite with St. Paul United Church of Christ by transfer of member-

ship or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas.


“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.”



Deacons:  Allen Gunther


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.




Calendar Week  August 12 – August 19

Sunday       Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Summer Sunday

                    School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m.                                                                 

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      St. Paul Softball Playoffs-watch emails for updates as info is available

Thursday    Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m. –Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Summer 

                     Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m.



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost/ August 12, 2018 


  PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our

  Jerusalem Café (West Room) immediately following our morning worship service,

  hosted by our Health Ministry.


  LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Kim & Shirley Parrish, family & friends on

  the loss of Helen Parrish who passed away Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the age of 98

  years.  Visitation is Monday, August 13, 2-8 p.m. at Howe-Peterson, 9800 Telegraph Rd.,

  Taylor.  Funeral is Tuesday, August 14, 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul UCC, Taylor.  Pastor Cheryl

  Schalm will officiate. Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel


  PASTORAL NEEDS during the month of August will be in the caring hands of Pastor

  Cheryl Schalm and Parish Nurse Kathy Williams.  Please alert the church office (313)

  291-1221 to any pastoral need that arises for you or family members so that you are

  remembered in the congregation’s prayers.     


 ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM’S HEAD TO THE PLAYOFFS.The next  game is Tuesday, August 21st. Game time and field to be determined.  Watch your emails for more information. Come out to Thorn Park in Brownstown and cheer the team on!   


 RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, August 16 - ​Potluck Dinner and Bunco at

 the church at 6:30 p.m. in the West Room. Bring $5 and a dish to pass. Bunco is easy and

 you don’t have to know how to play. Saturday, September 15 -​ The “Magic of

 Motown” at 8 p.m. Dearborn Performing Arts.  Tickets are $45.  The money is due

 August 26th to Ida Black. Sign up on the RHPA Board in Fellowship Hall ASAP.   



    STUDENTS  Christian Education needs all college, trade school, and “2018” High

    School graduate addresses.  We would like your picture to include on our “YOUNG

    ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board.  Please forward all information and

    pictures to Pastor Cheryl Schalm. 

Senior Pastor Geoff Drutchas will be away on vacation and study leave.  In his absence our Sunday 9:30 a.m. worship services will be lead by Pastor Cheryl Schalm (August 12 and 19) and the Reverend John Martin (August 26). Reverend Martin is familiar to the congregation.  Reverend Martin, who serves as a chaplain at Beaumont Hospital and as co-pastor of St. John’s and St. Luke’s UCC Church in Detroit, was ordained at St. Paul Church.  Please welcome our guest pastor and worship leaders.

  TOPS, (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), is a weight loss support group. TOPS is nonprofit and

  noncommercial. St Paul is hosting the TOPS Chapter 9744, Taylor. TOPS does not sell,

  promote, or endorse any products. TOPS provide the support, encouragement, and

  educational opportunities needed to make healthy, permanent lifestyle changes. TOPS also

  provide motivational rallies, workshops, and retreats. Meetings are held on Monday nights

  with weigh in starting at 6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end at approximately

  7:15 p.m., in the West Room. Chapter dues are $5.00 per month. Membership is open to all

  women, men, teens and children 18 years old down to 7 years old, with parent permission.

  The first visit is free with no obligation to join. Bring a friend!  If you decide to join, a

  TOPS member will help you fill out a simple application form. Dues are $32.00 a year to

  the national chapter and $5.00 a month to the local chapter.



 Lilliana Brewer (great-granddaughter, Barb Brewer), Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin  (daughter, Shirley Havenstein), Mary Faremont (sister, Richard Wagner), Dianne Fazzio  (sister, Pam Lange),Allison Files (granddaughter, John & Barb Smith), Gabriella Gomez (niece, Darlene Babin), Robert Grigg (friend, Schalm family),Lynn Harbin (sister, John Smith), Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Stephen Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Richard Jones,Justin Kurtz (friend, Chelsey Schalm), Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Jennifer & Tammy Lee (grand- daughter & daughter, Barb Siemers), Chris Lunsford (friend, Velma McGee), Courtney Matthews McEachern, Kim McEachern (daughters-in-law, Helene & Neil McEachern), Scott Miller (son, Fred Miller), Jeff Natzke (nephew, Michael Natzke), Helen Osborne (sister, Esther Perry), Judy Robin (aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Richard Sherman (brother, Anne Blanchard),  Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter, April & Steve Clark), David Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten),Joyce Thompson Smith (sister, the late Harry Thompson), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson, Helene McEachern), Jerry Walsh (friend, Sue Mrowka),Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart), and Brad Zabik.       

St. Paul Building & Grounds Ministry is hosting its Annual Kitchen Clean-up on Saturday, August 18 from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon.  Cleaning supplies and all equipment are provided.  Come in your work clothes ready to clean.  Any time you can donate is greatly appreciated.  If you have questions, contact Gary Staffeld or Dan Case or the church office (313) 291.1221. 

   HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our next exercise class sessions begin

   Monday, August 27and Wednesday, August 29, 2:00 p.m. Shalom – Chronic

   disease group meeting. Our next meeting is September 10th at 1:00 p.m.  Health/Medical

   supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please

   contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams or the church office.     


SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS SOUGHT.   Through Biblical lessons and activities, the children will explore God’s word and discover for themselves how they are called to apply these lessons to their daily living. Adults are needed to lead the weekly lessons.  All children pre-school through fifth grade will meet together in the upstairs’ West Room.  All curriculum, materials and snacks are provided.  Going Fast!  Only two opportunities left!  Don’t miss out!  Sign up today!

AUGUST 26 “The Ten Talents” and SEPTEMBER 2 “The Man in the Synagogue”            

A SINCERE ‘THANK YOU’ TO THE HOWE-PETERSON FUNERAL HOMES  for providing the large tent and chairs used for our Picnic Sunday worship service and activities on Picnic Sunday, July 29, 2018. 


A GREAT BIG ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who helped make this year’s Annual Summer Picnic a huge success.  There are too many to name.  22 baskets were donated for the basket raffle and $505.00 was raised in ticket sales.  $300.00 was raised for the 50/50 Raffle with the winnings being donated back to the Picnic Fund by the generous winner.  Thank you to all who donated the lovely baskets and bought tickets.  The St. Paul Cabinet.


THE ST. PAUL CHANCEL & NOTE-A-BELL HANDBELL CHOIRS are resuming their weekly rehearsals the first Wednesday after Labor Day Weekend, September 5. Starting times are 6 p.m. for the handbell choir and 7:15 p.m. for the Chancel Choir. Rehearsals will be led by Music Director Tracy Hoffman.  New voices are always welcome.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Hayden Forsyth, Oren Forsyth, Melva Haglund, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker (Southshore), Mark Kenosian, Ruth Kenosian, John King, Bill McGahey, Jason Miller, Murl Nieman, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Blake Schalm, Sue Spears, Diane Steinhauer, and Bert Thompson (Regency, Taylor).   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.


HOLD THIS DATE—SEPTEMBER 16- The Detroit Metro Association of the United Church of Christ has approved our “under care” seminarian Ethan Drutchas for ordination on Sunday, September 16 at 4 p.m. in our sanctuary.  Ethan will be the third seminarian to be ordained by our congregation in the last half century or more.  Mark your calendars now for a very special service.

  SAVE THE DATE  The women’s retreat organized by the Dorcas Society has a change

   From its usual weekend in September.   The new date is October 6 & 7.  We have been

   Trying for quite a few years to change and have been able to finally make that happen.  We

   are still in the planning stages so watch your Morning Tide and Tidings in the coming

   months for more information about this event.  We do know the cost is $97.00 per person

   (at least two people to a room).  If you have any questions, contact Marjie Barnard. 


KICK-OFF FOR THE “2018-2019” FALL SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRM is 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 9.  In addition to a youth led service, the young people will be sharing their summer mission trip testimonies and slideshow during this special time.  The service will culminate with the installation of the Fall Sunday School teachers and a special family prayer.  Prior to the Worship Service everyone is invited to the Sunday School Open House which is 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. in the upstairs Christian Education department. During this time there is an opportunity to complete and/or return registration forms and meet the Sunday School teachers. All forms can be found on the church’s website.  We look forward to seeing you on Rally Sunday and at the Open House.



  The position requires that candidates be 21 years of age or older, complete the “Reduce the

  Risk” program (offered at the church), along with a background check (done at the church).

  The position pays $15.00 per service.  Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.