Sunday August 13, 2017

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

 

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                  August 13, 2017

Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.

(Nursery care available)

   

    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE   Sally Sigman, Organist

    RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

    CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Ethan C. Drutchas

  *OPENING HYMN No. 578  “I Need Thee Every Hour,” Tracy Hoffman,

    Hymn Leader   

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Ethan Drutchas & Congregation

    O, Loving God, as we gather together in worship this morning we praise You and

    we give thanks to You; for this world which You have made, for your bountiful                       

    provisions for our needs, for all the blessings of this present life, and for the

    hope of a better life to come.  Let the memory of your past goodness fill our

    hearts with joy and thankfulness in the present, and for hope for the future. 

    Fill our lives with the truth of your Word and the courage of your apostles

    that,  having caught the vision of your Kingdom, we may proclaim it with power         

    and a glad heart to the salvation of many souls and to the glory of Jesus Christ,

    in whose name we pray.  Amen.

  *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

   *WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS 

      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Brenda Murphy, Soloist

      SCRIPTURE READING  Ezekiel 14:1-6, Matthew 5:43-48, James 4:1-6

      Lector:  Lois Rice          

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  *Congregation standing 

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

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

    MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

   *HYMN No. 635  “Faith of Our Fathers”       

     OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS

   *DOXOLOGY

       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  “Idolatrous Certainty and Loving Humility”  Ethan Drutchas

    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

  *CLOSING HYMN No. 439  “God, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing”  

  *BENEDICTION  

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

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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.  

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:

Any one desiring to unite with St. Paul United Church of Christ by transfer of membership or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas.

 

STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Jesus was the kind of friend who never told you what you wanted to hear;

He spoke un-sugared Truth.   Robin Dance

 

MISSION STATEMENT

“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.”

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council: Barbara Schultz

Deacon:  Al Gunther

Ushers:  Jane Dykowski, Arlene Felske, Sue Mrowka

 

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  August 6  -- August 13

 

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m. – Ethan C. Drutchas – Summer Sunday School  

                      9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m./ Young Adult Retreat Returns 3:00 p.m. 

Monday       Exercise/ Enhanced Fitness Class 12:00 noon/ Shalom 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday Car Pool - Cranbrook 10:00 a.m./ Lunch 11:00 a.m.

Thursday    Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m./ Thirsty Thursday 7:00 p.m.

Saturday     Annual Kitchen Clean up 9:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Summer Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee hour 10:30 a.m.            

     

MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 

  Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

  web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Tenth Sunday after Pentecost/ August 13, 2017

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady, Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King), Oliva Drapeau, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Andrea Gunther (wife, Mark Gunther), Lynn Harbin (sister of John Smith), Ruth Kenosian, Dennis Koschnitzke (brother, Cheryl Kincaid), Rev. Bill Kren, Velma McGee, Murl Nieman, Alex Pedersen, Kathy Peters, Shirlen Powell, Cookie Robinson (sister of Bob Robinson), Eleanor Rossi, Kevin Staffeld, Tom Williams, and Carol Wioncek. 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.

 ALTAR VASES honor the 65th wedding anniversary of Elaine & Dave Cowper and “With Love to All the children of St. Paul,” from Bev and Al Gunther. 

 PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our West Room immediately following our morning worship service, hosted by our Health  Ministries.

 

    PASTOR GEOFFREY DRUTCHAS will be on vacation the month of August.  In case 

    of Pastoral emergency, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm or Parish Nurse, Kathy 

    Williams.  A single worship service and Summer Sunday School is held at 9:30 a.m. and  

    continues through Sunday, September 4th.   Nursery care is also available at that time.   

  

    ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM FINISHES IN SECOND PLACE.   

    Congratulations to our softball team and their fans who came out to cheer them on to 

    their second place finish in the league playoffs.  See you next May!

 

  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Wednesday, August 16th is a tour of the Cranbrook 

 house and gardens.  Lunch is at 11:00 a.m. followed by the tour.  We will carpool from

 St. Paul at 10:00 a.m.  Cost is $30.  You can also purchase your ticket online.  See your 

 July/ August Tidings for more information.  


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S EXTENDED FAMILY:

  Roy DeBolt (father, Michelle Vignola), Norma Duddy (friend, Doreen Thompson), Gabriella   

  Gomez (niece, Darlene Babin), Robert Grigg (friend, Schalm family),Lyn Haas (cousin,  

  Dawn Vachereese),Paola Hillebrand (friend, Wendy Warner), Tamsey Hoffman (friend, Sue  

  Mrowka), Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson),   

  Stephen Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Uncle Jack Jones (Arlene Felske),Richard

  Jones, Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Jennifer Lee (granddaughter, Barb  

  Siemers) Chris Lunsford (friend, Velma McGee), Courtney Matthews McEarchern, Kim  

  McEachern (daughter-in-law, Helene & Neil McEarchern), Nicki Pappas (neighbor, Velma  

  McGee), Robert Rider (brother, Virginia Butzlaff), Brian Reid (friend, Sue Mrowka), Judy  

  Robin (aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter, April & Steve Clark), Joyce

  Thompson Smith (sister, the late Harry Thompson), Aaron St. Louis (nephew, Marjie &  

  Charlie Barnard), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson, Helene McEachern), Anna Thompson

  (mother, Lucinda Chavez), and Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart).

 

  THE SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM will conclude on September 10th  

  with Rally Sunday and the Sunday School Open House.  The children pre-school through  

  fifth grade will meet together in the upstairs’ West Room. Curriculum, materials and snacks  

  are provided.

   AUGUST 20TH       “CROSSING THE JORDAN” Cheryl Smith______ 

   AUGUST 27TH      “JERICHO” _Cheryl Smith____________________ 

   SEPTEMBER 3RD  “COURAGEOUS DISCIPLES” _Selena Erickson__

   A HUGE ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who led a Sunday School lesson and shared their 

   faith with the children of St. Paul during our Summer Sunday School program. ​ The 

   donation of your time makes a positive impact on the lives of our children.  Christian  

   Education is in need of Fall Sunday School teachers to lead the Pre-school/ Kindergarten  

  class​ and to assist with the 4th/5th grade class. All interested should contact Pastor Schalm.  

 

   HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. We are  

   doing enhanced fitness at 12 noon on Monday, August 14 in the West Room unless  

  otherwise advertised.  Can be done standing or sitting.

   Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting August 14th at 1 PM. Check  

   the Morning Tide for additional information regarding topics and/or speakers.  

   Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheel-

   chairs, please contact our parish nurse, Kathy Williams, or the office.

A great big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped to make this year’s Annual   

   Summer Picnic such a huge success, there are just too many people to list all the

   names.  A fun time was had by all who attended.  There were many different activities  

   for all ages, a vendor arcade and great food.  St. Paul Cabinet.

 

     SEWING GUILD Sew ’n Sews  ​Please join us for a little sewing and a lot of  

  fellowship at our next meeting on Thursday August 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a  

  sandwich for lunch, dessert and coffee is provided.  P/S: No sewing skill required!

 

  CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADS, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL 

  STUDENTS  Christian Education is in need of all college, trade school, and “2017”  

  High School graduate addresses.  In addition, 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.

 

   CONFIRMATION CLASSES TO BEGIN  Put-in-Bay Retreat Planned.  Fall will  

   be arriving sooner than we know with the resumption of confirmation classes on  

   Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  The classes meet from September  

   through Easter, prepare our young people to affirm their baptism vows by making a  

   personal decision for Christ as young adults.  Classes culminate in a moving Palm  

   Sunday service at the end of the second year of study.  This year’s classes will kick  

   off with an orientation and ice cream social on Wednesday, September 6, 7 p.m.,  

   followed Saturday, September 9th with a day-long retreat at Put-in-Bay.  The retreat

   provides a chance for confirmands to get to know each other as we share an  

   adventurous day, beginning with a boat ride across Lake Erie to South Bass Island.  We  

   will be biking around the island with stops at various locations that tie-in with a  

   “scriptural itinerary” prepared by Pastor Geoff Drutchas.  One of the stops will include  

   a boat ride across the Put-in-Bay Harbor to visit the Ohio State University Marine  

   Biology Laboratory on Gibraltar Island.  We will view the marine biology laboratory  

   and visit Cooke Castle.  Pastor Drutchas leads the retreat along with parent chaperones.   

   All eighth and ninth graders are invited to enroll for confirmation classes.  Please  

   encourage your child or grandchild to participate in a wonderful program that offers  

   strong, positive peer fellowship and an opportunity to grow in a deeper understanding  

   of their own Christian faith. 

 

ANNUAL ALL CHURCH KITCHEN CLEAN-UP DAY SCHEDULED  The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry will be hosting its Annual Kitchen Clean-up on Saturday, August 19th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 pm.  All cleaning supplies and special equipment will be provided; all you need to do is come to the church in your work cloths ready to help clean. Please plan on coming to help even if you can only stay for one hour all help will be greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions please contact Gary Staffeld or Dan Case or call the Church office at 313-291-1221.

 

    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 30, 2017.

 

  YOUNG MARRIED MINISTRY  “Paddle the Battlefield” Outing Saturday, August 

  26th at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Brownstown.  Depart at 1:00 p.m. 

  Takes approximately 90 minutes. Kayaks and safety gear are provided.  Spots are limited.  

  Contact is Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

 

  USHERS NEEDED - We are seeking additional members to assist as Ushers for our 

  Sunday morning worship services. This volunteer activity is extremely important. 

  Friendly and efficient Ushers help St. Paul present a welcoming atmosphere to both 

  Church members and visitors. Written instructions are available and training can be 

  arranged at your request.  Anyone interested in being placed on our Usher Volunteer list 

  may speak with the presiding deacon on Sunday mornings or contact Kristi Caruso by 

  phone call (586-876-4308) or text and she will contact you regarding any questions or  

  concerns you may have.

 

  THE OFFICE IS COLLECTING NAMES & ADDRESSES of soldiers currently

  deployed overseas for a “Soldiers Around the World” outreach program.  Church  

  member, Betty Caufield, volunteers for this important project which sends food and care  

  packages to men and women in our Armed Services who are defending our nation and

  upholding peace abroad.  Please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) 

  with the name and address of an overseas soldier you know who can benefit from this 

  caring outreach.