Sunday August 19, 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

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost ____________________________August 19, 2018

Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)
PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist
*OPENING HYMN No. 588 "Have Thine Own Way, Lord" Tracy Hoffman,
Hymn Leader
*RESPONSIVE INVOCATION Pastor Schalm & Congregation
Leader: Listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd!
People: God, help us to hear the Shepherd's voice and follow him.
Leader: Refuse to listen to the hireling or the wolf!
People: Hirelings don't care, and wolves snatch and scatter.
Leader: Refuse to follow bandits and thieves!
People: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give
us an abundant life!
Leader: Listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd!
All: Today, we turn our hearts and our attention to the Good Shepherd who loves
the sheep and knows each one of us by name.
*Congregation standing

SPECIAL MUSIC  “Abide With Me,”  Mark Ennis, Soloist

  SCRIPTURE  Psalm 23  John 21:15-17  Lector:  Peggy Staten

  HYMN No. 618 “How Firm a Foundation”

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)



     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  “Guiding and Abiding” Pastor Schalm                                                                                                        

  MEMORIAL PRAYER (Beverly Traver, Helen Parrish, Leona Summitt) /

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*HYMN No. 612 “O Jesus, I Have Promised”          


 *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.



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:  Dee Salsbury


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./ Christian Education & Teacher  

                    Meeting 10:45 a.m.                                                              

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      St. Paul Softball Championship Game 8:30 p.m. on the back field

Thursday    Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m. –Rev. John Martin – Summer Sunday School

                     9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m./ Reducing the Risk Class 10:30 a.m.



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ August 19, 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 Terry Summitt, Laura Kiefer, family &

  friends on the loss of Leona Summitt who passed away Friday, August 10, 2018 at the

  age of 85 years.  Funeral was August 14 at St. Paul UCC, Taylor.  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

  officiated. 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 SOFTBALL TEAM is playing for the championship! The next game is

  Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 p.m. on the back field.  Come out to Thorn Park in Brown-

  stown and cheer the team on!   


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  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.   


  RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS SOUGHT —Volunteers Needed for Set-Up, Sale,

  and Clean-Up The annual St. Paul Fall Rummage Sale is Thursday through Saturday,

  October 4-6. Rummage donations are welcome starting the Tuesday after Labor Day and

  can be placed at the rear of Fellowship Hall.  It is important that all donations be clean

  and in a good state of repair. Rummage sale set-up will begin Wednesday, September 26,

  with ‘Blue Jean Sunday’ on September 30. Church members are encouraged to come that

  morning dressed in work clothes, ready to pitch in. To volunteer, please contact the

  office (313-291-1221). All proceeds support church-related projects.


DURING AUGUST Pastor Geoff Drutchas will be away.  In his absence our worship service will be lead by Reverend John Martin (August 26). Rev Martin is familiar to our congregation.  Rev. Martin, 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. It’s 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 Monday nights

  with weigh in starting at 6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m., in the

  West Room. Membership is open to all women, men, teens and children 18 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.  



President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (AirForce, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Cade Ferguson (Navy, nephew, PatrickFerguson), Kevin Giles (Navy, Gunne’s Mate, 1st Class, E6, friend, Sue Mrowka), 1st Lieutenant Tyler Gillespey (Army, Tacoma, Washington, grandson, Murl & JudyNieman), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. ElizabethHuntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew,Cindy Romas), Kevin Johnson & Stephen Johnson (Navy, grandsons, Patricia Olson),PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek(son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve, son, Evelyn Lassa), KyleLassa (Korea, son, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Netherlands, granddaughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grandson, Barb Williams, Volunteer, Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Nicholas Smith (Navy, Florida, husband, Morgan Gillespey-Smith), Sam Smith (nephew, Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew, Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy, son, Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son, Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida, nephew, Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother, Heather Williams Dykowski).


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.     


“REDUCING THE RISK” Training Class Scheduled – Sunday, August 26

St. Paul Child Protection Policy requires that all adults 18 years and older, who work with children more than 10 hours a year, complete the “Reducing the Risk” Training Class and fill out an application which includes a formal Criminal Back-ground Check, every two years.  The class learns the specifics of the St. Paul Policy regarding working with children and tips and information on how to handle situations as they arise.  This year’s class is Sunday, August 26, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Church Parlor.  If you have questions regarding this mandatory training, please contact Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case.


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 hand bell choir and 7:15 p.m. for the Chancel Choir. Rehearsals will be led by Music Director Tracy Hoffman.  New voices are welcome.


 CONFIRMATION CLASSES begin Wednesday, September 12, 7:00-8:00 parents and confirmands meet for an orientation and ice cream social.  As confirmation classes get underway they will be enjoying a kick-off retreat to Amish country in Shipshewana, Indiana. The outing is Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. The  retreat provides a chance for confirmands to get to know each other as we take a first-  hand look at a religious culture somewhat different than our own. In years past, it has  been an eye-opener for our young people, helping them to reflect on what it means for  them as Christians to be in the world. Pastor Drutchas leads the retreat. For the months  that follow all the way to next Easter, our confirmands will be meeting on Sunday  mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.


 CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADS, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL  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. 



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

Darlene & Donald Babin (Heartland, Ann Arbor), Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Hayden Forsyth, Oren Forsyth, Melva Haglund (Beaumont, Southshore), Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker (Beaumont, Southshore), Mark Kenosian, Ruth Kenosian, John King, Bill McGahey, Jason Miller, Murl Nieman, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Blake Schalm, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson (Regency, Taylor), and Wendy Wendt (sister of Cindy Romas).   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.  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, 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 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. in the upstairs Christian Education department. This 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.  Youth Fellowship Kick-off is Sunday, October 7 with lunch and activity planning following our 10:30 a.m. worship service.  Parents are invited to attend the lunch planning meeting.  Fall retreat is November 3 and 4 – save the date!