Sunday August 20, 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


Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost                                                             August 20, 2017

 Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.

(nursery care available)


  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE Tricia Nault, Guest Organist



*OPENING HYMN No. 540   “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go,”                                                                               

  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

  We call on You as we come to You Lord.  We know You hear us when we pray.   

  It’s You we seek with all our heart and we find You in the words You say.  Dispel  

  the clouds of doubt away.  Oh, speak Your promise today.  Here in this place, here  

  by Your grace, we seek Your face, O Jesus.  We answer Your call.  Before You we  

  fall and surrender it all, O Jesus.  All of our plans for Yours.




  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,”  Mary Manier,

  Guest Soloist

  SCRIPTURE READING  Proverbs 19:21, Jeremiah 29:11 & Matthew 16:24-2

  Lector:  Hayden Robbins


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

MORNING PRAYER for Healing, Strength & Thanksgiving

*HYMN No.  452 “Here I Am, Lord” 



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.

  PROCLAIMATION OF KING SOLOMON Scripture Reading; Ecclesiastes

  12:13-14,  Lector:  Hayden Robbins

  SERMON “Failure, Purpose & Worth,”  Pastor Schalm

   LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 464 “God of Grace and God of Glory”


*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. 


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. 


“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.”



 Deacon:  Kristi Caruso 

Ushers: Marjie Barnard, Julius Enesey, Rodney Gish, Hayden Robbins 


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  August 20  -- August 27


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

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

Monday       Exercise/ Enhanced Fitness Class 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise/ Enhanced Fitness Class 2:00 p.m.

Thursday    Thirsty Thursday 7:00 p.m.

Saturday     Young Married Ministry Canoe Outing 1:00 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

  Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost/ August 20, 2017



 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady, Oliva Drapeau, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Ruth Kenosian, Dennis Koschnitzke (brother, Cheryl Kincaid), Rev. Bill Kren, Velma McGee, Murl Nieman, Alex Pedersen, Kathy Peters, Shirlen Powell, 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.


 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.   


  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.


  MY HEART FILLED THANKS AND APPRECIATION, from when I fell is long   

  overdue. So, thank you to Rev. Geoff, Kathy Williams, our Parish Nurse, and the  

  congregation for all you’ve done for me and all your prayers over the last two      

  years.  I’m truly blessed.  Velma McGee.


President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), 2nd Lieutenant Tyler Gillespey (Army, Tacoma, Washington, grandson, Murl & Judy Nieman), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (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), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve, son, Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea, son, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam, grand-daughter, 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), David Schafer (grandson, late Muriel & late Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), 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).


  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. 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.  


  SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY SUNDAY  on Sunday, September 10th Open House is  

  9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Rally Day kicks off a new year of teaching and learning in our  

  congregations.  It is an essential part of our life and mission.  It is a time when we  

  recognize and honor both those who learn; all who nurture faith in others.  It’s a time for  

  the entire congregation to rally behind God’s intention that all Christians – children,  
  youth, and adults grow and learn.  Plan now to join us for a youth led service filled with 

  reflection and great anticipation for an exciting and faith-filled new year. 

 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.



  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.

- 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.


A SPECIAL “THANK YOU” to Tom Tank and Eddy Brainard for their help in setting up tables, chairs, and tents for the Vendor Arcade at the All Church Picnic.  Also, THANK YOU to Pastor Cheryl and Gary Staffeld for the use of their tents.  The vendors were very appreciative and I definitely couldn't have done it without your help.  Most of all I want to thank everyone who visited the VENDOR ARCADE and purchased items.  The vendors were very pleased with their day. For those who don't know, the Vendor Arcade is a big supporter of the All Church Picnic. Thanks again, Sharon Leonard. 


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

  are doing enhanced fitness at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 21st & 28th and Wednesday, 

  August 23rd in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Can be done standing or 

  sitting. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting September 11th 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.


  MARK YOUR PLANNERS for these upcoming events:  Chancel Choir Rehearsals  

  begin Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m.  New voices are always welcome; Fall  

  Rummage Sale Drop-offs begin Tuesday, September 5th; Confirmation Class Orientation  

  & Ice Cream Social Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m.; Confirmation Retreat to Put-

  in-Bay is Saturday, September 9th 8:00 a.m.; Women’s Retreat September 9th & 10th;  

  Sunday School Rally Day & Open House, September 10th; and Hand bell Choir Rehearsal  

  begins Wednesday, September 13th at 6:00 p.m.  Please watch your Morning Tide for  

  more information.