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
RINGING OF CHURCH BELL
CALL TO WORSHIP / MOMENT OF SILENCE Pastor Cheryl Schalm
*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.
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen
*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE
CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” Mary Manier,
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”
OFFERTORY INVITATION/OFFERTORY*OFFERTORY PRAYER
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.”
ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY
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.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP
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.
MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost/ August 20, 2017
FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST
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.
REMEMBER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN OUR MILITARY
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.
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.
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
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.
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