Sunday August 26, 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


Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost ______________________ _____August 26, 2018

 

Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.     

 

  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

  RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

  CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE   Rev. John Martin

*OPENING HYMN No. 261  “Sweet, Sweet Spirit,” Tracy Hoffman,  Hymn Leader 

*UNISON INVOCATION   Pastor Martin & 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  Tracy Hoffman

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 *Congregation standing

SPECIAL MUSIC  “Simple Gifts,”  Kathy Williams, Dulcimer

  SCRIPTURE  Psalms 51:10-12, John 3:5-7  Lector:  Kathy Williams  

  HYMN No. 354  “Seek Ye First”

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  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  “An Awareness of Our Spiritual Needs,” Pastor Martin                                                                                                        

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*HYMN No. 635  “Faith of Our Fathers”          

 *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.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM. 

 

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

 

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DESCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:

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.

 

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 ofHis love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury

 

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 26 – September 2

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

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

Monday      Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise Class 2:00 p.m.  

Thursday    Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m. –Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas  – Communion/ 

                     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

  Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ August 26, 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.

 

  ALTAR FLOWERS honor the wedding of Chelsey Michelle Schalm and Joshua

  Eisenga.  SIDE VASE is in memory Curtis Wickline’s birthday, from his loving mother.

 

  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.

 

  ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TOUR of historic churches will be Thursday, October 11.    

  Four historic Catholic and Protestant churches will be on our itinerary for the day. Cost

  is $30 per person, not including lunch. Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the tour with

  docents meeting us at most of the locations to provide historical background and

  information about current ministries. The tour is open to family and friends. Sign up

  early as our bus fills up quickly. To make your reservation, send your check to the

  church office or, drop it in the Sunday morning offering plate. Please specify “annual

  pilgrimage tour” on the memo line. Our comfortable chartered bus with lavatory will

  depart from the St. Paul Church parking lot at 8 a.m. and return no later than 6 p.m.

 

DURING AUGUST Pastor Geoff Drutchas will be away.  Today’s worship service will be lead by Rev. John Martin. 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, and was ordained at St. Paul Church.  Please welcome our guest pastor and worship leaders.

PASTORAL NEEDS will be in the caring hands of Pastor Cheryl Schalm and Parish Nurse Kathy Williams.  Please alert the church office 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 finishes second in the league! Congratulations to all the players, sponsors, and fans. See you all next season.                                                               

 

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.  

 

A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to: Diane Poet, Pam Lange, Dave Lange, Dorothy Evison, Dan Evison, Janet Enesey, Julius Enesey, Tom Tank, John Smith, Michael Isaacs, Mark Ennis, Ed Brainard, and Dan Case who made the Annual Kitchen Clean-up a huge success.  AND to: Gary Staffeld, Fred Miller, John Smith, Julius Enesey, Mark Ennis and Dan Case for helping with the Annual Carpet Cleaning: Building and Grounds Ministry.

 

CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN LONG-TERM NURSING/ REHAB CARE

Darlene & Donald Babin – Heartland Health Care Center, 4701 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, 48105; Mary Dubke - Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167; Lisa Wild – Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183; Ilene Krogman – Applewood Nursing Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd, Room124, Woodhaven, 48183; John Montgomery - Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart Rd, Ann Arbor 48105; Eleanor Rossi - Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room 415, Allen Park 48101; Betty Steinhauer, Grace Torango - Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., River-view, 48193; Melissa Rossi - 17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125.

 

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 Rescheduled – Sunday, September 30

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 7:00 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 p.m.as

   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. 

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

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 (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker (Heartland, Allen Park), Mark Kenosian, Ruth Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren (VA Hospital), Bill McGahey, Jason Miller, Murl Nieman, Patricia Olson, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Blake Schalm, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, 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.  


THERE’S STILL ROOM FOR YOU
at the Women’s Retreat October 6 and 7. Led by April Clark, Michelle McNeely, and Eileen Vernor Drutchas, this fall’s theme is “Kindness”. The retreat provides an opportunity for women of faith to share time together and reflect on how we can act on God’s call to kindness amid everyday life. Michindoh Conference Center, near Hillsdale, provides a scenic setting, as well as comfortable indoor facilities. Count on indoor and outdoor activities. We will be carpooling from St. Paul Saturday at 7 a.m. The retreat begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $97 and includes three meals and one night of lodging. A $20 non-refundable deposit will assure your place.  Balance is due by Wednesday, September 12. Your retreat deposit, and completed reservation form, should be returned to Retreat Registrar Marjie Barnard.  


KICK-OFF FOR THE “2018-2019” FALL SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM
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, installation of the Fall Sunday School teachers and a special family prayer.  Prior to the Worship Service all are 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. Forms are on the church’s website.  See you Rally Sunday! Youth Fellowship kick-off is 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!