Sunday August 27

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


 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost                                                             August 27, 2017

 Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.   

Nursery care available


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



 *OPENING HYMN  No. 2  “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”  Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader 

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

      Leader: Gather us in, Mysterious Maker God.

      All:        That being close to you we will understand your intention for creation.

      Leader: Weave us into one, Sweet Savior of All.

      All:       That living your ways we will create communities of faith and peace.

      Leader: Gather us in, Powerful Spirit of Renewal.

      All:       That treasuring the past we will boldly shape the future. 

      Leader: Weave us into one, Holy One in Three.

      All:       That women, men and children together may be the signs of your presence, the weavers of your communities and the witnesses to your coming.  Gather us in this day so that we might gather strength from You in order to share the richness of Your love with others.  Amen                 



SPECIAL MUSIC  “Wade in the Water,”  Kathy Williams

   SCRIPTURE READING Psalm 112:1-9  Matthew 6:26-34  Lector: Jeannette Wackro

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

   MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm

   HYMN No. 543  “Blessed Assurance!”



     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.

    GOSPEL READING  Matthew 6:19-21    

    SERMON  “Healthy, Wealthy & Rich,”  Pastor Schalm

  *LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

  *HYMN No. 195 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”          


  *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.”



Council:  Barbara Schultz

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury 

Ushers: Julius Enesey, Helene McEachern, Joan Smarr, Jeannette Wackro 


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  August 27  -- September 3


Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Summer Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m./ Teacher & CE Meeting 10:30 .

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

Thursday    Thirsty Thursday 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. 



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost/ August 27, 2017



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


  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.      

  CONDOLENCES TO the family & friends of Lois (Linske) Thayer who passed away   

  Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the age of 84 years.  A Memorial Service was held 

  Thursday, August 17, 2017.  Pastor Cheryl Schalm officiated.

  CONDOLENCES TO Tom & Kathy Williams & family on the loss of Tom’s father, 

  Hubert L. Williams, who passed away August 22, 2017 at the age of 92 years. 

  Memorial service is Saturday, September 23, 2017 at noon at Madison Heights  

  Fellowship Baptist Church, 215 West 11 Mile Road, Madison Heights, 48071.

  CONDOLENCES TO Arlene & Phill Felske on the loss of Arlene’s uncle, Jack Jones, 

  who passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the age of 87 years.  Funeral service was 

  Saturday, August 25, 2017 in Corning, Ohio.  

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 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6th, 13th, 20th and   

  Monday, September 11th and 18th 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 and updates.


  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.

  EVER CONSIDER READING SCRIPTURE at Sunday morning services?  A  

  special class providing instruction on how to be a part of this important and wonderful  

  worship ministry will be held on Thursday, September 21, 7 p.m., in the church parlor.

  Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the orientation session which provides an overview of  
  the Bible and offers pointers on how to be an effective lector, helping God’s word get  

  heard.  All materials will be provided.  There will be opportunities for informal

  questions and answers, plus discussion about the Bible—a chance to ask those things  

  that have always been on your heart and mind.  No past experience is needed to serve  

  as lector.  For more information, please contact Pastor Drutchas.



Mary Dubke (Marywood Nursing Care Center, W 5 Mile Road, Room S 308, 36975 W 5 Mile Road, Livonia, 48154), Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Helen Parrish (9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180), Eleanor Rossi (Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room #415, Allen Park 48101), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048), Ben Scherf (904 E. Lake Mitchell Dr., Cadillac 49601), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193) Grace Torango (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), and Lisa Wild (Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183).

  THE SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM will conclude on September 10th  

  with Rally Sunday and the Sunday School Open House.  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.

  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.

  A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to all who helped make the 2017 Annual Kitchen Clean-

  up an enormous success: Diane Poet, Jim Poet, Pam Lange, Dave Lange, Ron Cornwall,  

  Robin Walker, Dorothy Evison, Dan Evison, Jennifer Ruffner, Janet Enesey, Julius  

  Enesey, Fred Miller, Bob Barley, Harold Fick, Kathy Williams and Dan Case. 

  The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.