Sunday July 1, 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

 

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                          July 1, 2018

                                               Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.         

  

   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

   RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

   CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

   FLAG PROCESSIONAL

 *OPENING HYMN No. 720  “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies,”  Barbara Schultz Hymn Leader

 *UNISON PRAYER FOR THE NATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

     Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage.  Make us  

     always remember your generosity and constantly do your will.  Bless our land 

     with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life.  Save us

     from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance and from

     every evil course of action.  Make us who came from many nations with many

     different languages a united people.  Defend our liberties and give those whom

     we have entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that

     there might be justice and peace in our land.  When times are prosperous, let

     our hearts be thankful; and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail.  

     We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

   *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

   *WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “This Is My Song,”  Barbara Schultz, Soloist

   SCRIPTURE READING  Romans 12:1-2, 17-21, Matthew 5:38-42

    Lector:  Eileen Vernor Drutchas 

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*Congregation standing

HYMN No. 701  “Shall We Gather at the River”

      MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)/ MEMORIAL PRAYER  

      (Vernagene Schafer) 

    *HYMN No. 658  “Restless Weaver”

      OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS  

      SERMON  “On A Higher Plane,”  Pastor Drutchas

      HYMN No.  721  “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”

      THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

         Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

         Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration

         Response:

              One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

              one cup of blessing which we bless.

              And we, though many throughout the Earth,

              we are one body in this one Lord.

      Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)

    *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.                     

      *BENEDICTION

      *CLOSING HYMN “God Bless America” (words printed in Morning Tide) 

      *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)       

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HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS 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.


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

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  Barbara Schultz

Deacon:  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  July 1 – July 8

 

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

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

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.                    

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Office Closed

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

Sunday       Worship Service 9:30 a.m. –Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas –  Semi-Annual

                    Congregational Meeting 10:30 a.m./ Sunday School 9:30 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

  Sixth Sunday after Pentecost/ July 1, 2018 

 

  PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for Coffee Hour immediately

  following our morning worship service in the Jerusalem Café (West Room), hosted by

  our Men’s Fellowship Ministry.

 There is no Coffee Hour next week as our Semi-A

  Annual Meeting immediately follows our morning worship service.  Your attendance is

  important to ensure we have a quorum. 

 

  ALTAR FLOWERS honor the birthday of Donald Gruenberg.  SIDE VASE celebrates

  the 90th birthday of Thelma Poet from her family.

 

  HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING  Our congregation welcomes

 to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian affiliation. 

 What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants maintain a reverent

 silence that fits the dignity of the sacrament.

 

 MEN’S FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY OF ST. PAUL is hosting their 4th Annual

 “Steak Fry” at the Church on Friday, July 20th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner includes

 your choice of a New York Strip Steak or a BBQ Chicken Breast, a baked potato (regular

 or sweet), corn on the cob, salad, dessert and beverage.  You will want to purchase your

 ticket in advance to reserve your steak or chicken. A limited number of steaks and

 chicken will be available at the door for purchase. Tickets are $14 per person and will be

 available at the Kiosk Table during Coffee Hour or by calling the Church Office at (313)

 291-1221.  All “Grill Masters” are invited to participate. If you have any questions, please

 feel free to contact Jim Poet, Gary Staffeld, or Dan Case.  It promises to be an enjoyable

 evening so come on down and bring your friends!  We are also in need of Baskets for

 our Steak Fry/ Picnic raffle.  The drawing is Picnic Sunday, July 29th.  All proceeds  

 go to off-set the cost of the Church Picnic.  For more information please contact 1st

 Vice President, Pam Lange. 


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATIONS’ PARENTS

Michael Bailey (father, Christie Smart), Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard),

Jan Filpus (mother, Julia-Joy Miller), Bruce Gaither (father, Rebecca Warren),

Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law, Lori Kuhn), Laura O’Neil (mother, Shawn Block),

Sheryl Schwab (mother, Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Anna Thompson

(mother, Lucinda Chavez).

 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS GEARING UP FOR “Camp Moose on the Loose,

Discovering God’s Forever Forgiveness”. ​Children, pre-school through sixth grade,

should plan now to do a little camping this summer. This year’s Vacation Bible School

program is taking place at St. Paul UCC from July 23rd through July 26th. Parents and

members are encouraged and invited to join their children for the VBS family finale and

closing program that will coincide with the annual picnic held on July 29th. In addition

to picnic activities, lunch is provided, games, a waterslide, and a special music present-

ation offered by VBS participants. To ensure a successful Vacation Bible School pro-

gram volunteers are needed to be station leaders, to help set-up and tear down decorations,

lead and guide children to their various stations, assist station leaders, participate in skits,

work the registration desk and help with promotion.  Contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm to

volunteer or for more information.

 

 SUMMER WORSHIP is at 9:30 a.m.  Summer Sunday School for youth and children

 is also offered at 9:30 a.m.  We will be worshipping in comfort thanks to our air-

 conditioned Sanctuary.  (Summer Sunday School leaders are needed. Please contact

 Pastor Schalm to volunteer. There is a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center upstairs.

 Everything is provided.)

 

LOOKING AHEADSt. Paul will once again host a Vendor Arcade at the annual

All Church Picnic, July 29, 2018. If you would like to be a vendor or know someone who

would like to participate, please contact Sharon Leonard by phone or email at:

sleonard1985@yahoo.com for more information.


HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes –
Our next exercise glass is Monday, August 6th

   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.  Blood Drive Results - June

19th, we surpassed our goal of 24 usable pints. Twenty-seven pints were collected. Two were

unable to be used as they were incomplete or took too long to collect. One additional person was deferred. This is the first time in the last three blood drives that we made our goal. Thanks to all

who participated!

 

  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, July 19 -​  Christmas in July at Kathy Williams’ house.

  6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to pass. Bring a gift of $5-$10 to exchange.

 

  CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SEEKS NURSERY ATTENDANT. It is with a deep sense

of gratitude and sadness that Christian Education and the nursery children of St. Paul bid

nursery attendant, Christine Schwab, farewell at the close of the Sunday School year.

Christian Education is seeking a new nursery attendant. The position requires that candidates

be 21 years of age or older, complete the “Reduce the Risk” program (offered at the church),

along with a background check (done at the church). The position pays $15.00 per service.

   

GOD BLESS AMERICA

 

  “While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,

  Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,

  Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,

  As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.”

  God Bless America,

  Land that I love,

  Stand beside her, and guide her

  Thru the night with a light from above.

  From the mountains, to the prairies,

  To the oceans, white with foam

  God Bless America, My home sweet home.


FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

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

Megan Barnosky, Muriel Baxter, Ryan Block, Shawn Block, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Juanita Davis, Gene Edwards, Mary Fairemont (sister, Richard Wagner), Dianne Fazzio (sister, Pam Lange), Phill Felske, Oren Forsyth, Benny Hall (brother-in-law, Jeannette Wackro), Bob Harry (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), Mark Kenosian (Henry Ford, Downtown), Ruth Kenosian, John King, King Family (relatives, Arlene Felske), Nancy Kittendorf, Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Bill McGahey, Joe Mayfield, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Glen Sigman, Bert Thompson (Beaumont Heritage), Bev Traver (hospice), Jerry Walsh (friend, Sue Mrowka), and Richard Wygonik (friend, Sue Mrowka). 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.

 

TOPS, (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), is a weight loss support group. TOPS is 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 held on Monday nights with weigh in starting at 6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end at approximately 7:15 p.m., in the West Room. Chapter dues are $5.00 per month. Membership is open to all women, men, teens and children 18 years old down 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.

 

ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM’S FOURTEENTH SEASON is underway.  

Great fun and fellowship! Anyone interested in playing please contact team coordinator,

Chris (Mink) Rogers, Matt Horne or the church office (313) 291-1221).  Next game is

Tuesday, July 10th 9:15 p.m. on the back field at Thorn Park located at Telegraph and

King Roads in Brownstown. The schedule is also on the Community Bulletin Board.

There are no games on Tuesday, July 3rd

 

SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be June 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich. Coffee and dessert is provided. No sewing experience is required. Join us for fellowship and Food for Thought!