Sunday July 10, 2016


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. Mark Ennis - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services


Eighth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                      July 10, 2016

Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting

Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.


  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE   Sally Sigman, Organist 


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

*OPENING HYMN No. 687  “In Christ There Is No East or West,”  Mark Ennis,   

   Hymn Leader 

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & 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.



   CALL TO ORDER Opening of the Semi-Annual Meeting of the Congregation


   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Sweet, Sweet Spirit,”  Barbara Schultz, Eileen Vernor

   Drutchas, Duet

  SCRIPTURE READING  Romans 12:9-21; Mark 4:35-41  Lector:  Jeannette Wackro

*HYMN No. 337  “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult”



*Congregation standing


  MORNING PRAYER (Prayer for ourselves and our nation)

*HYMN No. 537  “My Hope Is Built”

  SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM  (pew card)  Wlasuk Family



     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  “Hold Fast to the Good,”  Pastor Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*HYMN No. 59  “This Is My Father’s World”  

*BLESSING  (for the closing of worship and the resumption of the semi-annual

  Congregational meeting.)



RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available in the East Lobby

which can be reached through the side door at the east front of the sanctuary.



of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM. 


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

ushers know of your need for additional assistance. 



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.




Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up riches for yourself here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal.  Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy and robbers cannot break in and steal.  For your heart will always be where your riches are.”  A Christian needs to careful about where he places his treasures because this is where his heart and thoughts will be and thus will affect his Christian walk in this life and beyond.




Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

July 10, 2016




“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.”


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


 ALTAR FLOWER honor the 45th wedding anniversary of Marjie & Charlie Barnard.


  NO COFFEE HOUR TODAY as our Semi-Annual Meeting immediately follows our morning  

  worship service. Your attendance is very important to ensure we have a quorum.


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATIONS’ PARENTS: Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Ben Scherf (The Lodge, Taylor), Cheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Robert Warren (father of Spencer Warren). 



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Judy Albright, Klarisa Beyar, Andrew Britton, Nancy Cady, Miles Church, Trudy Clark (daughter of April & Steve Clark), Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Marilyn Kunkle, Rosemarie Laslo, Ellen Ludlam, Brenda Miller, Shirlen Powell, Brenda Rellinger (Heritage Hospital) Sandra Rose, Joan Schonfeld (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Sawyer Shutt (nephew of Lois Rice), Bev Sitz, Chet Smith, Bev Snyder, Eliot Stern, Carissa Stroupe (granddaughter of Tom & Linda Tank), Brenda Tank, Bev Traver, Richard Wagner, Rebecca Warren, and Lisa Wild. 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.



is welcome regardless of skill level.  Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in leading a

third team or playing please contact team coordinator, Chris Mink or Jack Miller or the church  

office. July 12th St. Paul Blue (Jack’s Team) plays at 7:45 p.m. on the front field.  St. Paul Black

(Chris’ Team) plays at 9:00 p.m. on the back field.


RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS OUTING – Please join us for our Christmas in July on Thursday, the 21st at 6:30 PM at Kathy Williams' house. You are welcome to come at 6 PM to walk the labyrinth garden. Please bring a dish to pass, vegetable, fruit or a dessert. Kathy will provide the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, pulled barbecue pork and drinks. Please bring a wrapped present (valued at $5-10) for an exchange. For directions please contact Kathy or the church office.  Thursday, August 25 – Diamond Jack’s boat tour on the Detroit River from Bishop Park dock in Wyandotte at 3 PM followed by dinner at a Wyandotte restaurant. The 3:30 boat goes towards Boblo Island. The cost is $18 for the boat trip for seniors. You will pay when you board. We can carpool from the church -- departure at 2:30 PM sharp! Kathy Williams is the contact. Thursday, September 22– Tour of the Ford-Rouge Plant. The cost is approximately $15 for nonmembers, $13 for members. Time to meet to go to the tour will be decided at Christmas in July. If you are a Henry Ford member and plan to attend, please let Kathy know. We will be able to buy ticket at the event.


AUDIO COPIES OF ST. PAUL SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES are available for your listening pleasure.  Just log onto the St. Paul Web Site “”, select the “Our Worship Together” tab, then the “Worship Services (Audio)” tab.    Directions are given on the Service page, 9:30 AM services are available.  Services are also available on the Mobile application as well.  If you have questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.


 SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL is still in need of volunteers.  In order for the summer Sunday School program to be successful adults are needed to lead the weekly lessons.  There is a signup sheet upstairs on the Welcome Desk. All curriculum, materials, and snacks, are provided. Please consider visiting the Welcome Center to select a date to share your faith with the children. 



Calendar Week July 10 – July 17

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

                     Sunday School 9:30 a.m. / Wlasuk Family Baptism 9:30 a.m./ Semi-Annual 

                     Congregational Meeting 10:30 a.m.                     

Monday       Shalom 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday  Zumba 4:00 p.m.

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

                      School 9:30 a.m.


HEALTH MINISTRIES – Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumbato a DVD at 4 PM on Wednesdays in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Just show up and join in the fun & fellowship!  If you are interested but can’t attend on Wednesday’s or this is a poor time for you please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams.

Blood Drive Results - On Tuesday, June 21, we held a blood drive. Twenty-eight (28) donors presented and 23 pints were collected. We were one pint short of our goal. Thanks to all those who participated. The most important number of all-69 patient's lives will be touched by this drive! Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. We meet the 2nd Monday on each month at 1PM. Our next meeting is July 11 at 1 PM. All are welcome. The August meeting is on the 8th at 1 PM. Matter of Balance – The next 8 week session class is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, October 17 in the early afternoon. Please make out a make a wish card, contact the office or Kathy Williams. Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, unopened packages of diapers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact Kathy Williams.


  STEAK FRY Friday, July 29th 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (or until we run out of steaks) at St. Paul United 

  Church of Christ, 24158 Goddard, Taylor (one block west of Telegraph).  Hosted by our Men’s 

  Fellowship Ministry and cooked outside under the big tent.  Menu includes:  New York Strip Steak,  

  or BBQ Chicken Breast, Baked Potato, Corn on the Cob, Salad, Dessert, and Beverage (coffee,

  lemonade, ice tea or water). Tickets are $14.00 and can be purchased in advance to reserve your 

  steak by calling 313-291-1221. See the flyer in Fellowship Hall.


PICNIC WEEKEND CAMPERS INVITED Our Boy Scots are camping out.  Why not you too?  All St. Paul Church members are invited to camp out on the church grounds during Picnic Weekend, July 29-31.  Campers, RVs, and trailers, as well as tents, are all welcome.  Electrical hook-ups can be provided but your RSVP (313-291-1221) is needed no later than Monday, July 25.  A site plan for St. Paul campers will be worked out based upon the number of RSVPs received. In making your RSVP please indicate your space and electrical needs.  There is no charge to camp during Picnic Weekend. 


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATIONS’ PARENTS: Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Bill Pinage (father of Brenda Buzo), Cheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Robert Warren (father of Spencer Warren). 


SATURDAY EVENING COFFEE HOUSE & CAMPFIRE  As part of this year’s Picnic Weekend there will be a coffee house held on Saturday night, July 30, 7-10 p.m.  The Caruso family will be providing entertainment to go with a supper menu that includes sloppy joes, chips, and soda, as well as coffee and teas.  DJ Russ Walker will also be on hand to share additional music.  Tables will be set up for cards and other games, including a checker tournament.  The coffee house will be held under the Big-top tent on the church green or indoors, in the event of wet weather.  This is a family friendly event and all are welcome.  There will be no charge for supper or any of the activities that night. As the sun sets and the stars come out, a campfire will be lit.  Those remaining for the campfire will have a chance to cap off their night with the making of s’mores.  For more information, contact Council president Pam Lange.


HELP NEEDED WITH PICNIC Weekend Food Preparation Volunteers are needed to help with the food preparation for Picnic Weekend.  The Men’s Fellowship will be setting up for its second annual Steak Fry on Friday afternoon, July 29TH.  Additional hands are welcomed as the men host a major fundraising event for our church.  The following afternoon, Saturday, July 30, 4 p.m., the Women’s Fellowship and Girl Scout Troop will be cutting fruits and vegetables for the next day’s picnic lunch.  But you don’t have to be a member to pitch in.  Pam Lange and another team, will be arriving at 5 p.m. to set up for a Sloppy Joe supper and beverages for the Saturday night coffeehouse.  Join the team! Next day, on Sunday morning, beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers are needed to shuck freshly picked corn and prepare baked beans in our large church roasters.  Later that morning and at noontime, more help is needed to quick cook corn-on-the-cob for the picnic crowd, grill hot dogs for kids, and to staff the buffet table that will set up outside under a dining fly.  Dorcas Society members will be hosting the ice cream social: Dorcas members should be on hand in the kitchen at 12:45 p.m. to get everything organized to set up a sundae bar and serve ice cream.  Finally, for those who can’t volunteer at church, there’s a chance to volunteer right from home.  Ten church members are needed to prepare at home a bow-tie pasta salad to be served at lunch using a common, shared vinegar-based recipe.  The recipe with all ingredients and portions listed is available through the church office (313-291-1221).  


SEWING GUILD Sew ‘n Sews will meet Thursday, July 21, at 10 a.m. in the West Room. Bring a sandwich for lunch, dessert & coffee is provided. Anyone is welcome to join us for a little sewing and a lot of fellowship. We look forward to seeing you, even if you have no sewing skills. Please stop by our Donation Table at the picnic. 


ALL CHURCH PICNIC SET  There will soon be a roadside banner posted on the church lawn announcing the upcoming all-church picnic, July 31, as well as other weekend festivities.  It’s all just a reminder to mark our calendars for a great day ahead with a lot of fun and fellowship in store for us.  Our Picnic Sunday will begin with a 9:30 a.m. coffee hour hosted by the Men’s Fellowship in the West Room.  An indoor sanctuary service follows at 10 a,m., concluding with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an all-congregation photo in front of the new “A Room with a View” addition.  The picnic then gets underway outdoors with a host of activities that will take us right through the afternoon.  A lunch buffet will be served starting at 11:45 a.m. with a free-will offering invited to defray expenses.  The Dorcas Society, one of our church’s women’s groups, will be hosting an ice cream social and Sundae Bar at 2 p.m.  Picnic activities in the late morning and afternoon include a variety of games for all ages. Bingo will be offered under the Big-top tent.  New this year is a Vendor’s Arcade where church members can do shopping.

The all-church picnic is open to your friends: invite them.  Picnic Sunday is a great time to meet the congregation at its friendliest.  Dress casual for the day.  You may want to bring a lawn chair for your own comfort.  Need more information about Picnic Sunday?  Call the church office at 313-291-1221.


VENDOR ARCADE PLANNED for Picnic Sunday This year’s All-Church Picnic on July 31 will offer a Vendors Arcade with more than a half-dozen dealers on hand with different products.  Each vendor will be renting a table with proceeds defraying picnic expenses.  Sharon Leonard is coordinating the Vendors Arcade.  Vendors and products include 31 Bags, Tupperware, Jamberry Nails, Pampered Chef, Lula Roe Clothing, Gold Canyon Candles, Young Living Essential Oils, and Cake Drops from Serendipity Bakery in Wyandotte.  Additional vendors, are welcome.  Deadline for requesting a Vendor Arcade table is Monday, July 25.  Please call the church office to sign up. 


ST. PAUL CHURCH MEMBERS are invited to join in a service of celebration as our congregation dedicates its new addition on Sunday, July 31.  It will be a spirited service in every sense that morning as we gather at 10 a.m.  The congregation will be baptizing a baby, enjoying a presentation from our children on their “Cave Quest” week as participants in Vacation Bible School, and listening to the anthems of our Chancel Choir who (though on their own “vacation” right now) will be back for that Sunday to help us celebrate.  Also thrilling will be guest  trumpeter Ken Ferry who will be leading us at the end of the service as we join outside for the formal dedication and ribbon-cutting of our “Room with a View” addition. During the Dedication Service, which will be held inside our air-conditioned sanctuary this year, Pastor Geoff Drutchas will be briefly highlighting the historical milestones of our congregation in our shared journey of faith and offering prayers of thanks for the efforts over many years that has made our new addition possible.  Mark your calendars for an important and joyous service.


  2016 MUSIC AND ART IN THE GARDEN every Wednesday evening at the Taylor  

  Conservatory & Botanical Garden (in Heritage Park), 22314 Northline Road, Taylor.  Tickets

  $5.00 general admission on the Great Lawn.  Children under 5 years are free.  Bring your own    

  chairs (a limited number are provided) or a blanket.  The Terrace is wheelchair accessible.  Doors  

  open at 5:30 p.m. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. Parking is free on a first-come first-serve basis.  Please   

  fill the Petting Farm lot first, and then the grass off Northline.  Follow the parking signs and  

  attendant’s directions.  Food and drinks are available for purchase at the Silver Shores Waterfront.

  (No outside food or drink is allowed.)  On-site rainout location available.  Umbrellas are allowed.

  For more information see the flyer on the Market Place Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall, their  

  web-site ( or call 313-383-4108.      


 ONLINE WEEKLY YOUTH BIBLE STUDY All youth (6-12 grades) interested in participat-

 ing in a weekly online Bible study are asked to send Pastor Schalm their email address. Each  

 Monday a topic affecting young people will be addressed and discussed according to scripture  

 versus pop culture. Youth will have the opportunity to share their insights throughout the week

 on the subject as their schedules permit. This is a great opportunity to stay connected and to grow  

 in the knowledge of Christ despite a hectic schedule. All communication will be done through a  

 group email. Send your email address to


  LEAFS FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S new “Tree of Faith” continue to be available for  

  those who wish to honor or commemorate family members and events. The cost of each leaf is  

  $300 with proceeds helping to fund “A Room with a View.” The tree will be located in the narthex,  

  just outside the entrance to the new building addition.  Those who wish to have a leaf in place in  

  time for the dedication of the new addition and the “Tree of Faith” unveiling are encouraged to  

  complete their request as soon as possible using the blue cards available in the pews or by going to  

  the Church Website “” click on the ‘Giving” tab to access Vanco Services

  and utilize our new highly secure electronic giving site.  Purchases can be debited automatically  

  from your checking or savings account, or from your debit or credit card.


  PLEASE REMEMBER to complete a kitchen check list and put it in the Trustees box in the

  West Room after the kitchen has been used.  Completed check lists are not being received on a 

  regular basis.  Blank forms are located on the cupboard door near the large coffee pot.