Sunday July 15, 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


Eighth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                     July 15, 2018


Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.     


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



 *OPENING HYMN  No.33  “How Great Thou Art” Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

Creator God, we thank you for giving us tools to find you more fully in our lives. We sing, chant, read, meditate, pray, fast, keep silent—and we find you in our worship. We confess that we turn to you when we need more than what life gives us. When we have a hard time coping with life at any age, we then seek your face and your wisdom. Be with us this day. Know our hearts. Listen to our silent prayers. Show us your light. We come seeking you in this worship. Bless us with your presence and your power. We pray through your son, our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen



   FAMILY OF GOD “Over and Over Again,”  Pastor Schalm

   Scripture: Matthew 18:21-22

  SPECIAL MUSIC  “His Strength is Perfect,”  Mark Ennis, Soloist

  SCRIPTURE READING   Scripture Medley: Matthew 6:14-15 & 18:35, Mark 11:25,   

  Colossians 3:13, James 2:13  Lector:  Barbara Schultz 

  HYMN No. 86 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”  

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm

  HYMN No. 588  “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” 



         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  “Freedom and Forgiveness,”Pastor Schalm

    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

 *HYMN No. 546 “Amazing Grace”          


  *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 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.”



Council:  Barbara Schultz

Deacon:  Kristi Caruso


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.




Calendar Week  July 15 – July 22


Sunday       Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm – 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./ St. Paul Softball 9:00 p.m. on the back field

Thursday    Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m./ Red Hat Christmas in July 6:30 p.m.

Friday         Steak Fry 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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

                     a.m./ Capello Family Baptism 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m.


  ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST                               

  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Eighth Sunday after Pentecost/ July 15, 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 Men’s Fellowship Ministry.


 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. 



 Great fun and fellowship! The next game is Tuesday, July 17th 9:00 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.  Playoffs begin next week.


 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.


 SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be July 19, 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!


President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air

Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Cade Ferguson (Navy, nephew, Patrick

Ferguson), Kevin Giles (Navy, Gunne’s Mate, 1st Class, E6, friend, Sue Mrowka),

1st 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), 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), Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Netherlands, granddaughter, 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), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Nicholas Smith (Navy, Florida, husband, Morgan Gillespey-Smith), 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).



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.

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. 


   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. 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.  


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

is also offered at 9:30 a.m.  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.)  Also, see the list included in your Morning Tide.


SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS SOUGHT. Over the course of the summer children will have the opportunity to learn how to apply God’s word to their daily living.  Through Biblical lessons and activities, the children will explore God’s word and discover for themselves how they are called to apply these lessons to their daily living. In order for the summer Sunday School program to be successful adults are needed to lead the weekly lessons.  The summer Sunday School program will conclude on September 9th with Rally Sunday and the Sunday School Open House. Due to lower attendance over the summer all children pre-school through fifth grade will meet together in the upstairs’ Westroom.  Older youth will meet with Pastor Schalm in the Senior High classroom. Please consider visiting the Welcome Center on Sunday to select a date to share your faith with the children of St. Paul.  All curriculum, materials and snacks are provided.


AUGUST 5TH       The Two Debtors                            ____________________

AUGUST 12TH     The Mustard Seed and the Yeast    ____________________

AUGUST 19TH     The Pharisee and the Tax Collector ____________________

AUGUST 26TH     The Ten Talents                              ____________________   

SEPTEMBER 2nd  The Man in the Synagogue            ____________________


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

Megan Barnosky, Juanita Davis, Gene Edwards, Mary Fairemont (sister, Richard Wagner), Phill Felske, Hayden Forsyth, Oren Forsyth, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker (Beaumont, Southshore), Mark Kenosian, Ruth Kenosian, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Nancy Koszalka, Bill McGahey, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Savoie Family (friends, Romas Family), Glen Sigman, Bert Thompson (Regency, Taylor), and Bev Traver (hospice), 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.


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: for more information.


 SAVE THE DATE  The women’s retreat organized by the Dorcas Society has a change from

 its usual weekend in September to a weekend in October.   The new date is October 6th &

 7thWe have been trying for quite a few years to change the weekendfrom our Rally Sunday

 weekend to a weekend in October and have been able to finally make that happen.  We are

 still in the planning stages so watch your Morning Tide and Tidings in the coming months for

 more information about this event.  We do know the cost for this will be $97.00 per person

 (at least two people to a room).  If you have any questions, contact Marjie Barnard.