Sunday July 16, 2017

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 16, 2017

Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.

(nursery care available)

 

  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

  RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

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

*OPENING HYMN No. 27  “Come, Thou Almighty King,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Our Heavenly Father, you have revealed yourself in the life of your Son, Jesus, who 

expressed your love as a perfect Shepherd who loves and protects his sheep.  

Forgive us for any unbelief which has kept us from hearing, recognizing or  

 following our Lord’s voice.  Replace any unbelief with a firm conviction of His love  

 and care of  us. Grant us such security with Christ that we may never be taken  

 from Him.  In His name we pray.  Amen.   

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS  

  CHIME NOTES  “In Christ There Is No East or West”

  A WORD ABOUT GENERAL SYNOD  Ethan C. Drutchas, Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 595  “Be Thou My Vision”

  SCRIPTURE READING  Romans 7:15-25, Matthew 18:1-9     

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Jesus Is Still the Answer,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  SPECIAL MUSIC  “Amazing Grace,”  Helen St. Louis, Soloist    

______________________

*Congregation Standing

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  “The Alien Hand,”  Pastor Drutchas

*LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 562  “Because He Lives”

*BENEDICTION

*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 alert the ushers 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.

 
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

The Six Key Principles to Joyful Giving (The Treasure Principle by R. Alcorn)

  1. God owns everything and I’m his money manager.
  2.  My heart goes where I put God’s money.
  3.  Heaven, not earth, is my home.
  4.  I shouldn’t live for this earthly life but my eternal life.
  5.  Giving is the only antidote to materialism.
  6.  God encourages me to raise my standard of giving, not my standard of living.

 
WELCOME TO ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, TAYLOR!

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: Beverley Gunther

Deacon:  Al Gunther

Ushers:  Shirley Havenstein, Helene McEachern, Peggy Staten 

 

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 16 – July 23

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

Monday       Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.                                                                                                       

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 7:00 p.m./ Softball playoffs begin- no schedule at this time.
Watch your e-mails for more information. 

Wednesday Exercise Class 3:00 p.m.

Thursday    Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m./ Thirsty Thursday 7:00 p.m./ Light Supper 6:30 p.m./ Summer Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.

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

 

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 16, 2017

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Charlie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Debi Burnham, Ed Burnham, Nancy Cady, Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King), Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Velma McGee, Joe Mayfield, Michelle Mellin, Murl Nieman, Bev Parks,  Shirlen Powell, Joan Rensel, Eleanor Rossi, Ann Schmoekel, Kevin Staffeld, Peggy Tunesi, 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.

 

 SIDE VASE is in memory of Helen St. Louis’ brother, Tommy.   

 

 PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our 

 West Room immediately following our morning worship service, hosted by our Men’s 

 Fellowship Ministry.

 

   SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE at 9:30 a.m.  Summer Sunday School for

   children and youth is also offered at 9:30.   

   

   ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM HEADS TO THE PLAYOFFS.  Playoffs

   begin Tuesday, July 18th.   Games are played at Thorn Park, located at King and  

   Telegraph Roads in Brownstown.  The schedule is posted on the Market Place Bulletin in  

   Fellowship Hall. Come out and cheer them on!

  

   ST. PAUL WILL ONCE AGAIN HOST A VENDOR ARCADE.  This year’s All-

    Church picnic on Sunday, Jul 30th will offer a Vendor Arcade with dealers offering an 

    array of products from cosmetics to clothing to household goods.  Sharon Leonard is 

    coordinating the Vendor Arcade.  $25.00 table rental helps defray picnic expenses.  

    Deadline for requesting a table is Monday, July 24th.  


SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED. 
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 10th 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’ West Room.   

  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 6TH       “GOD CHOOSES JOSHUA”  _____________________

  AUGUST 13TH     “SPIES IN CANAAN”_________________________

  AUGUST 20TH       “CROSSING THE JORDAN” ___________________ 

  AUGUST 27TH      “JERICHO” ____________________________ 

  SEPTEMBER 3RD  “COURAGEOUS DISCIPLES” __________________

  In addition to Summer Sunday School teachers, ​Christian Education is in need of Fall   

  Sunday School teachers to lead the Pre-school and Kindergarten class​ and to assist with

  the 4th/5th grade class. All interested should contact Pastor Schalm.   

 

   THE MEN’S FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY OF ST. PAUL ARE HOSTING THEIR  

  THIRD ANNUAL “STEAK FRY”.   The event takes place under the BIG TOP on 

  Friday, July 28th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. The men will be available to assist you with  

  grilling a New York Strip Steak or a Chicken Breast.  Dinner includes a Baked Potato,  

  Corn on the Cob, Salad, Dessert and Beverage. Purchase your ticket in advance to  

  reserve your steak. A limited number of steaks will be available at the door for purchase.  

  Tickets are $14 per person and are 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.  

  Please feel free to contact Jim Poet, Gary Staffeld, or Dan Case.  Come on down and   

  bring your friends.

 

    PICNIC WEEKEND CAMPERS INVITED Members are invited to camp out on the   

    church grounds during Picnic Weekend, July 28-30.  Campers, RVs, trailers, as well as  

    tents, are welcome.  Electrical hookups can be provided but your RSVP (313.291.1221)  

    is need no later than Monday, July 26th.  A site plan will be worked out based on the  

    number of RSVPs received.  When making your RSVP please indicated your space and  

    electrical needs.  There is no charge to camp during Picnic Weekend.

   

    SEWING GUILD -- Sew ‘n Sews -- Please join us for a little sewing and a lot of   

    fellowship at our next meeting on Thursday, July 20th at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a sandwich 

    for lunch, dessert and coffee is provided.  P/S:  No sewing skills required!


REMEMBER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN OUR MILITARY

President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), 2nd 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), PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek (son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, 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), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam, grand-daughter, 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), David Schafer (grandson, late Muriel & late Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), 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).

 

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, July 27th Christmas in July at Kathy Williams House. We will gather at 6:30 p.m.  Please bring a dish to pass and a wrapped present for a gift exchange.  You are welcome to come at 6:00 p.m. to walk the labyrinth garden.  For directions to Kathy’s and more information, please refer to the July/ August Tidings.  Wednesday, August 16th is a tour of the Cranbrook house and gardens.  Lunch is at 11:00 a.m. followed by the tour.  We will carpool from St. Paul at 10:00 a.m.  Cost is $30.  You can also purchase your ticket online.  See your July/ August Tidings. 

 

   HEALTH MINISTRIES - Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting  

   July 10th at 1 PM. Check the Morning Tide for additional information regarding topics  

   and/or speakers.  Caregivers – next meeting is Monday, July 17th at 7:30 p.m. 

 Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumba or other

exercise to a DVD at 3 PM on Wednesday in the West Room unless otherwise   

advertised.  There will be exercise Wednesday.

Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers,

wheelchairs, please contact our parish nurse or the office.