Sunday July 17, 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


Ninth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                                 July 17, 2016


Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.


  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist


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

*OPENING HYMN No. 5  “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,”  Mark Ennis, 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.   



    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Surely the Presence of the Lord,”  Helen St. Louis, Soloist

    SCRIPTURE READING  Acts 10:28, Mark 9:38-40 Lector:  Arlene Felske 

*HYMN No. 73  “There’s a Widness in God’s Mercy”

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)


  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!  There’s just something about that name!  Master, Savior, Jesus!

  Like the fragrance after the rain.  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!  Let all heaven and earth proclaim:

  kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something about that name! 


*Congregation Standing





       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  “Keeping Faith,”  Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 344  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

  MEMORIAL PRAYER (Lila Miller)/ LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 464  “God of Grace and God of Glory”


*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until

   all of the candles are extinguished.)



RESTROOM 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.

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. Please alert the ushers of your need for additional assistance.

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.





He entersyour life

Scansyour problems

Editsyour tensions


Deletes your worries

And saves you




Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

July 17, 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.”



Deacon:  Kevin Kittendorf 

Council:  Arlene Felske       

Ushers:  Cheryl Stewart, Ann Anderson, Barb Smith, John Smith


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


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

  Hall immediately following our worship service, sponsored by our Men’s Fellowship Ministry.


  LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the family and friends of Lila (Koths) Miller, who  

  passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the age of 99 years.  Memorial service was Thursday, July  

  14, 2016.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.


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. Everyone 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. Also, please stop by our Donation Table at the picnic. 




Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Judy Albright, Klarisa Beyar, Andrew Britton, Nancy Cady, Miles Church, Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter of April & Steve Clark), Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Marilyn Kunkle, Ellen Ludlam, Brenda Miller, Shirlen Powell, Brenda Rellinger (Heritage Hospital) Sandra Rose, Joan Schonfeld (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Larry Schonfeld, 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, Leah Wagner, Rebecca Warren, Al Whited, 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.


ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAMS HEAD TO THE PLAYOFFS.  July 19th St. Paul Blue (Jack’s Team) plays at 7:45 p.m. on the back 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 17 – July 24

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

Monday       Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.    

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 7:00 p.m./ St. Paul Blue (Jack) 7:45 p.m.        

                      on the back field/ St. Paul Black (Chris) plays 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday  Zumba 4:00 p.m./ Special Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m./ Red Hat Christmas in July Celebration 6:30 p.m.

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

                     baptism 9:30 a.m./ Summer Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Family fun-Tots playdate 

                     12:00 noon


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.

Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. We meet the 2nd Monday on each month at 1PM. Our next meeting is August 8th at 1 PM. All are welcome.  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. 



President Barack Obama, John DeGroat (friend of Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force) (Grandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Brian Felske (Army) (Gandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy) (friend of Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, Virginia) (nephew of Cindy Romas), Ryan Klimek (son of Troy & stepson of Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve) (son of Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea) (son of Evelyn Lassa),  Michaela Lassa (Indiana) (Air Force Reserve) (daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq) (brother of Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam) (granddaughter of Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend of Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan) (Grandson of Barb Williams, Volunteer at Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, California) (nephew of Cindy Romas), David Schafer (grandson of the late Muriel & Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend of Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew of Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew of Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy)(son of Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son of Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida) (nephew of Cindy Romas), David Whitcher (Fayetteville, NC) and Brandon Williams (brother of Heather Williams Dykowski).


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.


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. 


   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.


HELP NEEDED WITH PICNIC Weekend Food Preparation Volunteers are needed to help with the food preparation for Picnic Weekend.  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! On Sunday morning, at 8 a.m., volunteers are needed to shuck freshly picked corn and prepare baked beans in our 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.  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 recipe.  The recipe is available through the church office.  


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.


THE 2016 WOMEN’S RETREAT is about Women and Forgiveness at the beautiful Michindoh Conference Center, Hillsdale Saturday, September 10 – Sunday, September 11.  The fee is $95, which includes your room, 3 meals, and supplies.  You will also have the option of going on Friday afternoon. (2 nights and 5 meals is $155.)  If you don’t eat dinner on Friday there is a slight difference.  The leaders are Debbie Case, Vickie Snow, and Linda Clark.  The retreat will feature, large & small group activities, singing, free time, & lots of fun & fellowship.  Please sign up by contacting Marjie Barnard ($20 deposit is due at that time).  The retreat is appropriate for women of all ages.  If you have any questions, contact Marjie or Debbie.


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


  LEAVES 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.