Sunday July 22, 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


Ninth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                       July 22, 2018


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 Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN No. 100  “When Morning Gilds the Skies,” Tracy Hoffman, 

  Music Director

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  Lord, we come before you today and we thank You for all the blessings that You

  have given us.  Many times our lives are so full of busy work that we neglect our

  relationship with You, for that we are sorry.  We know that You never neglect us,

  for if You did our very lives would cease to be.  Continue to pull us to Yourself,

  guide us in our journey, and hold us close in Your bosom until the day we come

  home to be with You forever.  Be with us now as we gather in Your name, may we

  feel your presence among us.  In Jesus precious name we pray.  Amen.



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Bright and Beautiful,”  Nancy Raab, Flutist

  (“A Children’s Suite,”  dedicated to all the children attending Bible School.)    


*Congregation standing

   SCRIPTURE READING  Romans 8:18-27; Luke 22:39-53  Lector:  Mark Ennis 

   HYMN No.  64  “We Sing Your Mighty Power, O God”  

   MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

   HYMN No. 375  “In Water We Grow”

   SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (pew card) Capello Family

   PROCESSIONAL DUET  “He’s Our Little One,”  Mark and Sandy Ennis 



     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 “When Darkness Reigns,”  Pastor  Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 628  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”


*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pewsas the service closes and

     until all of the candles are extinguished.)



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.



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


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




“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:  Dee Salsbury

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  July 22 – July 29

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.                                                                 

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Vacation Bible School (VBS) 6:15 p.m./ Caregivers 7:30

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ VBS 6:15 p.m./ St. Paul Softball Playoffs-watch your

                     emails for time and field location

Wednesday VBS 6:15 p.m.

Thursday    VBS 6:15 p.m./ Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

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

Saturday     Weekend Picnic Camping

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m. –Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – All Church Picnic

                    Coffee Hour 9:30 a.m.



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Ninth Sunday after Pentecost/ July 22, 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.


  BAPTIZED UNTO THE LORD Jack Edward Cappello, born to Jeremy & Kari

  Cappello February 8, 2018 and baptized Sunday, July 22, 2018.  Grandparents:  Mark &

  Sandy Ennis, John Cappello.   



 and fellowship! Please watch your emails for the next game time and field location. Come 

 out to Thorn Park in Brownstown and cheer the team on!   


 CAREGIVERS GROUP meets on Monday, July 23, 7:30 p.m. in the church parlor.

 They meet to share experiences and to provide mutual spiritual support in providing

 assistance and care to family members and friends. Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas and

 Parish Nurse Kathy Williams.  Conversations are confidential, and newcomers are



 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.


 RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, August 16 - ​Potluck Dinner and Bunco at

 church at 6:30 p.m. in the West Room. Bring $5 and a dish to pass. Bunco is easy you

 don’t have to know how to play ahead of time. Saturday, September 15 -​ Mark your

 calendar for the “Magic of Motown” at 8 p.m. Dearborn Performing Arts.  Ida Black is

 the contact for this event.



Mary Dubke - Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167; Lisa WildAnestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183; Ilene KrogmanApplewood Nursing Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd, Room124, Woodhaven, 48183; John Montgomery - Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart Rd, Ann Arbor 48105; Eleanor Rossi - Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room #415, Allen Park 48101; Melva Haglund, Betty Steinhauer, Grace Torango - Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., River-view, 48193; Helen Parrish – Heartland, 9150 Allen Rd., Allen Park, 48101; Melissa Rossi - 17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125; and, Bert Thompson, Regency Healthcare Centre, 12575 Telegraph, Taylor, 48180.



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. Registration begins today, July 22, 2018.  Sign up at the Kiosk during Coffee hour.


  ELECTRONIC GIVING “PEW CARDS” are available in the Narthex for those who

  make their donations electronically.  The cards can be obtained as you enter the church.

  Simply drop the card in the offering plate to indicate that you are supporting the St. Paul

  ministry electronically.  Ask any usher for a “Pew Card” or if you have any questions. 


  OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and you can now receive your Church

  related e-mails from “”.  Please make sure you add us to your contact list

  to ensure that you are receiving all the Church announcements.  If you have any questions

  about the new system, please contact Gary Peters or Dan Case.


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

  6th, 2:00 p.m. 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. 



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.  Please contact Pastor Schalm to volunteer to be a Summer Sunday School leader. There is a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center upstairs. Every- thing is provided.  See the opportunities list below.


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.  Going Fast!  Only two opportunities left!  Don’t miss out!  Sign up today!


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, Gene Edwards, Mary Faremouth (sister, Richard Wagner), Phill Felske, Shirley Gratrix, Hayden Forsyth, Oren Forsyth, Melva Haglund, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Mark Kenosian, Ruth Kenosian, John King, Tammy Lee (daughter, Barb Siemers), Bill McGahey, Murl Nieman, Helen Parrish (Heartland, Allen Park), Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Savoie Family (friends, Romas Family), Glen Sigman, Sue Spears, and Bert Thompson (Regency, Taylor).   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.


 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. 


 BASKET DONATIONS ARE STILL WELCOME for our 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.