Sunday July 23, 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

 

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost                                                                   July 23, 2017

Gospelfest:  Old-Time Hymn Sing Sunday

Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.

Nursery care available

   

    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE   Sally Sigman, Organist

    RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

    CHIME INTROIT  “Amazing Grace”

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

  *OPENING HYMN No. 480  “I Love to Tell the Story,” Tracy Hoffman,

    Hymn Leader   

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

     O God, we meet today in holy worship, to bask in the story of your love for us in  

     Jesus Christ.  It may be an old, old story but it’s a story we cherish and that you  

     make new for us every day as we count our blessings and offer you our thanks. 

     Give us the heart and voice to sing today as your sons and daughters in Jesus  

     Christ.  Amen.

  *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

   *GREETING / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

     CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Simple Gifts,”  Kathy Williams, Dulcimer

     WELCOME TO SUMMER GOSPELFEST  Pastor Drutchas

   *HYMN (insert)  “There’s Within My Heart a Melody”

     FEST TALK “It’s All About Synchronicity,”  Pastor Drutchas

   *HYMN NO.  570  “Sweet Hour of Prayer!”

     MORNING PRAYER / LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)  

   *HYMN No. 585  “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

    SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 18:1-6, 16-24  Lector:  Ethan C. Drutchas  

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  *Congregation standing

      FEST TALK “The Rock That Saves,”  Ethan C. Drutchas

    HYMN No. 214  “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”

    FEST TALK  “Made in Michigan,”  Tracy Hoffman

    HYMN No. 548 “The Old Rugged Cross”

    FEST TALK  “A Modest, Inspired Woman,”  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

    HYMN (insert)  “Take My Life and Let It Be”  (vs. 1, 2, 6)      

    OFFERTORY INVITATION 

     OFFERTORY “Softly and Tenderly,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist

   *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.

    FEST TALK   “Our Choice for Christ,”  Pastor Drutchas 

    HYMN (insert)  “I’d Rather Have Jesus!”

    SCRIPTURE  Book of Revelation 22:1-6  Lector:  Ethan C. Drutchas

  *CLOSING HYMN No. 701  “Shall We Gather at the River”  

  *BENEDICTION

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

    and until all of the candles are extinguished.)

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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.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.  

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

Each day is writing new things upon our hearts,

and our years are the chapters

that record His faithfulness. 

                                      Roy Lessin

 

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:  Kristi Caruso

Ushers:  John Smith 

 

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 23 – July 30

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

Monday       Vacation Bible School 6:30 p.m.                                                                                                       

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Vacation Bible School 6:30 p.m./ Softball playoffs 8:35 p.m. on the back field. 

Wednesday Exercise Class 3:00 p.m./ Vacation Bible School 6:30 p.m.

Thursday    Vacation Bible School 6:30 p.m./ Red Hat Christmas In July 6:30 p.m. Thirsty Thursday 7:00 p.m.

Friday          Steak Fry 4:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. –Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas– Coffee hour 9:30 a.m. / Buffet Lunch 11:45 a.m./ Picnic activities until 3:00 p.m./ Clean up  

  

    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

  Seventh Sunday after Pentecost/ July 23, 2017

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Pauline Arndt, Megan Barnosky, Ed Burnham, Nancy Cady, Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King), Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Rev. Bill Kren, Velma McGee, Joe Mayfield, Murl Nieman, Bev Parks, Shirlen Powell, Eleanor Rossi, Ann Schmoekel, Kevin Staffeld, 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.

 

  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.

 

    PASTOR GEOFFREY DRUTCHAS will be on vacation the month of August.  In case 

    of Pastoral emergency, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm or Parish Nurse, Kathy 

    Williams.  A single worship service is held at 9:30 a.m. and continues through Sunday, 

    September 4th.   Summer Sunday School for children and youth is also offered at 9:30 

    a.m.  Nursery care is also available. 

   

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

     game Tuesday, July 25th is at 8:35 p.m. on the back field. Games are played at Thorn

     Park, located at King and Telegraph Roads in Brownstown.  Come 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

 

ANNUAL ALL CHURCH KITCHEN CLEAN-UP DAY SCHEDULED  The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry will be hosting its Annual Kitchen Clean-up on Saturday, August 19th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 pm.  All cleaning supplies and special equipment will be provided; all you need to do is come to the church in your work cloths ready to help clean. Please plan on coming to help even if you can only stay for one hour all help will be greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions please contact Gary Staffeld or Dan Case or call the Church office at 313-291-1221.

 

  OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you can now 

   receive your Church related e-mails from “stpaulucctaylor.org”.  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.

 

  AUDIO COPIES OF ST. PAUL SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES are available for 

  your listening pleasure.  Just log onto the St. Paul Web Site “stpaulucctaylor.org”, select 

  the “Our Worship Together” tab, then the Worship Services (Audio)” tab.  Directions are  

  given on the Service page.  Services are also available on the Mobile application as well.

  If you have any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.

 

 USHERS NEEDED - We are seeking additional members to assist as Ushers for our 

 Sunday morning worship services. This volunteer activity is extremely important. 

 Friendly and efficient Ushers help St. Paul present a welcoming atmosphere to both 

 Church members and visitors. Written instructions are available and training can be 

 arranged at your request.  Anyone interested in being placed on our Usher Volunteer list 

 may speak with the presiding deacon on Sunday mornings or contact Kristi Caruso by 

 phone call (586-876-4308) or text and she will contact you regarding any questions or  

 concerns you may have.

 

   THE OFFICE IS COLLECTING NAMES & ADDRESSES of soldiers currently

   deployed overseas for a “Soldiers Around the World” outreach program.  Church  

   member, Betty Caufield, volunteers for this important project which sends food and care  

   packages to men and women in our Armed Services who are defending our nation and

   upholding peace abroad.  Please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) 

   with the name and address of an overseas soldier you know who can benefit from this 

  caring outreach.

  
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” __________________

  ​ 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.

   

CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN NURSING OR REHAB CARE

Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Helen Parrish (9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180), Eleanor Rossi (Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room #415, Allen Park 48101), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048), Ben Scherf (904 E. Lake Mitchell Dr., Cadillac 49601), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193) Grace Torango (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), and Lisa Wild (Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183).

 

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 or 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 - 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.

Annual All Church Picnic, next Sunday, July 30th.  Picnic morning begins with Coffee Hour at 9:30 a.m. in the West Room.  An outdoor worship service follows at 10:00 a.m. with a presentation by the Vacation Bible School participants.  The picnic then gets underway with a host of activities.  A lunch buffet with be served starting at 11:45 a.m. (a free-will offering is invited to help defray expenses).  Our Dorcas Society will host an Ice Cream Social & Sundae Bar at 2:00 p.m.  There will be a variety of games for all ages including Bingo, a bounce house and a waterslide.  There will be a Vendor’s Arcade for those who would like to do a bit of shopping.  Please invite your family & friends.  Dress casual and consider bringing a lawn chair.  Christian Education will be leading the children’s games.  We are hosting our annual “goodie walk”.  Baked goods are needed and appreciated.  Volunteers are also needed to help run the games.  Please contact Pastor Schalm to volunteer or for more information.