Sunday July 8, 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
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 8, 2018
Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting
Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.
SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)
PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist
RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL
CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas
*UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation
O, Loving God, as we gather together in worship this morning we praise You and
we give thanks to You; for this world which You have made, for your bountiful
provisions for our needs, for all the blessings of this present life, and for the hope
of a better life to come. Let the memory of your past goodness fill our hearts with
joy and thankfulness in the present, and for hope for the future. Fill our lives with
the truth of your Word and the courage of your apostles that, having caught the
vision of your Kingdom, we may proclaim it with power and a glad heart to the
salvation of many souls and to the glory of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.
*OPENING HYMN No. 12 “Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud,” Tracy
Hoffman, Music Director
*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO ORDER Opening of the Semi-Annual Meeting of the Congregation
RECESS OF THE SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING
*HYMN No. 273 “Built on the Rock”
SCRIPTURE READING 1 Peter 2:2-10; Matthew 16:13-20 Lector: Matthew Isaacs
HYMN No. 214 “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”
MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)
CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus,” (vs. 1 & 2)
OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS
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 Big Rock,” Pastor Drutchas
LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)
*HYMN No. 537 “My Hope Is Built”
*BLESSING (for the closing of worship and the resumption of the semi-annual
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. 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
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up riches for yourself here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are.” A Christian needs to be careful about where he places his treasures because this is where his heart and thoughts will be and thus will affect his Christian walk in this life and beyond.
“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: Barbara Schultz
Deacon: Allen Gunther
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 8 – July 15
Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Semi-Annual
Congregational Meeting 10:30 a.m./ Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Monday TOPS 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday Bible Study 10:30 a.m. / Picnic Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. –Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Sunday School 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
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost/ July 8, 2018
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.
ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM’S FOURTEENTH SEASON is underway.
Great fun and fellowship! Anyone interested in playing please contact team coordinator,
Chris (Mink) Rogers, Matt Horne or the church office (313) 291-1221). Next game is
Tuesday, July 10th 9:15 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.
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!
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.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S EXTEDED FAMILY:
Lilliana Brewer (great-granddaughter, Barb Brewer), Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin
(daughter, Shirley Havenstein), Mary Fairemont (sister, Richard Wagner), Dianne Fazzio
(sister, Pam Lange),Allison Files (granddaughter, John & Barb Smith), Gabriella Gomez
(niece, Darlene Babin), Bob Greff (son-in-law, Doris & Ollie Hilliker),Robert Grigg
(friend, Schalm family),Benny Hall (brother-in-law, Jeannette Wackro),Lynn Harbin
(sister, John Smith), Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Randy Jensen,Kevin Johnson
(grandson, Patricia Olson), Stephen Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Richard Jones,
King Family (relatives, Arlene Felske), Justin Kurtz (friend, Chelsey Schalm), Joanne
LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Jennifer Lee (granddaughter, Barb Siemers),
Chris Lunsford (friend, Velma McGee), Courtney Matthews McEachern, Kim McEachern
(daughters-in-law, Helene & Neil McEachern), Heather Meyers (sister, Rebecca Warren,
Scott Miller (son, Fred Miller), Jeff Natzke (nephew, Michael Natzke), Helen Osborne
(sister, Esther Perry), Lynda & Robert Rider (brother, Virginia Butzlaff), Judy Robin (aunt,
Lucinda Chavez), Richard Sherman (brother, Anne Blanchard), Trudy Clark-Schiller
(daughter, April & Steve Clark), David Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten),Joyce
Thompson Smith (sister, the late Harry Thompson), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson, Helene
McEachern), Jerry Walsh (friend, Sue Mrowka),Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl
Stewart), Richard Wygonik (friend, Sue Mrowka),and Brad Zabik.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS GEARING UP FOR “Camp Moose on the Loose,
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 at the close of the Sunday School year.
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 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.
JULY 22nd The Two Houses ____________________
JULY 29TH ****PICNIC SUNDAY****
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 ____________________
FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST
Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:
Megan Barnosky, Muriel Baxter, Ryan Block, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Juanita Davis, Gene Edwards, Mary Fairemont (sister, Richard Wagner), Phill Felske, Oren Forsyth, Bob Harry, Mark Kenosian, Ruth Kenosian, John King,
Nancy Kittendorf, Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Bill McGahey, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Glen Sigman, Bert Thompson (Beaumont Heritage), 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.
SUMMER WORSHIP is at 9:30 a.m. Summer Sunday School for youth and children
is also offered at 9:30 a.m. We will be worshipping in comfort thanks to our air-
conditioned Sanctuary. (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.)
LOOKING AHEAD St. 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:
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.