Sunday June 24, 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


Fifth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                        June 24, 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. 16  “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” Tracy Hoffman, 

  Music Director

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

    God and Father of us all, we come into this hour of worship in humility and praise,

    seeking your grace and forgiveness as we meet in holy fellowship.  Let your Holy

    Spirit be with us and keep us mindful of your healing and strengthening power. 

    Forgive our short-sightedness and lack of faith.  Open our lives to the spirit of our

    Lord Jesus Christ and fill us with your spiritual gifts for the doing of your will.  In   

    Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,”  Eileen Vernor Drutchas,



*Congregation standing

SCRIPTURE READING  1 Corinthians 13:1, 4-7; Matthew 18:1-9; 19:13-15 

   Lector:  Pam Lange

   HYMN No.  687  “In Christ There Is No East or West”   

   MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

   HYMN No. 113  “Jesus Loves Me!” 

   SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (pew card) Kane Family



     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 “In Our Neighborhood,”  Pastor  Drutchas

  MEMORIAL PRAYER  (Mary Ellen Prill)/ LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 452  “Here I Am, Lord”


*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.


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. 



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.


“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:  Cheryl Kincaid

Deacon:  Allen Gunther


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.




Calendar Week  June 24 – July 1

Sunday       Worship Service 9:30 – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – / Kane Family Baptism        

                    Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m.                                                                 

Monday      Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m. / TOPS 6:00 p.m.                    

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m. / St. Paul Softball 7:45 p.m. back field

Thursday   Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

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

                    Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m.


  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Fifth Sunday after Pentecost/ June 24, 2018 


  PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for Coffee Hour immediately

  following our morning worship service in the Jerusalem Café (West Room), hosted by

  our Church Council Ministry.  


  ALTAR FLOWERS celebrate the marriage of Cheryl Stewart and Richard Long.


  ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Gabriel John Block.  Born on June 21,

  2018 to Greg & Shawn Block.  St. Paul Grandparents are Jim & Paula Block, Pam Block.

  Sibling is August.  


  BAPTIZED UNTO THE LORD, Gabriel Michael Medrano-Kane, born to Steven &

  Norma Medrano-Kane November 8, 2017.  Sibling is Castiel. 


  LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to family & friends of Mary Ellen Prill who

  passed away June 15, 2018 at the age of 85 years.  Funeral was June 18, 2018.  Rev.

  Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Michigan Memorial Funeral Home.


  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. 


Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167 - Mary Dubke; Anestic Care

Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183 - Lisa Wild; Applewood Nursing

Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd, Room124, Woodhaven, 48183 - Ilene Krogman;

Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048 - Vernagene Schafer; Maple

 Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room #415, Allen Park 48101 - Eleanor Rossi; Rivergate

Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193 - Melva Haglund, Betty

Steinhauer, Grace Torango; 9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180 - Helen Parrish; and,

17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125 - Melissa Rossi.



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.


 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 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.

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.  Blood Drive Results - June

19th, we surpassed our goal of 24 usable pints. Twenty-seven pints were collected. Two were

unable to be used as they were incomplete or took too long to collect. One additional person was deferred. This is the first time in the last three blood drives that we made our goal. Thanks to all

who participated!


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS June 28​ – Diamond Jack’s boat ride towards Boblo. We

  will meet at Bishop Park in Wyandotte at 2:45 p.m. and will board the boat at 3 p.m. The

  tour begins at 3:30 p.m. If you need a ride from church, contact Kathy Williams. We will go

  to dinner at a nearby restaurant. The cost is $18 for seniors. A coupon is available at Please sign up on the RHPA bulletin board. You

  don’t have to be a Red Hatter, this is open to all women of the church. 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.



  Our UCC “Strengthen the Church” Mission Offering supports youth ministries and full-time

  leaders for new church congregations and revitalizes existing congregations.  This offering is

  part of the UCC “God Is Still Speaking Ministry” which reminds us that God still has a lot more

  to say, because no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.  

  You will find offering envelopes in the church pew racks.  Your gift helps God’s spirit move and

  speak in our congregations for generations to come.   Please give prayerfully to this special

  mission offering which will be received any Sunday during the month of June.  On behalf of

  the Stewardship of St. Paul, Thank You.



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. 


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Megan Barnosky, Muriel Baxter, Ryan Block, Shawn Block, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Juanita Davis, Gene Edwards, Mary Faremont (sister, Richard Wagner), Dianne Fazzio (sister, Pam Lange), Phill Felske, Oren Forsyth, Benny Hall (brother-in-law, Jeannette Wackro), Bob Harry (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), Mark Kenosian, Ruth Kenosian, John King, King Family (relatives, Arlene Felske), Nancy Kittendorf, Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Bill McGahey, Sylvia Matney, Joe Mayfield, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Glen Sigman, Bert Thompson (Henry Ford, Downtown), Bev Traver (hospice), Jerry Walsh (friend, Sue Mrowka), and Richard Wysonik (friend, Sue Mrowka). 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.


CAREGIVERS GROUP meets on Monday, June 25, 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 invited.



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, June 26th 7:45 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. There are no games on Tuesday, July 3rd.