Sunday May 29, 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
Second Sunday after Pentecost May 29, 2016
Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Nursery care available
SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)
PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist
CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas
RINGING OF CHURCH BELL
Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage. Make us always
remember your generosity and help us to consistently do your will. Bless our land
with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from
violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance and from every evil course
of action. Make us who came from many nations with many different languages a united
people. Defend our liberties and give those whom we have entrusted with the authority
of government the spirit of wisdom, that there might be justice and peace in our land.
When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful; and in troubled times, do not let
our trust in you fail. We ask all this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
*OPENING HYMN WITH FLAG PROCESSIONAL No. 725 “God of the Ages, Whose
Almighty Hand,” Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Scout Troop #825
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
*WELCOME/ PASSING OF PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS
CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “Blowin’ In the Wind,” Helen St. Louis, Soloist (9),
“This Is Our Song,” Chancel Choir (10:30)
SCIPTURE READING Psalms 140; Matthew 8:5-13 Lectors: Arlene Felske (9),
Fred Miller (10:30)
*HYMN No. 705 “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory”
MORNING PRAYER Pastor Drutchas
*HYMN No. 720 “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”
OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFEROTRY/ *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 “Soldier of Faith,” Pastor Drutchas
CHIME ANTHEM “Onward Christian Soldiers”
A SALUTE TO VETERANS
Acknowledgement of Veterans (please stand, if possible)
Blessing of Memorial Wreath
Tolling of the Bell (Honoring those who have given their lives for our nation)
LORD’S PAYER (debts/ debtors)
*CLOSING HYMN (Insert) “God Bless America,” Mark Ennis & Congregation
*POSTLUDE (Please remain in your pews as the services closes until all candles are
RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE are available in the East Lobby which can be reached through the side door at the east front of the sanctuary.
ASSISTIVE LISTENSING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT ORDERS OF SERVICE are available from the ushers. Tune listening devices to Channel 105.5 FM.
CELL PHONES AND PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate. Please alert the ushers if you need any assistance.
AN INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP AND CHURCH MEMBERSHIP is extended to all visitors and newcomers. For more information, speak with an usher or Pastor Drutchas.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Matthew 6:2-4, “So when you give something to a needy person, do not make a big show of it, as the hypocrites to in the street. They do it so that people will praise them. I assure you, they have already been paid in full. But when you help a needy person, do it in such a way that even your closest friend will now know about it. Then it will be a private matter and your Father who sees what you do in private will reward you.” This Gospel reminds us that all our giving, whether financial or of service, must always be done for the love of God alone, not for the praise of those around us.
Robert Barley, US Air Force, Sergeant
Charlie Barnard, US Army, E-5
Jesse Norman Barnes, US Air Force, Captain
Dennis H. Bennett, US Army, E-4 (1967-1969)
John Caufield, Us Air Force, Airman First Class (8 years)
Dan Childress, US Navy
Miles Church, US Army, Staff Sergeant
Geoffrey G. Drutchas, US Navy
Gene Edwards, US Marines, Sergeant (E-5) (1971-1977)
Phillip Felske, US Navy, E-7 (1956-1979)
Patrick Ferguson, US Navy, (1968-1972)
Allen Gunther, US Air Force, Airman Second Class
Neil McEachern, US Air Force, Airman First Class (Korean War)
David Walker, Sr., US Coast Guard, 1st Class Petty Officer (1937-1951)
Alvin C. Whited, US Army Reserves, Sergeant, First Class
Frank Wolfram, US Army, Sergeant
MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor
Second Sunday after Pentecost
May 29, 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.”
ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES TODAY
Deacon: Al Gunther (9), Kevin Kittendorf (10:30)
Council: Sue Mrowka (9), Pam Lange (10:30)
Ushers: Annette Thie, Pam Foresta, Barb Smith, John Smith (9)
Ann Anderson, Helen St. Louis, Mary Miller, Fred Miller (10:30)
Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.
Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.
ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Harold Schmoekel’s birthday from his family.
SIDE VASE honors the 53rd wedding anniversary of Judy & Murl Nieman.
WHITE ROSE ON THE PULPIT is in memory of Erik Wickline from Diana Wickline.
PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between our morning worship services sponsored by our Red Hot Purple Angels.
THERE IS NO ZUMBA class Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Class will resume Wednesday, June 8th.
FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – OUR PRAYER LIST:
Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Judy Albright, Ida Black, Nancy Cady, Steve Clark, June Dolan, Jim Ennis, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Rodney Gish, Moses Flomo, Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Marilyn Kunkle, Rosemarie Laslo, Brenda Miller, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Sandra Rose, David Schmoekel, Joan Schnfeld (Wyandotte Hospital), Eliot Stern, Dennis Sumner, Brenda Tank, Rebecca Warren, 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.
WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP JUNE 9TH MEETING is an off-site luncheon with the Sew ‘n Sew gals at Mom’s Kitchen Restaurant, 2691 Fort St., Trenton, 48183. The ladies will be gathering at 12:30 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to Toni Hill or Thelma Poet. All ladies of the church are invited.
GRADUATE INFORMATION REQUESTED. If you or someone in your family is receiving a degree this spring or has received a degree since last June (including a G.E.D.), please contact Cindy Romas (313-291-1221) no later than Wednesday, June 8, 2016. All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning worship on June 12th in gown and mortarboard.
CHURCH BELL RINGING WORKSHOP scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2016 immediately
following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. We will gather in the Narthex. Anyone interested in
learning how to ring our church’s bell is invited to complete a Make-A-Wish card and drop it in
the offering plate or contact the church office.
ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAMS TWELFTH SEASON UNDERWAY. Everyone
is welcome regardless of skill level. Great fun and fellowship! Anyone interested in leading a
third team or playing please contact team coordinator, Chris Mink or Jack Miller or the church
office. Tuesday, May 17th “Team Blue” (Jack Miller) plays at 7:45 p.m. on the front field. “Team
Blue” plays “Team Black” (Chris Mink) at 9:00 p.m. on the front field. Games are played at Thorn
Park, located at King & Telegraph Roads in Brownstown. The fun is worth the price of admission!
TAYLOR COMMUNITY CHORUS SPRING CONCERT Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the William D. Ford Senior Center, 6750 Troy, Taylor (north of Ecorse, west of Telegraph). Celebrating 60 years of Disney and Irving Berlin 100 years of song. Featuring Beauty and the Beast, Can You Fell the Love Tonight, Friend Like Me, It’s a Small World and much more. Intermission with refreshments. Tickets are $5.00 and be purchased at the door or by contacting Mark Ennis.
CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN NURSING OR REHAB CARE: Please remember in your prayers our members: Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Melissa Rossi (4187 Weddel, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd,. Riverview, 48193), Barbara Sullivan (moved to Virginia), and Walter Theeck (Stone Gate, 2525 Demille Blvd, Lapeer, 48446).
HEALTH MINISTRIES – Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. We meet the second Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Our next meeting is at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome. A Matter of Balance – our series of classes has finished. The classes were enjoyable and constructive. We are planning another class for the fall. Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumbato a DVD on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise advised. If you are interested, please complete a Make-a-Wish card and put it in the offering plate or contact the church office. If you have further questions, contact Kathy Williams, Parish Nurse. 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, Parish Nurse. Blood Drive - Tuesday, June 21, from 1-6:45 PM we will hold our next blood drive. There needs to be 59 days between donations. Please make an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams, or complete a Make-a-Wish card and place it in the offering plate. You can now make appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet. Visit www.redcrossblood.org click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says 'Enter a Sponsor Code', under 'Find a blood drive near you.' Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces). You will then be directed to the next page listing our blood drive. Click on the last column to sign up. You will need to register & obtain a password. IDs & passwords are case sensitive. You can also download to your phone or print out a RapidPass the day of the drive prior to coming to the drive. You can read the educational materials & complete the health history online to save some time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility you can look at eligibility requirements on www.redcrossblood.org or contact the Red Cross blood donation center at 866-236-3276. There is updated information about a four week deferral for those who have been to areas where the Zika virus has been found.
RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS OUTING – Saturday, June 18 –-Cranbrook grounds. Luncheon at noon followed by a walk of the gardens, etc. Approximate cost $25.We will carpool form church time TBD. Sign-up and payment due by Sunday, June 5. Sally Sigman is the contact. Next month, Thursday, July 21 is Christmas in July at Kathy Williams’ house. 6:30 PM. bring a dish to pass. Bring a gift to of $5-10 to exchange.
THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD was changed in accordance with our IT policy. Please contact the Church Office to get the new Wi-Fi password or see Dan Case, Michael Isaacs or Gary Peters during Coffee Hour or after our services. St. Paul IT Ministry.
YOUTH STOCK FOR SALE. The youth will be selling stock for their upcoming mission trip
to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To invest in the youth you can purchase a share of stock during
coffee hour. The youth thank you in advance for your support and look forward to sharing their
experiences with you.
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.
LEAFS 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 “www.stpaulucctaylor.org” 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
STREGTHEN THE CHURCH OFFERING RECEIVED DURING THIS TIME OF
PENTECOST, THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH. “Invest in the Vision” is the theme for
our UCC “Strengthen the Church” Mission Offering which supports new church congregations and
renews 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. The offering envelopes were
not included in your May Tidings, however you will find them in the church pew racks. Your
generous 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 May. On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, Thank You.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP
Calendar Week May 29– June 5
Sunday Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas- Memorial
Sunday/ Flag Processional/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./
Monday Office Closed/ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Team Blue (Jack’s team) plays at 7:45 p.m. on the back
field. Team Black (Chris’ team) at 6:30 p.m. on the back field.
Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Saturday Spring Pageant Rehearsal 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship Service 9:00 a.m./ Spring Pageant 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey
Drutchas – Communion/ Church Bell Ringing Workshop 11:30 a.m.