Sunday November 12, 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


Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost                                                November 12, 2017

Stewardship Sunday

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. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

  *OPENING HYMN No. 613  “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus,”  Tracy Hoffman,   

    Hymn Leader    

  *UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

      Oh Lord, giver of life and a source of our freedom, we are reminded that Yours is

     the earth in its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it.  We know that it is

     from Your hand that we have received all we have and are and will be.  Gracious

     and loving God, we understand that You call us to be the stewards of Your

     abundance, the caretakers of all You have entrusted to us.  Help us always to use

     Your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously.  May our faithful worship

     and stewardship bear witness to the love of Christ in our lives.  We pray this with

     grateful hearts in Jesus’ name.  Amen.



    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “Theme From Surprise Symphony,”  Hand Bell Choir

   A SPECIAL WORD  The Second Great Commission


*Congregation standing  

CHIME RESPONSE  “Simple Gifts”

   SCRIPTURE READING  2 Corinthians 8:1-12, Luke 6:38, 43-49 

       Lector:  Lois Rice 

   HYMN No. 537  “My Hope Is Built” 



   Seek ye first the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness, and

   all these things shall be added unto you.  Allelu, alleluia!



     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  “Wake-Up Call,”  Pastor Drutchas

   HYMN No. 274  “I Love Your Church, O God”

   SPECIAL COLLECTION  “The Way of Jesus,”  Commitment Cards

    LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)

  *CLOSING HYMN No. 562  Because He Lives” 


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

       until all of the candles are extinguished.)


RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available in the East Lobby which can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our new 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 member-

ship 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:  John Smith (9), Michael Isaacs (10:30)

Deacon:  Al Gunther (9),  Dee Salsbury (10:30) 

Acolyte:  Meredith Stull (9),  Carlee Robbins (10:30)



Calendar Week  November 12  -- November 19

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Stewardship Sunday/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./                        

Monday       Kidney Health Speaker 7:00 p.m./ Matter of Balance 12 Noon/ No exercise 

Tuesday       ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./

                     Council 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday No Exercise/ Enhanced Fitness Class 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Rehearsal 6:00  

                     p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation Class 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m./ Red Hat Outing – Russian Tea Room

                      10:45 a.m. carpool/ Thirsty Thursdays 7:30 p.m.

Friday          Fish & Loaves Benefit Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Services 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday               

                     School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Youth Lunch & Work Day

                     OCC Warehouse 11:45 a.m./ Shoe boxes are due



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost/ November 12, 2017



 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, Miles Church, Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King),  Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Dorothy Kaczmarek, David King, Carol & Dennis Komathy, Rev. Bill Kren, Phyllis Pearson, Esther Perry, Sharon Podpora, Shirlen Powell, Garnett Raymond (daughter, Betty Hagerty), Lil Roscoe, Sandi Rose, Eleanor Rossi, Ann Saadah, Kevin Staffeld, Mary Lou Staffeld, and Irene Stoner. 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.


  ALTAR FLOWERS are in loving memory of Wally Stanek from his wife, Louise.  


  PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our

  Fellowship Hall between morning services.


  LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Tricia & Jim Nault & the Ennis Family on the passing of Tricia’s father, James Todt, Tuesday, October 31, 2017.


     2018 YEAR BUDGET PLANNING The St. Paul budget process for 2018 has begun.   

     The Budget and Finance Ministry will continue working to develop a new budget for

     next year.  There will be an open meeting in the West Room on Sunday immediately

     following the 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. services. Church members are invited to attend after

     either service to provide input or ask questions regarding our budget.  If you have any

     questions regarding our budget development process, please contact Council President

     Fred Miller, Treasurer Gary Peters or complete a “Make-a-Wish” card and drop it in an

     offering plate.  The new proposed budget will be presented to the congregation at the

     Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 14, 2018 for final approval.


SEWING GUILD Sew ‘N Sews monthly meeting will be November 16 at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich, coffee & dessert is provided. No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food For Thought!

Christian Education will be sponsoring their annual “Advent by Candlelight” program on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 6:45-8:45 PM.  This is where one woman hosts a table and asks about 7 other ladies to join her for an advent program, fellowship and dessert.  There will be a sign-up sheet during coffee hour through October and November, or you can email Debbie Case  It is quite easy to be a hostess and I will have envelopes for each hostess with all the information.  There will be another sign-up sheet for ladies that do not want to host a table but would like to attend.  We will do our best to find a place for every lady that would like to attend.  Deadline to sign up is Sunday, Nov. 19th. I will need to know total numbers at each table by Nov. 26.  The table arrangement is based on the order that you sign your group up by.  I will be unavailable a lot in October, so sign up by emailing me then I can email hostess info to you.


   CHILDREN’S CHOIR will gather in the West Room after the 10:30 a.m. service. to

   practice our songs.  All children up to and including 6th grade are invited to join.  All

   interested children should gather in the West Room at 11:30 a.m.  If you have any

   questions or concerns, please contact Children’s Choir Director, Sally Sigman.  Looking

forward to seeing you in children’s choir!    

Christian Education kicked off their Operation

   Christmas Child shoe box ministry October 29th.  Sunday School children and the

   congregation have the opportunity to take a simple shoe box, decorate it, and fill it with

   small gifts for children in need.  The gift-filled shoe boxes will then be distributed to

   Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian, non-profit organization) to children in need through-out

   the world.  All shoe boxes need to be returned no later than Sunday, November 19th. 

   All shoe boxes will be delivered to the Dearborn collection center where they will then be

   loaded onto semi-trucks for distribution.  For more information, contact Pastor Schalm.                                                                       



  avoid drink spills.  Lids are provided during our Coffee Hour for your beverages if you   

  would like to leave the hall with your drink.  We have noticed many areas in the building

  where beverages were spilled. We would like to keep our building looking nice as we can. 

  Your help is greatly appreciated.  Thank You, St. Paul Building & Grounds Ministry.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes -
Exercise is important to our health. We  

  are doing enhanced fitness at 2:00 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays November 20, 27,

  and 29th in the West Room.  Can be done standing or sitting. Free will love offering is

  invited to offset costs ($3.00 each session is suggested).  All are welcome. A Matter of

  Balance - class continues on Mondays, 12:00-2:00 p.m. through November 20th. Contact

  Kathy Williams or LaShawn at 800.482.1455 if you are interested or have any questions. 

Medicare Insurance Change Time until December 6thSeniors and disabled persons

  have an opportunity to change both the Medicare insurance supplemental plan including

  their Part D –Prescription coverage.  Medicare Part A & B coverage and enrollment dates

  for Part D assistance are posted on the Healthy Ministries Bulletin Board in Fellowship

  Hall.  Now is the time to look at your supplemental coverage and decide if it’s time to

  change to a different company.  Senior Alliance has counselors available to: address all your

  Medicare questions; assist you to find and enroll in the best Part D coverage for your; assist

  you in applying for Medicare Savings and Extra Help Programs for Medicare Part D.  Bring

  your Medicare card and a list of all your prescriptions.  The dates of enrollment events in

  the community are:  November 14, 17, 21, 22, 27, 29, December 4, 5, and 6th.   

  Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is November 13th at 7 PM.  

  Cynthia Nichole-Jackson, R.N. from the National Kidney Foundation of   Michigan.  The

  topic is “Kidney Health: Prevention and Care.”  Many of us know a loved one who has

  kidney problems or want to know how to keep our kidneys healthy.  Please plan to attend

  and bring a friend or family member. Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need

  medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact our parish nurse, Kathy

  Williams, or the office.



  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. 



   Just log onto the St. Paul Web Site “”, 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.


   Mary Fairemont (sister, Richard Wagner), Allison Files (granddaughter, John & Barb Smith),  

   Gabriella Gomez (niece, Darlene Babin), Robert Grigg (friend, Schalm family),Lyn Haas

  (cousin, Dawn Vachereese),Lynn Harbin (sister, John Smith), Paola Hillebrand (friend,

  Wendy Warner), Tamsey Hoffman (friend, Sue Mrowka), Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney),

  Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Stephen Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson),

  Richard Jones, Justin Kurtz (friend, Chelsey Schalm), Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene

  McEachern), Annette Lauseng (friend, Cindy Romas), Jennifer Lee (granddaughter, Barb

  Siemers) Chris Lunsford (friend, Velma McGee), Courtney Matthews McEarchern, Kim

  McEachern (daughter-in-law, Helene & Neil McEarchern), Nicki Pappas (neighbor, Velma

  McGee), Robert Rider (brother, Virginia Butzlaff), Brian Reid (friend, Sue Mrowka), Judy

  Robin (aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Cookie Robinson (sister of Bob Robinson),Richard Sherman

  (brother, Anne Blanchard), Tammy Sherman (sister, Anne Blanchard), Trudy Clark-Schiller

  (daughter, April & Steve Clark), David Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten),Joyce

  Thompson Smith (sister, the late Harry Thompson), Aaron St. Louis (nephew, Marjie &

  Charlie Barnard), Nicholas Surre (greatgrandson, Helene McEachern), and Victoria Whitcher

  (daughter, Cheryl Stewart).


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  November​ ​16​- Thursday ​–​ ​​ Russian​ ​Tea​ ​Room,​ ​[The​

  Royal​ ​Eagle],​ ​18745​ Old​ ​Homestead,​ ​Harper Woods. MI​ ​48225​​​ ​(​313.521.1894)​ ​Tea​ ​served​

  12​ noon.​ ​ Cost is $26​ ​per​ ​person including tip.​ Please note:  skirts must be below the knee or

  dress slacks. ​We will carpool leaving St. Paul at 10:45 a.m. December 5 - Tuesday

  Christmas Party at 6:30 PM at Savannah’s, 2156 W. Jefferson, Trenton. Price is $28. The

  menu choices will be posted on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall.  The sign-up

  sheet is posted now. Sally is the contact. Please pay her by November 16th. If you are

  interested in carpooling, let Sally know.  Carpooling departs St. Paul at 6:00 p.m. sharp. 

  Meet at Savannah’s at 6:30, dinner is at 7:00 p.m.  Bring a gift if you have a Secret Pal.  This

  time sign your name so that your Secret Pal finally knows who you are.  If you do not have a

  Secret Pal, please bring a wrapped gift ($ 10-15) to exchange.  You do not need to have a

  Secret Pal to participate in the celebration.  If you are unable to attend but would like a Secret

  Pal for next year, please let Sally know.​ ​