Sunday November 20, 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


Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost                                              November 20, 2016


Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

(nursery care available)


  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist



*OPENING HYMN No. 3  “The Sun is on the Sea and Shore,”  Eileen Vernor

  Drutchas, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor and Congregation

     O God, in whom the world rejoices, we thank you with hearts and hands and

     voices for the wondrous things you have done.  Since the days we spent in our

     mother’s arms you have blessed us so richly with countless gifts of love.  Be with

     us now as we express our gratitude for all that you have made possible through

     Jesus Christ. Amen.   



   CHIME MOMENT  “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”


   FAMILY OF GOD  Operation Christmas Child, Pastor Cheryl Schalm (10:30)


   I’m so glad I’m part of the family of God, I’ve been washed in the fountain,

   cleansed by His blood!  Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, for I’m

   part of the family, family of God.

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Standing on the Promises,”  Chancel Choir (9);

   “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,”  Eileen Vernor Drutchas, Soloist (10:30)

   SCRIPTURE READING  Colossians 1:11-14; Luke 17:11-19  Lector: Aaron Johnson


    *congregation standing



  Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father, there is no shadow of turning 

  from thee; thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not; as thou hast

  been thou forever shalt be.  Great is thy faithfulness, Great is thy

  faithfulness!  Morning by morning new mercies I see, all I have needed thy

  hand hath provided. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

  SERMON (Part 1)  “How About Some Thanks?”  Pastor Drutchas


*HYMN “Praise My Soul, the God of Heaven” (adapted for Thanksgiving)

  Praise my soul, the God of heaven, glad of heart your carols raise; ransomed,   

  healed, restored, forgiven, who, like me should sing God’s praise?  Thank Him,  

  Thank Him Thank Him, Thank Him! Praise the Maker of our days! Praise to

  God for grace and favor shown to all who are oppressed.  God shows steadfast

  love for ever, slow to chide, and swift to bless.  Thank Him, thank Him, thank Him,   

  thank Him, glorious is God’s faithfulness!  Angels, teach us adoration you who see   

  God face to face; sun and mood and all creation, dwellers all in time and space.   

  Thank Him, thank Him, thank Him, thank Him, praise with us the God of grace!



  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 (Part 2)  “How About Some Thanks?”  Pastor Drutchas


  Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage.  Make us always  

  remember your generosity and constantly 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 we have entrusted with the  

  authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there might be justice and peace  

  in our land.  When time are prosperous let our hearts be thankful; and, in troubled  

  times, do not let our trust in you fail.  We ask all this though Jesus Christ our Lord.   


 *CLOSING HYMN No. 720  “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”


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

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.



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost/ Thanksgiving Sunday

November 20, 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.”



Council:  John Smith (9), Julius Enesey (10:30)

Acolyte:  Abigail Johnson (10:30)

Ushers:  Dennis Bennett, Susan Bennett, Jane Dykowski, Toni Hill (9),

Sheila Kilmek, Troy Klimek, Abigail Johnson, Aaron Johnson (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 loving memory of our sister, Sally Waugh from Kathe, Peggy & 

 Roger, Billie-Jo & Bill & their families.  

SIDE VASE is to express our appreciation and  much love for our church family from Al & Bev Gunther.  And in memory of Edward (Jim)

 Romas’ birthday from his family.


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

  Hall between our morning worship services, hosted by the St. Paul Youth Fellowship.


  2017 GIVING ENVELOPES are now available for pickup in the Narthex (rear) of the   

  church.  Please ask one of the ushers to assist you in locating your box.  If for some reason

  you do not find a box with your name on it speak with Annette or call the church office at




Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, David Cowper, June Dolan, Arlene Felske, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Barbara Gish, Pat Herkimer, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Velma McGee, Sylvia Matney, Zachary Miller, Michael Natzke, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Glen Sigman, Janet Staffeld, Kevin Staffeld, Peggy Staten, Ricky Staten, Linda Tank, Grace Torango, Leah Wagner, Lisa Wild, 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.


RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  – Tuesday, December 6th,  is our Christmas dinner party at Savannah’s at 2156 W. Jefferson, Trenton.  The cost is $26 for dinner.  The menu choices are posted on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall.  The sign-up sheet is posted there now.  Sally Sigman is the contact for this event.  All money is due to Sally by November 28th.  If you would like to carpool from St. Paul, please let Sally know.  Carpooling will depart at 6:00 p.m. sharp!  We will meet at Savannah’s at 6:30; dinner is a 7:00 p.m.  Bring a gift for your Secret Pal.  This time sign your name so your pal knows who you are.  If you do not have a Secret Pal bring a gift valued $10-15 to exchange.  You do not have 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. Our January planning meeting is Thursday the 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor.  Please come with ideas for next year’s outing/ meetings or give them to Kathy by the 25th.


TREE OF FAITH UPDATE.  The leaves are at the engraver’s.  They are not expected to be completed until after the first of the year.  Watch this space for updates.


INVITING ALL LADIES!  Women’s Fellowship, Sew ‘n Sews, and Dorcas Society will be celebrating their Annual Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 8th at 12:30 at the Sportsman Den, 15001 Sibley Road, Riverview and would like you to join them.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Pat Staffeld, Dorothy Evison or the church office. Please join us!  Deadline to RSVP is December 1st.  (Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews will not meet Thursday, December 15th.)


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  The Building and Grounds Ministry is looking for volunteers to   help set-up the St. Paul Christmas Trees in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall on Friday, November 25th at 9:00 a.m. and then again on Saturday, November 26th at 9:00 PM to remove the Christmas decorations from the Bell Tower.   Depending on the number of volunteers that show up each event should take no more than one – two hours to complete.  Please call the Church office at 313-291-1221 if you can help.




Calendar Week   November 20 – November 27

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. –- Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – New 

                     Member Welcome (9)/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Pageant Rehearsal 11:30   

                     a.m./ Youth Lunch & OCC Workshop 11:30 a.m.                                    

Monday       Matter of Balance 12:45 p.m./ Shalom 3:00 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590

                     6:00 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Thanksgiving Eve 

                     Worship 7:30 p.m.

Thursday    Office Closed/ Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday         Office Closed/ Setting up Christmas Trees 9:00 a.m.

Saturday     Setting up Christmas Tress/ Bring Decorations down from Belfry 9:00 a.m.    

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm – First

                     Sunday of Advent/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Pageant Rehearsal 11:30 

                     a.m./ Church Decorating


  LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the Staten and Stears families on the loss of sister 

  and aunt, Sally Waugh who passed away Monday, November 14, 2016 at the age of 64 years.

  Arrangements are incomplete at this time.


  FILL A SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN HAS ENDED The gift-filled shoe boxes will be  

  distributed by Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian, non-profit organization) to children through-

  out the world.  All shoe boxes need to be returned by 11:30 a.m. today.  They will be  

  delivered to the Dearborn collection center where they will be loaded onto semi-trucks for  

  distribution.  See Pastor Cheryl Schalm for more information.


  CHIRISTIAN EDUCATION is sponsoring their annual “Advent by Candlelight” program  

  on Sunday, December 4th, 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 all through the month of November, or you can call  

  or email Debbie Case. (734-941-1228 or  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.  I will need to know  

  total numbers at each table by Nov. 29. The table arrangement in the hall is based on the  

  order that you sign your group up by. Because I will be out of town a lot you will be better  

  able to sign up by emailing me and then I can email the hostess papers to you.



President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend of Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force) (Grandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Brian Felske (Army) (Gandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy) (friend of Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, North Carolina) (nephew of Cindy Romas), Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines), Ryan Klimek (son of Troy & stepson of Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve) (son of Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea) (son of Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana) (Air Force Reserve) (daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq) (brother of Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam) (granddaughter of Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend of Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan) (Grandson of Barb Williams, Volunteer at Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, deployed, nephew of Cindy Romas), David Schafer (grandson of the late Muriel & Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend of Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew of Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew of Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy)(son of Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son of Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida) (nephew of Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother of Heather Williams Dykowski).


MARK YOUR PLANNERS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop on Saturday, February 4th, from 9 AM- 7 PM.  The cost is $40.  This includes your cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.  Even if you do not want to scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop with our venders.  If you are a vender, or know of a vender, that might be interested, please let me know.  We will  need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie Case at 734-941-1228 or email if you want more information.



STUDENTS  Christian Education is in need of all college, trade school, and “2016” High 

School Graduate address and location information.  In addition, we would like your photo

to be included on our “YOUNG ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board.  Please 

forward all information and pictures to Pastor Schalm.


THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


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

are doing Zumbato a DVD at 4 PM on Mondays in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Just show up and join in the fun & fellowship!  Zumba can be done at your own pace and modified to your ability.  Shalom– Chronic disease group meeting. All are welcome.  Our November meeting is Monday the 21st (3rd Monday) at 3:00 p.m.  We will be hosting a nutritionist from Beaumont. Matter of Balance – The classes on Monday’s (12:45-2:45) are going well and will continue through December 5th.  There are about 14 participants.  It’s a pleasure to provide this class at St. Paul to decrease falling and promote better balance.  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.  Blood Drive – is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  Please mark your calendar for this event.  There need to be 59 days between donations.  Please schedule an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams (313-291-1221) or complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and place it in an offering plate.  You can also make appointments by visiting  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.  ID’ and passwords are case sensitive.  You can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of the drive before you come to donate.  You can read the educational materials and complete the health history online to save time at the blood drive.  If you have questions about eligibility you can look at eligibility requirements on 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. 


SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST, Heritage Park Activity Building, 12111 Pardee Rd., Taylor is hosted by Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, will open every weekend November 26th through December 22nd.  Opening day, November 26th, Santa arrives at 3:00 p.m. in a welcoming parade and is on hand every day to welcome children of all ages who come to visit.  Hours are Fridays:  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays:  1:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sundays: 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.  General Admission $3.00, children 3 & Under free.  Picture with Santa $8.00.  All proceeds benefit Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry who assist many families struggling with hunger and food insecurity.  Our congregation will be designation a “St. Paul Day” providing all volunteers for an afternoon and evening.  All volunteer stints are two hours.  To volunteer please complete a Make-A-Wish care (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office (313-291-1221).   


ARE YOU AN “ANGEL” IN DISGUISE?  There are numerous children throughout the Downriver area in need of a Christmas angel to share the love of Christ with them.  These children represent the less fortunate and often forgotten families that struggle year-round for financial, emotional, physical and/or spiritual stability.  While the holidays may be a joyous and celebratory time for some, for others struggling with such issues, they are not. As Christians, we understand that the joy of Christmas comes in knowing that Christ came to the earth to “save” all humanity, regardless of social class or status.  He alone should be the reason we celebrate.  We share that message with others when we lift and encourage them; when we serve to continue spreading the message He can to deliver.  This Christmas you can serve to spread the Love of Christ and the message of His saving grace by being a child’s angel in disguise.  An Angel Tree has been set up in the Fellowship Hall adorned with angel ornaments.  Each ornament identifies the gender and age of a child in need of a gift this Christmas season.  Simply select an angel or ornament and register it on the Angel

Registration located on the table.  Purchase a gift (suggestion list located on the table) and return it unwrapped with the angel ornament taped to it by December 11th.  All gifts will be delivered to the Salvation Army on December 12th and distributed in their family-in-need gift store.  Qualified families (those in need) have appointed times in which they come to shop for their children.  One parent is allowed to shop for their children and can select one large item and one stocking stuffer for each child under the age of 16 years.  In addition, the family receives a food basket and a Kroger gift card.  If you have any questions regarding the Angel Tree program, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.


WELCOMED INTO CHURCH MEMBERSHIP TODAY:  Marge Bergman, Christine  Cady, and Larry Schonfeld.  Please extend a warm welcome to our new church members.


   LEAVES FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S “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 is located in the  

  narthex, just outside the entrance to the new “Family Room”.  Those who wish to have a leaf 

  placed on the tree are encouraged pick your leaf from those available (see sign-up sheet) and      

  to complete a blue card available in the pew racks or by going to the Church Website 

  “” 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.


   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.