Sunday November 26, 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-fifth Sunday after Pentecost                                                 November 26, 2017

Celebration of Worship 9:00 a.m. & 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 Drutchas

 *OPENING HYMN No. 720  “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies,” Tracy Hoffman,   

      Hymn Leader 

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

    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 honesty, 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 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.



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9:00); Chancel Choir (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING   Romans 12:1-3; Luke 12:22-31

     Lectors:  Matthew Isaacs (9), Kari Carpello (10:30) 


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

  thee; thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thou hast been thou for-

  ever wilt be.  Great is the faithfulness!  Great is the faithfulness!  Morning by  

  morning new mercies I see; all I have needed they hand hath provided – Great is 

  they faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  HYMN No. 635  “Faith of Our Fathers” 



         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  “A Pilgrim Faith,” Pastor Drutchas


    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)


 *HYMN No. 142 “People, Look East”          


  *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. 


 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:  Zachary Miller (9), Aidan Ostrowski (10:30)



Calendar Week  November 26  -- December 3


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

                     of the Greens/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ All Church Decorating                       

Monday       Enhanced Fitness Exercise 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Enhanced Fitness Class 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Rehearsal 6:30 p.m./ Choir

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

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

                     Advent/ Communion/ Wear Blue! / Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s 

                     Choir 11:30 a.m./ All church decorating



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost/ November 26, 2017



 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, Robert Brainard, Miles Church, Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King), Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Dorothy Kaczmarek, David King, John King, Carol & Dennis Komathy, Rev. Bill Kren, Jena Mellin, Michelle Mellin, Phyllis Pearson, Esther Perry, Sharon Podpora, Garnett Raymond (daughter, Betty Hagerty), Lil Roscoe, Sandi Rose, Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, 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.


  INVITING ALL LADIES!  Women’s Fellowship, Sew ‘n Sews, and Dorcas Society

     will be celebrating their Annual Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 14th at

    12:30 p.m. at Toast Family Dining, 22100 West Rd, Woodhaven, 48183 and would like

     you to join them.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Toni Hill.  Please join us! 


     2018 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 Financial Secretary, Annette

     or call the church office at 313.291.1221.   


  MARK YOUR PLANNERS now to join your church family on Sunday, December 10th

     at 12:30 p.m. for a special presentation offered by Karen Depriest, daughter of St. Paul

     members Julius and Janet Enesey.  Karen will be sharing her daughter Christy’s dream to

     help orphans around the world.  While Christy lost her battle with cancer, her legacy lives

     on through Christy’s Legacy of Hope.  Come hear her heart touching and life changing

     story.  We will be gathering in the West Room.

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

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

  Medicare Insurance Change Time until December 6th.  Seniors 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 27, 29, December 4, 5, and 6th.  Shalom – Chronic

  disease group meeting. Our next meeting is December 11th at 1 PM.  Health/Medical

  supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please

  contact our parish nurse, Kathy Williams, or the office.


   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.   


ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS POINSETIAS to honor someone special in your life or in memory of a loved one who has passed away.  The cost is $8.00 per plant and can be ordered by filling out one of the white envelopes found in the pew racks and designate Christmas poinsettias.  Deadline for ordering is Monday, December 18th.  The poinsettias will be placed in the Chancel area before Sunday, December 24th and will remain there throughout our candlelight services.  Any plant you ordered can be taken after the service you attend on Christmas Eve.  If there are any plants left behind they will be given to our shut-in or nursing homes where church members reside. 

ST. PAUL MEN’S FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY is sponsoring its third annual Euchre Night.   The date is Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  There will be cash prizes, 50/50 raffle, pizza, snacks and beverages.  The cost is $10 / person in advance and $12 / person at the door.  No partner is required since we will be playing Progressive Euchre which puts individual players against each other.  Tickets can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour any Sunday or by calling the church office at 313-291-1221.  Thank You in advance for your support - St. Paul Men’s Fellowship.


THE ST. PAUL BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY is hosting its 11th Annual Wild Game Dinner on Thursday, February 8, 2018.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 pm and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 pm.  It’s a fun filled evening with lots of raffles, good eating and great fellowship.  This year’s event will feature Buffalo, Wild Boar, Venison, Salmon, Turtle and much more.  Tickets are $30/each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, or by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by calling James Poet, Gary Staffeld, Candace Poet, John Smith or Dan Case.  We are also looking for donations of wild game food and any items that can be used for the raffles.


ST. PAUL’S SOUPER BOWL V is scheduled for Sunday, January 28, 2018.  A simple donation of $7.00 buy’s you a spoon, a support tray (holds 6 bowls of soup) and allows you to taste a variety of amazing soups prepared by local businesses as well as our own membership. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the KIOSK table on Sunday mornings or by contacting the Church office at 313-291-1221. The event will take place from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in our own Fellowship Hall.  All profits go to support the facility.  If you have a secret family recipe and would like to participate in Souper Bowl V, please contact Jim Poet at 734-718-3137.


THANK YOU to all of those who helped make our 1st annual spaghetti dinner a success:  Girl Scouts, Barb Schultz, Dave Lange, Dan & Deb Case, Fred Miller, Toni Hill, Dorothy Evison, John Smith, Al Gunther, Kathy Williams, Cheryl Schalm, Michael Issacs, Kristi Caruso & Mark Ennis from Pam Lange, Dinner Coordinator.


ALTAR GUILD has a couple of opportunities for volunteers to maintain (fill) the altar

candles weekly and to ensure the paraments (cloth on the lectern and pulpit) are changed

accordingly.  There are no meetings to attend.  All materials and training are provided at

your convenience.  For more information please contact Arlene Felske or Sue Mrowka.


Mary Dubke (Marywood Nursing Care Center, W 5 Mile Road, Room S 308, 36975 W 5 Mile Road, Livonia, 48154), Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Helen Parrish (9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180), Ilene Krogman (Applewood Nursing Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd, Room #309, Woodhaven, 48183),  Eleanor Rossi (Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room #415, Allen Park 48101), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048), Ben Scherf (904 E. Lake Mitchell Dr., Cadillac 49601), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193) Grace Torango (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), and Lisa Wild (Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183).


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  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.​ ​ Our

  January planning meeting will be on Thursday, the 25th at 7 PM in the Parlor. Please come

  with ideas for next year’s outings/meetings or give them to Kathy Williams prior to that day.


SEWING GUILD Sew ‘N Sews next meeting will be January 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich, coffee & dessert is provided. No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food For Thought!  We will not be gathering in December.  Instead, we will be joining Women’s Fellowship and Dorcas for a Luncheon on the 14th.


   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!