Sunday November 6, 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-fifth Sunday after Pentecost                                                               November 6, 2016


Totenfest/ Memorial Sunday

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

Nursery care available

As the prelude begins, members of the congregation mourning a loved one who is

being memorialized today are invited to light a remembrance candle on

the altar.  Please speak with an usher if further assistance is needed.


  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)


*CALL TO WORSHIP/ INVOCATION  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas & Congregation

    Pastor:  As we begin our time of worship and praise, let us look for inspiration and

    hope in the words of God spoken to us as divine promise.

    Congregation:  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.

    I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious hand.

    Pastor:  I am the resurrection and the life:  all who believe in me, though they die,

    yet shall live.

    Congregation:  And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.

    Pastor:  Holy God, bless us this day that we might be your servants from here

    to eternity.  Amen.

*OPENING HYMN No. 637 “For All the Saints,” (vs. 1-3) Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader


    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Come Into God’s Embrace,” Chancel Choir   


    CHIME RESPONSE  “Now the Green Blade Rises”   



*Congregation standing


      SOLO  “Let Hope and Sorrow Now Unite” 


     SERMON  “In Communion and Reunion,”  Pastor Drutchas

     HYMN No. 124  “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”  


        Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

        Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration


           One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

           one cup of blessing which we bless.  

           And we, though many through out the Earth,

           we are one body in this one Lord.        

     Distribution of the Elements

        “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart”  “Lo, I Am with You”;

        “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

     Prayer of Thanksgiving     


        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.


        Unison Reading with Memorial Acclamations (see insert)

        Time of Remembrance/ Tolling of the Bell 

     LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

   *CLOSING HYMN No. 543  “Blessed Assurance”  

   *BENEDICTION/ *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 alert the ushers if you need 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 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-fifth Sunday after Pentecost/ Totenfest/ November 6, 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.”



Acolyte:  Cole Haas (10:30)

Ushers:  Shirley Havenstein, Sue Mrowka, Arlene Wolfram, Frank Wolfram (9),

 Shirley Havenstein, Sue Mrowka, Dan Newton (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 celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Bev & Al Gunther from their kids. 
SIDE VASE is in loving memory of James “Shelby”, Joseph
 “Rocky” and Harvey from your family.


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

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

  Fellowship Ministry.


HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING.  Our congregation welcomes to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian affiliation. What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants maintain a reverent silence that affirms the dignity of the sacrament.




Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Harmon Beekman, David Cowper, June Dolan, Arlene Felske, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Barbara Gish (Southshore Hospital), Pat Herkimer, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Bill McGahey, Velma McGee, Sylvia Matney, Jack Miller, Jr., Zachary Miller, Shirlen Powell, Glen Sigman, Janet Staffeld, Peggy Staten, Ricky Staten, Linda Tank, Lisa Wild, and Diana Wickline. 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  – Sunday, November 6th, 2:30 p.m. those who reserved and paid will be attending “An All American Christmas” at the Ford Community & Performing Art Center in Dearborn.  If you would like to car-pool from church, we will depart promptly at 1:45 p.m.  Kathy Williams is the contact for this event. Tuesday, December 6th,  is our Christmas dinner party at Savannah’s at 2156 W. Jefferson, Trenton.  The cost is $26 for dinner.  The menu choiceswill be posted on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall no later than November 7th.  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 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, 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.


‘CODEPENDANT NO MORE’ BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES OFFERED  The Sunday   evening book discussion will be led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas on November 6th in the Parlor, 7-8:30 p.m. We will take an in-depth look at an important book that is now considered a classic, focusing on how we “can stop controlling others and start caring” for ourselves. Codependency creeps into our lives more than we often like to admit.  Copies of the book are available through the church office for $15.  To RSVP please complete a Make-A-Wish card on Sunday morning or contact the church office (313-291-1221).


ST. PAUL SR. TRUSTEE JULIUS ENESEY is looking to fill two Council positions for the coming year.  The position of 2nd Vice President and Deacon are still in need of a dedicated person to answer the call. A job description is available in the church office.  If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Julius Enesey or the church office (313-291-1221). 




Calendar Week   November 6 – November 13

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

                     Communion/ Totenfest-Memorial Sunday/ Tree of Faith Dedication/

                     Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Avenue A Cappella 11:30 a.m./ Red Hat Outing  

                     “An All-American Christmas” 2:30 p.m./ Youth Retreat returns 3:00 p.m.                            

Monday       Matter of Balance 12:45 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m./ Boy Scout

                     Troop 825 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday       ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.

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

Thursday    Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Dorcas Society 7:00 p.m.

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

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

                     a.m./ Reducing the Risk Workshop 11:30 a.m.                    


  GIRL SCOUT TROOP 74590 is hosting a Holiday Pie Sale.  You will find an order form

   in your Morning Tide.  You can also get an order form at the Kiosk during Coffee Hour   

  between morning worship services. All proceeds help to offset the cost of programs and  

  materials.  If you need more information please contact Girl Scout Troop leaders, Jennifer  

  Berringer or Michelle Matney.   


  FILL A SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN HAS BEGUN Christian Education kicked off their 

  Operation Christmas Child shoe box ministry October 30th.  Sunday School children and  

  members of the congregations have an 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 by Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian, non-profit organization) to children in need   

  through-out the world.  All shoe boxes need to be returned by Sunday, November 20th.   

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

  loaded onto semi-trucks for distribution.  For a shoe box or more information, please contact     

  Pastor Schalm.


  SALADS, SANDWICHES, SWEETS AND SONG, a fundraiser hosted by the Chancel  

  Choir will take place in our Fellowship Hall immediately following the second worship  

  service today.  A variety of salads, tea sandwiches and desserts will be served before the hall  

  is filled with the wonderful harmonies of Avenue A Cappella.  Comprised of about 12   

  vocally talented local musicians including Chris Chavez, Lucinda Chavez and Jay Carter,

  this group will entertain you with familiar and new tunes in the style of the well-known   

  a cappella group, Pentatonix.  Avenue A Cappella brings a new sound to the Downriver area  

  that you will not want to miss! While it is not necessary to purchase tickets for this event, we  

  hope you will generously support it with your free will offering!  For more information,       

  please contact Jeanne Edwards.




  Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol      

  Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Bill Pinage (father of Brenda Buzo), Ben Scherf (The  

  Lodge, Taylor), Cheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Vicky Simon  

  (mother of Michael Isaacs, Heartland, 9120 Allen Rd., Allen Park, 48101), Frank Small (father of Chris Chavez), and Robert Warren (father of Spencer Warren). 



  requires that all adults and youth, who are 18 years of age or older, who work with children  

  more than 7 hours a year, complete the “Reducing the Risk” Training Class and fill out a  

  work which includes a formal Criminal Background Check, every two years.  During the  

  class you will learn the specifics of the St. Paul Policy regarding working with children and  

  tips and information on how to handle situations as they arise.  We completed two classes  

  during October and trained eleven people. There is a make-up class on Sunday, November  

  13th after the 10:30 AM service in the Parlor.  If you have questions regarding your need to  

  attend this mandatory training, please contact Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case. 


  CHRISTIAN 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.   Deadline to sign up  

  is Sunday, November 20th.  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.


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.



 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.  We will not meet November 7th & 14th. 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 who will speak at the Nov 21st meeting. 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.  The Flu Clinic-- held on October 13th was well received.  16 persons received a flu vaccine.  I would like to see an increase in participants next year.  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).   




  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.


  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.


ST. PAUL UCC TAYLOR offers a mobile version of                 

   our online giving page to make it easy for you to give         

anytime, anyplace from your smart phone. Simply scan

the image you see here using your phone’s QR code reader

or visit our church website:


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 313-291-1221.