Sunday October 1, 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


 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                       October 1, 2017

World Communion Sunday

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. 22  “All Creatures of Our God and King,” (vs. 1, 2, 4)  

   Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

 *RESPONSIVE INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

   Leader:            Today we are invited to a joyful feast, hosted by Jesus Christ.

  Congregation: All who thirst will find a fountain of grace here.

  Leader:            All who are lost will find safety here.

  Congregation: All who are lonely will find a friend here.

  Leader:            All who are broken will find healing here.

  Congregation: All who have been wandering will find a home here.

  Leader:             For this is a heavenly banquet and all are welcome here!

  All:                    Let us worship God! Amen.



  MISSION MOMENT  Kim Martinez, ChristNet Coordinator                                                                                                                          

    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Take My Life and Let it Be,”  Chancel Choir

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  LORDS PRAYER (debts/debtors)

*HYMN No. 59 “This Is My Father’s World”


  SCRIPTURE READING  Matthew 19:13-15 & Matthew 20:1-16  Lectors:  Kathy

  Williams (9), Jane Dykowski (10:30)

*HYMN No. 687  “In Christ There Is No East or West”

  SERMON  “God’s Table,”  Pastor Schalm

*HYMN No. 356 “We, Your People, God, Confessing,”  (vs. 1, 3, 4)


     Unison Confession of Sin (Pew card)

     Invitation of Christ

       Acknowledging the Sacrifice

       Envisioning the Blessing - The Table Will be Wide (Jan L. Richardson)

       Prayer of Consecration


           One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless.

           And we, though many throughout the Earth, we are one body in this one lord.

    Distribution of the Elements

    Unison Prayer of Thanksgiving

We give thanks to thee, almighty God, that thou hast refreshed us with this memorial of thy love, and hast granted to us the presence of thy Son, even Jesus Christ our Lord: and we beseech thee to strengthen our faith in thee and to increase our love toward one another; through Him who is our redeemer. Amen


      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.


*POSTLUDE  (Please remain seated in your pews as the services

    closes until all candles are extinguished.)



RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available in the East Lobby which

can be reached through the side door at the east front of the sanctuary.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.


service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.  


“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:  Diane Poet (9), Beverley Gunther (10:30) 

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

Ushers: Church Council Members   

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  October 1  -- October 8

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

                     Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Youth Outing 11:30  

Monday       Matter of Balance 12 Noon/ Exercise-Enhanced Fitness 2:00 p.m./

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:00 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday 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    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Thirsty Thursday 7:30 p.m.

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

                     Giancecchi Family Baptism 10:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ 



 Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 




  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost/ October 1, 2017




 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady (Southshore Beaumont), Mary Fairemont (sister, Richard Wagner), Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Debbie Hamilton, Ruth Kenosian, David King, Rev. Bill Kren, Ilene Krogman (Applewood, Woodhaven), Justin Kurtz (friend, Chelsey Schalm), Joe Mayfield, Shirlen Powell, Eleanor Rossi, David Schmoekel, Dennis Schmoekel, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, Mary Lou Staffeld, David Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten), 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.


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.  

NEW MEMBERS WILL BE WELCOMED Sunday, October 22, 2017 (date change).  Those interested in joining St. Paul United Church of Christ are encouraged to contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas at the church office (313.291.1221) or complete a Make-A-wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or give it to any Usher. 


      CHILDREN’S CHOIR will begin today after the 10:30 a.m. service. We will gather in

       the West Room 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!


       A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’to Julius Enesey, Fred Miller and Dan Case for painting

       the white trim around our building’s Exterior Doors.  They really look great when you

       walk up to the Church now.  St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADS, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS  Christian Education is in need of all college, trade school, and “2017”  High School graduate addresses.  In addition, we would like your picture to include on our “YOUNG ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board.  Please forward all information and pictures to Pastor Cheryl Schalm.  

  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 all 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 in the hall is based on the order that you sign your group up by.  Because I will be out of town a lot in October, you will be better able to sign up by emailing me and then I can email the hostess papers to you.

Mark your calendars for our Annual Scrapbook Crop on Sat. Feb. 3, 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, and they might be interested, please let me know.  We will be needing 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 if you would like more information.


ST. PAUL HOSTS SPAGHETTI DINNER Friday, November 3, 2017 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Please share the word with family and friends and invite them to come.  Cost is Adults:  $10.00, Children (12-4 years) $6.00,
3 and under eat free.  Watch this space for more information.


PASTOR’S SERMONS are in the Narthex for those who were not worshipping with us last week.

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

  are doing enhanced fitness at 2:00 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays in the West Room  

  beginning October 2nd.  Can be done standing or sitting. Free will love offering is invited to

  offset costs ($3.00 - 5.00 suggested).  Need 10-15 persons to hold the class. A Matter of

  Balance - The next 8-week session class for those having problems with balance or fear of

  falling is scheduled to begin Monday, October 2 at 12:00-2:00 p.m. The last session was  

  well received. Please make out a make a wish card, contact the office or Kathy Williams if

  you are interested or have questions. You need to register prior to class with Kathy at church

  or LaShawn at 800.482.1455. Flyers are available in the West Lobby or see the attachment.   

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

  Check the Morning Tide for additional information regarding topics and/or speakers.  

  Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheel-

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


   THE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE CHURCH TOUR Wednesday, October 25th.  Five

    historic Detroit churches are on the itinerary.  The tour will depart at 8:15 a.m. and return

    no later than 5:00 p.m. Stops will include three Roman Catholic churches, including St.

    Francis of Assisi and St. Leo’s Church. You may want to bring a pair of binoculars to

    better see some of the stained-glass windows. We will be stopping for lunch at Nemo’s

    Restaurant in Corktown, near the former site of Tiger’s Stadium. Nemo’s allows

    individual checks but does not take credit cards. The cost of the tour is $25—not including

    lunch. You are encouraged to sign up for the tour as soon as possible to assure a seat. For

    more information, contact the church office (313-291-1221). 


    ‘GRAND INQUISITOR’ BOOK DISCUSSION It’s a very short book with a big punch.

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Grand Inquisitor,” is a novel within a novel. It will be the

    focus of a Sunday evening book discussion on October 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Ever since        

    publication, “The Grand Inquisitor” has been read as a stand-alone work of art. The

    provocative story-line speculates on what Jesus might have said and done if he had

    returned to earth in the middle of the Spanish Inquisition of the 1500s only to be

    confronted by the Grand Inquisitor. The story and its message is as relevant in 2017 as it  

    was when Dostoyevsky first wrote it more than a hundred years ago.  The book discussion  

    will meet in the church parlor. Copies of “The Grand Inquisitor” will be available for pick-

    up in the church office two weeks in advance. There is no charge for the “book” but

    donations to the church office are always welcomed. To reserve your copy, contact the

    church office (313-291-1221) or complete a Make-A-Wish Card found in the pew racks

    and add it to the morning offering plate.


Michael Bailey (father, Christie Smart),Jan Filpus (mother, Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law, Lori Kuhn), Stella Ludlam (mother-in-law, Ellen Ludlam), Bill Pinage (father, Brenda Buzo), Sheryl Schwab (mother, Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Frank Small (father, Chris Chavez), Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez), and Grace Torango (mother, Sylvia Matney).  


    OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED OFFERING will be received any Sunday throughout the

   month of October.  This offering is one of our United Church of Christ Special Mission

   Offerings that assists our American Indian Ministries and supports education, justice, peace,

   and the rights of the poor and needy.  Information about the NIN Offering and an envelope

   was included in the October Tidings.  You will also find NIN envelopes in the pew racks.  

   On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give generously.  Thank you.


CABINET CONSIDERS NEED FOR HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR At its September meeting the St. Paul Cabinet discussed the need for a church-wide Hospitality Coordinator to provide leadership for our Sunday Morning coffee hours. A description of the volunteer position has since been prepared: “The Hospitality Coordinator would be responsible for making sure a team of volunteers are assigned for Sunday morning Fellowship and Coffee Hours. They could be from one of our St. Paul groups or individuals who may not belong to any of these church groups but who wish to help and share their time and talents. The teams or groups of volunteers recruited or lined up by the Hospitality Coordinator would be responsible for ordering donuts, making coffee and tea, setting up either the West Room or Fellowship Hall, and cleaning up afterwards. If you are interested in volunteering for the Hospitality Coordinator role, please complete a Make-A-Wish card that can be found in the pew racks or notify the church office (313-291-1221).


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  October​ ​26​ ​– Thursday ​​,-​ ​Halloween​ ​Bunco​ ​–​ ​6:30​ ​p.m.,​ ​

  West​ ​Room.​ ​Bring​ ​$5.​ ​Bunco is​ ​easy​ ​you​ ​don’t need ​to​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​play.​ ​Wear​ ​a​ ​costume​ ​

  or​ ​Halloween shirt.​ ​Potluck​ ​dinner,​ ​please​ ​bring​ ​a​ ​dish​ ​to​ ​pass.  November​ ​16​- Thursday ​–​ ​​ ​​

  Russian​ ​Tea​ ​Room,​ ​[The​ Royal​ ​Eagle],​ ​18745​ Old​ ​Homestead,​ ​Harper Woods. MI​ ​48225​ ​​ ​-​

 ​​ ​313.521.1894​ ​Tea​ ​served​ between​ ​11​ ​a.m.​ ​–​ ​ 2​ ​p.m.​ ​Approximately $22​ ​per​ ​person.​ ​Kathy​

  ​Williams​ ​is​ ​the​ ​contact.​ ​Check​ ​the​ ​bulletin​​ board​ ​for​ ​more​ ​info. There​ ​is​ ​a​ ​sign-up​ ​sheet​ ​on​

  ​the​ ​RHPA​ ​Bulletin​ ​Board​ ​for​ ​the​ ​events.​ ​Kathy Williams​ ​is​ ​the​ ​contact.