Sunday October 15, 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


Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                        October 15, 2017

All Congregation Cantata for the Reformation

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

Nursery care available 

  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist


  CALL TO WORSHIP  Ephesians 5:18-19 - Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN No. 5 “O For a Thousand Tongues,”  Tracy Hoffman,

  Hymn Leader

  INVOCATION (Unison)  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  O God, you invite us always to make a “joyful noise” as come before you in praise 

  and thanks.  This morning we sing our history, which is the story of faith for the

  men and women who have come before us.  Help us to be inspired anew by the

  faith witness of both the melodies and words which we together sing to your glory

  and honor always.  Amen.



  ANNOUNCEMENTS  Our ChristNet Week & Simple Gifts

  CHIME RESPONSE  “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian,”  

  SINGING OUR HISTORY  Pastor Drutchas

  SCRIPTURE  Matthew 14:23  Lectors:  Aaron Johnson (9); Ethan C. Drutchas (10:30)

*HYMN No. 570 “Sweet Hour of Prayer” (vs. 1, 2)

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Drutchas

  CHIME RESPONSE “There’s Something About That Name”



  SCRIPTURE  Matthew 4:18-20

  HYMN No. 337  “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult” (vs. 1-3)


  SCRIPTURE   John 15: 14-15

  HYMN No. 585  “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (vs. 1, 2)

  SCRIPTURE  Ephesians 6:10-13

*HYMN No. 613  “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” (vs. 1, 2)



  OFFERTORY  “Simple Gifts,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist


  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.


  SCRIPTURE  Mark 15:22-24

  HYMN No. 548  “The Old Rugged Cross” (Soloist 1st verse, Congregation vs. 2-4)


  SCRIPTURE  Romans 6:8-11

*HYMN No. 224  “Christ Arose!” (vs. 1, 3)


  LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

  SCRIPTURE  Psalm 27:1

  HYMN No. 65  “A Mighty Fortress” (vs. 1, 2)


  SCRIPTURE  John 1:16-17

  HYMN No. 546  “Amazing Grace!” (vs. 1-3)


  SCRIPTURE  Acts 17:31

  SPECIAL MUSIC “Here I Am,” Chancel Choir (9),  “Blessed Assurance,”  Tracy

  Hoffman, Soloist (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE  Revelation 22:1-5


*RECESSIONAL HYMN No. 701  “Shall We Gather By the River?”

*POSTLUDE  (Please remain seated as the service closes and all candles are  




“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) 

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

Ushers:  Nichole McNeely, Carlee Robbins (9),

  Katelyn Stull (10:30)



Calendar Week  October 15  -- October 22

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

                     Hosting Week/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.  

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

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:00 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 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    Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m./ Flue Clinic 6:00 p.m./ Thirsty Thursday 7:00 p.m.

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

                     Member Welcome/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./

                     Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ October 15, 2017



 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady (Vibra Rehab, Heritage, Beaumont), Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Debbie Hamilton, Dorothy Kaczmarek, David King, Rev. Bill Kren, Neil McEachern, Joe Mayfield, Shirlen Powell, Sandi Rose, Eleanor Rossi, David Schmoekel, Dennis Schmoekel, Sally Sigman (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), Kevin Staffeld, Mary Lou Staffeld, 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.



   night (5:30 -12:30 p.m. as a host for our ChristNet week providing shelter to 30 men,

   women, and children?  Volunteers are needed for the early shift on Sunday morning to

   launder linens at the local laundromat.  Please speak with Pastor Drutchas or host week

   coordinators, Kim Martinez or Dee Salsbury to volunteer.


   NEW MEMBERS WILL BE WELCOMED Sunday, October 22, 2017.  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 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!



President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), 2nd Lieutenant Tyler Gillespey (Army, Tacoma, Washington, grandson, Murl & Judy Nieman), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Kevin Johnson & Stephen Johnson (Navy, grandsons, Patricia Olson), PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek (son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve, son, Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea, son, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam, grand-daughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grandson, Barb Williams, Volunteer, Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), David Schafer (grandson, late Muriel & late Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew, Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew, Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy, son, Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son, Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida, nephew, Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother, Heather Williams Dykowski).


    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.


  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.   


SEWING GUILD will again have their Donation Table set up at coffee hour October 22. Items for sale are hand made by our members. This sale helps to purchase supplies for our out-reach programs.  Also, our monthly meeting will be October 19 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.


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 (12-5 years) $6.00, 4 and under eat free.  Menu includes:  Pasta with a meat sauce or Alfredo sauce, salad bar, bread, and desserts.  All proceeds to make up shortage in the general fund.  Advance tickets are available at Coffee Hour Sunday.


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, November 12th 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.


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. 

  Can be done standing or sitting. Free will love offering is invited to offset costs ($3.00

  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 began Monday,

  October 2 at 12:00-2:00 p.m. 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 or LaShawn at 800.482.1455. Flyers are available in the West Lobby.   

  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.


    ‘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.  Books are available today.