Sunday October 16, 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-second Sunday after Pentecost                                                            October 16, 2016

Healing Service

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

Nursery care available


    SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist


    CALL TO WORSHIP/MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev.  Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

  *OPENING HYMN (Responsive) No. 77  “On Eagles’ Wings” (Soloist/Congregation)  

      Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader Congregation x 4: “And I will raise you up on eagle’s

      wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to rise like the sun, and hold you

      in the palm of my hand.” 


      O God, we gather as your servant people, bringing our burdens and our cares.  In this

      hour of worship, sustain us in our faith and renew us in body and in spirit as we seek

      your forgiveness, guidance, and help through your son Jesus Christ.  Raise us up on

      eagle’s wings that we might no longer live in fear but, instead, soar in a love and   

      righteousness that honors you.  Amen.



    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “There Is a Balm in Gilead,”  Kathy Williams, Dulcimer

    SCRIPTURE  John 9:1-11  Lectors:  Ethan C. Drutchas (9),  Jeannette Wackro (10:30)

    MEDITATION  “Who Sinned?”

  *HYMN No. 518  “This is a Day of New Beginnings”

    SCRIPTURE  Matthew 8:5-17  Lector:  Pastor Drutchas

    MEDITATION  “God Wants Us to Be Redeemed, Healed, and Whole”

  *HYMN No. 564  “He Touched Me”


*Congregation standing




     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 Luke 8:43-48  Lectors:  Ethan C. Drutchas (9), Jeannette Wackro (10:30)

  MEDITATION  “Faith Can Make Us Well,” 

  CHIME RESPONSE  “On Eagle’s Wings”

  MEMORIAL PRAYER  (Robert Walker)


       By your power, great God, our Lord Jesus healed the sick

         and gave new hope to the hopeless.

      Though we cannot command or possess your power,

         we pray for those who want to be healed.

      Mind their wounds, soothe fevered brows,

         and make broken people whole again.

      Help us to welcome every healing as a sign that,

         though death is against us, you are for us,

         and have promised renewed and risen life in

         Jesus Christ.  Amen.

   CHIME RESPONSE  “Your Words to Me Are Life and Health”



   LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

 *CLOSING HYMN  No. 562  “Because He Lives”

   POSTLUDE (Please remain seated in your pews as the service closes

        and 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 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 member-

ship or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas.



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

October 16, 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.”



Deacon:  Al Gunther (9), Kevin Kittendorf (10:30)  

Council:  Diane Poet (9), Fred Miller (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 memory of Margaret A. Walker and David R. (Bobby) Walker from  

 loving husband and father, David Walker.


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

 Hall between our morning worship services, hosted by Girl Scout Troop 74590.


 LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Russell Walker, Deanna Frazier, and family on the loss  

 of father and grandfather, Robert J. Walker, who passed away October 5, 2016 at the age of 81   

 years. Funeral service was Monday, October 10, 2016.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  

 Arrangements by Martenson Funeral Home, Allen Park Chapel.  Also to Suzanne Stern, Sherrill 

 Berndl and family on the loss of Eliot Stern, who passed away October 8, 2016 at the age of years.

 Funeral arrangements are pending.



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Klarisa Beyar, Sandy Bolotta (step-mother of Olivia Drapeau), Irene Church, Miles Church, David Cowper, Shirley Darga (friend of Daisy Stedman), Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Barbara Gish, Vicki Grant, Doris Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Nancy Koszalka, Marilyn Kunkle, Velma McGee (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Laura Maher, Zachary Miller, Brenda Murphy, Shirlen Powell, Brenda Rellinger, Bobbie Romas, Larry Schonfeld, Glen Sigman, Bev Sitz, Bev Snyder, Peggy Staten, Ricky Staten, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, Sally Waugh (sister of Peggy Staten), 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 OUTING – Thursday, October 27 – Halloween Bunco night We will meet at 7 PM in the West Room. Bring $5. Bunco is easy you don’t have to know how to play ahead of time. Wear a costume or Halloween shirt. There will be a sign-up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Kathy Williams is the contact. Let Kathy know if you’ll be providing a snack.  November 6, 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.


MARJIE BARNARD HAS ELECTED TO RETIRE from her current position as Office Manager/ Bookkeeper at the end of this year after 15 years of loyal and dedicated service to St. Paul.  If you are interested in applying for the position and would like to receive a copy of the Job Description please contact Pam Lange, President, Julius Enesey, Trustee, Gary Peters, Treasurer, or Dan Case.  Candidates should have a moderate understanding of finances and strong computer skills.



2016, 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to meet fellow lectors and discuss the art of lecturing.  Share   insights and gain input from attending lectors. Gain important tips on how to read the Bible more

effectively for worship, as well as introduce and close the scripture readings.  You will also receive

pointers on navigating through the many Books of the Old and New Testament.  Please RSVP for  

the workshop by calling the church office at 313-291-1221 or by completing a Make-A-Wish card. 


OUR NEIGHBOR’S 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 is included in your October Tidings.  You will also find NIN envelopes in the pew racks.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give generously to those in need.  Thank you.



Calendar Week   October 16 – October 23

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

                     10:30 a.m./ Pageant Rehearsal 11:30 a.m.                    

Monday       Matter of Balance 12:45 p.m./ Zumba 4:00 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m./  

                     Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m./ Budget & Finance 7:30 p.m./ Caregivers Group  

                     7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.  

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

Thursday    Sew Guild 10:00 a.m./ Lector’s Workshop 7:00 p.m.

Friday         Set up for Classy Ladies Chocolate & Dessert Social 12 noon/ Men’s Fellowship 

                     Euchre Night Doors Open 5:30 p.m.

Saturday     Set-up for Classy Ladies event 9:30 a.m./ Classy Ladies Chocolate Social 3:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Bill Kren –  Sunday School 10:30

                     a.m./ Pageant Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Schonfeld Memorial service 2:00 p.m.



HEALTH MINISTRIES – Exercise Classes – DATE CHANGE! Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumbato a DVD at 4 PM on Mondays (beginning October 17th) in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Just show up and join in the fun & fellowship!  If you are interested but can’t attend on Wednesday or this is a poor time of the day for you please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams. We will not meet the week of Christnet. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. All are welcome.  Our November meeting is Monday the 21st (3rd Monday) at 3:00 p.m.  Matter of Balance – The next 8-week session for those having problems with balance or fear of falling is scheduled to begin Monday, October 17th 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.  The spring session was well received.  Please complete a Make-A-Wish card, contact the office or Kathy Williams if you are interested or would like more information. 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. 


   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:


 BEGINNING IN EARLY OCTOBER St. Paul will be migrating to a new E-Mail system for communicating with our members and friends.  St. Paul has contracted with “Constant Contacts”, the switch will enhance our overall ability to communicate with our members and friends.   The new system will allow new users to join as well as allow existing users to update their own e-mail address by simply going to our Web Site.  We will be providing more information as we get closer to migrating to the new system.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Gary Peters or Dan Case.



President Barack Obama, 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), 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), David Whitcher (Fayetteville, NC) and Brandon Williams (brother of Heather Williams Dykowski).


SAVE THE DATE:  The St. Paul Men’s Fellowship is once again sponsoring a St. Paul Euchre Night.   The date is Friday, October 21, 2016 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall here at St. Paul.  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 individual players oppose each other.  Tickets can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, they’re available for purchase in the church office (313-291-1221).  Thanks in advance for your support - St. Paul Men’s Fellowship.



  Sunday evening book discussion series will be led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas on October 23 & 30, 

  and November 6 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).


SALADS, SANDWICHES, SWEETS AND SONG, a fundraiser hosted by the Chancel Choir, will take place in our Fellowship Hall on Sunday November 6, 2016 immediately following the second worship service.  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.


THIRD ANNUAL CLASSY LADIES CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT SOCIAL is Saturday, October 22nd, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  This year’s Chocolate Social will offer more than chocolate.  Along with musical entertainment, a very special program will highlight “Classy Ladies We Have Known”.  Seating is limited to 100 ladies.  Tickets for event are available at no cost through the church office or at the Kiosk during Coffee Hour.  There will be a free-will offering received to help defray the cost of the event and to support women-related ministries supported by our church.  For anyone who would like to donate a dessert, there is a sign-up sheet in the church office and the Kiosk during Coffee Hour.



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 new “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 will be located in the narthex, just outside the entrance to the new building addition.  Those who wish to have a leaf in place in time for the dedication of the new addition and the “Tree of Faith” unveiling are encouraged to complete their request as soon as possible using the blue cards available in the pews 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.


ONLINE WEEKLY YOUTH BIBLE STUDY All youth (6-12 grades) interested in participat-

 ing in a weekly online Bible study are asked to send Pastor Schalm their email address. Each  

 Monday a topic affecting young people will be addressed and discussed according to scripture  

 versus pop culture. Youth will have the opportunity to share their insights throughout the week

 on the subject as their schedules permit. This is a great opportunity to stay connected and to grow  

 in the knowledge of Christ despite a hectic schedule. All communication will be done through a  

 group email. Send your email address to