Sunday October 22, 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


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost                                                         October 22, 2017


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

Nursery care available


    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE   Sally Sigman, Organist


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

  *OPENING HYMN No. 15  “Rejoice, You Pure in Heart,” Tracy Hoffman,

    Hymn Leader   

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

       O God of life, we rejoice in your love which has filled creation from the beginning

       and which calls all life into being.  We praise you for Jesus Christ who reveals

       most fully your loving purpose for all people.  We bless you for your Spirit who

       draws all humanity into the circle of your love.  Gracious God, bless us with your  

       presence so that our worship and our lives may be a true celebration of your love

       in Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen.



      SPECIAL MOMENT  “Simple Gifts – Making Some Noise for the Lord”

     CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,”  Tracy Hoffman,

     Soloist (9),  “Shine, Jesus Shine,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)

     SCRIPTURE READING  Colossians 3:12-15, Romans 5:3-5, Matthew 12:33-37

     Lectors: Cheryl Schalm (9) 


  *Congregation standing

*HYMN No. 324  “Your Words to Me Are Life and Health”     

      MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)         

  *HYMN No. 611  “Rise Up, O Saints of God!”

    NEW MEMBER WELCOME  (insert)



       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  “Character Counts!”  Pastor Drutchas

    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

  *CLOSING HYMN No. 494  “They’ll Know We Are Christians”  


  *POSTLUDE (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)



can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our 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

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



 “Hope is a stubborn determination to not allow the

hardships of life to downsize the bigness of God.”

                                                                 Good Things by Kevin Gerald



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

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

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

Ushers:  Ostrowski Family (9), Miler Family (10:30)  



Calendar Week  October 22  -- October 29

Sunday        Worship Service 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. 

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

                     Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday Church Tour 8:00 a.m./ Exercise/ Enhanced Fitness Class 2:00 p.m./ Handbell

                     Rehearsal 6:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation Class 7:00

Thursday    Red Hats Halloween bunco & Potluck 6:30 p.m./ Thirsty Thursday 7:00 p.m.

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

                    Red!/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Trunk or Treat

                    5:00 p.m./ Operation Christmas Child Kick-off



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost/ October 22, 2017



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


   PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between morning services hosted by


   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.


      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!


 COFFEE HOUR DRINK SPILL HAVE BECOME A CONCERN.  Please help us avoid drink spills.  Lids are provided during our Coffee Hour for your beverages if you    would like to leave the hall with your drink.  We have noticed many areas in the building where beverages were spilled. We would like to keep our building looking nice as we can.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  Thank You, St. Paul Building & Grounds Ministry


Nancy Cady (Vibra Rehab, Beaumont Heritage 24775 Haig, Taylor, 48180),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).

    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.  


OUR WOMEN’S AND MEN’S FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES would like to extend a special “THANK YOU” to all the people who volunteered to work the Fall Rummage Sale. Beautiful weather and many donated items contributed to a successful sale. Anyone interested in joining either organization should contact the Church office at (313) 291-1221 or complete a Make-a-Wish card (found in the pew racks).


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.    


    USHERS NEEDED - We are seeking additional members to assist as Ushers for our 

   Sunday morning worship services. This volunteer activity is extremely important. 

   Friendly and efficient Ushers help St. Paul present a welcoming atmosphere to both 

   Church members and visitors. Written instructions are available and training can be 

   arranged at your request.  Anyone interested in being placed on our Usher Volunteer list 

   may speak with the presiding deacon on Sunday mornings or contact Kristi Caruso by 

   phone call (586-876-4308) or text and she will contact you regarding any questions or  

   concerns you may have.


SEWING GUILD will have their Donation Table set up at coffee hour. 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 November 16 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.


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.


  deployed overseas for a “Soldiers Around the World” outreach program.  Church  

  member, Betty Caufield, volunteers for this important project which sends food and care  

  packages to men and women in our Armed Services who are defending our nation and

  upholding peace abroad.  Please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) 

  with the name and address of an overseas soldier you know who can benefit from this    

  caring outreach.