Sunday October 23, 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-third Sunday after Pentecost October 23, 2016
Celebration of Worship 9: 00 & 10:30 a.m.
(Nursery care available)
SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)
PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist
RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL
CALL TO WORSHIP/MOMENT OF SILENCE Rev. William Kren
*OPENING HYMN No. 725 “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand,” Mark Ennis,
*UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Kren & 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.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.
*WELCOME/ PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS
CELEBRATION OF MUSIC Mark Ennis, Soloist (9), “This is My Father’s World,”
Chancel Choir (10:30)
SCRIPTURE Isaiah 64:1-5, Romans 8:31-37 Lectors: Lori Rogers (9), Barbara
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)
*HYMN No. 576 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”
OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS
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 All Things … and Pain!” Pastor Kren
LORD”S PRAYER (debts/debtors)
*CLOSING HYMN No. 585 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
*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.
ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders
of service are available.
CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.
INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:
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.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Hope is a stubborn determination to not allow the
hardships of life to downsize the bigness of God.”
Good Things by Kevin Gerald
MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
October 23, 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.”
ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY
Deacon: Al Gunther (9), Kevin Kittendorf (10:30)
Council: Diane Poet (9), Fred Miller (10:30)
Acolyte: Hayden Robbins (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 wish David Walker a “Happy 98th Birthday”.
2017 YEAR BUDGET PLANNING The St. Paul budget process for 2017 has begun. The first draft was presented to the St. Paul Council on October 18, 2016. Between now and the December 13, Council Meeting, the Budget and Finance Ministry will continue working to develop a new budget to present to the congregation for final approval at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 15, 2017. There will be an open meeting in the West Room on Sunday, October 30th 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, Pam Lange, Treasurer, Gary Peters or complete a “Make-a-Wish” card and drop it in an offering plate.
PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship
Hall between our morning worship services, hosted by Girl Scout Troop 74590.
FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – OUR PRAYER LIST:
Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Sandy Bolotta (step-mother of Olivia Drapeau), Irene Church, Miles Church, Harry Clubb, David Cowper, June Dolan, Shirley Darga (friend of Daisy Stedman), Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Barbara Gish, Vicki Grant, Doris Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Nancy Koszalka, Marilyn Kunkle, Bill McGahey, Velma McGee (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Laura Maher, Zachary Miller, Brenda Murphy, Shirlen Powell, Brenda Rellinger, Ann Saadah, Larry Schonfeld, Glen Sigman, Bev Sitz, Bev Snyder, Peggy Staten, Ricky Staten, 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 – Halloween Bunco Thursday, October 27, - 6:30 PM - Potluck dinner. Kathy will make sloppy-joes or pulled pork. Please bring a side dish or dessert to pass. Costumes optional, but suggested. We will collect $5 from each lady for Bunco prizes. The contact is Kathy Williams. 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.
OUR NEIGHBOR’S IN NEED OFFERING will be received any Sunday throughout themonth 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.
‘CODEPENDANT NO MORE’ BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES OFFERED The three-session
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).
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 our
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.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP
Calendar Week October 23 – October 30
Sunday Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. –- Rev. Bill Kren – Budget Planning
Meeting 10:00 & 11:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Pageant Rehearsal 11:30
a.m./ Schonfeld Memorial service 2:00 p.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./
Tuesday Bible Study 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Red Hat Pot Luck Dinner & Bunco Night 6:30 p.m.
Saturday Trunk or Treat 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Reformation
Sunday – 6th graders receive Bibles/ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 9:15
a.m./ Budget Planning Meeting 10:00 & 11:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./
Pageant Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Operation Christmas Child Kick-off
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! If you are interested but can’t attend on Monday or this is a poor time of the day for you please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. All are welcome. Our November meeting is Monday the 21st (3rd Monday) at 3:00 p.m. We plan to host a speaker. Matter of Balance – The next 8-week session for those having problems with balance or fear of falling has begun. You can still join Monday, October 24th 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. 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: www.stpaulucctaylor.org/giving
THE POSITION OF OFFICE MANAGER/ BOOKKEEPER has been filled. Please extend
a warm welcome Dianne Brainard who will begin shadowing Marjie the week of November 7th.
Thank you to all who expressed an interest in the position. Also, thank you to Pam Lange,
President, Julius Enesey, Senior Trustee, Gary Peters, Treasurer, and Dan Case.
CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN NURSING OR REHAB CARE
Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Melissa Rossi (4187 Weddel, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048),Ben Scherf (The Lodge at Taylor, 22950 Northline Rd, Taylor 48180), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193), and Barbara Sullivan (moved to Virginia).
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.
REDUCING THE RISK TRAINING SCHEDULED St. Paul Child Protection Policy 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 application
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.
CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL
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.
BEGINNING IN 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.
CHIRISTIAN 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com if you want more information.
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 “www.stpaulucctaylor.org” 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.