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



*OPENING HYMN  No. 725  “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand,” Mark Ennis,  

  Hymn Leader 

*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.



  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 

  Schultz (10:30)


  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.


*Congregation standing


  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN  No. 576  “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” 



     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.



of service are available.  


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





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.”



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.

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.



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.



 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.   



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:


   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. 




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. 



  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  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 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 “” 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


 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.