Sunday October 29, 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


Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost                                                     October 29, 2017

Reformation Sunday              

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- Romans 1:17   Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

  “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith     

   from the first to last, just as it is written, ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” Amen.


*OPENING HYMN No. 274  “I Love Your Church, O God,”  Tracy Hoffman,

  Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION (Martin Luther’s Morning Prayer)

  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. I thank you, my    

  heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this   

  night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also   

  from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your

  hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be  

  with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.



  FAMILY OF GOD  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

  CHIME RESPONSE  “The Family of God”


*congregation standing

  SCRIPTURAL AFFIRMATION - 2 Timothy 3:16  Pastor Schalm

  “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for  

  correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete,  

  equipped for every good work.” Amen.

  PRESENTATION OF BIBLES (10:30)  Pastors Drutchas and Schalm

  SCRIPTURAL AFFIRMATION - Ephesians 2:8  Tracy Hoffman

  “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s  

  gift!” Amen.

  ANTHEM  “Shine, Jesus Shine,”  Chancel Choir (9), “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,”   

  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (10:30)

  WISDOM FROM MARTIN LUTHER (9) Pastors Drutchas and Schalm,

   (10:30) Confirmation Class


  See ye first, the kingdom of God, and his righteousness,

  And all these things will be added unto you,

  Al-le-lu, al-le-lu-ia!

  Ask, and it shall be given unto you, seek and ye shall find,

  Knock and the door will be opened unto you, Al-le-lu, al-lu-lu-ia!

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)  Pastor Drutchas

  HYMN No. 323  “Wonderful Words of Life”


  “…like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy  

  priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Amen.


  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.

*SCRIPTURAL AFFIRMATION (Unison) - Matthew 11:29-30

“Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit,  

  and you will find rest for your lives.  The burden that I accept you to accept is  

  easy; the load I give you to carry is light.”  Amen.

*HYMN No. 271  “The Church’s One Foundation” (Verses 1-2)

  SERMON  “Party Time?”  Pastor Drutchas



“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), Bev Gunther (10:30)

Deacon:  Al Gunther (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30) 

Acolyte:  Aaron Flomo (9), Tyler Staten (10:30)

Ushers:  Aaron Flomo, John Smith, Teri Staffeld (9),  

Peggy Staten, Tyler Staten (10:30)



Calendar Week  October 29  -- November 5

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas –  6th           

                     Graders receive Bibles/ Reformation Sunday/ OCC Kick-off/ Sunday School

                     10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Trunk or Treat 5:00 p.m.                       

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

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Happy Halloween!

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    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m.

Friday          Spaghetti Dinner 4:30 p.m.

Saturday      Fall Youth Retreat 9:00 a.m./ Set Clocks back one hour

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

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



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost/ October 29, 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, Sally Sigman, Kevin Staffeld, Mary Lou Staffeld, and Irene Stoner. 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.


   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!


  SIXTH GRADERS RECEIVING BIBLES TODAY: Ethan Hard, Kyler Ostrowski, Anthony Staten, and Jacob Wright

SEWING GUILD Sew ‘N Sews 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.

RESTROOMS AND CHANGINGROOM 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

hymnals and orders of service are available. Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM. 

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate. 

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Anyone 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.

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.


   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.


   FILL A SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN BEGINS TODAY.  Christian Education is kicking

   off their Operation Christmas Child shoe box ministry today, Sunday, October 29th in the

   Fellowship Hall.  Sunday School children and the congregation have the opportunity to

   take a simple shoe box, decorate it, and fill it with small gifts for children in need.  The

   gift-filled shoe boxes will then be distributed to Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian, non-profit

   organization) to children in need through-out the world.  All shoe boxes need to be returned

   no later than Sunday, November 19th.  All shoe boxes will be delivered to the Dearborn

   collection center where they will then be loaded onto semi-trucks for distribution.  For

more information, or a shoe box, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.


   received.  This 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.  You will find NIN envelopes in the pew racks. On behalf of the Steward-  

   ship of St. Paul … please give generously.  Thank you.



  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.


CABINET CONSIDERS NEED FOR HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR At its September meeting the St. Paul Cabinet discussed the need for a church-wide Hospitality Coordinator to provide leadership for our Sunday Morning coffee hours. A description of the volunteer position has since been prepared: “The Hospitality Coordinator would be responsible for making sure a team of volunteers are assigned for Sunday morning Fellowship and Coffee Hours. They could be from one of our St. Paul groups or individuals who may not belong to any of these church groups but who wish to help and share their time and talents. The teams or groups of volunteers recruited or lined up by the Hospitality Coordinator would be responsible for ordering donuts, making coffee and tea, setting up either the West Room or Fellowship Hall, and cleaning up afterwards. If you are interested in volunteering for the Hospitality Coordinator role, please complete a Make-A-Wish card that can be found in the pew racks or notify the church office (313-291-1221).