Sunday October 30, 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-fourth Sunday after Pentecost October 30, 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. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas
*OPENING HYMN No. 476, “Rejoice in God’s Saints,” Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader
*UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation
O God, we come into your presence this day with singing and praise. We remember
how you spoke to our ancestors in faith. Now, we ask you to speak to us in words
tender and clear that our lives might be better guided along paths that are true to you
in the loving spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.
WELCOME/ PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRESENTATION OF BIBLES (10:30)
CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “This Is My Father’s World,” Chancel Choir (9), Martin
Luther’s “Manic Monday,” Chancel Choir with Eileen Vernor Drutchas, Soloist
SCRIPTURE Romans 10:8b-13, John 3:16-21 Lectors: Eileen Vernor Drutchas (9),
Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas (10:30)
I love your church, O God, on earth your blest abode, the people our redeemer saved
with his own precious blood. I love your church, O God, whose walls before you stand,
dear as the apple of your eye, and graven on your hand. Beyond my highest joys, I prize
your people’s ways, the sweet communion, solemn vows, the hymns of love and praise.
MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)/ MEMORIAL PRAYER
*HYMN No. 635 “Faith of Our Fathers”
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.
A SERMON IN THREE PARTS Pastor Drutchas
Luther and His Calling
Interlude: Martin Luther’s “Manic Monday” (9), “Wonderful Words of
Luther and His Hammer
Chime Interlude: “Once to Every Man and Nation”
Luther and His Legacy
LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)
*CLOSING HYMN No. 65 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
*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
“Share a smile with everyone you meet.
We can make the world a better place…
One smile at a time.”
MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost/ October 30, 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: Nick Mink (10:30)
Ushers: Pam Badarak, Dave Badarak, Sharon Ferguson, Pat Ferguson (9),
Cheryl Stewart, Janet Staffeld, Peggy Staten (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 CELEBRATION OF REFORMATION SUNDAY.
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 13th Council Meeting, the Budget & 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 today 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: Harmon Beekman, David Cowper, June Dolan, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Barbara Gish, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Bill McGahey, Velma McGee (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Sylvia Matney, Jack Miller, Jr., Zachary Miller, Shirlen Powell, Glen Sigman, Janet Staffeld, Peggy Staten, Ricky Staten, Linda Tank, 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 – Sunday, November 6th, 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 for this event. Tuesday, December 6th, is our Christmas dinner party at Savannah’s at 2156 W. Jefferson, Trenton. The cost is $26 for dinner. The menu choiceswill be posted on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall no later than November 7th. The sign-up sheet is posted there now. Sally Sigman is the contact for this event. All money is due to Sally by November 28th. If you would like to carpool from St. Paul, please let Sally know. Carpooling will depart at 6:00 p.m. sharp! We will meet at Savannah’s at 6:30; dinner is a 7:00 p.m. Bring a gift for your Secret Pal. This time sign your so your pal knows who you are. If you do not have a Secret Pal bring a gift valued $10-15 to exchange. You do not have to have a Secret Pal to participate in the celebration. If you are unable to attend but would like a Secret Pal for next, please let Sally know.
Our January planning meeting is Thursday the 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Please come with ideas for next year’s outing/ meetings or give them to Kathy by the 25th.
‘CODEPENDANT NO MORE’ BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES OFFERED The Sunday evening book discussion series will be led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas on October 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).
SIXTH GRADER RECEIVING A BIBLE TODAY is Meredith Stull.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP
Calendar Week October 30 – November 6
Sunday Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. –- Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Reformation
Sunday – 6th grader receives Bible/ Budget Planning Meeting 10:00 & 11:30
a.m./ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./
Pageant Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Operation Christmas Child Kick-off
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./ Executive 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m.
Saturday Youth Retreat to Michindoh departs 9:00 a.m./ Set clocks back one hour
Sunday Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion/
Totenfest-Memorial Sunday/ Tree of Faith Dedication/ Sunday School 10:30/
Red Hat Outing “An All-American Christmas” 2:30 p.m./ Youth Retreat returns
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 morning
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.
2017 GIVING ENVELOPES are now available for pickup in the Narthex (rear) of the church.
Annette Thie our financial secretary will be available during both services today to help you in
locating yours. If she is not available, please ask one of the ushers to assist you. Choir member
envelopes have been put in the West Room on the gray cabinet and envelopes for the Christian
Education teachers are on the welcome desk upstairs. If for some reason you do not find a box
with your name speak with Annette or call the church office at 313-291-1221.
FILL A SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN BEGINS TODAY Christian Education is kicking off their
Operation Christmas Child shoe box ministry today, Sunday, October 30th in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunday School children and members of the congregations will 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 by Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian, non-profit organization) to
children in need through-out the world. All shoe boxes need to be returned by Sunday, November
20th. 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, please contact Pastor Schalm.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com) 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.
THIS IS THE LAST SUNDAY OUR NEIGHBOR’S IN NEED OFFERING will be received.
This offering is one 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 Stewardship of St. Paul … please give generously to those in need. Thank you.
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! Zumba can be done at your own pace and modified to your ability. We will not meet November 7th & 14th. 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. Watch this space for more information. Matter of Balance – The classes on Monday’s (12:45-2:45) are going well and will continue through December 5th. There are about 14 participants. It’s a pleasure to provide this class at St. Paul to decrease falling and promote better balance. The Flu Clinic-- held on October 13th was well received. 16 persons received a flu vaccine. I would like to see an increase in participants next year. 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. Blood Drive – is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m. Please mark your calendar for this event. There need to be 59 days between donations. Please schedule an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams (313-291-1221) or complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and place it in an offering plate. You can also make appointments by visiting www.redcrossblood.org. Click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says “Enter a Sponsor Code”, under “Find a blood drive near you”. Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces). You will then be directed to the next page listing our blood drive. Click on the last column to sign up. You will need to register & obtain a password. ID’ and passwords are case sensitive. You can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of the drive before you come to donate. You can read the educational materials and complete the health history online to save time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility you can look at eligibility requirements on www.redcrossblood.org or contact the Red Cross blood donation center at 866-236-3276. There is updated information about a four week deferral for those who have been to areas where the Zika virus has been found.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information.
SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST, Heritage Park Activity Building, 12111 Pardee Rd., Taylor is hosted by Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, will open every weekend November 26th through December 22nd. Opening day, November 26th, Santa arrives at 3:00 p.m. in a welcoming parade and is on hand every day to welcome children of all ages who come to visit. Hours are Fridays: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays: 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sundays: 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. General Admission $3.00, children 3 & Under free. Picture with Santa $8.00. All proceeds benefit Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry who assist many families struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Our congregation will be designation a “St. Paul Day” providing all volunteers for an afternoon and evening. All volunteer stints are two hours. To volunteer please complete a Make-A-Wish care (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office (313-291-1221).
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
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.
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.
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.