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

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/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.




  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.


*Congregation standing


  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)/ MEMORIAL PRAYER

      (Joan Schonfeld)

*HYMN No. 635  “Faith of Our Fathers”     



      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

           Life” (10:30)

      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.


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.



“Share a smile with everyone you meet.

We can make the world a better place…

One smile at a time.”

                                   Jeanne Bice



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.”



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.




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.



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). 





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  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 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  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 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 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:



  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 “” 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.