Sunday October 8, 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
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost October 8, 2017
Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Nursery care available
SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)
PRELUDE Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist
RINGING OF CHURCH BELL
CALL TO WORSHIP/MOMENT OF SILENCE Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas
*OPENING HYMN 558 “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us,” Tracy Hoffman,
*UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation
O God, we gather in this sacred space to rediscover our faith and to seek healing
and renewal. Bless us with your loving presence and strengthen us in body and
spirit that we might have all the stamina we need to be your devoted servants in
the world. Amen.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.
WELCOME/ PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS
SPECIAL MOMENT “Simple Gifts Inivitation,” Pam Lange
CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “Christ, the Healer,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9),
“Here I Am, Lord,” Chancel Choir (10:30)
BLESSING OF BLANKETS Sharon Leonard and Sew ‘n Sews (Sewing Guild)
*HYMN No. 561 “It Is Well with My Soul” vs. 1, 2, 4
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 15:21-28 Lectors: Cheryl Kincaid (9),
Jeanne Edwards (10:30)
*HYMN No. 564 “He Touched Me”
SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM Case/ Giancecchi Family (10:30)
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 “Our Always – Giving God,” Pastor Drutchas
MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)
ANTHEM “There is a Balm in Gilead,” Kathy Williams, Dulcimer
ANNOINTMENT WITH THE WATERS OF JORDAN & LOURDES
(Members and friends of the congregation who wish to be anointed for healing
are invited to come forward to the chancel steps.)
LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)
*CLOSING HYMN No. 562 “Because He Lives”
*POSTLUDE (Please remain seated in your pews as the service closes
and all candles are extinguished)
HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available 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. 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:
Any one desiring to unite with St. Paul United Church of Christ by transfer of member-
ship or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey 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.”
ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY
Council: Diane Poet (9), Beverley Gunther (10:30)
Deacon: Al Gunther (9), Dee Salsbury (10:30)
Acolyte: Luke Frazier (10:30)
Ushers: Cheryl Kincaid, Katie Kincaid, Sam Kincaid, Nichole McNeely (9),
DeAnna Frazier, Luke Frazier, Rachel Frazier, Jennette Wackro (10:30)
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP
Calendar Week October 8 -- October 15
Sunday Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas –
Case Giancecchi Family Baptism 10:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.
Monday Matter of Balance 12 Noon/ Exercise-Enhanced Fitness 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday Bible Study 10:00 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.
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 Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Thirsty Thursday 7:00 p.m./ Dorcas 7:00
Saturday Gospel Concert-St. Leo’s, Detroit 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship Services 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas –
ChristNet Hosting Week/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30
MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ October 8, 2017
FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST
Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady (Southshore Beaumont), Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Debbie Hamilton, Dorothy Kaczmarek, David King, Rev. Bill Kren, Ilene Krogman (Applewood, Woodhaven), Joe Mayfield, Shirlen Powell, Sandi Rose, Eleanor Rossi, David Schmoekel, Dennis Schmoekel, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, Mary Lou Staffeld, David Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten), and Carol Wioncek. 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.
ALTAR FLOWERS celebrate the baptism of Paxton Alexander Case from Grandparents Dan & Debbie Case and Great-Grandmother, Helen St. Louis.
SIDE VASE honors the 73rd birthday of Arlene Felske.
BAPTIZED UNTO THE LORD, Paxton Alexander Case, born February 22, 2017 to
Ashely Giancecchi & Christopher Case and baptized Sunday, October 8, 2017. St. Paul
Grandparents are Debbie & Dan Case. St. Paul Great-Grandmother is Helen St. Louis.
NEW MEMBERS WILL BE WELCOMED Sunday, October 22, 2017 (date change).
Those interested in joining St. Paul United Church of Christ are encouraged to contact
Pastor Geoff Drutchas at the church office (313.291.1221) or complete a Make-A-Wish
card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or give it to any Usher.
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!
THE WOMEN’S AND MEN’S FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES would like to extend a special “THANK YOU” to all the people who volunteered to work the Fall Rummage Sale. Beautiful weather and many donated items contributed to a successful sale. Anyone interested in joining either organization should contact the Church office at (313) 291-1221 or complete a Make-a-Wish card (found in the pew racks).
COFFEE HOUR DRINK SPILL HAVE BECOME A CONCERN. Please help us 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
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 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, 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.
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 red sauce or white sauce, salad bar, bread, and desserts. All proceeds to make up shortage in the general fund. Advance tickets are available for purchase at Coffee Hour Sunday.
GOSPEL CONCERT OUTING Detroit Gospel Theartre, 4800 Grand River, Detroit,
48208. We will be car caravanning Saturday, October 14th, 4:30 p.m. departure from St.
Paul. Tickets are available in the office. A free will offering is invited. Please complete a
Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and put it in the offering plate or contact the
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
beginning October 2nd. 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 is scheduled to begin Monday, October 2 at 12:00-2:00 p.m. The last session was
well received. 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 at church
or LaShawn at 800.482.1455. Flyers are available in the West Lobby or see the attachment.
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.
THE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE CHURCH TOUR Wednesday, October 25th. Five
historic Detroit churches are on the itinerary. The tour will depart at 8:15 a.m. and return
no later than 5:00 p.m. Stops will include three Roman Catholic churches, including St.
Francis of Assisi and St. Leo’s Church. You may want to bring a pair of binoculars to
better see some of the stained-glass windows. We will be stopping for lunch at Nemo’s
Restaurant in Corktown, near the former site of Tiger’s Stadium. Nemo’s allows
individual checks but does not take credit cards. The cost of the tour is $25—not including
lunch. You are encouraged to sign up for the tour as soon as possible to assure a seat. For
more information, contact the church office (313-291-1221).
‘GRAND INQUISITOR’ BOOK DISCUSSION It’s a very short book with a big punch.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Grand Inquisitor,” is a novel within a novel. It will be the
focus of a Sunday evening book discussion on October 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Ever since
publication, “The Grand Inquisitor” has been read as a stand-alone work of art. The
provocative story-line speculates on what Jesus might have said and done if he had
returned to earth in the middle of the Spanish Inquisition of the 1500s only to be
confronted by the Grand Inquisitor. The story and its message is as relevant in 2017 as it
was when Dostoyevsky first wrote it more than a hundred years ago. The book discussion
will meet in the church parlor. Copies of “The Grand Inquisitor” will be available for pick-
up in the church office two weeks in advance. There is no charge for the “book” but
donations to the church office are always welcomed. To reserve your copy, contact the
church office (313-291-1221) or complete a Make-A-Wish Card found in the pew racks
and add it to the morning offering plate.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S EXTENDED FAMILY:
Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King),Roy DeBolt (father, Michelle Vignola), Norma
Duddy (friend, Doreen Thompson), Mary Fairemont (sister, Richard Wagner), Allison Files
(granddaughter, John & Barb Smith), Gabriella Gomez (niece, Darlene Babin), Robert Grigg
(friend, Schalm family),Lyn Haas (cousin, Dawn Vachereese),Lynn Harbin (sister of John
Smith), Paola Hillebrand (friend, Wendy Warner), Tamsey Hoffman (friend, Sue Mrowka),
Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Stephen
Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Richard Jones, Justin Kurtz (friend, Chelsey Schalm),
Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Jennifer Lee (granddaughter, Barb Siemers)
Chris Lunsford (friend, Velma McGee), Courtney Matthews McEarchern, Kim McEachern
(daughter-in-law, Helene & Neil McEarchern), Nicki Pappas (neighbor, Velma McGee),
Robert Rider (brother, Virginia Butzlaff), Brian Reid (friend, Sue Mrowka), Judy Robin
aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Cookie Robinson (sister of Bob Robinson),Trudy Clark-Schiller
(daughter, April & Steve Clark), Joyce Thompson Smith (sister, the late Harry Thompson),
Aaron St. Louis (nephew, Marjie & Charlie Barnard), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson, Helene
McEachern), and Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart).
OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED OFFERING will be received any Sunday throughout the
month 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
was included in the October Tidings. You will also find NIN envelopes in the pew racks.
On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give generously. Thank you.
RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS October 26 – Thursday ,- Halloween Bunco – 6:30 p.m.,
West Room. Bring $5. Bunco is easy you don’t need to know how to play. Wear a costume
or Halloween shirt. Potluck dinner, please bring a dish to pass. November 16- Thursday –
Russian Tea Room, [The Royal Eagle], 18745 Old Homestead, Harper Woods. MI 48225 -
313.521.1894 Tea served between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Approximately $22 per person. Kathy
Williams is the contact. Check the bulletin board for more info. There is a sign-up sheet on
the RHPA Bulletin Board for the events. Kathy Williams is the contact.