Sunday September 16, 2018

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-3910

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


Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                 September 16, 2018


Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.


    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist


    CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas  

  *OPENING HYMN No. 100  “When Morning Gilds the Skies,”  Tracy Hoffman,

    Hymn Leader

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

     O Lord, sometimes it’s difficult for us to truly worship You – in Spirit and in      

     truth.  We bring along all the baggage of the past week.  We are so easily            

     distracted.  We are making plans for this afternoon and tomorrow when we  

     should be thinking about You and Your word.  Help us to set aside anything and

     everything that would detract from the sacredness of this hour, and enable us to

     focus our minds on what we have come here to do.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen



    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “Seek Ye First,”  Chancel  

    Choir (10:30) 

    SCRIPTURE READING  Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Luke 14:25-33  Lectors:  Lois       

    Rice (9), Ethan C. Drutchas (10:30)      


*Congregation Standing

*HYMN No. 537  “My Hope Is Built”

   MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks) 

 *HYMN No. 115  “There’s Something About That Name”



       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  “God First,”  Pastor Drutchas

  HYMN No. 490  “Sister, Let Me Be Your Servant”

  MATRICULATION CEREMONY  1st & 2nd year Confirmands & Parents  

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)/ MEMORIAL PRAYER (Melva Haglund)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 458  “Ours the Journey”



*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until

  all of the candles are extinguished.)



HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our Family Room.  Please alert the ushers if you need additional 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 membership 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.”



Council:  April Clark (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)


Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  September 16 – September 23

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

                     School 10:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:00 a.m./ Ethan C. Drutchas Ordination           

                     ceremony 4:00 p.m. - Reception & Activities to Follow                                                              

Monday       Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Cabinet 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays Outing 6:00 p.m./             

                     Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chance Choir 7:00 p.m.  (New Voices Welcome)

Thursday    Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m.

Friday/ Saturday  Confirmation Outing to Shipshewana, Indiana 5:30 p.m.

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

                     School 10:30 a.m./ 



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 16, 2018 


  ALTAR FLOWERS honor the 30 year anniversary of Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas  

  and the ordination of Ethan C. Drutchas, nephew of Rev. Geoffrey Drtuchas. 


  SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP services are 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is in

  the Family Room and church school for all other youth is upstairs during the 10:30

  service.  Please join the St. Paul Congregation for refreshments in our Fellowship Hall

  immediately following our 9:00 a.m. worship service hosted by our Sewing Guild.    


 ORDINATION SERVICE The Detroit Metro Association of the United Church of Christ has approved our “under care” seminarian Ethan Drutchas for ordination today at 4:00 p.m. Join us for a very special service followed by food, fellowship and activities.  


 RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS SOUGHT —Volunteers Needed for Set-Up, Sale,

 and Clean-Up. The annual St. Paul Fall Rummage Sale is Thursday through Saturday,

 October 4-6. Rummage donations are welcome (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) and can be placed

 at the rear of Fellowship Hall.  It is important that all donations be clean and in a good

 state of repair. Rummage sale set-up begins Wednesday, September 26, with ‘Blue Jean

 Sunday’ on September 30. You are encouraged to come that morning dressed in work

 clothes, ready to pitch in. To volunteer, please contact Woman’s Fellowship or the church

 office (313- 291-1221). All proceeds support church- related projects.


 2019 PHONE DIRECTORY  We are beginning preparations for our 2019 Phone

 Directory. If you have moved, added a new family member or changed your phone

 number, please notify the Church Office.  If you don’t want your cell phone number listed

 in the directory, you will need to notify us in advance.  Your help in keeping our data up-

 to-date will make for a more accurate Directory.  Thanks in advance for your support.


ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TOUR of historic churches will be Thursday, October 11. Five historic Catholic and Protestant churches are on our itinerary. Cost is $30 per person, not including lunch (Polka Restaurant, Troy). Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the tour with docents meeting us at most of the locations to provide historical background and information about current ministries. The tour is open to family and friends. Our comfortable chartered bus with lavatory will depart from the St. Paul Church parking lot at 8 a.m. and return no later than 6 p.m. We are currently at capacity and are beginning a ‘wait list.’  Please contact the church office for more information.


SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be September 20, 2018 at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich.  Coffee and dessert are provided. No sewing experience is required. Join us for fellowship and Food for Thought!


THE ST. PAUL CHANCEL CHOIR is resuming its weekly Wednesday rehearsals.

Starting time is 7:00 p.m. Note-A-Bell Hand Bell Choir will resume at a later date.  Their

rehearsal time is 6 p.m. Rehearsals will be led by Music Director Tracy Hoffman.  New

voices are always welcome.


NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED Sunday, October 28, 2018.  Those interested in joining St. Paul Church are encouraged to contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas at the church office 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.



   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 as nice as we  

   can. Your help is greatly appreciated.  Thank You, Building & Grounds Ministry.


E-MAIL CHANGES  If your e-mail address has changed in the last 6 months please notify the Church Office at (313) 291-1221.  We utilize E-mail addresses of approximately 290 members and friends in our current e-mail notification system.  It is the easiest way to stay up-to-date on events at St. Paul.  Your help is essential in maintaining an accurate and up-to-date list.


HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Our exercise session has begun Mondays   

  and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our meeting is  

  October 8th at 1:00 p.m.  Caregivers - Meet for mutual support. The Caregivers Group

  will meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The first gathering is  

  September 17. Caregiving tips will be shared by participants who offer mutual support on

  a confidential basis. Pastor Geoff Drutchas leads the sessions, assisted by Parish Nurse

  Kathy Williams. The group is open to everyone. Health/Medical supplies – If you have

  or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy   

  Williams or the office.     


“REDUCING THE RISK” Training Class Rescheduled – Sunday, September 30

St. Paul Child Protection Policy requires that all adults 18 years and older, who work with children more than 10 hours a year, complete the “Reducing the Risk” Training Class and fill out an application which includes a formal Criminal Back-ground Check, every two years.  The class learns the specifics of the St. Paul Policy regarding working with children and tips and information on how to handle situations as they arise.  This year’s class has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 30, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the Church Parlor.  If you have questions regarding this mandatory training, please contact Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case.            


   CONFIRMATION CLASSES have begun. They will be enjoying a kick-off retreat to  

   Amish country in Shipshewana, Indiana Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. Our  

   confirmands will be meeting Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at

   7:00 p.m. all the way to next Easter.   



   STUDENTS  Christian Education needs all college, trade school, and “2018” High

   School graduate addresses.  We would like your picture to include on our “YOUNG

   ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board.  Please forward all information and

   pictures to Pastor Cheryl Schalm. 


  ALTAR GUILD has a couple of opportunities for volunteers to maintain (fill) the altar  

  candles weekly and to ensure the paraments (cloths on the lectern and pulpit) are changed

 accordingly.  There are no meetings to attend.  All materials and training are provided at

  your convenience.  For more information please contact Arlene Felske or Sue Mrowka.  



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Darlene & Donald Babin, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Hayden Forsyth, Oren Forsyth, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Danielle Gardner, Harry Gardner, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Bill McGahey, Patricia Olson, Bob Robinson, Sandra Rose, Eleanor Rossi, Blake Schalm, Barb Schultz, Sue Spears, Tom Tank, and Bert Thompson.  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.


 CHILDREN’S CHOIR REHEARSALS begin October 7 following the 10:30 service in the West Room. Please see Sally Sigman, Director, for more information.


THERE’S STILL ROOM FOR YOU at the Women’s Retreat October 6 and 7. Led by April Clark, Michelle McNeely, and Eileen Vernor Drutchas, this fall’s theme is “Kindness”. The retreat provides an opportunity for women of faith to share time together and reflect on how we can act on God’s call to kindness amid everyday life. Michindoh Conference Center, near Hillsdale, provides a scenic setting, as well as comfortable indoor facilities. Count on indoor and outdoor activities. We will be carpooling from St. Paul Saturday at 7 a.m. The retreat begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $97 and includes three meals and one night of lodging. A $20 non-refundable deposit will assure your place.  Balance is due by Wednesday, September 12. Your retreat deposit, and completed reservation form, should be returned to Retreat Registrar Marjie Barnard.  

KICK-OFF FOR Youth Fellowship is October 7 with lunch and activity planning follow-ing our 10:30 a.m. service.  Parents are invited to attend.  Fall retreat is November 3 and 4 – save the date!


THIRSTY THURSDAYS converts to Worship Wednesdays  Young adult Fellowship. The next gathering is Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. at Mexican Gardens.  The agenda is to discuss some outreach opportunities.  We’ll resume meeting on Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s house. Sunday, October 7 is Kayaking the Huron River.  RSVP by September 23 to Pastor Schalm.