Sunday September 17, 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

 

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                      September 17, 2017

 

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. 21  “Let the Whole Creation Cry,”  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.

   *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen. 

   *WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

      SPECIAL MOMENT  “A Moment in the Lion’s Den?”  Ethan C. Drutchas

     CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “If We Never Meet Again,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist  

     (9), “In This Very Room,” Chancel Choir  (10:30)   

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*Congregation standing 

SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 62:1-8, Matthew 7:24-28  Lector: Ethan C. Drutchas      

    MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)    

  *HYMN No. 82  “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”   

  OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/ *DEDICATION OF GIFTS

*DOXOLOGY

       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.

*HYMN No. 537  “My Hope Is Built”

  SERMON  “Which Way Paradise?”  Pastor Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 562  “Because He Lives”  

*BENEDICTION

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

  and until all of the candles are extinguished.)

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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 let the ushers know of your need for 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. 

MISSION STATEMENT

“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:  Mark Ennis (9), Pam Lange (10:30) 

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

Ushers: Nichole McNeely, Teri Staffeld (9),

Ryan Erickson, Selena Erickson, Peggy Staten, Wendy Warner (10:30) 

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  September 17  -- September 24

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

                     School 10:30 a.m.   

Monday       Exercise-Enhanced Fitness 2:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:00 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Cabinet 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     Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m./ Lector’s Workshop 7:00 p.m./ Thirsty Thursday 

                      7:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale Set-up

Friday          Red Had Outing to Belle Isle 10:00 a.m. departure

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

                     Jean Sunday -Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

     MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST                               

  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 

  Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

  web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 17, 2017

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Debbie Hamilton, Ruth Kenosian, David King, Rev. Bill Kren, Ilene Krogman (Southshore), Velma McGee, Murl Nieman, Cleora Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, Eleanor Rossi, David Schmoekel, Kevin Staffeld, Tom Williams, 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 are Wishing you a very Happy Birthday from your loving family --  

 Eileen, Griffin, Elizabeth, Naaman & Baby to be.  ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates

  the birth of Grace Linnett Tank, born September 7, 2017 to Toni & Joshua Tank.  St.  

  Paul Great-Grandparents: Linda & Tom Tank.  

 

 PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our 

 West Room in between our morning worship service, hosted by our Vision Team.

 

  PASTOR CHERYL SCHALM is preaching at First Congregational in Dearborn in the 

  absence of Rev. Bill Kren who is on vacation preceding the startup of his chemotherapy

  treatments.

 

  RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS.  Donations can be dropped off Monday – Friday 

  from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. until Tuesday, September 26th at noon.  Please use the East 

  side door (nearest the Parsonage).  Push the door bell and you’ll be ‘buzzed’ in.  If you 

  need later drop off times please call the church office.  Volunteers are needed from set-up 

  Wednesday, September 20th until clean up on Saturday, September 30thLate volunteer 

  date, Tuesday, September 26th, 5:30/ 6:00 until 8:00/ 8:30 p.m. Please contact 

  Thelma Poet or Toni Hill from Women’s Fellowship to volunteer, or just show up!

   SEWING GUILD Sew ’n Sews  ​Please join us for a little sewing and a lot of 

fellowship at our next meeting on Thursday September 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a 

sandwich for lunch, dessert and coffee is provided.  P/S: No sewing skill required!

 

  THE OFFICE IS COLLECTING NAMES & ADDRESSES of soldiers currently

  deployed overseas for a “Soldiers Around the World” outreach program.  Church  

  member, Betty Caufield, volunteers for this important project which sends food and care  

  packages to men and women in our Armed Services who are defending our nation and

  upholding peace abroad.  Please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) 

  with the name and address of an overseas soldier you know who can benefit from this    

  caring outreach.  

 

   OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you can now 

   receive your Church related e-mails from “stpaulucctaylor.org”.  Please make sure you 

   add us to your contact list to ensure that you are receiving all the Church announcements.  

If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Gary Peters or Dan Case.

 

REMEMBER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN OUR MILITARY

President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), 2nd Lieutenant Tyler Gillespey (Army, Tacoma, Washington, grandson, Murl & Judy Nieman), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Kevin Johnson & Stephen Johnson (Navy, grandsons, Patricia Olson), PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek (son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve, son, Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea, son, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam, grand-daughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grandson, Barb Williams, Volunteer, Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), David Schafer (grandson, late Muriel & late Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew, Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew, Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy, son, Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son, Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida, nephew, Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother, Heather Williams Dykowski). 

  HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. We  

  are doing enhanced fitness at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20th and Monday,  

  September 18th in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Can be done standing or

  sitting. Free will love offering is invited to offset costs ($5.00 suggested).   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 12:45-2:45 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 September 11th at 1 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.

 

  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS September​ ​22–Friday​ ​–Trip​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Belle​ ​Isle.​ ​​We​ ​will​

  ​tour​ ​the​ ​island,​ ​go​ ​to​ ​the Conservatory​ ​(glass​ ​garden​ ​house),​ ​Aquarium,​ ​possibly​ ​the​ ​Dossin​ ​    ​ ​ Great Lakes​ ​Museum and​ ​eat​ ​lunch.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​carpool​ ​from​ ​church​ ​at​ ​10​ ​AM.  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.  

 

  THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD was changed in accordance with our IT Policy. 

  Please contact the church office to get the new Password or contact Dan Case, Michael

  Isaacs, or Gary Peters during Coffee Hour or after worship services.  St. Paul IT Ministry.

 

  THE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE CHURCH TOUR to Detroit changes the date

  Wednesday, October 25th.  Arrangements are not final at this time. Please watch this space  

  and the October Tidings for more information as plans are completed.  To sign up complete

  a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or contact the

  church office.

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADS, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL 

  STUDENTS  Christian Education is in need of all college, trade school, and “2017”  

  High School graduate addresses.  In addition, 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.

 

  EVER CONSIDER READING SCRIPTURE at Sunday morning services?  A  

  special class providing instruction on how to be a part of this important and wonderful  

  worship ministry will be held on Thursday, September 21, 7 p.m., in the church parlor.

  Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the orientation session which provides an overview of  
  the Bible and offers pointers on how to be an effective lector, helping God’s word get  

  heard.  All materials will be provided.  There will be opportunities for informal

  questions and answers, plus discussion about the Bible—a chance to ask those things  

  that have always been on your heart and mind.  No past experience is needed to serve  

  as lector.  For more information, please contact Pastor Drutchas.

 

     AUDIO COPIES OF ST. PAUL SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES are available.     

      Just log onto the St. Paul Web Site “stpaulucctaylor.org”, select the “Our Worship  

      Together” tab, then the Worship Services (Audio)” tab.  Directions are given on the  

      Service page.  Services are also available on the Mobile application as well. If you have    

      any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.

 

      YOU’RE INVITED TO ST. PAUL’S LECTOR WORKSHOP Thursday, September

     21st, 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to meet fellow lectors and discuss the art of lecturing,

     share insights, and gain input from attending lectors.  We’ll share important tips on how

     to read the Bible more effectively for worship, as well as introduce and close the scripture

     readings.  You will also receive pointers on navigating through the many Books of the

     Old and New Testament.  Please RSVP for the workshop by calling the church office

     (313.291.1221) or by completing a Make-A-Wish card.  You may drop the card in the

     offering plate or hand it to any usher.