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,
*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)
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
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”
*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 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.
“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
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
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 30th. Late 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
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
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.