Sunday September 18, 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


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                             September 18, 2016


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

Nursery care available


    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. 64  “We Sing Your Mighty Power, O, God,”  Mark Ennis,

       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  “, Soloist (9), “ 

    SCRIPTURE READING  Genesis 18:20-21, 23-33; Luke 15:1-10  Lectors:  Lois Rice (9),

       Matthew Isaacs (10:30)  

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

      (Vivian Ragain)

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


*Congregation Standing




       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. 467  “Fill the World with Love”

  SERMON  “God Is Not a Quitter,”  Pastor Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 464  “God of Grace and God of Glory”


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

  all of the candles are extinguished.)



RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available in the East Lobby which can be reached through the side door at the east front of the sanctuary.  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.     





In Matthew 25:14 The parable of the three servants gives a valuable lesson in stewardship.  Three servants are given a share of their master’s wealth.  Two act as responsible stewards, increasing its original value.  The third servant is fearful and buries his portion so no one will steal it.  When the master returns, he rewards the two servants who increased his wealth while punishing the servant who delivered no return on his investment.

Stewardship involves action we must all put our talents to good work.  Good thoughts and ideas are fine but without follow through nothing will be accomplished.



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 18, 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:  Sue Mrowka (9), Julius Enesey (10:30)

Ushers: Pam Badarak, Dave Badarak, Sharon Ferguson, Patrick Ferguson (9),

Benjamin Kittendorf, Alex Mink, Matthew Isaacs, Allison Salo (10:30)            

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


ROSES ON THE PULPIT celebrate the births of Madisyn Anne Gorbe, born September 11,  

 2016 to Brittany Keith & Michael Gorbe.  St. Paul Grandparents:  Anne & Kirk Blanchard.   

 Siblings: Makenna & Michael; Armyia Rose Felske, born September 11, 2016 to Jessica Felske.   

 Grandparents:  Sandi & Phillip Felske, Jr.  St. Paul Great-Grandparents:  Arlene & Phillip Felske,  

 Sr. Proud Uncle:  Dan; Allison Marie Contratto, born September 13, 2016 to Katelyn Rogers &  

 Michael Contratto.  St. Paul Grandparents:  Lori & Ron Rogers.  Proud Aunt:  Joanna.


 LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Art Ragain, Vivian Vander Bee, & family on the loss of  

 Vivian Ragain, who passed away September 10, 2016 at the age of 98 years.  Funeral service was      

 September 13, 2016 at St. Paul UCC, Taylor.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements

 by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.


  PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for refreshments in our Fellowship Hall

  between our morning worship services, sponsored by our Vision Team Ministry.



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

Nancy Cady (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), Irene Church, Miles Church, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Barb Gish, Beth Gish, Doris Hilliker, Pam Jones, Brittany Keith, Nancy Koszalka, Marilyn Kunkle, Rosemarie Lalo, Ellen Ludlam, Velma McGee (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Zachary Miller, Judy Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Brenda Rellinger, Katelyn Rogers, Larry Schonfeld, Glen Sigman, Bev Sitz, Bev Snyder, Eliot Stern, Brenda Tank, Robert Walker (Beaumont, Heritage), Lisa Wild, and Emily Winter. 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 OUTING – Thursday, September 22 Tour of the Ford-Rouge Plant. The cost is approximately $15 for nonmembers, $13 for members. Parking is $6 per car. We will be able to buy tickets at the event. It will be cheaper to carpool due to parking charge. We will leave church at 10:30 AM. We hope to take the 11 or 11:15 tour. If you want to meet at the Henry Ford Museum please contact Kathy Williams. A bus leaves every 15 minutes from the museum for the tour. We will go out to lunch following the tour at a Dearborn restaurant. Looking forward to October 27 – Halloween Bunco night We will meet at 7 PM in the West Room. Bring $5. Bunco is easy you don’t have to know how to play ahead of time. Wear a costume or Halloween shirt. There will be a sign-up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Kathy Williams is the contact.


MARJIE BARNARD HAS ELECTED TO RETIRE from her current position as Office Manager/ Bookkeeper at the end of this year after 15 years of loyal and dedicated service to St. Paul.  If you are interested in applying for the position and would like to receive a copy of the Job Description please contact Pam Lange, President, Julius Enesey, Trustee, Gary Peters, Treasurer, or Dan Case.  Candidates should have a moderate understanding of finances and strong computer skills.


CHRISTNET IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER and we are in dire need of a Coordinator  

for our host site here at St. Paul.  This important local mission needs someone soon.  Are you that someone?  Please contact Pastor Drutchas for more information. 


NEW MEMBERS WILL BE WELCOMED Sunday, October 9, 2016.  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 the offering plate or give it to any usher.


DOUBLE SUNDAY MORNING worship schedule has resumed.  Sunday morning services  

are held at 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. with a coffee hour in Fellowship Hall from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.   

Nursery care is provided during both services, but the Christian Education program for preschool 

through high school meets from 10:30 – 11:30 only. 



Calendar Week   September 18 – September 25

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 a.m. –- Rev. Geofrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:30

Monday       Shalom 1:00 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  Zumba 4:00 p.m./ Handbell Rehearsal 6:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./      

                      Confirmation 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Red Hat Outing – Ford Rouge Factory Tour 10:30 a.m.

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

                     Sunday/ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30


HEALTH MINISTRIES – Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumbato a DVD at 4 PM on Wednesdays in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Just show up and join in the fun & fellowship!  If you are interested but can’t attend on Wednesday or this is a poor time of the day for you please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. We usually meet the 2nd Monday on each month at 1PM. Our next meeting is September 19th at 1 PM (3rd Monday).  All are welcome. The October 10th 1:00 p.m. meeting will gather at Kathy Williams’ home.  Matter of Balance – The next 8-week session for those having problems with balance or fear of falling is scheduled to begin Monday, October 17th 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.  The spring session was well received.  Please complete a make a wish card, contact the office or Kathy Williams if you are interested or would like more information. 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.  A Flu Clinic is planned for Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6-7:30 PM.


  RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS.  Donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 9:00 

  a.m. – 2:00 p.m. until Tuesday, September 27th at noon.  Please use the east side door (nearest the

  Parsonage).  Just push the doorbell and you’ll be ‘buzzed in.’  If you need later drop off times 

  please call the church office.  Volunteers are needed from set-up on Wednesday, September 21st –  

  Saturday, October 1st.  Please contact Women’s Fellowship to volunteer or just show up! Monday, 

  September 26th 6-8:30 p.m. is a volunteer evening for those who can’t come during the day.


MAKING THE MOST OF FALL COLORS.  Our 2016 Annual Church Tour, Thursday, October 6th, will take us to the Irish Hills visiting historic churches and the Walker Tavern.  Cost is $25.00 not including lunch.  We will depart St. Paul parking lot at 8:00 a.m. sharp and return by 6:00 p.m.  To RSVP, please complete a Make-A-Wish card and drop it in an offering plate (or give it to an Usher), or contact the church office (313-291-1221).



President Barack Obama, John DeGroat (friend of Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force) (Grandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Brian Felske (Army) (Gandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy) (friend of Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, North Carolina) (nephew of Cindy Romas), Ryan Klimek (son of Troy & stepson of Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve) (son of Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea) (son of Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana) (Air Force Reserve) (daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq) (brother of Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam) (granddaughter of Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend of Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan) (Grandson of Barb Williams, Volunteer at Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, deployed, nephew of Cindy Romas), David Schafer (grandson of the late Muriel & Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend of Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew of Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew of Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy)(son of Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son of Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida) (nephew of Cindy Romas), David Whitcher (Fayetteville, NC) and Brandon Williams (brother of Heather Williams Dykowski).


  REDUCING THE RISK classes scheduled. St. Paul’s Child Protection Policy requires that all adults and youth over the age of 18, who work with children more than 10 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 people learn 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 scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd from 9:00 – 10:00 AM and again on Sunday, October 9th from 9:00 – 10:00 AM, both classes will take place in the Church Parlor.  If you have questions regarding your need to attend this mandatory training, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case. 


CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES, COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOL 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.


YOU’RE INVITED TO THE ST. PAUL’S LECTOR WORKSHOP Thursday, October 7, 2016, 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. Gain 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 at 313-291-1221 or by completing a Make-A-Wish card. 


LEAVES FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S new “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 will be located in the narthex,  

just outside the entrance to the new building addition.  Those who wish to have a leaf in place in  

time for the dedication of the new addition and the “Tree of Faith” unveiling are encouraged to  

complete their request as soon as possible using the blue cards available in the pews 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.


 ONLINE WEEKLY YOUTH BIBLE STUDY All youth (6-12 grades) interested in participat-

 ing in a weekly online Bible study are asked to send Pastor Schalm their email address. Each  

 Monday a topic affecting young people will be addressed and discussed according to scripture  

 versus pop culture. Youth will have the opportunity to share their insights throughout the week

 on the subject as their schedules permit. This is a great opportunity to stay connected and to grow  

 in the knowledge of Christ despite a hectic schedule. All communication will be done through a  

 group email. Send your email address to