Sunday September 2, 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


Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                        September 2, 2018


Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.   


  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Crystal Schippling, Guest Organist


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

*OPENING HYMN No. 570  “Sweet Hour of Prayer!”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader     

*UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  Almighty and everlasting God, whose creative power is exceeded only by Thy love,  

  deliver us from coldness of heart and wandering of mind as we worship you this  

  morning.  Cleanse us from our sins and every thought that is displeasing to Thee.

  Show us your glory, reveal to us your truth, strengthen our faith and increase our

  love and we will give you our praise both now and forever.  Amen.



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Blessing in the Thorn,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist  

  SCRIPTURE READING  James 2:1-7, 12-18, Mark 8:22-30  Lector:  Barbara Schultz 

*HYMN No. 613  “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” (verses 1-3) 

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  HYMN No. 73  “ There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”  (verses 1-3)      


*Congregation standing 


  SERMON  “Who Do You Say I Am?”  Pastor Drutchas

  HYMN No. 494  “They’ll Know We Are Christians”


    Unison Confession of Sin  (pew card)

    Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration


        One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

        one cup of blessing which we bless.

        And we, though many through out the Earth,

        we are one body in this one Lord.

    Distribution of the Elements

    Prayer of Thanksgiving

    Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)


    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.  


 *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.



service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.    


CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.



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.”



Council:  Gary Peters

Deacons:  Allen Gunther


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  September 2 – September 9

Sunday       Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion/ 

                    Summer Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m.                                                             

Monday      Office Closed/ Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m./ Christian Education (off site)  

                    6:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale Drop-offs begin 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Chance Choir 7:00 p.m.  

Thursday    Visiting Elders 10:30 a.m./ Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. –Krause Family Baptism 10:30 a.m./

                     Coffee Hour 9:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 2, 2018 



  welcomes to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian

  affiliation. What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants maintain

  a reverent silence that fits the dignity of the sacrament.


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

  Jerusalem Café (West Room) immediately following our morning worship service.


  ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Fred Frank and Verna Schmoekel from their family.

  SIDE VASE honors the 45th wedding anniversary of Gary & Kathy Peters.


  LOVE & DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the family & friends of Melva Haglund who

  passed away Saturday, August 24, 2018.  Memorial service arrangements are pending.


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Saturday, September 15 -​ The “Magic of Motown”

  at 8 p.m. Dearborn Performing Arts.  Tickets are $45.  The money is now past due to

  Ida Black. Sign up on the RHPA Board in Fellowship Hall ASAP.   



  ​Beginning the second Sunday of the month, worship services will be held at 9:00 and

 10:30 a.m. with nursery care in the Family Room at the back of the Sanctuary and church

 school for all other youth upstairs during the 10:30 service.  A fellowship period is

 hosted in Fellowship Hall after the 9:00 a.m. service. If you have questions about worship

 services times contact the church office (313-291-1221). Our voice mail message will

 keep current with correct service times.



 their weekly rehearsals the first Wednesday after Labor Day Weekend, September 5.

 Starting times are 6 p.m. for the hand bell choir and 7:00 p.m. for the Chancel Choir.

 Rehearsals will be led by Music Director Tracy Hoffman.  New voices are welcome.

ST. PAUL SOFTBALL TEAM finishes second in the league! Congratulations to all the

players, sponsors, and fans. See you all next season.                                                               


A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to: Diane Poet, Pam Lange, Dave Lange, Dorothy Evison, Dan Evison, Janet Enesey, Julius Enesey, Tom Tank, John Smith, Michael Isaacs, Mark Ennis, Ed Brainard, and Dan Case who made the Annual Kitchen Clean-up a huge success.  AND to: Gary Staffeld, Fred Miller, John Smith, Julius Enesey, Mark Ennis and Dan Case for helping with the Annual Carpet Cleaning: Building and Grounds Ministry.



Michael Bailey (father, Christie Smart), Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard),

Jan Filpus (mother, Julia-Joy Miller), Bruce Gaither (father, Rebecca Warren),

Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law, Lori Kuhn), Laura O’Neil (mother, Shawn Block),

Sheryl Schwab (mother, Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez).


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 starting the Tuesday after Labor Day 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 will begin Wednesday, September 26, with ‘Blue Jean Sunday’ on September 30. Church members 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.


ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TOUR of historic churches will be Thursday, October 11. Five historic Catholic and Protestant churches will be on our itinerary for the day. Cost is $30 per person, not including lunch. Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the tour with docents meeting us at most of the locations to provide historical background and informa -tion about current ministries. The tour is open to family and friends. Sign up early as our bus fills up quickly. To make your reservation, send your check to the church office or, drop it in the Sunday morning offering plate. Please specify “annual pilgrimage tour” on the memo line. 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. 


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  

  September 10th at 1:00 p.m.  Caregivers - Meet for mutual support. The St. Paul  

  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 all members and friends.  

  Health/Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheel-

  chairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy 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 begin Wednesday, September 12, 7:00-8:00

   parents and confirmands meet for an orientation and ice cream social.  As confirmation

   classes get underway they will be enjoying a kick-off retreat to Amish country in

   Shipshewana, Indiana. The outing is Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. The

   retreat provides a chance for confirmands to get to know each other as we take a first-

   hand look at a religious culture somewhat different than our own. In years past, it has

   been an eye-opener for our young people, helping them to reflect on what it means for

   them as Christians to be in the world. Pastor Drutchas leads the retreat. For the months

   that follow all the way to next Easter, our confirmands will be meeting on Sunday

   mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.



   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. 



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

Darlene & Donald Babin (Heartland, Ann Arbor), Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Hayden Forsyth, Oren Forsyth, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker (Heartland, Allen Park), Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Bill McGahey, Murl Nieman, Patricia Olson, Bob Robinson, Sandra Rose, Eleanor Rossi, Blake Schalm, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, Tom Tank, Bert Thompson, and Wendy Wendt (sister, Cindy Romas).   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.


HOLD THIS DATE—SEPTEMBER 16- The Detroit Metro Association of the United Church of Christ has approved our “under care” seminarian Ethan Drutchas for ordination on Sunday, September 16 at 4 p.m. in our sanctuary.  Ethan will be the third seminarian to be ordained by our congregation in the last half century or more.  Mark your calendars now for a very special service.  


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 THE “2018-2019” FALL SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM is 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 9.  In addition to a youth led service, young people will be sharing their summer mission trip testimonies and slideshow during this special time, installation of the Fall Sunday School teachers and a special family prayer.  Prior to the Worship Service all are invited to the Sunday School Open House 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. in the upstairs Christian Education department. This is an opportunity to complete and/or return registration forms and meet the Sunday School teachers. Forms are on the church’s website.  See you Rally Sunday! Youth Fellowship kick-off is October 7 with lunch and activity planning following our 10:30 a.m. worship service.  Parents are invited to attend the lunch planning meeting.  Fall retreat is November 3 and 4 – save the date!