Sunday September 23, 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


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                   September 23, 2018


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

(Nursery care available 10:30)


    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist


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

    CHIME RESPONSE (10:30)

    A BUTTON-POPPING MOMENT (10:30) Pastor Drutchas 

  *PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 277  “Chiristians, We Have Met to Worship,”   

    Tracy Hoffman,  Hymn Leader

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

    Most Gracious God, we greet you once again in this sacred space.  We have come                                                                                    

    because we need to be reminded of your love and your expectations for our living.     

    Restore our vision so that when we gaze at the familiar it is transformed into       

    something richer and more beautiful than we could have imagined.  In our    

    praying and through our presence, deepen our devotion to you and to the world-

    wide community of Christ’s followers known as the church.  Together with other

    disciples in this and every age, we pray –Amen.     



CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Wonderful Words of Life,”  Chancel Choir (9), Tracy 

  Hoffman, Soloist (10:30)      

  SCRIPTURE READING  Luke 20:45-47; Mark 10:35-40; Philippians 2:3-8 

  Lectors:  Janet Staffeld & Pastor Drutchas (9); Pastor Drutchas (10:30)   

*HYMN No. 285  “How Lovely, Lord, How Lovely”

    MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  *HYMN No. 274  “I Love Your Church, O God”



       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  “Take A Seat,”  Pastor Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 611  “Rise Up, O Saints of God!”


*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.”



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

Deacons:  Allen Gunther (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 23 – September 30


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

                     School 10:30 a.m.                                                            

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale evening set up 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

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

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

                     Sunday/ Reducing the Risk Workshop 9:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 23, 2018    


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


RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS SOUGHT —Volunteers Needed for the annual St.  Paul Fall Rummage Sale Thursday through Saturday, October 4-6. Rummage Sale    donations are welcome (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) until 12 noon Tuesday, October 2, 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 is underway with ‘Blue Jean Sunday’ September 30. You are encouraged to come anytime, ready to pitch in. To volunteer, please contact Woman’s Fellowship or the church office (313- 291-1221). All proceeds support church- related projects. Toni Hill is coordinating an evening volunteer opportunity Monday, October 1 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.   


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.


THERE’S STILL TIME FOR YOU to join our Women’s Retreat October 6 and 7. 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. There is also free time, so you can enjoy the beautiful facilities.  We will be carpooling from St. Paul Saturday at 7 a.m. to the Hillsdale area. The retreat begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $97 and includes three meals and one night of lodging. Your payment and completed reservation form, should be returned to Retreat Registrar Marjie Barnard.  

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

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.



Mary Dubke - Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167; Lisa Wild – Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183; Ilene Krogman - Applewood Nursing Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd, Room124, Woodhaven, 48183; John Mont-gomery - Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart Rd, Ann Arbor 48105; Eleanor Rossi – Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room 415, Allen Park 48101; Betty Steinhauer, Grace

Torango - Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., River-view, 48193;

Melissa Rossi - 17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125.


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.



   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. Our instructor, Delessa, is a wonderful trainer with a   

  Christian philosophy.  A donation of $3-5 for each session is invited.  No classes October 

  1 & 3 due to Fall Rummage Sale. 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 next gathering is  

  October 21. 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.     


RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  October 25 – Halloween Bunco – 6:30 p.m. 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. This is a potluck dinner. Bring a dish of your choice. There is a sign-up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Kathy Williams is the contact. Looking ahead to November, we visit a church member’s house to see a large, unique salt & pepper collection. We will be able to bring snacks and BYOB.



   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 an opportunity for a few volunteers to maintain the altar candles 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.  


USHERS NEEDED to assist with our Sunday morning worship services. Friendly faces help present a welcoming atmosphere to both members and visitors. Written instructions are available, and training can be arranged. Anyone interested may speak with the pre-siding deacon or Pastor Drutchas.



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

Ida Black, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Mary Jane Fliss (sister-in-law, Arlene Wolfram), Oren Forsyth, Shirley Gratrix, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Danielle Gardner, Harry Gardner, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Patricia Olson, Sandra Rose, Blake Schalm, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, and Grace Torango.  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.


LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Kay, Neal & Glen Koths on the loss of brother, Jay, who passed away September 9, 2018 at the age of 92 years.  Funeral service was in Connecticut September 15, 2018. 


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! Please contact Pastor Schalm for more information.


THIRSTY THURSDAYS converts to Worship Wednesdays  Young adult Fellowship will resume meeting 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.


“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, contact Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case.       


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.



*Congregation Standing