Sunday September 24, 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


Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                      September 24, 2017

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. 91  “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,”  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.     



      UNISON READING  Apostles’ Creed  (card found in pew racks)

    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “In This Very Room,”  Chancel Choir (9), “If We 

    Never Meet Again,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (10:30) 

    SCRIPTURE READING  Exodus 16:2-15; Matthew 20:1-16 Lectors:  Barbara

    Schultz & Pastor Geoff (9); Lois Rice & Pastor Geoff (10:30) 

*HYMN No. 15  “Rejoice, You Pure in Heart”

    MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  *HYMN No. 99  “O, How I Love Jesus”



       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  “That Old Sin of Grumbling,”  Pastor Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 86  “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”


*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 off the East Lobby which can be reached through the side door at the east rear 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.


“Happiness is knowing there is a God…

and being on speaking terms with him.”


“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan ofsalvation 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:  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.


Calendar Week  September 24  -- October 1

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

                     Sunday/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.   

Monday       Rummage Sale Set-up

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:00 a.m./ Rummage Sale Set-up

Wednesday Handbell Rehearsal 6:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation Class 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m./ Thirsty Thursday 7:00 p.m.

Friday         Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Services 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm –  World Communion Sunday/ Communion  -Sunday School 10:30 a.m.



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 24, 2017



 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 (Applewood, Woodhaven),  Justin Kurtz (friend, Chelsey Schalm), Velma McGee, Murl Nieman, Cleora Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, Eleanor Rossi, David Schmoekel, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, David Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten), 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 in honor of Irene Purdy Church’s 81st birthday from her loving   

  husband, Miles. 


   DUE TO BLUE JEAN SUNDAY there is no Coffee hour today.  Donations can be  

  dropped off until Tuesday, September 26th at noon.  Please use the East side door (nearest

  the Parsonage).  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 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!  Any time you can

  donate is greatly appreciated.


  NEW MEMBERS WILL BE WELCOMED Sunday, October 15, 2017.  Those

  interested in joining St. Paul United Church of Christ are encouraged to contact Pastor

  Geoff Drutchas at the church office (313.291.1221) 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.


  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.  


 Christian Education will be sponsoring their annual “Advent by Candlelight” program on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 6:45-8:45 PM.  This is where one woman hosts a table and asks about 7 other ladies to join her for an advent program, fellowship and dessert.  There will be a sign-up sheet during coffee hour all through October and November, or you can email Debbie Case  It is quite easy to be a hostess and I will have envelopes for each hostess with all the information.  There will be another sign-up sheet for ladies that do not want to host a table but would like to attend.  We will do our best to find a place for every lady that would like to attend.   Deadline to sign up is Sunday, Nov. 19th.  I will need to know total numbers at each table by Nov. 26.  The table arrangement in the hall is based on the order that you sign your group up by.  Because I will be out of town a lot in October, you will be better able to sign up by emailing me and then I can email the hostess papers to you.


Mark your calendars for our Annual Scrapbook Crop on Sat. Feb. 3, from 9 AM- 7 PM.  The cost is $40.  This includes your cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.  Even if you do not want to scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop with our venders.  If you are a vender, or know of a vender, and they might be interested, please let me know.  We will be needing raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie Case at if you would like more information.


   CHILDREN’S CHOIR will begin Sunday, October 1, 2017 after the 10:30 a.m. service.  

   We will gather in the West Room to practice our songs.  All children up to and including 

   6th grade are invited to join.  All interested children should gather in the West Room at 

   11:30 a.m. next Sunday.   If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Children’s 

   Choir Director, Sally Sigman.  Looking forward to seeing you in choir next Sunday!

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

  are doing enhanced fitness at 2:00 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays in the West Room  

  beginning October 2nd.  Can be done standing or sitting. Free will love offering is invited to

  offset costs ($3.00 - 5.00 suggested).  Need 10-15 persons to hold the class. 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  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. 


Mary Dubke (Marywood Nursing Care Center, W 5 Mile Road, Room S 308, 36975 W 5 Mile Road, Livonia, 48154), Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Helen Parrish (9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180), Ilene Krogman (Applewood Nursing Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd, Room #309, Woodhaven, 48183),  Eleanor Rossi (Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room #415, Allen Park 48101), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048), Ben Scherf (904 E. Lake Mitchell Dr., Cadillac 49601), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193) Grace Torango (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), and Lisa Wild (Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183).



  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 “”.  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.



   Just log onto the St. Paul Web Site “”, 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.


A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’to Julius Enesey, Fred Miller and Dan Case for painting the white trim around our building’s Exterior Doors.  They really look great when you walk up to the Church now.  St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry