Sunday September 3, 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


Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                     September 3, 2017

Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.

(nursery care available)

    SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist


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

 *OPENING HYMN No. 66  “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,”  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 dis-   

      pleasing 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.



     HYMN No. 16  “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” 

     SCRIPTURE READING  1 Corinthians 1:20-25, Luke 2:41-52 Lector:  Janet Staffeld 


     Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.    

     MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks) 


*Congregation standing 

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “He,”  Mark Ennis, Soloist  


  HYMN No. 99  “O, How I Love Jesus”

  SERMON  “Schooled in Faith,”  Pastor Drutchas

  HYMN No. 720  “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”


     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.)


RESTROOMS 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.  


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

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

ushers if you need assistance.


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:  David Lange

Ushers: Dan Case, Debbie Case, Arlene Felske, Sue Mrowka 


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  September 3  -- September 10

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

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:00 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m./ Rummage Sale Drop-off begins

Wednesday  Exercise/ Enhanced Fitness Class 2:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ 

                      Confirmation Class Orientation & Ice Cream Social 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m.

Saturday     Women’s Retreat Departs 8:00 a.m./ Confirmation Retreat Departs 8:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Services 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Open 

                     House 9:30 a.m./ Rally Day-Youth Service 10:30 a.m.                      

MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST                               

  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 3, 2017



 Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Debbie Hamilton, Ruth Kenosian, Rev. Bill Kren, Ilene Krogman (hospice), Velma McGee, Murl Nieman, Cleora Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, Eleanor Rossi, 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 in memory of Fred Frank and Verna Schmoekel from their family.

 PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our West Room immediately following our morning worship service, hosted by our Vision Team.


  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 affirms the dignity of the sacrament. 


     DOUBLE SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP schedule resumes Sunday, September

     10th.  Sunday morning services are held at 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. with a Coffee Hour hosted

      in Fellowship Hall from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  Although nursery care is provided during

      both services, the Christian Education program for children and youth from preschool 

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


Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart),Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Stella Ludlam (mother-in-law, Ellen Ludlam), Bill Pinage (father of Brenda Buzo), Cheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Frank Small (father of Chris Chavez), and Grace Torango (mother of Sylvia Matney).  


CONDOLENCES TO Cheryl & Gene Kincaid and family on the loss of Cheryl’s brother, Dennis Koschnitzke, who passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017.   Memorial service is Saturday, September 23, 2017 at St. Paul UCC, Taylor. (Time is pending)  Rev. Geoffrey Drutcas to officiate.


CONDOLENCES TO family & friends of former St. Paul organist, Wilma Quiel, who passed August 19, 2017 at the age of 83 years.  Funeral was August 21, 2017.      


  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.


  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!



  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.

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.


  CONFIRMATION CLASSES TO BEGIN  Put-in-Bay Retreat Planned.  Fall will  

  be arriving sooner than we know with the resumption of confirmation classes on  

  Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  The classes meet from September  

  through Easter, prepare our young people to affirm their baptism vows by making a  

  personal decision for Christ as young adults.  Classes culminate in a moving Palm  

  Sunday service at the end of the second year of study.  This year’s classes will kick  

  off with an orientation and ice cream social on Wednesday, September 6, 7 p.m.,  

  followed Saturday, September 9th with a day-long retreat at Put-in-Bay.  The retreat

  provides a chance for confirmands to get to know each other as we share an  

  adventurous day, beginning with a boat ride across Lake Erie to South Bass Island.  We  

  will be biking around the island with stops at various locations that tie-in with a  

  “scriptural itinerary” prepared by Pastor Geoff Drutchas.  One of the stops will include  

  a boat ride across the Put-in-Bay Harbor to visit the Ohio State University Marine  

  Biology Laboratory on Gibraltar Island.  We will view the marine biology laboratory  

  and visit Cooke Castle.  Pastor Drutchas leads the retreat along with parent chaperones.   

  All eighth and ninth graders are invited to enroll for confirmation classes.  Please  

  encourage your child or grandchild to participate in a wonderful program that offers  

  strong, positive peer fellowship and an opportunity to grow in a deeper understanding  

  of their own Christian faith.


    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.

- We are seeking additional members to assist as Ushers for our 

  Sunday morning worship services. This volunteer activity is extremely important. 

  Friendly and efficient Ushers help St. Paul present a welcoming atmosphere to both 

  Church members and visitors. Written instructions are available and training can be 

  arranged at your request.  Anyone interested in being placed on our Usher Volunteer list 

  may speak with the presiding deacon on Sunday mornings or contact Kristi Caruso by 

  phone call (586-876-4308) or text and she will contact you regarding any questions or  

  concerns you may have.


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

  are doing enhanced fitness at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6th, 13th, 20th and   

  Monday, September 11th and 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).       

  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.


  MARK YOUR PLANNERS for these upcoming events:  Office is closed Monday, 

  September 4th; Chancel Choir Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m.   

  New voices are always welcome; Fall Rummage Sale Drop-offs begin Tuesday,  

  September 5th; Confirmation Class Orientation & Ice Cream Social Wednesday,  

  September 6th at 7:00 p.m.; Confirmation Retreat to Put-in-Bay is Saturday, September 9th  

  8:00 a.m.; Women’s Retreat September 9th & 10th; (Last day to sign up for Women’s  

  Retreat Wednesday, September 6th—few spaces left); Sunday School Rally Day &    

  Open House, September 10th; and Hand bell Choir Rehearsal begins Wednesday, September   

 13th at 6:00 p.m.  Please watch your Morning Tide for more information and updates.


   A HUGE ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who led a Sunday School lesson and shared their 

   faith with the children of St. Paul during our Summer Sunday School program. ​The 

   donation of your time makes a positive impact on the lives of our children.  Christian        

   Education is in need of Fall Sunday School teachers to lead the Pre-school/ Kindergarten      

   class​ and to assist with the 4th/5th grade class. All interested should contact Pastor Schalm.