Sunday September 30, 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


Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                      September 30, 2018


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

(Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.)


    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. 15  “Rejoice, You Pure in Heart,”  Tracy Hoffman,

    Hymn Leader

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation       

    Almighty God, who can make all things new, forgive us for our misuse of Your

    good gifts--the opportunity neglected, the half-truth accepted, the unfair judge-

    ment made, the cynical outlook.  Forgive us the unkind word, the unsympathetic

    heart, the false ambition, and every unworthy purpose which has ruled our lives. 

    May the white light of Your truth, and the purifying fires of Your love cleanse us

    and send us forward once again upon the narrow path which leads to life ever-  

    lasting.  Bless our worship this morning, that we may truly adore You, and give

    You praise, glory and honor forever.  In Christ’s name we ask it.  Amen.        



      UNISON READING  Psalm 24  (page 735)



*Congregation Standing

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “I Have Decided,”   

  Chancel Choir (10:30) 

  SCRIPTURE READING  Ephesians 4:17-24; Mark 9:42-50 Lectors:  Helen St. Louis 

  (9); Kathy Williams (10:30)   

*HYMN No. 610  “Living for Jesus”

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN No. 658  “Restless Weaver”



     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  “For Our Children’s Sake,”  Pastor Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 59  “This Is My Father’s World”


*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:  Diane Poet (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury (9), Allen Gunther (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 30 – October 7

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 a.m.                                                            

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale evening set up 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00

Thursday    Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday         Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday     Women’s Retreat departs 7:00 a.m./ Rummage Sale 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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

                     Communion/ World Communion Sunday/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

                     Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Youth & Young Adult Kayaking/ 

                     Women’s Retreat returns


  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 30, 2018    


  ALTAR FLOWERS celebrate the “double nickel” birthday of Music Director, Tracy



  LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the family & friends of Ilene Krogman, who

  passed away, Thursday, September 26, 2018 at the age of 101 years.  Final arrangements

  are pending.


  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 a.m.

  service.  Due to Blue Jean Sunday, there is no Coffee Hour today.   


 “REDUCING THE RISK” Training Class has been cancelled.  Watch your Morning Tide for the next training session.      


RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS SOUGHT —Volunteers Needed for the annual Fall Rummage Sale through Saturday, October 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. ‘Blue Jean Sunday’ is today. Come anytime! To volunteer, 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.    

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.  

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.



   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.

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.


 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. 

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. Chronic Pain Self-Management Class- begins 

   Tuesday, November 6 from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the West Room.  Our six week session   

   will provide tips and techniques 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.   TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), is a nonprofit and   

noncommercial weight loss support group St. Paul is hosting Chapter 9744, Taylor.      

Meetings are Monday nights with weigh in starting at 6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30  

p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m., in the West Room. The first visit is free with no obligation.


 RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  October 25 – Halloween Bunco & Potluck Dinner–  

 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. 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.


   PRAYER LUNCHEON Tuesday, October 25  The International Health and Hope  

   Coalitionis hosting a luncheon 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Tabernacle Missionary  

   Baptist Church in Detroit.  We will carpool from St. Paul at 10:15 a.m.  Dr. Edna Rose is  

   the key speaker along with a panel discussion.  The topic is “Dementia:  Memories,  

   Thinking and Behavior.”  Register at or contact  

   Kathy Williams.  Let Kathy know if you have registered and/ or would like to carpool.



    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.


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

Ida Black, April Clark, Steve Clark, Charlie Duncan, Gene Edwards, Phill Felske, Mary Jane Fliss (sister-in-law, Arlene Wolfram), Oren Forsyth, Lois Frank, Shirley Gratrix, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Danielle Gardner, Harry Gardner, Jacob Kaszubowski, Mark Kenosian, John King, Rev. Bill Kren, Patricia Olson, 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.


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.


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.


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.



   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. 


THE ST. PAUL CHANCEL CHOIR resumed its weekly Wednesday rehearsals. Start time is 7:00 p.m. Note-A-Bell Hand Bell Choir will resume at a later date.  Rehearsal time is 6 p.m. Rehearsals will be led by Music Director Tracy Hoffman.