Sunday September 4, 2016


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. Mark Ennis - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services


Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                 September 4, 2016


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. 720  “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies,”  Mark Ennis, 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.



     CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Mark Ennis, Soloist  

     SCRIPTURE READING  Leviticus 26:1-5, Mark 4:26-34  Lector:  Eileen Vernor Drutchas

   *HYMN No. 714  “For the Fruit of All Creation”     

      MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)/ MEMORIAL PRAYER

      (Joan Sconfeld, Walter Theeck) 

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

     SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM  (pew card) Ruffner Family


*Congregation standing



   SERMON  “The Kingdom’s Harvest,”  Pastor Drutchas

 *HYMN No. 408  “Come, Share the Lord”


     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.



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

September 4, 2016




“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.”



Deacon:  Kevin Kittendorf

Council:  Arlene Felske

Ushers: Teri Staffeld, Kevin Staffeld, Barb Smith, John Smith            

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


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

  PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for refreshments in our Fellowship Hall

  immediately following our worship service, sponsored by our Vision Team Ministry.


  HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING.  Our congregation 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 reverend silence that affirms the

  dignity of the sacrament.


 CHRISTNET IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER and we are in dire need of a Coordinator for 

 our host site here at St. Paul.  This important local mission needs someone soon.  Please contact  

 Pastor Drutchas for more information. 



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Judy Albright, Megan Barnosky, Andrew Britton, Nancy Cady, Irene Church, Miles Church, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Barb Gish, Beth Gish, Doris Hilliker, Pam Jones, Nancy Koszalka, Marilyn Kunkle, Rosemarie Lalo (Oakwood, Dearborn), Ellen Ludlam, Velma McGee (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), William McKerty (brother-in-law of Shirley Havenstein), Judy Nieman, Chance Patrick (relative of Cleora Pattenaude), Shirlen Powell, Brenda Rellinger, Larry Schonfeld, Glen Sigman, Bev Sitz, Bev Snyder, Eliot Stern, Cameron Stroupe (great-grandson of Tom & Linda Tank), Carissa Stroupe (grand-daughter of Tom & Linda Tank), Brenda Tank, Robert Walker (Lodge of Taylor), Lisa Wild, and Emily Winter. 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.


RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS OUTING – Thursday, September 22 Tour of the Ford-Rouge Plant. The cost is approximately $15 for nonmembers, $13 for members. Parking is $6 per car. We will be able to buy tickets at the event. It will be cheaper to carpool due to parking charge. We will leave church at 10:30 AM. We hope to take the 11 or 11:15 tour. If you want to meet at the Henry Ford Museum please contact Kathy Williams. A bus leaves every 15 minutes from the museum for the tour. We will go out to lunch following the tour at a Dearborn restaurant. Looking forward to October 27 – Halloween Bunco night We will meet at 7 PM 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. There will be a sign-up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Kathy Williams is the contact.


DOUBLE SUNDAY MORNING worship schedule resumes September 11th.  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 from children and youth from preschool through high school meets from 10:30 – 11:30 only. 


MARK YOUR PLANNERS:  Office is closed Monday, September 5th; Rummage Sale Drop-offs begin Tuesday, September 7th; Tuesday Morning Bible Study resumes September 6th @ 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School Rally Day & Open House Sunday, September 11th; Confirmation Class orientation & ice cream social is Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m.  Confirmation Retreat to Shipshewana, Indiana is Friday, September 16th – Saturday, September 17th.


MARJIE BARNARD HAS ELECTED TO RETIRE from her current position as Office Manager/ Bookkeeper at the end of this year after 15 years of loyal and dedicated service to St. Paul.  If you are interested in applying for the position and would like to receive a copy of the Job Description please contact Pam Lange, President, Julius Enesey, Trustee, Gary Peters, Treasurer, or Dan Case.  Candidates should have a moderate understanding of finances and strong computer skills.



Calendar Week   September 4 – September 11

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m. –- Rev. Geofrey Drutchas – Communion/ Ruffner 

                     Family Baptism/ Summer Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

Monday       Office Closed

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

Wednesday  Chancel Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Dorcas Society 7:00 p.m.

Saturday      Women’s Retreat Departs

Sunday         Worship Service 9:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas –  Pastor Cheryl Schalm      

                      10:30 a.m./ Rally Sunday–Open House 9:30 – 10:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30


HEALTH MINISTRIES – Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumba to a DVD at 4 PM on Wednesdays in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Just show up and join in the fun & fellowship!  If you are interested but can’t attend on Wednesday’s or this is a poor time of the day for you please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. We usually meet the 2nd Monday on each month at 1PM. Our next meeting is September 19th at 1 PM (3rd Monday).  All are welcome. The October 10th 1:00 p.m. meeting will gather at Kathy Williams’ home.  Matter of Balance – The next 8-week session for those having problems with balance or fear of falling is scheduled to begin Monday, October 17th 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.  The spring session was well received.  Please complete a make a wish card, contact the office or Kathy Williams if you are interested or would like more information. Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, unopened packages of diapers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact Kathy Williams.  A Flu Clinic is planned for Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6-7:30 PM.


   THE 2016 WOMEN’S RETREAT is about Women and Forgiveness at the beautiful Michindoh   

   Conference Center, Hillsdale Saturday, September 10 – Sunday, September 11.  The fee is $95,  

   which includes your room, 3 meals, and materials.  You also have the option of going on Friday  

   afternoon. (2 nights and 5 meals is $155.)  If you don’t eat dinner on Friday, there is a slight  

   difference.  The leaders are Debbie Case, Vickie Snow, and Linda Clark.  The retreat will feature,  

   large & small group activities, singing, free time, & lots of fun & fellowship.  Please sign up by  

   contacting the church office for a registration form at 313-291-1221 (Payment is due at time of  

   registration).  The retreat is appropriate for women of all ages.  If you have any questions, contact  

   Marjie Barnard or Debbie Case.  Only 4 spaces available! 


   “PAR FOR THE COURSE” a golf outing sponsored by Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry  

  is Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Taylor Meadows Golf Course, 25360 Ecorse Rd, Taylor.    

  This is a four-person scramble to help raise funds to help “Ensure No One Goes Hungry” in the  

  communities they serve.  The golf package includes:  Continental Breakfast, 18 holes with a cart,  

  lunch, raffles prizes, dinner, two- hour bar service, and more.  8:00 a.m. registration, 9:00 a.m.  

  shotgun start.  Informational brochures are available on the table in the West Lobby.  Please  

  contact Len or Bryan for more information or to sign up.


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATIONS’ PARENTS: Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Bill Pinage (father of Brenda Buzo), Ben Scherf (The Lodge, Taylor), Cheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Robert Warren (father of Spencer Warren). 

 REDUCING THE RISK classes scheduled. St. Paul’s Child Protection Policy requires that all adults and youth over the age of 18, who work with children more than 10 hours a year, complete the “Reducing the Risk” Training Class and fill out a work application which includes a formal Criminal Background Check, every two years.  During the class people learn 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 scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd from 9:00 – 10:00 AM and again on Sunday, October 9th from 9:00 – 10:00 AM, both classes will take place in the Church Parlor.  If you have questions regarding your need to attend this mandatory training, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm or Dan Case. 


‘THANK YOU’ to Patricia Olson, Arlene Felske, Mary Miller, Kathy Peters, and Arlene Woldfram for taking the time to make pasta salad for the annual church picnic.  Your contributions were very much appreciated and delicious!

 SEWING GUILD Sew ‘n Sews Our next gathering will be Thursday, September 15th at 10:00

a.m. Please join us for fun and fellowship.  No sewing experience necessary.  Bring a sandwich.  

Beverage and dessert provided.

 MAKING THE MOST OF FALL COLORS.  Our 2016 Annual Church Tour, Thursday, October 6th, will take us to the Irish Hills visiting historic churches and the Walker Tavern.  Cost is $25.00 not including lunch.  To RSVP, please complete a Make-A-Wish card and drop it in an offering plate (or give it to an Usher), or contact the church office (313-291-1221).

 LEAVES FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S new “Tree of Faith” continue to be available for  

those who wish to honor or commemorate family members and events. The cost of each leaf is  

$300 with proceeds helping to fund “A Room with a View.” The tree will be located in the narthex,  

just outside the entrance to the new building addition.  Those who wish to have a leaf in place in  

time for the dedication of the new addition and the “Tree of Faith” unveiling are encouraged to  

complete their request as soon as possible using the blue cards available in the pews or by going to  

the Church Website “” click on the ‘Giving” tab to access Vanco Services

and utilize our new highly secure electronic giving site.  Purchases can be debited automatically  from your checking or savings account, or from your debit or credit card.


PLEASE REMEMBER to complete a kitchen check list and put it in the Trustees box in the

West Room after the kitchen has been used.  Completed check lists are not being received on a 

regular basis.  Blank forms are located on the cupboard door near the large coffee pot.


 ONLINE WEEKLY YOUTH BIBLE STUDY All youth (6-12 grades) interested in participat-

 ing in a weekly online Bible study are asked to send Pastor Schalm their email address. Each  

 Monday a topic affecting young people will be addressed and discussed according to scripture  

 versus pop culture. Youth will have the opportunity to share their insights throughout the week

 on the subject as their schedules permit. This is a great opportunity to stay connected and to grow  

 in the knowledge of Christ despite a hectic schedule. All communication will be done through a  

 group email. Send your email address to