Month: March 2019

Sunday March 31, 2019

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

Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 31, 2019

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

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.

 

SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE   Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

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

*OPENING HYMN No. 15  “Rejoice, You Pure in Heart,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Almighty and gracious God, who is the creator of all things great and small, who

    is always faithful and whose grace is ever present, we come here today to celebrate

    the gift of salvation that you offer.  We pray that you will give us the ability to see

    the importance of spiritual things and that you will help us to carry on the work

    of the disciples so that others may share the gifts you offer.  Amen.

 *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Mark Ennis, Soloist (9),  “If We Confess,”  Children’s Choir, featuring Hayley Dykowski, Kaitlyn Issacs, Angel Staten, Director Sally Sigman

SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 103: 1-5, Matthew 9:18-33  Lectors:  Sandy Ennis   (9),  John Dykowski (10:30)

*Congregation standing

HYMN No. 200  “What Wondrous Love Is This”     

  MORNING PRAYER (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

   ANTHEM  “Without His Cross,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)       

  FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Carlee Robbins (9),  Tyler Staten (10:30)

*HYMN No. 108  “Lift High the Cross”

  OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*OFFERTORY PRAYER     *DOXOLOGY

     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  “The Cross Still Matters,”  Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)    *

*CLOSING HYMN No. 548  “The Old Rugged Cross”     

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.

 

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS 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.

PARENTS WITH CRYING INFANTS are encouraged to make use of our Family Room at the rear of the Sanctuary.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.  Please 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.

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.

MISSION STATEMENT

“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.”

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  Dave Badarak (9) Cheryl Kincaid (10:30)

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

Ushers:  Thomas Tank (10:30)

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  Marach 31 – April 7

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

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday Meditation 12:30 & 3:00 p.m./ TGIW-Jerusalem Café - 5:30-7:00 p.m./ Worship 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation and Bible Study 7:30 p.m.

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m. Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Friday          Fish Supper Dine In-Carry Out 4:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m. / Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.

MORNING TIDE

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between worship service, hosted by our Health Ministries.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Eugene Wackro’s birthday from the Isaacs family.  SIDE VASE is in memory of Carl & Louise Schmoekel from Jeannette & Carl Wackro.

CONDOLENCES TO Moses & Veronica Flomo & family on the loss of their nephew, Peter Flomo, Jr. in Sierra Leone.

 PIES ARE NEEDED for our Fish Suppers.  Pie Tins are available in the church Narthex.

There is also a volunteer sign up board.  Please consider sharing some of your time to help

our Suppers be a continued success.  Not sure where you’re needed?  Just show up and we

will find a place for you.

LAST SUNDAY FOR ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING  This offering is one of our United Church of Christ’s Special Mission Offerings that assists our Christian friends, in need, worldwide.   It is used in the development of Health, Education, and Agriculture, and with Disaster and Refugee relief.  You will find a “One Great Hour of Sharing” envelope in the pew racks.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give as generously as you are able to those in need.   Thank you.

PALM SUNDAY marks the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  St. Paul members and friends will receive Palms and a personal blessing at the morning worship services on Sunday, April 14th 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

JERSALEM CAFÉ OPENS During the weeks of Lent, welcoming those attending Wednesday activities. Desserts and beverages will be served in the West Room from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Jerusalem Café visitors can enjoy refreshments and conversation before music rehearsals, worship, and Bible study. A basket donation is appreciated. Anyone interested in contributing baked goods are invited to contact the church office (313-291-1221) or speak with Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm.

‘GATES OF PRAYER’ a new Lenten Bible Study Series, led by Pastors Geoff Drutchas

and Cheryl Schalm, as well as lay members of our congregation considers great moments

of prayer in scripture and what we can learn from them.  Included in the study series is a

look at Martin Luther’s advice on prayer, using both the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten

Commandments.  The series includes instruction on praying and invites participants to

share their experiences with answered prayers. The series is Wednesday evenings, 7:30-

8:30 p.m., immediately after worship services on April 3 and 10. Please mark your

calendars. To sign up for the free series, please complete a Make-A-Wish card and drop

it in an offering plate or contact the church office.

 ‘INSPIRED PRAYERS Mid-Week Lenten Services Theme What do Mother Theresa, St. Francis of Assisi, and Reinhold Niebuhr have in common? God inspired each of them with words of prayer that have stirred and deepened the faith of many for decades, even centuries. During Wednesday night services throughout Lent, worshippers will have a chance to share in these prayers anew, gaining inspiration for our daily lives as Christian men and women. Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm will lead these half-hour services in the church chancel from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., allowing participants to continue that same night with other important faith activities—chancel choir, Lenten Bible study, and confirmation class. Take time to be holy and inspired anew during this Lent with worship intended to give you a mid-week spiritual boost. 

SUNRISE & MID-MORNING EASTER Vigil Services at St. Paul Church on Sunday, April 21, 8:00 and 10:30 a.m., will be joyous celebrations of the light that Jesus Christ brings to our lives. The services begin with a procession of light by our church choir, the ringing of the church bell, an Easter proclamation, and a congregational singing of that great Easter hymn, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.” Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm will lead the morning services which will include pew communion open to all Christians baptized and confirmed in faith. Reverend Drutchas will be preaching on three decisive garden moments, culminating with the first Easter morning, that has changed the fate of humankind—for the good. During the second service Pastor Schalm will share a special Easter message for children and youth. Between the Sunrise and Mid-Morning Services, 9:00-10:30 a.m., church members and friends are invited to gather in the festively decorated Fellowship Hall to enjoy a wide array of breads—Easter bread and sweet breads--and other light edibles served for Christianity’s most holy day.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is invited.  Meditation classes - We will be learning and practicing breathing and meditation. We have resumed on Wednesdays at 12:30 & 3:00 p.m. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. Caregiving tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Drutchas leads the session, 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.

LECTORS NEEDED FOR MAUNDAY THURSDAY & GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES Lectors or readers are needed for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, which are April 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m. and April 19, 12 noon. Maundy Thursday lectors are reading scriptural passages remembering pivotal moments in Jesus’ life. Good Friday lectors will participate in a liturgy based on the psalms and the gospels. Copies of all lecturing materials will be available at least one week prior to the services. Those interested in volunteering are asked to complete a Make-a-Wish card from the pews and adding it to the morning offering plate. No previous lecturing experience is necessary.

EASTER LILY ORDERS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED.  If you would like to provide an Easter Lily in honor or memory of a loved one this Easter season, please complete the form below and drop it in an offering plate or hand it to an usher.  Cost is $8.00 each.  We will place them in the Chancel area, and they may be taken home after the Easter worship services on Sunday, April 21stOrders and payments are due Sunday, April 14thA list of those providing Lilies will be printed in the Sunday Bulletin.  Any plants left will be donated to local hospitals/ care facilities.

 

I/We would like to order a Lily(ies) to be placed in the Chancel area for Easter.

 

In honor/ memory of_____________________________________________________

 

From_________________________________________________________________

 

Contact number _______________________Number of Lilies _______Amt due_____

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST
Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Sue Barnard (sister, Charlie & Marjie Barnard), Marion Bolen, Mark Bresky (husband, Carolyn Brandt Bresky), Debbie Case, Charlie Duncan, Scott Eisenga (father, Josh Eisenga), Phill Felske (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Arnold Knofske, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Pat Herkimer, Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Dori Lamberti (daughter, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Helene McEachern, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Beverly Sitz, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, and Richard Vignola.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.

EASTER EGG HUNT AND PARTY TO BE HELD APRIL 14 Our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter party will be hosted by the Sunday School staff during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, April 14. During the hour the children will share in the Easter story, decorate eggs and cookies and hunt for Easter eggs (outdoors, weather permitting). We are in need of bags of wrapped candy to help off-set the cost of filling Easter eggs. All candy donations can be dropped in the bucket located at the Sunday School Welcome Center. If you are interested in helping with the party or have further questions, please contact Sheri Herkimer or Pastor Schalm.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29 the youth will gather for a movie night and lock-in following the fish dinner. Plans for The “2019” Summer Mission Trip, June 16 – June 22, are underway. We will be serving the Boston, MA area. We will be housed at the Village Congregational UCC church located in Whitinsville, MA. Fundraising events and activities continue all the way through June. Only twenty spots are available. Those participating in fundraisers will be granted the first opportunities. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating. Youth should watch their mail for additional information.  The youth will be selling stock to help fund their summer mission trip.  For a donation, shareholders are assured a personal letter from a youth mission trip participant, their name placed upon the Rock Hard in Faith mission trip banner and the knowledge that they have helped to shape a life in Christ.  Youth stock can be purchased during coffee hour at the Kiosk beginning April 7th.

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Sunday March 24, 2019

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

Third Sunday in Lent
March 24, 2019

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

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.

 

SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE   Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

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

*OPENING HYMN No. 97  “Fairest Lord Jesus,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Heavenly Father, we are glad that we can return to your house to worship You

    on this day set aside to honor and remember You.  You are the author of our            

    salvation and the source of our strength.  Lead us now to be thoughtful.  Quiet

    our minds in your presence.  Quicken our faith and prepare our hearts to

    receive the blessings of your grace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “God Chose Us,”  Chancel Choir (9), Tracy Hoffman, Soloist  (10:30)     

SCRIPTURE READING  1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 Lectors:  Kathy Williams (9),  Jane Dykowski (10:30)

HYMN No. 323  “Wonderful Words of Life”     

 _____________________

*Congregation standing

MORNING PRAYER (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

  CHIME RESPONSE  “The Gift of Love”

  FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Meredith Stull (9),  Andrew Caruso (10:30)

*HYMN No. “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

  SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (insert)  Elizabeth Bechtol (10:30)  

OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*OFFERTORY PRAYER     *DOXOLOGY

     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  “It’s Not Too Late,”  Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)    *

*CLOSING HYMN No. 197  “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”     

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)

__________________

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS 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.

PARENTS WITH CRYING INFANTS are encouraged to make use of our Family Room at the rear of the Sanctuary.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.  Please 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.


ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  Dave Badarak (9) Cheryl Kincaid (10:30)

Deacon:  Jim Nault (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

Ushers:  Rosemarie Laslo, Sharon Podpora, Louise Stanek, Brenda Tank (10:30)

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  Marach 24 – March 31

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas - Sunday School 10:30 am/ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Meditation 12:30 & 3:00 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TGIW-Jerusalem Café 5:30-7:00 p.m./ Worship 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation, Choir, Bible Study 7:30

Thursday    Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m./ Red Hat Dinner Outing 6:30 p.m.

Friday         Fish Supper Dine In-Carry Out 4:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday  School 10:30 a.m. / Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.

MORNING TIDE

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between worship service, hosted by our Men’s Fellowship Ministry.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of James Pattenaude from your loving family.

BEING BAPTIZED UNTO THE LORD and welcomed into church membership today is Elizabeth Bechtol.  Please greet Liz with a warm St. Paul welcome.

PIES ARE NEEDED for our Fish Suppers.  Pie Tins are available in the church Narthex.

There is also a volunteer sign up board.  Please consider sharing some of your time to help

our Suppers be a continued success.  Not sure where you’re needed?  Just show up and we

will find a place for you.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING  You may bring your offering any

Sunday through March 31.   This offering is one of our United Church of Christ’s Special

Mission Offerings that assists our Christian friends, in need, worldwide.   It is used in the

development of Health, Education, and Agriculture, and with Disaster and Refugee relief.

An offering envelope is included in your March Tidings.  For those of you who receive

your Tidings by email, you will find a “One Great Hour of Sharing” envelope in the pew

racks.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give as generously as you are

able to those in need.   Thank you.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up board located in the Narthex of the Church. Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary. Our Deacons will be glad to answer any questions and walk you through training prior to the service.  Ushers are asked to be at Church thirty minutes prior to the service.  Any Deacon can assist you.

GATES OF PRAYER’ a new Lenten Bible Study Series, led by Pastors Geoff Drutchas

and Cheryl Schalm, as well as lay members of our congregation considers great moments

of prayer in scripture and what we can learn from them. Included in the study series is a

look at Martin Luther’s advice on prayer, using both the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten

Commandments. The series includes instruction on praying and invites participants to

share their experiences with answered prayers. The five-week series begins Wednesday

evenings, 7:30-8:30 p.m., immediately after worship services on March 27, and April 3

and 10. Please mark your calendars. To sign up for the free series, please complete a

Make-A-Wish card and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office.

JERSALEM CAFÉ OPENS During the weeks of Lent the lights of the Jerusalem Café will shine brightly, welcoming those attending Wednesday activities. Desserts and beverages will be served in the West Room from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Each week will offer a variety of light desserts. Jerusalem Café visitors can enjoy refreshments and conversation before music rehearsals, worship, and Bible study. A basket donation is appreciated. Anyone interested in contributing baked goods are invited to contact the church office (313-291-1221) or speak with Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm.

‘INSPIRED PRAYERS Mid-Week Lenten Services Theme What do Mother Theresa, St. Francis of Assisi, and Reinhold Niebuhr have in common? God inspired each of them with words of prayer that have stirred and deepened the faith of many for decades, even centuries. During Wednesday night services throughout Lent, worshippers will have a chance to share in these prayers anew, gaining inspiration for our daily lives as Christian men and women. Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm will lead these half-hour services in the church chancel from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., allowing participants to continue that same night with other important faith activities—chancel choir, Lenten Bible study, and confirmation class. Take time to be holy and inspired anew during this Lent with worship intended to give you a mid-week spiritual boost.

AUDIO COPIES OF OUR ST. PAUL WORSHIP SERVICES are available online.  Visit our Web Site at www.stpaulucctaylor.org and select the "Weekly Sermons, Bulletins and Audio Services" tab from the main menu.  Select from the listings of dates to view available bulletins, sermons and full audio recordings of the service. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is invited.  Meditation classes - We will be learning and practicing breathing and meditation. We have resumed on Wednesdays at 12:30 & 3:00 p.m. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. Caregiving tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Drutchas leads the session, 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.

ALTAR GUILD has opportunities for 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.

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EASTER LILY ORDERS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED.  If you would like to provide an Easter Lily in honor or memory of a loved one this Easter season, please complete the form below and drop it in an offering plate or hand it to an usher.  Cost is $8.00 each.  We will place them in the Chancel area, and they may be taken home after the Easter worship services on Sunday, April 21st.  Orders and payments are due Sunday, April 14th.  A list of those providing Lilies will be printed in the Sunday Bulletin.  Any plants left will be donated to local hospitals/ care facilities.

 

I/We would like to order a Lily(ies) to be placed in the Chancel area for Easter.

 

In honor/ memory of_____________________________________________________

 

From_________________________________________________________________

 

Contact number _______________________Number of Lilies _______Amt due_____

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

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

Sue Barnard (sister, Charlie & Marjie Barnard), Marion Bolen, Debbie Case, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Everly Jernigan (niece, Cindy Romas), Dori Lamberti (daughter, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Helene McEachern, Velma McGee, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Lil Roscoe, Beverly Sitz, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, and Richard Vignola.  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.

EASTER EGG HUNT AND PARTY TO BE HELD APRIL 14 Our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter party will be hosted by the Sunday School staff during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, April 14. During the hour the children will share in the Easter story, decorate eggs and cookies and hunt for Easter eggs (outdoors, weather permitting). We are in need of bags of wrapped candy to help off-set the cost of filling Easter eggs. All candy donations can be dropped in the bucket located at the Sunday School Welcome Center. If you are interested in helping with the party or have further questions, please contact Sheri Herkimer or Pastor Schalm.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 29 the youth will gather for a movie night and lock-in following the fish dinner. Plans for The “2019” Summer Mission Trip, June 16 – June 22, are underway. We will be serving the Boston, MA area. We will be housed at the Village Congregational UCC church located in Whitinsville, MA. Fundraising events and activities continue all the way through June. Only twenty spots are available. Those participating in fundraisers will be granted the first opportunities. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating. Youth should watch their mail for additional information.  The youth will be selling stock to help fund their summer mission trip.  For a donation, shareholders are assured a personal letter from a youth mission trip participant, their name placed upon the Rock Hard in Faith mission trip banner and the knowledge that they have helped to shape a life in Christ.  Youth stock can be purchased during coffee beginning April 7th.

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Sunday March 17, 2019

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

Second Sunday of Lent
March 17, 2019

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

Nursery Care Available 10:30 a.m.

 

  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist

  RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL    

  CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

*OPENING HYMN No. 517 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”  Tracy Hoffman,  Hymn Leader 

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

  Almighty God, we acknowledge our need for you in our lives.  May we be open to  

  your activity in this time of worship, in our lives, and in the world.  Quiet our busy  

  thoughts and distracted attention so that we can be still and know that you are  

  God.  Bless us this hour, that Your seed of truth would take root within our hearts  

  and grow to bless others. Lead us by your Spirit to be disciples of Jesus, in whose  

  name we pray.   Amen.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen. 

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

  FAMILY MOMENT OF GOD “Let it Grow,” Pastor Schalm

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “God Chose Us,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING  Haggai 1:5-9, Matthew 13:1-9,23  Lectors: Michele McNeely (9),  Helen St. Louis (10:30) 

_____________________

*Congregation standing

HYMN No. 602  “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”

  MORNING PRAYER (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

  CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE                                                                                                              

  Create in me a new heart, so that I’ll give you more than part,

  of this the life you’ve given me, create in me a new heart.

*DOXOLOGY

     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.

*HYMN No. 545 “He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought!”   

  SERMON  “Digging Up The Dirt,”  Pastor Schalm

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*HYMN No. 612  “O Jesus, I Have Promised”

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  Dave Badarak (9)

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

Ushers:  Confirmation Class (10:30)

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  Marach 17 – March 24

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Sunday School 10:30 am/ Children’s Choir 11:30/ Soundings Team Open Forum 11:30 a.m./ “Real Jesus” discussion 7:00 p.m.

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m. / Caregivers 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Meditation 12:30 & 3:00 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TGIW-Jerusalem Café 5:30-7:00 p.m./ Worship 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation, Choir, Bible Study 7:30

Thursday    Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m./ Red Hat Dinner Outing 6:30 p.m.

Friday         Fish Supper Drive Thru 4:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:30 a.m. / Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ “Real Jesus” discussion 7:00 p.m.

 

MORNING TIDE

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between worship service, hosted by our Men’s Fellowship Ministry.

 PIES ARE NEEDED for our Fish Suppers.  Pie Tins are available in the church Narthex.  There is also a volunteer sign up board.  Please consider sharing some of your time to help our Suppers be a continued success.

SEWING GUILD’S NEXT MEETING is March 21 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Room. Bring a sandwich, coffee and dessert are provided.  No sewing experience is necessary.  Join us for fellowship and Food For Thought! 

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Our March event is a dinner outing to Woodside Meadows in Romulus on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.  Kathy Peters is the contact for this outing.  Please sign up on the RHPA Board in Fellowship Hall.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING  You may bring your offering any

Sunday through March 31.   This offering is one of our United Church of Christ’s Special

Mission Offerings that assists our Christian friends, in need, worldwide.   It is used in the

development of Health, Education, and Agriculture, and with Disaster and Refugee relief.

An offering envelope is included in your March Tidings.  For those of you who receive

your Tidings by email, you will find a “One Great Hour of Sharing” envelope in the pew

racks.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give as generously as you are

able to those in need.   Thank you.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up board located in the Narthex of the Church. Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary. Our Deacons will be glad to answer any questions and walk you through training prior to the service.  Ushers are asked to be at Church thirty minutes prior to the service.  Any Deacon can assist you.


‘GATES OF PRAYER’
a new Lenten Bible Study Series, led by Pastors Geoff Drutchas

and Cheryl Schalm, as well as lay members of our congregation considers great moments

of prayer in scripture and what we can learn from them. Included in the study series is a

look at Martin Luther’s advice on prayer, using both the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten

Commandments. The series includes instruction on praying and invites participants to

share their experiences with answered prayers. The five-week series begins Wednesday

evenings, 7:30-8:30 p.m., immediately after worship services on March 20, and 27, and

April 3 and 10. Please mark your calendars. To sign up for the free series, please

complete an RSVP form and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office.

 

JERSALEM CAFÉ OPENS During the weeks of Lent the lights of the Jerusalem Café will shine brightly, welcoming those attending Wednesday activities. Desserts and beverages will be served in the West Room from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Each week will offer a variety of light desserts. Jerusalem Café visitors can enjoy refreshments and conversation before music rehearsals, worship, and Bible study. A basket donation is appreciated. Anyone interested in contributing baked goods are invited to contact the church office (313-291-1221) or speak with Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm.

‘INSPIRED PRAYERS Mid-Week Lenten Services Theme What do Mother Theresa, St. Francis of Assisi, and Reinhold Niebuhr have in common? God inspired each of them with words of prayer that have stirred and deepened the faith of many for decades, even centuries. During Wednesday night services throughout Lent, worshippers will have a chance to share in these prayers anew, gaining inspiration for our daily lives as Christian men and women. Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm will lead these half-hour services in the church chancel from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., allowing participants to continue that same night with other important faith activities—chancel choir, Lenten Bible study, and confirmation class. Take time to be holy and inspired anew during this Lent with worship intended to give you a mid-week spiritual boost.  

FRIDAY, MARCH 29 the youth will gather for a movie night and lock-in following the fish dinner. Plans for The “2019” Summer Mission Trip, June 16 – June 22, are underway. We will be serving the Boston, MA area. We will be housed at the Village Congregational UCC church located in Whitinsville, MA. Fundraising events and activities continue all the way through June. Only twenty spots are available. Those participating in fundraisers will be granted the first opportunities. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating. Youth should watch their mail for additional information.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is invited.  Meditation classes - We will be learning and practicing breathing and meditation. We have resumed on Wednesdays at 12:30 & 3:00 p.m. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. Caregiving tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Drutchas leads the session, 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.

‘THE REAL JESUS’ DISCUSSION SERIES Over the last century, historians and archaeologists have worked harder than ever to validate what the gospels tell us about the life of Jesus. For a three-part Sunday evening discussion series, Pastor Geoff Drutchas will be using an engaging and provocative National Geographic article as a launch for a wider conversation about what modern-day researchers are saying about Jesus. We will meet in the parlor on Sunday evenings, March 17, 24, and 31, 7-8:30 p.m. A donation to defray costs of prepared materials is invited. For more information please speak with Pastor Drutchas (313-291-1221). To sign up please fill out RSVP form included. Study materials are available for pick up in the church office.

EASTER LILY ORDERS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED.  If you would like to provide an Easter Lily in honor or memory of a loved one this Easter season, please complete the form below and drop it in an offering plate or hand it to an usher.  Cost is $8.00 each.  We will place them in the Chancel area, and they may be taken home after the Easter worship services on Sunday, April 21stOrders and payments are due Sunday, April 14thA list of those providing Lilies will be printed in the Sunday Bulletin.  Any plants left will be donated to local hospitals/ care facilities.

 

I/We would like to order a Lily(ies) to be placed in the Chancel area for Easter.

 

In honor/ memory of_____________________________________________________

 

From_________________________________________________________________

Contact number _______________________Number of Lilies _______Amt due_____

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

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

Bob Barley, Sue Barnard (sister, Charlie & Marjie Barnard), Marion Bolen, Debbie Case, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Everly Jernigan (niece, Cindy Romas), Dori Lamberti (daughter, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Helene McEachern, Velma McGee, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman (Henry Ford, Wyandotte) Shirlen Powell, Lil Roscoe, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, and Bert Thompson. 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.

A SPEICAL THANK YOU to the following people who helped to make the coleslaw

for the 2019 Fish Dinners:  Toni Hill, Karen Hill, Grace Wangbickler’ Rosemarie Laslo,

Sharon Podpora, Louise Stanek, John Smith, Barb Smith, Patricia Olson, Dee Salsbury,

Thelma Poet, Jim Poet, Diane Poet, Candace Poet, Helen St. Louis, Pam Lange, Barb

Schultz, Cheryl Kincaid, Henrietta Hinzmann, Dorothy Evison, Daniel Case, Gary

Staffeld and Lucas Staffeld.  Your help was truly appreciated.  

AUDIO COPIES OF OUR ST. PAUL WORSHIP SERVICES are available online.  Visit our Web Site at www.stpaulucctaylor.org and select the "Weekly Sermons, Bulletins and Audio Services" tab from the main menu.  Select from the listings of dates to view available bulletins, sermons and full audio recordings of the service. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.  

EASTER EGG HUNT AND PARTY TO BE HELD APRIL 14 Our annual Easter egg hunt and Easter party will be hosted by the Sunday School staff during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, April 14. During the hour the children will share in the Easter story, decorate eggs and cookies and hunt for Easter eggs (outdoors, weather permitting). We are in need of bags of wrapped candy to help off-set the cost of filling Easter eggs. All candy donations can be dropped in the bucket located at the Sunday School Welcome Center. If you are interested in helping with the party or have further questions, please contact Sheri Herkimer or Pastor Schalm.

 

 

 

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Sunday March 10, 2019

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

First Sunday of Lent
March 10, 2019

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

(Nursery care available 10:30)

 

SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE   “God Is So Good,”  Sally Sigman, Organist, Note-A-Bells Handbell Choir

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 577  “Nearer, My God, to Thee,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

  PROCESSIONAL OF THE CROSS

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

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O God, we come before you, an unfaithful people.  The shadows of sin dominate us.

    Our secret faults separate us from the light and knowledge of your presence.  Have

    mercy upon us, blot out our transgressions, forgive our waywardness, and

    remember our sin no more.  Grant us, O God, a new and right spirit that we might

    be purged of all wrong and become as pure as new-fallen snow.  Amen.

 *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.   

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   HYMN No. 602  “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”               

   SCRIPTURE READING  Philippians 4:1-7, Mark 9:14-29  Lector:  Eileen Vernor Drutchas  

HYMN No. 501  “There Is a Balm in Gilead”

_____________________  

*Congregation standing

MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

    HYMN No. 635  “Faith of Our Fathers”

    OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/ DEDICATION OF GIFTS

    SERMON  “Prayer First,”  Pastor Drutchas

    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Come to The Table,”  Chancel Choir    

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

          Unison Confession of Sin (found in the pew racks)

          Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration

          Response:

              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)

   *Doxology

         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.

   *BENEDICTION

   *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.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance. PARENTS WITH CRYING INFANTS are encouraged to make use of our Family Room at the rear of the sanctuary.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.  Please 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.

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  Dave Badarak (9)

Deacon:  Jim Nault (9), Dee Salsbury (10:30)

Ushers:  Church Council Members

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  Marach 10 – March 17

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas -First Sunday in Lent/ Communion/ CE & Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 am/ Children’s Choir 11:30/ Youth Lunch & Knockerball 11:30

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Christ Net 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Meditation 12:30 & 3:00 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TGIW-Jerusalem Café  5:30-7:00 p.m./ Worship 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation, Choir, Bible Study 7:30

Thursday    Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m.

Friday         Fish Supper Dine In-Carry Out 4:00 p.m./ CE Bake Sale & Sewing Guild Donation Table/ Youth Movie Night & Lock-In 6:30 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Sunday School 10:30 a.m. / Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Soundings Team Open Forum 11:30 a.m./ “Real Jesus” discussion 7:00 p.m.


MORNING TIDE
 

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between worship service, hosted by our Men’s Fellowship Ministry.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Edwin Steinhauer from your daughters, Sue and Diane.

 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 reverent silence that fits the dignity of the sacrament.

PIES ARE NEEDED for our upcoming Fish Suppers.  Pie Tins are available in the church Narthex.  There is also a volunteer sign up board.  Please consider sharing some of your time to help our Suppers be a continued success.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Our March event is a dinner outing to Woodside Meadows in Romulus on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.  Kathy Peters is the contact for this outing.  Please sign up on the RHPA Board in Fellowship Hall.

LUNCHING FOR THE HOMELESS A fundraiser to benefit Christ Net Services.  Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill 14805 Dix-Toledo, Southgate.  Menu:  Chicken Marsala, Penne Pomodoro, Soup or Salad, and soft drink.  Cost:  $20-adults, $5 for children (5-10 years), 4 and under eat free.  Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased before March 10th.  Order forms are available in the church office or contact Rev. Geoff Drutchas.  Enjoy a delicious meal and support a wonderful ministry that provides safe warm shelter, meals, and so much more to our community’s homeless.

‘GATES OF PRAYER’ a new Lenten Bible Study Series, led by Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm, as well as lay members of our congregation considers great moments of prayer in scripture and what we can learn from them. Included in the study series is a look at Martin Luther’s advice on prayer, using both the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments. The series includes instruction on praying and invites participants to share their experiences with answered prayers. The five-week series begins Wednesday evenings, 7:30-8:30 p.m., immediately after worship services on March 13, 20, and 27, and April 3 and 10. Please mark your calendars. To sign up for the free series, please complete an RSVP form and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office.

JERSALEM CAFÉ OPENS DURING Wednesday March 13th During the upcoming weeks of Lent the lights of the Jerusalem Café will shine brightly, welcoming those attending Wednesday activities. Desserts and beverages will be served in the West Room from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Each week will offer a variety of light desserts. Jerusalem Café visitors have a chance to enjoy refreshments and conversation before music rehearsals, worship, and Bible study. A basket donation is appreciated. Anyone interested in con-tributing baked goods are invited to contact the church office (313-291-1221) or speak with Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm.

‘INSPIRED PRAYERS Mid-week Lenten Services Theme What do Mother Theresa, St. Francis of Assisi, and Reinhold Niebuhr have in common? God inspired each of them with words of prayer that have stirred and deepened the faith of many for decades, even centuries. During Wednesday night services throughout Lent, worshippers will have a chance to share in these prayers anew, gaining inspiration for our daily lives as Christian men and women. Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm will lead these half-hour services in the church chancel from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., allowing participants to continue that same night with other important faith activities—chancel choir, Lenten Bible study, and confirmation class. Take time to be holy and inspired anew during this Lent with worship intended to give you a mid-week spiritual boost. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 the youth will gather for a movie night and lock-in following the fish dinner. Plans For The “2019” Summer Mission Trip are currently underway. The trip is the week of June 16 – June 22. Participants will be serving the Boston, MA area. We will be housed at the Village Congregational UCC church located in Whitinsville, MA. Fundraising events and activities will continue all the way through June. Only twenty spots are available. Those participating in fundraisers will be granted the first opportunities. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is invited.  Meditation classes - We will be learning and practicing breathing and meditation. We will resume on Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 & 3:00 p.m. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. Caregiving tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Drutchas leads the session, 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.

‘THE REAL JESUS’ DISCUSSION SERIES Over the last century, historians and archaeologists have worked harder than ever to validate what the gospels tell us about the life of Jesus. For a three-part Sunday evening discussion series, Pastor Geoff Drutchas will be using an engaging and provocative National Geographic article as a launch for a wider conversation about what modern-day researchers are saying about Jesus. We will meet in the parlor on Sunday evenings, March 17, 24, and 31, 7-8:30 p.m. Participants will receive informative reading materials in advance. A donation to defray costs of prepared materials is invited. For more information please speak with Pastor Drutchas (313-291-1221). Study materials are available through the church office.

EASTER LILY ORDERS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED.  If you would like to provide an Easter Lily in honor or memory of a loved one this Easter season, please complete the form below and drop it in an offering plate or hand it to an usher.  Cost is $8.00.  We will place them in the Chancel area, and they may be taken home after the Easter worship services on Sunday, April 21stOrders and payments are due Sunday, April 14thA list of those providing Lilies will be printed in the Sunday Bulletin.  Any plants left will be donated to local hospitals/ care facilities.

 

I/We would like to order a Lily(ies) to be placed in the Chancel area for Easter.

 

In honor/ memory of_____________________________________________________

 

From_________________________________________________________________

 

Contact number _______________________Number of Lilies _______Amt due_____

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

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

Bob Barley, Sue Barnard (sister, Charlie & Marjie Barnard), Marion Bolen, Debbie Case, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Ollie Hilliker, Everly Jernigan (niece, Cindy Romas), Ken Kaszubowski, Helene McEachern, Velma McGee, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), Shirlen Powell, Lil Roscoe, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, and Bert Thompson.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.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING  You may bring your offering any Sunday through March 31.   This offering is one of our United Church of Christ’s Special Mission Offerings that assists our Christian friends, in need, worldwide.   It is used in the development of Health, Education, and Agriculture, and with Disaster and Refugee relief. An offering envelope is included in your March Tidings.  For those of you who receive your Tidings by email, you will find a “One Great Hour of Sharing” envelope in the pew racks.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give as generously as you are able to those in need.   Thank you.

A SPEICAL THANK YOU to the following people who helped to make the coleslaw for the 2019 Fish Dinners:  Toni Hill, Karen Hill, Grace Wangbickler’ Rosemarie Laslo, Sharon Podpora, Louise Stanek, John Smith, Barb Smith, Patricia Olson, Dee Salsbury, Thelma Poet, Jim Poet, Diane Poet, Candace Poet, Helen St. Louis, Pam Lange, Barb Schultz, Cheryl Kincaid, Henrietta Hinzmann, Dorothy Evison, Daniel Case, Gary Staffeld and Lucas Staffeld.  Your help was truly appreciated.

AUDIO COPIES OF OUR ST. PAUL WORSHIP SERVICES are available online.  Visit our Web Site at www.stpaulucctaylor.org and select the "Weekly Sermons, Bulletins and Audio Services" tab from the main menu.  Select from the listings of dates to view available bulletins, sermons and full audio recordings of the service. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.

SEWING GUILD’S NEXT MEETING is March 21 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Room. Bring a sandwich, coffee and dessert are provided.  No sewing experience is necessary. Join us for fellowship and Food For Thought! 

 

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Ash Wednesday Service – 7:30 p.m.

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

Ash Wednesday
March 6, 2019

                                  

        Celebration of Worship 7:30 p.m.

 

   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

*CALL TO WORSHIP/ INVOCATION (Responsive)

Leader: As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment the heaven was opened, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

Congregation: And a voice from heaven said: ‘This is my son, whom I love. 

  With him I am well pleased!’                                                              

Leader: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert…

Congregation: As we gather tonight, we seek to follow you, Jesus.  Lead us

  by your Spirit into a season of preparation and growing faith.  Amen.

  CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen Amen.

 *OPENING HYMN No. 340 “Softly and Tenderly,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

 *WELCOME/PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANTHEM “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE  2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 4:1-11 Lector:  Barbara Schultz

*HYMN No.  179  “Forty Days and Forty Nights”

   MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

   *congregation standing

OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/ *DEDICATION OF GIFTS

 *DOXOLOGY

      Praise God from whom all blessing flow; Praise him all creatures here below.

      Praise him above ye heavenly host, Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

   SERMON  “An Interview From Hell,” Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 628  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

   SCRIPTURE LESSON  Psalm 51:1-17 Lector:  Barbara Schultz

   PRAYER OF CONFESSION (insert)

   IMPOSITION OF ASHES

     All are invited to come forward to receive the sign of the cross drawn in ashes on your forehead.

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No.  65 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)

HANDICAP ACCESIBLE 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.

PARENTS WITH CRYING INFANTS are encouraged to make use of our Family Room at the rear of the sanctuary.

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.

A CORDIAL WELCOME IS EXTENDED to all worshippers.  In keeping with the spirit of Lent, a “Bread and Water” fellowship period will follow this evening’s service.

ASHES OFFERED THIS EVENING to all worshippers.  The ushers will invite you to come forth to the front of the sanctuary to receive them. The ashes are a symbol of humility and penitence.  Ashes are available to those of all ages, including children.

PEW COMMUNION SERVED SUNDAY  Heralding the first Sunday of Lent, there will be a parade in our sanctuary as our ‘Old Rugged Cross’ is carried in, purple silk paraments will adorn our lectern and pulpit for the new season on Sunday, March 10. Adding to the celebration, our chancel choir will be singing at both services. Pew communion will be served. All worshiping adults are invited to partake. As a part of their own observance of the new Lenten season, everyone is asked to wear something purple that morning.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13TH BEGINS TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) our Lenten mid-week program.  The evening begins with refreshments from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Jerusalem Café.  7:00-7:30 is worship, 7:30-8:30 is Confirmation, Choir Rehearsal, and a Lenten Bible Study.  All are welcome.

  ‘GATES OF PRAYER’ a new Lenten Bible Study Series, led by Pastors Geoff Drutchas

and Cheryl Schalm, as well as lay members of our congregation considers great moments

of prayer in scripture and what we can learn from them. Also included in the study series

will be a look at Martin Luther’s advice on prayer, using both the Lord’s Prayer and the

Ten Commandments. The series includes instruction on praying and will invite

participants to share their experiences with answered prayers. The five-week series

begins Wednesday evenings, 7:30-8:30 p.m., immediately after worship services on

March 13, 20, and 27, and April 3 and 10. Please mark your calendars. To sign up for

the free series, please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it

in an offering plate or contact the church office.

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Sunday March 3, 2019

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

Last Sunday after Epiphany
March 3, 2019

 

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

Nursery care available 10:30

 

SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE   Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

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

*OPENING HYMN No. 22  “All Creatures of Our God and King,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O God, we come before you, an unfaithful people.  The shadows of sin dominate

 Our secret faults separate us from the light and knowledge of your presence.

  Have mercy upon us, blot out our transgressions, forgive our waywardness, and

  remember our sin no more.  Grant us, O God, a new and right spirit that we

  might be purged of all wrong and become as pure as new-fallen snow.  Amen.  

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist  (9),  “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)

SCRIPTURE READING  Genesis 28:10-17, Luke 9:28-36  Lectors: Michele McNeely (9),  Pam Lange (10:30)

*Congregation standing

HYMN No. 124  “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”  (verses 1-4)   

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

  *HYMN No. 136  “Christians All, Your Lord Is Coming”

    OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS       

  *DOXOLOGY

      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  “No Time to Snooze,”  Pastor Drutchas

COLLECTING PALMS AND BURYING THE ALLELUIAS (Responsive Reading insert)

    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)   

    CLOSING HYMN No.  637  “For All the Saints”  (without Alleluias)      

  *BENEDICTION

  *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.

PARENTS WITH CRYING INFANTS are encouraged to make use of our Family Room at the rear of the sanctuary.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  March 3 – March 10

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas -Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday Ash Wednesday/ Ashes offered 7:00 – 9:00 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Hand bell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m./ Worship Service 7:30 p.m.

Thursday     Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – First Sunday in Lent/ Communion/ Wear Purple/ CE & Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m. / Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Youth Lunch &  Knockerball 11:30 a.m.


MORNING TIDE

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between worship service, hosted by our Girl Scout Troop 74590.  

   LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the Matney family & friends on the loss of

Grace Torango who passed away February 23, 2019 at the age of 93 years.  Memorial

Service was March 2, 2019.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Voran

Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.  

   LENTEN ASHES OFFERED Ash Wednesday, March 6.  Pastor Drutchas will

administer ashes with individual prayer at our church altar from 7:00-9:00 a.m. Ashes

will also be administered during the Ash Wednesday evening worship service at 7:30

p.m.  Please contact Pastor Drutchas (313-291-1221) if you would like to receive ashes

at another time that day.  If you have palms left from last year, please feel bring them in

   as soon as possible and Pastor Drutchas will burn them for Ash Wednesday services.

LUNCHING FOR THE HOMELESS A fundraiser to benefit Christ Net Services.  Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill 14805 Dix-Toledo, Southgate.  Menu:  Chicken Marsala, Penne Pomodoro, Soup or Salad, and soft drink.  Cost:  $20-adults, $5 for children (5-10 years), 4 and under eat free.  Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased before March 10th.  Order forms are available in the church office or contact Rev. Geoff Drutchas.  Enjoy a delicious meal and support a wonderful ministry that provides safe warm shelter, meals, and so much more to our community’s homeless.

FOR OUR CONGREGAIONS’ PARENTS

Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Laura O’Neil (mother, Shawn Block), Sheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez).

THANKS, ONE AND ALL.  Well our 14th annual scrapbook crop/vender show is over for another year.  It was our largest and most successful, but only because of all the help that we got that day.  We made a total of $3,343 to be split between Health Ministries and Christian Education.  So, to date, we have made $34,677.  To me this is also a form of ministry because we had a lot of new people here and several asked me about our church. I am proud to tell them that I belong here.

 ‘GATES OF PRAYER’ a new Lenten Bible Study Series, led by Pastors Geoff Drutchas

and Cheryl Schalm, as well as lay members of our congregation considers great moments

of prayer in scripture and what we can learn from them. Also included in the study series

will be a look at Martin Luther’s advice on prayer, using both the Lord’s Prayer and the

Ten Commandments. The series includes instruction on praying and will invite

participants to share their experiences with answered prayers. The five-week series begins

the week following Ash Wednesday on Wednesday evenings, 7:30-8:30 p.m.,

immediately after worship services on March 13, 20, and 27, and April 3 and 10. Please

mark your calendars. To sign up for the free series, please complete the RSVP form

included and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office.

  ELECTRONIC GIVING “PEW CARDS” are available in the Narthex for those who

make their donations electronically.  The cards can be obtained as you enter the church.

Simply drop the card in the offering plate to indicate that you are supporting the St. Paul

ministry electronically.  Ask any usher for a “Pew Card” or if you have any questions.

  PETE’S PLACE DINNER REWARDS program benefits St. Paul.  The program runs

off a phone number.  When you settle your bill let the cashier know you want to

participate in the Diner Rewards program. Leave St. Paul’s phone number (313-291-

1221) and for every $50.00 spent, Pete’s Place will donate $5.00 to St. Paul.  The

program is available at both restaurant locations.  For more information, please speak

with your server or contact the church office.  Enjoy a wonderful meal and benefit St.

Paul!

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is invited.  Meditation classes - We will be learning and practicing breathing and meditation. We will resume on Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 & 3:00 p.m. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. Caregiving tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Drutchas leads the session, 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.  Caregiver Bootcamp about Dementia March 9 For anyone caring for some-one with dementia there is a session conducted by Dr. Paula Duren on March 9, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 2080 W. Grand Blvd in Detroit. The title is A Personal Centered Approach to Caregiving; Dementia; Dealing with Difficult Behaviors; 7 Care Strategies; Managing Stress and More… RSVP by leaving a message at 248.509.4357, Space is limited so register ASAP. Breakfast and Lunch are included. Donations welcomed.

EASTER EGG HUNT AND PARTY TO BE HELD APRIL 14 Our annual Easter egg hunt and Easter party will be hosted by the Sunday School staff during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, April 14. During the hour the children will share in the Easter story, decorate eggs and cookies and hunt for Easter eggs (outdoors, weather permitting). We are in need of bags of wrapped candy to help off-set the cost of filling Easter eggs. All candy donations can be dropped in the bucket located at the Sunday School Welcome Center. If you are interested in helping with the party or have further questions, please contact Sheri Herkimer or Pastor Schalm.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 the youth will gather for a movie night and lock-in following the fish dinner. Plans For The “2019” Summer Mission Trip are currently underway. The trip is the week of June 16 – June 22. Participants will be serving the Boston, MA area. We will be housed at the Village Congregational UCC church located in Whitinsville, MA. Fundraising events and activities will continue all the way through June. Only twenty spots are available. Those participating in fundraisers will be granted the first opportunities. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating. Youth should watch their mail for additional information.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

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

Marion Bolen, Debbie Case, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske, Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Ollie Hilliker, Ken Kaszubowski, Beverly Jean Lloyd, Helene McEachern, Velma McGee, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Lil Roscoe, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, and Bert Thompson.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.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING  You may bring your offering any

Sunday through March 31.   This offering is one of our United Church of Christ’s Special

Mission Offerings that assists our Christian friends, in need, worldwide.   It is used in the

development of Health, Education, and Agriculture, and with Disaster and Refugee relief.

An offering envelope is included in your March Tidings.  For those of you who receive

your Tidings by email, you will find a “One Great Hour of Sharing” envelope in the pew

racks.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give as generously as you are

able to those in need.   Thank you.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Our March event is a dinner outing to Woodside Meadows in Romulus on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.  Kathy Peters is the contact for this outing.  Please sign up on the RHPA Board in Fellowship Hall.

AUDIO COPIES OF OUR ST. PAUL WORSHIP SERVICES are available online.  Visit our Web Site at www.stpaulucctaylor.org and select the "Weekly Sermons, Bulletins and Audio Services" tab from the main menu.  Select from the listings of dates to view available bulletins, sermons and full audio recordings of the service. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.

  OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and you can now receive your Church

related e-mails from “stpaulucctaylor.org”.  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.

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