Services

Sunday May 26, 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

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Memorial Weekend
May 26, 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

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

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

  UNISON INVOCATION 

  Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage.  Make us always

  remember your generosity and help us to consistently do your will.  Bless our land

  with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life.  Save us

  from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance and from every

  evil course of action.  Make us who came from many nations with many different

  languages a united people.  Defend our liberties and give those whom we have

  entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there might

  be justice and peace in our land.  When times are prosperous, let our hearts be

  thankful; and in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail.  We ask all this

  through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

*OPENING HYMN WITH FLAG PROCESSIONAL  No. 725  “God of the Ages,

   Whose Almighty Hand,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

   LIGHTING OF MEMORIAL CANDLE

*WELCOME/ PASSING OF PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

_____________________

*Congregation standing

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “God Bless America” Chancel Choir (9); “God Bless

America,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (10:30) 

  SCIPTURE READING  Ephesians 6:10-18a; Matthew 8:5-13  Lectors:  Aaron

Johnson (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

*HYMN (Insert) “Onward Christian Soldiers”

  MORNING PRAYER  (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

*HYMN No. 705  “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory”

  OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFEROTRY/ *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  “Let’s Not Forget,” Pastor Drutchas

  MEMORIAL CHIMES

  A SALUTE TO VETERANS

    Acknowledgement of Veterans (please stand, if possible)

Tolling of the Bell (Honoring those who have given their lives for our nation)

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 720  “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”

*BENEDICTION/ *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the services closes until all 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.

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

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: 

Anyone 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:  Pam Lange (10:30)

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

Ushers:  Dan & Debbie Case, Veronica Flomo, Sue Mrowka, Helen St. Louis (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 May 26 – June 2

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

Monday       Office Closed/ Matter of Balance 11:30 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Matter of Balance 11:30 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Meditation 3:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Saturday     Pageant Rehearsal 6:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Baccalaureate Sunday/ Sunday School Spring Pageant 9:30 a.m.


MORNING TIDE

 ALTAR FLOWERS are sponsored by our Memorial Ministry in honor of all veterans and their families.

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments between services in Fellowship Hall, hosted by our Red Hot Purple Angels.

GRADUATE INFORMATION REQUESTED  If you or someone in your family is receiving a degree this spring or has received a degree since last June (including a G.E.D.), please contact Cindy Romas in the church office (313.291.1221) no later than Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning worship on June 2 in gown and mortarboard.

PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL PREPARES FOR FIFTEENTH SEASON. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in playing, coaching, or becoming team coordinator, please contact Christine (Mink) Rogers or the church office (313-291-1221) ASAP.  Games are on Tuesday evenings (beginning in May) at Thorn Park, Telegraph and King Roads in Brownstown.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP will lead the 9:30 a.m. single Worship Service in Fellowship Hall. In addition to the youth led service, the Sunday School children will be sharing songs and dances they have learned throughout the year and offering their understanding of lessons taught. Please join your church family for this annual Spring Program worship service. Rehearsal is Saturday, June 1st, 6:00-7:30 p.m. All young people interested in participating in the service should contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

YEE HAW, Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift” at VBS Children, pre-school through

sixth grade, plan now to join the rodeo and hoe-down. This year’s Vacation Bible School

program is taking place at St. Paul UCC from July 22 through July 25. Parents and members

of the congregation are encouraged and invited to then join their children for the VBS family

finale and closing program that will coincide with the annual picnic held on July 28. In

addition to picnic activities everyone can look forward to lunch, games, and a special music presentation offered by VBS participants. To ensure a successful Vacation Bible School

program volunteers are needed to be station leaders, to help set-up and tear down decorations,

lead and guide children to their various stations, assist station leaders, participate in skits,

work the registration desk and help with promotion. Early registration and round-up will

begin on July 21 during Coffee Hour.  Those interested in helping with the program or in

registering their children should see Pastor Cheryl Schalm.


SAVE THE DATE  -
The annual St. Paul Women's Retreat is October 5 and 6, 2019. 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 some free time so that

you can enjoy the beautiful grounds and facilities at Michindoh located in Hillsdale, Michigan.

If you would like more information, please contact Michele McNeely or Marjie Barnard.

THE ANNUAL ST. PAUL FATHER-CHILD OUTING is Thursday, June 13th from 6:00

- 8:00 pm at Sportway in Brownstown. Go-Karting, Mini Golf, and Batting Cages are part of

the activities for adults and children. A light pizza supper with beverages and dessert will be

served promptly at 6:30 pm, followed by the evening activities. As in past years, Men's

Fellowship will be covering all the costs. Participation is limited to St. Paul members and

their children and grandchildren. Reservations are needed to ensure an accurate headcount

for meal and ticket purchase. To RSVP contact the church office at (313) 291-1221 no later

than Noon on Wednesday, June 12th .


2019 PHONE DIRECTORIES
are now available.  Please see any Usher on Sunday morning to get your copy.


FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

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

Paul Adams (husband, Lois Adams), Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard), Betty Caufield, Rob DeCoster (friend, Lois Rice), Charlie Duncan, Julius Enesey, Phill Felske, Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Andrea Holton, Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Dominik Mackowski (friend, Jake Ochab), Sharon Podpora, Earl Shutt (brother, Lois Rice), Tracy Spears (Rivergate, Riverview), Tyler Staten, Bert Thompson, and Frank Wolfram (Florida). 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.

 

THE 2019 SUMMER MISSION TRIP PLANS ARE UNDERWAY, June 16 – June 22, 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. Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm if you are interested in participating. The youth are 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 KioskSaturday, May 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. the Youth are hosting a car wash and bottle drive in the circle driveway of St. Paul Church.  Drop off your unwanted returnables, and get your vehicle washed as well.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated various greeting cards to the office for our Visiting Elders Ministry.  Your generosity is very much appreciated by our Visiting Elders and the entire church. As we have plenty at this time and our storage is at a premium, we will inform everyone when we can resume accepting donations again.  God Bless and Thank You all again!

A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to the Rock Hard in Faith Youth Fellowship Group for helping the Sew n Sews make bunnies for Beaumont Trenton Alzheimer's area.  Multi-textured fabric was sewed together in the shape of a bunny. Youth Fellowship turned each one inside out and stuffed it with poly fill. This was a big time saver for sewing members. Thank you so much for your help. Sew n Sews

 

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Sunday May 19, 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

Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 19, 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  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN No. 3  “The Sun Is on the Sea and Shore,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Lord our God, we bow in adoration before your greatness.  Enable us to let go of   our littleness, our small achievements, and our timid purposes that we may be taken up into Your ambitious purpose for us.  We believe it is Your will that all Your children should live in fullness of joy and love and peace. Lord we believe; help Thou our unbelief! This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Freely, Freely,” Barbara Schultz, Soloist (9), “River In Judea,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING  Acts 22:1-12, 2 Timothy 4:1-8  Lector:  Barbara Schultz

*HYMN INSERT “In Christ Alone”

*Congregation Standing

MORNING PRAYER  (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

   HYMN No.  687  “In Christ There Is No East or West”   

   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 One Who Lends His Name,”  Pastor Drutchas

MEMORIAL PRAYER/ LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 458  “Ours the Journey”

*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.

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.

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:  Pam Lange (10:30)

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

Ushers:  Helen St. Louis (9)

 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 May 19 – May 26

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       Matter of Balance 11:00 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m. / Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Cabinet 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Matter of Balance 11:00 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Communications Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Saturday     Youth Car Wash & Bottle Drive 1:00 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

 ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Harold Schmoekel’s birthday from his children.

SIDE ARRANGEMENTS are in memory of Erik Wickline from Diana Wickline.

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments between services in Fellowship Hall, hosted by our Red Hot Purple Angels.

GRADUATE INFORMATION REQUESTED  If you or someone in your family is receiving a degree this spring or has received a degree since last June (including a G.E.D.), please contact Cindy Romas in the church office (313.291.1221) no later than Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning worship on June 2 in gown and mortarboard.

PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL PREPARES FOR FIFTEENTH SEASON. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in playing, coaching, or becoming team coordinator, please contact Christine (Mink) Rogers or the church office (313-291-1221) ASAP.  Games are on Tuesday evenings (beginning in May) at Thorn Park, Telegraph and King Roads in Brownstown.

THE ST. PAUL CAREGIVERS’ GROUP will meet for their monthly gathering on Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. in the church parlor. The Caregivers group meet to share experiences and to provide mutual spiritual support in providing assistance and care to family members and friends. Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas and Parish Nurse Kathy Williams, each session finishes no later than 9:00 p.m. All conversations within the group setting are confidential and newcomers are invited. For more information contact the church office (313-291-1221).

2019 PHONE DIRECTORIES are now available.  Please see any Usher on Sunday morning to get your copy.

THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD was changed in accordance with our IT Policy.  As many of you already know the wireless internet has added another dimension to St. Paul, in that it enables our members with smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to access resources that could aid in our congregation’s mission.  It also helps to bring people in and encourages them to stick around. Please contact the Church Office, Dan Case, Michael Isaacs, or Gary Peters during Coffee Hour or after worship services to get the new Password.  St. Paul IT Ministry   

YEE HAW, Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift” at VBS Children, pre-school through sixth grade,  plan now to join the rodeo and hoe-down. This year’s Vacation Bible School program is taking place at St. Paul UCC from July 22 through July 25. Parents and members of the congregation are encouraged and invited to then join their children for the VBS family finale and closing program that will coincide with the annual picnic held on July 28. In addition to picnic activities everyone can look forward to lunch, games, and a special music presentation offered by VBS participants.

To ensure a successful Vacation Bible School program volunteers are needed to be station leaders, to help set-up and tear down decorations, lead and guide children to their various stations, assist station leaders, participate in skits, work the registration desk, and help with promotion. Early registration and round-up will begin on July 21 during Coffee Hour.  Those interested in helping with the program or in registering their children should see Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

SAVE THE DATE  - The annual St. Paul Women's Retreat is October 5 and 6, 2019. 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 some free time so that you can enjoy the beautiful grounds and facilities at Michindoh located in Hillsdale, Michigan. If you would like more information, please contact Michele McNeely or Marjie Barnard.

THE ANNUAL ST. PAUL FATHER-CHILD OUTING is Thursday, June 13th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Sportway in Brownstown. Go-Karting, Mini Golf, and Batting Cages are part of the activities for adults and children. A light pizza supper with beverages and dessert will be served promptly at 6:30 pm, followed by the evening activities. As in past years, Men's Fellowship will be covering all the costs. Participation is limited to St. Paul members and their children and grandchildren. Reservations are needed to ensure an accurate headcount for meal and ticket purchase. To RSVP contact the church office at (313) 291-1221 no later than Noon on Wednesday, June 12th .

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is invited.  Meditation classes - Will resume on Wednesdays beginning June 12 at 12:30 p.m. Kathy Williams leads the sessions. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, May 20, 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.  Matter of Balance Classes designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. You will learn techniques to improve your balance. We will meet from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays May 13 through June 10. Snacks are provided. Donations are invited. This program is offered through the Agency on aging and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Register by calling LaShawn Griffin at 734.222.98 Ext. 214 or Kathy Williams at church. Blood Drive coming Tuesday June 18.  Please Save-the-Date 1:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please contact Kathy Williams if you are able/would like to donate blood.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, June 20, we will visit and tour Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church and gardens, Bloomfield Township. We will carpool from church at 10:45 a.m. The tour begins at 12 noon and then we will be going to lunch. Michelle Matney is the contact. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in the Hall.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES especially the 9:00 a.m. service.  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up Board located in the Narthex (back) 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.  CHURCH COUNCIL is also in urgent need of a Secretary.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact President, Pam Lange, 1st Vice President, Cheryl Kincaid or Pastor Drutchas.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION who served in the Armed Forces—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard--will be recognized during the Memorial Weekend Sunday services on May 26. A special time during worship will highlight their service with their names read aloud. A prayer of thanks will also be offered for their role as peacemakers and peacekeepers.

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

Paul Adams (husband, Lois Adams), Marion Bolen, Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard), Betty Caufield, Rob DeCoster (friend, Lois Rice), Charlie Duncan, Julius Enesey, Phill Felske, Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Andrea Holton, Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Dominik Mackowski (friend, Jake Ochab), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Sharon Podpora, Earl Shutt (brother, Lois Rice), Tracy Spears (Rivergate, Riverview), Bert Thompson, and Frank Wolfram (Florida).  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.

THE 2019 SUMMER MISSION TRIP PLANS ARE UNDERWAY, June 16 – June 22, 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. Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm if you are interested in participating. The youth are 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 KioskSaturday, May 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. the Youth are hosting a car wash and bottle drive in the circle driveway of St. Paul Church.  Drop off your unwanted returnables, and get your vehicle washed as well.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP will lead the 9:30 a.m. single Worship Service in Fellowship Hall. In addition to the youth led service, the Sunday School children will be sharing songs and dances they have learned throughout the year and offering their understanding of lessons taught. Please join your church family for this annual Spring Program worship service. Rehearsal is Saturday, June 1st. All young people interested in participating in the service should contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated various greeting cards to the office for our Visiting Elders Ministry.  Your generosity is very much appreciated by our Visiting Elders and the entire church. As we have plenty at this time and our storage is at a premium, we will inform everyone when we can resume accepting donations again.  God Bless and Thank You all again!

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Sunday May 12, 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

Cradle Roll

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  Rev. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

 *OPENING HYMN  No. 23  “Praise, My Soul, God of Heaven,”  (vs. 1-3) Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O God, we gather today offering thanks to you for the blessings of family that you make possible, and those ways that mothers shape our lives for the good.  Help us always to be appreciative of the great sacrifices made on our behalf even before our first moment of breath.  May your love, shown to us in a mother’s love, inspire and ecourage us to be loving people every dayAmen.

 *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “River in Judea,”  Chancel Choir (9), Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (10:30)

*Congregation standing

SCRIPTURE READING  Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7; Luke 2:41-52  Lectors:  Eileen Vernor Drutchas (9), Grace Wangbickler (10:30)

   HYMN No. 490  “Sister, Let Me Be Your Servant”

   MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

   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  “Honoring Our Mothers,”  Pastor Drutchas

 *HYMN No. 184  “Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly”   

CRADLE ROLL

        A Tinkling of Bells/ Blessing of the Infants and Families

   FLOWER DEDICATION/ LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 467  “Fill the World with Love”

 *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.

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

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DESCIPLESHIP & 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:  Dan Case (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

Deacon:  Jim Nault

Ushers:  Helen St. Louis (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 May 12 – May 19

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Cradle Roll Service/ Flower & Plant Pick-up/ bake sale/ Muffins for Mom 9:45  a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./

Monday       Matter of Balance 11:00 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday Matter of Balance 11:00 a.m./ Meditation 3:00 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Sewing Guild Sew ‘N Sews 10:00 a.m./ Every Daughter Banquet 5:30 p.m.

Saturday     Traub Memorial 10:00 a.m./ Red Hat Outing 7:00 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 

 ALTAR FLOWERS are in celebration of Pam & Dave Lange’s 26th wedding  anniversary; and in honor of Dave’s birthday.  SIDE VASE wishes “Happy Mother’s Day” to all.

MUFFINS FOR MOM MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION The Sunday School children, with the help of Men’s Fellowship, are honoring their mothers and the women of the congregation with a special Muffins for Mom continental breakfast. The celebration is this morning 10:00-10:30 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE HONORS NEWBORNS.  Infants born over the past year will be honored at our Cradle Roll service today.  As part of the service, parents are invited to process through the sanctuary cradling their babies as individual names are read and the congregation tinkles hand-held bells in their honor.  Pastor Drutchas will offer a prayer at the chancel steps.

 OUR 2019 EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET is Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.  The theme for this year’s event is Mardi Gras so come dressed up and join in the fun. This year’s Banquet features a Buffet Style Dinner, 50/50 Raffle and Special Basket Door Prizes.  As in past years, we will recognize those who have reached the age of 90.  The cost of a ticket is only $5.00, children twelve and under free.  All tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased in the Church Office today or by calling the Church Office at 313-291-1221.  We are also looking for donations of items that can be used for the Basket Door Prizes.  This year’s event is sponsored by Dorcas, Women’s and Men’s Fellowship.

SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be May 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a sandwich, coffee and dessert is provided.  No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food for Thought!

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION who served in the Armed Forces—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard--will be recognized during the Memorial Weekend Sunday services on May 26. A special time during worship that morning will highlight their service with their names read aloud. A prayer of thanks will also be offered for their role as peacemakers and peacekeepers.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP will lead the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service in Fellowship Hall. In addition to the youth led service, the Sunday School children will be sharing songs and dances they have learned throughout the year and offering their under-standing of lessons taught. Please join your church family for this annual Spring Program worship service. Children are asked to participate in a rehearsal held on Saturday, June 1st. All young people interested in participating in the service should contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated various greeting cards to the office.  Your generosity is very much appreciated by our Visiting Elders and the entire church. As we have plenty at this time and our storage is at a premium, we will inform everyone when we can resume accepting donations again.  God Bless and Thank You all again!

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE FOR INFANTS born May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019 

--Gabriel John Block, born June 21, 2018 to Greg & Shawn Block.  St. Paul Grandparents are Jim & Paula Block, Pam Block.  Sibling is August.

--Nora June Kronemann, born March 9, 2019 to Roy & Rebecca Parant Kronemann.  St. Paul Grandparents are Janet Parant & Walter Ray.  St. Paul Great-grandparent is Irene Stoner

--Lucy Roscoe, born March 12, 2019 to Aaron & Maria Burkel Roscoe. St. Paul Grandmother is Lillian Roscoe.

--Harper Raine Barnhouse, born April 20, 2019 to Aaron & Mary Ann Barnhouse.  St. Paul Great-Grandmother is Patricia Olson.  

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, May 20, 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.  Matter of Balance Class Begins May 13 designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. You will learn techniques to improve your balance. We will meet from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays May 13 through June 10. Snacks are provided. Donations are invited. This program is offered through the Agency on aging and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Register by calling LaShawn Griffin at 734.222.98 Ext. 214 or Kathy Williams at church. Blood Drive coming Tuesday June 18.  Please Save-the-Date 1:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please contact Kathy Williams if you are able/want to donate blood.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Mama Mia! We will be going to the Theatre on the Avenue in Wyandotte on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $16 each and are on sale NOW. We want to sit as a group so let Kathy or Sally know ASAP. You can call or text Kathy. Money is due by May 5. We may be able to add people following our order on April 18 if tickets are still available. Pay Kathy Williams, cash preferred.  Thursday, June 20, we will visit and tour Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church and gardens, Bloomfield Township. We will carpool from church leaving at 10:45 a.m. The tour begins at 12 noon and then we will be going to lunch. Michelle Matney is the contact for this outing. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall.

THE ST. PAUL CAREGIVERS’ GROUP will meet for their monthly gathering on Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. in the church parlor. The Caregivers group meet to share experiences and to provide mutual spiritual support in providing assistance and care to family members and friends. Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas and Parish Nurse Kathy Williams, each session finishes no later than 9:00 p.m. All conversations within the group setting are confidential and newcomers are invited. For more information contact the church office (313-291-1221)

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

Paul Adams (husband, Lois Adams), Marion Bolen, Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard), Betty Caufield, Rob DeCoster (friend, Lois Rice), Charlie Duncan, Julius Enesey, Phill Felske, Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Andrea Holton, Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Dominik Mackowski (friend, Jake Ochab), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Sharon Podpora, Earl Shutt (brother, Lois Rice), Tracy Spears (Rivergate, Riverview), Bert Thompson, and Frank Wolfram (Florida). 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.

PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL PREPARES FOR FIFTEENTH SEASON. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in playing, coaching, or becoming team coordinator, please contact Christine (Mink) Rogers or the church office (313-291-1221) ASAP.  Games are on Tuesday evenings (beginning in May) at Thorn Park, Telegraph and King Roads in Brownstown.

GRADUATE INFORMATION REQUESTED  If you or someone in your family is receiving a degree this spring or has received a degree since last June (including a G.E.D.), please contact Cindy Romas in the church office (313.291.1221) no later than Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning worship on June 2 in gown and mortarboard.

THE 2019 SUMMER MISSION TRIP PLANS ARE UNDERWAY, June 16 – June 22, 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. Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm if you are interested in participating. The youth are 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 KioskSaturday, May 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. the Youth are hosting a car wash and bottle drive in the circle driveway of St. Paul Church.  Drop off your unwanted returnables, and get your vehicle washed as well.

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Sunday May 5, 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 of Easter
May 5, 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

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

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

 *OPENING HYMN No. 100  “When Morning Gilds the Skies,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Eternal God, who art our maker and our Lord, and from whom cometh every          

   good and perfect gift, pour out Your Holy Spirit upon all those who seek You.                                

   When we come to You in repentance, deliver us from all our sins.  When we                           

   draw near to You in worship, deliver us from coldness of heart and wanderings       

   of mind; that we may worship You in spirit and in truth, through Jesus Christ                          

   our Lord.  Amen.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS    

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Be Thou My Vision,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “Be Thou My Vision,”  Choir (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING  John 20:19-29 Lectors: April Clark (9), Kathy Williams (10:30)

*HYMN No. 548  “The Old Rugged Cross” (vs. 1, 2, 4)   

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)    

______________________

*Congregation 

HYMN No. 207  “In The Cross of Christ I Glory” (vs. 1-3)

  OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*OFFERTORY PRAYER

  SERMON  “The Cross Shines,”  Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 224  “Christ Arose!” 

  THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

       Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

       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.)

___________________

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.

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

Deacon:  Jim Nault

Ushers:  Jane Dykowski, Helene McEachern, Tim Ruffner, Wendy Warner (10:30)

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  May 5  – May 12

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Blue Jean Sunday/ Communion/ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Soundings Survey Results Meeting 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 Meditation 12:30 & 3:00 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday    Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Cradle Roll Service/ Flower & Plant pick-up/ bake sale/ Muffins for Mom/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.


MORNING TIDE

  ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Ethel & Paul Joseph; and in honor of Elaine Mitchell from Patricia Olson.

 DUE TO BLUE JEAN SUNDAY, there is no Coffee Hour today.

TAYLOR COMMUNITY CHORUS presents it’s Spring Concert. Something for Everyone on Sunday, May 5, 4:00 p.m. at the William Ford Senior Center, Taylor.  Tickets:  $8 Adults; $5 5-17; under 5 free.

 OUR 2019 EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET is Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.  The theme for this year’s event is Mardi Gras so come dressed up and join in the fun. This year’s event will feature a Buffet Style Dinner, 50/50 Raffle and Special Basket Door Prizes.  Just like in past years we will recognize those who have reached the age of 90 and over but will also have prizes for several other important categories. The cost of a ticket is only $5.00, children twelve and under are free.  All tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased in the Church Office today or by calling the Church Office at 313-291-1221.  We are also looking for donations of items that can be used for the Basket Door Prizes.  This year’s event is sponsored by Dorcas, Women’s and Men’s Fellowship

PLEASE JOIN US The Soundings Ministry is hosting a short meeting, immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. The purpose is to provide feedback regarding the "Soundings...our Thoughts on Worship" survey cards that were filled out the past two Sundays. It is important to share the information that was collected and answer any additional questions. The plan is to break up into three groups, which will be based on age. This way we can share the results from your specific age groups, as well as review the total results. Please plan on attending this important meeting.  We’ll keep it short.  Yours in Christ, St. Paul Soundings Ministry

13TH ANNUAL FLOWER AND BAKE SALE Mother’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to think flowers.  The Youth are selling flats of flowers, planters, hanging baskets, vegetable plants and more.  Everyone has the opportunity to pre-order from Block’s Farm Market and have them delivered to St. Paul on Sunday, May 12.  The youth will load them into your vehicle.  Order forms can be secured during Coffee Hour or at the Christian Education Welcome Center upstairs.  No hanging baskets or planters will be available the day of pick-up.  It is important to pre-order.  The youth are hosting a bake sale and collecting unwanted returnable cans and bottles during the sale.

GRADUATE INFORMATION REQUESTED  If you or someone in your family is receiving a degree this spring or has received a degree since last June (including a G.E.D.), please contact Cindy Romas in the church office (313.291.1221) no later than Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning worship on June 2 in gown and mortarboard. 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.

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, May 20, 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.  Matter of Balance Class Begins May 13 designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. You will learn techniques to improve your balance. We will meet from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays May 13 through June 10. Snacks are provided. Classes are free; but donations are invited. This program is offered through the Agency on aging and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Register by calling LaShawn Griffin at 734.222.98 Ext. 214 or Kathy Williams at church. Blood Drive coming Tuesday June 18.  Please Save-the-Date 1:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please contact Kathy Williams if you are able/want to donate blood.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Mama Mia! We will be going to the Theatre on the Avenue in Wyandotte on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $16 each and are on sale NOW. We want to sit as a group so let Kathy or Sally know ASAP. You can call or text Kathy. Money is due by May 5. We may be able to add people following our order on April 18 if tickets are still available. Pay Kathy Williams, cash preferred.  Thursday, June 20, we will visit and tour Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church and gardens, Bloomfield Township. We will carpool from church leaving at 10:45 a.m. The tour begins at 12 noon and then we will be going to lunch. Michelle Matney is the contact for this outing. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE HONORS NEWBORN ON MOTHER’S DAY.  Infants born over the past years will be honored at our Cradle Roll service on Sunday, May 12.  As part of the service, parents are invited to process through the sanctuary cradling their babies as individual names are read and the congregation tinkles hand-held bells in their honor.  Pastor Drutchas will offer a prayer at the chancel steps.

SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be May 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a sandwich, coffee and dessert is provided.  No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food for Thought!


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

Marion Bolen, Betty Caufield, Charlie Duncan, Scott Eisenga (father, Josh Eisenga),  Julius Enesey, Phill Felske, Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Andrea Holton, Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Dominik Mackowski (friend, Jake Ochab), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Sharon Podpora, Tracy Spears (Rivergate, Riverview), Bert Thompson, and Frank Wolfram (Florida).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.

MUFFINS FOR MOM MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION The Sunday School children, with the help of Men’s Fellowship, will be honoring their mothers and the women of the congregation on Sunday, May 12, with a special Muffins for Mom continental breakfast. The celebration will be held between the morning worship services, 10:00-10:30 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. All ladies should mark their planners.

PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL PREPARES FOR FIFTEENTH SEASON. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in playing, coaching, or becoming team coordinator, please contact Christine (Mink) Rogers or the church office (313-291-1221) ASAP.  Games are on Tuesday evenings (beginning in May) at Thorn Park, Telegraph and King Roads in Brownstown.

SPRING’S HERE AND THE ST. PAUL RUMMAGE SALE is coming up fast. The sale opens Thursday, May 9, 9:00 a.m., and continues through Saturday morning, May 11. Set-up continues through Tuesday, May 7, 12 noon. Post-sale clean-up is Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer help is needed to host this all-congregation event which supports the larger mission and ministry of our church. You can volunteer by completing a Make-A-Wish Card (pew racks) or by calling the church office (313-291-1221). Your donations of clothing and household goods are welcomed and very much needed to ensure the sale’s success. Rummage sale drop-off is underway. All items should be clean and in a good state of repair. Items can be dropped off at the back of Fellowship Hall during office hours 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or at other times by arrangement.

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Sunday April 28, 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 Easter
April 28, 2019

Celebration of Worship 9:00 a.m. & 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. 2  “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

O God of all our days, we come this morning with eager anticipation. We seek to know you, to see you, to touch you. Open our hearts, that we might experience you anew.  Open our lives, that we may be faithful witnesses to your resurrection.  May we, with shouts of joy, proclaim your steadfast, liberating love to all people, everywhere. Amen.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   SPECIAL MUSIC “Blessing in the Thorn,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist

   SCRIPTURE READING   Psalm 39:4-8, John 1:6-14  Lectors:  Helen St. Louis (9),  Cheryl Kincaid (10:30)

HYMN No. 464 “God of Grace and God of Glory ”  

   MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm

____________________

*congregation standing

  HYMN No. 543  “Blessed Assurance!”

  OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS

     Special Music: Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone, Chris Tomlin

*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.

EPISTLE READING  Ephesians 1:13-14

SERMON  “The Glory of the Empty Grave and God’s Amazing Grace”  Pastor Schalm

 LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 195 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”          

*BENEDICTION

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


ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Deacon:  Jim Nault

Ushers:  Rosemarie Laslo (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  April 28 – May 5

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 10:30 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./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Blue Jean Sunday/Communion/ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.

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 alert the ushers if you need 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 DESCIPLESHIP & 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.

 

MORNING TIDE

 PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments between services in our Jerusalem Café (West Room), hosted by our Christian Education Ministry.

 ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Harper Raine Barnhouse, born April 20, 2019 to Aaron & Mary Ann Barnhouse.  St. Paul Great-grandmother is Patricia Olson.

 LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the family and friends of Leona Traub who passed away April 21, 2019 at the age of 97 years.  Memorial service is Saturday, May 18, 2019.  Visitation is 10:00 a.m. and the service is 11:00 a.m.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas will officiate.  Arrangements by Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home in Kalamazoo.

 IF YOU HAVE NOT COMPLETED a pink Soundings survey card, please see an Usher or Deacon to obtain one.  Once completed, please drop it in an offering plate, hand it to an usher or drop it in the office.

 OUR 2019 EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUEST is Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:00 –

8:30 pm.  This theme for this year’s event is Mardi Gras so come dressed up and join in

the fun. This year’s event will feature a Buffet Style Dinner, 50/50 Raffle and Special

Basket Door Prizes.  Just like in past years we will recognize those who have reached

the age of 90 and over but will also have prizes for several other important categories.

The cost of a ticket is only $5.00, children twelve and under are free.  All tickets must be

purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased beginning Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the

KIOSK Table in the Jerusalem Cafe during Coffee Hour or by calling the Church Office

at 313-291-1221.  We are also looking for donations of items that can be used for the

Basket Door Prizes.  This year’s event is sponsored by Dorcas, Women’s and Men’s

Fellowship.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES especially the 9:00 a.m. service.  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up board located in the Narthex (back) 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.  CHURCH COUNCIL is also in urgent need of a Secretary.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact President, Pam Lange, 1st Vice President, Cheryl Kincaid or Pastor Drutchas. 

TAYLOR COMMUNITY CHORUS presents it’s Spring Concert. Something for everyone on Sunday, May 5, 4:00 p.m. at the William Ford Senior Center, Taylor.  Tickets:  $8 Adults; $5 5-17; under 5 free.

13TH ANNUAL FLOWER AND BAKE SALE Mother’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to think flowers.  The Youth are selling flats of flowers, planters, hanging baskets, vegetable plants and more.  Everyone has the opportunity to pre-order from Block’s Farm Market and have them delivered to St. Paul on Sunday, May 12.  The youth will load them into your vehicle.  Order forms can be secured during Coffee Hour or at the Christian Education Welcome Center upstairs.  No hanging baskets or planters will be available the day of pick-up.  It is important to pre-order.  The youth are hosting a bake sale and collecting unwanted returnable cans and bottles during the sale.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE HONORS NEWBORN ON MOTHER’S DAY.  Infants born over the past years will be honored at our Cradle Roll service on Sunday, May 12.  As part of the service, parents are invited to process through the sanctuary cradling their babies as individual names are read and the congregation tinkles hand-held bells in their honor.  Pastor Drutchas will offer a prayer at the chancel steps.

THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD has changed in accordance with our IT policy.  The wireless internet has added another dimension to St. Paul, in that it enables our those with smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers to access resources that aid in our congregation’s mission. Please contact the Church Office to get the new Wi-Fi password or see Dan Case, Michael Isaacs or Gary Peters during or after our services.  Thank you, St. Paul IT Ministry.

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, May 20, 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.  CPR/First Aid Class both New and Renewal will be Offered in May.  Ideally, we would like two persons from each church group or committee to take a First-aid/CPR class. This allows someone to be able to be a capable first-responder to an injured person during church services/ activities. If you have a current AHA CPR/FA card, you can do a review, practice and take a skills test. This takes 4 hours or less. Those persons wanting to take the initial CPR/First aid class or have a card older than two years can get carded through the American Heart Association. CPR/First aid class takes about 8 hours. Classes will include two four-hour sessions. The class workbook will be available prior to the sessions and needs to be read prior to the class . If you are interested in becoming certified please place a Make a-Wish card in the offering plate. Contact Kathy Williams if you have further questions. Cards cost $16. Matter of Balance Class Begins May 13 designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. You will learn techniques to improve your balance. We will meet from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays May 13 through June 10. Snacks are provided. Classes are free; but donations are invited. This program is offered through the Agency on aging and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Register by calling LaShawn Griffin at 734.222.98 Ext. 214 or Kathy Williams at church.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Mama Mia! We will be going to the Theatre on the Avenue in Wyandotte on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $16 each and are on sale NOW. We want to sit as a group so let Kathy or Sally know ASAP. You can call or text Kathy. Money is due by May 5. We may be able to add people following our order on April 18 if tickets are still available. Pay Kathy Williams, cash preferred.

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

Gracie Barnosky, Marion Bolen, Debbie Case,  Betty Caufield, Charlie Duncan, Scott Eisenga (father, Josh Eisenga), Arlene Felske, Phill Felske (Beaumont, Dearborn), Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Dominik Mackowski (friend, Jake Ochab), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Sharon Podpora, Tracy Spears (Florida address), Linda Tank, Bert Thompson,  Richard Vignola, Carol Wioncek, and Frank Wolfram (florida).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.

MUFFINS FOR MOM CELEBRATION Mother’s Day The Sunday School children, with the help of Men’s Fellowship, will be honoring their mothers and the women of the congregation on Sunday, May 12 with a special, Muffins for Mom continental breakfast. The celebration will be held between the morning worship services, 10:00-10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All ladies should mark their planners for this special event.

PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL PREPARES FOR FIFTEENTH SEASON. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in playing, coaching, or becoming team coordinator, please contact Christine (Mink) Rogers or the church office (313-291-1221) ASAP.  Games are on Tuesday evenings (beginning in May) at Thorn Park, Telegraph and King Roads in Brownstown.

SPRING’S HERE AND THE ST. PAUL RUMMAGE SALE is coming up fast. The sale opens Thursday, May 9, 9:00 a.m., and continues through Saturday morning, May 11. Set-up continues through Wednesday, May 1. Post-sale clean-up is Saturday, May 11, 11a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer help is needed to host this all-congregation event which supports the larger mission and ministry of our church. You can volunteer by completing a Make-A-Wish card (pew racks) or by calling the church office (313-291-1221). Your donations of clothing and household goods are welcomed and very much needed to ensure the sale’s success. Rummage sale drop-off is underway. All items should be clean and in a good state of repair. Items can be dropped off at the back of Fellowship Hall during office hours 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or at other times by arrangement.

 

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Easter Sunday

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


Easter Sunday
Celebration of Worship 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
April 21, 2019

 

  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

BELL FLOURISH/ EASTER PROCLAMATION  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas

CHIME INTROIT

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL/ PROCESSION OF LIGHT

  UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  Eternal God, we rejoice in the promise of Easter.  The healing ministry of Jesus cannot be put down or destroyed.  Thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice, your grace and goodness shall yet reign over a broken world.  On this blessed morning, help us to be transformed by your saving love for us in Jesus Christ that we may cast away the anger, wrath, and malice or our old nature so that truth, righteousness and compassion might guide our lives in all that we say and do.  Amen.

*OPENING HYMN No. 216  “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*GREETING / WELCOME / PASSING OF PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Joy in the Morning,” Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 30; John 20:1-18  Lectors:  Pam Lange (8), Grace Wangbickler(10:30)

  EASTER SOLO  “Woman Weeping in the Garden”

SMALL TALK  “The Donkey That No One Could Ride,”  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

SOLO  “He’s Alive,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist

MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

CHIME AFFIRMATION 

OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY Anthem  “In the Garden,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist/ *DEDICATION OF GIFTS    

    SERMON  “An Easter Garden,” Pastor Drutchas

HYMN No. 234  Crown Him with Many Crowns,”  with Note-A-Bells

    SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

      Invitation of Christ

      Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)/ 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 Elements

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

  *RECESSIONAL HYMN WITH VICTORY CROSS No. 562  “Because He Lives”

  *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all 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 alert the ushers if you need 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 AND PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.

____________________

*congregation standing

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury (8), Kristi Caruso (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  April 21 – April 28

Sunday        Worship Service 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Easter Sunday/ Communion/ Coffee Hour 9:00 a.m.

Monday       Office Closed/ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m.

Thursday    Red Hat Outing – Morley Candy Factory 10:45 a.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

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.

EASTER FELLOWSHIP PERIOD Between the Sunrise and Mid-Morning Services, 9-10:30 a.m., all 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.

THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD has changed in accordance with our IT policy.  The wireless internet has added another dimension to St. Paul, in that it enables our those with smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers to access resources that aid in our congregation’s mission. Please contact the Church Office to get the new Wi-Fi password or see Dan Case, Michael Isaacs or Gary Peters during or after our services.  Thank you, St. Paul IT Ministry.

NO EXERCISE CLASS Monday, April 22.  Class will gather on April 24. TOPPS will still gather each Monday, 6:30 p.m.  The Church office is closed Monday, April 22.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES especially the 9:00 a.m. service.  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up board located in the Narthex (back) 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.  CHURCH COUNCIL is also in urgent need of a Secretary.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact President, Pam Lange, 1st Vice President, Cheryl Kincaid or Pastor Drutchas.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

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

Gracie Barnosky, Marion Bolen (Henry Ford, Downtown), Debbie Case,  Betty Caufield, Charlie Duncan, Scott Eisenga (father, Josh Eisenga), Arlene Felske, Phill Felske (Beaumont, Dearborn), Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Sharon Podpora, Barbara Schultz, Tracy Spears (Florida address), Linda Tank, Bert Thompson, Leona Traub (hospice), Richard Vignola, and Carol Wioncek.Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored.

FLOWERS ON THE AVENUE, a local florist in Allen Park, has been providing the Altar Flowers and Side Vases for our congregation for the last few months.   Please complete a Make-A-Wish card to honor your special loved one or occasion.  Special colors and flowers can be requested.  Cost is still $15.00 for 1 vase, $30.00 for 2 vases.

SPRING’S HERE AND THE ST. PAUL RUMMAGE SALE coming up fast.

The sale opens its doors, Thursday, May 9, 9:00 a.m., and continues through Saturday morning, May 11. Set-up begins Saturday, April 27, and continues through Wednesday, May 1. Post-sale clean-up takes place Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer help is needed to host this all-congregation event which supports the larger mission and ministry of our church. You can volunteer by completing a Make-A-Wish card (pew racks) or by calling the church office (313-291-1221). Your donations of clothing and household goods are welcomed and very much needed to ensure the sale’s success. Rummage sale drop-off is underway. All items should be clean and in a good state of repair. Items can be dropped off at the back of Fellowship Hall during office hours at church, 9 AM to 2 PM or at other times by arrangement.

MUFFINS FOR MOM CELEBRATION Mother’s Day The Sunday School children, with the help of Men’s Fellowship, will be honoring their mothers and the women of the congregation on Sunday, May 12 with a special, Muffins for Mom continental breakfast. The celebration will be held between the morning worship services, 10:00-10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All ladies should mark their planners for this special event.

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Maundy Thursday -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


Maundy Thursday ‘Apostles Service’

April 18, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Order of Worship

 

 SILENT PRAYER (Silence reverence is invited)

 As you enter this evening, you are invited to light a candle and offer a preparatory prayer at  each of three prayer stations along the center aisle of our sanctuary.  The three prayer stations represent the Trinity—our belief as Christian men and women that God, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit are One and that the Spirit of God is the Spirit of Christ and both are manifest through the Holy Spirit.

 RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 340 “Softly and Tenderly”

 CALL TO WORSHIP/ INVOCATION (Responsive)

Pastor: O God, we gather this night in your house to give thanks for the life of your son, Jesus, and to experience anew his presence in our midst.

   People: We remember, dear God, how Jesus shared a meal and prayed and sang with his apostles before he went to the cross, all to help fortify them for the spiritual challenges  ahead.

   Unison: As we together sing songs, offer prayers, and break bread in Jesus’ name, may we be similarly strengthened to stand as your faithful people in a troubled world.

 CONGREGATIONAL AMEN Amen, Amen, Amen!

 WELCOME/ PASSING OF THE PEACE

A WORD ABOUT OUR SERVICE  Pastor Geoffrey G. Drutchas

 THE APOSTLES’ CREED (Unison, pew card) – Michelle McNeely,

 OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERING  Sally Sigman, Organist

 HYMN No. 425  “Let Us Break Bread Together” (Verses 1, 2)

 PART 3 - PREPARING FOR THE SACRAMENT – Pastors Drutchas and Schalm

At St. Paul Church we observe an open communion. You do not need to be a member of this congregation formally to share in the Lord’s Supper.  What is asked of each of us is that we come to this sacred meal with penitent hearts, seeking to walk more closely with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Our communion tonight is administered by pastors and elders in front of the altar above the chancel steps.  Each order of service received tonight includes the name of an apostle.  Please come forward to the altar to receive communion when the name of your apostle is spoken and a communion invitation extended as our service progresses.  Once you are gathered in a chancel circle with others who share your apostle’s name, the bread loaf will be passed to you and then the chalice.  Tearing a piece of bread from the loaf, dip and tincture in the grape juice that follows.  Once everyone has eaten, you will be dismissed in peace to return to your pew.

    Proclamation of God’s Love in Christ

    Confession of Sin/ Prayer of Consecration

 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.  

 PART 1 – A FATEFUL DRAMA BEGINS

Matthew 23:1-12 – Jesus Warns Against the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees – April Clark Matthew 23:13, 23-24, 27-28 – Jesus Condemns Hypocrisy – Andrew Caruso Matthew 26:1-5 – The Plot Against Jesus - Eileen Vernor Drutchas

HYMN No. 628  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” (Verse 1-2)

Matthew 26:6-16 – Jesus is Anointed at Bethany, Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus – Kathy Peters

PART 2 – A FAITHFUL DRAMA DEEPENS

HYMN No. 428 “An Upper Room with Evening Lamps Ashine” (Verses 1,3)

Matthew 26:17-19 – Jesus Asks His Apostles to Prepare the Passover Meal – Pastor Schalm Matthew 26:20-25, 33-35 – Jesus Predicts His Betrayal – Patricia Olson Matthew 26:26-30 – Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper – Pastor Schalm

 PART 3 – THE SACRED DRAMA CULMINATES

 HYMN No. 196  “Go To Dark Gethsemane” (Verses 1-2)

   Matthew 26:36-46 – Jesus Prays at Gethsemane – Tyler Staten Matthew 26:47-56 – The Arrest of Jesus – Tracy Hoffman

 ANTHEM “Gethsemane Hymn”  Chancel Choir, Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

 PART 4 – CHRIST’S DESTINY AWAITS

   Matthew 26:57-68 – Jesus Before the Sanhedrin – Tricia Nault Matthew 26:69-75 – Peter Denies Jesus – Helen St. Louis  Matthew 27:2-10 – The Death of Judas – Janet Staffeld

 HYMN No. 565 “If You Will Trust in God to Guide You”

   Matthew 27:1-2, 11-14 – Pilate Questions Jesus – Marjie Barnard Matthew 27: 15-26 – Jesus is Sentenced to Death – Brenda Murphy Matthew 27:27-31 – The Soldiers Make Fun of Jesus – Marjie Barnard

 ANTHEM  “Within the Shadow of the Cross,” Chancel Choir

 During our final somber anthem, the altar is stripped of all decorations, the cross is veiled and the lights of the Gethsemane window high above are extinguished.  The altar, which served as a table for our communion elements, now stands in its starkness as a reminder of the tomb in which Jesus was laid after his crucifixion at Golgotha—Calvary’s mount.

 CLOSING PRAYER (Responsive)

 Pastors: O God, keep us mindful of Christ’s anguish, passion, and sacrifice as the Lamb of God who takes away our sins and the sins of our world that we might have a fresh start and new life.

 Congregation: Help us, O God, to honor Christ by our devotion to you and our commitment to walk faithfully with him in spirit of compassion and righteousness— always.  Amen!

 TOLLING THE CHURCH BELL

 After the candles are extinguished the congregation may depart in silence.  Fellowship and refreshments follow in the West Room’s Jerusalem Café

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Sunday April 14, 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

Sixth Sunday in Lent                       Palm Sunday
April 14, 2019
 

Examination Sunday/ Confirmation Sunday

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

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.

 

This morning at the 9:00 a.m. service, you are invited to the Chancel steps before worship to receive your palm from the Ushers.  Please also pause for prayer.

  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)/ PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organiist

  RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

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

*OPENING HYMN No. 91 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” Tracy Hoffman,  Hymn Leader

  UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas and Congregation

  Almighty God, give us grace in our present life, which Your son Jesus Christ in

  great humility came to share, that being armed with the light of Your truth and

  love, we may overcome the darkness of evil; so that in the final triumph of Your 

  kingdom, we may share in life eternal; through Him who lives and rules with You 

  and the Holy Spirit now and forever.  Amen.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME/ PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Chancel Choir

*Congregation standing

  SCRIPTURE READING  Zechariah 9:9-10, Luke 19:38  Lectors:  Tricia Nault (9),  Grace Wangbickler (10:30)

 *HYMN No. 191 “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!”

   EXAMINATION OF CONFIRMANDS (9)

   Andrew Caruso, Aaron Flomo, Carlee Robbins, Tyler Staten, Meredith Stull

    MORNING PRAYER (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

  *HYMN No. 192  “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

   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  “The Lord Has Need,” Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No.  75  “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry” (10:30)     

     CONFIRMATION CEREMONY (10:30 - Insert)

CHIMES  “Come, Thou Mighty King”  (10:30)

**INVITATION TO RECEIVE PALMS & BLESSING (10:30)

    LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)   

  *RECESSIONAL HYMN No. 234  “Crown Him With Many Crowns”

  *POSTLUDE 

** At the ushers’ direction, at the close of the 10:30 service, the Congregation is invited to come forward along the side aisles to receive palms and a personal benediction before departing from the sanctuary down the center aisle without returning to your pews.

 

HANDICAP 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.

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

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

Ushers:  Hayden Robbins, Katie Stull (9),

Rosemarie Laslo, Hayden Robbins, Katie Stull (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  April 14 – April 21

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Holy Week/ Palm Sunday/ Confirmand Examination 9:00 a.m./ Confirmand Breakfast 10:00/ Confirmation Ceremony 10:30/ Easter Party-Egg Hunt 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Stock sales/ Flower-Plant sales

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale Drop-off begin

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m./ Confirmand Dinner 5:30 p.m./ Maundy Thursday Worship Service 7:30 p.m.

Friday          Good Friday Brunch 11:00 a.m./ Good Friday Service 12:00 noon

Sunday        Worship Service 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Pew Communion/ Coffee Hour 9:00 a.m.

BEING CONFIRMED THIS MORNING

Andrew Caruso, Aaron Flomo, Carlee Robbins,Tyler Staten, Meredith Stull


MORNING TIDE
 

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 today at the morning worship services. 

EASTER EGG HUNT AND PARTY will be hosted by the Sunday School staff during the Sunday School hour today. The children will share in the Easter story, decorate eggs and cookies and hunt for Easter eggs (outdoors, weather permitting). If you are interested in helping with the party or have further questions, please contact Sheri Herkimer or Pastor Schalm.

THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD has changed in accordance with our IT policy.  The wireless internet has added another dimension to St. Paul, in that it enables our members with smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers to access resources that aid in our congregation’s mission. Please contact the Church Office to get the new Wi-Fi password or see Dan Case, Michael Isaacs or Gary Peters during or after our services.  Thank you, St. Paul IT Ministry.

NO EXERCISE CLASS Monday, April 22.  Class will gather on April 15, 17, and 24. TOPPS will still gather each Monday, 6:30 p.m.  NO CAREGIVERS MEETING on Monday, April 15. NO MEDIDATION SESSIONS April 15 or 17.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES especially the 9:00 a.m. service.  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up board located in the Narthex (back) 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.
CHURCH COUNCIL is also in urgent need of a Secretary.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact President, Pam Lange, 1st Vice President, Cheryl Kincaid or Pastor Drutchas.


SPRING’S HERE AND THE ST. PAUL RUMMAGE SALE
coming up fast. The sale opens its doors, Thursday, May 9, 9:00 a.m., and continues through Saturday morning, May 11. Set-up begins Saturday, April 27, and continues through Wednesday, May 1. Post-sale clean-up takes place on Saturday, May 4, 11-1 a.m. Volunteer help is needed to host this all-congregation event which supports the larger mission and ministry of our church. You can volunteer by completing a Make-A-Wish card (pew racks) or by calling the church office (313-291-1221). Your donations of clothing and household goods are welcomed and very much needed to ensure the sale’s success. Rummage sale drop-off will begin on Monday April 15. All items donated should be clean and in a good state of repair. Items can be dropped off at the back of Fellowship Hall during office hours at church, 9 AM to 2 PM or at other times by arrangement.

FLOWERS ON THE AVENUE, a local florist in Allen Park, has been providing the Altar Flowers and Side Vases for our congregation for the last few months.   Please complete a Make-A-Wish card to honor your special loved one or occasion.  Special colors and flowers can be requested.  Cost is still $15.00 for 1 vase, $30.00 for 2 vases.

LAST SUNDAY FOR EASTER LILY ORDERS.  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_____

 

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, May 20, 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.  CPR/First Aid Class both New and Renewal will be Offered in May.

Ideally, we would like two persons from each church group or committee to take a First-aid/CPR class. This allows someone to be able to be a capable first-responder to an injured person during church services/ activities. If you have a current AHA CPR/FA card, you can do a review, practice and take a skills test. This takes 4 hours or less. Those persons wanting to take the initial CPR/First aid class or have a card older than two years can get carded through the American Heart Association. CPR/First aid class takes about 8 hours. Classes will include two four-hour sessions. The class workbook will be available prior to the sessions and needs to be read prior to the class . If you are interested in becoming certified please place a Make a-Wish card in the offering plate. Contact Kathy Williams if you have further questions. Cards cost $16. Matter of Balance Class Begins May 13 designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. You will learn techniques to improve your balance. We will meet from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays May 13 through June 10. Snacks are provided. Classes are free; but donations are invited. This program is offered through the Agency on aging and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Register by calling LaShawn Griffin at 734.222.98 Ext. 214 or Kathy Williams at church.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, April 25 we will be touring the Sanders (Morley) Candy Factory. The tour is at 12 noon and includes some samples. We will carpool to Clinton Township leaving church promptly at 10:45 a.m. due to construction. Following the tour, we will go to the chocolate and ice cream shop attached to the factory. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in in Fellowship Hall. Kathy Williams is the contact. Mama Mia! We will be going to the Theatre on the Avenue in Wyandotte on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $16 each and are on sale NOW. We want to sit as a group so let Kathy or Sally know ASAP. We will order tickets on April 18, so you need to commit now. You can call or text Kathy. Money is due by May 5. We may be able to add people following our order on April 18 if tickets are still available. Pay Kathy Williams, cash preferred.

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

Marion Bolen, Debbie Case,  Betty Caufield, Charlie Duncan, Scott Eisenga (father, Josh Eisenga), Arlene Felske, Phill Felske (Applewood Nursing Center, Woodhaven), Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Dori Lamberti (daughter, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Helene McEachern, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Sharon Podpora, Shirlen Powell, Barbara Schultz, Beverly Sitz, Sue Spears, Tracy Spears (Florida address), Linda Tank (Henry Ford, Wyandotte)Bert Thompson, Leona Traub, Richard Vignola, Richard Williams (Beaumont Heritage), and Carol Wioncek.  Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored. 

LECTORS NEEDED FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY & GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES Lectors (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.

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.

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Sunday April 07, 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

Fifth Sunday in Lent
April 7, 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. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

  *HYMN No. 100  “When Morning Gilds the Skies,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation  

    Gracious God, we thank you for calling us together today to worship you as a

    family.  We thank you that we are not alone – that you have provided for us fellow

    pilgrims on the way you have set before us.  Fill us with your heavenly food this

    day.  Visit us and prepare us by our worship and in our fellowship for that which

    lies before us.  Help us to praise you with joy and to pray with conviction and to

    serve you with all our hearts.  We ask it in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Chancel Choir (9), Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (10:30)

   SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 118:14-26; Luke 13:31-35  Lectors: Michele  McNeely (9), Kari Cappello (10:30)

 *HYMN No. 211  “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley”

   MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)  

*Congregation standing

HYMN No. 129  “Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates

  FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Aaron Flomo (10:30)

CHIMES  “There’s Something About That Name” (10:30)

  OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/ DEDICATION OF GIFTS  

  SERMON  “All Who Have Ears, Hear!”  Pastor Drutchas

 *COMMUNION HYMN No. 33  “How Great Thou Art”           

  THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER  

      Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

      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.)

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.

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

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

Ushers:  Sharon Podpora, Helen St. Louis (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  April 7 – April 14

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion/ CE & Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Youth stock sales/ Flower-Plant sales

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Council 7:30 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, Choir Rehearsal and Bible Study 7:30 p.m.

Thursday    Women’s Fellowship 12:30 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 – Palm Sunday Confirmand Examination 9:00 a.m./ Confirmand Breakfast 10:00/Sunday School Easter Party & Egg Hunt 10:30/ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.


MO
RNING TIDE

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between worship service, hosted by our Christian Education 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 reverent silence that fits the dignity of the sacrament.

CONDOLENCES TO Charlie & Marjie Barnard & Family on the loss of Charlie’s aunt, Shirley Barnard, who passed away March 31, 2019 at the age of 84 years.  Funeral was Thursday, April 4, 2019.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

 PIES ARE NEEDED for our last Fish Supper.  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.

THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD will change on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in accordance with our IT policy.  The wireless internet has added another dimension to St. Paul, in that it enables our members with smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers to access resources that could aid in our congregation’s mission. It also helps to bring people in and encourages them to stick around.  Please contact the Church Office to get the new Wi-Fi password or see Dan Case, Michael Isaacs or Gary Peters during or after our services.  Thank You, St. Paul IT Ministry.

NO EXERCISE CLASSES Monday, April 8th and April 22ndClass will gather on April 15th, 17th, and 24th. TOPPS will still gather each Monday, 6:30 p.m.

‘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 service, worshippers 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. Take time to be holy and inspired anew during this 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.

JERUSALEM CAFÉ IS OPEN welcoming those attending Wednesday activities. Desserts and beverages will be served from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 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.

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, May 20, 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.  CPR/First Aid Class both New and Renewal will be Offered in May.  Ideally, we would like two persons from each church group or committee to take a First-aid/CPR class. This allows someone to be able to be a capable first-responder to an injured person during church services/ activities. If you have a current AHA CPR/FA card, you can do a review, practice and take a skills test. This takes 4 hours or less. Those persons wanting to take the initial CPR/First aid class or have a card older than two years can get carded through the American Heart Association. CPR/First aid class takes about 8 hours. Classes will include two four-hour sessions. The class workbook will be available prior to the sessions and needs to be read prior to the class . If you are interested in becoming certified please place a Make a-Wish card in the offering plate. Contact Kathy Williams if you have further questions. Cards cost $16. Matter of Balance Class Begins May 13.  A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. You will learn techniques to improve your balance. We will meet from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays May 13 through June 10. Snacks will be provided. Classes are free; but donations are invited. This program is offered through the Agency on aging and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Register by calling LaShawn Griffin at 734.222.98 Ext. 214 or Kathy Williams at church.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS SOUGHT. Over the course of the summer children will have the opportunity to learn how to apply God’s word to their daily living.  Through Biblical lessons and activities, the children will explore God’s word and discover for themselves how they are called to apply these lessons to their daily living.

In order for the summer Sunday School program to be successful adults are needed to lead the weekly lessons.  The summer Sunday School program will begin on June 16th and conclude on September 8th with Rally Sunday and the Sunday School Open House.

Due to lower attendance over the summer all children pre-school through fifth grade will meet together in the upstairs’ Westroom.  Older youth will meet with Pastor Schalm in the Senior High classroom (pending worship service responsibilities). Please consider visiting the Welcome Center on Sunday to select a date to share your faith with the children of St. Paul.  All curriculum, materials and snacks are provided.

 

JUNE 16th         Be Strong and Courageous      ____________________

  • With God’s help we can be strong & courageous.

JUNE 23rd          Rehab the Brave                        ____________________

  • Anyone can come to God in faith.

JUNE 30TH          Stones From the River             ____________________

  • It’s important to remember when God helps us.

JULY 7TH             The Walls Go Tumblin’ Down ____________________

  • We can always trust God’s instructions.

JULY 14th            Deborah-Barak-Jael-Oh, My!  ____________________

  • God invites all kinds of people into His kingdom.

JULY 21st            A King’s the Thing                     ____________________

  • No matter what others do, God wants us to follow Him.

JULY 28TH          ****PICNIC SUNDAY****

AUGUST 4TH       An Unlikely Choice For King         ____________________

  • God cares about what’s in our hearts.

AUGUST 11TH     David Runs for His Life                  ____________________

  • God helps us show mercy.

AUGUST 18TH     Abigail Saves the Day                         ____________________

  • God sends wise people into our lives to guide us.

AUGUST 25TH     David Rules!                                         ____________________

  • King David points the way to Jesus. 

SEPTEMBER 1st  Showdown on Mount Carmel          ____________________

  • Nothing is impossible with God.

 

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.

SPRING’S HERE AND THE ST. PAUL RUMMAGE SALE coming up fast. The sale opens its doors, Thursday, May 9, 9:00 a.m., and continues through Saturday morning, May 11. Set-up begins Saturday, April 27, and continues through Wednesday, May 1. Post-sale clean-up takes place on Saturday, May 4, 11-1 p.m. Volunteer help is needed to host this all-congregation event which supports the larger mission and ministry of our church. You can volunteer by completing a Make-A-Wish card from the pews on Sunday mornings or by calling the church office (313-291-1221). Your donations of clothing and household goods are welcomed and very much needed to ensure the sale’s success. Rummage sale drop-off will begin on Monday April 15. All items donated should be clean and in a good state of repair. Items can be dropped off at the back of Fellowship Hall during office hours at church, 9 AM to 2 PM or at other times by arrangement.

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_____

 

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, April 25 we will be touring the Sanders (Morley) Candy Factory. The tour is at 12 noon and includes some samples. We will carpool to Clinton Township leaving church promptly at 10:45 a.m. due to construction. Following the tour, we will go to the chocolate and ice cream shop attached to the factory. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in in Fellowship Hall. Kathy Williams is the contact.

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

Marion Bolen, Mark Bresky (husband, Carolyn Brandt Bresky), Debbie Case, Charlie Duncan, Scott Eisenga (father, Josh Eisenga), Arlene Felske, Phill Felske (Applewood Nursing Center, Woodhaven), Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Dori Lamberti (daughter, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Helene McEachern, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Beverly Sitz, Sue Spears, Tracy Spears (Florida address), 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.

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.

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.

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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