Sunday April 07, 2019

Bulletin, worship service audio, and sermon text for this 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

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


    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.



   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)


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

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


      Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

      Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration

           One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many through out the Earth,
 we are one body in this one Lord,                  

      Distribution of the Elements

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)


      Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

      Praise him all creatures here below.

      Praise him above ye heavenly host;

      Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.


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

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.

Any one desiring to unite with St. Paul United Church of Christ by transfer of membership or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas.


“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of  salvation in our church family and community. Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”


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.



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.


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_____________________________________________________




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.

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.