Sunday April 28, 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

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



 *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.



   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!”


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


     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”          


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


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.



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.


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.



 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


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.

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.