Sunday February 10, 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 after Epiphany
February 10, 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



*OPENING HYMN No. 589 “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas and Congregation

O Lord, sometimes it’s difficult for us to truly worship You – in Spirit and in truth.  We bring along all the baggage of the past week.  We are so easily distracted.  We are making plans for this afternoon and tomorrow when we should be thinking about You and Your word.  Help us to set aside anything and everything that would detract from the sacredness of this hour, and enable us to focus our minds on what we have come here to do.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.



SPECIAL MUSIC  “Go Light Your World,” Choir,  (9), “What Wondrous Love Is This,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (10:30)

     SCRIPTURE READING  1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 Peter 3:8-17, Lectors:  Tricia Nault (9), April Clark (10:30)

*Congregation Standing

*HYMN No.  526  “The Gift of Love”

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

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



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.

John 13:31, 34-35  Lector:  Pastor Drutchas


  SERMON  “Love Above All,”  Pastor Drutchas

 LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 499  “When Love Is Found”  (1st verse, solo; 2nd verse, choir; 3rd-5th verses, congregation)


*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.  


“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.”


Council:  Dan Case (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury

Ushers:  Michele McNeely, Gary Peters (9),

  Rosemarie Laslo, Barbara Schultz, Brenda Schultz (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  February 10 – February 17

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

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

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

Wednesday  Meditation 12:30 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

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

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.–Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Sunday School 10:30 a.m. / Children’s Choir 11:30/ Youth Winter Jam Concert 11:30



PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Jerusalem Café (West Room) between worship service, hosted by our Girl Scout Troop.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Rob & Kacey Wlasuk & family on the loss of Rob’s mother, Sandra J. Wlasuk, who passed away February 1, 2019 at the age of 69 years.  Funeral service was Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated. Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

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

OFFERING ENVELOPES  If you use the smaller set of Offering Envelopes, it’s very    important that you write your name on each envelope if you wish to receive credit on  your annual contribution statement.  Our Financial Secretary Annette Thie has no way of knowing who made the contribution.  In 2020 the smaller sets will have your name and address printed on each envelope.

INITIAL ENVELOPE DONATION FOR 2019 Just a quick reminder that the Initial Envelope in your 2019 envelope set is intended to help offset the cost of printing offering  envelopes.  A gift of $10.00 is suggested but any amount is acceptable.  We have budgeted $1,500 for 2019.  Your help in meeting the 2019 budget amount will be greatly appreciated.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS – Thursday, February 21, we are having a potluck bunco at 6:30 p.m. in the West Room. Bring $5. Bunco is easy you don’t have to know how to play ahead of time. Dinner starts at 6:30. Bring a dish of your choice to pass. There will be a sign-up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall. All ladies are invited.

YOUTH WINTER JAM Christian Music Concert Sunday, February 17.  We will be departing St. Paul the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  We will stop for lunch prior to heading to the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center for the concert.  The concert will feature many Christian artists including: The Newsboys, Mandisa, Donney Gokey, Ledger, Newsong and others.  Ticket price is $15.00 plus lunch.


Annalynn (friend, Debbie Case), Tom Balcuns (friend, Daisy Stedman), Lisa Collins (daughter, Arlene Felske), Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin (daughter, Shirley Havenstein), Morgan Drutchas, (cousin, Rev. Geoff), Mary Jane Fliss (sister-in-law, Arlene Wolfram), Gabriella Gomez (niece, Darlene Babin), Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Susan James (Friend, Barb Schultz), Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Stephen Johnson (grand-son, Patricia Olson), Richard Jones, Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Jennifer & Tammy Lee (grand-daughter & daughter, Barb Siemers), Chris Lunsford (friend, Velma McGee), Courtney Matthews McEachern, Kim McEachern (daughters-in-law, Helene & Neil McEachern), Jeff Natzke (nephew, Michael Natzke), Madeline Onopa (aunt, Rosemarie Laslo), Helen Osborne (sister, Esther Perry), Judy Robin (aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Brenda Roll (friend, Helen St. Louis), Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter, April & Steve Clark), David Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten), Norm Stachulski (friend, Helen St. Louis), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson, Helene McEachern), Wendy Wendt (sister, Cindy Romas), and Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart).        

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TO HOST ARC DINNER DANCE Friday, February 22 the youth will once again be hosting a Valentine’s Dinner Dance for the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens).  The youth became involved with the ARC as a result of a community outreach program with the Downriver Special Olympics for which the members of the ARC are involved. The youth are in need of donated desserts and door prize items to help off-set the cost of this outreach. If you are interested in making a donation or in helping with this event, please contact Pastor Schalm. All members of the congregation are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm to confirm your attendance.

 ‘GATES OF PRAYER’ a new Lenten Bible Study Series, led by Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm, as well as lay members of our congregation. This year’s Lenten Bible Study, “Gates of Prayer,” considers great moments of prayer in scripture and what we can learn from them. Also included in the study series will be a look at Martin Luther’s advice on prayer, using both the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments. The series will include instruction on praying and will invite participants to share their experiences with answered prayers. The five-week series, begins the week following Ash Wednesday, is Wednesday evenings, 7:30-8:30 p.m., immediately after worship services on March 13, 20, and 27, and April 3 and 10. Please mark your calendars with new dates. To sign up for the free series, please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) or contact the church office.

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

ALTAR GUILD has opportunities for volunteers to maintain the altar candles and to ensure the paraments (cloths on the lectern and pulpit) are changed accordingly.  There are no meetings to attend.  All materials and training are provided at your convenience.  For more information please contact Arlene Felske or Sue Mrowka.

OUTING TO DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS Our St. Paul Confirmands are venturing to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Sunday, February 24th, for a tour of the museum’s collection of Christian-themed paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance to the 19th century. Pastor Geoff Drutchas is leading the tour from 1-3 p.m. All church members are invited to participate. We are gathering in the West Room immediately after our second Sunday service for a brown bag lunch and then departing by car caravan to the DIA. Parents are invited to help chaperone. For more information, please contact Rev. Geoff Drutchas.

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

Sherrill Berndl, Marge Bergman, Marion Bolen, Debbie Case, Juanita Davis, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske, Oren Forsyth, Harry Gardner, Shirley Gratrix, Gertrude Hagen, Bob Harry (Applewood), Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Ken Kaszubowski, Helene McEachern, Jacob May, Rev. Bill Kren, Mary Miller, Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Nancy Rabb, Lil Roscoe, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Loralee Wilson, 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.

HAVE ST. PAUL YOUTH TO GO WITHOUT SO OTHERS MAY HAVE… The young people of St. Paul have opportunity to make a difference in the lives of starving children around the world.  The “30 Hour Famine” youth lock-in is the weekend of February 22nd – 23rd.  On Friday, February 22nd, participants will gather to host the annual ARC Valentine Dinner Dance.  After dining and dancing with their guest they will participate in some friendly competition.  Through team games participants will gain a greater knowledge and understanding of poverty and world hunger.  A youth candle light worship service will be held at 11:00 p.m. prior to the start of the 30 hour fast that will begin at midnight. Saturday, February 23rd the youth will then head to Meijer for their annual shopping spree challenge.  Upon return to St. Paul the young people will return home to finish their 30 hour fast.  Then on Sunday morning, February 24th, the young people will break their fast as they join together at Pete’s Place for breakfast. The young people are in need of your help!  They are in need of prayers and pledges.  In addition, they will be collecting cans and bottles.  All monies raised will be sent to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide. Anyone interested in sponsoring a youth or making a donation should see a youth at the Kiosk during coffee hour.  Anyone interested in helping with this event should see Pastor Schalm.

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

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Have resumed Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is invited.  Meditation classes - Are you stressed?  Do you want to focus more on being in the present? We will be learning and practicing breathing and meditation. We will meet on Wednesday, February 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Kathy Williams will lead the session. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. Caregiving tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Drutchas leads the session, assisted by Parish Nurse Kathy Williams. The group is open to everyone. Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams or the office.  Blood Drive Update – Our drive on January 29th was successful considering the weather. We didn’t achieve our goal however, 16 pints were collected. Five additional persons was deferred. Thanks to all who participated!