Sunday February 16, 2020

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

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
February 16, 2020

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m. 

Nursery care available

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



OPENING HYMN No. 613 “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” (vs. 1, 3, 4) Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

UNISON INVOCATION   Evelyn Hard & Congregation

Lord, we come before you today and we thank You for all the blessings that You have given us.  Many times, our lives are so full of busy work that we neglect our relationship with You, for that we are sorry.  We know that You never neglect us, for if You did our very lives would cease to be.  Continue to pull us to Yourself, guide us in our journey, and hold us close in Your bosom until the day we come home to be with You forever.  Be with us now as we gather in Your name, may we feel Your presence among us.  In Jesus precious name we pray.  Amen.



DRUM ROLL Pastors & Congregation

30 HOURS LATER  Angel Staten

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “I’d Rather Have Jesus,”  Chancel Choir

FAMILY OF GOD “Olaf’s Warm & Loving Heart”

CHIMES “Family of God”

SCRIPTURE  READING  Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 7:16-17, 20-25 Lector:  Emily Winter

HYMN No. 610 “Living for Jesus”

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm & Anthony Staten

SHARING OF GIFTS/ OFFERTORY “Back to God,” Reba McIntyre

DEDICATION  Kaitlyn Isaacs


       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.

SCRIPTURE READING  Revelations 3:14-21 Lector: Alyssa Brandt

MESSAGE  “Check Yourself,”  Pastor Schalm

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

CLOSING HYMN No. 609 “Take My Life and Let It Be”  (vs. 1, 2, 3, 6)       


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


PLEASE STAND IN BODY AND/OR IN SPIRIT as you are able when indicated.

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.  For children 3 years and older, the Usher’s Room and upstairs Pre-School are available.

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

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

PRINTED COPIES OF MOST RECENT SERMONS are available in the Church vestibule as you arrive or depart.

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.


“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

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury



Calendar Week  February 16 – February 23

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm- Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Pictorial Sign-up 11:00 a.m.  (Coffee Hour - Kiosk)/ ARC Valentine Dinner Dance 4:00 p.m.

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir Rehearsal 6:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m. / Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m./ Red Hats Dinner & Bunco 6:30 p.m./ Safety & Securities 7:00 p.m.

Saturday     Cut Cabbage 8:30 a.m./ Cut Peppers & Make Coleslaw 9:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Souper Bowl VII 11:00 a.m.

MORNING TIDE                                                                                                                                                

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

PARENTING YOUR TEENAGER This workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. concluding March 17.  The focus will be on teens identity, rebellion, turmoil and legacy.  Fear of failure and frustration are several of the greatest obstacles faced as parents. All parents though, regardless of experience and training, make mistakes and feel a sense of loss and confusion at times… “whose child is this?” While we learn and grow together, we will also serve as a support group for one another. This workshop based on Christian principles is open to all parents or anyone who fulfills a parenting role. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating.

St. Paul’s SOUPER BOWL VII is Sunday, February 23, 2020.  A simple donation of $7.00 buy’s you a spoon, a support tray (holds 6 bowls of soup) and allows you to taste a variety of amazing soups prepared by local businesses as well as our own membership. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the KIOSK table on Sunday mornings or by contacting the Church office at (313) 291-1221, tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in our own Fellowship Hall.  All profits go to support the facility.  If you have a secret family recipe and would like to participate in Souper Bowl VII, please contact Jim Poet or Dan Case.



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Gunter Berndl, Marion Bolen, Robert Brainard, Nikita Burris (cousin, Charlie Barnard), Charlie Duncan, Dan Galeski (husband of Kathy Galeski),  Barbara Gish, Kyle Hard, Mary Hard, Doris Hilliker, Pam Holland (daughter, Viola Holland), Shirley Koths, Neil McEachern, Shirlen Powell, Eleanor Rossi, Sheryl Schwab (Rivergate Terrace), John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Larry Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten), Diane Sturgeon, Brenda Tank, Doreen Thompson. Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored. 

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH TO HOST DINNER DANCE TODAY at 4:00 p.m. The youth are hosting a Valentine’s Dinner Dance for the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens).  The youth need donated desserts and door prize items to help off-set the cost. If you would like to donate or help, please contact Pastor Schalm. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Please contact Pastor Schalm to confirm your attendance.

  COLESLAW PREPARATION The 2020 fish dinners are coming! We are making our famous St. Paul coleslaw on Saturday, February 22.  At 8:30 a.m. we are shredding cabbage and then at 9:30 will cut the peppers and mix it together in the brine. The process takes from three to four hours to make 22 five-gallon pails of coleslaw. Even if you can stop by for only one hour all help is appreciated. Please contact Jim Poet, Dan Case or the Church Office (313) 291-1221 if you need more information or want to volunteer to help.

 THANKS ONE AND ALL  Well, our 15th annual scrapbook crop/vendor show is over for another year.  We made a total of $3,000 to be split between Health Ministries and Christian Education.  We could never have done this without all of the people that came out to help. To date, we have made $37,677.  To me this is also a form of ministry because we had new people here that were either scrapbooking, a vendor, or shopping, and several asked me about our church. One lady even met with Pastor Geoff.  I am proud to tell them that I belong here.

CHRISTNET SERVICES with Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 14805 Dix-Toledo Road, Southgate is pleased to host “Lunching for the Homeless” Saturday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20.00 adults, $5.00 children (10 years and under).  Limited seating.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Ticket reservation forms are available in the office  Please make checks payable to ‘ChristNet Services.  Tickets will be available mid-February.

  THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Michigan, Alzheimer’s Disease Center has a series of lectures. The next two are: "Brain Health & The Pocketbook: New Findings & Directions," presentation by Dr. Peter Lichtenberg February 25, from 12n-2 p.m.  March 25 from 12n–2 p.m. "Risks and Protective Factors of Dementia," presentation by Dr. Scott  Roberts. Call 734.232.2459 to register. Both sessions are in Detroit, at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Avenue Suite 150, Detroit, 48201. Other events can be found at:

 ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE Our congregation will be observing the start of a new Lenten season with an Ash Wednesday Service February 26, 7:30 p.m. Church members and friends will be invited to receive ashes, recalling our own mortality, as well as the dust of the desert that Jesus experienced in the forty days and nights after his baptism in the River Jordan. Ashes will also be available 7:00-9:00 a.m. for those who wish to receive them before beginning their day.

PAUL PICTORIAL DIRECTORY  It’s been over 5 years since we last published a St. Paul Pictorial Directory. Each family/member will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 portrait and a directory just for having their picture taken, no additional purchases are required. However, you may want to order additional pictures to share with family and friends. Pictures will be taken on April 16, 17 and 18. You can sign up on Sunday at the Kiosk table during Coffee Hour. An online sign-up system is also available for your use as well.  Go, click on schedule your photography session on the right side.  Enter mi1410 in the Church code field and enter photos in the Church Password field.  Follow the prompts to schedule your appointment time.  If six or more will be photographed, please use two consecutive time slots.  This option is available Monday through Friday.  Appointment times do fill quickly.  If you have additional questions, please contact any member of the Communication Ministry.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for these sessions.  Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.

RED HATS POTLUCK & BUNCO Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. in the West Room. Bring a dish to pass. Dinner at 6:30. Bring $5 for Bunco. You don’t need to know how to play. All Ladies of the church are welcome.

CAREGIVERS GROUP Meets Monday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m. in the church parlor. Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas, the meeting provides an opportunity for those providing care for loved one at home or in nursing home care to share experiences and receive extra support. For more information, contact the church office.

OPERATION SNUGGLE  God’s love can be felt through the warmth and comfort of a blanket. Help to share God’s love by donating a new blanket for those who served our country at Veteran’s Hospital and/or the homeless finding their way at Cass Social Services, ChristNet, and the Salvation Army. Donate your gently used blankets for the unwanted and abandoned animals of the Taylor Animal Shelter. Additionally, we will be collecting duffle bags for Operation Can, a center for foster children. Each duffle bag will include a blanket and will replace the plastic bag currently given them to hold their items. They will be handed out to each child during intake. All donations should be dropped off in the Christian Education Department or Church Office. Items will be taken to the designated location the first Sunday of every month. For more Information contact: Kaitlyn Isaacs, “Operation Snuggle” Founder or Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

LAST CHANCE TO MAKE ANY CHANGES to the 2020 Membership Directory is February 21.  Final preparations for the 2020 Membership Directory are underway, if you have moved, added a new family member or changed your phone number please notify the Church Office at (313) 291-1221. If you don’t want your cell phone number listed in the directory, or any other information, you will need to notify us as well. Keeping our data up-to-date will make for a more accurate 2020 Membership Directory. Thanks in advance for your support. Dan Case.