Sunday February 17, 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

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
February 17, 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



 *OPENING HYMN  No.578  “I Need Thee Every Hour” Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

Loving and generous God, you are the font of every blessing, the source of all we have. Your breath gives us life, Your love gives us courage and strength, healing and compassion. You care for us like a loving parent and feed our spirits, our minds, and our bodies. We thank you for your abundance given freely to all.  Help us to be humble and loving ambassadors of Your Kingdom.  In all things, reflecting your image and modeling your Son’s example. ~ Amen



  FAMILY OF GOD “Eggsamples”                                                                                    

  FAMILY OF GOD CHORUS with chime choir

  I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God, I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood!  Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, For I’m part of the family, The Family of God. 

*Congregation standing

SCRIPTURE READING   Philippians 3:17-21, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8  Lectors:  Hayden Robbins

*HYMN No. 609 “Take My Life”  

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  HYMN No. 610  “Living For Jesus” 




         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.

  GOSPEL LESSON  John 13:15-17

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “Shepherd of Love,”  Mark Ennis, Soloist (9), “ It Is Well with My Soul,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)

SERMON  “Becoming a Supermodel for Christ,” Pastor Schalm

 LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*HYMN No. 344 “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”          


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


We invite you to sign our ministry of friendship book and to pass the folder to the person next to you.  We encourage visitors to include your address and phone number so that a member of our congregation can send you a welcome note. If you have a special request, please fill out a “Make-a-Wish card” (found in the pew racks) and place it in an offering plate or you may give it to an Usher.


“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:  Kristi Caruso

  Confirmand Class (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 17 – February 24

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

Monday       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 Hand bell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m./ Red Hats Potluck & Bunco 6:30 p.m./ Communications Ministry 7:00 p.m.

Friday          ARC Dinner Dance 6:00 p.m./ 30 Hour Famine

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


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between worship service, hosted by our Girl Scout Troop 74590.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in honor Betty Steinhauer’s 100th birthday from your daughters,  Sue and Diane.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to family & friends of Juanita M. Davis who passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the age of 97 years.  Lie in state at 10:00 a.m., Funeral is 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2019 at St. Paul Church.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas will officiate.  Arrangements by Voran Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

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 today.  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.

    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 or to sign up, please contact Rev. Geoff Drutchas.


President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (AirForce, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Cade Ferguson (Navy, nephew, PatrickFerguson), Kevin Giles (Navy, Gunne’s Mate, 1st Class, E6, friend, Sue Mrowka), 1st Lieutenant Tyler Gillespey (Army, Okinawa, Japan, grandson, Murl & Judy Nieman), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Kevin & Kelli Johnson & Stephen Johnson (Navy, grandsons & wife, Patricia Olson), PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek (son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve), Kyle Lassa (Korea sons, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Netherlands, granddaughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grandson, Barb Williams, Volunteer, Fish & Loaves), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Nicholas Smith (Navy, Florida, husband, Morgan Gillespey-Smith), Sam Smith (nephew, Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, Japan), Gary Szekely (nephew, Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy, son, Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son, Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida, nephew, Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother, Heather Williams Dykowski).

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 resume on Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 & 3:00 p.m. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions. 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!

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.

  ‘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.


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

Pam Block, Marion Bolen, Debbie Case, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske, Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (Applewood), Ollie Hilliker, Ken Kaszubowski, Beverly Jean Lloyd, Helene McEachern, Velma McGee, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Lil Roscoe, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, and Bert 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.

  1. 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 is at 11:00 p.m. prior to the start of the 30 hour fast that will begin at midnight. Saturday, the 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.

AUDIO COPIES OF ST. PAUL SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES are available.  Log onto the St. Paul Web Site “”, select the “Our Worship Together” tab, then the Worship Services (Audio)” tab.  Directions are given on the Service page.  Services are also available on the Mobile application as well. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.