Sunday February 2, 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

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
February 2, 2020

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available


SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



OPENING HYMN  No. 5  “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  (Psalm 15)  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  O God, who may abide in your tent? Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue,  and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors; in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear God; who stand by their oath even to their hurt; who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent. Those who do these things shall never be moved.



CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Come to the Table,”  Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE READING  Ephesians 4:13-16, 25-31; Luke 4:14-30 Lector: April Clark

HYMN No. 526  “The Gift of Love”

MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

HYMN No. 467  “Fill the World with Love”


MESSAGE  “Tell It With Love,”  Pastor Drutchas

HYMN No. 494  “They’ll Know We Are Christians” (vs. 1-3)


  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.)

PLEASE STAND IN BODY AND/OR 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.

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.

PRINTED COPIES OF MOST SERMONS are available in the vestibule.


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

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury

Usher: Timothy Ruffner



Calendar Week  February 2 – February 9

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-  Communion/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Sub sandwich sales  11:00 a.m.

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m.

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

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Scrapbook set-up 6:00 p.m.

Saturday     Scrapbook Event 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Pictorial Sign-up begins 11:00 a.m.  (Coffee Hour Kiosk)

MORNING TIDE                                                                                                              

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

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of David Mrowka from your loving wife, Sue.  SIDE VASE is in honor of Betty Steinhauer’s 93rd birthday from your daughters, Sue & Diane.  SIDE VASE wishes Sally Sigman a “Happy Birthday” from your loving family.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Michele Tetreau, the Beyar & Peters families on the loss of Paul Allen Tetreau who passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the age of 57 years.  Memorial service is Thursday, February 6, 2020 at St. Paul. Family visitation at 12  noon.  Memorial service is 1:00 p.m.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas to officiate.  Arrangements by Voran Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 8,   9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. The cost is $40. Cost includes cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day. There will be vendors, make and takes, demos, and raffles. If you do not care to scrapbook, you can shop with our vendors. If you are a vendor, or know of a vendor that might be interested, please let me know. We need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day. This is a big fundraiser for Health and Christian Education Ministries. Please contact Debbie Case to volunteer or for more information.  



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Gunter Berndl, Stacey Black-Quantz, Robert Brainard, Nikita Burris (cousin, Charlie Barnard), Betty Caufield, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Barbara Gish, Kyle Hard, Mary Hard, Doris Hilliker, Pam Holland (daughter, Viola Holland), Shirley Koths, Neil McEachern, Michael Natzke, Judy Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Family of Norma Reid (Friend, Denise Foley), Eleanor Rossi, Sheryl Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Diane Sturgeon, Brenda Tank, Doreen Thompson, and Carol Wiley (cousin, Cindy Romas).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 FELLOWSHIP TO HOST ARC DINNER DANCE Sunday, February 16, 4:00 p.m. the youth are once again hosting a Valentine’s Dinner Dance for the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens).  The youth are in need of donated desserts and door prize items to help off-set the cost. If you are interested in making a donation or in helping, please contact Pastor Schalm. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Please contact Pastor Schalm to confirm your attendance.  St. Paul Youth to Go Without - The young people of St. Paul have an 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 15 – 16.  The group will gather for a lock-in on Saturday, February 15 where they will complete the 30-hour fast together.  Participants will break-fast on Sunday morning at Pete’s Place in Taylor. Our young people are in need of your help!  They need prayers and pledges. They are 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 should see Pastor Schalm.

SOUPER BOWL VII has been rescheduled to Sunday, February 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall. A $7.00 donation buys you a spoon, a 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 congregation. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. All profits support our facility.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE for St. Paul’s Thirteenth Annual Wild Game Dinner on Thursday, February 13.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by contacting James Poet, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Candace Poet or Dan Case.  This is a SELL-OUT event every year.  The St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry is accepting donations of new items that can be used as prizes for the Wild Game Dinner raffles.

PARENTING YOUR TEENAGER This six-week workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. beginning February 11.  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.

  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:

  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 advanced.  Ticket reservation forms are available in the office.  Please make checks payable to ‘ChristNet Services.  Tickets will be available mid-February.

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.  Blood Drive Results - We had a successful blood drive on January 26. We actually made our goal! Twenty-eight persons participated. Twenty-six persons were able to donate. Three of those pints were incomplete, therefore, unusable. Twenty-three usable pints were collected. There were two deferrals.  Thanks for all those who participated.

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.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our Usher Sign-up Board in the Narthex (back) of the church.  Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary.  Our Deacons are happy 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 beginning of service.    

  THE 2020 ALTAR FLOWER CHART is now up in the Narthex.  Altar flowers are a very special way to honor or memorialize that special someone in your life or even a special occasion (anniversary, birthday, graduation, etc.) The cost for two altar flower vases is $30.  A single altar vase is $15.  Please contact the Deacon after the service for assistance in  getting your flowers to take with you.  Please check the chart for availability of Sundays or other occasions.  Use the white envelops found in the pew racks to request altar flowers.  You may also contact the church office (313.219.1221).

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.