Sunday February 24, 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

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
February 24, 2019

Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.


SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist


*CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN No. 17  “O Worship the King,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

All-wise God, who knows both our weaknesses and our needs, we ask for your presence and your love as we meet together in this your holy church.  We gather here, not as strangers, but as your guests – with joy in our hearts and thanks on our lips.  Bless us and all who seek to do your will, that we may offer you our love, and be inspired to serve you in our daily life.  This we ask in the saving name of your one and only Son.  Amen.



  UNISON READING Statement of Faith (pew card) 

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

SCRIPTURE READING  Genesis 45:3-11, 15, Luke 6:27-38  Lectors:  Sandy Ennis (9), Peggy Staten (10:30)

*Congregation Standing

*HYMN No.  59  “This Is My Father’s World

  MORNING PRAYER (strength, healing, thanks)   

HYMN No.  99  “O, How I Love 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.

  SERMON  “Such Incredible Love,”  Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)/ MEMORIAL PRAYER (Juanita Davis)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 517  “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”


*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.

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.

Council:  Dan Case (9), Pam Lange (10:30)
Deacon:  Kristi Caruso
Rosemarie Laslo, Barbara Schultz, Helen St. Louis, Brenda Tank (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 24 – March 3

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.

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

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.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.

Saturday      Making Coleslaw 9:00 a.m.

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.


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

   OUTING TO DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS Today our St. Paul Confirmands are

venturing to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) 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 1:00-3:00 p.m. All church members are

invited. 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 join in, contact Pastor Geoff.

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TO HOST ARC DINNER DANCE Friday, February 22 the youth are 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.

PAUL COLESLAW PREPARATION Mark your calendar, the 2019 fish dinners are coming and this year we will be making our famous St. Paul coleslaw on Saturday, March 2nd at 9:00 a.m. Depending on how many people participate it takes anywhere from two to three hours to make the (22) five-gallon pails of coleslaw required.  Any time you can give to help is appreciated. Please contact Jim Poet, Dan Case or the Church Office at (313) 291-1221 if you need more information or would like to volunteer to help.


Mary Dubke – hospice - Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167; Danielle Gardner The Maples, Benzie County Medical Center, 210 Maple Center, Frankfort, MI, 49635; Bob Harry – American House, 20300 Fort St., Apt. 130, Riverview, 48193; Eleanor Rossi – Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room 415, Allen Park 48101; Betty Steinhauer, Grace Torango – hospice - Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193; Melissa Rossi - 17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125.

THANKS, ONE AND ALL.  Well our 14th annual scrapbook crop/vender show is over for another year.  It was our largest and most successful, but only because of all the help that we got that day.  We made a total of $3,343 to be split between Health Ministries and Christian Education.  So, to date, we have made $34,677.  To me this is also a form of ministry because we had a lot of new people here and several asked me about our church. I am proud to tell them that I belong here.

ELECTRONIC GIVING “PEW CARDS” are available in the Narthex for those who make their donations electronically.  The cards can be obtained as you enter the church. Simply drop the card in the offering plate to indicate that you are supporting the St. Paul ministry electronically.  Ask any usher for a “Pew Card” or if you have any questions. 

PETE’S PLACE DINER REWARDS program benefits St. Paul.  The program runs off a phone number.  When you settle your bill let the cashier know you want to participate in the Diner Rewards program. Leave St. Paul’s phone number (313-291-1221) and for every $50.00 spent, Pete’s Place will donate $5.00 to St. Paul.  The program is available at both restaurant locations.  For more information, please speak with your server or contact the church office.  Enjoy a wonderful meal and benefit St. Paul!

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.  Enjoy a delicious meal and support a wonderful ministry that provides safe warm shelter, meals, and so much more to our community’s homeless.

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 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, March 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.  Caregiver Bootcamp about Dementia March 9 For anyone caring for some-one with dementia there is a session conducted by Dr. Paula Duren on March 9, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 2080 W. Grand Blvd in Detroit. The title is A Personal Centered Approach to Caregiving; Dementia; Dealing with Difficult Behaviors; 7 Care Strategies; Managing Stress and More… RSVP by leaving a message at 248.509.4357, Space is limited so register ASAP. Breakfast and Lunch are included. Donations welcomed.


  ‘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 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 includes instruction on praying and will invite

participants to share their experiences with answered prayers. The five-week series begins

the week following Ash Wednesday on 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. To sign up for the free series, please complete the RSVP form

below and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office.




_______Yes, I would like to participate in the upcoming Lenten Bible Study Series


_______I would like more information about the upcoming Bible Study Series.  Please

have the pastor call me.






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 (American House, Riverview), 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.

PAUL YOUTH TO GO WITHOUT SO OTHERS MAY HAVE… 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 this weekend, February 22nd – 23rd. On Friday, participants will gather to host the annual ARC Valentine Dinner Dance.  After dining and dancing they will participate in some friendly competition.  Participants will gain a greater knowledge and understanding of poverty and world hunger.  A candle-light worship service is at 11:00 p.m. The 30 hour fast begins at midnight. Saturday, the youth will 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.  Sunday morning, February 24th, the young people will break their fast as they join together at Pete’s Place for breakfast. The young people need your help!  They 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 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.

PIES ARE NEEDED for our upcoming Fish Suppers.  Pie Tins are available in the church Narthex.  There is also a volunteer sign up board.  Please consider sharing some of your time to help our Suppers be a continued success.