Sunday February 3, 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

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
February 3, 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. 3  “The Sun Is on the Sea and Shore,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

God of love and mercy, we are so often afraid.  You call us to greatness and we protest that we are weak.  You show us your ways, and we complain that they are too hard. You promise to protect us, and we do not trust your word.  As we worship you this morning, forgive our weakness, and our lack of faith.  Then empower us to do your work, and to live as you would have us live.  Amen. 



  UNISON READING  Apostles’ Creed (pew card)

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist  (9) “Go Light Your World,” Chancel Choir  (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING  1 Corinthians 15:1-3, 9-11, Luke 4:38-5:11  Lectors: Lori Rogers (9), Kari Capello (10:30)

*congregation standing

*HYMN No. 546  “Amazing Grace!”

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)  

*HYMN No. 452  “Here I Am, Lord”


  SERMON  “A Lot of Fish,”  Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 420  “I Come with Joy”


    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.

*BENEDICTION  Pastor Drutchas

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

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.


“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 (9),

Jane Dykowski, Helene McEachern, Sharon Podpora  (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 3 – February 10

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

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Wild Game Dinner Set-up

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m./ Wild Game Dinner Set-up

Wednesday  Meditation 12:30 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m./ Wild Game Dinner Set-up

Thursday     Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Wild Game Dinner-Doors open 5:30 p.m.

Saturday      Council Retreat-off site 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 Jerusalem Café (West Room) between worship service, hosted by our Girl Scout Troop.

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.

DOUBLE WORSHIP SCHEDULE has resumed. Sunday School and Child care is available during the 10:30 a.m. service.  Our nursery is located in our Family Room the rear of the Sanctuary on the east side.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR gathers after the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  All children are invited.  Please see director, Sally Sigman for more information.

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.


Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Laura O’Neil (mother, Shawn Block), Sheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez).

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.

YOUTH PLANNING MEETING & Sub Making 8:30 a.m. Youth should meet in the West Room for donuts & a short meeting. Afterwards we will be filling sub sandwich orders.
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.

‘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,” will consider 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, which begins the week following Ash Wednesday, will be held on Wednesday evenings, 7:30-8:30 p.m., immediately after mid-week worship services in our church chancel, on March 13, 20, and 27, and April 3 and 10. Please mark your calendars now 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.

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.

  AUDIO COPIES OF ST. PAUL SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES are available.  Just log onto the St. Paul Web Site “”, select the "Weekly Sermons, Bulletins and Audio Services" tab.  Services are also available on the Mobile application as well. 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.

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, Susan James (Friend, Barb Schultz), Ken Kaszubowski, Helene McEachern, Jacob May, Rev. Bill Kren, Mary Miller, Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Madeline Onopa (aunt, Rosemarie Laslo), 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.

THE ST. PAUL BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY is hosting its 12th Annual Wild Game Dinner Thursday, February 7, 2019.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 pm.  It’s a fun filled evening with raffles, good eating and great fellowship.  This year’s menu features Buffalo, Wild Boar, Venison, Salmon, Turtle and much more.  Tickets are $30/each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, or by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by calling James Poet, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Candace Poet or Dan Case.  We are also looking for donations of wild game food and any items that can be used for the raffles as prizes.

PAUL YOUTH GO WITHOUT SO OTHERS MAY HAVE The young people of St. Paul have the 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 22-23.  On Friday, February 22 participants host the annual ARC Valentine Dinner Dance.  After dining and dancing with their guests they will participate in some friendly competition.  Through team games participants will gain a greater knowledge and understanding of poverty and world hunger.  The 30 hour fast will begin at midnight. On Saturday, February 23rd the youth will head to Meijer for their annual shopping spree challenge and then head 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 in Taylor for breakfast. The young people are in need of your help! They are in need of prayers and pledges. In addition, 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 with this event, please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

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 6 & 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.  Adult Shingles and TDAP Immunizations - The current recommendation is to have a two-dose series, given 6 months apart, to protect adults over 50 even those that had the previous one dose shot given before 2017. Call your insurance company to see what your co-pay will be as this can be expensive. The TDAP vaccination is the adult version of diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough). The Hepatitis A vaccine is still recommended. 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!