Sunday February 9, 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

February 9, 2020

It’s Cruisin’ Sunday!

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  “Nearer My God to Thee,”  Sally Sigman, Organist


GANGWAY CALL Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas

MARINER SONG No. 3  “The Sun is on the Sea and Shore,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

WELCOME MATES! (Announcements)

SHIPMATES’ ANTHEM  “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,”  Chancel Choir

CRUISE ACTIVITIES  30 Hour Famine  Angel Staten

SHIP’S BELLS (Chimes)  “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”

COURSE, BEARINGS, HEADINGS (Scripture lesson)  1 Timothy 1:12-20, Matthew 8:18-27  Lector: Grace Wangbickler

MARINER SONG No. 337  “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult”  (vs. 1-3)

NAVIGATION PRAYER  (Healing, Strength, & The Right Course)

MARINER SONG No.  85  “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”

PURSER’S CALL (Entrusting gifts)

KEDGER’S PLEA  “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist

CAPTAIN’S SALUTE (Dedication & Doxology)

   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.

CHAPLAIN’S WORD  “Seadogs in Christ,”  Pastor Drutchas

MARINER SONG  “The Haven of  Rest”  (insert)

OUR CAPTAIN’S PRAYER  (Debts/debtors)

ANCHORS UP!  (Postlude)  “I Feel the Winds of God Today”     

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


WELCOME ABOARD to this morning’s “Cruising Service.”

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

A 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.  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.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: 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:  Jim Nault 



Calendar Week  February 9 – February 16

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)

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:00 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    Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Wild Game Dinner Doors open 5:30 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ ARC Valentine Dinner Dance 4:00 p.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.

ALTAR FLOWERS celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Glen & Sally Sigman from their family.  Michelle, Lexi, & Jena wish you a Happy Anniversary filled with love.

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.


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, Judy Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Family of Norma Reid (Friend, Denise Foley), Eleanor Rossi, Sheryl Schwab (Rivergate Terrace), John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Larry Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten), 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 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.  St. Paul Youth to Go Without - 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 need 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.

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.

   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.

 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.

  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.