Sunday January 26, 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

Third Sunday after Epiphany
January 26, 2020

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available


SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



OPENING HYMN No. 263 “Surely the Presence of the Lord”   Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

Creator God, we pray to you this day and thank you for giving us tools to find you more fully in our lives. We sing, chant, read, meditate, pray, fast, keep silent—and we find you in our worship. We confess that we turn to you more often when we need more than what life gives us; when we have a hard time coping with life versus celebrating life. Help us Father God to seek your face and your wisdom during all moments of life, both good and bad.  Be with us this day. Know our hearts. Listen to our silent prayers. Show us Your light. We come seeking you in this worship. Bless us with your presence and your power. We pray through your son Jesus Christ.  Amen.



ANNOUNCEMENTS  Reverend Geoffrey Drutchas

MOMENT OF INTEREST  “Operation Snuggle,”  Katelyn Isaacs

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “How Can I Keep from Singing?”  Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE READING  Proverbs 16:3, Psalm 46:10, Matthew 11:28-29 Lector: Pam Lange


Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

MORNING PRAYER for healing, strength & thanksgiving

HYMN No.  288 “O God of Vision” 

SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (pew card) Block Family   Reverend Geoffrey Drutchas

HYMN No. 75  “I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry”




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 Luke 10:38-42  Lector: Pam Lange

MESSAGE “Chill Out Martha!”  Pastor Schalm

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

CLOSING 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.)



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

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS AND CHANGINGROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our new “Family Room”.  Please alert the Ushers if you need 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.

PLEASE USE WHITE PEW ENVELOPES to request altar or chancel flowers.

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:  Christine Schwab

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury

Usher:  Janet Staffeld, Peggy Staten, Wendy Warner

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.



Calendar Week  January 26 – February 2


Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-  Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Block Family Baptism 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m./ Youth Food & Flick 11:00 a.m.

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Blood Drive 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday Meditation 12:30 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Choir  7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m. / Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

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 pick-up 11:00 a.m.


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.

BAPTIZED UNTO THE LORD, Silas Gregory Block, born November 12, 2019 to Gregory and Shawn O’Neil Block and baptized Sunday, January 26, 2020.  Grandparents are Laurie & Gordon O’Neil, Jim & Paula Block, and Pam Block. Great-Grandparent is Virginia Maruszewski .  Siblings are August and Gabriel.

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.  

LAST DAY the Youth Fellowship will be taking orders for their St. Paul SuperBowl Sub Sandwiches.  You do not want to miss these awesome sandwiches!  Youth Fellowship is taking orders during coffee hour and accepting orders through the church office today.  Twelve-inch subs are $10.00, a pint of soup $4.00 and a ½ dozen cookies $3.00.  All proceeds benefit the Youth Fellowship summer mission trip and/ or outreach programs.  See order form attached.


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 (Beaumont Commons), Sheryl Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Diane Sturgeon, Brenda Tank, Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Doreen Thompson, Carol Wiley (cousin, Cindy Romas), and Kaitlyn Williams (granddaughter, Kathy & Tom Williams).   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 is once again 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. 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 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 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.

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.

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.

  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.)

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 –January 28, 2020, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  There needs to be 59 days between donations. Please make an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams, completing a Make-a-Wish card and placing it in an offering plate, or you can make appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet. Visit click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says, 'Enter a Sponsor Code', under 'Find a blood drive near you.' Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces). You will be directed to the next page listing our blood drive. Click on the last column to sign up. You will need to register & obtain a password. IDs & passwords are case sensitive.  You can download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of prior to coming to the drive. You can read the educational materials & complete the health history online to save some time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility, you can look at eligibility requirements on or the Red Cross donation center (866-236-3276).

THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY IS REQUESTED at the installation of Rev. Carl Zerweck III and the recognition of Rev. Nina Trump Sunday, January 26, 2020, 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ – Disciples of Christ, 26550 Cherry Hill Road, Dearborn Heights, 48127.  Light refreshments to follow.  R.S.V.P. 313-806-4176. Clergy are requested to bring robe and red stole.

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.