Sunday January 27, 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

Third Sunday after Epiphany
January 27, 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. 21 “Let the Whole Creation Cry,”  Tracy Hoffman,Hymn Leader    

*UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O gracious God, we come into your presence to be renewed in a spirit of love and    

  stewardship.  Help us to be more faithful in the way that we share our time,  

  talents, and all other resources so that all that we say and do might testify to your   

  greatness and glory.  In Jesus Christ, Amen. 



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “I Surrender All,”  Chancel Choir (9), Tracy Hoffman, Soloist  (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING  Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Luke 4:14-30 Lectors:  Barbara Schultz (9), Fred Miller (10:30)

*HYMN No. 323  “Wonderful Words of Life”     

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)


*Congregation standing

*HYMN No.  340  “Softly and Tenderly”  



      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  “Are We Listening?”  Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 99 “O, How I Love Jesus”


*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.


Checkbook Prayer

“I write this check.  I spend this money with gratitude for the abundance of God’s goodness in my life today.  With love I release it into the flow of life, knowing it goes forth and returns to multiply.  Bless and prosper me and all those it touches.”

                                                                                      Jeanne Bice


“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:  Michael Isaacs (10:30)

Ushers:  Rosemarie Laslo, Sharon Podpora, Sue Mrowka, 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  January 27 – February 3

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./ Souper Bowl VI 11:30 a.m.

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

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

Wednesday  Meditation 12:30 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Scrapbook Set-up

Friday         Scrapbook Set-up

Saturday     Scrapbook Event 9:00 a.m.

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


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Jerusalem Café (West Room) between worship service, hosted by our Choir members.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of David Mrowka from your loving wife Sue.

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

PAUL SOUPER BOWL VI is today from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. A 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. Profits go to support the facility.

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.


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; Gertrude Hagen – 9150 Allen Rd., Room 88, Allen Park, 48101; Eleanor Rossi – Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room 415, Allen Park 48101; Betty Steinhauer, Grace Torango - Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., River-view, 48193; Melissa Rossi - 17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125.


2019 PHONE DIRECTORY  The 2019 membership directory for St. Paul United Church of Christ will be ready for publishing in March.  Anyone interested in placing an advertisement for their business in our new directory should contact Tracy Harris at (800) 544-6903 ext. 123 or email her at  A business card can be used in creating an ad. Many times, members have businesses and other members aren't aware, but would love to support them.  Also, advertisers do not need to be members of our church, so feel free to pass this information along to others.  If you have moved, added a new family member or changed your phone number, please notify the Church Office.  If you don’t want your cell phone number listed in the directory, you will need to notify us in advance.  Thanks for your support.

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 Sunday, February 3, 8:30 a.m. Youth should plan to 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 UCC following 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 to include: The Newsboys, Mandisa, Donney Gokey, Ledger, Newsong and others.   Ticket price is $15.00 plus lunch

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.

  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, Jeanne Edwards, Phill Felske, Oren Forsyth, Harry Gardner, Shirley Gratrix, Gertrude Hagen, Betty Hagerty, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Ken Kaszubowski, Jacob May, Rev. Bill Kren, Mary Miller, Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, 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. 

OUR ANNUAL SCRAPBOOK CROP is Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  $40 includes your cropping space, three meals, snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.  Even if you do not scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop with our venders.  There are no entry fees and everyone is welcome.  We need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie Case by phone or email if you want more information.  SCRAPBOOK SPACE IS ALMOST FILLED! Reserve yours today.

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 will 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.  A youth candle worship service will be held at 11:00 p.m. prior to the start of the 30 hour fast that will begin at midnight.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – We will resume Monday, January 14,

2019 at 2:00 p.m.  Meditation classes - Are you stressed?  Do you want to focus more on

being in the present? We will be having four sessions learning and practicing breathing

and meditation. We will meet on Wednesday, January 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m. for four weeks.

Kathy Williams will lead the session. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support.

Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, January 21, 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.  Blood Drive - January 29, 2019 1:00-645 p.m. It’s important to

sign up in advance.  Please make an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy

Williams, or complete a Make-a-Wish card and place it in the offering plate. You can also

make appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet. You will need to register & obtain a password. If you have questions, you can visit or contact the Red Cross blood donation center at 866-236-3276.  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.