Sunday June 2, 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

Sixth Sunday after Easter
June 2, 2019

Baccalaureate Sunday/ Spring Pageant



  CALL TO WORSHIP Tyler Staten / Pastor Cheryl Schalm

*OPENING HYMN No. 190 “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus,” Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON PRAYER OF INVOCATION   Katie Stull & Congregation

  Thank You God, for the ability to sing out our faith.  Of course, some of us are  

  better singers than others.  Accept our praise, from each and every tongue united  

  in Jesus Christ.  We know that all our voices together cannot even begin to convey

  the wonder and glory and majesty of who You are.  Strangely enough, though, You  

  make our song complete.  To Your gracious ears, the praise of a few is as great as

  the best chorus and symphony.  We still find this hard to believe.  You put a new  

  song in our mouths.  You set us free to sing!  Thank You God.  Receive the praise  

  of these joy-filled hearts, in Jesus name. Amen.



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Come, Bless the Lord,”  Children’s Choir

  SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 149:1-5  Ephesians 5:15-20  Lectors: Hayden and  Carlee Robbins


Congregation standing


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

  MORNING PRAYER  Sam & Katie Kincaid


       Special Music: Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone, Chris Tomlin



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.


“Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord”



  Introduction: Tyler Staten & Pastor Cheryl Schalm (Psalm 33:3)

  Good News (Mandisa), Sunday School Dance & Video

            Readers: Alyssa Brandt & Anthony Staten (Mark 16:15 & Romans 10:15)

  The One He Speaks Through (Mandisa), Sunday School, Youth &Young Adults Missions Video.
: Pastor Cheryl Schalm & Jim Sauter  (2 Corinthians5:16-20 & Galatians 6:2)

  Comeback Kid (Mandisa) Sunday School Video & Dance

Readers: Haley Dykowski & Evelyn Hard (Romans 8:31-32)

  HYMN “Shout to the Lord” Insert

  Bleed the Same (Mandisa), Youth & Young Adult Dance

Readers: Sheri Herkimer & Hayden Robbins (John 17:20-23)

  Welcome & Acknowledgement of Graduates and Young Adults

            Readers: Pastor Cheryl Schalm & Eric Poet (Philippians 1:6)

  Unfinished (Mandisa) Young Adult & Graduate Video

  Introduction of Graduates: Rev. Geoff Drutchas

  Graduates Prayer / Mission Trip Commissioning Prayer

  Lord’s Prayer (debts/debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No.  344 “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

*BENEDICTION/ *POSTLUDE (please remain in your seats as the service closes and

until all of the candles are extinguished.)


Council:  Dan Case

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury

Ushers: Veronica Flomo, Sharon Podpora, Tim Ruffner, Louise Stanek

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


Calendar Week June 2 – June 9

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Baccalaureate Sunday/ Sunday School Spring Pageant 9:30 a.m.

Monday       Matter of Balance 11:30 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Matter of Balance 11:30 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Meditation 3:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Pentecost/ Wear Red!  Communion/ Music Sunday/ Sunday School Promotions & Year-end Party 9:30 a.m./ Mission Trip Parents’ Meeting 10:30/  CE & Teacher                    Meeting 10:45 a.m.


 ALTAR FLOWERS celebrate the birthday of Helen St. Louis from the Case Family.

 SIDE VASES celebrate the 56th wedding anniversary of Judy & Murl Nieman. Honors the graduation of Elisabeth Isaacs, from her family.

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP is leading the Worship Service in Fellowship Hall. The Sunday School children are sharing songs and dances they have learned throughout the year and offering their understanding of lessons taught.  Summer worship schedule begins today and continues through September 1.  Summer Sunday School is offered at 9:30 a.m.  Summer Sunday School leaders are needed.  Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm to volunteer.  (All materials are provided.)

PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL FIFTEENTH SEASON IS UNDERWAY. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in playing, coaching, or becoming team coordinator, please contact Christine (Mink) Rogers or the church office (313-291-1221) ASAP.  Games are on Tuesday evenings at Thorn Park, Telegraph and King Roads in Brownstown.

STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH OFFERING received during the month of June.  Our UCC “Strengthen the Church” Mission Offering supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new church congregations and revitalizes existing congregations.    This offering is part of the UCC “God Is Still Speaking Ministry” which reminds us that God still has a lot more to say, because no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.  The offering envelopes were included in your June Tidings, and you will find them in the church pew racks as well.  Your gift helps God’s spirit move and speak in our congregations for generations to come.   Please give prayerfully to this special mission offering.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul,    Thank You.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN HONOR FATHERS Sunday, June 16th, 10:30 a.m. The Sunday School children will honor their fathers and the men of the congregation with a special Donuts for Dad, Continental Breakfast.  All men should mark their planners and attend the morning’s festivities in honor of Father’s Day. Anyone interested in helping with the breakfast should contact Pastor Schalm.

YEE HAW, Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift” at VBS Children, pre-school through

sixth grade, plan now to join the rodeo and hoe-down. This year’s Vacation Bible School

program is taking place at St. Paul UCC from July 22 through July 25. Parents and members

of the congregation are encouraged and invited to then join their children for the VBS family

finale and closing program that will coincide with the annual picnic held on July 28. In

addition to picnic activities everyone can look forward to lunch, games, and a special music presentation offered by VBS participants. To ensure a successful Vacation Bible School

program volunteers are needed to be station leaders, to help set-up and tear down decorations,

lead and guide children to their various stations, assist station leaders, participate in skits,

work the registration desk and help with promotion. Early registration and round-up will

begin on July 21 during Coffee Hour.  Those interested in helping with the program or in

registering their children should see Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

SAVE THE DATE  - The annual St. Paul Women's Retreat is October 5 and 6, 2019. The

retreat provides an opportunity for women of faith to share time together and reflect on how

we can act on God's call to kindness amid everyday life. There is also some free time so that

you can enjoy the beautiful grounds and facilities at Michindoh located in Hillsdale, Michigan.  If you would like more information, please contact Michele McNeely or Marjie Barnard.

THE ANNUAL ST. PAUL FATHER-CHILD OUTING is Thursday, June 13th from 6:00

- 8:00 pm at Sportway in Brownstown. Go-Karting, Mini Golf, and Batting Cages are part of

the activities for adults and children. A light pizza supper with beverages and dessert will be

served promptly at 6:30 pm, followed by the evening activities. As in past years, Men's

Fellowship will be covering all the costs. Participation is limited to St. Paul members and

their children and grandchildren. Reservations are needed to ensure an accurate headcount

for meal and ticket purchase. To RSVP contact the church office at (313) 291-1221 no later

than Noon on Wednesday, June 12th .

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is accepted, but not necessary.  Meditation classes - Will resume on Wednesdays beginning June 12 at 14 11:30 p.m. Kathy Williams leads the sessions. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, June 17, 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.  Matter of Balance Classes continues to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. through June 10 for those who already participate. Snacks are provided. Donations are invited. Blood Drive coming Tuesday June 18.  Please Save-the-Date 1:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please contact Kathy Williams if you are able/would like to donate blood.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, June 20, we will visit and tour Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church and gardens, Bloomfield Township. We will carpool from church at 10:45 a.m. The tour begins at 12 noon and then we will be going to lunch. Michelle Matney is the contact. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in the Hall.

USHERS NEEDED Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up Board located in the Narthex (back) 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.  Ushers are asked to be at Church thirty minutes prior to the service.  CHURCH COUNCIL is also in urgent need of a Secretary.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact President, Pam Lange, 1st Vice President, Cheryl Kincaid or Pastor Drutchas.

WE ARE ONCE AGAIN HOSTING A VENDOR ARCADE at our annual All Church Picnic, July 28, 2019.  If you would like to be a vendor or know someone who would like to participate, please contact Linda Tank for more information.

 “MUSIC SUNDAY”  SUNDAY, JUNE 9,  9:30 a.m. Our Church Choirs will be performing.   Plan to be present to enjoy and celebrate Pentecost on “Music Sunday” at St. Paul.  Refreshments will be served in our Fellowship Hall at 10:30 a.m.

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Paul Adams (husband, Lois Adams), Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard), Betty Caufield, Rob DeCoster (friend, Lois Rice), Charlie Duncan, Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Andrea Holton, Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Dominik Mackowski (friend, Jake Ochab), Sharon Podpora, Earl Shutt (brother, Lois Rice), Beverly Sitz, Tracy Spears (Rivergate, Riverview), Tyler Staten, Bert Thompson, and Frank Wolfram (Florida).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 2019 SUMMER MISSION TRIP PLANS ARE UNDERWAY, June 16 – June 22, we are serving the Boston, MA area. We will be housed at the Village Congregational UCC church located in Whitinsville, MA. Fundraising events and activities continue all the way through June. Only twenty spots are available. Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm if you are interested in participating. The youth are selling stock to help fund their summer mission trip.  For a donation, shareholders are assured a personal letter from a youth mission trip participant, their name placed upon the Rock Hard in Faith mission trip banner and the knowledge that they have helped to shape a life in Christ.  Youth stock can be purchased during coffee hour at the Kiosk

A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to the Rock Hard in Faith Youth Fellowship Group for helping the Sew n Sews make bunnies for Beaumont Trenton Alzheimer's area.  Multi-textured fabric was sewed together in the shape of a bunny. Youth Fellowship turned each one inside out and stuffed it with poly fill. This was a big time saver for sewing members. Thank you so much for your help. Sew n Sews

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP’S JUNE 13 MEETING is an off-site luncheon at Woodside Meadows Golf Course Restaurant, 20820 Inkster Rd., Romulus.  The ladies are gathering at 12:30 p.m.  Please R.S.V.P. to Thelma Poet by June 10.  All ladies are invited.

2019 PHONE DIRECTORIES are now available.  Please see any Usher on Sunday morning to get your copy.