Sunday March 10, 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

First Sunday of Lent
March 10, 2019

Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

(Nursery care available 10:30)


SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE   “God Is So Good,”  Sally Sigman, Organist, Note-A-Bells Handbell Choir


*PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 577  “Nearer, My God, to Thee,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader


*CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas     

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O God, we come before you, an unfaithful people.  The shadows of sin dominate us.

    Our secret faults separate us from the light and knowledge of your presence.  Have

    mercy upon us, blot out our transgressions, forgive our waywardness, and

    remember our sin no more.  Grant us, O God, a new and right spirit that we might

    be purged of all wrong and become as pure as new-fallen snow.  Amen.



   HYMN No. 602  “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”               

   SCRIPTURE READING  Philippians 4:1-7, Mark 9:14-29  Lector:  Eileen Vernor Drutchas  

HYMN No. 501  “There Is a Balm in Gilead”


*Congregation standing

MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

    HYMN No. 635  “Faith of Our Fathers”


    SERMON  “Prayer First,”  Pastor Drutchas

    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Come to The Table,”  Chancel Choir    


          Unison Confession of Sin (found in the pew racks)

          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.


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

RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available in the East Lobby which can be reached through the side door at the east front of the sanctuary.  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.  Please 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.


Council:  Dave Badarak (9)

Deacon:  Jim Nault (9), Dee Salsbury (10:30)

Ushers:  Church Council Members

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  Marach 10 – March 17

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas -First Sunday in Lent/ Communion/ CE & Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 am/ Children’s Choir 11:30/ Youth Lunch & Knockerball 11:30

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

Tuesday       Christ Net 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Meditation 12:30 & 3:00 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TGIW-Jerusalem Café  5:30-7:00 p.m./ Worship 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation, Choir, Bible Study 7:30

Thursday    Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m.

Friday         Fish Supper Dine In-Carry Out 4:00 p.m./ CE Bake Sale & Sewing Guild Donation Table/ Youth Movie Night & Lock-In 6:30 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Sunday School 10:30 a.m. / Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Soundings Team Open Forum 11:30 a.m./ “Real Jesus” discussion 7:00 p.m.


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between worship service, hosted by our Men’s Fellowship Ministry.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Edwin Steinhauer from your daughters, Sue and Diane.

 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.

PIES ARE NEEDED for our upcoming Fish Suppers.  Pie Tins are available in the church Narthex.  There is also a volunteer sign up board.  Please consider sharing some of your time to help our Suppers be a continued success.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Our March event is a dinner outing to Woodside Meadows in Romulus on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.  Kathy Peters is the contact for this outing.  Please sign up on the RHPA Board in Fellowship Hall.

LUNCHING FOR THE HOMELESS A fundraiser to benefit Christ Net Services.  Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill 14805 Dix-Toledo, Southgate.  Menu:  Chicken Marsala, Penne Pomodoro, Soup or Salad, and soft drink.  Cost:  $20-adults, $5 for children (5-10 years), 4 and under eat free.  Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased before March 10th.  Order forms are available in the church office or contact Rev. Geoff Drutchas.  Enjoy a delicious meal and support a wonderful ministry that provides safe warm shelter, meals, and so much more to our community’s homeless.

‘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 considers great moments of prayer in scripture and what we can learn from them. Included in the study series is a look at Martin Luther’s advice on prayer, using both the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments. The series includes instruction on praying and invites participants to share their experiences with answered prayers. The five-week series begins Wednesday evenings, 7:30-8:30 p.m., immediately after worship services on March 13, 20, and 27, and April 3 and 10. Please mark your calendars. To sign up for the free series, please complete an RSVP form and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office.

JERSALEM CAFÉ OPENS DURING Wednesday March 13th During the upcoming weeks of Lent the lights of the Jerusalem Café will shine brightly, welcoming those attending Wednesday activities. Desserts and beverages will be served in the West Room from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Each week will offer a variety of light desserts. Jerusalem Café visitors have a chance to enjoy refreshments and conversation before music rehearsals, worship, and Bible study. A basket donation is appreciated. Anyone interested in con-tributing baked goods are invited to contact the church office (313-291-1221) or speak with Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm.

‘INSPIRED PRAYERS Mid-week Lenten Services Theme What do Mother Theresa, St. Francis of Assisi, and Reinhold Niebuhr have in common? God inspired each of them with words of prayer that have stirred and deepened the faith of many for decades, even centuries. During Wednesday night services throughout Lent, worshippers will have a chance to share in these prayers anew, gaining inspiration for our daily lives as Christian men and women. Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm will lead these half-hour services in the church chancel from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., allowing participants to continue that same night with other important faith activities—chancel choir, Lenten Bible study, and confirmation class. Take time to be holy and inspired anew during this Lent with worship intended to give you a mid-week spiritual boost. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 the youth will gather for a movie night and lock-in following the fish dinner. Plans For The “2019” Summer Mission Trip are currently underway. The trip is the week of June 16 – June 22. Participants will be serving the Boston, MA area. We will be housed at the Village Congregational UCC church located in Whitinsville, MA. Fundraising events and activities will continue all the way through June. Only twenty spots are available. Those participating in fundraisers will be granted the first opportunities. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you are interested in participating.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is invited.  Meditation classes - We will be learning and practicing breathing and meditation. We will resume on Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 & 3:00 p.m. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, March 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.

‘THE REAL JESUS’ DISCUSSION SERIES Over the last century, historians and archaeologists have worked harder than ever to validate what the gospels tell us about the life of Jesus. For a three-part Sunday evening discussion series, Pastor Geoff Drutchas will be using an engaging and provocative National Geographic article as a launch for a wider conversation about what modern-day researchers are saying about Jesus. We will meet in the parlor on Sunday evenings, March 17, 24, and 31, 7-8:30 p.m. Participants will receive informative reading materials in advance. A donation to defray costs of prepared materials is invited. For more information please speak with Pastor Drutchas (313-291-1221). Study materials are available through the church office.

EASTER LILY ORDERS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED.  If you would like to provide an Easter Lily in honor or memory of a loved one this Easter season, please complete the form below and drop it in an offering plate or hand it to an usher.  Cost is $8.00.  We will place them in the Chancel area, and they may be taken home after the Easter worship services on Sunday, April 21stOrders and payments are due Sunday, April 14thA list of those providing Lilies will be printed in the Sunday Bulletin.  Any plants left will be donated to local hospitals/ care facilities.


I/We would like to order a Lily(ies) to be placed in the Chancel area for Easter.


In honor/ memory of_____________________________________________________




Contact number _______________________Number of Lilies _______Amt due_____



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

Bob Barley, Sue Barnard (sister, Charlie & Marjie Barnard), Marion Bolen, Debbie Case, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Ollie Hilliker, Everly Jernigan (niece, Cindy Romas), Ken Kaszubowski, Helene McEachern, Velma McGee, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), Shirlen Powell, Lil Roscoe, Bev Sitz, Sue Spears, and Bert Thompson.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.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING  You may bring your offering any Sunday through March 31.   This offering is one of our United Church of Christ’s Special Mission Offerings that assists our Christian friends, in need, worldwide.   It is used in the development of Health, Education, and Agriculture, and with Disaster and Refugee relief. An offering envelope is included in your March Tidings.  For those of you who receive your Tidings by email, you will find a “One Great Hour of Sharing” envelope in the pew racks.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give as generously as you are able to those in need.   Thank you.

A SPEICAL THANK YOU to the following people who helped to make the coleslaw for the 2019 Fish Dinners:  Toni Hill, Karen Hill, Grace Wangbickler’ Rosemarie Laslo, Sharon Podpora, Louise Stanek, John Smith, Barb Smith, Patricia Olson, Dee Salsbury, Thelma Poet, Jim Poet, Diane Poet, Candace Poet, Helen St. Louis, Pam Lange, Barb Schultz, Cheryl Kincaid, Henrietta Hinzmann, Dorothy Evison, Daniel Case, Gary Staffeld and Lucas Staffeld.  Your help was truly appreciated.

AUDIO COPIES OF OUR ST. PAUL WORSHIP SERVICES are available online.  Visit our Web Site at and select the "Weekly Sermons, Bulletins and Audio Services" tab from the main menu.  Select from the listings of dates to view available bulletins, sermons and full audio recordings of the service. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.

SEWING GUILD’S NEXT MEETING is March 21 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Room. Bring a sandwich, coffee and dessert are provided.  No sewing experience is necessary. Join us for fellowship and Food For Thought!