Sunday March 17, 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

Second Sunday of Lent
March 17, 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. 517 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”  Tracy Hoffman,  Hymn Leader 

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

  Almighty God, we acknowledge our need for you in our lives.  May we be open to  

  your activity in this time of worship, in our lives, and in the world.  Quiet our busy  

  thoughts and distracted attention so that we can be still and know that you are  

  God.  Bless us this hour, that Your seed of truth would take root within our hearts  

  and grow to bless others. Lead us by your Spirit to be disciples of Jesus, in whose  

  name we pray.   Amen.



  FAMILY MOMENT OF GOD “Let it Grow,” Pastor Schalm

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “God Chose Us,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING  Haggai 1:5-9, Matthew 13:1-9,23  Lectors: Michele McNeely (9),  Helen St. Louis (10:30) 


*Congregation standing

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

  MORNING PRAYER (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

  CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE                                                                                                              

  Create in me a new heart, so that I’ll give you more than part,

  of this the life you’ve given me, create in me a new heart.


     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.

*HYMN No. 545 “He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought!”   

  SERMON  “Digging Up The Dirt,”  Pastor Schalm

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*HYMN No. 612  “O Jesus, I Have Promised”


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


Council:  Dave Badarak (9)

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

Ushers:  Confirmation Class (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  Marach 17 – March 24

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

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m. / Caregivers 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 7:00 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    Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m./ Red Hat Dinner Outing 6:30 p.m.

Friday         Fish Supper Drive Thru 4:00 p.m.

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./ “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.

 PIES ARE NEEDED for our 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.

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! 

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.

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.

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.  Ushers are asked to be at Church thirty minutes prior to the service.  Any Deacon can assist you.

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 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 the 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 can enjoy refreshments and conversation before music rehearsals, worship, and Bible study. A basket donation is appreciated. Anyone interested in contributing 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 29 the youth will gather for a movie night and lock-in following the fish dinner. Plans for The “2019” Summer Mission Trip, June 16 – June 22, are underway. We 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 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. Youth should watch their mail for additional information.

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 have resumed on Wednesdays at 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. A donation to defray costs of prepared materials is invited. For more information please speak with Pastor Drutchas (313-291-1221). To sign up please fill out RSVP form included. Study materials are available for pick up in 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 each.  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), Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Everly Jernigan (niece, Cindy Romas), Dori Lamberti (daughter, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), 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.

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.  

EASTER EGG HUNT AND PARTY TO BE HELD APRIL 14 Our annual Easter egg hunt and Easter party will be hosted by the Sunday School staff during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, April 14. During the hour the children will share in the Easter story, decorate eggs and cookies and hunt for Easter eggs (outdoors, weather permitting). We are in need of bags of wrapped candy to help off-set the cost of filling Easter eggs. All candy donations can be dropped in the bucket located at the Sunday School Welcome Center. If you are interested in helping with the party or have further questions, please contact Sheri Herkimer or Pastor Schalm.