Sunday March 24, 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 in Lent
March 24, 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


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

*OPENING HYMN No. 97  “Fairest Lord Jesus,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Heavenly Father, we are glad that we can return to your house to worship You

    on this day set aside to honor and remember You.  You are the author of our            

    salvation and the source of our strength.  Lead us now to be thoughtful.  Quiet

    our minds in your presence.  Quicken our faith and prepare our hearts to

    receive the blessings of your grace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.



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

SCRIPTURE READING  1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 Lectors:  Kathy Williams (9),  Jane Dykowski (10:30)

HYMN No. 323  “Wonderful Words of Life”     


*Congregation standing

MORNING PRAYER (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

  CHIME RESPONSE  “The Gift of Love”

  FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Meredith Stull (9),  Andrew Caruso (10:30)

*HYMN No. “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

  SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (insert)  Elizabeth Bechtol (10:30)  


     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  “It’s Not Too Late,”  Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)    *

*CLOSING HYMN No. 197  “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”     


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


HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS 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.  Please tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.  Please alert the ushers if you need assistance.


Council:  Dave Badarak (9) Cheryl Kincaid (10:30)

Deacon:  Jim Nault (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

Ushers:  Rosemarie Laslo, Sharon Podpora, Louise Stanek, 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  Marach 24 – March 31

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

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

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.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 Dine In-Carry Out 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.


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 James Pattenaude from your loving family.

BEING BAPTIZED UNTO THE LORD and welcomed into church membership today is Elizabeth Bechtol.  Please greet Liz with a warm St. Paul welcome.

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.  Not sure where you’re needed?  Just show up and we

will find a place for you.

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.

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 27, and April 3

and 10. Please mark your calendars. To sign up for the free series, please complete a

Make-A-Wish card 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.

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.

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, April 15, 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.

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.


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 21st.  Orders and payments are due Sunday, April 14th.  A 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:

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, Shirlen Powell, Lil Roscoe, Beverly Sitz, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, and Richard Vignola.  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.

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.


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.  The youth will be 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 beginning April 7th.