Sunday March 3, 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

Last Sunday after Epiphany
March 3, 2019


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

Nursery care available 10:30


SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE   Sally Sigman, Organist


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

*OPENING HYMN No. 22  “All Creatures of Our God and King,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

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

 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.  



   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist  (9),  “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)

SCRIPTURE READING  Genesis 28:10-17, Luke 9:28-36  Lectors: Michele McNeely (9),  Pam Lange (10:30)

*Congregation standing

HYMN No. 124  “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”  (verses 1-4)   

   MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)/ MEMORIAL PRAYER

  *HYMN No. 136  “Christians All, Your Lord Is Coming”



      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  “No Time to Snooze,”  Pastor Drutchas


    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)   

    CLOSING HYMN No.  637  “For All the Saints”  (without Alleluias)      


  *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.


Calendar Week  March 3 – March 10

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.

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

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Ash Wednesday/ Ashes offered 7:00 – 9:00 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Hand bell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m./ Worship Service 7:30 p.m.

Thursday     Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m.

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


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between worship service, hosted by our Girl Scout Troop 74590.  

   LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the Matney family & friends on the loss of

Grace Torango who passed away February 23, 2019 at the age of 93 years.  Memorial

Service was March 2, 2019.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Voran

Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.  

   LENTEN ASHES OFFERED Ash Wednesday, March 6.  Pastor Drutchas will

administer ashes with individual prayer at our church altar from 7:00-9:00 a.m. Ashes

will also be administered during the Ash Wednesday evening worship service at 7:30

p.m.  Please contact Pastor Drutchas (313-291-1221) if you would like to receive ashes

at another time that day.  If you have palms left from last year, please feel bring them in

   as soon as possible and Pastor Drutchas will burn them for Ash Wednesday services.

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.


Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Laura O’Neil (mother, Shawn Block), Sheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez).

THANKS, ONE AND ALL.  Well our 14th annual scrapbook crop/vender show is over for another year.  It was our largest and most successful, but only because of all the help that we got that day.  We made a total of $3,343 to be split between Health Ministries and Christian Education.  So, to date, we have made $34,677.  To me this is also a form of ministry because we had a lot of new people here and several asked me about our church. I am proud to tell them that I belong here.

 ‘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. Also included in the study series

will be 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 will invite

participants to share their experiences with answered prayers. The five-week series begins

the week following Ash Wednesday on 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 the RSVP form

included and drop it in an offering plate or contact the church office.

  ELECTRONIC GIVING “PEW CARDS” are available in the Narthex for those who

make their donations electronically.  The cards can be obtained as you enter the church.

Simply drop the card in the offering plate to indicate that you are supporting the St. Paul

ministry electronically.  Ask any usher for a “Pew Card” or if you have any questions.

  PETE’S PLACE DINNER REWARDS program benefits St. Paul.  The program runs

off a phone number.  When you settle your bill let the cashier know you want to

participate in the Diner Rewards program. Leave St. Paul’s phone number (313-291-

1221) and for every $50.00 spent, Pete’s Place will donate $5.00 to St. Paul.  The

program is available at both restaurant locations.  For more information, please speak

with your server or contact the church office.  Enjoy a wonderful meal and benefit St.


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.  Caregiver Bootcamp about Dementia March 9 For anyone caring for some-one with dementia there is a session conducted by Dr. Paula Duren on March 9, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 2080 W. Grand Blvd in Detroit. The title is A Personal Centered Approach to Caregiving; Dementia; Dealing with Difficult Behaviors; 7 Care Strategies; Managing Stress and More… RSVP by leaving a message at 248.509.4357, Space is limited so register ASAP. Breakfast and Lunch are included. Donations welcomed.

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 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. Youth should watch their mail for additional information.


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

Marion Bolen, Debbie Case, Charlie Duncan, Phill Felske, Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Ollie Hilliker, Ken Kaszubowski, Beverly Jean Lloyd, Helene McEachern, Velma McGee, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, 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.

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.

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.

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questions about the new system, please contact Gary Peters or Dan Case.