Sunday March 31, 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

Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 31, 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. 15  “Rejoice, You Pure in Heart,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Almighty and gracious God, who is the creator of all things great and small, who

    is always faithful and whose grace is ever present, we come here today to celebrate

    the gift of salvation that you offer.  We pray that you will give us the ability to see

    the importance of spiritual things and that you will help us to carry on the work

    of the disciples so that others may share the gifts you offer.  Amen.



   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Mark Ennis, Soloist (9),  “If We Confess,”  Children’s Choir, featuring Hayley Dykowski, Kaitlyn Issacs, Angel Staten, Director Sally Sigman

SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 103: 1-5, Matthew 9:18-33  Lectors:  Sandy Ennis   (9),  John Dykowski (10:30)

*Congregation standing

HYMN No. 200  “What Wondrous Love Is This”     

  MORNING PRAYER (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

   ANTHEM  “Without His Cross,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)       

  FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Carlee Robbins (9),  Tyler Staten (10:30)

*HYMN No. 108  “Lift High the Cross”


     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  “The Cross Still Matters,”  Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)    *

*CLOSING HYMN No. 548  “The Old Rugged Cross”     


*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.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: 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.


“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of  salvation in our church family and community. Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”



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

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

Ushers:  Thomas 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 31 – April 7

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas - Sunday School 10:30 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 Meditation 12:30 & 3:00 p.m./ TGIW-Jerusalem Café - 5:30-7:00 p.m./ Worship 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation and Bible Study 7:30 p.m.

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m. Choir Rehearsal 7:00 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 – Communion/ 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 Health Ministries.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Eugene Wackro’s birthday from the Isaacs family.  SIDE VASE is in memory of Carl & Louise Schmoekel from Jeannette & Carl Wackro.

CONDOLENCES TO Moses & Veronica Flomo & family on the loss of their nephew, Peter Flomo, Jr. in Sierra Leone.

 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.

LAST SUNDAY FOR ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING  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.  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.

PALM SUNDAY marks the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  St. Paul members and friends will receive Palms and a personal blessing at the morning worship services on Sunday, April 14th 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

JERSALEM CAFÉ OPENS During the weeks of Lent, welcoming those attending Wednesday activities. Desserts and beverages will be served in the West Room from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 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.

‘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 series is Wednesday evenings, 7:30-

8:30 p.m., immediately after worship services on 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.

 ‘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. 

SUNRISE & MID-MORNING EASTER Vigil Services at St. Paul Church on Sunday, April 21, 8:00 and 10:30 a.m., will be joyous celebrations of the light that Jesus Christ brings to our lives. The services begin with a procession of light by our church choir, the ringing of the church bell, an Easter proclamation, and a congregational singing of that great Easter hymn, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.” Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm will lead the morning services which will include pew communion open to all Christians baptized and confirmed in faith. Reverend Drutchas will be preaching on three decisive garden moments, culminating with the first Easter morning, that has changed the fate of humankind—for the good. During the second service Pastor Schalm will share a special Easter message for children and youth. Between the Sunrise and Mid-Morning Services, 9:00-10:30 a.m., church members and friends are invited to gather in the festively decorated Fellowship Hall to enjoy a wide array of breads—Easter bread and sweet breads--and other light edibles served for Christianity’s most holy day.

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.

LECTORS NEEDED FOR MAUNDAY THURSDAY & GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES Lectors or readers are needed for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, which are April 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m. and April 19, 12 noon. Maundy Thursday lectors are reading scriptural passages remembering pivotal moments in Jesus’ life. Good Friday lectors will participate in a liturgy based on the psalms and the gospels. Copies of all lecturing materials will be available at least one week prior to the services. Those interested in volunteering are asked to complete a Make-a-Wish card from the pews and adding it to the morning offering plate. No previous lecturing experience is necessary.

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:

Sue Barnard (sister, Charlie & Marjie Barnard), Marion Bolen, Mark Bresky (husband, Carolyn Brandt Bresky), Debbie Case, Charlie Duncan, Scott Eisenga (father, Josh Eisenga), Phill Felske (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Arnold Knofske, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Pat Herkimer, Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Dori Lamberti (daughter, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Helene McEachern, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, 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 hour at the Kiosk beginning April 7th.