Sunday May 19, 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

Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 19, 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. 3  “The Sun Is on the Sea and Shore,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Lord our God, we bow in adoration before your greatness.  Enable us to let go of   our littleness, our small achievements, and our timid purposes that we may be taken up into Your ambitious purpose for us.  We believe it is Your will that all Your children should live in fullness of joy and love and peace. Lord we believe; help Thou our unbelief! This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Freely, Freely,” Barbara Schultz, Soloist (9), “River In Judea,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING  Acts 22:1-12, 2 Timothy 4:1-8  Lector:  Barbara Schultz

*HYMN INSERT “In Christ Alone”

*Congregation Standing

MORNING PRAYER  (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

   HYMN No.  687  “In Christ There Is No East or West”   



       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 One Who Lends His Name,”  Pastor Drutchas


*CLOSING HYMN No. 458  “Ours the Journey”


*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.

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.


“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:  Pam Lange (10:30)

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

Ushers:  Helen St. Louis (9)

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


Calendar Week May 19 – May 26

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       Matter of Balance 11:00 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m. / Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Cabinet 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Matter of Balance 11:00 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Communications Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Saturday     Youth Car Wash & Bottle Drive 1:00 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.


 ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Harold Schmoekel’s birthday from his children.

SIDE ARRANGEMENTS are in memory of Erik Wickline from Diana Wickline.

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments between services in Fellowship Hall, hosted by our Red Hot Purple Angels.

GRADUATE INFORMATION REQUESTED  If you or someone in your family is receiving a degree this spring or has received a degree since last June (including a G.E.D.), please contact Cindy Romas in the church office (313.291.1221) no later than Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning worship on June 2 in gown and mortarboard.

PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL PREPARES FOR FIFTEENTH SEASON. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in playing, coaching, or becoming team coordinator, please contact Christine (Mink) Rogers or the church office (313-291-1221) ASAP.  Games are on Tuesday evenings (beginning in May) at Thorn Park, Telegraph and King Roads in Brownstown.

THE ST. PAUL CAREGIVERS’ GROUP will meet for their monthly gathering on Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. in the church parlor. The Caregivers group meet to share experiences and to provide mutual spiritual support in providing assistance and care to family members and friends. Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas and Parish Nurse Kathy Williams, each session finishes no later than 9:00 p.m. All conversations within the group setting are confidential and newcomers are invited. For more information contact the church office (313-291-1221).

2019 PHONE DIRECTORIES are now available.  Please see any Usher on Sunday morning to get your copy.

THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD was changed in accordance with our IT Policy.  As many of you already know the wireless internet has added another dimension to St. Paul, in that it enables our members with smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to access resources that could aid in our congregation’s mission.  It also helps to bring people in and encourages them to stick around. Please contact the Church Office, Dan Case, Michael Isaacs, or Gary Peters during Coffee Hour or after worship services to get the new Password.  St. Paul IT Ministry   

YEE HAW, Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift” at VBS Children, pre-school through sixth grade,  plan now to join the rodeo and hoe-down. This year’s Vacation Bible School program is taking place at St. Paul UCC from July 22 through July 25. Parents and members of the congregation are encouraged and invited to then join their children for the VBS family finale and closing program that will coincide with the annual picnic held on July 28. In addition to picnic activities everyone can look forward to lunch, games, and a special music presentation offered by VBS participants.

To ensure a successful Vacation Bible School program volunteers are needed to be station leaders, to help set-up and tear down decorations, lead and guide children to their various stations, assist station leaders, participate in skits, work the registration desk, and help with promotion. Early registration and round-up will begin on July 21 during Coffee Hour.  Those interested in helping with the program or in registering their children should see Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

SAVE THE DATE  - The annual St. Paul Women's Retreat is October 5 and 6, 2019. The retreat provides an opportunity for women of faith to share time together and reflect on how we can act on God's call to kindness amid everyday life. There is also some free time so that you can enjoy the beautiful grounds and facilities at Michindoh located in Hillsdale, Michigan. If you would like more information, please contact Michele McNeely or Marjie Barnard.

THE ANNUAL ST. PAUL FATHER-CHILD OUTING is Thursday, June 13th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Sportway in Brownstown. Go-Karting, Mini Golf, and Batting Cages are part of the activities for adults and children. A light pizza supper with beverages and dessert will be served promptly at 6:30 pm, followed by the evening activities. As in past years, Men's Fellowship will be covering all the costs. Participation is limited to St. Paul members and their children and grandchildren. Reservations are needed to ensure an accurate headcount for meal and ticket purchase. To RSVP contact the church office at (313) 291-1221 no later than Noon on Wednesday, June 12th .

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is invited.  Meditation classes - Will resume on Wednesdays beginning June 12 at 12:30 p.m. Kathy Williams leads the sessions. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, May 20, 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.  Matter of Balance Classes designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. You will learn techniques to improve your balance. We will meet from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays May 13 through June 10. Snacks are provided. Donations are invited. This program is offered through the Agency on aging and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Register by calling LaShawn Griffin at 734.222.98 Ext. 214 or Kathy Williams at church. Blood Drive coming Tuesday June 18.  Please Save-the-Date 1:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please contact Kathy Williams if you are able/would like to donate blood.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, June 20, we will visit and tour Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church and gardens, Bloomfield Township. We will carpool from church at 10:45 a.m. The tour begins at 12 noon and then we will be going to lunch. Michelle Matney is the contact. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in the Hall.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES especially the 9:00 a.m. service.  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up Board located in the Narthex (back) 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.  CHURCH COUNCIL is also in urgent need of a Secretary.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact President, Pam Lange, 1st Vice President, Cheryl Kincaid or Pastor Drutchas.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION who served in the Armed Forces—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard--will be recognized during the Memorial Weekend Sunday services on May 26. A special time during worship will highlight their service with their names read aloud. A prayer of thanks will also be offered for their role as peacemakers and peacekeepers.

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

Paul Adams (husband, Lois Adams), Marion Bolen, Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard), Betty Caufield, Rob DeCoster (friend, Lois Rice), Charlie Duncan, Julius Enesey, Phill Felske, Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Andrea Holton, Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Dominik Mackowski (friend, Jake Ochab), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Sharon Podpora, Earl Shutt (brother, Lois Rice), Tracy Spears (Rivergate, Riverview), Bert Thompson, and Frank Wolfram (Florida).  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.

THE 2019 SUMMER MISSION TRIP PLANS ARE UNDERWAY, June 16 – June 22, 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. Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm if you are interested in participating. The youth are 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 KioskSaturday, May 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. the Youth are hosting a car wash and bottle drive in the circle driveway of St. Paul Church.  Drop off your unwanted returnables, and get your vehicle washed as well.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP will lead the 9:30 a.m. single Worship Service in Fellowship Hall. In addition to the youth led service, the Sunday School children will be sharing songs and dances they have learned throughout the year and offering their understanding of lessons taught. Please join your church family for this annual Spring Program worship service. Rehearsal is Saturday, June 1st. All young people interested in participating in the service should contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated various greeting cards to the office for our Visiting Elders Ministry.  Your generosity is very much appreciated by our Visiting Elders and the entire church. As we have plenty at this time and our storage is at a premium, we will inform everyone when we can resume accepting donations again.  God Bless and Thank You all again!