Sunday May 26, 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

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Memorial Weekend
May 26, 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




  Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage.  Make us always

  remember your generosity and help us to consistently do your will.  Bless our land

  with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life.  Save us

  from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance and from every

  evil course of action.  Make us who came from many nations with many different

  languages a united people.  Defend our liberties and give those whom we have

  entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there might

  be justice and peace in our land.  When times are prosperous, let our hearts be

  thankful; and in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail.  We ask all this

  through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.


   Whose Almighty Hand,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader




*Congregation standing

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “God Bless America” Chancel Choir (9); “God Bless

America,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (10:30) 

  SCIPTURE READING  Ephesians 6:10-18a; Matthew 8:5-13  Lectors:  Aaron

Johnson (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

*HYMN (Insert) “Onward Christian Soldiers”

  MORNING PRAYER  (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

*HYMN No. 705  “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory”



     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  “Let’s Not Forget,” Pastor Drutchas



    Acknowledgement of Veterans (please stand, if possible)

Tolling of the Bell (Honoring those who have given their lives for our nation)

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 720  “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”

*BENEDICTION/ *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the services closes until all 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.


Anyone 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), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

Ushers:  Dan & Debbie Case, Veronica Flomo, Sue Mrowka, Helen St. Louis (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 May 26 – June 2

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

Monday       Office Closed/ Matter of Balance 11:30 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Matter of Balance 11:30 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Meditation 3:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Saturday     Pageant Rehearsal 6:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Baccalaureate Sunday/ Sunday School Spring Pageant 9:30 a.m.


 ALTAR FLOWERS are sponsored by our Memorial Ministry in honor of all veterans and their families.

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.

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, 6:00-7:30 p.m. All young people interested in participating in the service should contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

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.

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 .

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


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

Paul Adams (husband, Lois Adams), 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), Sharon Podpora, Earl Shutt (brother, Lois Rice), Tracy Spears (Rivergate, Riverview), Tyler Staten, 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.

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!

A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to the Rock Hard in Faith Youth Fellowship Group for helping the Sew n Sews make bunnies for Beaumont Trenton Alzheimer's area.  Multi-textured fabric was sewed together in the shape of a bunny. Youth Fellowship turned each one inside out and stuffed it with poly fill. This was a big time saver for sewing members. Thank you so much for your help. Sew n Sews