Sunday May 5, 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 of Easter
May 5, 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. 100  “When Morning Gilds the Skies,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Eternal God, who art our maker and our Lord, and from whom cometh every          

   good and perfect gift, pour out Your Holy Spirit upon all those who seek You.                                

   When we come to You in repentance, deliver us from all our sins.  When we                           

   draw near to You in worship, deliver us from coldness of heart and wanderings       

   of mind; that we may worship You in spirit and in truth, through Jesus Christ                          

   our Lord.  Amen.



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Be Thou My Vision,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “Be Thou My Vision,”  Choir (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING  John 20:19-29 Lectors: April Clark (9), Kathy Williams (10:30)

*HYMN No. 548  “The Old Rugged Cross” (vs. 1, 2, 4)   

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)    



HYMN No. 207  “In The Cross of Christ I Glory” (vs. 1-3)


  SERMON  “The Cross Shines,”  Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 224  “Christ Arose!” 


       Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

       Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration


            One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

            one cup of blessing which we bless.  

            And we, though many through out the Earth,

            We are one body in this one Lord.

            Distribution of the Elements

Prayer of Thanksgiving

            Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)


       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


 *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.


of service are available. 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.


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.”


Deacon:  Jim Nault

Ushers:  Jane Dykowski, Helene McEachern, Tim Ruffner, Wendy Warner (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 5  – May 12

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Blue Jean Sunday/ Communion/ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Soundings Survey Results Meeting 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 Meditation 12:30 & 3:00 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday    Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Cradle Roll Service/ Flower & Plant pick-up/ bake sale/ Muffins for Mom/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.


  ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Ethel & Paul Joseph; and in honor of Elaine Mitchell from Patricia Olson.

 DUE TO BLUE JEAN SUNDAY, there is no Coffee Hour today.

TAYLOR COMMUNITY CHORUS presents it’s Spring Concert. Something for Everyone on Sunday, May 5, 4:00 p.m. at the William Ford Senior Center, Taylor.  Tickets:  $8 Adults; $5 5-17; under 5 free.

 OUR 2019 EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET is Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.  The theme for this year’s event is Mardi Gras so come dressed up and join in the fun. This year’s event will feature a Buffet Style Dinner, 50/50 Raffle and Special Basket Door Prizes.  Just like in past years we will recognize those who have reached the age of 90 and over but will also have prizes for several other important categories. The cost of a ticket is only $5.00, children twelve and under are free.  All tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased in the Church Office today or by calling the Church Office at 313-291-1221.  We are also looking for donations of items that can be used for the Basket Door Prizes.  This year’s event is sponsored by Dorcas, Women’s and Men’s Fellowship

PLEASE JOIN US The Soundings Ministry is hosting a short meeting, immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. The purpose is to provide feedback regarding the "Soundings...our Thoughts on Worship" survey cards that were filled out the past two Sundays. It is important to share the information that was collected and answer any additional questions. The plan is to break up into three groups, which will be based on age. This way we can share the results from your specific age groups, as well as review the total results. Please plan on attending this important meeting.  We’ll keep it short.  Yours in Christ, St. Paul Soundings Ministry

13TH ANNUAL FLOWER AND BAKE SALE Mother’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to think flowers.  The Youth are selling flats of flowers, planters, hanging baskets, vegetable plants and more.  Everyone has the opportunity to pre-order from Block’s Farm Market and have them delivered to St. Paul on Sunday, May 12.  The youth will load them into your vehicle.  Order forms can be secured during Coffee Hour or at the Christian Education Welcome Center upstairs.  No hanging baskets or planters will be available the day of pick-up.  It is important to pre-order.  The youth are hosting a bake sale and collecting unwanted returnable cans and bottles during the sale.

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. 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.

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, 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 Class Begins May 13 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. Classes are free; but 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/want to donate blood.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Mama Mia! We will be going to the Theatre on the Avenue in Wyandotte on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $16 each and are on sale NOW. We want to sit as a group so let Kathy or Sally know ASAP. You can call or text Kathy. Money is due by May 5. We may be able to add people following our order on April 18 if tickets are still available. Pay Kathy Williams, cash preferred.  Thursday, June 20, we will visit and tour Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church and gardens, Bloomfield Township. We will carpool from church leaving at 10:45 a.m. The tour begins at 12 noon and then we will be going to lunch. Michelle Matney is the contact for this outing. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE HONORS NEWBORN ON MOTHER’S DAY.  Infants born over the past years will be honored at our Cradle Roll service on Sunday, May 12.  As part of the service, parents are invited to process through the sanctuary cradling their babies as individual names are read and the congregation tinkles hand-held bells in their honor.  Pastor Drutchas will offer a prayer at the chancel steps.

SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be May 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a sandwich, coffee and dessert is provided.  No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food for Thought!

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

Marion Bolen, Betty Caufield, Charlie Duncan, Scott Eisenga (father, Josh Eisenga),  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, 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.

MUFFINS FOR MOM MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION The Sunday School children, with the help of Men’s Fellowship, will be honoring their mothers and the women of the congregation on Sunday, May 12, with a special Muffins for Mom continental breakfast. The celebration will be held between the morning worship services, 10:00-10:30 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. All ladies should mark their planners.

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.

SPRING’S HERE AND THE ST. PAUL RUMMAGE SALE is coming up fast. The sale opens Thursday, May 9, 9:00 a.m., and continues through Saturday morning, May 11. Set-up continues through Tuesday, May 7, 12 noon. Post-sale clean-up is Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer help is needed to host this all-congregation event which supports the larger mission and ministry of our church. You can volunteer by completing a Make-A-Wish Card (pew racks) or by calling the church office (313-291-1221). Your donations of clothing and household goods are welcomed and very much needed to ensure the sale’s success. Rummage sale drop-off is underway. All items should be clean and in a good state of repair. Items can be dropped off at the back of Fellowship Hall during office hours 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or at other times by arrangement.