June 07, 2020

Posted by St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor on Sunday, June 7, 2020

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor
Baccalaureate Sunday/ Second Sunday After Pentecost
June 7, 2020


WELCOME TO FACEBOOK LIVE STREAMING                                                                                                                 

CALL TO WORSHIP/ PASSING OF THE PEACE                                                                                                            


MORNING SCRIPTURE  Daniel 3:16-30, Haggai 1:2-12

BACCALAUREATE ANTHEM  “Take My Life and Let It Be,” Tracy Hoffman

MESSAGE “The Art of Being Still,” Pastor Cheryl Schalm

PRAYERS FOR OUR CONGREGATION & GRADUATES                                                   

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)                                                                                                     


POSTLUDE  “My God is a Rock,” Tracy Hoffman


Take My Life and Let It Be

(Congregation is invited to sing or recite our hymn words)

 Take my life, and let it be, consecrated, Lord, to thee;

Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move, at the impulse of thy love;

Take my feet and let them be, swift and beautiful for thee.

 Take my will, and make it thine, it shall be no longer mine;

Take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne.

 Take my love: my Lord I pour, at thy feet its treasure-store;

Take myself, and I will be, ever, only, all for thee!






  • Attendance at the 10 a.m. Sunday morning service will be capped at 40 persons.
  • Church members and friends who would like to attend the June 14 service to “volunteer” in advance by contacting the church office (313-291-1221) before Thursday noon, June 11th.
  • Attendees are asked to come early, beginning at 9:30 a.m., to maintain best “traffic flow.”
  •  Only the main double front doors to the church will be used for coming and going.
  •  Beyond the sanctuary, the rest of our church will remained closed to activity: no nursery or Sunday classes will be provided and no coffee hour or fellowship will follow the service.
  • The lavatory off the narthex near the front entrance to the sanctuary will be available with hand-sanitizer and sanitizing hand-wipes available for pre-use and post-use clean-up.
  • The family room and balcony will be closed to all use, except for sound-techs assisting with worship.
  •  There will be designated seating throughout the sanctuary to maintain requisite, consistent social distancing even as we come together.
  • Cushions, hymnals, and any printed literature will be removed from pews where church members will be seated to eliminate or minimize hand-to-surface contacts.
  •  Ushers will be greeting worshipers outdoors and inside the sanctuary to both seat and dismiss everyone, thereby maintaining best and safest traffic flow.
  • Couples and same household family members who arrive together will be seated together.  However, family members from different households are asked to maintain physical distancing even if in the same pew.
  • All attendees should mask and remain so throughout the service for everyone’s greater benefit. (A cloth or disposable mask can be provided if you do not have one.)
  •  Please bring hand-sanitizer for your personal use.
  • Sanctuary windows will be open to enhance ventilation, along with air conditioning and fans to boost air circulation.
  • Our Music Director Tracy Hoffman, guest soloist Mark Ennis, and Organist Sally Sigman will be providing music for the service.  Although those in the pews may hum along with any hymns, there will be no congregational singing in the pews to minimize any health hazards.
  • In keeping our practice for all recent Facebook live-streamed broadcasts, our worship service maintain its half-hour plus format.

The health and safety precautions for Sunday’s service and the two “pilot” services that follow on June 21 and 28 are very much in keeping with how many churches across the state and nation are thoughtfully seeking to reopen their doors to our shared life in Jesus Christ.  For all of us at St. Paul congregation, there’s a learning curve: we have never had to coordinate services like this ever before.  As we go along, adjustments will undoubtedly be made.  Please be patient!  Also, we ask you to keep our congregation and our ministry leadership in your prayers as we look ahead and move forward as faithfully, safely, and creatively as possible.

Baccalaureate Roster
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
June 2020


CONGRATULATION GRADUATES!  WE’RE PROUD OF YOU!  The Pandemic has interrupted more usual commencement exercises and graduation festivities.  But nothing can take away from the accomplishments of our graduate receiving high school or college diplomas.  Please celebrate in spirit with the following students and their families:

Updated Listing
June 08, 2020

Matthew Timothy Bennett (Doctorate, Educational Leadership,    University of Michigan--Future plans: Researcher, Schools Superintendent, Education Professor), Proud parents: Susan and Dennis Bennett

Karon Bachran Betz (BSN – Chamberlain University College of Nursing) Proud Parents: Sharon Leonard: Richard and Jean Bachran

Chelsey Schalm Eisenga (Doctorate, Nursing, Wayne State University—Present plans: Nurse Practioner) Proud husband: Joshua Eisenga; Proud parents: Jim Schalm and Pastor Chery Schalm

Katie Kincaid (Diploma, Woodhaven High School—Future plans: Central Michigan University) Proud parents: Cheryl and Gene Kincaid

Sam Kincaid (Diploma, Woodhaven High School—Future plans: Henry Ford College) Proud parents: Cheryl and Gene Kincaid

Bobbie Martinez (United States Naval Academy, Annapolis---Present plans: U.S. Naval Officer Commissioning) Proud Parents: Dan Martinez, Kim Martinez, Michelle Martinez

Jacob Miller (Diploma, Woodhaven High School—Future plans: University of Michigan, Dearborn) Proud parents: Julia-Joy and Jason Miller

Jordan Miller (Diploma, Carlson High School—Future plans: Michigan State University) Proud parents: Jennifer and Jack Miller

Hayden Robbins (Diploma, Woodhaven High School—Future plans: Henry Ford College) Proud parents: Kristi and Paul Caruso; Chris Robbins

Christine Rogers (M.S., Nursing Education, Western Governor’s University—Present plans: School nursing) Proud husband: Tony Rogers


See our 2020 graduates’ pictures on our Facebook Group video posting from Sunday afternoon!

Pastor Cheryl Schalm, our Christian Education minister, leads our worship service.  Throughout the year, she works closely with our church youth of all ages through both classroom instruction, retreats, and mission trips near and far.  She has particularly enjoyed fostering a vital Young Adult weekly study group, underscoring that our faith needs as Christians don’t evaporate when we graduate from Church school!  Most recently, Pastor Schalm organized the drive-by parades for our St. Paul high school graduates who are not experiencing usual graduation activities.  This past week Pastor Schalm also prepared the “commencement collage” highlighting our 2020 graduates with photos of the rest of us from earlier graduation days added too.  Before her own college studies that prepared her for pastoring, Pastor Schalm trained as a travel agent.  Using her many creative talents, Pastor Schalm continues to help us “go places” even when the pandemic has compelled us to “stay safe” and stay mostly at home.  Thank you, Pastor Schalm!

LAST SUNDAY’S ‘ROAD RALLY’ SERVICE ATTRACTED A PARKING LOT CROWD.  Nearly two dozen cars parked in the lot for last Sunday’s Pentecost Service.  Our church’s elders distributed ore-wrapped communion elements to those present, car-to-car.  Those in their vehicles were able to follow the service being Facebook live streamed inside the sanctuary through tablets, cell phones, and low-frequency radio broadcast which reaches our entire church property.  Both before and after the service, Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm, joined by Music Director Tracy Hoffman, greeted church members.  The weather cooperated: it was a beautiful sunny morning.  There were no hitches for the live streamed service that church members were following at home.  However, the radio broadcast from our church to the parking lot did have a last-minute station change from 105.5 to 105.3.  That same morning to our surprise there was a differently-sourced broadcast on 105.5 in French and Spanish, preempting our use.  Although Pentecost morning recalls a miracle when Jesus’ earliest apostles and disciples suddenly spoke in different foreign languages but with total comprehension on everyone’s part, our St. Paul congregation stuck to English by quickly switching to 105.3 on the radio dial.  For those listening to the radio broadcast, the message from the sanctuary came through loud and clear!

OUR CONTINUING THANKS TO OUR TECH-TEAM, making our Facebook live-streamed services possible, along with the Sunday afternoon web site posting.  When you have the opportunity please personally thank ‘techies’ Michael Isaacs, Dan Case, and Gary Peters.

HAVE YOU NOTICED THE ‘STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH’ POSTER ON LIVE-STREAMED SERVICES?  Your gifts to this special offering are invited throughout the month of June.  This “strengthen the Church” offering helps our wider United Church of Christ family provide assistance to struggling sister congregations.  During the current pandemic the national body of the United Church of Christ has provided our own congregation with important informational resources that have helped us navigate both health-related and financial concerns.  Your ‘Strengthen the Church” can be mailed to our church office and will be recorded as your gift.

OUR ST. PAUL CHURCH COUNCIL MEETS THIS COMING TUESDAY EVENING.  Although the Covid-19 health crisis has limited our on-site church activities, the St. Paul Church Council and its Executive Committee, composed of Council officers, continues to meet on its regularly basis through telephone conferencing.  Please contact Council president Michele McNeely, Vice Presidents Tim Ruffner and Jim Poet, or any of the Council members if you have questions or concerns you would like to ask or share.

A POPULAR QUESTION FOR THOSE ACCUSTOMED TO A MORNING OFFERING PLATE:  How do I make sure that St. Paul Church receives the tithes and offerings that I want to share?  In these complex times, the answer remains simple.  Either drop your check made out to St. Paul Church in the U.S. Mail or sign up for electronic giving following the straight-forward guide you’ll find on the St. Paul Church web site.  Although postal delivery has somewhat slowed, everything sent still finds it way to its destination.  If you have any questions about donations, please call the church office, Monday through Friday.  As we maintain our church ministry in this difficult time for us all, all your prayers and financial support are appreciated.  At St. Paul we are simply encouraged to give and share as we are able. Thank you.

OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONALS FOR JUNE-AUGUST 2020 are now available to St. Church members.  Please contact the church office (313-291-1221) to make arrangements to pick up a copy.  Pastor Drutchas and Parish Nurse Kathy Williams can also drop off this most recent devotional offering scripture readings and daily prayer for use at home.

THE LATEST SUNDAY SCHOOL BLOG can be found on our website under the Christian Education Corner - Blog menu. Today’s message is about a “team” of twelve. Pastor Schalm will be leading class today via Zoom at 1:00 p.m. All parents/Sunday School children interested in participating should contact Pastor Schalm by noon (following our live stream Sunday service) for information on joining.

OUR CONGREGATION’S BOOK BUDDY AND ADOPT-A-GRANDPARENT PROGRAMS will continue through June If your child would like to participate please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

PASTOR SCHALM WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE who sent their “graduation” photos for inclusion in the all-church video.  This latest video collage can be viewed on the Rock Hard in Faith Facebook group following this morning’s worship service.  Next week’s video theme will be of parties and celebrations.  Traditionally, we would be holding the Sunday School year-end party.  However, given the pandemic, that is not possible.  So we are asking that church members share pictures of past great parties and celebrations they’ve enjoyed at church or -- elsewhere.  Please send those current or “oldie but goodie” photos to Pastor Schalm by  Thursday, June 11th.

OUR TUESDAY MORNING ‘PARTY LINE’ BIBLE STUDY GROUP, a group of fourteen led by Pastor Drutchas, continues to share in the gospel word about Jesus’ post-resurrection ministry to his apostles and disciples.  This coming Tuesday, May 19, 10:30 p.m., the study group will be joining in a conferencing call via call-in telephoning to read and discuss the portion of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 17, using the Bibles we have in our own households.  If you like to join this group, please contact Pastor Drutchas at the church office (313-291-1221).

CHURCH MEMBERS AND FRIENDS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN A NEW BIBLE STUDY START-UP via telephone conferencing or outdoor gathering, weather permitting, are encouraged to contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas.  Presently contemplated are a Men’s Bible Study, as well as a couples study group with a cap on group size at 12 participants—the same number as Jesus’ apostles.  You can notify Pastor Drutchas of your interest by calling the church office (313-291-1221).

HAVE YOUR ORDERED YOUR ST. PAUL LOGO T-SHIRT OR HOODIE?   Keeping it all simple, both clothing items are dark blue with white logos displaying the name of our church and the emblem of the United Church of Christ.  Wearing the tee-shirt and hoodie are a great way to show and share St. Paul solidarity in this very different time for church life.  Order forms are available online on the St. Paul website.   All purchased items will be distributed at the St. Paul Church picnic on July 26.  All proceeds above expenses support the Dorcas Society’s retreat fund.

DO YOU NEED A MASK?  One of the best ways that we can protect one another from the spread of Covid-19 is through personal masking.  Along with regular hand-washing and social distancing of six feet, masking will continue to be important as our local community opens up to more daily activity.  Most home-sewn masks reduce the possibility of viral spread through coughing and sneezing by at least 60 per cent which provides a significant, even if not perfect foil, for the Covid-19 virus.  Every time we halt viral spread in its tracks it’s a victory for public health and our mutual well-being.  Several St. Paul Church members have put their talents as seamstresses and seamsters to work for the benefit of others.  Both Patrick Ferguson and Sharon Leonard have made masks available for Pastor Geoff Drutchas to distribute.  Are you in need of a mask?  Please contact the church office to arrange a mask drop-off at your front door, or request one when you arrive for Sunday morning service in the June weeks ahead.

THROUGHOUT THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK OUR MINISTRY TOGETHER CONTINUES.  This coming Monday, Pastor Drutchas will be officiating at a funeral service for the son of a recent newcomer to our congregation. Although the service will be size-limited at their selected Wyandotte funeral home, Pastor Drutchas will offer reverent prayers and a eulogy as always.  While Pastors Drutchas and Schalm, along with Parish Nurse Kathy Williams, are not able to visit hospitals and nursing homes as we usually do because of precautionary lock-downs at all medical and rehab facilities, we are delivering masks and other items to households as needed on a front-porch, drop-off basis.  Day-by-day we also remain in touch with our congregation through Facebook, the church web site, and one-on-one telephone calls.  Please let your pastoral staff know by telephone, text, or email about any specials needs that have arisen for yourself or your family where your church family can be helpful.  Pastor Geoff continues at his church office every day and can be reached there on the church telephone line.  If he’s on another call at that moment, he will return your call at his earlier opportunity.  Meanwhile, as part of our ministry together, you are also encouraged to reach out to fellow church members through personal phone calls and mailed cards.  It is important that we remind each other that we are not alone but part of true network and care-ring of faith.

PROVIDING 24/7 SERVICES TO HOMELESS MEN AND WOMEN DURING THE PANDEMIC, ChristNet needs your help in preparing breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for 20+ ChristNet guests.  Individually wrapped breakfast, lunch, and snack items, including breakfast cereal boxes and bowls, muffins or pastries, puddings, juice boxes, and small cans of soda, are especially appreciated.   Also donations of liquid Tide are welcomed: guests launder their clothes on site using an available washer and dryer.  All donations can be dropped off at the rear of Fellowship Hall for delivery to the ChristNet center.  Please contact Pastor Drutchas at the church office (33-291-1221) to drop off items.

THE FISH & LOAVES PANTRY IS STILL IN NEED OF YOUNGER VOLUNTEERS who can help with client enrollment and food distribution, particularly on Mondays.  Due to the pandemic, all food is being individually packed for clients and distributed on a drive-thru basis only with all social distancing precautions taken.  Also, new client enrollment and appointment scheduling is by telephone only.  To volunteer, please contact the Fish & Loaves via web site or by calling 313-992-6284. For more information, you may also call Pastor Geoff Drutchas at the church office (313-291-1221).

SEVERAL ST. PAUL CHURCH MEMBERS CELEBRATED BIRTHDAYS this past week.  Turning 100, Lin Hogan was honored by a “drive-by” of City of Lincoln Park workers last Monday.  Meanwhile, turning 90 and 89 respectively, Daisy Stedman and Helen St. Louis marked their birthdays too.

MAY WE ALSO KEEP IN PRAYER the following church members and friends: Frank Patterson, Morgan Schalm, Paula Block, Bettie Slusher, Bob Wiegel, Shirley Koths, Shirlen Powell, Harold Fick, Doris Hilliker, Judy Nieman, John Smith, Loretta Kurtsel, Kirk Blanchard, Neil MacEachern, Sheryl Schwab, Kyle Hard, John Sharp, Bob Smarr, Doreen Thompson, and Kari Cappello (anticipating the arrival of a second child in June).

LET US FURTHER PRAY FOR THOSE PROVIDING EMERGENCY ‘FRONTLINE’ SERVICES as police officers, nurses, and EMS workers during the ongoing pandemic.  We want to especially remember church members and friends: Kim Arndt, Wendi Wioncek Ashby, Rick Barnosky, Jennifer Babin, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Dana Wioncek Barlage, Chelsea Eisenga, Josh Eisenga, James Hubert, Debbie Lyles, Amy McGahey, Ciera Mack, Marcie Magnuson, Sam Martin, Michelle Mellin, Brenda Murphy, Inez Kurtsel Ogonowski, Amber Ostrowski, Samantha Pedersen, Eric Poet, Trudy Clark Schiller, Rachel Tank, Emily Wangbickler Baggett, Jillian Wangbickler, and Sarah Wangbickler.