June 21, 2020

Posted by St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor on Sunday, June 21, 2020

Father’s Day / Fourth Sunday of Pentecost
Order of Service
Live streamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ,
Taylor, Michigan
June 21, 2020



PRELUDE  “Fathers” Medley, Organist Sally Sigman



  Pastor: “May the Peace of Christ be with you.

  Congregation: “And also with you!”                                    

OPENING PRAYER  Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas


A WORD ABOUT FATHERS  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

MORNING SCRIPTURE  Genesis 27:1-19, 26-38; Mark 1: 9-11, Pastors Drutchas & Schalm

ANTHEM  “This is My Father’s World,” Tracy Hoffman

MESSAGE  “A Dad’s Blessing,” Pastor Drutchas


LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

POSTLUDE/ BENEDICTION “The Lord Bless You” Tracy Hoffman 


“This is My Father’s World”
 (Please hum along)

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears,
all nature sings and rounds me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world, I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; God’s hands the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world; the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the flowers bright, declare their Maker’s praise.
Our God has made this world and shines in all that’s fair;
in rustling grass I hear God pass, who speaks to me everywhere.

Our God has made this world; oh, let us ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
God trusts us with this world, to keep it clean and fair.
All earth and trees, the skies and seas, God’s creatures everywhere!





WELCOME TO TODAY’S SECOND ‘PILOT’ SERVICE IN THE SANCTUARY.  Although Facebook live streamed services will continue, church members are invited to share in our onsite service next Sunday, June 28.  Precautions continue to keep us all health-safe.  Our thanks to our set-up crew for today’s service, as well as those ushering.  If you have any concerns or suggestions, please contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas or Council officers Michele McNeely, Tim Ruffner, Jim Poet, Dan Case, or Jane Dykowski.  Those who wish to attend next Sunday’s service are asked to call the church office (313-291-1221) by Fridaday, 12 noon, June 26.

YOUR PATIENCE WITH OUR LIVE STREAMED SERVICES is appreciated.  Last week’s live streamed service from the St. Paul sanctuary started out well but finished with the sermon and the closing song sounding as if they were delivered underwater!  The technical problems were due to the limits of Facebook and, unfortunately, not correctable on our St. Paul end.  In case of such problems, church members are encouraged to listen to the audio that is posted on the St. Paul Church website or to download the printed Sunday sermon.  Our tech team remains committed to bringing the best quality live streamed service to you as possible under sometimes difficult circumstances.

THE LATEST SUNDAY SCHOOL BLOG can be found on the stpaulucctaylor.org website under the Christian Education tab.  Today’s lesson is about a father’s love for his two sons----one of them wayward and disobedient. Pastor Schalm will be leading class today via Zoom at 11:30 a.m.  All parents/Sunday School children interested in participating should contact Pastor Schalm by 11 a.m. (following the live stream) for information on joining.

DON’T MISS THIS WEEK’S ALL-CHURCH ‘DADS’ VIDEO COLLAGE on the ‘Rock Hard in Faith’ Facebook page.  Today’s video collage honors dads who have been positive role models for our own lives.  It can be Facebook viewed immediately after today’s service.  Your photos are invited for next week’s collage highlighting “special celebrations” from our own lives.  Please forward your “special celebration” pictures to Pastor Schalm for collage inclusion, no later than this coming Thursday, June 25.

OUR CONGREGATION’S ‘BOOK BUDDY’ AND ‘ADOPT A GRANDPARENT’ programs continue to the end of June.  If interested in participating in either of these programs, please contact Pastor Schalm.

‘BREAKING FREE’ WILL BE THE GATHERING THEME FOR OUR VIRTUAL SUMMER ST. PAUL 2020 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS).  While VBS will look a lot different this year as a safe home-based program, it will still be a great learning and growing opportunity for all St. Paul children and friends.  Provided in advance for pickup at church on July 13, will be a VBS packet that include all ‘Breaking Free” lessons for July 20-23, plus color materials, craft and activity projects, songs, and snack ideas.

Each online VBS session will offer a daily story/message.  St. Paul Music Director Tracy Hoffman will lead our young participants in a lively song.  Also joining the Zoom sessions, Ms. Sheri Herkimer and Ms. Deborah Case will be highlighting very special craft and snack ideas. Our VBS Zoom-based lessons will be welcoming a college basketball player, a professional soccer player, and an athletic trainer. Besides sharing pointers on playing their particular sport, each of these “Breaking Free “guests” will talk about the importance of faith amid life’s disappointments, hope despite setbacks, and value of patience and perseverance in coming back strong. We can look forward to a great time in faith together.

During VBS week, all Zoom lessons will be offered at 7:00 p.m.  Lesson packets will be prepared for Monday, July 13 pick-up only for those who enroll a full week ahead.  All families interested in participating should contact Pastor Schalm by July 6 at cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org or text/call her at 734.255.0935.

OUR TUESDAY MORNING ‘PARTY LINE’ BIBLE STUDY GROUP successfully met outside on our church green for a Tuesday class.  Likewise, this coming Tuesday, June 23, we will—weather permitting—meet outside at 10:30 a.m.  Please bring your own chair, cup of coffee, and Acts 19 handout.  In case of stormy weather we will be telephone conferencing from our own households.  If you like to join this group, please contact Pastor Drutchas at the church office (313-291-1221).

St PAUL’S WORSHIP PLANNING TEAM WILL BE MEETING this coming Tuesday, 7 p.m., via telephone conferencing call. We will be reviewing recent services and making plans for the summer worship weeks ahead. Team members can participate by calling in.  For dialing-in information contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas or Barb Schultz.

HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT HANDSOME AND COLORFUL ‘STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH’ BANNER HANGING FROM THE SCONCE ALONG OUR SIDE AISLE?  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.  Your ‘Strengthen the Church” offering can be mailed to our church office.

BLOOD DONORS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED FOR THE RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE now scheduled for June 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 23263 Goddard Road, located just east of the Taylor fire station.  The Lodge’s air-conditioned space allows for necessary social distancing.  There must be at least 59 days since your last donation. It is also important to sign up for appointments ahead of time, either online at www.redcrossblood.org, where the Taylor Masonic Lodge is listed, or via phone call to Beth Harris (313-549-7043) at the Red Cross  All presenting blood donors will receive a $5 Amazon ecard.

HAVE YOUR ORDERED YOUR ST. PAUL LOGO T-SHIRT OR HOODIE?  AT LEAST THIRTY OF YOUR ST. PAUL FRIENDS HAVE.  Don’t miss out!  Wearing a tee-shirt or hoodie with St. Paul’s emblem is a great way to show St. Paul solidarity.  Order forms are available online on the St. Paul web site.  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.

JUST A REMINDER ABOUT OUR ‘HEALTH-SAFE’ GUIDELINES FOR SANCTUARY SERVICES as we continue to do our part as a congregation to keep Covid-19 in check:


  • 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 can “volunteer” in advance by contacting the church office (313-291-1221) before Friday noon, June 25th.
  • 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 have been removed from pews where church

members will be seated to eliminate or minimize hand-to-surface contacts.

  • Ushers will be greeting worshippers 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, Organist Sally Sigman, and selected choir members 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 will

strive to maintain its half-hour plus format.


Each of these health and safety precautions for Sunday services and the two “pilot” services 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, there’s a learning curve: we’ve never had to coordinate services like this 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.


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:

  • If you are attending the newly re-started sanctuary services, you may deposit your donation in the pedestal offering box at the center of the church narthex.
  • If you are following Sunday services livestreamed on Facebook, you may drop your check made out to St. Paul Church in the U.S. Mail. Although postal delivery has somewhat slowed, everything sent still finds its way to church.
  • Whether you are attending services in the sanctuary or on Facebook, your best, most convenient option may be electronic giving. You’ll find an easy 1-2-3 guide to electronic giving enrollment on the St. Paul Church web site.  Treasurer Dan Case is also available to walk you through sign-up.

For 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.

LARGE PRINT ‘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.

OVER THE PAST TWO MONTHS OUR CONGREGATION HAS DISTRIBUTED ALMOST TWO HUNDRED MASKS.  DO YOU NEED A MASK TOO?  One of the very 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 50-60 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.  St. Paul Church members Susan Bennett has joined Patrick Ferguson and Sharon Leonard in crafting masks for Pastor Geoff Drutchas to distribute.  Many are bright and colorful and definitely “high fashion.” 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.  Pastors Drutchas and Schalm, as well as Parish Nurse Kathy Williams, are still not able to visit hospitals and nursing homes as because of precautionary lock-downs at all medical and rehab facilities.  But they are delivering masks and other items to households as needed on a front-porch, drop-off basis.  Day-by-day our pastoral staff also remain in touch with church members 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 providing 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 (313-291-1221) to drop off items.

THE FISH & LOAVES PANTRY IS STILL IN NEED OF YOUNGER VOLUNTEERS who can help with food unloading, sorting, and shelving on Mondays and Fridays, 7:30-10 a.m., plus enrollment and drive-thru distribution to clients on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Due to the pandemic, all food is being individually packed for clients 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).

LET’S 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, Chelsey Eisenga, Josh Eisenga, James Hubert, Debbie Lyles, Amy McGahey, Ciera Mack, Marcie Magnuson, Sam Martin, Michelle Mellin, Brenda Murphy, Inez Kurtsel Ogonowski, Amber Ostrowski, Rebecca Ostrowski, Samantha Pedersen, Eric Poet, Trudy Clark Schiller, Rachel Tank, Emily Wangbickler Baggett, Jillian Wangbickler, and Sarah Wangbickler.

HAPPY THOUGHTS AND ALL GOOD WISHES to Nancy Raab, Ada Wagner (80th birthday), and Gary Staffeld who are all celebrating birthdays at this time, and Moses, Veronica, Aaron, and Patra Flomo, who are moving this coming week to Philadelphia to be closer to family.  We will miss them!  Also, Music Director Tracy Hoffman has retired as a music teacher for elementary school students in the Allen Park Public Schools.  Please congratulate him on many years of service to Downriver children.

MAY WE KEEP IN DEEPEST PRAYER the following church members and friends: Robert Black, Nancy Raab, Jeff Beyar, Judy Nieman, Colleen Baca, David Cowper, Marion Bolen, Ron Bolen, Frank Patterson, Morgan Schalm, Ryan Block, Bettie Slusher (Belmont Nursing Center), Shirlen Powell, Harold Fick,  Sheryl Schwab, Kyle Hard, John Sharp, Bob Smarr, Doreen Thompson, Cassidy (Wangbickler) Congelierre, Kari Cappello (anticipating the arrival of a second child), Donna (Badarak) Wiggins, Marcie Bolen, Melanie Bolen, and Diane Brainard.

OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF DIANE ANDERSON who passed away this past week.  Arrangements for Diane’s memorial services, which are being made through Martenson Funeral Homes, are pending.  Diane was an active member of the St. Paul Tuesday Morning Bible Study group and Red Hats.