May 17, 2020


Order of Service

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 17, 2020 – 10 a.m. (Facebook Livestreamed)




                        Pastor: “Peace be with you.”

                       At Home Congregation: “And also with you!”        

OPENING PRAYER  Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas


MORNING SCRIPTURE  Genesis 1:26-28; Luke 12:1-7

ANTHEM (a cappella) “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” Tracy Hoffman

MESSAGE  “Our Respect for Life,” Pastor Drutchas



POSTLUDE “Seek Ye First,” Tracy Hoffman




“His Eye is on the Sparrow”

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, why should my heart be lonely

and long for heaven and home, when Jesus is my portion?  My constant friend is he:

his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me; his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me,

(R) I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, for his eye is on the
sparrow and I know he watches me

‘Let not your heart be troubled.’ His tender word I hear, and resting on his goodness,

I lose my doubts and fears; though by the path he leadeth but one step I may see: his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches; his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me. (R)

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise, when song give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,

I draw the closer to him, from care he sets me free: his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me;

his eye in on the sparrow, and I know he watches me. (R)


AS OUR NATION AND STATE LOOK TO A GRADUAL ‘REOPENING,’ OUR ST. PAUL CONGREGATION is looking to ways in which we can safely regather in worship.  On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, we will begin with a ‘Road Rally’ Service.  We will continue to lives tream the Sunday Service on Facebook so that it can be viewed at home.  But, alternatively, church members are invited to join a ‘Road Rally’ in our church parking lot, following the service from their cars on phone or tablets.  Those joining for the service in the parking lot will also be able to tune in on their car radio to Station 105.5 which broadcasts the service to the immediate surrounding vicinity.  In keeping with our practice at Easter, those worshiping at home or in their vehicles are encouraged to bring to the service their own elements for the sacrament of communion which Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm will be blessing and consecrating through prayers from the chancel of our church.  Since the traditional color for Pentecost is red, church members are asked to wear something red that morning, as well as festoon cars for the Road Rally with a red ribbon, large or small.  More information will be shared with the congregation through email and our St. Paul web site.

ALTHOUGH OUR ST. PAUL COUNCIL WILL CONTINUE TO REMAIN ALERT to state-wide or local shelter-in-place mandates, plans are currently being made to start up Sunday morning services in the sanctuary during the last three weeks of June, beginning June 14.  These will be “pilot” services as we implement and gain experience with health and safety measures to protect everyone’s well-being.  Attendance at these services will be capped at 40-50 persons.  There will be designated seating throughout the sanctuary to maintain requisite and consistent social distancing even as we come together.  Couples and family members who arrive together will be seated together.  Ushers will be on hand to direct proper, safe seating.  All attendees should bring masks and hand-sanitizer for personal use, as well as everyone’s greater benefit.  To make sure that everyone is informed and oriented about the safety procedures we will be using, we invite 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 Tuesday, June 9th.  The upcoming “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.  Please keep our congregation and our ministry leadership in your prayers as we look ahead and move forward as faithfully, safely, and creatively as possible.

IN THESE WEEKS OF THE EASTER SEASON AS WE CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE CHRIST’S RESURRECTION, we offer thanks and acknowledgment to those who contributed to our church's Lily Fund in honor and in loving remembrance of family members and friends.  Let us remember in prayer those honored and memorialized:

Stanley, Margaret, & Shirley Barnard from Charlie & Marjie Barnard

Jim & Patricia Ennis from Bernie & Colleen Baca

Clarence & Lillian Fick from Pauline Arndt

Frank & Lenore Fuqua from Wendy Warner

Gail & Viola Holland from James Fraser, Jr.

Louise Horvath from Carol Wackro & the Isaacs Family

Ethel St. Louis & Patricia Kimes from Charlie & Marjie Barnard

David E. Mrowka from your loving wife, Sue Mrowka

Judy Nieman from your Secret Pal

Gaston & Aaron St. Louis from Charlie & Marjie Barnard

Edwin E. Steinhauer from your daughters, Sue & Diane

Betty J. Steinhauer from your daughters, Sue & Diane – Love You Mom

Eugene Wackro from Carol Wackro & the Isaacs Family

Arthur Wangbickler, Husband & Father, from Grace & Wanda Wangbickler


THE LATEST SUNDAY SCHOOL BLOG can be found on the website under the Christian Education tab.  Today’s lesson is about a brave little boy and a great big giant.   Pastor Schalm will be leading class today via Zoom at 11:00 a.m.  All parents/Sunday School children interested in participating should contact Pastor Schalm by 10:45 a.m. (following the live stream) for information on joining.

OUR CONGREGATION’S BOOK BUDDY program currently has 15 children participating.  This week’s story speaks to the importance of trusting God when monsters appear, even if they are imaginary!  If your child would like to participate please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

TWENTY-SIX ST. PAUL CHILDREN/YOUTH/YOUNG ADULT HAVE NOW ADOPTED A GRANDPARENT (aka a wonderful St. Paul senior).  If you are interested in participating in this cross-generational program please contact Pastor Schalm.

PASTOR SCHALM WOULD LIKE TO THANK everyone who sent their “Spring Sports” 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 will be in honor of all our Veterans.  Church members are encouraged to send a picture of their special veteran (living or deceased) and/or a sign/poster thanking our veterans and text it to Pastor Schalm by Thursday, May 21st.

St. PAUL STRONG!!!! PASTOR SCHALM WOULD LIKE TO THANK everyone who donated their gifts, time and talents and participated in the Pandemic Prom Parade held yesterday for our five graduating seniors whose prom was cancelled due to the pandemic. Each family was provided dinner, a corsage for the senior and a drive by parade. We were St. Paul strong!!!

OUR TUESDAY MORNING ‘PARTY LINE’ BIBLE STUDY GROUP, a group of fourteen women 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 14, 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 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).

OUR CHURCH CABINET, bringing together representatives of all church organizations, will be joining in a tele-conferencing call on Tuesday evening, May 19, 7 p.m.  The purpose of the shared call is to update organizations about summer planning.  Necessary call-in information will be sent to all organizational representatives prior to the meeting.

THROUGHOUT THE CORONA-VIRUS OUTBREAK OUR MINISTRY TOGETHER CONTINUES.  Although Pastors Drutchas and Schalm and 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.

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.

PROVIDING OVERNIGHT SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS, CHRISTNET NEEDS YOUR HELP in providing breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for 30+ 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).

CONGRATULATIONS TO RUTH AND CLIFFORD BOARD on their 50th Year Wedding Anniversary.  They were married in our St. Paul sanctuary by the late Reverend Stanley Hartmann.

SUE MROWKA AND DIANE STEINHAUER WISH TO THANK OUR CONGREGATION: “Diane and I want to thank everyone for all your thoughts, prayers, cards and support during this difficult time, with special thanks to Rev Geoff for always being there for us and mom, Betty Steinhauer, over the last eight years.  God Bless.

Sue Mrowka “


MAY WE KEEP IN OUR PRAYERS the following church members and friends:  Gertrude Hagen (Imperial Rehab Center, Dearborn Heights), Paula Block, Bettie Slusher, Shirley Koths, Shirlen Powell, Harold Fick, Doris Hilliker, Murl and Judy Nieman, John Smith, Loretta Kurtsel, Kirk Blanchard, Neil MacEachern, Sheryl Schwab, Kyle Hard, John Sharp, Bob Smarr, Helen St. Louis, Doreen Thompson, Dianne Sturgeon, Joyce Klimek, Kari Cappello (anticipating the arrival of a second child in June), and Frank Wolfram (fully recovered and home after being treated for possible infection)

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.


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