May 24, 2020

Order of Service
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor
Sixth Sunday of Easter / Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2020 – 10 a.m. (Facebook Live streamed)




                        Pastor: “Peace be with you.”

                       At Home Congregation: “And also with you!”        

OPENING PRAYER  Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas


MORNING SCRIPTURE  1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11

ANTHEM (a cappella) “America the Beautiful,” Tracy Hoffman

MESSAGE  “The Greatest Generation?” Pastor Drutchas



POSTLUDE “God Bless America,” Tracy Hoffman



“God Bless America”

Soloist: Whatever storm clouds gather that we see,

 let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free.

  Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, as we raise our voices in solemn prayer…

Congregation: God bless America, land that I love,

Stand beside her and guide her, through the night with the light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam,

God bless America, my home sweet home,

God bless America, my home sweet home!



A ‘ROAD RALLY’ SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY WILL HELP KICK OFF THE NEW PENTECOST SEASON for our St. Paul congregation.  Although Sunday morning service will still be Facebook live streamed for ready home viewing, church members are alternatively invited to join a ‘Road Rally’ in our church parking lot.   Those parking in the church lot for the service will also be able to tune in on their car radio to Station 105.5 which broadcasts the service to the immediate surrounding vicinity, or watch the live streamed version on their phones.  In keeping with our Easter practice, those worshiping at home or in their vehicles are encouraged to bring to worship their own elements (bread and juice) for communion which Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm will consecrate through chancel prayers.  However, beginning at 9:30 a.m. there will also be a car-to-car distribution of sterilely-bagged communion wafers by Pastors Drutchas and Schalm with assistance from our church elders.  Look for the Christian flag in the parking lot procession that morning and just “honk for Jesus” if our pastors or elders inadvertently overlook your vehicle.  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.  Further information will be shared with the congregation through email and our St. Paul web site.

ST. PAUL CHURCH WILL BE OPENING FOR SANCTUARY WORSHIP on Sunday, June 14th—that’s the second Sunday of next month. Our church’s reopening will be proceeding with considerable precautions and care. The June 14th worship will be one of three “pilot” services during June that will give us experience with new guidelines to keep us all safe and well. Attendance at these services will be capped at 40-50 persons.  Only the main doors will be used for coming and going.   Beyond the sanctuary, the rest of our church will remain closed to activity.  On these Sunday mornings there will be designated seating throughout the sanctuary to maintain requisite and consistent social distancing even as we come together with ushers seating and dismissing  afterwards.  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.  In lieu of air-conditioning, sanctuary windows will be all open to enhance ventilation.  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 Thursday noon, June 11th.  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.

DID YOU KNOW THAT CHURCH MEMBER LINDLEY HOGAN is about to turn 100?  Lin, who served as St. Paul Council president in 1971, almost fifty years ago, turns 100 on Monday, June 1.  Please help Lin celebrate his centennial year by your birthday greeting mailed to his home in Lincoln Park.  100 cards for 100 years from St. Paul Church members would be a welcome gift for him, letting Lin know that he is both remembered and cherished on this important anniversary for his own life.

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.

IN THIS FINAL WEEK OF THE EASTER SEASON AS WE REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE CHRIST’S RESURRECTION, we again 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


LAST SATURDAY MORE THAN A DOZEN CARS created a house-to-house parade to honor five St. Paul high school graduates.  Decorated with festive balloons and side-car posters with messages of encouragement, our congregation’s members all helped recognize an important milestone in the lives of our young people.  The graduates were forewarned about all the honking cars that would soon be descending upon them.  Each was out front with family to acknowledge the graduation greetings and good wishes.  The spring weather cooperated too.  It was a glorious afternoon all-round!

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 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 “Veterans” 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 Pentecost.  Church members are encouraged to send a picture of themselves dressed in red or – of anything red dear to them.  The color red symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit or the tongue of flame that descended above Christ’s disciples heads after His ascension.  Please text pictures to Pastor Schalm by Thursday, June 4th.

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 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 15, 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).

DORCAS SOCIETY MEMBERS WILL SOON BE MAKING AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE tee-shirts and hoodies featuring both name and logo of our church.  Keeping it all simple, the clothing items will be blue with white logos.  Order forms will be provided through the Tidings newsletter, the St. Paul web site, as well as Facebook and email blast.  All purchased items will be distributed at the St. Paul Church picnic on July 26.  All proceeds beyond expenses support the Dorcas Society’s retreat fund.

OUR CHURCH CABINET, bringing together representatives of all church organizations, met via tele-conferencing call last Tuesday evening, May 19, 7 p.m.   Church scheduling for the upcoming months was discussed.  Plans are now underway for an all-church Tailgate Picnic on July 26th, the customary last Sunday of the month.  Activities will be organized that day to ensure healthy social distancing.  Also discussed on Tuesday were plans for the fall rummage sale, October 1-3.   The fall craft show, set for October 10th, continues to be on schedule, pending developments in the late summer and fall and the committed participation of vendors.

THROUGHOUT THE CORONAVIRUS 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.  Thanks

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).

CONDOLENCES TO THE WAGNER FAMILY on the passing of husband and father Richard Wagner.  A funeral service for immediate family will be held this coming week at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home with a memorial service at church scheduled for a future date.  Please send cards to wife Ada, daughter Leah, and son Richard Wagner.  Along with wife Ada and daughter Leah, Richard, who was a St. Paul member, previously provided custodial services for our church.

MAY WE KEEP IN OUR PRAYERS the following church members and friends:  Gertrude Hagen (Imperial Rehab Center, Dearborn Heights), Daniel Newton, Frank Patterson, 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, 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.