April 21, 2024

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Fourth Sunday of Easter/ April 21, 2024


Silent Prayer and Reflection

You know that Christ was rich, but for you he became poor so that by his becoming poor you might become rich.” ~2 Corinthians 8:9

Ringing of the Church Bell

Announcements/ Welcome                                                    Pastor Cheryl Schalm

Opening Voluntary                                                                John Joanette, pianist

*Call to Worship                                                                              Kaitlyn Isaacs
One: We are God’s work of art – each one of us a precious gem, a marvelous melody, a potter’s delight.                                                                                                 All: We are God’s handiwork- woven together in love, shaped with infinite compassion, painted with incredible beauty.                                                     One: We are the church of Jesus Christ – diverse in human qualities, but united in our call to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and our neighbor as ourself.                                                                                                                       All: We are the Body of Christ- living in his truth, sharing his peace, carrying his hope, embodying his love, in the world he loved so much.                                                                                                           One: We are here to be reminded once more who we are and what our lives are about.                                                                                                                         All: We are here to be lifted, renewed, and empowered to live out the miracle of who we are, by the power of God working among us.                                                                                    One: Together let us worship the living God.

All:  We open ourselves to God, who makes all things rich and new.

*Hymn No. 23 “Praise My Soul, the God of Heaven”

*Prayer of the Day (unison)                                                                 Kaitlyn Isaacs
Dear God,
You are rich and powerful, full of mercy and grace. We gather this morning to worship you and to obtain for ourselves a glimpse of Your Kingdom of kindness.  We long to enter your world where love rules over all, where enemies embrace, and the distinctions between friend and foe evaporate in the light of Your love.  Knowing that

you have the power to transform us, we give our lives over to You; body, soul, mind and spirit. In Jesus’ name ~ Amen

Children’s Chapel “What Money Can’t Buy”

Family of God                                                                                                          I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God; I’ve been washed in the fountain, Cleansed by His blood!  Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, For I’m part of the family, the family of God.

A Mission Moment                                                                                  Emily Winter

Anthem  “He Lives!,”                                                     Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

Offertory Invitation/ Offertory/ *Dedication of Gifts


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.

First Lesson: 1 Chronicles 4:10, 1 Timothy 6:17-19        Hayley & Drake Dykowski

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 6:19-21

Message:  “To Be Rich in Everything,”                                              Pastor Schalm

*Hymn No. 526  “The Gift of Love” 

A Time of Prayer/ The Lord’s Prayer                             Hayley & Drake Dykowski                                             

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy    will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power and the gory, forever and ever Amen.

*Hymn No. 610  “Living For Jesus”

 Benediction (unison) Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;[a] he restores my soul.[b]
He leads me in paths of righteousness[c] for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[d]
I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Surely[e] goodness and mercy[f] shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.[gAmen.

Closing Voluntary/ Recessional: Please remain in your pews as the Light of Christ leads the way into the world followed by our Pastor. 



WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S MORNING SERVICE IN PERSON AND FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING You must have a Facebook account to view our Worship Services.  An email address is required. It is possible to have a Facebook account not connected to Social Media. Please contact Dan Case, Gary Peters, or Michael Isaacs if you need more information. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS GATHERING upstairs for lesson, crafts, snacks, and fun.

THERE IS NO COFFEE HOURS until Sunday, May 5 due to our Spring Rummage Sale preparations.


                                               Calendar Week April 14  – April 21

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm

                      Sunday School 10:00 a.m. / No Coffee Hour

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Exercise 10:30 a.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Sunday         Worship 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Linda Anderson

                      Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ No Coffee Hour


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. 

OUR YOUTH ARE HOLDING THEIR ANNUAL FLOWER SALE. The flowers are coming from Blocks Stand and Greenhouse. If you would like to order flowers, please see an usher to pick up an order form. Orders need to be turned in NO LATER than APRIL 28. Orders will be ready for pickup on Sunday, May 5 after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.  Any questions please contact Candace Poet.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Christine Schwab, Emily Winter, Jeannette Wackro, Fred Miller, Betty Mayfield, Sandi Rose, Lois Rice, Carol Wioncek, Sally Sigman, Joan Smarr, Justine Kimbler, Susan & Dennis Bennett, Diane Brainard, Tony Koths, Ron Cichowicz, Brody Howell, Alicia Hagen, Ailani Flores, Sherry Burchard, Sue Milatz, Linda Tank, Rachel Tank, Jennifer Lee, Kyle Hard, Bill Pattenaude, Randy Snelson, Ted Butkin, Kevin Siemers, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink, Steve, neighbor, Vicki & Dale Simon.  Condolences: Rev. Geoff & Eileen on the loss of Eileen’s mother, Patricia Dewald Vernor, who passed away March 28, 2024, at the age of 93 years. Memorial service is April 29, 2024, in Virginia;  Barbara Schultz & family on the loss of brother, Robert Weigel, who passed away April 14, 2024.  Funeral service is in Florida.  Congratulations: Deven & Alyssa Brandt Muljo on the birth of daughter, Ellie Rae, April 17, 2024.  St. Paul Grandparents are Mark & Carolyn Bresky.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE donations are welcome until Tuesday, April 30, 12 noon. Donations can be dropped off Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tables are set up with signs indicating where items should be deposited. Household items (kitchenware and small appliances) can be taken to the West Room. Your cooperation will help with final sorting and displaying of goods. Items should be clean and in good condition. Volunteers are needed to help sort. Further assistance is needed on Saturday May 4 for cleanup. Please contact the church office or Trustee Toni Hill. Any time you can share is greatly appreciated.

THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH DESIGNATED AS “MISSION SUNDAY” and items collected will be blessed at that time. Today we will hear from a past UCC disaster relief mission trip volunteer.  The UCC Disaster Relief Ministry provides support for those impacted by natural disasters globally.  A donation box is in the Narthex for anyone interested in donating.  During the month of May, we will be collecting items for Veterans.  Our mission outreach is “Hero’s Closet.” Hero’s Closet Program offers clothing, personal items, and household goods to veterans. Whether they need attire for job interviews, exercise, leisure, or solemn occasions like funerals and weddings, Hero’s Closet ensures that veterans leave with their dignity intact. It’s a sanctuary where veterans find solace and practical assistance. A donation box will be placed in the narthex for anyone interested in donating toiletries (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc), socks, undergarments, etc.  Please contact Pastor Schalm with any questions.

EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET THURSDAY, MAY 23. All moms, daughters, daughters-in-law, grandmothers, etc. are invited to our annual “Every Daughter Banquet,” Thursday, May 23, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Garden Party”, so dress up and join in the fun. A buffet-style dinner will be served. Menu selections include chicken, meatballs, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad bar, rolls, dessert, and beverage—$5 per person. Children 5 years and younger are free. Special prizes will be given out, a 50/50 raffle and basket door prizes. This is a not-to-be missed event. Tickets can be purchased in the West Lobby following worship service until Sunday, Mary 19. Advance ticket purchase is required, no tickets will be sold at the door. This year’s “Every Daughter Banquet” is jointly hosted by the Girl Scouts and the Women’s and Men’s Fellowship.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE HONORS NEWBORNS May 12. Infants born over the last year to members of our congregation will be honored at the annual St. Paul Cradle Roll Service on Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.  Parents are invited to place a photo of their child on the altar for the length of the service. Please contact the church office if you would like to participate or include a child or grandchild in the roster of those acknowledged and honored.

ST. PAUL TO OFFER CPR with AED CLASS & First-aid Class. People with CPR and First Aid certification are needed.  The class takes about 7.5 – 8 hours divided into two 4 - hour sessions. One on CPR the other first-aid. The certification lasts for two years. Please contact Kathy Williams or leave a message for her ASAP if you are interested.  Books need to be given out at least 2 weeks priorto the class. Possible dates: Friday, May 10, 6 – 10 p.m. Saturday May 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please contact Kathy Williams if you are interested, but you are unable to attend the dates listed above.

WEARING NAME TAGS WILL HELP Rev. Anderson and visitors put a name to our faces.  If you need to update or get a new tag, please contact the church office.  Cost is $9.00.