April 28, 2024

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Fifth Sunday of Easter/ April 28, 2024


Silent Prayer and Reflection

Words cannot contain our desire for God but they help direct our minds and hearts towards God's love and express our needs.

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements/ Welcome                                       Rev. Linda Anderson

Opening Voluntary

*Call to Worship                                                  Jane Dykowski, liturgist

ONE: God of Love, let us gather together in Your name to spend time in  Your presence.

 ALL: May we abide with You, that we may share and live Your love with one another.

ONE: The road we have travelled to get here today is different for each one of us, but we meet together in this place to praise You.

ALL: Let us be open to Your transforming love, that we may become Your disciples and follow You on Your way. Amen.

*Hymn No. 234 “Crown Him with Many Crowns”

Prayer of the Day  (unison)                                Jane Dykowski, liturgist

Loving God, you sent Jesus to show us the mystery of your love. Guided by his Spirit, may we hear his voice calling us in love and to love in all the events of life. We ask this in his name confident that you will hear us. Amen.

Choir Anthem “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”

First Lesson  Acts 8:26-40                                    Jane Dykowski, liturgist
Gospel Lesson John 15:1-8

Message  “A Fear of Bearing Fruit,”                                 Rev. Anderson

*Hymn No. 261  “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


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.

   A Time for Prayer/ The Lord’s Prayer

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 glory,

forever and ever.  Amen.

*Hymn No. 288 “O God of Vision”

*Dismissal with Blessing

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 a movie.

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


                                               Calendar Week April 28  – May 5

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

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

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

Sunday         Worship 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Dawn Swartz

                      Communion/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m./ Flower-Plant

                      Pick up 11:00 a.m. – Fellowship Hall


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.                                                                  

THE YOUTH FLOWER SALE -last day to order your flowers. The flowers are coming from Blocks Stand and Greenhouse. If you would like to place an order, please see an usher for a form. Orders will be available Sunday, May 5, after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.  Any questions please contact Candace Poet.

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.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Christine Schwab, Jeannette Wackro, Fred Miller, Sandi Rose, Lois Rice, Carol Wioncek, Sally Sigman, Emily Winter, 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 and 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 was April 20, 2024, in Virginia – not April 29.  

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE donations are welcome until Tuesday, April 30, 12 noon. 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.

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH DESIGNATED AS “MISSION SUNDAY.” The month of May, items will be collected for “Hero’s Closet.” Hero’s Closet Program offers clothing, personal items, and household goods to veterans at no cost. 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 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 includes chicken, meatballs, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad bar, rolls, dessert, and beverage—all for $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. Advance ticket purchase is required, no tickets will be sold at the door. Last day to purchase tickets is Sunday, May 19th. This year’s “Every Daughter Banquet” is being 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.