May 12, 2024

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Seventh Sunday of Easter/ Mother’s Day, May 12, 2024


Silent Prayer and Reflection

Regardless of nationality, race or gender; “In Christ Jesus we are all children of God through faith. Our faith in Jesus Christ confirms our identity as a child of God.” ~Galatians 3:26

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements & Welcome                                  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

Opening Voluntary

*Unison Call to Worship                                       Kaitlyn Isaacs, liturgist

And Jesus said, “Come!”
To all mothers and all children: he said, “Come!”
To the motherless and the childless: he said, “Come!”
To all who long to be mothered: he said, “Come!
Come unto me all you who labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls.”

Children’s Chapel “The Mother Load”

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 Mother’s Day Poem                                Eleanor Ruffner & Gracie Barnosky

*Hymn No. 263 “Surely the Presence of the Lord”

*Prayer of the Day                                                         Kaitlyn Isaacs, liturgist

One: Let us pray.

All: Almighty God, For your creative, creating energy, We give you thanks. For the shelter of your wings, We give you thanks. For stirring our nests and carrying us aloft, We give you thanks. For feeding us and weaning us and holding us, We give you thanks. For the fierce strength of your love, We give you thanks. Amen.

Anthem  “In the Garden”

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.

First Lesson: Proverbs 22:6

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 14:13-33

Message “Fed to Feed, Taught to Teach, Led to Lead,”            Pastor Schalm

*Hymn No. 70  “God of the Sparrow God of the Whale” (all 6 verses)

Cradle Roll

A Tinkling of Bells/ Blessing of the Infants and Families

*Hymn No. 227  “In the Garden”

Mother’s Prayer                                                Hayley & Drake Dykowski

Lord’s Prayer                                                              Bradley Patterson

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.

*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 at the close of service.



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.

COFFEE HOUR Men’s Fellowship has prepared a lovely continental breakfast. Muffins for Mom follows our service in the Fellowship Hall. ALL are invited and encouraged to partake.


                                               Calendar Week May 12  – May 19

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

                      Cradle Roll Service/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m. / Muffins for Moms 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 6:30 p.m.

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

Thursday      Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m.

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

                      Pentecost Sunday/ Wear Red/ Communion/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee

Hour 11:00/ Hands on only CPR 11:00 a.m.- West Room/ Christian Education &

Teacher Meeting 11:15 a.m. - Parlor


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.                                                                  

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.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE HONORS NEWBORNS born over the last year to members of our congregation. Parents are invited to bring their child to the front of the sanctuary as his or her name is read and the congregation tinkles hand-held bells in their honor.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Robert Black, Christine Schwab, Jeannette Wackro, Fred Miller, Sandi Rose, Lois Rice, Carol Wioncek, Sally Sigman, Joan Smarr, Pam Pierce, Justine Kimbler, Susan & Dennis Bennett, Diane Brainard, Tony Koths, Ron Cichowicz, Brody Howell, Alicia Hagen, Ailani Flores, 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.   Rose on the pulpit celebrates the birth of Pearl Elizabeth Rhodes, born April 11, 2024, to Sean Rhodes and Kaitlyn Sander.  Grand-parents:  Mark and Margret Sander. St. Paul Grandparents:  Bob and Ida Black.  Siblings: Edith, Clara, and Lois.

SEWING GUILD Sew ‘n Sews will gather Thursday, May 16, 10 a.m. in the West Room. Bring a sandwich, dessert and coffee are provided.  No sewing experience necessary. Join us for ‘food for thought.”  Contact Janet Staffeld, chairwoman, for more info.

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 ladies 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 at the Kiosk in Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour or by contacting Dan Case directly. 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 banquet is being co-hosted by the Girl Scouts, Women’s and Men’s Fellowships.

NO CPR/ FIRST AID CLASSES at this time due to lack of participants and scheduling conflicts.  Anyone interested please contact Kathy Williams and we will look to the late summer/ early fall to schedule classes.
THURSDAY EXERCISE CLASSES will begin the first Thursday in June (June 1)– not the third Thursday.  MAY 19, 11:OO A.M. HANDS ON ONLY CPR, West Room.

GRADUATE NAMES NEEDED FOR OUR PRINTED ROSTER If you or a family member are receiving a high school diploma, G.E.D., college degree, or continuing education certificate since last June, please contact Cindy Romas in the church office by May 29 for inclusion in the Baccalaureate/Youth Sunday Service, June 2.   All graduates are invited to participate in gown and mortarboard.  Forms are available from an usher or on our web page.

STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH OFFERING RECEIVED DURING MAY.  This offering of the UCC represents the time of Pentecost, the Birthday of the Christian Church.   Sunday May 19 is observed as Pentecost, however, we will be receiving this offering any Sunday in May.  Funds support new church starts, church revitalization, youth ministries, leadership development and more.  Please join in planting the seeds needed to grow and sustain our UCC denomination by making a gift.  An offering envelope is included in your May Tidings. There are also envelopes located in the Narthex.  See any usher for assistance. You may also use Vanco, our electronic online giving source for your Strengthen the Church donation.  Visit us online at, locate the Online Giving button and select “Strengthen the Church” and enter the amount of your donation.  Please give prayerfully to this special mission offering.  Thank You.

Cradle Roll Roster

--Dawn Marie Irene Ellerbach, born March 25, 2023, to Michael and Kayleen Knofske Ellerbach. St. Paul Grandparents: Vern and Andrea Holton.

--Francis John Block, born June 1, 2023, to Gregory and Shawn Block. St. Paul Grandparents: James and Paula Block. Siblings: August, Gabriel, and Silas.

--Saoirse Lee Ann Keith, born June 3, 2023, to Tyler & Abigail Keith. St. Paul Grandparents: Kirk & Anne Blanchard. Sibling: Bohannon.

--Joseph Richard Grant, born July 20, 2023, to Ryan & Krystal Grant. St. Paul Grandparents: Vicki and the late Richard Grant.

--Dean Richard Grant, born August 8, 2023, to Eric & JoAnn Grant. St. Paul Grandparents: Vicki and the late Richard Grant.

--Grayson Ege, born September 2, 2023, to Colin Ege & Kaylah Newton. St. Paul Grandparents: Dan & Jamie Newton.

--Carter Eli Bock, born January 9, 2024, to Andrew & Summer Herkimer Bock. St. Paul Grandparents: John & Vickie King. St. Paul Great-Grandparent: Pat Herkimer. Sibling: Scott.

--Pearl Elizabeth Rhodes, born April 11, 2024, to Kaitlyn Sander and Sean Rhodes. Grandparents: Mark & Margret Sander. St. Paul Great-grandparents: Bob & Ida Black. Siblings: Edith, Clara, and Lois.

--Ellie Rae Muljo, born April 17, 2024, to Deven & Alyssa Brandt Muljo. St. Paul Grandparents: Mark & Carolyn Brandt Bresky.

--Allison Marie Phipps, April 22, 2024, to Jason & Laura Staffeld Phipps. St. Paul Grandparents: Doug and Janet Staffeld. Sibling: James.