Easter Sunday April 1, 2018

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-0190

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas - Senior Pastor

Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Minister of Christian Education

Mr. Tracy Hoffman - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services


Easter Sunday           Celebration of Worship 7:00 & 10:00 a.m.              April 1, 2018


  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

  EASTER PROCLAMATION (Responsive)  Pastors Schalm & Drutchas

  Hear the amazing good news: Jesus is alive!

  Praise God, who lifted the veil of death and wiped away our tears.

  This is our God, for whom we have waited, that we might be saved.

  Let us be glad and rejoice in God’s salvation.

  And the good news that Christ’s resurrection brings.

  We are all witnesses to the impact of Jesus’ life.

  And the saving power of Jesus’ sacrifice.

  This is the day that God has made.

  On this Easter morning may all people rejoice and be glad in it.



  Congregation: Alleluia!


  UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  Eternal God, we rejoice in the promise of Easter.  The healing ministry of Jesus

  cannot be put down or destroyed.  Thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice, your grace and 

  goodness shall yet reign over a broken world.  On this blessed morning, help us

  to be transformed by your saving love for us in Jesus Christ that we may cast

  away the anger, wrath, and malice or our old nature so that truth, righteousness,

  and compassion might guide our lives in all that we say and do.  Amen.

*OPENING HYMN No. 224  “Christ Arose!” Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader


    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Ring the Easter Bells,” Chancel & Handbell Choirs

    GOSPEL LESSON  John 20:1-18  Lector:  Jeanne Edwards 

    EASTER DUET  “Woman Weeping in the Garden,” 

    EPISTLE LESSON  1 Corinthians 1:17-31  Lector:  Aaron Johnson

    SOLO  “In the Garden,” Soloist: Tracy Hoffman

    SMALL TALK  “Easter Is a Four Letter Word,”  Pastor Cheryl Schalm,

    MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks) 

    CHIME AFFIRMATION  “Our Lord Jesus Christ”


    SERMON  “No Faith for Fools,” Pastor Drutchas

    ANTHEM  “Alleluia, Christ Is Risen,”  Chancel Choir


      Invitation of Christ

      Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)/ Prayer of Consecration


        One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless.

        And we, though many, through out the Earth, we are one body in this one Lord

     Distribution of Elements

     Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)


      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.



  *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and

    until all candles are extinguished.)


HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our Family Room. Please alert the ushers if you need additional assistance. 

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT Hymnals and orders of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM

CELL PHONES AND PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate. 


“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.”



Council:  Cheryl Kincaid (7), Barbara Schultz (10:00) 

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury (7), Kristi Caruso (10:00)

Ushers:  Church Council Members

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  April 1 – April 8

Sunday        Worship 7:00 & 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas  – Easter Sunday/

                     Communion/ Gala Easter Breakfast 8 - 9:30 a.m.                                                           

Monday       Office Closed/ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Rummage Sale Drop-offs begin 9:00 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m.

Thursday    Circle of Care Group 11:30 a.m./ Every Daughter Banquet Planning Meeting                 

                     7:00 p.m./ Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm- CE & Teacher 

                     Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 

  Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

  web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

   Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

   Easter Sunday/ April 1, 2018 



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Edna Badarak, Megan Barnosky, Jeff Beyar, Kim Beyar, Ryan Block, Curt Buzo, Betty Caufield, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Shirley Drobil,  Phill Felske,  Danielle Gardner, Vicki Grant, Barb Gish, Kyle Hard, Bob Harry (Beaumont, Dearborn), Doris Hilliker (Southshore Hospital), Pam Jones, Ruth Kenosian, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Sharon Leonard, , Patricia Olsen, Joan Rensel, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Gary Shipling (Pastor, Blessed Hope, Lincoln Park), Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Grace Wangbickler, Carol Wioncek, Howard Wilson, Brad Zabik, and Judy Zabik (Beaumont, Dearborn). Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored.

ALTAR FLOWERS wish everyone a very blessed and Happy Easter!  Christ is risen indeed! 

ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Ellie Rebecca Jenkins, born to 
Trevor Jenkins and Hannah Johnson.  St. Paul Grandparents are Aaron & Rebecca Markey-Johnson


LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO Grace Wangbickler on the sudden loss of her granddaughter, Joy Thomison mother of three, who passed away last week in Maryland.



  Everyone is invited to enjoy a gala Easter Breakfast in a beautifully decorated Fellowship Hall, all thanks to the efforts of our Building & Grounds Ministry.  Breakfast is served from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  This is a great occasion to gather for a meal on Christianity’s most holy day.  A free will donation is invited and appreciated.


  HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING.  Our congregation welcomes to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian affiliation. What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants maintain a reverent silence that affirms the dignity of the sacrament. 

-  April 19, 2018 DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) outing from Church at 12pm. Michelle Matney is the contact person. Sign up on the RHPA bulletin board. If you want to eat at church prior to going to the DIA, a Box Lunch from Pete’s Place including a cup of soup, ½ grinder sandwich and a cookie for $8.05, include-ing tax is available. We will have bottled water at church. Lunch is at 11am at Church. You will need to pay ahead. The menu will be on the bulletin board for sign-up.  Transportation will pick us up at St. Paul’s between 12pm-12:30pm. We will arrive at 1pm at the DIA. At 1 pm Art Making Workshop (craft to make and take home). Or you can explore the museum on your own. At 2:30pm we will gather in the reception area for cookies. The bus will leave at 3 pm to take us home. The DIA does have a café that serves lunch if you want to eat and pay there instead of eating at church. We are only at the DIA for 2.5 hours. We need 25 people for the bus ride.


SAVE THE DATE:  The women’s retreat organized by the Dorcas Society has a change from its usual weekend in September to a weekend in October.   The new date is October 6th & 7th.  We have been trying for quite a few years to change the weekend from our Rally Sunday weekend to a weekend in October and have been able to finally make that happen.  We are still in the planning stages so watch your Morning Tide and Tidings in the coming months for more information about this event.  We do know the cost for this will be $97.00 per person (at least two people to a room).  If you have any questions, contact Marjie Barnard at mbarnard@stpaulucctaylor.org 


  SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be April 19, 2018 at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich, coffee & dessert is provided. No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food For Thought!


  USHERS NEEDED - We are seeking volunteers to assist as Ushers for our Sunday

  morning worship services. This volunteer activity is extremely important. Friendly and

  efficient Ushers help St. Paul present a welcoming atmosphere to both Church members

  and visitors. Written instructions are available, and training can be arranged at your request.

  Anyone interested in being placed on our Usher Volunteer list may speak with the presiding

  deacon on Sunday mornings or contact Kristi Caruso by phone call (586-876-4308) or text

  and she will contact you regarding any questions or concerns you may have.



HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes -
Exercise is important to our health.  Classes

   are held each Monday & Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome.  A donation of $3-5 for

   each class attended is invited. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting

   is April 9th at 1 PM. Keep an eye here for additional information regarding upcoming

   speakers and topics. First -Aid & CPR Classes If you are interested in getting certified for

   First-Aid and CPR with AED, please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams or complete a

   Make-A-Wish and drop it in the offering plate.  Classes will be in April or May and take 8 hours.  Keeping up with your Medical History – Are you tired of writing out your medical history every time you go to a new doctor or specialist? It is much easier to include diagnosis, medications, history and surgeries with dates on a document. You can update yearly (or as needed). You can take a copy of the document to your doctor, urgent care or emergency room visit. When their medical form asks for information about you, you just write in ‘SEE ATTACHMENT’ and leave a copy of your form.  Contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams for help or if you have questions.  Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy or the office.    


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SEEKS NURSERY ATTENDANT It will be with a deep sense of gratitude and sadness that Christian Education and the nursery age children of St. Paul bid nursery attendant, Christine Schwab farewell at the close of the Sunday School year in June. While Christine will continue attending St. Paul, she will no longer be serving in the capacity of nursery attendant. Christine has been a true blessing and a wonderful asset. She will be greatly missed by all. As a result of Christine’s departure Christian Education is seeking a new nursery attendant. The position requires that candidates be 21 years of age or older, complete the “Reduce the Risk” program (offered at the church) and a background check (done at the church). The position pays $15.00 per service ($30.00 per two service Sundays).


POST OFFICE BOX UPDATE  As part of the budget planning for 2017 it was decided to eliminate the Post Office Box effective July 1, 2017, since most of the Church mail was already coming to our regular mailbox.  If for some reason you or your financial institution are still utilizing the (PO Box 190) address; you should notify them to change it to the church address (24158 Goddard Rd, Taylor, MI 48180) immediately.  


 Michael Bailey (father, Christie Smart), Robert Brainard(father, Ed Brainard), Jan Filpus  (mother, Julia-Joy Miller), Bruce Gaither (father, Rebecca Warren), Carol Kuhn (mother-in- law, Lori Kuhn), Stella Ludlam (mother-in-law, Ellen Ludlam), Bill Pinage (father, Brenda  Buzo), Sheryl Schwab (mother, Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez), and Grace Torango (mother, Sylvia  Matney).  


  ELECTRONIC GIVING “PEW CARDS” are available in the Narthex for those who

  make their donations electronically.  The cards can be obtained as you enter the church.

  Simply drop the card in the offering plate to indicate that you are supporting the St. Paul

  ministry electronically.  Ask any usher for a “Pew Card” or if you have any questions. 


   SPRING RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS BEGIN April 3rdDonations should be

   clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items will be stored in the Fellowship Hall. 

   Blue Jean Sunday is Sunday, April 29th.  Our Spring Rummage Sale is May 3rd, 4th, and

   5th.  Please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) or contact any

   Woman’s Fellowship member to volunteer.  Any time you can give is very appreciated.

   (The Office will be closed Monday, April 2nd.)  We are looking for a volunteer(s) willing to

   pick up large items (furniture, etc.) for our Rummage Sale.  To volunteer please contact

   Toni Hill (Women’s Fellowship) or Dan Case, (Men’s Fellowship)


  GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE IN! Troop 74590 has some for purchase at the Kiosk

  during Coffee hour. Stop by and pick up a box (or two) and place an order.  Cookies will be

  available through April 8th.  For more information, please contact Troop Leaders, Jennifer

  Berringer or Michelle Matney. 


   Enjoy the Convenience of electronic giving For those who

like to donate electronically, St. Paul offers a mobile version

of our online giving page to make it easy for you to give right

from your smart phone. visit our website:   www.stpaulucctaylor.org/giving