Easter Sunday


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. Mark Ennis - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services


Easter Sunday                                                                                                 April 16, 2017

Celebration of Worship 7:00 & 10:00 a.m.


  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist


  RESPONSIVE CALL TO WORSHIP Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  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!

  CHIME INTROIT  “Now the Green Blade Rises”


  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.


*congregation standing


  *OPENING HYMN No. 216  “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,”  Mark Ennis,Hymn Leader


    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Behold the Man,” Chancel Choir

    SCRIPTURE Colossians 3:1-17 Lectors:  Jeanne Edwards   

    RESPONSIVE READING  John 19:41-20-18 (Insert) Pastor Drutchas and  


    SOLO  “In the Garden,” Soloist: Tricia Nault

    MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)  Pastor Drutchas


  *HYMN No. 224  “Christ Arose!”

    SERMON  “Hope Resurrected,” Pastor Drutchas

  *HYMN No. 226  “He Lives!”


      Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

      Invitation of Christ and 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.



  *RECESSIONAL HYMN No. 234  “Crown Him with Many Crowns”

  *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:  John Smith (7), Michael Isaacs (10:00)

Deacon:  Al Gunther (7), Kevin Kittendorf (10:00)

Ushers:  St. Paul 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 16 – April 23

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

 Communion/ Easter Sunday Breakfast 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.                       

Monday       Office closed/ Zumba 3:30 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m./ Boy

                     Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Cabinet 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.   

Thursday    Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m./ Men’s Fellowship 7:00 p.m.  

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. –Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Sunday 

                     School 10:30 a.m./ CPR-First Aid 12 noon-10:00 p.m.  



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221

Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/

web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Easter Sunday/ April 16, 2017



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Bob Barley, Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Kim Beyar, Harry Clubb, Elaine Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Patrick Ferguson, Lillian Fick, Al Gunther, Melva Haglund,  Ollie Hilliker, Richard Jones, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Loretta Kurtsel (Wyandotte Hospital), Sue Kuschel (Vibra, inside Heritage Hospital), Velma McGee, Michelle Mellin, Michael Natzke, Kathy Peters, Shirlen Powell, Craig Rensel, Keith Rensel, Shirley Robinson, Al & Eleanor Rossi, Ann Saadah, Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, Paula Strawsine, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, Bev Traver, Leah Wagner, David Walker, Richard Williams (Heritage Hospital), and Shelly Wilson. 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. 

HEALTH MINISTRIES – Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is May 8th at 1 PM. We will do some balance exercises and discuss chronic health problems and spirituality. Caregivers Group – Our next meeting is Monday, May 15th, at 730 PM.

Exercise Classes - Zumba or other low impact exercisesto a DVD on Mondays at 3:30 PM in the West Room.  Exercise at your own pace, modified to your ability.

Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams. First Aid & CPR classes will be held April 23 & 24th, & May 5th & 6th. The class takes about 8 hours & is usually held in two sessions. Please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams ASAP if you are interested in becoming certified.

BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY HOSTS GALA EAST BREAKFAST.  St. Paul members and friends will be able to enjoy a gala Easter Breakfast in a beautifully decorated Fellowship Hall.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00 -9:30 a.m.  This is a great occasion for families and friends to gather for a meal on Christianity’s most holy day.  A free will donation is invited and appreciated.  Volunteers are always appreciated.  Come join the fun!

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. 


President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Brian Felske (Army, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek (son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve, son, Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea, son, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam, grand-daughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grandson, Barb Williams, Volunteer, Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), David Schafer (grandson, late Muriel & late Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew, Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew, Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy, son, Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son, Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida, nephew, Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother, Heather Williams Dykowski).

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 until early April.  For more information, please contact Troop Leaders, Michelle

Matney or Jennifer Berringer.

THIRSTY THURSDAY’S YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY GROUP and all Young Married Couples Will Head to Comerica Park to Cheer on the Tigers ​Young adults (post high school) and young married couples will be heading down to Comerica Park on Saturday, April 29th for a 1:10 p.m. game between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox.  We will meet at the church at noon to board a Kiwanis bus (pending confirmation) that will serve as our transportation for the afternoon.  Those interested in attending should contact Pastor Schalm or Tim & Jen Ruffner. Complimentary tickets will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS outing on Thursday, April 27 to the Lush Brush Studio has been cancelled. THE SEAWAY CHORALE & ORCHESTRA will be performing a "The Rhythm of Life" at Flat Rock High School on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 PM. The Red Hot Purple Angels are inviting anyone interested to join in. Tickets are $10 prior to the performance, $12 at the door. Ida Black is the contact for this event. Ticket money is due to Ida by Sunday, April 30th. You can also purchase them yourself by calling 734.675.3548.

WORSHIP PLANNING MEETING FOR APRIL has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. CABINET WILL MEET Tuesday, April 18th at 7:30 p.m. CAREGIVERS WILL MEET Monday, April 24th at 7:30 p.m.

PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING DAN & DOROTHY EVISON for the many years of volunteer service they provided in keeping the large St. Paul advertising sign, located on Goddard Road, updated with our latest events.  Anyone interested in taking over the responsibility of updating the advertising sign should contact Michael Isaacs or John Smith, our St. Paul Trustees.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS BEGIN April 18thDonations should be clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items will be stored in the Fellowship Hall.  Blue Jean Sunday is April 30th.  Our Spring Rummage Sale is May 4th, 5th, & 6th.   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.

OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you can now receive  your Church related e-mails from “stpaulucctaylor.org”.  Please make sure you add us to your contact list to ensure that you are receiving all the Church announcements.  If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Gary Peters or Dan Case. 

DORCAS AND MEN’S FELLOWSHIP Ministries to co-sponsor the 2017 Mother-Daughter Banquet.  This festive event is Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 p.m.  All women and their guests are invited to attend, you can be a Great Grandmother, a Grandmother, a Mother, a Daughter, a Daughter-in-Law, a Sister or a Grand-Daughter, you’re all invited.  More details about the event will be published over the next couple of weeks, so reserve the time slot on your calendar for this very special event.  Tickets will be available at the KIOSK table beginning Sunday, April 23, 2017 or by contacting the Church office at 313-291-1221.

ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAMS PREPARE FOR THIRTEENTH SEASON.  Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level.  Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in leading a third team or playing please contact team coordinator, Chris Mink or Jack Miller or the church office.  Games are played on Tuesday evenings on the fields at Thorn Park, located at King and Telegraph Roads in Brownstown.  Games will likely begin the second week in May.  Watch this space for more information. 

LEAVES FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S “Tree of Faith” continue to be available for     

those who wish to honor or commemorate family members and events. The cost of each leaf  

is $300 with proceeds helping to fund “A Room with a View.” The tree is located in the  

narthex, just outside the entrance to the new “Family Room”.  Those who wish to have a leaf 

placed on the tree are encouraged pick your leaf from those available (see sign-up sheet) and      

to complete a blue card available in the pew racks or by going to the Church Website 

“www.stpaulucctaylor.org” click on the ‘Giving” tab to access Vanco Services and utilize our  

new highly secure electronic giving site. Purchases can be debited automatically from your      

checking or savings account, or from your debit or credit card.   

PLEASE REMEMBER to complete a kitchen check list and put it in the Trustees box in the West Room after the kitchen has been used.  Completed check lists are not being received on a regular basis.  Blank forms are located on the cupboard door near the large coffee pot.