Sunday April 17, 2016


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


Fourth Sunday of Easter                                                                               April 17, 2016

It’s Cruisin’ Sunday!


Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available


  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  “O Beautiful Sea”  Sally Sigman, Organist


  CALL TO WORSHIP/INVOCATION  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN  No. 3  “The Sun is on the Sea and Shore,”  Mark Ennis,

    Hymn Leader


  ANTHEM (10:30) “I Gotta Robe,” Children’s Choir;  Sally Sigman, Director

  FAMILY OF GOD (10:30) “Hidden Treasure,” Pastor Cheryl Schalm

  ANTHEM  (insert)  “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore”  Soloists: Chris Chavez,

    Eileen Vernor Drutchas, Helen St. Louis

  ANCHORS AWAY  Jim & Jim (Jim Poet and Jim Schalm)



    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.


 *congregation standing


  SCRIPTURE READING  The Book of Jonah 1:1-3:10  Lector: Chris Chavez

*HYMN No. 452  “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”

  MORNING PRAYER  Pastor Drutchas

  NAUTICAL MEDLEY  Chancel Choir - Mark Ennis, Music Director

  “Old Ship of Zion” * “I’ve Anchored in Jesus” * “Take the Lifeboat”

  SERMON  “Great Cruises of the Bible,”  Pastor Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

  ANTHEM “Build an Ark,” Mark Ennis, Soloist

 *BENEDICTION  Pastor Drutchas

 *CHIME POSTLUDE  “Morning After”

   (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles

   are extinguished.)



RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available in the East Lobby

which can be reached through the side door at the east front of the sanctuary.  Please

let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.



of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM. 

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


Any one desiring to unite with St. Paul United Church of Christ by transfer of

membership or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas.




From Erich Fromm, a noted author, “In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power.  The experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy.  I experience myself as overflowing, spending, alive, hence, as joyous.  Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of aliveness.”



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 17, 2016




“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.”



Deacon:  Al Gunther (9), Kevin Kittendorf (10:30)

Council: Diane Poet  (9), Fred Miller (10:30)

Ushers:  Shirley Havenstein, Annette Thie, Crystal Poet, Jim Poet (9),

Janet Staffeld, Peggy Staten, Teri Staffeld, Kevin Staffeld (10:30)


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

is in loving memory of Vernon Hall from Helen St. Louis.

 PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION between services for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall, sponsored by our Girl Scout Troop 74590.

 LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Marjie & Charlie Barnard on the loss of Marjie’s sister, Patricia Kimes, who passed away Monday, April 11, 2016 at the age of 60 years.  Visitation is Monday, April 18, 2016 from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 15748 Fort St., Southgate.  Service is at 7:00 p.m.  To Sue Kuschel on the loss of husband, Leo Kuschel, who passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the age of 83 years.  Memorial service Sunday, May 1, 2016 at St. Paul UCC, Taylor.  Visitation at 1:00 p.m. Service at 2:00 p.m.



Calendar Week April 17 – April 24

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas- Sunday School  

                     10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Book discussion 7:00 p.m.

Monday       Matter of Balance 12:45 a.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop        

                     74590 6:00 p.m./ Caregivers 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Cabinet 7:30 p.m.   

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale Set-up 6:30 p.m.  

Thursday     Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m.

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

                     Sunday/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Book Discussion  

                     7:00 p.m.                      


  DID YOU KNOW?...Our Church Bell was dedicated in 1912.  The same year the Titanic sank!


  BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES ON “BOUNDARIES” BEGINS Sunday, April 17 and 24, plus May 1, 8, and 15.  One of the big complaints today is that no one has a sense of “boundaries”  anymore with folks doing things they shouldn’t.  But the problems often begin with ourselves and the challenge of setting limits and deciding what’s appropriate and what’s not.  Our book discussion will focus on healthy boundary setting for the sake of ourselves and others using as a guide a new bestselling book entitled “Boundaries,” by Christian psychologists and counselors Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend.  Not to be missed is their look at “Ten Laws of Boundaries” and  “Common Boundary Myths.”  Other chapters focus on boundary setting with our spouses, children, co-workers, and God.  Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas, all sessions will gather in the parlor from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Books are available in the church office for $10.00.  Please complete a Make-A-  Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate.

The Dorcas Society will be hosting an “EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET” May 12, 2016.  We have decided to change the name because as we all know not all women are mothers or have daughters but we are all daughters.  The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for some pre-program fellowship and at 6:00 sharp we will present a 20 minute play called “Purses are Us”, about the baggage we all carry around each and every day.  At approximately 6:30 we will be invited to the buffet table in the west room.  Dinner is being catered by Veronica’s Catering and will be Sliced Ham, Turkey, Red Skin Potatoes, California Blend vegetables, salad and rolls.  If you have trouble going to the buffet table just let us know and we will have someone bring your dinner to you.   Dessert will be cheesecake or brownies and will be served at your table after dinner. After dinner feel free to visit and fellowship with those around you. Cost for the banquet is $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for children 5-12, 4 and under free.  Tickets can be purchased at the kiosk during coffee hour or by contacting Marjie Barnard or Sharon Ferguson or leave a message with the church office (313-291-1221).  Tickets must be purchased by May 5th.




Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Wendy Balaka, Harmon Beekman,  Nancy Cady, Debbie Case, Miles Church, Steve Clark, Alice Clubb, Dave Cowper, June Dolan (hospice), Jim Ennis, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Lillian Fick, Ilene Krogman (Oakwood, Dearborn), Moses Flomo, Doris Hilliker, Marilyn Kunkle, Rosemarie Laslo, Brenda Miller, Murl Nieman, Jim Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, LaVerne Roe, Sandra Rose, Melissa Rossi, David Schmoekel, Dennis Schmoekel, Eliott Stern, Dennis Sumner, Brenda Tank, Lisa Wild, and Emily Winter. 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 MINISTRIESA Matter of Balance - for those having problems with balance or a fear of falling began Monday, April 4th, 2016 12:45pm to 2:45pm for 8 weeks is full.  Diabetic PATH program will be offered at St Thomas Episcopal Church in Trenton on Tuesdays from 6- 8:30 PM, April 16 - May 24.  PATH is sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation and Senior Alliance. Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) is designed to provide skills and tools to help people living with long-term health problems to live a healthier life. It is a fun, interactive, six week workshop led by certified leaders. Are you diabetic or have a loved one who is? Please register for this class.  To register call Beaumont at 800.543.9355.  Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. If there is enough interest we may do Zumbato a DVD. - If you are interested, please complete a Make-a-Wish card and put it in the offering plate or contact the church office. CPR/First Aid Class –Ideally we would like two persons from each church group or committee to take a First-aid/CPR class. This will allow someone to be a capable first-responder to an injured person during church activities. Those persons wanting to take the an initial CPR/First aid class or have a card older than two years can get carded through the American Heart Association. Changes have been made at the national level. CPR/First Aid Class takes about 8 hours. Classes are scheduled for Sat., May 21, 9 AM to 6 PM or Sunday, May 22, from 12 N - 8 PM.  Two evening classes may also be scheduled that week.  If you are interested in becoming certified please place a Make a-Wish card in the offering plate.  If you have further questions, contact Kathy Williams, Parish Nurse.

  FAMILY OUTING TO COMERICA PARK Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians  

  Complimentary tickets to the April 22nd game & firework display (following the game) will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.  We will meet at the church at 5:45 p.m. to board the Kiwanis bus that will serve as transportation to and from the game.   Anyone interested in tickets should contact Pastor Schalm. 




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

ONLINE WEEKLY YOUTH BIBLE STUDY All youth (6-12 grades) interested in participating  in a weekly online Bible study are asked to send Pastor Schalm their email address. Each Monday a topic affecting young people will be addressed and discussed according to scripture versus pop culture. Youth will have the opportunity to share their insights throughout the week on the subject as their schedules permit. This is a great opportunity to stay connected and to grow in the knowledge of Christ despite a hectic schedule. All communication will be done through a group email. Send your email address to


LEAFS FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S  new “Tree of Faith” continue to be available for those who wish to honor or commemorate family members and events. The cost of each commemorative leaf is $300 with proceeds helping to fund “A Room with a View.” The ornamental tree will be located in the narthex, just outside the entrance to the new building addition.  Those who wish to have a commemorative leaf in place in time for the dedication of the new addition and the “Tree of Faith” unveiling are encouraged to complete their request as soon as possible using the cards available in the pews or by going to the Church Website “” click on the ‘Giving” tab to access Vanco Services and utilize or new highly secure electronic giving site.  Purchases can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account, or from your debit or credit card.


   RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS NOW ACCEPTED.  Donations should be clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items are stored in the back of Fellowship Hall.  Blue Jean Sunday is April 24th.  This is an all-church project and volunteers help make it a huge success.  Any time you can give is greatly appreciated.  New this year! Evening volunteer opportunities available.  Please contact Toni Hill. Our Spring Rummage Sale is April 28, 29, & 30th.  Please complete a Make-A- Wish card or contact any Women’s Fellowship member to volunteer.

THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD was changed on Monday, April 11, 2016 in accordance with our IT policy.  As many of you already know the wireless internet has added another dimension to St. Paul, in that it enables our members with smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to access resources that could actually aid in our congregation’s mission.  It also helps bring people in and encourages them to stick around.  Please contact the Church Office to get the new Wi-Fi password or see Dan Case, Michael Isaacs or Gary Peters during Coffee Hour or after our services.  Thank You, St. Paul IT Ministry.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS OUTING - Looking ahead – Thursday, May 26 (Back-up date May19) depending on the painting being chosen. Painting at PIPS in Wyandotte at 7 PM cost about $35. Date will be finalized 8 weeks prior. Sign-up no later than May 12th. April Clark is the contact.

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.

   CHILDREN’S CHOIR meets immediately following our 10:30 a.m. worship service.  We will gather upstairs at the Welcome Center.  All children are invited.  For more information, please contact Sally Sigman, Director.