Sunday April 2, 2017

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

Fifth Sunday in Lent April 2, 2017

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

SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)
PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist
RINGING OF CHURCH BELL
CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas
*OPENING HYMN No. 5 "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing," Eileen Vernor Drutchas,
Hymn Leader
UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation
Almighty and gracious God, who is the creator of all things great and small, who is
always faithful and whose grace is ever present, we come here today to celebrate the
gift of salvation that you offer. We pray that you will give us the ability to see the
importance of spiritual things and that you will help us to carry on the work of the
disciples so that others may share the gifts you offer. Amen.
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.
*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS
CELEBRATION OF MUSIC "In the Garden," Chancel Choir (9), Barbara Schultz,
Soloist (10:30)
SCRIPTURE READING Joshua 24:1, 14-18; Mark 9:14-29 Lectors: Jeanne Edwards (9),
Cheryl Stewart (10:30)
*HYMN No. 86 "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)
*HYMN No. 589 "Lord, I Want to Be a Christian"
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*Congregation standing

FAITH TESTIMONIAL Cole Haas (10:30)
OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS
SERMON "Pastor, My Kid's an Atheist," Pastor Drutchas
*HYMN No. 458 "Ours the Journey"
THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)
Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration
Response:
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 the Elements
Lord's Prayer (debts/debtors)
*DOXOLOGY
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.
*BENEDICTION
*POSTLUDE (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of
the candles are extinguished.)
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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 let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.
ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.
CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.
INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:
Anyone 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.

STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
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MISSION STATEMENT
"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."

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY
Council: John Smith (9), Michael Isaacs (10:30)
Deacon: Al Gunther (9), Kevin Kittendorf (10:30)
Acolyte: Luke Frazier (9), Cole Haas (10:30)
Ushers: Luke Frazier, Rachel Frazier, DeAnna Frazier (9),
Cole Haas, Dan Newton (10:30)

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.
Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP
Calendar Week April 2 – April 9
Sunday- Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas –
Communion/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Monday- Zumba 3:30 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825
7:00 p.m.
Tuesday- Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday- Visitation for Jim Pattenaude 4:30 p.m./ TGIW Jerusalem Cafe 5:30 p.m./
Worship 7:00 p.m./Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m./ Confirmation 7:30 p.m./
Lenten Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Thursday- Visiting Elders 9:00 a.m./
Friday- Dine In- Carry Out Fish Supper 4:00 p.m.
Sunday- Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Palm
Sunday/ Confirmation Sunday 10:30 a.m./ Easter Party & Egg Hunt 10:30

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MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221
Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org/ website: stpaulucctaylor.org
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor
Fifth Sunday in Lent/ April 2, 2017

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST
Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Bob Barley, Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Harry Clubb, Elaine Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Patrick Ferguson, Lillian Fick, Al Gunther, Ollie Hilliker, Richard Jones, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Sue Kuschel (Beaumont, Dearborn), Michelle Mellin, Michael Natzke, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Al & Eleanor Rossi, Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, Paula Strawsine, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, Bev Traver, Pat Vernor, Leah Wagner, David Walker, 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.

SIDE VASE wishes "Happy 89th Birthday" to Irene Stoner, with lots of love Janet & Wally, Becky & Buddy.

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

HEALTH MINISTRIES – Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is April 10th at 1 PM. We will do some balance exercises and discuss chronic health problems and spirituality.
Caregivers Group – Our next meeting is Monday, April 24th, at 730 PM.
Exercise Classes - Zumba or other low impact exercises to 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.

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.

CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN NURSING OR REHAB CARE
Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Nancy Heidt (Regency, 12575 Telegraph, Taylor, 48180), Helen Parrish (9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048), Ben Scherf (904 E. Lake Mitchell Dr., Cadillac 49601), and Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193) Grace Torango (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), and Lisa Wild (Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183).

BOOKKEEPER UPDATE Dianne Brainard has elected to resign from her position as bookkeeper effective March 7, 2017. We at St. Paul would like to thank Dianne for her service as our bookkeeper. Anyone interested in the position should contact Gary Peters, Treasurer, for a copy of the job description. Please tell your friends and family members about the job opening. Marjie Barnard has agreed to come out of retirement and perform the bookkeeper responsibilities in the interim.

PALM SUNDAY marks the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. St. Paul members and friends will be receiving Palms and a personal blessing at the endo of the morning worship services on Sunday, April 9th, 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Worshippers will be invited to step up to the front of the church for their palms using the side aisles. Worshippers will then depart using the center aisle without returning to their pews.

READERS ARE INVITED to assist with the Good Friday service which will be held April 14th at 12 noon. Copies of lecturing materials will be available at least one week prior to the service. Those interested in volunteering, please notify the church office and Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas by completing a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in the morning offering plate or hand it to an usher. No previous lecturing experience is necessary.

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.

GOOD FRIDAY BRUNCH TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE. For ticket purchases see the Kiosk during Coffee Hour on Sunday mornings or contact the church office at 313-291-1221. Cost is a $5.00 donation. Brunch will be served in the Jerusalem Café (West Room) beginning at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Good Friday service at 12 noon. Women's Fellowship is once again hosting Good Friday Brunch.

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, all thanks to the efforts of our Building & Grounds Ministry. The breakfast will be served Easter Sunday, April 16th 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.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS BEGIN April 18th. Donations 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 Mary 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.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS will meet on Thursday, April 27 for our next outing. We will be meeting at the Lush Brush Studio between 6:30-6:45 PM with painting starting at 7 PM. You can bring snacks and beverages including alcohol to share. The cost is $35 pay at the door. There is a sign-up sheet on the RHPA bulletin board. We need 10 people to participate. If you have further questions or need a ride, contact April Clark.

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EASTER LILY ORDERS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN. If you would like to provide an Easter Lily in honor or in memory of a loved one this Easter season, please complete the form below and drop it in an offering plate or hand it to an Usher. Cost is $8.00 each. We will place them in the Chancel area and they may be taken home after the Easter worship service on Sunday, April 16th. Orders and payments are due by Sunday, April 9th. A list of those providing Lilies will be printed in the Sunday Bulletin. Any plants left will be donated to local hospitals/ care facilities.

I/ We would like to order a Lily (ies) to be placed in the Chancel area for Easter.

In honor/ memory of: _______________________________________________________

From: _____________________________________________________________________

Contact number: _______________________Number of lilies: _______Amt due: ________

ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT & PARTY Sunday, April 9th. Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Easter story will be hosted by the Sunday School Staff and held during the Sunday School hour on Palm Sunday, April 9th. The children will share the Easter story, decorate
eggs and cookies and hunt for Easter eggs (outdoors, weather permitting). We are inviting donations of wrapped candy to help off-set the cost of filling the Easter eggs. If you are interested in helping with the party, making a donation or having further questions, please contact Sheri Herkimer or Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you will now be receiving all 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.

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.

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.