Sunday April 22, 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


Fourth Sunday of Easter                                                                             April 22, 2018


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

Nursery care available


  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist



*OPENING HYMN No. 3  “The Sun Is on the Sea and Shore”  Tracy Hoffman,

  Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Orlando & Congregation

    Loving God, who raised Jesus Christ from the dead to be our Savior, we are slow

    to embrace you as we should and to recognize your son’s presence in our lives. 

    Help us to be more faithful and observant in everything we say or do.  Make this

    hour an occasion in which our vision, perspective and commitment to you and

    your son are truly deepened.  Amen.



   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC Tracy Hoffman, Soloist(9), “He’s Alive Again,” Children’s Choir (10:30)  Sally Sigman, Director

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

 *HYMN No. 467  “Fill the World with Love” (9)

“Change My Heart, O God,”  Chancel Choir  (10:30)       


*Congregation Standing



       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.

  SCRIPTURE READING   1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-21 Lectors:  Lois Rice (9),

   Peggy Staten (10:30) 

*HYMN No. 295  “In This Very Room” (vs. 1-Soloist, vs. 2-3-Congregation)          

  SERMON  “Active Listening – Active Loving,”  Pastor Orlando

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 494  “They’ll Know We Are Christians”


*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)



HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at 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.  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.




“The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.” 

Walt Whitman


“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 (9), Barbara Schultz (10:30) 

Deacon:   Allen Gunther (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.




Calendar Week  April 22 – April 29

Sunday       Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. –  Rev. Carrie Orlando - Guest Minister/            

                    Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Youth Plant- Flower Sale   

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale Set-up

Thursday    Building & Grounds 7:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale Set-up

Friday         Rummage Sale Set-up

Saturday     Rummage Sale Set-up/ Carrabba’s Fundraiser 11:30 a.m.

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

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



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Fourth Sunday of Easter/ April 22, 2018 



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

Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Helen Belcher (aunt, Sue Mrowka), Ryan Block,  Betty Caufield, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Shirley Drobil,  Phill Felske,  Oren Forsyth, Danielle Gardner, Bred & Val Gergly (friend, Sue Mrowka on the loss of Val’s mother), Barb Gish, Kyle Hard, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker (Southshore Hospital), Pam Jones, Ruth Kenosian, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, John Montgomery (hospice), Patricia Olson, Joan Rensel, Bob Robinson (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), Eleanor Rossi, Pastor Gary Shipling (Blessed Hope, Lincoln Park), Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Jeannette Wackro, Carol Wioncek, Brad Zabik, and Judy Zabik (Hospice, Wyandotte Seasons, Wyandotte). 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.


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


LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Shirley Koths and family on the loss of daughter-in-law Denise, who passed away April 7, 2018 at the age of 58 years in Texas.  Funeral was April 13, 2018.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Pam & Dave Badarak on the loss of Dave’s mom, Edna, who passed away April 18, 2018 at the age of 93 years.  Funeral service was Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel and Phillips Funeral Home, South Lyon.


 THIS MORNING OUR CONGRGATION participates in a pulpit exchange with Downriver and Dearborn area UCC churches.  Reverend Carrie Orlando, who pastors the First Congregational UCC Church in Wyandotte leads our worship services.  Pastor Drutchas will be leading the morning services at First Congregational UCC.  Please extend a gracious welcome to Reverend Orlando.




Mary Dubke (Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167), Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Helen Parrish (9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180), Ilene Krogman (Applewood Nursing Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd, Room #309, Woodhaven, 48183),  Eleanor Rossi (Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room #415, Allen Park 48101), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048), 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).



   clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items are 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.

   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)


OLD TUBE STYLE TELEVISIONS will not be accepted at the Rummage Sale thisyear.  It has become very difficult to get rid of the older style televisions. Beginning with the 2018 Spring Rummage Sale, Men’s Fellowship will only accept Flat Screen TV’s.  Thank you for your cooperation St. Paul Men’s Fellowship.    


  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. 



 avoid drink spills.  Lids are provided during our Coffee Hour for your beverages if you   

 would like to leave the hall with your drink.  We have noticed many areas in the building

 where beverages were spilled. We would like to keep our building looking as nice as we can. 

 Your help is greatly appreciated.  Thank You, St. Paul Building & Grounds Ministry.


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 May 14th at 1 PM. 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 an 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

   Williams or the church 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), along with a background check (done at the church). The position pays $15.00 per service ($30.00 per two service Sundays).


   ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING.  You may bring your offering any

   Sunday through April 29th.  This offering is one of our United Church of Christ Special

   Mission Offerings that assists our Christian friends, in need, worldwide.   It is used in the

   development of Health, Education, and Agriculture, and with Disaster and Refugee relief.

   A brochure about the offering and an envelope was included in your April Tidings.  For

   those of you who receive your Tidings by email, you will find a “One Great Hour of

   Sharing” envelope in the pew racks.   On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please

   give generously to those in need.  Remember “God Is Still Speaking”.     Thank you.


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 


A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to the following people who helped to make the 2018 Easter Breakfast a success:  Gary and Pat Staffeld, Charlie and Marjie Barnard, Steve Clark, Stuart Block, Candace Poet, James Poet, Phil Jensen, Michael Isaacs, Ed Brainard, Bill McGahey, Karen Hill, Toni Hill and Dan Case.  St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.


PHONE DIRECTORY distribution of the 2018 St. Paul Membership Directories will continue through the month of April.  Although every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of the information it’s still possible that some of the information may be inaccurate.  As you look through your new directory and notice any mistakes, please contact Dan Case at 734-558-2585. We want to make sure that all mistakes are corrected for the 2019 directory.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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.      


    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: