Sunday April 24, 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    


Fifth Sunday of Lent                              Blue Jean Sunday                         April 24, 2016

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

Nursery care available


    SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist



  *OPENING HYMN No. 609 “Take My Life,”  Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader

  *RESPONSIVE INVOCATION (Psalm 119:1-8) Pastor Schalm & Congregation

      Leader:  Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of God.

      All:  Happy are those who keep God’s decrees, who seek God with their whole    


      Leader:  Happy are those who also do no wrong, but walk in God’s ways.

      All:  You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.

      Leader:  O that our ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!

      All:  Then we shall not be put to shame, having our eyes fixed on all Your              


      Leader:  We will praise you with an upright heart, when we learn Your righteous   


      All:  We will observe Your statutes; do not utterly forsake us.                   


      Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.


    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Mark Ennis, Soloist (9), “He Leadeth Me,” 

    Chancel Choir (10:30)

    SCRIPTURE READING   Exodus 20:16,Matthew 18:15-17, 5:17-18 Lectors:

           Bethany Schalm (9), Kathy Williams (10:30)


     *Congregation standing






  *HYMN No. 578  “I Need Thee Every Hour” 

     MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)


     Create in me a new heart, so that I’ll give you more than part,

     of this, the life you’ve given me, create in me a new heart.

     OFFERTORY INVITATION and ANTHEM (Greet the Day, Amy Grant)



     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.

 *HYMN No. 464 “God of Grace and God of Glory”

   SCRIPTURE  READING  Proverbs 15:31-33; 19:20

     SERMON  “Traveling the High Road,”  Pastor Schalm

     LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)

 *CLOSING HYMN No. 266 “Gracious Spirit Dwell With Me”


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

       candles are extinguished.)



RESTROOMS 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 member-

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



Matthew 5:14-16, “You are like the light for the whole world.  A city built on a hill cannot be hid.  No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts it on the lamp stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.”  This Gospel reminds us that as Christian stewards, our lives and our deeds serve as examples to others.  Not only for our own benefit do we labor, but also so that others see our good works and thank God for our kindness.



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 24, 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: Gary Peters (9), Fred Miller (10:30)

Ushers:  Dee Salsbury, Laura Maher, Jennifer Miller, Jack Miller (9),

Marjie Barnard, April Clark, Jane Dykowski, Wendy Warner (10:30)


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 ROSES ON THE PULPIT celebrate the births of Benjamin Alan Schmoekel, born April 19, 2016 to Dale & Kaitlyn Schmoekel.  St. Paul Grandparents are Dennis & Ann Schmoekel. And Jacob Richard Butzlaff born April 14, 2016 to Lisa Butzlaff & Silvia Enea.  St. Paul Grandmother is Virginia Butzlaff.


  RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Tuesday, April 26th.   Donation should be clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items are stored in the back of Fellowship Hall.  This is an all-church project and volunteers help makes it a huge success.  Any time you can give is greatly appreciated.  New this year! Evening volunteer opportunity available Monday, April 25th 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Our Spring Rummage Sale is April 28, 29, & 30th.  Please complete a Make-A- Wish card or contact Toni Hill to volunteer.

THERE IS NO COFFEE HOUR THIS MORNING due to Rummage Sale set-up & sorting.  Please volunteer – any time you can give is greatly appreciated. 



Calendar Week April 24 – May 1

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.

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

                     74590 6:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale sorting 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Rummage Sale sorting 9:00 a.m.  

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m. 

Thursday     Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday          Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Saturday      Rummage Sale 9:00 – 11:00 a.m./ Choir Play Rehearsal 3:00 p.m.

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

                     Cradle Roll Service/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.                      


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 during fellowship time. 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.


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.  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. 



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Wendy Balaka, Nancy Cady, Steve Clark, Alice Clubb, Dave Cowper, June Dolan (hospice), Jim Ennis, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Lillian Fick, Ilene Krogman (Medi-Lodge, Taylor), Moses Flomo, Doris Hilliker, Marilyn Kunkle, Rosemarie Laslo, Brenda Miller, Murl Nieman, Jim Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, LaVerne Roe, Sandra Rose, Melissa Rossi, David Schmoekel, Eliot Stern, Dennis Sumner, Brenda Tank, Lisa Wild (Regency, Taylor), 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 continues on Mondays 12:45pm to 2:45pm. The Class is full at this time.  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.


BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES ON “BOUNDARIES” Sunday, 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, we will gather in the parlor from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Please complete a Make-

A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate.


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


CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN NURSING OR REHAB CARE:  Please remember in your prayers our members:  Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Delores Jarrett, Heritage Hospital (American House, 25250 Eureka Rd., Apt. 325, Taylor, 48180) Melissa Rossi (4187 Weddel, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd,. Riverview, 48193), Barbara Sullivan (moved to Virginia), Walter Theeck (Stone Gate, 2525 Demille Blvd, Lapeer, 48446), and Lisa Wild (Regency 12575 Telegraph Rd., Taylor 48180).


  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


  LEAVES 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.


  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.