Sunday April 29, 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


Fifth Sunday of Easter                                                                                April 29,  2018


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

Nursery care available


    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)


    PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

  *CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas  

  *OPENING HYMN No. 64  “We Sing Your Mighty Power, O God,”  Tracy  

    Hoffman, Hymn Leader

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

    O Gracious God, we bow in adoration before your greatness.  Enable us to let go

    of our littleness, our small achievements, and our timid purposes that we may be                                       

      taken up into Your ambitious purpose for us.  We believe it is Your will that all                          

      Your children should live in fullness of joy and love and peace. Lord we believe;                      

      help Thou our unbelief! This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.



      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Change My Heart, O God,”  Chancel Choir (9),

      Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (10:30)

    SCRIPTURE READING   2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10; Mark 4:35-41 Lectors: Barbara 

    Schultz (9), Fred Miller (10:30)            


*Congregation Standing

HYMN No. 337  “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult”

   MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

   HYMN No.  86  “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”     



       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.

  SERMON  “A Life-Preserving Faith,”  Pastor Drutchas

  MEMORIAL PRAYER (Edna Badarak)/ LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 59  “This Is My Father’s World”


*POSTLUDE  (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.


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.



“God does not give you what you can handle,

God helps you handle what you are given.” 



“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:   Dee Salsbury (9), Allen Gunther (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 29 – May 6

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/ Youth Plant- Flower Sale   

Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale Volunteer evening 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m./ Rummage Sale Set-up

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

Thursday    Visiting Elders 10:30 a.m./ 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.

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

                    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

  Fifth Sunday of Easter/ April 29, 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, Henrietta Hinzman, Randy Jensen (Beaumont, Dearborn), Pam Jones, Ruth Kenosian, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Nancy Koszalka,  Shirley Koths, Rev. Bill Kren, Doris Lincoln (hospice), John Montgomery (hospice), Shirley Koths, Patricia Olson, Joan Rensel, Bob Robinson (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), Eleanor Rossi, Pastor Gary Shipling (Blessed Hope, Lincoln Park), Beverly Sitz, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Jeannette Wackro, Loralee Wilson (Beaumont, Shouthshore), Carol Wioncek, and Brad Zabik. 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.


    ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Edward Davie.  You are loved and still missed after 30 years.  Harold & Michele (Davie) McNeely.


    DUE TO BLUE JEAN SUNDAY, there is no Coffee Hour today. 



    noon.  Volunteers are needed until clean up on Saturday, May 5th.  Please contact Toni Hill,

    Women’s Fellowship, or Dan Case, Men’s Fellowship, to volunteer!  Or just show up – any

    time you can donate is greatly appreciated. Our Spring Rummage Sale is May 3rd, 4th, and

    5thEvening volunteer opportunity- Monday, April 30th 5:00-8:30 p.m.


    LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the Zabik family on the loss of mother & grand-mother, Judith Zabik, who passed away April 22, 2018 at the age of 75 years.  Funeral service was Saturday, April 28, 2018.  Reverend Geoffrey Drutchas officiated. 
ments by Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, Flat Rock Chapel.


A NEW NAME TAG BOARD has been installed by the East entrance to the church near the Family Room and new lavatory.  Two new coat racks have also been installed on the south wall just outside the Ushers Room for your convenience.  These new additions allow more space to hang their coats prior to entering the Sanctuary for the worship service.


  THE EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET is on Thursday May 10, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:30

  p.m.  Our theme this year is the "50's".  The evening will begin with a music review of

  songs from the 50's will be presented as our entertainment for the evening. A Buffet Style

  Dinner will then be served.  As is tradition we will be recognizing those who are 90 and over

  with a corsage and will also give away several baskets as door prizes as well as flowers. 

  The cost of the ticket is $5.00, children 12 and under free.  All tickets must be purchased

  in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets can be purchased thru Sunday May

  6th at the Kiosk Table in Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour or by calling the church office

  at 313-291-1221.  This event is being hosted by Dorcas, Women's and Men's Fellowship.


TOPS, (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), is a weight loss support group. TOPS is nonprofit and noncommercial. St Paul is hosting the TOPS Chapter 9744, Taylor. TOPS does not sell, promote, or endorse any products. TOPS provides the support, encouragement and educational opportunities needed to make healthy, permanent lifestyle changes. TOPS also provides motivational rallies, workshops and retreats. Meetings are held on Monday nights with weigh in starting at 6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end at approximately 7:15 p.m., in the Family Room. membership. Chapter dues are $5.00 per month. Member-ship is open to all women, men, teens and children 18 years old down to 7 years old, with parent permission. The first visit is free with no obligation to join. Bring a friend!  If you decide to join, a TOPS member will help you fill out a simple application form. Dues are $32.00 a year to the national chapter and $5.00 a month to the local chapter.


   OLD TUBE STYLE TELEVISIONS will not be accepted at the Rummage Sale this year.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.    


  SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be May 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich, coffee & dessert is provided. No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and Food For Thought!


HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health.  No

   Classes this Monday & Wednesday 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 - First-Aid and CPR with AED classes with recertification are May

   17, 19, and 20th. Please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams.  Health/Medical supplies

   If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish

   nurse, Kathy Williams or the church office.  Blood Drive – June 19- Sign up now for an

   appointment (1:00 -6:45 p.m.) Contact Kathy Williams or go online and sign up at   



   offering assists our Christian friends worldwide.  It is used in the development of Health,

   Education, and Agriculture, and with Disaster and Refugee relief. You can find an envelope

   in the pew racks.   On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give generously. 

   Remember “God Is Still Speaking”.     Thank you.


ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM PREPARES FOR FOURTEENTH SEASON.  Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level.  Great fun and fellowship! Anyone interested in playing or leading a second team please contact team coordinator, Chris (Mink) Rogers or the church office (313.291.1221).  First game is Tuesday, May 8th on the fields at Thorn Park, located at Telegraph and King Roads in Brownstown. The schedule will be posted soon.


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, May 12- Outing to the Russian Tea Room

  (The Royal Eagle), 18745 Old Homestead, Harper Woods, 48225.  313.521.1894.  High

  Tea will be at 12 noon.  The cost is $26 per person.  Kathy Williams is the contact.  Check

  the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall for more information.  We will carpool from

  church at 10:00 a.m. We will view the gardens upon arrival and the synagogue, if possible.  

  In the tradition of the Grand and Elegant Court of Imperial Russia, the Royal Eagle offers a

  seven-course Russian Tea luncheon. Guests to the Tea Luncheon will enjoy seven delicious

  courses. Guests are welcome to walk the grounds and enjoy the beautiful gardens.  Please

  remember we are located on the grounds of a monastery and that, in order to preserve the

  unique atmosphere for which our guests have been known to travel hundreds of miles, we

  ask that standards of dress and behavior be observed: No shorts, short skirts, tank tops,

  no smoking, gum chewing or ringing cell phones; and please maintain control of young

  children. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  June-An afternoon ride on the Diamond

   Jack’s boat tours.


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 


PHONE DIRECTORY distribution of the 2018 St. Paul Membership Directories will continue through the month of May.  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.


SPRING IS IN THE AIR AND THE TIME TO PLANT is quickly approaching. The youth are selling flats of flowers, planters, hanging baskets and vegetable plants. Flowers and plants can be pre ordered and delivered to the church on Sunday, May 20th.  The youth will carry and load them into your vehicle.  NO extra flowers/ plants will be available for sale the day of pick-up.  All flowers sold will be through pre-order only. An order form can be obtained at the KIOSK table during Sunday coffee hour, by calling the church office at (313) 291-1221, at the Christian Education Welcome Center, or on our web page beginning April 15th. Completed forms can be turned in at the KIOSK table on Sunday, the Church Office or by contacting Pastor Cheryl Schalm. Payment is required when order forms are turned in.  The Youth are also hosting a Bake Sale and collecting all unwanted cans & bottles. Please bring them to the Church on May 20th.  All profit from the event goes to fund the Annual Youth Mission Trip. Any questions, please contact Pastor Schalm.