Sunday April 3, 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


Second Sunday of Easter                                                                                April 3, 2016


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

(Nursery care available)


  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist


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

*OPENING HYMN No. 5  “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,”  Mark Ennis,                   

     Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

     Lord God, we are glad to be alive this morning.  We thank You for: the

     gift of life, this moment in time, breathing, feeling, hearing, seeing, for

     consciousness and awareness.  This miracle of life we often take for granted: 

     with blood flowing through our vessels, automatic digestive processes working,

     eyes bringing signals to our brain, the brain forming ideas, the ability to taste

     and enjoy food.  Lord, we should stand up and cheer, we should sing and shout

     in thanksgiving, for this moment of our existence.  Life is beautiful, life is a

     miracle, life is a gift, and as we worship You this morning we thank you for

     it!  In Christ’s name, Amen. 



  MOMENT OF APPRECIATION  Lila Miller at 99   

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Mark Ennis, Soloist (9),  “I Need Thee Every

      Hour,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)   

  SCRIPTURE READING  Luke 24:13-52  Lectors:  Jeannette Wackro,

      Pastor Drutchas


 *congregation standing


*HYMN No. 231 “Sing of One Who Walks Beside Us” 

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN No.  229  “That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright”     



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 “What Next?”  Pastor Drutchas

  MEMORIAL PRAYER (Christina Kerr)/ LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 562 “Because He Lives”


*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.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.  Please alert the ushers if you need assistance.

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.  Please alert the ushers if you need assistance.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:  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.




Deuteronomy 15:10, “Give generously to Him and do so without a grudging heart; then, because of this, the Lord will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”  Have you ever felt you were required to give someone a gift?  Perhaps you knew it was the polite and loving thing to do, but you grumbles about the cost or the inconvenience of shopping.  The cheerful giver is happy to give to Him, knowing that everything we have comes from our Lord.





Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Second Sunday of Easter

April 3, 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:  Sue Mrowka (9), John Smith (10:30)


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

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


SPRING RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS BEGIN April 4thDonations should be clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items will stored in the Fellowship Hall.  Blue Jean Sunday is April 24th.  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 MOTOR CITY BRASS BAND will be in concert at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn on April 10 at 3 PM. This event is open to all and is sponsored by the Red Hot Purple Angels.  If you have already paid for your ticket and are interested in carpooling, meet at St. Paul Church no later than 1:45 p.m.  We will depart at 2 p.m. 




Calendar Week April 3 – April 10

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.

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 Drop-off begins

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m.   

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m.  

Thursday     Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Dorcas Society 11:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Kane Family Baptism 10:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.                      


  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.


  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.  Our “Praise Choir” meets on     

  Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  All youth are invited.  For more information, please contact

  Sally Sigman, Director.


 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




Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Harmon Beekman,  Nancy Cady, Debbie Case, Miles Church, Alice Clubb, Dave Cowper, Jim Ennis, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Lillian Fick, Moses Flomo, Doris Hilliker, Marilyn Kunkle, Leo Kuschel, Rosemarie Laslo, Lila Miller, Lauren Moritz-Magyar, Murl Nieman, Jim Pattenaude, Thelma Poet, Shirlen Powell, LaVerne Roe, Sandra Rose, Melissa Rossi, David Schmoekel, Dennis Schmoekel, Anthony Staten, Brenda Tank, Beverly Traver, 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.


TREE OF FAITH MEMORIALS INVITED Our “Tree of Faith” offers opportunities to permanently memorialize or commemorate people and events of our lives that we cherish. Dedication cards (found in the pew racks) allow 3 lines of engraving with twenty characters possible on each line.  The cost of each burnished gold leaf is $300 and you may choose where you would like your leaf placed.  Please indicate your choice on the clipboard provided.  All proceeds support our “Room With a View” project.  


HEALTH MINISTRIES –. Shalom-Chronic Disease Ministries - Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 PM in the Parlor. The April meeting(s) will be on the 11th.  at 1:00 & 7:00 p.m.  A Matter of Balance for those having problems with balance or a fear of falling is scheduled to begin Monday, April 4th, 2016 12:45pm to 2:45p for 8 weeks.  Class size needs to be at least 8 participants with a max of 15. We did not have enough participants to hold the Diabetic PATH program. This 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 or LaShawn Griffin at (800) 482-1455. Cooking Matters EXTRA for Diabetes workshop is a 6 week interactive program with hands-on presentations that demonstrate the link between nutrition and health, affordable healthy eating, meal planning and cooking tips for persons with diabetes 2. Free groceries are provided. The program will be offered free of charge at Our Lady of Angels, 6442 Pelham Rd., in Taylor from 6-8 PM April 7 – May 12. You must register at 800.543.9355.  Flyers are available on the coffee table in the west lobby. 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. Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, unopened packages of diapers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact Kathy Williams.


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CONGREGATIONS’ PARENTS: Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), and Cheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab). 


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.


 PETE’S PLACE DINER REWARDS program benefits St. Paul.  The program runs off a

 phone number.  When you settle your bill let the cashier know you want to participate in the

 Diner Rewards program. Leave St. Paul’s phone number (313-291-1221) and for every $50.00   

 spent, Pete’s Place will donate $5.00 to St. Paul.  The program is available at both restaurant  

 locations. For more information please speak with your server or contact the church office. 

 Enjoy a wonderful meal and benefit St. Paul!


 THE 2016 ALTAR FLOWER CHART Altar flowers are a very special way to honor or     

memorialize that special someone in your life or even a special occasion (anniversary, birthday, graduation, etc.).  The cost for altar flowers is $30.00 (2 vases) or you may purchase a special side vase for just $15.00.  Please contact the Deacon after the service for assistance in getting your altar flowers or side vase.  Please check the flower chart for availability of Sundays or other occasions. Please use envelopes found in the pew racks to request altar flowers.  You may also contact the church office at 313-291-1221.


MEMBER NAME TAGS are kept in the Welcome Center – the brown wooden cabinet located on the wall in the Narthex of the church.  Please remember to wear your name tag.  They let visitors identify you.  If you do not have a name tag, need to replace your name tag, or need to update it, please contact any usher on Sunday morning or the church office.  Each name tag is magnetic so that it won’t damage clothes.  Caution:  nametags are magnetic and should be worn with caution if you have a pacemaker.  Cost is $9.00.


PLEASE LOOK OVER The Market Place Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall.  There are flyers featuring many upcoming local events.  There is also information regarding items for sale/ wanted to buy, services available, and much more. Information is always changing. Also, check out our web-site and Facebook page.  Don’t forget to ‘like’ us and ‘share’ us!