Sunday April 30, 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


Third Sunday of Easter                                                                                 April 30, 2017

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. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas

  *OPENING HYMN No. 97  “Fairest Lord Jesus,” Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader   

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas

     We thank You, living God, that in Jesus Christ You are building a house not made 

     with hands, but a people among whom You live. We thank you that You have

     called us to be a part of Your family and that we belong to You.  We come now,  

     longing to know the touch of Your Spirit, that we may be encouraged to serve You 

     in this world which you have made.  Come to us that we may recognize You as our 

     Savior, sing Your praises and then tell others about You.  Amen.



      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Celebrate the Life of Jesus,”  Chancel Choir (9),

      “Yesterday, Today, Tormorrow,”  Mark Ennis, Soloist (10:30)

      SCRIPTURE READING  John 21:1-19  Lector:  Eileen Vernor Drutchas    

  *HYMN No. 322  “O Word of God Incarnate” 

      MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)         

  *HYMN No. 559  “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” (first verse, soloist)    


  *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.

    SERMON  “Feed My Sheep!”  Pastor Drutchas

    MEMORIAL PRAYER Lillian Fick, Alfred Rossi)

    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

  *CLOSING HYMN No. 613  “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”  


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




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.


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.



Deuteronomy 26:7-11 “Then we cried out for help from Lord, the God of our ancestors.  He heard us and saw our suffering, hardship and misery.  By His great power and strength He rescued us from Egypt.  He brought us here to this rich and fertile land.  So, now I bring to the Lord the first part of the harvest he has given me.”  Moses was grateful for the Lord’s deliverance.  God’s mercy and protection is always with us.  Let us always remember to bestow to our Lord a portion of the gifts He has given to us.  


“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:  John Smith (9), Michael Isaacs (10:30)

Deacon:  Al Gunther (9), Kevin Kittendorf (10:30)

Ushers:  Pam Foresta, Shirley Havenstein, Sue Mrowka, Dee Salsbury (9),

The Miller Family (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 30 – May 7

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

Monday       No Zumba/ Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00

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

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.   

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday         Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m./ CPR-First Aid 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday     Rummage Sale 9:00 – 11:00 a.m./ CPR-First Aid 12 noon – 10:00 p.m./ Red  

                     Hats Outing to Seaway Chorale & Orchestra 7:30 p.m.

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


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




Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Third Easter of Sunday/ April 30, 2017



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Kim Beyar, Harry Clubb, Shirley Drobil, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Al Gunther, Ollie Hilliker, Jack Jones, Richard Jones, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Sue Kuschel (Vibra, inside Heritage Hospital), Velma McGee, Michelle Mellin, Michael Natzke, Kathy Peters, Shirlen Powell,  Keith Rensel, Shirley Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, Paula Strawsine, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, Richard Williams, 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. 

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Harold Fick, Carolyn Fick, Pauline Arndt, & Friends on the loss of mother, Lillian Fick, who passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the age of 95 years.  Funeral was Wednesday, April 26, 2017.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel. 

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Eleanor Rossi & Family on the loss of Alfred Rossi, who passed away April 25, 2017 at the age of 83 years.  Funeral was April 29, 2017.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Voran Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

SIDE VASE wishes my husband a “Happy, Healthy Birthday” from your loving wife, Pam.

HEALTH MINISTRIES – Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is May 8th at 1 PM. We will do some balance exercises and discuss chronic health problems and spirituality. Caregivers Group – Our next meeting is Monday, May 15th, at 730 PM.

Exercise Classes - Zumba or other low impact exercisesto a DVD on Mondays at 3:30 PM in the West Room.  Exercise at your own pace, modified to your ability. Check Morning Tide

Calendar for the latest updates on Zumba/ exercise classes.

Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams. First Aid & CPR classes will be held May 5th & 6th. The class takes about 8 hours & is usually held in two sessions. Please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams ASAP if you are interested in becoming certified.  A $5.00 donation helps off-set the cost of materials.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL 12 noon on Tuesday, May 1stDonations should be clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items are stored in Fellowship Hall.  Blue Jean Sunday is today.  Our Spring Rummage Sale is May 4th, 5th, & 6th.   Please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) or contact any Woman’s Fellowship member to volunteer.  This is an all-church project and volunteers help make it a huge success. Evening volunteer opportunity Monday, May 1st from 5:00 – 8:30  p.m.  Please complete a Make-A-Wish card or contact Toni Hill to volunteer.  

MUFFINS FOR MOMS CELEBRATION will be Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017.  The Sunday School children with the help of Men’s Fellowship, will be honoring their mothers and the women of the congregation with a special “Muffins for Moms” continental breakfast between the worship services, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  All ladies should mark their planners for this special event.  Anyone interested in assisting should contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

THE 2017 EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET, Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  This year’s event will feature a Buffet Style Dinner and a Children’s Dress-up Fashion Show as entertainment. Just like in past years we will be recognizing those who have reached the age of 90 and over and we’ll also have prizes for several other fun and interesting categories.  The cost of a ticket is only $5.00, children twelve years and under are free.  All tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased beginning Sunday, at the KIOSK Table in Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour or by calling the Church Office (313-291-1221).  This year’s event is being sponsored by Dorcas, Women’s and Men’s Fellowship. 

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS outing to the SEAWAY CHORALE & ORCHESTRA will be performing a "The Rhythm of Life" at Flat Rock High School on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 PM. The Red Hot Purple Angels are inviting anyone interested to join in. Tickets are $10 prior to the performance, $12 at the door. Ida Black is the contact for this event. Ticket money is due to Ida by today. You can also purchase them yourself by calling 734.675.3548.

ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAMS PREPARE FOR THIRTEENTH SEASON.  Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level.  Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in leading a third team or playing please contact team coordinator, Chris Mink or Jack Miller or the church office.  Games are played on Tuesday evenings on the fields at Thorn Park, located at King and Telegraph Roads in Brownstown.  Games will likely begin the second week in May.  Watch this space for more information.

SEWING GUILD -- Sew ‘n Sews -- Please join us for a little sewing and a lot of fellowship at our next meeting on Thursday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a sandwich for lunch, dessert and coffee is provided.  P/S:  No sewing skills required! 

ST. PAUL WILL ONCE AGAIN HOST A VENDOR ARCADE at the annual All Church Picnic, Sunday, July 30, 2017.  If you would like to be a vendor or know someone who would like to participate, please contact Sharon Leonard by phone or email at: for more information. 

GRADUATE INFORMATION REQUESTED.  If you or someone in your family is receiving a degree this spring, or has received a degree since last June (including a G.E.D.), please contact Cindy Romas in the church office (313-291-1221) no later than Wednesday, June 7, 2017.  All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning worship on June 12th in gown and mortarboard.


Over the course of the summer children will have the opportunity to learn how to apply God’s word to their daily living.  Through Biblical lessons and activities, the children will explore God’s word and discover for themselves how they are called to apply these lessons to their everyday life.  
In order for the summer Sunday School program to be successful adults are needed to lead the weekly lessons.  The summer Sunday School program will begin on June 18th and conclude on September 10th with Rally Sunday and the Sunday School Open House.  
Due to lower attendance over the summer all children pre-school through fifth grade will meet together in the upstairs’ West Room.  Older youth will meet with Pastor Schalm in the Senior High classroom.  Please consider visiting the Welcome Center on Sunday to select a date to share your faith with the children of St. Paul.  All curriculum, materials and snacks are provided.
JUNE 25TH           “COURAGEOUS DANIEL”  ______________________
JULY 2RD             “ELIJAH AND THE RAVENS”      _________________
JULY 23RD            “ELISHA AND THE WIDOW’S JARS” ____________
JULY 30TH              ******PICNIC SUNDAY******
AUGUST 6TH       “GOD CHOOSES JOSHUA”  _____________________
AUGUST 13TH     “SPIES IN CANAAN”_________________________
AUGUST 20TH       “CROSSING THE JORDAN” ___________________
AUGUST 27TH      “JERICHO” ____________________________    

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.

OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you can now receive  your Church related e-mails from “”.  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. 

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 

“” 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.