Sunday April 8, 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


Second Sunday of Easter                                                                               April 8, 2018


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

Nursery care available


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



 *OPENING HYMN  No. 2  “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader 

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

O God of all our days, we come this morning with eager anticipation. We seek to know you, to see you, to touch you. Open our hearts, that we might experience you anew.  Open our lives, that we may be faithful witnesses to your resurrection.  May we, with shouts of joy, proclaim your steadfast, liberating love to all people, everywhere. Amen.



    A TOPS MOMENT OF OPPORTUNITY  Kathy Williams, Parish Nurse

   SPECIAL MUSIC  “He Touched Me,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist

   SCRIPTURE READING   Deuteronomy 6:5-7, Matthew 6:19-24, 2 Timothy 4:7-8

   Lectors:  Sam Kincaid (9), Peggy Staten (10:30)

   HYMN No. 542 “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” 


  *congregation standing 

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm

    HYMN No. 588 “Have Thine Own Way Lord”


         “Say a Prayer” by Reba McEntire


         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  “The Last Dance,”  Pastor Schalm

     LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

  *CLOSING HYMN No. 543  “Blessed Assurance”          


   *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 the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our Family Room. Please alert the ushers if you need 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 member-

ship 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 grumble 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.


“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 8 – April 15


Sunday       Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm- CE & Teacher   

                    Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.

Monday      Shalom 1:00 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Visiting Elders 11:00 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday   Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

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

                    10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Youth Plant/ Flower Sale begins 



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



   Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

   Second Sunday of Easter/ April 8, 2018 



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

Edna Badarak, Megan Barnosky, Jeff Beyar, Kim Beyar, Ryan Block, Curt Buzo, Betty Caufield, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Shirley Drobil,  Phill Felske,  Danielle Gardner, Vicki Grant, Barb Gish, Kyle Hard, Bob Harry (Beaumont, Dearborn), Doris Hilliker (Southshore Hospital), Pam Jones, Ruth Kenosian, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Sharon Leonard, , Patricia Olsen, Joan Rensel, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Gary Shipling (Pastor, Blessed Hope, Lincoln Park), Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Carol Wioncek, Howard Wilson, Brad Zabik, and Judy Zabik (Beaumont, Dearborn). 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.


SIDE VASE OF FLOWERS wishes Irene Stoner a very Happy 90th Birthday!  Love Janet, Wally, Becky, and Buddy.  ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Esther Reign Valentin, born on March 13, 2018 to Joel & Courtney Valentin.  St. Paul Great Uncle is Michael Natzke. 

ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of LeiaLynn Rodgers, born March 19, 2018 to Wayne & Ashley Rodgers.  St. Paul Great Grandmother is Brenda Tank.

St. Paul Great-Great Grandmother is Beverly Libby.


   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. 


  Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin (daughter, Shirley Havenstein), Mary Faremont (sister,

  Richard Wagner), Allison Files (granddaughter, John & Barb Smith), Gabriella Gomez

  (niece, Darlene Babin), Robert Grigg (friend, Schalm family),Lynn Harbin (sister, John

  Smith), Paola Hillebrand (friend, Wendy Warner), Tamsey Hoffman (friend, Sue Mrowka),

  Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Stephen

  Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Richard Jones, Justin Kurtz (friend, Chelsey Schalm),

  Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Jennifer Lee (granddaughter, Barb Siemers)

  Chris Lunsford (friend, Velma McGee), Courtney Matthews McEarchern, Kim McEachern

  (daughter-in-law, Helene & Neil McEarchern), Scott Miller (son, Fred Miller),Lynda & Paul

  Reside (sister-in-law, brother, Arlene Felske), Robert Rider (brother, Virginia Butzlaff), Brian

  Reid (friend, Sue Mrowka), Judy Robin (aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Richard Sherman (brother,

  Anne Blanchard), Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter, April & Steve Clark), Lynn Smith (sister,

  John Smith), David Staten (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten),Joyce Thompson Smith (sister, the

  late Harry Thompson), Denise St. Louis (sister-in-law, Marjie & Charlie Barnard), Nicholas

  Surre (great-grandson, Helene McEachern), Donna Vercande (cousin, Kathy Williams), and

  Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart).



   clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items will be 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.

   (The Office will be closed Monday, April 2nd.)  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)


   GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE IN! Troop 74590 has some for purchase at the Kiosk

  during Coffee hour. Stop by and pick up a box (or two) and place an order.  Cookies will be

  available through April 8th.  For more information, please contact Troop Leaders, Jennifer

  Berringer or Michelle Matney. 


A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to the following people who help 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


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 April 9th at 1 PM. Our topic for Monday is “Strokes & their Prevention”. 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

   the 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 ATTACH-

   MENT’ 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 or the 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) and 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.


RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS -  April 19, 2018 DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) outing from Church at 12pm. Michelle Matney is the contact person. Sign up on the RHPA bulletin board. If you want to eat at church prior to going to the DIA, a Box Lunch from Pete’s Place including a cup of soup, ½ grinder sandwich and a cookie for $8.05, include-ing tax is available. We will have bottled water at church. Lunch is at 11am at Church. You will need to pay ahead. The menu will be on the bulletin board for sign-up.  Transportation will pick us up at St. Paul’s between 12pm-12:30pm. We will arrive at 1pm at the DIA. At 1 pm Art Making Workshop (craft to make and take home). Or you can explore the museum on your own. At 2:30pm we will gather in the reception area for cookies. The bus will leave at 3 pm to take us home. The DIA does have a café that serves lunch if you want to eat and pay there instead of eating at church. We are only at the DIA for 2.5 hours. We need 25 people for the bus ride.


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 DIRECTORIES Distribution of the 2018 St. Paul Membership Directories have begun and 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.


   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: