Sunday April 9, 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


Sixth Sunday in Lent                                                                                        April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday/ Confirmation Sunday

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

Nursery care available


  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organiist


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

*OPENING HYMN No. 17 “O Worship the King,” (vs. 1- 3, 5)  Mark Ennis,  Hymn Leader

  UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas and Congregation

  Almighty God, give us grace in our present life, which Your son Jesus Christ in

  great humility came to share, that being armed with the light of Your truth and

  love, we may overcome the darkness of evil; so that in the final triumph of Your  

  kingdom, we may share in life eternal; through Him who lives and rules with You  

  and the Holy Spirit now and forever.  Amen.



  CHIME TIME  “Be Thou My Vision”

  SCRIPTURE READING  Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 21:1-11  Lector:  Barbara Schultz

*HYMN No. 92 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!” (vs. 1, 2, 4)   

  FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Jacob Miller (10:30)


  ANTHEM  “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna,” Chancel Choir 


*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  “The Humble Shall Be Exalted,” Rev. Drutchas    

  *HYMN No.  602  “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee,”  (vs. 1-3) (9) 

  *HYMN No. 75  “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry” (10:30) 



    PRAYER (debts, debtors)

  *RECESSIONAL HYMN  No. 192  “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

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

    of the candles are extinguished.)


** At the ushers’ direction, the Congregation is invited to come forward along

the side aisles to receive palms and a personal benediction before departing from

the sanctuary down the center aisle without returning to your pews. 

HANDICAP 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 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. 




“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)

Acolyte:  Katelyn Stull (9), Zachary Miller (10:30)

Ushers:  Katelyn Stull, Sarah Stull, Brydon Stull (9),

 Zachary Miller, Sue Mrowka, Dan Newton (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 9 – April 16

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

                     Sunday/ Confirmation Sunday 10:30/ Easter Party & Egg Hunt 1030 a.m.                       

Monday       Zumba 3:30 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825  

                     7:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.   

Thursday    Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Confirmand Dinner 5:30 p.m./ Maundy  

                     Thursday Worship 7:30 p.m.- Communion  

Friday          Good Friday Brunch 11:00 a.m./ Good Friday Service 12 noon

Sunday        Worship Service 7:00 & 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Easter 

                     Sunday Worship 7:00 & 10:00 a.m./ Communion/ Easter Breakfast 8:00  



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221

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Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Sixth Sunday in Lent/ Palm Sunday/ April 9, 2017



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Bob Barley, Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Harry Clubb, Elaine Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Patrick Ferguson, Lillian Fick, Al Gunther, Melva Haglund,  Ollie Hilliker, Richard Jones, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Sue Kuschel (Beaumont, Dearborn), Velma McGee, Michelle Mellin, Michael Natzke, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Al & Eleanor Rossi, Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, Paula Strawsine, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, Bev Traver, Pat Vernor, Leah Wagner, David Walker, 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 Cleora, Bill & Kenny Pattenaude & friends on the loss of husband & father, James Pattenaude who passed away March 28, 2017 at the age of 77 years.  Memorial service was Thursday, April 6, 2017.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.

ALTAR FLOWRS are in honor of the confirmation of Sam & Katie Kincaid & in memory of Bob & Betty (Stevenson) Koschnitzke from Gene & Cheryl Kincaid.  SIDE VASE wishes a very “Happy Birthday” to Chelsey Schalm from her Grandma & in loving memory of Helen Cagle’s birthday from her daughter, Pat Herkimer.  SIDE VASE is in memory of Jim Pattenaude. 

HEALTH MINISTRIES – Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is April 10th at 1 PM. We will do some balance exercises and discuss chronic health problems and spirituality.

Caregivers Group – Our next meeting is Monday, April 24th, at 730 PM.

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

Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams. First Aid & CPR classes will be held in April & May. 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.



Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Stella Ludlam (mother-in-law, Ellen Ludlam), Bill Pinage (father of Brenda Buzo), Cheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Frank Small (father of Chris Chavez), and Grace Torango (mother of Sylvia Matney).  

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

READERS ARE INVITED to assist with the Good Friday service which will be held April 14th at 12 noon.  Copies of lecturing materials will be available at least one week prior to the service.  Those interested in volunteering, please notify the church office and Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas by completing a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in the morning offering plate or hand it to an usher.  No previous lecturing experience is necessary.

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 until early April.  For more information, please contact Troop Leaders, Michelle Matney or Jennifer Berringer.

GOOD FRIDAY BRUNCH TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE.  For ticket purchases see the Kiosk during Coffee Hour on Sunday mornings or contact the church office at 313-291-1221.  Cost is a $5.00 donation.  Brunch will be served in the Jerusalem Café (West Room) beginning at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Good Friday service at 12 noon.  Women’s Fellowship is once again hosting Good Friday Brunch.

THIRSTY THURSDAY’S YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY GROUP and all Young Married Couples Will Head to Comerica Park to Cheer on the Tigers ​Young adults (post high school) and young married couples will be heading down to Comerica Park on Saturday, April 29th for a 1:10 p.m. game between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox.  We will meet at the church at noon to board a Kiwanis bus (pending confirmation) that will serve as our transportation for the afternoon.  Those interested in attending should contact Pastor Schalm or Tim & Jen Ruffner. Complimentary tickets will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. 

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS will meet on Thursday, April 27 for our next outing. We will be meeting at the Lush Brush Studio between 6:30-6:45 PM with painting starting at 7 PM. You can bring snacks and beverages including alcohol to share.  The cost is $35 pay at the door.  There is a sign-up sheet on the RHPA bulletin board. We need 10 people to participate. If you have further questions or need a ride, contact April Clark.

PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING DAN & DOROTHY EVISON for the many years of volunteer service they provided in keeping the large St. Paul advertising sign, located on Goddard Road, updated with our latest events.  Anyone interested in taking over the responsibility of updating the advertising sign should see either Michael Isaacs or John Smith, our St. Paul Trustees.

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. 

BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY HOSTS GALA EAST BREAKFAST.  St. Paul members and friends will be able to enjoy a gala Easter Breakfast in a beautifully decorated Fellowship Hall, all thanks to the efforts of our Building & Grounds Ministry.  The breakfast will be served Easter Sunday, April 16th from 8:00 -9:30 a.m.  This is a great occasion for families and friends to gather for a meal on Christianity’s most holy day.  A free will donation is invited and appreciated.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS BEGIN April 18thDonations should be clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items will be stored in the Fellowship Hall.  Blue Jean Sunday is April 30th.  Our Spring Rummage Sale is Mary 4th, 5th, & 6th.   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.


EASTER LILY ORDERS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN.  If you would like to provide an Easter Lily in honor or in memory of a loved one this Easter season, please complete the form below and drop it in an offering plate or hand it to an Usher.  Cost is $8.00 each.  We will place them in the Chancel area and they may be taken home after the Easter worship service on Sunday, April 16thOrders and payments are due by Sunday, April 9thA list of those providing Lilies will be printed in the Sunday Bulletin.  Any plants left will be donated to local hospitals/ care facilities.

I/ We would like to order a Lily (ies) to be placed in the Chancel area for Easter.


In honor/ memory of:  _______________________________________________________


From: _____________________________________________________________________


Contact number: _______________________Number of lilies: _______Amt due: ________


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.

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.