Sunday February 11, 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


Sixth Sunday after Epiphany                                                               February 11, 2018

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 Drutchas  

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

    Hymn Leader

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas and Congregation

      O Lord, sometimes it’s difficult for us to truly worship You – in Spirit and in      

      truth.  We bring along all the baggage of the past week.  We are so easily            

      distracted.  We are making plans for this afternoon and tomorrow when we     

      should be thinking about You and Your word.  Help us to set aside anything

      and everything that would detract from the sacredness of this hour, and

      enable us to focus our minds on what we have come here to do.  In Jesus’

      name we pray. Amen.



     SPECIAL MUSIC  Mark Ennis, Soloist (9), “The Golden Rule,”  Children’s Choir, Sally Sigman, Director  (10:30)

    SCRIPTURE READING  2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Mark 7:24-30  Lectors:  Cheryl Schalm  (9), Hayden Robbins (10:30) 


*Congregation Standing

HYMN No.  476  “Rejoice in God’s Saints”  (9) 

    ANTHEM  “Rejoice in the Lord,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)  

   MORNING & MEMORIAL PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

 *HYMN No. 490  “Sister, Let Me Be Your Servant”



       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 Church Inside – Out,”  Pastor Drutchas

  BURIAL OF THE ALLELUIAS (Responsive reading insert)

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 637  “For All the Saints”  (without Alleluias)


*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. 

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. 



“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:  Diane Poet (9), Michael Isaacs (10:30) 

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury (9), Kristi Caruso (10;30)

Acolyte:  Andrew Caruso (9), Meredith Stull (10:30)



Calendar Week February 11  – February 18

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

                     Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m. (in the kitchen)/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./

                     Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.                   

Monday       Table Cleaning 9:00 a.m./ Shalom 1:00 p.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday Ashes 7:00 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./      

                     Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Ash Wednesday Service 7:30 p.m.

Thursday    Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m./ Blood Drive 1:00 p.m.

Friday         Make Brine 9:00 a.m./ ARC Dinner Dance 6:00 p.m./ 30 Hour Famine begins

Saturday     Cutting Peppers/ Making Coleslaw 9:00 a.m.

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

                     First Sunday in Lent/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30

                     a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.m. 

                     Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.                                    



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Sixth Sunday After Epiphany/ February 11, 2018



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

Megan Barnosky, Marion Bolen, Curt Buzo, Betty Caufield, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Shirley Drobil,  Dave Cowper, Phill Felske, Vicki Grant, Barb Gish, Bob Harry, Pam Jones, David King, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Yvonne Koster (Heartland, Canton), Rev. Bill Kren, Gloria Lakatos, Pam Lange, Sharon Leonard, Neil McEachern, Michelle Mellin, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, friend of Daisy Stedman, Linda Tank, and Tom Williams. 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 our

  Jerusalem Café (West Room) between morning services, hosted by Christian Education.


  ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Jack Edward Cappello, born February 8,

  2018 to Jeremy & Kari Ennis Cappello.  St. Paul Grandparents are Mark & Sandy Ennis. 

  St. Paul Great-grandparents are Betty & Joe Mayfield and the late Pat & Jim Ennis.


  LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Karen (Andy) and Eric (Julie) and friends on

  the loss of mother, grandmother & great-grandmother, Sara Kauffman, who passed away

  February 2, 2018 at the age of 86 years.  Memorial service was February 10, 2018 at St.

  Paul Church.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson

  Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.


  LENTEN ASHES OFEERED Ash Wednesday, February 14th.  Pastor Drutchas will

  administer ashes with individual prayer at our church altar from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Ashes

  will also be administered during the Ash Wednesday evening worship service at 7:30 p.m.

  Please contact Pastor Drutchas (313-291-1221) if you would like to receive ashes at

  another time that day. If you have palms left from last year please feel free to bring them in

  as soon as possible and Pastor Drutchas will burn them for Ash Wednesday services. 


HEROD & MARIAMNE: Not An Ordinary Love Story. A book about King Herod and

  his fateful love for a Maccabean princess in Jesus’ time will be the focus of a new Sunday

  night book discussion series at St. Paul Church on Sunday, February 11 and 18. Pastor

  Geoff Drutchas will lead the discussion series on the short novel by Nobel Prizewinning

  author Par Lagerkvist inspired by the legendary King Herod the Great who ruled Israel and

  re-built the Great Jerusalem Temple in the era of Jesus’ birth. Our discussion series

  coincides with the season of Epiphany, which recalls the flight of Jesus and his family

  from the terror imposed by Herod, and the approach of Valentine’s Day when our thoughts

  turn to love and romance. Copies of the novel are available in the church office. A donation

  to the office fund is welcomed to defray costs. You may reserve a book by completing a

  Make-A-Wish card (in the sanctuary pews) and adding it to the morning offering plate. Our

  Sunday evening discussions will meet in the church parlor and begin at 7 p.m. For more

  information, contact the church office (313-291-1221).                         


ST. PAUL YOUTH TO GO WITHOUT SO OTHERS MAY HAVE… The young people of St. Paul will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of starving children around the world.  The “30 Hour Famine” youth lock-in will be held the weekend of February 16th – 18th.  On Friday, February 16th participants will gather to host the annual ARC Valentine Dinner Dance.  After dining and dancing with their guest they will participate in some friendly competition.  Through team games participants will gain a greater knowledge and understanding of poverty and world hunger.  A youth candle worship service will be held at 11:00 p.m. prior to the start of the 30 hour fast that will begin at midnight. On Saturday, February 17th the youth will then head to Meijer for their annual shopping spree challenge.  After returning to St. Paul the young people will return home to finish their 30 hour fast.  Then on Sunday morning, February 18th, the young people will break their fast as they join together at Pete’s Place for breakfast.  The young people are in need of your help!  They are in need of prayers and pledges.  In addition, they will be collecting cans and bottles.  All monies raised will be sent to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide. Anyone interested in sponsoring a youth or making a donation should see a youth at the Kiosk during coffee hour.  Anyone interested in helping with this event should see Pastor Schalm.


NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED Those contemplating membership at St. Paul Church are invited to receive the congregation’s welcome on Sunday, February 25th at the 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. worship services.  Please notify Pastor Drutchas  (313-291-1221) if you would like to be welcomed that morning.


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 February 12th at 1 PM. Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical

   supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams, or the

   office.  Blood Drive has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 15th 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.

   There needs to be 59 days between donations. Please make an appointment by contacting

    Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams, or complete a Make-a-Wish card and place it in the offering

    plate. Kathy has some time slots put aside for members of our church. You can now make

    appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet at

    click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says 'Enter a Sponsor Code', under

   'Find a blood drive near you.' Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces). You will then be directed

   to the next page listing our blood drive. Click on the last column to sign up. You will need

   to register & obtain a password. IDs & passwords are case sensitive. You can also down-

   load to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of the drive prior to coming to the

   drive. You can read the educational materials & complete the health history online to save

   some time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility you can look at

   eligibility requirements on or contact the Red Cross blood donation

   center at 866-236-3276. There is updated information about a four week deferral for those

   who have been to areas where the Zika virus has been found.


  PIANO WARS!  Everyone is welcome Saturday, March 3, 7:00 p.m. to Piano Wars”, a

  Premier Dueling Piano event, is an entertaining evening featuring Dave Caruso, the man of

  a thousand songs, bringing the party to you.  The show is programed for ages 18 and older. 

  The location is the Democratic Club of Taylor (main hall east side entrance) 23400 Wick

  Road., Taylor.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and entertainment starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are

  $25.00 and includes pizza and a soft drink.  Beer and wine is available for purchase. 

  Tickets will be available from Michelle Matney, Barbara Shultz, and Marjie Barnard.  This

   event is sponsored by the non-profit Taylor Public School Foundation for Educational

   Excellence, to support student scholarships, mini-grants, and educational special projects

   not funded by the School District. SPONSORED BY RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS.


   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 Fairemont (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),Garnett

  Raymond (daughter, Betty Hagerty), Robert Rider (brother, Virginia Butzlaff), Brian Reid

  (friend, Sue Mrowka), Judy Robin (aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Cookie Robinson (sister of Bob

  Robinson),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), and

  Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart).


  THE 2018 ST. PAUL FISH DINNERS ARE COMING!  This year we will be making

  our famous St. Paul coleslaw on Saturday, February 17th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the

  church Kitchen.  Preparation can take between two and three hours to make the (20) five

  gallon pails of coleslaw required.  Any time you can donate is greatly appreciated.  Please

  contact Jim Poet, Dan Case, or the church office (313-291-1221) if you would like to   

  volunteer or need more information. 



  the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens) on Friday, February 16th.  The Youth are in

  need of donated desserts and door prizes to help off-set the cost of this outreach mission. 

  Anyone interested in making a donation or helping with this event, contact Cheryl Schalm.