Sunday February 18

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


First Sunday in Lent                                                                             February 18, 2018

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

(Nursery care available)


  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE   Sally Sigman, Organist


*PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 27  “Come, Thou Almighty King,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader


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

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

     O God, we come before you, an unfaithful people.  The shadows of sin dominate us.

     Our secret faults separate us from the light and knowledge of your presence.  Have

     mercy upon us, blot out our transgressions, forgive our waywardness, and

     remember our sin no more.  Grant us, O God, a new and right spirit that we might

     be purged of all wrong and become as pure as new-fallen snow.  Amen.



   HYMN No. 548  “The Old Rugged Cross” (9)              

   CHILDREN’S CHOIR “The Golden Rule,”  Sally Sigman, Director (10:30)

   SCRIPTURE READING  Micah 6:6-8, Mark 1:1-13  Lector:  Eileen Vernor Drutchas   


   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Fairest Lord Jesus,”  Chancel Choir    


*Congregation standing

MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)




    HYMN No. 179  “Forty Days and Forty Nights”


          The Twenty-third Psalm  (insert)

          Unison Confession of Sin (found in the pew racks)

          Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration


              One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

              one cup of blessing which we bless.

              And we, though many through out the Earth,

              we are one body in this one Lord,                 

          Distribution of the Elements

          Prayer of Thanksgiving

          Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)


         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.        


   *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.


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.


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)

Ushers:  Church Council Members



Calendar Week February 18  – February 25


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

                     First Sunday in Lent/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.                   

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday  Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Jerusalem Café 5:30 p.m./ Worship 7:00 p.m./ Choir

                      Rehearsal 7:30 p.m./ Confirmation 7:30 p.m./ Lenten Bible Study 7:30 p.m.

Thursday     Red Hat Dinner Outing 6:30 p.m.

Friday          Fish Supper Dine In/ Carry Out 4:00 p.m.      

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

                     Welcome/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.                                     



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  First Sunday in Lent/ February 18, 2018



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

Megan Barnosky, Paula Block, Ryan Block, Marion Bolen, Curt Buzo, Betty Caufield, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Shirley Drobil,  Dave Cowper, Phill Felske,  Danielle Gardner, Vicki Grant, Barb Gish, Kyle Hard, 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, Beverly Snyder, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, friend of Daisy Stedman, Brenda Tank, 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.


  HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING.  Our congregation welcomes

  to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians regardless of Christian affiliation. 

  What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants maintain a reverent

  silence that affirms the dignity of the sacrament.


  LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Bob & Shirley Robinson, Linda Robinson and

  family on the loss of Bob’s sister Sandra (Cookie) Robinson who passed away Thursday,

  February 15, 2018.  Funeral arrangements are private.


  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.

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 Sunday night’s

  book discussion at St. Paul Church on Sunday, February 18. Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead

  the discussion 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 discussion will meet

  in the church parlor and begin at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the church office.                         


ST. PAUL YOUTH TO GO WITHOUT SO OTHERS MAY HAVE… The young people of St. Paul had an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of starving children around the world.  The “30 Hour Famine” youth lock-in was this weekend. Friday they hosted the annual ARC Valentine Dinner Dance.  After dining and dancing they participated in some friendly team games to help gain a greater understanding of poverty and world hunger.  A candle light worship service was held to start the fast that began at midnight. On Saturday, the youth headed to Meijer for their annual shopping spree challenge.  This morning the young people will break their fast together at Pete’s Place for breakfast.  The young people are in need of your help!  They are in need of prayers and pledges.  They are also 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 world-wide. Anyone interested in sponsoring a youth or making a donation should see a youth at the Kiosk during coffee hour.  Pastor Schalm.



 avoid drink spills.  Lids are provided during our Coffee Hour for your beverages if you   

 would like to leave the hall with your drink.  We have noticed many areas in the building

 where beverages were spilled. We would like to keep our building looking nice as we can. 

 Your help is greatly appreciated.  Thank You, St. Paul Building & Grounds Ministry.


 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.

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

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

Blood Drive - Twenty pints of blood were collected at our blood drive this week. Five additional people came but were deferred and unable to give. Thanks to all those who participated.


  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.


VOLUNTEER OFFICE MANAGER NEEDED St. Paul is currently looking for a volunteer to serve as Office Manager, position would be a part-time position and be about five hours a week.  Responsibilities would include monitoring usage of church office supplies (paper, pens, pencils, toner, etc.) and ordering, as required.  They would also be responsible for ordering special items for the ministries (Christian Education, Music, Stewardship, Pastors, Parish Nurse, etc.), examples might include:  confirmation robes, tent and chairs for summer picnic as well as other special items.  Monitoring and recording usage for the copier and risograph would also be part of the job description.  If you are interested in applying for this volunteer position, please contact one of the St. Paul Trustees; John Smith, Michael Isaacs or Dave Badarak.


PIES ARE NEEDED for our upcoming Fish Suppers beginning Friday, February 23rd.  Pie

   Tins are available in the church Narthex. There is also a volunteer sign up board.  Please

   consider sharing some of your time to help make this event a continued success.


President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), 2nd Lieutenant Tyler Gillespey (Army, Tacoma, Washington, grandson, Murl & Judy Nieman), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Kevin Johnson & Stephen Johnson (Navy, grandsons, Patricia Olson), PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek (son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve, son, Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea, son, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Netherlands, granddaughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grandson, Barb Williams, Volunteer, Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew, Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew, Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy, son, Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son, Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida, nephew, Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother, Heather Williams Dykowski).


A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to Gary Staffeld, Fred Miller, Kathy Williams, Ed Brainard, John Smith and Dan Case for cleaning all of our white tables and chairs in preparation for the 2018 Fish Dinners.  St Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.


POST OFFICE BOX UPDATE  As part of the budget planning for 2017 it was decided to eliminate the Post Office Box effective July 1, 2017, since most of the Church mail was already coming to our regular mailbox.  If for some reason you or your financial institution are still utilizing the (PO Box 190) address; you should notify them to change it to the church address (24158 Goddard Rd, Taylor, MI 48180) immediately.  


   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: