Sunday February 21, 2016


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


Second Sunday in Lent                                                                                     February 21, 2016


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

Nursery care available


    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist



      G. Drutchas    

  *OPENING HYMN No. 595  “Be Thou My Vision,”  Eileen Vernor Drutchas, Hymn


    FAMILY OF GOD (10:30)  Pastor Cheryl Schalm


    I’m so glad I’m part of the family of God, I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed

    by His blood!  Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, for I’m part of the family,

    family of God.


     CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “The Church In the Wildwood,”  Chancel Choir (9),  “In

        the Garden,”  Patricia Olson (10:30) 

     APOSTLES’ CREED  Congregation (9),  First Year Confirmand Class (10:30)

 *HYMN No.  545  “He Leadeth Me:  O Blessed Thought”

    MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)  

    SOLO “This Is a Day of New Beginnings,”  Eileen Vernor Drutchas, Soloist



*Congregation Standing






    FAITH TESTIMONIALS  Kaylee Ostrowski (9), Hannah Dowell (10:30)



      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.

   SCRIPTURE READING  Ephesians 4:25-32, Matthew 18:15-17, 21-22  Lectors: 

      Lois Rice (9),  Rebecca Markey (10:30)  


   SERMON  “Forgiveness X 490,”  Pastor Drutchas

   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.)



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.



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.         




2 Corinthians 9:7-9 Apostle Paul writes, “God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all that you need for yourself and more than enough for every good cause,”  As the scripture, “He who gives generously to the needy; his kindness lasts forever.”




Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Second Sunday in Lent/ February 21, 2016


WELCOME TO ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, TAYLOR!                                                                                                   



“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.”



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

Council:  Arlene Felske (9), Julius Enesey (10:30)

Acolyte:  Hannah Dowell (9), Hayden Robbins (10:30)

Ushers: Hannah, Haley, Jamie, Douglas Dowell (9),

Hayden Robbins, Kristi Caruso, Pam Lange, Dave Lange (10:30)


Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


ALTAR FLOWERS send birthday wishes to Shirley Havenstein from her “Secret Pal.” 


ROSE  ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Elizabeth Louise Ruffner born Friday, February 19, 2016

 to Jennifer & Timothy Ruffner.  Sibling is Eleanor.


 PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship 

 Hall between our worship services sponsored by our Boy Scout Troop 825 members.


  CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SEEKS BAKED GOODS for annual Fish Dinner Bake Sales. The  

 “2016” fish dinners will be held March 4th, and March 18th.  C. E. will be hosting bake sales to      

  benefit Christian Education programs and events.  Baked goods will be needed for each sale.  We  

  thank you in advance for your consideration to bake and support these efforts.  All items are greatly  

  appreciated and can be dropped off prior to the dinner or on the day of the dinner.



Calendar Week February 21 – February 28

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

                     10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.

Monday       Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday TGIW –Dessert & Beverages 5:30 p.m./ Praise Team 6:30 p.m./ Worship 7:00 

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

Thursday    Red Hat Outing Taza Fresh Grill 6:30 p.m.

Friday         Fish Supper Drive Thru Only 4:00 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Sunday School  

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


 RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS will be going to dinner on Thursday, February 25th at Tarza Fresh  

  Grill, 16185 Dix Toledo Rd (south of Eureka on east side of Dix Toledo), Southgate, 734.281.3101.  

  Mediterranean and American menu. Average meal about $15-20. We will met there at 6:30 PM.  

  Please sign-up on the RHPA bulletin board. Our contact person for this event is April Clark.  

  Looking forward to March – Bunco night and pot-lunch dinner will be held in the West room at  

  6:30 PM on Thursday, March 31.


 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING.  Sunday, March 6th is the designated date by our UCC Missions Office to receive this offering.  However you may bring your offering any Sunday throughout February and March.  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 February Tidings.  In addition there will be an article in the March Tidings.  In the event you receive your Tidings by email, you will find “One Great Hour of Sharing” envelopes 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.


  A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ TO the 27 volunteers who helped make the Cole Slaw for the  

  2016 Fish Dinners this past Saturday. We ended up making almost (19) five gallon pails.  Coffee,  

  donuts and great fellowship were enjoyed by all who attended. Those in attendance included

  Karen Hill, Toni Hill, Glen & Sally Sigman, Diane and Jim Poet, Candace Poet, Thelma Poet,  

  Dorothy and Dan Evison, Nicole McNeely, Dee Salsbury, Janet and Julius Enesey, Arlene Felske,      

  Pam and Dave Lange, Kirk and Anne Blanchard, Janet Staffeld, Henrietta Hinzmann, Patricia  

  Olson, Sue Mrowka, Annette Thie, Gary Staffeld, Lisa Wild and Dan Case.  The St. Paul Youth  

  Group also volunteered to help prior to their trip to a Soup Kitchen in Detroit.  Also we would like     

  to extend a special “THANK YOU” to the Block Family for donating all of the vegetables  

  required to make the Cole Slaw. 



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Judy Albright, Nancy Cady, Debbie Case, Irene Church, Miles Church, Steve Clark, Dave Cowper, Jim Ennis, Phill Felske, Moses Flomo, Ryan Grant, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Diane Hines, Sarah Kenosian, Ilene Krogman, Marilyn Kunkle, Rosemarie Laslo, Sharon Leonard, Mary Miller, Lauren Moritz-Magyar, Murl Nieman, Amber Ostrowski, Kathy Peters, Shirlen Powell, Joan Rensel, Sandra Rose, Melissa Rossi, Jennifer Ruffner, Dennis Schmoekel, Bev Sitz, Barbara Sullivan, Brenda Tank, Ethan Warren, Harrison Warren, Carol Wioncek, and Emily Winter.

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. 


THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH to everyone that helped with our annual scrapbooking crop.  This involved most of our congregation by donating, working, or attending.  This is a good PR project because many of our attendees comment about how wonderful it is that we all come together for this project as well as others.  Our profit this year was $2,911.00.  So that will be an additional $1,455.50 to Christian Education, and the same to BOF.  So since we started doing this, we have earned a total of $22,995.01.


SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to Dorothy Evison, Fred Miller, Janet and Julius Enesey, and Dan Case for cleaning the white table and chairs in both the Fellowship Hall and the West room.  The tables are now sparkling and ready for the 2016 Fish Dinners.  St. Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.



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, March 27thOrders and payments are due by Sunday, March 20thA list of this providing lilies will be printed 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 of:  _____________________________________________________________________


In memory of: ____________________________________________________________________


From:  __________________________________________________________________________


Contact number: __________________________Number of lilies: _________ Amt due: ________ 



President Barack Obama, John DeGroat (friend of Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force) (Grandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Brian Felske (Army) (Gandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy) (friend of Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, Virginia) (nephew of Edward Romas), Ryan Klimek (son of Troy & stepson of Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve) (son of Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea) (son of Evelyn Lassa),  Michaela Lassa (Indiana) (Air Force Reserve) (daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq) (brother of Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam) (granddaughter of Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend of Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan) (Grandson of Barb Williams, Volunteer at Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, California) (nephew of Jim Romas), David Schafer (grandson of the late Muriel & Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend of Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew of Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew of Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy)(son of Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son of Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida) (nephew of Cindy Romas), David Whitcher (Fayetteville, NC) and Brandon Williams (brother of Heather Williams Dykowski).


HEALTH MINISTIES –. Shalom-Chronic Disease Ministries - Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 1 & 7 PM in the Parlor. Monday, March 14, at 1 PM.  (Choose a daytime or evening meeting.) A Matter of Balance for those having problems with balance or a fear of falling is scheduled to begin Monday, April 4th, 2016 12:45pm to 2:45p for 8 weeks.    Class size needs to be at least 8 participants with a max of 15. Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. If there is enough interest we may do Zumba to a DVD. If you are interested, please complete a Make-a-Wish card and put it in the offering plate or contact the church office. CPR/ First Aid Class-Ideally we would like two persons from each church group or ministry to take a First-Aid CPR class.  This will allow someone to be able to be a capable first-responder to an injured person during church activities.  Those wanting to take the initial CPR/First Aid Class or have a card older than two years can get carded through the American Heart Association.  Changes have been made at the national level.  The class takes about 8 hours. If you are interested in becoming certified complete a Make-A-Wish card and drop it in an offering plate.  For more information please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams.  Health Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, unopened packages of diapers, diabetic supplies, etc. please contact Kathy. We now have a wheelchair that has leg attachments that will rise if you need to borrow one. We have an extra wheelchair that we need to find a home for. Blood drive - Our blood drive on Jan 23 was very successful with 29 pints being collected. Thanks to all who participated. There still is a critical need for blood. Please consider donating if you haven't donated in the last 60 days. Contact


TREE OF FAITH MEMORIALS INVITED Our “Tree of Faith” offers opportunities to  

permanently memorialize or commemorate people and events of our lives that we cherish.   

Dedication cards (found in the pew racks) allow 3 lines of engraving with twenty characters

possible on each line.  The cost of each burnished gold leaf is $300.  All proceeds support our  

“Room With a View” project.


CHILDREN’S CHOIR meets immediately following our 10:30 a.m. worship service.  We will            

gather upstairs at the Welcome Center.  All children are invited.  Our “Praise Choir” meets on     

Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  All youth are invited.  For more information, please contact

Sally Sigman, Director.


PETE’S PLACE DINER REWARDS program benefits St. Paul.  The program runs off a phone

number.  When you settle your bill let the cashier know you want to participate in the Diner  

Rewards program. Leave St. Paul’s phone number (313-291-1221) and for every $50.00 spent,

Pete’s Place will donate $5.00 to St. Paul.  The program is available at both restaurant locations.   

For more information please speak with your server or contact the church office.  Enjoy a  

wonderful meal and benefit St. Paul!