Sunday February 26, 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


Last Sunday after Epiphany                                                                  February 26, 2017

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

Nursery care available


    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE   Joe Diederichs, Guest Organist


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

  *OPENING HYMN No. 100  “When Morning Gilds the Skies,”  Mark Ennis, Hymn


  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas

      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.  



      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Precious Lord,”  Chancel Choir (9),  “The Way That

      He Loves,”  Mark Ennis, Soloist  (10:30) 

    SCRIPTURE READING  Matthew 6:1-18 Lectors:  Cheryl Schalm (9),  Fred Miller  



    Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!  There’s just something about that name!  Master, Savior, 

    Jesus!  Like the fragrance after the rain.  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!  Let all heaven and 

    earth proclaim; kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something 

    about that name!   


  *Congregation standing



    MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

  *HYMN No. 16  “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”



      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  “Please, Some Humility!”  Pastor Drutchas


       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.)


HANDICAP ACCESIBLE 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.   

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.



Matthew 6:24 “No one can be a slave of two masters; he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despises the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”  As Christians we should be good stewards of God’s money and us it as he wants us to use it.  This does not mean giving haphazardly without design or purpose but rather with planning and forethought as to where our giving will do the most good.



“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), Fred Miller (10:30)

Acolyte:  Kaylah Newton (9), Emily Pedersen (10:30)

Ushering:  Pam & Dave Badarak, The Newton Family (9),

The Pedersen/ Martinez Family (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  February 26 – March 5

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

                     School 10:30 a.m.

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

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Ash Wednesday 

                     Worship 7:30 p.m. 

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m.

Saturday     Kitchen Clean-up 9:00 a.m.

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

                     Sunday in Lent/ Pew Communion/ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 

                     9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.                    


  PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in the 

  Fellowship Hall between worship services, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 825.



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Last Sunday after Epiphany/ Transfiguration/ February 26, 2017



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, David Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Oren Forsyth, Ashley Giancecchi (daughter-in-law of Dan & Deb Case), Al Gunther, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Michael Natzke (Wyandotte Hospital), Shirlen Powell, Garnett Raymond (daughter of Betty Hagerty), Judy Schalm (mother of Jim Schalm), Glenn Sigman, Sally Sigman, Kevin Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank (Wyandotte Hospital), 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.


ALTAR FLOWERS honor Marjie Barnard for her years of dedication and service. 

ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Paxton Alexander Case, born Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to Ashley Giancecchi and Christopher Case.  St. Paul Grandparents are Dan and Debbie Case.  St. Paul Great-Grandmother is Helen St. Louis.

LENTEN ASHES OFFERED early Ash Wednesday, March 1st.  Pastor Drutchas will administer ashes with individual prayer at our church altar from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. for the St. Paul members who wish to receive them before beginning their work day.  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 received ashes at another time that day.  If you have palms left from last year please bring them in as soon as possible and Pastor Drutchas will burn them for Ash Wednesday services.


HEALTH MINISTRIES – Exercise Classes – Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumbato a DVD or an alternate video at 4 PM on Mondays in the West Room unless otherwise advertised.  Just show up and join in the fun & fellowship! This can be done at your own pace and modified to your ability. 

Shalom– Chronic disease group meeting. Our March meeting is Monday the 20th at 1:00 p.m. 

Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, unopened packages of diapers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact Kathy Williams. 



Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Nancy Heidt (Regency, 12575 Telegraph, Taylor, 48180), Helen Parrish (9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180), Al Rossi (Heartland Health Care Center, 26001 Ford Rd, Dearborn Heights, 48127), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048),Ben Scherf (904 E. Lake Mitchell Dr., Cadillac 49601), and Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193) Grace Torango (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Al Whited (Heartland, 4701 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, 48105), and Lisa Wild (Medilodge, 23600 Northline, Taylor, 48180).


  THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS MINISTRY is looking for volunteers for our annual  

  kitchen clean-up which is Saturday, March 4th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in preparation for the  

  2017 Lenten Fish Dinners. All cleaning supplies are furnished. Any time you can give is  

  greatly appreciated. If you can help, please contact Julius Enesey or Dan Case or call the  

  Church office at 313-291-1221.


ST. PAUL YOUTH GO HUNGRY TO FEED THOSE IN NEED  It is reported that every seven seconds one child dies within our world due to a hunger related cause.  As unbelievable as this might be living in the United States of America, it is a hard reality to many throughout God’s world.  Serving as the hands, feet and voice of Christ, young people within our congregation are choosing to make a difference in the lives of those facing hunger and poverty.  On Friday, March 24-March 26th they will take part in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine.  They’re going to raise awareness and money to help eradicate world hunger by not eating for 30 hours.  Over the course of their time together they will participate in group activities that will serve to increase their understanding of poverty.  They will partake in games, a shopping spree to benefit Fish & Loaves and volunteer at Cass Social Services on Sunday morning.  While they are dedicated to make a difference, they need your assistance.  They young people are in need of prayers and sponsors.  They need courage, strength and hearts that are open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  They need your encouragement and prayers seeking these things on their behalf.  In addition, they are in need of sponsors; those willing to support their efforts through monetary donations.  All monies raised will benefit those in need through the support of programs offered by World Vision, a worldwide Christian based organization serving God’s children throughout the world.  Anyone interested in sponsoring a youth or making a donation should visit the Kiosk during coffee hour beginning February 26th.  Anyone interested in helping should contact Pastor Schalm.

OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you will now be receiving all 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.

A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to Brittany Keith, Steve Clark, and Mark Ennis for cleaning all of our white tables in preparation for the 2017 Fish Dinners.  St Paul Building and Grounds Ministry.

CHRISTNET SERVICES is hosting “Lunching for the Homeless” fundraiser Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 14805 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate, 48195.  The menu is Chicken Marsala, Penne Pomodoro, Soup or Salad, Bread and a soft drink.  Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.  $20.00 adults, $5.00 children (5-10 years), 4 and under are free.  Tickets are available in the church office (313-291-1221). Please make checks payable to ChristNet Services.  

  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.

  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.

  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.