Sunday February 28, 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


Third Sunday in Lent                                                                                       February 28, 2016

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

Nursery care available


    SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist



  *OPENING HYMN No. 2 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”  Barbara Schultz, Hymn Leader

  *RESPONSIVE INVOCATION Pastor Schalm & Congregation

     Leader:  We gather Almighty God to confess our belief in You.

     All:  You made us in Your image.  We live, we love, we laugh because we are like You.

     Leader:  We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior.

     All:  He had the last laugh on the devil when He rose from the dead.

     Leader:  We gather this morning to confess our belief in the Holy Spirit.

     All:  Coequal and coeternal with the Father and the Son.

     Leader:  You are our counselor, our guide, our motivator.

     All:  You are our joy!



    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Barbara Schultz, Soloist (9),  “The Church In the

    Wildwood,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)

    SCRIPTURE READING   Ecclesiastes 3:1-13,Ephesians 5:1-4  Lectors:  Barbara Schultz 

    (9), John Dykowski (10:30)

    HYMN No. 56 “For the Beauty of the Earth” 

     MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)


    *Congregation standing 


     CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE No. 286  “This is the Day”

    This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made;

    we will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it.  This is the day

    that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  This is the day, this is the

    day that the Lord has made.



      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.

   HYMN No. 530 “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”


     SERMON  “The Gift of Joy & Laughter”  Pastor Schalm

     LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)

   CLOSING HYMN No. 101 “Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts”


   *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.   


of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.  

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 member-

ship or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas.



            2 Corinthians 9:10-11 Apostle Paul writes, “God, who supplies seed for the sower and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity.  He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times so that many will thank God for your gifts.”  Often, we do not recognize the large number of gifts we are given. We mistakenly compare ourselves to people who we perceive to be wealthy.  What we are blind to is our ‘richness’ in God’s gifts and His grace, and that He gives us more than enough to give to others. 



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Third Sunday in Lent

February 28, 2016



“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:  Kate Fuller (9), Kaylee Ostrowski (10:30)

Ushers: Kate Fuller, Andrea Fuller, Diane Poet, Jim Poet (9),

Ostrowski Family (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 honor the 43rd wedding anniversary of Sharon & Patrick Ferguson. 

ROSE  ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Cheyenne Nicole Stephens born Saturday, February 20,  2016 to Nicole & Lawrence Stephens.  St. Paul Grandparents are Richard & Cindy Yuenger. St. Paul Great-grandparents are the late Loraine & Junior Block. Sibling is Dylan.


 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.



Calendar Week February 28 – March 6

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.

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

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 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    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Dorcas 11:00 a.m.

Friday         Fish Supper Dine & Carry-Out 4:00 p.m.

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

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


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, March 31 Potluck Bunco – 6:30 PM in the West  

  Room. Bring a dish to pass. We will eat first then start Bunco. Bring $5. Bunco is easy you don’t  

  have to know how to play ahead of time. Please bring $5 for yearly dues also. There will be a sign-

  up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Due to Holy Week, we will meet on the 5th Thursday. Kathy  

  Williams is the contact for this event.


 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, Harmon Beekman, 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, Castiel Kane, Sarah Kenosian, Ilene Krogman, Marilyn Kunkle, Rosemarie Laslo, Sharon Leonard, Mary Miller, Lauren Moritz-Magyar, Murl Nieman, Amber Ostrowski,  Shirlen Powell, Sandra Rose, Melissa Rossi, Jennifer Ruffner, Dennis Schmoekel, Bev Sitz, Bettie Slusher, Barbara Sullivan, Brenda Tank, Beverly Traver, 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.


CHRISTAIN 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 Christion 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.


SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ to Kathy Benton, Dorothy Evison, Pat Juip, 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: _________





Please remember in your prayers:  Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd, Riverview, 48193), Christina Kerr (hospice) (1545 McManus Dr, Troy, 48084), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn, 48125), Christie Smart (24739 Hickory, Dearborn, 48124), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd, Riverview, 48193), Walter Theeck (Stone Gate, 2525 Demille Blvd, Lapeer, 48446).


HEALTH MINISTIES –. Shalom-Chronic Disease Ministries - Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 PM in the Parlor. Monday March 14,at 1 PM and/or 7 PM is the next meeting.  The topic is auto-immune diseases. We will also take time to share our usually concerns about cancer and chronic diseases. The April meeting(s) will be on the 11th.  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. We did not have enough participants to hold the Diabetic PATH program. This program will be offered at St Thomas Episcopal Church in Trenton on Tuesdays from 6- 8:30 PM, April 16 May 24.  PATH is sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation and Senior Alliance. Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) is designed to provide skills and tools to help people living with long-term health problems to live a healthier life. It is a fun, interactive, six week workshop led by certified leaders. Are you diabetic or have a loved one who is? Please register for this class.  To register call Beaumont at 800.543.9355 or LaShawn Griffin at (800) 482-1455. Cooking Matters EXTRA for Diabetes workshop is a 6 week interactive program with hands-on presentations that demonstrate the link between nutrition and health, affordable healthy eating, meal planning and cooking tips for persons with diabetes 2. Free groceries are provided. The program will be offered free of charge at Our Lady of Angels, 6442 Pelham Rd., in Taylor from 6-8 PM April 7 – May 12. You must register at 800.543.9355.  Flyers are available on the coffee table in the west lobby. Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. If there is enough interest we may do Zumbato 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 committee 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 persons wanting to take the an 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. CPR/First aid class takes about 8 hours.   If you are interested in becoming certified please place a Make a-Wish card in the offering plate.  If you have further questions, contact 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 Williams.

 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.


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.


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!