Sunday February 5, 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


Fifth Sunday after Epiphany                                                                   February 5, 2017

Scout Sunday

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

Nursery care available


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)/ PRELUDE Joe Diedrichs, Organist


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

 *PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 725  “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand,”  

     (vs. 1, 2)  Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader 


 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

     God of love and mercy, we are so often afraid.  You call us to greatness and we 

     protest that we are weak.  You show us your ways, and we complain that they            

     are too hard. You promise to protect us, and we do not trust your word.  As we 

     worship you this morning, forgive our weakness, and our lack of faith.  Then 

     empower us to do your work, and to live as you would have us live.  Amen. 


     God Bless America, Land that I love.  Stand beside her, and guide her thru the              

     night with a light from above.  From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans  

     white with foam, God Bless America, my home sweet home.


   OUR SCOUTING TRADITION  Pastor Drutchas  

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,”   (9), “Great and  

      Mighty Lord,” Chancel Choir (10:30)


*Congregation standing


       SCRIPTURE READING  Jonah 1:1-2:1, 10, 3:1-5, 10; Mark 1:14-20

          Lectors:  Barbara Schultz (10:30) 

       HYMN No. 99  “O, How I Love Jesus” 

       MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

     *HYMN No. 494  “They’ll Know We Are Christians”      


       SERMON  “Sharing Our Faith,”  Pastor Drutchas

     *HYMN No. 452  “Here I Am, Lord”    


         Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

          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.   

      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.)       



HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before entrance to   our Family Room.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.



of 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 member-

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



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

February 5, 2017



“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.”


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

  ALTAR FLOWERS are in honor of Vida Rose’s birthday from Sandi and Dale.  EXTRA  VASES are in memory of Donald Pearson.


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

  Jerusalem Café (West Room) between worship services, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 825.


  2017 GIVING ENVELOPES AND YEAR-END STATEMENTS are now available for  

  pickup in the Narthex (rear) of the church.  Please ask one of the ushers to assist you in  

  locating your box.  If you do not find a box with your name on it speak with our Financial  

  Secretary, Annette, or call the church office at 313-291-1221.  


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. 



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady, Chris Chavez, David Cowper, Josh Eisenga (Fiance of Chelsey Schalm), Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Andrea Fuller, Robert Grigg (friend of the Schalm family), Pat Herkimer, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Shane LaBelle (friend Poet Family), Michael Natzke, Shirlen Powell, Glenn Sigman, Sally Sigman, Kevin Staffeld, Daisy Stedman, Leah Wagner, David Walker, Ethan Warren, Al Whited, and Lisa Wild (Medilodge). 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.


ST. PAUL MEN’S FELLOWSHIP  is sponsoring its second annual St. Paul Euchre Night.   The date is Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 6:00 – 11:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall here at St. Paul.  There will be cash prizes, 50/50 raffle, pizza, snacks and beverages.  The cost is $10 / person in advance and $12 / person at the door.  No partner is required since we will be playing Progressive Euchre which puts individual players against each other.  Tickets can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour or by calling the church office at 313-291-1221.  Thank You in advance for your support - St. Paul Men’s Fellowship.


OUR CHURCH’S CHARTERED BOY SCOUT TROOP #825 is hosting their annual pancake breakfast for the congregation in Fellowship Hall from 8 a.m.-12 noon on Sunday, February 12th.  The morning menu will include plain and, blueberry pancakes, along with sausage, juice, and a choice of beverages.  Breakfast tickets will be $5-adults; $3-children (3-11).  That same morning, our Girl Scout Troop #74590 will be selling cookies in Fellowship Hall. Come and support two delicious events and two Scout Troops!


 ‘SMALL STEPS TO A BIG FAITH: The Journey of the Beatitudes’  Book Discussion. 

 It’s a simple book.  But an inspired one on how Jesus’ famous beatitudes can help us reset the  

 course for our own lives.  Participants will meet in the parlor at St. Paul Church on February   

 5 and 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Through small group conversation—book in hand as our guide-- we  

 will explore how Jesus’ truth and wisdom can help us take small steps to a big faith and a  

 happier life. Pastor Geoff Drutchas will led the series. Copies of the book are available  

 through the church office.  You may reserve a book by completing a Make-A-Wish card

 from the sanctuary pews and adding it to the morning offering plate.


 ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST acknowledges and thanks those past   

 Presidents of the Council for the last ten years for their hard work and dedication on behalf

 of the congregation:  Ken Leedy 2006, Howard Wilson 2007, James Schalm 2008, Doreen 

 Thompson 2009, Jeffrey Beyar 2010, Frederick Miller 2011, James Poet 2012, Cheryl 

 Kincaid 2013, Loretta Bullock 2014, James Poet 2015, and Pamela Lange 2016. 



Calendar Week  February 5 – February 12

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

                     Communion/ Scout Sunday/ Super Bowl Sub Sales/ Sunday School 10:30  

                     a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.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./ Executive 6:30 p.m.

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

Thursday    Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Wild Game Dinner Doors Open 5:30 p.m.

Friday          Table Washing Fellowship 9:00 a.m.

Saturday      Table Washing Fellowship 9:00 a.m.

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

                     Scout Troop 825 Pancake Breakfast 8:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./  

                     Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.


   ST. PAUL BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY will be hosting its 10th Annual Wild   

   Game Dinner on Thursday, February 9th.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, hors d’oeuvres at 6:00  

   p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:00 pm.  It’s a fun filled evening with lots of raffles, good  

   eating and great fellowship.  This year’s event will feature Buffalo, Wild Boar, Venison,  

   Salmon, Turtle, Squirrel and more.  Tickets are $30/each and can be purchased at the KIOSK  

   table during Coffee Hour, by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by calling  

   Candace Poet, James Poet, Gary Staffeld or Dan Case.  We are also looking for donations of  

   wild game and any items that can be used for the raffles.


THE 2017 ST. PAUL FISH DINNERS ARE COMING!  This year we will be making our famous St. Paul coleslaw on Saturday, February 25th beginning at 9:00 AM in the Church kitchen.  Depending on how many people participate it takes anywhere from two to three hours to make the (20) five gallon pails of coleslaw required.  Any time you can give is appreciated. Please contact Jim Poet, Dan Case or the Church Office at 313-291-1221 if you need more information or want to volunteer to help.


THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS MINISTRY is looking for volunteers for two upcoming events.  The first is our Annual Table Cleaning Workday, this year the event will be held on Friday, February 10th and Saturday, February 11 beginning at 9:00 am. The second event is our annual kitchen clean-up which will be held on Saturday, March 4th beginning at 9:00 am.  Both events will help us prepare for the 2017 Lenten Fish Dinners. All cleaning supplies will be furnished. Just bring yourself and some elbow grease.  Any time you can give is greatly appreciated. If you can help or just have questions, please contact Julius Enesey or Dan Case or call the Church office at 313-291-1221. 



Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol     

Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Bill Pinage (father of Brenda Buzo), Cheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Frank Small (father of Chris Chavez), and Grace Torango (mother of Sylvia Matney). 


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!  Zumba can be done at your own pace and modified to your ability.  (No Zumba February 6th.)

Shalom– Chronic disease group meeting. February meeting is Monday the 13th 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. 

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TO HOST SWEETHEART DANCE for the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens) on Friday, February 24th.  The Youth are in need of donated desserts and door prizes to help off-set the cost of this outreach.  Anyone interested in making a donation or helping with this event, please contact Cheryl Schalm.   

ST. PAUL UCC TAYLOR offers a mobile version of                 

   our online giving page to make it easy for you to give         

anytime, anyplace from your smart phone. Simply scan

the image you see here using your phone’s QR code reader

or visit our church website:  


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. 

  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.    



  STUDENTS  Christian Education is in need of all college, trade school, and “2016” High 

  School Graduate address and location information.  In addition, we would like your photo

  to be included on our “YOUNG ADULT, MOVING FORWARD” bulletin board.  Please 

  forward all information and pictures to Pastor Schalm.