Sunday January 15, 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


Second Sunday after Epiphany                                                                January 15, 2017

Annual Congregational Meeting

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.   

Nursery care available


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE  Joseph Diederichs, Guest Organist



 *OPENING HYMN  No. 59  “This Is My Father’s World,”  Mark Ennis,   

      Hymn Leader 

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

       In the cold of a bitter winter morning, we rise – leaving the shelter of our homes

       to gather in the shelter of this place.  This is the house of God, who is present but

       not constrained here.  This is our house, the place where we belong, the place

       where we welcome strangers as guests.  Almighty God, the source of all goodness,

       we give you our thanks and praise that in your mercy you have brought us through

       another year.  As we gather this day, each of us brings something to worship.  We  

       bring the burdens of the week.  We bring prayers of hope, and prayers of anguish.   

       We bring our voices, and our offerings, and our questions.  We bring our faith,  

        battered or whole as it may be.  We bring all this to You Father God, whom we

        have come to worship this day.




   FAMILY OF GOD  Pastor 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.  


*Congregation standing

       SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 61:1-5, Isaiah 40:31, Matthew 28:16-20 

         Lector:  Jeanne Edwards

      HYMN No. 540 “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”  

      MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Drutchas

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



         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. 

      NEW MEMBER WELCOME  (insert)  Pastor Drutchas

      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Great Is the Lord,”  Chancel Choir

      SERMON  “B-r-r-r, It’s Cold Outside”  Pastor Schalm

        LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

     *HYMN No. 543 “Blessed Assurance”          


      *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 the 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.




“Hope is a stubborn determination to not allow the hardships of life to

downsize the bigness of God.”

                                                                    From the book Good Things by Kevin Gerald



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 15, 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 memory of David Mrowka from your loving wife, Sue.

  2017 OFFERING ENVELOPES 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 for some reason  

  you do not find a box with your name on it speak with Financial Secretary, Annette, or call  

  the church office at 313-291-1221.  Due to Annual Meeting there is no Coffee Hour today.


 ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING is immediately following our 10:00 a.m.   

 worship service.  Attending church members will be asked to approve a unified budget and a  

 slate of new church council members.  Reports from church ministries will also be presented.


  WELCOME GUEST ORGANIST, Joseph Diederichs, who is filling in at our Neimoller  

  chancel organ during our January and February worship services while Sally Sigman is

  recovering from knee replacement surgery. Please extend a warm welcome Joseph.




Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Nancy Cady, Miles Church, David Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Andrea Fuller, Pat Herkimer, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Erin Logan, Velma McGee, Sylvia Matney, Michael Natzke (Wyandotte Hospital), Helen Parrish (Medilodge), Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Glenn Sigman, Sally Sigman, Janet Staffeld, Kevin Staffeld, Kathy Stears, Leah Wagner, David Walker, 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 beginning on Sunday, December 4th or by calling the church office at 313-291-1221.  Thank You in advance for your support - St. Paul Men’s Fellowship.


OUR 9:00 & 10:30 A.M WORSHIP schedule will resume on January 22, 2017.  Child care is available at both worship services.  Our nursery is now located at the rear of the Sanctuary on the east side.  Please contact the church office (313-291-1221) if you have any questions regarding worship times.   


ST. PAUL SOUPER BOWL IV is scheduled for Sunday, January 29th.  A simple donation of $7.00 buy’s you a spoon, a support tray (holds 6 bowls of soup) and will allow you to taste a variety of amazing soups prepared by local businesses as well as our own membership.  The event will take place from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM in our own Fellowship Hall.  All profits will go to support the “Building Our Future” fund.  If you have a secret family recipe and would like to participate in Souper Bowl IV, please contact Jim Poet at 734-718-3137 or the Church Office at 313-291-1221.


RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Our January planning meeting is Thursday the 26th at 

7:00 p.m. in the Parlor.  Come with ideas for next year’s outing/ meetings or give them to 

Kathy by the 25th.  Please remember to check the shelf in the West Room for any gifts from 

your new Secret Pal.


WELCOMED INTO CHURCH MEMBERSHIP TODAY:  Matthew Horne, Larry Schonfeld, and Dawn Vacheresse.  Please extend a warm welcome to our new members.



Calendar Week  January 15 – January 22

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. –- Pastor Cheryl Schalm – New Member

                     Welcome/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Annual Meeting 11:00 a.m.

Monday       Office Closed/ Zumba 4:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Cabinet 7:30 p.m.

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

Thursday     Sewing Guild-Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m.

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

                      School 10:00 a.m./ Council Dinner 5:30 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 beginning  

   December 4th 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.


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.

   MARK YOUR PLANNERS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop on Saturday, February 4th

  from 9 AM- 7 PM.  The cost is $40.  This includes your cropping space, three meals, as well  

  as snacks and beverages all day.  There will be venders, make and takes, demos, and raffles.   

  Even if you do not want to scrapbook, there will be something for everyone as you shop       

  with our venders.  If you are a vender, or know of a vender, that might be interested, please  

  let me know.  We will need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day.  This

  is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries.  Please contact Debbie  

  Case at 734-941-1228 or email if you want more information.

THE SEWING GUILD (Sew ‘n Sews) next meeting is January 19th, 10am - 1pm. Bring a sandwich, dessert and coffee are provided. Even if you don't sew, we would love to see us! Hope to see you there.  Please bring a sandwich, dessert and beverages are provided.  All are welcome whether or not you know how to sew.  

HEALTH MINISTRIES – Exercise Classes – Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumbato a DVD 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.  Shalom– Chronic disease group meeting. Our January meeting is Monday the 9th 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.  Blood Drive – is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  Please mark your calendar for this event.  There needs to be 59 days between donations.  Please schedule an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams (313-291-1221) or complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and place it in an offering plate.  You can also make appointments by visiting  Click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says “Enter a Sponsor Code”, under “Find a blood drive near you”.  Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces).  You will then be directed to the next page listing our blood drive.  Click on the last column to sign up.  You will need to register & obtain a password.  ID’ and passwords are case sensitive.  You can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass the day of the drive before you come to donate.  You can read the educational materials and complete the health history online to save time at the blood drive.  If you have questions about eligibility you can look at eligibility requirements on or contact the Red Cross blood donation center at 866-236-3276.  There is updated information about a four week deferral for those who have been to areas where the Zika virus has been found. 




Are you planning a Super Bowl party or a relaxing afternoon watching the game?

What’s football without food!!! Youth Fellowship is taking orders for Super BowlSubs.  All orders are filled Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th and ready to take home

following our morning worship services.  In addition to subs, soup and snack packs

are also available for purchase.  All proceeds will benefit the Youth’s Summer

Mission Trip and outreach programs.

           All subs are 12 inches.  Please circle the items you would like included on your sub.


       _______ Number of subs     Turkey     Ham     Salami    Lettuce    Tomato       Pickle

                      $9.00                    Cheese       Mustard    Mayonnaise       Italian Dressing


      Cookie Packs $3.00 ½ dozen   Chocolate Chip _________  Peanut Butter ________


       _______Pint of Soup $3.00     Cream of Broccoli _______  Chicken Noodle _______

     Total Amount Due:____________  




President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump, 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, North Carolina) (nephew of Cindy Romas), Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines), 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, nephew of Cindy 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), and Brandon Williams (brother of Heather Williams Dykowski).


NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED  Those contemplating membership at St. Paul Church are 

invited to receive the congregation’s welcome on Sunday, January 15th at the single service at 

10:00 a.m. that morning.  New members will be recognized in a special ceremony led by 

Pastor Geoff Drutchas with a presentation of both membership certificates and carnations 

made by Council President Pam Lange.  Please notify Pastor Drutchas at the church office 

(313-291-1221) if you would like to be welcomed that morning.


‘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 January 29 and 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.


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, Scout Sunday.  The morning menu will include plain, blueberry, and pineapple buttermilk 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.


  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. 


  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.



  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.