Sunday January 22, 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


Third Sunday after Epiphany                                                                  January 22, 2017


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

Nursery care available


    SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE  Joe Diederiches, Guest Organist


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

  *OPENING HYMN No. 25 “Praise the Lord, the Almighty,”  Mark Ennis, Hymn  


  *UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

        O gracious God, we come into your presence to be renewed in a spirit of love and

        stewardship.  Help us to be more faithful in the way that we share our time,  

        talents, and all other resources so that all that we say and do might testify to your  

        greatness and glory.  In Jesus Christ, Amen. 



     UNISON READING  Apostles’ Creed  (pew card)

    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Come On Down,” Mark Ennis, Soloist (9), “Rejoice      

       in the Lord,” Chancel Choir (10:30)

    SCRIPTURE READING  Acts 17:16-25, 29-34, John 14:15-28  

  *HYMN No. 274  “I Love Your Church, O God”          

      MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

    *HYMN No.  461  “Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service”  



*Congregation standing


      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  “Together in Faith,”  Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN NO. 354  “Seek Ye First”



    LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)

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


 *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 rear of the sanctuary.  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.



Checkbook Prayer

“I write this check.  I spend this money with gratitude for the abundance of

God’s goodness in my life today.  With love I release it into the flow of life,

knowing it goes forth and returns to multiply.  Bless and prosper me and

all those it touches.”

                                                                                      Jeanne Bice



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Third Sunday after Epiphany/ January 22, 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 the birthdays of Debbie & Christopher Case and Hollie Siadak from husband and father, Dan.   

 PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments between  worship services, hosted by our Chancel Choir members.

  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.  


  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 member-

  ship.  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.



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, Sylvia Matney, Michael Natzke (Wyandotte Hospital), Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Glenn Sigman, Sally Sigman,  Kevin Staffeld, Kathy Stears, 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 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. 

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.

 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. 

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, 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.



Calendar Week  January 22 – January 29

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

Monday       Zumba 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

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

Thursday     Blood Drive 1:00 – 6:45 p.m./ Red Hats 7:00 p.m.

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

                      Family Baptism 10:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Souper Bowl IV 

                      11:30 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.  Even if you can stop by for only one hour all help 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. 

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 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.  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:____________  




David Cowper (Applewood Nursing Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd., Woodhaven, 48183),  Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Velma McGee (ApplewoodNursing Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd, Woodhaven, 48183), Helen Parrish (Medilodgeof Taylor, 23600 Northline Rd., Taylor 48180), 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).

‘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 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.