Sunday January 28, 2018

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. Tracy Hoffman - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services


Fourth Sunday after Epiphany                                                             January 28, 2018


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

Nursery care available


    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist


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

  *OPENING HYMN No. 5  “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,”  Tracy Hoffman,

    Hymn Leader

  *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.

      CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.  


     MOMENT OF OPPORTUNITY Pastor Cheryl Schalm, Katie & Sam Kincaid,

     Emily Pedersen

      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman (9), “They’ll Know We Are

      Christians,”  Chancel Choir (10:30) 

     SCRIPTURE READING  John 17:1-9, 13-23  Lectors: Cheryl Kincaid (9),  Pastor

     Cheryl Schalm (10:30) 


*Congregation Standing 

*HYMN No.  687  “In Christ There Is No East or West”   

    NEW MEMBER WELCOME  (insert) Pastor Drutchas

    MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)     

  *HYMN No. 589  “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”



      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  “One Faith, One Church, One Baptism,”  Pastor Drutchas

   LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

 *CLOSING HYMN No. 344  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”


 *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.



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



2 Corinthians 9:7-9 Apostle Paul writes, “God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all that you need for yourself and more than enough for every good cause,”  As the scripture, “He who gives generously to the needy; his kindness lasts forever.”


“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:  Mark Ennis (9), Dave Lange (100) 

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury (9), Kristi Caruso (10;30)

Acolyte:  Aidan Ostrowski (9), Tyler Stataen (10:30)

Ushers:  Jane Dykowski, Pam Foresta, John Smith (9)

 Katie Kincaid, Sam Kincaid, Tyler Staten, Peggy Staten (10:30),



Calendar Week January 28  – February 4

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

                     Member Welcome/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./

                     Souper Bowl V 11:30 a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday  Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Circle of Care 12:00 p.m.

Saturday      Scrapbooking Event 9:00 a.m./ Council Retreat-off site 8:30 a.m.

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

                     Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Sub Sales 10:00 



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Fourth Sunday After Epiphany/ January 28, 2018



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Ann Anderson, Pauline Arndt, Megan Barnosky, Curt Buzo, Debbie Case, Betty Caufield,  Miles Church, Steve Clark, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin, Dave Cowper, Phill Felske, Vicki Grant, Barb Gish, Pam Jones, Sara Kauffman, David King, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Rev. Bill Kren, Pam Lange, Sharon Leonard, Neil McEachern, Jena Mellin, Lexi Mellin, Michelle Mellin,  Scott Moore (son, Fred Miller), Diane Poet, Bob Robinson,  Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, friend of Daisy Stedman, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, Doreen Thompson, Grace Wangbickler, 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.


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

  Jerusalem Café (West Room) between morning services, hosted by our Choir members.


  ALTAR FLOWERS honors the memory of David Mrowka from your loving wife, Sue.


 CHILDREN’S CHOIR will gather after the 10:30 service to practice our songs.  All

    children up to and including 6th grade are invited to join. If you have any questions or

    concerns, contact Children’s Choir Director, Sally Sigman.   


    ST. PAUL SOUPER BOWL V is this Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  A donation of $7.00

    buys you a spoon, a support tray (holds up to 6 bowls of soup) and allows you to taste a

    variety of amazing soups prepared by local businesses as well as our own membership. 

    All profits go to support improvements to our facility.  Hosted by our Building &

    Grounds Ministry.


    WELCOMED INTO CHURCH MEMBERSHIP TODAY:  Steve Clark.  Please extend a warm welcome to Steve.

Not An Ordinary Love Story. A book about King Herod and

  his fateful love for a Maccabean princess in Jesus’ time will be the focus of a new Sunday

  night book discussion series at St. Paul Church on Sundays, January 28 and February 4 and

  11. Pastor Geoff Drutchas will lead the discussion series on the short novel by Nobel Prize-

  winning author Par Lagerkvist inspired by the legendary King Herod the Great who ruled

  Israel and re-built the Great Jerusalem Temple in the era of Jesus’ birth. Our discussion

  series coincides with the season of Epiphany, which recalls the flight of Jesus and his family

  from the terror imposed by Herod, and the approach of Valentine’s Day when our thoughts

  turn to love and romance. Copies of the novel are available in the church office. A donation

  to the office fund is welcomed to defray costs. You may reserve a book by completing a

  Make-A-Wish card (in the sanctuary pews) and adding it to the morning offering plate. Our

  Sunday evening discussions will meet in the church parlor and begin at 7 p.m. For more

  information, contact the church office (313-291-1221).                         


ST. PAUL YOUTH TO GO WITHOUT SO OTHERS MAY HAVE… The young people of St. Paul will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of starving children around the world.  The “30 Hour Famine” youth lock-in will be held the weekend of February 16th – 18th.  On Friday, February 16th participants will gather to host the annual ARC Valentine Dinner Dance.  After dining and dancing with their guest they will participate in some friendly competition.  Through team games participants will gain a greater knowledge and understanding of poverty and world hunger.  A youth candle worship service will be held at 11:00 p.m. prior to the start of the 30 hour fast that will begin at midnight. On Saturday, February 17th the youth will then head to Meijer for their annual shopping spree challenge.  After returning to St. Paul the young people will return home to finish their 30 hour fast.  Then on Sunday morning, February 18th, the young people will break their fast as they join together at Pete’s Place for breakfast.  The young people are in need of your help!  They are in need of prayers and pledges.  In addition, they will be collecting cans and bottles.  All monies raised will be sent to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide. Anyone interested in sponsoring a youth or making a donation should see a youth at the Kiosk during coffee hour.  Anyone interested in helping with this event should see Pastor Schalm.

THE ST. PAUL BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY is hosting its 11th Annual Wild Game Dinner on Thursday, February 8, 2018.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 pm 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 and much more.  Tickets are $30/each and can be purchased at the KIOSK table during Coffee Hour, or by calling the Church office at 313-291-1221 or by calling James Poet, Gary Staffeld, Candace Poet, John Smith or Dan Case.  We are also looking for donations of wild game food and any items that can be used for the raffles.


  THE 2018 ST. PAUL FISH DINNERS ARE COMING!  This year we will be making our famous St. Paul coleslaw on Saturday, February 17th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the church Kitchen.  Preparation can take between two and three hours to make the (20) five gallon pails of coleslaw required.  Any time you can donate is greatly appreciated.  Please contact Jim Poet, Dan Case, or the church office (313-291-1221) if you would like to volunteer or need more information.


  ALTAR GUILD has a couple of opportunities for volunteers to maintain (fill) the altar  

  candles weekly and to ensure the paraments (cloth on the lectern and pulpit) are changed

accordingly.  There are no meetings to attend.  All materials and training are provided at

  your convenience.  For more information please contact Arlene Felske or Sue Mrowka.


Mary Dubke (Amy’s Place 41346 Llorac Lane, Northville, 48167), Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Helen Parrish (9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180), Ilene Krogman (Applewood Nursing Center, 18500 Van Horn Rd, Room #309, Woodhaven, 48183),  Eleanor Rossi (Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Room #415, Allen Park 48101), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193) Grace Torango (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), and Lisa Wild (Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183).


POST OFFICE BOX UPDATE  As part of the budget planning for 2017 it was decided to eliminate the Post Office Box effective July 1, 2017, since most of the Church mail was already coming to our regular mailbox.  If for some reason you or your financial institution are still utilizing the (PO Box 190) address; you should notify them to change it to the church address (24158 Goddard Rd, Taylor, MI 48180) immediately.  The post office is supposed to forward the mail, but recently there was an incident where they did not.   We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused you.  


    HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health.  Classes

    are held each Monday & Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome.  A donation of $3-5 for

    each class attended is invited. Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next

    meeting is February 12th at 1 PM. Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical

    supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact our parish nurse, Kathy Williams, or

    the office. 



  avoid drink spills.  Lids are provided during our Coffee Hour for your beverages if you   

  would like to leave the hall with your drink.  We have noticed many areas in the building

  where beverages were spilled. We would like to keep our building looking nice as we can. 

  Your help is greatly appreciated.  Thank You, St. Paul Building & Grounds Ministry.