Sunday March 11, 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 in Lent                                                                              March 11, 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. 595  “Be Thou My Vision,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

     Almighty and gracious God, who is the creator of all things great and small, who is

     always faithful and whose grace is ever present, we come here today to celebrate

     the gift of salvation that you offer.  We pray that you will give us the ability to see

     the importance of spiritual things and that you will help us to carry on the work of

     the disciples so that others may share the gifts you offer.  Amen.



     APOSTLES’ CREED  First Year Confirmands (10:30)

     CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “All Creatures of Our God and King,” Chancel Choir

     (9), Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (10:30)

     PSALTER READING  Psalm 8  Lector:  Emily Pedersen (10:30)

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

     SCRIPTURE READING  Ephesians 2:1-10, John 3:14-21 Lectors:  Peggy Staten (9),  Barbara Schultz (10:30)     


  *Congregation standing


      Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life; let me more of their beauty

      see, wonderful words of life.  Words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty;

      beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life, beautiful words,

      wonderful words, wonderful words of life.     

    MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

    CHIME RESPONSE  (10:30)

      FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Emily Pedersen (10:30)

    HYMN No. 71  “Your Love, O God”  (first verse Soloist, 2-3 verses congregation)



      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  “For the Love of Truth,”  Pastor Drutchas

    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)   

    CLOSING HYMN No. 556  “Trust and Obey” (verses 1-3)     


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



“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), John Smith (10:30) 

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

Acolyte:  Tyler Staten (9), Aaron Flomo (10:30)



Calendar Week  March 11 – March 18

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

                     10:30 a.m. / Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.                                                        

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Christ Net 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TGIW- Jerusalem Café 5:30

                     p.m./ Worship 7:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m./ Confirmation 7:30

                     p.m./ Lenten Bible Study 7:30                                                                           Thursday    Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m./ Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

Friday         Fish Supper Drive Thru Only 4:00 p.m./ Youth Joe Dumars Outing & Lock-in   

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

                     Sunday 9:00 a.m./ Confirmand Breakfast 10:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30

                     a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.                                     



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Fourth Sunday in Lent/ March 11, 2018



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Edna Badarak, Megan Barnosky, Marge Bergman, Ryan Block, Curt Buzo, Betty Caufield, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Shirley Drobil,  Dave Cowper, Phill Felske,  Danielle Gardner, Vicki Grant, Barb Gish, Kyle Hard, Bob Harry, Pam Jones, David King, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Yvonne Koster (Heartland, Canton), Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Pam Lange, Sharon Leonard, Cameron Maher, Neil McEachern, Michelle Mellin, Shirlen Powell, Joan Rensel, Bob Robinson, Shirley Rohr, Eleanor Rossi, Beverly Snyder, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, and Tom Williams. 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

 Fellowship Hall between morning services, hosted by our Christian Education Ministry.


 PIES ARE NEEDED for our upcoming Fish Supper, March 23rd.  Pie Tins are available

  in the church Narthex. There is also a volunteer sign up board.  Please consider sharing

  some of your time to help make this event a continued success.


    ELECTRONIC GIVING “PEW CARDS” are available in the Narthex for those who

    make their donations electronically.  The cards can be obtained as you enter the church.  Ask

    any usher for one.  Simply drop the card in the offering plate to indicate that you are

    supporting the St. Paul ministry electronically.  Ask any usher for a “Pew Card” or if you

    have any questions.


    GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE IN! Troop 74590 has some for purchase at the Kiosk

    during Coffee hour. Stop by and pick up a box (or two) and place an order.  Cookies will be

    available through April 8th.  For more information, please contact Troop Leaders, Jennifer

    Berringer or Michelle Matney. 


RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS -  April 19, 2018 DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) outing from Church at 12pm. Michelle Matney is the contact person. Sign up on the RHPA bulletin board. If you want to eat at church prior to going to the DIA, a Box Lunch from Pete’s Place including a cup of soup, ½ grinder sandwich and a cookie for $8.05, include-ing tax is available. We will have bottled water at church. Lunch is at 11am at Church. You will need to pay ahead. The menu will be on the bulletin board for sign-up.  Transportation will pick us up at St. Paul’s between 12pm-12:30pm. We will arrive at 1pm at the DIA. At 1 pm Art Making Workshop (craft to make and take home). Or you can explore the museum on your own. At 2:30pm we will gather in the reception area for cookies. The bus will leave at 3 pm to take us home. The DIA does have a café that serves lunch if you want to eat and pay there instead of eating at church. We are only at the DIA for 2.5 hours. We need 25 people for the bus ride.


  ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT & PARTY Sunday, March 25thOur Annual Easter

  Egg Hunt & Easter Story will be hosted by the Sunday School Staff and held during the

  Sunday School hour on Palm Sunday, March 25th.  The children will share the Easter story,

  decorate eggs and cookies and hunt for Easter eggs (outside, weather permitting).  We are

  inviting donations of wrapped candy to help off-set the cost of filling the Easter eggs.  If

  you are interested in helping with the party, making a donation, or have further questions,

  please contact Sheri Herkimer or Pastor Cheryl Schalm.



  EASTER LILY ORDERS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN.  If you would like to provide an

  Easter Lily in honor or 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, April 1stOrders and payments are due by Sunday, March 25thA list of

  those providing Lilies will be printed in 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/ memory of: ______________________________________________________


From: __________________________________________________________________


Contact number: __________________Number of Lilies: ______Amt due: ___________


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 April 9th at 1 PM. Keep an eye here for additional information regarding upcoming

   speakers and topics. First -Aid & CPR Classes If you are interested in getting certified for

   First-Aid and CPR with AED, please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams or complete a

   Make-A-Wish and drop it in the offering plate.  Classes will be in April or May and take 8

   hours.  Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers,

   wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy or the office. 


  THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD was changed in accordance with our IT Policy. 

  As many of you already know the wireless internet has added another dimension to St. Paul,

  in that it enables our members with smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to access

  resources that could aid in our congregation’s mission.  It also helps to bring people in and

  encourages them to stick around. Please contact the Church Office, Dan Case, Michael

  Isaacs, or Gary Peters during Coffee Hour or after worship services to get the new

  Password.  St. Paul IT Ministry   


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SEEKS BAKED GOODS for annual Fish Dinner Bake Sale. The last remaining sit down fish dinner will be held on March 23rd . Christian Education will be hosting a bake sale during this dinner to benefit Christian Education programs and events. Baked goods are needed. We thank you in advance for your consideration to bake and for your support. All items are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off in the church office the day prior to the dinner or the day of the dinner.


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SEEKS NURSERY ATTENDANT It will be with a deep sense of gratitude and sadness that Christian Education and the nursery age children of St. Paul bid nursery attendant, Christine Schwab farewell at the close of the Sunday School year in June. While Christine will continue attending St. Paul, she will no longer be serving in the capacity of nursery attendant. Christine has been a true blessing and a wonderful asset. She will be greatly missed by all. As a result of Christine’s departure Christian Education is seeking a new nursery attendant. The position requires that candidates be 21 years of age or older, complete the “Reduce the Risk” program (offered at the church) and a background check (done at the church). The position pays $15.00 per service ($30.00 per two service Sundays).


  Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin (daughter, Shirley Havenstein), Mary Faremont (sister,

  Richard Wagner), Allison Files (granddaughter, John & Barb Smith), Gabriella Gomez

  (niece, Darlene Babin), Robert Grigg (friend, Schalm family),Lynn Harbin (sister, John

  Smith), Paola Hillebrand (friend, Wendy Warner), Tamsey Hoffman (friend, Sue Mrowka),

  Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Stephen

  Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Richard Jones, Justin Kurtz (friend, Chelsey Schalm),

  Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Jennifer Lee (granddaughter, Barb Siemers)

  Chris Lunsford (friend, Velma McGee), Courtney Matthews McEarchern, Kim McEachern

  (daughter-in-law, Helene & Neil McEarchern), Scott Miller (son, Fred Miller),Garnett

  Raymond (daughter, Betty Hagerty), Lynda & Paul Reside (sister-in-law, brother, Arlene

  Felske), Robert Rider (brother, Virginia Butzlaff), Brian Reid (friend, Sue Mrowka), Judy

  Robin (aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Richard Sherman (brother, Anne Blanchard), Trudy Clark-

  Schiller (daughter, April & Steve Clark), Lynn Smith (sister, John Smith), David Staten

  (brother-in-law, Peggy Staten),Joyce Thompson Smith (sister, the late Harry Thompson),

  Denise St. Louis (sister-in-law, Marjie & Charlie Barnard), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson,

  Helene McEachern), Donna Vercande (cousin, Kathy Williams), and Victoria Whitcher

  (daughter, Cheryl Stewart).


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.  


  SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be March 15, 2018 at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich,

  coffee & dessert is provided. No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and

  Food For Thought!


   Enjoy the Convenience of electronic giving For those who

like to donate electronically, St. Paul offers a mobile version

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

from your smart phone. Visit our website: