Sunday March 12, 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 in Lent                                                                                March 12, 2017


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

Nursery care available


    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

    PRELUDE  Joe Diederich, Guest Organist


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

  *OPENING HYMN No. 16  “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,”  Mark Ennis,  

     Hymn Leader


      All-wise God, who knows both our weaknesses and our needs, we ask for your 

      presence and your love as we meet together in this your holy church.  We gather 

      here, not as strangers, but as your guests – with joy in our hearts and thanks on

      our lips.  Bless us and all who seek to do your will, that we may offer you our love, 

      and be inspired to serve you in our daily life.  This we ask in the saving name of 

      your one and only Son.  Amen.

      CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.  


      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “When You Pray,”  Mark Ennis, Soloist (9)“Without

      His Cross,”  Chancel Choir (10:30) 

     SCRIPTURE READING  No. 760 (Psalm 121, Responsive); Luke 4:14-30  Lectors: 

     Diane Poet (9), Cheryl Kincaid (10:30) 


      My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.  I dare not

      trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.  On Christ the solid

      rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.


*Congregation Standing


   MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks) 

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

    FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Hayden Robbins (10:30)

  *HYMN No. 499  “When Love Is Found”



      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  “The Power and the Blessing,”  Pastor Drutchas

   LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

 *CLOSING HYMN No. 628  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”


 *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:  John Smith (9), Alice Clubb (10:30)

Deacon:  Kristi Caruso (9), Kevin Kittendorf (10:30)

Acolyte:  Hayden Robbins (9), Katie Kincaid (10:30)

Ushers:  Hayden Robbins, Kristi Caruso (9),

Katie Kincaid, Sam Kincaid, Cheryl Kincaid, Gene Kincaid (10:30)


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  March 12 – March 19

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

Monday       Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday  TGIW Jerusalem Cafe 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 p.m. 

Thursday    Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m.

Friday          Drive Thru Only-Fish Supper 3:30 p.m.

Saturday      ChristNet Fundraiser – Carrabba’s 11:30 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Sunday  School 10:30 a.m.                    




Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Second Sunday in Lent/ March 12, 2017



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, David Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Veronica Flomo (safe passage), Lois Frank, Al Gunther, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch (Wyandotte Hospital), Ilene Krogman (Heritage Hospital), Sue Kuschel (Belle Fountain, Trenton), Michelle Mellin, Michael Natzke (Wyandotte Hospital), Jim Pattendaude, Esther Perry, Shirlen Powell (Southshore Hospital), Al & Eleanor Rossi, Glen Sigman (Henry Ford, Downtown), Sally Sigman, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, Leah Wagner, David Walker (Heritage Hospital), 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. 


ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Edwin E. Steinhauer from your daughters, Sue & Diane.  CHANCE ROSE is in honor of Hayden Robbins Testimonial from his family. 

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

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

HEALTH MINISTRIES – Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is March 20 (3rd Monday this month) at 1 PM. We will do some balance exercises and discuss chronic health problems and spirituality.

Senior Alliance – Bettie Huges,a representative from Senior Alliance will speak at St Paul on Monday, March 20, at 7 PM. This program is sponsored by the Caregivers group. Senior Alliance has many programs for persons 65 and older. If you are a loved one is in that age group we hope that you will attend and learn of the many services provided in the Metro area.

Exercise Classes - Zumba or other low impact exercisesto a DVD will resume on Monday March 20 at 3:30 PM in the West Room.  Exercise at your own pace, modified to your ability.

Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheel- 

chairs, unopened packages of diapers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact Kathy Williams. 


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 until early April.  For more information, please contact Troop Leaders, Michelle

Matney or Jennifer Berringer.



Kaitlyn (friend, Childress family), DeAnna Baxter (daughter-in-law, Muriel Baxter), Mark Bresky (step-father, Alyssa Brandt), Andrew Burnell (nephew, Evelyn Lassa), Shirley Darga(friend, Daisy Stedman, Heritage Hospital),Angel Doty (friend, Brittany Keith), Patty Wolfe (daughter, Esther Perry), Kristi DeCoster (Friend, Lois Rice), Gregory Drewno (friend, Anne & Kirk Blanchard), Norma Duddy (friend, Doreen Thompson), Gabriella Gomez (niece, Darlene Babin), Robert Grigg (friend, Schalm family),Lyn Haas (cousin, Dawn Vachereese),Paola Hillebrand (friend, Wendy Warner), Tamsey Hoffman (friend, Sue Mrowka), Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Kole Johnson (friend, Mike Natzke),Stephen Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Laura Kelly (friend,Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Matthew Kozlaski (grandson, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Shane LaBelle (friend, Poet Family),Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Jennifer Lee (granddaughter, Barb Siemers) Pamela Lietz (friend, Michael Natzke), Kim McEachern (daughter-in-law, Helene & Neil McEarchern, Carson Maloney (grandson of friend of Wendy Warner), Garnett Raymond (daughter, Betty Hagerty), Robert Rider (brother, Virginia Butzlaff), Steve Rieley (relative, Darlene Babin), Brian Reid (friend, Sue Mrowka), Judy Robin (aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Jackie Robinson (sister, Pam Badarak), Allen Rook & family (Fish & Loaves),Ernest Rossi (brother, Al Rossi), Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter, April & Steve Clark), Kyle Siemers (grandson, Barb Siemers), Joan Slusher (sister, Doris Hilliker), Kirt Small (brother, Chris Chavez), Joyce Smith (sister, the late ,Harry Thompson), Aaron St. Louis (nephew, Marjie & Charlie Barnard), Daniel Summer (grand-son, Kathy Williams), Veronica Sullivan (friend, Herkimer family), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson, Helene McEachern), Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez), and Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart).

A SPECIAL “THANK YOU” to the 24 volunteers who helped make the Cole Slaw for the 2017 Fish Dinners this past Saturday. We ended up making (21) five gallon pails of Cole Slaw for the Fish Dinners.  Coffee, donuts and great fellowship were enjoyed by all who attended.  Those in attendance included Toni Hill, Diane and Jim Poet, Candace Poet, Thelma Poet, Dorothy Evison, Dee Salsbury, Janet and Julius Enesey, Henrietta & Ron Hinzmann, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Gary Peters, Dave Cowper, Beverly and Dick Parks, Louise Stanek, Sharon Podpora, Grace Wangbickler, Helen St.Louis, Fred Miller, Rosemarie Laslo and Dan Case.  We would also like to extend a special “THANK YOU” to the Block Family for donating all of the vegetables required to make the Cole Slaw.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELSMarch 23 – Thursday - Potluck Bunco – 6:30 PM West Room. Bring a dish to pass. We will eat first then start Bunco. Bring $5. Bunco is easy you don’t have to know how to play ahead of time. Open to all women of the church. There will be a sign-up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board Kathy Williams is the contac

ST. PAUL YOUTH GO HUNGRY TO FEED THOSE IN NEED  It is reported that every seven seconds one child dies within our world due to a hunger related cause.  As unbelievable as this might be living in the United States of America, it is a hard reality to many throughout God’s world.  Serving as the hands, feet and voice of Christ, young people within our congregation are choosing to make a difference in the lives of those facing hunger and poverty.  On Friday, March 24-March 26th they will take part in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine.  They’re going to raise awareness and money to help eradicate world hunger by not eating for 30 hours.  Over the course of their time together they will participate in group activities that will serve to increase their understanding of poverty.  They will partake in games, a shopping spree to benefit Fish & Loaves and volunteer at Cass Social Services on Sunday morning.  While they are dedicated to make a difference, they need your assistance.  They young people are in need of prayers and sponsors.  They need courage, strength and hearts that are open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  They need your encouragement and prayers seeking these things on their behalf.  In addition, they are in need of sponsors; those willing to support their efforts through monetary donations.  All monies raised will benefit those in need through the support of programs offered by World Vision, a worldwide Christian based organization serving God’s children throughout the world.  Anyone interested in sponsoring a youth or making a donation should visit the Kiosk during coffee hour beginning February 26th.  Anyone interested in helping should contact Pastor Schalm

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.

CHRISTNET SERVICES is hosting “Lunching for the Homeless” fundraiser Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 14805 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate, 48195.  The menu is Chicken Marsala, Penne Pomodoro, Soup or Salad, Bread and a soft drink.  Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.  $20.00 adults, $5.00 children (5-10 years), 4 and under are free.  Tickets are available in the church office (313-291-1221). Please make checks payable to ChristNet Services.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING   In a world where communities are being displaced by the catastrophes of war, famine, and natural disasters, the Church is called to reclaim the spiritual discipline of solidarity with those who seek to move beyond the trauma of displacement toward a promise of healing and peace.  Through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, we, as the body of Christ, have opportunity and power to help those who are living in despair as refugees.  If refugees had the choice to return home, many would not have a place to return because their home most likely has been destroyed, burned, severely damaged, or is still an unsafe place to live.

This year as you consider your gift to this special offering, for one moment, think of what it would be like to not have a place to call home, and then make your very best gift.  Let us live out the call of solidarity with all people, especially those displaced by disaster, war, and famine.  This offering will be received throughout the month of March.   An offering envelope is included in your March Tidings or will be in the church pews. Please pray about how you can help support this ministry.  Thank you, our Stewardship Ministry


   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.



EASTER LILY ORDERS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN.  If you would like to provide an Easter Lily in honor or in 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 16thOrders and payments are due by Sunday, April 9thA 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: ________



  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.