Sunday March 13, 2016



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


Fifth Sunday in Lent                            Examination Sunday                             March 13, 2016

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,”  Mark Ennis, Hymn  


    UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

      Gracious God, we thank you for calling us together today to worship you as a family.

      We thank you that we are not alone – that you have provided for us fellow pilgrims

      on the way you have set before us.  Fill us with your heavenly food this day.  Visit us

      and prepare us by our worship and in our fellowship for that which lies before us. 

      Help us to praise you with joy and to pray with conviction and to serve you with all

      our hearts.  We ask it in Jesus’ name.  Amen.



      SPECIAL MOMENT:  A ROOM TO A ‘VIEW,’  Julius Enesey, Trustee

      SCRIPTURE READING Galatians 5:16-26, Matthew 9:1-8 Lectors:  Matthew Isaacs (9),

         Eileen Vernor Drutchas (10:30)

    *HYMN No. 324  “Your Word to Me Are Life and Health”  

      FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Kate Fuller (9), Daniel Newton (10:30)

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


       Mikayla Black, Haley Dowell, Hannah Dowell, Kate Fuller, Elisabeth Isaacs,

       Makenna Martin, Daniel Newton, and Kaylee Ostrowski                       


  *Congregation standing


    MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Open My Eyes,”  Mark Ennis, Soloist  (9), 

        “Draw Me Near the Cross,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)



      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 (9 & 10:30 – insert)

    SERMON  “Whatever Happened to Sin?”  Pastor Drutchas

    LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)   

  *CLOSING HYMN No. 458  “Ours the Journey”      


  *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 front of the sanctuary.  Please

let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.

hymnals and orders

of service are available.  

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.




“Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead.”

~ Thomas Aquinas ~

“If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”

~ Bob Hope ~

“In faith and hope the world will disagree, but all mankind’s concern is charity.”

~ Alexander Pope ~

“Charity:  to love human beings…as God does.”

~ Simon Weil ~





Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 13, 2016



“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.”



Deacon: Al Gunther (9), Kevin Kittendorf (10:30)  

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

Acolyte:  Sam Kincaid (10:30)

Ushers: First Year Confirmation Class Members (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.

 ALTAR FLOWERS are in loving memory of Lenore Fuqua from her family. 


SIDE VASES honor the birthday of the late Mary Smith, Parish Nurse and the birthday of the late Edwin Steinhauer from his daughters, Sue and Diane.


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

 Hall between our worship services sponsored by our Christian Education Ministry Members.



 Roberta (Bobbie) Loerlein, Brenda Murphy, Norma Kane, and Steven Kane.   Please extend a

warm welcome to our newest church members.






Calendar Week March 13 – March 20

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

                      Sunday, Confirmand Breakfast 10:00 a.m./ New Member Welcome/ -                   

                      Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00

Monday       Shalom 1:00 & 7:00 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590               

                     6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday TGIW –Dessert & Beverages 5:30 p.m./ Praise Team 6:30 p.m./ Worship 7:00 

                     p.m./  Confirmation 7:30 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m./ Lenten Study 7:30 p.m.    

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

Friday         Fish Supper Dine-In/ Carry Out 4:00 p.m.

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

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

                     Confirmation Sunday 10:30 a.m./ Easter Party & Egg Hunt 10:30 a.m./ Book

                     Discussion 7:00 p.m.


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, March 31 Potluck Bunco – 6:30 PM in the 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. Please bring $5 for yearly dues also. There will be a sign-

  up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Due to Holy Week, we will meet on the 5th Thursday. Kathy  

  Williams is the contact for this event.


ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING.  Bring your offering any Sunday through-out March.  This offering is one of our United Church of Christ Special Mission Offerings that assists our Christian friends in need worldwide.   It is used in the development of Health, Education, and Agriculture, and with Disaster and Refugee relief.   You will find “One Great Hour of Sharing” envelopes in the pew racks.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give generously to those in need.  Remember, “God Is Still Speaking”.     Thank you.


  CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SEEKS BAKED GOODS for annual Fish Dinner Bake Sales. The 

  last 2016” fish dinner will be held March 18th.  C. E. will be hosting a bake sale to benefit Christian 

  Education programs and events.  Baked goods will be needed for the sale.  We thank you in

  advance for your consideration to bake and support these efforts.  All items are greatly appreciated  

  and can be dropped off prior to the dinner or on the day of the dinner.


  BOY SCOUT TROOP 825 is hosting a spaghetti dinner Monday, March 21st at the Solomons Key 

  Masonic Lodge, 17212 Ecorse Rd., Allen Park, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. All proceeds will fund the

  Scouts’ summer camp to Mount Rushmore.  Cost:  12 and up $7:00, 12 and under $5:00.  For more  

  information contact Ron Berro (313-515-4166) or Bill Howarth (248-895-8059).




Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Judy Albright, Harmon Beekman, Nancy Cady, Debbie Case, Irene Church, Miles Church, Alice Clubb, Dave Cowper, Jim Ennis, Phill Felske, Moses Flomo, Ryan Grant, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Diane Hines, Sara Kauffman (Wyandotte Hospital), Ilene Krogman, Marilyn Kunkle, Leo Kuschel, Rosemarie Laslo, Sharon Leonard, Lila Miller, Mary Miller, Lauren Moritz-Magyar, Murl Nieman, Amber Ostrowski,  Jim Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, LaVerne Roe (Wyandotte Hospital), Shirley Rohr, Sandra Rose, Melissa Rossi, Jennifer Ruffner, Dennis Schmoekel, Bev Sitz, Bettie Slusher, Barbara Sullivan, Anthony Staten, Brenda Tank, Beverly Traver, Carol Wioncek, and Emily Winter. 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.


ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT & PARTY.  Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Easter party will be hosted by the Sunday School Staff and held during the Sunday School hour on Palm Sunday, March 20th.  The children will share the Easter story, decorate eggs and cookies and hunt for Easter eggs (outdoors, 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.


SPRING RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS BEGIN April 4thDonations should be clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items will stored in the Fellowship Hall.  Blue Jean Sunday is April 24th.  Our Spring Rummage Sale is April 28, 29, & 30th.  Please complete a Make-A-Wish card or contact any Women’s Fellowship member to volunteer.



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, March 27thOrders and payments are due by Sunday, March 20thA list of this providing lilies will be printed 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 of:  _____________________________________________________________________


In memory of: ____________________________________________________________________


From:  __________________________________________________________________________


Contact number: __________________________Number of lilies: _________ Amt due: _________




Barbara Ash (friend of Lori Kuhn), Ralph Bender (cousin of Lois Rice), Rhonda Berndt (daughter of Carol Wioncek), Andrew Burnell (nephew of Evelyn Lassa), Lois Carter (friend of Lori Kuhn), Elaine Collins (relative of Arlene & Phill Felske), Nick Collins (grandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Gregory Drewno (friend of Anne & Kirk Blanchard), Norma Duddy (friend of Doreen Thompson), Gabriella Gomez (niece of Darlene Babin), Ralph Gratrix (son of Shirley Gratrix), Paola Hillebrand (friend of Wendy Warner), Shannon Henry (friend of Melissa Winter), Pat Kimes (sister of Marjie Barnard, Wyandotte Hospital), Jaxson Klingbeil (great-nephew of Richard & Cindy Yuenger), Pat Kniola (friend of Marion Bolen), Matthew Kozlaski (grandson of Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Nicole Lang (daughter of Marilyn Lang), Jennifer Lee (grand-daughter of Barb Siemers) Pamela Lietz (friend of Michael Natzke), Charles Linne (brother of Lil Roscoe), Ardith Long (friend of the Schalm family), Carson Maloney (grandson of friend of Wendy Warner), Bob Montour (brother-in-law of Shirley Robinson), Marv Osborne (brother-in-law of Esther Perry (hospice), Steve Rieley (relative of Darlene Babin), Jackie Robinson (sister of Pam Badarak), Ernest Rossi (brother of Al Rossi), Joan Slusher (sister of Doris Hilliker), Denise Smith (friend of Lil Roscoe), Joyce Smith (sister of Harry Thompson), Aaron St. Louis (nephew of Marjie & Charlie Barnard), Nicole Stephens (wife of Lawrence Stephens), Betsey Sullivan (daughter-in-law of Barbara Sullivan), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson of Helene McEachern), Paul Tetreau (nephew of Kathy & Gary Peters), David Whitcher, Jr. (grandson of Cheryl Stewart), and Victoria Whitcher (daughter of Cheryl Stewart).


ONLINE WEEKLY YOUTH BIBLE STUDY All youth (6-12 grades) interested in participating in a weekly online Bible study are asked to send Pastor Schalm their email address. Each Monday a topic affecting young people will be addressed and discussed according to scripture versus pop culture. Youth will have the opportunity to share their insights throughout the week on the subject as their schedules permit. This is a great opportunity to stay connected and to grow in the knowledge of Christ despite a hectic schedule. All communication will be done through a group email. Send your email address to


PALM SUNDAY marks the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  St. Paul members and friends will be receiving Palms and a personal blessing at the end of the morning worship services on Sunday, March 20th, 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.  Worshippers will be invited to step up to the front of the church for their palms using the side aisles.  Worshippers will then depart using the center aisle without returning to their pews.


  CAREGIVERS GROUP meets Monday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m. in the Parlor.  If you are a 

  Caregiver please join us.  SEWING GUILD meets Thursday, March 17th at 10:00 a.m. in the

  West Room. No sewing experience necessary. Please come join the fun and fellowship.



HEALTH MINISTRIES –. Shalom-Chronic Disease Ministries - Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 PM in the Parlor. Monday March 14, at 1 PM and/or 7 PM is the next meeting.  The topic is auto-immune diseases. We will also take time to share our concerns about cancer and chronic diseases. The April meeting(s) will be on the 11th.  A Matter of Balance for those having problems with balance or a fear of falling is scheduled to begin Monday, April 4th, 2016 12:45pm to 2:45p for 8 weeks.  Class size needs to be at least 8 participants with a max of 15. We did not have enough participants to hold the Diabetic PATH program. This program will be offered at St Thomas Episcopal Church in Trenton on Tuesdays from 6- 8:30 PM, April 16 May 24.  PATH is sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation and Senior Alliance. Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) is designed to provide skills and tools to help people living with long-term health problems to live a healthier life. It is a fun, interactive, six week workshop led by certified leaders. Are you diabetic or have a loved one who is? Please register for this class.  To register call Beaumont at 800.543.9355 or LaShawn Griffin at (800) 482-1455. Cooking Matters EXTRA for Diabetes workshop is a 6 week interactive program with hands-on presentations that demonstrate the link between nutrition and health, affordable healthy eating, meal planning and cooking tips for persons with diabetes 2. Free groceries are provided. The program will be offered free of charge at Our Lady of Angels, 6442 Pelham Rd., in Taylor from 6-8 PM April 7 – May 12. You must register at 800.543.9355.  Flyers are available on the coffee table in the west lobby. Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. If there is enough interest we may do Zumbato a DVD. - If you are interested, please complete a Make-a-Wish card and put it in the offering plate or contact the church office. 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.


GOOD FRIDAY BRUNCH TICKETS now available.  For ticket purchases see the Kiosk during Coffee Hour on Sunday mornings or contact the church office (313-291-1221).  Cost is a $5.00 donation.  Brunch will be served in the Jerusalem Café (West Room) beginning at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Good Friday service at 12 noon.  Women’s Fellowship is once again hosting Good Friday Brunch. 

READERS ARE INVITED to assist with the Good Friday service which will be held March 25th at 12 noon. Good Friday lectors will participate in a liturgy based on the psalms and the gospels.  Copies of lecturing materials will be available at least on week prior to the service.  Those interested in volunteering, please notify the church office and Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas by completing a Make-A-Wish card from the sanctuary pew racks and drop it in the morning offering plate.  No previous lecturing experience in necessary.

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.

BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY HOSTS GALA EASTER BREAKFAST.  St. Paul members and friends will be able to enjoy a gala Easter Breakfast in a beautifully decorated Fellowship Hall once again this year, all thanks to the efforts of our congregation’s Building & Grounds Ministry.  The breakfast will be served Sunday, March 27th from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  The menu includes scrambled eggs, French toast, pork sausage, bacon, sweetbreads, juice, and coffee – all freshly prepared.  This is a great occasion for families and friends to gather for a meal on Christianity’s most holy day.  Free will donation are invited and appreciated. 

THE MOTOR CITY BRASS BAND will be in concert at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn on April 10 at 3 PM. This event is open to all and is sponsored by the Red Hot Purple Angels.  The cost is $15.00 for a group of 8 or more. Sign-up and money is due to Sally Sigman by Palm Sunday, March 20th,  If you are interested in car-pooling, meet at St. Paul Church no later than 1:30 p.m. and depart at 1:45 p.m. 

  CHILDREN’S CHOIR meets immediately following our 10:30 a.m. worship service.  We will            

  gather upstairs at the Welcome Center.  All children are invited.  Our “Praise Choir” meets on     

  Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  All youth are invited.  For more information, please contact

  Sally Sigman, Director.


  TREE OF FAITH MEMORIALS INVITED Our “Tree of Faith” offers opportunities to  

  permanently memorialize or commemorate people and events of our lives that we cherish.   

  Dedication cards (found in the pew racks) allow 3 lines of engraving with twenty characters

  possible on each line.  The cost of each burnished gold leaf is $300.  All proceeds support our  

 “Room With a View” project.


 PETE’S PLACE DINER REWARDS program benefits St. Paul.  The program runs off a

 phone number.  When you settle your bill let the cashier know you want to participate in the

 Diner Rewards program. Leave St. Paul’s phone number (313-291-1221) and for every $50.00   

 spent, Pete’s Place will donate $5.00 to St. Paul.  The program is available at both restaurant  

 locations. For more information please speak with your server or contact the church office. 

 Enjoy a wonderful meal and benefit St. Paul!