Sunday March 18, 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


Fifth Sunday in Lent                   Examination Sunday                          March 18, 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. 546  “Amazing Grace,”  (verses 1 & 2) 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.



  *HYMN No. 100  “When Morning Gilds the Skies,”  (9)   

     CHILDREN’S CHOIR “Ask, Seek, Knock,”  Children’s Choir, Sally Sigman, (10:30)            

     APOSTLES’ CREED (9) Meredith Stull & Friends

   PSALTER READING  Psalm 146  Lector:  Zachary Miller (10:30)

     CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” (9),  “Well Done

     my Child,”  Chanel Choir (10:30)     


      SCRIPTURE READING  James 3:13-18, Luke 6:26-36  Lectors:  Mark Ennis (9)   

   *HYMN No. 494  “They’ll Know We Are Christians”  


       Luke Frazier, Zachary Miller, Aidan Ostrowski, Emily Pedersen, and Katelyn Stull

    FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Zachary Miller (10:30) 

    TRIPLE CHIME  Sally Sigman

    MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)  


    Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! There’s just something about that name!  Master, Savior,

    Jesus!  Like the fragrance after the rain.  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!  Let al heaven and

    earth proclaim:  kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something

    about that name!



       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  “Can We Talk?”  Pastor Drutchas

    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.)




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.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders 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:  Emily Pedersen (9), Andrew Caruso (10:30)




Calendar Week  March 18 – March 25

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                                                           

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday  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    Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

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

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

                     Sunday/ Confirmation Sunday 9:00 a.m./ Easter Story-Egg Hunt 10:30 a.m.                                     



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Fifth Sunday in Lent/ March 18, 2018 



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

Edna Badarak, Megan Barnosky, Ryan Block, Curt Buzo, Betty Caufield, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Shirley Drobil,  Phill Felske,  Danielle Gardner, Vicki Grant, Barb Gish, Kyle Hard, Doris Hilliker, Pam Jones, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Sharon Leonard, , Joan Rensel, Bob Robinson (Henry Ford Wyandotte), Shirley Rohr, Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Brenda Tank, and Judy Zabik (Beaumont, Dearborn). 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 a Continental Breakfast in our

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


  SIDE VASE OF FLOWERS sends “Happy Birthday!” wishes to Michelle Mellin from

  her loving family.


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

  church Narthex as well as a volunteer sign up board.  Please consider sharing some of your

  time to help make this event a continued success.


  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 25th, 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.  Worship- 

  pers will then depart using the center aisle without returning to their pews.


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.



  the Kiosk during Coffee Hour on Sunday mornings, complete a Make-A-Wish card (found

  in the pew racks),or contact the church office at 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.



  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. 



  Paul members and friends will be able to enjoy a gala Easter Breakfast in a beautifully

  decorated Fellowship Hall, all thanks to the efforts of our Building & Grounds Ministry. 

  The breakfast will be served Easter Sunday, April 1st from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  This is a great

  occasion for families and friends to gather for a meal on Christianity’s most holy day.  A

  free will donation is invited and appreciated.


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).


President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Cade Ferguson (Navy, nephew, Patrick Ferguson), 2nd Lieutenant Tyler Gillespey (Army, Tacoma, Washington, grandson, Murl & Judy Nieman), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Kevin Johnson & Stephen Johnson (Navy, grandsons, Patricia Olson), PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek (son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve, son, Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea, son, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Netherlands, granddaughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grandson, Barb Williams, Volunteer, Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew, Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew, Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy, son, Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son, Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida, nephew, Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother, Heather Williams Dykowski).


  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.

  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. 


   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. 

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