Sunday March 19, 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


Third Sunday in Lent                                                                                  March 19, 2017

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

Nursery care available


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist



 *OPENING HYMN No. 602 “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”   Mark Ennis, 

   Hymn Leader

 *RESPONSIVE INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

   Leader:  God is alive in the squirmy children in our midst.                                                                                                          

      All:  We will love them.                                                                                                                                                             

   Leader:  God is alive in the beloved face lined with wisdom's folds.                                                                                                    

      All:  We will love them.                                                                                                                                                                                            

  Leader:  God is alive in the persons with whom we often quarrel.                                                                                                                       

      All: We will love them.                                                                                                                                                                                  

  Leader:  God is alive in the family whose values run counter to our own.                                                                                                       

      All: We will love them.

  Leader: God is alive in the unshaven man at the intersection begging for food.                                                                                                                                                                                   

      All: We will love them.                                                                                                                                                                     

  Leader:  God is alive in the disfigured woman who finally finds a job in telemarketing.                                                      

      All:  We will love them.                                                                                                                                                                                       

  Leader:  God is alive in the corporate executive who cannot fathom the value of "enough."                                                              

      All:  We will love them.                                                                                                                                                                   

  Leader:  God is alive in the frustrated youth who believes that violence fosters peace.                                                                           

      All:  We will love them.                                                                                                                                                                        

  Leader:  God is alive in all that breathes.                                                                                                                                            

      All:  May our love nurture the Spirit poised for flight.  God is alive.  Amen.


*Congregation standing




      FAMILY MOMENT OF GOD (10:30)  “Growing Good Fruit,” Pastor Schalm


    I’m so glad I’m part of the family of God, I’ve been washed in the fountain,

    cleansed by His blood!  Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, for I’m

    part of the family, family of God.

     FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Sam Kincaid (9), Abigail Johnson (10:30)

   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Without His Cross,”  Chancel Choir (9), “Climb

    Every Mountain,”  Brenda Murphy, Soloist (10:30)

    SCRIPTURE READING   Psalm1:1-3, Galatians 5:16-26  Lectors: Jane Dykowski 

    (9), Peggy Staten (10:30) 

    HYMN No. 254  “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” 

     MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)


     Create in me a new heart, so that I’ll give you more than part,

     of this, the life you’ve given me, create in me a new heart.



     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.

 *HYMN No. 266 “Gracious Spirit Dwell With Me”

   SERMON  “Staying Spiritually Fit,”  Pastor Schalm

     LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)

 *CLOSING HYMN No. 270 “Of All the Spirit’s Gifts to Me”

  *BENEDICTION/ *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 member-

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

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

Acolyte:  Nicholas Mink (9), Abigail Johnson (10:30)

Ushers:  Nicholas Mink, Alex Mink, Christine Mink,  (9),

 Abigail Johnson, Rebecca Johnson, Aaron Johnson (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 19– March 26

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

                     School 10:30 a.m.

Monday       Zumba 3:30 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:00 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00  

                      p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 7:00 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     Red Hot Purple Angels Potluck & Bunco 6:30 p.m.

Friday          Dine In & Carry Out-Fish Supper 3:30 p.m.

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

                     Examination Sunday 9:00 a.m./ Confirmation Breakfast 10:00 a.m./ 

                     Sunday School 10:30 a.m.                    





Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Third Sunday in Lent/ March 19, 2017



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


SIDE VASE is in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of Bob & Shirley Robinson.


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.




President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Brian Felske (Army, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines), 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, Guam, granddaughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grand-son, Barb Williams, Volunteer at Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), David Schafer (grandson, the late Muriel & Harold Schafer), 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).


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 contact.


BOOKKEEPER UPDATE  Dianne Brainard has elected to resign from her position as bookkeeper effective March 7, 2017.   We at St. Paul would like to thank Dianne for her four months of service as our book-keeper.  Anyone interested in the position should contact Gary Peters, the current St. Paul Treasurer for a copy of the job description.  Please tell your friends and family members about the job opening.  Marjie Barnard has agreed to come out of retirement and perform the book-keeper responsibilities in the interim.


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. 


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


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 and is in the church pew racks. Please pray about supporting this ministry.  Thank you, 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.


ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT & PARTY Sunday, April 9thOur Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Easter story will be hosted by the Sunday School Staff and held during the Sunday School hour on Palm Sunday, April 9th.  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 having 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 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.