Sunday March 20, 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


Sixth Sunday in Lent                                                                                         March 20, 2016

Palm Sunday/ Confirmation Sunday

Celebration of Worship 9:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organiist


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

*OPENING HYMN No. 192 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader

 *UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas and Congregation

   Almighty God, give us grace in our present life, which Your son Jesus Christ in great

   humility came to share, that being armed with the light of Your truth and love, we may  

   overcome the darkness of evil; so that in the final triumph of Your kingdom, we may   

   share in life eternal; through Him who lives and rules with You and the Holy Spirit

   now and forever.  Amen.

*CHIME RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.


  UNISON AFFIRMATION  Apostles’ Creed (Pew card)

  ANTHEM  “On the Day When He Rode into Jerusalem,” Chancel Choir, Mark Ennis, Director

  SCRIPTURE READING  Philippians 2:5-8, 12-15; Luke 19:28-40  Lector:

*HYMN No. 595  “Be Thou My Vision” (Verses 1-3)

  MORNING PRAYER/ LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)



    Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!  There’s something about that name!

    Master, Savior, Jesus!  Like the fragrance after the rain.

    Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!  Let all 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  “No Greater Gift,” Rev. Drutchas

    ANTHEM  “Hosanna to the King!”  Praise Team


  *RECESSIONAL HYMN  No. 234  “Crown Him with Many Crowns”



** At the ushers’ direction the Congregation is invited to come forward along

the side aisles to receive palms and a personal benediction before departing from

the sanctuary down the center aisle without returning to your pews.

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.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available. 




St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor

March 20, 2016


March 20, 2016

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

Elisabeth Isaacs, Makenna Martin, Daniel Newton, Kaylee Ostrowski




Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Sixth Sunday in Lent/ Palm Sunday/ Confirmation Sunday

March 20, 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:  Sue Mrowka (9), John Smith (10:30)

Ushers: Pam Badarak, Dave Badarak, Sharon Ferguson, Patrick Ferguson (9),

 First Year Confirmation Class (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 honor the 49th wedding anniversary of Bob & Shirley Robinson. SIDE VASE  

 wishes “Happy Birthday” to Michelle Mellin from her family.  ROSES ON THE PULPIT  

 celebrated the births of Asia Mason born March 6, 2016 to Tyler Albrey Mason. Grandmother is  

 Sandra Newton. St. Paul Great-Grandmother is Lil Roscoe. And Aurora Nicolette Beyar born

 March 11, 2016 to Klarisa Beyar.  St. Paul Grandparents are Kim & Jeff Beyar.  St. Paul Great-

 grandparents are Beverly & the late Paul Sitz.  Proud Aunt:  Allana Beyar.  Sibling:  Kenzie.  


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

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

 CAREGIVERS GROUP meets Monday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m. in the Parlor.  All caregivers 

 are welcome to join us.



Calendar Week March 20 – March 27

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.

Monday       Caregivers 7:30 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.   

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m.  

Thursday    Maundy Thursday Service 7:30 p.m.

Friday         Good Friday Brunch 11:00 a.m./ Good Friday Service 12:00 noon

Sunday        Worship Service 7:00 & 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion/  

                     Gala Easter Breakfast 8:00 – 9:30 a.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.


  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).


  ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT & PARTY is hosted by the Sunday School Staff and held 

  during Sunday School today.  The children will share the Easter story, decorate eggs and 

  cookies and hunt for Easter eggs (outdoors, weather permitting).  If you are interested in helping 

  with the party, making a donation or have further questions, please contact Sheri Herkimer or 

  Pastor Cheryl Schalm.



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Harmon Beekman, Klarisa Beyar, 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 (Henry Ford Village Rehab Unit), Marilyn Kunkle, Leo Kuschel, Rosemarie Laslo, Sharon Leonard, Lila Miller, Lauren Moritz-Magyar, Murl Nieman, Amber Ostrowski,  Jim Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, LaVerne Roe, Sandra Rose, Melissa Rossi, Dennis Schmoekel, Bev Sitz, Bettie Slusher, Barbara Sullivan, Anthony Staten, Brenda Tank, Beverly Traver, 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.


TODAY 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.  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.


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.



LAST DAY TO ORDER EASTER LILIES.  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: _________



President Barack Obama, John DeGroat (friend of Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force) (Grandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Brian Felske (Army) (Gandson of Phill & Arlene Felske), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy) (friend of Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, Virginia) (nephew of Edward Romas), Ryan Klimek (son of Troy & stepson of Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve) (son of Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea) (son of Evelyn Lassa),  Michaela Lassa (Indiana) (Air Force Reserve) (daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq) (brother of Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam) (granddaughter of Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend of Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan) (Grandson of Barb Williams, Volunteer at Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, California) (nephew of Jim Romas), David Schafer (grandson of the late Muriel & Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend of Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew of Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew of Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy)(son of Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son of Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida) (nephew of Cindy Romas), David Whitcher (Fayetteville, NC) and Brandon Williams (brother of Heather Williams Dykowski).


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

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.

HEALTH MINISTRIES –. Shalom-Chronic Disease Ministries - Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 PM in the Parlor. The April meeting(s) will be on the 11th.  at 1:00 & 7:00 p.m.  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.

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.  





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.

  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.

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!