Sunday March 25, 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


Sixth Sunday in Lent                                                                                 March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday/ Confirmation Sunday

Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 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,” Tracy Hoffman,

  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.



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “A Joyful Song,” Chancel Choir

  SCRIPTURE READING  Mark 11:1-11  Lector:  Lori Rogers (9), Hayden Robbins

  (10:30) Psalm 16:5-11 Lector:  Aidan Ostrowski (10:30)


   Your words to me are life and health; pour strength into my soul; enable, guide,

   and teach my heart to reach its perfect goal!

MORNING PRAYER (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

  *HYMN No. 191 “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!”

    FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Aidan Ostrowski (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.

    SERMON  “More Than a Show of Faith,” Rev. Drutchas   

  *HYMN No.  75  “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry,”  (vs. 1-3)  

     CONFIRMATION CEREMONY 10:30  (Insert)



    LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

    CHANCEL CHOIR  “A Cheering, Chanting, Dizzy Crowd” 

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

  *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all

    of the candles are extinguished.)



** 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.


HANDICAP 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.

                                                    MISSION STATEMENT

“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:  Allen Gunther (9), Kristi Caruso (10:30)

Acolyte:  Tyler Staten (9)

Ushers:  Tyler Staten, Peggy Staten (9),

Luke Frazier, Zachary Miller, Aidan Ostrowski, Emily Pedersen, Katie Stull (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 25 – April 1

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

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

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday  Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m.                                                                         
Thursday     Confirmand Dinner 5:30 p.m./ Maundy Thursday Worship 7:30 p.m.

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

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

                     Easter Breakfast 8:00-9:30 a.m. 

March 25, 2018

Luke Frazier, Zachary Miller, Aidan Ostrowski,

Emily Pedersen, and Katelynn Stull



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Sixth Sunday in Lent/ Palm Sunday/ March 25, 2018 



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

Edna Badarak, Megan Barnosky, Jeff Beyar, Kim Beyar, 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, Christopher King (son, Arlene Felske), John King, Nancy Kitten-dorf, Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Sharon Leonard, , Patricia Olsen (Beaumont, Southshore), Joan Rensel, Bob Robinson (Henry Ford Wyandotte), Shirley Rohr, Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Brad Zabik, 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 light refreshments in our

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


  ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Jim Pattenaude.  It’s been one year since you left

  us and you are missed and loved, Cleora, Bill, and Ken.


  LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY TODoris & Ollie Hilliker on the loss of Ollie’s

  brother, Jerome Hilliker, who passed away March 20, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

  LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO the Chavez family on the loss of Chris’ father,

  Frank Small, who passed away March 21, 2018.


  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 today.  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.

-  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.  Keeping up with your Medical History – Are you tired of writing out your medical history every time you go to a new doctor or specialist? It is much easier to include diagnosis, medications, history and surgeries with dates on a document. You can update yearly (or as needed). You can take a copy of the document to your doctor, urgent care or emergency room visit. When their medical form asks for information about you, you just write in ‘SEE ATTACHMENT’ and leave a copy of your form.  Contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams for help or if you have questions.  Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy or the office.    


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).


READERS ARE INVITED to assist with the Good Friday Service which will be held March 30th at 12 noon.  Copies of lecturing materials are available prior to the service.  Those interested in volunteering, please notify the church office and Pastor Drutchas by completing a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or hand it to an usher.  No previous lecturing experience necessary.


  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.


  SPRING RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS BEGIN April 3rdDonations should be clean

  and in a good state of repair.  Donated items will be stored in the Fellowship Hall.  Blue Jean

  Sunday is Sunday, April 29th.  Our Spring Rummage Sale is May 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  Please

  complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) or contact any Woman’s Fellowship

  member to volunteer.  Any time you can give is very appreciated. (The Office will be closed

  Monday, April 2nd.)


  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. 



   Just log onto the St. Paul Web Site “”, select the “Our Worship 

   Together” tab, then the Worship Services (Audio)” tab.  Directions are given on the 

   Service page.  Services are also available on the Mobile application as well. If you have   

   any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.


   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. Visit our website: