Sunday March 26, 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


Fourth Sunday in Lent                   Examination Sunday                         March 26, 2017

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. 570  “Sweet Hour of Prayer!”  Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas

      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.



      SCRIPTURE READING  Genesis 19:12-26, Luke 12:13-21 Lectors: Lori Rogers (9),  

          Eileen Vernor Drutchas (10:30)   

      CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Climb Every Mountain,” Brenda Murphy, Soloist (9),   

          “In The Garden,”  Chanel Choir (10:30)              

    FAITH TESTIMONIAL  Jordyn Miller (9),  Katie Kincaid (10:30)


  *HYMN  “Take My Life and Let It Be,”  (insert)


         Cole Haas, Abigail Johnson, Katie Kincaid, Sam Kincaid, Jacob Miller,

         Jordyn Miller, Nicholas Mink, and Hayden Robbins


  *Congregation standing


    MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)  

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



       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  “What Will You Take?”  Pastor Drutchas

    MEMORIAL PRAYER (Irene Anthony, Al Whited)/ LORD’S PRAYER  


    CLOSING HYMN No. 613  “Stand Up, Stand Up for 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.



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

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

Acolyte:  Sam Kincaid (9), Jacob Miller (10:30)

Ushers:  Sam Kincaid, Katie Kincaid, Cheryl Kincaid, Gene Kincaid (9),

 Jacob Miller, Zach Miller, Julia-Joy Miller, Jason Miller (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 26 – April 2

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

                     Examination Sunday/ Confirmand Breakfast 10:00 a.m./ Sunday  

                     School 10:30 a.m.

Monday       Zumba 3:30 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.

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. 

Friday          Drive Thru-Fish Supper 4:00 p.m.

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

                     Communion/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.                    



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221

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Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Fourth Sunday in Lent/ March 26, 2017



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Bob Barley, Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Harry Clubb, Elaine Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Patrick Ferguson, Lillian Fick, Al Gunther, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Ilene Krogman, Sue Kuschel (Beaumont, Dearborn), Michelle Mellin, Michael Natzke, Jim Pattendaude (Beaumont Dearborn), Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Al & Eleanor Rossi, Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, Paula Strawsine, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, Pat Vernor (mom, Eileen Vernor Drutchas), Leah Wagner, David Walker, 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. 


LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO the family & friends of Irene Anthony who passed away March 11, 2017 at the age of 93 years.  Funeral service was March 18, 2017.  Arrangements by Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Livonia Chapel. 

LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO the family & friends of Alvin Whited who passed away March 21, 2017 
at the age of 85 years.  Funeral was March 25, 2017.  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas officiated.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for a Continental Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall between worship services, hosted by our Christian Education Ministry.

HEALTH MINISTRIES – Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is April 10th at 1 PM. We will do some balance exercises and discuss chronic health problems and spirituality.

Caregivers Group – Our next meeting is Monday, April 17th, at 730 PM.

Exercise Classes - Zumba or other low impact exercisesto a DVD on Mondays 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, please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams. 




Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Nancy Heidt (Regency, 12575 Telegraph, Taylor, 48180), Helen Parrish (9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048), Ben Scherf (904 E. Lake Mitchell Dr., Cadillac 49601), and Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193) Grace Torango (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), and Lisa Wild (Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183).


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    

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 service as our bookkeeper.  Anyone interested in the position should contact Gary Peters, 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 bookkeeper responsibilities in the interim.

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 endo of the morning worship services on Sunday, April 9th, 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. 

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.

BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY HOSTS GALA EAST BREAKFAST.  St. 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 16th 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 hoy day.  A free will donation is invited and appreciated.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS BEGIN April 18thDonations should be clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items will be stored in the Fellowship Hall.  Blue Jean Sunday is April 30th.  Our Spring Rummage Sale is Mary 4th, 5th, & 6th.   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.

GOOD FRIDAY BRUNCH TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE.  For ticket purchases see the Kiosk during Coffee Hour on Sunday mornings 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 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: ________



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. 

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. 

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.

  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.