Sunday March 4, 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


Third Sunday in Lent                                                                                  March 4, 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. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

  *HYMN No. 25  “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”  (verses 1-3) Tracy Hoffman,

    Hymn Leader  

  *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation     

      O God, you are the well-spring of our health and salvation, nourishing our lives

      and restoring to them both meaning and a sense of purpose.  In this hour of 

      worship, strengthen us anew as your servants and Christ’s disciples that we may 

      love others as you love us.  In Jesus Christ, Amen.


     PSALTAR READING Psalm 19:1-10 Katie Stull (9); Psalm 100 Luke Frazier (10:30)

   *HYMN No. 88  All My Hope on God Is Founded”

     SCRIPTURE READING  Joshua 24:14-20; John 2:13-22  Lectors: Diane Poet (9);  

     Jeanne Edwards (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  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)



*Congregation standing

FAITH TESTIMONIALS  Katie Stull (9); Luke Frazier (10:30)

     *HYMN No. 33  “How Great Thou Art”   (verses 1-3)


       SERMON  “A Clean-up Act,”  Pastor Drutchas 

        CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9); “At the Table of the                 

        Lord,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)       

      THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER Pastors Drutchas & Schalm

          Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

          Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration


              One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

              one cup of blessing which we bless.

              And we, though many through out the Earth,

              we are one body in this one Lord,                 

          Distribution of the Elements

          Prayer of Thanksgiving

          Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)


         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.        


   *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 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:  Zachary Miller (9), Aidan Ostrowski (10:30)



Calendar Week  March 4 – March 11

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

                     Christian Education-Teacher Meeting 9:15 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m. /  

                     Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m.                                                        

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday  Exercise 2:00 p.m./ 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 p.m.

Thursday     Building & Grounds 7:00 p.m./ Dorcas 7:00 / Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.

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

Saturday      Set Clocks ahead one hour    

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

                     10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m. 


  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Third Sunday in Lent/ March 4, 2018



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

Edna Badarak, Megan Barnosky, Paula Block, Ryan Block, Curt Buzo, Betty Caufield, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Shirley Drobil,  Dave Cowper, Phill Felske,  Danielle Gardner, Vicki Grant, Barb Gish, Kyle Hard, Bob Harry, Pam Jones, David King, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Yvonne Koster (Heartland, Canton), Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Pam Lange, Sharon Leonard, Cameron Maher, Neil McEachern, Michelle Mellin, Joan Rensel, Bob Robinson, Shirley Rohr, Eleanor Rossi, Beverly Snyder, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, and Tom Williams. 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 Youth Fellowship.



 to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian affiliation.

 What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants maintain a reverent

  silence that affirms the dignity of the sacrament. 


 PIES ARE NEEDED for our upcoming Fish Suppers.  Pie Tins are available in the church

    Narthex. There is also a volunteer sign up board.  Please consider sharing some of your

    time to help make this event a continued success.


    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.  Ask

    any usher for one.  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.

to the 25 volunteers who helped make the Cole Slaw for the

 2018 Fish Dinners. We ended up making (17) five gallon pails of Cole Slaw for the Fish

 Dinners.  Coffee, donuts and great fellowship were enjoyed by all who attended.  Those in

 attendance included Patricia Olson, John Smith, Barb Smith, Kathy Williams, Mark and

 Sandy Ennis, Henrietta Hinzmann, Helen St. Louis, Grace Wangbickler, Rosemarie Laslo,

 David Badarak, Patrick Ferguson, Dorothy and Dan Evison, Lisa Childress, Richard and

 Beverly Parks, Toni Hill, Thelma Poet, Sharon Podpora, Louise Stanek, Diane and James

 Poet, Gary Peters and Daniel Case.   We would also like to extend a special “THANK

 YOU” to the Block Family for donating all the vegetables required to make the Cole Slaw. 


 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. 


 SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be March 15, 2018 at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich,

 coffee & dessert is provided. No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and

 Food For Thought!



  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 March 12th at 1 PM. Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical

   supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy or the office. 


  THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD was changed in accordance with our IT Policy. 

  As many of you already know the wireless internet has added another dimension to St. Paul,

  in that it enables our members with smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to access

  resources that could aid in our congregation’s mission.  It also helps to bring people in and

  encourages them to stick around. Please contact the Church Office, Dan Case, Michael

  Isaacs, or Gary Peters during Coffee Hour or after worship services to get the new

  Password.  St. Paul IT Ministry   


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SEEKS BAKED GOODS for annual Fish Dinner Bake Sales. The two remaining sit down fish dinners will be held on March 9th, and March 23rd . Christian Education will be hosting bake sales during these dinners to benefit Christian Education programs and events. Baked goods will be needed for each sale. 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).


 Michael Bailey (father, Christie Smart), Robert Brainard(father, Ed Brainard), Jan Filpus

 (mother, Julia-Joy Miller), Bruce Gaither (father, Rebecca Warren), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-

 law, Lori Kuhn), Stella Ludlam (mother-in-law, Ellen Ludlam), Bill Pinage (father, Brenda

 Buzo), Sheryl Schwab (mother, Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Frank Small (father, Chris

 Chavez), Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez), and Grace Torango (mother, Sylvia



THANK YOU THANK YOU to the many people that helped with the 13th Annual Scrapbook Crop.  Whether you donated food or prizes, helped that day, or came and shopped, we are so appreciative!  This is why I love our church, because of all the people that will step up when asked.  We netted $2,982, which gave BOF and Christian Education $1,491 each.  So, in 13 years our total profit has been $31,334, which means BOF and CE each have received $15,667! Good Job!


POST OFFICE BOX UPDATE  As part of the budget planning for 2017 it was decided to eliminate the Post Office Box effective July 1, 2017, since most of the Church mail was already coming to our regular mailbox.  If for some reason you or your financial institution are still utilizing the (PO Box 190) address; you should notify them to change it to the church address (24158 Goddard Rd, Taylor, MI 48180) immediately.  


THE DORCAS SOCIETY is gathering Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor.  Any ladies interested in learning more about our Dorcas Society are invited to join them.


BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY is gathering Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m.  Projects for 2018 will be discussed.  Anyone interested in learning more about this vital ministry or it’s projects is invited to attend.