Sunday March 5, 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


First Sunday in Lent                                                                                      March 5, 2017

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

(Nursery care available)


    SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)/ PRELUDE   Joe Diederichs, Organist

    CHIME PEAL/ INTROIT   “Breathe on Me, Breath of God,”  Note-A-Bells Ensemble


  *HYMN No. 64  “We Sing Your Mighty Power, O God,”  Eileen Vernor Drutchas,  

    Hymn Leader  


  *INVOCATION  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas     

      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.


     APOSTLES’ CREED (pew card)Congregation (9), First Year Confirmands (10:30)

     CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Hiding in the Shadow of God,”  Chancel Choir 

     SCRIPTURE READING  John 1:19-42  Lector:  Aaron Johnson


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

     and teach my heart to reach its perfect goal! Your words to me are light and truth; 

     from day to day they show their wisdom, passing earthly lore, as in their truth I 


     MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

   *HYMN No. 77  “On Eagle’s Wings”   



*Congregation standing



      SERMON  “The World That Jesus Knew,”  Pastor Drutchas

    *HYMN No. 543  “Blessed Assurance”   

      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.



 We often try to fix problems with WD-40 and Duct Tape.

God did it with nails.

From the Internet





“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, 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)


Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  March 5 – March 12

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

                     Sunday in Lent/ Communion/ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 9:15 

                     a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

Monday       Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:00 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 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    Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m.

Friday          Dine In/ Carry Fish Supper & Bake Sale 3:30 p.m.

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

                     School 10:30 a.m.                    


 PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in the  

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



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

First Sunday in Lent/ March 5, 2017



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, David Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Lois Frank, Ashley Giancecchi (daughter-in-law of Dan & Deb Case), Al Gunther, Ollie Hilliker, Rev. Norm Kirsch (Wyandotte Hospital), Michelle Mellin, Michael Natzke (Wyandotte Hospital), Esther Perry, Shirlen Powell, Garnett Raymond (daughter of Betty Hagerty), Al & Eleanor Rossi, Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Kevin Staffeld, 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 wishes a very Happy 44th wedding anniversary to my wife, Sharon, Love Pat. 

HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING.  Our congregation welcomes 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. 

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 and modify to your ability.

Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, unopened packages of diapers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact Kathy Williams. 



Michael Bailey (father of Christie Smart), Jan Filpus (mother of Julia-Joy Miller), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law of Lori Kuhn), Bill Pinage (father of Brenda Buzo), Cheryl Schwab (mother of Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), Judy Schalm (mother of Jim Schalm), Frank Small (father of Chris Chavez), and Grace Torango (mother of Sylvia Matney). 


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


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.


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.

 A SPECIAL “THANK YOU” to the 24 volunteers who helped make the Cole Slaw for the 2017 Fish Dinners this past Saturday. We ended up making (21) 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 Toni Hill, Diane and Jim Poet, Candace Poet, Thelma Poet, Dorothy Evison, Dee Salsbury, Janet and Julius Enesey, Henrietta & Ron Hinzmann, Gary Staffeld, John Smith, Gary Peters, Dave Cowper, Beverly and Dick Parks, Louise Stanek, Sharon Podpora, Grace Wangbickler, Helen St.Louis, Fred Miller, Rosemarie Laslo and Dan Case.  We would also like to extend a special “THANK YOU” to the Block Family for donating all of the vegetables required to make the Cole Slaw. 

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.

CHRISTNET SERVICES is hosting “Lunching for the Homeless” fundraiser Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 14805 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate, 48195.  The menu is Chicken Marsala, Penne Pomodoro, Soup or Salad, Bread and a soft drink.  Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.  $20.00 adults, $5.00 children (5-10 years), 4 and under are free.  Tickets are available in the church office (313-291-1221). Please make checks payable to ChristNet Services.  



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: ________


 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.