Sunday May 14, 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


Fifth Sunday of Easter                                                                                    May 14, 2017

Mother’s Day/ Cradle Roll

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

Nursery care available


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

   ANTHEM  “Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth,” Mark Ennis, Soloist


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

 *OPENING HYMN No. 184  “Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly,”  Mark Ennis, Music Director

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

   O God, we gather today offering thanks to you for the blessings of family that you

   make possible, and those ways that mothers shape our lives for the good.  Help us 

   always to be appreciative of the great sacrifices made on our behalf even before     

   our first moment of breath.  May your love, shown to us in a mother’s love, inspire  

   and encourage us to be loving people every day.  Amen.  



  A MOTHER REACHES 100 – Happy Birthday, Sylvia Hakala!

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Jesus, Name Above All Names,”  Chancel Choir (9),

   “My Savior, My God,”  Tricia Nault, Soloist (10:30)

  SCRIPTURE READING  Genesis 18:1-5; 21:1-7  Lector:  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

  MEDITATION  “A Mother Laughs”  Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No 130  “My Soul Gives Glory to My God” (Verses 1-3) 

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)


*congregation standing

  SOLO RESPONSE “The Care the Eagle Gives Her Young”

   The care an eagle gives her young, safe in her lofty nest,

   is like the tender love of God for us made manifest.

   As when the time to venture comes, she stirs them out to flight,

   so we are pressed to boldly try, to strive for daring height.

   And if we flutter helplessly, as fledgling eagles fall,

   beneath us lift God’s mighty wings to bear us, one and all!

  SCRIPTURE READING  Exodus 1:15-16; [Later] 2:2-10 Lector:  Jeannette Wackro

  MEDITATION   “A Mother Saves,”  Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 499  “When Love Is Found” (Verses 1-3)



    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.

  SCRIPTURE READING Luke 2:41-51 Lector:  Jeannette Wackro

  MEDITATION  “A Mother Ponders,”  Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 158  “Her Baby, Newly Breathing”


   (Congregation is invited to tinkle bells as the name of each child is read aloud)


*HYMN No. 467  “Fill the World with Love” (Verses 1, 2, 4)

(Please remain in your pews as the service closes 
and until all of the candles are extinguished.)



can 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:  Diane (9), Gary Peters (10:30)

Deacon: Al Gunther (9), Kristi Caruso  (10:30)

Ushers:  Christine, Alex, Nick Mink (9),

Gene, Cheryl, Katie, Sam Kincaid (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  May 14 – May 21

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

                     Day/ Cradle Roll/ Muffins for Moms 10:00 a.m./ Flower-Plant Delivery/  

                     Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Book Discussion “The Shack”  7:00 p.m.                                            

Monday       Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:30 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m./ Caregivers Group 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 2:00 p.m./ St. Paul Softball 6:30 p.m. back field/ Cabinet 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.   

Thursday    Sewing Guild “Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m./ Every Daughters’ Banquet 5:30 p.m.

Saturday     All Church Project—Kitchen Clean-Up 9:00 a.m./ Pageant Rehearsal 10:00

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 a.m. –Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas– Sunday School Spring Pageant 10:30 a.m./ Book discussion “The Shack” 7:00 p.m.  



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Fifth Easter of Sunday/ May 14, 2017



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Kim Beyar, Harry Clubb, Scotty Dreaver, Shirley Drobil, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Ollie Hilliker, Corrine Holden, Sue Kuschel (Vibra, inside Heritage Hospital), Velma McGee, Michelle Mellin, Kathy Peters, Shirlen Powell,  Craig Rensel, Keith Rensel, Shirley Robinson, LaVerne Roe, Eleanor Rossi, Ann Schmoekel, Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, Paula Strawsine, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, Dave Walker (Medi Lodge, Taylor), Richard Williams, 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. 

MUFFINS FOR MOMS CELEBRATION is today.  The Sunday School children with the help of Men’s Fellowship, are honoring their mothers and the women of our congregation with a special “Muffins for Moms” continental breakfast between the worship services, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  All ladies are welcome at this special event.  Anyone interested in assisting should contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

ALTAR FLOWERS honor Sylvia Hakala on her 100th birthday from Carol, Tom & the Thompson Family with love.  SIDE VASE is in memory of our moms:  Mary Wood & Marge Rocha from Karen Hill & Family.  SIDE VASE is in honor of Dave Lange’s birthday and to honor the 24th wedding anniversary (5/15) of Dave & Pam Lange.

HEALTH MINISTRIES – Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is June 12th at 1 PM. We will do some balance exercises and discuss chronic health problems and spirituality. Caregivers Group – Our next meeting is Monday, May 15th, at 730 PM.

Exercise Classes - Zumbahas been cancelled for the month of May.  Check the Morning Tide Calendar for the latest updates on Zumba/ exercise classes.

Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO PURCHASE tickets for the “2017 Every Daughter Banquet”, Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  This year’s event will feature a Buffet Style Dinner and a Children’s Dress-up Fashion Show as entertainment. Just like in past years we will be recognizing those who have reached the age of 90 and over and will also have prizes for several other categories.  The cost of a ticket is $5.00 for adults, children twelve years and under are free.  All tickets must be purchased in advance.  NO tickets will be sold at the door.  Marjie Barnard will be selling tickets at the KIOSK table between worship services and in the West lobby after the 10:30 am service.  This year’s event is sponsored by Dorcas, Women’s and Men’s Fellowship.

ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM’S FOR THIRTEENTH SEASON UNDERWAY.  Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level.  Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested    in leading a second team or playing please contact team coordinator, Chris Mink or the church office.  Tuesday, May 16th game is at 6:30 p.m. on the back field at Thorn Park, located at King and Telegraph Roads in Brownstown.  The schedule is posted on the Market Place Bulletin in Fellowship Hall. Come out and cheer them on! 

SEWING GUILD -- Sew ‘n Sews -- Please join us for a little sewing and a lot of fellowship at our next meeting on Thursday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a sandwich for lunch, dessert and coffee is provided.  P/S:  No sewing skills required!

ST. PAUL WILL ONCE AGAIN HOST A VENDOR ARCADE at the annual All Church Picnic, Sunday, July 30, 2017.  If you would like to be a vendor or know someone who would like to participate, please contact Sharon Leonard by phone or email at: for more information.

GRADUATE INFORMATION REQUESTED.  If you or someone in your family is receiving a degree this spring, or has received a degree since last June (including a G.E.D.), please contact Cindy Romas in the church office (313-291-1221) no later than Wednesday, June 7, 2017.  All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning worship on June  12th in gown and mortarboard.

SUNDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION LOOKS AT ‘THE SHACK’  A two part Discussion will take a look at “The Shack,” a popular novel about faith recently made into a movie.  Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas, the discussion series will meet on Sunday evenings, May 14th and 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Parlor.  Books are available through the church office (313-291-1221).  Please RSVP to Pastor Drutchas if you intend to participate.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE  Despite the rain and freezing weather, this year’s Spring Rummage Sale was a tremendous success.  The Women’s and Men’s Fellowship ministries would like to extend a special “THANK YOU” to all the volunteers who worked the Rummage Sale.  People interested in joining either organization should contact the Church office at (313) 291-1221 or fill out a Make-a-Wish card (located in the pew racks).

USHERS NEEDED - We are seeking additional volunteers to assist as Ushers for our Sunday morning worship services. This activity is extremely important. Friendly and efficient Ushers help St. Paul present a welcoming atmosphere to both Church members and visitors. Written instructions are available and training can be arranged at your request.  Anyone interested in being placed on our Usher Volunteer list may speak with the presiding deacon on Sunday mornings or contact Kristi Caruso. 

YOUTH STOCK FOR SALE.  The Youth will be selling stock to support their upcoming summer mission trip to the Upper Peninsula.  To invest in the youth and their mission work, you can purchase a share(s) of stock during our Sunday morning Coffee Hour at the KIOSK table in Fellowship Hall.  The Youth thank you in advance for your support and look forward to sharing their experiences with you.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS SOUGHT Over the course of the summer children will have the opportunity to learn how to apply God’s word to their daily living.  Through Biblical lessons and activities, the children will explore God’s word and discover for themselves how they are called to apply these lessons to their everyday life.  
In order for the summer Sunday School program to be successful adults are needed to lead the weekly lessons.  The summer Sunday School program will begin on June 18th and conclude on September 10th with Rally Sunday and the Sunday School Open House.  
Due to lower attendance over the summer all children pre-school through fifth grade will meet together in the upstairs’ West Room.  Older youth will meet with Pastor Schalm in the Senior High classroom.  Please consider visiting the Welcome Center on Sunday to select a date to share your faith with the children of St. Paul.  All curriculum, materials and snacks are provided.
JUNE 25TH           “COURAGEOUS DANIEL”  ______________________
JULY 2RD             “ELIJAH AND THE RAVENS”      _________________
JULY 23RD            “ELISHA AND THE WIDOW’S JARS” ____________
JULY 30TH              ******PICNIC SUNDAY******
AUGUST 6TH       “GOD CHOOSES JOSHUA”  _____________________
AUGUST 13TH     “SPIES IN CANAAN”_________________________
AUGUST 20TH       “CROSSING THE JORDAN” ___________________
AUGUST 27TH      “JERICHO” ____________________________    



Kaitlyn (friend, Childress family), DeAnna Baxter (daughter-in-law, Muriel Baxter), Mark Bresky (step-father, Alyssa Brandt), Andrew Burnell (nephew, Evelyn Lassa), Angel Doty (friend, Brittany Keith), Patty Wolfe (daughter, Esther Perry), Kristi DeCoster (Friend, Lois Rice), Bonnie Demorelpied (cousin, Daisy Stedman), Gregory Drewno (friend, Anne & Kirk Blanchard), Norma Duddy (friend, Doreen Thompson), Gabriella Gomez (niece, Darlene Babin), Robert Grigg (friend, Schalm family),Lyn Haas (cousin, Dawn Vachereese),Paola Hillebrand (friend, Wendy Warner), Tamsey Hoffman (friend, Sue Mrowka), Irene Jacobs (aunt, Sylvia Matney), Kevin Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Kole Johnson (friend, Mike Natzke),Stephen Johnson (grandson, Patricia Olson), Uncle Jack Jones (Arlene Felske),Richard Jones, Laura Kelly (friend, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Matthew Kozlaski (grandson, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Shane LaBelle (friend, Poet Family),Joanne LaFleur (daughter, Helene McEachern), Jennifer Lee (granddaughter, Barb Siemers) Pamela Lietz (friend, Michael Natzke), Kim McEachern (daughter-in-law, Helene & Neil McEarchern), Carson Maloney (grandson of friend of Wendy Warner), Garnett Raymond (daughter, Betty Hagerty), Robert Rider (brother, Virginia Butzlaff), Steve Rieley (relative, Darlene Babin), Brian Reid (friend, Sue Mrowka), Judy Robin (aunt, Lucinda Chavez), Jackie Robinson (sister, Pam Badarak), Allen Rook & family (Fish & Loaves),Ernest Rossi (brother-in-law, Eleanor Rossi), Trudy Clark-Schiller (daughter, April & Steve Clark), Kyle Siemers (grandson, Barb Siemers), Joan Slusher (sister, Doris Hilliker), Kirt Small (brother, Chris Chavez), Joyce Smith (sister, the late Harry Thompson), Mary Ann Stampinato (Friend,Daisy Stedman), Aaron St. Louis (nephew, Marjie & Charlie Barnard), Daniel Summer (grandson, Kathy Williams), Veronica Sullivan (friend, Herkimer family), Nicholas Surre (great-grandson, Helene McEachern), Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez), and Victoria Whitcher (daughter, Cheryl Stewart).

CONDOLENCES to Kyle & Mary Hard & Family on the loss of Kyle’s father, Paul E. Hard, who passed away April 29, 2017 at the age of 70 years.  Memorial service was May 6, 2017.  Arrangements by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Farmington Chapel.  CONDOLENCES to Gene & Cheryl Kincaid & Family on the loss of Gene’s mother, Helen Kincaid, who passed away May 1, 2017 at the age of 85 years.  Funeral was May 4, 2017.  Pastor Cheryl Schalm officiated.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you can now receive  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. 

THIS MORNING WE JOIN IN CELEBRATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY of one of our church members, Sylvia Hoiska Hakala.  Sylvia was born in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on May 14, 1917, during the First World War.  Her parents, Wilhemena and Samuel Hoiska, were Finnish immigrants who raised a large family of four brothers and three sisters.  Moving to the Detroit area, Sylvia married Peter Hakala and together had two children, Carol Thompson and Steve Hakala.  Today, Sylvia has six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren who call her “Muumu,” which is Finnish for grandmother.  Sylvia attributes her longevity to “hard work, staying active and getting out for an early morning cup of coffee.”  Her family describes her as “a very fantastic babysitter… accomplished baker, chef, and gardener.” Sylvia loves to read.  Still spry and active, Sylvia regularly attends worship in the pews of St. Paul United Church of Christ.  Please extend your personal congratulations and good wishes to Sylvia for this life milestone on her life journey of faith!

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.