Sunday May 21, 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


Sixth Sunday of Easter                                                                                    May 21, 2017

 Celebration of Worship 9:00 a.m.

Spring Pageant 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)/ PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist


   CALL TO WORSHIP  Hayden Robbins

 *OPENING HYMN No. 190  “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus,”  Mark Ennis, Music Director


   Leader:  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade

   itself, love is not puffed up;

   People:  Love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked,

   thinks no evil;

   Leader:  Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

   People: Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

   Leader:  Love never fails.  But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether

   there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

   People:  For we know in part and we prophesy in part.

   Leader:  But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be

   done away.

   People:  When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as

   a child.

   Leader:  But when I became a man, I put away childish things.

   People:  For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in  

   part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

   All:  And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.



*congregation standing


  WELCOME/ PASSING OF PEACE  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

  ANNOUNCEMENTS  Sam & Katie Kincaid

*HYMN No 113  “Jesus Loves Me!” 

  SCRIPTURE READING  Jeremiah 17:7-8, 29:11; Matthew 22:34-40 

  Lector:  Matthew Isaacs 


  Thy will is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,”  Chancel Choir (9),

  “Love Our Neighbors” and “Share a Little Bit of Your Love,” Sunday School Choir, 

  Director:  Lucinda Chavez (10:30)

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)  Pastor Schalm & Katelyn Stull

  UNISON PRAYER  St. Francis Prayer  Katelyn Stull

  Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow 

  love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is

  despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

  O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

  to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we

  receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born

  again to eternal life.

*HYMN No. 467  “Fill the World with Love”  




    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.


   Introduction:  Lori Kuhn

   The virtue of Faith:  Cindy Winter

   The virtue of Hope:  Emily Winter

   The virtue of Love:  Alyssa Brandt

   Living with virtue:  Sheri Herkimer


  REFLECTIONS FROM UPPER CLASSMEN:  Elisabeth Isaacs & Sam Kincaid

  HOMILY  “It’s a Wrap,”  Pastor Schalm

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors) 4th & 5th Grade Class

*HYMN No. 494  “They’ll Know We Are Christians”

*BENEDICTION/ *POSTLUDE  (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:  Gary Peters (9), Diane Poet (10:30)

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

Ushers:  Dee Salsbury, Diane Poet, Jim Poet (9),

Sam Kincaid, Katie Kincaid, Hayden Robbins, Katelyn 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  May 21 – May 28

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 – Pastor Cheryl Schalm, 10:30 a.m.Sunday School  

                     Pageant/ 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.                  

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ St. Paul Softball 7:45 p.m. back field

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.   

Thursday    Red Hot Purple Angels 5:30 p.m.

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

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


 ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Harold Schmoekel from David & Pat Schmoekel.  

 SIDE VASE honors the 60th birthday of Peggy Staten from Janet. 
SIDE VASE honors the 50th birthday of Cindy Winter. 



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Sixth Easter of Sunday/ May 21, 2017



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Scotty Dreaver, Shirley Drobil, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Ollie Hilliker, Corrine Holden, Sue Kuschel (Vibra, inside Beaumont, Taylor), Velma McGee, Michelle Mellin, Kathy Peters, Shirlen Powell, Joan Rensel (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), Shirley Robinson, LaVerne Roe, Eleanor Rossi, Ann Schmoekel, Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, Paula Strawsine, Dave Walker (Oakwood Commons, Dearborn),  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. 

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.

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 23rd game is at 7:45 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! 

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.


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 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. 



President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Brian Felske (Army, Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), 2nd Lieutenant Tyler Gillespey (Army, Tacoma, Washington, grandson, Murl & Judy Nieman), Jeremy House (Army, nephew, Ennis & Ostrowski families), Ens. Elizabeth Huntoon (Italy, friend, Jackie Jacobs), James Hurst, Ryan Jernigan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), PFC Mitchell Kaczmarek (Marines, nephew, Dan & Lisa Childress), Ryan Klimek (son, Troy & Sheila Klimek), Shawn Laque, Jeff Lassa (Air Force Reserve, son, Evelyn Lassa), Kyle Lassa (Korea, son, Evelyn Lassa), Michaela Lassa (Indiana, Air Force Reserve, daughter-in-law of Evelyn Lassa), Brett Lubic, Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Guam, grand-daughter, Dave & Pam Badarak), Michael Olsen (friend, Richard Williams), CPL Michael Ounanian (Marines, Afghanistan, Grandson, Barb Williams, Volunteer, Fish & Loaves), Dain Runyan (Marines, nephew, Cindy Romas), David Schafer (grandson, late Muriel & late Harold Schafer), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Sam Smith (nephew, Jeanne & Gene Edwards), Lawrence Stephens (Air Force, New Jersey), Gary Szekely (nephew, Will Tank), Garrett Waggoner (Navy, son, Heidi & David Waggoner), Jason Warner (step-son, Wendy Warner), Christopher Wendt (Navy, Florida, nephew, Cindy Romas), and Brandon Williams (brother, Heather Williams Dykowski).

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” ____________________________    

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.

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.

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. 

PEASE 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” continues 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.