Sunday May 27, 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


First Sunday after Pentecost                                                                        May 27, 2018

Memorial Weekend

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

Nursery care available

 As the prelude begins, members of the congregation are invited to

light a remembrance candle for a veteran on the altar. 

Please speak with an usher if further assistance is needed.  


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)


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


 *OPENING HYMN No. 725  “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand,”  (vs. 1-4)  

   Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

   Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage.  Make us always                

   remember your generosity and constantly do your will.  Bless our land with   

   honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life.  Save us from  

   violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance and from every evil  

   course of action.  Make us who came from many nations with many different  

   languages a united people.  Defend our liberties and give those whom we have

   entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there might  

   be justice and peace in our land.  When times are prosperous, let our hearts be

   thankful; and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail.  We ask all this  

   through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.       


*Congregation standing    


    CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “You Raise Me Up,” Brenda Murphy, Soloist (9),

    “Lord, Here I Am,” Chancel Choir  (10:30)

   SCRIPTURE READING  Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 8:5-13 Lector: Barbara Schultz

*HYMN No. 677  “Let There Be Peace on Earth”   

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN No. 464  “God of Grace and God of Glory”  (vs. 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.

  SERMON  “Blessed are the Peacemakers,”  Pastor Drutchas

  CHIME INTERLUDE  “God Bless America”

  A SALUTE TO VETERANS  (Veterans are invited to stand, if possible)

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)


       Honoring those who have given their lives for our nation

*RECESSIONAL HYMN No. 720  “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”  


*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.

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.


“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), Michael Isaacs (10:30)

Deacon: Dee Salsbury (9) & Al Gunther (10:30)

Ushers:  Teri Staffeld (9),

Julius Enesey, Sharon Podpora, Louise Stanek (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 28 – June 4

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

                     10:30 a.m.                                                                    

Monday       Office Closed/ Girl Scout Troop 74590 6:30 p.m./ No exercise/ No TOPS                  

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ St. Paul Softball 9:00 p.m. back field

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday      Blessfest (New Hope Assembly of God) 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.

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

                     Sunday/ Communion/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Youth Mission Trip

                     Lunch 11:30 a.m. and Bottle Return/ Youth-Parent Mission Trip Meeting 1:30



  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  First Sunday after Pentecost/ May 27, 2018 


  PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments between

  worship services in our Fellowship Hall, hosted by our Red Hot Purple Angels.  


  ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of Harold Schmoekel’s birthday from his family.

  SIDE VASE honors our veterans, both past & present, from Lois Rice & Sue Mrowka.


 CHILDREN’S CHOIR will gather after the 10:30 service to practice our songs.  All

 children up to and including 6th grade are invited to join.If you have any questions, please

 contact Children’s Choir Director, Sally Sigman.   


 ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM’S FOURTEENTH SEASON is underway.    Great fun and fellowship! Anyone interested in playing please contact team coordinator, Chris (Mink) Rogers, Matt Horn or the church office (313) 291-1221).  Next game is Tuesday, May 29th 9:00 p.m. on the back field at Thorn Park located at Telegraph and King Roads in Brownstown. The schedule is also on the Community Bulletin Board.


 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 6, 2018.  All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning

 worship on June 10th in gown and mortarboard.



 Our Chancel Choir will be performing, as well as our Handbell Choir, Children’s Choir,   

 and other special selections and scripture.   Plan to be present to enjoy and participate in  

 this “Music Sunday” at St. Paul.  Special refreshments will be served in our Fellowship

 Hall between our 9:00 and 10:30 am worship services. 

is Thursday, June 14th from

  6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Sportway of Brownstown, 19640 Allen Road (west side of the street)

  between Sibley and King Roads.  A light pizza supper with beverages and dessert will be

  served promptly at 6:15 p.m. followed by the evening activities which include Go-Karting,

  Mini Golf, and Batting Cages.  As in past years, St. Paul Men’s Fellowship will be covering

  all the costs. Participation is limited to St. Paul members, their children, and grandchildren.

  Reservations are needed to ensure an accurate headcount for meal and ticket purchase. To

  RSVP contact the church office at (313) 291-1221 no later than Monday, June 11th.    


  WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP’S JUNE 14TH MEETING is an off-site luncheon with the Sewing Guild (Sew ‘n Sews), and Dorcas Society members at Woodside Meadows Golf Course Restaurant, 20820 Inkster Rd., Romulus. The ladies will be gathering at 12:30 p.m.  Please R.S.V.P. to Thelma Poet by June 10th.  All ladies of the church are invited.


   HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health.  A

  donation of $3-5 for each class attended is invited. Shalom – Chronic disease group

  meeting. Our next meeting is June 11th at 1 p.m. Health/Medical supplies – If you have or

  need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy

  Williams or the church office.  Blood Drive – June 19th- Sign up now for an appointment

  (1:00 -6:45 p.m.) Contact Kathy Williams or go online and sign up at   No exercise class this Monday, May 28th.


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS June Outing -An afternoon ride on the Diamond Jack’s boat tours.



Discovering God’s Forever Forgiveness”. ​Children, pre-school through sixth grade,

should plan now to do a little camping this summer. This year’s Vacation Bible School

program will be taking place at St. Paul UCC from July 23rd through July 26th. Parents

and members of the congregation are encouraged and invited to join their children for the

VBS family finale and closing program that will coincide with the annual picnic held

on July 29th. In addition to picnic activities, all attending can look forward to lunch,

games, a waterslide, and a special music presentation offered by VBS participants. To

ensure a successful Vacation Bible School program volunteers are needed to be station

leaders, to help set-up and tear down decorations, lead and guide children to their various

stations, assist station leaders, participate in skits, work the registration desk, and help

with promotion.  Contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm to volunteer or for more information.


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

Luke Barnosky, Megan Barnosky, Ryan Block, Betty Caufield, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Juanita Davis, Shirley Drobil, Phill Felske, Oren Forsyth, Danielle Gardner, Doris Hilliker, Henrietta Hinzman, Pam Jones, Mark Kenosian, Ruth Kenosian, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Bill McGahey, Joe Mayfield, John Montgomery (hospice), Murl Nieman, Patricia Olson, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, and Charmaine Wright. 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.


TOPS, (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), . No TOPS meeting this Monday, May 28th.


YOUTH STOCK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE  Our youth are selling stock to help

fund their summer mission trip.  For a donation, shareholders will be assured a personal

letter from a mission trip participant, their name placed on the Rock Hard in Faith

mission trip banner, and the knowledge that they have helped to shape a life in Christ.


LOOKING AHEADSt. Paul will once again host a Vendor Arcade at the annual

All Church Picnic, July 29, 2018. 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.


President Donald Trump, John DeGroat (friend, Don Gardner), Brandon Felske (Air Force,

Grandson, Phill & Arlene Felske), Cade Ferguson (Navy, nephew, Patrick Ferguson), 1st

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),

Kevin Johnson & Stephen Johnson (Navy, grandsons, Patricia Olson), 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), Chuck Lundine (Nebraska), Brian McCleary (Iraq, brother, Michael

McCleary), Jaden Maus (Air Force, Netherlands, granddaughter, 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), Nick Sell (friend, Don Gardner), Nicholas Smith (Navy, Florida, husband,

Morgan Gillespey-Smith), 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).


DOWNRIVER’S BLESSFEST “A Day of Hope” returns Saturday, June 2, 12pm-3pm.

This year’s BLESSFEST will be held at New Hope Assembly, 14000 Racho Blvd,

Taylor (two blocks north of Eureka/Southland Mall). BLESSFEST offers free health

screenings, dental exams, job opportunities, basic need resources, workshops, a Kids Zone,

(ages 5-11) and groceries for 500 attendees. Over 30 agencies, nonprofits, hospitals and

churches from the faith community are participating in BLESSFEST. The day’s event

includes free information in the areas of early childhood/intervention, youth programs,

drug abuse prevention, rehabilitation and vocational services, senior programs, job

training and employment opportunities, legal aid and counseling, nutrition, optical, health

care, dental, chiropractic, and breast and cervical cancer care. Spiritual counseling will be

provided by Harvest Worship Center, New Wine Community Church, Northline Baptist,

PTM Ministries, St. Paul UCC, Zion Missionary Baptist and New Hope Assembly of God.