Sunday May 29, 2016



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


Second Sunday after Pentecost                                                                                May 29, 2016

Memorial Sunday

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. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas



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

    remember your generosity and help us to consistently 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.

 *OPENING HYMN WITH FLAG PROCESSIONAL  No. 725  “God of the Ages, Whose 

    Almighty Hand,”  Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader

  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE  Scout Troop #825

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,

    and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God,

    indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


   CELEBRATION OF MUSIC “Blowin’ In the Wind,” Helen St. Louis, Soloist (9),

    “This Is Our Song,”  Chancel Choir (10:30)


*Congregation standing 


  SCIPTURE READING  Psalms 140; Matthew 8:5-13  Lectors:  Arlene Felske (9),

      Fred Miller (10:30)

 *HYMN No. 705  “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory”

  MORNING PRAYER  Pastor Drutchas

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



     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  “Soldier of Faith,” Pastor Drutchas

  CHIME ANTHEM  “Onward Christian Soldiers”


    Acknowledgement of Veterans (please stand, if possible)

    Blessing of Memorial Wreath

    Tolling of the Bell (Honoring those who have given their lives for our nation)

  LORD’S PAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN  (Insert) “God Bless America,”  Mark Ennis & Congregation


*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the services closes until all candles are   




RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE are available in the East Lobby which can be reached through the side door at the east front of the sanctuary.

ASSISTIVE LISTENSING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT ORDERS OF SERVICE are available from the ushers.  Tune listening devices to Channel 105.5 FM.

CELL PHONES AND PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.  Please alert the ushers if you need any assistance.

AN INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP AND CHURCH MEMBERSHIP is extended to all visitors and newcomers.  For more information, speak with an usher or Pastor Drutchas.



Matthew 6:2-4, “So when you give something to a needy person, do not make a big show of it, as the hypocrites to in the street. They do it so that people will praise them. I assure you, they have already been paid in full.  But when you help a needy person, do it in such a way that even your closest friend will now know about it.  Then it will be a private matter and your Father who sees what you do in private will reward you.”  This Gospel reminds us that all our giving, whether financial or of service, must always be done for the love of God alone, not for the praise of those around us.   


Military Members


Robert Barley, US Air Force, Sergeant

Charlie Barnard, US Army, E-5

Jesse Norman Barnes, US Air Force, Captain

Dennis H. Bennett, US Army, E-4 (1967-1969)

John Caufield, Us Air Force, Airman First Class (8 years)

Dan Childress, US Navy

Miles Church, US Army, Staff Sergeant

Geoffrey G. Drutchas, US Navy

Gene Edwards, US Marines, Sergeant (E-5) (1971-1977)

Phillip Felske, US Navy, E-7 (1956-1979)

Patrick Ferguson, US Navy, (1968-1972)

Allen Gunther, US Air Force, Airman Second Class

Oliver Hilliker,

Neil McEachern, US Air Force, Airman First Class (Korean War)

David Walker, Sr., US Coast Guard, 1st Class Petty Officer (1937-1951)

Alvin C. Whited, US Army Reserves, Sergeant, First Class

Frank Wolfram, US Army, Sergeant


MORNING TIDE / ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST                               

Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Second Sunday after Pentecost

May 29, 2016



“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.”



Deacon:  Al Gunther (9), Kevin Kittendorf (10:30)

Council:  Sue Mrowka (9), Pam Lange (10:30)

Ushers:  Annette Thie, Pam Foresta, Barb Smith, John Smith (9)

Ann Anderson, Helen St. Louis, Mary Miller, Fred Miller (10:30)


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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


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

SIDE VASE honors the 53rd wedding anniversary of Judy & Murl Nieman. 

WHITE ROSE ON THE PULPIT is in memory of Erik Wickline from Diana Wickline.

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between our morning worship services sponsored by our Red Hot Purple Angels.

THERE IS NO ZUMBA class Wednesday, June 1, 2016.  Class will resume Wednesday, June 8th.



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Judy Albright, Ida Black, Nancy Cady, Steve Clark, June Dolan, Jim Ennis, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Rodney Gish, Moses Flomo, Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Marilyn Kunkle, Rosemarie Laslo, Brenda Miller, Murl Nieman, Shirlen Powell, Sandra Rose, David Schmoekel, Joan Schnfeld (Wyandotte Hospital), Eliot Stern, Dennis Sumner, Brenda Tank, Rebecca Warren, and Lisa Wild. 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.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP JUNE 9TH MEETING is an off-site luncheon with the Sew ‘n Sew gals at Mom’s Kitchen Restaurant, 2691 Fort St., Trenton, 48183.  The ladies will be gathering at 12:30 p.m.  Please R.S.V.P. to Toni Hill or Thelma Poet.  All ladies of the church are invited.

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 (313-291-1221) no later than Wednesday, June 8, 2016.  All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning worship on June 12th in gown and mortarboard.

CHURCH BELL RINGING WORKSHOP scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2016 immediately 

following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  We will gather in the Narthex.  Anyone interested in 

learning how to ring our church’s bell is invited to complete a Make-A-Wish card and drop it in

the offering plate or contact the church office.



is welcome regardless of skill level.  Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in leading a

third team or playing please contact team coordinator, Chris Mink or Jack Miller or the church  

office. Tuesday, May 17th “Team Blue” (Jack Miller) plays at 7:45 p.m. on the front field.  “Team  

Blue” plays “Team Black” (Chris Mink) at 9:00 p.m. on the front field.  Games are played at Thorn 

Park, located at King & Telegraph Roads in Brownstown.  The fun is worth the price of admission! 

TAYLOR COMMUNITY CHORUS SPRING CONCERT Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the William D. Ford Senior Center, 6750 Troy, Taylor (north of Ecorse, west of Telegraph).  Celebrating 60 years of Disney and Irving Berlin 100 years of song.  Featuring Beauty and the Beast, Can You Fell the Love Tonight, Friend Like Me, It’s a Small World and much more.  Intermission with refreshments.  Tickets are $5.00 and be purchased at the door or by contacting Mark Ennis.  

CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN NURSING OR REHAB CARE:  Please remember in your prayers our members:  Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Melissa Rossi (4187 Weddel, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd,. Riverview, 48193), Barbara Sullivan (moved to Virginia), and Walter Theeck (Stone Gate, 2525 Demille Blvd, Lapeer, 48446).


HEALTH MINISTRIESShalom – Chronic disease group meeting.  We meet the second Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m.  Our next meeting is at 1:00 p.m.  All are welcome.  A Matter of Balance – our series of classes has finished.  The classes were enjoyable and constructive.  We are planning another class for the fall.  Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. We are doing Zumbato a DVD on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise advised. If you are interested, please complete a Make-a-Wish card and put it in the offering plate or contact the church office. If you have further questions, contact Kathy Williams, Parish Nurse.  Health & Medical Supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, unopened packages of diapers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact Kathy Williams, Parish Nurse.  Blood Drive - Tuesday, June 21, from 1-6:45 PM we will hold our next blood drive. There needs to be 59 days between donations. Please make an appointment by contacting Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams, or complete a Make-a-Wish card and place it in the offering plate. You can now make appointments for/at your own convenience through the Internet. Visit click on the blue box on the left side of the page that says 'Enter a Sponsor Code', under 'Find a blood drive near you.' Type in StPaulTaylor (no spaces). You will then be directed to the next page listing our blood drive. Click on the last column to sign up. You will need to register & obtain a password. IDs & passwords are case sensitive.  You can also download to your phone or print out a RapidPass the day of the drive prior to coming to the drive. You can read the educational materials & complete the health history online to save some time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility you can look at eligibility requirements on or contact the Red Cross blood donation center at 866-236-3276.  There is updated information about a four week deferral for those who have been to areas where the Zika virus has been found. 

 RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS OUTING – Saturday, June 18 –-Cranbrook grounds. Luncheon at noon followed by a walk of the gardens, etc. Approximate cost $25.We will carpool form church time TBD. Sign-up and payment due by Sunday, June 5. Sally Sigman is the contact. Next month, Thursday, July 21 is Christmas in July at Kathy Williams’ house. 6:30 PM. bring a dish to pass. Bring a gift to of $5-10 to exchange. 

THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD was changed in accordance with our IT policy.  Please contact the Church Office to get the new Wi-Fi password or see Dan Case, Michael Isaacs or Gary Peters during Coffee Hour or after our services.  St. Paul IT Ministry. 

  YOUTH STOCK FOR SALE.  The youth will be selling stock for their upcoming mission trip

  to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  To invest in the youth you can purchase a share of stock during  

  coffee hour.  The youth thank you in advance for your support and look forward to sharing their 

  experiences with you.


  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.


  LEAFS FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S new “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 will be located in the narthex,  

  just outside the entrance to the new building addition.  Those who wish to have a leaf in place in  

  time for the dedication of the new addition and the “Tree of Faith” unveiling are encouraged to  

  complete their request as soon as possible using the blue cards available in the pews 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.


 ONLINE WEEKLY YOUTH BIBLE STUDY All youth (6-12 grades) interested in participat-

 ing in a weekly online Bible study are asked to send Pastor Schalm their email address. Each  

 Monday a topic affecting young people will be addressed and discussed according to scripture  

 versus pop culture. Youth will have the opportunity to share their insights throughout the week

 on the subject as their schedules permit. This is a great opportunity to stay connected and to grow  

 in the knowledge of Christ despite a hectic schedule. All communication will be done through a  

 group email. Send your email address to



 PENTECOST, THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH.   “Invest in the Vision” is the theme for   

 our UCC “Strengthen the Church” Mission Offering which supports new church congregations and  

 renews and revitalizes existing congregations.  This offering is part of the UCC “God Is Still  

 Speaking Ministry” which reminds us that God still has a lot more to say, because no matter who  

 you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.  The offering envelopes were

 not included in your May Tidings, however you will find them in the church pew racks.  Your  

 generous gift helps God’s spirit move and speak in our congregations for generations to come.     

 Please give prayerfully to this special mission offering which will be received any Sunday

 during the month of May.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, Thank You.




Calendar Week May 29– June 5

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

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

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

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Team Blue (Jack’s team) plays at 7:45 p.m. on the back 

                      field.  Team Black (Chris’ team) at 6:30 p.m. on the back field. 

Wednesday  Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday      Spring Pageant Rehearsal 10:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 a.m./ Spring Pageant 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey 

                     Drutchas – Communion/ Church Bell Ringing Workshop 11:30 a.m.