Sunday May 6, 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


Sixth Sunday of Easter                                                                                   May 6, 2018


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

Nursery care available


  SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)


  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist


*OPENING HYMN No. 517  “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,”  Tracy Hoffman,

    Hymn Leader

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

    Loving God, who raised Jesus Christ from the dead to be our Savior, we are slow

    to embrace you as we should and to recognize your son’s presence in our lives.      

    Help us to be more faithful and observant in everything we say or do.  Make this

    hour an occasion in which our vision, perspective and commitment to you and             

    your son are truly deepened.  Amen.



  SPECIAL MUSIC  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist                

  SCRIPTURE READING 1 John 5:1-6, John 15:9-17 Lectors:  Mark Ennis

 *HYMN No. 585  “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

   MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)


 *congregation standing

HYMN No. 490 “Sister, Let Me Be Your Servant”


  SERMON  “The Power of Love,”  Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 480  “I Love to Tell the Story” (9)

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Jesus, Name Above All Names,”  Choir  (10:30)


    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. 

 *BENEDICTION/ *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes   

    and until all of the candles are extinguished.)




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.

hymnals and orders

of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM. 

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:  Allen Gunther (9), Kristi Caruso (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 6 – May 13

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

                    Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30/ Youth Plant- Flower Sale   

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      ChristNet 9:30 a.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m./ Softball

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Visiting Elders 10:30 a.m./ Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Every Daughter

                     Banquet 6:00 p.m.

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

                    Flower & Plant Sale/ Muffins for Moms 10:00 a.m./ Cradle Roll Service

                   10:30 a.m./ Sunday




  Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

  Sixth Sunday of Easter/ May 6, 2018 


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

 Fellowship Hall between morning worship services, hosted by our Red Hats Ministry.


    ALTAR FLOWERS celebrate the retirement of Barb Smith from your loving husband,

    John.  Congratulations, Barb! 
SIDE VASE wishes Happy 80th Birthday to Glen Sigman,
 from his loving family. 

SIDE VASE wishes a very Happy Birthday to Pastor Schalm.


 HOLY COMMUNION IS OFERED 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 fits the dignity of the sacrament.


 THE EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET is on Thursday May 10, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:30

  p.m.  Our theme this year is the "50's".  The evening will begin with a music review of

  songs from the 50's will be presented as our entertainment for the evening. A Buffet Style

  Dinner will then be served.  As is tradition we will be recognizing those who are 90 and

  over with a corsage and will also give away several baskets as door prizes as well as

  flowers. Cost of the ticket is $5.00, children 12 and under free.  All tickets must be

  purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets can be purchased thru

  Sunday May 6th at the Kiosk Table in Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour or by calling

  the church office at 313-291-1221.  This event is being hosted by Dorcas Society,

  Women's and Men's Fellowship.



Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level.  Great fun and fellowship!

 Anyone interested in playing or leading a second team please contact team coordinator,

 Chris (Mink) Rogers or the church office (313.291.1221).  First game is Tuesday, May

 8th on the fields at Thorn Park located at Telegraph and King Roads in Brownstown.

 The schedule to follow.

is Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018.  The Sunday

  School children with the help of Men’s Fellowship will be honoring their mothers and the

  women of the congregation with a special “Muffins for Moms” continental breakfast be-

  tween the worship 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  All ladies should mark their

  planners for this special event.  Anyone interested in assisting should contact Pastor Cheryl



  SEWING GUILD’S next meeting will be May 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich,

  coffee & dessert is provided. No sewing experience is required, join us for fellowship and

  Food For Thought!


SPRING IS IN THE AIR AND THE TIME TO PLANT is quickly approaching. The youth are selling flats of flowers, planters, hanging baskets and vegetable plants. Flowers and plants can be pre ordered and will be delivered to the church on Sunday, May 20th. The youth will carry and load them into your vehicle.  NO extra flowers/ plants will be available for sale the day of pick-up.  All flowers sold will be through pre-order only. An order form can be obtained at the KIOSK table during Sunday coffee hour, by calling the church office at (313) 291-1221, at the Christian Education Welcome Center, or on our web page. Completed forms can be turned in at the KIOSK table on Sunday, the Church Office or by contacting Pastor Cheryl Schalm. Payment is required when order forms are turned in.  The Youth are also hosting a Bake Sale and collecting all unwanted cans & bottles. Please bring them to the Church on May 20th.  All profit from the event goes to fund the Annual Youth Mission Trip. Any questions, please contact Pastor Schalm.


   HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health.  No

   Classes this Monday & Wednesday A donation of $3-5 for each class attended is invited.

   Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is May 14th at 1 PM. Our

   discussion topic is “Decreasing Sodium in Your Diet”. First – Aid & CPR Classes - First-

   Aid and CPR with AED classes with recertification are May 17, 19, and 20th. Please

   contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams.  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 19- Sign up now for an appointment

   (1:00 -6:45 p.m.) Contact Kathy Williams or go online and sign up at  

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, May 24-
Outing to the Russian Tea Room

  (The Royal Eagle), 18745 Old Homestead, Harper Woods, 48225.  313.521.1894.  High

  Tea will be at 12 noon.  The cost is $26 per person.  Kathy Williams is the contact.  Check

  the RHPA Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall for more information.  We will carpool from

  church at 10:00 a.m. We will view the gardens upon arrival and the synagogue, if possible.  

  In the tradition of the Grand and Elegant Court of Imperial Russia, the Royal Eagle offers a

  seven-course Russian Tea luncheon. Guests to the Tea Luncheon will enjoy seven delicious

  courses. Guests are welcome to walk the grounds and enjoy the beautiful gardens.  Please

  remember they are located on the grounds of a monastery and that, in order to preserve the

  unique atmosphere for which our guests have been known to travel hundreds of miles, we

  ask that standards of dress and behavior be observed: No shorts, short skirts, tank tops,

  no smoking, gum chewing or ringing cell phones; and please maintain control of young

  children. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. 

June-An afternoon ride on the Diamond
 Jack’s boat tours.


SAVE THE DATE:  The women’s retreat organized by the Dorcas Society has a change from its usual weekend in September to a weekend in October.   The new date is October 6th & 7th.  We have been trying for quite a few years to change the weekend from our Rally Sunday weekend to a weekend in October and have been able to finally make that happen.  We are still in the planning stages so watch your Morning Tide and Tidings in the coming months for more information about this event.  We do know the cost for this will be $97.00 per person (at least two people to a room).  If you have any questions, contact Marjie Barnard at 


TOPS, (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), is a weight loss support group. TOPS is nonprofit and noncommercial. St Paul is hosting the TOPS Chapter 9744, Taylor. TOPS does not sell, promote, or endorse any products. TOPS provides the support, encouragement, and educational opportunities needed to make healthy, permanent lifestyle changes. TOPS also provides motivational rallies, workshops, and retreats. Meetings are held on Monday nights with weigh in starting at 6:00 p.m. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end at approximately 7:15 p.m., in the West Room. Chapter dues are $5.00 per month. Member-ship is open to all women, men, teens and children 18 years old down to 7 years old, with parent permission. The first visit is free with no obligation to join. Bring a friend!  If you decide to join, a TOPS member will help you fill out a simple application form. Dues are $32.00 a year to the national chapter and $5.00 a month to the local chapter.


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

Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Helen Belcher (aunt, Sue Mrowka), Ryan Block,  Lilliana Brewer (great-granddaughter, Barb Brewer), Betty Caufield, Justin Collins (son-in-law, Gerri King), Shirley Drobil,  Phill Felske,  Oren Forsyth, Danielle Gardner, Barb Gish, Bob Greff (son-in-law, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Kyle Hard, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Henrietta Hinzman, Randy Jensen (Beaumont, Dearborn), Pam Jones, Ruth  Kenosian, John King, Nancy Kittendorf, Nancy Koszalka,  Shirley Koths, Rev. Bill Kren, Doris Lincoln (hospice), John Montgomery (hospice), Murl Nieman, Patricia Olson, Eric Poet, Joan Rensel, Bob Robinson, Eleanor Rossi, Beverly Sitz, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Brenda Tank, Loralee Wilson (Beaumont, Shouthshore), Carol Wioncek, and Brad Zabik. 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.


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 Wednes-day, June 6, 2018.  All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning worship on June 10th in gown and mortarboard.


MORNING TIDE NEWS ITEMS are due in the church office by Wednesday afternoon to allow adequate time to proof them.  Articles received later than Wednesday cannot be guaranteed publication.  If you have questions, please contact Cindy in the Church Office.


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 or

concerns, please contact Children’s Choir Director, Sally Sigman.   




Michael Bailey (father, Christie Smart), Robert Brainard (father, Ed Brainard), Jan Filpus (mother, Julia-Joy Miller), Bruce Gaither (father, Rebecca Warren), Carol Kuhn (mother-in-law, Lori Kuhn), Stella Ludlam (mother-in-law, Ellen Ludlam), Laura O’Neil (mother, Shawn Block), Bill Pinage (father, Brenda Buzo), Sheryl Schwab (mother, Mary Hard & Christine Schwab), and Anna Thompson (mother, Lucinda Chavez).