Preparing for Sunday, November 21, 2021
Worship Sunday at 10 a.m.
Sanctuary · Hickey Hall · Facebook
11 a.m. Christian Education · Service Opportunities
The church office is open M - F; 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The office is open to the congregation by appointment.

3rd Sunday Mission Project
Operation Christmas Child
Sunday, November 21; 11 a.m. in Hickey Hall
Join us as we pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Donate items to fill the shoe boxes through November 14. We will have the donated items available to fill the shoe boxes on November 21. See more
VIRTUAL Rummage Sale
Online Sale ends November 20
What treasures will you find? Support the UMW and help women and children locally and around the world. See more
Deck the Halls
Sunday, November 21
After 10 a.m. worship
Join us in decorating St. Paul's for the Advent season. See more
Rochester Ecumenical Alliance for Social Action
An Evening with Scott Ellsworth
Sunday, November 21; 6 - 7 p.m. on Zoom
Join us on Zoom for a discussion with Scott Ellsworth, author of The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice. Register in Advance. See more
NOW Available
December Evangel
From concerts to Christmas services, the December Evangel is full of important information about what is happening in our church this month. Get your copy in church on Sunday, or see it on our website.
A Word from the Pastor
Sunday Worship
10 a.m. in the Sanctuary 
Online worship at 10 a.m. on Facebook
On this last Sunday in the Christian calendar we will hear the familiar gospel story of the widow's mite. It's an all-time great story of giving and gratitude. The scene is in the temple and Mark records the last teaching of Jesus...a teaching about majors and minors. There are at least two questions for our consideration: When is "more" actually "less"? When is a "little" a "lot"? Come hear how Jesus answers these questions and gives his disciples (us) an example of the courage of gratitude.
Rev. Judy May
The Open Door at 10 a.m. in Hickey Hall 
As we continue in the Faces of our Faith sermon series, we discover the character of Anna meeting the newborn Christ. I know, it may seem surprising to hear the nativity story right before we begin Advent, but sometimes focusing on a character we may not even remember was there can offer great insight. How might we prepare for the holy encounter of the newborn Messiah?
Rev. April Gutierrez
Vesper Service Thursday
 Thursday at 7 p.m. for worship on Facebook
Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.
Amplify Joy
As the holidays are so close, consider how you can be mindful to ease your stress and amplify your joy.
Rev. Rick Kress
Prayer List
The following prayer requests have been received by our church. Please send your prayer requests to prayers@stpaulsrochester.org.
Healing & Comfort
Ginny Ames, Loraine Mazur, Beth Culp, David Beerer, Carol Ann Wilke, Joyce Olson, Anna Pearcy, Rev. Dwayne and Ruth Kelsey, Bill Hubbard, Lucas Prince, Pat Meehan, Vicki Sweda, Noah Petras - infant grandson of Dawn and Andrew Norton
News
New Activity for High School Students
Third Thursday Dinner Out
Thursday, November 18
6:30 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings, 1234 Walton Road,
Meet us at Buffalo Wild Wings to enjoy a FREE dinner, great conversation and fun! Friends are always welcome. Bring your smile.
Thanksgiving Worship Service
Tuesday, November 23; 7 p.m. on Facebook
You’re invited for an evening service of word and song focused upon giving thanks for all that God has done in our lives. Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester.
Meijer Simply Give Program
Help Neighborhood House
Your $10 contribution provides food to Neighborhood House Food Pantry
From now until Thanksgiving, Meijer will match Simply Give card purchases up to $10,000 per pantry. Look for donation cards at your Rochester Hills - Rochester Road store at checkout or click here to add a card to your pickup or delivery order. See more
Kris Kringle Handmade Treasures Sale & Community Outreach
Friday, December 3 from 4 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, December 4 from 12 – 10 p.m.
St. Paul’s will be participating in the Kris Kringle Christmas market in downtown Rochester selling crafts and inviting our community to our Advent and Christmas events.  Proceeds go to Neighborhood House. Volunteers are needed to sell crafts and hand out information. Sign up at Kris Kringle 2021 Volunteer Sign-up. For more information, please email Donna Heflin or Rob Patten.
Cass Community Social Services
Rochester Holiday Breakfast
Sunday, December 5
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Royal Park Hotel
Reserve your seat online. Tickets are $45 per adult, $20 per child 12 and under. Please RSVP by November 22.
Baby's First Christmas
Sunday, December 5; 10 a.m. in Hickey Hall
If your child or grandchild will be celebrating their first Christmas this season, we invite you to join us at the Open Door service to be celebrated with a hand-crafted ornament. Porch drops are an option if you are unable to attend worship. Please email Amy Heitman.
Christmas Gift Suggestion
Adopt a Habitat Family
Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County is looking for groups, companies and individuals to 'adopt' a Habitat family. There are two ways to do this, provide a monetary donation that will be used to purchase gift cards for Habitat Families via the Habitat web site or provide a gift or clothing item for each member of a Habitat family. See more
The True Meaning of Christmas from the Perspective of an Alien
Saturday, December 11
7 - 9 p.m. Online Event
Chris Laird, our weekend/night-time custodian has many talents. He’s authored and produced a play which will be available to watch online December 11. See more
  • In 1941, an alien being with mystical powers, Xona Bari, comes to earth to visit her human boyfriend, Montgomery Herrshoff. Witness this comedy stage play as Xona and Monty discover what Christmas is for themselves and what it means to them.
Health Ministry Team has provided the following important information:
HELP
If you are need of help or have an urgent need, please email HELP@stpaulsrochester.org or call the church office at 248-651-9361. 
Contact your pastors:
Rev. David Eardley - DEardley@stpaulsrochester.org 
Rev. April Gutierrrez - AGutierrez@stpaulsrochester.org
Rev. Judy May - JMay@stpaulsrochester.org  
Rev. Rick Kress - RKress@stpaulsrochester.org  
 
Church Office              248-651-9361 
 
Dr. Timothy R. Hickey  Pastor Emeritus