Preparing for Sunday, October 3, 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; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The office is open to the congregation by appointment.

All Church Study
Courage: Jesus Christ and the Call to Brave Faith
Begins October 3
Join us for this engaging all church study by participating in a small group and reading this great book. Courage is the foundational virtue for the Christian life. Pastor and author Tom Berlin challenges us to unlock the courage that we already possess as Jesus followers. By examining Jesus’ life, we will begin to understand what true courage is and how God works in the lives of Jesus followers as they exhibit a brave faith. You may purchase a book for $13. Contact Rachel Henry for information and to sign up for a small group. 
SkyCraft Theatre Works
Ordinary Days
October 1 – 10 in Hickey Hall
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.
Ordinary Days is a sung-through musical with music and lyrics by American composer Adam Gwon. Set in New York City, the musical follows four characters, exploring how their ordinary lives connect in the most amazing ways.Tickets ($15) are available at and at the door. See more
Volunteer Ushers Needed!
Three Ushers Needed for October 8, 9, 10
See the performance for free and receive a complimentary ticket to another performance. Attire is business casual. Sign up here
Contact Marilyn Kress for more information.
A Word from the Pastor
Sunday Worship
10 a.m. in the Sanctuary 
Online worship at 10 a.m. on Facebook
We begin our fall sermon series, Courage, with a look at the Clarity of Courage. How does clarity inspire courage? How does it motivate us in our daily lives? How did Jesus live this out in his earthly ministry? Clarity is significant in our journey of growing courage. Curious? Join us this Sunday!  
Rev. David Eardley
The Open Door at 10 a.m. in Hickey Hall 
This week we will gather around the table celebrating Holy Communion for the first time as Open Door since March 2020. Please join us as we share in our open table in celebration, in remembrance and in hope. As we continue in our sermon series, “I’ve been meaning to ask…” we consider the question, “What do you need?” in recognition that we need one another and all have desires. In 2 Timothy, Paul is active in making his requests known, being both direct and incredibly vulnerable with his community. What do you need to feel whole? In what ways has the pandemic changed you? What do you prioritize? What do you hope for?
Rev. April Gutierrez
Vesper Service Thursday
 Thursday at 7 p.m. for worship on Facebook
Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.
Prayer Redefined
As you follow the Jesus path, words matter. Sometimes, they lose their impact because you’re so familiar with them. We’ll consider prayer so you can think about that word—and practice— in a fresh way.
Rev. Rick Kress
Prayer List
The following prayer requests have been received by our church. Please send your prayer requests to
Healing & Comfort
Ginny Ames, Loraine Mazur, Beth Culp, David Beerer, Roger Roller, Carol Ann Wilke, Bernona Fry - mother of Grant Fry, Tim Tenbusch, - friend of Betsy and Peter Marsh
1st Sunday
Prayer & Anointing
Sunday, October 3 at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Join us this week in prayer in the Sanctuary following worship. Sundays the rest of the month, the Prayer Team will have people wearing wear red "Need a Prayer" hearts available to pray with you in the Narthex. If you would like to join the Prayer Team can contact Sharon Hiller at 810-305-8716.
The Fall of Big Feelings
October Series for Children
Each week children will explore big feelings we all experience. Families will receive themed playlists to use at home. Children will also have the opportunity to zoom with Miss Amy once a week to connect with each other and dive deeper into these themes.
Our weekly zoom time begins at 5:30 p.m. 
October 5: Anger; October 14: Sadness; October 20: Fear; October 25: Disappointment
Last Call for New Stephen Ministers
Class starts October 18
If you have thought of becoming a Stephen Minister, it will never be easier than this. A new training class is forming and will be taught at St. Paul’s on Monday evenings. We will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be finished before 9 p.m. This class starts on October 18 and will continue (with breaks for holidays) until the end of March. We have five trainees enrolled from several area churches, but there is space for you. To get more information, contact Judy May or Susan Sonye.
Help is Needed! Deadline October 22
Hats & Gloves for Baldwin
For many years the United Methodist Women has donated hats and gloves to Baldwin Center and Neighborhood House. We buy them at a discount from Broner Hat Company to maximize our donation.
Without our Rummage Sale fundraiser this year, we do not have funds available and we welcome any donations to help us continue this ministry. Please make checks to St. Paul's United Methodist Women with 'hats and gloves' in the memo line & mail to 620 Romeo St. Rochester, MI 48307. 
Many thanks from the United Methodist Women.
Harmony in the Hills Concert
Greg Hartmann
Sunday, October 10
4:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Join us for a solo performance by well respected pianist Greg Hartman. He will also be performing October 8 at 8 p.m. in the Sanctuary with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and will be featured with St. Paul’s Orchestra in a virtual Harmony in the Hills concert on October 9 at 8 p.m. on Facebook.
Treasures in the Trunk Sale
Saturday, October 16
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in parking lot
Due to Covid and volunteer concerns, St. Paul’s UMW is trying something new in place of our Fall Rummage Sale. Bring what you would have donated - Sell it along side others doing the same. All proceeds support women and children in need. See more
Marriage Renewal Service
Sunday, October 17
10 a.m. in the Sanctuary & Hickey Hall
Couples celebrating their 5th, 10th wedding anniversary, etc. (in 5 year increments), or any wedding anniversary over 50 years, are invited to participate. Please call the church office at 248-651-9361 to sign up for this meaningful renewal service. The deadline to notify the church for participants’ names to be displayed onscreen is Monday, October 4.
Changed to All Virtual Event
Black Church
Sunday, October 17; 3 - 5 p.m. Virtual viewing
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Virtual discussion
Part 2 of The Black Church Watch Party and Discussion has been changed to a all virtual event. See updated information
Harmony in the Hills Concert
Nicholas Schmelter
Sunday, October 17; 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary
St. Paul’s is delighted to present Nicholas Schmelter on organ and harpsichord, featuring St. Paul’s JW Walker organ and Franco-Flemish Double harpsichord. Come for a wonderful afternoon of music with a very well respected international concert artist. Suggested donation $15.
New Member Class
Sunday, October 24; 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the Parlor
Please attend the New Member Class if you interested in becoming a member of St. Paul’s and would like to learn more about the mission of St. Paul’s, small groups and the many ministry teams that are offered. At the end of the meeting, we will welcome new members. Pictures will be taken and shown in worship the following Sunday.

Please sign up at the Welcome Center in the Narthex or in Hickey Hall or contact Marilyn Kress at 586-212-9065.
Altar Flowers
Through your generous support, the sponsorship of altar flowers at St. Paul’s has remained a loving tradition and a beautiful part of our worship experience. If you would like to sponsor altar flowers in memory of or in honor of someone or something, please contact Karen Rider.

Help Wanted
Immediate need for part-time daytime custodian. Applicants must be reliable, flexible and able to lift 25lbs. This is a permanent long-term position with paid time off. Please contact Rachel Henry for more information.
Help Wanted
Audio/Visual Volunteers
Are you interested in sharing your gifts and joining a great team at St. Paul’s? We are seeking Audio/Visual volunteers to help support Sunday services and special events. Volunteers will be trained and scheduled as they are available. For more information please contact Rachel Henry.

Welcome Center Coordinator and Volunteers and Ushers Needed
Help others feel welcome the moment they walk in the door! Friendly folk are needed to serve as Welcome Center hosts and Ushers on Sunday mornings. A Welcome Center volunteer coordinator is also needed. Please contact Rob Patten to volunteer for the Welcome Center and Gail Hosner to serve as an usher.
Health Ministry Team has provided the following important information:
If you are need of help or have an urgent need, please email or call the church office at 248-651-9361. 
Contact your pastors:
Rev. David Eardley - 
Rev. April Gutierrrez -
Rev. Judy May -  
Rev. Rick Kress -  
Church Office              248-651-9361 
Dr. Timothy R. Hickey  Pastor Emeritus