Preparing for Sunday, January 2, 2022
Worship Sunday at 10 a.m.
Hickey Hall ·  Facebook
The church office is open T - F; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The office is open to the congregation by appointment.

Year End Giving
All Gifts for 2021 must be postmarked by December 31! 
All gifts for credit in the year 2021 must be dated 2021 and received by the church by December 31 or postmarked in the year 2021. Also, if you are prepaying a 2022 stewardship gift, please make that notation on your check and envelope. Thank you for your continued, faithful support. Please see our giving page on our church website for ways to make an online gift in support of our ministries.
Holiday Office Hours
Tuesday, December 28 – Friday, December 31; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Monday, January 3 - Closed
Tuesday, January 4 - Resume normal office hours
IMPORTANT NOTICE
We are Closing our PO Box
Effective December 31, 2021, St. Paul's is closing PO Box 80307. We will only be receiving mail at 620 Romeo St. Rochester, MI 48307. Please make changes to an automatic payments and do not use pre-printed envelopes that have the PO Box address.
A Word from the Pastor
Sunday Worship
10 a.m. in Hickey Hall 
Online worship at 10 a.m. on Facebook
The first couple of weeks when a child is a newborn are brief and sacred. Many limit who will see the child in these early days of life, to hold tenderly in care the precious child and allow space to grow into the new role as a parent. Yet, Mary and Joseph receive guests, the shepherds, who prophesy and proclaim, “God is faithful!” The shepherds represent the common people, leading ordinary lives yet journeying to praise God and celebrate the birth of Jesus. As we move into a new year, how might you look for the Christ child in the ordinary moments? And how might you glorify God with renewed hope of God among us?  Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester.
Rev. April Gutierrez
Vesper Service Thursday
 Thursday at 7 p.m. for worship on Facebook
Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.
Keeping the Christmas Light
Last week, our Christmas Eve services featured candlelight and the lighting of the final Advent candle. The Rochester Christmas lights added to the beauty of the season. Christmas is about the Light of the World coming to us in the person of Jesus. Pause to consider how you can carry the Christmas Light into 2022. Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester.
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
Loraine Mazur, David Beerer, Carol Ann Wilke, Joyce Olson, Anna Pearcy, Bill Hubbard, Lucas Prince, Pat Meehan, Vicki Sweda, Donna Cooper, David Cooper and George Dentel - all relatives of Lisa McMillin, Herberta Stuermer - mother-in-law of Jodi Stuermer, Linda Berg - mother of Ned Berg, Harry Akers - father of Michelle Berg
News
Worship Schedule
Sunday, January 9
10 a.m. in the Sanctuary
10 a.m. in Hickey Hall
11 a.m. Christian Education · Service Opportunities

Baldwin Center
Volunteers Needed!
Baldwin Center
We need additional volunteers for our monthly commitment to serve Baldwin Center. Our volunteer list shrinks this time of year. If you are available on the second Monday of the month and want to serve, please contact Susan Heacock. Baldwin continues to serve over 2000 clients per week with sack lunches and needed services.
Grief Support Group
Wednesday, January 5
7 p.m. in the Lounge (Room 120/121)
If you are grieving the loss of a spouse, partner, sibling, parent, child, friend or even a cherished pet; you are not alone. We offer a grace filled space for you to share with others that know what you are going through. No matter where you are on your journey, we are there to support you. Sessions will meet weekly and are facilitated by a Social Worker and Stephen Minster. All those grieving are welcome to attend. Contact Rachel Henry for more information.
United Methodist Men
Saturday, January 8; 8 a.m. on Zoom
All men at St. Paul’s are invited to join us for breakfast, fellowship, a brief book study and to seek opportunities to serve others at St. Paul’s and our community. For more information, contact Dave deSteiger.
Caregivers Support Group
Saturday, January 8; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Rickard Chapel
The challenges of caregiving can result in caregivers ignoring their own physical and emotional health. This group of peers comes together for encouragement to care for themselves and help remind themselves that it is not selfish to attend to their own needs. We provide a space to pool our collective intelligence to devise productive strategies for dealing with stress around difficult caregiving situations. We also share stories, laughter, and tears with each other.
UMW Sunday
Sunday, January 9; 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary
The United Methodist Women will have their Installation of Officers for 2022 during the 10 a.m. worship service and recognize individuals for their dedication and service.
SkyCraft Booster Meeting
Sunday, January 9; 11:30 a.m. in Hickey Hall
Are you a performer, technician, or just a fan of the arts in general? Join us as we discuss plans for SkyCraft Theatre Works in 2022. There are lots of opportunities for the performing arts at St. Paul’s. Connect with SkyCraft and help us bring the next show to life!
For Parents of Youth and Confirmands
Youth Parent Meeting
Sunday, January 9; 5 p.m. in the Parlor
Do you need a soft place to land that is faith-based and grace-filled? Come as you are, drop your child at youth group or confirmation and join us for our first session on Sunday, January 9. We will gather together to connect with others and enjoy a meal. Other scheduled dates are February 27, March 27 and April 24. Just come or contact Rachel Henry for more information.
Seeker's Study
Monday, January 10; 1 - 2:30 p.m. in the Parlor
Everyone is invited to join the Seeker’s Book Study for our study of Short Stories of Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of A Controversial Rabbi. Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and the meaning of his ministry. See more
Book Discussion
The Ground Breaking
Tuesday, January 11; 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
Join us in reading The Ground Breaking. This book details how the story of a massacre in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area was covered up for half a century. The book is available on Amazon and several book stores. Please register in advance for these meetings. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Contact Sharon Hiller at 810-305-8716 with questions.
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