Preparing for Sunday, September 17, 2023

Worship Sunday

9:30 a.m. Hickey Hall · Livestream

11 a.m. Sanctuary · Livestream

Church Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Coffee Hour Church Chat

Children & Youth Ministry Update

Sunday, September 17; 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. in the Parlor

Join us during coffee hour to hear an overview Children's and Youth Ministries with Amy Heitman and Jodi Stuermer.

Confirmation Parent Meeting

Sunday, September 17

5 - 6 p.m. in Rickard Chapel

Youth Attend Youth Group 5 - 7 p.m. in Hickey Hall

Parents of confirmation students will meet to learn about the confirmation experience and expectations of the participants. Registration forms can be returned during the meeting and are due by September 20. We invite 7th graders to participate in this year’s Confirmation experience led by Rev. Dr. Gutierrez. Any student 7th grade and older is welcome to participate. See more

New Facilities Manager

Welcome Kevin Floch

Please help us in welcoming Kevin Floch as the Facilities Manager of St. Paul’s. Kevin has vast experience in maintenance supervision including security, budgeting, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, building preservation as well as snow removal and lawn care. He worked at the Crawford Correction Facility in Saegertown, PA as the Assistant Maintenance Supervisor and owned his own heating and air conditioning company for several years. Kevin and his wife Sheryl relocated to area to be near her family. They have two sons and four grandchildren. Stop by the office to introduce yourself or you may reach him at [email protected].

Thank You Community Garden Volunteers

Over 200 pounds of produce donated so far!

Many thanks to all of the Community Garden volunteers who have planted, weeded, watered and harvested produce that was donated to Neighborhood House Food Panty. So far we have donated over 200 pounds of produce and we will continue to harvest into October. Our volunteers include: Judy Hakim, Pat Klos, Wendy & Stan McClosky, Amy Schultz, Cathy Highfield, Chuck Wasson

Cindy Taylor, Dan & Kathy Lutey, Rev. April Gutierrez, Miriam Gutierrez, Janet & Doug Tull, Pat Botkin, Rick Kress, Roberta Vandergreggen, Susan Sonye, Stephanie, Travis, Henry & Claire Walker, Emma Moore, Stephanie Bauer & family, Melanie Nally, HUGS Group (Planted seeds in the spring)

Poverty: A Conversation that Matters

Saturday, September 30

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary

What does it mean to live in poverty? How does it affect physical and mental health? What does poverty look like in the greater Rochester area? St. Paul’s Adult Ministries, Health Ministries and Stephen Ministries will host a program on poverty with guest speakers Umeika Stephens, family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, Cynthera McNeill, assistant Professor at Wayne State University, and Michael Dreon, Executive Director of Rochester Area Neighborhood House. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a simulation and ask questions during the program. This is a free program that will be open to the public. See more

Food Pantry Wish List

Please put items in the cart in the Narthex

Rochester Area Neighborhood House Food Pantry currently needs the following items:

Canned Mushrooms, Canned Olives,Canned Pineapple, Canned Salmon, Canned Chicken, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Ramen Chicken/Beef, Chili Beans, Pasta Sauce, Instant Flavored Oatmeal, Cooking Oil, White Rice

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Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m. Open Door Outdoors & Livestream

11 a.m. Sanctuary & Livestream

Where You Belong: A Place to Be You

Who's in? Who's out? Our society, our culture asks these questions daily. Do they apply to the chruch? Who are the gatekeepers? Who are the "they, them us"? All are invited to come, see and hear the "I Am" voice of the Good Shepherd... Bring a friend!

Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester.

Rev. Judy May

Vesper Service Thursday

Thursday at 7 p.m. on Facebook

Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.

Dealing with Anger

Anger is an emotion that can turn your world upside down. How can you deal with anger, with God’s help? Consider Paul’s counsel in Ephesians 4:26-27 as you learn to deal with your anger. Tune in to find encouragement for yourself. Vespers at

Rev. Rick Kress

Prayer List

The following prayer requests have been received by our church. Please contact the office at 248-651-9361 with your prayer requests.

Healing & Comfort

Rev. Dwayne Kelsey, John Maston, Thom Parker, Maggie Meyers - mother of Rebecca Lawson, Otto Arentzen, Peggy Roberts, Diane McElreath, Shannon Hickey - niece of Debbie Kelly


Hats & Gloves for Baldwin

UWF accepting donations September 15 - October 15

During the winter months there is a great need for hats and mittens at Baldwin Mission and Neighborhood House. For many years the United Women in Faith has donated hats and gloves that they buy at a discount from Broner Hat Company to maximize our donation. UWF welcomes any donations to help us continue this ministry. Please make checks to UWF with ‘hats and gloves’ in the memo line and mail to 620 Romeo St. Rochester, MI 48307 or donate online. If you donate online, email Lynn Loebs so she can track your donation. Many thanks from the United Women in Faith.

JOY - Just Older Youth

Tuesday, September 19; 12 p.m. in Hickey Hall 

Everyone 65+ is "just older youth", so please join us for a program or an in-house service project every third Tuesday of the month. Bring a brown bag lunch; dessert plus Jake's fabulous coffee will be provided. This month we'll share "What I did during summer break".

A Bigger Table

Tuesdays, September 19 - October 24

6 - 7 p.m. in the Parlor 

Join Pastor Elbert this fall for a six-week study as we wrestle with how to create a culture of belonging while inspiring people to live and love like Jesus. Together we’ll read and discuss John Pavlovitz’ book, A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community. Please contact Rachel Henry at 248-651-9361 to register.

United Methodism 101

Tuesdays, September 19 & 26

7 - 8:30 p.m. in Room 131 

How do you answer when you’re asked why you are a United Methodist? Do you ever wonder who or what a United Methodist is, believes, or wants to be? Whether you have been a part of this denomination forever and need a refresher course, or are relatively new to us and need more information, United Methodism 101 is for you! Rev. Judy May looks at how we have become part of a church that has grown from one man’s experience to a movement that covers the world. Contact the office at 248-651-9361 to register.

Cancer Support Group

Tuesdays, September 26 – November 7

7 p.m. in Room 128-129

This non-denominational support group is open to the community for cancer survivors, both those going through treatment now or in the past, as well as for family members, friends and caregivers. We would love to have you join us for as many of these meetings as you can make during the session. Each meeting includes a speaker on various topics followed by sharing time. The support and growth experienced in these groups is invaluable and amazing. For more information, call the church office at 248-651-9361.

Third Grade Bibles

Sunday, October 1; 9:30 & 11 a.m. services

Third graders will receive their Bibles on October 1 during worship. If you would like your child to receive a bible, please contact Amy Heitman at 248-651-9361. Please register to let us know which worship service you will attend and write your child's name in the comment section as you would like it appear in the inscription.


Belonging and Beloved: The Book of Philippians

Mondays, October 2 - 23

6:30 - 8 p.m. in Room 132

Join Rev. Rick Kress for a study of the book of Philippians, a book that features a young church facing problems, and Paul’s pastoral advice for how to make their way as Christians. It is about belonging to a church community and to Christ, while treating one another as God treats us— as the beloved. Full of practical advice, Philippians is an inspirational book for modern readers. There is no text except for the Bible. It’s an inductive Bible study, meaning that we delve into the text itself, rather than a book’s interpretation of it.

Changing to Zoom Study on Tuesdays

A Study of the Book of Romans

Tuesdays, beginning October 3; 7:30 p.m. on Zoom

Gerry Bryce will be leading an in-depth 32-week study of Romans, the Apostle Paul's letter written to the Christians living in Rome. See an detailed description of the class. If you are interested in this study, please contact Gerry Bryce at 248-520-1771.

Eagle Scout Project Needs Support

New Firepit to be built for St. Paul's

Will Obrzut, a Boy Scout and member of St. Paul’s youth group has proposed a plan to build a firepit on St. Paul’s campus for his Eagle Scout Project. We are halfway to our goal of $2000. We need $1000 to make the firepit proposal a reality. Please support this great project which will provide many opportunities for fellowship, outreach, and fun right here at St. Paul’s.

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Rev. Elbert Dulworth - [email protected]

Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez -[email protected]

Rev. Judy May - [email protected] 

Rev. Rick Kress - [email protected]


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Dr. Timothy R. Hickey  Pastor Emeritus