Preparing for Sunday, November 28, 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.

In Memoriam
Transferred to the Church Triumphant
Virginia (Ginny) Ames - November 23, 2021
Funeral service Tuesday, December 7 in the Sanctuary
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Happy Thanksgiving!
We gift thanks for all that God has done in our lives.

The church office will be closed November 25 & 26.

Help RANH win $5000
Exciting news! Neighborhood House has the opportunity to receive a $5k donation, and we need your help to make this happen. This First State Banksgiving donation will provide grants to our neighbors facing eviction allowing them to remain in their homes this winter. The agency that receives the most votes WINS! Cast your vote through November 26. One vote, per device, per day. 
A Word from the Pastor
Sunday Worship
10 a.m. in the Sanctuary 
Online worship at 10 a.m. on Facebook
As Advent begins, we take the first steps on our journey to Bethlehem in a spirit of thankfulness… and it’s not because we just celebrated Thanksgiving. There’s more going on here. Advent reminds us that God is on the move. God is at work in you. God is at work in the people around you. There is a special joy as we look for the signs of Advent. Join us in worship as we begin this adventure! Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester. 
Rev. David Eardley
The Open Door at 10 a.m. in Hickey Hall 
Today we begin the four week season of Advent as we prepare ourselves for the already and the not yet. The lectionary texts for the first Sunday of Advent announce a future hope as recorded in Jeremiah. Paul's letter to his beloved friends in Thessalonica is a call to live lovingly in God's present, even as we wait God's some day. Jesus tells his followers in the text from Luke that Advent involves two comings...God coming to earth as an infant and Christ returning in the future. Our call is to be ready, to keep alert, prepare and continuing to put our hope in our loving God who comes to us in Jesus Christ. Won't you join your church family as we look to the past, live in the present and prepare our hearts and minds to receive our future?
Rev. Judy May
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, 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, Bill Ames and family on the passing of Ginny Ames
News
SPARK Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 2
1:30 p.m. at Rochester Mills
Join us for our annual Christmas luncheon with a twist. We will be meeting at Rochester Mills Brewing Company for lunch and will remain for our meeting and selection of books for 2022. Please RSVP to Linda at 248-765-5511 for reservation.
Advent Concert
Friday, December 3; Noon in the Sanctuary
Add something special to your Advent Fridays by attending these 30-minute concerts. Free Admission.
Featuring Knight Vernon, pianist
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.
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.
Rochester Community Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 5
7:30 p.m. on Facebook
The Rochester Community Annual Christmas Concert will be a virtual event this year. You can find it on the St. Paul's Facebook page.
Poinsettia Orders Due December 6
Poinsettia Sunday is December 19
Help decorate the church and memorialize or honor loved ones by purchasing a poinsettia. Please use the order form on the website or call the office at 248-651-9361.
Featuring Olivia Dear
Christmas and Candlelight
Tuesday, December 7
7 p.m. in the Sanctuary
St. Paul’s United Methodist Women invite the congregation to an evening of music and fellowship. It is UMW’s holiday gift to you. A Covid-friendly take-out snack will be available. Musical presentation provided by Olivia Dear, (formerly Olivia Millerschin) who captivates audiences with her celestial voice, wrapping them in a gossamer blend of modern pop and folk songwriting.
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.
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
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