Week of November 16, 2020
Sunday Worship Schedule 
On-site Worship is SUSPENDED until further notice
We continue Sunday worship at 9 a.m. on Facebook
The church will be open to the congregation by appointment.

Harmony in the Hills Virtual Concert
Susan Clark Joul, piano and
Zeljko Milicevic, violin
Friday, November 20
8 p.m. on Facebook
Join us on Facebook for a Virtual Concert. View it live on the Harmony in the Hills Facebook page.
In-person Worship Service on Hiatus
Due to the surge of new Covid-19 cases, we have made the difficult decision to halt the 10 a.m. in-person worship service. We are disappointed to have to make this decision, but our priority remains keeping our church congregation safe and healthy. It is our hope that when this surge begins to subside, we will once again resume the 10 a.m. in-person worship service in the Sanctuary.
Words of Encouragement
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
Galatians 5:22-23
 
If you’ve seen our online worship service, then you know that this was the verse that both Mike McGowan and Kaleb Price used in their messages on patience. I really appreciated what they both shared, as I too often find my patience in short supply. Especially with the pandemic, it seems like patience is a challenge for many people. The Apostle Paul reminds us that patience is actually a fruit of the Spirit, meaning it’s a sign of the presence of God in your life. As we continue through these challenging days and begin to navigate the holiday seasons, may we practice our patience. Be kind to your family and friends. Give some grace to the neighbors around you, especially those who struggle with patience as well. In doing so, you will be an encouraging witness to those around you. You may even want to take a moment and thank the patient people around you. Let them know that you appreciate their kind and caring spirit! 
  
In Jesus we have strength for today and hope for tomorrow. 
Yours in Christ,
Rev. David Eardley
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, David Hakim, Armen Googasian, Loraine Mazur, John Treat, Lavonne Upton, Marguerite Jacob, Kathy Pardon, Edward Shell-friend of Doug Tull, Vince Durbin - uncle of Michelle Berg, Janice Lorenz - aunt of Michelle Berg, Mike Merola, Bill Service - grandfather of Sam Wright, Amanda Reinke, daughter of Wendy and Jim McNaughton, Pete Kondis, Lisa Johnson
News
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Poinsettia Orders
As with most things in 2020, ordering poinsettias will be different this year. Poinsettias will not be needed for All Music Sunday which will be done virtually and filmed on December 5. In addition, the option of donating flowers to the homebound is not available. If you wish to order a poinsettia please send $15 per plant to St. Paul’s UMC, 620 Romeo St. Rochester, MI 48307 by November 30. You may pick up your poinsettias at the church December 12 between 12 - 2 p.m. or contact the church to make other arrangements. Order form
SPARK Book Group on Zoom
Thursday, November 19
1:30 p.m. on Zoom
Please join us for our discussion of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. To be included in the Zoom call, please contact Linda Bernard at 248-765-5511.
Thanksgiving Worship Service
Tuesday, November 24; 7 p.m. on Facebook
Join us online for a service of word and song focused upon giving thanks for all that God has done in our lives. Find us at St Paul’s United Methodist Church-Rochester.
Update to Christmas Basket Project
In this year of COVID-19 we have learned to be flexible. Along with safety concerns, there are also concerns about the availability of the specific groceries. We know God is always in control, so trusting in that we will adjust our plan to still help 100 families in the Rochester area have a safer, happier Christmas. We will raise funds to allow us to provide 100 Hollywood Market gift cards in the amount of $150 each to be distributed by Neighborhood House to their clients. Hollywood Market will give us a 10% discount so the cost per card is $135! See more Donate
Missions Council thanks you for your continued support and prayers.
Baby's First Christmas
Photos Needed by November 26 for video
We will be celebrating all of the new babies in our church family (new grandchildren are included, too!) by creating a video to premiere on November 29, the first Sunday in Advent. This video will be part of a series called, "The Christmas Story in Four Acts" which will air each Sunday in Advent. Please send photos of all new little bundles of joy born between last Christmas and today. Text photos to 248-953-8930 or send by email by November 26. Please include the full name of the child with the photos. Can't wait to meet all of these little miracles!
Fill the Manger - Mission Opportunity
November 29 - December 13
We are collecting supplies for local schools to help keep them clean and healthy. A wooden manger will be erected on the front lawn of our church as a symbolic drop off location for these supplies. Needed supplies: disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, packets of No. 2 pencils, and hand lotion. All types, sizes, and quantities accepted. Thank you in advance, for making this effort a success. 
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. Erin Fitzgerald - EFitzgerald@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