Preparing for Sunday, September 18, 2022

Worship Sunday

10 a.m. Sanctuary · Facebook

The church office is open Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

Fall '22 Kick-Off Celebration

Sunday, September 18

10 a.m. All-church worship in the Sanctuary

11 a.m. Celebration on North Lawn

Kick the Ball, Charlie Brown! After worship, we will take over St. Paul's North Lawn as we celebrate and kick-off Fall with an outdoor event that will include food, music, bounce houses, ice cream, cider, donuts, a mission opportunity, lots of fun!


Rev. Dulworth will focus his message on the gospel as taught through the comics of Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in Hickey Hall.

Fall '22 Kick-Off Mission Project

Sunday, September 18 - Collection cart in Narthex

The Missions Team and HUGS Mom’s Group are supporting Blessings in a Backpack. This Rochester Community Schools program supports students with weekend snacks/supplements. Please donate the following items:

• Peanut butter/jelly 12 - 16 oz. in plastic jars

• Fruit breakfast bars (any type)

• Single serving cereals

• Single serving fruit cups

• Knorr Pasta Sides (Alfredo, Butter & Herb, Cheddar 

  Broccoli, Butter)

• Canned chicken breast (small cans, any brand)

Urgent Food Pantry Needs

Can you help? The Food Pantry needs:

  • Black olives
  • Canned sweet potatoes 15 0z size
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Chili beans
  • Ramen noodles (beef and chicken)
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
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Sunday Worship

10 a.m. in Sanctuary & on Facebook

Kick the Ball, Charlie Brown! 

Lucy invites Charlie Brown to kick the football each year and then consistently thwarts his efforts. Yet, we keep rooting for him as he steps up to the ball once more. Charlie Brown never forgets his purpose is to kick that ball no matter how many times Lucy takes it away. What’s God’s purpose for us? Who do we let swipe it away? How might we reclaim our purpose? Come out and join us on Kick-off Sunday as we step back into the game this fall! You won’t want to miss all of the fun we have planned together this week! Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester.

Rev. Elbert Dulworth

Children's Moment

Returns September 18 in the Sanctuary

Children are invited to come to the front of the Sanctuary to hear a short message from the Pastor.

Vesper Service Thursday
Thursday at 7 p.m. for worship on Facebook

Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.

Susanna Wesley's Determination

Today, we look to the extraordinary determination of Susanna Wesley (1669-1742), mother of Methodist Church founder John Wesley. Consider how her defiance of obstacles and her resolve of faith helped instruct and inspire her children, and then consider how you can learn from her example.

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

Healing & Comfort

Loraine Mazur, Lucas Prince, Pat Meehan, Josephine Beach, Rebecca Kubik, Dr. Tim Hickey, Berta Stuermer - mother of Walt Stuermer, Valerie Crafts, Kirsten Kram - daughter of Otto & Monika Arentzen, Hildburg Behring - sister-in-law of Otto & Monika Arentzen, Cecil - newborn grandson of Marianne & Paul Chapman, Janice Frank, Laura Sanchez - cousin of Jane Lucisano,

Rev. Elbert Dulworth and family on the loss of his Aunt Brenda Wierzbicki


Spark Book Group

Thursday, September 15; 1:30 p.m. in the Parlor

Join us as we read The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. We welcome new members! Questions? Please contact Linda Burnard at 248-765-5511.

Family Life Class

Active couples and singles 50 and older.

Sundays at 11 a.m. in Rickard Chapel

September 18: Fall Kick-off Celebration - no class

September 25: Praising and Planning

October 2: Rev. Dulworth, CLASS PICNIC at 2 p.m.

CLASS PICNIC: 3090 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester, MI. Boxed lunch: Choice of ham, turkey, or roast beef sub (regular-$15, mini -$13). 

RSVP to Camille Doerr by September 25 with sub choice and payment .

Faith & Friends Class

Adult Class for Spiritual Growth & Study

Begins September 25 at 11 a.m. in Room132

Life Healing Choices – Freedom from your Hurts, Hang-ups and Habits by John F. Baker, Jr. Please bring a picture of your family that you want to brag about and also have held up in specific and ongoing prayer.

Blood Drive

Monday, September 19

1 - 7 p.m. in Hickey Hall

The need for blood is great all year long, but in the summer the need is much greater than the supply. What better gift to give someone than the gift of life. You can schedule an appointment by calling Bill Molloy at 248-892-1705 or go to and enter sponsor code ‘stpaulunited’. Please consider giving blood this time even if you have never given before.

Anastasia Rizikov

Sunday, September 25

4:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Join us for a delightful afternoon concert with award-winning pianist, Anastasia Rizikov.  Suggested Donation $15.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
September 29 - October 1 at 7 p.m.
October 1 -2 at 3 p.m.
Hickey Hall
St. Paul’s premiere theatre troupe returns this fall with some help from the Peanut’s gang. Join us for a weekend of memorable performances in Hickey Hall. Enjoy a vibrant musical with a cast of characters pulled straight from the comic strip; Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and of course Snoopy! Directed by Sam Wright, featuring music direction by Zak Kwiecinski, and choreography by Bridget Johnson. Purchase tickets

Hands with Detroit

Saturday, October 1

Are you ready to be part of a great project? Hands With Detroit service day, this year focused on Cass Community Social Services will have MANY volunteer opportunities for ages 10 and up, so the entire family can get involved. See more

UWF Ingathering Project 

Due by October 15

St. Paul's United Women in Faith is collecting feminine hygiene products to be given to local missions. Please bring your donations to the Annual Meeting. 

Please make checks to St. Paul's UWF.

Young Adult Discernment in Christian Tradition Retreat

October 21-22 in Greater Lansing Area

Led by Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez and Rev. Lisa Batten (MI Conference Staff)

Registration Info The retreat and cohort are open to any young adult, age 20-30 years old interested in attending. There is no cost to participants.

Following the retreat, participants are invited to join a monthly discernment cohort on Zoom (invited to the cohort but not required to attend the retreat). You can also receive monthly coaching or spiritual direction. The retreat and cohort are centered on recent graduates, those in post grad fellowship programs, those doing internships/student teaching, in grad school, and/or working full time.

Health Ministry Team has provided the following important information:

Children's Health Tips

If you are need of help or have an urgent need, please email or call the church office at 248-651-9361. 
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Contact your pastors:
Rev. Elbert Dulworth -
Rev. Dr. April Gutierrrez
Rev. Judy May -  
Rev. Rick Kress -  
Church Office              248-651-9361 
Dr. Timothy R. Hickey  Pastor Emeritus