Preparing for Sunday, May 28, 2023

Worship Sunday

10 a.m. Hickey Hall · Livestream

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

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

Gun Violence Awareness Weekend

June 2 - 4 - Wear Orange Weekend

Jan. 21, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. One week later she was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago. Her friends commemorated her life by wearing orange, her favorite color. It is also the color that hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. 40,000 people are killed with guns and 85,000 are shot and wounded every year.

Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. It was started on Facebook after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. We work in our communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. We know gun violence is preventable and we are committed to doing what it takes to keep families safe.

The local Moms Demand Action group is putting orange ribbons around the lampposts in downtown Rochester over the Gun Violence Awareness weekend. We will also have some around St. Paul’s.

Asking Everyone to Update Information

Breeze Database Software

Breeze is the new database software St. Paul's is using manage personal & family information, giving history and online church directory. We are asking everyone to update your information. A form is needed for each adult in a household. You may submit your information online or fill out a paper form and return it to the church office.

After we receive your information, including your email address, you will receive an invitation to create your own username and password to access the St. Paul’s Membership Database.

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Sunday Worship

10 a.m. Hickey Hall & Livestream

Catching the Wind

This week, we’re celebrating the birthday of the Church as we remember how the Holy Spirit came down among the first disciples and sent them out as apostles into the world. Like the wind, we can’t always see the Spirit, but there are indicators of the Spirit’s presence at work among us. How might we be on the lookout for the movement of the Spirit among us in our lives? Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester.

Rev. Elbert Dulworth

Vesper Service Thursday

Thursday at 7 p.m. on Facebook

Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.

What's Your Why?

It’s one thing to go about your daily routine and not think about your significance. By starting with your “why,” your life can grow in meaning and satisfaction, with God’s help.

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

Pat Meehan, Josephine Beach, Rebecca Kubik, Valerie Crafts, Anna Pearcy, Don Johnson, Jan Alverson, Marilyn Huston, Ike Sheppard, Ceci Marlow, Rev. Judy May, Rev. Dwayne Kelsey, Kay O’Connell – aunt of Rev. Elbert and Dawn Dulworth, Rev. Wesley Vesey - father of Ann Burton, Stephy Soule - step mother of Jodi Stuermer, Kathy Ludlow - daughter-in-law of Jeri Ludlow, Shannon Hickey - niece of Debbie Kelly


Graduation Photo Op

There is a large grad sign on St. Paul’s lawn for photos. Bring your family and friends and share your pictures on your favorite social media site. Tag us on our Instagram account, @Stpaulsumcrochester.

We ask for your support!

Mission Challenge 2023 Update

We have raised $5000 of our $25,000 goal for Improvements to Henri Dennis School

Many updates are needed to the Henri Dennis School campus including improvements to the library, science laboratory and computer laboratory. Please note MC2023 when making your donation. Donations can be made online or by check sent to St. Paul’s UMC, 620 Romeo Street, Rochester, MI 48307.

Community Garden Work Day

Sunday, June 4; 4 p.m. at Community Garden

Help us with the second planting of the garden. No previous gardening experience needed! The St. Paul’s Community Garden mission is to grow healthy vegetables and donate 100% to the Neighborhood House Food Pantry in Rochester. For more information or to get added to our garden email contact list, please contact Rob Patten.

Women's LIFE Fridays

Fridays, June 9 - 23

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor or on Zoom

Rev. Rick Kress will be joining us again for this study. Come, enjoy learning from his interactive style of teaching (with no homework!) For further details, contact Nancy Fidler at 248-933-1981.

Pastries with the Pastors

Sunday, June 11; 11:15 a.m. in the Parlor

If you have attended one service or you, are a returning guest, or member of St. Paul’s, we invite you to join us for pastries and coffee. You’ll have an opportunity to meet and talk with our pastors. We want to get to know you!

Reservations are not necessary. We really hope you can attend!

Here Comes SUMMER FUN!

St. Paul’s at the Ball Park

Friday, June 16; 6:30 p.m.

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

Jimmy John Field 7171 Auburn Road, Utica

Join us for a baseball game and all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet, spectacular fireworks after the show, and many family activities. St. Paul’s will be reserving a space at the Jimmy John Field Patio. Purchase tickets  · See flier

Registration OPEN

Vacation Bible School

July 17 - 21; 9 a.m. - noon

Launch kids on a cosmic quest where they’ll have a blast shining Jesus’ light to the world. Stellar rockets kids on an out-of-this-world adventure that’s light years of faith-building fun. Volunteers needed! See more

We are limiting the number of participants this year.

Please register early. Registration deadline is July 1 or when full.

Register Now Online


Host Families Needed

For International Students in 2023-24 School Year

Paid host families are needed for six international high school students that will be attending Rochester School District next year. The students are from Spain, Brazil, Poland, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

Please contact Erin Freshour, Educatius Regional Manager at 616-301-4241.

There is a $200 donation for anyone that you recommend that ends up hosting. 

Red Bird Mission Trip 2023

Is this the year you join the Red Bird Campers?

You know you have been thinking about it so why not join the fun? St. Paul's has slots for eight campers (but we can add more), for the week of October 8 - 13. We will be joining our friends from Brighton United Methodist for a week full of laughs, worship, hard work, world class camping accommodations, great camp food and the joy of giving back. Contact Larry Hice at 248-961-5126 for details or to join us.

Health Ministry Team has provided the following important information:

Exercise - What's in it for you?

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