Preparing for Sunday, May 21, 2023

Worship Sunday

10 a.m. Sanctuary · Livestream

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

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

Harmony in the Hills Concert

Madrigal Chorale Spring Concert & Art Exhibit

Saturday, May 20; 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

The Madrigal Chorale will be holding their Spring Concert and Art Exhibit with the Stoney Creek HS Choirs as featured guests, with a performance by our HS Scholarship winner. The Art exhibit will be open to buyers both online and in person starting at 6:30 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door or buy tickets hereSee more

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.

Registration is 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.

To ensure your child's place, please register early. Register Now Online

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Sunday Worship

10 a.m. Sanctuary & Livestream

What Are You Waiting For? 

The Acts of the Apostles begins with an inditement towards action with a wild, straight out of a science fiction graphic novel event. As the disciples are chatting and spending time with Jesus, he is raised up, floating right up to the sky “returning from where he came.” Join us on Confirmation Sunday as we celebrate the youth who have been pondering big questions, acting in service and growing in faith over the past year. Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester.

Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez

Vesper Service Thursday

Thursday at 7 p.m. on Facebook

Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.

Not My Monkey, Not My Circus: Boundaries, Part 2

Once your boundaries start to form, it might be difficult to communicate them to people who need to know about them. Consider biblical wisdom for how to tell people about your boundaries.

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


Third Thursday of the Month

SPARK Book Group

Thursday, May 18; 1:30 a.m. in the Parlor

Join us as we discuss Well Behaved Wives by Amy Sue Nathan. Contact Linda Burnard at 248-765-5511 for more information.

United Women in Faith Book Club

Thursday, May 18; 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Room 132

Join us as we discuss Stamped (for Kids) Racism, Antiracism and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. All are welcome!


High School Seniors

Graduation Video Filming

Sunday, May 21; 5:30 p.m. in Garden of Hope

We will be filming a graduation video which will be shown on June 11 during our worship services. Wear your cap and gown and meet us in the Garden (or Hickey Hall if it is raining).

Graduation Photo Op

There will be a large grad sign on St. Paul’s lawn for photos beginning May 21. Bring your family and friends and share your pictures on your favorite social media site. Tag us on our Instagram account, @Stpaulsumcrochester.

College Graduate Recognition

If you have a student who has recently graduated from college or post-college and would like their name printed in the worship program, please send their name, college and degree to Debbie Kelly by May 22.

Mandatory Worktrip Itinerary Meeting

Sunday, May 21

5 p.m. in Hickey Hall

All students going on worktrip and their parents must attend! All paperwork and fees due.

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


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. 

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