Week of September 18, 2023

Worship Sunday

9:30 a.m. Hickey Hall · Livestream

11 a.m. Sanctuary · Livestream

Church Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

JOY - Just Older Youth

Tuesday, September 19; 12 p.m. in Hickey Hall 

Everyone 65+ is "just older youth", so please join us for a program or an in-house service project every third Tuesday of the month. Bring a brown bag lunch; dessert plus Jake's fabulous coffee will be provided. This month we'll share "What I did during summer break".

A Bigger Table

Tuesdays, September 19 - October 24

6 - 7 p.m. in the Parlor 

Join Pastor Elbert this fall for a six-week study as we wrestle with how to create a culture of belonging while inspiring people to live and love like Jesus. Together we’ll read and discuss John Pavlovitz’ book, A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community. Please contact Rachel Henry at 248-651-9361 to register.

United Methodism 101

Tuesdays, September 19 & 26

7 - 8:30 p.m. in Room 131 

How do you answer when you’re asked why you are a United Methodist? Do you ever wonder who or what a United Methodist is, believes, or wants to be? Whether you have been a part of this denomination forever and need a refresher course, or are relatively new to us and need more information, United Methodism 101 is for you! Rev. Judy May looks at how we have become part of a church that has grown from one man’s experience to a movement that covers the world. Contact the office at 248-651-9361 to register.

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The following prayer requests have been received by our church. Please contact the office at 248-651-9361 with your prayer requests.

Healing & Comfort

Rev. Dwayne Kelsey, John Maston, Thom Parker, Maggie Meyers - mother of Rebecca Lawson, Otto Arentzen, Peggy Roberts, Diane McElreath, Shannon Hickey - niece of Debbie Kelly, Martha Mishler - sister of Vern Pixley


Third Wednesday of the Month

Early Bird Men's Group

Wednesday,September 20; 6:30 a.m. in the Parlor

Join us for devotions, conversation, and prayer as we grow in Christ’s love and live out our faith. All men are welcome! Please contact Larry Heflin or Bob Johnson for more information.

SPARK Book Group

Thursday,September 21; 1:30 a.m. in the Parlor

Join us as we discuss The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Shiff. Contact Linda Burnard at 248-765-5511 for more information.

United Women in Faith Book Club

Thursday, September 21; 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Room 132

Join us as we discuss Together, the Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek Murthy, MD.

All are welcome!

Cancer Support Group

Tuesdays, September 26 – November 7

7 p.m. in Room 128-129

This non-denominational support group is open to the community for cancer survivors, both those going through treatment now or in the past, as well as for family members, friends and caregivers. We would love to have you join us for as many of these meetings as you can make during the session. Each meeting includes a speaker on various topics followed by sharing time. The support and growth experienced in these groups is invaluable and amazing. For more information, call the church office at 248-651-9361.

Poverty: A Conversation that Matters

Saturday, September 30

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary

What does it mean to live in poverty? How does it affect physical and mental health? What does poverty look like in the greater Rochester area? St. Paul’s Adult Ministries, Health Ministries and Stephen Ministries will host a program on poverty with guest speakers Umeika Stephens, family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, Cynthera McNeill, assistant Professor at Wayne State University, and Michael Dreon, Executive Director of Rochester Area Neighborhood House. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a simulation and ask questions during the program. This is a free program that will be open to the public. See more

Third Grade Bibles

Sunday, October 1; 9:30 & 11 a.m. services

Third graders will receive their Bibles on October 1 during worship. If you would like your child to receive a bible, please contact Amy Heitman at 248-651-9361. Please register to let us know which worship service you will attend and write your child's name in the comment section as you would like it appear in the inscription.


Belonging and Beloved: The Book of Philippians

Mondays, October 2 - 23

6:30 - 8 p.m. in Room 132

Join Rev. Rick Kress for a study of the book of Philippians, a book that features a young church facing problems, and Paul’s pastoral advice for how to make their way as Christians. It is about belonging to a church community and to Christ, while treating one another as God treats us— as the beloved. Full of practical advice, Philippians is an inspirational book for modern readers. There is no text except for the Bible. It’s an inductive Bible study, meaning that we delve into the text itself, rather than a book’s interpretation of it.

Changing to Zoom Study on Tuesdays

A Study of the Book of Romans

Tuesdays, beginning October 3; 7:30 p.m. on Zoom

Gerry Bryce will be leading an in-depth 32-week study of Romans, the Apostle Paul's letter written to the Christians living in Rome. See an detailed description of the class. If you are interested in this study, please contact Gerry Bryce at 248-520-1771.

Scare Away Hunger 5K/Family Fun Run

Sunday, October 8; 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Help Neighborhood House "Scare Away Hunger" by participating in this one-of-a-kind fun run/walk! Proceeds from this event will help our neighbors with food insecurities and during times of hardship. Whether you are a casual walker or a running enthusiast, join us in helping in Neighborhood House's vision of a community of neighbors helping neighbors on the path of self-sustainability. Register 

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 7

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. outside Hickey Hall

Celebrate the animals that make our lives special. All pets are welcome to receive an individual blessing but must be crated or leashed. Don’t have a pet? Children are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal and receive a blessing as well. See more

Harmony in the Hills Concert

Duo Clarion

Chad Burrow & Amy I-Lin Cheng

Sunday, October 8; 4:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Please join us for a dual recital of Chad Burrow on clarinet and Amy I-Lin Cheng on piano. Suggested donation $20.

Hats & Gloves for Baldwin

UWF accepting donations through October 15

During the winter months there is a great need for hats and mittens at Baldwin Mission and Neighborhood House. For many years the United Women in Faith has donated hats and gloves that they buy at a discount from Broner Hat Company to maximize our donation. UWF welcomes any donations to help us continue this ministry. Please make checks to UWF with ‘hats and gloves’ in the memo line and mail to 620 Romeo St. Rochester, MI 48307 or donate online. If you donate online, email Lynn Loebs so she can track your donation. Many thanks from the United Women in Faith.

Cass Community Social Services

Rochester Holiday Breakfast

Sunday, December 3

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel

Hear about the good work of Cass from Executive Director Rev. Faith Fowler while supporting this important Detroit-based non-profit. Tickets are $50 per adult and $20 per child (12 and under). Tickets can be purchased by contacting Lola Rushin at 313-883-2277, ext. 225, or email for additional information. Tickets for the Family Life Class are being coordinated by Camille Doerr.

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Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez -[email protected]

Rev. Judy May - [email protected] 

Rev. Rick Kress - [email protected]


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Dr. Timothy R. Hickey  Pastor Emeritus