Preparing for Sunday, October 17, 2021
Worship Sunday at 10 a.m.
Sanctuary · Hickey Hall · Facebook
11 a.m. Christian Education · Service Opportunities
The church office is open M - F; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The office is open to the congregation by appointment.

In Memoriam
Transferred to the Church Triumphant
Doris Mary Pearson - October 4, 2021
Memorial service October 18 at 1 p.m. at Pixley Funeral Home
Harmony in the Hills Concert
Nicholas Schmelter
Sunday, October 17; 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary
St. Paul’s is delighted to present Nicholas Schmelter on organ and harpsichord, featuring St. Paul’s JW Walker organ and Franco-Flemish Double harpsichord. Come for a wonderful afternoon of music with a very well respected international concert artist. Suggested donation $15.
Marriage Renewal Service
Sunday, October 17
10 a.m. in the Sanctuary & Hickey Hall
Couples celebrating their 5th, 10th wedding anniversary, etc. (in 5 year increments), or any wedding anniversary over 50 years, are invited to participate. Please call the church office at 248-651-9361 to sign up for this meaningful renewal service.
3rd Sunday Mission Opportunity
Sunday, October 17; 11 a.m. in Courtyard
Go With Gratitude into our local community. We have so much to be thankful for and giving back is a wonderful way to express our gratitude. This off-campus experience is for the whole family. Dress comfortably for worship and then meet outside to be placed into “gratitude groups” and receive your team assignments. Please email Amy Heitman with any questions or if you have a great idea of your own.
Church Family Comes to Campus
Sunday, October 17; 5 - 6 p.m. outside Hickey Hall
Assemble Flood Relief Buckets for UMCOR
We are assembling flood relief cleaning buckets for United Methodist Committee on Relief and delivering them to the Detroit UMCOR office. Our hope is that you will bring assembled buckets to church ready to deliver. We are also accepting doantions of cash and specific items on the list. For guidance, contact Larry Hice or Rev. Gutierrez. Instructions and video
Changed to All Virtual Event
Black Church
Sunday, October 17; 3 - 5 p.m. Virtual viewing
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Virtual discussion
Part 2 of The Black Church Watch Party and Discussion has been changed to a all virtual event. See updated information
A Word from the Pastor
Sunday Worship
10 a.m. in the Sanctuary 
Online worship at 10 a.m. on Facebook
Tom Berlin’s writes in his book, Courage: “There are few places where courage is more required than in the words we say to each other” (58). We live in a time where words may be used to hurt than heal. The opposite may be true as well, where our silence may allow a hurt or wound to remain untreated. Join us in-person or online as we discover the power of candor in our conversations. Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester. 
Rev. David Eardley
The Open Door at 10 a.m. in Hickey Hall 
I love this week’s chapter in the all church book discussions on Courage because it goes into detail about candor. Goodness is this a necessary topic to be in conversations with others in our community! Our series subtext is “a series for curiosity, courage, and connection.” We seek to grow in our faith here at St. Paul’s as courageous followers of Christ who live and love like Jesus. How might we stay curious about one another, approaching each interaction with wonder rather than judgement or fear? How can we listen for new perspectives with appreciation and care? How are you being called this week to seek the holy in one another?

Rev. April Gutierrez
Vesper Service Thursday
 Thursday at 7 p.m. for worship on Facebook
Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.
Rev. Rick Kress
Prayer List
The following prayer requests have been received by our church. Please send your prayer requests to
Healing & Comfort
Ginny Ames, Loraine Mazur, Beth Culp, David Beerer, Carol Ann Wilke, Bernona Fry - mother of Grant Fry, Tim Tenbusch, - friend of Betsy and Peter Marsh, Joyce Olson, Christine Butler - relative of Phyllis Rickabus
HS Worktrip Parent Info Meeting
Sunday, October 17; 5 p.m. in Hickey Hall
Our summer worktrip is a life changing experience for both youth and adult volunteers. This trip gives our teenagers an opportunity to invest in something bigger than themselves, explore a new area, and bond with other youth. Come to the informational meeting to learn about our trip to Copperhill, TN planned for June 2022. We will discuss fundraisers, expenses and other details about this week of service.
Sunday, October 17; 5 - 6:30 p.m. in Room 128-129
We invite 7th graders to participate in this year’s Confirmation experience led by Rev. April Gutierrez and Rev. Judy May. Classes begin October 17 and run through Confirmation on May 1. For more information contact Debbie Kelly.
VIRTUAL Rummage Sale
October 17 - December 3
Do you have more items to sell? We are also having a Virtual Rummage Sale. Submit donations October 17—November 6. Items will be available for purchase on Cheddar Up site November 11—20. Drop off items that sell (you will be notified) at Church on December 1. Purchased items must be picked up December 3. See more
Altar Flowers
Through your generous support, the sponsorship of altar flowers at St. Paul’s has remained a loving tradition and a beautiful part of our worship experience. If you would like to sponsor altar flowers in memory of or in honor of someone or something, please contact Karen Rider.
Last Call for New Stephen Ministers
Class starts October 18
If you have thought of becoming a Stephen Minister, it will never be easier than this. A new training class is forming and will be taught at St. Paul’s on Monday evenings. We will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be finished before 9 p.m. This class starts on October 18 and will continue (with breaks for holidays) until the end of March. We have five trainees enrolled from several area churches, but there is space for you. To get more information, contact Judy May or Susan Sonye.
NEW! Third Wednesday of the Month
Early Bird Men's Group
Wednesday, October 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.
New Member Class
Sunday, October 24; 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the Parlor
Please attend the New Member Class if you interested in becoming a member of St. Paul’s and would like to learn more about the mission of St. Paul’s, small groups and the many ministry teams that are offered. At the end of the meeting, we will welcome new members. Pictures will be taken and shown in worship the following Sunday.

Please sign up at the Welcome Center in the Narthex or in Hickey Hall or contact Marilyn Kress at 586-212-9065.
Deadline October 28
Hats & Gloves for Baldwin
For many years the United Methodist Women has donated hats and gloves to Baldwin Center and Neighborhood House. We buy them at a discount from Broner Hat Company to maximize our donation.
Without our Rummage Sale fundraiser this year, we do not have funds available and we welcome any donations to help us continue this ministry. Please make checks to St. Paul's United Methodist Women with 'hats and gloves' in the memo line & mail to 620 Romeo St. Rochester, MI 48307. 
Many thanks from the United Methodist Women.
Help Wanted
Audio/Visual Volunteers
Are you interested in sharing your gifts and joining a great team at St. Paul’s? We are seeking Audio/Visual volunteers to help support Sunday services and special events. Volunteers will be trained and scheduled as they are available. For more information please contact Rachel Henry.

Welcome Center Coordinator and Volunteers and Ushers Needed
Help others feel welcome the moment they walk in the door! Friendly folk are needed to serve as Welcome Center hosts and Ushers on Sunday mornings. A Welcome Center volunteer coordinator is also needed. Please contact Rob Patten to volunteer for the Welcome Center and Gail Hosner to serve as an usher.
Health Ministry Team has provided the following important information:
If you are need of help or have an urgent need, please email or call the church office at 248-651-9361. 
Contact your pastors:
Rev. David Eardley - 
Rev. April Gutierrrez -
Rev. Judy May -  
Rev. Rick Kress -  
Church Office              248-651-9361 
Dr. Timothy R. Hickey  Pastor Emeritus