Preparing for Sunday, September 3, 2023

Worship Sunday

9:30 a.m. Hickey Hall · Livestream

11 a.m. Sanctuary · Livestream

Regular Office Hours Resume September 5

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

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

In Memoriam

Transferred to the Church Triumphant

Karen Clemons  · August 29, 2023

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Eagle Scout Project Needs Support

New Firepit to be built for St. Paul's

Will Obrzut, a Boy Scout and member of St. Paul’s youth group has proposed a plan to build a firepit on St. Paul’s campus for his Eagle Scout Project. We are halfway to our goal of $2000. We need $1000 to make the firepit proposal a reality. Please support this great project which will provide many opportunities for fellowship, outreach, and fun right here at St. Paul’s.

PushPay and eGiving end August 31

Please set up Breeze Account

St. Paul’s is transitioning to a new database program called Breeze for membership information and online giving. Please make the transition to Breeze before August 31. Current online giving (PushPay and eGiving) will be discontinued August 31, 2023. Instructions for switching

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Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m. Open Door Outdoors & Livestream

11 a.m. Sanctuary & Livestream


You probably already know that Sabbath –intentional periods of rest –is both a commandment and a gift from God. What’s great about Matthew’s gospel is that Jesus doesn’t just command or recommend rest; he actually offers rest. We too can give each other rest; if not by offering them a place to lay their heads, then at least by making space for each person’s Sabbath. We can point out too for each other when we need a nap! Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester.

Rev. Judy May

Vesper Service Thursday

Thursday at 7 p.m. on Facebook

Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.

Jesus, the Visible Image

God is invisible, but in Jesus, we have a visible image of God. What about Jesus shows you what God is like? How can you learn more about God by observing Jesus? Tune in to consider that, in Jesus, we have enough to know and love God more. 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

Rev. Dwayne Kelsey, Jerry Nemeth - friend of Otto & Monika Arentzen, Donna Heflin, Thom Parker, Maggie Meyers - mother of Rebecca Lawson, Otto Arentzen, Bill Ames on passing of his sister Marilyn Wilkerson, Sam Taylor on passing of his mother Jessie Taylor, Sharon Mooney - mother of Jodi Stuermer, Peggy Roberts


Support for Caregivers

Saturday, September 2; 9:30 a.m. in Rickard Chapel

You don't have to do this alone! Join this group of caregivers who support each other emotionally while renewing spirits and sharing ideas and resources. It is difficult to care for others when we struggle to care for ourselves.

Habitat for Humanity Work Day

Saturday, September 9; 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

150 Osmun, Pontiac, MI 48342

Volunteers are needed for St. Paul’s Habitat Work Day. Register Here. If this is your first time volunteering with Habitat Oakland you will be directed to create a volunteer profile. Every volunteer must have a volunteer profile and must be over the age of 17. Remember to include any skills you may have that will help us place you at the appropriate tasks. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY however it helps to let us know. Contact Mike Becker at 248-770-1906 with questions.

Where You Belong

Fall '23 Kick-off

Sunday, September 10

Celebration 10:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. on North Lawn

9:30 a.m. Open Door in Hickey Hall

11 a.m. Worship in Sanctuary

To kick off fall we will take over the north lawn of St. Paul’s, from the Hickey Hall entrance to the Garden of Hope, for an outdoor celebration with food, music, bounce houses, lots of fun (of course) and a few other surprises.

Join us for worship before or after this very exciting celebration.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in Hickey Hall.

Women's LIFE

Signs and Wonders Take a fresh look at several of Jesus’ miracles and examine the role of caregivers, how we attend to nature, the importance of women’s bodies, taking death seriously and more! Discussions will center on Amplify videos shown in class; Books ($13) are optional.

Two Classes

Fridays, September 8 - October 13

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

To order a book or find out more, contact Nancy Fidler at 248-933-1981.

Mondays, September 11 - October 16

7 - 9 p.m.; Hybrid: Room 128-129 or Zoom

To order a book or find out more, contact Rebecca Lawson at 248-568-6382.

Seeker’s Study

Mondays, beginning September 11

1 - 2:30 p.m. in the Parlor and on Zoom 

Everyone is invited to be part of St. Paul’s Seekers Study as we begin reading and discussing Truth Speaks to Power…The Countercultural Nature of Scripture. Author Walter Brueggemann will help us look at the interface between biblical faith and public policy and the way in which the Bible is concerned with questions of social justice and its mandate to social action. Books can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Contact Rev. Judy May at 586-242-1555 with questions.

UWF Annual Meeting

Tuesday, September 12

6 p.m. – Circle Meetings

6:30 p.m. – Light Supper in Parlor

7:15 p.m. – Business Meeting in Parlor

Join us for our Annual Meeting to experience the love and support of a great group of Christian women. To find a group that meets your needs, contact Karen Reynolds. All Circles will hold their September meetings and then we’ll have fellowship and a light supper provided by the Executive Board. A short business meeting follows during which the membership will vote on the 2024 budget and slate of officers, and new members will be inducted. Get information on upcoming fundraisers and events. 

Beer & Hymns

Tuesday, September 12

7 Gus O''Connor's Public House

324 S. Main St. Rochester

Enjoy singing along with the worship band. The Open Door will provide appetizers, buy your own drinks.

Handbell Choir Opening

Thursdays, beginning September 14

7:30 - 8:45 p.m. in the Bell Room 

Wesley Ringers have an opening to fill ASAP. If you are interested in joining us and have a music background, please contact Al Fisk at 248-252-4486. Highlights this year include playing with the Rochester Community Concert Band on December 12 and participating in a handbell festival in Clarkston in April. 

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Rev. Elbert Dulworth - [email protected]

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