Preparing for Sunday, September 5, 2021
Sunday Worship Schedule 
Outdoor worship at 10 a.m. in the Courtyard
We continue Sunday worship at 9 a.m. on Facebook
The church office is open T, W, Th; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The office is open to the congregation by appointment.

Updated Covid Protocols
The Return to Church Team has recommended the following changes effective September 1, 2021.
  1. Masks will be required onsite for all persons two years old and older.
  2. We will continue practicing social distancing as able.
  3. Food/beverages will not be offered/served inside the building until further notice. This includes coffee hour on Sunday.
  4. Bibles, hymnals etc. will not be returned to the Sanctuary/HH until further notice.
  5. Ushers will continue to sign worship service attendees in on Sunday mornings for tracking purposes.
While this may be disappointing, we want to have a safe space for all, especially those that may be vulnerable.  We encourage people to make appointments. We will also ask that they sign in with name/number and check in at the office. 
Health Ministry Team has provided the following important information:
Disaster Relief
Want to help disaster victims? Please consider United Methodist Committee on Relief. When you support UMCOR, 100% of your donation supports disaster relief.
Hurricane Ida is affecting Louisiana and Mississippi, Tennessee and potentially West Virginia.
USA Assistance: Advance # 901670 Haiti assistance: Advance #982450
If giving online, check the box so your local church will be credited by your donation. Checks can be sent to Global Ministries/UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068. Put the Advance Number on the memo line.
A Word from the Pastor
Sunday Worship
Join us for worship at 9 a.m. on Facebook
or outdoors at 10 a.m. in the Courtyard
Healthy relationships are not one-way streets where one person does all the work and all the giving. They are about mutuality—each person in a relationship enriches the other. Jesus called this abiding. Consider how to have a healthy relationship with Christ and with others. Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester. 
Rev. Rick Kress
Vesper Service Thursday
Join me Thursday at 7 p.m. for worship on Facebook
Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.
Seasons in the Spirit: Inward
The inner journey takes many directions, some are very positive, others are very discouraging, most are somewhere in between. How can you keep things in balance over the long-haul?
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, Richard Stephens - father of Marshall Stephens, Roger Roller, Carol Ann Wilke, Virginia Miller
Better Together
Worship Schedule
We are relaunching Sunday mornings at St. Paul's!
See details below for the transitional schedule and plans for the fall line-up. See more on our website
Blessings in a Backpack Hygiene Kits
Donations Collected September 5 & 12:
toothpaste  ·  toothbrushes  ·  floss  ·  small hand sanitizer
small Kleenex packs  ·  travel size deodorant  ·  soaps
Ziplock bags—gallon size
Help Pack Kits September 19 · 11 a.m. under South Canopy
Blessings in a Backpack is a neighbor-helping-neighbor program. Volunteers distribute backpacks filled with non-perishable items for the weekend to “at risk” students to keep them from going hungry and remove barriers to academic success.
Host Family Needed for Liberian Student
An opportunity is available for a caring family to host a Liberian college student. A young man needs housing Monday through Thursday nights. It is an opportunity for some deserving family (or families) to learn more about the Liberian culture and help out an ambitious college student attending Oakland University. To answer this calling, contact Larry Hice or Mary Watson.
Cranberry Lake Farm Story Garden Open House
Friday, September 10; 2 - 5 p.m.
Rain date September 11; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
388 W. Predmore Road, Oakland Twp.
Join us as we celebrate this great community garden which was the work project for the Youth Worktrip in June. The youth are excited to show off their accomplishments. Free book give away, one per family while supplies last. Bring a tea cup for some yummy cider or tea.  See flyer
All are welcome! You don’t have to do this alone!
Caregiver Support Group
Saturday, September 11
9:30 a.m. in Rickard Chapel
St. Paul’s has a group of caregivers that meet monthly to support each other emotionally, while renewing our spirits, as well as sharing care-giving ideas and new resources. We meet to share information and concerns as we take care of others in our lives. Contact Diane Donoghue at 248-872-7582 for more information.
Seeker's Study Resumes
Mondays beginning September 13
1 - 2:30 p.m. in Room 132
(Covid concerns may require us to meet on Zoom)
Everyone is welcome to join our study of Convictions, How I Learned What Matters Most by Marcus Borg. Books can be ordered through Cokesbury, Barnes and Nobel or Amazon.
Women's LIFE Monday Night
Mondays, September 13 - October 18
7 - 9 p.m. in Room 128-129
Join us as we will study Max Lucado’s Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World. With this study will dig deeper into Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” For more information or to register please contact Rebecca Lawson.

UMW Annual Meeting
Tuesday, September 14
7 p.m. - Business Meeting Hickey Hall
We are planning a short business meeting for the membership to vote on the 2022 budget and slate of officers, and induct new members. However, our plans depend on the changing Covid situation. It is possible we will meet outdoors or via Zoom. Kathy Swisher will email everyone with plans for the meeting as we get closer to mid-September. Not sure if she has your contact information? Contact Kathy Swisher.
Grief Support Group
Wednesdays, September 15 – November 3
7 p.m. in Lounge
If you are grieving the loss of a spouse or partner, you are not alone. We offer a grace filled space for you to share with others that know what you are going through. No matter where you are on your journey, we are there to support you. Sessions will meet weekly and are facilitated by a Social Worker and Stephen Minster. For more information please contact Rachel Henry.
Greater Detroit District Conference
Saturday, September 18
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online Event
St. Paul’s Rev. April Gutierrez and Rev. Dr. B. Kevin Smalls of Southfield Hope UMC, the co-conveners of the Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Task Force of the Michigan Conference UMC, will be speaking on their work with ABAR and offering workshops. Join in this virtual event for conferencing and learning. You can register online at the district website
Confirmation Parent Meeting
Sunday, September 19; 5 - 6 p.m. in the Parlor
Confirmation Registration due September 10
We invite 7th graders to participate in this year’s Confirmation experience led by Rev. April Gutierrez and Rev. Judy May. During our studies throughout the year, we will work together to learn more about the United Methodist Church, take field trips to learn other religious practices, have entertaining lock-ins, all while learning more about the Bible and becoming closer to God and others. Classes begin October 17 and run through Confirmation on May 1. Cost for the class is $90. Register by September 10 by contacting Debbie Kelly. Any student 7th grade and older is welcome to participate.
Watch Party & Discussion - Part 1
Black Church
Sunday, September 19
Virtual viewing 3 - 5 p.m.; Onsite Discussion 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
St. Philips, 100 Romeo, Rochester
Join us at St. Philip’s for a 2-part watch party plus discussion on The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song on PBS. An intimate four-hour series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Black Church will explore the 400-year-old story of the black church in America, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft, and church pews. Part two will be viewed and discussed on October 17. Contact Stephanie Lange at 586-662-2566 with questions. Register at to receive links.
Third Grade Bibles
Wednesday, September 22
5 - 7 p.m. in the Garden of Hope
It is that special time of year where we celebrate your third grader with the presentation of their own Bible.
We have chosen to create an outdoor, evening presentation for your children and their families. Each family can choose a ten-minute time slot that works best. Please sign up, then invite your whole gang to be a part of the evening.
SkyCraft Theatre Works
Ordinary Days
October 1 - 10; Hickey Hall
We are happy to announce the arrival of SkyCraft Theatre Works. SkyCraft will be an ongoing production troupe offering performance in Hickey Hall and other spaces at St. Paul's. We hope to offer multiple productions each year. Our first musical Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon plays October 1 – 10. See more
We’ve begun fundraising to support production costs.
Please consider donating so that we may continue to support theatrical efforts long after this show closes. Donate now
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