Preparing for Sunday, September 11, 2022

Worship Sunday

10 a.m. Sanctuary · Hickey Hall · Facebook

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

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

Sunday School & Youth Programming Resume
Sunday, September 11
Sunday school classes for all ages resume on September 11 at the 11 a.m. hour and during worship for those under 5th grade. Our youth groups will resume their fall schedule 5 - 7 p.m. in Hickey Hall.
Dine with Nine Intro Meeting
Sunday, September 11
11 a.m. in Room 128-129
Dine with Nine is for people who:
1) like people, and
2) like to eat.
It’s about good conversation and meaningful fellowship.
Whether you’re new to St. Paul’s or have been a lifetime member, Dine with Nine is a way to nourish your soul and build community by meeting and spending time with new people. See more


Required Parent Meeting & Dinner 

September 11; 5 - 7 p.m. in the Parlor  

Youth Attend Youth Group 5 - 7 p.m. in Hickey Hall

Parents: Please RSVP for the September 11 Required Parent Meeting and let us know how many will attend so we can order the food.

We invite 7th graders to participate in this year’s Confirmation experience led by Rev. Dr. Gutierrez and Rev. May. Any student 7th grade and older is welcome to participate. See more about Confirmation and Registration

United Women in Faith Annual Meeting

Tuesday, September 13

6 p.m. – Circle Meetings

6:30 p.m. – Light Supper in Hickey Hall

7:15 p.m. – Business Meeting in Hickey Hall

Join us 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 followed by a meeting to approve the 2023 budget and slate of officers and induct new members.

UWF Ingathering Project Due by October 15

St. Paul's United Women in Faith is collecting feminine hygiene products to be given to local missions. Please bring your donations to the Annual Meeting. Please make checks to UWF.

Help Wanted

Temporary Audio/Visual Technician

Immediate opening for an Audio/Visual Technician to support worship on Sunday morning and rehearsals on Saturday. Applicant will also be responsible for creating slides and other visuals as required. This is a paid position working up to eight hours weekly. Additional hours in September to support our theatre programming. Please contact Rachel Henry for more information.

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Sunday Worship

10 a.m. in Sanctuary & on Facebook

Searching for Security with Linus - All is well until the storms brew up while we’re at sea. What happens in those moments when our security and our ship is rocking? How do we deal with our fear and anxiety? Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester.

Rev. Elbert Dulworth

Sunday Worship
10 a.m. in Hickey Hall & on Facebook

Dream On, Snoopy! - Many of the youngest in the St. Paul’s community will remember from Vacation Bible School this summer our notorious Pharoah holding his teddy bear as he retells his dreams to Joseph. We return to the story of Joseph and the Pharoah this week, with a familiar guide to lead us!

Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez

Vesper Service Thursday
Thursday at 7 p.m. for worship on Facebook

Vespers is a time to unwind, reflect, and connect with God at the end of the day. Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester. 

Rev. Rick Kress

Prayer List

The following prayer requests have been received by our church. Please send your prayer requests to

Healing & Comfort

Loraine Mazur, Lucas Prince, Pat Meehan, Josephine Beach, Rebecca Kubik, Betty Lou Hickey, Dr. Tim Hickey, Berta Stuermer - mother of Walt Stuermer, Valerie Crafts, Kirsten Kram - daughter of Otto & Monika Arentzen, Hildburg Behring - sister-in-law of Otto & Monika Arentzen, Cecil - newborn grandson of Marianne & Paul Chapman, Janice Frank


United Methodist Men's Breakfast 

Saturday, September 10

8 a.m. in Hickey Hall

All men are invited for breakfast, brotherhood and the Bible. Feel free to bring a guest. We will be meeting new senior pastor, Rev. Elbert Dulworth.

Support for Caregivers

Saturday, September 10

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.

Family Life Class

Active couples and singles 50 and older.

Sundays at 11 a.m. in Rickard Chapel

September 11: Praising and Planning

September 18: Fall Kick-off Celebration - no class

September 25: Praising and Planning

Faith & Friends Class

Adult Class for Spiritual Growth & Study

Begins September 25 at 11 a.m. in Room132

Life Healing Choices – Freedom from your Hurts, Hang-ups and Habits by John F. Baker, Jr. Please bring a picture of your family that you want to brag about and also have held up in specific and ongoing prayer. 

Seeker's Study

Monday, September 12; 1 p.m. in the Parlor

Everyone is invited to be part of this warm and welcoming group as we study A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren. Explore whether the church is in sync with our deepest beliefs and commitments, how we might articulate our faith, what is the good news the gospel proclaims, how should we think about people of other faiths and more. The book may be ordered in paperback from Amazon or other book sellers.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tuesday, September 13

1 - 2:30 p.m. in Room 132

Quilt Ministry

Tuesday, September 13

2:30 - 4 p.m. in Room132

Welcome to all who want to learn to quilt, knit or crochet. We have supplies to share. Ideas for new projects are welcome for our mission quilts, prayer shawls or Handmade Treasures to be sold at church, Kris Kringle, and other outlets. Join us! Contact Donna Heflin at 248-505-6413.

Spark Book Group

Thursday, September 15; 1:30 p.m. in the Parlor

Join us as we read The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. We welcome new members! Questions? Please contact Linda Burnard at 248-765-5511.

Fall '22 Kick-Off Celebration

Sunday, September 18

10 a.m. All-church worship in the Sanctuary

11 a.m. Celebration on North Lawn

Kick the Ball, Charlie Brown! After worship on September 18, we will take over St. Paul’s North Lawn and kick-off Fall with an outdoor event that will include food, music, bounce houses, ice cream, cider, donuts, a mission opportunity, lots of fun!


Rev. Dulworth will focus his message on the gospel as taught through the comics of Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts. Please mark your calendar and join us for this very exciting celebration. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in Hickey Hall.

Blood Drive

Monday, September 19

1 - 7 p.m. in Hickey Hall

The need for blood is great all year long, but in the summer the need is much greater than the supply. What better gift to give someone than the gift of life. You can schedule an appointment by calling Bill Molloy at 248-892-1705 or go to and enter sponsor code ‘stpaulunited’. Please consider giving blood this time even if you have never given before.

Anastasia Rizikov

Sunday, September 25

4:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Join us for a delightful afternoon concert with award-winning pianist, Anastasia Rizikov.  Suggested Donation $15.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
September 29 - October 1 at 7 p.m.
October 1 -2 at 3 p.m.
Hickey Hall
St. Paul’s premiere theatre troupe returns this fall with some help from the Peanut’s gang. Join us for a weekend of memorable performances in Hickey Hall. Enjoy a vibrant musical with a cast of characters pulled straight from the comic strip; Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and of course Snoopy! Directed by Sam Wright, featuring music direction by Zak Kwiecinski, and choreography by Bridget Johnson. Purchase tickets

Hands with Detroit

Saturday, October 1

Are you ready to be part of a great project? Hands With Detroit service day, this year focused on Cass Community Social Services will have MANY volunteer opportunities for ages 10 and up, so the entire family can get involved. See more

Young Adult Discernment in Christian Tradition Retreat

October 21-22 in Greater Lansing Area

Led by Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez and Rev. Lisa Batten (MI Conference Staff)

Registration Info The retreat and cohort are open to any young adult, age 20-30 years old interested in attending. There is no cost to participants.

Following the retreat, participants are invited to join a monthly discernment cohort on Zoom (invited to the cohort but not required to attend the retreat). You can also receive monthly coaching or spiritual direction. The retreat and cohort are centered on recent graduates, those in post grad fellowship programs, those doing internships/student teaching, in grad school, and/or working full time.

Health Ministry Team has provided the following important information:

Children's Health Tips

If you are need of help or have an urgent need, please email or call the church office at 248-651-9361. 
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Contact your pastors:
Rev. Elbert Dulworth -
Rev. Dr. April Gutierrrez
Rev. Judy May -  
Rev. Rick Kress -  
Church Office              248-651-9361 
Dr. Timothy R. Hickey  Pastor Emeritus