Preparing for Sunday, September 10, 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.

In Memoriam

Transferred to the Church Triumphant

Don Johnson  · August 31

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.

Open Door Concert

Sari Brown

Sunday, September 10

4:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Join us for a concert by Sari Brown, a singer/songwriter and minister who will provide an emotive and meditative vocal program focused on wholeness and healing.

Children & Youth Programming Resume

Sunday, September 10

Sunday school classes for resume on September 10 during 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship for those under 5th grade. Our youth groups will resume their fall schedule 5 - 7 p.m. in Hickey Hall.

Parent Group Gathering

Sunday, September 10 at 5 p.m. in the Parlor

Parents of youth are invited to come as you are, drop your child at youth group and join us for a light meal and to connect with others.

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.

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Sunday Worship

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

11 a.m. Sanctuary & Livestream

Where You Belong: A Place to Be You

All too often the world invites us to hide who we are and be something else. Robert Frost once said, “Home is that place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” What does it mean to be the community that others might call “home”; a place where people are welcomed for who they are? Invite someone to join you for food, fellowship, music, fun, and great food as we jump into the fall season. It’s a wonderful weekend to be at St. Paul’s!  Find us on Facebook at St. Paul's United Methodist Church-Rochester.

Rev. Elbert Dulworth

Vesper Service Thursday

Thursday at 7 p.m. on Facebook

Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.

Dealing with Discouragement

It’s too easy to get discouraged. There are many things and some people that can bring you down. Where does encouragement come from? Consider the story of Philip in Acts 8:26-38 as one way to think of dealing with discouragement. Tune in to find some encouragement for yourself. 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, John Maston, Thom Parker, Maggie Meyers - mother of Rebecca Lawson, Otto Arentzen, Peggy Roberts, Diane McElreath, Shannon Hickey - niece of Debbie Kelly, David Johnson & Laura Gemellaro on passing of their father Don Johnson


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. 

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.

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.

Blood Drives - Thanks, St. Paul's!

On May 15 and August 14, St. Paul's hosted two very successful blood drives. During the two drives 70 units of blood were collected. As usual my thanks go out to all of our generous donors and to all the volunteers and custodial staff who helped make these life saving projects so successful. Our next blood drive at St. Paul's will be on Monday, December 11.  Bill Molloy

Health Ministry Team has provided the following important information:

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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