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Calling All Graduates!


ARE YOU Graduating from High School, Trade School, or any form of Higher Learning? LET US KNOW! We want to post you in the updates this summer! It’s so important to keep connected to each other during this crazy time! AND we care about you and would love to catch up by seeing what’s going on in your lives! PLEASE email the office: with your name, where you are graduating from, and any plans you’d like to share with your Rockport UMC Family! We are SO EXCITED for you!


Update on Reopening Rockport UMC

By Rev. Laurie 

I want to give you an update on  Reopening Rockport UMC!  The Reopening Committee has been meeting and diligently working on possible reopening strategies that are in line with CDC and Cuyahoga County guidelines.   We will have more definite news in a few weeks about specifics.  Please continue to be patient and have faith we are all working towards the good of the people and the church!



Be sure to scroll down for Rockport Happenings, Calendar of Events, Prayer List, News from Children & Youth's Ministries, and other events of the church like Book Club, Church Picnic and Children and Youth Birthdays and Wedding Anniversaries!


Please Note:

New office hours beginning April 12th are:
Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 2:00pm


Rev Laurie's contact information: or 479-595-9229

If you wish to have a hard copy of Rev. Laurie's sermon each week, please call the church office!



Google Drive Reminder:
Rockport All Church Information and Financial Reports are accessible here






Calendar of Events:

Sunday, May 9, 2021
       10:00am - Virtual Worship

Monday, May 10, 2021
        7:00pm - Book Club
        7:00pm - UMKids' Club & Youth Mission Meeting Zoom

Sunday, May 16, 2021
        10:00am - Virtual Worship

Monday, May 17, 2021
          1:30pm - Staff Meeting
           7:00pm - Strategic Planning Meeting

Thursday, May 20, 2021
       7:00pm - Finance Committee Meeting

Sunday, May 23, 2021
       10:00am - Virtual Worship

Prayer List: 

Norma, prayers for healing as she recovers from two neck surgeries.  Also, prayers for strength and patience for her daughter & caretaker, Tammy.  Friend of Dan Newman
Shirley Barrington, passed into life eternal on May 3, 2021.

Beverly Cavanah thanks everyone for your prayers.  She is recovering nicely from her knee replacement
Violet Irene Plachta was born on April 10th.  Parents are Jon & Haylie Plachta.  Proud grandparents are Dave & Marilyn Plachta
Norma Golladay, medical concerns
Vicky Leiter, passed into life eternal on April 17th.  Cousin of Julia Welsh
Jess Alexander, passed into life eternal on April 11, 2021.  60-year-old nephew of Ema Rollins
Joyce, in need of prayers.  Sister of Nancy Geyer
Nancy Chapman, in rehab after hip surgery.  87-year-old mother of Scott Chapman
Gail Stephan, health concerns
Paul Kopko, recovering from heart surgery.  Father of Keith Kopko
Tony Arlia, health concerns.  Son-in-law of Beverly Cavanah
Stan P, cancer treatment.  Requested by Rev. Davis
Lynn Burris, after 3 back surgeries still living in extreme pain.  Brother-in-law of Beverly Cavanah
Prayers for revival for Rockport to wholeness, for America, the world, and the whole church.  Requested by Nancy Geyer
Mary Mainwaring, health concerns.
Douglas MacMillan, member, prayers for recovery from a fall and surgery on his spine and his recuperation at home will be extensive.  Requested by his sister, Gail Stephan
Vicki Moenich, shoulder surgery and healing
Bill Bowers-Health concerns
Donny Nally, recovering from heart & kidney transplants.  Son of Diana Nally
Katie Patton, single mom of 3 with stage 4 liver cancer. Requested by the Wilkenson Family
Betty Jones, medical concerns
Erna Guia, prayers for healing
Dennis, healing and guidance.  Nephew of Elsie Gaewsky
Jan Tietje, medical concerns
Jacob Gasiewski-Serving our country.  Grandson of Carole Heppner
Sarah Bungard-Serving our country, Chief Warrant Officer 2 USMC. Requested by the Kopko family
Mariah White-Pray for safety for her & her unit who are in Kuwait.  Friend of Dan Newman
Lt. Chandler Freeman-In Kuwait. Grandson of Marge Freeman
As we engage in this time of discernment and strategic planning together at Rockport UMC, we invite you to CONTINUE to pray daily. Join us in praying the prayer below at 8am, 8pm, or both, depending on how your schedule works. And if none of those times work, pick one that works for your schedule - the important thing is that we are joining together with one another as we pray for God's direction in our lives and our church.

News from our Youth and Children's Ministries


Youth & UMKids!


UMKids’ Club & Youth Peeps!                                                                                       We will be meeting on ZOOM to throw around ideas for the summer on safe ways to carry out some mission! PLEASE plan on attending if you are available. I KNOW we’re tired of Zoom, but your voice cannot be heard if you’re not pitching in ideas at our session!
Monday, May 10th, 7 p.m. (roughly 30 min)

COME WITH YOUR IDEAS! I know this meeting isn’t until MAY BUT I would like you guys to all be thinking of MISSION and ideas in the weeks before we meet!

UMKids’ Club 6th graders & Youth Peeps! Big Brothers and Sisters Project

Special Mission Project… Calling all older kids to work on a special project for the younger kids!

It’s been hard on all of us SO MUCH this past year, being separated. But the younger kids (5th grade and under) have had an especially hard time with this.
I am hoping that you guys can sign up to be a pretend big brother or sister for one of our younger kids… I will assign you to someone (NOT a sibling of your own!) to do something special for. Color a picture… bake some cookies… give a small gift (dollar store gift, nothing crazy! It’s the thought that counts here!) AND I would like you to pick out a very special Bible verse for them and write it on an index card… 

I want to send these AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. So I need you guys to begin signing up NOW! 

There are enough of you guys (6th through 12th) graders to have one kid assigned to you! 

PLEASE consider this one time event. OF COURSE after we are done I hope you will be able to wave and say hello to your kid after this haha BUT you do not have to keep sending gifts or cards - I just want this to connect the kids to the people they admire most - YOU GUYS. They get so excited to know what the “Big Kids” are doing next! And what they will get to do when THEY are the BIG KIDS! 

*IF YOU CANNOT drop the cards/gift at their home, I can do delivery service - PLEASE do not pay to mail anything bigger than a card!  I don’t want this to be a big expense for people! Just a good and kind deed! 



WE are back up and running for the Take What You Need Cabinet! Volunteers ARE NEEDED to begin taking over filling it and inventorying it, etc. 
WE WILL DISCUSS further at our May Mission Meeting! MANY thanks go our to our adults who have been filling it up for us during COVID!

Y A C News!

SAVE THE DATE for Youth Annual Conference 2021! Saturday, June 12th! (Going into 7th Grade through graduating seniors!) 

*UPDATE* WE have NOT received any more news regarding YAC… I know time is running out, and so I am anxiously awaiting the word. I will send EMAILS out to families If I receive any news before the next Weekly Rockport Update Email! THANK YOU!

Sent! Is our theme… YAC 2021 is a ONE DAY only offering this year. 

 IN PERSON groups, in three locations around the East Ohio Conference part of Ohio… 

*There is also a Zoom offering for people who either cannot attend, or who are not able to attend In-Person. 

PLEASE NOTE: all three locations have a Maximum number of people allowed, as per Pandemic precautions. We will HAVE TO REGISTER in a timely fashion, as soon as Registration is open. 

PLEASE sign up if you are interested so that I have an idea of the group. 

WE WILL NEED DRIVERS, as we will need to socially distance and follow protocols. 

MORE DETAILS TO COME as they become available!


ONE DAY only… Outdoors, when we’re able to be in person - DATE TBA

AVAILABLE NOW: Sand cross kits to make to send out to nursing homes and apartment people! PLEASE contact me ASAP to be able to join in this mission project!

*You can absolutely sign up to make more than one ornament - BUT I am asking everyone to try to make at least ONE… even when we are separate, we can be working on mission together! Our Bunny people were really REALLY happy and felt the love!



Your Rockport Book Club would welcome any new readers to join us on Monday, May 10th at 7pm on Zoom.  If weather is decent and we are all healthy (and immunized!), we will meet at Ellen Todia's house.  We will be discussing the book "Carnegie's Maid" by Marie Benedict. "Carnegie's Maid" is an intriguing 'What if' story of an Irish Immigrant and the King of Steel. Everyone is welcome and let Sara in the church office know that you would like to receive the Zoom link.  Hopefully we'll see you in person, (or on Zoom) on May 10th.



All Church Picnic on July 18th after our Worship service!  
Food & games on the back patio
so be sure to save the date!


May Children and Youth Birthdays:
May 1    Shannon Rowen
May 8    Mya Field
May 10    Jackson Paige
May 12    Molly Field
May 14    James Wall
May 16    Bobby Collings
May 25    Averie Mahnen

May Wedding Anniversaries:
May 12    Dan & Tammy Munro, 20 years
May 16    Scott & Julia Welsh, 34 years
May 17    Mark & Holly Hausman, 46 years
May 19    Jim & Diana Leitch, 37 years
Jim & Sue Spallino, 31 years
May 23    Jim & Laurie Weaver, 29 years