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Prayers for Rev. Lorrin & Family:


Lorri K. Pringle, 61, of Creston, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at her home. She was born June 24, 1959 in Medina the daughter of David F. and Janice E. Holden Buck. She married Donald Pringle on June 28, 1986, he survives.Lorri had worked at Bank of Medina, Buehler Foods and then at Party City in Wooster. She was a member of the Church of the Cross United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker who loved to sew, sang in the Church choir and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Donald, is her children Lorrin Marie (David) Radzik of Rocky River and Chris (Wendy) Pringle of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Melanie Pringle, Evan Pringle, Sophia Radzik and Oliver Radzik and a granddaughter on the way; siblings, Dana Buck of Japan, David (Teresa) Buck of Tennessee and Daniel (April) Buck of Kent; brother-in-law, Mark (Patricia Murdoch) Pringle of Wooster and a sister-in-law, Deanne (Darren) Costello of Massillon.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a small memorial service will be live streamed from the Church of the Cross United Methodist Church, 5100 Cleveland Road, Wooster on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 1 p.m. with Pastor John Finn officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Prayer Walk/Drive:

Thanks to all who participated! There were 28 people that gathered on Sunday, April 11th from 12-1:30pm, with masks on. A good time was had by all!  This event was sponsored by the Strategic Planning Committee. Below were objectives/directions we all were given.  

Prayer-walking and prayer-driving are simple activities that do not require you to approach your neighbors or to even know their specific needs. In fact, prayer-walkers and prayer-drivers are those who are "on the scene without making a scene." Through God's inspiration, you will discern certain areas that need your concentrated prayer. 


  • Gather together before the Prayer Walk/Drive, preferably in person at the church
    • The objective of the Prayer Walk is to walk/drive the area around the church (mission field) and try to see the mission field from the eyes of what burden(s) God is calling the church to carry for the people.
    • What are their hurts? 
    • What are their needs? 
    • What do you see? 
    • Where do you see God already at work? 
    • What is God whispering in your ear? 
    • The idea is for the church to paint a picture of who the church will become in the next three-five years as it uniquely carries out the mission of the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 
    • Offer a prayer. Ask for the Holy Spirit to guide each of you in this time. 
    • Disperse separately. This is a time of being in prayerful discernment for what God wants you to see, hear and feel. Walk or drive for at least 30 minutes. Meet back at the church. 
    • Divide the group into teams of 2-3 people, in-person or virtually.
    • Have them share with each other as to: What they saw, heard, and felt? 
    • What burden did they feel God bringing on their hearts for the church to carry? 
    • Come back together as a group, either in person or virtually. On paper record two or three key words/phrases/statements from each team from their reflection time. 
    • Ask the group to be in prayer for discernment for a vision that the church can live into for the next three-five years. 
If you were not able to attend the prayer walk/drive, that's ok.  We continue to invite you to join us in daily prayer as we seek to discern God's direction for our future, setting a mission and vision that will help us live more fully into God's call.  Our 8:00 prayer appears below and we invite you to join us in daily prayer at 8am, 8pm, or both with our Rockport UMC 8:00 Discernment Prayer. More than that, we know that prayer is powerful, even more so when done in community.


Bike and Prayer:

All are welcome to join Dan Newman on Tuesday, May 4th from 6:30pm-8:00pm for a prayer and bike ride.  Future dates are possible depending on the interest.  Hope to see everyone there!


Part-Time Bookkeeper:

Rockport is looking for a part-time, about 10 hrs/week, bookkeeper that will serve as the internal accountant for the Church.  The Bookkeeper is responsible for, and shall maintain oversight of, the general accounting of the Church, and all financial and business transactions of the Church.  If interested contact the church office, 440-331-9433.


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




For The Whole Church:

Hello Rockport Family! 
The kids and Youth are continuing building back up their Cabinet Mission. Since the Cabinet is here FOREVER, We want to make sure we remind everyone that it is still out there! During the Pandemic, it has been serving a LARGE community of people - we’re conservatively saying around 50, but we think it’s a much larger number. But we are running into problems keeping up with items to put into the cabinet. 

WE WANT TO THANK EVERYONE - we’ve gotten some support and donations during Covid, and that has helped us provide this mission to the community. Your support has been not only appreciated, but has meant the world to us! 

If you’d like to help replenish the cabinet, and haven’t had a chance to do so yet, please see the List enclosed in the Cabinet Graphic below for suggestions! While the pandemic is on, we’re also taking non perishable foods as well. THANK YOU SO MUCH! 

Calendar of Events:

Sunday, April 18, 2021
       10:00am - Virtual Worship
       3:00-3:35pm - Kid's & Youth Discussion Series

Monday, April 19, 2021
         1:30pm - Staff Meeting
         7:00pm - Visioning & Strategic Planning

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
        6:30pm - Bike & Prayer

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


Prayer List: 

Prayers for the Radzik and Pringle Families after the  unexpected death of Pastor Lorrin's mother on April 7, 2021
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 concernsPaul Kopko, recovering from heart surgery.  Father of Keith Kopko
Beverly Cavanah, recovering from knee replacement 
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
Marian Banno asks for prayers for her family as there have been four deaths in her family this past year.Jeff Alexander, open heart surgery.  Nephew of Ema Rollins
Prayers for revival for Rockport to wholeness, for America, the world, and the whole church.  Requested by Nancy Geyer
Russell Gaines, prayers for healing.  Requested by Dan Newman
Pray for peace in our country.  Requested by Stella Thomas
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 participate in the process by joining us in daily prayer with our 8:00 Prayer. 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 Discussion Series BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY!
Join us for our 35 min Discussion time for 3 Sundays 3 p.m.! 

*ON ZOOM *JUST bring yourself and MAYBE even a tasty snack to eat while we’re on  

April 18th
April 25th 
May 2nd

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 am hoping to send these out the first week of MAY. 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 dont want this to be a big expense for people! Just a good and kind deed! 

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

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!) 

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

SOON I will be dropping off (or you can pick up) ornament kits to make decorations for the Rockport peeps who live in apartments/condos and Nursing Homes. Emails will go out in a week with the info! BE WATCHING! The Bunny may be on vacation after Easter, but we are still here and ready to make some people smile! WOOHOO!

*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 Toida's house.  We will be discussing the book "Carnegie's Maid" by Marie Benedict. "Carnegie's Maid" is and 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.


Gail Economy Memorial Tea Sunday, May 16, 1:00pm

You are invited to
Rockport United Methodist Women’s
Gail Economy Memorial Tea
Sunday, May 16, 1:00 pm
Please call the church office to register to attend and let Sara know if you need a ride or if you are willing to bake, 
help set-up or help make tea. 
Details to follow regarding location. Hopefully we will be on the patio outside the parlor depending on the status of COVID-19 rules.
At the event, there will be a free will offering for United Methodist Women’s mission fund. 
There will be a speaker on the history of hats and you are encouraged to wear a hat too!
Hope you will make plans to join us. We are looking forward to seeing everyone! 
Hostesses: Lisa Kay and Sara Chapman
Questions: Diana Leitch 440-759-5980



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


April Children and Youth Birthdays:
April 2    Creed Newton
April 17    Zoey Washio
April 24    Bennett Shick

April Wedding Anniversaries:
April 30    David & Paula Thomas, 29 years