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Prayer Walk/Drive, April 11th - 12-1:30pm

     Everyone is encouraged to attend this event! Come rain or shine and let us know you will be coming so we don't leave you behind. When you arrive at Rockport UMC for the Prayer Walk/Drive, please park by Wooster Rd.  Be sure to remember your mask and socially distance yourself from others.  We will begin our time together listening to this prayer song  and pray as a whole and walk the church grounds/prayer labyrinth and pray for Rockport church.  After this journey we will hand out prayer directions for different routes to walk/drive for 30 minutes in the neighborhood.  We will reconvene in the church parking lot and fill out a post-it-note with your prayer for Rockport or how you felt the Holy Spirit moved you during this walk/drive.  Prayers will then be placed on the whiteboard to represent Rockport's prayer wall. We will conclude with the Lord's prayer.  Thank you for your time and love of God.

     If you aren't able to attend the prayer walk/drive, 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.


Rev. Laurie's contact information is: 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




Hello Rockport Family! The kids and Youth are concentrating on the Take What You Need Cabinet for their Lenten 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. 

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 11, 2021
       10:00am - Virtual Worship
        12:00pm - (Strategic Planning) Walk/Drive

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

Prayer List: 

Gail Stephan, health concerns
Nancy Chapman, recovering from hip surgery after a fall.  87-year-old mother of Scott Chapman

Paul 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.
Belinda St. Leger, health concerns.  Requested by Mary Mainwaring
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!


Y A C News!
SAVE THE DATE for Youth Annual Conference 2021! Saturday, June 12th!

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!

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 to our idea session! 

Monday, May 10th, 7 p.m. (roughly 30 min)


UMKids’ Club & Youth Discussion Series 
Join us for our 35 min Discussion time for 3 Sundays 3 p.m.! 
April 18th
April 25th 
May 2nd

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


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, 1:00 pm
Call the church office to register to attend and if you are willing to bake, bring tea place settings, 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.
Hats are encouraged.



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