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I have been bathed in the Holy Spirit that abounds here at Rockport UMC. The spirit has blessed me to meet you in worship, work, music, ministry and more. 

You may remember the hand and finger song about “here’s the church, steeple; open the door and see all the people.”

Thanks be to God we can gather in person for worship with vaccinations and safety protocols still in place.

Groups have been gathering as well. VBS was awesome, I got to meet some of the Youth. The Bible study has been a blessing. Men’s group has been nourishing. Early morning Service has been inspiring. Work projects like helping fix up someone’s property (see pictures below) and even inventorying the Child Care furnishings have been blessed in both practical and fellowship ways. 

I look forward to more opportunities to share in ministry with you as a congregation, group and individuals.

I would like to host a Jamming for Jesus musical event. I would like to get a group to go to the Asian Lantern Festival at the Zoo. I also feel led by the Spirit to reach out to the atypical population since we share space with Abilities First.

I have invited Tim Rosenberger, a seminary graduate and Law/business student at Stanford University to preach on August 29th. I will be taking my first Sunday off then. I hope to stream it where I’m at because I expect it to be great. Tim is an awesome young Christian professional.

I have been invited to a bi-centennial celebration of a former church in Bucyrus October 10th. I asked Rev. Laurie Bruce to preach that Sunday.

I know Rockport UMC has a bi-centennial next year. I hope to enlist your support in planning a participation in that observance.

In the meantime let us put feet to our prayers and be about the work of the Lord.

Your Faithful Follower,
Pastor Don



Rockport UMC contacted the building departments of Rocky River and Fairview Park seeking to do God’s will by assisting senior homeowners who may lack the means to properly maintain their homes.  On Aug. 11, 18, & 25th, we helped an elderly woman named Maria, who lives on W. 215th street in Fairview Park.  This is a bungalow house that had a broken cement pad on its front porch, water leak issues in several windows, overgrown tree branches, and debris filled gutters.  The people who helped are: Dennis O'Neil, Pastor Don, Dennis Kay, Diamond Economy, Mike & Lynn Wilkenson, Andrew Allen, Nick  & Dave Plachta.  What a wonderful community service program Rockport has begun.  If you are interested in helping in future projects, please contact Dave Plachta at 440-829-3184.




We are gettin’ the gang back together! We haven’t met since Covid shut us down! PLEASE be watching for our first date to meet! FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP!
WOOHOO! Can’t wait to catch up! Friends are always welcome!



As a reminder, due to the COVID uncertainties with the Delta Variance, and in the spirit of caring for each other (especially the immunocompromised and our unvaccinated kids), Rockport's leadership has prayerfully decided to reinstate that all people, vaccinated or not, wear masks INDOORS and SOCIALLY DISTANCE.  



The Rockport Men’s Group will meet TODAY, August 19th at 6:30 pm at the church for a potluck dinner. There will be a great meal, time for face-to-face fellowship and a special guest speaker who will talk about holistic healing.
Come and enjoy this special time together!



Rockport All Church Information
and  Financial Reports are accessible here 
or in the church office.  





  The church's playground needs weeding and the toys and equipment need power washing.  Anyone interested in helping out with this please call Nick Berardi, 216-218-6532.


REV. DON'S contact information:

Office Hours:  Tuesdays & Thursdays
11:00am - 1:00pm

Through Labor Day


Please join us on Monday, September 20th at 7pm outside on the church patio.  We will be reading The Whole Life by Robert Seethaler.  The Whole Life is a tender book about finding dignity and beauty in solitude. An exquisite novel about a simple life, it has already demonstrated its power to move thousands of readers with a message of solace and truth. It looks at the moments, big and small, that make us what we are.  Hope to see you all on Sept. 20th for fellowship and discussion!





Calendar of Events:

Thursday, August 19, 2021
6:30 pm - Men's Group

Friday, August 20, 2021
       9:45am – Al-Anon

Sunday, August 22, 2021
8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
       10:00am - Outdoor Worship & Live Streamed

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
6:30pm – “Words of Life” Bible Study

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
9:30am – Rockport Community Service Project (If needed)

Friday, August 27, 2021
       9:45am – Al-Anon

Sunday, August 29, 2021
8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
       10:00am - Outdoor Worship & Live Streamed

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
6:30pm – “Words of Life” Bible Study

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
7:00pm - Prayer Shawl Ministry

Friday, September 3, 2021
       9:45am – Al-Anon

Sunday, September 5, 2021
8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
       10:00am - Outdoor Worship & Live Streamed

Monday, September 6, 2021 -
Church office Closed for Labor Day

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Church Office Closed 

Friday, September 10, 2021
Church Office Closed 

Prayer List: 

Betty Jones, prayers for healing
Erna Guia, prayers for healing
Vicki Moenich, prayers for healing
Pearl Biscotti, moved to assisted living in Gahana Ohio
Dan Rice, health concerns.  Requested by his brother, David Rice

Nancy Chapman, passed into life eternal on August 7th. Mother of Scott Chapman
Keel Arlia, Back problems.  Stepdaughter of Beverly Cavanah
Holly Hausman, health concerns
Sue P,prayers for perseverance and strength as she goes through a difficult time with the sudden and unexpected loss of her best friend. Requested by Dan Newman
Sara,Undergoing multiple surgeries after a serious fall. Requested by Nick Berardi
Susan O, requested by Dan Newman
Velma Malecki, recovering from hand surgery
Julia, recovering from surgery. Niece of Dan Newman
Vickie Smilanich, Cleveland Clinic main campus with health concerns
Barb Michael, recovering from surgery. Sister of Dianne Hall
Gail Stephan, home from the hospital recovering
Norma Golladay, medical concerns
Joyce, in need of prayers.  Sister of Nancy Geyer
Lynn Burris, after 3 back surgeries still living in extreme pain.  Brother-in-law of Beverly Cavanah
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
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
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


News from our Youth and Children's Ministries



WELCOME BACK Wednesday, September 22nd to Good News Kids & M&M’s group! Preschool 4 yrs old through 6th Graders… YOUTH ALWAYS welcome to join us! DINNER and Learning Games and Lessons! WOOHOO!

We will be providing a brown bag dinner together, and the menu will go out soon…
YOUTH: PLEASE indicate to me each week if you’re coming by Tuesday night so that you can get dinner!
If the kids and youth don’t care for the dinner we’re serving, PLEASE feel free to pack something and send for your kids!



Youth Group Mission Work
Wednesday, September 1st, 6 to 8 p.m.
Sorting and working in the Cabinet room: building shelves. ALL HANDS on deck!

Youth Group Start Up Family POTLUCK!
Sunday, September 12th, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
PLEASE join us as we come back together as a family unit! Please bring a main dish, side, or dessert! Please bring your own place settings. Beverages will be provided!

Friday, OCTOBER 1st. Times to be announced
PLEASE note that we are MEETING AT Rocky River stadium, and will be sitting together… BUT you must have your own ride to the game and be picked up from the game, we are not carpooling at this time. BUT would love to see you there! FAMILIES ARE WELCOME to come and hang out together! THIS YEAR, since it’s AT River, we will be sitting on the River side! *Permission Slip needed to sit with us with no adult there, if families come together, no permission slip is needed. Permission slips will go out closer to the event! 


August 3    Genevieve &
Spencer Stephan
August 6    Ethan Cluts
August 9    Austyn Mahnen
August 12    Eamon Norris
August 19    Isla Norris
August 25    Rowan Norris
August 26    Kristina Beckman

August 7    Greg & Judith Varga, 17 years
August 9    Corey & Caitlin Carlo, 8 years
August 12    Vince & Katie Berardi, 4 years
August 15    Dennis & Kathy O'Neil, 40 years
August 24    Jeff & Pam Omslaer, 19 years
August 28    Shawn & Jennifer Rowen, 22 years