ROCKPORT’S SECOND OF THREE 200TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
IS A WEEK FROM SUNDAY!
On August 14th we will have worship in our beautiful outdoor chapel with special music and former minister, Rev. Dr. David Wilcox, giving the message. Following worship, we will be heading to Wesley Hall for a breakfast with pancakes, eggs and sausages. (Please note we will have vegan and low sugar options) At around 11:45am we will begin tours across the street at our original church, – now called The Recovery Church. Be sure to RSVP on the bulletin board, so we can plan for food accordingly. Also, don’t forget our third and final 200th celebration on September 18th. Please be sure to RSVP as we are having a catered meal.
SEE BELOW FOR PICTURES AND A LIST OF LONGEST SERVING MEMBERS RECOGNIZED AT OUR FIRST 200TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT COTTONWOOD PAVILION IN THE METROPARKS!
JOIN US FOR GAME NIGHT TOMORROW!:
Are you looking for something to do on a Saturday night? Look no further. Come and enjoy game night here at Rockport on Aug. 6th & 20th at 6pm. A light dinner will be provided as well as childcare. Please sign-up on the bulletin board to attend and/or host and let us know if you will need childcare.
EMAIL/PHONE PRAYER CHAIN:
We are looking at restarting our email/phone prayer chain for immediate prayers needed during the week. If you are interested in being a part of this prayer chain, please email/phone the church.
Greetings in Christ!
I want to write a few lines of Congratulations to all of our Graduates! So many of us, whether in high school and under, or college and elsewhere in the learning world, still faced a lot of challenges this past school year with the pandemic. Education has been quite challenging the past several years!
It has been difficult for those of us here at Rockport to miss a lot of milestones that we would otherwise be able to observe and take part in with you! We have prayed for you on the sidelines! WE ARE SO very proud of all that has been accomplished and cannot wait to see you soar above this crazy time and continue your journey. WE WILL ALWAYS be here for you - no matter where you go in the world - and always REMEMBER that GOD is with you, every single step of the way.
WE LOVE YOU GRADUATES! (TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! )
Kira Cimino Holchin, and the entire Rockport UMC Family
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. ~ Colossians 2:6-7
Rebecca Magda: Becky graduated from Tri C with an AAS in Early Childhood Education and is teaching at Parkview EEC in Fairview Park.
Jack Munro: Airman Jack Munro… on July 28, 2022 graduated from Air Force Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He will be heading back to the University of Toledo for Fall semester, then leaving for Missouri for Air Force Tech School, but those dates are TBD.
Shannon Rowen: Shannon graduated from Fairview Park High School and is pursuing her Masters in Social Work and has been accepted into the Mandel Scholars Academy at Tri-C. She will also continue working for Common Threads, the social enterprise of Building Hope in the City. She recently was awarded overall first place at Starpower National in Wisconsin for her dance solo. Her competition team also won first place for their senior large group at The World Dance Competition in NJ.
Zoey Washio: Zoey graduated from Rocky River High School. An extremely talented artist, Zoey will be attending the Cleveland Institute of Art.
ROCKPORT’S COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT:
We faced a daunting task of fixing up a house identified by the Fairview Park Senior Center as needing work. Holly’s house, on W. 220th street, required a lot of work. We replaced the rail around the front porch, which was in poor shape, the front step, which had sunk several inches into the ground, and the cedar siding on the south side of the house, which was mostly warped. Additionally, we removed moss and debris from the roof, trimmed the trees, and cleaned the gutters. We scraped peeling paint and repainted. We repaired a rotted corner of the siding.
We began this task on June 8 and worked on Wednesday’s until completion on August 3rd. We averaged 5 volunteers a week, generally working about four hours each time. Our volunteers included Dennis Kay, Mike Wilkenson, Andrew Allen, Don Kraps, Nick Berardi, and myself. We donated 160 hours of our time in an effort to reflect Christ in our community. Holly is very grateful for our efforts.
One additional task by one of our volunteers was to replace the sewer lines to her house, as her plumbing would not drain. Nick Berardi donated his time and his company’s resources (namely Steve, a trench digger and associated equipment) to snake out the line, replace it, and rework her plumbing. Nick’s generosity was remarkable.
The other expenses incurred for siding, paint, and construction materials, was funded through Rockport’s spaghetti dinner funds. Those that worked the recent dinners helped make this possible.
Our mission is to assist neighbors who may have outlived their life savings yet remain in a house with little means to properly maintain it. Perhaps they face tough choices in order to make certain they can feed themselves and pay their bills. I believe that we helped make a substantial difference in Holly’s life.
We also plan to assist Janice, who lives on W. 210th street, also in Fairview Park, in September. We plan to replace her steps. If you’d like to help, join our team.
Sincerely, Dave Plachta
THANK YOU BAKERS!
THANK YOU so very much to all of the VBS bakers for your work and love. We appreciate it so much!
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of the people who volunteered in any way for Vacation Bible School! I really cannot thank you enough. Rockport always has the volunteers!
NEXT ALUMNI DINNER & CHAT!
Sunday, October 16th 7 – 9 p.m. - If you’re a Youth Group Alumni come eat some food and hang out for a couple hours! WE MISS YOU! Come on in!
PRAY AND BIKE OR WALK OR RELAX OPPORTUNITY!
Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. Praying and Biking or Walking or Sitting to Relax are two great activities! Please join us to do both! Our prayer focus is the scripture from Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. We will be praying for God's Will to be done for the next 200 years of Rockport Church! And then we can bike, or walk, or sit and relax! All are welcome!
BOOK CLUB: Please join us on Tuesday, Aug. 30th at 7:30pm at Dianne Hall’s house for fellowship and discussion. Bring a dessert or appetizer to share. Marie Benedict’s work of historical fiction, The Only Woman in the Room, tells the life story of Hedy Lamarr, a famed actress of the 1930s and 1940s. The 2019 novel rewrites Lamarr’s legacy by focusing on her path towards inventing a frequency-hopping radio technology that anticipates wi-fi. Benedict uses the political machinations of WWII and Hedy’s experiences to explore performativity, guilt, and sexism. Hope to see you all on Aug. 30th for food, fellowship and discussion!
Please sign-up on the bulletin board to host coffee hour. Fellowship is so important to the life of the church. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Methodist event without food! Nothing fancy, just a few goodies will be needed to host and Rockport will provide the coffee and water.
Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 - 2:00pm and Fridays from 8:00 - 1:00pm.
Rev. Don's office hours are Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:00 - 1:00pm
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New socks in youth m-l sizes Shoes in older youth sizes 5-7