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Lenten Soup Dinner and Devotions - Wednesdays from 6 - 7:30 pm on February 28, and March 6 & 13. Soup, Prayer, Scriptures, and Devotions will be provided.  Sign-up sheet is posted or email the church if you plan to attend. ALL ARE WELCOME - JESUS CAME FOR EVERYONE!  Transportation can be provided, please email the church office. This will be a great time of fellowship and preparation for Easter Celebration!!

A thank you is extended to our family and church family for the dedicated and enthusiastic work in putting up and taking down the seasonal decorations in our church.  Your help makes the projects a true labor-of-love.  A very special thank you note goes to Diamond Economy for his continued financial support with these projects.  Thank you all again. Dave & Gail Stephan



will meet on Thursday, February 8th at 6:30 pm at the church for a potluck dinner. There will be a great meal and time for fellowship.   We will also have a presentation by Ohio Guidestone on their Residential Treatment program for children. Ohio Guidestone’s youth residential campus in Berea, Ohio is “home” to children and adolescents ages 6-15 years old. The residential treatment provides out-of-home care for boys and girls with complex trauma, mental health needs, academic struggles, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities and severe emotional and behavioral concerns that negatively impact their ability to control their impulses, maintain their personal safety, and recognize the impact of their behaviors which prevent them from living safely in their homes.  For many years Rockport Church has brightened the lives of the children in the residential treatment program through the David Rice Valentine Party (this year it is on Saturday, February 10th) and the Rockport Annual Picnic. This is a great opportunity to learn about the services the children receive while they are in the residential treatment program. Everyone is invited to come and hear this informative presentation about Guidestone’s programs and services. Come and enjoy this special time together!


for the David Rice-Ohio Guidestone Valentine Luncheon, Sat. Feb. 10th.  Sign-up sheet is posted. Volunteers and bakers are needed.  The address is 202 Eastland Road, Berea.  We will meet there at 11 a.m. to set up the room and help Nick Berardi prepare a spaghetti lunch. We will treat the kids to face painting, crafts, basketball, bingo, & costumes to try on with a photo op option. Activities will end at approximately 2pm. Homemade desserts are appreciated, but please note that the dessert items cannot contain nuts or peanut butter. A sign-up sheet is posted for Volunteers and Bakers. Please drop off bakery items at the church on Friday the 9th.  You must be 18 yrs. old to attend. Questions, contact the church office.

If you would like a 2023 year-end giving statement, please call, 440-331-9433 or email,, the church office.  Thanks, Sara Chapman, Financial Secretary

Boxed offering envelopes are available in the narthex.  These boxed sets are ideal for those folks who contribute weekly.

COFFEE HOUR: Please sign-up on the bulletin board to host coffee hour!

Come and join us, bring your lunch and enjoy your food AND a great discussion! We will explore various topics in the church and Bible. 
SPRING DATES: We begin back-up in MARCH
March 18th  
April 15th
May 20th   
June 17th


Our next book discussion will be on Monday, Feb. 26th @ 7:00pm in the church parlor The book we will be reading is Tom Lake by Ann Patchett “Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart.” A book club bag has been picked up from Rocky River Public Library with 8 books in it and discussion questions.  Feel free to pick up a book in the church office. Hope to see everyone on Jan 15th for food, fun, fellowship and discussion.

were hard at work again this week.  They patched the laundry room ceiling, kitchen was cleaned (see photos above), new parlor lamp plug was installed, junk was removed and a board was placed outside to cover AC vent.  Thanks, men, for all your hard work.  Keep up the great work here and around town!

MISSION POSSIBLE! Through the end of January
THE YOUTH & Children will be collecting winter items for the Cabinet and also for different homeless groups this year. Hats, Scarves, Gloves, cans of SOUP or ready to eat canned goods with the pull tops (for example: ravioli or hearty soups) hand warmers - the small kind you squeeze with your hands to activate, inexpensive blankets that can be worn easily (may be gently used, they do not have to be brand new) and small sized toiletries (the youth group make homeless kits to put into the cabinet and also distribute)  We will still be collecting our “normal” items for the cabinet as well! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Church financials can be found here.
Go to the Rockport All Church Information folder, Financial Reports folder, 2023 Financials folder, or get a hard copy in the church office.

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



Beloved, I encourage us to join other Christians all over the world in prayer during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25. In the Gospel of John (17:21), Jesus prayed for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe.” As Christians we are called to pray and work together for peace, reconciliation, and healing, even more especially in these turbulent times of racial, cultural, and political violence, and unending wars.

The World Council of Churches has named the theme for the Week of Prayer from Luke 10:27: “You shall love the Lord your God … and your neighbour as yourself.” I encourage us to read Luke 10:25-37 as we reflect on how God is calling us to pray, to love and serve our neighbors, and to do the work of peace and unity.

To focus our prayers, I share the following prayers I excerpted from the Ecumenical Order of Worship that was designed by the international team appointed jointly by the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity and the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. You can find the entire order of worship on The World Council of Churches website,

I invite us to pray these prayers throughout the week and utilize them in our worship and bible studies. I also encourage you to connect with your ecumenical faith partners in your community and invite them to a time of prayer and conversation as you discern how you can work together, now and in the future, for peace, reconciliation, and unity.

Prayers of Intercession – Read as One Voice or Responsively
We have been invited to live the divine call to love God and our neighbour as ourselves. As we renew our commitment to this call, may this love strengthen our unity as Christians.

With all our hearts, we desire to dwell in God's love and to have the grace to love our neighbours as ourselves. God of boundless love, we pray that all people may come to know your unlimited mercy and believe in your desire to fill us with your infinite love.

Fill us with your love! Make us one in you.

We join our prayers to that of Jesus, who prayed for the unity of all who follow him. God of communion, we pray that we may work together for your greater glory and spread the Good News of salvation for all.

Fill us with your love! Make us one in you.

Our hearts are broken because of the confusion and division in our world.

God, our healer, we who are scattered like sheep without a shepherd, ask you to gather us into onefold. Enliven us by your Spirit and send us again, two-by-two, to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth.

Fill us with your love! Make us one in you.

Our world is scarred by terror and violence. Millions are forced to leave their homes in search of refuge and safety.

God of welcome, grant us the grace to risk embracing the stranger, tending their wounds, and standing in solidarity with them. Strengthen our resolve to be kind and merciful and to act towards our sisters and brothers, in all times, as you do towards us.

Fill us with your love! Make us one in you.

In our weakness and fear we know that we often pass by on the other side, turning away from those who need our help.

God of power, despite our lack of charity, open our hearts to experience the length, width, height, and depth of your love, so that we may love you more and love our neighbour as ourselves.

Fill us with your love! Make us one in you.

The Lord's Prayer
As children of the one God, let us pray as Jesus taught us:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Closing Prayer – Daily Prayer for Christian Unity of the Chemin Neuf Community
“Lord Jesus, who prayed that all might be one, we pray to you for the unity of all Christians, according to your will, according to your means. May your Spirit enable us to experience the suffering caused by division, to see our sin and to hope beyond all hope. Amen.”

Sending Prayer
Refreshed by the water of life, let us go forth to love God, and to love our neighbour as ourselves, united in Christ and enlivened by the Holy Spirit.

Everything we can do together, let's do it! Amen!

Peace and Blessings,

Bishop Tracy S. Malone

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Calendar of Events

Friday, Jan. 19, 2024
    9:45am – Al-Anon 

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024
    10:00am – A.A

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024
     8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service; Communion
    10:00am - Worship & Live Streamed
    2-3:30pm – A.A. Book Club

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024
    6:00pm – Choir Practice
    7:15pm – Finance Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024
    6:30pm – Good News Kids

Friday, Jan. 26, 2024
    9:45am – Al-Anon 
    2:30pm – Westlake Music Academy Recitals

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024
    10:00am – A.A
    10:00am - Westlake Music Academy Recitals

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024
     8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service; Communion
    10:00am - Worship & Live Streamed
    1:00pm - Westlake Music Academy Recitals
    2-3:30pm – A.A. Book Club

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024
    6:00pm – Choir Practice

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024
    6:30pm – Good News Kids

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024
7-9:00pm - Prayer Shawl Ministry

Friday, Feb. 2, 2024
    9:45am – Al-Anon 

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024
    10:00am – A.A

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024
     8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service; Communion
    10:00am - Worship & Live Streamed; Communion
    2-3:30pm – A.A. Book Club

Monday, Feb. 5, 2024
    7:00pm - Church Council

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024
    6:00pm - Choir Practice

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024
    6:30pm – Good News Kids

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024
6:30pm - Men's Group Potluck and Ohio Guidestone Speaker

Friday, Feb. 9, 2024
    9:45am – Al-Anon 

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024
    10:00am – A.A
    11-2:00pm - David Rice Ohio Guidestone Valentine Luncheon

Prayer List: 

(please fill out a prayer card in the pews, email the church office, or call to add to this list.


Jan Hnanicek, prayers for physical and spiritual healing

Lynn Wilkenson, recovering from knee replacement surgery


Pam Capecci, stroke.  Friend of Lisa Kay

Ema Rollins, home after hospitalization from COVID.  Requested by Marian Banno

Mary Mainwaring, at Brookdale Westlake Village Asst. Living

Holly Hausman, health concerns

Alex Santana, foot amputation following car accident; continued prayers. Granddaughter of Velma Malecki

Jan Hnanicek, continued prayers as she transitions back to her room at the facility 

Rhys McCracken, prayers for healing and strength; suffering from a very severe fall, multiple broken bones and numerous other injuries.  Friend of Dan Newman

Aggie, please pray for positive recovery from a stroke.  Friend of Dan Newman

Jamie Sutphin, identified with cancer. Cousin of Jim Leitch

Jill, dealing with lupus and other health issues.  Requested by Laurie Weaver

Nancy Geyer, health concerns

Suzanna, cancer treatment.  Requested by Debbie DeArmon

Carol Mueller, brain aneurism.  Friend of Diana Leitch

David Stephan, prayers and healing for a fractured shoulder and for ongoing cancer treatment

Elsie Gaewsky, continued prayers for healing

Pattie Sinnes, continued prayers

Lynn Burris, prayers for healing from another back surgery.  Brother -in-law of Beverly Cavanah

Maria Magyar, bone marrow transplant.  Requested by Beverly Cavanah

Judy Watkins, prayers for health and comfort. Mother of Beckie Zullo

Vicki Moenich, reoccurrence of cancer

Dave Clinton, health concerns

Debra, cancer returned for third time.  Friend of Lynn Wilkenson

Betty Jones, prayers for healing

Jan Tietje, medical concerns


Family and friends of Fr. Monte Tiller, who passed into life eternal peacefully at his home is West Palm Beach, FL. on Jan. 13. Father of Paige Farling.


Thank you to the Rockport UMC family for your prayers, calls, cards, messages and well wishes.  I am very appreciative. We are so blessed with this Rockport family of God. I am healing and getting stronger each day. In love and service, Susan Shick, Director of Music/Organist


News from our Youth
and Children's Ministries


February :

Game & Discussion Night - Friday, Feb. 23rd - 7 to 10 p.m. Pizza, Discussion, &  Games! 

*Please let me know if you are helping write, lead, or usher for the Easter Sunrise Service. It’s going to be here before we know it!

Dates for events for preparing Sunrise Worship, Holy Week Soup, and Sunrise rehearsal coming soon! 


YOUTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE is scheduled for June 8th this year. Discussions are still ongoing as to whether we will be able to do an overnight or another one-day event. We will discuss this ourselves when we meet to plan our July mission weekend!

*YOUTH: REMEMBER that you can earn some community service hours whenever we have mission opportunities or working with the younger kids! 


Good News Kids 4 yrs to 6th graders!

Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 pm 

Dinner, learning games, lessons, and fun! 

Youth helpers welcome!


24th: Field Trip, see Kira for info







(If you do not see your child or youth’s birthday, please notify the church office.)




(If you do not see your wedding anniversary, please notify the church office.)