Dear Rockport Family and Friends,
I hope this message finds you well! It's hard to believe that we are near the end of July and moving rapidly toward August and the fall!
There are so many things to be grateful for this week: several folks have had negative COVID-19 test results, there have been answered prayers among us, and we have celebrated the sounds of our RECC children in the building all week long. I give thanks to God for all the ministry that continues at Rockport, even when we are not meeting in person.
In the week ahead, the Reopening Team will be hard at work planning our next steps as we look forward to a return to in-person worship. Currently, Cuyahoga County is still Level 3 (red) on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. That means that there are no in-person activities scheduled for Rockport at this time. We look forward to the time when our advisory level will change and when we can gather safely in person.
As a part of the Reopening Team's work, we have decided that Rockport will remain in an online only status until Cuyahoga County is no longer at Level 3 (red) or higher for at least two weeks. We are beginning to explore the options of a drive in worship service, or a limited in-person outside worship service when Cuyahoga County has moved to Level 2 (orange) for at least two weeks. Please pray for the reopening team as we follow Wesley's three simple rules and discern what is the next best step.
It is important to keep giving to Rockport during this time. Even though the building is closed for in-person activity, we continue to do vital ministry in our community! Your gifts are vital to the work of the church and sustain the ministry at Rockport.
Don't forget to join us for virtual coffee hour tomorrow, immediately following worship! We hope to see you!
Please continue to keep Rockport in your prayers and know that you are in mine. If you are in need of pastoral care or conversation, please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Rev. Lorrin Radzik
Pastor, Rockport UMC