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If you did not receive a palm/palm cross yet, please pick one up sometime between now and Sunday morning.  They are available in a bag hanging on the sanctuary doors.

Welcome to this world Oliver Radzik
It is with great joy and celebration that we congratulate the Reverend Radziks and big sister, Sophia, on the birth of their son/brother, Oliver. Oliver was born March 19th at 8:16 am and everyone is doing wonderfully! We are sending love and prayers!

Lent and Holy Week 2021

Don't forget about our Lenten Calendar and Holy Week at Home Guide available on the Google Drive.  If you are in need of a printed copy, please contact Sara in the Church Office. Additionally, Bishop Malone has invited clergy and laity in the East Ohio Annual Conference to join her in prayer and scripture with another Lenten Calendar.  That calendar is also available in the google drive and can be downloaded from the Annual Conference Website here

Google Drive Reminder
Rockport All Church Information and Financial Reports are accessible here. Current financials are now posted!

Strategic Planning Update: 
We 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.  Thanks to Lisa Kay, we will begin weekly prayer Thursdays at 7 via Zoom.  Please see the box below for Zoom information!

Another Successful Mission Project Plus Fundraiser
Many thanks to those who were a part of our food delivery mission to shut-ins, delivery to Rocky River and Fairview Park police and fire departments, and to those who helped at our drive thru to support church ministries. We raised about $1,000. Not bad for our first drive thru.

God is good all the time. All the time, God is good. Everyone worked so well together, each chipping in to lend a hand where needed. Beautiful thank you notes to police and fire departments for their service, scrumptious baked goods for shut-ins and police and fire, hours of preparing food, packaging food, filling orders, collecting money, running food to cars, selecting scriptures, making crosses out of palm leaves, coordinating our list of orders, sending emails, sharing the fundraiser with family and friends, and cleaning up the kitchen.

We are so grateful for everyones time and dedication to helping others. As John Wesley said:

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

Zoom Worship
As of  March 7, 2021, we have made the difficult choice to discontinue worship by Zoom. Worship will continue to be available via YouTube, Facebook, and on our website, 

Parental Leave and Appointment Update
Rev. Laurie Bruce will serve as Rockport's interim pastor, from April 1, 2021-July 1, 2021 during Pastor Lorrin's parental leave. Rev. Bruce is excited to come and serve among you at Rockport and we look forward to her arrival and leading our Easter 10am Virtual Service on April 4th.  Let us join our hearts in prayer for her and for Rockport as we anticipate this transition and welcome Rev. Bruce into our midst.  

Pastor Lorrin will remain on staff, but will officially be on parental leave through the remainder of her appointment at Rockport UMC (June 30). Plans for emergency pastoral care between now and Rev. Bruce's arrival on April 1 are available in the Church Office.  The email will not be monitored until after April 1. Please direct all Rockport business to the Church Office email,

At this time, Bishop Malone and the East Ohio Conference Cabinet has not yet made the appointment of Rockport's next appointed pastor. SPRC will continue to be in consultation with Rev. Dr. Steven Bailey, our District Superintendent, throughout this process and will continue to keep the congregation informed as we move forward. In the meantime, everyone is invited to be in prayer for Pastor Lorrin's family, Rockport UMC, the UMC of Macedonia, Pastor Russ Ham, the New Leaf United Methodist Church, Rev. Laurie Bruce, Rockport's interim pastor, and Rockport's next pastor as we move through this season of transition. 



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:

Thursday, March 25, 2021
     7:00pm - Strategic Planning Prayer via Zoom

Sunday, March 28, 2021
     10:00am - Palm & Passion Sunday Worship Online

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
      7:30pm - John Bible Study via Zoom

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
      7:00pm - Book Club via Zoom

Thursday, April 1, 2021
      6:00pm - Maundy Thursday & Good Friday Prayer Service online

Sunday, April 4, 2021 
       7:00am - Rockport Youth Easter Sunrise Worship online
       10:00am - Easter Worship Online

Prayer List: 

Jeff Alexander, open heart surgery.  Nephew of Ema Rollins
Dr. Jorge Alejandro Bermudez, lives in Chile and has COVID and is off ventilator and doing better.  36-year-old nephew of Stella Thomas
Prayers for revival for Rockport to wholeness, for America, the world, and the whole church.  Requested by Nancy Geyer

Cindy Smith, has been discharged from Metro Hospital and is in rehab. Thanks for the prayers. Sister of Randy Daley
Linda Barrett, health concerns
Susanne Broestl lmars, lost her battle with cancer on March 10th.  52-year-old who leaves behind a 14-year-old daughter, husband and 91 year old mom.  Friend of Dan Newman
Russell Gaines, prayers for healing.  Requested by Dan Newman
Pray for peace in our country.  Requested by Stella Thomas
John Catavolos, recovering from shoulder replacementGail Stephan, health concerns
Drew Ferguson, 35-year-old member with three small children, passed into life eternal.  Son of Dave & Fran Ferguson
Brad Adams, ICU with spinal infection and COVID.  Stepson of Elizabeth Claypool
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

Weekly Prayer:
Thursdays at 7

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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!

LAST Lenten Study & Discussion of this Lenten Season! (ON ZOOM)

You will need:
Your Bibles or Bible App! 
Paper and pencil just in case
Snacks or drinks if you want!



PLEASE be watching after Easter for the Spring Kids and Youth Schedules and opportunities! 

 PLEASE do not forget that our Lenten Mission is to remind everyone that we have the Take-What-You-Need Cabinet… I know that YOU guys remember that it is our forever Mission… but we want to remind our Church Family that it’s out there and in need of Donations.
When it’s snowing, we need to have volunteers to shovel a path at least once… when it’s empty we will need help to put things out there. Maybe even take a turn once a month. MUST have a parent or adult with you for this! 
We know we’re reaching AT LEASE 50 people with the cabinet who are in need. HOWEVER we think it really could be 75+ people and we want to make sure we’re there to serve God and to show his people the compassion, love, and outreach that we all are so good at!
I don’t expect you guys to go door to door in a pandemic. But reach out to friends and family… even one things dropped off from the dollar store is wonderful! 


Your Rockport Book Club would welcome any new readers to join us on Wednesday, March 31st at 7pm on Zoom.  We will be discussing the book "The Last House Guest" by Megan Miranda. The "Last House Guest" is about an idyllic town in Maine dealing with the suspicious death of one of their own - and her best friend who is trying to uncover the truth. If you enjoy a good mystery, you should enjoy reading and discussing this novel. Everyone is welcome and just let Sara in the church office know that you would like to receive the Zoom link.  Hope to see you on March 31st.



All Church Picnic on July 18th after our Worship service!  
Food & games on the back patio
so be sure to save the date!

March Children and Youth Birthdays:
March 20    Isaac Paulson
March 30    Acadia Hover

March Wedding Anniversaries:
March 13    Pat & Jackie Ginley, 50 years
March 18    Bill & Kathe DiMatteo, 33 years

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