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.”
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, www.rockportumc.org.
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@example.com email will not be monitored until after April 1. Please direct all Rockport business to the Church Office email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.