THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED
Nov. 23 & 24th in observance of Thanksgiving, as well as, Monday, Nov. 27thfor a vacation day for Sara. Have a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving with family and friends!
CONSECRATION SUNDAY/NEW MEMBERS AND 2024 PLEDGE UPDATE:
What a blessing it was to have 73 people in Worship on Consecration Sunday, November 19th where we enjoyed a wonderful worship and welcomed 7 new members! We welcomed Pam Brockett & Ken and Gail Linden by reaffirmation of faith, Molly Foulks joined us by letter of transfer from Albany UMC, Len & Juanita Pariano joined us by letter of transfer from Lakewood UMC, and Samantha Skutnik joined us an associate member. Following worship we enjoyed a pancake breakfast with delicious food and fellowship in Wesley Hall. Thank you Diana Leitch for organizing this wonderful event.
To date, we have received 51 pledges totaling $102,154. Thank you to those who have already pledged. Your financial commitment to Rockport is greatly appreciated. You may still mail in your pledge card, email, or call the church with your pledge, or fill out a pledge card available in the narthex. Pledges help leadership set budgets and plan for next year. Please remember all money received goes toward operating budget, as well as, paying our apportionments! Thank you
HYGIENE PRODUCT COLLECTION FOR SHELTERS:
We are blessed and have an opportunity to help those in need by collecting Hygiene products for local shelters. Now through December 17, bring hygiene products to church and we will deliver them to local shelters.
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Shower caps
- Face and body wash
- Shower gel and soap
- Shaving cream and razors
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
- Menstrual products (often is short supply)
- Diapers, pull-ups, baby wipes, formula
- Toilet paper, deodorant, combs and brushes
- Nail clippers and files, hand sanitizer, sanitation wipes
Thank you for your generosity!
LIGHT OF HOPE SERVICE DECEMBER 10TH AT 2PM:
The Light of Hope Service recognizes the loss and loneliness that can be felt during the holidays due to death, disease, poverty or abuse or other grief issues. It is a service that specifically enables individuals to experience their grief, as well as express what they are felling, so they can find a sense of calm and hope during the holidays.
ADVENT STUDY & POTLUCK:
Wednesday, December 13, from 6 to 8! Bring a dish or dessert to share, and join in some fellowship, devotions, and an advent lesson!
DECEMBER MEN’S GROUP CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION:
The Annual Rockport Men’s Group Christmas Celebration will be on Thursday, December 14th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the church. Nick will provide pasta, meatballs and sausage. Bring a salad, vegetables, side dish or desert and your Christmas spirit! We always have a great time at this festive gathering.
DON’T FORGET YOUR PLEDGE!
As we approach the end of the 2023 year, don’t forget your commitment to Rockport. If you are unsure of where you are with your pledge, please call the church office. Thank you, The Finance Committee
Our next book discussion will be on Monday, Nov. 27th @ 7:00pm at Ellen Todia’s house (off of Story Rd.). The book we will be reading is Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult “Mad Honey tells the story of two women who have fled abusive pasts to make a new life in the small town of Adams, New Hampshire. When one is found dead, and the other finds her son accused of the murder, the tense courtroom drama that unfolds shines light on the true cost of secrets kept for love.” Hope to see everyone on Nov. 27th for food, fun, fellowship and discussion.
CHAT AND CHEW ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP!
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.
LAST 2023 Date: We meet once a month on the 3rd Monday of the month, 12 to 2 p.m.
*December 18th (Christmas gathering)
WINTER & SPRING DATES:
January 22nd (please note this is the 4th Monday, as the 3rd Monday is MLK Day)
February 26th (please note this is the 4th Monday, as the 3rd Monday is President’s Day)
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTY:
will meet on Thursday, Nov. 30th in the church parlor. All knitters, crocheters, and people who want to learn to knit are welcome.
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!
GOOGLE DRIVE REMINDER:
Church financials can be found here.
October Financials are now posted. 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
DISTRICT NEWS: http://www.eocumc.com/northcoast/
CONFERENCE NEWS: https://www.eocumc.com/
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