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On Wednesday, October 20th, 7pm, 18 people gathered, and 11 via zoom, to vote on the following motion presented by Nick Berardi, Chair of Trustees:

"I move that the Rockport United Methodist Church membership herby acknowledges and empowers the duly elected church trustees of our congregation, to act upon our behalf as our legally authorized representatives in the sale of the church parsonage. They are thus authorized to enter into a contract to sell the parsonage; receive bids and negotiate a closing price and date; and to act as representatives of the church in all legal and contractual duties in order to complete the sale of this property."
(see picture above newly painted parsonage)

All voted in favor, by a show of hands, 17 in person and 10 via zoom, to sell the parsonage. (Rev. Don Kraps and Rev. Dr. Steve Bailey did not vote) Minutes are posted below.

All Church Conference
Meeting Minutes
18 in attendance in person (Dan Newman, Kira Holchin, Gail & Dave Stephan, Dianne Hall, Lisa Kay, Scott & Sara Chapman, Diamond Economy, Jim & Diana Leitch, Colleen Lowmiller, Ellen Todia, Lynn & Mike Wilkenson, Susan Shick, Nick Berardi & Rev. Don Kraps), 11 in attendance via Zoom call (Dennis O’Neil, Jim & Sue Spallino, Ernie & Mickey Hopp, Linda Hartford, Bill Eyman, Mark Hausman, David Rice, Larry Nusser & Rev. Dr. Steve Bailey) 

District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Steve Bailey, presided over the meeting and explained the purpose of the meeting.

Pastor Don Kraps began with a prayer.
Lisa Kay was nominated to be secretary for the All Church Conference. All voted by show of hands.
Nick Berardi, Chair of Trustees, made the following motion:

I move that the Rockport United Methodist Church membership herby acknowledges and empowers the duly elected church trustees of our congregation, to act upon our behalf and as our legally authorized representatives in the sale of the church parsonage. They are thus authorized to enter into a contract to sell the parsonage; receive bids and negotiate a closing price and date; and to act as representatives of the church in all legal and contractual duties in order to complete the sale of this property.

Questions from members of the church included:
What are the pros and cons considered in making this motion?Pros included no unexpected costs to repair the home and values of homes are currently high. Cons included that there will be no parsonage in the future if we have a full-time pastor again and renting the parsonage includes making repairs and painting when renters move out.

Have For Sale by Owner vs. using a realtor been considered?Four realtors have given us their recommended value (average value is $383,500). Trustees recommend For Sale By Owner for a few weeks to see what happens. Attorneys in the church family are willing to handle the sale documentation. 

The county has increased the value of homes in Rocky River. Has that higher value been considered?Yes. The estimated value of the parsonage is $375,000.

If the house sells, is it correct that the money needs to be in a fund for five years, untouched? Yes, the United Methodist rules are such so that if a parsonage is again needed, there will be money on hand to purchase one. However, there can be negotiation on that with the District Superintendent for special circumstances.

Six years ago Rockport spent approximately $100,000 for mold remediation for the parsonage.Can we access that investment into the property?That amount, plus any repairs to the parsonage prior to putting it up for sale, is accessible by Rockport (don’t need to wait 5 years to access that money).

What are the considerations if we rent the parsonage? A management company would need to be hired, however, they are very difficult to find for just one property. The property management company gets 10-12% of the gross rent plus the first month’s rent. They also control the maintenance of the property and get a percentage of the repair costs too. In addition, the church would still pay property tax and insurance. Renting vs. investing the net sales amount is about a wash (investing the money with 4% return vs the net rental income). We can make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world with the money from the sale of the parsonage vs. having those funds tied up in the parsonage.

Nick Berardi, on behalf of the Trustees, made the motion to sell the parsonage above. By a show of hands, 17 members in attendance in person and 10 in attendance via Zoom affirmed the motion to sell the parsonage.

Ernie Hopp moved to adjourn the meeting.
Lisa Kay, Recording Secretary





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If you have a special prayer request, please call the church office @ 440-331-9433.

A stewardship letter from Pastor Don will be mailed the first week in November.  On Sunday, November 14th, will be Consecration Sunday and will feature a special speaker during the 10am worship service.  Following worship at 11am, everyone is invited for a free brunch, however, donations will be gladly accepted.  The brunch menu is ham, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, eggs, fruit, vegetable tray and baked goods.  Coffee, tea, milk and various juices will also be on hand.  No reservations are required but for planning purposes, please sign up on the church bulletin board or let Sara in the office know that you will be coming.  If there is interest, we plan to have a trivia contest after brunch.  Hope to see you on the 14th!  
Questions or to help, call Diana Leitch 440-759-5980.


The Rockport Men's Group will meet on Thursday, November 11th at 6:30pm at the church for a potluck dinner. There will be a great meal, time for face-to-face fellowship and a guest speaker. Come and enjoy this special time together!


Please join us on Monday, November 15th at 7pm in the church parlor. We have changed the book to What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins. This book offers an unforgettable story of loss and anger, but also of kindness and hope, courage and forgiveness. It is a deeply moving account of strangers and friends not only helping each other forward after tragedy, but inspiring a new kind of family. Hope to see you all on November 15th for fellowship and discussion!


All District Charge Conference is Saturday, November 13th at 10:30am via zoom. All are welcome.

Rockport All Church Information and Financial Reports are accessible here or in the church office.





Calendar of Events:

Friday, October 22, 2021
       9:45am – Al-Anon

Sunday, October 24, 2021
       8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
       10:00am - In-Person Worship & Live Streamed

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
       6:30pm - Choir Rehearsal
       7:00pm - Bible Study 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
       6:30-8:00pmGood News Kids & Youth Halloween Party

Friday, October 29, 2021
       9:45am – Al-Anon 

Sunday, October 31, 2021
       8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
       10:00am - In -Person Worship & Live Streamed

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Election Day
       6:30pm - Choir Rehearsal
       7:00pm - Bible Study 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
       6:30-8:00pmGood News Kids & M&M's

Friday, November 5, 2021
       9:45am – Al-Anon 

Saturday, November 6, 2021
      4-8:00pm - Drive-Thru Spaghetti Fundraiser

Sunday, November 7, 2021
       8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
       10:00am - In-Person Worship & Live Streamed

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 
       6:30pm - Choir Rehearsal
       7:00pm - Bible Study 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
       6:30-8:00pmGood News Kids & M&M's

Thursday, November 11, 2021 Veterans Day
 6:30pm - Men's Group Potluck

Friday, November 12, 2021
       9:45am – Al-Anon 

Saturday, November 13, 2021
      10:30am - All District Charge Conference

Sunday, November 14, 2021
       8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
       10:00am - In-Person Worship & Live Streamed
        11:00am - Consecration Brunch and Trivia Game

Monday, November 15, 2021
       7:00pm - Book Club

Prayer List: 

Jim Spallino, recovering from knee repair surgery 
Roy & Joy, were in a terrible car accident.  Joy passed away and Roy is in critical condition. Prayers for Roy and family. Requested by Elizabeth Claypool
Jackie Ginley, recovering from surgery
Dennis, healing and strength.  Nephew of Elsie Gaewsky
Brandy, healing and strength.  Requested by Elsie Gaewsky
The family of Dexter who passed away recently at a very young age.  Prayers for the healing consoling touch of the Holy Spirit for the family.  Requested by Dan Newman
Rev. Laurie Bruce, prayers as she recovers from surgery
Matt, serious health issues.  Requested by Mary Mainwaring
Nancy Geyer, health concerns
Pam Schmidbauer, COVID.  Requested by Nancy Geyer
Karen, bone cancer.  Sister-in-law of Marian Banno
Vickie Smilanich, home from the hospital with health concerns
Betty Jones, prayers for healing
Erna Guia, prayers for healing
Vicki Moenich, prayers for healing
Norma Golladay, medical concerns
Joyce, in need of prayers.  Sister of Nancy Geyer
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
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
Jan Tietje, medical concerns
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

News from our Youth and Children's Ministries

UMYF Youth Group
UMYF YOUTH: COME AND JOIN US on Wednesday Nights! Come to help out at GNK’s with the younger kids OR Homework Hangout Group! 
WEDNESDAYS, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Come for dinner, help out, and gather in the Youth Room to work on homework or mission! 

We rotate 20 min shifts helping out with the younger kids, while everyone else works on homework) 

IF you need help with homework, or you are willing TO HELP someone else with homework, this is the place for you! AND OF COURSE some Fellowship! 

(IF YOU are eating dinner with us, PLEASE let us know you’re coming before you go to bed on Tuesday night so we can provide enough food!) *FEEL FREE to bring your own dinner or snacks if you’re in the Youth Room!

If you have a youth in 7th or 8th grade this school year, please let us know if you are interested in becoming a part of our Confirmation class!

The Confirmation year will kick off on November 1st with a Zoom parent/confirmand meeting and then classes will begin! 
Please contact Kira or the church office to sign up!

*Confirmation Alumni: PLEASE let me know (if you haven’t already) if you’d like to sign up to be a peer mentor!

WEDNESDAYS FROM 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Preschool 4 yrs old through 6th Graders… 

DINNER and Learning Games and Lessons! WOOHOO! 
YOUTH ALWAYS WELCOME! (check out the info under the Youth News!)

 We will be providing dinner together for Children and Youth!

Children & YOUTH: PLEASE indicate to me each week if you’re coming by Tuesday night so that you can get dinner!
If your child or youth doesn’t care for the dinner we’re serving, PLEASE feel free to pack something and send for your kids!

Wednesday, October 27th, 6:30 to 8 p.m.! FOOD AND FUN! WEAR YOUR COSTUME!
Children AND Youth!
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT!                                                                        We will be filming preschool 4 year old through 6th graders in costume in a few weeks at Good News Kids to be shown onscreen in December during worship while the Youth lead us in our Christmas story experience. YOUTH I need a bunch of speakers, please let me know if you are interested! 



(If you do not see your child age 0-17th's birthday, please notify the church office.)
October 20   Kendal Mahnen

(If you don't see your wedding anniversary, please notify the church office.)
October 10    Andrew & Michelle Soltis, 34 years
Russ & Pam Kilpatrick, 34 years
October 14    Ernie & Mickey Hopp, 60 years
Don & Joni Lenser, 42 years
October 16    Dave Matthiessen & Ellen Todia, 12 years