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Rockport United Methodist Church’s
1822 - 2022
September 18th is almost here and we hope that you are making plans to celebrate with us! A free catered luncheon in Wesley Hall will follow our special 10:00 am worship service. We have heard from many of our prior members and staff that they plan to join us and we are excited to see them.  If you would like to come but need a ride, please call the church office and we will make arrangements to pick you up.   For planning purposes, please RSVP to the church office at 440-331-9433 or
A celebration like this only happens once every 100 years
so don’t let this one go by without us seeing you!


     Open Invitation - All are invited - New Bible Study Class!  Christianity and Comparative World Religions.  In-Person, Tuesdays from 7 pm - 8 pm starting September 20 - November 8.  Please e-mail Sara Chapman or call 440-331-9433 if you would like transportation or if you need a book.  
There will be guest speakers from the Islamic Center of Cleveland, Beth Israel Temple, and the Zen Center of Cleveland!! 
     The study explores four major world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism—and compares the beliefs of each with those of Christianity.  Please e-mail Sara Chapman or call 440-331-9433 to sign-up.  We are so excited and thank God for this opportunity! God bless.


ENGAGE MINISTRY: Rockport invites you to be a part of our Engage Ministry. Please consider this call to service. This enriching ministry will meet the needs of those who are unable to attend church in person.  Some of the people will be in their homes while others may be in nursing homes or other care facilities. If you would like more information or if you would like to be a part of Rockport’s Engage Ministry, please fill in the following information and return it to Sara Chapman in the church office, or place in the giving treasure chest.


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Beginning October 2nd, let us know if you want to continue with 10:00am or move to 10:30am.  (email your preference )
     - Prefer to keep at 10:00am         
      - Move to 10:30am

Thursday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m.  Praying and Biking or Walking or Sitting to Relax  are two great activities!  Please join us to do both!  Our prayer focus is the scripture from Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  We will be praying for God's Will to be done for the next 200 years of Rockport Church! And then we can bike, or walk, or sit and relax! All are welcome! 

will be doing a program of the churches in Rocky River.  The program is scheduled for Thursday, September 8, 2022, from 7:00 to approximately 8:30pm, and will be held at the Beach Education Center, 1101 Morewood Pkwy.  Entrance and parking is off Detroit Rd. and entry is through door A.Rockport will be a part of this program and Scott Holchin, our resident Rockport historian, will put together a 5-10 minute presentation highlighting Rockport’s 200 years of history, cultural roots, and ministries offered to the community.  Twelve churches are being invited, and each Church will have a table to display photos and handouts, as well.  Light refreshments will be available.  All are encouraged to attend


Rockport’s choir is singing during the Rockport UMC 200th celebration on Sunday, September 18, 2022 with the Singing Angels Alumni Group. There will be a joint rehearsal on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 7-8:30 PM for all current, former, and new choir members who want to participate.Following this practice, on Tuesday, September 20, 2002 from 5:30-6:55pm, regular rehearsals will resume.  Please note change in time!  I look forward to getting back together for fellowship and sharing God's word through song.  Please come and sing with us!  In service, Susan J. Shick


Please join us on Monday, October 10th at 7:00pm at Juanita Pariano’s house for fellowship and discussion.  Bring a dessert or appetizer to share.  The book we will be reading is Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. This book is about Elizabeth Zott, a one-of-a-kind scientist in 1960’s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show. What is this? Elizabeth has dealt with it all. Plenty of misogyny and people doubting her skills. Hope to see you all on Oct. 10th for food, fellowship and discussion!

The Rockport Men’s Group will meet on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 pm for a potluck at the church. There will be a great meal and time for fellowship.  Come and enjoy this special time together!

We are looking at restarting our email/phone prayer chain for immediate prayers needed during the week.  If you are interested in being a part of this prayer chain, please email/phone the church.

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

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


Updates from the Disaster Early Response Team

Rev. Steve Court (our Conference Disaster Response Coordinator) will be leading a team to Campton, KY to do assessments on homes impacted by recent floods on Aug 29-Sept 1. The goal will be to send another team in Sept. or Oct. to begin flood clean up. If you are interested in going next Monday or on a team later this fall, simply reply to this email and let me know. 


Tom King, Earl Kerr, and Becky Zatezalo are also leading long-term recovery teams this fall. These trips are listed on the Mission Journeys webpage, contact the team leader if you are interested in finding out more about a trip. 


We are planning a collection drive for UMCOR Cleaning Kits at the end of October, with collection points at multiple churches in East Ohio. Please subscribe to our email ENEWS as that is how we publicize events like these! It will also be listed on Mission Training and Events webpageonce we have details finalized. 


Finally, we will have ERT training and recertification on Sept. 17 at Epworth Center in Bethesda OH. If your training was more than 3 years ago, you are due for recertification. Details and registration available online.






Calendar of Events:

Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 
     9:45am – Al-Anon 

Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022 
     8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
    10:00am - In-Person Outdoor Worship & Live Streamed

Monday, Sept. 5, 2022 – Church Office Closed for Labor Day

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022
     6:30pm – Men’s Group 

Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 -Church office Closed (Sara Vacation Day)
     9:45am – Al-Anon 

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 
     8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
    10:00am - In-Person Outdoor Worship & Live Streamed
     6-8:00pm – Youth Group Dinner & Discussion Group

Monday, Sept. 12, 2022 – Church Office Closed (Sara Vacation Day)

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022

     6:30-8:00pm – Good News Kids and M& M’s
     6:30-8:00pm – UMYF Homework Hangout
     7-8:30pm – Choir Rehearsal with Singing Angels Alumni for 200th Celebration Service

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022
    7-9:00pm - Prayer Shawl Ministry

Friday, Sept. 16, 2022
     9:45am – Al-Anon 

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 
     8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
    10:00am - In-Person 200th Celebration Worship & Live Streamed
    11:15am – Catered 200th Celebration Luncheon
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022
    5:30-6:55pm - Choir Rehearsal resumes
    7-8:00pm -  Christianity and Comparative World Religions Bible Study

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022
     6:30-8:00pm – Good News Kids and M& M’s
     6:30-8:00pm – UMYF Homework Hangout
     7:00pm – Finance Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022
    6:00pm - Pray and Bike or Walk or Relax

Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
     9:45am – Al-Anon 

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022 
     8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
    10:00am - In-Person Worship & Live Streamed

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022
    5:30-6:55pm - Choir Rehearsal 
    7-8:00pm -  Christianity and Comparative World Religions Bible Study

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022
     6:30-8:00pm – Good News Kids and M& M’s
     6:30-8:00pm – UMYF Homework Hangout

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022
    7-9:00pm - Prayer Shawl Ministry

Friday, Sept. 30, 2022
     9:45am – Al-Anon 

Prayer List: 

(please fill out a prayer card in pews, email church office or call to add to this list)
*Velma Malecki, at St. Johns hospital recovering from surgery
*Bret, at Cincinnati children’s hospital, in severe condition.  Requested by Barb Davis
Joan, as she adjusts to her new reality.  Sister of Ann DeCrane
Debbie Bryant, recovering from knee replacement
*Angela Burke, ICU at Akron Summacare with multiple health concerns.  
Daughter of Marian Banno
David Stephan, prayers and healing while undergoing cancer treatment
Pattie Sinnes, prayers for strength and healing for her health concerns
Tom Schultz, diagnosed with brain atrophy.  Good friend of the Wilkenson’s
Dave Clinton, health concerns
Debra, cancer returned for third time.  Friend of Lynn Wilkenson
Elsie Gaewsky, prayers for healing and strength
Dennis, healing and strength.  Nephew of Elsie Gaewsky
Brandy, healing and strength.  Requested by Elsie Gaewsky
Betty Jones, prayers for healing
Erna Guia, prayers for healing
Vicki Moenich, prayers for 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 Wilkinson’s 
Jan Tietje, medical concerns
Family and friends of Karen who lost her battle with bone cancer.  Sister-in-law 
of Marian Banno.  Thanks for all the prayers
Sarah Bungard-Serving our country, Chief Warrant Officer 2 USMC. 
Requested by the Kopko family

News from our Youth
and Children's Ministries

We will gather for dinner & Discussion. Variety of topics, from school to friends to problems we face, to how it all fits into God’s plan… JOIN US all school year! 
Sunday, September 11th - 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 30th - Discussion & Halloween Party - 5 to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 27th - 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday,  December 18th - Discussion & Christmas Party - 5 to 8 p.m.

November 4th through 6th
All-Youth Retreat at Wanake, with Conference Youth
September 14th!
Homework Hangout! 6:30 to 8 p.m. (in the Youth Room)
Join us for some food, fellowship, and working on homework! 
SAVE the DATE! September 14th!
Good News Kids! 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Come and join in on the fun! Eat dinner together, activities, music, art, games… and FUN! 
4 yrs old through 6th graders! 
We need 7th through 12th helpers! (I will feed you haha) 
SUKKOT! Sunday October 9th! Youth & KIDS! 4 to 7 p.m.
Come and join us to celebrate the Bible Festival of Sukkot! Learn about the Jewish Holiday, games and activities, have a traditional DINNER, and eat in the Sukkah! Bring a friend! 



(If you do not see your child age 0-17th's birthday, please notify the church office.)
Sept. 3   Henry Carlo
Sept. 8   Rosalie Carlo
Sept. 10 Cora Carlo
Sept.12  Erin & Evelyn Gibbons
Sept. 18  Ryan Rowen

(If you don't see your wedding anniversary, please notify the church office.)

Sept. 1    Chuck & Kathy Ridden, 21 years    
Sept. 5   Dean & Marnie DeCicco, 24 years   
Sept. 6    Jose' & Sandy Arancibia, 36 years     
Sept. 14   Steven & Kelsey Sinko, 9 years
Sept. 17  Andrew & Debbie Cluts, 11 years    
Sept. 19   Gary & Sheree Stephan, 30 years
Sept. 25  Andrew & Meg Allen, 18 years
Scott & Kira Holchin, 17 years
Sept. 27    Justin & Emily Paige, 19 years
Sept. 30    Lisa & Dennis Kay, 33 years
Scott & Sara Chapman, 27 years