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Rockport will have an All Church Conference via Zoom and in person (at the church) on Wednesday, October 20th at 7:00 pm to be presided over by Dr. Bailey.  At this time the Trustees will present a motion to the membership of the church which, if approved, would authorize the trustees to move forward with selling the parsonage.  Here is a sample of the motion we will vote on:

"I move that the ___________United Methodist Church membership hereby 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: choose a realtor, or sell ourselves, and 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."  

Please see below for the zoom link for this important All Church Conference!

Rockport United Methodist Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Rockport All Church Conference
Time: Oct 20, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Rockport Community Service Program

This past week, four of us completed the final task at Maria’s house in Fairview Park.  The house was identified by the Fairview Park Senior Center and City Hall as needing repairs which could not be done by the homeowner.  Rockport UMC’s outreach goal was met, to serve our community by assisting elderly homeowners in the area. 

(Philippians 4:13) I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  

(Proverbs 14:23) Just as sloth is a deadly sin, living a lazy life will cause suffering and anxiety. It is healthy for the body and mind to work hard, serving God and others with our gifts from the Lord.

During service a few weeks back, a song was sung that fitted this project so well. Here’s the verse that hit me.

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

I’m not sure why this project felt glorious.  I think it was both the accomplishment and the gift to a homeowner who was overwhelmed with her house. 

I invite you all to join us on our next project, which is TBD.

I’d like to thank the participants, Andrew Allen, Diamond Economy, Dennis Kay, Dennis O’Neil, Mike Wilkenson, Lynn Wilkenson, Len Pariano, Don Krapps, and, of course, Nick Berardi.  We cut trees, cleaned gutters, painted porches, replaced a cracked cement stoop including replacing the bricks underneath it.  We mixed and set over 1300 pounds of cement.  We patched a rotted garage door and painted it.  When I read this back it seems improbable.  Yet we were clearly buoyed by the skills of Nick, the attitude of our crew, and the Good Lord.  I think we met the goal of Collossians.

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Maria, the homeowner, thanked us all.  She is eternally grateful for this effort, which would never have happened without this church.  

I am glad to be back at Rockport, with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

In His Grip, Dave Plachta




In early August we were tasked with dispersing the former Childcare assets and clearing Wesley Hall for use. Lynn Wilkenson and Pat O’Leary joined our team. We began clearing space and organizing furniture. Shortly after, Susan Shick, Marian Banno, Janet Eyman, Diane Hall and Diana Leitch began sorting and organizing toys and smaller items onto tables. Lynn began taking appointments from area childcare centers. Ann and Jim Romer sent out mailings, and called local Churches. Kira Holchin created our social media notice using photographs taken by Juanita Pariano. (See above) Nick and Tina Berardi, Diana Leitch, Marilyn Plachta, and Diane Hall gave us some great advice and ideas. Pat continued to reposition furniture, make deliveries, and made all our directional signs for the Rummage Sale. At the Rummage Sale our team was joined by Kelly Brown, Pastor Don Kraps, Debbie Bryant, Bev Cavanah, Lisa Kay, and Marilyn Plachta’s Mother. Mike and Lynn’s grandkids, Abbey and Charlie Uhler and their friend Elijah Hoole also joined us for the Rummage sale. It was great to see them along with Kelly as a core of young people helping out. Sara was a helpful source throughout. The Rummage Sale generated $2,225, and along with $8,496 in sales to childcare centers generated $10,721 for the Church. We are not done freeing Wesley Hall, but have made a great start and brought in some much needed finances for Rockport. Thank you for all the hard work and support.

Mike Wilkenson – Trustee/Director of Childcare Assets





As we worship together, we want to ensure that everyone is safe and remains healthy (especially the immunocompromised and our unvaccinated kids).  After meeting on Sunday, before Worship, it was decided that everyone is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO WEAR MASKS WHILE IN THE BUILDING AND TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE YOURSELF FROM OTHERS. 




In keeping with ensuring everyone's safety, Rockport will continue to utilize its beautiful outdoor sanctuary for worship, as long as we can and as long as weather permits. The time will also remain at 10am. 
Please dress accordingly.




Join Bill Eyman and Dan Newman on Tuesday's from  October 12th - November 16th, 7-8:00pm in the Prayer Chapel, as they study Adam Hamilton's "Revival: Faith As Wesley Lived It!"  In this 6-week journey through England, Adam Hamilton retraces Wesley's footsteps to show how his teaching defines our faith, shapes our heritage, and challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion.  The cost of the book is $12 when ordering through the church.  You may also order the book or kindle edition on your own via Amazon or other retailers.  The church will be ordering books on October 4th.  You won't want to miss this study! 


SEPTEMBER 28, 2021,

We are excited our Rockport Choir will resume rehearsals Tuesday, September 28th from 6:30-7:30pm. Those who love to express their faith through music and singing make up our choir.  No auditions.  Our choir’s offerings are a regular part of the Sunday worship service. We present traditional and contemporary choral songs and hymns. Soloists and instrumentalists have many opportunities to enhance the musical offerings of our choir.  
Please contact:
Susan Shick , Music Director/Organist 





The Rockport Men’s Group will meet on Thursday, October 14th at 6:30 pm at the church for a potluck dinner. There will be a great meal, time for face-to-face fellowship and the guest speaker will be Candice Storey, the Director of Tri-C Paralegal Studies Program.  Come and enjoy this special time together!




Spaghetti Dinner Drive Thru
Saturday, November 6, 4:00-8:00pm
Volunteers Needed

All volunteers will wear masks and gloves.  
Contact the church office with your volunteer selection.

  • Package salad dressing

  • Package food

  • Package drive thru orders

  • Drive thru greeter, collect $

  • Food order runner

  • Deliver to homebound, police and fire departments

  • Bake dessert

Pre-order information will be available soon.




The family of Vicki Moenich and Betty Jones are looking for in home care, mostly for Betty, during the hours of 9am – 1pm, Monday through Friday. This position would be assisting with dressing, cooking, light housework, driving to Dr.’s appointments when family is not available, and also to bring joy and faith to brighten their spirits.  If interested, please email Kimberly Haskins,




Hello College Students (and Parents!)
We are hoping to gather college addresses of all of our college students.
From time to time we like to correspond with them! Please send your address (or your child’s) to the church office by calling or emailing, or send to Kira Holchin!



*One day a week will be from 8-1:00pm
because of future income/budgeting.

Rev. Don's hours will remain:
Tuesdays & Thursdays





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! There will be a parent and youth meeting sometime in September, and the Confirmation year will kick off in October! Contact Kira or the church office to sign up!


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






Please join us on Monday, November 1st at 7pm in the church parlor.  We will be reading Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar.  Homeland Elegies is about an immigrant father and his son who search for belonging -- in post-Trump America, and with each other.    I will be picking this book discussion kit up from Rocky River Library this weekend.  This kit includes 8 copies of this book which will be available in the church office on Monday, Sept. 27th.  There will be a sheet to sign the book out so I can keep track of who has a book.  Hope to see you all on November 1st for fellowship and discussion!






Calendar of Events:

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
   7:00pm - Prayer Shawl Ministry
       7:00pm - Finance Meeting

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
       6:30-8:00pmGood News Kids & M&M's group resumes

Friday, September 24, 2021
       9:45am – Al-Anon

Sunday, September 26, 2021
       8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
       10:00am - Outdoor Worship & Live Streamed

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
   6:30pm - Choir Practice
       7:00pm - Finance Meeting 

Wednesday, September
 29, 2021
       6:30-8:00pmGood News Kids & M&M's group

Friday, October 1, 2021
       9:45am – Al-Anon

Sunday, October 3, 2021
       8:30-9:00am - Early Morning Service
       10:00am - Outdoor Worship & Live Streamed

Monday, October 4, 2021
       7:00pmChurch Council

Prayer List: 

Rev. Laurie Bruce, prayers for an upcoming surgery
Matt, serious health issues.  Requested by Mary Mainwaring
Nancy Geyer, health concerns
Pam Schmidbauer, COVID.  Requested by Nancy Geyer

Connie Clyde,passed into life eternal on September 4th.  Mother of Julia Welsh
Karen, bone cancer.  Sister-in-law of Marian Banno
Helen Miller, 95-year-old on hospice in CO.  Mother of Laurie Bruce and Randy
Ron, please pray for him in assisted living.  For his willingness to accept help from nurses & aides for personal care. God speaking to his heart & mind.  Brother of Debbie Bryant
Prayers for Rockport , Afghanistan, Louisiana, and the world
Mary Jane Keeler, prayers for a successful surgery.  Requested by Mary Mainwaring
Vickie Smilanich, home from the hospital with health concerns
Betty Jones, prayers for healing
Erna Guia, prayers for healing
Vicki Moenich, prayers for healing
Keel Arlia, Back problems. Stepdaughter of Beverly Cavanah
Sara,Undergoing multiple surgeries after a serious fall.  Requested by Nick Berardi
Norma Golladay, medical concerns
Joyce, in need of prayers.  Sister of Nancy Geyer
Lynn Burris, after 3 back surgeries still living in extreme pain.  Brother-in-law of Beverly Cavanah
Mary Mainwaring, health concerns.
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
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


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 Group! BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY, September 22nd! 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Come for dinner, help out, and gather in the Youth Room to work on homework or mission! (We can take turns having people help out with the younger kids, and rotate 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! 


PLEASE note that we are MEETING AT Rocky River stadium, will be sitting together… BUT you must have your own ride to the game and be picked up from the game, we are not carpooling at this time. BUT would love to see you there! FAMILIES ARE WELCOME to come and hang out together! THIS YEAR, since it’s AT River, we will be sitting on the River side! *Permission Slip needed to sit with us with no adult there, if families come together, no permission slip is needed. Permission slips will go out closer the event! 

FALL MISSION PLANNING! We cannot do our normal Project Feed due to Covid, and so we will plan an event for November. COME and join us for a planning session! Sunday, October 10th from 4 to 6 p.m.

We have a LOT of work to do, so PLEASE plan on joining in! Hopefully we can also work on the Take What You Need Cabinet storage room as well!  



WELCOME BACK Wednesday, September 22nd to Good News Kids & M&M’s group! 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 a brown bag dinner together for Children and Youth! 

THIS WEEK, Sept 22nd: turkey and cheese on a bun, peanut butter crackers, carrots, and a cookie!

NEXT WEEK, Sept 29th: PIZZA, cucumbers, cookie

Children & YOUTH: PLEASE indicate to me each week if you’re coming by Tuesday night so that you can get dinner!

If child or youth doesn’t care for the dinner we’re serving, PLEASE feel free to pack something and send for your kids! 


September 3    Henry Carlo
September 8    Rosalie Carlo
September 10    Cora Carlo
September 12    Erin & Evelyn Gibbons
September 18    Ryan Rowen

September 1    Chuck & Kathy Rigdon, 20 years
September 5    Dean & Marnie DeCicco, 23 years
September 6    Jose' & Sandy Arancibia, 35 years
September 14    Steven & Kelsey Sinko, 8 years
September 17    Andrew & Debbie Cluts, 10 years
September 19    Gary & Sheree Stephan, 29 years
September 21    Curt & Ann DeCrane, 25 years
September 25    Andrew & Meg Allen, 17 years
                          Scott & Kira Holchin, 16 years
September 27    Justin & Emily Paige, 18 years
September 30    Dennis & Lisa Kay, 32 years
                                  Scott & Sara Chapman, 26 years