ALL CHURCH CONFERENCE
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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Meeting ID: 874 8129 6114
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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.
WORSHIP WILL REMAIN OUTDOORS!
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.
"REVIVAL: FAITH AS WESLEY LIVED IT!"
BY: ADAM HAMILTON
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!
CHOIR RESUMES TUESDAY,
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.
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
All volunteers will wear masks and gloves.
Contact the church office with your volunteer selection.
Package salad dressing
Package drive thru orders
Drive thru greeter, collect $
Food order runner
Deliver to homebound, police and fire departments
Pre-order information will be available soon.
PART TIME IN HOME CARE NEEDED:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:
*One day a week will be from 8-1:00pm
because of future income/budgeting.
Rev. Don's hours will remain:
Tuesdays & Thursdays
CONFIRMATION AT ROCKPORT 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
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!
GOOGLE DRIVE REMINDER:
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!