Have You Heard the Rumor?
Rockwood United Methodist Church is closing….
It is not True!
There are great changes coming to Rockwood but Rockwood UMC will continue to worship here at 17805 SE Stark Street. On Sunday Jan. 29th Rockwood will host our district Superintendent, Erin Martin at a Special Charge Conference. During this conference we will “officially” vote to give the title of the building over to the Rockwood Center Board. In the simplest terms this means that Rockwood UMC goes from building owner to tenant.
There are a lot of technical details to work out. The transition team is handling those. For most of us, change will begin with the construction phase. Construction will not happen till the early spring as
Rockwood Center is still in the early stages of getting the permits that they need to start.
Shawnie’s office will continue to be housed here in the Rockwood building until July. In July the construction should be far enough along that it will take over the office wing. So Cherry Park, who share Shawnie and office expenses (besides Pastor Ted) have offered to open office space at Cherry Park UMC for the joint Cherry Park and Rockwood office. At that time Rockwood’s official mailing address will be at Cherry Park. But Rockwood will continue to worship on Sundays at 17805 SE Stark Street.
You may be wondering where we will meet during construction. Once construction starts we will use the Fellowship Hall on Sunday morning. We will use the small altar from the narthex. We will store in the storage room in the Fellowship Hall, our candles and altar cross. We will set them up before service and store them again after service. It will be a more informal setting but God will be with us. We will still need people to be ushers to help hand out bulletins, light the candles and pass the offering plates. Liturgists will still help by reading the scriptures, the call to worship and generally being the morning MC.
Coffee Hour… we still want time to talk and catch up on our week after the service so we will continue to do coffee hour. Right there in the same room so we will ask the people doing coffee hour (thank you, thank you) to come a little early so it can be set up by the time service starts at 11 am.
Rockwood UMC is not going anywhere. We will continue to worship in Rockwood but we are letting the building grow and change for God’s people.