First United Methodist Church of Rockport, Texas
Friday, October 20, 2017
Growing Families in Christ

After Harvey Updates and Notices!!!

FUMC Post - Harvey Update #7

FUMC Post-Harvey Update #6

FUMC Post - Harvey Update #5

FUMC Post -Harvey Update #4

FUMC Post - Harvey Update #3

FUMC Post-Harvey Update #2

 FUMC Post-Harvey Update #1

From Pastor Laura: 10/5/17

“Therefore, my loved ones, just as you always obey me, not just when I am present but now even more while I am away, carry out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes.”    Philippians : 12-13

It is called a pamper pole because either you should be wearing Pampers it’s so scary or you need people to pamper (encourage you) in order to leap off of it.    I stood on the top of this telephone pole one day after confirming my miscarriage, technically, a molar pregnancy.    The disappointment and loss of expected life was suffocating.   There were twelve girls in my confirmation class at the bottom of the pole looking up and bidding me to trust and leap.    It was a cathartic moment that allowed for faith to be tangibly practiced.   For this leap wasn’t just about trusting  the guy securing the ropes connected to the harness, it was a leap that held every bit of assurance that my life is already saved in Christ Jesus and it will hold secure no matter what I must leap from or to on this side of eternity.  

Paul is encouraging his friends in Christ to carry out their salvation.   For me this is the participatory piece of salvation, not that we can earn it or control it,  but that we practice trusting the love of Christ through the fearsome and trembling moments that shake our very hearts, minds and emotions.   There are experiences that cause awe, wonder, and trembling.    

Taking that leap on that particular day confirmed that my body had not betrayed, punished, or rejected me; my body was built and designed by a loving creating God.    I had to work through the backwards thinking and painful emotions that were associated with this loss of pregnancy.    Working through the losses does not mean that it isn’t well with my soul.   In fact, the soul is well simply because Christ’s love is never lost.   The group of encouragers were evidence of the love that happens in faith communities.   We need each other to carry out the love that enables leaping into the future with blessed assurance.   

Grace and Peace, Pastor Laura 

From Pastor Laura: 9/25/17

One month after our lives were marked by a Hurricane called Harvey.   Good thing we are not defined by a storm but by Christ who defines us as children of the Most High God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and we are the Lord's beloved.   God is our hope, rock and refuge!   

"The Lord is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer.  My God is my rock - I take refuge in him! -he's my shield, my slavation's strength, my place of safety." - Psalm 18:2


Worship Schedule Due to Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Until further notice Sunday Worship Service will be held at the Aquarium Education Center

(not Rockport Aquarium - the building next to it).  

If you are not in Rockport area, please worship with a congregation where you have been displaced.

Weekly update for Worship Plan:  

7am Sunrise Prayers at Bay Wall next to damaged Aquarium.  

9am worship will be held in Aquarium Education Center.  



Come Grow with Us in Christ!

    First United Methodist Church 801 E. Main  
Rockport, TX 78382 
Attention Guests:  Please be careful with GPS location!!!   
We are still trying to fix an issue of directions that lead guests to Lamar (north of Copano Bay) rather than into Historic District of Rockport.   Hope this helps you get your bearings.  We don't want to miss your visit.


 Regular Sunday Schedule

 8:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service (Holy Communion every Sunday) 
9:15 a.m. Sunday School Classes (Coffee Bistro on First Sundays in the Fellowship Hall)
10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service (Holy Communion monthly on first Sundays)
Church office hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday (closed for lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

     Mrs. Kimberly Head,
         New Director
     First Learning Tree