Rockport’s First Congregational Church is participating in “Faithful Witness for the Border” in response to a call from the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. 

"Our faith communities have been showing up to stop family separations by taking the streets for marches, hosting actions, vigils and press conferences at detention centers and even risking arrest to stand in solidarity with the immigrant community," said the Rev. Noel Anderson, coordinator of the UCC Collaborative on Immigration. "As the crisis of family separation rages on, the UCC will continue to educate, mobilize and organize a moral response until there is a sanctuary for all.”

To educate the community on this issue, First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St., will show the PBS Frontline film, “Separated: Children at the Border” on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. A discussion will follow.

In another effort to support an Arizona church, from Aug. 23 through Sept. 9, the Rockport church is collecting monetary donations and the following supplies: razors, toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo, towels, wash cloths, feminine products and children’s coloring books with crayons. Donations may be brought to the church office.

On Sunday, Sept.  2, at 10 a.m., the worship service will focus on the issue of border separations. On Sunday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m., the congregation will host Dr. Ruth Bersin, the executive director of Refugee Immigration Ministry during worship. All are welcome. 

More information about an of the events is available by contacting the Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault at rockportrevsue@gmail.com or at 978-325-2573.

Final Legion Band concert for the season

The Rockport Legion Band will perform the eighth and final free concert of its 85th consecutive summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand on Beach Street on Rockport's waterfront. The concert starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26.  There is popcorn and children are welcomed. Folding chairs and blankets are good. The conductor is Jason Howard. 

The program starts with the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key.  Among the works to be performed in the band's varied program include: "March of the Belgian Paratroopers" by Pierre Leemans; "Shenandoah" by Frank Ticheli; "Evening at Pops" by John Williams; "Miss Trombone" by Henry Fillmore; "The Emerald Isle" by Dave Black; "Radetzky  March" by Johann Strauss; "Original Dixieland Concerto" by John Warrington; "The Muppet Show Theme" arranged by Frank Cofield; "Habanera" with a flute solo by Jeannine Lynch; "A Johnny Mercer Medley" arranged by Frank Cofield; "1812 Overture," featuring the American Legion Riflemen, by Tchaikovsky; "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa; and "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin.

Dan King and friends in concert

Dan King and friends will perform at the "Music at the Beach" free summer series at the Back Beach Bandstand on Monday, Aug. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The bandstand is off Beach Street.

But this is not the last show because the concert featuring Mari Martin & the Lucky Boys was cancelled because of the stormy weather. It has been rescheduled for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 3. Martin and the band perform a mix of funky, rock' 'n' roll, bluesy, folky, soulful and eclectic music.

"Mari Martin got rained out and because she was so popular last year, we thought we'd add a show," said Bruce Reed, a founder of the series along with Wyatt Wilkinson.

Concert-goers can bring food, along with chairs and blankets. Rockport American Legion Post 98 members will be selling popcorn, soft drinks and hot dogs at the show.  More information is available on the Music at the Beach Facebook page

Short takes

* The final performance of the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company at Windhover Performing Arts Center, 257 Rear Granite St., Rockport, takes place this Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m.  The event takes place on Windhover’s outdoor stage, or indoors in bad weather. Limited space if performance is held indoors. Free, but tax deductible contributions are appreciated. The performance features four modern dances choreographed by Paul Taylor, a renowned modern dance choreographer. Works are "Party Mix," "3 Epitaphs," "Runes" and the popular "Aureole." For more information, visit www.windhover.org.

* The staff of The Open Door will prepare a meal of a salad, Turkey Roulade with raisin and apple stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert and serve it at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4:30 p.m. Rockport residents have first preference and must register by Sept. 6 by calling 978-546-2573. 

Rockport Ramblings was compiled by Times staff this week. If you have a news tip or an item for Ramblings, please contact Andrea Holbrook at 978-675-2713, or aholbrook@gloucestertimes.com.

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