Everything you need to stay connected during this temporary closure:
Worship Services and activities are suspended through Friday, April 24.
The Fireside Café is closed through Friday, April 24.
We are being proactive about protecting those who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus and COVID-19 illness. We will continue being a church family who serves each other and our Fox Valley community — see below for ways you can stay connected, serving and giving with CTR. Let’s pray for and love our neighbors well during this time.
For a few words about CTR’s response from our Lead Pastor, Curt Drexler, click here.
Online Weekend Services | Sun., March 29
During this time when we can’t meet on Sundays, we invite you to watch our full service on through this website Sunday mornings. You can be part of our worship, offering, announcements and message) by clicking here.
We will also host Facebook Watch Parties at 8:45 & 10:45 am, so we can watch the service “together.” Click here to find our Facebook page. Between these online services, stay on our Facebook page for a Facebook Live Fireside Chat with Pastor Joel Zeiner and Dr. Anthony Ziemet. Make prayer requests in the comments, and ask Dr. Anthony questions you have about COVID-19 in Wisconsin and the Fox Valley.
Facebook Live Fireside Chats | Wed. at 7:30 pm & Sun. between services
Click here to join us Wed., April 1 at 7:30 pm for a Facebook Live Fireside Chat about Mental Health and Anxiety. Pastor Deb Richards, who leads CTR’s Restore team (counseling, recovery groups, support groups and more) will be joined by Jesse Kusserow,
On Sundays, between our online services at 8:45 & 10:45 am, stay for another Facebook Live Fireside Chat, when you can make prayer requests in the comments and pray with CTR staff — and we will also have a medical professional from CTR with us to answer any questions you have. Join us on Facebook by clicking here.
Children’s Ministry | Thurs., March 26 & Sun., March 29
Join Mr. Joel and Miss Jenn as they go live at 6:30 pm on Thurs., March 26 on CTR Kids Facebook page!
With services canceled, our Children’s Ministry team wanted to make sure our kids don’t miss out on Son Harbor! We invite your family to open up your Bibles and practice the memory verses below, watch the teaching video together, then talk about what you watch.
This Month’s Preschool Memory Verse: “‘Come and follow me,’ Jesus said.” (Matthew 4:19)
This Month’s Elementary/Pre-teen Memory Verse: “Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)
Watch This Week’s Video Teachings for preschool & elementary kids here, and Club 5-6 here.
Student Ministries | Wed. at 6:30 pm on Instagram Live
Students are invited to meet up on Instagram Live Wed., March 25 at 6:30 pm. You can find us by searching for @ctr_students in the Instagram app. Tom will start off our 3-week Easter series for both middle and high school students. To go along with the series, we are encouraging all students to grow through doing a devotional on the You Version Bible app. Here’s our Middle School Student Devotional and our High School Student Devotional.
Crossing Young Adult Ministry
Crossing will be meeting online. If you’re age 18-30, and would like to be part of Crossing, leave a message with Clayton on the Crossing Facebook page. He will connect you with the Group Me online meetings that are happening during Safer at Home.
Our Food Pantry will be open this week and in the weeks to come, with some changes. We will accept food donations on Mondays-Thursdays 8 am – 3 pm on donation shelves outside the main entrance. Items needed are diapers and baby wipes, non-perishable items, peanut butter and jelly, bread, cereal, canned meats, and cleaning supplies, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, and hand soap (if you can spare them or want to purchase a small amount; but please don’t contribute to hoarding/scarcity).
If you are in need of food: Because of increased requests, we are not packing bags for specific requests* – we will have pre-packed bags groceries for different family sizes. We are changing our pick-up method to a “drive-up” instead of our usual procedure. Our volunteers will meet you at your car and will be handing off bags. If you missed the sign-up deadline (5:00 pm Fridays) but still need food, we will have some extra bags packed during these weeks. *If clients have serious health needs, such as food allergies or Crohn’s disease, we are asking people to please leave that information on the voicemail when you call. Starting March 31, we will begin limited delivery to the elderly or those who have no transportation. To sign up for our next food pickup, click here.
To volunteer for our Food Pantry as a driver or in other ways during this time of increased needs, click here.
CTR Covid HelpLink:
If you have needs or want to request prayer OR want to help to other people in our church or community during this time of “safer at home,” click here. Needs might include a request for a household item you’re not using, delivering groceries, requesting someone to call to talk and pray everyday, or other simple ways we can help each other. Requests will be added to an email group where you can choose to help with someone’s need.
Sign up to Pray
Sign up here to commit to praying for a 1-hour time slot one or more days during the week. We will be praying for those who are vulnerable to COVID-19, for those who are sick, and for essential workers on the “front lines”: people working in medical clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations, shipping and other businesses that will remain open during these weeks of “safer at home.” We will pray for the Fox Valley, our nation, and those around the world who are suffering during this pandemic.
Pastors, ministry leaders and staff will be encouraging us all through this time of “safer at home” with Online Devotionals on our blog. You’ll find them here on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Crisis Line for Hospitalization and Funerals:
Our crisis line for hospital visits and funerals will continue to operate. Call 920.730.8383 ext. 4361 if you have a death in your family or are requesting support for someone who is hospitalized. At this time, as a safety precaution, hospitals are not allowing us to visit. However, with the patients’ permission, we can call to check in and pray.
Give to the mission at CTR
Our mission is to Seek the Lost, Love the Hurting, and Make Disciples. Click here to give toward our Food Pantry, ongoing counseling and support groups, Community Partners (including Leaven, World Relief, Fox Valley Jail Ministries and more), and all ministry at Christ The Rock. You can give via text, direct withdrawal, credit/debit card, or by mailing a check to Christ The Rock: W6254 Highway 10-114, Menasha WI 54952.
What you can do:
• We are asking staff, attenders and members to be like the Acts 2 church. Be present in your neighborhoods, look out for people who are alone or in need. Also think about CTR folks you know who are not connected – who do you know who is not in a class, serving, or might not have family nearby? Reach out to them to ask how you can pray and help them not feel alone and isolated.
Safety measures in place at Christ The Rock include:
We are cleaning and sanitizing public areas thoroughly during the closure.
Our maintenance staff and volunteers have been cleaning and sanitizing every public area, with special attention paid to areas such as stair railings, door handles, the Fireside Café play area, restrooms and Children’s Ministry classrooms. Our Children’s Ministry volunteers already sanitized toys and surfaces. We are committed to offering a safe environment for everyone when we re-open.
Extra sanitizing stations
We will be adding more hand sanitizing stations near entrances and our Children’s Ministry check-in.
When we meet for services again, we will not pass offering baskets during services. Instead, we will have baskets on tables just inside the entrances of the Worship Center. You can also give online.
Our next communion time will be modified so we are not passing trays person-to-person. We will use sealed, pre-packaged juice and communion bread.
Self-Serve Coffee Suspended
We will not offer carafes of self-serve coffee on the hospitality table in the lobby. Please feel free to bring your own travel mug of coffee if you wish.
Planning for the weeks and months to come:
• Please check this page for the most up-to-date information about changes to events and activities on this page.
• We will continue to disciple people with Sunday messages. You can listen to messages online here.
• We may adjust our plans for mission trips to prioritize the health of both the people we serve and our volunteer teams. (Haiti Medical Trip in May, Peru and Alaska Trips in June)
As news about COVID-19 continues to unfold, our Senior Leadership Team will be praying about opportunities to show our community what it means to trust in God and find our security in Christ.