Stay connected, offer or receive help, and continue growing in Jesus throughout these months.
We are a church family who loves Jesus and is committed to growing as His disciples, and serving our Fox Valley community. Scroll down to see ways you can connect online or in person as we continue to live with changes due to the pandemic.
CTR Connection Challenge
We are challenging our entire church family to reach out to 5 people by sending a postcard, or by downloading the postcard artwork and texting, emailing or messaging people through social media. Think of people you miss seeing in person – and also people who live alone, or who are isolated for some reason right now (caring for someone who is high-risk or are high-risk themselves, working in healthcare, elderly, etc.) Pray for those people, then download these images and text or email them — along with a message. You could tell them: why you’re thankful for them, why you miss them, why you’re grateful for the way God has gifted them, why you’re thankful to be CTR “family” with them, or whatever God leads you to say. You can also pick up packages of postcards to mail — they’re on our Food Pantry donations shelves Mon.-Thurs. 8 am-3 pm. Consider . . . doing the same for people you miss who aren’t from CTR, or as a way to reach out to people who may not know Jesus.
Our in-person Sunday services will resume Sunday, Dec. 13 at 8:45 and 10:45 am. Click here for a brief message from Lead Pastor Curt Drexler about the decision to reopen. After prayerful consideration by our Senior Leadership Team and Elders, we will open our doors again Sunday mornings to care for the spiritual needs of our church family with in-person worship and pastoral care, while implementing safety precautions to do that as responsibly as possible. Masks are required at all times in our building on Sunday mornings, along with proper social distancing. If you have any symptoms, we ask that you participate in our online services instead. We will also continue offering Sunday services at 8:45 and 10:45 am on our website, on Facebook, and on YouTube. If you wish to begin receiving email updates from Christ The Rock, send your contact information to email@example.com.
CTR Reopening Update
Some of our large group gatherings, including Children’s and Student Ministries, and Breakout remain suspended at this time. Our Children’s Ministry will reopen in 2021; visit our Children & Families page to find weekly online Children’s Ministry resources. Find information about Christmas Eve services here.
Small Groups/Classes, Fireside Cafe & Food Pantry Reopening Info:
The Fireside Cafe is open for curbside service Mon.-Sat. 9 am-2 pm; call 920.840.6800 to place your order.
Moms Inc. will meet online in 2020. Contact Jessi at jessilconrad@gmail if you’re new and would like to join Moms Inc.
DivorceCare is meeting online Thurs. evenings through January 17; begin attending this drop-in group anytime. Contact Nola to receive the online link and details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups of smaller sizes will be able to meet in our building with masks, social distancing and with our existing Covid screening and temperature check. These small groups include: Fresh Hope, Celebrate Recovery, Freedom Fighters, discipleship groups, Men of The Rock Bible studies, and Crossing Young Adult Ministry small groups.
Our Food Pantry will continue to operate as it has all through these months of Covid, with safe curbside pick-up procedures for our Fox Valley neighbors who are facing hunger.
• Children’s Ministry will remain online at this time, with plans to reopen in 2021. Visit our Children & Families page for all the latest news, and our online Children’s Ministry weekly resources.
Covid Testing site in CTR Parking Lot
Calumet County and the Wisconsin National Guard will be using CTR’s north parking lot as a free drive-through Covid testing site on Thurs., Fri., and Sat. through Dec. 3 or until further notice. For more information, and to schedule a test time, click here to visit Calumet County’s website. We are thankful for their efforts to help our community.
Christmas Eve Services | Online or In-Person
Join us Dec. 24 online or in-person for Christmas Eve services at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 pm. If you know friends or family who could use the hope of Jesus, invite them to watch online on Facebook, YouTube or our website. Click here to RSVP for in-person services at our building, and for full details about Christmas Eve services. We can’t wait to celebrate the Hope of Christmas with you!
Online Children’s Ministry
Our in-person Children’s Ministry will resume in 2021. Because we want ALL kids to keep growing in Jesus, we invite our families to keep growing in Jesus through our online Children’s Ministry resources. You’ll find new teaching and worship videos on our Children & Families page every week: www.christtherock.org/children-families. We invite your family to open up your Bibles and practice the memory verses, watch the videos together, then talk about what you watch. To keep the conversation going during the week, print out the Kids’ Devotionals and Parent Guide. If you don’t currently receive Children’s Ministry emails, contact Sara.
Midweek Devotion, Study & Prayer | Wed. at Noon on Facebook
Join our pastors for a time of Bible study and prayer in the middle of the week. You’ll find our Wednesday devotional on our Facebook page.
Our Student Ministries large group teachings are online at this time; some of our small groups are meeting online and some in person. Join us on our Student Ministries YouTube channel at 7 pm on Wednesdays for live teachings and some fun, then meet with your small group online afterward. If you’re new and want to get connected with a small group, contact Tom or Lisa about AMPED (middle school), or Dave or Lisa about NarrowPath (high school). You can also click over to our Student Ministries page for full details. Like our AMPED and NarrowPath-CTR Facebook pages, and on find us on Instagram (ctr_students).
Crossing Young Adult Ministry
Crossing small groups are meeting in person again Thursdays at 7 pm. If you’re age 18-30, and would like to be part of Crossing, leave a message with Clayton through email or the Crossing Facebook page. He will connect you to Crossing on the GroupMe app, where you’ll hear about online meetings, small groups and other events.
Our Food Pantry is open, and operating with safe social distancing practices in place. We are accepting food donations on Mondays-Thursdays 8 am – 3 pm on donation shelves outside the main entrance. Thank you for your generosity during this time of increased need for our communities! 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 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 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.
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.
Prayer App & Tuesday Prayer times
Download the free CTR Prayer App to receive prayer requests 2-3 times a week for the global and local church, and for our nation. There is power when all of us join together in prayer! Click here to download the app for Apple phones; click here to download the Android version.
You can also join weekly Tuesday Zoom prayer meetings in the morning (7:15-8:00 am) or afternoon (1:30-2:30 pm). Each week, we pray for different people, ministries or issues. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88588936853, or you can use the Zoom meeting ID: 885 8893 6853.
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.
Community Resources for Mental Health
If you need access to mental health resources, domestic violence or a crisis hotline, our counseling staff has put together a list of resources here.
Share Your Story
One thing we can count on during uncertain times is that God is always at work! If you have a story of how God showed himself, or ways that Christ The Rock has blessed you or our community, during these months since March, please consider sharing it here. We would love to bring God glory by celebrating these stories online or in blog posts.
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, some hospitals are allowing pastors to visit. If a hospital does not allow visitors, our pastors can still call and pray (with the patient’s permission).
Give to the mission at CTR
Our mission is: 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.
Safety Measures in Place at Christ The Rock
In cooperation with the statewide mask mandate:
We are committed to offering a safe environment for everyone as we re-open. Masks are required in our building at all times according to the state mandate. The mandate does not apply to children age 5 and under, or people with a medical condition, disability, or other sensory sensitivities that prevent them from wearing masks.
Weekday check-in procedures, extra cleaning protocols and hand sanitizing stations
Anyone entering the building on weekdays for counseling or support groups should meet your pastor/counselor at the West Doors and check in at the kiosk. Extra cleaning is scheduled between and during Sunday services, and throughout the week. We have added more hand sanitizing stations near entrances and other areas in our building.
When we meet for services again, we will not pass offering baskets during services. Instead, we will have offering boxes just inside the entrances of the Worship Center. You can also continue to give online.
We are using 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 on Sundays. Please feel free to bring your own travel mug of coffee if you wish. Fireside Café Curbside is open Mon.-Sat. 9 am-2 pm by calling in your order to 920.840.6800; pickup is by the main doors.