Stay connected and give or receive help while we cannot gather in our building.
See below for details about reopening our building.
Our worship services will be offered online throughout the month of June.
The Fireside Café will remain closed through the month of June.
We are a church family who loves Jesus and serves each other and our Fox Valley community — see below for ways you can stay connected, serving and giving with CTR.
Our Senior Leadership Team, Elders and Weekend Services Team have been planning how best to reopen for Sunday worship, classes and other activities again. We will continue offering online worship services throughout every phase of reopening. Thank you to everyone who replied to our survey about reopening! If you wish to receive email updates but don’t receive CTR emails, we would love to add you to our mailing list. Send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Heart Behind Reopening
While the details of reopening are important, we believe that our attitude toward one another and our community are even more important. We want to honor those who differ in perspective, understanding that each person’s life circumstances impact their thoughts about reopening. While we can’t wait to meet together again, we also wish to protect the vulnerable and be loving neighbors to the Fox Valley. Paul’s words in Philippians 2:1-4 provide guidance about how we can strive to treat one another during the next months: Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Overview of Reopening - Phases 1, 2 & 3
We hope you were able to join us for our May 31 Fireside Chat about plans to reopen CTR’s building in the coming weeks. The video is saved to our Facebook page if you’d like to watch. Below is an overview of the reopening plan — we will send an email during the week of June 1 with more details. If you’d like to help CTR reopen, you can volunteer on Sundays to help sanitize and clean following our 40-50% capacity services. Please email Ann at email@example.com to volunteer. We are excited about gathering in person again over the next weeks!
PHASE 1 | Currently
Services continue online; small groups of <10 may meet to worship together in homes (following CDC guidelines)
Groups, classes and counseling continue online
Crisis 1:1 counseling meets in designated parts of the building
Small Groups <10 meet outdoors/homes
PHASE 2 | June 15
Services continue online; groups of <50 can worship together outside or in homes (following CDC guidelines)
Staff return to the church office on staggered schedule
Everyone entering the building follows check-in procedure
Classes continue online
Care & Support Groups <50 may meet in the building.
1:1 counseling meets in designated parts of the building
Weddings & Funerals < 50 are held in the building.
Small Groups <10 may meet outdoors/homes
PHASE 3 | June 28* and July 14
Worship services resume June 28 at 8:45 & 10:45 am at 40-50% capacity with social distancing
Online services will continue to care for those at higher risk
Children’s Ministry resumes July 12 with some adaptations
We are encouraging attenders to wear masks to care for the vulnerable in our church and community
Fireside Café and indoor play area will remain closed; outside play area will be open on Sundays
Communion, offering and other elements of services will be adapted to be “touchless”
*CTR’s plans may change per local health information and cases
Sunday Services Online at 8:45 & 10:45 am
Join us worship services each Sunday! Our current message series is Sit, Walk, Stand: The Path to an Unshakeable Faith. Join us for Facebook Watch Parties at 8:45 & 10:45 am, or take in services anytime here. If you know friends or family who could use the hope of Jesus during this trying time, please invite them to online services.
Sunday Fireside Chat | 10-10:30 am
On Sundays, between our online services at 8:45 & 10:45 am, stay for a Facebook Live Fireside Chat. Stay connected with pastors and each other, and hear how ministry is continuing outside our building during these weeks. Leave comments with your prayer requests. Join us for the Fireside Chat at 10:00 am on Facebook by clicking here. On Sunday, May 31, we will share CTR’s plans for reopening our building. Join Lead Pastor Curt Drexler and Pastor Joel Zeiner at 10 am for this week’s Fireside Chat.
Children’s Ministry | Sun., May 31
Even though we can’t meet in person, our Children’s Ministry team wants to help our kids keep growing in Jesus! 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. To keep the conversation going during the week, print out the Kids’ Devotionals and Parent Guide.
Teaching Videos | Click here to watch the videos for preschool, elementary and Club 5•6.
Tuesday Devotion, Study & Prayer | 7 pm on Facebook
Join our pastors for a time of Bible study and prayer in the middle of the week. You’ll find our Fireside Chat on Facebook by clicking here.
Our Wednesday night Student Ministries 2019-2020 school year is finished! We will be planning some summer events as CTR’s Reopening Plan takes effect. We will share details about summer activities here, and on our AMPED and NarrowPath-CTR Facebook pages, and on Instagram (ctr_students). Seniors, we are so proud of you! You can watch our 2020 Senior Video by clicking here.
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 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 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 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. At this time, we are offering 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 or on Facebook on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Cards & Notes for Hospital Care Packages
Right now, hospitals are not allowing visitors, and patients must spend long days alone. A CTR small group did the research to find out which hospitals would take care packages, and prepared and delivered 50 . . . and they’re working on 100 more! What you can do: Write a card with an encouraging note about God’s love, sign it with your first name only, and “Christ The Rock family.” Children’s cards and drawings are also welcome. Please do NOT lick the envelope — just tuck in the flap and write “You Are Loved” on the outside. Please pray the these care packages bring hope and peace to those who are suffering, and pray that these care packages would draw people to Jesus. Mail them to Christ The Rock: W6254 Highway 10 114, Menasha WI 54952.
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 days of isolation, please consider sharing it here. We would love to bring God glory by celebrating these stories online or in future Fireside Chats.
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: 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, volunteers 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
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 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 watch our services 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.