April 7 - Party Time!

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Plan to party this Sunday morning as we celebrate new lives in Christ through baptism and what God is doing in and through the [IN] Initiative.  We are so excited to share the results of the [IN] commitments and expected giving for the next two years.  We’ll worship, celebrate and give praise to our great and awesome God!  Sunday can’t come soon enough for me.

A new sermon series, Generous Love, begins on April 17. God shares His incredible and generous love with us, and calls us to do the same.  We’ll learn what Scripture says about loving everyone generously – our families, co-workers, neighbors, strangers, the forgotten and others.

I look forward to worshipping King Jesus with you on Sunday!

[IN] Christ Alone,

Pastor Bill

P.S. If you haven't had an opportunity to turn in a commitment card, it's not too late! Cards will be available on Sunday, or you can commit online at CTRisIN.org.

March 31 - The Next Two Weeks

Posted by Cory Puuri on OP10er @ 10:33 PM

What an amazing time we had celebrating the resurrection of Christ from the dead this past Sunday!

This Sunday we are privileged to have J. Warner Wallace as our guest speaker.  Mr. Wallace was an atheist, homicide detective and evidentialist.  At age 35 he began investigating the claims of Christ and concluded it was all true and realized his own need for a Savior.  He is currently an author, speaker and adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University. Join us this Sunday for Cold Case Christianity as Mr. Wallace examines the death and resurrection of Christ like a cold homicide case. Be sure to invite others to come. He will have a different message at each service. 

You will not want to miss April 10th [IN] Celebration Sunday. We have so much to celebrate. Let me mention a few. We are going to reveal the results of the [IN] commitments and expected giving for the next 2 years.  We'll also celebrate new life in Christ with those who are getting baptized  during the services.  Join the celebration! April 10 is also the time we begin to fulfill our two-year commitments during the offering time of worship.  

Finally, I would like to remind everyone that our giving is what funds the entire budget for the next 2 years, for all ministry and activity in and through Christ The Rock, not just the building projects. If you haven't had an opportunity to turn in a commitment card yet,  it's not too late. Just head over to the CTRisIN.org site and indicate what you plan to give over the next 2 years. 

If you have not been baptized since giving your life to Christ, this would be a great Sunday to do it. You can turn in your commitment card or sign up to be baptized this Sunday, or online

See you Sunday,

Pastor Bill

March 24 - Holy Week

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Holy means set apart.  We call this Holy Week because it is a week set apart to remember what happened the week of Passover.

On Good Friday, we will commemorate Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion with services at 12 and 6 PM with the message Love That Dies.

On Sunday, we celebrate the most significant day in the history of the world – the resurrection of Jesus from the dead!  Worship services are 7:459:15 and 11 AM with Son Harbor available at the 9:15 and 11 AM services.  There is an amazing line-up for the morning, including a message on Love That Endures.  Please be sure to bring people with you – you’ll be glad you did.

Blessed Easter,

Pastor Bill

P.S. If you missed the Palm Sunday message, Love That Weeps, you can watch or listen online.

March 3 - Two Weeks Remaining

Posted by Cory Puuri on OA8er @ 8:47 AM

It’s amazing to think we have only two weeks remaining in the six-week [IN] series.  I want to remind you this series launched us into a two-year [IN] Initiative discipleship journey to grow in living out all four reasons for the initiative.

This Sunday, we look at the life of King David and how he was IN with his whole heart, specifically his encounter with Goliath.  You won’t want to miss!

Sunday, March 13, is commitment Sunday – our chance to declare that we are [IN] with what and how God is leading us.  That morning will include great worship, powerful video testimonies and an intriguing message.  I’d like to tell you more, but I don’t want to give it away.   I will tell you, though, that I can’t wait to preach it! This is the day we are inviting everyone who calls CTR their church home to make a two-year commitment based on what they sense God is asking them to give.  It’s going to be a great morning!

Momentum is building and we sense God is up to something quite significant in our church.  Please make it a priority to be there the next two Sundays, especially March 13 (don’t forget to set your clocks ahead the evening of March 12 so you won’t be late!). 

Eager and Willing,

Pastor Bill


P.S.        Please check out CTRisIN.org.org for messages you may have missed, video testimonies and [IN] updates.

February 18 - Pastor Bill Update on [IN]

Posted by Cory Puuri on OP4er @ 4:23 PM

The [IN] Initiative is off and running! We’re hearing great stories from adults, children and youth how God is at work, and the anticipation is building for all we sense He wants to do in the next two years.  This Sunday we’ll look at the little boy who was [IN] and gave his few fish and loaves to Jesus. 

Next Friday evening, February 26, we have an opportunity to come together collectively as members, leaders and volunteers to lead with generosity at the Advance Commitment worship service at Kaukauna High School (1701 County Road CE) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  In the building of the Temple in 1 Chronicles 29, the leaders gave first.  If you feel a tug to lead in this way, please join us!  Let us know by February 21 by registering at this link: RSVP

Please check out CTRisIN.org for messages, video testimonies and the latest information on the [IN] discipleship journey.  We’re just getting started!

If you have any questions, please ask.  If you have concerns, please share them.  Staff and volunteer leaders will be at the [IN] table in the lobby after services to answer questions.

In Christ Alone,

Pastor Bill

February 6 - 460 Attend No Regrets Men's Conference at CTR!

Posted by Cory Puuri on OA7er @ 7:23 AM

Men from over 50 churches throughout northeast Wisconsin attended the No Regrets Men's Conference at the CTR host site. 

We had over 15 local sessions on topics from Biblical Discipleship to Marital Warfare and we streamed 6 sessions from Elmbrook.

The No Regrets Men's Conference was started by Elmbrook back in 1994 and was intended to spark a movement to grow men's ministry throughout Wisconsin. Today, over 96 churches around the world act as satellite hosts for the conference.

Visit CTR's Facebook page for pictures.

Recordings of most of the sessions are available on our website.

150+ Amped & Narrow Path Students @ ICEBLAST 2016!

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With more than 150 students in attendance, ICEBLAST 2016 kicked off with worship led by Audio Adrenaline's Adam Agee and Morgan Ovens! 

Other activities included:  prayer, study, broomball, tubing, a costume contest and much more! 

For more pictures, check out (and Like) the Narrow Path and Amped Facebook pages.

December 23-24 - Over 4,000 attend Christmas Eve Services!

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Over 4,000 people turned out to worship at CTR's Christmas Eve Services. The services included a petting zoo with animals that helped reinforce the message of our Lord and Savior's humble beginnings in a manger in Bethlehem.

The message emphasized the humility of our King. If you missed it, we invite you to watch the recording in our media center.

One powerful aspect of the service was an invitation to cross a bridge as a symbolic gesture of a participant's decision to submit to the sovereignty of Christ. Over 500 people crossed that bridge! Above is a picture of that activity and more pictures are available on the CTR Facebook page.

November 26 - 3,000+ Meals Served!

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What does 750 pounds of mashed potatoes look like!?! A lot of God's love!

600 volunteers gathered at Monarch Gardens over the course of the day to prep, make, package, serve, and deliver over 3,000 meals!

Thank you to all the volunteers who were God's hands and feet! 

For more pictures, please check out (and Like) our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/christtherock

November 22 - Son Harbor Grades 4 & 5 Truverse Program

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“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Chuck Swindoll, "Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life," 1994, p. 61).

Did you know that our children are memorizing Bible verses in Son Harbor? The 4th and 5th grade class is making their way through the 10 commandments found in Exodus 20 and they're doing a fantastic job!

But memorization doesn't come easy for most kids. Sometimes it is so challenging that they dread it. That is why they need your support and encouragement. So, what can you do as parents? 

  1. Set aside Time - Find that time in your child's day when they are most alert. That is when retention is greatest. Typically, it's in the morning. Tactics for memorizing a verse should only take about 5 minutes a day.
  2. Start with Location - It is easier to memorize a book, section and verse than it is one or more complete sentences. And if you forget the text of the verse, you can always look it up.
  3. Learn the Meaning - Understanding and applying meaning is where spiritual development happens. And in terms of learning, it is much easier to memorize if we understand and embrace the meaning of scripture. Ask your child: "what do you think that means?" If they need help, explain what you think it means, but don't be afraid to say you don't know and work together to find an answer. If all else fails, phone a friend at CTR.
  4. Build Association Between Location and Verse - This is where classic repetition comes in handy. Say the location, then the verse, repeat the verse and say the location. Repeat this pattern over and over in your head. 
  5. Write it Down - Have the child write down the verse in a section of their journal. As a side note, if your child doesn't have a prayer journal, it's never too early to start. 
  6. Build in Rewards - This one is completely up to you as parents. Society has conditioned our children from a young age to expect a reward for good behavior. If you want to leverage that, go ahead. Ask your child what they think an appropriate reward is for memorizing a certain number of verses. In Son Harbor, we give them a Truverse wristband for every four verses they memorize. We have 16 in the series.

Thanks for reading and happy memorizing!  

If your son or daughter is in the 4th & 5th grade Son Harbor class, here's a link to the list of verses they're working on.

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