October 25 - Twenty-Four Baptized!

Posted by Cory Puuri on OA10er @ 10:07 AM

Baptism is such a powerful moment of connection with Christ! It's so wonderful to experience this as a church family. Two dozen people--both young and old--were baptized during worship services this past Sunday!

Baptism is a symbol and a statement. After you have accepted Christ as your Savior, baptism is a way to publicly identify with His death, burial and resurrection. It communicates that you are making a commitment to live for Him. Baptism doesn’t make you a believer but it is an outward sign of what has already happened in your heart.

October 25 - Amped's Project Serve: Silver Birch Ranch

Posted by Cory Puuri on OA10er @ 10:00 AM

Thank you for your prayers! We had 17 attend Amped's Project Serve: Silver Birch Ranch.

Students and volunteers picked up where Narrow Path left off--serving in the kitchen and raking. There was also time for a little fun and connection.

October 18 - Narrow Path's Project Serve: Silver Birch Ranch

Posted by Cory Puuri on OP1er @ 1:20 PM

Thank you for your prayers! We had 19 attend Narrow Path's Project Serve: Silver Birch Ranch, and all 19 returned home.

Students and volunteers served in the kitchen and raked (a lot!). There was also time for study, worship, connection and a little fun, too!

Next weekend, Amped students will head to Silver Birch Ranch for their Project Serve. Please keep those students and volunteers in your prayers, too!

October 11 - 35 Attend Amped's Corn Maze Event!

Posted by Cory Puuri on OA10er @ 10:51 AM

"The corn kernel 'sand box' was so much fun!" exclaimed Lauren, a 5th grader in CTR's Amped ministry.

This past Sunday, 35 Students and leaders from the Amped ministry for middle schoolers took a trip to Chilton's Meuer Farm, where they navigated a corn maze, played on straw bales and in corn kernel "sand boxes," pet farm animals,  and had a great team and relationship-building event. 

The corn maze is a great metaphor for how before Christ, we were lost, but how Christ finds us and shepherds us back to the flock.

October 11 - "I want to know his plan for me"

Posted by Cory Puuri on OA10er @ 10:38 AM
Conversations about faith are often off limits. One would think a church is the last place one could go to express doubt or ask challenging questions about God's existence. But that is the primary focus of CTR's Starting Point class. 
 
This past Sunday, participants gathered for the first of eight meetings to discuss their questions about faith and seek guidance on where to turn for answers. The first class began with a simple question: If you could ask God one question….what would it be?   
 
The questions posed by participants were incredibly thought provoking! Over the next eight weeks, participants will work through these questions, and countless others, with the help of Starting Point leaders, Josh and Jennifer Schmalz.
 
If you'd like to find out more about Starting Point, including when the next class is offered, please contact the church office.

September 21 - Nearly 50 Courageous Men Attend MOTR Kickoff

Posted by Cory Puuri on OP1er @ 1:06 PM

Men Of The Rock had a solid turnout for their Fall Study, a video-based series called STEPPING UP.

This is a challenging series because much like CTR's Character Development, STEPPING UP compels men to explore a vision of what a courageous man looks like in God's eyes and then look back at where they've come from to identify what's holding them back.

The study is a bi-weekly, 10-week program and it's not too late to sign-up! Each message is a standalone topic and the videos are online on RightNow Media if you need to play catch-up.

If you'd like to find out more about Men Of The Rock events and get connected, check out the MOTR page on our site and contact the church office with questions.

September 15 - Great Turnout for "For the Love" Study!

Posted by Cory Puuri on OA8er @ 8:56 AM

Women's Ministry kicked off their Fall Study Series with Jen Hatmaker's, "For the Love," video-based study. You could really feel the Spirit's  presence as the ladies laughed, cried and connected.

Over 40 women signed up for the series, which is a great turnout for a weeknight study! 

If you'd like to find out more about Women's Ministry events and get connected, check out the Women's page on our site and contact the church office with questions.

September 3 - Update from Pastor Bill

Posted by Cory Puuri on OP1er @ 1:45 PM

I hope you enjoyed the study through the book of James as much as I did.  If you missed any of the messages, I encourage you to listen online.  Although I'm usually quite sad when summer is over, I can honestly say that my excitement for the next series is greater than the sadness of summer leaving. 
 
The Compelled series begins this Sunday.  The first message is Compelled by a Purpose.  Other messages in the series include Compelled by Compassion, Compelled to Act and Compelled to Share.
 
My desire is that every person who calls CTR their church home would hear this series.  I encourage you to get back into the rhythm of weekly attendance and participate with what God is doing as we gather as a church family.  There may be obstacles that keep you from coming, but I encourage you to leap over them.  One of those obstacles is the Fox Cities Marathon on September 20.  Make sure you allow more time than usual to get here that day.
 
God is up to great things and we are honored to be invited to join Him.
 
See you on Sunday,
Pastor Bill
 
P.S.       We have some exceptional guest speakers scheduled for the fall, including Dr. Stuart Briscoe, Dr. Todd Ahrend, Murli Menon and Dr. Dan Allender.  I will be speaking more starting in the fall as well.

August 14 - Did someone say donuts?

Posted by Cory Puuri on OA9er @ 9:11 AM

Such an awesome summer! What a blessing to bring Healing, Home, and Life transformation through community with Jesus and those around us.

Your middle and high school-aged kids are welcome to join us for more fun on Wednesday nights at Amped and Narrow Path!

August 13 - Update from Pastor Bill

Posted by Cory Puuri on OA11er @ 11:27 AM

I hope you are enjoying and benefiting from our study through the book of James as much as I am! 

What’s coming in the next three weeks?  This Sunday, the message is Centered On Others, where we’ll address how we can be free to really care about the poor and needy.  On August 23, the focus is Centered On Waiting.  Don’t we all hate to wait? The topic of heaven will also be addressed in that message.  August 30 will wrap up the series with Centered On Prayer where we’ll answer the question of what a healthy prayer life looks like.  If you missed any of the past few messages, I encourage you to listen online or pick up a CD or DVD at the Connection Center.

Summer is almost over, and we’re gearing up for fall activities at CTR…including our ministry to children and students.  Please check out the table in the lobby this Sunday where you can sign up to serve in Son Harbor and Student Ministries, or signup online.

See you Sunday – I hope you’re looking forward to gathering in His Name to worship and hear from His Word.  I sure am.

Pastor Bill

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