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Leaders at Essential Rock Church will be sharing and posting a daily encouraging faithful comment and prayer. Please enjoy!

Run After Mature Righteousness: 

“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along (joining) with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 

2 Timothy 2:22

Here Paul is using active verbs: “Flee” and “Pursue”, as he writes to Timothy, words of encouragement, and challenges that, we too need to take to heart in some aspects of a mature faith.  

Do you have recurring temptations that are difficult to resist?  If so, ask God to help remove yourself physically from any situation that stimulates your desires to sin.  Knowing when to run is as important in spiritual battle as knowing when and how to fight. (1 Timothy 6:11) (1 Timothy 1:5)

So, what part of this passage resonates most with you?  Why?  Maybe “evil desires” seems a little patronizing.  Perhaps “pursue righteousness” seems impossible or defeating.  Maybe with some people you’ve lost hope. For me, “pursue” resonates because Christ gets me so in love with Him that I begin to realize if I become uncomfortable with something that’s going on in my life and walk away from it, I won’t EVER miss it, because God replaces it with something far better.

With “what resonates most with you” ask God for instructions on that particular piece.  Listen in silence for God to reveal it, and watch as He gives you hope.  How are you to live this out today? This week?  This month?

Lord Jesus, I open myself to your plan for my life.  Guide me Lord accordingly, take control of my temptations and lead me in a path of righteousness! In Your Name, Amen

 - Steph Wieser

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Sunday Series

The Book of Acts Part 1 

April 26th:  “The Cost of Discipleship” Acts Chapters 5-10 by Pastor John Slotten

May 3rd:  May is National Recommitment Month!

Special Sermon Subject:  “God Gives” Acts 5:29-32 & John 3:16-19

by Bruce Komassa

The Book of Acts Part 2

May 10th:  “The Acts of the Apostles”  Acts Chapters 11-14 by Pastor John Slotten

May 17th:  “The Church in Mission” Acts Chapters 15-20 by Pastor John Slotten

May 24th:  “Paul’s Arrest, Imprisonment, and Trials” Acts Chapters 21-26

by Pastor John Slotten

May 31st:  "Paul's Shipwreck in Malta to House Arrest in Rome" Acts Chapters 27-28 by Pastor John Slotten

A Note from pastor John

Dear Essential Rock family, 


As news about the coronavirus and COVID-19 illness dominates the headlines, we want to share some steps Essential Rock Church is taking to promote health and prevent infection.  As followers of Jesus, we are uniquely equipped for uncertain times.  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). 

In addition, let’s be a praying church,  Philippians 4:6-7 states, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

So join us in praying for everyone's safety, healing, and a solution to this illness.  God Hear Our Prayers! 


In keeping with these words, we will be proactive about helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are most vulnerable, such as the elderly and those with compromised immunity and other health issues. Some immediate safety measures at Essential Rock include: 


Cleaning public areas more frequently: 

Our staff and volunteers will clean and sanitize more frequently, especially areas such as stair railings, door handles, restrooms and Children’s Ministry classrooms.  We are committed to offering a safe environment for everyone.  

When in the church, we encourage you to use the hand sanitizer located just inside the church entrance, at the coffee bar, and in our bathrooms.  

If you are sick and it is your scheduled time to serve in some capacity as a volunteer, we encourage you to try and trade dates with someone, or notify the ministry coordinator of your need for a sub.   

If you or anyone in your home is sick, we ask you to kindly stay home and heal.  Contact Pastor for prayer and care.  If you wish to have a visit, please feel free to ask. 

Ministry Needs:

Every effort will be taken to meet all ministry needs.  Hospital visits, counseling, emergencies, weddings, and funeral needs will be offered and supported.  If you wish to have phone calls, FaceTime, or visits, we will do everything possible to accommodate you.  Call Pastor John at 920-841-6459 or email and/or Jess at to be contacted or scheduled. 


We are remaining full engaged and active as a Church.  Your financial support is still very much needed. 

Beginning this Sunday, March 15, You can also give online by signing up to give online per info. below.


When Sunday’s service resume, we will review to see if there are sealed options available for us to distribute communion so there is no hand to hand contact.

Self-Serve Coffee Temporarily Suspended: 

When the church is open we will not offer self-serve coffee or snacks at the hospitality bar for the next several weeks.  We will have volunteers serve it or no snacks for a season.  Plus feel free to bring your own travel mug of coffee if you wish.  

Sunday morning discipleship classes are suspended to limit times of public crowding. We will instead send out or post in home study materials. 


All gatherings/classes/groups during the week are cancelled temporarily until further notice.  Watch for weekly updates each Tuesday for when they can begin to resume.  We will follow National, State, And Church Elder Guidelines. 

What you can do now: 



Planning for the weeks and perhaps the months to come: 


If or when the virus becomes more prevalent in Wisconsin and the Fond du Lac area, we will keep you aware of any changes to events and activities. We will continue to disciple people with Sunday messages.  Our messages are already posted online at and we will review other alternatives moving forward.  


 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.  


On behalf the Fond du Lac community steering Elders, God bless you, 

Pastor John Slotten


Hebrews 13:15-16

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If you happen to miss church, you still have the option to give.  Click the picture to give tithes and offerings. This will direct you to our main campus, Christ the Rock Church.  You can give with or without a login.  You will need to enter amount and campus, Essential Rock Church.  Thank you for being faithful stewards with what the Lord has given you.

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

2 Corinthians 9:7


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