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Sunday Sermons at 9:30 am
Bible study and fellowship opportunities following service.
Essential Rock Church & Friends,
Leaders at Essential Rock Church will be sharing and posting a daily encouraging faithful comment and prayer. Please enjoy!
"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hearfrom heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14
Our message at Church this week really got me thinking about if I’m doing my part or if I’m more worried about what people say about me. We all have probably heard it, "Here comes the religious people, here comes the Jesus freaks." Some of my friends reading this might be thinking how can Scott be talking about God? He can be a hypocrite. This is true. I fall short everyday. I’m a flawed man and a sinner and I’m good with being called a Jesus freak. We believers are called to spread the Word of God and that’s the message of Hope.
I, sadly, just like you, have friends and family that I’m not sure where there heart is for God. I’m worried about them. If they get sick and it’s their time, will they finish strong and be with God? Some are very afraid and living with no hope. Truth is, they should be very afraid. I would be too if I thought this was as good as it gets. We need to reach out to those who don’t know Christ and not worry about what is said behind our backs. I believe through this, millions of people could start their walk with Christ if believers shared His message of Hope. Let’s not be afraid, and spread that message.
Please take a minute and read the above Scripture. We are a called people and if we have faith, He will heal our land.
Lord we want to thank you for being by our side in this valley right now. We ask that you help us ease our fears and help us realize we won’t be in the valley forever. Lord, I also ask that you help us put our differences aside and we all unite in prayer for the healing of our world. Though faith, in You, we will get through this.
In Jesus name, Amen.
- Scott Berholz
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.
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 email@example.com and/or Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Wash your hands before and after eating, after using the restroom, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Wash for at least 20 seconds with hot soapy water.
- If you’re sick, please stay home to protect those who are vulnerable. You can watch our Sunday messages at https://essentialrockchurch.com/sermons.
- Change how you greet others: no handshakes, hugs, high fives.
- Avoid touching your face.
- For a full list of preventative measures, visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html
- Pray for those who are vulnerable and those who are sick. Call and check on fellow friends and members not attending church. Meet in small groups and take in the message online.
- Volunteer to help with extra cleaning: contact Cindy Wagner at email@example.com
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 https://essentialrockchurch.com/sermons 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
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
All services are now currently scheduled to be live streamed.
See service listings and times below. Please watch for upcoming communications on best way to find our link to join in with our church family so as to take in all our Holy Week Services.
Palm Sunday, April 5th
9:30 am service
Message Theme: "The Uncommon Journey" (A Look at the Gospel of Luke)
Holy Wednesday – April 8th
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Message Theme: “The Evil Plan of Betrayal”
Maundy Thursday – April 9th
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Message Theme: “Remembering Passover Within the Last Supper”
Note: No Seder Meal This Year
Good Friday – April 10th
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Theme: They Said, “Crucify Him!” Jesus Said, “Father, Forgive Them”
Call Jess or Pastor John to offer your willingness to take an hour for prayer in your own home from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Easter Sunday – April 12th
Message Theme: “Jesus' Uncommon Journey for the World's Eternal Good!”
From - The Gospel of Luke
Note: No Easter breakfast will be served this year because of our current health crisis.
Please share our livestream link with everyone you know for Holy Week and especially Easter. Please consider sharing or taking in the service with safe practices in your home or the home of your family and friends this year. Let’s make every effort and sacrifice to take in God’s Word and worship the Lord who sacrificed Himself for us.
Let’s celebrate the fact Jesus has risen!
Pastor John Slotten
(Note: This could still change if they allow churches to gather in a safe practice and our leaders agree. However, service times will not change)