2011

 

(DECEMBER-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC         One of the teens, who attends our Watertown Recreation and Outreach Center (THE ROC) for Youth, recently posted on Facebook to all her friends, “I love going to C-2 at THE ROC to study God’s Word.”   What a joy to see something positive on Facebook shared by a teen who once didn’t love or trust in Christ, her and our Savior.  For those who don’t know, C-2 stands for Christ-Connection.  C-2 is a program started and administrated by our four Watertown WELS churches before the ROC existed but which is now held at THE ROC.  Twice a month, on Monday morning during school hours, we send a bus to pick up teens (must have parental approval) from the public high school to be brought to THE ROC.   From 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., we have a Bible Study and refreshments for the teens.   C-2 is for public high school teens from our churches and THE ROC (mostly unchurched).  C-2 is a great and wonderful program which reaches teens who don’t get THE WORD like our teens who attend our Lutheran Schools. 

     All are invited to stop in at the ROC anytime to see the Christ-Centered Youth Center we all support.  You may also consider being a volunteer.  Such helpers are always needed.  Check out more about THE ROC at our web page, www.thewttnroc.com.  

 

(NOVEMBER-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC         Worship or church happens at THE ROC everyday at 6:00 p.m. when THE ROC is open.  What we all do in church, we do at THE ROC.   The teens are reminded how we worship the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Together, we confess our sins and hear the comforting words of absolution or forgiveness in Christ.  We confess our faith, hear God’s Word, pray together, sing together and leave with God’s blessing.   It is a joy to worship our gracious God side by side with the teens and see the faith of many flourish and grow. 

On Saturday, October 8th, over 20 teens showed their love and ownership of the ROC as they participated in Clean-Up Day at the ROC.  It was good to see how so many showed up and worked hard to make the youth center clean.  We also sincerely thank all the adult volunteers who regularly help at the ROC. and everyone else for their continued support.  Your generous gifts make it possible to continue this mission to the youth.  Please remember that you can stop by at the ROC anytime it’s open to visit or be considered for our volunteer staff.  Also, you can check with Pastor Mueller if you would like to donate goodies, a wish list item or a special talent you have such as singing, game playing and the like.  The teens love the involvement by the adults.  Once again, thanks so much for your support.

 

(OCTOBER-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          Recently, a ladies group from one of our churches held its monthly meeting at our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (THE ROC).   The ladies thoroughly enjoyed meeting at THE ROC as they were able to see for themselves our Youth Center located at 213 N. 3rd. Street.  After Pastor Mueller gave a ROC presentation, many of the ladies expressed their joy over how THE ROC is clearly built on Christ and provides a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel of our Savior with so many young people.  As a trip to THE ROC is well worth it, we invite any of our church groups to have a meeting at THE ROC. Simply call (206-9581) or e-mail (wttnroc@sbcglobal.net) Pastor Mueller to set up the visit to our ROC.  As you visit you will further come to appreciate THE ROC and the unity we enjoy as we operate our Youth Center together.  Of course you are welcome to stop in at the ROC anytime.  Possibly also consider being a ROC volunteer.  Such helpers are always needed.  Goodies are also always appreciated by the teens. 

For your information, we have approximately $20,000 left to pay for our building and remodeling.  Your gifts are greatly appreciated and may be sent to THE ROC, 213 N. 3rd St., Watertown, WI 53094.  Also THE ROC is an eligible organization for Thrivent Choice dollars.  Thrivent members are encouraged to keep THE ROC in mind when they are informed of their Thrivent Choice dollars which they are able to designate to THE ROC either online or through an 800 number.  Thank you so much for all the support, help and financial gifts you give to the ROC.  THANK YOU from all of us at THE ROC!

 

(SEPTEMBER-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          Four teens, who call THE ROC their home but had moved recently to Fort Atkinson rode their bikes a few weeks ago from Fort Atkinson to Watertown just to be at THE ROC.  These teens often speak of how THE ROC is the only place in their lives that they can find stability.  The stability they speak of is THE ROCK, Jesus Christ, their Savior and ours. 

Many hours of hard work were put in by so many at the ROC Rummage Sale which raised over $11,000 for THE ROC.  We were overwhelmed by the many items donated and the many hours given.  Some literally gave hundreds of volunteer hours.  Thank you so much!   

We still have about $20,000 to go to pay off the building and remodeling project.   We hope donations haven’t slowed for the building because it its thought the project is paid for.   We thank our Lord for all of you as we work together to remove the debt.

We invite everyone to stop in at the ROC (213 N. 3rd St., 920-261-4444) anytime to visit.  Remember that our ROC Youth Center is for ALL teens from Gr. 7-12.  Also check out our web page, www.thewttnroc.com.  From the web page learn more about our volunteer program by clicking “Staff Info.”  We are always in need of more volunteers.  Pictures, calendars, wish lists and so much more can also be found on the web page.  Check it out today.

 

(AUGUST-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          What a wonderful day we all had at the Golf Outing for THE ROC on Sunday, June 26th.  The weather was beautiful and the fellowship was greatly enjoyed by all.  A highlight of the event was when two parents of teens who attend THE ROC shared their feelings about THE ROC.  Theresa Simmons, the mother of Brandon, and Linda Fuchs, the mother of Sam, both gave touching presentations about how the Gospel of Christ taught and practiced at THE ROC has changed their children greatly.  Both mothers expressed great appreciation for how their children have found respect, acceptance, friendship, love and forgiveness at THE ROC.  The group at the event was clearly moved by what the mothers shared.  The event also raised $7,863.00 for THE ROC which is more than last year by a few dollars.  Another event for THE ROC will be the Brat Fry on Friday and Saturday, August 19th and 20th, at Glenn's Brat Haus (722 W. Main Street), 10:00-3:00 both days.  Any adults who would like to help are asked to call (206-9581 or 261-4444) or e-mail (wttnroc@sbcglobal.net) Pastor/Director Mueller.  Please plan to stop by for lunch at the Brat Stand.  Thank you.

 

(JULY-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          We had a wonderful presentation by Pastor Isles at THE ROC on June 2nd.  The group of over 50 people were given much information about prison ministry and asked many questions.  We were reminded how the goal is to save souls for eternity through Christ, the Savior.  That goal is shared by THE ROC and all of us.  Three teens also shared their experiences of being bullied, how bad they felt and how the Gospel at THE ROC has helped them cope.  The goal of saving souls was also seen as a young teen by the name of Crystal Gensch was baptized at THE ROC on May 26th.  Thanks be to God.

ROC RUMMAGE/BAKE SALE, July 21, 22 23, Trinity/St. Luke’s School -Western Campus).   READY, SET, GO -

READY -  Set aside your undamaged, workable treasures.  Volunteer (Call Ruth Uttech 261-6772 or Pam Erdman 261-9674) to indicate the day(s) and time(s) you can help - even an hour or two can help.  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  Transport tables 7/17 at 10:30 a.m. and 7/23 about 2:00 p.m. (muscle power, trucks &/or trailers);  Receive donations & sort items - 7/17 - 12:30 - 5, 7/18-20 8 - 5 , 7/21 - 22 8-5 and 7/23 8-12:30;  Work the sale -  assisting customers, keeping tables neat, accepting money & packing items;  selling baked goods and soda; Baking for our bake sale (price your items please); Clean up/pack up left over items - 7/23 12:30 until done.   The more people we have that volunteer, the faster it will go. 

SET -    Drop off your rummage items 7/17 - 12:30 - 5, 7/18-20 - 8 - 5.  Bake sale items can be dropped off any time during the sale.  PLEASE do not drop them off outside the door if you come outside our receiving hours.  Call and we will try to accommodate you. 

GO -       Come & buy - Thursday and Friday 7/21 & 22 from 8 - 5 and Sat. 8 - 12:30.  Please note we close promptly at 12:30 so we can pack up, get left over items ready for pick up Twice as Nice and a number of other organizations. 

Should you have any questions, please contact Ruth Uttech - 261-6772, or Pam Erdman - 261-9674.  We are also looking for a third person to split some of the work involved in getting ready and managing the sale. 

            Thank you to all those who helped with the Pick ‘N Save Brat Fry.  Many, many teens and some adults worked to raise $551.00 for THE ROC.  There will also be a Brat Fry for The ROC on August 19+20 at Glenn’s Market Brat Stand.  See you there.

 

(JUNE-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          Most of the teens who come to THE ROC at first came as unbelievers, without any background in God’s Word.  At Bible/Talk Time each night the teens, themselves, asked for a moment to share why they first came to THE ROC, why they attend now and how the ROC has helped them.  Kayla, at first shy and feeling very depressed, recently shared how she came invited by her brother but soon realized how God loved her, no matter what, and gave Himself for her.  Kayla now attends THE ROC mostly because of her love for her Savior God.  You are invited to come to THE ROC and hear how God has changed hearts and lives.

The Jerry Kastens Memorial Golf Outing & BUFFET BANQUET will take place on Sunday, June 26th, at the Watertown Country Club with a 4:00 p.m. tee time.  If you do not golf, please come for the 3 station buffet dinner and ROC presentation.  The buffet will begin around 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $20.00.  For a golfer, the total cost will be $58.00 which includes green fees, team prizes drawn, flag prizes on each hole, other prizes and the buffet.  Sign up deadline for golf and meal is Monday, June 17th. Also consider donating an auction item or sponsor a hole.  All proceeds go to The ROC. Any questions or any other inquires please contact Don Bartz at 920-261-1319 or debartz@charter.net.  Also the ROC rummage/bake sale will be held July 21 – 23 (Trinity/St. Luke’s School -Western Campus).  Volunteers are greatly needed.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Ruth Uttech - 261-6772, or Pam Erdman - 261-9674.  We are also looking for a third person to split some of the work involved in getting ready and managing the sale. 

FUTURE 2011 ROC EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND:

Saturday, June 11th - Pick N’ Save Brat Fry

Sunday, June 26th – ROC Golf Outing

Thurs., Fri., Sat., July 21,22,23 – ROC Rummage Sale

Fri., Sat., August 19+20 – Glenn’s Market Brat Stand

 

(MAY-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          A number of big ROC EVENTS are coming.  An evening is being planned when Rev. Charlie Isles will share experiences from his prison/jail work and also a couple of teens will share their experiences of being bullied.  Look for more info. in your church bulletin.  Also the Jerry Kastens Memorial ROC GOLF OUTING & BUFFET BANQUET will take place on Sunday, June 26th, at the Watertown Country Club (4:00 p.m. tee time).  If you do not golf, please come for the buffet dinner and ROC presentation.  The buffet will begin around 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $20.00.  For a golfer, the total cost will be $58.00 which includes green fees, team prizes drawn, flag prizes on each hole, other prizes and the buffet.  Sign up deadline for golf and meal is Monday, June 17th. Also consider donating an auction item or sponsor a hole.  All proceeds go to The ROC. Any questions or any other inquires please contact Don Bartz at 920-261-1319 or debartz@charter.net. 

Please mark your calendars - ROC RUMMAGE/BAKE SALE will be held July 21 – 23 (Trinity/St. Luke’s School -Western Campus).  Volunteers are greatly needed.  We are looking for volunteers to pick up tables, receive donations, sort and arrange tables for the sale 7/17 - 7/20, to work the sale and then for clean up on the 23rd.  Every hour or two that you might be able to donate will help.  Should you have any unusual or valuable items you would like to donate, please indicate these items when you drop them off for the sale.  Besides selling at the sale we do have items that are sold on EBay.  Please set aside your gently used, clean and workable items for this fund raiser.  Sorry but we are unable to store things ahead of time and cannot receive any chemicals, TV's, computers, large microwaves, encyclopedias, organs, and tires for the sale.  Should you have any questions, please contact Ruth Uttech - 261-6772, or Pam Erdman - 261-9674.  We are also looking for a third person to split some of the work involved in getting ready and managing the sale.  We will again be receiving Thrivent funding if we reach our sales goal of $6,400.00.  Other ROC Events:

Saturday, June 11th - Pick N’ Save Brat Fry:  Stop by for lunch or supper

Fri., Sat., August 19+20 – Glenn’s Market Brat Stand:  Stop by for lunch

 

(APRIL-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC                   “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”  (1 Cor. 12:27)  At a recent Bible/talk Time, which is held every evening at THE ROC, the teens were learning how each believer is part of the body of Christ due to God’s grace.  The teens also learned how each believer has wonderful gifts and talents from God to fulfill God’s purpose in their lives.  Along with the subject of the body of Christ, the teens learned how that body of Christ is also compared to Christ’s bride whom God loves dearly.  What a pleasant surprise when one teen added, “Let’s all listen carefully to God’s Word to show respect and love for God but also respect and thankfulness for all our fellow believers who have put so much of their time, talents and treasures into providing THE ROC.”  The teen was amazed by the power of God giving faith to people to do so much from their hearts without wanting anything in return.  Giving is also seen in our ROC board members who are this year:  St. John’s – Don Bartz (Vice President) & Arlyn Boll; St. Luke’s – Pete Westermeyer (President) & Rich Witte; St. Mark’s - Harold Peckham (Secretary) & Todd Morris; Trinity - Bret Loescher (Treasurer) & Don Frank.  Thank you all for your willing help and service.

FUTURE 2011 ROC EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND:

Saturday, June 11th - Pick N’ Save Brat Fry

Sunday, June 26th – ROC Golf Outing

Thurs., Fri., Sat., July 21,22,23 – ROC Rummage Sale

Fri., Sat., August 19+20 – Glenn’s Market Brat Stand

 

(MARCH-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC                At our Bible/Talk Time on New Year’s Eve at our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (ROC) for Youth, more truths of God’s Word were shared as gold forks with red ribbons and white strings adorned the Christmas tree in front of them.  The gold fork was to remind them of heaven. The red ribbon was to remind them of Jesus’ blood sacrifice, and the white string was to remind them of how we are pure in God's sight through Jesus sacrifice on the tree. Written on the forks were the words "the best is yet to come".  The story was told of a young boy who had cancer but was not afraid to die as he trusted his Savior.  The young boy requested to be buried with a fork because at the family gatherings and church potlucks he was always told to save his fork for dessert.  The fork became a symbol of heaven which is “the best that is yet to come” for all who believe.  Due to God’s blessing and your generous help and support, such truths from God’s Word are able to be shared with so many teens who did not believe in their Savior. Also, we look forward to the day when our building will be completely paid off.  You may help by sending your generous and kind gifts (make checks out to THE ROC marked BUILDING FUND) to 213 N. 3rd St., Watertown, WI 53094.  One item also on our wish list is the recovering of one of our pool tables.  The cost is about $250.  Thank you so much for any help you can give.

 

(FEBRUARY-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC         On New Year’s Eve, a special event took place at our Recreation & Outreach Center (ROC) for Youth.  Janine Petrie, a ROC volunteer organized the event.  Pastor Mueller had all the teens walk with him around the block and in the cold.  It was quite a sight.  In the meantime, Janine and Peter Lehmann (another ROC volunteer) brought into THE ROC a delicious surprise banquet of food for the teens.  Pastor Mueller then explained the lesson to the teens and how the walk, which involved some complaining, represented our lives and how we need to trust God in life.  Instead of grumbling and complaining as we go through the “cold” or trials in life, we want to remember the love God has shown us in Christ’s sacrifice for our sins and the “delicious banquet” in heaven that is waiting for us.   New Year’s Eve, at THE ROC, was a wonderful celebration of God’s “banquet” of grace and eternal life in Christ.    Next month this article will share yet another picturesque lesson taught on that same night.  We thank our volunteers for such good ideas as they share the Gospel of Christ with the teens.  Anyone is invited to offer such ideas and help to Pastor Mueller that can be used in the future.   You can read about more blessings at THE ROC in the ROC Annual Report.  Look for the report in your church annual report or request one from Pastor Mueller by calling (206-9581 or 261-4444) or e-mailing (wttnroc@sbcglobal.net).

 

(JANUARY-2011) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC            A teen from THE ROC was out hunting with his father on opening day.  He went to find his father to go in for lunch only to find his dad dead from a heart attack at age 52.  That teen, on the same day, was at THE ROC when it opened at 3:00 p.m., still dressed in all his hunting clothes, because he knew he could find comfort from God’s Word at THE ROC.  What a blessing it was to share Christ with him! 

We transported twenty-five teens from THE ROC to our Live Nativity at St. Luke’s.  What a blessing to have so many unchurched teens hear about their Savior in such a unique way.

Every day we give thanks for the newly remodeled building we now call home at 213 N. 3rd Street.  Approximately $23,000 is left to pay on Building/Remodeling project.   (Since the publishing of the Pebbles From The ROC, a couple stopped in and, to our joy and surprise, wrote out a $10,000 for the Building Project) Together we hope we will be able to reach this amount soon.  Thanks for your help!  Also, volunteers are always appreciated at THE ROC.  Stop in and talk to Pastor Mueller to see if it is something for you.