LATEST PEBBLES FROM THE ROC ARTICLE

 

(DECEMBER-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC         "You are the light of the world. …let your light shine… (Matthew 5:14,16).   Recently, at our ROC Youth Center, Mr. Dan Hughs gave a presentation on Facebook Safety.  He spoke of making sure you check the Facebook privacy and security settings regularly so that personal material does not go out to the world.  He reminded us that everything you type and put on to the Internet can conceivably be seen by everyone.  We were reminded that before we type and upload we need to think about our Savior Jesus and His sacrificial love for us.  As we remember the love of Christ in His life, death and resurrection, we will want to let the light of our faith shine into the world.   You can shine through your Facebook status, posts, messages and pictures.  Out of love for Christ, steer clear of vulgar and profane language, rumor spreading, gossiping, and indecent photos.  Rather use Facebook to encourage and strengthen each other with Bible passages, sharing God’s eternal promises.

            Another way the teens are letting their light shine is by making "cut and tie" blankets under the direction of our Activity Coordinators, Ruth Uttech and Brenda Scheunemann (Dunham).  We will soon plan a field trip to deliver the blankets free to nursing home residents.   We were also pleased to see so many teens show up and work so hard at our ROC Fall Clean-Up.  Teens were all around the ROC dusting, cleaning, vacuuming and mopping.  Such help by the teens also keeps our costs down as we have no paid custodian at THE ROC.  As always, anyone is invited to stop and visit us at THE ROC.

 

(NOVEMBER-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC         “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).   At our Recreation & Outreach Center (ROC) for youth, we strive, through the special structured events we have, to teach the principle of giving glory to God in everything.   Every Wednesday our tutors, Dani Raiser and Peter Lehmann, offer homework guidance to the teens so that they give glory to God with doing their best at growing their skills and knowledge.  Also on Wednesday we have an in depth Bible Study, along with our daily Bible/Talk Time, so that the teens grow in God’s Word, their love for their Savior and their desire to give Him glory.  Every Friday, our activity coordinators, Ruth Uttech and Brenda Scheunemann (Dunham), have an after-school fun free activity project through which the teens learn more about their Savior and how to shine in the world.  THE ROC is constantly busy with activity to God’s glory.  Stop on by and check it out.

THE ROC budget is about $80,000/year and we have approximately $15,000 left to pay on our over $200,000 building.  Thank you so much for any support you are able to give.  Your gifts may be sent to THE ROC, 213 N. 3rd St., Watertown, WI 53094.  Also THE ROC is also 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.

 

(OCTOBER-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          “We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)   This is the Bible passage the Junior Volunteers at our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (THE ROC) for Youth decided to put on their volunteer t-shirts.  The teens were challenged with coming up with their own design for the shirts.  How happy we were to see how their faith wanted a Bible passage on the shirt that expressed why they volunteer.  They volunteer or love because God first loved them as He gave Himself for them on the cross and gave them faith to believe in their Savior.  Our volunteer program at THE ROC has three tiers; Junior Volunteer (High School age), Older Junior Volunteer (18-20) and Adult Volunteer (21 and up).  Stop in sometime to ask about our volunteer program.  It just might be a way for you to show that love of Christ in your life.  While at THE ROC take a look for yourself at our newly designed Junior Volunteer shirts.

 

(SEPTEMBER-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          Pastor Mueller, considering where the $1000 from the Krahn award should go, would like to see a permanent well-done ROC float made for parades and also an excellent wall hanging for the entrance wall of THE ROC.  Both the float and wall hanging will depict the ROC’s theme Bible passage, Matthew 7:24 where Jesus says, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”  “I would like to see something that proclaims the Savior and His enduring Word”, Pastor Mueller said.

Many hours of hard work were put in by so many at the ROC Rummage Sale which raised over $10,000 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!   

Volunteers are greatly needed at THE ROC.  Helping at THE ROC is a great volunteer opportunity for Christ as you can help as little as a few hours a month or every week.  Stop by to talk to Pastor Mueller to see if serving at THE ROC is meant for you.  Thank you.

 

(AUGUST-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC           What a wonderful day we all had at the Golf Outing for THE ROC on Sunday, June 24th.  The weather was beautiful and the fellowship was greatly enjoyed by all.  Highlights of the presentation given were a new video (produced by Janine Petri, a ROC adult volunteer, and teens from THE ROC) and positive and successful stories from THE ROC.   Please find the video at our ROC YouTube account, TheWttnROC.  The Gospel of our Savior, taught and proclaimed at THE ROC, has touched hundreds of teen hearts.  Stories were shared showing the love of God in Christ moving the teens to respond with unselfish love.  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on the event and all those who donated to make it successful.  After matching funds have been received, the amount for THE ROC from the golf outing should be over $11,000.   Future events for THE ROC include a Brat Fry at Piggly Wiggly on Saturday, August 4th and another Brat Fry on Friday and Saturday, August 17th and 18th, at Glenn's Brat Haus (722 W. Main Street), 10:00-3:00 both days.  Any adults who would like to help with either or both Brat Frys are asked to call (206-9581 or 261-4444) or e-mail (wttnroc@sbcglobal.net) Pastor/Director Mueller.  We truly need the help.  Everyone is invited to stop by for lunch at the Brat Stands.  Thank you.

 

(JULY-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC           “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).   This Bible Passage is printed on the newly teen designed volunteer ROC t-shirts.  We invite you to come in and see the shirts which remind us that all of our volunteers love because God first loved them and showed it by giving Himself on the cross for us.  It’s amazing how most of the teens have never heard this Good and Wonderful News.  What a joy to tell them!

THE ROC (Recreation Outreach Center) Rummage/Bake Sale is also fast approaching.  Receiving for the sale will begin on Sunday 7/15 from 12:30 - 5 and 7/16 through 7/18 from 8 - 5.  The sale will be Thursday July 19 from 8 - 7:00 (note new later time), Friday 8 - 5 and Sat. 8 - 12.  The sale will again be at the Trinity St. Luke's School campus on Western Avenue.  Entrance for receiving and the sale is off the playground. Muscle will be needed to pick up tables starting on Friday & Sat. 7/13 & 14 and then again to return the tables on 7/21 & 23.  Put aside your clean, undamaged, workable items for this sale.  Help is needed to receive donations, sort, display items and then work the sale assisting customers, receiving money, and to carry out purchases.  Bakers, please price your items and drop them off either on Wed. during receiving or during the sale hours. Please contact Ruth Uttech (920-261-6772, rmurru@charter.net), Pam Erdman (920-261-9674, perdman@gmail.com), or Joyce Zwieg (920-253-6788) with any questions or to volunteer.  Please indicate your phone number and e-mail address in case we need to contact you.  Many hands make the work easier and any amount of time you can donate helps!  Thank you for your support of the ROC.

FUTURE 2012 ROC EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND:

July 19, 20, 21, 2012 - ROC Rummage Sale (See above)

August 17+18, 2012 - Glenn’s Market Brat Stand – “Brat of the Week - Packer Brat”

Aug. 4 – Brat Fry at Piggly Wiggly and New Teen Welcome at THE ROC (Free Hot Dog Day)

 

(JUNE-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC “Let your light shine” (Matthew 5:16). As our faith lives to please our Savior God who died for us, we also hope people ask us about our faith so that we can tell them about Jesus. We thank our Lord that the ROC is regularly noticed by our community (example – Krahn Award) as a place that makes a big difference. When asked why, may we always point people to Christ as their Savior from sin.

Listen to a great presentation, enjoy a delicious meal and, if you wish, enjoy some golf. Please attend the ROC Youth Center Golf Outing on Sunday, June 24, 2012, golf at 3 pm, eat at 7 pm at Watertown Country Club – You can “Golf & Eat” ($58) or just come for the dinner ($20) and a great ROC presentation. Sign a golf team up by June 15th or reserve your dinner. You are also invited to help by donating an auction item or sponsoring a hole. Maybe you also know someone who can donate an auction item. Pass the word – For registration and other info. call Don at 920-261-1319 or e-mail at debartz@charter.net.

THE ROC (Recreation Outreach Center) Rummage/Bake Sale is also fast approaching. Receiving for the sale will begin on Sunday 7/15 from 12:30 - 5 and 7/16 through 7/18 from 8 - 5. The sale will be Thursday 7/19 from 8 - 7:00 (note new later time), Friday 8 - 5 and Sat. 8 - 12. The sale will again be at the Trinity St. Luke's School campus on Western Avenue. Entrance for receiving and the sale is off the playground. Muscle will be needed to pick up tables starting on Friday & Sat. 7/13 & 14 and then again to return the tables on 7/21 & 23. Put aside your clean, undamaged, workable items for this sale. Help is needed to receive donations, sort, display items and then work the sale assisting customers, receiving money, and to carry out purchases. Bakers, please price your items and drop them off either on Wed. during receiving or during the sale hours. Please contact Ruth Uttech (920-261-6772, rmurru@charter.net), Pam Erdman (920-261-9674, perdman@gmail.com), or Joyce Zwieg (920-253-6788) with any questions or to volunteer. Please indicate your phone number and e-mail address in case we need to contact you. Many hands make the work easier and any amount of time you can donate helps! Thank you for your support of the ROC

 

(MAY-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13) What Jesus did for us has impacted our lives tremendously as, by His death, we now have life. Jesus teaches us to now impact the lives of others, especially with the Gospel of forgiveness in Christ. You never know what impact your words and actions can make on a person. Something that may seem insignificant to you can mean so much to another. Our volunteers at THE ROC make an impact on the teens every day. Brandon, a teen at our ROC Youth Center, shares an example: “I appreciate all the adult volunteers at THE ROC. I remember one time when Todd Morris (adult volunteer) did something extra for me. I always wanted a ROC polo shirt because I'm working my way to be a ROC adult volunteer. Todd Morris took the time to order a special ROC polo shirt just for me. The shirt says "ROC Videographer". That day on I feel more included on ROC activities because I have to record them as the ROC Videographer.” Don’t underestimate the power of God working through you.

FUTURE 2012 ROC EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND:

Sun., June 24, 2012, golf at 3 pm, eat at 7 - ROC Golf Outing (Sign a team up by June 15th, reserve a dinner, donate an auction item, sponsor a hole – call Don at 920-261-1319)

July 19, 20, 21, 2012 - ROC Rummage Sale (Donations accepted July 15-18. Please volunteer to help get tables, prepare, work the sale and clean up – call Ruth at 261-6772)

August 17+18, 2012 - Glenn’s Market Brat Stand – “Brat of the Week - Packer Brat”

 

(APRIL-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC (Article by ROC Adult Volunteer Todd Morris) At the ROC, we as volunteers want every teen to feel accepted and be treated in a respectable manner. Each volunteer uses their own personal way to connect with the teens by talking one on one, playing games with them, bringing in treats, or just “hanging out” with them, and showing examples of their faith.

Acts 10:34: Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism.” We should never judge who (you might think) is more deserving of more attention, or the teen we feel has more potential to come to faith, because we should never doubt the strength or the extent of God’s Grace. Unfortunately, sometimes I have to fight my sinful flesh and stop myself from judging which kids have the biggest potential of coming to faith or which teens are the “most deserving” of my attention. This can happen without realizing it. Devren was one of the teens I felt would never amount to anything in life, let alone come to faith. He was constantly getting suspended from Middle School & then High School for disrespecting teachers and fighting with others.

Last Easter Sunday (4/24/11), in the afternoon, I was relaxing at home when my cell phone rang, and I didn’t answer it in time before it went to voicemail. It was a number I didn’t recognize, and no one left a message. I decided to call back to find out who it might be. I didn’t recognize the very deep voice that answered the phone, he then said, “Is this Todd? This is Devren. I just called to tell ya Happy Easter.” I was in complete shock, but somehow gathered my thoughts enough to return the greeting. Since it was past the April 15th (the Wisconsin Electricity/Gas Service disconnection date), I then asked him if his family still had electricity at their rented house, he replied, “We never do now, but at least it’s warm out right now.” After hanging up, I thought about the changes that were occurring in Devren.

Devren has changed his attitude & demeanor in a positive way over the last 2 years. He has become very grateful to the ROC for all the acts of Christian love displayed everyday by Pastor Mueller, the volunteer staff, members of the churches, & other ROC Teens. He always seems amazed how people donate their time, money, & valuable items to the ROC, and they expect nothing in return. Although Devren still has some issues at school, he is devoted to helping out at the ROC whenever he is needed. He is extremely loyal & protective to anyone he eventually trusts. He recently attended a Wednesday evening church service, along with other ROC Teens lead by Pastor Mueller. This is coming from a guy that 3 years ago said, “Religion is a Load of Bull.”

Whenever I see a ROC Teen start turning around their attitude, temperament, & their general view on life, it amazes me how God’s Grace has no boundaries or favorites.

FUTURE 2012 ROC EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND:

Sun., June 24, 2012, golf at 3 pm – ROC Golf Outing

July 19, 20, 21, 2012 – ROC Rummage Sale

 

(MARCH-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:21, 22). At our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center for Youth, we teach the teens to test everything. Instead of outlawing computers, we teach the teens how to use them to God’s glory. Instead of outlawing music, we teach the teens how to choose music that pleases God. Such discerning of songs also comes during our Friday night karaoke time. All lyrics are to be approved before they are sung for karaoke. The approval process involves bringing up the lyrics on a computer and having our older junior volunteers test them according to God’s Word and then finalizing any approval with Pastor Mueller. It is such a joy to watch this spiritually healthy testing process as ALL of the teens learn so much about God’s Word and how to show love for and to their Savior by picking songs that don’t go contrary to God’s Word. All are invited to come in to the ROC and ask more about how we test and pick songs. The skills learned would be great for all parents and teens to grow in.

FUTURE 2012 ROC EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND:

Sun., June 24, 2012, golf at 3 pm – ROC Golf Outing

July 19, 20, 21, 2012 – ROC Rummage Sale

Brat Stands – Dates not yet scheduled

 

(FEBRUARY-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC We thank God for your cheerful giving. Many of you give gifts to THE ROC through your congregation, and the gifts are then periodically sent on to THE ROC as a lump sum. For this reason, it is impossible for us to thank you personally, but we want to sincerely thank you now for your cheerful giving and generosity. At THE ROC, during Bible/Talk Time, we regularly include thanks to God for you in our worship prayers. We have been greatly blessed by you and through you.

We also thank our volunteers for their hard work at THE ROC and for the good ideas they come up with to share the Gospel. On New Year’s Eve a delicious banquet for the teens was prepared (Janine Petrie and Tyler Clemmons) using goodies many provided. During our Bible/Talk time it was announced the teens would have to pay $5.00 each for the banquet. As they were sad and upset, an adult volunteer (Todd Morris), dressed as Jesus, came out and announced the banquet was PAID IN FULL and was free for all. The point that was made was that our sins have been PAID IN FULL and we now enjoy the banquet of God’s love, forgiveness and eternal life.

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-2012) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC On Monday, January 23rd at 7:00 p.m., EVERYONE is invited to THE ROC for our ANNUAL Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center for Youth (THE ROC) MEETING. At the meeting, we will give thanks to God for the many teens who have heard the Gospel of Christ at THE ROC over the EIGHT YEARS it has been open. The doors of THE ROC were opened on December 3rd, 2003. Former ROC teens stop every night to express their gratitude for THE ROC and the help it gave them during their rough teen years. Many often speak of our nightly Bible-Talk-Time as what they remember the most as God’s Word gave them eternal blessings through Christ, their Savior.

We transported a good number of 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. The teens were deeply touched by the birth of their Savior.

We invite EVERYONE to stop in at the ROC anytime to visit. Also check out our web page, www.thewttnroc.com. From the web page, learn more about our volunteer program by clicking “Staff Info” and then “Adult Volunteer Staff Responsibilities”. We are always in need of more volunteers.

Recently another check came from Thrivent as Thrivent members directed $688.00 Thrivent Choice Dollars to THE ROC. We thank you for keeping THE ROC in mind when you designate your Thrivent Choice Dollars. Every penny counts.