LATEST PEBBLES FROM THE ROC ARTICLE

 

2013

(DECEMBER-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC In preparation for the 10th Anniversary Open House, teens were asked what they liked about THE ROC. We were so happy to hear many teens mention Bible/Talk Time where the truths of God's Word are taught and Christ is proclaimed as the Savior of all. It was also positive to hear the teens say that no one at THE ROC looked down on them but treated them with respect and accepted them as fellow sinners in need of Christ.
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. Stop in and talk to Pastor Mueller about the help you would like to offer.
Thank you so much for all the support you give to THE ROC which has an annual budget of about $80,000 per year. Please continue to help THE ROC with your gifts which can be sent to THE ROC, 213 N. 3rd St., Watertown, WI 53094. THE ROC is also an eligible organization for Thrivent Choice dollars. Designate your Thrivent Choice dollars by going to https://www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice or by calling 1-800-847-4836. Designate the dollars to "Watertown Recreation and Outreach Center for Youth".
A Few More ROC Historical Facts In Observance of The 10th Anniversary:
1. October 3rd, 2009 - THE ROC moved from 321 S. Water Street to a temporary location in the basement of St. Mark's Parish Hall.
2. December 29th, 2009 - The Closing of the purchase of THE ROC building (213 N. 3rd Street). We now had our own home for THE ROC.

(NOVEMBER-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC Please mark your calendars! A ROC 10TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE will be held on Sunday, December 8th from 12-3 p.m. All are invited. Along with great fellowship and food, we plan to show some videos of teen (past and present) interviews showing what they think of THE ROC. Another goal for our 10th Anniversary is for all of us to completely pay off ($13,000 remaining) the building and remodeling. Thank you so much for your constant support and gifts. THE ROC has been a wonderful mission for Christ, reaching out to thousands of teens, most of whom did not hear the Good News of free grace through our Savior, Christ Jesus.
A Few More ROC Historical Facts:
2003, June - Pastor Timothy Mueller, serving at that time as pastor of Immanuel in Medford, WI. accepts the Call to be the director and pastor of the ROC
2003, August - City Site Planning Review Committee accepts the ROC site plan for 321 S. Water Street (formerly A-Z Mill office building)
2003, September 8 - Despite some opposition by neighbors, the City Planning Commission unanimously votes to give the ROC use of the 321 S. Water St. building
2003, September 28th, 2:00 p.m. - Pastor/Director Mueller's installation in the Luther Prep. chapel - 250 attended
2003, December 3 - The ROC Opened
2004, January 24 - The Grand Opening of the Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (ROC) for Youth

(OCTOBER-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC On December 3rd, 2003 our Recreation & Outreach Center (THE ROC) for Youth opened its doors at 321 S. Water St. (colorful building just down from the library) and immediately enjoyed a constant flow of teens who were mostly unchurched. Work on this unique mission and ministry had really begun four years earlier as members of St. John, St. Luke, St. Mark, and Trinity began informally discussing the concept of a youth center. In January of 2001 the congregations voted to form a task force (Watertown Youth Center Task Force) to study the possibility of a youth center. In April of 2003 the congregations voted to replace the task force with a board of directors made up of individuals from each of the four congregations. The Board then, in the name of all four congregations, issued a Divine Call to Pastor Timothy Mueller who accepted and arrived in Watertown with his family in August of 2003. After many meetings, the City Planning Commission unanimously voted to give the ROC use of the 321 S. Water St. building for a youth center. Neighbors who had previously opposed the youth center later came to love and appreciate it. During this 10th Anniversary year we will continue to share history of THE ROC showing God's blessings and how we arrived at owning our own building at 213 N. Third Street. A ROC 10TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE will be held on Sunday, December 8th from 12-3 p.m. All are invited. Another goal for our 10th Anniversary is for all of us to completely pay off ($13,000 remaining) the building and remodeling. Thank you so much for your constant support and gifts. THE ROC has been a wonderful mission for Christ, reaching out to over 2000 different teens over the TEN YEARS.


(SEPTEMBER-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC "In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." (James 2:17) First comes God's grace and the Gospel (Good News) of Christ, our Savior, then faith and then actions or works. We keep this order in mind every day at THE ROC and every day we see how it works. As we proclaim Christ as the only Savior from sin, we rejoice as we see faith in action. How happy we were, for example as seventeen teens (a record) showed up to volunteer at RiverFest with serving soda and how eager they are to volunteer to help spread wood chips at Tivoli Island or cook and serve at Brat Frys. What a joy it is when every day teens from the past stop and share how much they appreciated THE ROC and what they heard and saw there. Thanks be to God for His grace which produces faith which willingly produces works - to God be the glory. This year we celebrate ten years of God's grace on THE ROC. Celebrate with us!
Many hours of hard work were put in by so many at the ROC Rummage Sale which again raised close to $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!

(AUGUST-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC What a wonderful day we all had at the Golf Outing for THE ROC on Sunday, June 23rd. The weather was beautiful and the fellowship was greatly enjoyed by all. Five high school teens shared their thoughts about why they think THE ROC is such a blessing. Their strong feelings about THE ROC touched the hearts of those who attended. The Gospel of our Savior, taught and proclaimed at THE ROC, has touched hundreds of teen hearts over the TEN years THE ROC has been open. 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 close to $10,000. Future events for THE ROC include a Brat Fry on Friday and Saturday, August 16th and 17th, at Glenn's Brat Haus (722 W. Main Street), 10:00-3:00 both days and another Brat Fry at Pick 'N Save on Saturday, August 31st. 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-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC "Giving without seeing or knowing - AMAZING!" These were words spoken by an unchurched teen as He realized how so many of you give from your heart to THE ROC without having seen the teens who attend. What a wonderful opportunity we had to share with that teen and many others that it is because of God's AMAZING Grace. We thank our Lord for his undeserved love in Christ, our Savior, which flows from your hearts in support of our ROC Youth Center.
The ANNUAL ROC (Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center for Youth) RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE is ALMOST HERE. It is scheduled for July 18-20 (Thu. & Fri. 8-5 and Sat. 8-12:00) at the TSL (Trinity/St. Luke's) gym on Western Avenue . Donations will be accepted 7/14-Sunday (12-5), 7/15-Monday (8-5) and 7/16-Tuesday (8-12). Please use gym doors off the playground. See you soon as we together help fund THE ROC Youth Center. Please call 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 for help moving tables, receiving and set up and working the sale.
FUTURE 2013 ROC EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND:
July 18, 19, 20, 2013 - ROC Rummage Sale (see above for details)
August 16+17, 2013 - Glenn's Market Brat Stand - "Brat of the Week - Packer Brat"
August 31, 2013 - Pick 'n Save Brat Fry

(JUNE-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC 10 YEARS - WOW! On December 3rd, 2003, by the grace of God, our ROC Youth Center opened its doors to reach out to the youth of Watertown and the area. Since then, there have been thousands of visits and teens coming to THE ROC, most of which were unchurched. Only God knows how many of those teens have come to faith by the Gospel of Christ and are now on their way to heaven with us. THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY is truly a milestone to celebrate. We plan to celebrate by having a special Open House for EVERYONE, teens from the past sharing their thoughts, many 10th Anniversary parties for the teens, movie nights, and many other ideas which are being discussed. "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." (Matthew 7:24)
FUTURE 2013 ROC EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND:
Sun., June 23, 2013, 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 18, 19, 20, 2013 - ROC Rummage Sale (Donations accepted July 14-17. Please volunteer to help get tables, prepare, work the sale and clean up - call Ruth at 261-6772)
August 16+17, 2013 - Glenn's Market Brat Stand - "Brat of the Week - Packer Brat"

(MAY-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC "THE ROC is a place where you find a family." A teen recently made this comment as he noticed the family that God makes through Christ our Savior. Other teens, when asked what they thought of our Watertown Recreation and Outreach Center, answered with, "a place where you are wanted and treated with respect and love", "a place where I am accepted for myself", "a place where you find what really matters in life", "a place where I see my friends, make new friends and feel at home", "it's my happy place", "a place where you grow in God and sing praises to Him", "a place where wonderful memories are created". We are thankful, in a world of hurt and pain, that the teens have a place to grow in the grace and love of God.
FUTURE 2013 ROC EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND:
Sun., June 23, 2013, 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 18, 19, 20, 2013 - ROC Rummage Sale (Donations accepted July 14-17. Please volunteer to help get tables, prepare, work the sale and clean up - call Ruth at 261-6772)
August 16+17, 2013 - Glenn's Market Brat Stand - "Brat of the Week - Packer Brat"

(APRIL-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC Recently we transported a bunch of teens (mostly unchurched) from the ROC to one of our churches for worship. Before worship one of the teen girls had a puzzling look and then asked Pastor Mueller why there was a banner in front showing a lamb with a cut and blood spilling out. The teen felt the scene looked cruel and gory. Since there was not enough time at the moment to explain the Old Testament Passover and sacrifices pointing to Christ, Pastor Mueller simply told the girl, "Jesus, our Savior and God, like an innocent lamb, the Lamb of God, willingly shed His pure blood on the cross in your place so that your sins would be completely paid for. Look the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world". The teen girl was immediately satisfied with the answer and the puzzled look was gone. Thanks be to God.
FUTURE 2013 ROC EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND:
Sun., June 23, 2013, 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 18, 19, 20, 2013 - ROC Rummage Sale (Donations accepted July 14-17. Please volunteer to help get tables, prepare, work the sale and clean up - call Ruth at 261-6772)
August 16+17, 2013 - Glenn's Market Brat Stand - "Brat of the Week - Packer Brat"

(MARCH-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC "How can I help our ROC Youth Center. "What can I do?" What a blessing it is when God's people just want to help! "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works" (Ephesians 2:10). Our love in Christ overflows. So how can you help? Food is always greatly appreciated. The teens love pizza, hot dogs, cookies, chocolate brownies, salad and really anything you give. The ROC treasurer is in need of a laptop to handle the accounting which would be passed on to future treasurers. You can help by stopping down at THE ROC (213 N. 3rd St.) to help supervise for an hour or two. If supervising isn't what you want, maybe stopping down to play a game of checkers (or another game) with a teen fits you better. If you are somewhat of an artist, we need a memory wall at THE ROC where "graduated teens" can leave their initials and date. An idea of a grape vine with signed grapes has been mentioned. If you are good at organizing the construction of a float, we would love to have a ROC float for parades. If you like to share God's Word, offer ideas and help for our daily Bible/Talk Time. We pray the ideas given to help will provide something for you. Just stop on by at THE ROC or call or e-mail Pastor Mueller (920-261-4444, 206-9581, wttnroc@sbcglobal.net). What a blessing to work with you as one in Christ.

(FEBRUARY-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC "Closing the Generation Gap" - A great way we try to help close the gap at THE ROC is by having teens ask the adult volunteers specific questions designed to get to know each other better. Recently a teen, involved in such an exercise at THE ROC was asking questions like, "Where did you grow up and who were your parents and grand-parents?", "What was your first car?", "Did you ever have a serious illness or accident?" The last question on the list is, "Are you afraid to die?" This question always leads to a longer discussion of death and the adult having the opportunity to speak of his/her Savior who removes the sting of death. It is a joy to watch as other teens gather around to hear the adult volunteer speak about Jesus with joy and anticipation.
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. Thanks from all of us at THE ROC.

(JANUARY-2013) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC John 12:3 - "Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume." Nothing but the best for the Son of God. That is what the wise men brought for the baby Jesus and that is what Mary also brought to her Lord and Savior. The lesson of Christ and Mary's gift was visually taught one evening at THE ROC when Janine Petri, a ROC volunteer, dressed up as Mary and, holding a pint of nard, went around THE ROC taking the teens back in time. Our prayer is always that the teens, like Mary, trust and believe in their Savior Jesus and give Him nothing but the best.
On Monday, January 28th 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 NINE YEARS it has been open. The doors of THE ROC were opened on December 3rd, 2003.
We transported twenty-six 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 and/or check out our volunteer program. We are always in need of more volunteers.

ROC Board Members, ROC Funding
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.