2014

 

(DECEMBER-2014) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        (The following article is by Brandon Simmons, a twenty-one year old man who used to be a teen at THE ROC but worked through all three volunteer ROC stages.  During his almost eight years at THE ROC, Brandon has become a Christian, a member of our church body, an Adult Volunteer of THE ROC Youth Center and THE ROC Videographer.)  Brandon writes, "My favorite Bible passage is John 3:16 'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.' I thank God for all the gifts He has given to me in Christ, especially forgiveness of sins and eternal life.  Recently God gave me another wonderful gift.  Since I was like 2 years old I had a lot of allergies to various foods.  Recently I got blood work done to check my allergies again, and we found out that my milk allergy level number is way lower when it was when I was a child.  I am now actually able to eat a cheese pizza, yogurt, hot chocolate and the like.  I love the taste.  Thanks to God for letting me try new foods in my life." 

     We are looking for someone to head up the heavier work connected to the ROC RUMMAGE SALE.  Such work would include the moving of tables and heavier donated items.  Please call Pastor Mueller to offer your help.  Thanks so much.

     Thank you so much for your gifts which are the main support of THE ROC.  THE ROC cannot continue without your continued support.  Thank you again.  Other ways to help would be to designate your Thrivent Choice Dollars to THE ROC, make your AMAZON purchases by first going to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/30-0122566 - The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to THE ROC.  Also have supper at Culvers on Wednesday, December 17th as 10% of all purchases will go to THE ROC.

 

(NOVEMBER-2014) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        "Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand (Isaiah 64:8)."  The Lord gives us such a beautiful picture how He formed us and continues to shape us like a Potter and the clay.  We would like to bring to life this picture by actually showing the teens at THE ROC how a Potter forms the clay on a Potter's wheel.  If you have access to a good Potter's wheel for us to use, please call Pastor Mueller at 920-206-9581. 

     The ROC Board is looking to plan ahead as it established a special ROC fund called "THE ROC Boulder Fund".  We encourage all to give gifts to this fund, over and above their regular gifts to THE ROC, so that we will have funds available for non-budgetary items such as a roof repair, carpet replacement and the like.  Thank you also for the regular 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.   Mark the gift "THE ROC Boulder Fund" if that is where you intend for the gift to go.  THE ROC is also an eligible organization for Thrivent Choice dollars (free money for Thrivent members to designate)..  Designate your Thrivent Choice dollars by calling 1-800-847-4836 or by going to https://www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice or .  You should find THE ROC by searching for "Watertown Recreation and Outreach Center for Youth".  Thanks so much.

 

(SEPTEMBER-2014) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC      Another way the Gospel has reached teens through THE ROC (Recreation & Outreach Center) for Youth, is by Pastor Mueller mentoring numerous teens who have attended "Challenge Academy".  Challenge Academy (a division of the National Guard) is a program for 16 to 18 year old teens who are at-risk.  The first 6 months of the program is spent in a structured, military-type environment at Ft. McCoy (Sparta WI area). The teen must have a mentor willing to visit the teen during those 6 months and also for a year after the teen returns home.  Pastor Mueller has been able to provide the powerful motivation of the Gospel as the lives of the teens change and they come to know Christ for eternal life.  A teen who is presently attending Challenge Academy recently wrote to Pastor Mueller, his mentor, "PT, it was nice eating lunch with you when you visited last week.  I did a lot of running last week and I got into trouble a couple of times.  I am passing all my classes with A-B grades and I actually finished reading a book.  I love the Bible passage, 'Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.'"  Such words from this teen are incredible as he wanted nothing to do with God when he first attended THE ROC.  Thanks be to God.

 

(AUGUST-2014) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC      Our gracious Lord blessed us with a beautiful day and a great Golf Outing for THE ROC Youth Center, held on Sunday, June 22nd For the presentation, two young adults, who had attended the ROC in the past, Brandon and Bryan Fisher, shared their thoughts about why they think THE ROC is such a blessing.  Brandon is now a manager at Hardees and Bryan is on the Johnson Creek Fire Department.  Brandon also brought his family and mentioned how he and his wife were married by Pastor Mueller and their new baby, Noel, had been baptized that morning by Pastor Mueller.  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 thousands of teen hearts.  Since WELS Kingdom Workers can no longer fund the outing, an additional encouragement came with an individual anonymously donating $5,000 matching funds.  The amount raised for THE ROC totaled $11,324 which includes the matching funds from the donor and Thrivent.  Next year's Golf Outing will be on Sunday, June 28th, 2015.  A look into dinner options will be needed as the price is going up for the buffet.  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on the event and all those who donated to make it successful.  

 

Attention:  THE ROC is always looking for any relatively new computers, laptops and monitors to help upgrade its computer lab.  The computers can even be broken as parts can be used.

 

(JULY            -2014) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC      At our Watertown Recreation and Outreach Center (THE ROC) for Youth we have a daily Bible/Talk Time.  Last night we discussed trusting in the true God and our Savior and never despairing or giving up on God.  The subject moved to suicide and how Judas gave up on God and forgiveness, killed himself, and went to hell.  The Bible Study then moved to God's promises and holding to them by faith.  The teens were reminded how much God loves them, even going to the cross in their place to pay for their sins.  As the Bible/Talk Time ended with "Always Go To The Cross", even though the teens were dismissed, they hung around but with a calmness and quietness not usually seen at THE ROC.  They then began encouraging each other as some had admitted in the Bible/Talk Time how they had thought of suicide.

     Mark your calendars - The ROC rummage/bake sale will be held July 17, 18 & 19.  Receiving will be 12-5 on 7/13, 8-5 on 7/14 & 15 and 8-NOON only on 7/16.  Please call Ruth Uttech - 920-261-6772, Pam Erdman - 920-261-9674 or Joyce Zwieg - 920-253-6788 with any questions.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help - 920-206-9581.  Thanks!

Thurs.-Sat., July 17, 18, 19, 2014 - ROC Rummage Sale

Friday, August 1st, serving 10-3 - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

 

(JUNE-2014) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC      At our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (ROC) for Youth, we proclaim Christ, the Savior of all.  After showing the teens God's love, we then help them live that love in their lives.  We pray it was God's love that motivated the most teens ever to help spread wood chips at Tivoli Island on May 3rd.  What a joy it was also to have fun and work alongside the teens for God's glory.

Please attend the ROC Youth Center Golf Outing on Sunday, June 22, 2014, 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 the great ROC presentation.  Sign a golf team up by June 13th 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.

     Mark your calendars - The ROC rummage/bake sale will be held July 17, 18 & 19.  Receiving will be 12-5 on 7/13, 8-5 on 7/14 & 15 and 8 - 12 on 7/16.  Please call Ruth Uttech - 920-261-6772, Pam Erdman - 920-261-9674 or Joyce Zwieg - 920-253-6788 with any questions.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help - 920-206-9581.  Thanks!

Sunday, June 22, 3:00 (Golf) & 7:00 (Buffet) - ROC Golf Outing

Thurs.-Sat., July 17, 18, 19, 2014 - ROC Rummage Sale

Friday, August 1st, serving 10-3 - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

(MAY-2014) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC      "IT IS FINISHED!"   On April 10th, as we celebrated the ROC building/remodeling being completely paid off, we were first reminded how our debt of sin has been paid up in Christ through His innocent sufferings and death in our place.   Jesus made that redemption clear from the cross when He cried out, "IT IS FINISHED".    This theme, "It is finished", just seemed to fit the building/remodeling debt completion celebration when a teen said, upon hearing the news, "It is finished - hey, isn't that what Jesus said on the cross before He died?"  That teen, maybe without knowing, pointed us to the right emphasis for our celebration.  THE ROC building exists because of Christ and exists to give all glory to Him.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help - 920-206-9581.  Thanks!

Saturday, May 31, serving 10-5 - Brat Fry at Pick 'N Save

Sunday, June 22, 3:00 (Golf) & 7:00 (Buffet) - ROC Golf Outing

Thurs.-Sat., July 17, 18, 19, 2014 - ROC Rummage Sale

Friday, August 1st, serving 10-3 - Glenn's Brat Stand

Attention:  THE ROC is always looking for any relatively new computers, laptops and monitors to help upgrade its computer lab.  The computers can even be broken as parts can be used.

 

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(APRIL-2014) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC      A lesson about living the love of Christ:  Recently, Todd Morris, an adult volunteer at THE ROC Youth Center, dressed up as a "homeless man" and hung around outside the youth center.  The "homeless man" carried a milk crate which contained "all he owned" and was also used as his seat.  None of the teens recognized Todd but instead thought he was a real homeless man living on the street.  The "homeless man" also carried a sign, "Will work for food".  The hope was to get the teens in THE ROC talking about what to do about the man outside.  We were happy to see how the hearts of the teens felt for the man and were trying to figure out how to help him and remain safe at the same time.  A kind Watertown police officer also showed up which added to the drama.  When Todd finally revealed himself during our Bible/Talk Time, you could see every teen reviewing all the feelings they had when they thought he was really a homeless man.  The teens learned to avoid a cold heart but also learned how to reach out and show love to people, remaining safe at the same time.  We are sure many of the teens were responding to God's love in Christ, which they have heard constantly at THE ROC. 

            Thanks be to God!!!  The building/remodeling debt has been completely paid off!!!  On Thursday, April 10th from 5:30-6:30 p.m., we will enjoy a celebration lunch along with giving thanks to God with a brief "mortgage burning" celebration.  EVERYONE is welcome to attend.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - "Mortgage Burning" Lunch & Celebration

Date to be determined - Brat Fry at Pick 'N Save

Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 3 pm - ROC Golf Outing

Thurs.-Sat., July 17, 18, 19, 2014 - ROC Rummage Sale

Friday, August 1st - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

(MARCH-2014) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC      As we watched the winter Olympics recently, we might have thought about such a Bible passage as, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7)  Our Lord, through the apostle Paul, reminds us that the greatest race of all is the life we have in Christ.  To finish the race, an Olympian needs to keep focused on the finish line.  As God's people we also need to stay focused on the finish line - being with Christ, our Savior, in heaven.  Oh, how we want someday to receive that gift of grace, the "Crown of Righteousness".  Such a lesson is shared with the ROC teens when, for example, we play a game a pool with them or play a game of ping pong.  Stay focused and finish!

            We need some help.  If there is anyone who is able to volunteer to do just the employee tax withholding and reporting for THE ROC, it would be greatly appreciated.  Since our treasurer is also a volunteer, we are hoping to divide some of the responsibilities.  If you are able to help, please contact Don Bartz (920-261-1319 or debartz@charter.net) or Pastor Mueller (920-206-9581 or wttnroc@sbcglobal.net).  Thank you so much.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Date to be determined - Brat Fry at Pick 'N Save

Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 3 pm - ROC Golf Outing

Thurs.-Sat., July 17, 18, 19, 2014 - ROC Rummage Sale

Date to be determined - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

 

(FEBRUARY-2014) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now" (Philippians 1:3-5)  It is a wonderful blessing how our WELS churches and the members of them have been working together so well in regard to our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (THE ROC)  for Youth.  The passage above fits so well the partnership and fellowship we enjoy in Christ our Savior.  We see that unity at our monthly board meetings as we work together.  Our board is made up of Don Bartz and Arlyn Boll from St. John's, Rick Dunham and Dan Timm from St. Luke's, Todd Morris and Brad Steffen from St. Mark's and Don Frank and  Bruce Marley from Trinity Lutheran Church.  The pastor advisors are Pastor Mark Gartner, Pastor Mike Jensen, Pastor Paul Kuckhan, and Pastor Rodney Warnecke with Pastor Mueller as the ROC pastor/director.  Our thanks goes to Harold Peckham (St. Mark's) who finished two terms on the board, Pete Westermeyer who is also leaving the board and to Don Bartz (St. John's) and Don Frank (Trinity) for accepting a second term.  We welcome Todd Morris (St. Mark's) back to the board and new members, Dan Timm (St. Luke's) and Bruce Marley (Trinity).

The unity we have is also seen in the continued financial support of the ROC.  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 for your partnership and 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-2014) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          The Open House to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (THE ROC) for Youth was much enjoyed by everyone who attended.  Even though the celebration ended up conflicting with the Packer game and the slippery streets due to the snowy weather, many came out to enjoy the event.  The highlight of the celebration was the video comments by teens expressing their feelings about THE ROC.  Check out THE ROC history highlights and all the teen interviews at:  http://youtu.be/dgHyW4u__ng (or call to request link).  What a joy it is to hear from the teens how much they appreciate hearing God's Word, along with the recreation and safety of THE ROC.  Another blessing from the celebration was the offering given which totaled approximately $1,100.  $1,358 was also received from a door offering held at one of our churches and $1,000 came from one of our church Ladies' Aid.  The remaining debt on the building has therefore been reduced to approximately $8,500.  We thank our Lord for His grace in Christ and for all of you who have been so wonderfully supportive of THE ROC mission and ministry.

 

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.