2015

 

(DECEMBER) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35).   Recently, at one of our Bible/Talk Times, which we have every night THE ROC is open, as we were talking about Jesus and His Word as the Bread of Life, a teen said, “I haven’t had any of this food all my life and I am starving, please feed me.”  This young girl got it.  She understood and believed how Jesus is her Life and Savior and she wanted to hear more.  May each of us have such a hunger for Christ and His Word.

     Thank you so much for your gifts which are the main support of THE ROC (Recreation & Outreach Center) for Youth.  THE ROC cannot continue without your continued support.  Thank you again.  You can also give to "THE ROC Boulder Fund" (for non-budgetary expenses) or THE ROC Scholarship Grant Fund (to encourage underprivileged teens to continue their education). 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 will find THE ROC by searching for "Watertown Recreation and Outreach Center for Youth".  Thanks so much.

     THE ROC Annual Meeting will be held on January 25th at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited.

 

 

(NOVEMBER) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”  (Psalm 46:1-3).   Many teens, who were grieving (due to the recent tragic car accident) found great comfort from God's Word during our ROC Bible/Talk Time (held nightly). The above passage from God’s Word was used to comfort.  Many teens received this comfort as attendance at THE ROC dramatically increased after the accident.  Our Watertown ROC (Recreation & Outreach Center) for Youth gives us the opportunity to reach so many unchurched teens with the Gospel.

     We are thankful for the many teens who attended our Fall ROC Clean-up.  Since THE ROC does not have a custodian, the teens, under the direction of Pastor Mueller, keep THE ROC clean.  What a joy it was to see the teens hard at work saying thank you to God and all of you who support THE ROC.

     A meal, giving thanks for our volunteers and celebrating five years in our own ROC building on Third Street, will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 14th.  We hope as many of our volunteer staff, board and ROC teens will attend.  Anyone else is also welcome.  Please RSVP to Pastor Mueller at wttnroc@sbcglobal.net or 920-206-9581.

 

OCTOBER) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC       “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst.” (1 Timothy 1:15).   When we understand what we are and where we would be without Christ, our Savior, God's grace means everything.  At our ROC Youth Center, God and His grace in Christ is at the center.  The following was a devotion for 9/11 by ROC Adult Volunteer Richard (Curly) Wendland - "Most of the young people attending the ROC today were not yet born (certainly not cognizant) of 09/11/01. What will they really know about 09/11/01?  Will they have the visceral reaction all American adults had on that difficult day?  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the self-confessed mastermind of the attack sits in prison in The Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, Cuba, awaiting trial.  Emotionally I want to take him up a high building (like the Empire State Bldg.) and push him off so he can fully contemplate what victims of 09/11 had to do as the result of his brutal plan!  Should I receive something similar from my perfect God (as the result of my sins)?  Thankfully Grace is what I receive.  And Grace is what KSM is offered too!  Wow! Both of our sins were paid for by the Blood of Jesus!  Pray that KSM knows that grace so he too can live eternally!"  Often we run into teens at THE ROC who believe they are beyond being saved.  Thank God that we can tell them Christ died for ALL.

 

(SEPTEMBER) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC       “Never leave them without!”  My Dad and Grandpa, who were also pastors, repeated these words many times to me (Pastor Tim Mueller).  If you could only say one thing to someone and then never see them again, what would you say?  God says it best in His Word, “preach Christ crucified”.  At our ROC Youth Center, we never leave the teens without hearing about Christ, the only Savior from sin.  What a joy it will be to see the many teens in heaven brought to faith by that powerful and saving Gospel told to them through our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center for Youth.

Many hours of hard work were put in by so many at the ROC Rummage Sale which again 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 or as much as you wish.  Stop by to talk to Pastor Mueller to see if serving at THE ROC is meant for you.  Thank you.

Remember that THE ROC is 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.  You should find THE ROC by searching for "Watertown Recreation and Outreach Center for Youth".  Thanks so much.

 

(AUGUST-2015) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC       “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.’” (1 Thessalonians 3:12)  This passage expresses our constant prayer for the teens who attend our ROC (Recreation & Outreach Center) Youth Center.  At the recent ROC Golf Outing seven teens told how their love has increased at THE ROC as they told about how they are ROC Junior Volunteers.  Our prayer is that their and our love always comes from Christ, our Savior’s love for us.  Along with the weather being beautiful for the ROC Golf Outing, we had the most ever attend the event.  The seven teens mentioned are either approved Junior Volunteers or Junior Volunteers in training.  Their remarks clearly touched the hearts of those who attended.   Almost $11,000 was raised from the Golf event for THE ROC which includes a match of $5,000 from an individual donor.  Next year's Golf Outing will be on Sunday, June 26th, 2016.  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on the event and all those who donated to make it successful.  

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Friday, August 7, 5-8 p.m. – Teens volunteer to serve refreshments at RiverFest

Saturday, August 22, serving 10-3 - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

(JULY-2015) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC       “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)  Jesus gave Himself for us.  Responding to His giving, we willingly give.  Thank you for helping with the ROC as there are many teens who are new in their faith and, therefore, at times confused, weak and in need of our help.

     The ROC rummage/bake sale will be held July 16, 17, & 18 at the Western Avenue TSL gym.  Receiving of your gently used, clean and unbroken items will be on Sunday 7/12 from 12-5, Mon & Tue 7/13 & 14 from 8 - 4 and Wed. 7/15 from 8 until NOON. We are sorry but we cannot accept old computers, large stereos, text books, large microwaves, TV's, weapons, organs, pianos, mattresses, tires, Readers Digest books, Encyclopedias, chemicals or anything we would have to pay to dispose of. There is still need for muscle for picking up tables and racks on Friday the 10th and assembling display racks.  Saturday after the sale we also need help packing up the left over items and then the last run to return tables on Monday 7/20.  A lot of time is spent receiving, sorting and getting items ready for display.  Please consider allotting some volunteer time for this as well as during the sale.  To make it easier for the committee to remember all the days and hours given them, please sign up on the posters available at the Watertown churches until the 30th of June.  Please supply phone and email information as we would also like to get instructions to you before you arrive to volunteer.  If these posters are not available to you, please contact one of the committee with times you are available.  Should the posters not be available to you or with any questions, please contact:  Ruth Uttech 261-6772, Pam Erdman 261-9674, Joyce Zwieg 261-1573.  Ruth's email is rmurru@charter.net.  Our fundraiser cannot be successful without your help - and of course your shopping.  Please share the dates and times of the sale with your friends, family and social media contacts.  Thank you.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Thurs.-Sat., July 16, 17, 18, 2015 - ROC Rummage Sale

Saturday, August 22, serving 10-3 - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

(JUNE-2015) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC       “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16)  As we share Christ, our Savior, at THE ROC, we guide the teens to share and please God and help others.  Thanks to the many teens who help with so much like when we spread wood chips at Tivoli Island recently.  Thanks to EVERYONE for helping keep THE ROC going so we can continue such work.

     ROC GOLF OUTING NEWS:  Please attend the ROC Youth Center Golf Outing on Sunday, June 28, 2015, 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 great ROC presentation.  Sign a golf team up by June 19th 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.

     Our annual ROC rummage and bake sale will be held July 16, 17 and 18. Please consider setting aside all your gently used, clean and unbroken items for this sale.  A lot of time is spent receiving, sorting and getting items ready for display. Please consider allotting some volunteer time for this as well as for during the sale.   The Watertown churches will have posters and sign-up information on display from June 14th through the 28th.  To make it easier for the committee to remember all the days and hours verbally given to us, we are asking that you sign up on these posters. Please supply phone and email information as we would also like to get instructions to you before you arrive to volunteer.  If these posters are not available to you, please contact one of the committee with times you are available.   Receiving will be:  Sunday, 7/12 from 12 - 5, 7/13 & 7/14 8-5 and Wed. 7/15 from 8 only until noon.  The committee will use all means possible to get the highest amount for your donations.  Should you have a truck available on Friday the 10th, Saturday the 18th or Monday the 20th that would be helpful in pulling the trailer to pick up and then return tables, carts, racks etc.  There is a lot of set up required before we start receiving time on the 12th.  Thrivent is no longer doing matching funds but has supplied us with a debit card for $250.00 for supplies for the sale.  Committee contacts are: Ruth Uttech 261-6772, Pam Erdman 261-9674 and Joyce Zwieg 261-1573.  Ruth's email is rmurru@charter.net

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Sunday, June 28, 3:00(Golf) & 7:00(Buffet) - ROC Golf Outing (Country Club)

Thurs.-Sat., July 16, 17, 18, 2015 - ROC Rummage Sale

Saturday, August 22, serving 10-3 - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

(MAY-2015) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC       "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9)  The goal of THE ROC is the harvest of souls for Christ.  May God bless our labors.

ROC GOLF OUTING NEWS:  Please attend the ROC Youth Center Golf Outing on Sunday, June 28, 2015, 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 great ROC presentation.  Sign a golf team up by June 19th 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.

ROC RUMMAGE SALE NEWS:  Our annual ROC rummage and bake sale will be held July 16, 17 and 18.  Please consider setting aside all your gently used, clean and unbroken items for this sale.  We're sorry but we can not accept old computers, large stereos, text books, large microwaves, TVs, weapons, organs, pianos, mattresses, tires, Readers Digest, Encyclopedias, chemicals or hazardous materials or anything we would have to pay to dispose of.  Every penny goes to the ROC.  Much time is spent receiving, sorting and getting items ready for display.  Please consider allotting some volunteer time for this as well as for during the sale.  The Watertown churches will have posters and volunteer sign up information.  To make it easier for the committee, we are asking that you sign up on these posters.  If these posters are not available to you, please contact one of the committee with times you are available.  We would also like to get instructions to you before you arrive so you can ask any additional questions that you might have.  Watch the June newsletter for hours for receiving and also for the sale.  If you have a truck available on Friday the 10th, Saturday the 18th or Monday the 20th, it would be helpful with pulling the trailer to pick up and then return tables, carts, racks etc.  Committee contacts are:  Ruth Uttech 261-6772, Pam Erdman 261-9674 and Joyce Zwieg 261-1573.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Saturday, May 30, serving 10-5 - Brat Fry at Pick 'N Save

Sunday, June 28, 3:00(Golf) & 7:00(Buffet) - ROC Golf Outing (Country Club)

Thurs.-Sat., July 16, 17, 18, 2015 - ROC Rummage Sale

Saturday, August 22, serving 10-3 - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

(APRIL-2015) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC       (written by Janine Petrie, a ROC adult volunteer and member of Hope Luth. In Oconomowoc)  Ecclesiastes 4:10 - "If one falls down, his friend can pick him up. But pity the man who falls and had no one to help him up!"  The teens at the ROC often don't have good role models in their life. When a person experiences trouble in their life they go to someone they know well and trust. It takes time to form that bond. That's why adult ROC volunteers are needed. They perform tasks at the ROC so PT (Pastor Mueller) can focus on building a relationship with the teens. Sometimes as a volunteer you may think you aren't doing anything significant, but when you see a former teen come back to get help when they are in trouble, you see the bigger picture. Friday nights are especially busy and my (Janine) work schedule prohibits me from helping as much as is needed. Pastor Mueller needs your help so he can continue to mentor these teens. You may think you are unqualified but if you can make a pizza, wash a table or play cards and can give up 3 hours once a month-you are qualified.

     Another way you can help is with the ROC Rummage Sale which will be held on July 16,17 and 18.  If you are going to donate items for sale, please set aside your gently used items until we start receiving on 7/12.  Also, if anyone has a place for us to store book shelves and other rummage sale annual equipment, please call Pastor Mueller (920-206-9581) or Ruth Uttech (920-261-6772).  Thank you so much.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Possibly Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Brat Fry at Pick 'N Save

Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 3 pm - ROC Golf Outing

Thurs.-Sat., July 16, 17, 18, 2015 - ROC Rummage Sale

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

(MARCH-2015) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC       Jesus said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16)   In the last several months, five teens have been baptized at THE ROC.  They heard about baptism's power and blessing at a devotion or Bible/Talk Time at THE ROC and asked to be instructed, prepared and baptized.  What a joy it is when such a request happens after God's Word is taught.  We get a little taste of what Philip experienced and felt when the Ethiopian eunuch said to Philip, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?" (Acts 8)

     Thanks to those who help and volunteer at THE ROC.  In each newsletter ,we will list some of our volunteers so that you may speak with them to find out more about THE ROC and maybe consider volunteering.  Our volunteers, for whom we are extremely thankful, include Richard Wentland and Janine Petrie from Hope Lutheran in Oconomowoc and Marie Loeffler from Richwood.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

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

Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 3 pm - ROC Golf Outing

Thurs.-Sat., July 16, 17, 18, 2015 - ROC Rummage Sale

Date to be determined - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

(FEBRUARY-2015) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Luke 10:2) As we plan for the future of our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (THE ROC) for youth, we envision an "Early Field Experience/Practicum" program at THE ROC.   Candidates would come from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and possibly our WELS colleges.  It is so important to train youth leaders to reach out with the Gospel to all youth, no matter their background, ethnicity, social class, etc.  The training of one individual would make an impact on hundreds, even thousands of teenagers.  Please keep the program in your prayers.

               Thanks to those who help and volunteer at THE ROC.  Each newsletter we will list some of our volunteers so that you may speak with them to find out more about THE ROC and maybe consider volunteering.  Our volunteers, for whom we are extremely thankful, include (from St. Mark's) Brandon Fisher, Bryan Fisher, Peter Lehmann, Seth Loersch, Todd Morris, Jayne Raether, and Brandon Simmons.

               The ROC Board members are:  From St. John's: Don Bartz(Vice-President); From St. Luke's: Dan Timm(Secretary);  From St. Mark's: Todd Morris (Treasurer) (2016-1st Term); From Trinity: Don Frank(President) and Bruce Marley.  A Board Member is needed from St. John's, St. Luke's and St. Mark's.

 

(JANUARY-2015) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC          "And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ" (Colossians 4:3).  Doors are constantly being opened at THE ROC to share Christ.  A father recently stopped at THE ROC to share an essay written by his son in which the son wrote, "I really thank the pastor at the Roc in Watertown, because one day a friend and me went to go have some fun and we decided to stay for the sermon. The Sermon he had that day changed my life forever.  I don't remember what the pastor's name was or even what the sermon was about. All I remember is that the sermon had changed my life and brought me closer to God. I started to go to church more often then I had before and started to pray more and more. I really owe thanks."  Please continue to pray for more doors to open through the Mission of our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center for Youth (THE ROC).

     Thanks to those who help and volunteer at THE ROC.  Each newsletter we will list some of our volunteers so that you may speak with them to find out more about THE ROC and maybe considering volunteering.  Our volunteers, for whom we are extremely thankful, include (from St. Luke's) Tyler Clemmons, Rick Dunham, Brenda Scheunemann, and Ruth Uttech.

     Next month THE ROC Board members will also be listed.  A new Board Member is needed from St. John's, St. Luke's and St. Mark's to replace Arlynn Boll, Rick Dunham and Brad Steffen.  Thanks to all who serve their Savior so faithfully.