2017

(DECEMBER) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “He (Jesus) said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” (Matthew 13:52)  At THE ROC we hold true and tight to the doctrines of God’s Word, faithfully teaching them, but we also invite new ways to share those truths.  We recently had an “ice cream challenge” where teens were given different ingredients on their ice cream.  They were surprised when they were asked to eat pizza sauce, hot spice and molasses along with the strawberries, and whipped cream.  The ice cream reminded us of the original perfection of man, the unexpected ingredients reminded us of different aspects of sin and the strawberries and whipped cream reminded us of Christ’s blood and righteousness covering and removing our sin.  This object lesson was part of our “Afterschool Activity Program”.

          The Rummage Sale Committee (Pam Erdman, Edrie Pagel, Ruth Uttech, Tim Uttech, Joyce Zweig) is in great need of someone to be on the committee to handle and organize volunteers for the moving of heavier items for the ROC Rummage Sale.  Please call Pastor Mueller (920-206-9581) or Ruth Uttech (920-261-6772) to volunteer.  Thanks so much.

PLEASE PUT THESE DATES ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

Sunday, June 24, 2017 – 2018 ROC Golf Outing

July 19-21, 2017 – Projected dates for the 2018 ROC Rummage Sale

 

(NOVEMBER) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)  Recently we took a large group of teens from our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (THE ROC) to church.  Just about all of the teens are without any of God’s Word in their lives.  As children, during the service, were invited up front for a “Jesus Loves Me This I Know” sing along, a young ROC teen girl asked if she could go up and sing.  She wanted to sing about Jesus, how could we say “no”?  God worked it out that she was the last in line to sing alone so that by the time she sang the song, she had learned it from the other children.  The young girl has since memorized the words and she sings “Jesus Loves Me” at every karaoke session at THE ROC.  To God be the glory.

          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.

PLEASE PUT THESE DATES ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

Saturday, Nov. 25, 5:30 p.m. – Parade of Lights – See THE ROC float

Sunday, June 24 – 2018 ROC Golf Outing

July 19-21 – Projected dates for the 2018 ROC Rummage Sale

 

(OCTOBER) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “Luke 15:10 - In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)  Todd Morris, a ROC Volunteer says, “I feel a ‘rush’ when an X-ROC Teen stops into The ROC and asks Pastor Mueller if he would baptize their child! This confirms one of the ROC’s main goals - through the help of the Holy Spirit. This makes me want to do more, so stories like this can continue. Also, when a teen asks to be baptized and states, ‘I want to go to Heaven….’, and you realize this teen didn’t know what God or Heaven was about before they attended the ROC….what more can you ask for?”  Since most of the teens who attend our Recreation & Outreach Center (THE ROC) for youth have not heard the Gospel before THE ROC, such stories are common.  Come and help us continue this joyful ministry by becoming a volunteer.  Volunteers are greatly needed.  Call or stop in and talk to Pastor Mueller.

The Rummage Sale Committee (Pam Erdman, Edrie Pagel, Ruth Uttech, Tim Uttech, Joyce Zweig) is in great need of someone to be on the committee to handle and organize volunteers for the moving of heavier items for the ROC Rummage Sale.  Please call Pastor Mueller (920-206-9581) or Ruth Uttech (920-261-6772) to volunteer.  Thanks so much.

 

(SEPTEMBER) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19,20)  Recently a teen said to me (Pastor Tim Mueller), “I hate my father!”  Fourteen years ago when I began serving Christ at our ROC Youth Center, I probably would have interrupted the teen and quoted the fourth commandment to honor your father and mother.  Today, I listen.  My listening instead of speaking at that moment revealed that the teen was angry and deeply hurt as the father had cheated on his wife and was getting a divorce.  After listening and listening, I shared our heavenly Father’s faithfulness and love and how He will never leave us as demonstrated by the giving of His Son on the cross to pay for all our sins.  May God bless us with a discerning heart knowing when to listen and when to speak.

     Many hours of hard work were put in by so many at the ROC Rummage Sale which raised over $12,500 for THE ROC.  Thank you to Trinity/St. Luke’s for the use of their gym, to LPS and Lakeside for the use of tables, and thank you to all the volunteers (some literally gave hundreds of volunteer hours), including ROC teens, and to those who donated items and the shoppers. Thank you so much!   

 

(AUGUST) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1,2)  One of the highlights at the Jerry Kastens Annual ROC Golf/Buffet Outing was an inspiring presentation by numerous ROC teens led by Pastor Tim Mueller.  The teens shared how much THE ROC means to them and how it has helped them.  Many also commented on our ROC Activity Program which shares God’s Word through projects that the teens make.  One project, where kites were made, reminded us to lift up our eyes to God for the help we need especially forgiveness and eternal life through Christ, our Savior.  Thanks also to the teens and to all who donated as the amount raised for THE ROC from the golf outing was again approximately $10,000.

Remember to stop on Saturday, August 26th, at Glenn’s Brat Haus.  ROC Staff and Teens will be serving from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  All proceeds will go to help fund our ROC Youth Center.  Any adults who would like to help are asked to call (206-9581 or 261-4444) or e-mail (wttnroc@gmail.com) Pastor/Director Mueller.  We truly need the help.  Thank you.

 

(JULY) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) One night at our Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (THE ROC) for Youth we were explaining to the teens how blessed we are to have THE ROC as, even though it is free for the teens to attend, THE ROC is expensive to operate.  We told the teens that the building was purchased and remodeled for over $200,000 and THE ROC costs about $85,000 each year to operate.   Eric, a teen, asked where the money comes from.  We explained how God’s unlimited and unconditional love in Christ our Savior moves and motivates the hearts of people to give generously.  The teens were so amazed and led to thankfulness that they asked if we could pass on their gratitude, to God, and to all of you.  From Eric then and all the ROC teens, “THANK YOU!”

     The annual ROC rummage/bake sale will be held at the TSL (Trinity/St. Luke’s) gym on Western on 7/20 & 21 from 8 - 5 and on 7/22 from 8 - 12.  Receiving will be on 7/16 from 12 - 5, 7/17 & 7/18 from 8 - 5.  Note:  There will be no receiving on Wed. 7/19.  Note some of the donated items will be set aside to be priced or sell on EBay. Please consider volunteering for helping during receiving, sale time or for help 7/19 starting right after the sale for pack up.  Help is also needed for moving tables on Friday 7/14 and also possibly on 7/15 a.m.  Any questions, please contact Ruth Uttech (261-6772 ), Pam Erdman (261-9674) or Joyce Zwieg (261-1573)

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Thurs.-Sat., July 20, 21, 22, 2017 – ROC Rummage Sale at TSL Western Ave. Gym

Sat., July 29, 2017, (new date) serving 10-5 - Brat Fry at Pick 'N Save

Saturday, August  26, 2017, serving 10-3 - Glenn’s Brat Stand

 

(JUNE) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “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 7:24-27) This passage is at the heart of our ROC Youth Center.  What a blessing it is for us to help the many teens who attend THE ROC, most of whom are unchurched, learn from their Savior’s Word and how to put it into practice.  May Christ be in their hearts always.

          Please attend the ROC Youth Center Golf Outing on Sunday, June 11, 2017, golf at 3 pm, eat at 7 pm at Watertown Country Club You can “Golf & Eat” ($60) or just come for the dinner ($25) and great ROC presentation.  Sign a golf team up or reserve your dinner as soon as possible.  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 Rummage Sale dates are 7/20,21 & 22.  Donation drop off will be 7/16 from 12-5 and 7/17 & 18 from 8-5.  There will be no receiving on Wed. 7/19.  Some of the donated items will again be set aside for pricing or sold on EBay.  Watch your bulletins for further information.  Any questions, please call Ruth (920-261-6772), Pam (261-9674) or Joyce (253-6788).  Thank you for your generous support.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Saturday, June 3, 2017, serving 10-5 - Brat Fry at Pick 'N Save

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 3:00 (Golf) & 7:00 (Buffet) - ROC Golf Outing

Thurs.-Sat., July 20, 21, 22, 2017 - ROC Rummage Sale

Saturday, August 26, 2017, serving 10-3 - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

(MAY) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (Matthew 9:10-11)  Recently, at a Bible/Talk Time at THE ROC, a past ROC teen shared how his divorced parents were both alcoholics and deserted him and his four brothers often.  He actually had to register his brothers for school. This young man, who has now completed his service in the marines and has a good job, also shared with the present ROC teens how the family moved at least fifteen times to avoid creditors and more.  He told how THE ROC was there for him at his lowest times and was so thankful for God’s Word as strength and comfort.  Some sadly, like the Pharisees, sinfully look down on such families.  What a blessing it is for us, at our ROC Youth Center, to mingle and eat with them and watch them thankfully and joyfully grow in Christ.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Saturday, June 3, 2017, serving 10-5 - Brat Fry at Pick 'N Save

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3 pm - ROC Golf Outing

Thurs.-Sat., July 20, 21, 22, 2017 - ROC Rummage Sale

     As we get ready for the ROC Rummage Sale in July (20-22), we are looking for someone with a car/truck and trailer to help get five or six Z-Racks from Kohls and possibly help with tables on either Friday, July 14th or Saturday, July 15th.  Please let Pastor Mueller (920-206-9581) know if you can help.  Thanks so much.

Saturday, August 26, 2017, serving 10-3 - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

(APRIL) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8)  Our Activity Committee, Janine Petrie (Hope Luth.) and Ruth Uttech (St. Luke’s Luth.), recently had the teens make an origami fish.  The fish symbol was used by persecuted Christians to identify each other.  The Greek word for fish, ἰχθύς, is an acronym coming from the first letter of words that mean “Jesus Christ God’s Son is Savior”.� As every activity is linked to God’s Word and Christ in some way, we taught the teens how Christians have been severely persecuted because of their faith in Christ, even to death but they trusted God’s promises and did not deny him.  As we teach God’s love in Christ at THE ROC, we pray the teens will also stand strong with God’s help.

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Saturday, June 24, 2017, serving 10-5 - Brat Fry at Pick 'N Save

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3 pm - ROC Golf Outing

Thurs.-Sat., July 20, 21, 22, 2017 - ROC Rummage Sale

Saturday, August 26, 2017, serving 10-3 - Glenn's Brat Stand

 

(MARCH) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        How would you describe the ministry at The ROC to someone who isn't familiar with it? (Answer by Todd Morris, a ROC Adult Volunteer) “There are kids at The ROC who don’t necessarily believe in Jesus right now, but they are learning who Christ is, what He has done for them and what it is to be a Christian. With most of the teens, we have to take ‘baby steps’ to help introduce The Word to them, and ‘leading by example’, in showing Christian love and forgiveness, which is being displayed daily at The ROC.   Some people in my congregation have asked, ‘How many teens have been confirmed so far?’ Well, it really doesn’t work that way. Most of these kids knew nothing of Christ and God’s Grace before attending the ROC. In fact, a surprising large percentage of them were NEVER baptized, and their parents also have very little or no knowledge or understanding of God’s Word.”  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:13-14)  

FUTURE ROC EVENTS:  Please volunteer to help.  Thanks!

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3 pm - ROC Golf Outing

Thurs.-Sat., July 20, 21, 22, 2016 - ROC Rummage Sale

 

(FEBRUARY) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC        “... I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23)  The Gospel of Christ our Savior must never change but the way we share it can come in different forms.  Recently THE ROC has been live streaming its Bible/Talk Time which is being viewed by an average of over 100 people.  Being available to the teens in this way and other ways has produced wonderful results.  Two of the many examples coming to us through messaging from ROC teens is, "I was wondering if u could pray for my brother he is actually in surgery and I would love if u could include him in your prayers and maybe in your talk time prayer?"  After discipline of a teen, the teen sent this message, "Hi PT listen I just wanted to say I'm sorry for blaming the roc."  The Gospel of Christ was then shared.  THE ROC continues to look for more ways to reach souls with the Gospel to "save some".

     March 31st – After this date your Thrivent Choice Dollars will expire and be lost.  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/thriventchoiceYou will find THE ROC by searching for "Watertown Recreation and Outreach Center for Youth".  Thanks so much.

 

(JANUARY) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC       “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18). At THE ROC we have at least 15 teen names on a list to be baptized.  The teens want to be baptized but many parents have forbidden it.  Todd Morris, an adult ROC volunteer and one who opens THE ROC on some Tuesdays, was talking to a teen about being baptized.  Todd asked the teen why he wanted to be baptized.  The teens said that he wanted God's promise in Baptism of forgiveness and eternal life.  The teen told Todd that after giving that reason to his parent, the parent said, "That's not good enough".  May God also give us opportunities to share Christ with the parents so that the Gospel is not foolishness to them but rather the Wisdom of God.

     We transported a record 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.

     THE ROC Annual Meeting will be held on January 23rd at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited. All volunteers and board members are also invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Celebration held before the meeting from 5:30-7:00 p.m.