2008 PEBBLES FROM THE ROC ARTICLES
(JANUARY-2008) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC
Recently a family felt compelled to write the following letter about our
Watertown Recreation and
Dear Pastor Mueller and ROC Board,
These are some of the reasons our son John says he likes about going to the ROC. 1) John likes to hear God’s Word 2) John likes to pray 3) John enjoys playing the games 4) John enjoys being with other kids 5) John loves God and being at a place that promotes God 6) John likes the pizza 7) Pastor Mueller is very nice to John, and John likes P.T. (Pastor Mueller) too. 8) John says he is happy at the ROC.
As John’s parents, we are delighted that John enjoys the ROC. We feel it is a safe and rewarding environment for John, and it is nice he can come with his brother. Pastor Mueller has shown nothing but wonderful and caring traits for all of our children. John has been held back in school and elsewhere because of his autism and other disabilities such as his kidney disease and asthma and his young heart surgery. John rarely fits in anywhere, as he has a hard time maintaining most anything, especially friendships. John is a wonderful, loving child who is accepted by few. He has been bullied, threatened and such. John is also very gullible and easily misled by others. Since at the Jr. High, he has been told if he beats up kids, he can be in a gang and he thinks that is normal and good because he is so literal. We want to only see John happy and able to be part of somewhere safe and where he feels a part of something good. It is so good to see John happy and we feel the ROC surroundings help him in so many ways. Thank you.
PEBBLES FROM THE ROC As our Watertown Recreation and
One way we seek to share the Gospel is by building trusting relationships with the ROC teens. You may have seen an article in the paper highlighting Mr. Duane Thomsen and the checkers he weekly plays with the teens. Such interaction with the teens happens all the time and also during our after-school program. Recently, about twenty teens, over a period of five weeks, made fleece blankets and then delivered them to residents in a local nursing home. Many of the teens were brought to tears as they saw the joy of the elderly who received the blankets.
As development of
Thanks to all who participated in our Ponderosa event. The teens learned so much about living for God, their Savior, by being responsible, faithful and honest with their work. Also, we are thankful that $443.51 was raised for the ROC through this event.
As new video game systems may have been
received as Christmas gifts, you may be wondering what to do with your older Gamecube, Gamecube contollers, Playstation 2
or Xbox game systems and games. Please
consider donating them to our Watertown Recreation and
(MARCH-2008) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC In 1 Timothy 2:3&4, it says, “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” At the ROC, we reach out to all with the Gospel of Christ.
You may have seen an article in the paper recently titled, "Police Give Update on Gang Activity in City". The update, to which the article referred, was given by Sgt. Katherine Selck at the recent Dialogue for Student Success meeting. These meetings, which I (Pastor Mueller) attend, are held once a quarter At the meeting, I had the opportunity to share with the group that we are very careful and vigilant at the ROC when it comes to gangs and that we have NO gang problem at the ROC. The other teens at the ROC are very quick to help me identify any gang members or gang recruits. Our policy is that if anyone comes in as a gang member they are immediately asked to leave but if they come in as an individual respecting the ROC and its foundation being Christ and His Word, they are allowed to stay. To explain what I mean, I recently had two individuals, who were pointed out to me as possible gang members, attend the ROC. I allowed them to stay as they weren't showing off the gang attitude or signs. I watched them closely and during the night tried to get to know them better. As I was talking with them, they asked me if I would let members of the 3Ps into the ROC. I answered them by saying, "If members of the 3Ps would come into the ROC, I would ask them to leave immediately but if ? and ? (their names) come into the ROC, I would, in Christ, welcome them. After a moment, they got what I meant and it led to even more fruitful conversation. The two teens gave me no problems throughout the night.
I greatly appreciated the
presentation by the police as it helps us keep us up to date concerning the
gangs. I will also be attending an all
day Gang Summit on Tuesday, March 11th at
PEBBLES FROM THE ROC “My name is
Nathan Voss and I am currently studying at MLC to become a Staff
Minister. I have one year left till I graduate and God willing take a
call. Recently I had the opportunity to spend a few days at the ROC to
see how youth ministry is done there. Pastor Tim Mueller (PT) was happy
to show me around. I was shocked to see a low percentage of
Please continue to support the ROC in whatever way God has blessed you. Some items needed are some good comfortable table chairs, a nice sofa and some game cube controllers. Remember also to bring in your used computers (new to five years old) for our teen computer tech committee to refurbish and learn from. Thank you!
PEBBLES FROM THE ROC Imagine getting
invited to the
The King is Jesus and the Palace is St. Marks. The Messenger is Pastor Jensen. Todd Morris, one of our ROC staff recently invited some teens from the ROC to attend a Lenten service. The statements above reflect how those teens felt and what they said. We can learn so much from them about how to warmly welcome our guests and make them feel at home. Many teens at the ROC are interested in what Jesus our King has to teach them but still feel much more comfortable learning at the ROC, due to feeling like they don't "fit in" at church. What is always encouraging to our staff is seeing evidence that their faith is growing, and sometimes it's in the little things we see at the ROC. What a privilege we have to be able to learn more about the King in the Palace every week and invite others to come with us also.
ROC teens will be serving at Ponderosa on Thursday, May 15th, 5-8 p.m. The ROC GOLF EVENT will be held on Sunday, June 22nd at the Watertown Country Club. For more information, please contact Dale Ninmann at 920-261-5719 or email@example.com. The ROC RUMMAGE SALE will be held on July 24, 25, 26 at Trinity/St. Luke’s School. To volunteer or for more info., call Ruth Uttech 920-261-6772 or Pam Erdman at 920-261-9674.
(JUNE-2008) PEBBLES FROM THE
ROC “Hundreds of prophecies said a savior
would come. (Acts 3:18, 1Corinthians 15:1-4) For each one to be complete, the
odds were millions to one. Not just any man could begin to fill them all. Only
God could give the greatest gift, this gift of love. (John 3:16) (Chorus) You’re the One they said would come, And You gave Yourself for everyone. (2 Corinthians
5:15) You’re the One who IS love, (1John 4:8,16)
You’re the One.” These are lyrics of a
song written by Michael Schroeder, a member of our church in
Remember the ROC GOLF EVENT is scheduled for Sunday, June 22nd, at the Watertown Country Club with a 4:00 pm tee time with a cost for both the golfing and buffet of $55.00. It will again be a 9 hole scramble with 5 person teams. We would love to have any non-golfers attend the buffet following the golfing for a cost of $16.00. A silent auction and sponsoring of holes is also part of the outing. Help us find sponsors and auction items. Sign up deadline for golf and meal is Monday, June 16th. All proceeds go to The ROC. Any question, any other inquires or to register, please contact Dale Ninmann at 920-261-5719 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, please prepare for the ROC Rummage Sale to be held on July 24, 25 & 26 at Trinity/St. Luke’s School. Please call Ruth Uttech (920-261-6772) or Pam Erdman (920-261-9674) with any questions regarding what we can accept or to indicate your willingness to volunteer. (Sorry but we have no place to store items until the sale.) Note: We will begin receiving items on Sunday July 20. Volunteers are greatly needed. To volunteer or for more info., call Ruth Uttech 920-261-6772 or Pam Erdman at 920-261-9674.
(JULY-2008) PEBBLES FROM THE
Remember the ROC Rummage Sale will be held on July 24, 25 & 26 at Trinity/St. Luke’s School. Please call Ruth Uttech (920-261-6772) or Pam Erdman (920-261-9674) with any questions regarding what we can accept or to indicate your willingness to volunteer. (Sorry but we have no place to store items until the sale.) Note: We will begin receiving items on Sunday July 20. Volunteers are greatly needed. To volunteer or for more info., call Ruth Uttech 920-261-6772 or Pam Erdman at 920-261-9674.
A “ROC RELOCATION FUND” has been
established to save such special gifts for when we need to
relocate/renovate. Such gifts can be
(AUGUST-2008) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC The Gospel of Christ shines at the ROC. Part of volunteering and supervising at the ROC includes simply standing back and happily watching the teens supervise themselves. Recently we heard, for example, a teen humbly tell another teen, who was excessively gloating over a pool game victory, to remember Jesus’ humility as he came and died on the cross for all of us. The teen who won, later won again, but this time, he humbly shook the hand of his opponent who lost.
Come and enjoy a brat, chips and soda. The ROC teens will be at WalMart with a Brat Stand on August 9th from 10:30-2:00 and then at Glenn’s Brat Stand on Friday and Saturday, August 15th and 16th, 10:00-3:00 both days. Helpers are greatly needed to run the brat stands. Please call (206-9581 or 261-4444) or e-mail (email@example.com) Pastor/Director Mueller to offer your help.
Remember that the ROC/Jerry Kastens Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for Sunday, August 17th, at the Watertown Country Club with a 4:00 pm tee time. The cost will be $55.00 per golfer, and that includes green fees, team prizes will be drawn, flag prizes on each hole, door prizes, and buffet. Non-golfers can attend the buffet following the golfing for a cost of $16.00. We will be holding a silent auction along with the outing. If you wish to donate an item for the auction, please contact us. We are also looking for hole sponsors. The cost for a sponsorship is $50.00. We are also looking for door prize donations. Any questions or any other inquires or to register, please contact Dale Ninmann at 920-261-5719 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds from the above events will go to help fund the ROC. Thanks so much for your support.
FROM THE ROC At a Bible/Talk Time recently
(held everyday the ROC is open), we were studying John the Baptist’s words, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes
away the sin of the world!” It was asked
of the teens, “Who is the Lamb of God?”
Many teens answered, “Jesus”.
They were then asked, “Why is Jesus called the
Lamb of God in the Bible?” A teen, who
has never gone to a church, but attends the ROC all the time said, “Jesus is
the Lamb of God because of the lamb sacrifices in the Old Testament which
pointed to the one Lamb of God who would be sacrificed once for all”. Pastor Mueller was so taken back by the depth
of his answer that he asked where the teen had learned that truth. The teen said, “I learned it here at the ROC
during Bible/Talk Time and C2 (a program of our four congregations
where high school teens are bussed to the ROC for Bible Study, refreshments and
games). What a blessing we have at the
Many hours of hard work were put in by so many for the ROC Rummage Sale and the Golf Outing. We were overwhelmed by the many items donated and the many hours given. Thank you so much! After matching by WELS Kingdom Workers and Thrivent, over $20,000 will go to the ROC as over $10,000 came from each event.
(OCTOBER-2008) PEBBLES FROM
THE ROC As the new school year is under
way, so is our after-school activity program at our
Thanks to all those who helped with the brat stands at WalMart and Glenn’s Market. Thanks also to all those who came and enjoyed lunch and at the same time helped fund the ROC. A total of $337.00 was raised at WalMart and $1,441.85 was raised at Glenn’s.
Please stop in at the ROC anytime to see if you would like to volunteer. Such helpers are always needed. Also, thank you so much for all the support and help you give to the ROC. Your monetary gifts are also greatly appreciated. You can give directly to the ROC or through your church or through the Thrivent GivingPlus® Program which adds another $1 for every $2 you donate. Please ask more about this program.
(NOVEMBER-2008) PEBBLES FROM
On Saturday, October 11th, over 20 teens showed their love and ownership of the ROC as they participated in Clean-Up Day at the ROC. It was good to see how so many showed up and worked hard to make the youth center clean. We also sincerely thank all the adult volunteers who regularly help at the ROC. and everyone else for their continued support. Your generous gifts make it possible to continue this mission to the youth. Please remember that you can stop by at the ROC anytime it’s open to visit or be considered for our volunteer staff. Also, you can check with Pastor Mueller if you would like to donate goodies, a wish list item or a special talent you have such as singing, game playing and the like. The teens love the involvement by the adults. Once again, thanks so much for your support.
(DECEMBER-2008) PEBBLES FROM
On December 3rd, we will joyfully celebrate the 5th
Anniversary of our
We also invite everyone to stop in at the ROC anytime to visit. We also invite you to check out our new and REDESIGNED web page, www.thewttnroc.com. An area on the web page that we are developing is the staff page which you get to by going to the web page and clicking on “Staff Info.” Among the various links, you will notice one called “Staff Pictures”. We are using this page to honor those who are helping out at the ROC and to develop a history of our volunteers. Some of our adult volunteers were once ROC teens. Please consider volunteering. As one volunteer put it, “I thought I was going to be only giving but I can’t believe how much I have received through my working with the teens. I have already learned so much.”