2009 PEBBLES FROM THE ROC ARTICLES
(JANUARY-2009) PEBBLES FROM
THE ROC On Monday, November 24th, 2008,
when the roads were slick, a young man by the name of Ryan Krause was killed in
a car accident in Johnson Creek when his car went under the back of a snow
plow. Ryan had attended our
We invite everyone to stop in at the ROC anytime to visit. Also check out our newly redesigned web page, www.thewttnroc.com. From the web page learn more about our volunteer program by clicking “Staff Info.”. We are always in need of more volunteers. Pictures, calendars, wish lists and so much more can also be found on the web page. Check it out today.
Please note that the ROC is an approved organization for the Thrivent GivingPlus® Program. This means that Thrivent will contribute $1 for every $2 donated by Thrivent members to the Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (ROC) For Youth up to a $300 maximum supplement. Donations for matching, therefore, can be for any amount up to $600. Thrivent members can give to two approved organizations a year for matching. Consider such a gift for matching for the ROC if you aren’t fully using this program yet. Pick up a GivingPlus® form at the ROC today.
(FEBRUARY-2009) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC (written by Janine Petri, an adult volunteer at the ROC and a member of Hope Lutheran in Dousman) Bible Talk Time, which is held every night the ROC is open, has always been well attended except for Friday night. Not so long ago I remember when only 2-3 teens stayed for talk time on Friday night. At that time it was a good opportunity for those more serious in learning about God to talk about what was on their mind. Pastor Mueller has since changed Bible Talk Time on Friday nights from 9:30-10 p.m. to 9:00-9:30 p.m. This time change allows the teens 1/2 hour at the ROC after Bible Talk Time. The last Fridays I have counted 13-15 teens and I still feel the ones who stay are more genuinely interested in hearing the Word of God.
There were many questions when Pastor Mueller (PT) gave the lesson one Friday night about the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, so many that there was no time for the closing song to be sung. Another Friday night, a teen presented the message she had prepared along with a song, where PT filled in as needed. After Bible Talk Time, another girl approached PT asking if she could share something next time. I found out later that one of the boys asking the most questions had asked PT, "What was it Jesus did?" He had heard of Him but had no idea that Jesus died to save us. You may not see these teens in your church on Sunday, but they are active in their “church” every night at THE ROC.
A “ROC RELOCATION FUND” has been established to save special gifts
for when we need to relocate/renovate.
Such gifts (checks made out to THE ROC) may be sent to
(MARCH-2009) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC Mom, where’s dad? A common story we hear at the ROC includes the absence of the father. The stories range from the woman being left to herself when she becomes pregnant to the father ending up in prison due to dealing drugs. Many times fathers are also absent because they seem to love their work or their hobbies more than their family. Many fathers try to convince themselves that the children aren’t being hurt in any way by their absence. I would invite such fathers to come talk to us at the ROC so that we can tell them how their children yearn for attention and encouragement from their father. The lack of such attention, instruction and guidance leaves the children hurting. It’s amazing how many times Pastor Mueller is called “Dad” by the teens. We thank our Lord for the time we have at the ROC to be their “father”, leading them to their heavenly Father. We pray that God would also help us place before the male teens models of Christian fathers so that they can break the cycle of being absent from their children and bring up their own children in the Lord.
All are invited to come on down to the ROC anytime we are open. We would love to see you. You may also wish to consider being a volunteer. We need you. It’s amazing what our volunteers learn about teens and living and sharing our faith in the world. Come see us.
PEBBLES FROM THE ROC How would you respond to a “Homeless
Man”? The teens at the Watertown
As teens noticed “Hank” sitting
outside, they began to struggle with what to do. Pastor Mueller, the director of the ROC, was
aware of the disguise and helped teach the lesson by asking questions like,
“What shall we do about the “homeless” man in the parking lot. The greatest lesson the teens learned was
how Christ died for ALL and saved ALL and we want to love ALL as He does. The teens learned that we need to be careful
as we help strangers but there are ways to help and at the same time remain
safe and protected. All involved also
faced the battle in their hearts between remaining coldly uninvolved (like the
priest and Levite in Jesus’ parable) and helping (like the Samaritan in Jesus’
parable) “Hank” in some way. All of the
teens eventually wanted to help “Hank” by giving him some food and asking him
to come into the ROC to warm up as it was bitterly cold outside. A teen accompanied Pastor Mueller outside to
ask “Hank” to come in and warm up.
Eventually Hank came inside and more great lessons were learned. The teens were respectful of “Hank” and
avoided treating him as weird. As ‘Hank”
expressed a need to sleep in one of the recliners, the teens showed respect by
being as quiet as they could so as not to disturb him. THE ROC has never been so quiet. One of the teens gave "Hank" his
blanket he had made during the
PEBBLES FROM THE ROC Recently four unchurched
teens attended a worship service with Pastor Mueller as he preached at one of
The Jerry Kastens Memorial Golf Outing & BUFFET BANQUET will take place on Sunday, June 28th. If you do not golf, please come for the 3 station buffet dinner and ROC presentation. The buffet will begin around 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $16.00. For a golfer, the total cost will be $55.00 which includes green fees, team prizes drawn, flag prizes on each hole, other prizes and the buffet. Sign up deadline for golf and meal is Monday, June 22nd. Also consider donating an auction item or sponsor a hole. All proceeds go to The ROC. Any questions or any other inquires please contact Dale Ninmann at 920-261-5719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE MARK YOUR
CALENDARS! The ROC (
(JUNE-2009) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC “Every branch that does bear fruit, He (the Father) prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:2) The teens at the ROC, at a recent Bible/Talk Time gave many examples of what they need pruned or cut away in their lives so that their life in Christ flourishes all the more. What a joy it is to see teens, who were unbelievers, come to faith, share their faith and flourish through Christ their Savior. Come see for yourself. Stop in at the ROC anytime.
The Jerry Kastens Memorial Golf Outing & BUFFET BANQUET will take place on Sunday, June 28th, at the Watertown Country Club with a 4:00 p.m. tee time. If you do not golf, please come for the 3 station buffet dinner and ROC presentation. The buffet will begin around 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $16.00. For a golfer, the total cost will be $55.00 which includes green fees, team prizes drawn, flag prizes on each hole, other prizes and the buffet. Sign up deadline for golf and meal is Monday, June 22nd. Also consider donating an auction item or sponsor a hole. All proceeds go to The ROC. Any questions or any other inquires please contact Dale Ninmann at 920-261-5719 or email@example.com.
Also, please prepare for the ROC Rummage Sale to be held on July 23-25 at Trinity/St. Luke’s School (Western Campus). donations of items or time would be much appreciated. We cannot accept TV's, large console stereos, large microwaves, organ, pianos, encyclopedias, bowling balls, any chemicals, tires or any other item we may not be able to sell and may have to pay to dispose of once the sale is over. Please set aside your slightly used, clean, workable items for the sale. We are sorry but we have no place to store donations until the sale. Thank you for your help and generosity. Volunteers are greatly needed. To volunteer or for more info., call Ruth Uttech 920-261-6772 or Pam Erdman at 920-261-9674.
(JULY-2009) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC PLEASE HELP FUND THE ROC.
(AUGUST-2009) PEBBLES FROM
THE ROC Where will our
Come and enjoy a brat, chips and soda. The ROC teens will be at Piggly Wiggly with a Brat Stand on Sunday, August 23rd from 10:00-3:00 and then at Glenn’s Brat Stand on Friday and Saturday, August 28th and 29th, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pastor/Director Mueller to offer your help or to suggest a new location for THE ROC.
(SEPTEMBER-2009) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC
Ruth Uttech is a long time volunteer at THE
ROC and agreed to share her thoughts through this and upcoming issues of
“Pebbles From THE ROC”. Ruth writes, “My Dad was the quiet, strong pillar in my
life during my most formative years. He
saw to it that I went to a
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.
Please continue to keep the future location of THE ROC in your thoughts and prayers. We still have not found an affordable, centrally located and open building. Keep your eyes open.
(OCTOBER-2009) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC In this article, we continue to share with
you the thoughts of Ruth Uttech, a long time
volunteer at our
Please stop in at the ROC anytime to see if you would like to volunteer. Such helpers are always needed. Goodies are also always appreciated by the teens. Thank you so much for all the support, help and financial gifts you give to the ROC. THANK YOU from all of us at THE ROC!
(NOVEMBER-2009) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC As we think of all of the support so many of you have given to THE ROC Mission and Ministry, we think of the words of the Apostle Paul, "I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you". What a blessing you all are and how grateful we are to be in God's family with you through Christ our Savior! We were indescribably overwhelmed by how many people showed up for the ROC MOVE and how willing everyone was to help. It also lifted everyone's heart to see how so many ROC teens showed up to help. The main part of the move was completed in only two and a half hours. We, then, together, enjoyed a wonderful "Celebration of the ROC(K)” meal. Our thanks first goes to our Lord who is our ROCK and Redeemer. Thank you also for all of your help and thank you to those who provided the meal. It truly was a wonderful day. Thank you to St. Mark's for providing a temporary home for THE ROC. Anyone is welcome to stop by THE ROC which is now in the basement of St. Mark's Parish Hall. Please continue to help us look for a permanent home for THE ROC. Also, please continue to pray that many more teens hear the Gospel of Christ through THE ROC.
(DECEMBER-2009) PEBBLES FROM THE ROC “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law” (Gal. 4:4, 5). Christmas is all about the fulfillment of God’s promise of the Savior in Christ’s birth. By that fulfilled promise we have freedom from the eternal death due to our sin.
This is the wonderful Gospel message we have been sharing at THE ROC all these years. Don Bartz, the chairman of the ROC Board, comments on those years as he soon will finish his terms on the board. Don’s comments will continue next month: “I look back at my 9 years on the ROC board, - 9 years! Even though the ROC has been open for 6 years, it took 3 years to get to the point of opening it. I remember how God worked things for good as Pastor Tim Mueller (PT) was called to be the full-time pastor and director of THE ROC. I remember, as a volunteer working with PT one evening, three teen boys walked into THE ROC. They were dressed with leather coats that had spikes that went over the shoulders. They “looked” pretty rough. PT went right over to them and shook their hands and welcomed them. 10 minutes later their coats were hung up and they were enjoying the ROC. These 3 boys went on to become some of the positive leaders that the other youth listened to. The Lord has blessed the ROC in so many ways.”
Many have asked about where THE ROC will go in the future. THE ROC BOARD has determined that we need to build or buy a building of our own with a goal of having most, if not all, of the purchase price up front. Renting will drain our funding quite quickly. A Siebert Foundation Grant of $50,000 has been awarded to THE ROC Building Project but it is a grant that is to be matched by gifts. If there are any with the means and the heart for helping provide a ROC youth center building, please be sure to contact Pastor Mueller at 920-206-9581 or 920-261-4444. Thank you all for your help.