The Newsletter of
Christ Our Rock Lutheran Church
& Precious Pebbles Preschool
3040 Stonehedge Dr. NE Rochester, MN 55906
MAKE ME A POTATO
While my husband and I were living in Pakistan
any years ago, our six month old
y died. An old
Punjabi came to comfort us.
“A tragedy like this is similar to being plunged
water,” he explained. If you are an egg, your
affliction will make you hardboiled and unresponsive. If
you are a potato, you will emerge soft and pliable.
It may sound funny to God, but there have been
many times when I have prayed, “O Lord, make me a
EOPLE OF THE
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ,
the Son of the living God.”
One of the more interesting figures we meet in the Bible is Peter.
He was a unique individual. At times, he could be impulsive, bold and
brushing up against arrogance. At other times, he was a lonely,
insecure man. Perhaps, that is what makes Pe
ter so appealing to us
because we see a bit of our own selves in him.
Peter was a fisherman, a seasoned veteran who had navigated
and fished the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Fishing was his life
It was after an unsuccessful night of fis
hing that Peter’s life
forever. As he and his brother, Andrew, rowed towards shore,
a crowd began to gather at the shoreline. The center of attention was
Jesus. This wasn’t Peter’s first meeting with the renowned prophet. A
previous encounter h
ad brought the two together. On that occasion,
Jesus told Peter that he would be known as Cephas, Aramaic for “rock.”
On that day Jesus reached out again to Peter. “Follow me, and I
will make you fishers
men” were his simple but powerful words to
Peter, indeed, did follow. He could only marvel at what he observed.
He witnessed firsthand the miracles performed by Jesus: changing of
water into wine; feeding of the 5,000; healing of the blind, lame and
mute; raising of the dead. Peter knew
that Jesus was no mere prophet as
some had thought. Given the opening to express his faith to Jesus, Peter
boldly proclaimed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Peter’s proclamation identified Jesus as the Messiah that the
prophets had writ
ten about in the Old Testament. He was the Savior, the
Son of God, whom God promised to send b
ecause He loved the world
e created. Jesus was the “Lamb of God,” who came to be
sacrificed on a cross to take away Peter’s sins and those of the entire
Peter needed that Savior. He wasn’t always the rock he appeared
to be. At times, he was more like shifting sand blown by every wind of
thought or brushed aside by selfish pride and arrogance.
In faith, Peter turned to his new friend and Savior wh
o gave him
hope and peace
even when his life hit rock bottom. Isn’t that the peace
you want too? Like Peter, we would like to share it with you!
Graphic for Peter:
Peter was a fisherman before Jesus
called him. The fish is a symbol for Peter's
work of sharing
the gospel as a “Fisher of Men”.
Treasure hunting is alive and well in America today. Some of
the popular reality TV shows today are
people finding “treasures
You have reality shows with people trying to strike
storage lockers or in the goldmines of Alaska or fixing up old cars or
flipping houses or in pawn stores or in junkyards. It makes for
vision because sometime they make big profit
. It is why
lotteries and even gambli
ng on the stock market are so popular. So many
people dream of making it big
. If they can “make it
it is for
these modern treasure hunters
The truth is that m
on their treasure
se few that
or have the winning
ticket find that all their problems don’t magically go away.
is not in the items themselves, after all God gave us material gifts as a
he trouble is that people are
looking with worldly vision
and not heavenly vision.
The result is that they do not see the many true
treasures God has given them.
Beginning on September 16
in a series of special sermons and
services, we will l
and give thanks for the true treas
ures with which
our Lord has blessed us. We will rejoice in the following
NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL
The first day of Sunday School is
at 9:15 AM.
the Sunday School (3 year olds through
Grade) will be operating a little
erently. First the students will gather
together to sing praises to God with both new and familiar songs.
first opportunity to
sing in church
Sunday, September 30
the 10:30 service.
For our Bible lessons this year, w
e have a group of te
will be rotating among the various classes teaching the good news of
Jesus to the students. Throughout the year the students will be studying
the life of Jesus and also the story of the early Christians.
On that same Sunday another group of t
eachers will present for
the children a special craft, video segment or game. These crafts, video
segments and Bible based games will reinforc
e the lesson taught that
While the Sunday School day will be different, it is the same good
news of Jesus be
We thank our Sunday School Staff
for their service
Judy Limpert, Sunday School Coordinator
We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
~ Psalm 78:4
Wednesday, September 11
7:15 PM, all unconfirmed youth 6
grade on up are invited to attend
In these classes we will be looking at the
teachings of the Christian faith as confessed by
ran Church. The students will not
only learn what the teachings of the Bible are but
how to use and apply these truths to their lives.
Students will need an NIV translation of the Bible
& Luther’s Small Catechism (Kuske revised
edition). Each student
will be provided a
TEEN BIBLE CLASS
Teen Bible Class will be held in the Teen
Room starting on Sunday, September 9
at 9:15 AM.
Teen Bible Class is open to 8
Bob Seifert will be leading the teens through a study
he Gospel of John.
Sunday Education Hour
Sunday, September 9
we will begin to study a
series of topics entitled,
“WHY DO WE TEACH
That question has been asked by many
inside and outside of church. Instead of
the question, we will attempt to hit some
certainly not all
of the major topics that are confronting confessional
Lutherans. We will examine teachings and beliefs held by some in the
general public that are in fact just the opposite of what
we teach and
believe. Lord willing, we will examine the following questions:
Why do we teach that “old way” of looking at Scripture?
Why do we teach that about Creation?
Why do we teach that about women as pastors?
Why do we teach that about homosexuality
Why do we teach that about abortion (and early life issues)?
Many of these topics are controversial and in some cases
emotional issues of today. During the months of September and
October, it is our hope and prayer to set aside personal
opinions and seek the simple and clear voice of the LORD through His
Word. Some of these topics will be covered even deeper in upcoming
midweek Bible studies.
In The World
In The Word:
This is the
restart of the popular online Bible class
news topics of the day in the light of Scripture.
Lord willing, on a weekly basis
unless there is
nothing in the news
Pastor will email out a news
article along with a Bible study on the news topic.
It is hoped that the Holy Spirit, thr
ough this Bible study, will keep us
grounded in the Scriptures as we look at the world in which we live. To
join this group, email Pastor at Pastor@ChristOurRock.org.
Upcoming Bible Studies
: Lord willing, starting later in the year
we will be offering
the following Bible studies: Christian Book Group,
Women’s Monthly Bible Study (a joint Bible study of three Rochester
WELS churches to be held at COR) and a midweek Bible study on
various topics. In November and December we will be looking at what
pture says about the Last Day. We are and will be hearing a lot more
in the coming months about Last Day predictions. This interest is in part
spurred on by the ancient Mayan calendar prediction of the end of the
world occurring on December 21, 2012.
R HAY RIDE IS BACK
Mark September 22
at 4pm on your calendar
for an evening of fun!
Over the years our hayrides have
been one of our most popular fellowship activities.
will be a great time for the entire family.
In addition to
the hayrack rides
there will be wienie and marshmallow
roasting along with other bonfire fun and
There will be a sign
up sheet in the narthex if you plan to
attend and if you are able to bring accompaniments.
Bill & Marla
Brandmeyer have graciously agreed to h
ost the event again at their home
north of Rochester (156 Evergreen Dr. NE).
Due to road construction at
the intersection of Hwy 63 and 75th St NE directions will be provided
closer to the event.
Don't miss this one!
FOR OUR SENIOR SAINTS
ast Minnesota OWLS group will
meet here at Christ Our Rock at 5:00 PM on
Tuesday, September 25
. Potluck refreshments
will be provided by the OWLS members.
program for the evening will be a presentation by
Dan and Robyn Anderson on their personal ex
periences with the WELS
European Chaplaincy program while stationed in Europe.
HELP OUR PRESCHOOL MINISTRY
If you are a customer of Kwik Trip and would like
to help out our church’s preschool, we have something for
you to consider.
You are now able to d
onate your Kwik
Trip rebate checks to Precious Pebbles Preschool, and
Kwik Trip will add an additional percentage to the
If you wish to apply for the program, please call toll
5945 or visit
to sign up for the progra
Precious Pebbles Preschool
as your charity. An instruction
sheet on how to apply online is in the entryway.
We also take part in the
Milk Moola program. This is an easy
way for us to earn 5¢ for each cap and bag top from Kwik Trip produ
such as milk, orange juice, bottled water and Kwik Trip’s fruit drinks
that you turn in. Donuts to Dough is an easy way to earn 10¢ for each
Glazers price oval you turn in from each Dozen or Half
Dozen boxes of
can be plac
ed in the designated
in the kitchen.
Thank you for your support!
DO WE HAVE YOUR COLLEGE ADDRESS?
Parents of college students, please send us
your child’s college address
even if it is the same
as last year! We like to keep them informed. I
have not done so already, please send addresses to
or call 252
Christ Our Rock has a page on Facebook. It is
Christ Our Rock Lutheran Church &
. Members can post messages on the
site. There are also pictures and information about
Christ Our Rock. You can also become a fan of
Precious Pebbles Preschool
page. It contains information about our
preschool ministry. We’d
love you to become fans of both!!
Did you know ....
WELS (our national church body) has a Facebook page?
WELS is mobile?
WELS offers a mobile application for the iOS and Android cell
platforms. Get the app at www.wels.net/mobile
THE CHOIR NEEDS YOU!
“I will sing to the LORD,
for He is highly exalted”
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before Him wit
and extol him with music and song.”
Old Testament Psalmist
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in our hearts to the L
the Apostle Paul
“I therefore pray that every pious Christian would be pleased with the
use of music in the service of he Gospel, and lend his help if God has
given him like or greater gifts.”
Join The Choir!
You’ll be in good co
The Adult Choir meets on Tuesdays, from 6:30
WE BELIEVE AND TEACH?
What does God say about the meaning of life &
death, heaven & hell, Word & Sacraments, men & women,
suffering & bles
sings, prayer & peace? In this 9
course we will look at these issues and many more. This
course is designed to introduce the student to the basic truths
of Christianity as revealed in the Bible and as confessed by
our Lutheran Church.
is especially good for the newcomer to
Bible study but is also good for the veteran Bible student.
Class schedules are set up on individual and group basis that
work for people’s schedules. If you would like more
information and/or to set up a schedule,
please either call
Pastor at 252
5088 or e
mail him at Pastor@ChristOurRock.org.
ONLINE BIBLE STUDY
The Bible tells us time and time again that
while we are “in the world” that we are not to
the world”. When one looks at the news and
in the world, a Christian can be confused
and confounded at what is happening.
Starting in September, we will be starting up
our online Bible studies. Pastor will send out an e
mailed Bible study that looks at a current news item from a Biblical
ctive. Students will look at current affairs through a series of
pertinent Bible passages.
: If you would like to
participate in this class, please enroll by sending an e
TRUTH IN LOVE PROVO UPDATE
This past April, Christ Our Rock hosted a
seminar put on by the Truth In Love Ministry.
The seminar focused on witnessing to the
Mormons. In the past few weeks this ministry
has been working in Pr
ovo, Utah. The following is an excerpt from an
article about the work going on there.
They came from all around the country. Many raised funds to
support their travel, took vacation time from work, and time away from
their families. Fear, unce
rtainty, and apprehension gripped them as they
arrived in Salt Lake City. Shaking knees, knots in the stomach and sweaty
palms were evident when we piled into cars and made our trek to Provo
on Monday morning. These were ordinary Christians whom the Lord w
using in an extraordinary way. A desire to come to Provo and be a part
of a mission team was planted in their heart by the Holy Spirit, and they
came. Out of thanksgiving to the Lord and a love for the gospel, they
followed through on the desire to shar
e God's Word. And the Holy Spirit
took it from there. By Friday, they were fearless messengers who
couldn't wait to hit the streets.
The strength of the Lord was evident. The Holy Spirit took us in the
palm of his hands and empowered us with the coura
and most importantly, provided the words to speak the truth of God's
Word. It wasn't easy. Many knocks on the door were left unanswered.
Many hearts appeared cold to our presence and our message. Yet, many
of us were provided with golden m
oments when the questions were
sincere, tears were spilled, and looks of gratitude were evident. There is
no question that the Lord provided that divine opportunity at the right
place and at the right time. I can't tell you how amazing it is to not only
used by the Holy Spirit to be his messengers, but also to distinctly feel
his presence. It is a type of experience that is transforming. Like wearing
a new pair of prescription glasses, you become so much aware of God's
amazing grace and love.
als throughout the week were to plant the seed of God's Word.
That was our mission and intent. While the last of our missionaries
returned home on Saturday, the campaign continues. Like farmers who
end the day of planting seeds in the field, they return ho
me to rest with
the satisfaction that their job is done. Now, it's up to the Lord. With the
same confidence that a farmer has that the seeds will take root, we have
great confidence that seeds planted in Provo will take root and
Mormons will come to faith.
thank those who are members of TILM's prayer family who
regularly received prayer requests from the field. Many Mormons truly
admired our presence in Provo, plus they were quite impressed with the
love we expressed to them. We were sincere and hon
est. Also, they were
deeply touched when we asked if we could send a prayer request to our
TILM prayer family. You could tell that prayer requests are an unfamiliar
practice in the LDS Church. From these requests, we were provided
to share God's Word.
Finally, on behalf of the mission teams, we want to thank you for your
prayers and interest. It was keenly felt. You were very much a part of
this great adventure. And we look forward to coming back next summer.
These are the birthdates that the church were
given to the church office, If your birthday is
not listed, we are sorry. Please let us know by
signing the 3
ring binder in the church entryway
or call the office 252
5088 or email
THIS MONTH’S BIBLE
16. Ps. 63
I Kings 5
I Kings 6:1
I Kings 7:13
I Kings 8:12
2 Sam. 16: 15
2 Sam. 18:1
2 Sam. 19:9
2 Sam. 19:40
7. 2 Sam. 22
8. 2 Sam. 23
9 2 Sam. 24
11. Ps. 55
13. Ps. 58
14. Ps. 60
15. Ps. 61
Christ Our Rock Lutheran Church
& Precious Pebbles Preschool
3040 Stonehedge Dr. NE