By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012
Pastor Billy Joe Watts of The Rock Church.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” Pastors Billy Joe and Theresa Watts of The Rock Church show their homage year-round with outreaches and giveaways, but even more so during the holiday season. “We love giving,” says Pastor Billy Joe Watts. “We just want to bless people. Our mission is to serve God and love people, and our giveaways are some of the ways that we do that. They’re some of our favorite things to do.”
The Rock Church is a multi-racial, diverse church with a strong, active body of members. They meet at Union High School’s Performing Arts Center at 6636 S. Mingo. “The spirit of giving and generosity is alive at The Rock Church,” says Pastor Billy Joe. “We’ve had people join our church who were touched in some way by one of our outreaches.”
The Rock Church’s annual Touched by a Turkey Day, in its fourth year, will be held Saturday, November 17, the weekend before Thanksgiving. The Rock Church will again be giving away turkeys to needy families. Touched by a Turkey will be at Union 8th Grade Center, located at 6501 S. Garnett, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting as long as the turkeys do. You must have a card to pick up a turkey.
On Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, The Rock Church will hold its annual Starbucks Day, now in its fourth year. Rock Church members will be handing out a hundred $5 Starbucks gift cards at each of four Starbucks locations in the Tulsa area.
On Sunday, December 16, The Rock Church will have their annual Christmas stocking giveaway for the children of Rock Church. The grand prize this year is a miniature motorcycle! The Rock Church’s children’s Christmas musical will be held that day as well. The children will perform a heartwarming play entitled “Aunt Maddy’s Christmas Rescue,” written by Glenn and Joyce Henry.
The Rock Church has formed a partnership with the Tulsa Dream Center and Pastor Wendell Hope. Every fourth Friday of the month, The Rock Church leads the evening service there. “We have 350 members at our church,” says Pastor Watts. “Every year, the Tulsa Dream Center reaches about 30,000 people. Working with them is a wonderful opportunity to reach a much broader group of people. We’ve made a one-year commitment to support the Tulsa Dream Center financially, and we’ll be helping with their annual toy giveaway.” If you’re interested in the toy giveaway, contact the Tulsa Dream Center. Their website is www.tulsadreamcenter.org.
The Rock Church has also partnered with Cornerstone Assistance Network (www.canetwork.org), which provides community and relief services to those in need. The church has also partnered with Union to help people in need.
The Rock Church’s benevolence ministry, “The Pearl of Great Price,” is active year-round. “The benevolence ministry is a way we minister to people in very practical ways. We also have a food outreach, and we’ve done that since the beginning,” says Pastor Watts. “It’s a very important part of what we do.” Pastor Watts has 27 years of benevolence ministry experience; he was responsible for Rhema Bible Church’s benevolence ministry for 15 years.
The Rock Church holds worship services every Sunday at 10 a.m. at Union’s Performing Arts Center. The first Sunday of every month is a Communion service. There’s always plenty going on there, and they’d love to have you. For more information, visit www.therockchurchtulsa.org.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.