ORUCC Youth 5/19

Hello friends,

This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday! Due to this special day, we will not have youth Sunday school at 9:00 a.m. TRU Function will practice from 8:30-9:45 to accommodate youth being in service for confirmation. All confirmation youth and parents, please arrive at 9:45 to run through the logistics of the confirmation liturgy. 
We will celebrate after service with cake in Friendship Hall!
A few dates to keep in mind going forward:
  • BRAT FEST is next weekend. Please sign up to work a shift to support our Youth Service trip! 
  • No Sunday school 5/26. 
  •  Monday, May 27 we will have a mandatory Service Trip meeting at ORUCC, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • June 2nd is the end-of-school year celebration! In lieu of regular Sunday school, youth are invited to come at 9:00 a.m. to help set up for Sundae Sunday and our Children and Youth ministry celebration in worship.
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

5/19 Sunday School

This week…


8:30 Supported Childcare: Jade will be available to assist families with young children in The Crossroads. 

All children (PreK-5) will gather at 9 am in the Ruby Bridges Room for a special Pentecost lesson with Joanna, Diane, and Julie. Following the story, the children will have opportunities to engage in sand play, collage, and watercolor painting. We'll end with a Pentecost Guided Meditation. 

After Sunday School, we'll support our Confirmed Youth in worship. Children will stay in service with you to witness this honored tradition. 

Caregivers, have you filled out our Children and Youth Programming Review?
Upcoming: 
No Sunday School 5/26.
June 2: Rachel and Julie will offer a preview of Kids in the Garden at 9 am. During worship at 10 am, we'll celebrate our programming year and recognize our graduates. Ice Cream Sundaes to follow the service!


Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth 5/12

Hello friends, 

This Sunday we will have Youth Sunday School in the Dorothy Day Room at 9:00 a.m. Susan and Pastor Kate will help shepherd the youth through another Echo of the Psalms. TRU Function will practice from 10:00-Noon. Our final confirmation session will take place 3:30-5:30! 
Looking ahead:
May 19 Confirmation Sunday, Worship 10:00 a.m. (No Sunday School)
     Confirmation youth/families: Please plan to arrive around 9:45 a.m. to touch base before the service! 
May 26 Memorial Day weekend–No Sunday School
     May 24-26: Service Trip folks: Please sign up for a Brat Fest volunteer shift if you haven't already! 
May 27 Mandatory Meeting for Service Trip, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at ORUCC
June 2 Children and Youth Ministry Celebration: TRU Function in worship, Sundae Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Kate 

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

5/12 Music Connections

This week, Music Connections gets a double whammy! 

All children (PreK-5) will gather at 9 am in the William Johnson Room for music. After the singing, Music Connections 2-6 graders will shift to the Anne Frank Room to rehearse our special meditative music for the 10 am worship service. Younger children and those not interested in participating in the music (or observing the music), are invited to stay with Jill and Josie to hear a story about when the Disciples saw Jesus by the Sea of Galilee after his resurrection. 

After sharing our special music during worship, we’ll shift downstairs for our FINAL Music Connections gathering of the programming year! By special request, we will have a Dance and Donut party to celebrate a wonderful year of music together. George G. will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer. 


Julie Mazer (she/her)
Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children’s Education Coordinator
Children’s Music Director

5/12 Sunday School

This week…


8:30 Supported Childcare: Marcia will be available to assist families with young children in The Crossroads. 

All children (PreK-5) will gather at 9 am in the William Johnson Room for music. After the singing, Music Connections 2-6 graders will shift to the Anne Frank Room to rehearse our special meditative music for the 10 am worship service. Younger children and those not interested in participating in the music (or observing the music), are invited to stay with Jill and Josie to hear a story about when the Disciples saw Jesus by the Sea of Galilee after his resurrection. 
Looking Ahead: 
May 19: Confirmation Sunday
June 2: End of Programming Year Celebration
This Sunday, this Music Connections kiddos are going to share special music during worship. In coordination, all PreK-5th grade students will be invited to join me for singing until 9:15. At that time, Music Connections kids will shift to the Frank Room to rehearse. So, you might have a few stragglers stay for the story if they are not interested in participating/observing with us. 



Julie Mazer (she/her)
Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children’s Education Coordinator
Children’s Music Director

ORUCC Youth 5/5

Hello friends,

Happy May! We are rapidly approaching the end of the school year and racing towards summer. Believe it or not, we only have three sessions of Sunday school remaining before the end of the year. 
This Sunday, Susan and Kristin will lead our youth through another session of Echo with the Psalms at 9:00 a.m. TRU Function practices 10:00-noon. It is Work & Worship Sunday: please consider staying after worship to help work on the building and grounds! Confirmation will meet downstairs 3:30-5:30 p.m., with Pastor Julia joining us.  
Mark your calendars!
  • May 19: Confirmation Sunday (no Sunday school)
  • May 26: Memorial Day weekend (no Sunday school)
  • May 27: Service Trip Meeting, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • June 2: Sundae Sunday: End-of-year celebration and Senior recognition in worship, TRU Function leads worship.
Service Trip Updates: 
Please sign up for a shift at Brat Fest (May 24-26)! This is an important fundraiser to help us get over the finish line on fundraising. There are many different kinds of jobs available; set-up for the event begins as early as two weeks from now. 
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

5/5 Music Connections

This week the children will begin the 10 o'clock hour downstairs in the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Room. We've made great progress in our guided meditation project and will use the entire time before communion to review our music. Bethany S. will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer. 


Would you believe that there are ONLY THREE remaining Music Connections of this programming year?! I am in need of a Safe Sanctuary volunteer on May 12. Can you assist? https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0944A5AB2B0-20231#/


Julie Mazer (she/her)
Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children’s Education Coordinator
Children’s Music Director

Sunday School 5/5

This week…

8:30 Supported Childcare: Jade will be available to assist families with young children in The Crossroads. 

All children (PreK-5) will gather at 9 am in the William Johnson Room for music. After the singing, we will tour the gardens outside with Jill to learn more about the ORUCC Veggie Village and Rain Garden. We might even have a chance to get our hands dirty; aka, come in your grubbies for Work and Worship Day! 
May 3: Family Game Night
May 5: Work and Worship
May 19: Confirmation Sunday
June 2: End of Programming Year Celebration



Julie Mazer (she/her)
Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children’s Education Coordinator
Children’s Music Director

ORUCC Youth April 28

Hello friends! Here are the updates for Youth at ORUCC this week, April 28:

TRU Function plays during worship this week! Other youth are invited to participate in an all-ages Children/Youth Labyrinth Walk in the Education Wing, starting at 9:00 a.m. 
Confirmation will meet from 3:30-5:30. Pastor Ken is joining us this week to share about ORUCC history, and what it means to be a member of the congregation.
Awaken Dane for Parents: I strongly encourage you to attend our 9:00 session in Friendship Hall. We are considering an invitation for this next year to be part of an exciting program called Awaken Dane. This would be an opportunity for our congregation to be in collaboration with diverse congregations in our area, and to focus more deeply on what it means to know and serve our neighborhood. We want as many different perspectives on this decision as possible!
Youth Internship Opportunity: Neighboring congregation Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has an opportunity for older youth and young adults to have a summer internship working with their “Holy Cow” pay-what-you-can food truck! This is an opportunity especially for anyone who might be interested in learning about running a business and working in underserved communities. Please see the attached flyer for more info. 
Looking forward to our time together this weekend!
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

4/28 Music Connections

This week the children will begin the 10 o'clock hour in the sanctuary with you. When they are dismissed for Music Connections, we will move to the downstairs Bonhoeffer Room for movement and movement. We'll revisit our guided meditation project and continue to work on the accompanying music.  Al B. will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer. 


Would you believe that there are ONLY THREE remaining Music Connections of this programming year?! I am in need of a Safe Sanctuary volunteer on May 12. Can you assist? https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0944A5AB2B0-20231#/

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

4/28 Sunday School

This week…

8:30 Supported Childcare: Jade will be available to assist families with young children in The Crossroads. 

All children and youth (PreK-HS) will gather at 9 am in the Bridges Room to center ourselves, review labyrinth expectations, and hear about “The Walk to Emmaus.” While walking the labyrinth in the Johnson Room, the children will be encouraged to wonder what it would be like for Jesus to walk alongside them. Reflection stations will be offered in both the Bridges Room and the Frank Room.
May 3: Family Game Night
May 5: Work and Worship
May 12: 9 AM, Invitation for Parents to chat with Pastor Kate and Julie M. about children's programming. More details to come!
May 19: Confirmation Sunday
June 2: End of Programming Year Celebration

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth 4/21

Hello friends,

It finally feels like spring, doesn't it? Even with the rain these past few days, I have been so grateful for the abundance of flowers blooming all around us. I hope to see some of you this weekend! For youth:

Sunday school at 9:00 a.m., Kristin and Susan will continue to lead through an “Echo” experience of the Psalms. TRU Function will practice from 10-Noon. 
Confirmation will meet at the church from 3:30-5:30. Confirmation youth: don't forget to work on your worship notes, a spiritual interview, and check out the devotional opportunity as well! 
Service Trip folks: early next week I will be sending out a personal reminder for each family that still needs to make their final payments toward the Service trip. Please also make sure to sign up for Bratfest volunteering under our organization (Orchard Ridge UCC). If you want to invite a friend or two to join you, the more the merrier! We get $10/hour per person, so it all helps!
Coming Up:
Sunday, April 28: 9:00 a.m. Labyrinth Walk
Friday, May 3: 6:00 p.m. Family Game Night
Monday, May 27: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Service Trip Meeting 
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

4/21 Music Connections

This week the children will begin the 10 o'clock hour in the sanctuary with you. When they are dismissed for Music Connections, we will move to the downstairs Bonhoeffer Room for movement and movement. We'll revisit our guided meditation project and continue to work on the accompanying music.  George G. will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer. 


Would you believe that there are ONLY THREE remaining Music Connections of this programming year?! I am in need of a Safe Sanctuary volunteer on April 28, and May 12. Can you assist? https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0944A5AB2B0-20231#/

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

4/21 Sunday School and Story Walk Invitation

8:30 Nursery Care: Jade and Marcia are ready to play with your little one in the nursery. 

Sunday School starts at 9 am. PreK-1st grade children are invited to sing with Julie in the Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. After the music, we'll move to the sanctuary to meet with the bell choir. During worship, the children will be invited to creatively move with the first song that the will bells play. No dance or choreography experience is needed. Just a positive attitude!

Save some time before or after church to experience a “Story Walk” (Weather Permitting). On the south side of the parking lot, you'll find the book, “Butterfly Child,” by Marc Majewski. Walk along and read this lovely book that, “delivers a gorgeously painted, tender story about a young child who loves dressing up as a butterfly. A joyful celebration of creativity, self-expression, and family. A young child loves the spots and patterns found on butterflies, and fashions bold orange wings to become a butterfly child. But when other kids shun the child for the clothes they don’t understand, it takes a father’s encouragement for the kid to stay true to what they love and find joy in the butterfly wings once more.” This book will complement the butterfly coloring experience that Pastor Kate set up in Friendship Hall for Eastertide. 
Looking ahead: 
April 29: Children's Labyrinth Walk 9 am, Education Wing
May 3: Family Game Night
May 5: Work and Worship

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth Updates: Sunday 4/14 + Service Trip + Confirmation!

Hello friends, I opted to send one LONG email with lots of updates instead of multiples this week. There are many exciting things happening for our Youth! 

Please look through to the end so that you don't miss any information relevant to you regarding this Sunday's programming, Confirmation, and Service Trip updates. 

Events Sunday, April 14:
  • No 9:00 a.m. Sunday school programming due to the All-Church Retreat at Daycholah. TRU Function will still practice 10:00-12:00.
  • Older youth participating in the “Amazing Grace (Race)” with First Cong. Church will leave church by 12:45. You should have received an email from Julie Mazer with more details regarding this event if you are participating. 
  • Confirmation class will still be held 3:30-5:30 p.m. 
Service Trip Updates:
  • Please make your final payment toward the service trip either by check or on the website  by 4/15. As a reminder, the initial deposit was $250, and the second payment is also $250, for a total of $500 per youth. If you are not sure how much you have already paid, please contact Julie Wombacher in the office: [email protected]
  • Please sign up for the Bratfest fundraiser if you have not done so already! Each youth is expected to contribute 8 hours at Bratfest (either individually, or can be split up between people to equal eight hours). If you are unable to participate, please contribute an additional $80 toward the cost of the trip. 
  • UPDATE: We will have some additional youth and one chaperone joining us from Middleton Community Church (UCC)! Stay tuned for more details about our upcoming collaboration.
  • Save the Date! We will have an important meeting for all youth and chaperones on Memorial day, Monday May 27 from 6:30-8:00. This is a time to go over details of the trip and get to know one another better! 
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

No Sunday School/Music Connections 4/14

Good Morning, 
This is a friendly reminder that there is no regularly scheduled Children's Programming (including Nursery/Supported Childcare) this Sunday due to the All Church Retreat. Below is the line-up of upcoming events. 
Looking ahead: 
April 21: Children are invited to participate in worship in a creative movement alongside the Bell Choir. More details to come next week! 
April 29: Children's Labyrinth Walk 9 am

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth April 7: All Youth & Confirmation Programming

Hello friends!
After a couple weeks of spring break, we are set to be back in action this Sunday, April 7. I hope you all had time for rest and renewal over break.

Today is the last day to sign up for the All-Church Retreat at Daycholah Center next weekend, April 12-14! There are scholarships available if that would be helpful for your family.

9:00 a.m. Susan and Kristin will be with our youth for Sunday school, looking at “echoes” of the creation story in the Psalms. TRU Function practices from 10:00-12:00. 
Confirmation students will return at 3:30 for Confirmation class! Please bring your journal and any completed “invitations” you might have done over the past few weeks. I am attaching a Worship note form in case anyone needs it again and would like to do one this Sunday 🙂
For youth attending the service trip: your final payment is due April 15. Please drop off a check or visit our website to make a payment. 
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

4/7 Sunday School and Story Walk Invitation

8:30 Supported Childcare: Jade will be available to assist families with young children in The Crossroads.  

Sunday School starts at 9 am. PreK-1st grade children are invited to sing with Julie in the Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. After the music, Jill and Josie will guide the children in the Easter story, “Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene.”

The 2-5 grade classroom will revisit the symbols and lessons from their Lenten lessons and add the symbol of light.  This week, the children will learn about how Jesus' light continues to shine in each of us after his resurrection. Stations will include several art opportunities. We'll close in a quiet meditation. Joanna and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning in the Bridges Room. 
Save some time before or after church to experience a “Story Walk” (Weather Permitting). On the south side of the parking lot, you'll find the book, “Butterfly Child,” by Marc Majewski. Walk along and read this lovely book that, “delivers a gorgeously painted, tender story about a young child who loves dressing up as a butterfly. A joyful celebration of creativity, self-expression, and family. A young child loves the spots and patterns found on butterflies, and fashions bold orange wings to become a butterfly child. But when other kids shun the child for the clothes they don’t understand, it takes a father’s encouragement for the kid to stay true to what they love and find joy in the butterfly wings once more.” This book will complement the butterfly coloring experience that Pastor Kate set up in Friendship Hall for Eastertide. 
Looking ahead: 
April 5: Family Game Night
April 12-14: All Church Retreat, No children's programming. 
April 21: Children are invited to participate in worship in a creative movement alongside the Bell Choir. More details to come! 
April 29: Children's Labyrinth Walk 9 am

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth Easter Sunday 3/31

Hello friends,

A quick reminder that we will not have regular Sunday school on Easter Sunday. Instead, you are invited to join in the festivities! 
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service, followed by Brunch
10:00 a.m. Easter Worship service, followed by Easter Egg Hunt
If your family would like to attend the ORUCC all-church retreat at Daycholah Center April 12-14, there's still time to sign up! Deadline for registration is April 4. Please register here. If a scholarship would be helpful for your family, please let me know. Hope to see you there!
Regular Sunday school at 9:00, and Confirmation at 3:30, will resume on 4/7.
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

ORUCC Youth 3/24

Hello friends,

This coming Sunday is the start of Holy Week as we celebrate Palm Sunday. There will be no regular youth programming at 9:00 a.m. TRU Function is playing in worship with practice starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be an intergenerational coloring opportunity in Friendship Hall beginning at 9:00 a.m. with Holy Week activities available. The entire congregation will meet to process with palms into the worship hall a few minutes before 10:00 a.m.
During Holy Week, some of you may have signed up for Maundy Thursday dinner groups 3/28. At 7:00 p.m. on 3/29, all are welcome to attend the Good Friday Tenebrae service. Our confirmation group is exploring Holy Week with a self-study, which I have attached to this email in case anyone else would like to participate as well. 
On Easter Sunday 3/31, there are several opportunities:
  • 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service
  • Brunch (immediately following sunrise service)
  • 10:00 a.m. Easter Worship
  • Kids' Easter Egg Hunt (immediately following worship service)
*I need some help setting up the Easter egg hunt! Any youth who are available, please let me know!*

For those who are heading out for Spring Break next week, safe travels! 
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

No Sunday School/Music Connections 3/24 and 3/31

Good Morning, 
This is a friendly reminder that there is no regularly scheduled Children's Programming this week and next. Below is the line-up of upcoming events. 
March 24: Palm Sunday (no regular Sunday school; no Music Connections). There will be coloring materials at 9 am Friendship Hall for all ages. 
March 28: Maundy Thursday Dinners (sign up here)
March 29 Good Friday Tenebrae 7:00 p.m.
March 31 Easter: (no regular Sunday school; no Music Connections)
     6:30 a.m. Sunrise service, followed by brunch
     10:00 a.m. Easter Worship, followed by egg hunt
April 7: Sunday School and Music Connections Resume

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth March 17

Hello friends,

This Sunday (St. Patrick's Day!) there are many things happening for youth. Sunday school will be at 9:00 a.m., with Susan and Kristin guiding. We will continue “echoing” the story of scripture through an exploration of the Psalms. TRU Function will practice from 10-12. 
Following the worship service, Paul Vash is organizing an Easter-egg candy stuffing/pizza party for the youth. The eggs will be used for our Easter egg hunt on 3/31! TF youth who would like to participate are welcome to join in after practice. 
Any youth who will be available to help set up and facilitate the easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday, please let me know!

At 1:30, there will be a special “Installation Service” to officially recognize and affirm the start of my ministry at ORUCC with the wider church community. I'm excited! I hope that you all will be able to join in. Josie, Jadyn, and Lily are providing some special music, too. 
Reminder, NO confirmation this week (but you have an opportunity to fill out TWO worship notes on the 17th if you are feeling ambitious! ;). We will resume in earnest on April 7. 
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

3/17 Music Connections

This week the children will begin the 10 o'clock hour in the sanctuary with you. When they are dismissed for Music Connections, we will move to the downstairs Bonhoeffer Room for movement and movement. The children have already started crafting their next project: Guided Meditation and Reflective Music. Two weeks ago, the children composed a beautiful guided meditation. This week, we'll begin to work on the accompanying music. Bethany S. will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer. 

No Music Connections 3/24 and 3/31. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

3/17 Sunday School

This week…


8:30 Nursery Care: Jade and Marcia will be available for childcare in the nursery. 

Sunday School starts at 9 am. PreK-1st grade children are invited to sing with Julie in the Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. After the music, Karen and Josie will guide the children in the Lenten stories, “Too Afraid to Follow Jesus” and “Jesus' Trial.”

The 2-5 grade classroom will continue their study of the season of Lent. This week, the children will learn about Palm Sunday to prepare them for next week.  Stations will include sand, several art opportunities, and puzzles. We'll close with a visual meditation by viewing art inspired by Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem. Joanna and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning in the Bridges Room. Be sure to pop by the Bridges Room to share your thoughts on “How We Can Make The World A Better Place.” Please add your ideas to the sign on the door. Everyone in our community is welcome to contribute. 
Looking ahead: 
March 17: Pastor Kate's Installation 1:30
March 24: Palm Sunday (no regular Sunday school)
March 28: Maundy Thursday Dinners (sign up here)
March 29 Good Friday Tenebrae 7:00 p.m.
March 31 Easter: (no regular Sunday school)
     6:30 a.m. Sunrise service, followed by brunch
     10:00 a.m. Easter Worship, followed by egg hunt

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth March 10

Hello friends,

Don't forget to “spring ahead” with your clocks this weekend!
On Sunday, our youth will meet in the Day room for Breakfast Club with Kate and Kristin. TRU Function practices from 10:00-12:00. Confirmation will meet in the downstairs Brown Room from 3:30-5:30. 
Some fun things coming up:
  • We are looking for youth to help stuff eggs for the Easter egg hunt! This will happen after worship on Sunday 3/17, with pizza lunch provided. Stay for Pastor Kate's installation service at 1:30! Contact Paul Vash ([email protected])  for more info.
  • Older youth: Would you be willing to help set up and coordinate the egg hunt on Easter Sunday? Talk to Pastor Kate.
  • Registration has re-opened for our RESCHEDULED All-Church retreat, April 12-14! We are looking forward to enjoying the springtime weather up at Daycholah. If you had signed up in January, and you are still planning to attend, you do not need to re-register. If you couldn't come in January, but you can now, please sign up here
Mark your calendars:
March 17: After Worship Easter Egg filling and pizza, Pastor Kate's Installation 1:30
March 24: Palm Sunday (no regular Sunday school)
March 28: Maundy Thursday Dinners (sign up here)
March 29 Good Friday Tenebrae 7:00 p.m.
March 31 Easter: (no regular Sunday school)
     6:30 a.m. Sunrise service, followed by brunch
     10:00 a.m. Easter Worship, followed by egg hunt
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

3/10 – No Music Connections

There will not be Music Connections this week. All children will stay in worship. Music resumes next Sunday, March 17. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

Sunday School 3/10 – Set Clocks One Hour Ahead for Daylight Savings

This week…


8:30 Jade will be available in Crossroads for Supported Childcare. 

Sunday School starts at 9 am. PreK-1st grade children are invited to join Jill and Josie in the Johnson room for singing followed by the stories, “The Gift of the Poor Widow” and “A Woman Anoints Jesus for Burial.”

The 2-5 grade classroom will continue their study of the season of Lent. This week, the children will learn about the Last Supper and the ritual of Communion.  Stations will include sand, several art opportunities, and puzzles. Joanna and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning. Be sure to pop by the Bridges Room to share your thoughts on “How We Can Make The World A Better Place.” Please add your ideas to the sign on the door. Everyone in our community is welcome to contribute. 
Looking ahead: 
3/17: Pastor Kate's Installation Ceremony
3/24: No Sunday School. Stay tuned for info about an intergenerational coloring opportunity. 
3/31: Easter Sunday! No Sunday School. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

3/3 Music Connections

This week the children will begin the 10 o'clock hour in the sanctuary with you. When they are dismissed for Music Connections, we will move to the downstairs Bonhoeffer Room for movement and movement. The children have already started crafting their next project: Guided Meditation and Reflective Music. We'll see if that idea has stuck and if they are ready to move forward with the creation. Kristin S. will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

3/3 Sunday School – Dancing the Labyrinth with Pastor Julia

This week…


Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Jade and Marie are ready to play with your little one. 

Sunday School starts at 9 am. ALL PreK-5th grade children are invited to sing with Julie in Friendship Hall from 9:00-9:15. After the music, Pastor Julia will guide the children in a special “Dancing the Labyrinth” experience.

Be sure to pop by the Bridges Room to share your thoughts on “How We Can Make The World A Better Place.” Please add your ideas to the sign on the door. Everyone in our community is welcome to contribute. 
Looking ahead: 
3/1: Family Game Night
3/17: Pastor Kate's Installation Ceremony
3/24: No Sunday School. Stay tuned for info about an intergenerational coloring opportunity. 
3/31: Easter Sunday! No Sunday School. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth 2/25

Hello friends,

This Sunday TRU Function plays in worship at 10:00–this means that they will gather at 8:30 a.m. for rehearsal. Youth who are not part of TRU Function will be invited to “Breakfast Club” with Pastor Kate and Barbara Stretchberry in the Day room at 9:00 a.m. 
Looking ahead:
  • Wed., February 28th, 6:30 p.m.: Meeting for folks interested in talking about service trip fundraising, meeting by zoom. I will send out a direct email early next week with a zoom link to Service Trip families.
  • Sun., March 3, 3:30 p.m.: Confirmation Class Info meeting for youth 7th-9th and their adults! Held at the church. 
  • Sun., March 10, 3:30-5:30 Confirmation Class, held at church.
  • Sun., March 17, 1:30 p.m.: Pastor Kate's Installation Service
See you all soon!
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

No Music Connections 2/25; Children stay in worship after sharing special music

This week the children will begin the 10 o'clock hour in the sanctuary with you. Those who have participated in our song/poetry writing project will share their special music during the worship service. After our music, all the children will stay in worship. This will allow everyone to have the opportunity to watch TruFunction perform!


Julie Mazer (she/her)
Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children’s Education Coordinator
Children’s Music Director

Sunday School/Music Connections Rehearsal 2/25

This week…


Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Jade and Marie are ready to play with your little one. 

Sunday School starts at 9 am. ALL PreK-5th grade children are invited to sing with Julie in the William Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. After the music, Karen and Josie will guide the PreK-1 children and any others who are not participating in the special music share during worship in a story about The Most Important Commandment.

Those who participated in the song/poetry writing experience in Music Connections will shift to the Frank Room to rehearse their music before a final rehearsal in the sanctuary at 9:30. 

Be sure to pop by the Bridges Room to share your thoughts of “How We Can Make The World A Better Place.” Please add your ideas to the sign on the door. Everyone in our community is welcome to contribute. 



Julie Mazer (she/her)
Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children’s Education Coordinator
Children’s Music Director

ORUCC Youth 2/18

Hello friends,

This Sunday is the first Sunday of the season of Lent, a time when we join Jesus on the journey toward the cross–and ultimately, resurrection!
Our Youth will get a preview of this journey on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. as they continue with Echo the Story, focused on “Death to Life”. Susan and Kristin will be leading this Sunday. TRU Function will practice from 10-12. 
I will be away this weekend, celebrating a birthday with my twin brother in Albuquerque. I will look forward to seeing everyone when I'm back the week after.
Looking ahead, please remember:
March 3rd, 3:30 p.m.: Info meeting at ORUCC for any 7th/8th/9th graders and their adults who might be interested in confirmation!  Confirmation will begin March 10th. 
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

Music Connections 2/18; Children Share in Worship 2/25

This week the children will begin the 10 o'clock hour in the sanctuary with you. When they are dismissed for Music Connections, we will move to the downstairs Bonhoeffer Room for movement and songwriting. On 1/7, the children organically began the process of writing a song (this was 100% initiated by the children!) We'll revisit that work and continue the process. George G. will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer. 


Save The Date! February 25, the children are invited to share their composition during worship. Those participating need to attend Music Connections at least two out of the three upcoming Sundays: February 4, 11, and 18. Please note your child's availability here:  https://forms.gle/qxVmUyz5o2zog7Mo8

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth 2/11 and Service Trip Fundraising

Hello friends!

This Sunday, 2/11, we will not have regular Sunday School for youth at 9:00 a.m. CWS is putting on a “Faith in Action Brunch” after worship, and the donation proceeds from this brunch will go toward supporting our Youth Service Trip! (This is in lieu of the originally planned bake sale for this date). 
Anyone who is available at 9:00 a.m. to help CWS set up is welcome. After worship at 11:00, youth are strongly encouraged to attend the event and participate in the table conversations. CWS has asked that youth attending the service trip stay after the brunch to help clean up
TRU Function will still practice from 10:00-12:00. Any TRU Function youth who are also attending the Service trip are asked to stop into the kitchen after practice to pitch in with the cleanup effort. 
The following week, we have some fun and meaningful all-church events coming up as we head into the Lenten season:
  • Tuesday 2/13 Party Gras
  • Wednesday 2/14 Ash Wednesday Service 6:30-7 p.m. and Labyrinth Walk (open 5:00-8:00 p.m.)
See below the announcement for Party Gras:

Come One, Come All!

Party Gras! 

Tuesday, Feb 13

5:30-7:30 pm in Friendship Hall

Laissez les bon temps rouler!!!

Celebrate the beginning of Lent and the Easter Season with pizza (donations welcome!), games, music, and dancing, followed by a brief ceremony to burn the palms from last year's Ash Wednesday service. Wear your Mardi Gras beads and costumes for this festive, family-friendly event! We also will need help with set-up and clean-up for Party Gras (Sign Up Genius Link).


See you all soon!
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

2/11 Sunday School

This week…

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Jade and Marie are ready to play with your little one. 

Sunday School starts at 9 am. PreK-1 children are invited to sing with Julie in the William Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. After the music, Jen and Josie will guide the children in a story about one of Jesus' miracles.

The 2-5 grade classroom will begin their study of the season of Lent. This week, the children will prepare for Ash Wednesday by exploring the calendar to discover why Lent begins next week, feeling the ashes from last year's palms, and a brief discussion about entering the season of remembering, reflection, and repentance. Stations will include sand, coloring, journaling, puzzles, and the creation of a lenten intention/promise. At the request of the children, their time together will end with a guided meditation. Joanna and Paul will guide the children in their learning. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth February 4, 2024

Hello friends, happy February!
This Sunday our youth will have Echo the Story with Kristen and Susan in the Dorothy Day room at 9:00. TRU Function practices from 10-noon. Our Annual Congregational Meeting will happen this Sunday after worship.
February may be a short month, but there are some fun events coming up:

TONIGHT Friday, February 2: Family Game Night at church, 6-8 p.m.
Sunday, February 11: Faith in Action Brunch, 11:00 a.m. Sponsored by CWS, this intergenerational brunch will be an opportunity to get to know others at ORUCC and explore through guided table discussions how we live out our faith in action. All proceeds from this brunch will benefit the service trip.
Tuesday, February 13: Partygras!
Wednesday, February 14: Ash Wednesday Service and Labyrinth Walk 6:30 p.m. 
Confirmation Update:
March 3rd3:30-4:30 p.m.,Information Session at the church for those youth in 7th/8th/9th and their adults who might be interested in Confirmation. 
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

Sunday School 2/4

This week…

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Jade and Marie are ready to play with your little one. 

Sunday School starts at 9 am. PreK-1 children are invited to sing with Julie in the William Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. After the music, Jen and Josie will guide the children in a story about one of Jesus' miracles.

The 2-5 grade classroom will continue their study about God's Love and Care. The children are currently experiencing lessons designed “to become aware of God's incarnational nature and unconditional love.” (From “The Way of The Child” curriculum). This week, the children will explore the story of The Good Shepherd.  Stations will include an opportunity to explore hands-on shepherd props from the Godly Play collection, sand, and an art station to design their own sheep. The lesson will close in a guided meditation. Joanna and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

1/28 Music Connections

This week the children will begin the 10 o'clock hour in the sanctuary with you. When they are dismissed for Music Connections, we will move to the downstairs Bonhoeffer Room for movement and songwriting. On 1/7, the children organically began the process of writing a song (this was 100% initiated by the children!) We'll revisit that work and continue the process. Deanna Blanchard will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

Sunday School Labyrinth Walk – 1/28

This week…

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Jade and Marie are ready to play with your little one. 

All children and youth (PreK-HS) will gather at 9 am in the Bridges Room to center ourselves, review labyrinth expectations, and read Psalm 139. The labyrinth walk will take place in the Johnson Room and will be guided by the words in Psalm 139, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Reflection stations (offered in both the Bridges Room and the Frank Room) will include an opportunity to draw a self-portrait, journal, read, and various meditation offerings.

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth 1/21

Hello friends,

I am looking forward to being back together this Sunday! Our youth will have Sunday school at 9:00, focusing on Echo the Story with Susan and Kristin. TRU Function is practicing from 10-12. 
Unfortunately, the meeting to discuss a faith-based GSA at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church this Sunday has been postponed, due to low RSVP's. I will keep you all posted about a reschedule, or next steps.
 
Looking ahead, next Sunday, 1/28, we will have a labyrinth walk and contemplative stations for all children and youth. 
Some more dates to get on your calendars…
Youth Service Trip Updates:
  • Tuesday, January 30, 5-8: Culver's Night in Verona. Come out to have some comfort food and support our Youth Service Trip!
  • Sunday, February 11, 11:00: CWS Faith in Action Brunch. This is an intergenerational fellowship opportunity; all proceeds from this brunch will support the Youth Service Trip. 
All Church Events:
  • Saturday, January 27, 9:00-Noon: Indigenous Justice Retreat. A conversation to explore “what's next” following this fall's focus on Indigenous Justice. All voices welcome!
  • Sunday, January 28, 11:00: All-Church Chili Cook Off
  • Tuesday, February 13, 5:30-7:30 Party Gras! Including a dance party, pizza dinner, and a ritual of burning last year's palm branches to prepare for Ash Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 Ash Wednesday Service to begin the Lenten season, 40 days leading up to Easter. 
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

1/21 Music Connections

This week the children will begin the 10 o'clock hour in the sanctuary with you. When they are dismissed for Music Connections, we will move to the downstairs Bonhoeffer Room for movement and songwriting. On 1/7, the children organically began the process of writing a song (this was 100% initiated by the children!) We'll revisit that work and continue the process. Emily Lloyd will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

Sunday School 1/21

This week…

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Jade and Marie are ready to play with your little one. 

Sunday School starts at 9 am. PreK-1 children are invited to sing with Julie in the William Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. After the music, Jill and Josie will guide the children in a story about the Transfiguration of Jesus.

The 2-5 grade classroom will begin a study about God's Love and Care. During the next few weeks, the children will experience lessons designed “to help children become aware of God's incarnational nature and unconditional love.” (From “The Way of The Child” curriculum). This week, the children will consider the idea that we are created in the image of God. Stations will include an opportunity to draw a self-portrait, journal, sand play, and a collaborative art project. Diane and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning. 

Looking Ahead….next week all children and youth will walk the labyrinth. More details to come. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth 1/14/24

Hello friends,

I write this to you as I recuperate from COVID, unfortunately. We have cancelled the All Church retreat this weekend due to illness (key Daycholah center staff also have Covid!) and the potential for hazardous weather on Friday. We are happy to be able to reschedule the retreat for April 12-14. 
However, we had not planned for any Children or Youth programming this Sunday due to the retreat. Instead, all youth are encouraged to attend worship at 10:00 on Sunday. 
Some things coming up:
  • January 21, 12:00-2:00: Interfaith GSA planning/exploring session at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (5701 Raymond Rd). If any youth are interested in being part of planning this, please come along! Lunch will be provided; they would like an RSVP by Jan. 15 so please let me know soon if you want to attend. 
  • January 28: All Church Chili Cook-off! Mark your calendars for this event. 
  • February 11 Faith in Action Brunch: This brunch, held after worship, will be an intergenerational fellowship opportunity centered around conversation about what it means to have “faith in action.” CWS has decided that all proceeds from this brunch will go towards the Youth Service Trip! I will be sending more info directly to Service Trip families about this opportunity. 
Stay safe and warm!
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

ORUCC Youth 1/7

Happy New Year! 

This Sunday our Sunday school programming will start up again, with Echo the Story at 9:00 for youth 6th-12th grade. Susan Watson and Kristin Muckian will be leading this week. TRU Function will practice 10:00-12:00. I will be away this Sunday, attending to the memorial for my niece in Albuquerque, NM. 
Looking ahead, Sunday 1/14 is our All Church Retreat at Daycholah Center. I will be offering some youth-specific programming on Saturday morning at the retreat. I'm excited for our time together! We will not have regularly scheduled Sunday school at ORUCC on the 14th, and TRU Function will not have practice. If you would like to sign up for the retreat, there's still time! Please sign up here.
Another exciting development: I have been part of a group discussing the idea of an interfaith GSA (Gender-Sexuality Alliance) group in Madison. Anyone interested is invited to come to a meeting at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Sunday, January 21 at 1:00. I will be there–if there are any youth who have interest in sharing their perspectives about what this kind of a group might look like, I'd like to invite you to come along too! Let me know if you'd like to join me there. 
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

Music Connections 1/7

This week the children will begin the 10 o'clock hour in the sanctuary with you. When they are dismissed for Music Connections, we will move to the downstairs Bonhoeffer Room for movement and drumming. Kristin Schumacher will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer. 


NO Music Connections next week (1/14) for the All Church Retreat. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

Sunday School 1/7

This week…

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Jade and Marie are ready to play with your little one. 


Sunday School starts at 9 am. PreK-1 children are invited to sing with Julie in the William Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. After the music, Jill and Josie will guide the children in our final Advent story about the Prophets, Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds, and The Magi.

The 2-5 grade classroom will also complete their Advent study. The Magi have now arrived in Bethlehem for Epiphany!  The children will hear the story of the Magi and have the opportunity to sniff frankincense and myrrh essential oils. Following the stories, the children will be invited to make a beaded star to symbolize the star the Magi followed. Joanna and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning. 

Looking Ahead….NO SUNDAY SCHOOL 1/14 for the All Church Retreat. Sunday School Resumes on 1/21.

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director

ORUCC Youth 12/31

Happy (almost) New Year! 

This Sunday, 12/31, we will continue a “winter break” for Sunday school. All youth are encouraged to attend worship at 10:00, which will include a labyrinth walk in lieu of a traditional sermon. Sunday school will resume on 1/7.
I (Pastor Kate) will be away this Sunday 12/31 for some rest time with my family. I look forward to seeing you all again in 2024!
Coming up… don't forget to register for the All Church retreat at Daycholah center January 12-14! Our theme is “Spiritually Alive: Rooted and Grounded in Love.” Pastor Julia and I are so excited to be leading this restful, fun, and inspiring weekend away. Please sign up here. There are also scholarships available if the cost is a barrier to your family. 
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

ORUCC Youth Sunday 12/17

Hello friends,

In this busy season, I want to take a special moment to say THANK YOU to each of you for your care and support for our youth programming. It is such a gift to be part of this congregation and serve as one of your pastors!
There is a lot coming up for our youth! This Sunday we will have “Echo the Story” Sunday school at 9:00 a.m. I will be teaching this week. Our ORUCC Post Office fundraiser will be in its last week (bring your cards to “send”, and come stop by to see if you have cards to pick up!) TRU Function will meet from 10-12 to prepare for Christmas Eve service.  Some of our youth have prepared musical selections to play either at 9:50 as a prelude to service, or immediately following the service at 11:00. 
If your family picked up a tag for the Christmas Gift Tree, please make sure to do your shopping and bring your wrapped gift, along with the original tag, on Sunday. 
More Next Week:
12/19 Culver's Night Service Trip Fundraiser, 4:00-8:00: Youth 16+ can volunteer; youth under 16 who are preparing for the service trip are welcome to come have dinner and participate in one the conversation tables we are hosting! This is an opportunity for folks of the church who come to support the youth at Culver's to have a conversation and dinner with us. If you are planning to be there at any point, let me know!
12/22 Christmas Eve Dress Rehearsal: Children and youth participating in our Children's Christmas Eve service are asked to take part in this rehearsal at 5:30 p.m. You are encouraged to wear festive attire! 🙂 
12/24 Christmas Eve: We have three services, as this is a Sunday. 
  • 10:00 Carols and Cocoa: Wear your Christmas jammies and enjoy a Christmas Carol-singalong as part of this morning service!
  • 3:00 Children's Service: Our beloved tradition, worship led by children and youth
  • 5:30 Intergenerational Candlelight Service: This year we are collaborating with Madison Mennonite Church for this special service of lessons and carols. 
     There will be no Sunday School on 12/24 or 12/31.

Looking ahead!
All Church Retreat! Spiritually Alive: Rooted and Grounded in Love
January 12-14 at Daycholah Center. Please find registration here
Confirmation: We hope to begin confirmation in March. If your youth (8th grade plus) is interested in confirmation, please indicate your interest (and any questions you might have) here
If you made it all the way to the end, way to go! We have a lot happening right now. I hope that in between the busy moments, you find pockets of peace and joy as well. 
Grace and peace,
Kate

Rev. Kate Mackey
(she/her/hers)
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Orchard Ridge UCC
1501 Gilbert Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Office: (608) 271-7212 ex. 2030
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” -Mother Teresa 

*Please note: I take Fridays and Saturdays as sabbath days and may not respond immediately to my email during those times. 

12/17 Christmas Eve Prep, Special Solos, and Dress Rehearsals

Good Morning,
Our big music week is approaching! See below for details. 

1) Children participating in the Christmas Eve service will rehearse with me from 10-11 am.  Please note that children will not attend worship. Anyone not participating in Christmas Eve is still invited to be downstairs. There will be opportunities for the children to make cards for our church elders, draw Christmas scenes for our program, and design Hope letters. Kurt Jaehnig will be our Music Connections volunteer. 

2) This Sunday, some children have signed up to play special music for the service. Those in TruFunction will play as the “Prelude” at 9:50 AM.  All others will play as the “Postlude.” The postlude will last about 20 minutes. See the list below for who is participating and the order I have suggested. Any playing on Sunday is welcome to warm up in the sanctuary between 8:00-8:30 AM.

Prelude at 9:50 AM:
Zane Yeazel: Solfeggietto
LeRoy Erickson: Jingle Bells
Julianna Olajos: Humoresque
Josie Gasser: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Postlude after worship: 
Ben Lancor: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Fiona Schultz: Trepak
Daria Beckett: Skating
Clara Gillisman: Away in a Manger
Neil Gillisman: Good King Wenceslas
Audrey Lloyd: Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Anneliese Erickson: Somewhere In My Memory
Owen Lloyd: Jingle Bells
Linus Hahn: Gavotte in D Major
Devin Conners: Last Chance Blues
Timmy Hagen: You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch
3) Mandatory Christmas Eve Rehearsal on Friday, December 23 @ 5:30-6:30
*Festive, fun attire is welcomed and encouraged!
4) Christmas Eve Final Run Through on Sunday, December 24 @ 2 pm
5) Christmas Eve Service on Sunday, December 24 @ 3 pm

6) No 10 am Music Connections on 12/24 and 12/31. See you back again on 1/7!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Children's Education Coordinator
Children's Music Director