5/28 No Children’s Programming; Please Join us 6/4!

May 28: No Nursery Care, Sunday School, or Children's Programming
June 4: Last Day Celebration Sundae Sunday! Weather permitting, 9am Sunday School will meet outdoors. During worship, we'll celebrate the many successes of the 2022-23 youth programming year and say Thank You to all of our Sunday School Guides and other youth leaders. Children will stay in worship that day. Following worship, we'll celebrate with Ice Cream Sundaes! 
Summer Programming: Though we will not have scheduled Sunday School or Music Connections, there will be opportunities for the children to work in the garden during worship for our yearly, “Kids in the Garden” program. Rachael Lancor will oversee this fantastic program. Might you be available to assist? Click this spreadsheet  to sign-up!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

May 21 Sunday School and Music – And other upcoming things to know

This week: 

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Marcia Beckett and Amalia Sherrill are ready to play with your little one. Please note: 5/21 is the LAST Sunday for Nursery Care until September. 
9am Sunday School: This Sunday, we'll gather in the Bridges Room for some singing and then move to the Johnson Room next door to rehearse a drumming piece that we will play during worship. Anyone in K-8 is invited to join us! This is a very easy piece that everyone should be able to pick up quickly. Jadyn and Josie Gilbert will assist the children and Bethany Schultz will be with us to play the melody on her clarinet! 
This piece, “Many and Great,” will be played early in the service. When the children are released, they will move to the garden with Rachael Lancor to start planting! Hint: send your child in their “grubbies” this week! After worship, the children are invited to stay in the garden to work or find other outdoor tasks. (This Sunday is Work and Worship). 
May 28: No Nursery Care, Sunday School, or Children's Programming
June 4: Last Day Celebration Sundae Sunday! Weather permitting, 9am Sunday School will meet outdoors. During worship, we'll celebrate the many successes of the 2022-23 youth programming year and say Thank You to all of our Sunday School Guides and other youth leaders. Children will stay in worship that day. Following worship, we'll celebrate with Ice Cream Sundaes! 
Summer Programming: Though we will not have scheduled Sunday School or Music Connections, there will be opportunities for the children to work in the garden during worship for our yearly, “Kids in the Garden” program. Rachael Lancor will oversee this fantastic program. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

5/14 Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Kristin Muckian and Joey Miller. 

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week and next, we'll explore the Books of the Prophets. As part of the opening conversation, the children will hear a story from the Godly Play series about Jonah and The Whale. We have some wonderful props that will bring the story to life! Stations will be centered around whales and water that day. Paul Vash and Karen Jaehnig will guide the children in their learning. 

Our programming year wraps up on June 4! Be sure to attend this day for a special celebration during Sunday School and the Worship Hour. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

5/4 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 to learn a drumming piece that will be showcased during service on May 21. This piece is pretty easy, so no need to note your commitment. We have plenty of time over the next few weeks to learn the rhythms and rehearse. Jared Erickson will be our Music Connections Volunteer. 

We will close out Music Connections for the programming year on Sunday, May 21. All are welcome to enjoy service on June 4 to celebrate the school year and our 2023 graduates! 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

5/7 Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Lily and Amalia are ready to play with your little one!

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week, we will study the Books of Poetry. After practicing our skills in finding a bible verse, the children will have the opportunity to solve a cryptogram, write their own poem/psalm, and find a proverb in the sand. Jadyn Gilbert and Julie Mazer 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

4/30 Sunday School & Music Connections

The week we've been preparing for has arrived! This Sunday, we will gather at 9am in the Bridges Room. Once everyone has arrived, we will move to the sanctuary to rehearse our ukulele songs with TruFunction. We'll rehearse “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “I Can See Clearly Now,” a few times and then likely move back to the Bridges Room for some craft/playtime before worship. 

The service will begin with “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Your child will be on the platform at the start of worship. We're still sorting out the kinks of when “I Can See Clearly Now” will happen. We'll be able to practice that transition on Sunday morning. Your child will stay for the whole service and should sit with you in the congregation. 
If your child has their own ukulele, please remember to bring it with you on Sunday. 
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Hope to see you Sunday! 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

4/23 Music Connections

This Sunday, the children will move directly from Sunday School to Music Connections. K-5 families, I will assist with the transition since we are moving from the family labyrinth walk to music. Middle School Youth are invited to wait for me in Friendship Hall. Any middle schoolers participating in the “how to get to our blog” presentation are welcome to join us after that segment in the service. 

Once together, we will rehearse our ukulele songs for the TruFunction performance downstairs in the Bonhoeffer Room. Once we are warmed up, we will move to the upstairs Music Room to rehearse with TruFunction. After service, you will either find us there, the Bridges Room, or back downstairs.  Jen Walker will be our Music Connections Volunteer. 
Next week, the children and youth will stay in service for our performance with TruFunction. Music Connections will not be offered that day. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

4/23 – Family Labyrinth Walk During Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Antonia and Joey are ready to play with your little one!

This Sunday, the children will participate in their final guided labyrinth walk of the programming year. Parents and caregivers, you are invited as well! Please consider joining us in the Bridges Room at 9am for a gathering conversation. Each family will have the opportunity to walk a small labyrinth in the adjacent Johnson Room. Sand, coloring, finger labyrinths, and other mindful activities will be available in the Bridges Room while you wait for your turn. To maximize our time and to not feel rushed, the children will not attend service this Sunday. We'll move directly to Music Connections once all families have enjoyed the labyrinth. 

Following service, please plan to enjoy the art gallery in Friendship Hall. Following our last labyrinth walk, the children created Earth Day images prompted by the question, “what can we do to care for creation?”  This Sunday, the Care of Creation Team will display those images along with postcards to send to our legislators with specific requests of what they can do to care for the earth. 
Next week, there will not be Sunday School. But, children should plan to attend the 9am TruFunction rehearsal.   

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

4/16 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 to review our ukulele songs. Once we are warmed up, we will move to the upstairs Music Room to rehearse with TruFunction. After service, you will either find us there or back downstairs.  Becky Erickson will be our Music Connections Volunteer. 

Save The Date! April 30, the children are invited to play two songs with TruFunction! We'll play one easy song and a harder song for those ready for a challenge. Those participating need to attend Music Connections at least twice in March and on April 16 and 23. Please note your family's availability here: https://forms.gle/wwYAFBV5duPFJUpF8

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

4/16 Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Antonia and Amalia are ready to play with your little one!

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week, we will study the Books of Poetry. After practicing our skills in finding a bible verse, the children will have the opportunity to solve a cryptogram, write their own poem/psalm, build a tower to remind them of Proverbs 18:10, and find a proverb in the sand.  Paul Vash and Jadyn Gilbert will guide the children in their learning. 
Next Week, 4/23, the children invite YOU to join them on a labyrinth walk. More details to come.

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Easter Sunday – No Sunday School or Music Connections

This week, we will celebrate Easter Sunday with the congregation at 10am! There will not be 9am Sunday School or 10am Music Connections. There will, however, be some make-and-take crafts available in Friendship Hall when the children are released during the service. Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will start promptly after worship. Children are welcome to bring their own Easter Egg Basket  – or decorate a bag during our craft time. 

Hope to see you on Sunday! 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Music Connections 4/2 – Handbell Demo!

This week, I will not be at church. BUT, I have a very special opportunity planned during Music Connections with your child. Deanna and Al Blanchard will lead the children through a Hand Bell Demonstration in the Johnson room following the children's moment! Rather than using the hand chimes that we regularly use in Music Connections, the children will have the opportunity to touch, feel, and play the REAL Hand Bells! It's sure to be a treat. 

Parents, did you know that late middle schoolers and high schoolers are eligible to join the handbell choir (pending a note and rhythm reading music assessment)? Perhaps this would be a great opportunity for your teen to try out Hand Bells and see if they would like to make this a regular part of their lives. (Hand Bells rehearse on Monday evenings). 
Music Connections will not be offered on Easter Sunday. We will resume on 4/16. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

4/2 Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Antonia and Amalia are ready to play with your little one!

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week, we continue our preparation for “The Mystery of Easter.”  Using the “Faces of Easter” curriculum from Godly Play, we will view beautiful images of Jesus and hear stories about his birth, childhood, and how he grew to be a leader. Following the stories, the children will have time to explore sand, observe a variety of crosses, design their own cross, and complete a word search. We'll close with a conversation about the last supper and communion. Paul Vash, Karen Jaehnig, and Sally Allen will guide the children in their learning. 
Looking ahead, there is no Sunday School programming on Easter Sunday. But, your family is invited to come at the 9am hour on 4/9 for “Make and Take Crafts.” 
Hope to see you Sunday!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

3/26 Music Connections- Volunteer Needed!

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 some ukulele playing and mixed instrument soundscapes based on the Genesis Creation Story (complementary to what the children have recently studied in Sunday School). I am in need of a Music Connections Volunteer. Can you help?

Save The Date! April 30, the children are invited to play two songs with TruFunction! We'll play one easy song and a harder song for those ready for a challenge. Those participating need to attend Music Connections at least twice in March and on April 16 and 23. Please note your family's availability here: https://forms.gle/wwYAFBV5duPFJUpF8

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

3/26 Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Antonia and Amalia are ready to play with your little one!

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week, we begin our preparation for “The Mystery of Easter.”  Using the “Faces of Easter” curriculum from Godly Play, we will view beautiful images of Jesus and hear stories about his birth, childhood, and how he grew to be a leader. Following the stories, the children will have time to explore sand, observe a variety of crosses, design their own cross, and complete a word search. We'll close with a conversation about baptism (echoing the story of when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist). Sally Allen and I will guide the children in their learning. 
Hope to see you Sunday!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

3/19 – Dancing the Labyrinth with Pastor Julia Burkey

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Antonia and Joey are ready to play with your little one!

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week the kids are in for a treat! We'll start in Friendship Hall with some singing together and then Pastor Julia Burkey will lead the children in a joyful, creative “Dancing the Labyrinth” experience. We'll close with some free playtime and a snack in the Bridges Room. Because Friendship Hall will be in use, you are welcome to enjoy your coffee (found on a cart in the hallway) in Crossroads, the downstairs Bonhoeffer Room, or the Johnson Room. Julia, Sally Allen, and I will guide the children in their learning. 
Hope to see you Sunday!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Peace Crane Project

Fall 2022-Winter 2023 K-8 Youth

This school year, the children embarked on a project to spread peace throughout the world. Our fall curriculum, “How to be a Peacemaker,” written by Tammy Martens, told the story of “Sadadko and the Thousand Paper Cranes.”  Inspired by the “Peace Crane Project” the children made over 100 origami cranes, hearts, and doves. This organization “invites every student on the planet to fold an origami crane, write a message of peace on its wings, then exchange it with another student somewhere in the world. The Project builds friendships, strengthens hand-eye coordination and writing skills, teaches geography, exposes students to new languages and cultures, and empowers youth to make a difference in their community, country, and world.” 

In December, we displayed our cranes in the windows of the sanctuary for our  Peace themed Christmas Eve Service. 

In January, we connected with an afterschool enrichment group in Gainesville, Georgia and a small, one room schoolhouse on the  island of Anacortes which is located off the coast of Washington. We sent each school a collection of 50+ cranes, hearts, and doves, some with special messages. Additionally, the children sent “About Me” forms to the schools. 

On display here are the cranes and origami pieces we received, “About Me” forms from the children we connected with, and special messages and pictures we received after the exchange. Some of the cranes we received had special messages written inside that were such a treat to discover! 

Perhaps you would like to make a crane, heart, or dove! Before folding, write a special message on the paper. Or, write something special on the wings. Give the crane to a loved one or leave it here for our community.

3/5 Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Antonia and Amalia are ready to play with your little one!

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week, we will study the Books of History. After practicing our skills in finding a bible verse, the children will have the opportunity to make finger puppets to accompany the story of Esther, complete a worksheet, and take characters on a journey to the promised land in the sand station. Following the stations, they'll hear the second part of the story of Esther, from the Book of Esther. It is an engaging, rags to riches, fairy-tale-like story! Karen Jaehnig, and Jadyn and Josie Gilbert  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

3/5 Music Connections and Save the Date

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 some ukulele playing and mixed instrument soundscapes based on the Genesis Creation Story (complementary to what the children have recently studied in Sunday School). Rebecca Erickson will be our Music Connections volunteer. 

Save The Date! April 30, the children are invited to play two songs with TruFunction! We'll play one easy song and a harder song for those ready for a challenge. Those participating need to attend Music Connections at least twice in March and on April 16 and 23. Please note your family's availability here: https://forms.gle/wwYAFBV5duPFJUpF8

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

2/26 Sunday School AND Music Connections

Sunday School will be a little different this week. At 9am, the children will have the opportunity to walk a labyrinth with the Labyrinth Team (Chris Thomas and Betty Day), Paul Vash, and me. Any available Owlets are invited to join us as there is no OWL class that morning. Snow permitting, the labyrinth team will make an outdoor labyrinth. PLEASE DRESS YOUR CHILD IN WARM CLOTHES AND BOOTS IN THE EVENT WE AE OUTDOORS!!!  Otherwise, we will use a smaller labyrinth downstairs in the Bonhoeffer Room. Either way, the children will work on environmental images for the Care of Creation's spring postcard campaign following the walk. 

To give us ample time and to not feel rushed, the children will start at 9am and then continue into the 10 o'clock hour. That means that the children will not attend service that day. 
Following the walk and the postcard images, we will end with Music Connections. Rebbecca Haushalter will be our Music Connections volunteer. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

2/19 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, they will move to the downstairs Bonhoeffer Room. This week, Marcia Beckett will lead the children in a special art experience. Emily Lloyd will be our volunteer. I will not be there this week, but I'll be back again on 2/26. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

2/19 Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Antonia and Amalia are ready to play with your little one!

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week, we will study the Books of History. After practicing our skills in finding a bible verse, the children will have the opportunity to make a crown, complete a worksheet, and take characters on a journey to the promised land in the sand station. Following the stations, they'll hear the first part of the story of Esther, from the Book of Esther. It is an engaging, rags to riches, fairy-tale-like story! Jadyn and Josie Gilbert and Sally Allen 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

2/12 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 a ukulele jam. This April, we are invited to play two songs with TruFunction! So, we'll be revisiting the instrument many times throughout the next few months and mastering some new chords. The children will return to the sanctuary for communion. Jen Walker will be our Music Connections volunteer. 

Two weeks ago, I noticed that a few children felt apprehensive and discouraged from the challenge of this instrument. Before Music Connections, I encourage you to have a family chat about overcoming challenges and perseverance. I assure you that I will work with each child to make modifications and adaptations based on their skills and abilities. This is meant to be a low pressure, fun way to learn a new accessible musical skill. As always, no one will be forced to perform, but everyone will be encouraged to participate in whatever way they are comfortable. 
Looking ahead, I will be out of town on 2/19. Marcia Beckett is on deck to lead an art experience with the children. I'll be back again on 2/26 and for all of March. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

2/12 Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Lily and Joey are ready to play with your little one!

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week, we will continue our study of the five “Books of Law.” After practicing our skills in finding a bible verse the children will have the opportunity to play some educational bible games, complete their creation story water color painting, search for some of the animals Noah would have brought along on the ark in the sandbox, and decorate a bible bookmark. Paul Vash and Jen Walker will guide the children in their learning. 
All of the content your child will experience comes from the curriculum resource, “Learnjng to Use My Bible.” Should you ever wish to continue this study at home, I highly recommend this user friendly student resource: https://tinyurl.com/74n8nmj6 I have one on hand if you would ever like to peek at it before purchasing. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

2/5 Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Antonia and Joey are ready to play with your little one!

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week, we will start our study of the five “Books of Law.” After practicing our skills in finding a bible verse the children will have the opportunity to paint a creation scene (found in Genesis), create a 10 commandments tablet (found in Exodus, Deuteronomy, and Leviticus), search for some of the animals Noah would have brought along on the ark in the sandbox (found in Genesis), and decorate a bible bookmark. Sally Allen, Karen Jaehnig, and Josie Gilbert will guide the children in their learning. 
All of the content your child will experience comes from the curriculum resource, “Learnjng to Use My Bible.” Should you ever wish to continue this study at home, I highly recommend this user friendly student resource: https://tinyurl.com/74n8nmj6 I have one on hand if you would ever like to peek at it before purchasing. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

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

1/29 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 to complete a letter that they will send to our partner school in Gainesville, Georgia as part of the Peace Crane Project. We will mail our letters and cranes to them; and, they will mail back letters and cranes. Paul Vash will be our Music Connections Volunteer. (Thank you to those who have signed up to be volunteers this winter/spring! There's still space available for others to get involved at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a5ab2b0-2023#/)

Any time that remains will be spent with our ukuleles. Your child is welcome to bring theirs from home if they have one! This April, we are invited to play two songs with TruFunction! So, we'll be revisiting the instrument many times throughout the next few months and mastering some new chords. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

1/29 Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Antonia and Joey are ready to play with your little one!

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week, we will revisit the “What is the Bible?” lesson and choice stations from last Sunday. This repetition will give those that were not in attendance the opportunity to learn the material and give those that were in attendance the opportunity to try a different station or work deeper with the material.  Jadyn Gilbert, Josie Gilbert, and Sally Allen will guide the children in their learning. 
All of the content your child will experience comes from the curriculum resource, “Learnjng to Use My Bible.” This semester, we will focus on books and lessons from the Old Testament. We begin our exploration of the Bible by identifying different sections, finding different bible verses, learning American Sign Language for a bible verse, and even making a “scroll.” We'll use the Bibles we have on hand in the classroom for this study. Certainly, if your child has a Bible that they would like to bring to church, they are welcome to do so! Or, if you would like to purchase a Bible for your child, please let me know and I can make some recommendations.  

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

1/22 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 to develop actions to the song “Deep Peace,” along with Megan and Josie Gasser. Later in the service, this song will be showcased as part of Vicki Nonn's 50th Anniversary of her time at ORUCC! Once our actions are complete, the children will complete a letter that they will send to our partner school in Gainesville, Georgia as part of the Peace Crane Project. We will mail our letters and cranes to them; and, they will mail back letters and cranes. Becky Erickson will be our Music Connections volunteer. 

Speaking of which….I am in need of Music Connections volunteers, January-May. Please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a5ab2b0-2023#/

See you Sunday!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

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

1/22 Sunday School

Nursery Care opens at 8:30am. Antonia and Joey are ready to play with your little one!

K-5 Sunday School starts at 9am. This week, we begin the “Learning to Use My Bible” Curriculum. This semester, we will focus on books and lessons from the Old Testament. We begin our exploration of the Bible by identifying different sections, finding different bible verses, learning American Sign Language for a bible verse, and even making a “scroll.” We'll use the Bibles we have on hand in the classroom for this study. Certainly, if your child has a Bible that they would like to bring to church, they are welcome to do so! Or, if you would like to purchase a Bible for your child, please let me know and I can make some recommendations.  

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

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

No Sunday School/Nursery/Music Connections 1/15

Hope you all have a restful weekend either at Daycholah Center for the All Church Retreat or at home. See you back again on 1/22!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Music Connections 1/8 – Epiphany Labyrinth

This week, the children will have the opportunity to explore the labyrinth with members of the Labyrinth Team during Music Connections. We'll meet downstairs at 10am (to maximize our time, children will not attend service) to explore the new, smaller floor labyrinth. During the experience, the children will carry the clay “gifts” they made with Alice Anderman in November into the labyrinth to symbolize the arrival of the Magi. 

Looking ahead, No Music Connections 1/15 due to the All Church Retreat. Music resumes on 1/22 with a Ukulele Jam. 
Hope to see you on Sunday!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

No Children’s Programming 12/25 and 1/1

We will not host Children's Programming (Nursery Care, Sunday School, and Music Connections) on 12/25 and 1/1. Looking forward to seeing you back again on January 8. 

Pssst…..please sign up to assist in Music Connections in the New Year 😊:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0944A5AB2B0-2023 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Sunday School 12/18

This week…

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Antonia and Lily are ready to play with your little one. 
Kindergarten-5th grade will begin their Advent study. This week, they will hear the classic story of the Prophets, the Holy Family,  the Shepherds, and the Magi. We will also arrive at the white, Christ candle. Following the stories, the children will have an opportunity to make a card for a church elder. Paul Vash, Sally Allen, and Jill Westberg will lead them through the experience. 
Looking Ahead….NO SUNDAY SCHOOL 12/24 and 1/1. Sunday School Resumes on 1/8 with a special Epiphany lesson. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Sunday School 12/11

This week…

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Antonia and Amalia are ready to play with your little one. 
Kindergarten-5th grade will begin their Advent study. This week, they will hear the classic story of the Prophets, the Holy Family, and the Shepherds. That day we will light the pink, “Shepherd” candle. This candle reflects the Joy that comes with Jesus' arrival. Bonus points if you wear pink on Sunday! They will also have an opportunity to make a card for a church elder. Sally Allen, Jen Walker, and Jill Westberg will lead them through the experience. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Sunday School 12/4

This week…

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Antonia and Joey are ready to play with your little one. 
Kindergarten-5th grade will begin their Advent study. This week, they will hear the classic story of the prophets and the Holy Family. They will also have an opportunity to make a card for a church elder. Paul Vash, Jadyn Gilbert, and Karen Jaehnig will lead them through the experience. 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

No Sunday School 11/27, Advent Wreath Making in Friendship Hall

NO Nursery Care this week. Children under age five are invited to enjoy the nursery alongside their parents. Please tidy-up the room before leaving.

NO Sunday School for Kindergarten-5th grade. Instead, join Julia Burkey in Friendship Hall for our 2nd annual Advent Wreath making event! All supplies will be provided for one wreath per family. Though, if you have your wreath mold from last year, please bring it with you.

December 4-18, the children will learn the classic Advent stories and make holiday cards for our elders. Stay tuned for more details next week.

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Music 11/20 – and Christmas Eve announcements

This week, the children will participate in a brief demo of all the material we'll share on Christmas Eve. No worries if your child is not available on 12/24. They are still welcome to join in the fun this week. I am in need of a volunteer for Music Connections. Can you help?
At ~9am, please join me downstairs in the Bonhoeffer room for a short conversation about the Christmas Eve service. We'll review the plan, expectations, and I'll answer any questions you might have. If you are unavailable to attend this meeting, please email me and we'll make a plan to touch base. 
So far, those signed up for Christmas Eve are:

Fiona Schultz
Clara Gillisman
Neil Gillisman
Desmond Vash
Daniel Vash
Daria Beckett
Owen Lloyd
Audrey Lloyd
Anneliese Erickson
Devin Connors
Julianna Olajos
Aaliyah Mitchell
A’millia Mitchell
Linus Hahn
Sienna Walker
Annabelle Haushalter
Charlotte Haushalter

 
Those planning to perform a solo on 12/18 are:

Fiona Schultz
Daria Beckett
Owen Lloyd
Audrey Lloyd
Devin Connors
Julianna Olajos
Linus Hahn
Jadyn Gilbert
Timmy Hagen

Don't see your children's name on the list? Please complete this Google Form to note your availability: https://forms.gle/2pfyFpbzVcn4YWFa8 
Hope to see you on Sunday!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Sunday School 11/20

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

Kindergarten-5th grade will complete their Prayer study. This week's focus is: “Thanksgiving” In this practice, the children will be invited to consider what they are thankful for in their physical world. Any idea is welcome, even simple things like our walls! “I am thankful for the walls because they help create our space.” At the art station, they will create a thanksgiving collage. And, at the world station they will be invited to paint (with watercolors) a scene of the many things they are thankful for in God's creation. Paul Vash, Jadyn Gilbert, Karen Jaehnig will guide them through the discussion and active stations.

Looking ahead, NO Sunday School next Sunday, 11/27. Instead, join Julia Burkey in Friendship Hall for our 2nd annual Advent Wreath making event.

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Music Connections 11/13 – Meditative Clay

This week, I will not be at church. BUT, I have a very special opportunity planned during Music Connections for your child. Alice Anderman will lead the children through a meditative clay experience in the Frank Room following the children's moment. The children will have the opportunity to create a “gift” for Baby Jesus. Following this experience, Alice has graciously volunteered to glaze and fire their creations. K-5 children will revisit these “gifts” in January as they walk the labyrinth in a collaboration with the Labyrinth Team during Sunday School. Jen Walker and Rachael Anderman will be on hand to assist Alice. I can't wait to see their creations! 

In other news, is your family available to participate in the Christmas Eve service? Please note your availability here: https://forms.gle/kULw3X2agJrSTkHX6 You are welcome to complete the form even if you CAN'T participate. That way I'll know you received the information and I won't pester you in a week or so. 😉

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

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

Sunday School 11/13

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

Kindergarten-5th grade will continue their focus on Prayer. This week's focus is: “Intercession” In this practice, the children will be invited to reflect upon their week and create prayers for the world, their family, friends, or a pet. They will also continue working on their “Examen Ropes” by selecting beads to symbolize those emotions and have the opportunity to paint a stone to remember their “Breath Prayer” (a simple prayer you can think of any time you take a breath). Jadyn Gilbert and Karen Jaehnig will guide them through the discussion and active stations.

I will be away this week, but you will be in good hands with Antonia, Joey, Jadyn, and Karen!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Music Connections 11/6 – Labyrinth!

This week, the children will have the opportunity to explore the labyrinth with me during Music Connections. Being that this will be a communion Sunday, we'll start music at 10am to maximize our time. The children and I will meet in Friendship Hall to explore sound and movement together through the labyrinth. Chris Thomas, one of the members of the Labyrinth Team, will be our volunteer. 

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Sunday School 11/6

This week….

Daylight Savings Time Ends. Reminder to set your clocks an hour behind. Enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

Nursery Care is back on this week! Antonia and Amalia are ready to play with your little one.

PreK-2nd grade students will enjoy a story with Jill Westberg and Karen Jaehning. Children under the age of 5 are invited to stay as long as they are able with a parent.

3rd-5th Grade will continue their focus on Prayer. This week's focus is: “Examen.” The children will be invited to reflect upon their week and consider what made them happy, mad, sorry, etc. Then, they will make an “Examen Rope” by selecting beads to symbolize those emotions. Sally Allen and Paul Vash will guide them through the discussion and active stations.

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Music Connections 10/30 – Handbell Demo!

This week, I will not be at church. BUT, I have a very special opportunity planned during Music Connections with your child. Deanna and Al Blanchard will lead the children through a Hand Bell Demonstration in the Johnson room following the children's moment! Rather than using the hand chimes that we regularly use in Music Connections, the children will have the opportunity to touch, feel, and play the REAL Hand Bells! It's sure to be a treat. 

Parents, did you know that late middle schoolers and high schoolers are eligible to join the handbell choir (pending a note and rhythm reading music assessment) ? Perhaps this would be a great opportunity for your teen to try out Hand Bells and see if they would like to make this a regular part of their lives. (Hand Bells rehearse on Monday evenings). 

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Sunday School 10/30

This week….

No Nursery Care this week. Children under age five are invited to enjoy the nursery alongside their parents. Please tidy-up the room before leaving.

PreK-2nd grade students will enjoy a story with Jill Westberg and Karen Jaehning. Children under the age of 5 are invited to stay as long as they are able with a parent.

3rd-5th Grade will continue their focus on Prayer. This week, they will learn how to write a “Breath Prayer” and have an opportunity to paint a cross on a small stone. The children will be invited to carry this stone with them throughout the week as a reminder to pause and say their breath prayer in times of worry or stress. This will be a very easy, light, quick, painting experience. Regardless, please do not send your children in their Sunday best. Sally Allen and Paul Vash will guide them through the discussion and active stations.

I will be away this Sunday. But, your children will be in good hands with Paul, Sally, Karen, and Jill!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

10/23 Music Connections – Please Read, Special Music Share During Service This Week

This Sunday, the children will share music that we have developed on the passage, “Be Still and Know that God is Peace,” with the congregation. Any participating child will rehearse with me at 9:50 in the Johnson Room. Children must have attended music connections for at least two Sundays in October to participate (or be one of my veteran middle schoolers). Below is the list of children who are familiar with the material and are eligible to share for the congregation:
  • Neil G
  • Clara G
  • Charlotte H
  • August H 
  • Annabel H
  • Anneliese E
  • Linus H
  • Fiona S
  • Julianna O
  • Daria B
  • Timmy H
  • Ben L
If your child is not on the list, they are invited to experience the interactive music from their seats in the congregation. After we share music, they will be invited to the platform for the Children's Moment. 
Then, after the children's moment, children in grades 2nd-5th + (middle schoolers and high schoolers are welcome to attend as a participant or helper) are invited to play ukulele with me. I will have 12 ukuleles on hand. If your child has their own ukulele, they are welcome to bring it to church. Becky Erickson will be our Music Connections volunteer.
Last, I am still in need of a volunteer for Music Connections this week. Can you assist?
See you on Sunday!

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

Sunday School 10/23

This week….


PreK-2nd grade students will enjoy music at 9:00 and then listen to s story with Jill Westberg and Josie Gilbert. Children under the age of 5 are invited to stay as long as they are able and then transfer to the nursery to play with Antonia Wuschner and Amalia Sherrill.



3rd-5th Grade will begin a new module focusing on “Prayer.” This module will help children to develop specific skills and tools for a life of prayer. This week, they will practice silence and listening to God. Sally Allen and Paul Vash will guide them through the discussion and active stations. Be sure to stop in and see the PEACE mobile the children made during the Peacemaker module. (See attached photo).

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Looking ahead: Do you have any magazines with positive words and phrases and/or pictures of food? O Magazine, Runner's World, National Geographic, Food Network, etc? In November, 3-5 will create a Thanksgiving collage. I'm looking for magazines that might work for this project. If you have some to share, please bring them to the Bridges Room or leave in the office with my name on them. Thanks!


We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Julie Mazer (she/her)

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

ORUCC Mission Trip: Fundraising & Fun

Youth Ministry at ORUCC: Mission Trip to Duluth, MN.

Dear Ones of ORUCC,

We are so happy to announce that this year the youth from 7th -12th grade will participate in a Justice Mission Trip to Duluth, MN from Sunday July 9th to Saturday July 15th. We can ALL support this important ministry that enhances the WHOLE church and the world. 

Register for the Mission Trip:

Parents and guardians can register and pay for the 2023 Mission trip with $250 by 11/15/2022 and a final balance of $250 on 4/1/2023. Register and Pay with the big red button on the bottom of this email or by clicking HERE!

We all want to support our youth and chaperones as they raise money for this trip. Here are some ways the WHOLE church can support and participate in this essential ministry at Orchard Ridge:

Come to Culver’s on Mineral Point Road for dinner on Monday October 24th from 4pm-8pm. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to our youth mission trip. For youth and parents/chaperones who want to serve, there are still a few spots left! Sign up: here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B49ABAD2EA5FA7-culvers

Join for a Halloween Breakfast at ORUCC on October 30th after worship at 11am $5 a plate suggested donation. Our youth will be sharing about their 2022 Mission Trip at this time! For youth and parents/chaperones who want to serve, there are still a few spots left! Sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B49ABAD2EA5FA7-volunteering1

Just for FUN, come to Treinen Farm Corn Maze & Bonfire in Lodi, WI, Friday October 21st 6:30-9:30

We have reserved our own bonfire area with benches and picnic tables. Feel free to bring your own food if you wish and we will provide s’mores! This area will serve as our home base while you enjoy and explore the farm, pumpkin patch, animals and maze.

To join us, purchase your own ticket at this website and upon arrival ask for the Orchard Ridge UCC Bonfire area.

On a personal note, I am so grateful to be part of this church that values our youth and doing justice in the world. It inspires to me to learn from the youth and seasoned chaperones about the life-long impact of this amazing tradition. I will be at each of these events as a pastoral presence and I so look forward to deepening in relationships with the youth and families in this time.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Julia

You can make a difference.

Register for Mission Trip