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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…

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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.”…

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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;…

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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…

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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 ChristChildren's Education CoordinatorChildren's…

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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 ChristChildren's Education CoordinatorChildren's Music Director

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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…

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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 ChristChildren's Education…

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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 ChristChildren's Education CoordinatorChildren's Music Director

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 ChristChildren's Education CoordinatorChildren's Music Director

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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 GClara GCharlotte HAugust H Annabel HAnneliese ELinus HFiona SJulianna ODaria BTimmy HBen LIf your child is not on the list, they are invited to experience the interactive music from…

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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…

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ORUCC Mission Trip: Fundraising & Fun

Culver's, Pancakes & a Bonfire 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…

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10/16 Music Connections

This week, children in grades 2nd-5th + (middle schoolers and high schoolers are welcome to attend as a participant or helper) are invited to play hand chimes with me after the children's moment. We will also continue our rhythmic and spoken exploration of the scripture, “Be Still and Know that God is Peace.” Becky Erickson will be our Music Connections volunteer.Save the date for Sunday, October 23. That day, we'll share music that we've developed on that passage during worship. That morning, children will rehearse with me at 9:50 AM in the Johnson Room (K-2).  Any child who wishes to participate must attend Music Connections for two out of the…

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Sunday School 10/16

This week….PreK-2nd grade students will enjoy music at 9:00 and then hear the story about Jesus and the Tax Collectors. Jill Westberg and Josie Gilbert will share that Jesus modeled kindness towards everyone. At that time, tax collectors were seen as wrongdoers. Instead, Jesus opened his home and served a meal to the tax collectors. Parents, check out this website to learn more about the controversy of tax collectors in the first century: https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/why-exactly-were-tax-collectors-so-hated.html 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…

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10/9 Music Connections

This week, children in grades 2nd-5th + (middle schoolers and high schoolers are welcome to attend as a participant or helper) are invited to drum with me after the children's moment. We will continue our rhythmic and spoken exploration of the scripture, “Be Still and Know that God is Peace.” Chris Thomas will be our Music Connections volunteer.Save the date for Sunday, October 23. That day, we'll share music that we've developed on that passage during worship. That morning, children will rehearse with me at 9:50 AM in the Johnson Room (K-2).  Any child who wishes to participate must attend Music Connections for two out of the three upcoming Sundays…

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10/9 Sunday School

This week….PreK-2nd grade students will enjoy music at 9:00 and then hear the story about Jesus and the Tax Collectors. Jill Westberg and a TBD substitute (maybe you? Please respond to this email if you are available. Coffee and light snack provided.) will share that Jesus modeled kindness towards everyone. At that time, tax collectors were seen as wrongdoers. Instead, Jesus opened his home and served a meal to the tax collectors. 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…

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10/2 Sunday School

This week……PreK-2nd grade students will enjoy music at 9:00 and then hear another story about the time when Jesus was at the Sea of Galilee. Jill Westberg and Josie Gilbert will share that Jesus modeled kindness towards the disabled. Jesus even had the power to heal a man who was paralyzed! 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 continue their Peacemaker exploration. Last week, they explored giving their anger to God. See the attached…

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Mission Trip Food Drive

  Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice Youth Mission Trip Mini Food Drive To assist with Christian Service Mission in Birmingham, Alabama (the non-profit we are serving on our Mission trip), we are collecting food donations to help support their Thanksgiving Food Drive. Every year at Thanksgiving, they run short of two items—Boxed Stuffing mixes and Mac and Cheese. If you would like to donate to this food drive, please bring Stuffing mixes and boxes of Mac and Cheese to the church by Friday, July 22. You can place your donations under the…

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Update from Tammy Martens

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice Update from Tammy Martens  June and July Happenings            We wrapped up our Sunday morning programming for children and youth on the weekend of June 3rd with lots of joy, laughter, and gratitude. The Pizza and Improv night was a huge success and we witnessed so many of our kids, youth, and adults who have incredible improv talent! I laughed and smiled so hard and often that my cheeks and tummy were sore.           On Sunday, June 5th we celebrated high school seniors, said…

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Update from Tammy Martens

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice Update from Tammy Martens          We are finishing up our 9:00 Sunday programming for children and youth. June 5 will be our last gathering until we reconvene next fall.            Susan Watson and I teach the middle school youth and for the past few months we have been working through our Coexist curriculum. We have studied Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Sikhism. And as we have studied these major religions, we have learned more about our own Christian tradition.            It was an absolute delight to visit the…

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Middle School Huddle- Reviewing Fall 2021

Note: This letter was sent to families with middle school youth. We are sharing it here so the rest of the church knows what has been happening.
It was so incredibly life-giving to gather again with our middle school youth this past fall and begin some good Bible workouts together. Our game plan was successful! We scored a victory when we finished our study of The Story of the Bible: Covenant’s Love with God’sPeople. This particular study is one playbook of many that we could use to study the Bible, but I think it is one of the best and every time we use it, we are guaranteed a victory.

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Youth to Deep Roots

It was a tremendous joy to be with ORUCC youth on our Service/Mission trip August 7014, 2021 as we worked and served at Deep Roots in Earlville, Maryland. There were so many meaningful moments and I was continuously filled with joy with the youth’s determination, positive spirit, good humor, and deep love for the work we were doing. Before landing in Earlville, we stopped in Philadelphia on Sunday and spent time at Reading Terminal Market (Food Market), took pictures under the “LOVE” statue, visited the Liberty Bell Visitor Center, and toured Independence Hall. We got back on the bus and…

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