All announcements

This page lists all announcements in reverse chronological order regardless of topic.

  • Report from MOSES
    MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equity, and Solidarity for Criminal Legal System Reform) is part of WISDOM, a statewide social justice organization, and with Gamaliel, a national social justice network. Gamaliel’s Annual Report for 2023 talks about its support for building a focus on racial equity, immigration justice, integrated voter engagement, transformational justice, and more. MOSES Supporting Quality Literacy Curricula The Racial Justice for …
  • ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, March 3rd, 2024
    Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ Sunday Worship Resources Sunday, March 3, 2024 Lent 3 9:00 am Sunday School Pre-K-5th, Dancing the Labyrinth with Pastor Julia Youth: Echo the Story, Dorothy Day Room 9:00 am Java & Jesus for Adults Alfred Swan Room 10:00 am Worship Sermon: Rev. Kate Mackey “‘Jesus Wept’: When Death Isn’t Fair” in our “Fear Not!” …
  • March Compassion Offering: JustDane
    Just Dane (formerly Madison-area Urban Ministry), is a non-profit organization that offers an array of direct supportive initiatives for: In 2023 over 750 individuals received support through JustDane’s initiatives. This year JustDane celebrates 50 years of social justice work in our community. Throughout our 50 years JustDane has, and continues to engage in the community advocating for State and local …
  • ORUCC Weekly Announcements for February 29
    Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice Week at a Glance February 29 Friday, March 1 8:30 Breakfast Group-Denny’s 6:00 pm Family Game Night-Friendship Hall  Sunday, March 3 9:00 am – PreK-5 Grade Labyrinth Walk in Friendship Hall; Youth Sunday School – Day Room 9:00 am – For Adults – Java & Jesus – Alfred Swan Room 10:00 am …
  • Webinar Recording Available
    A webinar, “Declaration for a Just Peace Between Palestine and Israel” A Study of the 2021 UCC Resolution hosted by the Wisconsin Conference of the UCC was presented Wednesday, January 3rd. The recording is available here. This webinar will explores UCC’s 2021 Resolution of Witness describing Israel’s military occupation of Palestine an apartheid system. Note: This is a condensed version …
  • Petition mailed to President Biden
    Motivated by the urgent need to prevent death by starvation of masses of Palestinian men, women and children, members of ORUCC’s Palestine Justice Mission Team sent an urgent petition to President Joseph Biden. The petition recognizes the vital role that UNRWA (the United Nations Refugee and Works Administration) plays in the lives of everyday Palestinians, including Palestinian families in Gaza …
  • 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 …
  • ORUCC Java & Jesus, March 3rd, 9 am (In-person or by Zoom)
    Java & Jesus Sunday, March 3, at 9 am Attend in-person at the church in the Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely by Zoom Peg Knueve facilitating All are welcome! Join us even if this is your first time! Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss a chapter from Richard Rohr’s book What Do We Do With …
  • 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 …
  • ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, February 25th, 2024
    Deep Peace to You Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ Sunday Worship Resources Sunday, February 25, 2024 Lent 2 9:00 am Sunday School Education Wing 9:00 am Java & Jesus for Adults Alfred Swan Room 10:00 am Worship Sermon: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey “Cultivating Deep Peace” in our “Fear Not!” Becoming Death Doulas, series Lay Liturgist: Amy Kell Music: TRU …
  • 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 …
  • ORUCC Java & Jesus, February 25th, 9 am (In-person or by Zoom)
    Java & Jesus Sunday, Feb. 25, at 9 am Attend in-person at the church in the Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely by Zoom Dick Rossmiller facilitating All are welcome! Join us even if this is your first time! Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss “Strangeness of Easter” (Wall Street Journal, April 3-4, 2021).  Click …
  • ORUCC Weekly Announcements for February 22
    Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice Week at a Glance February 22 Sunday, February 25 9:00 am – Sunday School for Children and Youth – Education Wing 9:00 am – For Adults – Java & Jesus – Alfred Swan Room 10:00 am Worship Sermon: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey Lay Liturgist: Amy Kell Music: TRU Function 11:15 Israel in Context …
  • 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 …
  • You’re invited to ISRAEL IN CONTEXT, Feb. 25, 11:15 am, at ORUCC
    Fake emails from Pastor Julia You are invited! ISRAEL IN CONTEXT Sunday, February 25th, 11:15 am, in Friendship Hall, at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, 1501 Gilbert Rd., Madison, WI 53711 No food is planned for this event, but feel free to brink snacks for yourself and/or others. Micah 6:8 reads “….what doth the Lord require of thee, but …
  • 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 …
  • Sunday, April 7, 9 a.m. – Meet Palestinian Christian Usama Nicola
    Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 a.m. join us (from home or in the Swan room) for a Zoom interview with Usama Nicola. Usama (pictured below, right) is a tour guide extraordinaire and co-runs an organization–Wi’am: The Palestine Transformation Center — that helps Palestinian children and youth cope with the trauma of occupation. Usama is a deeply committed Christian living in Bethlehem, just blocks …
  • ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, February 18th, 2024
    Join us for Lent Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ Sunday Worship Resources Sunday, February 18, 2024 Lent 1 Due to the current increased rates of Covid, RSV and influenza respiratory infections, ORUCC strongly encourages you to wear a face mask this Sunday to protect yourself, your family, and your friends here at church. 9:00 am Sunday School Education Wing …
  • Quilts for Gaza: Quilters Invited
    The war in Gaza has left thousands of people homeless, injured and critically ill. Many of these people are newborn infants, young children, or teenagers. Although shipments of humanitarian aid for Gaza are very limited right now, in time it will become possible to send quilts to Gaza. A group of quilters from Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ is preparing for …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • ORUCC Java & Jesus, February 18th, 9 am (In-person or by Zoom)
    Java & Jesus Sunday, Feb. 18, at 9 am Attend in-person at the church in the Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely by Zoom Jeanne Moberly facilitating All are welcome! Join us even if this is your first time! Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss excerpts from Brian Doyle’s essays in his lovely book One Long …
  • ORUCC Weekly Announcements for February 15
    Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice Week at a Glance February 15 Sunday, February 18 9:00 am – Sunday School for Children and Youth – Education Wing 9:00 am – For Adults – Java & Jesus – Alfred Swan Room 10:00 am Worship Sermon: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey Lay Liturgist: Susi Petta Music: ORUCC Choir 11:15 Sermon Talk Back …
  • Sunday School 2/18
    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 The Parable of the Two Sons. The 2-5 grade classroom will continue their study of the …
  • ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, February 4th, 2024
    Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ Sunday Worship Resources Sunday, February 11, 2024 Due to the current increased rates of Covid, RSV and influenza respiratory infections, ORUCC strongly encourages you to wear a face mask this Sunday to protect yourself, your family, and your friends here at church. 9:00 am Sunday School Education Wing 9:00 am Java & Jesus for …
  • 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 …
  • Music Connections 2/11; Is your child available on 2/25? Please respond.
    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. Kate …
  • ORUCC Weekly Announcements for February 8
    Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice Week at a Glance February 8 Sunday, February 11 9:00 am – Sunday School for Children and Youth – Education Wing 9:00 am – For Adults – Java & Jesus – Alfred Swan Room 10:00 am Worship Sermon: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey Lay Liturgist: Laura Conners Music: Handbells Faith in Action Brunch after …
  • You’re invited to ISRAEL IN CONTEXT, Feb. 25, 11:15 am, at ORUCC
    Fake emails from Pastor Julia You are invited! ISRAEL IN CONTEXT Sunday, February 25th, 11:15 am, in Friendship Hall, at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, 1501 Gilbert Rd., Madison, WI 53711 Micah 6:8 reads “….what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, to have mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” We, as a community …
  • 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 …
  • ORUCC – PHISHING emails, please read
    Fake emails from Pastor Julia PHISHING EMAIL SCAM Some of you have received phishing emails impersonating Pastor Julia asking if you are available to handle a matter discreetly, and if you can buy gift cards and then send pictures– trying to take advantage of kind church people. We are SO sorry if this has happened to you. If an email …
  • ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, February 4th, 2024
    Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ Sunday Worship Resources Sunday, February 4, 2024 Due to the current increased rates of Covid, RSV and influenza respiratory infections, ORUCC strongly encourages you to wear a face mask this Sunday to protect yourself, your family, and your friends here at church. 9:00 am Sunday School Education Wing 9:00 am Java & Jesus for …
  • 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 …
  • How can I contribute now to help the people of Gaza?
    You may be wondering how you can help meet the needs of people in Gaza. Here is an annotated list of nonprofits serving Gazans. All are proven, trusted organizations.
  • ORUCC Weekly Announcements for February 1
    Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice Week at a Glance February 1 Today, February 1 1:30 pm Women’s Book Group – Zoom 7:00 pm Movie Group – Oakwood West – Nakoma Room 4:00 pm Flicker Wild Church – Imbolc – Donald County Park Friday, February 2 8:30 am Breakfast Group – Denny’s on Gammon 9:30 am Zoom Meditation 6:00 …
  • Music Connections 2/4; Save the Date and Please Respond on Google Form
    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. Bethany …
  • ORUCC Java & Jesus, February 4th, 9 am (In-person or by Zoom)
    Java & Jesus Sunday, Feb. 4, at 9 am Attend in-person at the church in the Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely by Zoom Mary Neuhaus facilitating All are welcome! Join us even if this is your first time! Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss chapter five of Anne Lamott’s book Almost Everything – Notes on …
  • Urgent petitions sent to Mark Pocan and Tammy Baldwin
    Motivated by a need for action, members of ORUCC’s Palestine Justice Mission Team mailed time-sensitive petitions to Mark Pocan and Tammy Baldwin. The petitions highlight Israel’s deliberate blockage of humanitarian aid to Gaza—blockage that has led to ordinary men, women and children of Gaza starving and even dying of starvation. The petitions explain that this blockage of aid violates core …
  • February Compassion Offering: Porchlight, Inc – Safe Haven Program
    Safe Haven is a Madison-based day shelter for adults with mental illness who are experiencing homelessness. Guests have access to meals, showers, laundry, bus tickets, mail, and phone services.  Safe Haven also provides housing-focused case management and crisis stabilization services.  Safe Haven staff specialize in building rapport with individuals who may not otherwise engage in mainstream services.    Safe Haven provides invaluable …
  • 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 …
  • With appreciation
    Out of budgeted church funds in 2023, our Ministry of Christian Witness and Service (CWS) awarded $2,000 in response to the Urgent Appeal extended by UCC Global Ministries. The Appeal was supported by churches across Wisconsin and the entire UCC. Funds raised have been (and continue to be) forwarded to our Mission Partners actively working in Gaza: the Department of …
  • ORUCC Weekly Announcements for January 25
    Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice Week at a Glance January 25 Saturday, January 27 Indigenous Justice: What’s next? 9:00 am-12:00 pm Friendship Hall Pastor Julia Sunday, January 28 9:00 am – Labyrinth Walk for Children and Youth Education Wing 9:00 am – For Adults – Java & Jesus – Alfred Swan Room 10:00 am Worship Sermon: Ruthanne Landsness …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • ORUCC – Reading for Indigenous Justice Retreat – Sat. Jan 27th 9am-12pm
    Reading for our time   Indigenous Justice Reading – Beyond Land Acknowledgements Join for a half-day retreat Saturday, January 27, 2024 9am-12pm Friendship Hall     I invite you to read ahead of time “Beyond Land Acknowledgments” a free and helpful resource produced by Native communities, just for our purposes- included in the button above. Thank you to those who …
  • ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, January 21st, 2024
    Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ Sunday Worship Resources Sunday, January 21, 2024 Due to the current increased rates of Covid, RSV and influenza respiratory infections, ORUCC strongly encourages you to wear a face mask this Sunday to protect yourself, your family, and your friends here at church. 9:00 am: Java & Jesus (for adults) 9:00 am: Sunday School for …
  • 2023 Annual Report
    Here is a copy of ORUCC’s 2023 Annual Report. Paper copies of the report will be available in the Crossroads after January 25.
  • 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 …
  • ORUCC Indigenous Justice Retreat – Sat. Jan 27th 9am-12pm
    How might we use our land, building and resources for justice?     Indigenous Justice Half Day Retreat Saturday, January 27, 2024 9am-12pm Friendship Hall     Faith in Action Save the date! Pastor Julia will be hosting a half-day retreat January 27th from 9am-12pm for the WHOLE CHURCH to wonder “what’s next” or “so what?” after dwelling in our …
  • ORUCC – PHISHING emails, please read
    Fake emails from Pastor Julia PHISHING EMAIL SCAM Some of you have received phishing emails titled “Many Blessings,” impersonating Pastor Julia asking if you are available to talk and if you can buy gift cards and then send pictures– trying to take advantage of kind church people. If an email seems odd to you from one of our pastors, trust …
  • ORUCC Java & Jesus, January 21st, 9 am (In-person or by Zoom)
    Java & Jesus Sunday, Jan. 21, at 9 am Attend in-person at the church in the Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely by Zoom Mary Neuhaus facilitating All are welcome! Join us even if this is your first time! Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss pages 1-17 of Anne Lamott’s book Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.   Paradox and …
  • ORUCC Weekly Announcements for January 18
    Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice Week at a Glance January 18 Saturday, January 20 Chris Thomas Memorial 11:00 am Sunday, January 21 9:00 am – Sunday School For Children and Youth 9:00 am – For Adults – Java & Jesus – Alfred Swan Room 10:00 am Worship Sermon: Julia Burkey Lay Liturgist: Lauren Amburn Music: ORUCC Choir 11:15 …
  • 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 …