Worship resources for this week

Each week we give you links to virtual worship, a copy of the order of worship, and information about in-person and virtual activities. Resources for Sunday worship are usually updated on Saturday. Archive of past worship resources posts.

NOTE: If you are viewing this on your phone and cannot see the whole message below, turn on autorotate on your phone and turn the phone sideways to landscape mode, which should make it readable. We hope to fix this issue with the integration between our emails and the website.

  • ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday March 26th
    Orchard Ridge
    United Church of Christ
    Lent 5: Worship Resources
    Sunday, March 26th
    10:00 am
    in-person & virtually

    Sermon: Radical Hospitality: A Celebration of Heart Room
    Honoring the Past, Present & Future Dream of Heart Room
    Bruce Olsen, Megan Piper & Helene Nelson
    Special Music: Tru Function
    Lay Liturgist: Mary Bucknell

    Join our Worship virtually
    on YouTube any time after
    10 am:
    You will need to refresh the page
    after 10 am if you have opened it before
    Support Heart Room
    Heart Room has supported 15 families and 60 children to find and keep stable housing for long-term thriving. ORUCC members have contributed or pledged funds that support three years of rental assistance per family. Coupled with other supports from professional partners, families then can meet their goals for thriving. 
    The Heart Room Mission Team thanks you for pledges and contributions of all sizes. Your recent pledge statement from the church will let you know any balance on the Heart Room pledge for the eight currently enrolled families. Any donations are gratefully accepted as well. Remember you can pay the church by check or online at LINK
    Lenten Schedule of Sermons
    March 26 A Celebration of Heart Room Ministry
    April 2 Immigration Hospitality – Palm Sunday
    April 7 Good Friday Service 7 pm
    Easter 2023 Schedule April 9
    6:30 am Sunrise service on the ORUCC Lawn with the three rituals of Burning Ashes of Regret, Communion and Renewal of Baptism, followed by homemade brunch.
    9 am Make and take Easter crafts for children
    10 am Easter Worship Service with Choirs
    11 am Easter Egg Hunt for children of all ages
    Java & Jesus
    Sunday, March 19th. 9am
    Attend in-person at the church in the
    Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely
    by Zoom

    Jeanne Moberly facilitating

    All are welcome!
    Please join us even if this is your first time!

    This Sunday you are invited to bring your favorite reading, whether Bible passage, poem, prose, prayer, blessing or psalm, which reminds you of grace and strength in difficult times. Everyone will get a chance to share their reading. Please bring two copies, one for you and one for Jeanne. She will compile them and send out the readings through the church so that they can be shared
    with everyone.

     _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Or paste the following into your browser:  

    To join Zoom discussion by phone: 1 312 626 6799
    Meeting ID: 836 4943 6657
    Passcode: 315584

    If you have difficulty accessing the Zoom discussion,
    phone Ken Pennings at 608-556-2371
    Programming for Children
    March 26th

    Nursery Care: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 Julie Mazer will guide the children in their learning. 

    Music Connections 10am 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
    March Compassion Offering
    One Great Hour of Sharing

    One Great Hour of Sharing®, an ecumenical offering sponsored in Lent by the United Church of Christ, provides humanitarian and disaster relief in the United States and around the world. When a disaster strikes or people are displaced or made refugees by violence or extreme poverty, you are part of the immediate response and the work for long- term recovery. Because the UCC works in partnership to churches and organizations through Global Ministries and worldwide response and recovery networks, your contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing put you in the right place at the right time for the relief, accompaniment and recovery of the most vulnerable. You meet immediate needs and you address the underlying causes that create those needs in the first place.  

    You can make a donation by check, on the memo line, please write “compassion” and mail to ORUCC, 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison, WI 53711, or donate online from our website. The link is https://orucc.org/contribute/support/
    Office Manager Julie Wombacher
    Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am -12:30 pm
    608-271-7212 or EMAIL

    Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey
    518-542-6915 EMAIL

    Associate Pastor: Rev. Ken Pennings
    608-556-2371 EMAIL

    Children’s Education Coordinator & Music Director: Julie Mazer EMAIL
    LIKE or FOLLOW the Orchard Ridge FaceBook Page
    JOIN our Private FB Group:
    Follow us on Instagram @orchardridgeucc