ORUCC Christmas Eve Worship Resources for 12.24.2023

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Merry Christmas

10:00 am: Advent 4 & Christmas Carol Sing

Coffee, cocoa & cookies plus cozy casual worship service for the whole family. You’re invited to wear something festive or even your pajamas!

This service is in-person only and

will NOT be live-streamed.

3:00 pm: Children & Youth Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with original and classic Christmas music in the theme of “hope” with children of the church and youth rock band TRU Function.

Live-Streamed & in-person

YouTube Link

You will need to refresh the page

after 10 am if you have opened it before

5:30 pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

shared with ORUCC and Madison Mennonite Church

Special Music: ORUCC Choir

As a shared in-person service, our live-stream option is to join this special service over ZOOM, as the Mennonite community does at their weekly services.

Zoom Meeting Link


Meeting ID: 813 7763 6352

Passcode: 094412

Here is a google doc Printable Bulletin

Nursery & Sunday School pauses

Nursery Care is closed 12/24 & 12/31 and resumes 1/7/24

Sunday School takes a winter break 12/24 & 12/31 and resumes 1/7/24

Java & Jesus

pauses 12/24/23

resumes 12/31/23



The Christmas Fund is an annual special offering of the United Church of Christ. Each year at Christmas, UCC members are invited to give to this fund, created for the benefit of clergy and lay workers in our denomination. Orchard Ridge UCC has participated in generous ways for many years. 

Funds are disbursed in a timely and sensitive manner to benefit retired clergy with inadequate pensions, surviving clergy spouses whose needs may be great following the death of their spouse, retired church workers who often lack adequate pension plans, and currently serving pastors confronted with emergency financial needs. 

This year’s theme comes from John 1:16: “From Christ’s fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” The presence of God in our lives equips us to respond generously. 


Throughout December we will hear specific accounts of ways The Christmas Fund has proved essential for those who lead us in worship and mission across the United Church of Christ. Funds are collected by The Pension Boards of the UCC and are distributed carefully and thoughtfully for maximum benefit. 


Thank you for giving generously


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/

ORUCC office will be closed 12/23/23-1/1/24 and Office Manager Julie Wombacher will not respond to email or phone calls during this time. For pastor’s on-call and holiday vacation schedule, see bellow:

Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey EMAIL

On-call: 12/24/23 – 12/31/23

Holiday vacation: 1/1/24 – 1/6/24

Away attending UCC Conference for Senior Pastors: 1/7/24 – 1/11/24

Associate Pastor: Rev. Kate Mackey EMAIL

Holiday vacation: 12/25/23 – 1/1/24

Away tending to family needs in early January

Associate Pastor: Rev. Ken Pennings EMAIL

Holiday vacation: 12/25 – 1/1/24

On-call: 1/2/24 – 1/11/24

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