ORUCC Weekly Announcements for April 28


Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice

Our Week at a Glance 04/28/2022

Sunday May 1 Worship 10:00 am

In-person & Live-streamed

Preaching: Ken Pennings

Lay Liturgist: Laura Conners

9:00 am No Social Justice Programming 5/1

9:00 am Sunday School

For Kindergarten through 8th grade

10:00 am

Music Connections & Craft/Play time.

Children and youth are invited to 10:00 worship & after the Children’s moment will be invited to Music Connections

(for 2nd graders and older)

or Craft/Play time (preschool–first grade).

11:45 Java & Jesus

Sunday, May 1

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Jim McNamara


Knitting Group 

Monday, May 2

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Sandra Dyar


Adult Faith Formation

Tuesday, May 3

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Nathan Bubenzer


Women’s Book Group

Thursday, May 5

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Deanna Blanchard


Breakfast Group

Friday, May 6

8:30 am

Denny’s-433 Gammon Road

Louise Jeanne

Meditation Group

Friday, May 6

9:00 – 10:00 am

Sue Dixon


9am Social Justice Programming

No Programming May 1st-Returns May 8

Ilgen Literacy Fund: New Mission Team Forming

ORUCC is building a new mission team for the Ilgen Literacy Fund. If you feel called to work on a small, community-based project at the intersection of childhood literacy and racial justice, consider joining!

Check out our 2021 progress report to see how we’ve moved forward this year, and/or contact chairperson Jen Walker to learn more.

The United Church of Christ Makes an Appeal for Ukraine

Click here to learn how you may contribute

Or visit https://www.ucc.org/global-h-o-p-e/ukraine-emergency-appeal/



for you!

For the week of April 28 – May 4

Read this week’s reflections as a way to dive deeper into your spiritual practice or to get some nourishment and inspiration

for your day.

Click here for reflections

We are grateful for the ministry of Jeanne Moberly who is a member of Adult Faith Formation, as she puts together a set of fresh readings every week for our devotional practice at Orchard Ridge UCC. You will see these posted daily if you are part of the “Members & Friends” Facebook group. If you know someone who needs encouragement and would like the devotional mailed to them, please contact Julie Wombacher in the church office.

Immigration Justice Team News

Join us and thousands of others on Monday May 2 at the capitol for the Day Without Latinos.

Friday Breakfast Group May 6


Join us for Friday Breakfast Group May 6 at 8:30 am at Denny’s, 433 S. Gammon Road. The group meets on the first Friday of the month and is open to all, both men and women. It is informal and a chance to connect and converse on many topics. Contact Louise Jeanne, Link for more information.

ORUCC is one of the sponsors of this interfaith Iftar!

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice invites people of any (or no) faith to attend the 

Ramadan 2022 Interfaith Iftar

Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 7:15 PM

Lakeview Park

6300 Mendota Avenue, Middleton, WI

Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. Transcending generational, ethnic, and religious differences, this annual event allows guests to learn about Islam, Ramadan, and the Muslim obligation of zakat (charity). It is also an opportunity to break bread together at a time when we are all especially yearning for more connection with each other. 


In keeping with the importance of Zakat for celebrating Ramadan, we are excited to raise funds once again for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin. During the pandemic, Second Harvest saw a 40% increase in the number of food insecure people in SW. Donation jars from Second Harvest will be out on the tables during the iftar. Please come prepared to make a donation by cash or check.


For non-Muslims who may want to delve even more deeply into Ramadan, we encourage you to try fasting from the dawn of April 30 until the Iftar. Muslims believe that fasting redirects the heart away from worldly activities and cleanses the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. The fast also helps us to appreciate the blessings of food and to understand the plight of our food-insecure neighbors. 


Due to COVID, the Iftar will be a catered meal instead of the usual potluck, and we are limiting registration to 100 people. SPACE IS FILLING UP! Please RSVP early to guarantee a seat! 50 indoor and 50 outdoor seats are available, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Click HERE to RSVP

Please consider making a gift to help support the Iftar. Suggested donation: $5 for children under 17; $10 for adults; $20 per family. You can donate HERE or pay at the door by cash or check.

COVID mitigation: If you are unvaccinated, please use the outdoor seating, wear a mask, and stay physically distanced. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.


However you approach the Interfaith Iftar, we look forward to your joining us in this shared celebration.

April Compassion Offering

Common Wealth Development

Common Wealth Development, a 40 plus year old non-profit, uses a people’s first philosophy to work in solidarity with the people we serve in our communities. CWD, uses a housing and employment approach to help stabilize families, thus contributing to stable neighborhoods. Under our racial justice and health equity model, Common Wealth works with a diversity of people, many who may face significant challenges in housing, employment, literacy and transportation.

In the South West neighborhood, CWD owns and manages > 200 low income housing units. We are proud to have opened our newest residential building on Raymond Road in August 2021. The first floor accommodates offices for our staff in addition to offices for our partners in the neighborhood: Joining Forces for Families and RISE Wisconsin with the Early Childhood Initiative.  ORUCC has been a great partner who helped to establish the STEP program within the Work Force Development mission. Through ORUCC financial aid and volunteers, this program has assisted many neighbors in securing stable employment.

Common Wealth also provides incubation space at for first and second stage new businesses to help spur economic development. Our business incubators, Madison Enterprise Center, 100 S. Baldwin St and Main Street Industries, 931 E. Mains St, provide affordable rents for tenants.

We at Common Wealth, are grateful for the support of ORUCC. For more information about Common Wealth Development, go to CWD.org and learn more about CWD’s Adult Workforce Development activities by watching the video. 


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 at orucc.org. Click the brown button “Contribute” in the upper right of the home page.

Java & Jesus (by Zoom) 11:45

May 1–Jim McNamara

Java & Jesus will be on break until June 5

Click here to join Java & Jesus

Don’t miss out! Contact Ken Pennings to be added to the Java & Jesus email list.

Family Game Night is back!

We’ll meet next on Friday, May 6 in the church from 6-8 pm. Bring a game and some food to share. Questions?

Contact Rachael Lancor([email protected]). Also save the date for a special fun night on June 3 featuring improv! 

ORUCC member Dan Miller and his team at Mad City Dream Homes are hosting a wonderful event for the second time (with no real estate related activities!) and we are all invited. Lilada Gee and her artwork will be highlighted on Friday, May 6th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at at their 1619 Monroe Street office. Here’s the event on Facebook (you don’t need to register in order to come). We’ll be serving refreshments and free food from a food truck, too. 

Women’s Book Group

For our May discussion the Women’s Book Group has chosen “How to Stop Time” by Matt Haig. Goodreads calls it “a rollicking adventure through time and a love story, populated with fascinating characters and events.” Jan Christian will facilitate our Zoom discussion on Thursday, May 5, 1:30-3:00 p.m. All women are welcome to attend! Please let Deanna Blanchard, our new coordinator, know if you would like to be added to the email list. The Zoom link is emailed one week in advance. [email protected] or 608-712-0263

Over 55 Wednesday, May 11th. 11:30 am.

Mark your calendars. We will enjoy a grand buffet luncheon at 11:45. Our featured speaker is Dr. Ken Loving, CEO of Access Community Health Centers. Dr. Loving is the son of our own Doug and Mary Loving. Access Community Health Centers is a non-profit organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of people who otherwise face financial, cultural, or language obstacles that prevent access to high-quality, affordable health care. We will learn how “Access” manages to work towards that mission.     All are welcome. The luncheon is $8. Save the date: Wednesday, May 11th, 11:30. Please RSVP, Steve Sheets [email protected], to help our catering team plan.

Wayfinding for Seniors Returns!

Wednesday, May 18, 9:30 am – 11:30 am


After a long hiatus, waiting out you-know-what, Wayfinding is ready to get back up and running.  So if you see yourself as a “senior,” please join us on Wednesday, May 18, for a chance to reconnect and envision our future.


Lucky for us, Pastor Julia is experienced with senior programming. So we’re very grateful she’ll be taking the lead on shaping the future of Wayfinding.  One decision that’s been made is that, going forward, we’ll be narrowing the focus of Wayfinding to address the spiritual aspects of aging and end of life — i.e., the very real challenges of getting older, the spiritual qualities that help meet these challenges, useful spiritual resources, and how we make sense of it all. 


For the fall we’re envisioning a series of “cafe-style” meetups on a regular basis.  They will provide a chance to connect around specific issues and gain strength for our journeys.


On May 18 we’ll begin with inquiry.  Julia would like to know: What are the spiritual tasks of aging as you experience them? Are you finding new wisdom (or humor!) as part of aging? What are the unique challenges elders face? (Of course being a 65-yr-old is quite different from being a 90-yr-old, so “senior /elder” encompasses a range of things.)  We’ll use this input to further plan our cafes for 2022-23.  


Date:  Wednesday, May 18.  Time 9:30-11:30.  Place: ORUCC Fellowship Hall.

No need to RSVP. For more information contact [email protected]


Porchlight Needs Our Help!

Coffee and personal hygiene items-trial size are still needed for the shelter which is at 200 N. First Street until September, 2022.  These supplies can be dropped off at the shelter or at the Porchlight office at 306 N. Brooks St./ Madison. Porchlight’s number is 608-206-9625. 

Save the date!

Celebration of Tammy Martens’ Ministry

August 6, 2022

Stay tuned for more details and times.

If you have questions or suggestions please contact

Ann Evensen [email protected]  cell 608 628 4280 

Barbara Stretchberry [email protected]  cell 608-239-6669

Kellie Miller [email protected]   cell 608 852-7578

Save the date!

ORUCC Installation

Celebration of Julia Burkey

officially installed as our Senior Pastor

Sunday May 22nd 2pm

An installation is a special service in the United Church of Christ that marks the beginning of a pastor’s leadership in the local church and is our way of saying to Pastor Julia “you belong here with us!” It grants a sense of permanence and belonging and celebration of the Holy Spirit for bringing us together. We believe God has brought us together for a reason in this time and place and along with our local Southwest Wisconsin Association of the United Church of Christ, we will celebrate.

The COVID Response Team met on Sunday April 3rd and advises that:


The COVID Response Team met this past Sunday, April 3. After considering the current trends in the region, the team determined that the plans for Maundy Thursday and Easter should go forward as planned, with current mitigations in place: 

For group activities, especially those that traditionally include food, we ask that all participants are either vaccinated & boosted or have had a negative rapid antigen test within the previous day. We will purchase test kits in the office for those who wish to use them.   Masks will be required for the programming portion of the event, and food and beverage are welcomed; groups should maintain spacing while eating.


We are also starting to ask how we will “know” when it is time to increase or decrease our mitigations. While we haven’t made any decisions yet, in the meantime we are making some incremental changes. For one, the choir has been empowered to make their own determination regarding masking during their performance of special music during worship. You may have also noticed the resumption of using the Friendship Pads! We will continue to make these small resumptions as conditions allow.


While this represents a slight increase in risk, we also recognize that by wearing an N95 mask – freely available outside Worship Hall – the wearer essentially ensures that nobody can be considered a “close contact” during worship — it would take hours of continuous exposure to an unmasked individual for this to be the case! This frees us from the need to be concerned with “contact tracing,” etc. if any of our friends test positive for COVID — although we do appreciate being able to pray for them during Joys & Concerns. Please keep telling us when you test positive for COVID after being in worship or at a church function.


The team will next meet on May 1, when we will consider the effects of these changes and what the appropriate next steps might be.

AT ORUCC, the Members are the Ministers!

We are seeking a whole new team of volunteers to serve in 2022 on Sunday mornings for in-person worship. You need not be a member, simply a person who loves ORUCC and is eager to find a place to serve!

Would you consider serving one or more times as a Lay Liturgist, a Welcomer, or for Holy Communion?

Feel free to sign up as an individual, a couple, or a family!

Click here to sign up as a Welcomer

Click here to sign up as a Lay Liturgist

Click here to sign up as a Coffee-Maker

Click here to assist with Holy Communion

Questions? Contact Ken Pennings at [email protected] or 608-556-2371.

Pictorial Directory

Thanks to all those who helped with the pictorial directory. Here is a print version. Photo Directory Print Version

In Case You Missed It!

Pastor Tammy Inducted into the Hall of Faith April 24 Click Here

Pastor Julia Joy & Terror April 17 Click Here

Pastor Julia The Compassion of Jesus April 10 Click Here

Pastor Julia In the Beginning was the Meal April 3 Click Here

Listen to Worship Recordings…



Office Manager Julie Wombacher

available Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am -12:30 pm

608-271-7212 or EMAIL

Senior Pastor Julia Burkey available

Tues.- Fri. & Sun. 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

by appointment

518-542-6915 EMAIL

Pastor Julia will be away April 28-May 3rd for a leadership retreat sponsored by National UCC through the Next Generation Leadership Initiative and is called “Creativity and Design.” Pastor Julia may be reached by cell phone in the case of an emergency.

Associate Pastor Tammy Martens: available

Tues.- Fri. 10:00 am -4:00 pm

by appointment

608-957-3184 or EMAIL

Associate Pastor Ken Pennings: available

Tues.-Thurs. 10:00 am -5:00 pm 

by appointment

608-556-2371 EMAIL

All pastors (try to) take Monday & Saturday as Sabbath days.

Friday is observed as a writing day for the preaching pastor.

In case of a pastoral emergency, please call any of the pastors, as all pastors are available by phone, text and we will always have a pastor on call who we can turn to.

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