ORUCC Weekly Announcements for Dec 1

Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice

 Week at a Glance 12/1/2022

Saturday December 3, 2022 (8 am – 3 pm)

Fair Trade Holiday Sale at Monona Terrace

(to support Ethical Trading Company & our own Manuel Ramminger)

Otherwise, shop at Ethical Trading Company’s Store at Common Grace, 3565 Tulane Ave, Madison, WI 53714, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-6pm,

Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-6pm

Sunday December 4, 2022

9:00 am Sunday School for Children

9:00 am Appreciative Inquiry with Pastor Julia

10:00 am Worship

in-person & live-streamed

Rev. Ted Drewsen preaching

Cosmic Communion Service

Lay liturgist: Lauren Amburn

Special Music: Choir

Ministry of Congregational Life

Sunday, December 4, 4-6 pm

Potluck mtg at the home of Deb Drewsen

Knitting Group

Monday, December 5

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Sandra Dyar

Adult Faith Formation

Tuesday, December 6

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Nathan Bubenzer


Racial Justice Mission Team Meeting

Thursday December 8

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Pam Oliver



Thursday, November December 1

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Leslie Linser


Christian Witness & Service

December 8

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Ken Psyck


Meditation Group

Friday, December 9

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Sue Dixon


Please help us out this week by bringing your

own KN 95 Mask

We have run very low on masks at the church. I placed an order Monday, however, it will not be delivered until Sunday, December 4. We are always appreciative when you can bring your own and we especially need your assistance this week. Thanks. Julie

Sharing Our Stories: Appreciative Inquiry Visioning

9:00am Dec. 4

We want to hear your voice!

Are you interested in the future of ORUCC? Come join these visioning sessions! Everyone’s voice matters, so please do join us.

December 4th: If you woke up from a deep slumber and came to ORUCC in 5 years and everything you dreamed and imagined and visioned came true, what would it be like? What would you see, feel, hear, smell? How would people be meeting? Who would be there? What is a vision you have for ORUCC?



for you!

For the week of Dec 1 – Dec 7


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.

December Compassion Offering

National UCC Christmas Fund

United Church of Christ retired clergy, servants of the church, have spent lifetimes baptizing and blessing, teaching and preaching, marrying and burying, and comforting and empowering God’s people. The UCC Christmas Fund for Veterans of the Cross gives us the opportunity to sustain and empower them. Gifts to the fund help retired clergy, church staff, and their families supplement pension benefits, pay bills, maintain health insurance, supplement health benefits, and meet emergency needs. In 2021, gifts to the Christmas Fund enabled pension supplementation for 231 retired clergy and lay employees, health benefit supplementation for 87 retired clergy and lay employees, emergency grants for 53 individuals and families, and Christmas “thank you” gift checks to 509 retired clergy and lay employees. Gifts to the Christmas fund in 2022 will make a real difference in the lives of retired clergy church staff, and their families, easing the anxiety of constant financial worries. 


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/

Thanksgiving Year-Round

Helping neighbors around the holidays

When school is in recess during these holidays, many neighborhood families struggle to find the dollars to buy groceries.  

The ORUCC Thanksgiving Year-Round Fund provides food assistance year-round to these families, but especially so at this time of the year. Our social work partners distribute to Southwest Madison neighbors food and gas gift cards – purchased via donations to our Fund.

You can ask questions, and learn more about this Fund, at a table set up at ORUCC on Sunday December 4 and 11.  The table will be staffed by ORUCC members who have seen the good things that these gift cards do for families in need. You’re welcome to stop by.

You can make donations at the table, or at any time by going to  https://orucc.org/contribute/support/ and clicking on the link-box “Contribute to the Thanksgiving Year-Round Fund”  Thank you!

Over 55

Daniel Cooperrider

Wednesday, December 14

Have you read his book, “Speak with the Earth and it Will Teach You”? Rev. Cooperrider will be our guest presenter on December 14th. We will be amazed and entertained! He will have copies of his book available for purchase.  Join us for a delicious $8 buffet luncheon at 11:30 on the 14th.

If you are so moved, wear that special holiday sweater.

Friday Breakfast Group December 2


The next Friday Breakfast is set for December 2 at 8:30 am at Denny’s, 433 S. Gammon Road. All are welcome! The group meets on the first Friday of the month and includes both men and women. Join us for this informal chance to connect and converse on many topics. Contact Louise Jeanne, Link for more information.


Friday, December 2, 6:00pm – 8:00 pm

Friendship Hall

Rachael Lancor


Thursdays 5:30 Friendship Hall

Instructor Leslie Linser    


A slow flow class with a spiritual intention. Bring a yoga mat.

For questions email Leslie at [email protected]  

Greeting Card Ministry returns to ORUCC!! 

Original Designs greeting cards feature original artwork by Peg Kneuve and nature photography by LuAnn Greiner. These seasonal and special occasion cards are always on display and available for purchase in the Crossroads. Proceeds from the sale of these cards supports housing stability for individuals and families in Dane County. Cards can be purchased by cash, check or Venmo (@LuAnn-Greiner). Pick up a few after worship or any time you are stopping by ORUCC!

Moms on a Mission


Moms on a Mission is a grassroots group of mothers and others who show up outside East High School every day to foster a nonviolent environment by being present, creating relationship, and de-escalating conflict. You can help this mission by contributing money to pay for snacks for the youth that MOMS distributes during the lunch period. You can also sign up as a volunteer to be present at East High during the lunch period. To read more about this mission and donate for snacks or volunteer see https://justdane.org/moms/. JustDane is acting as the fiscal agent for these contributions.

Save the date! Our All Church January retreat is back in action! January 13-15th!

If you are interested in helping please reach out to [email protected].

AT ORUCC, the Members

are the Ministers!

We are seeking volunteers to serve 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!

Young people are welcome to sign up too!

Would you consider serving one or more times as

a Coffee Maker or a Welcomer

It has been easy finding Lay Liturgists, but much more challenging finding Coffee-Makers and Welcomers!

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

Click here to sign up as a Coffee Maker

Click here to sign up as a Welcomer

After selecting one or more dates, you will need to click “Submit and Sign Up” at the bottom of the page, then enter your name & email address, then click “Sign Up Now.”

Questions or problems signing up?

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

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 December 5, 6, 7 visiting her spouse Daniel Cooperrider’s family and taking spiritual retreat on December 9th

Associate Pastor Ken Pennings: available

Tues.-Thurs. 10:00 am -5:00 pm 

by appointment

608-556-2371 EMAIL

Both 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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