ORUCC Weekly Announcements for Feb 23

Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice

 Week at a Glance Feb 23



Thursday, February 23

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Zoom (see below)

Sunday, February 26, 2023

9:00 am Sunday School for Children

9:00 am Java & Jesus

10:00 am Worship

(in-person and live streamed)

Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey: Preaching

Laura Conners : Liturgist

Special Music: TRU Function

Men’s Group

Monday, February 27

7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Romero Room

7 Deadly Sins Book Study Group

Tuesday, February 28

10:30 am – noon

Swan Room & Zoom(see below)

David Anderman

Culvers Fundraiser

Tuesday, February 28

Culvers-Mineral Point Road

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ministry of Resources

Wednesday, March 1

6:00 pm

Jon Blanchard


Women’s Book Group

Thursday, March 2

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Deanna Blanchard



Thursday, March 2

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Leslie Linser


7 Deadly Sins Book Study Group

Thursday, March 2

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Swan Room & Zoom(see below)

David Anderman

Breakfast Group

Friday, March 3

8:30 am

Denny’s Gammon Road

Meditation Group

Friday, March 3

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Sue Dixon


Family Game Night

Friday, March 3

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rachael Lancor

From Racial Justice MIssion Team

Learn about white christian nationalism

White christian nationalists are claiming to speak for Christians when they attack racial diversity, LGBTQ rights, abortion, and election results. ORUCC member Rev. Dr. David Anderman will lead an eight-week study group on Tuesday mornings 10:30-12 from February 28-April 25 and Thursday evenings March 2- April 27. The study group will be hybrid (in person and virtual on Zoom) in the Swan seminar room at ORUCC. The Racial Justice Mission Team has been discussing this issue for over a year and we think it is time to bring it to the congregation. We asked David to write a statement about this issue for the ORUCC website.


Please RSVP with David [email protected]



for you!

For the week of Feb 23 – March 1


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.

New to the Church?

You are invited to a “meet & greet” with others who are new to the church on Sunday, March 5th, 9 am, in the Anne Frank Room (down the Education Wing on the right).

You are also invited to a series of New Members Classes with the Pastors and Leadership Team of Orchard Ridge UCC. You may find the classes helpful even if you don’t intend to join the church at this time.


Sunday, March 12,9:00 a.m. — Informational Class in the Anne Frank Room

Sunday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. — Informational Class in the Anne Frank Room

Sunday, March 26, 9:00 a.m. — Informational Class in the Anne Frank Room

Sunday, April 2 (Palm Sunday), 9:00 a.m. — Informational Class in the Anne Frank Room


RSVP to [email protected], or 271-7212. At the Informational Classes, you’ll learn more about Orchard Ridge and the United Church of Christ (UCC). We’ll discuss our history as a local church, ministries within the congregation and the wider community, and some of the church’s views on important issues of faith. In preparation for this series, you may wish to browse ORUCC’s website: www.orucc.org.

February Compassion Offering

Worker Justice Wisconsin

Worker Justice Wisconsin (WJW) is a Madison-based nonprofit that builds collective worker power together with faith and labor allies. Our worker center educates and empowers employees who do not have a union. We help them file complaints with state agencies, incubate worker-owned cooperatives, and train workers to organize their coworkers. With a mostly bilingual staff, WJW pays special attention to the Spanish-speaking, immigrant working class. In 2022, WJW trained 140 workers, helped recover $121,560.11 in previously owed but unpaid wages, organized two job sites, and incubated three cooperatives. Of the 200+ workers who opened cases in 2022, over 90% were immigrants, and 89% were Latinx. 


February’s Compassion Offering will be deposited in the WJW Solidarity Fund. The Fund encourages workers to engage in job site organizing by providing a basic financial safety net. If a worker is retaliated against or fired by their employer for engaging in legally protected organizing activity, or if a workforce decides to go on strike, they can receive up to 50% of their income from the fund (so long as funds last and up to two months). The Fund is crucial to bolstering workers’ bargaining power. It is not charity. It is a direct contribution to workers’ struggle to overcome structural inequality.


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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/

2023 Mission Trip Fund Raisers

Culver’s Share Night

Join us on Tuesday, February 28th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Mineral Point Culver’s for a fundraiser benefiting our 2023 Youth Service Trip to Duluth, MN. Our teens will be happy to “serve” you and your family in the dining room or through the Drive Thru. 10% of proceeds will be donated to our trip!

Wayfinding 4th Thursday

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 867 4750 7302

Passcode: 823000

Phone in: 13126266799

Racial Justice News

McFarland UCC invites others in the Wisconsin Conference to join their discussions of three episodes of the video series, “The Color of Compromise” in person or on Zoom on Tuesday Feb 28, March 7, and March 14 at 6:30. This series describes how church people have helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. Sessions will begin with watching a 20 minute video followed by small group discussions in person or on Zoom and then a large group wrap-up, ending by 8pm. To participate, please send an email to [email protected] and include “The Color of Compromise” in the email subject line. You will receive the zoom link and password a few days before the event.

Friday Breakfast Group – March 3


The next Friday Breakfast is set for March 3 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.

Youth Faith Formation Meeting

Sunday, March 5

After worship service

Meet in Friendship Hall

Karen Jaehnig

Easter Flower Orders

We will be decorating the sanctuary with Easter lilies, tulips, daffodils and hyacinth from Felly’s again this year. We invite you to make a donation in Honor or in Memory of a Loved one. Plants will be $16 and forms will be in the crossroads. Orders will be due by Sunday, March 5.

Over 55 March 8th

Beyond the Badge: Reflections of an Ex-Cop.

Our guest on March 8th will be Rob Zaleski renowned local newspaper reporter and author of the recent book on David Couper. Zaleski spent months interviewing Couper and has created a very interesting biography of the former Madison Police Chief. Join us at 11:30. We will dine at 11:45 on a very fine $8 luncheon, with the program to begin at 12:30. All are welcome. Please RSVP so that our catering team knows how many to prepare for. Steve Sheets. [email protected]

Movie Group March 9th

7 p.m. at Oakwood Village



Set in the rural American South during World War II, Mudbound is a 2017 American historical drama film directed by Dee Rees. It was written by Rees and Virgil Williams, The film depicts two World War II veterans – one white, one black – who return to rural Mississippi each to address racism and PTSD in his own way. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017.


Critics praised its screenplay and direction, and the cast’s performances.  At the 90th Academy Awards, the film earned four nominations: Best Supporting Actress for Blige; Best Original Song for Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson (Blige became the first person to ever be nominated for both acting and songwriting in the same year); Best Adapted Screenplay for Rees and Virgil Williams (Rees became the first Black woman to ever be nominated) and Best Cinematography, which made Rachel Morrison the first woman to ever be nominated in the category. The film is rated R.  A discussion will follow in the Sun Room.


Easy parking.  Enter Oakwood at the Island Drive traffic signal, immediately turn right.  Find the Arts parking area and enter through the door facing the parking area.

Contact Steve Sheets [email protected], or Doug Loving [email protected], with any questions. 

It’s Time for Camp Registration!

Registration for all of our UCC camps (Moon Beach, Daycholah, and Cedar Valley) is now open. There is such a variety: kids, adult, family, glamping, the arts, sailing….Some of the sessions, like Camp Awesum and Family Camp fill up quickly, so check out the brochure today.

Click the LINK to sign up today!


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]  

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, a Welcomer, a Lay Liturgist or

to assist with Holy Communion?

It has been fairly easy finding Lay Liturgists and Communion Assistants, 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

Click here to sign up as a Lay Liturgist

Click here to Assist with Holy Communion

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

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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