ORUCC Weekly Announcements for July 7

Weekly Announcements

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ

Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice

 Week at a Glance 07/07/2022

Sunday, July 10, 2022

10:00 am Worship

“Spirituality & The Arts” — Summer Theme Continues!

in-person & live-streamed

Julia Burkey preaching

Liturgist: Bruce Olsen

Special Music: Dave Allen

For Children & Youth

10:00 am Kids in the Garden

For Adults

9:00 am Java & Jesus (Hybrid)

Dan Rossmiller facilitating

Either attend J&J in person at the church in the Alfred Swan Room,

or by Zoom!

Click here to join J&J by Zoom

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Monday, July 11

Men’s Group

7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

John Lemke

Romero Room

Care of Creation

Tuesday, July 12

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sara Roberts

Swan Room

Resources Meeting

Wednesday, July 13

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Jon Blanchard


Women’s Group Meeting

Thursday, July 14

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Joyce Binder

Outside or Crossroads

Racial Justice Meeting

Thursday, July 14

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Pam Oliver


Christian Witness & Service

Thursday, July 14

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Ken Psyck


Meditation Group

Friday, July 15

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Sue Dixon


Java & Jesus (Hybrid)

In-Person in the Alfred Swan Room at the Church, or by Zoom

    July 10–Dan Rossmiller facilitating

Click here to join J&J by Zoom

Contact  Ken Pennings to be added to the Java & Jesus email list, or if you’re having trouble accessing the Zoom meeting. The Zoom Link will also be included in the Saturday Worship Email.  



As many of you know, we’ve kept a key to the church “hidden” outside the building for many years. We want to be more secure about our building, at this time. We are placing a key in a combination lock box near the same place as the “hidden key”. If you need access to the code, please contact any of the pastors, the moderators, or Jon Blanchard.

Moderators and Ministry chairs should already have a key to use the building as needed for meetings, but if you are a leader of a group who uses the building often, please get in touch with Julie W in the office to arrange for a key. Thanks for keeping our building safe!



for you!

For the week of July 7 – July 13


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.

July Compassion Offering

Casa Alitas

Casa Alitas is a non-profit, immigrant welcome center in Tucson, Arizona. The Center provides a warm welcome, food, clothing, shelter for a few days, medical care, assistance in reuniting families who have been separated at the border, and then assistance for these families with transportation to sponsors who await them in the United States.  

ORUCC has a hands-on history with Casa Alitas, even though it is miles away. You may remember that we sponsored a wonderfully successful clothing drive in 2021, and are planning another for this August.

Funds from the compassion offering will be used to provide direct services to immigrant families. For example, it will help reunite families who have been separated at the border, to buy plane tickets for people to reach the homes of their sponsors in the United States, and to pay for the food, medical supplies, and shelter provided by Casa Alitas. 

Thank you in advance for your contribution.




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.

          Volunteer Opportunity

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, a collaborate partner in Keeping Neighbors Connected (KNC) has provided a Thursday food pantry for neighbors in our Southwest neighborhood for more than 20 years. It is supported by the Second Harvest Food Bank. Rick Thomas, the food pantry manager, recently reported a shortage of volunteers to help on Thursdays. Is this a volunteer opportunity for you?   

Thursday Food Pantry shifts include:

  • 8:30-10am stocking shifts
  • Host shifts (the most critical shortage) are 9:45-12 noon or 5:15-7pm.
  • Most volunteers work 1 shift per month
  • Most volunteers wear masks, but it’s not mandatory

If you are interested in this collaborative volunteer opportunity, email Rick at [email protected] for further questions and to complete required paperwork.


Thank you,


Jane Glaze, [email protected]                                                       

Keeping Neighbors Connected (KNC), SMAC (housing) and CWS member.  

From the Immigration Justice Team

Plan ahead for the Casa Alitas Clothing Drive!

Summer and Fall clothing

Think young families

Kid’s clothes, men’s and women’s small sizes, tennies

We’ll begin receiving donations August 8!

Thank you in advance for your donation.

News for Covid Response Team

The COVID Response Team met Sunday, June 5th, and decided not to change anything, but to hold steady where we are. Positive test rates in Dane County are up currently, which we are watching.


We continue to recommend that masks be required during worship, in order to extend the broadest welcome to all. For small groups that use the church outside of the worship service, they may continue to work with the pastors to make the best determination for their group.


We are starting to digest the new COVID metrics that have become publicly available, and to consider how they might guide our decision-making in the future. 

While the recommendations continue to evolve, we reiterate that by wearing even a non-fitted 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.

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, an Assistant to the AV Technician,

a Welcomer, a Lay Liturgist, to assist with

Holy Communion or to host summer “Lawn Lemonade”?

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

Click here to serve as a Coffee Maker

Click here to serve as an Assistant to the AV Technician

Click here to sign up as a Welcomer

Click here to sign up as a Lay Liturgist

Click here to sign up to assist with Holy Communion

Click here to host “Lawn Lemonade” after worship

After selecting a date, 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.

In Case You Missed It!

Pastor Ken: The Art of Resistance, July 3 Click Here

Pastor Ken: Garments of Glory, June 26 Click Here

Pastor Julia: Mental Health & Spirituality, June 12 Click Here

Pastor Tammy: To Hear and be Heard, June 5  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 on vacation Sunday June 26- Weds July 6

& Tuesday July 19-Friday July 22

Associate Pastor Tammy Martens: available

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

by appointment

608-957-3184 or EMAIL

Pastor Tammy will be at Moon Beach June 26- July 3

& on the mission trip Saturday July 23- Saturday July 30

Pastor Tammy’s last sermon is August 7th and then retires!

Associate Pastor Ken Pennings: available

Tues.-Thurs. 10:00 am -5:00 pm 

by appointment

608-556-2371 EMAIL

Pastor Ken will take time away in the later half of the summer.

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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