ORUCC Weekly Announcements for May 11

Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice

The Compassion Offering Video was incorrect on the last email–It is corrected now–Julie 

Week at a Glance May 11

Sunday-Mother’s Day

May 14, 2023

9:00 am Sunday School for Children

9:00 am Java & Jesus

10:00 am Worship

(in-person and live streamed)

Preaching: Ken Pennings

Lay Liturgist: Ruthanne Landsness

Special Music: ORUCC Choir

11:00 am Blessing & Reception for Jean Rush

We bid farewell to longtime beloved member Jean Rush who is moving to Minneapolis to be near her family

11:00 am “Speak with the Earth” Book Study-Swan Room

Speak with the Earth-Book Study

Monday, 5/15

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Swan Room

Alice Anderman

Speak with the Earth-Book Study

Tuesday, 5/16

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sara Roberts



Wednesday, May 17

9:30- 11:15 am

Planting seeds: legacy, becoming ancestors,

writing our spiritual will.

Thursday May 18

4:00 pm- 5:15 pm ZOOM info below

Meditation Group

Friday, May 19

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Sue Dixon



Saturday, May 20

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ginny Stiles

Swan Room


OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center has served the Madison area since 1973, providing community building, health and human services, and economic, social, and racial justice advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. OutReach has staff advocates that offer peer support, information, and referral in three main areas: substance use and harm reduction, transgender services, and elder services (for those over age 50). We also host social and support groups for people from all across the LGBTQ+ community where people can come together to discuss their lives, learn new skills, or just watch a movie and have a good time! OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center houses the Earl Greely Memorial Library, an over-4000 volume lending library of LGBTQ+ fiction and nonfiction, the David Bohnett Cybercenter, community meeting space, and a community pantry with food and personal essentials.


Funds raised will be used to support Willma’s Fund, a program of OutReach offering emergency financial assistance to LGBTQ+ adults in Dane County. Willma’s Fund was founded in 2011 by Donald Haar, a former employee of the Salvation Army and drag performer who goes by the name Willma Flynn-Stone. Donald recognized that LGBTQ+ people often face additional barriers when accessing support for homelessness or housing insecurity and saw a way to help (and get back into performing drag!). Since 2011, Willma’s Fund has awarded over $250,000 to over 500 people. In 2022 alone we awarded $50,000 to 120 people. We paid 35 people’s security deposits or first month’s rent, and provided over 400 nights of emergency shelter through short-term hotel stays. Willma’s Fund is a vital piece of our community’s efforts to protect its most vulnerable members.


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/

Invitation to submit a request for a Compassion Offering

ORUCC has a long history of generously supporting recipient organizations of the monthly Compassion Offering selected by the Ministry of Christian Witness and Service (CWS). As our CWS team deliberates over which organizations to choose, we welcome your engagement in the process. Any two members of the ORUCC congregation or pastoral staff may nominate a recipient organization to be considered by CWS. To review the guidelines and suggest an organization, please read and complete this form.  

This form is always available on the ORUCC.org website by clicking on the “Contribute” tab and choosing “Monthly Compassion Offering” from the drop-down menu. 



for you!

For the week of May 11 – May 17


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.

Zentangle® Beginner Class: Saturday, May 20, 2-4 pm

Alfred Swan Room

Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser

Sign-up by May 14


Through the Zentangle Method of drawing, you can:

·    ·    Relax

·    ·    Focus

·    ·    Expand your imagination

·    ·    Trust your creativity

·    ·    And perhaps most importantly…..Have fun!


Ginny Stiles, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) as agreed to do a Zentangle class to benefit the Youth Mission Trip. Cost is $20, (even change or checks made out to ORUCC and put mission trip in the memo line) all materials supplied.


To register email or call Ginny at [email protected] or 352-360-3403 by May 10. Minimum class size is 10 students with a maximum of 18. Learn more about Zentangle at zentangle.com and click on “learn” and then click “What is it”.


You can do Zentangle if you can write your signature legibly in ink. No drawing experience is needed. This class is for all folks ages 16 and up.

May 17 & 18 2023


Planting Seeds: legacy, becoming ancestors,

writing our spiritual will.

“The Soul-tasks of Aging

toward a Theology of the Elder Years”

Wednesday, May 17th 9:30-11:15am

Thursday May 18th 4:00-5:15pm

Topic: Wayfinding ZOOM

Time: May 18, 2023 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Every month on the Third Thu, until Jun 15, 2023, 2 occurrence(s)

    May 18, 2023 04:00 PM

    Jun 15, 2023 04:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 861 9987 4033

Passcode: 749717

Page Scholarship Committee

The 2023 Page Scholarship Committee is happy to announce the recipients of this year’s awards. The awardees include ORUCC students Lila Eggerling-Boeck, Gabe Martens and Madeline Miller. Congratulations on this scholarship that recognizes your hard work in college and your commitment to our church community!

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Our church always needs prayer shawls! If you can knit or crochet, please consider creating a shawl for us to distribute. We have simple patterns if you need one. If you have questions about this ministry, please call Sandra Dyar at 608-271-2409.

The prayer shawl team meets on the first Monday of every month at the church at 1:30 pm. Each of us knits, crochets, or does crafts, and the conversation is always fun! Won’t you join us?


Interested in ORUCC gardens but not enough time for a weekly commitment? YOU CAN STILL HELP. And we still need you!” You can stop by for a half hour to clean up or to water once a week or once a year. On the other hand, there are several beds and you can adopt one for regular maintenance. Examples of chores (besides weeding) are: planting, trimming, pruning, dividing and moving perennials and watering in the heat of the summer. All of these tasks give you a chance to visit with other garden tenders and learn about the variety of plants we grow (more and more are natives!). Before Worship and Work Sunday on May 21, we are trimming last year’s flower stalks and tidying the beds. Contact Joyce Pohl (at [email protected]) if interested and getting suggestions for big or small tasks. 

We are looking for Brat Fest Volunteers for the weekend of May 26-May 28!

Would you be willing to donate a few hours at Brat Fest to benefit our Youth Service Trip? Brat Fest has a variety of volunteer positions from set up, grilling, trash pick up, serving, event take down. Our church has to fulfill 20 hours of set up to qualify for fundraising and we really need your help.  

To sign up go to:  https://app.initlive.com/JE/63v6refjssjaf2

You must create a sign on, choose a T-shirt size and check that you are volunteering to benefit a charity. Then, choose Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ as your benefiting organization. You get to choose the date, time and position you’d like to volunteer for. Ask your friends to join you – as our teens know – it’s more fun to volunteer as a group! Plus, you get the t-shirt and a free brat for every shift you work. Sign up today – these shifts go F-A-S-T..

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!

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

by appointment

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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