ORUCC Weekly Announcements for May 12


Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice

Our Week at a Glance 05/12/2022

May 15

Worship & Work Sunday

10:00 am – Worship

In-person & Live-streamed

Preaching: Julia Burkey

Lay Liturgist: Karen Falkner

Free Luncheon & Work Projects after Worship

(scroll down for details)

9:00 am Social Justice Programming

Justice at the Intersections-WCC

Rev. Kerri Parker & Rev. Peder Johanson

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).

 No Java & Jesus until June 5

Leadership Team

Tuesday, May 17

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Barbara Stretchberry


Death Cafe

Wednesday, May 18

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Julia Burkey

Friendship Hall

Meditation Group

Friday, May 20

9:00 a m – 10:00 am

Sue Dixon


Movie Group

Friday, May 20

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Steve Sheets

Memorial Service for Fern E. Hernandez

Saturday, May 14

6:00 p.m. Service

5:00 p.m. Visiting Hour

The service will be in-person and live-streamed.

YouTube Link

9am Social Justice Programming

Friendship Hall

Justice at the Intersections – Wisconsin Council of Churches

Rev. Kerri Parker & Rev. Peder Johanson


ORUCC’s own Kerri Parker is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, which has grown to have a nationwide audience in the past few years. She will share information about the wider church’s work for justice through an ecumenical lens. The Wisconsin Council of Churches connects churches from 21 different denominations with a commitment to courage, justice, and holy imagination. Their justice commitments are wide-ranging and include racial equity and immigration justice, poverty and economic justice, addressing violence and extremism, faith and democracy, community health. She’ll be joined by Rev. Peder Johanson, the Council’s Volunteer Coordinator for Afghan Refugee Response, who will share the current status of refugee resettlement in Wisconsin, and opportunities to get involved. We’ll do our best to leave time for questions and responses – and both presenters will have contact information available for followups. In-person, masked please.

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 May 12 – May 18

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.

May Compassion Offering

United Church Camps

Our May compassion offering will go to Wisconsin’s outdoor ministry program (UCCI) which includes 3 camps: Moon Beach in the north woods, Daycholah on Green Lake, and Cedar Valley in southeast Wisconsin. It’s no surprise that the pandemic was hard on the camps. Even this year, in January, we had to cancel our all-church retreat at Daycholah. Despite the major challenges to the camps, the staff has managed to keep them alive with donations and creative options.


Our camps are sacred spaces to many of us at Orchard Ridge and around the state. They serve families, individuals, people with special needs, and people who benefit from scholarships, They are a great asset for building our spiritual lives and strengthening our lives together.


It ’s crucial we keep our camps strong and energized.




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.

Movie Group Friday, 5/20, 7:00 P.M.


Were you a fan of “I Love Lucy”? The ORUCC movie group will review both the film “Being the Ricardos” and the documentary “Lucy & Desi”. Both available free on Amazon Prime. Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Actress respectively for their portrayal of Desi & Lucy in “Being the Ricardos”.  All are welcome to join us on Friday, May 20th at 7 pm. A light dessert will be served. Please RSVP Steve Sheets, [email protected] so that we may plan accordingly.


We will introduce a new ORUCC feature! Folks may attend in person or join the discussion via Zoom. New equipment in the Swan Room will make this experience much more user friendly than the usual Zoom meetings. We will make the Zoom link available in the weekly church announcements on Thursday, May 19th.


Sunday, May 15

Worship & Work Day  is this  Sunday, May 15th. After worship, we should be able to weed, plant new natives, trim bushes and mulch flower beds. Wear your grubby clothes to church. Bring garden gloves, trowels, shovels, rakes and wheel barrows (marked with your name). You can also work indoors washing windows if you prefer. After worship, enjoy a free luncheon in Friendship Hall hosted by the Ministry of Congregational Life, even if you don’t participate in the work projects. 


There will be opportunities to weed and garden on Wednesday mornings for those of us no longer gainfully employed. Maybe we can plan some outings or brunches to reward ourselves. If interested, please contact Joyce Pohl at [email protected] or call or text 608-206-5697. 

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]


Climate Change and Migration

(see flyer below)

May 15, 2022, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

In-person & via Zoom at Plymouth Congregational U.C.C.

2401 Atwood Ave. Madison, WI

Climate change is already an important driver of human migration, as catastrophic flooding, drought-induced crop failures and other events displace people from their homes. This event will look at how climate change is affecting different parts of the world and the impacts this is having on migration. We will consider ways we can respond as people of faith to these linked crises. Contact Laura ([email protected]) for more information and the Zoom link. Sponsored by Plymouth UCC.  Plymouth UCC Migration Flyer

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. 

From the Immigration Justice Team

Spring Cleaning?

Save those clothes for the Casa Alitas Clothing Drive  in August!

We’ll begin receiving donations after August 8!

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 this past Sunday, May 1.

We once again considered current trends in the region and discussed the evolving types of data now available to us.


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 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 Julia The Story of Thecla May 8 Click Here

Pastor Ken Gone Fishing May 1 Click Here 

Pastor Tammy Inducted into the Hall of Faith April 24 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

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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