ORUCC Weekly Announcements for Sept 1

Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice

 Week at a Glance 09/01/2022

Sunday, September 4 , 2022

10:00 am Worship

in-person & live-streamed

Hymn Sing Sunday!

No 9:00 am Java & Jesus until September 11

Labor Day

Monday, September 5

Office Closed

Adult Faith Formation

Tuesday, September 6

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Nathan Bubenzer


Racial Justice Mission Team

Thursday, September 8

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Pam Oliver


Christian Witness & Service

Thursday, September 8

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Ken Psyck


Congregational Life

Thursday, September 8

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Rachael Lancor


Meditation Group

Friday, September 9

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Sue Dixon


Welcome Back Sunday September 11th!

Save the date!

We distributed these postcards of invitation

on our neighbor’s door mats: 

Sharing Our Stories: Appreciative Inquiry Visioning Sessions Sunday once a month at 9:00 am led by Pastor Julia & Visioning Team

Save the date for these fun and connective visioning sessions with the aim of “sharing our stories” with one another. The appreciative inquiry process is one that allows for the good, the true, the beautiful of our past to be carried forward into the future. The basis of the process is story telling and one-on-one interviews. We will focus on a different question each Sunday. Everyone’s voice matters, so please make a point to join for these 9am sessions on Sunday morning. Here is a look at the themes and questions and the dates to mark in you calendar.

September 18th: Sharing a peak experience of your time at ORUCC where you felt most spiritually alive.

October 9th: What do you value about yourself, about ORUCC, about UCC?

November 13th: What do you think are our core values? When have you felt our core values expressed best?

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?

If you can’t be there for one of the Sundays, we still want to hear from you. We are still working on a virtual option for this process and ways of including voices who cannot make it on Sunday morning for any of these.

Technology Fundraiser

The church is moving ahead with technology improvements, and we are welcoming contributions to help pay for them.  Hybrid meetings in the Alfred Swan Room are already happening; these permit people present in the room to share the event with those connected from home via Zoom.  Next up we will be adding technology to make it possible to hold larger hybrid meetings and enhanced educational events in Friendship Hall.  To learn more please read this post from the ORUCC Website Link .

You can make a donation by check, on the memo line, please write “AV” and mail to ORUCC, 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison, WI 53711, or donate online at LINK tech fund.



for you!

For the week of Sept 1 – Sept 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.

September Compassion Offering

Just Dane

JustDane (formerly Madison-area Urban Ministry, is a non-profit organization that offers an array of direct supportive initiatives for people being released from incarceration through our reentry programs, employment training for people with barriers to employment through Just Bakery, children and families impacted by the justice system, justice involved youth, as well as recuperative medical respite for families experiencing homelessness. Recognizing that, in the words of Rev. William Sloane Coffin “compassion and justice are companions, not choices,” JustDane also engages in the community advocating for State and local justice system reforms, fair and affordable housing, and end to homelessness and racial and economic justice.

If you’d like to know more about our work, there are two members of ORUCC on JustDane’s Board, Julie Horst and Phil Haslanger and they would be happy to share more about JustDane’s work in our community. 

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.

To Order Baked Goods

Here’s how to order delicious baked goods online from Just Bakery as part of the Compassion Offering for JustDane:

  • Go to LINK (justdane.org/shop/) Select desired items
  • On the CHECKOUT DETAILS page go to the line that reads, “If you have chosen pickup, what date would you like to pick up your order?” and enter “9/25/22”.
  • Fill in your name, address, phone number and email 
  • Go to the line that reads, “Order Notes” and enter “For delivery to Orchard Ridge UCC on Sunday, Sept. 25

When you have entered your credit card information and completed your order you will receive an order confirmation to your email.  Please place orders by Monday September 12th for delivery to ORUCC on Sunday, September 25th. (Sorry. In-person purchases on Sept. 25 are not possible.) Thank you!


The Immigration Justice Team Thanks


for the clothes you donated to the

August 2022 Casa Alitas Clothing Drive

Clothing will be delivered today, to Casa Alitas in Tucson, AZ

Deliver HOPE, Grow JOY

Care of Creation Green Corner

Chris Thomas and Sara Roberts have been participating in quarterly meetings with other communities of faith in Dane County, connecting with other to share information and learn from each other, hence the name Faiths Connect for Climate Action.

You are invited to attend our third virtual meeting on Thursday, September 1 from 7:00-8:30pm via Zoom. We will again have breakouts on the topics selected by participants as the most important to focus on: 

1) talk to others about climate change 

2) educate your faith community 

3) recruit for your green team 

4) advocate for better climate policy

5) recycle and deal with plastics

6) work on environmental justice

We’ll start with a short, inspiring video, “When the Earth Moves” released on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, featuring Gaylord Nelson, Tina Nelson, Varshini Prakash and Bob Inglis. We’ll then break into 6 groups, starting with a short introduction by an expert in each of the six areas, followed by interaction on the topic. Come and get new ideas for your team. 

Members of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Madison’s Faith Community Engagement Team and the Wisconsin Creation Care Ambassadors are working together to host this free, virtual event. Please register here by August 29th. Questions: email Trudi Jenny, [email protected].

Friday Breakfast Group

September 2, 8:30 am

The next Friday Breakfast is set for September 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. It is informal and a chance to connect and converse on many topics. Contact Louise Jeanne, Link for more information.

Looking Forward to Fall Children’s Programming!

Beginning Sunday September 11th

With a welcome back BBQ after church

Music Connections

Our 2022 programming year kicks off on September 11! Music Connections, our music ministry for children in grades 2-6+, meets during the 10 o’clock worship hour in the lower level of the church. Volunteers are needed to assist during this time. Duties include observing, participating, and helping wherever needed. No prior music experience is required. You do not need to be a parent. Volunteers must attend a brief Safe Sanctuary workshop. If you are able to help, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0944A5AB2B0-20221 

Sunday School 3rd-5th Grade Theme:

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Turn from evil; do good; seek peace and pursue it.

–Psalm 34:14

It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.

–Eleanor Roosevelt


In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls his followers to become peacemakers. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” Jesus believes in the power of peace to change the world and calls us to participate in its nonviolent transformation. But how do we become a peacemaker? As we know, to make peace is very hard work. It involves our attention on many levels. It begins with a look at our inner selves. Jesus promises us the gift of peace. But this peace is not something we can find in the world; we find it when realize we are fully loved, accepted, and forgiven by God. This is an understanding that we grow into, that we trust inwardly, and that becomes the center from which we live. When we receive this truth into our lives, we experience peace; peace not as the world gives but as Christ gives. And as we keep our minds and hearts resting on and, in this peace, we begin to seek the way of peace in the world we live. 


In this module, children will learn about the call to become a peacemaker and how we can walk the path of peace. Children will spend time discovering the gift of Christ’s peace and how we nurture the peace that lives in our hearts. They will also learn some very practical skills about becoming a peacemaker which include listening carefully, coping with anger, forgiving, seeking reconciliation, and living courageously as peacemakers.

Our Whole Lives for Middle Schoolers begins September 11th at 8:30 am on most Sundays

Middle school youth learn about in a safe and accepting space about sexuality, how to define their own values, anatomy and physiology, where they can can discuss personal concerns about puberty and body image, gender expression, stereotypes, disability, healthy relationships, redefining abstinence, consent education, and beyond. This is a program and curriculum designed to offer accurate information presented in developmentally appropriate ways as well as:

  • Affective and emotional learning
  • Guiding values and principles
  • Activities that help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
  • A safe and supportive peer group
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • A social justice approach to inclusive sexuality education

For questions about the program, contact Barbara Stretchberry [email protected]

Meet Our New Nursery Care Worker!

Hi! I’m Antonia! I’m originally from Farmington, Connecticut and I’m currently a graduate student at the UW-Madison finishing up a PhD in Medical Physics (will be defending this December!). I completed my undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Michigan and remain a huge Wolverines football fan (but will root for the Badgers when they’re not playing Michigan : ) ). In my spare time I coach CrossFit, love to cook,watch a LOT of football when it’s in season,and serve as a regional manager for CHAARG (a national health and fitness organization for college women at over 115 universities including UW-Madison)!

My past childcare experience is pretty broad. Growing up as one of the oldest in a very large Italian family, I was surrounded by over 12 younger cousins at family gatherings and was often put in charge of entertaining them while the adults made dinner or set up an event we were hosting. I’ve also coordinated and run several summer science enrichment camps for elementary school students, tutored all ages, coached, and babysat for kids of all ages. I love

playing and interacting with young kids and find their broad imaginations fascinating. I have also completed the Red Cross CPR and First Aid certifications. I look forward to meeting you and your kids!

Movie Group Returns in an Experimental Format

 #1 We will meet at 10 AM Thursday, September the 15th.  We will have coffee and appropriate snacks.  Masks will be worn except when eating or drinking.

 #2 We will try this without any zoom link.  Some folks have indicated some difficulty with discussion when zoom is involved.  It is an experiment!

 #3 We suggest a film available on Netflix free, a film on the TCM network (Spectrum channel 58) or “wildcard” choice you have seen at any location that you wish to discuss.

On Netflix (free). A Call to Spy is a 2019 American historical drama film written and produced by Sarah Megan Thomas and directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher. The film is inspired by the true stories of three women who worked as spies in World War II. It stars Sarah Megan Thomas, Radhika Apte , and Stana Katic. After France falls to the Nazis, these women seek to support the war effort by spying for a secret agency under Churchill. Based on a true story.

Along with the Netflix film suggested above, we urge you to view a Turner Classic Movie, “Double Indemnity”, showing on TCM at 7:00 pm on September 3rd. This 1944 film noir/crime drama is considered one of the finest Hollywood films ever, with stellar performances by Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson. It got 7 Academy Award nominations. The film will also be available for streaming on the “watchtcm.com” app any time after Sept. 3rd.  Viewing this film allows us to discuss not only three fine performances, but to experience the long-gone studio system that produced the films known world-wide. If there is sufficient interest in TCM we might consider a Zoom or in-person group, or even a class, making use of the TCM format.

 Please consider joining us for a lively discussion of any or all the choices we have suggested. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH AT 10 AM IN THE SWAN ROOM.

Wayfinding: The Soul-tasks of Aging,

toward a Theology of the Elder Years

Every third Wednesday from 9:30-11:15am,

beginning September 21, save the date!


Pastor Julia will guide those of us who feel called to the soul-tasks of aging through a series of 10 workshops and conversations during the 2022-2023 program year. In a retreat like-format, we will come together once a month in-person in Friendship Hall on the third Wednesdays of the month from 9:30-11:15am. Our first 15 minutes will begin with coffee and refreshments moving next to a presentation to frame our time and large group circle conversation followed by breaking into small groups for deeper conversation or activity.


RSVP: To sign up, please respond to Julie W. LINK in the office indicating that you are interested in this program.


Please let us know: would you be interested in a Virtual Wayfinding program with the same content on the 3rd Thursdays? If you are interested in this program, but not sure you are able to commit to coming in-person, Pastor Julia may open up a third Thursday at 4pm ZOOM Wayfinding gathering to occur the day after our Wayfinding events. If you are interested in this Thursday afternoon virtual option as well as or instead, please indicate that in your response to Julie, so Pastor Julia knows whether or not to hold these gatherings.

Over 55 is coming on Wednesday, September 28th

Grab your Badger gear and come to Over 55 in Bucky Red.  Show your “Badger spirit!”  Josette Jaucian, the UW Spirit Squad Director, will be our featured speaker.  Buckle up for a very informative program.  The 56-member University of Wisconsin Spirit Squad is a highly visible, enthusiastic, and talented group of student-athletes with a primary purpose to support Intercollegiate Athletics and serve as ambassadors for the University of Wisconsin.  The Spirit Squad is comprised of the Cheerleading Squad, the Dance Team, and the Bucky Badger Mascots.  We are sure to learn how Josette manages the auditions and directs the training and conditioning.

We will gather at 11:30, dine at 11:45 and begin our program about 12:15.  All are welcome regardless of age!  Mark your calendar:  Wednesday, September 28th, 11:30 a.m. Cost is $8.

Voter Canvassing-September 2022

ORUCC and MMC participated in WIVEC’s non-partisan Summer Interfaith

Canvassing Campaign in July. Over 30 people from eight Dane County

congregations gathered to canvass low-propensity voter neighborhoods. We

knocked on over 350 doors and spoke with over 180 households! The

League of Women Voters provided training and reported that this was one of

their most successful door knocking campaigns! Faith-based congregations

in Madison, like ORUCC and our Mennonite partners, showed their dedication

to the voting process!

Looking ahead to the November elections– there are few more important than

the one right here in our state. So let’s get to work! Consider volunteering in

the non-partisan WIVEC Fall Interfaith Canvassing Campaign. Here are the


League of Women Voters Training DatesSeptember 21 and 22 from 7-

9pm (online and recorded). This is the same training, offered twice.

Madison Canvass Events Location(s): TBD (all volunteers meet at central

location before and after canvassing)

Canvassing Date 1: Thursday September 29 from 4-7pm (includes pre and

post gathering times)

Canvassing Date 2: Sunday, October 9 from 1:30-4:30pm (includes pre and

post gathering times)

To see/hear July canvassers from ORUCC & other congregations–watch this video link here . You’ll recognize a few people!–experience their reflections

and feel the excitement of the day. If you’re at all interested, contact me for

further info!

CONTACT: Ruth Ann Berkholtz (rab) at Link or VM at 608-334-8761.

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 Welcomer, a Lay Liturgist,

or to assist with 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 to assist with Holy Communion

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!

Manuel Ramminger: Liberating Love, Aug 28 Click Here 

Pastor Julia: Creator Sets Free, Christ the Liberator, Aug 21  Click Here

Tammy Martens final sermon: Born of the Wind Click Here

John K. Leonard: Womb-Love: A Reflection on the Rahamim/Compassion of God, July 24 Click Here



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

Pastor Ken is away on vacation in the beginning of Sept.

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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