ORUCC Worship Resources for December 31

Worship Sunday, December 31, 2023 NO LIVE STREAM

9:00 am: Java & Jesus for Adults

10:00 am Worship

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey

Journey Into The Sacred: Labyrinth Walk

Lay Liturgist: Amy Kell

Special Music: Vicki Nonn

After a short sermon message will be a labyrinth walk to begin the New Year. There will be accessible options such as sitting around the labyrinth to meditate or hand held labyrinths.

Our worship will NOT be live-streamed

No programming for children and youth. Resumes January 7.

Java & Jesus

Sunday, Dec. 31, at 9 am

Attend in-person at the church in the Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely by Zoom

Dan Rossmiller facilitating

All are welcome!

Please join us even if this is your first time!

(Jesus will be there, but bring your own Java!)

The Java & Jesus reading for New year’s Eve Sunday is a chapter from former President Jimmy Carter’s book: Faith: A Journey For All, in which he recounts demonstrations of faith through actions of a number of people who influenced him.

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The Christmas Fund is an annual special offering of the United Church of Christ. Each year at Christmas, UCC members are invited to give to this fund, created for the benefit of clergy and lay workers in our denomination. Orchard Ridge UCC has participated in generous ways for many years. 

Funds are disbursed in a timely and sensitive manner to benefit retired clergy with inadequate pensions, surviving clergy spouses whose needs may be great following the death of their spouse, retired church workers who often lack adequate pension plans, and currently serving pastors confronted with emergency financial needs. 

This year’s theme comes from John 1:16: “From Christ’s fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” The presence of God in our lives equips us to respond generously. 

Throughout December we will hear specific accounts of ways The Christmas Fund has proved essential for those who lead us in worship and mission across the United Church of Christ. Funds are collected by The Pension Boards of the UCC and are distributed carefully and thoughtfully for maximum benefit. 

Thank you for giving generously


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/