ORUCC Worship Resources for February 13th

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Worship Resources 02.13.2022

You are invited
to join us in-person or
February 13th 10:00 a.m.

Sermon: Leaven of Love
Preaching: Julia Burkey
Worship Liturgist: Mary Connor, Ken Pennings, Tammy Martens
Join our Worship virtually
on YouTube any time after 10 am:
(you will need to refresh the page
after 10 am if you have opened it before)

Welcome back kids!
9:00 Sunday School for children
and youth through 8th grade.
Children and youth are invited to 10:00 worship and after the Children’s moment will be invited to Music Connections (for 2nd graders and older)
or Craft/Play time (preschool–first grade).

Note about gathering safely with COVID
Our COVID Response Team has given us the confidence to gather again for in-person worship and children’s programming beginning this Sunday February 6th, because although the numbers are still high, they are continuing to trend downward.
We understand and affirm that many will want to worship remotely so we will continue to strive for an inclusive virtual experience.
When you join in us on Sunday mornings in-person, we thank you for wearing a surgical mask or KN95 or stronger. We provide these at the door for your convenience. We ask that adults sit spaced every other chair in the Worship Hall. Your kids may sit on your laps and in pods with families, as Friendship Hall and Crossroads will be open for more spacious seating for family units. You are welcome to sing softly behind your masks if you are fully vaccinated and boosted if eligible.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of being under the weather at all we kindly ask you to join us virtually. If you do test positive for COVID after being with us, please share with us as soon as you can.
Thank you for your cooperation as we aim to keep each other healthy and safe.

Java & Jesus
Feb. 13th, at 11:30 am, by Zoom
Dan Rossmiller & Baxter Richardson facilitating
All are welcome!
Please join us even if this is your first time!
Please join a discussion on some of the issues facing Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ (and many if not all churches and organizations that gather) as we return to in-person activities. The discussion will make use of Thom S. Rainer’s 2020 book “The Post-Quarantine Church.” The book presents readers with six chapters and six sets of challenges, ranging from our mission and our worship to our use of technology. We may, of course, identify other challenges unique to our church. 
For this Sunday, we will cover the challenges discussed in the first three chapters. The reading is lengthy. If you are not able to read all three chapters, please focus your attention on the questions posed at the end of each chapter.
Meeting ID: 826 5367 7444
Passcode: 943784
Dial: +1 312 626 6799

February Compassion Offering:
UW Odyssey Project
“Odyssey has changed my life, the way I see the world, the way I think, and the future of my family,” wrote a mother who is Latinx.
“Odyssey has given me hope. I look forward to a never-ending journey of education to better myself as a man and father,” wrote a father who is incarcerated.
“Odyssey was that catalyst that said, ‘Hey, you can go out into this world and be successful,” said a Black alumna. “My mind is opened, and there’s no stopping me now. Turns out I AM college material.”
“Odyssey is the major reason I succeeded,” said a single Bla mother who went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees. “It was my foundation, my steppingstone, to overcoming so many obstacles.”
Those and other student comments testify to the transformative power of the UW Odyssey Project, which takes a whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty by providing free access to education, giving adult and youth learners a voice, and increasing confidence through reading, writing, and speaking. Now in its 19th year, Odyssey offers a jumpstart to college for students facing adversity and barriers to higher education through a free yearlong humanities course in South Madison. Odyssey has empowered over 550 low-income adults to find their voice, develop a new sense of hope, and transform their lives. Graduates have gone from homelessness to UW master’s degrees, from incarceration to meaningful careers as counselors, teachers, journalists, entrepreneurs, and nurses. They report life-changing effects not only for themselves but for their children: “My four-year-old daughter will follow after me and go to college someday.”
All donations you make to Odyssey through the compassion offering will be used for grocery and gas cards, WIFI access, childcare help, and other basic needs for our Odyssey families struggling to keep going in school despite the higher cost of living, lost wages, and closed schools and daycare facilities due to COVID. Thank you for supporting the UW Odyssey Project this month!
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.

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
608-975-3184 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.
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