ORUCC Worship Resources for February 27th

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Worship Resources 02.27.2022

You are invited
to join us in-person or
February 27th 10:00 a.m.

Sermon: Transfiguration
Preaching: Julia Burkey
Worship Liturgist: Karen Falkner, Tammy Martens, Ken Pennings
Join our Worship virtually
on YouTube any time after 10 am:
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after 10 am if you have opened it before

Social Justice Programming Begins!
9:00 am, this Sunday February 27th
Immigration Justice, Casa Alitas
The Immigration Justice Team invites you this Sunday to a photo narrative that will take you to the US-Mexico border. Join us at 9:00am on Sunday in Friendship Hall for the first in a new series of educational forums brought to you by the ORUCC Justice Mission Teams. This Sunday, Ruthanne Landsness will provide a visual trip to Casa Alitas, the immigrant welcome center in Tucson, Arizona. As background for the presentation, find time to read the attached message from UCC Pastor Randy Mayer, “Strangers, Angels, and the Immigration Handbook” (LINK) The presentation will start promptly at 9:00am.

Programming for 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).

Java & Jesus
Feb. 27th, at 11:30 am, by Zoom
Dan Rossmiller facilitating
All are welcome!
Please join us even if this is your first time!
A discussion on the the divinity of Jesus centered on the question “Was Jesus God?” using a writing by liberal Jesus scholar Marcus Borg.
The reading is entitled, “Jesus and God” and is taken from the book, The Meaning of Jesus–Two Visions by Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright (a conservative Jesus scholar).
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.

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.

The ORUCC office will be closed the week of March 7-14th. Julie Wombacher and Pastor Julia Burkey will be taking the week off as Lent begins.
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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