ORUCC Worship Resources for January 9th

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Epiphany Worship Resources 1.9.2022
Painting titled: Epiphany copyright 2003
by Janet McKenzie www.janetmckenzie.com
Collection of Barbara Marian, Harvard, IL
You are invited
to join us virtually
over ZOOM this Sunday 
January 9th 10:00 a.m.
Sermon: Wise Women, Too
Pastor Julia Burkey & Chris Davies
Lay Liturgists: Beverly Taylor & Tony Hold
The Rev. Dr. Chris Davies serves as the Team Leader for Faith Education, Innovation, and Formation at the National Setting of the United Church of Christ. Affectionately called Faith INFO, the team’s purpose is to equip congregations with the proclamation of the liberating love of the Gospel.  Chris works with The Rev. Traci Blackmon, who is the Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church. For Epiphany, Chris asked Pastor Julia to co-preach and share a message about Epiphany from a woman’s perspective with the idea of Mary being postpartum when the Magi arrive and the messy reality and beauty of the incarnation.
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Due to the high community transmission of the COVID omicron variant, we are seeking to care for our community. While we do trust our mitigation systems for worship, we have shifted to virtual ZOOM worship for this Sunday Jan. 9th at 10am, due to potential COVID exposures for many of the worship leaders. Our COVID response team will meet over ZOOM Sunday Jan. 9th at 1pm to discuss any further measures.
Sunday Programming for Children & Youth
is Currently Paused
Java & Jesus
Jan. 9th, at 11:30 am, by ZOOM
Dan Rossmiller facilitating
All are welcome!
Please join us even if this is your first time!
Today, the truth often seems to be in short supply or is deeply disputed. In the face of “Big Lies” driven and reinforced by social media, many people do not know where to turn to find the truth.
To prepare for this Sunday’s discussion, please read the following:
…and please watch the acceptance speech of 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa, a courageous Philippines journalist:
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January Compassion Offering
LGBT Books to Prisoners

LGBT Books to Prisoners, based in Madison, WI, sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQ people across the United States. We have been doing this for over 10 years and have sent books to over 10,000 people in that time.
We do this because:
  • We want to acknowledge, and work against, the oppressive functions of the prison system. Our project shifts some control back into incarcerated people’s hands.
  • Incarcerated people have little access to reading material, and LGBTQ people behind bars have a particularly hard time finding resources that meet their needs and wants. We are in a position to gather and distribute these resources.
  • We believe that our work affirms the dignity of all individuals by providing access to knowledge of their choosing, so that they can learn and grow as they desire. We respond to individuals’ requests as directly as possible.
  • LGBTQ people behind bars face many hardships, including — but not limited to — isolation and physical violence. We want them to know that they have a supportive community on the outside that cares about their wellbeing.
We are completely volunteer run. We host volunteer sessions every week where we respond to letters from incarcerated people requesting books. We respond with a personal note, along with books that best match their request. When asked for, we also help connect people to other resources, such as pen pals, legal services, etc. Our volunteer sessions are a welcoming space for the LGBTQ community and allies to work together to work towards abolition, racial justice, and to affirm the LGBTQ community.
We would use the offering to pay for postage. On average it costs about $5 to send about three books to someone in prison. We typically send 3,000 book packages a year.
Thank you for your generosity and for helping those who have helped us in our times of need.
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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