ORUCC Worship Resources for March 27

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Worship Resources 03.27.2022
Lent 4

You are invited!
March 27th Worship & Programming
10:00 am Worship
Preaching: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey & Rev. Ari Douglas, pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Janesville and tri-chair of the Wisconsin Poor People’s Campaign
Sermon: “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
Liturgists: Rev. Ken Pennings, Rev. Tammy Martens, Bruce Gladstone
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Join us in warmly welcoming members of the First Christian Church in Janesville and their pastor Rev. Ari Douglas for worship on March 27th
Rev. Ari Douglas often says that their first protest was in a stroller when their father risked arrest protesting missiles in Germany. They began their journey as an organizer during the summer following their 8th grade in establishing their high school’s Amnesty International chapter. In college they pursued a double major in history and political science, and shortly afterward attended Phillips Theological Seminary (in Tulsa, Oklahoma) for their Masters in Divinity. They have ministered to and with poor folx in Montana, Washington state, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Accepting the clergy all call to Standing Rock, they stood with Water Protectors there and in D.C. In 2018, they were involved in the first 40 days of nonviolent direct action with the Poor People’s Campaign and joined the Coordinating Committee for the Missouri Poor People’s Campaign. They moved to Wisconsin at the end of November 2019, as solo-pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Janesville. Soon after moving to Janesville, they joined the Coordinating Committee of the Wisconsin Poor People’s Campaign and in 2021 became one of the tri-chairs for the Wisconsin Poor People’s Campaign. Additionally, they are a doctoral student at Phillips Theological Seminary, where their primary focus is teaching clergy and laity to be activists.
9:00 am
Social Justice Programming
Friendship Hall
Heart Room – Stable Housing for Children and Families
Heart Room is a partnership ORUCC initiated to help families with young children find and keep stable housing. Join us to learn what’s new, and discuss what’s next.
Friendship Hall
9:00 am Sunday School
Crafts/music for children through 8th grade.
10:00 am Music Connections & Craft/Play time
Children and youth are invited to 10:00 worship & 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
March 27th, at 11:45 am, by Zoom
Dan Rossmiller facilitating
All are welcome!
Please join us even if this is your first time!
At its core Buddhism is a path of peace, compassion, and loving kindness. It is not so much a philosophy of the head but rather of the heart. Founded on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who was born into a noble family in northeast India near Nepal nearly 2,600 years ago, and who became known as the Buddha or “the awakened one.” Siddhartha lived a sheltered palace life until at age 29 he experienced a series of events that catapulted him onto an intense path of spiritual awakening that lasted for six years. At its peak he achieved enlightenment, or Nirvana. Knowing one day he would die, the Buddha exhaustively explained every minute detail of achieving enlightenment, breaking down every concept into categories and subcategories.
Buddhism is a philosophy of living consciously in this life in order to live forever in another life. Meditation goes hand in hand with mindfulness and is an important part of the Buddhist’s path. Buddhists see mindfulness meditation—a type of meditation that follows the breath through the body while at the same time developing an awareness of the body in general—as a means of reaching enlightenment.
Thich Nhat Hahn, who died in January of this year at the age of 95, was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who became a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, renowned for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings. He was also considered a
Zen Master.
This week’s reading explores The Last Supper through the eyes of Thich Nhat Hahn. It is Chapter 3 from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book Living Buddha, Living Christ, entitled “The First Supper.” It offers a Buddhist perspective on the Eucharist or Holy Communion.
Dan Rossmiller chose this reading because of the season of Lent and in recognition of the church youth learning about other religions and Buddhism in particular.
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March Compassion Offering
One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing®, an ecumenical offering sponsored in Lent by the United Church of Christ, provides humanitarian and disaster relief in the United States and around the world. When a disaster strikes or people are displaced or made refugees by violence or extreme poverty, you are part of the immediate response and the work for long- term recovery. Because the UCC works in partnership to churches and organizations through Global Ministries and worldwide response and recovery networks, your contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing put you in the right place at the right time for the relief, accompaniment and recovery of the most vulnerable. You meet immediate needs and you address the underlying causes that create those needs in the first place.  
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.

The United Church of Christ Makes an Appeal for Ukraine

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
608-957-3184 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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