ORUCC Worship Resources for May 15th

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Worship Resources 05.15.2022

You are invited to worship with us in-person or virtually!
Sunday May 15, 2022
Worship 10:00 am
Sermon: Unleashing Thunder
Preaching: Julia Burkey
This is the second of three sermons focused on non-canonical texts from the early Jesus following movement, to help us understand the diversity of belief and also recover some of the inclusion of female leadership and the divine feminine that became suppressed within Christianity. Last week we heard from The Acts of Paul and Thecla, this Sunday we hear The Thunder: Perfect mind, and on May 22nd we will hear from the Gospel of Mary. These texts matters to us especially now, because to this day some claim to have authority over women’s bodies (as well as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC bodies) in the name of Christianity. We don’t need to go outside of our Bible to find empowering stories from those on the margins. Yet perhaps reading these non-canonical texts alongside the Bible can help us all discover fresh spiritual resources as well as ways to talk about female bodily autonomy and empowerment of those on the margins from within our own tradition.
Lay Liturgist: Karen Falkner & readers

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9am Social Justice Programming
Friendship Hall
Justice at the Intersections – Wisconsin Council of Churches
Rev. Kerri Parker & Rev. Peder Johanson
ORUCC’s own Kerri Parker is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, which has grown to have a nationwide audience in the past few years. She will share information about the wider church’s work for justice through an ecumenical lens. The Wisconsin Council of Churches connects churches from 21 different denominations with a commitment to courage, justice, and holy imagination. Their justice commitments are wide-ranging and include racial equity and immigration justice, poverty and economic justice, addressing violence and extremism, faith and democracy, community health. She’ll be joined by Rev. Peder Johanson, the Council’s Volunteer Coordinator for Afghan Refugee Response, who will share the current status of refugee resettlement in Wisconsin, and opportunities to get involved. We’ll do our best to leave time for questions and responses – and both presenters will have contact information available for followups. In-person, masked please.

9:00 a.m. Sunday School for children through 8th Grade.
During 10:00 worship hour, after the Children’s moment, kids (second through 8th grade) are invited to Music Connections downstairs.

May Compassion Offering
Our May compassion offering will go to Wisconsin’s outdoor ministry program (UCCI) which includes 3 camps: Moon Beach in the north woods, Daycholah on Green Lake, and Cedar Valley in southeast Wisconsin. It’s no surprise that the pandemic was hard on the camps. Even this year, in January, we had to cancel our all-church retreat at Daycholah. Despite the major challenges to the camps, the staff has managed to keep them alive with donations and creative options.
Our camps are sacred spaces to many of us at Orchard Ridge and around the state. They serve families, individuals, people with special needs, and people who benefit from scholarships, They are a great asset for building our spiritual lives and strengthening our lives together.
It ’s crucial we keep our camps strong and energized.
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.

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Office Manager Julie Wombacher available Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am -12:30 pm
608-271-7212 or EMAIL
Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey available
Tues.- Fri. & Sun. 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
by appointment
518-542-6915 EMAIL
Associate Pastor Rev. Tammy Martens: available
Tues.- Fri. 10:00 am -4:00 pm by appointment
608-957-3184 or EMAIL
Associate Pastor Rev. 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. In case of pastoral emergency, any of the pastors can be reached by cell phone.
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