ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday December 3rd

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, December 3, 2023

9:00 am: Sunday School for Children & Youth

9:00 am: Java & Jesus for Adults

10:00 am: Worship

Guest Preacher: Rev. Diane Dulin

Lay Liturgist: Bruce Gladstone

Special Music: ORUCC Choir

Welcome of New Members

11:15 am: Sermon Talk Back

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For Children & Youth – December 3

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Jade and Marie are ready to play with your little one!

Sunday School starts at 9 am. PreK-1 children are invited to sing with Julie in the William Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. We’ll rehearse the song “Away in a Manger” for our Christmas Eve service. After the music, Jill and Josie will guide the children in Advent stories about the Prophets and Mary and Joseph.

The 2-5 grade classroom will also explore the Prophets and Mary and Joseph. The children have requested an opportunity to make a “nativity diorama.” Do you have a shoebox to spare? If so, please bring it along on Sunday.  Joanna and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning. 

Children participating in the Christmas Eve Service will rehearse with Julie Mazer from 10-11 am. Please note that children will not attend worship. Pastor Kate will serve communion to the children downstairs. Anyone not participating in Christmas Eve is still invited to be downstairs. There will be opportunities for the children to design HOPE letters, write Christmas cards to our church elders, and draw Christmas scenes for our program. Bethany Schultz will be our Music Connections volunteer. 


This Sunday our youth 6th-High School will have Echo the Story at 9:00 a.m. with Susan Watson leading along with Kristin Muckian and Pastor Kate. TRU Function practices from 10-12. 

Here are some other dates and events to mark:

 Service Trip fundraisers: December is a busy month! 

  • Each Sunday in December we have our ORUCC Post Office from 9:00-11:00 
  • December 10th is our Cookie and Baked Goods Sale (read the flyer. for more info please)
  • December 19th Culver’s Night-Mineral Pt. Rd (sign up coming soon!)

Save the Date: January 12-14  All Church Retreat at Daycholah Center: We are excited to continue this wonderful tradition again this year with the theme, ”Spiritually Alive”. More details are coming soon about registration for this all-ages event. 

Confirmation: Please fill out this Google formFor youth in 8th-9th grade, Confirmation will be offered this spring. We are intending to have confirmation held for 8 weeks on Sundays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The dates will be March 10, 17, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, with the Confirmation service on May 19th (Pentecost).

Java & Jesus

Sunday, December 3rd, 9am

Attend in-person at the church in the

Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely

by Zoom

Jeanne Moberly facilitating

All are welcome!

Please join us even if this is your first time!

For the first Sunday of Advent our Java and Jesus discussion will focus on finding Hope in the story of the first Christmas and finding Hope in our imperfect lives. Not wistful Hope but tough, gritty Hope. Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss a document which includes two short readings. But feel free to come for the discussion even if in this busy season you have not had time to read either of them.

Click here for two short readings

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To join Zoom discussion by phone: 1 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 836 4943 6657

Passcode: 315584

If you have difficulty accessing the Zoom discussion,

phone Ken Pennings at 608-556-2371



The Christmas Fund is an annual special offering of the United Church of Christ. Each year at Christmas, UCC members are invited to give to this fund, created for the benefit of clergy and lay workers in our denomination. Orchard Ridge UCC has participated in generous ways for many years. 

Funds are disbursed in a timely and sensitive manner to benefit retired clergy with inadequate pensions, surviving clergy spouses whose needs may be great following the death of their spouse, retired church workers who often lack adequate pension plans, and currently serving pastors confronted with emergency financial needs. 

This year’s theme comes from John 1:16: “From Christ’s fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” The presence of God in our lives equips us to respond generously. 


Throughout December we will hear specific accounts of ways The Christmas Fund has proved essential for those who lead us in worship and mission across the United Church of Christ. Funds are collected by The Pension Boards of the UCC and are distributed carefully and thoughtfully for maximum benefit. 


Thank you for giving generously


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 from our website. The link is https://orucc.org/contribute/support/

Office Manager Julie Wombacher

Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am -12:00 pm

608-271-7212 or EMAIL

Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey


Associate Pastor: Rev. Kate Mackey EMAIL

Associate Pastor: Rev. Ken Pennings


Children’s Education Coordinator & Music Director: Julie Mazer EMAIL

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