ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, February 18th, 2024

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Lent 1

Due to the current increased rates of Covid, RSV and influenza respiratory infections, ORUCC strongly encourages you to wear a face mask this Sunday to protect yourself, your family, and your friends here at church.

9:00 am Sunday School

Education Wing

9:00 am Java & Jesus for Adults

Alfred Swan Room

10:00 am Worship

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey

“Fear Not!” Becoming Death Doulas

Lay Liturgist: Susi Petta

Music: ORUCC Choir

11:15: Sermon Talk Back, Alfred Swan Room

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For Children & Youth – February 18th

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. After the music, Jill and Josie will guide the children in The Parable of the Two Sons.

The 2-5 grade classroom will continue their study of the season of Lent. This week, the children will learn about Jesus’ baptism.  Stations will include sand, art, journaling, and puzzles. At the request of the children, their time together will end with a meditation. Joanna and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning. Last the children will discuss and brainstorm ways we can be of service to each other. Be sure to pop by the Bridges Room to share your thoughts, too! Fiona created and posted a sign on the door inviting everyone in our community to contribute ideas of “How We Can Make The World A Better Place.” We’d love to hear from you, too! 

Older Youth:

This Sunday is the first Sunday of the season of Lent, a time when we join Jesus on the journey toward the cross–and ultimately, resurrection! Our Youth will get a preview of this journey on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. as they continue with Echo the Story, focused on “Death to Life”. Susan and Kristin will be leading this Sunday. TRU Function will practice from 10-12. 

Confirmation is beginning!

March 3rd, 3:30 p.m: Info meeting at ORUCC for any 7th/8th/9th graders and their adults who might be interested in confirmation! Confirmation will begin March 10th. 

Java & Jesus

Sunday, Feb. 18, at 9 am

Attend in-person at the church in the

Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely

by Zoom

Jeanne Moberly facilitating

All are welcome!

Join us even if this is your first time!

Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss

excerpts from Brian Doyle’s essays in his lovely book One Long River of Song. The theme will be, as Mr. Doyle states so ably,

“That the Small is Huge, That the Tiny is Vast,

That Pain is Part and Parcel of the Gift of Joy,

and That This is Love.”

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 Click here to join Zoom discussion

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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


Porchlight, Inc - Safe Haven Program


Safe Haven is a Madison-based day shelter for adults with mental illness who are experiencing homelessness. Guests have access to meals, showers, laundry, bus tickets, mail, and phone services. Safe Haven also provides housing-focused case management and crisis stabilization services. Safe Haven staff specialize in building rapport with individuals who may not otherwise engage in mainstream services.   


Safe Haven provides invaluable support through its Crisis Stabilization Program, which focuses on developing and maintaining recovery plans for guests experiencing acute crises. All eligible guests have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness, and 43% are also struggling with a co-occurring substance use disorder. 


Safe Haven’s daily utilization has increased significantly over the past several years, more than doubling from 2018 (198 guests) to 2020 (467 guests). As one of the few community programs for this population that kept its doors open, utilization continued to increase throughout the pandemic. In 2023, Safe Haven served 602 guests during the day. Of those guests, 41% were unsheltered – sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation, and 55% were sleeping in an emergency shelter at night. 


With skyrocketing costs and increased guest usage at Safe Haven, Porchlight is in need of additional funding to support these services. Your generous contribution will go directly toward guest services at the day shelter as well as transitional housing support, specifically for individuals with mental illness. 


 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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