ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, February 4th, 2024

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, February 4, 2024

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

Lay Liturgist: Lauren Amburn

Music: ORUCC Choir

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Annual Meeting: directly after worship

We will live-stream the Annual Meeting

using the same link for live-streaming worship.

You may participate virtually

by writing in the chat of the YouTube channel

Or by calling or texting Hal Evensen at for any feedback or questions once worship is over at 608-732-6088

All are welcome!

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For Children & Youth – February 4th

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, Jen and Josie will guide the children in a story about one of Jesus’ miracles.

The 2-5 grade classroom will continue their study about God’s Love and Care. The children are currently experiencing lessons designed “to become aware of God’s incarnational nature and unconditional love.” (From “The Way of The Child” curriculum). This week, the children will explore the story of The Good Shepherd. Stations will include an opportunity to explore hands-on shepherd props from the Godly Play collection, sand, and an art station to design their own sheep. The lesson will close in a guided meditation. Joanna and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning. 

Music Connections

This week the children will begin the 10 o’clock hour in the sanctuary with you. When they are dismissed for Music Connections, we will move to the downstairs Bonhoeffer Room for movement and songwriting. On 1/7, the children organically began the process of writing a song (this was 100% initiated by the children!) We’ll revisit that work and continue the process. Bethany Schultz will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer.

Save The Date! February 25, the children are invited to share their composition during worship. Those participating need to attend Music Connections at least two out of the three upcoming Sundays: February 4, 11, and 18. Please note your child’s availability here: https://forms.gle/qxVmUyz5o2zog7Mo8

I am in need of a Music Connections Volunteer on 2/11 and 2/18? Can you help? Sign-up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0944A5AB2B0-20231#/ 

Java & Jesus

Sunday, Feb. 4, at 9 am

Attend in-person at the church in the

Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely

by Zoom

Mary Neuhaus facilitating

All are welcome!

Join us even if this is your first time!

Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss

chapter five of Anne Lamott’s book Almost Everything – Notes on Hope. Chapter five is entitled “Don’t Let Them

Get You to Hate Them.”


After reading, reflect on how you “unplug” and reorient.

Also consider: In ROOTS, the character Omoro holds up his naked infant son Kunta Kinte proclaiming “Behold the only thing greater than yourself.” 

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 Click here to join Zoom discussion

Or paste the following into your browser:  


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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