ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, January 14th, 2024

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, January 14, 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: Java & Jesus (for adults)

10:00 am: Worship

Sermon: Ken Pennings

“The Universal Christ”

Lay Liturgist: Ellen Franzone

Musical Offerings: Handbell Quartet

11:15 am: Sermon Talk-Back

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For Children & Youth – January 14th


There will not be Children’s Programming (Nursery, Sunday School, Music Connections) this Sunday, January 14. See you back again on January 21!


No youth programming on Sunday, Jan. 14th

Some things coming up:

  • January 21, 12:00-2:00: Interfaith GSA planning/exploring session at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (5701 Raymond Rd). If any youth are interested in being part of planning this, please come along! Lunch will be provided; they would like an RSVP by Jan. 15 so please let Kate know soon if you want to attend. 
  • January 28: All Church Chili Cook-off! Mark your calendars for this event. 
  • February 11 Faith in Action Brunch: This brunch, held after worship, will be an intergenerational fellowship opportunity centered around conversation about what it means to have “faith in action.” The Ministry of Christian Witness & Service has decided that all proceeds from this brunch will go towards the Youth Service Trip! Kate will be sending more info directly to Service Trip families about this opportunity. 

Java & Jesus

Sunday, Jan. 14, at 9 am

Attend in-person at the church in the

Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely

by Zoom

Peg Knueve facilitating

All are welcome!

Please join us even if this is your first time!

Sonia K. Weaver’s book “What is Palestine-Israel?” addresses Israel’s need for a home, their significant fears and their fierce response. Israel’s exaggerated response stems from deep anxieties. The Palestinians have become more and more discouraged by the Israeli actions and have eventually become very militant as well. They feel that Israel is trying to eliminate them to take over the entire region. Many Israeli and Palestinian groups, with the help of groups from other countries, are trying to find peaceful solutions, and to help all people caught up in the disaster. 

In our discussion we will become aware of what some of the issues are, possible solutions, and how we might help.

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Meeting ID: 836 4943 6657

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If you have difficulty accessing the Zoom discussion,

phone Ken Pennings at 608-556-2371


Neighborhood Schools

Last year our congregation was able to donate $4,500 to our 3 neighborhood schools: Anana ElementaryOrchard Ridge Elementary, and Toki Middle School

The schools were able to use these funds to purchase winter clothing and basic school supplies for students in need. The need for these basic necessities becomes clear when we consider the number of students who come from economically disadvantaged households. 

According to the latest statistics from the Department of Public Instruction, over 40% of the students at Anana Elementary live in economically disadvantaged households. At Toki Middle School, the number is 43%. And at Orchard Ridge Elementary, the number is 57%. 

Another basic need within our neighborhood schools is the need for staff. As is the case in many school districts across the country, our neighborhood schools must deal with the daily predicament of not having enough teachers. 

Given the challenges that each school faces, we aren’t asking the principals of our 3 neighborhood schools to submit a video for this year’s compassion offering. They have other pressing issues to attend to. 

Instead, we are asking you to give what you can, and give generously, so that each school can use our donations to address the urgent and important needs of the students they serve. 

Thank you for supporting our neighborhood schools, which have served many of our congregation families past and present. And thank you to all of the ORUCC members who have served and who continue to serve our community as teachers and school volunteers. 

At ORUCC we have a long history of supporting our neighborhood families and investing in education. With this month’s compassion offering, we have another important opportunity to contribute and carry on that tradition.

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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