ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, January 21st, 2024

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, January 21, 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)

9:00 am: Sunday School for Youth & Children

10:00 am: Worship

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey

“Prayer in Action: God’s Tapestry”

Lay Liturgist: Lauren Amburn

Musical Offerings: ORUCC Choir

Special Music: Bruce Gladstone

11:15 am: Sermon Talk-Back

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For Children & Youth – January 21st


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 a story about the Transfiguration of Jesus.

The 2-5 grade classroom will begin a study about God’s Love and Care. During the next few weeks, the children will experience lessons designed “to help children become aware of God’s incarnational nature and unconditional love.” This week, the children will consider the idea that we are created in the image of God. Stations will include an opportunity to draw a self-portrait, journal, sand play, and a collaborative art project. Diane and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning. 


Youth 6th-12th grade Sunday school at 9:00 will focus on Echo the Story with Susan and Kristin in the Dorothy Day room. TRU Function is practicing from 10:00-12:00. 

Unfortunately, the meeting to discuss a faith-based GSA at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church this Sunday has been postponed, due to low RSVP’s.

Java & Jesus

Sunday, Jan. 21, at 9 am

Attend in-person at the church in the Alfred Swan Room,

or attend remotely by Zoom (link below)

All are welcome!

Join us even if this is your first time!

Mary Neuhaus facilitating

Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss

pages 1-17 of Anne Lamott’s book 

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.  

Paradox and Parable; Hope and Despair – How do we humans dig deeper into our lives and keep rediscovering love and hope?

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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


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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