ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, March 17th, 2024

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Lent 5

9:00 am Sunday School for children & youth

9:00 am Java & Jesus for Adults

Alfred Swan Room

10:00 am Worship

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey

“Rituals at End of Life”

Lay Liturgist: Lauren Amburn

Music: ORUCC Choir

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Pastor Kate Mackey’s Installation

March 17th 1:30pm

Wisconsin UCC Southwest Association members will formally install Kate as our Associate Pastor.

All are welcome for this special service!r

Worship service + cake 1:30pm

You may join using the same YouTube link listed above

For Children & Youth – March 17th


8:30 Nursery Care: Jade and Marcia will be available for childcare in the nursery. 

Sunday School starts at 9 am. PreK-1st grade children are invited to sing with Julie in the Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. After the music, Karen and Josie will guide the children in the Lenten stories, “Too Afraid to Follow Jesus” and “Jesus’ Trial.”

The 2-5 grade classroom will continue their study of the season of Lent. This week, the children will learn about Palm Sunday to prepare them for next week.  Stations will include sand, several art opportunities, and puzzles. We’ll close with a visual meditation by viewing art inspired by Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. Joanna and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning in the Bridges Room. Be sure to pop by the Bridges Room to share your thoughts on “How We Can Make The World A Better Place.” Please add your ideas to the sign on the door. Everyone in our community is welcome to contribute. 

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 music and movement. The children have already started crafting their next project: Guided Meditation and Reflective Music. Two weeks ago, the children composed a beautiful guided meditation. This week, we’ll begin to work on the accompanying music. Bethany S. will be our Safe Sanctuary volunteer. 

No Music Connections 3/24 and 3/31. 

Looking ahead: 

March 17: Pastor Kate’s Installation 1:30

March 24: Palm Sunday (no regular Sunday school)

March 28: Maundy Thursday Dinners (sign up here)

March 29 Good Friday Tenebrae 7:00 p.m.

March 31 Easter: (no regular Sunday school)

   6:30 a.m. Sunrise service, followed by brunch

   10:00 a.m. Easter Worship, followed by egg hunt


This Sunday (St. Patrick’s Day!) there are many things happening for youth. Sunday school will be at 9:00 a.m., with Susan and Kristin guiding. We will continue “echoing” the story of scripture through an exploration of the Psalms. TRU Function will practice from 10-12. 

Following the worship service, Paul Vash is organizing an Easter-egg candy stuffing/pizza party for the youth. The eggs will be used for our Easter egg hunt on 3/31! TF youth who would like to participate are welcome to join in after practice. 

Any youth who will be available to help set up and facilitate the easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday, please let me know!

At 1:30, there will be a special “Installation Service” to officially recognize and affirm the start of Pastor Kate’s ministry at ORUCC with the wider church community. We are excited and hope that you all will be able to join in. Josie, Jadyn, and Lily are providing some special music, too. 

Reminder, NO confirmation this week (but you have an opportunity to fill out TWO worship notes on the 17th if you are feeling ambitious! ;). We will resume in earnest on April 7. 

Some fun things coming up:

  • We are looking for youth to help stuff eggs for the Easter egg hunt! This will happen after worship on Sunday 3/17, with pizza lunch provided. Stay for Pastor Kate’s installation service at 1:30! Contact Paul Vash ([email protected]) for more info.
  • Older youth: Would you be willing to help set up and coordinate the egg hunt on Easter Sunday? Talk to Pastor Kate.
  • Registration has re-opened for our RESCHEDULED All-Church retreat, April 12-14! We are looking forward to enjoying the springtime weather up at Daycholah. If you had signed up in January, and you are still planning to attend, you do not need to re-register. If you couldn’t come in January, but you can now, please sign up here

Java & Jesus

Sunday, March 17,

at 9 am

Attend in-person at the church in the

Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely

by Zoom

Dick Rossmiller facilitating

All are welcome!

Join us even if this is your first time!

Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss an article by John Shelby Spong, “The Connection Between the Crucifixion and the Passover.”

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JustDane (formerly Madison-area Urban Ministry), is a non-profit organization that offers an array of direct supportive initiatives for:

  • people being released from incarceration through our reentry programs, including the Journey Home, Circles of Support and Peer Support,
  • children and families impacted by the justice system,
  • justice-involved youth,
  • employment training for people with barriers to employment through Just Bakery,
  • recuperative medical respite for families experiencing homelessness at Healing House.

In 2023 over 750 individuals received support through JustDane’s initiatives.

This year JustDane celebrates 50 years of social justice work in our community. Throughout our 50 years JustDane has, and continues to engage in the community advocating for State and local justice system reforms, fair and affordable housing, an end to homelessness and racial and economic justice. Rev. William Sloane Coffin once said, “charity yes, always, but never as a substitute for justice.” His words reflect the importance of our work at JustDane offering support to individuals and families in our community, alleviating suffering while working to eliminate the causes of the suffering.


 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. 

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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