ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday, March 24th, 2024

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Palm Sunday

9:00 am Coloring activity with parents for children & youth in Friendship Hall on Palm Sunday & Easter, no Sunday School

9:00 am Java & Jesus for Adults

Alfred Swan Room

10:00 am Worship

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey

“Speaking Life in the Face of Death”

Lay Liturgist: Ginny Moore Kruse

Music: TRU Function

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For Children & Youth – March 24th


8:30 Nursery Care: We have a new kid play area in crossroads! When we only have one nursery attendant, to be in compliance with safe-sanctuary policy they station themselves in the crossroads and engage the kids in the crossroads play area while their parents are near by, attempting to worship.

March 24: Palm Sunday (no regular Sunday school; no Music Connections). There will be coloring materials at 9 am Friendship Hall for all ages. 

March 28: Maundy Thursday Dinners

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

March 31 Easter: (no regular Sunday school; no Music Connections)

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

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

April 7: Sunday School and Music Connections Resume


This coming Sunday is the start of Holy Week as we celebrate Palm Sunday. There will be no regular youth programming at 9:00 a.m. TRU Function is playing in worship with practice starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be an intergenerational coloring opportunity in Friendship Hall beginning at 9:00 a.m. with Holy Week activities available. The entire congregation will meet to process with palms into the worship hall a few minutes before 10:00 a.m.

During Holy Week, some of you may have signed up for Maundy Thursday dinner groups 3/28. At 7:00 p.m. on 3/29, all are welcome to attend the Good Friday Tenebrae service. Our confirmation group is exploring Holy Week with a self-study.

On Easter Sunday 3/31, there are several opportunities:

  • 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service
  • Brunch (immediately following sunrise service)
  • 10:00 a.m. Easter Worship
  • Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt (immediately following worship service)

*Pastor Kate needs some help setting up the Easter egg hunt! Any youth who are available, please let her know!*

For those who are heading out for Spring Break next week, safe travels! 

Some fun things coming up:

  • Our All-Church retreat is, 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 24,

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 4 brief passages on “resurrection.”

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phone Ken Pennings at 608-556-2371


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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