ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday November 19

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday November 19, 2023

10:00 am Worship

Stewardship Sunday and

Children’s Bible Celebration

Please bring your stewardship pledge cards to return!

Lay Liturgist: Bruce Gladstone

Stewardship Testimony: Hal Evensen

Special Music: ORUCC Choir and Fiona Schultz

Preaching: Rev. Kate Mackey, “Tension Around the Table”

11:15 am: Sermon Talk Back

Alfred Swan Room

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For Children & Youth November 19th

Nursery Care opens at 8:30. Jade and Marie are ready to play with your little ones!

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, Karen and Josie will guide them in a story about one of the miracles Jesus performed, “Jesus Feeds 5000 People.”

The 2-5 grade classroom will explore the Letters From the Apostles. First, the children will learn more about the words “Apostle” and “Epistle” and search for bible verses. In our stations, the children will have the opportunity to write a letter to someone in our congregation, work with Sand, color, and complete a worksheet about the Fruit of the Spirit. Hal and Jadyn will guide the children in their learning. 

Older Youth (6th grade-H.S.) have Echo the Story at 9:00 in the Dorothy Day room, facilitated by Kristin Muckian and Susan Watson.

TRU Function will practice from 10:00-12:00. 

Music Connection for grades 2-6 with Julie Mazer after the children’s Bible Celebration in worship.

Upcoming! Save the Dates!

November 26: Advent Wreath Making: Join us on November 26 at 9 a.m. in Friendship Hall for our third annual intergenerational Advent Wreath Making Event. All supplies will be provided for families to make an Advent Wreath to take home. We will also have an ornament-making station, and the opportunity to help Pastor Kate set up the Holiday Gift tree to benefit our neighbors with the Early Childhood Initiative program.

November 29th Fundraiser at Culver’s in Verona! These have been very profitable for us in the past. We get 10% of sales for the night, so tell your friends and family! We need 4 youth and one adult for each hour (if you want to sign up for more than one hour, you are welcome to do so!). Please sign up here 

Thank you to those of you who signed up to be a Music Connections Volunteer! There are still opportunities to assist throughout the programming year. Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0944A5AB2B0-20231#/

Java & Jesus

Sunday November 19th 9am

Attend in-person at the church in the

Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely

by Zoom

Dan Rossmiller facilitating

All are welcome!

Please join us even if this is your first time!

Please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss the first half of chapter five of Jawanza Eric Clark’s book Reclaiming Stolen Earth – An Africana Ecotheology (pages 162-179).

The reading for Nov. 26th will be the second half of chapter five.

(Ideally, we try to send out readings that are no more than five pages long. The reading we’re now sending is much longer [17 pgs]. Please join our discussion even if you’re not able to complete the entire reading)

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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

November Compassion Offering

Thanksgiving Year Round Fund

ORUCC has a long tradition of supporting our social services partners in their work with neighbors in need. Post pandemic and the end of CARES funds have left some of our neediest ORUCC neighbors struggling to keep up with inflationary food prices and skyrocketing rent increases.  

Established in 2020, the ORUCC Thanksgiving Year Round Fund helps support our neighbors with Woodman’s gift cards distributed by staff from Joining Forces for Families (JFF), Commonwealth Development (CWD), and Early Childhood Development (ECI). There is now a need to replenish this fund in order to continue this vital support. 

ORUCC member Loretta Swanson and Community Social Worker, Eric Alvin are our lead social services team who distribute the gift cards to other neighborhood case workers. Loretta reports how a $20-$50 gift card can help a family through the holiday season and beyond: 


  • To cover the cost of extra food needed while children are home during holiday breaks
  • To help pay for gas to allow a parent to travel for a job interview

These gift cards help in so many ways. Please consider a donation to the Thanksgiving Year Round Fund to provide direct support to families and individuals in our neighborhood. Your donation is truly appreciated, this holiday season and beyond. 


Thank you in advance for your contribution.

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: The Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey


Associate Pastor: The Rev. Kate Mackey EMAIL

Associate Pastor: The Rev. Ken Pennings


Children’s Education Coordinator & Music Director: Julie Mazer EMAIL

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