ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday November 26

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday November 26, 2023

9:00 am Advent Wreath Making for the Whole Family

10:00 am Worship

Lay Liturgist: Diane Jungblut

Special Music: TRU Function

Preaching: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey, “You Are Anointed”

11:15 am: Sermon Talk Back

Alfred Swan Room

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For Children & Youth November 26th

Nursery Care paused this week Children under age five are invited to enjoy the nursery alongside their parents. Please tidy up the room before leaving.

November 26: Advent Wreath Making: Join us 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. Please bring your wreath mold from the last years if you still have it. Pastor Ken will harvest live-greens! 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. NO Sunday School.

Christmas Eve Music Connections for any children who want to be involved in the 3pm Christmas Eve service on December 24th, rehearsals for this special experience begin today! Grades 2nd-6th.

Service Trip Fundraiders:

  • Our next fundraiser is the Christmas Cookie and Baked Goods Sale on December 10 at 11:00 a.m. at ORUCC in Friendship Hall to support our summer service trip to Nashville, TN. Each family is asked to contribute 8 dozen cookies or the equivalent, with a variety preferred. Special items (pies, etc.) will be individually priced. Bring baked goods on December 10 between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. to Friendship Hall. For full details and instructions, please read the flyer. Thank you for your support!
  • We will also have the ORUCC Christmas “Post Office” in December. This is an opportunity for folks at ORUCC to share Christmas cards with other church members for a suggested donation of 50 cents per card. 
  • Culver’s Night on December 19th–I will have a new signup Genius after Thanksgiving.

Java & Jesus

Sunday November 26th 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!

Before our discussion, please listen to an interview with Robin Wall Kimmerer, a PhD. Plant Scientist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi nation that aired on the Wisconsin Public Radio series, “To The Best of Our Knowledge.” The title of the interview is “We’ve forgotten how to listen to plants.”


Kimmerer is the award-wining author of the book

“Braiding Sweetgrass.”

Here is a link to the interview: 

https://www.ttbook.org/interview/weve-forgotten-how-listen-plants. People can read a simplified transcript of the interview on that webpage. If they want to listen to the full interview, they should click on the blue “Listen now” box just below the photograph on that webpage.

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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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