ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday October 9th

Orchard Ridge
United Church of Christ
Worship Resources

Worship with us
in-person or virtually
Sunday Oct. 9th
The Rev. Kerri Parker (she/her) will preach this Sunday.
Kerri is a member of ORUCC and the Executive Director of
The Wisconsin Council of Churches
Special Music: Bell Choir
Lay Liturgist: Laura Connors
Join our Worship virtually
on YouTube any time after
10 am:
You will need to refresh the page
after 10 am if you have opened it before

Sharing Our Stories October 9th
All Church Visioning Session
9 am Under the Tent!
Bundle up and join us for some un-masked time and fresh air as Pastor Julia and members of our visioning team
use the Appreciative Inquiry process to guide us in interviewing each other about what we value. We will discuss what we value about ourselves, each other and ORUCC, to help us discern where God is guiding us into the future.
All are welcome!
Please join us even if this is your first time! This is the 2nd of 4 visioning sessions to be held this fall, the others are November 13th and December 4th.

Programming for Children
October 9th
PreK-2nd grade students will enjoy music at 9:00 and then hear the story about Jesus and the Tax Collectors. Jill Westberg and a TBD substitute (maybe you? Please respond to this email if you are available. Coffee and light snack provided.) will share that Jesus modeled kindness towards everyone. At that time, tax collectors were seen as wrongdoers. Instead, Jesus opened his home and served a meal to the tax collectors. Children under the age of 5 are invited to stay as long as they are able and then transfer to the nursery to play with Antonia Wuschner and Joey Miller.
3rd-5th Grade will continue their Peacemaker exploration. Last week, they explored forgiveness. This week, they will talk about another important piece of becoming a peacemaker - saying I’m sorry. Through a variety of active stations, they will consider how to say “I’m Sorry” and the power of those words. Paul Vash and Jen Walker will guide them through the process.
Looking ahead: Do you have any magazines with positive words and phrases and/or pictures of food? O Magazine, Runner’s World, National Geographic, Food Network, etc? In November, 3-5 will create a Thanksgiving collage. I’m looking for magazines that might work for this project. If you have some to share, please bring them to the Bridges Room or leave in the office with my name on them. Thanks!
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

October Compassion Offering
The Crossing Campus Ministry
The Crossing is a progressive Christian campus ministry on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The mission of The Crossing is to provide a Christian campus ministry where students can explore, question, understand, develop and affirm their relationship to God, each other and the world. This mission includes being a diverse and theologically open-minded Christian ministry that allows members of the university community the freedom to grasp anew the love and grace of God through an understanding of, and commitment to, living the gospel of Jesus Christ with a particular focus on his life and teachings. In short, The Crossing is a place where students can belong in community, explore their faith, and become their authentic selves.
At The Crossing when we say “ALL ARE WELCOME”, we mean it. The Crossing is a Reconciling in Christ, Open, Welcoming and Affirming ministry. We celebrate God’s diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, different abilities, faith tradition or lack of faith, national origin, racial, ethnic and economic background and any other difference.
During the 2021-2022 academic year The Crossing hosted around 125 students per week in the study/community spaces and over 75 students participated in worship and small group programs. In addition, The Crossing fed around 150 students per week through the Food Recovery Network and the Frozen Meal Program, not including the hundreds of students and community members that our longtime friends from Slow Food UW host in the building.
Events planned for this Fall include:
  • Welcome Back Pie Extravaganza & Concert
  • Open Mic Night
  • Weekly Dinner + Worship
  • Weekly Bible Study
  • Fellowship & support groups for Freshman and Graduate students
  • Queer Students of Faith exploring queer theology
  • Food Recovery Meals — Free hot meals are served on Tuesday evenings & Friday lunch-time
  • UW Frozen Meals — Frozen meals from the UW dining halls are delivered weekly; available when the building is open
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 at orucc.org. Click the brown button “Contribute” in the upper right of the home page or click this LINK.

Appeal from the United Church of Christ
for Pakistan
Following massive flooding across nearly three-quarters of the country, the United Church of Christ is issuing an appeal in support of the people of Pakistan. Pakistan has been enduring severe monsoon weather since June, with rainfall equivalent to 2.9 times the national 30-year average. To date, more than half of the country’s 160 districts have been declared ‘calamity hit’ by the government, a number that is expected to increase as rain and flooding continues.
With more than 33 million people affected by the flooding so far and an estimated 6.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance, this response is greatly needed. Through our membership in the ACT Alliance and contributions to its Rapid Response Fund, the United Church of Christ is already supporting early relief efforts. Emergency food and water, medical supplies, temporary shelter kits, and protective services are being offered by ACT members Community World Service Asia and Norwegian Church Aid.
Your gift to the United Church of Christ’s Pakistan Response Fund will help maintain this relief work and support the long-term recovery for vulnerable persons and affected communities. Farmers and livestock owners will receive the seeds, feed, and vaccines they need to restore their livelihoods. Pregnant women – of whom an estimated 650,000 are affected – will receive maternal health services. Protection services will ensure the creation of safe spaces for children and other vulnerable populations. Psychosocial support and trauma resources will be provided. Through our work with global partners and the ACT Alliance, your gift will be joined with others to bring hope, healing, and a helping hand to our neighbors in Pakistan.

Office Manager Julie Wombacher
Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am -12:30 pm
608-271-7212 or EMAIL
Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey
518-542-6915 EMAIL
Associate Pastor: Rev. Ken Pennings
608-556-2371 EMAIL

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