ORUCC Worship Resources for Sunday September 18

Orchard Ridge
United Church of Christ
Worship Resources

Worship with us
in-person or virtually
Sunday, Sept. 18th,
at 10:00am
Preaching: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey, “Joining Our Journeys Together: Walking The Labyrinth”
Special Music: ORUCC Choir
Lay Liturgist: Jenn Hahn
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Scroll down to give to the
UCC’s appeal for Pakistan

For Adults
This Sunday, Sept. 18th,
at 9 am
Sharing Our Stories: Appreciative Inquiry Visioning
9:00am — Sept. 18, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 & Dec. 4
We want to hear your voice!
These will be fun and connective visioning sessions with the aim of “sharing our stories” with one another. The appreciative inquiry process is one that allows for the good, the true, the beautiful of our past to be carried forward into the future. The basis of the process is story telling and one-on-one interviews. We will focus on a different question each Sunday once a month. Everyone’s voice matters, so please make a point to join for these 9am sessions on Sunday morning. Here is a look at the themes and questions and the dates to mark in you calendar.
September 18th: Sharing a peak experience of your time at ORUCC where you felt most spiritually alive.
October 9th: What do you value about yourself, about ORUCC, about UCC?
November 13th: What do you think are our core values? When have you felt our core values expressed best?
December 4th: If you woke up from a deep slumber and came to ORUCC in 5 years and everything you dreamed and imagined and visioned came true, what would it be like? What would you see, feel, hear, smell? How would people be meeting? Who would be there?
If you can’t be there for one of the Sundays, we still want to hear from you. We are still working on a virtual option for this process and ways of including voices who cannot make it on Sunday morning for any of these.

Children and Youth Sunday programming has begun!
For this Sunday, Sept. 18th:
PreK-2nd grade students will enjoy music with Julie Mazer at 9:00 in the William Johnson Room and then hear a story with Jill Westberg and Josie Gilbert about how Jesus modeled compassion and care for each other when he was at the Sea of Galilee. Children under the age of 5 are invited to stay as long as they are able and then transfer to the Frances Nursery to play with Lily Martens and Joey Miller.
3rd-5th Grade will continue their Peacemaker exploration in the Ruby Bridges Room at 9 am. Last week, they talked about how peace from God lives in their bodies. This week, they will talk about another important piece of becoming a peacemaker - listening carefully. Through a variety of active stations, they will consider, “How do we listen? How do our bodies hear?” with their Sunday School Guides, Sally Allen and Jadyn Gilbert.
Music Connections (during the 10 o’clock worship hour)This week, children in 2nd-5th+ grade (middle schoolers are welcome to attend as a participant or helper) are invited to drum with Julie Mazer after the “Time for Children.” We’ll also begin to explore the scripture, “Be Still and Know that God is Peace.” Save the date for Sunday, October 23. That day, we’ll share music that we’ve developed on that passage during worship. 

September Compassion Offering
Just Dane
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, employment training for people with barriers to employment through Just Bakery, children and families impacted by the justice system, justice involved youth, as well as recuperative medical respite for families experiencing homelessness. Recognizing that, in the words of Rev. William Sloane Coffin “compassion and justice are companions, not choices,” JustDane also engages in the community advocating for State and local justice system reforms, fair and affordable housing, and end to homelessness and racial and economic justice.
If you’d like to know more about our work, there are two members of ORUCC on JustDane’s Board, Julie Horst and Phil Haslanger and they would be happy to share more about JustDane’s work in our community. 
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 at orucc.org. Click the brown button “Contribute” in the upper right of the home page.
To Order Baked Goods
Here’s how to order delicious baked goods online from Just Bakery as part of the Compassion Offering for JustDane:
  • Go to LINK (https://justdane.org/shop/) Select desired items
  • On the CHECKOUT DETAILS page go to the line that reads, “If you have chosen pickup, what date would you like to pick up your order?” and enter “9/25/22”.
  • Fill in your name, address, phone number and email 
  • Go to the line that reads, “Order Notes” and enter “For delivery to Orchard Ridge UCC on Sunday, Sept. 25
When you have entered your credit card information and completed your order you will receive an order confirmation to your email.  Please place orders by Monday September 12th for delivery to ORUCC on Sunday, September 25th. (Sorry. In-person purchases on Sept. 25 are not possible.) Thank you!

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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