ORUCC ZOOM Worship Resources for January 16th

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
Racial Justice Worship Resources 1.16.2022
Photograph by Nathan Dumlao

You are invited
to join us virtually
over ZOOM this Sunday 
January 16th 10:00 a.m.
 Sermon: Cities You Did Not Build, Wells You Did Not Dig                
Pam Oliver
Lay Liturgists: Ginny Stiles
Pastors: Julia Burkey & Ken Pennings
Local community organizers have invited Madison churches to focus on racial justice for the month of January. Dr. Pam Oliver is Professor Emerita of Sociology at UW where she continues to research collective action and social movements as well as racial disparities in criminal justice. She is a member of ORUCC and we are so grateful she will share her voice with us.
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Due to the high community transmission of the COVID omicron variant, we have suspended in-person worship for the month of January, with hope to return February 6th. Based on our care for our worship leaders, we will use a combination of ZOOM or live-streaming in the sanctuary, based on comfort/exposure/symptoms of worship leaders. If on ZOOM, we will record the services and upload them for you to access later in the day.
Sunday Programming for Children & Youth
is Currently Paused

Java & Jesus
Paused for January 16th & 23rd

January Compassion Offering
LGBT Books to Prisoners

LGBT Books to Prisoners, based in Madison, WI, sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQ people across the United States. We have been doing this for over 10 years and have sent books to over 10,000 people in that time.
We do this because:
  • We want to acknowledge, and work against, the oppressive functions of the prison system. Our project shifts some control back into incarcerated people’s hands.
  • Incarcerated people have little access to reading material, and LGBTQ people behind bars have a particularly hard time finding resources that meet their needs and wants. We are in a position to gather and distribute these resources.
  • We believe that our work affirms the dignity of all individuals by providing access to knowledge of their choosing, so that they can learn and grow as they desire. We respond to individuals’ requests as directly as possible.
  • LGBTQ people behind bars face many hardships, including — but not limited to — isolation and physical violence. We want them to know that they have a supportive community on the outside that cares about their wellbeing.
We are completely volunteer run. We host volunteer sessions every week where we respond to letters from incarcerated people requesting books. We respond with a personal note, along with books that best match their request. When asked for, we also help connect people to other resources, such as pen pals, legal services, etc. Our volunteer sessions are a welcoming space for the LGBTQ community and allies to work together to work towards abolition, racial justice, and to affirm the LGBTQ community.
We would use the offering to pay for postage. On average it costs about $5 to send about three books to someone in prison. We typically send 3,000 book packages a year.
Thank you for your generosity and for helping those who have helped us in our times of need.
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.

Office Manager Julie Wombacher available Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am -12:30 pm
608-271-7212 or EMAIL
Senior Pastor Julia Burkey available
Tues.- Fri. & Sun. 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
by appointment
518-542-6915 EMAIL
Associate Pastor Tammy Martens: available
Tues.- Fri. 10:00 am -4:00 pm by appointment
608-975-3184 or EMAIL
Associate Pastor Ken Pennings: available
Tues.-Thurs. 10:00 am -5:00 pm by appointment
608-556-2371 EMAIL
All pastors (try to) take Monday & Saturday as Sabbath days.
Friday is observed as a writing day for the preaching pastor.
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