Weekly Announcements January 13, 2022


Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ

Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice

Here are our weekly announcements for 1/13/2022:

Hello friends! Welcome to our weekly announcements.

Our COVID Response Team met on January 9th and recommended we pause our in-person worship gatherings for the month of January due to the high community transmission of the Omicron COVID variant.

We will still gather in spirit and will utilize a combination of ZOOM worship and live-streaming in the sanctuary, based on COVID exposure and best judgement of worship leaders that week. We will share this information in weekly worship resources email on Saturdays.

We trust our mitigation systems and know we will be back in the sanctuary soon, especially when the hospitals in Madison are less full.

Here is the LINK for details and protocols for Back-to-Church when we do return to in-person, which we hope to do on February 6th.

This is our week at a Glance:

ZOOM Sunday Worship

Sunday, Jan 16

10:00 – 11:00 am

Pam Oliver Preaching

Lay Liturgist: Ginny Stiles

Details in Saturday’s Worship Resources

There is no 9:00 Sunday School for children

and youth and no Children’s Music

Connections January 16

NO Java & Jesus

Sunday, Jan 16 & Jan 23

Office Closed MLK Jr. Day

Monday, Jan 17

Meditation Group

Friday, Jan 21

9:00 – 10:00 am

Sue Dixon


Daily Devotional from

the Ministry of Adult

Faith Formation

Readings will be posted daily to the “Members & Friends” Facebook group and will be available each week in the link below. If you are checking on on someone who doesn’t have email and would like the readings mailed to them, please contact Julie Wombacher in the office.

Jan 13 – Jan 19

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.

Learn more at lgbtbookstoprisoners.org

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.

The Crossing’s Choral Ensemble…..

Vocal performance student Kyle Sackett was nominated as an ensemble member with The Crossing for a Grammy in Best Choral Performance. Sackett says it’s exciting to see choral music gaining more global recognition. The awards show, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, has been postponed for health and safety reasons.

The Crossing is one of our past compassion offering recipient.

Annual Meeting

February 6 following worship

More info to follow

Click here for a printed version Annual Report, or on our website LINK

Racial Justice Mission Team

The racial justice mission team is wondering what type of programming ORUCC members would like us to plan. Please click on this link to take a short survey about your interests, or copy/paste this link into your browser: https://forms.gle/RZ4bfdYFoF5MBv1i7

Celebrating, Offering Thanks and Uplifting Tammy Martens and Her Ministry at ORUCC

Ann Evensen, Barbara Stretchberry and Kellie Miller have been charged with planning a summer 2022 celebration of Tammy’s ministry. We would like to hear your ideas for ways to lift up and remember her great work, thank her whole-heartedly, and say loving farewells. Please share any ideas, thoughts or questions with us by January 15, 2022. Thank you!

Ann Evensen [email protected]  cell 608 628 4280 

Barbara Stretchberry [email protected]  cell 608-239-6669

Kellie Miller [email protected]   cell 608 852-7578

3 Volunteers Needed to Help

Prepare for Worship

We’re thrilled to be returning to in-person worship AND to continue virtual worship. To do both, however, is stretching us thin in certain areas. If you feel comfortable working with Word documents and creating PowerPoints, we could really use a rotation of volunteers (each preparing for only 1 Sunday a month) to get ready for both in-person and virtual worship. Contact Ken Pennings at [email protected], or 608-556-2371 if this may interest you.

Soul of Aging – 3 part online retreat series 

Beginning January 28-30, 2022

“The act of living and dying is a mystery to me. I’ve heard others refer to the “art” of living and dying. I wish to live with grace and gratitude through the mystery of each day…creating a canvas of colors, bold and bright; mellow and muted. Perhaps I’ll look back and be able to say I did not just live a life, I created a life, an imperfect work, rich and beautiful. How do I stay present to what is, rather than what might have been or what might be? How do I become like this weathered beauty resting magnificently along the shore?”

Kirstin Anglea and Winton Boyd will lead others in exploring these questions and more during our upcoming Soul of Aging retreat series online again in 2022. 

Follow this link for more information and registration: https://couragerenewal.org/…/the-soul-of-aging-a…/

Friday Breakfast Group-Date Change

Friday Breakfast Group hopes to return to monthly gatherings March 4, 2022, 8:30 a.m. at Denny’s, 433 S. Gammon Road. Although originally for women, the group has for many years included a popular men’s table as well. Open to all, it is informal and a chance to connect and converse on many topics. Please join us. Contact Louise Jeanne, [email protected], for more information.

Pictorial Directory

Thanks to all those who helped with the pictorial directory. Here is a print version. Photo Directory Print Version

In Case You Missed It!

Links to Worship Recordings…


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.

In case of a pastoral emergency, please call any of the pastors, as all pastors are available by phone, text and we will always have a pastor on call who we can turn to.

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