Worship Resources for Sunday, June 2, 2024

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Children and Youth Ministry Celebration,

Blessing High School Graduates,

Sundae Sunday!

9:00 am Children (PreK-5th) in Ruby Bridges Room

for a preview of “Kids in the Garden”

9:00 am Youth “Breakfast Club” in Friendship Hall

9:00 am For Adults – Alfred Swan Room

Antisemitism Then and Now:

The Christian Origins and Legacy

10:00 am Worship

Celebrating Children and Youth Ministry Volunteers

Blessing High School Graduates

“Message for All Ages”:

Rev. Kate Mackey & Julie Mazer

Centering Moment: Susi Petta

Lay Liturgist: Ginny Moore Kruse

Music: TRU Function

11:00 am Ice Cream Sundaes for all

just outside the east entrance

11:15 am Sermon Talk-Back in the Alfred Swan Room

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For Children & Youth – June 2


8:30 am Supported Childcare: Jade will be available to assist families with young children in The Crossroads. 

All children (PreK-5) will gather at 9 am in the Ruby Bridges Room for a special “Kids in the Garden” preview with Julie and Rachael. “Kids in the Garden” is our yearly summer enrichment program. During worship, children ages 6 and older (ages 5 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver) will be invited to hear a nature-themed story, visit our Children’s Garden plot to collect herbs, and make a snack to serve after worship. This program will be offered six times throughout the summer. Stay tuned to our weekly announcements for upcoming Kids in the Garden dates.

After Sunday School, we’ll celebrate our programming year in worship. Children will stay in service with you to help us recognize our volunteers and graduates. Join us for Ice Cream Sundaes after worship!


Youth are invited to one last “Breakfast Club” with Pastor Kate in Friendship Hall at 9:00 a.m. There will be donuts!

Stay for worship to celebrate our Children and Youth volunteers, cheer on TRU Function, and bless our graduating seniors.

Youth are invited to help scoop and serve (and eat!) ice cream for sundaes after worship.

Adult Education Opportunity

Sunday, June 2, at 9 am

Antisemitism Then and Now:

The Christian Origins and Legacy

Facilitator: Baxter Richardson

This adult education session will be an inquiry – an attempt to answer one question: How does one explain the enduring reality of antisemitism in Christian cultures? Other questions we might explore: Is there some inherent quality of Christianity, or religion itself, that prevents us from freeing ourselves from the pernicious form of racism that we call antisemitism? Or is it possible that antisemitism is the manifestation of the human need to define who one is by who one is not? Or is it something else?

To help us understand the Christian origins and legacy, please read ahead of time and come prepared to discuss James Carroll’s article “Easter, Christianity, and Antisemitism” (2024) and excerpts by Martin Luther, “On the Jews and their Lies” (1543).

If time permits, we will consider how the Roman Catholic Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) have responded, officially, to antisemitism. Copies of “Nostra Aetate” (1965) and “A Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community” (1993) will be available on June 2.

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Questions? Contact Baxter Richardson at [email protected]


Casa Alitas

The compassion offering for June 2024 is Casa Alitas. Casa Alitas is a non-profit, immigrant welcome center near the border in Tucson, Arizona. Casa Alitas provides a warm welcome, food, clothing, and shelter for a few days for legal asylum seekers who have crossed the border. Casa Alitas provides services to 1,000 to 1,500 guests every day.

The ORUCC connection with Casa Alitas was prompted by a mission trip to the border in 2015. Since then, we have maintained a hands-on connection, through compassion offerings, clothing drives and volunteer time at Casa Alitas.

During the last year in particular, despite unpredictable funding allocations from the federal government, Casa Alitas was the only welcome center on the border that maintained its capacity to welcome all who arrived at its doors.

Casa Alitas needs our help now more than ever. Funds that we provide will keep people from being dropped off as street releases in the city of Tucson. All funds will provide direct services to immigrant families. Funds will


  • Pay for clothing and food provided by Casa Alitas;
  • Buy items for play bags for children; and
  • Pay for transportation to reunite families who have been separated at the border.


Please give generously. Thank you.

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/

Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey

Pastor Julia is on Maternity Leave until September.

Please contact Pastor Kate or Pastor Ken in the meantime!

Associate Pastor: Rev. Kate Mackey EMAIL

Associate Pastor: Rev. Ken Pennings EMAIL

Children’s Education Coordinator & Music Director: Julie Mazer EMAIL

Office Manager George Decker

608-271-7212 or EMAIL

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