Annual Meeting of the Congregation to be held on Feb 3 at 11:15

Each year, our congregation holds an annual meeting to conduct business and elect leaders.  But, more than that, it is a chance to celebrate the ministries of the congregation, the leaders and volunteers of the congregation and the Spirit of God at work in our midst.  All are invited to our 2019 annual meeting on February 3rd after worship at 11:15.

Click here for the 2018 Annual Report of ORUCC

Laura Crow to be Interim Senior Pastor

The Leadership Team has selected Laura Crow to be our Interim Senior Pastor.  Laura is finishing up her second stint as Interim Pastor at First United Church of Christ in Belleville.  In addition, she served as Interim Pastor for Memorial UCC in Fitchburg in 2017 and Zwingli UCC in Paoli in 2018.

Prior to that, for 10 years, she was on the staff of Middleton Community UCC, most of that time as their Director of Faith Formation.  In 2016, she was licensed to be a worship leader at Middleton as they developed a new late-afternoon Sunday service. And then when the pastor in Belleville died suddenly that October, Laura was licensed to be their Interim Pastor until they could hire a longer-term interim. She won high praise for her work in that very difficult situation.  She returned to Belleville this past June to complete their interim period.  She will be licensed to serve ORUCC.

She will begin her work here during the week of January 7th.  She has already met with Winton Boyd and will meet again with him and Ken Pennings and Tammy Martens between now and January.

Laura’s experience goes well beyond church work, however. She was elected to two terms on the Middleton-Cross Plains School Board from 2000 to 2006 and was on the board of directors of the Middleton Outreach Ministry from 1995 to 1999. Her degree is microbiology and she worked for 19 years at Agracetus in Middleton.

December Advent and Christmas Schedule

Reflections from our Civil Rights Bus Tour
December 16th at 9 a.m.
We will have a chance to hear from participants on the Civil Rights Tour the church sponsored in October.  There will be photos, stories and time for questions.
Youth Bake Sale
December 9th after worship
Buy lovely Christmas time sweets to support our summer Youth Mission Trip.
Longest Night Service
Friday, December 21st
7:00 p.m.
In the midst of the busy season, we stop for a time of prayer, Taize style music, quiet, and reflection on the power of darkness in our spiritual journey.  This short service is a favorite of many.
Christmas Eve Services
Family Friendly Candle Light service with our children and
Tru Function
4:00 p.m.
We will be led by our children.  Tru Function will play.  We’ll sing with candlelight.  Come early as the seats fill up!
Candlelight Service
with the ORUCC choir, readings and carols
7:00 p.m. (Note new time)
A service of readings and music.  Traditional biblical texts and contemporary reflections.
Music will include John Stevens on the Melodica, Dave Allen on the piano, Paul Hedges and Kythie Boyd singing together, Bruce Gladstone and Vicki Nonn playing together and of course our ORUCC Choir!

The Ministry of ORUCC in stories

As part of our recent Stewardship Drive, Paul Hedges and Jarrett Gersten interviewed and filmed several ORUCC members and staff about a few aspects of our life together.


Food as a Means of Building Community & How We Stand with our Families  – Loretta McClure and Gary LeFluer talk about the power of food to build community

What Shall We Bring?   – Several teenagers and Tammy Martens speak about our Mission Trip ministry.


Standing With Our Undocumented Neighbors – featuring Winton Boyd and Ruthanne Landsness speak about our work with the new Sanctuary movement.






Ash Wednesday Observance

We begin the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday 

5:30 p.m. –  An open Labyrinth Walk.  

We have an labyrinth in the carpet of our Friendship Hall.  It will be open for walking meditation and prayer from 5:30-6:45.  There will be volunteers welcoming you and offering any guidance you might need.

7:00 p.m. – Ash Wednesday Service 

We share this service with Madison Mennonite Church.  It includes the imposition of ashes to remind us of our humanity and the celebration of communion to remind us of God’s grace in our lives.  All ages are welcome.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation to be held on Feb 4 at 11:15

Each year, our congregation holds an annual meeting to conduct business and elect leaders.  But, more than that, it is a chance to celebrate the ministries of the congregation, the leaders and volunteers of the congregation and the Spirit of God at work in our midst.  All are invited to our 2018 annual meeting on February 4th after worship at 11:15.

Click here for the 2017 Annual Report of ORUCC

Care of Creation’s 2018 Winter Film Series on Climate Change

2017 Leadership Team and Minutes

Our 2017 Leadership Team consists of:

Ruthanne Landsness, moderator, Susan Watson, moderator elect, Kim Kaspar, past moderator,  John Day, Treasurer, Barbara Stretchberry, Clerk, Merideth Trahan, Nancy Wettersten, Ken Psyck, Rachael Lancor, Ralph Petersen.

Our Ministry Chairs are

Margaret Jankowski (Adult Faith Formation), Kristin Muckian (Youth Faith Formation), Ali Blanchard (Congregational Life), LuAnn Greiner and Betsy Moyer (Christian Witness and Service), Chuck Kaspar (Resources).

2016 Annual Report of the Congregation

2016 Annual Report

Minutes for 2017

February 2017 minutes

March 2017 Leadership Team minutes

Who Is My Neighbor – Interviews with 4 Southwest Neighbors

As part of our Southwest Partnership, we’ve been getting to know other leaders and activists in our wider Southwest Madison neighborhoods.  On Sunday, March 9, we had a chance to hear stories from four Southwest Madison neighbors. Here are links to their videos.  Short biographies of each of them are below.

Tamar Pardee and Charly Jordan

Sheray Wallace and Tutanhkomen Assad

Tamar Pardee lives in the Hammersley neighborhood, where she has raised her family.  She is an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Gammon Road.  Along with one of our Southwest Partners, Kim Neuschel of Dane County/Madison Public Health, and many others, she has been an active supporter of events and issues in the Hammersley neighborhood.  This includes the development of a neighborhood house on Teresa Terrace.  She has been instrumental in two vigils/marches in the Falk School area in recent years.

Charly Jordan currently lives in the Meadowood neighborhood.  She is on the board of directors at the Lussier Community Center near Memorial High School.  Jim Frymark and Winton Boyd serve on a Economic Development Workgroup for Southwest Madison that Charly chairs.  She has been an active member of the Southwest Madison Community Organizers, supporting and promoting events in both the Meadowood and Hammersley neighborhoods.  She also works at HyVee at Odana and Whitney Way. 

Sheray Wallace lives in the Meadowood Neighborhood.  She has been active with the Southwest Community Organizers, has helped organize community suppers for all residents in the Meadowood Neighborhood, organized a peace march that included many ORUCC members in the Hammersley neighborhood in 2013, and has hosted a ‘summit’ on violence for teenagers.   She currently works at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) and is a personal care attendant for a number of people.

Tutankhamun Assad (Assa) lives in the Meadowood Neighborhood.  He describes himself as a ‘concerned father.”  Assa started the Mellowood Foundation, which sponsors athletic opportunities and mentoring for young children in Southwest Madison.  He and John Wroten organized a citywide summer flag football program last year based out of several community centers.  Barb Hummel helped Assa write a grant for additional funds for this coming summer.  He works at GE Medical and at West High School as a basketball coach.  

VIDEO: 20 years of Open and Affirming: What it means to us


On Sunday, October 20, we celebrated 20 years as an Open and Affirming congregation.  The link below is a video created by Cheryl Diermeyer of our congregation.  It features comments and stories from members regarding what Open and Affirming (ONA) has meant to them personally or us as a congregation.

Click here for the VIDEO:  20 Years of Open and Affirming:  What it means to us