April 4
10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

Easter Sunday

Death & Resurrection, Pandemic-Style
The Rev. Jennifer Norstrom
The Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson,
Minister of Religious Education
Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director
Miles Schuller, Worship Associate

The pandemic has changed us, individually and collectively. We have lost loved ones, pieces of our lives, routines, and connections. We have also gained things like new perspectives, different rhythms, and a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of life. Who and what has died in this pandemic, and what is being born or resurrecting? To keep becoming, we need to grieve and let go what has been lost, as well as honor new life and new beginnings. Join us for this Easter Sunday service that explores death and resurrection, pandemic-style.


ZOOM COFFEE HOUR AT 11:00. Once you enter the Zoom meeting, Lynne will coordinate smaller groups of five or six for conversation. Members, guests, visitors are all welcome! Bring your own coffee. Link to Join HERE.

SANCTUARY REFLECTIONS AT 11:00. Feel moved by the Sunday worship service? Want to spend time reflecting with others? Come to Sanctuary Reflections every Sunday. We reflect on three questions and share our experiences with each other. Joyful, enriching, connecting. Just drop in. Join on Zoom HERE.

Timeslips Engagement Party
Sam Goodrich, TimeSlips Project Manager.

Sam Goodrich, Milwaukee artist and creative aging advocate, will share examples of how creativity and the arts can be used to facilitate meaningful connections with people with memory loss. At the Milwaukee nonprofit TimeSlips, she works with artists, students, and care partners all over the world. She will present a TimeSlips Engagement Party which is an informal and joyful gathering where guests learn simple engagement techniques that can create meaningful moments of connection. Engagement Parties ( are also a great way to involve young people in positive and playful relationships with elders. On Zoom & YouTube Live HERE
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS-MILWAUKEE COUNTY IS OUR APRIL SHARE THE PLATE RECIPIENT. The local chapter of the National League of Women Voters was established in 1920. Their mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government and influence public policy through education and advocacy. For more information or to get more involved, please visit their website at To donate directly to the League of Women Voters-Milwaukee County please select the “donate” button on their website.
GUEST HOUSE MEAL ON APRIL 17. First Church will serve a baseball park-themed dinner for 70 guests on April 17th. The menu is brats with buns, hamburgers with buns, fruit salad, potato salad, and cookies (Girl Scout cookies are preferred if you can get them). We will need 7 donations of 10 servings for each item. We will also need 3 bottles of ketchup, and 3 bottles of mustard. Please email Jerry Fredrickson at or call 414-421-0466 if you can donate. Food will be collected at Molly Zillig's home in Riverwest and Jean Schroeder's home in Shorewood. As always...thanks for your generosity!
PASTORAL CARE ASSOCIATE INFORMATION SESSIONS. Curious about becoming a Pastoral Care Associate (PCA)? Want to know more about what’s involved? Come to an Information Session to ask your questions and hear from our current PCAs. Hosted by PCA Co-Trainers Sarah Richards, Dale Skaggs and Rev. Dena on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m. Please register here to receive the Zoom link:
SPRING YOGA CLASSES. Slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing joints, ligaments, tendons, and fascia with Yin Yoga this spring. Instructor Morgan Engels will continue to offer virtual yoga classes two times per week.
  • Monday evening class is April 12-June 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (no class May 31.) Sign up here for Monday's class:
  • Wednesday morning class is April 14-June 9, 9:00-10:00 a.m. It includes gentle movement sequences, yogic breath techniques, and guided relaxation. Sign up here for Wednesday class:
Both classes are $67.50 for First Church members and $81 for non-members.
JOURNEY TO MEMBERSHIP CLASS. Visiting on-line? This series explores Unitarian Universalist theology, history, principals, our social justice framework. It also explores the meaning of membership and ways to connect here at First Church. Whether ready to join, or just trying to learn more about us in this odd world of virtual church, you are welcome to our April Journey to Membership Class. Four Wednesday evenings, April 7 - April 28, 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Sign up for this class at
SUMMER SERVICE PROPOSALS WANTED. Do you have a compelling message for our spiritual community that would nourish, engage, and inspire? During the summer, church members have the opportunity to create a worship service and deliver your own sermon. Worship helps us reflect on the meaning of our lives and how to align our actions with our core values. Rev. Dena works one-on-one with you to develop your sermon. Reach out to Pulpit Guest Team members Kristine Hansen, Kari Gunderson, Maria Dorsey, Keith Anderson and Natalie Quinton with questions. Submit your summer service proposal by May 1, 2021 on the church website at
COMMUNICATIONS HOW-TO GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE. Our new Communications How-To Guide is a great overview of how to effectively promote your church program or message to an audience. Step-by-step, the guide leads you through how to work with our new communications staff structure. Detailed Communications Policies are the useful partner to the How-To Guide. You can always find both on our website under the Members tab, “Create accessible, courageous, and innovative welcome to people who might find a sense of belonging and a spiritual home with us.” Congregation End 8.
COVID CANDLE ON SUNDAYS. Because of the ways our lives are touched by loss and grief during the global pandemic, we have a simple ritual during Sunday worship called the “COVID Candle” when it is needed. During this unique time, when people cannot gather with their family and community to mourn, we offer to light the COVID Candle for any death of a loved one of one of our members. If you have had a loved one die from COVID-19, or any other cause of death, and would like the COVID Candle lit in their honor during Sunday worship, please contact one of the Ministers.
  • If you would like to talk to a Pastoral Care Associate, please contact PCA Coordinator Jeri Pearcy at or 414-416-6036. If you’d like to talk to the Ministers, please call our Pastoral Care Emergency line at 414-216-3113.
  • For practical help, grocery shopping and delivery, please contact Jane Dorweiler, Pastoral Care Provider Coordinator at or 414-839-3053.
  • For personal financial assistance, please contact Rev. Jennifer for the Ministers’ Discretionary Fund at
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact Rev. Dena immediately at 414-216-3113, so she can support you and our community.

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