April 11
10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

Becoming Is Aspirational
The Rev. Dena McPhetres
The Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson,
Minister of Religious Education
Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director
Paul Geenen, Worship Associate

To be a people of becoming, we must each be a person who is becoming—involved in our own individual transformation. Becoming is aspirational, it points beyond the present moment to who and what we want to be. We grow and transform to fulfill our potential. This is a lifelong process of continual growth and learning.


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.

League of Women Voters-Milwaukee County
Ann Batiza, VP for Organization and Co-chair Natural Resources Committee.

The League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County is about more than voting, although it is one of the best sources for up-to-date local voter registration and candidate information. In addition to upholding the rights of voters, the LWV-Mke County is devoted to empowering voters through education and advocacy around issues of interest to our community. While Milwaukee has had an LWV chapter since 1930, the LWV-Mke County was formed by a merger of three local Leagues in 1989. Ann Batiza will discuss recent initiatives by the League and ways you can get involved, even without being a member. 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.
CHILD DEDICATION SERVICE. On May 9, a Dedication of Children will take place during our virtual service. The Child Dedication Ceremony is a time for celebrating the birth or adoption of a child in a ceremony of naming and dedication. It is a time for welcoming our children into the world, into the family and into the church community. Because of the promises our congregation makes to the family during the ceremony, child dedications are available only to members of the church. If you are interested, contact Lillian, our RE admin, at or fill out the online form by Sunday, April 25 at
PASTORAL CARE PROVIDER SERVICES UPDATE: NOW PROVIDING MEAL DELIVERY! Since so much more is known about how the COVID-19 virus does and does not spread, bringing prepared meals to someone seems not that different from restaurant take-out. Our Pastoral Care Providers (PCPs) are now available again to bring meals to congregation members who are in need due to illness, chemo treatments, return home after surgery, etc. PCPs use masked, contactless delivery with arrangements for where to leave the meal followed by a phone call or text to the recipient. Contact PCP Coordinator Jane Dorweiler at or 414-839-3053. 
FIRST CHURCH FAMILIES: YOUR YEAR IN PICTURES! RE Sunday on May 16 celebrates children and families through a joyful, inter-generational worship service. As part of this service, we are putting together a collage of photos of children and families, and we would love to include you! After a year apart, photos of you and your children will bring smiles to many faces in our community. We also invite you to share a testimonial (through words or artwork) about how your family has lived out your UU values this year. Email photos and testimonials to Lillian at
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 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.
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
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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