10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

The Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Minister of Religious Education
Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director

Stillness has a relationship with movement, just as the notes of a piece of jazz are punctuated by silence. As opposed to silence, stillness can be a frame for music, creativity, and teeming life. Stillness can serve as the ground for creativity, the rest that creates the next thing. Join us for this worship service that explores stillness as creative ground.


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.
“Creating a Sense of Community through Art,” presented by Tia Richardson, Community Mural Artist, Cosmic Butterfly Design.

What is community? How can we work together if we all have different opinions? We are all parts connected to a greater whole. Richardson tries to understand what unity is through her art. In this presentation, she will share some past projects to show examples of what we might consider as evidence that we can work together despite our differences. For more views and information: On Zoom & YouTube Live HERE
PICK UP YOUR CHRISTMAS EVE KIT. We want you to have everything you need to celebrate First Church-style during our online 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Come pick up your Christmas Kit from the church porch, and receive a blessing from one of our ministers, at these times:
  • Sunday, Dec. 20, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
Your Christmas Kit will include as many Christmas Eve candles as there are members of your household, a photo of the beautiful church sanctuary, and other First Church Christmas Eve essentials. More details on the website.
2020 CONTRIBUTIONS. If you'd like your pledge payment or other contribution to First Church to be credited to 2020, we need to have your checks by noon on December 31 so we can prepare a deposit. Of course, you can contribute digitally as well. See details below.
FOUR WAYS TO PAY YOUR PLEDGE, EVEN DURING THE PANDEMIC. Staff continues to pick up mail and process your pledge payments per normal. As 2020 draws to a close, support First Church by making your pledge payments with these secure and easy methods:

POETRY OPEN MIC. Friday, December 18, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Bring your own poem or bring a favorite or just come listen! For Zoom link, click here.
CONNECT & REFLECT TAKES A BREAK FOR HOLIDAYS. Connect & Reflect will not be offered on Thursday, December 24. Please join the candlelight service and reception afterwards. We will see if there are people who want to gather on Thursday, December 31. Stay tuned! And happy holidays.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WISCONSIN IS OUR DECEMBER SHARE THE PLATE RECIPIENT. Planned Parenthood has many clinics in the Milwaukee area, as well as national offices and international partners. Planned Parenthood reflects the diverse needs of our communities. It currently provides affordable quality and confidential health care to 60,000 people each year in their 22 health centers across Wisconsin. As stated on their website: “Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.” To make a donation directly to Planned Parenthood, please visit their website at:
GIVE THE GIFT OF CREATIVITY: ART SUPPLY DONATION DRIVE. This year, our RE program is committed to giving back to the community, especially children whose needs have become invisible during the pandemic. Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth has asked us to create art kits to distribute to the children they work with for school and self-expression. We are collecting donations by using an Amazon wish list of curated new art items. To donate to MCCY art kits, visit our Amazon Wishlist: Choose an item to purchase and ship to our collection point.
MCCY's programming addresses gaps in services for under-served and impoverished populations in Milwaukee. The organization offers advocacy services, as well as educational, life-skills, and art-based groups, and much more. Learn about the organization at
FIND EVENTS ON OUR WEBSITE. Check out our website events pages for several drop-in, online activities for friends and members. Click "Join Us" on the specific event page, enter your name and email address, and you will immediately receive an email with the Zoom link. It's easy and secure to click on the "Join Us" button anytime you need the link. Here are some of the events;
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 Rev. Dena.
  • If you would like to talk to a Pastoral Care Associate, please contact PCA Coordinator Jane Peterson at or 414-967-1471. 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 Dena or Jennifer for the Ministers’ Discretionary Fund.
  • 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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