February 14
10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

“The Welcome Table”
The Rev. Rebecca Hinds, Pulpit Guest
The Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Minister of Religious Education
Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director
Kevin Gibson, Worship Associate

Where do we locate beloved community? And who is welcome at the table? Rev. Rebecca Hinds will explore the concept or radical hospitality both within and beyond Unitarian Universalism.

Originally from Duluth, MN, Rev. Rebecca is a lifelong UU. She has a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities, a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, MA, and was ordained to the ministry in 2014. She currently lives in Cedar Rapids, IA with her wife and daughter where she is in her fifth year serving as the Developmental Minister of Peoples Church UU.


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.

“Politics in Wisconsin, 2021 Edition,” presented by Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause-Wisconsin.

As a major watchdog of Wisconsin politics, Jay Heck will give us his perspective on the important government reforms that are critical in the new year and what our roles could be in bringing about needed change. Jay became the executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin (CC/WI) in 1996. CC/WI is Wisconsin’s largest non-partisan citizens reform advocacy organization with more than 2,500 members. It is considered by Wisconsin’s major newspaper editorial boards and by pro-reform legislators of both major political parties to be Wisconsin’s most effective and influential state reform organization. On Zoom & YouTube Live HERE
HEART WIDE OPEN: SOULFOLK & SONG WITH LEA. Join us Saturday, February 13 at 2:00 p.m. for a heartwarming, interactive afternoon of “songversation” with award-winning singer-songwriter Lea Morris (aka. this is LEA) as she shares eclectic and inspiring music in her signature style. All ages welcome. Proceeds will support the First Church Music Ministry. Suggested donation is $10/individual or $20/household; however, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay. Register at:
APPLY TO BECOME A WORSHIP ASSOCIATE BY MARCH 15. Worship Associates help lead our Sunday worship services, collaborating with the ministers to reflect on meaning and purpose. Worship Associates help develop Sunday themes for worship in monthly group meetings, then work 1-1 with the ministers to create a compelling story for Sunday morning. Worship Associates record stories in advance, and on Sunday morning moderate YouTube chat and attend Zoom Coffee Hour after the service. Worship Associates serve for 2 years, including during the summer, beginning with worship planning in May of the year they begin service. Learn more and apply online by March 15 to serve in the 2021 – 2023 cohort at
GUEST HOUSE MEAL ON FEBRUARY 20. First Church will be serving dinner to 70 men on February 20th and we need food donations. The menu is jerk chicken, steamed vegetables, oven roasted potatoes, green salad, and ice cream bars. We need 7 donations of 10 servings for each item. They also welcome soft drinks, salad dressing, and paper napkins. Please email Betty Schroeder at if you can donate. Food will be collected at Betty's home in Whitefish Bay or Molly's home in Riverwest. Thank you, as always, for your generosity.
GETTING YOUR DUCKS IN ORDER: END-OF-LIFE PLANNING. Join us on Tuesday, February 23, at 7:00 p.m. as the Heritage Society welcomes attorney Elizabeth Ruthmansdorfer for the first night of a two-part program. Elizabeth will outline the steps you should take now to identify and
line up those ducks and provide for your family’s security. She will discuss wills and probate, medical and financial powers of attorney, trusts, including special needs trusts, and Title 19/Medicaid planning. See the February Chanticleer for more information. Register at
GET READY FOR MYSTERY FRIENDS! Adults and children age 5 and up are invited to sign up for Mystery Friends and be matched with a pen pal from a different generation of the church community. Friends will exchange weekly notes in the mail from February 21-March 21, and meet at a virtual party, March 28 at 1:00 p.m. Any adult members and friends of First Church may participate.

As this program requires us to share mailing addresses, adults will be asked to go through a simple and secure background check. Sign up here by Sunday, February 14 at Feel free to contact Lillian at with any questions.
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.
STARR KING SCHOOL FOR THE MINISTRY IS OUR FEBRUARY SHARE THE PLATE RECIPIENT. Operating as a school for the ministry since 1904, Starr King’s mission is “to educate people for Unitarian Universalist ministry and for progressive religious leadership in society.” Star King School’s distinctive educational approach is rooted in the UU values of countering oppressions, cultivating multi-religious life and learning and creating just and sustainable communities. Give to Starr King School at

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