February 21
10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

“Building the Beloved Community”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom
Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director
Miles Schuller, Worship Associate
Pledge Drive Kick-Off Sunday

In moving towards our vision of the “Beloved Community,” what role does difference play? According to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s theology of the Beloved Community, we can build community across real differences by choosing to negotiate conflicts non-violently, with dignity, and even love. What would it mean to move our community towards the Beloved Community ideal of many different kinds of people held together by shared commitment to eradicating racism, oppression, poverty, and violence? Join us for this Pledge Drive Kick-off Sunday where we explore building Beloved Community.


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.

“What’s It Like Running for Assembly in Wisconsin?”
Presented by Jacob Malinowski, former candidate for Wisconsin’s 82nd Assembly District.

Have you wondered what it’s like to run for a state office in Wisconsin? Candidate Jacob will share with us his first-ever experience campaigning against a long-standing incumbent, from the time the idea first popped into his head, through election day on November 3rd, 2020.

Jacob is a 22 year-old-recent Yale graduate. He ran as a people-first bipartisan Democrat who believes that our representatives need to stop playing partisan games and do the jobs that we pay them to do. The 82nd is a strong Republican district, where he mounted a grass-roots campaign to defeat an incumbent 60 years his senior. With young, articulate candidates such as Jacob, there is indeed hope for our future! On Zoom & YouTube Live HERE
PLEDGE DRIVE KICK-OFF SUNDAY. Join Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom and your hard working pledge volunteers this Sunday, February 21 in an ALL IN! Pledge Kick-off Sunday. Celebrating with fabulous music, shared values and, yes Beloved Community! Throughout a year of pandemic, we have reached towards Wonder, Authentic Connection, Love, and Justice together. This Sunday we reach towards 100% participation in our annual Pledge Drive. Join us in supporting a pledge-sustainable First Church. Learn more about the Pledge Drive on our church website.
POETRY OPEN MIC. The Chronologically Gifted Groups invites you to join the online Zoom Open Mic. Bring a poem to share of your own or a favorite one to read or just come and listen on Sunday, February 28 at noon! No special expertise needed. We always meet on last Sunday of the month at 12:00. Sign up at
LECTIO DIVINIA FOR LENT. A Christian contemplative practice tracing its roots to the third century Africa, Lectio Divina blends listening reflectively to the scripture and exploring their relevance (or not) to our own lives. A perfect morning practice for the season of reflection and preparation, and for those who want to engage in something new rather than give something up. Bring you wisdom and reflections, and your pjs, coffee, and bagels! Friday mornings 8 a.m. during lent – February 26, March 5, 12, 19 & 26. Drop-in any session or come to all of them. Signup at
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. For more information, see this web page. 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
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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