February 28
10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

“Beloved Community”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom
Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director
Jeff Pearcy, Worship Associate

“Beloved Community” begs the question of “beloved to whom?”. For the theologians who developed the term, part of the answer was “Beloved to God,” building on the Universalist concept that all human beings are universally beloved of God. In 21st Century Unitarian Universalist communities, there are a variety of beliefs about God, and a shared commitment to love one another. What happens when we shift the responsibility of the Beloved Community from God, to ourselves? How do we work to become the Beloving 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.

Police Accountability, presented by George Martin, Co-Founder Milwaukee Martin Luther King Justice Coalition, member of Peace Action Wisconsin and

Police accountability was brought to the forefront globally with the arrest/death of George Floyd on May 25th last year. Since then, well over 115 Black people have been killed by police in the US. Over two decades ago, the FBI stated that the rate of Black murders has not changed since the end of the Civil War when the roots of policing began. We’ll talk about issues such as “the bad apple in the barrel,” Black Lives Matter, and current initiatives such as defunding policing policies and practices as we move toward national transformative change. On Zoom & YouTube Live HERE
POETRY OPEN MIC. The Chronologically Gifted Group invites you to join an online Open Mic. Bring a poem to share of your own or a favorite one to read. Or just come listen. Sunday, February 28 at noon. No special expertise needed.TCG meets on last Sunday of the month at 12:00. Sign up at
20% ARE IN TOWARDS OUR ALL-IN PLEDGE GOAL. Join us this Sunday for our first member testimonial, and All-In photo montage as we reach towards 100% participation in our annual Pledge Drive. It will take all members and friends to become a pledge-sustainable First Church. Learn more about pledging to First Church on our website. Join the community by pledging online. Don’t forget to upload a photo for next week’s All-In! photo montage.
SPRING T'AI CHI CLASSES. Relax and energize your body and mind with t'ai chi with Deb Solis. Tuesday evening intermediate class runs March 2-May 4 (no class March 23) from 6:30-7:30 p.m. $45 for First Church members and $67.50 for non-members This class is designed for intermediate students and beginners who are comfortable jumping right in. Sign up right away, as class begins this Tuesday:

A new session of Thursday morning beginner class runs March 25-May 27 (no class April 15 or May 20) from 9:00-10:00 a.m. $40 for members and $60 for non-members. Register here:
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 – March 5, 12, 19 & 26. Drop-in any session or come to all of them. Get the Zoom link here:
LUNCH PACK & LOVE: FEED THE COMMUNITY. First Church is partnering with organizations to help local people experiencing food insecurity. You can help by signing up to assemble 20 lunches that will be delivered on March 22. If purchasing lunch supplies or delivery is an imposition, we are ready to help. If you cannot make lunches, but want to support this program, sign up as to sponsor $20 donations. All lunches need to be delivered by March 22 between 1-8 p.m. More Details when you register to be a First Church LUNCH, PACK & LOVE Volunteer at Please register by March, 8, 2021.
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 two 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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