February 7
10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

Beloved Community on the Horizon
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom
The Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Minister of Religious Education
Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director
Paul Geenen, Worship Associate

Philosopher and theologian Josiah Royce created the term “Beloved Community” at the beginning of the 20th Century to refer to the ideal community of all people dedicated to loyalty, truth, and reality. In the mid-20th Century, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. popularized and specified the term to refer to mean a community not ravaged by the three evils of racism, poverty, and militarism.

How does our understanding of the Beloved Community build on these theological foundations? When you imagine a community unharmed by racism, poverty, and militarism, what does it feel like? What is the bridge between here and that horizon?


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.

“Starr King School for Ministry,” presented by Jessica Neno Cloud, Vice President for Advancement of Starr King School for the Ministry.

“Where do ministers come from? It’s a question most congregants don’t ask until perhaps they serve on a search committee. Starr King School for the Ministry is one of our two Unitarian Universalist identity schools. Their Vice President for Advancement, Jessica Cloud, will discuss the role of “identity schools” and how congregational support matters to these vital institutions and the future religious leaders of our faith movement. On Zoom & YouTube Live HERE
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
MICAH CELEBRATION ON FEBRUARY 11. "We Rise: Building a Healthy Community – A Black History Celebration." Join MICAH Members and Partners for an inspirational evening (an important fundraiser), building a healthy community – connect the past work for justice to the present work to make Milwaukee a healthier place for all, right now. The speakers are Dr. Aronica Williams, MKE Chief Medical Officer and Dasha Kelly, Wisconsin-Milwaukee Poet Laureate. Thursday, February 11 from 7:00 – 8: 30 p.m., $20.00. For more information call 414-264-0805. Register at
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:
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
REV. DENA ON WINTER LEAVE. Our Associate Minister Rev. Dena is on her annual winter leave February 6 - March 7, 2021. She enjoys a combination of vacation and study time. Dena will be back at her virtual office and email on March 8. For pastoral care emergencies, please call 414-216-3113. Have a good month!
MEMORY CIRCLE RECORDING AVAILABLE. If you were not able to join us for Judy Anderson’s Memory Circle on January 31, you are welcome to view the video in a private area of our YouTube channel here: Thanks to all who participated in honoring Judy.
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.
IT'S BUDGET TIME! Leaders of teams, ministries, and groups that have church budgets, check your email dated January 25 for info from Director of Administration Jean Johnson about how to submit your budget request for 2021-22. Requests are due February 28. Any team or group that does not currently have a budget and would like to submit a request, or has other questions, please contact Director of Administration Jean Johnson at or Finance Team Chair Noreen Gilbertsen 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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