10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

Imagination Is A Gift
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom
The Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Minister of Religious Education
Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director
Dale Skaggs, Worship Associate

Imagination is a creative act. As such, it exists within some paradoxes. Imagination takes time, energy, and a room of one’s own, as Virginia Wolf so famously argued. It also exists outside of commodification, in the mind and spirit of the imaginer. How is imagination both free, and costly? Join us for this worship service that explores the relationship between our creative imagination and the energy we have to nourish it.


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.

“Eco-fascism: Lessons from the German Experience,” presented by Peter Staudenmaier, Author.

Authors Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier suggest that the synthesis of Fascism and environmentalism began with Nazism. In their book Eco-fascism: Lessons from the German Experience, they note the Nazi Party’s interest in ecology, and suggest their interest was “linked with traditional agrarian romanticism and hostility to urban civilization.” Richard Walther Darre, a leading Nazi ideologist who invented the term “Blood and Soil,” developed a concept of the nation having a mystic connection with their homeland, and as such, the nation was duty bound to take care of the land. Because of this, modern eco-fascists cite the Nazi Party as an origin point of eco-fascism.

On Zoom & YouTube Live HERE
JUDY ANDERSON ONLINE MEMORY CIRCLE. Please join us on Sunday, January 31, at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom to share memories of Judy Anderson in an informal online Memory Circle. Click on this following link to enter your name and email address to receive the Zoom link in your email inbox: Judy did not want a full memorial service but requested a party to celebrate her life when it is safe to gather in person. In the meantime, we look forward to gathering online to share memories and what we loved most about Judy. Judy was 80 years old and a member of our congregation for 20 years.
FEBRUARY CHANTICLEER NOW AVAILABLE. A new February issue of our monthly newsletter The Chanticleer was published this week. Find it here: If you would like to be notified via email when it is published each month, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page:
BIG HISTORY – THE STORY OF THE BIG BANG TO US! Every culture, religion, and child eventually wonders, “how did it all begin?” Big History examines how the universe began and unfolded over the past 13.8 billion years based on cosmology, geology, paleontology, anthropology, and history. Ken Solis, First Church member and lecturer and writer for the International Big History Association, tells how the universe eventually led to “us” and gives a Big History perspective on contemporary issues like racism and pandemics.

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., February 3, 10, 17 and 24
$20.00 members/$35.00 non-members
(fee waivers available at
Register by January 31 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.
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
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.
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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