10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

“Imagination Can Change Your Life”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom
The Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Minister of Religious Education
Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director
Amy Wilbourne, Worship Associate

Imagination is a powerful tool for changing your life. The stronger your imagination, the more powerfully you will be able to project your vision for the future. What are you imagining this winter? How can you put your imagination to work creating the life you want? Join us for this worship service where we explore imagination’s role in making dreams a reality.


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.

Lisa Williams, PerSISTERS founder, joined the huge Women’s March the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Knowing that more work was needed, she emailed a bunch of friends and organized a group to flex their citizen muscles and created the PerSisters. 

Conor Williams, of Community Advocates, discusses: How do we support individuals returning to the community from periods of incarceration or involvement in the criminal justice system? How does a community create restorative practices?

On Zoom & YouTube Live HERE

At First Church, we are currently in a season to plan and build. We want to plan for an exciting future and build on solid foundations, including financial stability and potential for growth in mission and membership.

The Strategic Plan Team and Board of Trustees invites you to learn about our consultant’s report. Then we will listen and learn from your responses to the info and recommendations. The Team wants to hear from our vital members before taking steps forward on finalizing a strategic plan for our congregation, which will be presented for a vote at our annual congregational meeting in May.
Please sign-up to attend one of these important conversations at the following link. When you sign-up, we will send you links to read the consultant’s entire reports and bio, read a summary or view an 18-minute video summary. You will also receive the Zoom link to join the session in your RSVP email.

  • Tuesday, Jan 19, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan 21, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan 24, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
CONNECT & REFLECT CONTINUES THIS WINTER. We gather on Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Zoom to Connect & Reflect with others from church. We share a short reading and then check-in with each other on how things are doing with our spirits. Then we reflect on a few questions from the reading. It's a drop-in, come-as-you-are gathering. Hope to see you sometime. Click HERE to enter you email and receive the Zoom link.
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, 2021.
$20.00 members/$35.00 non-members
(fee waivers available at
Register by January 31 at
WARM UP WITH WINTER YOGA! Slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing joints, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. This winter, Morgan Engels offers two, 9-week yoga classes online, allowing you to participate from the safety of your home.
Monday evening class: January 25-March 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday morning class: January 27-March 24, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
$67.50 for First Church members / $81 for non-members.
Please register online; the link to join the class will be sent to you prior to the first session.
  • Monday registration:
  • Wednesday:
NEW YOUTH GROUP MEETING TIME FOR 2021! Starting Thursday, January 14, our First Church Youth Group will meet virtually from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Our format will have an extended check- in time and FUN community building activities. Preparation for Youth Service on March 7 happens in January and February.
JANUARY SHARE THE PLATE. Peace Action of Wisconsin is our January Share the Plate recipient. Their mission statement reads: “Peace Action-Wisconsin is a peace and justice
organization which works to abolish the threats of war and nuclear weapons. We are committed to non-violence as a way of life for a world where human needs are met and the environment is preserved.” Give to Peace Action at t
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 Rev. Dena.
  • If you would like to talk to a Pastoral Care Associate, please contact PCA Coordinator Jane Peterson at or 414-967-1471. 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 Dena or Jennifer for the Ministers’ Discretionary Fund.
  • 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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