July 4
10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

"What Kind of God Do You Want?"
Kevin Gibson, First Church Member
Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director
Dale Skaggs, Worship Associate

God talk has a lot of functions. He (or she) might be described as the creator of the universe, the grand designer; the moral lawgiver; the judge; the shepherd; the martyr; the consoler or the eternal host in a heavenly afterlife.

It is useful to make some of these distinctions as very often a claim about one role is used to justify another. For instance, claims that God is the grand creator somehow morph into assertions that there is an ever present and loving God who monitors our thoughts, words or deeds. Whereas we could equally say that the Earth might be an imperfect prototype abandoned in a corner of the workshop.

We’ll question some of the common functions God(s) might have and the world picture they support.
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.
COVID RE-OPEN STATUS. Outdoor gatherings for church groups of 50 or fewer are now welcome! Small groups (fewer than 20) are also welcome to meet indoors. However, First Church buildings and grounds are closed until September. For information about small indoor memorial services, contact the office.

The COVID Re-Open Team continues to monitor the level of COVID in Milwaukee County for us. On a weekly basis, we will post the re-open status in numerous places including: these e-nnouncements, the website, Instagram, Facebook page.

This status is based on the COVID incidence rate in our policy for re-opening. For info about our policy and precautions, see the church website at
DISCOVER THE LATEST STORIES IN OUR NEWLY DESIGNED NEWSLETTER. We’re excited to present the July Chanticleer newsletter featuring an updated look and greater ease of use. You’ll find colorful pictures, more links, larger type, a table of contents, and easy navigation.

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Click on the Chanticleer cover to see the interactive, online July newsletter.

JULY 3 OUTING AND PARK CLEANUP. Join our newly formed FUSM Plastic-Free MKE team, a part of our Earth Justice Ministry. Saturday, July 3 from 11:00 - 2:00 (or however much time you can devote) at Lakeshore State Park. Downtown next to Discovery World and Summerfest Park. We will help pick up plastic and do citizen science – catalogue the plastic collected. Some fun events are planned, too.

EJM has joined the citywide Plastic-Free MKE coalition of businesses, government and nonprofit partners. More events are planned in the future. For info on the coalition, see and
WALK AND ROLL OUTSIDE TOGETHER! Earth Justice Ministry invites you to our monthly “Walk and Roll” (wheelchair friendly) in McGovern Park, Saturday, July 10 at 10:00 a.m. Meet at the parking lot on North 51st Boulevard, just south of Silver Spring Drive. Bring your family and friends for an easy one-mile hike. Walk leader Cheri Briscoe is a First Church and Park People member.
UU WELLSPRING FILLING UP! Looking for a sense of purpose and meaning? There are only a couple more spots available in UU Wellspring, the new 10-month Adult Spiritual Development opportunity which begins August 14. "Participants in UU Wellspring find spiritual transformation as they explore the historical and theological roots of Unitarian Universalism, reflect on their own spiritual understandings, and engage in spiritual practice." For more information click here: To explore further, please contact Candice Haight at 414-587-4706 ( or Diane Horne at 414-350-5132 ( by July 15.
Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom is on vacation June 28 – July 18.
Rev. Dena McPhetres is on vacation June 30 – July 5.
Please contact Shari Wright, Office Manager, regarding church business at: or 414-273-5257. 

For pastoral care emergencies, such as death, entering hospice or ICU, please call the Pastoral Care Emergency line at 414-216-3113. One of our ministers will answer or call you back as soon as possible. Rev. Dena will be on call for much of the summer.
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.

Past announcements are available on the website here at
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