June 20
10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

Architects of Our Roots
Rev. Dena McPhetres, Associate Minister
Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director
Paul Kosidowski, Worship Associate

We are the architects of our roots. Which of the roots in your family (that you can find) mean something to you? Where do you want to put down roots? What roots adopted you and what roots do you adopt? Roots may come from the past, but they grow into the future. In which directions will our children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews send their roots? Join us as we think about being the architects of our roots.
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.

SUNDAY SERVICE JUNE 27 WILL BE AT 11:00 AM! Join us for service at the UUA General Assembly.
NO SUNDAY MORNING FORUM IN SUMMER. Join us again in September.
FIND YOUTUBE SUNDAY SERVICE LINK. Did you know that you can find the YouTube link to Sunday services in a variety of ways? The easiest places to find the link are:

  • Friday afternoon announcements, top of the announcements.
  • YouTube icon at the top of each page of our website (next to the Support Us button).

Now that folks are accustomed to finding Sunday services online, we are discontinuing the Saturday evening email about Sunday’s events and online service.
PARTS OF UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY MKE OPEN TO ALL. Explore parts of General Assembly (GA) that are open to the public and be part of our larger faith. From June 23-27, you can view on YouTube without registration:

  • Service of the Living Tradition (Thursday at 6:00 honoring new and retiring ministers)
  • Synergy Bridging Service (youth graduating service Friday at 6:00)
  • Sunday Service (which is First Church Sunday service at 11:00 a.m.)
  • General Sessions (the business of our UU Association, reports from officers)
  • Candidate forums for UUA positions

See for more info. Over 30 First Church members are registered. YOU can participate and be part of our larger faith!
COVID RE-OPEN STATUS. Outdoor gatherings for church groups of 25 or fewer are now welcome! First Church buildings and grounds are closed until September. For information about small indoor memorial services, contact our ministers.

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, and social media.

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
CONSIDER BECOMING A THEME CIRCLE FACILITATOR! Do you enjoy our monthly worship themes? Are you called to the ministry of creating trusting space for reflection in a small group of adults? Apply to become a Theme Circle Facilitator! It’s personally enriching and a meaningful way to accompany others on their spiritual journeys.

More information and application form is here: Deadline to apply is July 15. Selected applicants may be interviewed by Rev. Dena by mid-August. Required online Facilitator training with the Soul Matters team is in August or early September. Theme Circles begin the third week of October. For questions, contact Rev. Dena at
MEMORY CIRCE FOR FLORENCE WATERSTON. For those who wished they could have attended the Memory Circle for Florence Waterston on June 5, it is now available for private viewing on our YouTube channel at We loved Florence and remember her fondly.
RELAX AND ENERGIZE WITH SUMMER YOGA. This summer, instructor Morgan Engels will continue to offer yoga classes on Zoom. On Monday evenings, Yin yoga invites you to slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing joints, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Monday class will be June 28-August 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sign up here: The classes are $67.50 for church members and $81 for non-members.
SUMMER SCHEDULE FOR OUR MINISTERS. Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom is attending UU Ministry Days and General Assembly June 21- 27. She is on vacation June 28 – July 18. Rev. Dena McPhetres is attending UU Ministry Days and General Assembly June 21-27. She is on vacation June 30 – July 5. Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson is attending LREDA Professional Days June 16-18, UU Ministry Days and General Assembly June 21- 27. 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.
  • 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, or contactless meal 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.

Past announcements are available on the website here at
WATCH SUNDAY SERVICES ONLINE AND SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can watch Sunday Services live on Facebook or view a recorded version at any time. We will livestream this Sunday service at 10:00 a.m.

Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel and Like our Facebook page!

SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLES & ANNOUNCEMENTS. Please use these helpful forms which will ensure receipt by the correct staff and a confirmation email to you. If you have questions about the forms, please contact Shari Wright at Also find links to these forms on the church website under the Members tab.
For weekly Announcements and the monthly Chanticleer, use our forms:

For website posts, please contact:
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