June 6
10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

Roots Hold Me Close, Wings Set Me Free
Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, Senior Minister
Rev. Dena McPhetres, Associate Minister
Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson,
Minister of Religious Education
Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director
Paul Geenen, Worship Associate

Every week, we sing, “roots hold me close, wings set me free” in worship. What is the paradox between rootedness providing stability, and flying providing liberation? Our congregation and Unitarian Universalism balance centuries-old roots with room for theological growth. How do strong roots nourish us for growth and liberation? Join us for our virtual annual Flower Communion Ritual, where we will share the flowers everyone is bringing to the service in a video, and you can choose one to ritually take home with you on paper. Remember to bring a flower to sit beside your livestream video, and paper and drawing tools for the ritual! Click to download the coloring page.


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.
NO SUNDAY MORNING FORUM IN SUMMER. Join us again in September.
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.

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
YOU’RE INVITED TO WALK SATURDAY.  Celebrate the first phase of reopening church in-person activities. Connect with our community and nature. Walk with us this Saturday, June 5, 1:30 p.m. at Seven Bridges Nature Trail (Grant Park in South Milwaukee.) Meet Juliet Hills at the start of the trail. Parking: leave time to park as there is some construction in the area. Per church reopening policy, we’ll walk in groups of no more than 25. All ages welcome. To celebrate being able to gather again, Earth Justice Ministry is sponsoring walks the first Saturday of the month. Cheri Briscoe will lead in July. Watch e-nnoucements for details.
UU WELLSPRING COMING TO FIRST CHURCH. Have you read about the new Adult Spiritual Development program coming to First Church? It's called UU Wellspring, and we will be launching this in the upcoming church year. If you are looking for a deeply engaging, heart-opening experience to build your Unitarian Universalist identity and develop your personal theology and spiritual practice, this could be the small group experience for you. Read the article on page 6 of the June Chanticleer and reach out with any questions or to learn more at
YOUR OPINION ABOUT ONLINE CHURCH COUNTS. The First Church Multi-Platform Church Survey is now available. We want to learn about your experiences and ideas for online and in-person Sunday service and programs this fall. We are committed to inclusion. Please take the five-minute survey to help us develop these multi-platform programs. Deadline June 5.
COVID RE-OPENING POLICY & PRECAUTIONS ANNOUNCED. The COVID Re-Opening Team is pleased to announce a policy and procedures for our return to in-person church activities. With love and justice as two of our core values, our primary focus is ensuring safety for all, including vulnerable populations in the church and the public at-large. By employing strict scientific criteria and appropriate precautions, First Church will be able to re-open safely. Please find on our website, this article from the Team with the complete policy and procedures. Also please read a message here about re-opening with a focus on our values from Rev. Jennifer.
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.
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: Wednesday mornings class includes gentle movement sequences, yogic breath techniques, and guided relaxation. Join this class June 16-August 11, 9:00-10:00 a.m. and sign up here: Both classes are $67.50 for church members and $81 for non-members.
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
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