May 23
10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

Truth vs.Truthiness
Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, Senior Minister
Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson,
Minister of Religious Education
Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director
Dale Skaggs, Worship Associate

In the information age, it can seem as though objective truth is under assault. Are there real facts out there, or only stories? While victors tend to write the history books, what happens with contemporary news? Join us for this service where we explore the thorny subject of truth vs. truthiness, power in story-telling, and navigating facts told from perspectives.


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.

American Solar Energy Society
Narelle Kipple, Membership & Programs & Carly Cipolla; Director of Operations.

Narelle Kipple’s passion for sustainability was ignited during a Semester at Sea study abroad program for her degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Management. Upon her return she canvassed to promote a state-wide ban on polystyrene in Colorado. Narelle also participated in a study of homes transitioning off fossil fuels.

Carly Cipolla, graduated from University of Colorado-Boulder in Environmental Studies plus Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. Carly narrowed her attention to sustainability, renewable energy, and environment. Joining ASES as an intern in 2016, Carly has been planning the first virtual Annual National Solar Conference, SOLAR 20/20: Renewable Energy Vision. Carly and Narelle will talk about the American Solar Energy Society and its programs focusing on the ASES Online Community, National Solar Tour, and Solar 2021 ASES annual conference. They will provide ways for you to get involved! On Zoom & YouTube Live HERE
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.
SEND US YOUR FLOWER PHOTOS FOR FLOWER COMMUNION. During the Sunday June 6 Flower Communion worship service, we will share your photos of the flowers you are virtually “bringing” to church. Please send original photos of the flowers you want to share with our community to by Thursday, May 27, 2021. We will use your photos to create a beautiful photo montage that will play during our livestreamed Flower Communion ritual! By emailing your original photos to us, you are giving us permission to livestream them during the June 6 worship service, and to leave them up on our YouTube worship service recording thereafter.
ANNUAL MEETING RECORDING AVAILABLE. Did you miss the annual meeting of the congregation Sunday, May 16? It was full of good information about the church's accomplishments as well as decisions about our way forward with COVID re-opening and strategic planning. Learn more with this recording of the meeting on YouTube at
IT'S TIME FOR UUs TO TALK ABOUT REPARATIONS -- FREE WORKSHOP. Our five-congregation collaborative, Black Lives Matter to Wisconsin Unitarian Universalists, invites interested Milwaukee area UUs to take part in a free virtual workshop about Reparations on Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. – Noon. An interactive format, led once again by inspiring anti-racism trainer Rev. Marilyn Miller will help us to understand this issue and prepare us to support the reparations work of our community partners. Join us and engage in this important work. Free registration at
FORUM INVITATION TO JOIN US. We invite you to join the Sunday Forum Group, which meets twice each church year to select topics and presenters. We are meeting soon and would love to have you join us. The group ensures a mix of topics intended to interest congregation members, friends, and neighbors. Host responsibilities begin when the idea you brought to the meeting is chosen for the next schedule. We believe that greater variety of involved Sunday Forum Group members ensures a broad array of presenters from varied geographical locations. To join, contact co-leaders Mark Mueller at or Lorraine Jacobs at
GUEST HOUSE MEAL CONTRIBUTIONS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 19. Thea and Geoff Watters are planning the Guest House evening meal on behalf of First Church for Saturday, June 19. Please help Guest House guests by contributing any of these foods: barbecue hamburger meat (sloppy joe), hamburger buns, fruit salad, or cookies. Due to the pandemic, we cannot serve at this time. The meal will be served by their staff. So please email Thea at to sign up and coordinate drop off. We have drop points at several church members' homes around town to make it close and convenient for you.
ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE. You can now find the 2020-21 Annual Report of First Unitarian Society online HERE. From reports about our wonderful programs to statistics and financials, you can review the past church year in this annual publication.
RELAX AND ENERGIZE WITH SUMMER YOGA. This summer, instructor Morgan Engels will continue to offer yoga classes on Zoom. On Mondays, Yin yoga invites you to slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing joints, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. This evening class will be June 28-August 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sign up here: Wednesday 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 FUSM 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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