10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

“Beautiful Band-Aids”
The Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom
Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director
Nick Hayes, Worship Associate
Multigenerational Service

How can art heal? The act of creating offers a restorative spiritual path forward, the process requires the maker to mindfully engage as they invest their time and energy. Some of the most compelling art emerges from struggle and suffering, emulating our own life’s dance between beauty and pain. Join us while we explore stories of art and healing. This will be a multi-generational service with a child dedication ceremony. Families are especially invited to attend together as there will be no religious education classes on this day.


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.
“A Turning Point for Youth Justice in Wis.,” Presented by Sharlen Moore, Director Youth Justice Milwaukee.

Youth Justice Milwaukee is a broad-based campaign advocating for community-based, family-centered, restorative programs as an alternative to locking up children in Wisconsin’s youth prisons. Youth Justice Milwaukee represents a coalition of persons who were incarcerated as youth, families of youth who are or were incarcerated, service providers, and local and national youth justice advocates. On Zoom & YouTube Live HERE
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR CATHEDRAL CENTER DINNER. Please donate money for the dinner at Cathedral Center on Wednesday, November 25. We need 20 people to donate $22 each to serve Chipotle dinner to 50 residents. Please contact Andy Sinko at or (802) 999-4473 to pledge a donation. Donations should be received ASAP and won’t be accepted after November 23. Payment can be made via PayPal to the following email address at or can be mailed to 2119 E. Bradford Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211. Thank you in advance.
HOME GRIEF KITS AVAILABLE. We now have “Home Grief Kits” available to support congregation members who are grieving a death in this time of physical distancing during pandemic. It’s a simple bag of supplies and instructions to create a sacred space at home to remember your loved one. Special thanks to First Church members Elizabeth Martorell and Katy Phillips who assembled the kits, and to Rev. Leah Ongiri from Fox Valley UU Fellowship who shared her idea.

If you would like a home grief kit, please contact Rev. Dena at and she will arrange a time to deliver one to your home while following COVID-19 precautions.
VIRTUAL HOLIDAY CHOIR FORMING. All First Church members and friends (high school age and up) are invited to join our 2020 Virtual Holiday Choir. You will be given instructions on how to submit your video. There will be Zoom opportunities for help recording if you need assistance. If you are interested in joining this holiday season, or have questions about our virtual choir ensemble, please contact Choral Director Tristan Strelitzer at no later than December 5.
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL SURVEY, PLEASE SHARE YOUR OPINION. New deadline is November 22.Now that you've marked your election ballot, please mark our Annual Congregational Survey. The Board REALLY needs a better response rate to help us see how well we're doing in moving toward our congregation's Ends (goals). Mark your calendars and just do it. It will help us out tremendously! Thank you. Gracias. Danke. Graci. Merci. Take the survey here.
THANKSGIVING DAY ZOOM PARTY! Join your Membership Team for holiday community, gratitude, and FUN! Come share your favorite Turkey Day tradition, memory and maybe a recipe, song or blessing. Let’s wallow together while also enjoying each other’s Thanksgiving Treasures! BYO Slice of Pie! We’ll provide the Cream of Community. Drop by for 10 minutes or stay the duration. November 26, Thanksgiving Day from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. Hosted by your First Church Membership Team. Click here for Zoom information.
FIRST CHURCH OPEN MIC POETRY. Share your own poem, a favorite, or just come listen. First Church is sharing poetry on Thanksgiving weekend. Join us on Friday, November 27, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Click here for the Zoom information.
CONNECT & REFLECT WITH FOLKS ON THURSDAYS. It's good to gather with folks from church during these times. Join us each Thursday (except for Thanksgiving) at 6:00 to Connect & Reflect. We check-in with how things are with your spirit and reflect on questions based on a short reading. We hope to see you there sometime. Click here for Zoom information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF CREATIVITY: ART SUPPLY DONATION DRIVE. This year, our RE program is committed to giving back to the community, especially children whose needs have become invisible during the pandemic. Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth has asked us to create art kits to distribute to the children they work with for school and self-expression. We are collecting donations by using an Amazon wish list of curated new art items. To donate to MCCY art kits, visit our Amazon Wishlist!:

Choose an item to purchase and ship to our collection point. MCCY's programming addresses gaps in services for under-served and impoverished populations in Milwaukee. The organization offers advocacy services, as well as educational, life-skills, and art-based groups, and much more. Learn about the organization at
50TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCH FOR INTERFAITH CONFERENCE. Join us Thursday, December 3 for this virtual 50th Anniversary celebration luncheon. Featuring "Undoing Historical Harm: Faith, Race and Politics," a conversation with Dr. Reggie Williams. $25 donation requested. To purchase tickets and for more information visit
ZAO MKE CHURCH IS THE NOVEMBER SHARE THE PLATE RECIPIENT. Zao MKE Church specifically seeks to serve and welcome LGBTQIA Christians who have been hurt or feel neglected and rejected by the church. “The call for justice issued by the gospel of Jesus Christ is for the purpose of reconciling all things into wholeness with God. To that end, we seek to build a radically inclusive community and world, wherein all people are valued in the fullness of who God has made them to be – affirmed, celebrated, and loved. We explicitly affirm the life, value, and worth of LGBTQIA people, and the Movement for Black Lives.” Donate to Zao here. Learn more about Share the Plate here.
FIND EVENTS ON OUR WEBSITE. Check out our website events pages for several drop-in, online activities for friends and members. Click "Join Us" on the specific event page, enter your name and email address, and you will immediately receive an email with the Zoom link. It's easy and secure to click on the "Join Us" button anytime you need the link. Here are some of the events;
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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