Our Family

Anne Callen

Charlie, on behalf of the congregation, presents Anne with a special painting of the church.Anne retired in June of 2015 after 15 years as office and administrative coordinator.  A tireless, behind-the-scenes expediter, her efforts have been essential to every aspect of our church life. 

It’s impossible to capture the totality of Anne’s contributions…or the breadth of her skills…in a few paragraphs.  Anne recruited greeters and ushers for worship service one minute, then turned rough scribblings into formally documented (and spell-checked) board minutes the next.

If we have to boil it down, Anne’s most significant impact probably was on church communications.  She maintained the master calendar, edited the Sunday bulletin and Columns monthly newsletter, sent countless church-wide email blasts and kept the web site content up-to-date. Her creative touch could be found in the little jokes tucked amid the Green Sheet items and the appealing design of the newsletter.

In short, Anne kept us all promptly informed of church news and member passages.  Her impact spread also to the wider community, as she coordinated with local media to publicize church activities and programs.

Lee Jacobi

Having developed a music program distinguished by its excellence and outreach, Lee retired from his position as music director in June of 2015 after 41 years of service.  The First Church Choir of amateur and professional musicians developed a reputation as one of the finest in the city under Lee’s tutelage. Their singing enhanced our worship services, and the Christmas Concert has become a highlight of the liturgical year.

A special song for Lee from the Junior Choir.Lee also provided a showcase for solo vocalists and instrumentalists within the choir. A friend of Milwaukee’s music community, Lee invited some of the area’s top musicians to perform during worship services.

His outreach to the community included the popular, 4 O’Clock Concerts, a series of free, Sunday afternoon concerts featuring professional soloists and ensembles.

Above all, Lee understands music as an offering to the glory of God.  His musical choices moved and inspired the First Church family with their eloquence.

 

 

 

 

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