oneLet's Talk Hospitality!
Join Us for a Conversation This Sunday

Come share your input on how Fourth Church can be even more hospitable and welcoming to members and visitors alike. We will have two hospitality conversations this Sunday, January 12 at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon in Room 5G. We hope you'll join us for one of these this opportunities to provide valuable insight for our community!


Time: Sunday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. or 12:00 noon

Place: Room 5G

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twoRSVP for "Hope in Crisis"
A Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day musical celebration and public meeting "Hope in an Age of Crisis," sponsored by Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON), will be held next Sunday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (8235 S. South Shore Dr.). Participants will have opportunity to address important economic and environmental issues and learn about the community organizing work of IIRON. The Mission Committee invites you to join them for this meeting, as we seek to follow Dr. King's call to lead the revolution of our nation's values.

Those who are planning to take part are asked to RSVP to Nancy Davis by this Sunday, January 12. There will be shared transportation available from First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple for those who RSVP. The bus will leave the Temple (77 W. Washington) at 1:30 p.m.


Time: Sunday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m. (bus departs at 1:30)

Place: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (8235 S. South Shore Dr.)


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threeMLK Service Projects
Volunteer at Erie House or Casa Central Casa Infantil

The Multicultural Committee invites us all to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by reflecting on the question that Dr. King believed to be life's most persistent and urgent: "What are you doing for others?"


Next Saturday, January 18, on MLK Weekend, there will be two opportunities to come together with Fourth Church members and friends to work on two projects to help neighbors in need:


Join our youth and young adults in painting doors at Erie House (1701 West Superior) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Or join our families with young children in washing toys and deep cleaning furniture at Casa Central Casa Infantil (2222 North Kedzie) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Both Erie House and Casa Central, which rely on volunteer help to accomplish their work and to thrive, have a long history of support from Fourth Church. To be part of that next weekend, contact Anne Ellis by Thursday, January 16 to sign up.  


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Tickets available online and during Coffee Hour

Reserve your tickets for Carnaval--the annual gala benefiting Chicago Lights, the local mission arm of Fourth Presbyterian Church--online now or at Coffee Hour following morning worship services this Sunday.


This year's Carnaval gala--which also benefits the Lorene Replogle Counseling Center and the Center for Life and Learning--will be held on Friday, February 28 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, located in the stunning and universally hailed Aqua Tower, designed by acclaimed architect Jeanne Gang.

Festivities will include dinner, dessert, and complimentary beverages; live music courtesy of the Carnaval-favorite Ken Arlen Orchestra; silent and live auctions; and more!

Time: Friday, February 28
Place: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N. Columbus Dr.)


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fivePNC Reflects on "Call"

As the Pastor Nominating Committee continues to be in conversation with candidates, they have taken time to think about the sense of "call" and what it means. In a recent reflection, the PNC considers,


How is the process of calling a pastor distinctly different from a typical "hiring" process or job search? Not only must we believe that a candidate is the best person to lead Fourth Church in the years ahead; both we and the candidate must sense the ways in which this call fits into God's plan for our congregation and for the candidate.


The entire PNC reflection on the role of "call" in the search process is online at www.fourthchurch.org/pnc.


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six"Mindfulness and Meditation"
Classes moved: February 5-March 5

There's still opportunity to seek a deep and healthy understanding of the self through "Mindfulness and Meditation" classes, which have been moved to Wednesdays, February 5 through March 5.


Offered through the Lorene Replogle Counseling Center, this five-week class will use movement and breath along with stories and interactive experiences to explore ways to achieve a strong and grounded inner space. Instructors Rabbi Ruth Durchslag and Nesita Kwan will lead participants through some of the foundational aspects of meditation practice, including compassion, suffering, gratitude, and equanimity. This course is open to beginners as well as experienced practitioners.


To register, call the Counseling Center at 312.787.8425 by Thursday, January 30. Limited scholarships are available.


Time: Wednesdays, February 5-March 5, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Place: Third Floor Conference Room, Parish House  


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sevenEuropean Cinema
Offered through the Center for Life and Learning

Learn about the films produced between World Wars I and II. The Center for Life and Learning minicourse "European Cinema between the Wars," held on Wednesdays, January 22 and February 5-19 at 11:00 a.m., will take participants back to the early history of film in Europe following the Great War of 1918. John Craib-Cox, a longtime faculty member at the CLL, will provide a brief introduction to each film and lead a discussion afterwards.


Adults sixty and more are invited to register for this cinema course by contacting Julia Bergen.


Time: Wednesdays, January 22 and February 5-19, 11:00 a.m.

Place: Room 5B of the Gratz Center


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Worship This Week
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Baptism of the Lord
8:00 a.m. Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 29
    Isaiah 42:1-9
    Matthew 3:13-17

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Calum I. MacLeod, Executive Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Baptismal Surprise"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 29
    Isaiah 42:5-9
    Matthew 3:13-17

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "We Do What Jesus Did"
Scripture texts:
    Isaiah 43:1-7
    Matthew 3:13-17

Children will be baptized during 9:30 and 11:00 worship this Sunday.

4:00 worship will include a liturgical remembrance and renewal of our baptismal vows as well as an opportunity for the laying on of hands.
Worship bulletins
for this coming Sunday is available online Friday afternoon at www.fourthchurch.org/worship/this-week.html.
"News and Opportunities"
is the weekly printed newsletter distributed with the Sunday bulletin and is available online Friday afternoon at www.fourthchurch.org/news/2014/011214no.pdf

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Births in Our Church Family
We give thanks to God for the gift of new life.
Nora Marie Woods and Evan Christopher Woods,  

    twin daughter and son of Chris and Cheryl Woods


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Upcoming Concerts at Fourth Church
All concerts are free admission unless otherwise noted.

Friday, January 17, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Mark Alan Longo, flutist

Friday, January 24, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Michael Patilla, guitarist

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Chicago Ensemble
Tickets available online

Friday, January 31, 2014

12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)

A complete concert schedule is available online.

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