oneA Letter from Calum

In a letter mailed to the congregation this past Wednesday, Calum MacLeod shared that he will be leaving Fourth Church after Sunday, February 23 so that he might follow the call to the next phase in his ministry. You can read that letter online, as well as an accompanying letter from Sam Evans, Clerk of Session.

Calum's last Sunday with us will be Sunday, February 23, when he will preach at the 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. services. Following the 11:00 service, all are invited to a reception for Calum and Missy in Anderson Hall and the Commons.


Between now and February 20, we invite you to contribute notes and letters for Calum and Missy, thanking them for their ministry among us and wishing them well in the next phase of their ministry. Those reflections can be mailed to the church (Attn. Barbara Cleveland, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611.2014) or dropped off at the church reception desk, or they can be emailed to memorybox@fourthchurch.org. These private expressions of gratitude, shared memories, and well wishes will be collected and presented to Calum and Missy on Sunday, February 23 as a gift from the congregation.


Please join us in sharing with Calum and Missy how deeply grateful we are for all that their presence among us has meant!


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twoTwo for Blu
A Carnaval Getaway Drawing

Next Friday is the last day for the early-bird rate for Carnaval tickets! It's also the last day to enter the drawing for the Two for Blu Gala Getaway as part of this year's Carnaval festivities, which will take place on Friday, February 28 and support Chicago Lights, the Center for Life and Learning, and the Counseling Center.


The winner of the Two for Blu Gala Getaway drawing will receive two complimentary tickets to Carnaval, an overnight stay in a Park Suite at the Radisson Blu, and breakfast for two at the Filini!


The Two for Blu drawing tickets--as well as Carnaval tickets at the early-bird rate!--are available online or at Coffee Hour this Sunday morning.


Time: Friday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Place: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N. Columbus Dr.)

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threeTaizé and Labyrinth
A Time for Meditation and Reflection

A service in the style of Taizé, which incorporates prayer, singing, and silent reflection, will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


The Taizé service provides an opportunity to gather in a contemplative, prayerful setting at the end of a busy week. Candles; easy-to-learn songs from various countries, traditions, and languages; and a period of silence all contribute to a time to reflect and to open oneself to God.


The service will be preceded by opportunity to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. This meditative walk takes approximately twenty minutes.


Time: Friday, January 24

Place: Labyrinth Walk, between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall

            Taizé Service, 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel  


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The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, February 9 following the 11:00 a.m. service. As part of the meeting, the congregation will elect new officers, and, as noted in the letter mailed to
the congregation this week (see above), the congregation will act--at the request of Calum MacLeod--to dissolve the pastoral relationship with Calum, with his last Sunday at Fourth Church being February 23.


All members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting; child care will be provided.


After the meeting, all are invited to an intergenerational, Mediterranean-themed congregational luncheon. Tickets for this meal are available during Coffee Hour this Sunday and at the reception desk during the week.


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fiveGrief Group
For Those Dealing with Significant Losses

A Grief Support Group for those dealing with significant losses is offered through the Lorene Replogle Counseling Center at Fourth Church. The next Grief Support Group will meet on Mondays, beginning January 27, for six weeks from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. in the Third Floor Conference Room of Parish House.


For more information or to register, contact Sharon Crawford-Tucker (312.787.8425).


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sixMarriage Equality
A Changing Conversations and Equality Illinois Forum

An opportunity to explore civil law issues related to marriage equality will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall. Cohosted by Equality Illinois and by Fourth Church's Changing Conversations program series, this forum is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested to help with planning.


Time: Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Place: Anderson Hall


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sevenMen's Ministry
With the Elam Davies Social Service Center

Men at Fourth Church are invited to learn what they can do to help the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center (EDSSC). At the Saturday, February 1 breakfast meeting of Men's Ministry, Dan Hula, Director of the EDSSC, will give an overview of the various programs housed at the center.

Men's winter clothes for the EDSSC will be collected at this event. RSVPs to Edwin Estevez are requested to help organizers plan for the breakfast.


Time: Saturday, February 1 at 8:00 a.m.

Place: Anderson Hall


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eightEnriching Relationships
A Series for Couples

Couples are invited to take a break from their busy schedules and reconnect with one another through the "Enriching Relationships" series, offered the first Sunday of the month, starting February 2, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4G. Each discussion will cover key topics, offer practical tools, and be directly applicable to everyday life as a couple. The February 2 session will explore the topic "Cultivating Communication."


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nineWelcome, New Members!

Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this January:


Michelle Cassidy

J'nae Gaither

Rose Gaither

Charles Grant

Karen Grant

Merideth Hite

Susan Hoffman

Sally Lewis

Rachel Mathers

Ruth Nelson

John Poulos

Donald Schladt

Megan Simonson

Eamon Smith

Lydia Wiley


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Worship This Week
Sunday, January 26, 2014
8:00 a.m. Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "You Are My Beloved"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 139:7-18
    Isaiah 49:13-18
    Luke 3:21-22

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "The Call to Adventure"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 27:1, 4-9
    Isaiah 9:1-4
    1 Corinthians 1:10-18
    Matthew 4:12-23

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Adam H. Fronczek, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "On the Way"
Scripture texts:
    Matthew 4:12-23
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/2014/012614no.pdf

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Deaths in Our Church Family
We give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life.
Norman Matson,  

    January 13, 2014

    A memorial service will be held at Fourth Church on
       Monday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m. 


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

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)

Friday, February 7, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Red Riding Hood String Quartet
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women


Friday, February 14, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Cole Seaton, tenor     


Friday, February 21, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Sheridan String Quartet


A complete concert schedule is available online.

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Volunteer at Fourth Church

There are several ways to get involved in the mission and ministry of Fourth Church. See below for details!


Current Volunteer Needs

Cupcake bakers for the February 9 Congregational Luncheon

Twelve volunteers are needed, each to bake a dozen cupcakes for the Congregational Luncheon on Sunday, February 9. Cupcakes need to delivered to Borwell Dining Room that day by 10:30 a.m. 


Cooks to prepare and deliver casseroles and meals to a family with a chronically ill child living in zip code 60618 


Driver to pick up food donations on Monday mornings, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., from 43 E. Ohio., regularly or on a sign-up basis 

Special education assistant
for a special needs child during 9:30 a.m. kindergarten Sunday School

Volunteer must be a Fourth Church member who enjoys children and preferably has a special education background.


Transcribers for Oral History Committee recorded interviews 

Tutors meet one-to-one with youth in grades one through twelve one night a week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. More information about Chicago Lights Tutoring is available here.


To sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities or to learn more about them, stop by Coffee Hour on Sunday morning or contact Larry Nicholson, Director of Volunteer Ministry.


A complete list of volunteer needs is available online

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