Enjoy Carnaval!
Ash Wednesday
Lenten Retreat
New Stephen Ministers
Men's BBQ
oneEnjoy Carnaval!

Tonight is Carnaval--the annual gala supporting the local mission outreach of Fourth Church! Beginning at 5:30 p.m., guests will arrive at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel for an evening of dinner and dessert, dancing to the Ken Arlen Orchestra, and live and silent auctions featuring unique experiences, getaways, entertainment, and more.


For those attending tonight or who have supported the benefit, thank you and enjoy tonight's festivities!


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twoCongregational Meeting Sunday
In the Sanctuary Following 11:00 Worship

All members are encouraged to attend a congregational meeting that has been called by the Session of Fourth Church for this Sunday, March 2 in the Sanctuary following the 11:00 worship service.

At the meeting, the congregation will receive the recommendation of the Pastor Nominating Committee for the next Pastor of Fourth Church. Those gathered will have opportunity to hear from the candidate, and the congregation will then vote on whether to call that person as our next pastor.


The agenda for the meeting as well as the PNC's final report are posted online.

Child care for infants through children in fifth grade will be available in the Nursery on the first floor of the Gratz Center during the meeting. Following 11:00 Sunday School, parents who would like to make use of nursery care during the meeting are asked to pick up their children from their Sunday School classrooms and drop them off in the Nursery prior to the meeting.


All members are encouraged to be with us for this important meeting in the life of the church!

threeAsh Wednesday

We begin our Lenten journey this coming Wednesday, March 5. Ash Wednesday services will be held at 12:10 and 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary and will include Communion as well as opportunity for the imposition of ashes.


Time: Wednesday, March 5

            12:10 p.m. -- Edwin Estevez preaching

            7:30 p.m. -- Victoria G. Curtiss preaching

Place: Sanctuary


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"Deep Calls to Deep" at The Well
Refresh and renew your spiritual connection with God this Lenten season through a contemplative "Deep Calls to Deep" retreat using spiritual practices of the church. There will be opportunity to join in worship, guided meditation, journaling, praying with images and psalms, and enjoying nature and solitude.

Vicky Curtiss will lead this retreat that will begin on Friday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m. at The Well in La Grange Park and will end on Saturday afternoon.

Those interested in participating are asked to register by Sunday, April 6 by downloading and completing a registration form found online and in the brochures in the literature racks. For details, contact Nancy Davis.


Time: Friday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m.
            to Saturday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m.

Place: The Well (1515 W. Ogden, La Grange Park)


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fiveNew Stephen Ministers

New Stephen Ministers, who extend the pastoral care of our clergy staff by providing weekly Christian support for those who are facing one or more of life's many challenges, were commissioned this past Sunday.


Commissioned Stephen Ministers are Martha Brown, Rebecca Dixon, Sam Evans, Judy Knight, Cheri Lundin, Melanie Oh Pierce, Mark Schimmelpfennig, Joan Sessions, Blondie Thompson, Leslie Wainwright, Natalie Williams, and Roger Wilson.


Stephen Ministry Leaders are Paula Addington, Ellen Schaller, Barbara Timberlake, Judy Watt, and Roger Wilson.


If you or someone you know would benefit from a relationship with a Stephen Minister, please leave a message on the confidential Stephen Ministry voicemail: 312.573.3365.


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sixMen's BBQ
With Associate Pastor John Vest

All men are invited to join Associate Pastor John Vest for BBQ and fellowship at a Men's Ministry gathering next Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. on the first floor of the Manse. John will talk about his ministry and love of BBQ--and there will also be time for watching some college basketball with Kentucky at Florida at 11:00 a.m. and Connecticut at Louisville at 1:00 p.m.


A $10 suggested donation will be collected the day of the gathering. To RSVP, contact Edwin Estevez.


Time: Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m.

Place: Manse, First Floor


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seven"Enriching Relationships"
A Monthly Series for Couples

Couples are invited to reconnect and enrich their relationship this Sunday as the "Enriching Relationships" series continues at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4G of the Gratz Center. Participants will discuss "Creating Healthy Boundaries."


Classes, which meet on the first Sunday of the month, cover key topics, offer practical tools, and are directly applicable to the everyday life of a couple.


Time: Sunday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m.

Place: Room 4G of the Gratz Center


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eightA Place at the Table
A Documentary Screening

Despite being an economic superpower and a land of wealth, the United States struggles with food insecurity. A screening of the documentary A Place at the Table next Sunday, March 9 at 12:15 p.m. will explore this issue and the struggles of low-income Americans to put healthy food on the table.


Sponsored by the Mission Committee, this event will include a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)-based meal of rice and beans. Donations will be accepted at the door.


To RSVP, contact Nancy Davis by Saturday, March 8.


Time: Sunday, March 9 at 12:15 p.m.

Place: Borwell Dining Room


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Worship This Week
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Transfiguration of the Lord
8:00 a.m. Communion
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Imagining, Imaging, and Imitating"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 27
    Matthew 16:13-29
    Matthew 17:1-9

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Imagining, Imaging, and Imitating"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 27
    Matthew 16:13-29
    Matthew 17:1-9

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Adam H. Fronczek, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Gonna Serve Somebody"
Scripture text:
    Matthew 6:24-34
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/2014/030214no.pdf

from previous weeks are posted online at www.fourthchurch.org/sermons

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Births in Our Church Family
We give thanks to God for the gift of new life.
Olivia Grace Bus, daughter of Steve and Ashley Bus


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

Friday, March 7, 2014

12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary 

Joanna Turska, flutist

Jaroslav Malanowicz, organist

Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women


Friday, March 14, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Thomas E. Gouwens, organist
(Associate Organist at Fourth Church)

Friday, March 21, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Orpheus Choir   


Friday, March 28, 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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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

Shopping aide for guests of the Consumer Choice Food Pantry at the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center on alternating Wednesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Through Consumer Choice, guests of the food pantry are given a shopping list, and the volunteer aide guides them as they fill their cart with the items they'd like from the pantry.


Tutors for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program on Monday evenings 

Tutors, who meet one-to-one with youth in grades one through twelve, are needed on Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. More information about Chicago Lights Tutoring is available here.


Members to serve as ushers during the 9:30 a.m. service


Handbell ringers for the Handbell Choir
Rehearsals are held on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. in the Buchanan Chapel Choir Loft. 


Members to be Nursery caregivers at 9:30 or 11:00 a.m. 

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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