New Academy Classes Start Sunday!
Prayers for Black Mountain
A Contemplative Retreat
Life Line Screening
Parenting in Faith
oneNew Academy Classes!

New Academy for Faith and Life classes kick off this Sunday! Come join us for one or more of these great adult education opportunities. All classes meet on the fifth floor of the Gratz Center.


"God, Suffering, and Evil"

with Anna Case-Winters
9:30 a.m. (4 weeks)

If God is good and all-powerful, why is there so much suffering and evil in the world? For people of faith, this is a perennial and perplexing question. This class will explore the questions and responses Christian faith has to offer on this topic.  

"Making Room at the Table:

   Understanding and Solving Hunger in America"
with Vicky Curtiss, Adam Fronczek, Dan Hula, and Matt Gross
9:30 a.m. (4 weeks)


Hunger is a multifaceted issue, with economic, political, cultural, and moral dimensions that play out on the national, local, and personal level. This issue of reducing hunger and helping those in need of adequate, nutritious food has been one of the highest mission priorities of Fourth Presbyterian Church. This four-week course, planned in collaboration with the Hunger and Poverty Team of Fourth Church's Mission Committee, is intended to reenergize that commitment.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

with Jeff Doane
11:00 a.m. (4 weeks)

In a time of dramatic scientific advances, ethics and social justice issues related to science can lag behind. Rebecca Skloot provides a provocative case study of such in her detailed, expressive book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Course participants will work their way through the book, and engaged discussion will be the order of the day for each class.


Becoming Calvin

with Fourth Acts and Randall Zachman
11:00 a.m. (4 weeks)

This class will explore the early life of the Frenchman who was a defining figure of the Protestant Reformation. Come and join in this reimagining of one young man's coming of age during a time of social, political, and religious upheaval. Learn how young Jehan Cauvin became Calvin, the leader who effected such great change.



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twoAnimals at Family Night

 A snake, parrot, tortoise, and other animal friends will be the guests at next Friday's Family Night! Families are invited to join us for what promises to be a fun evening as Animals for Awareness presents an animal show with opportunity for kids and their parents to come face-to-face with a variety of wild creatures.


The evening will begin with a pre-dinner scavenger hunt, followed by a shared meal, and then ending with the animal show.


We hope that you'll join us for this fun night, and please feel free to invite friends!



  Friday, March 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
  Borwell Dining Room
threePrayers for Black Mountain

Fourth Church remembers in our prayers the people of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church as, in the weeks to come, they say good-bye to their Pastor, Shannon Kershner--who, at the March 2 congregational meeting, was elected by this congregation as Pastor of Fourth Church. Click the blue "For More" button (below) to read our letter to that congregation.


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Refresh and renew your spiritual connection with God using spiritual practices of the church at the "Deep Calls to Deep" Lenten contemplative retreat on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12 at The Well in La Grange Park. Join in worship, guided meditation, journaling, praying with images and psalms, or simply enjoying nature and solitude.


Registration forms--available online are due to Nancy Davis by Sunday, April 6.



   Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12


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


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fiveLife Line Screening

Is your heart healthy? Life Line Screening is partnering with the Center for Life and Learning to bring life-saving screenings to Fourth Church on Tuesday, March 25. Screenings include carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, and atrial fibrillation and osteoporosis.   


To schedule an appointment--and to receive a special offer by doing so--please sign up by either calling the dedicated Helping Hands phone number at 800.324.9458 or by visiting www.helpinghandsforhealth.com.

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sixParenting in Faith

Parents are invited to learn how to grow in their own faith so they can help guide their children in their own faith development. This Sunday's Parenting in Faith "Faith Formation" workshop--which will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4G--gives parents opportunity to explore the topic "How Do We Pray as a Family?" All parents are encouraged to attend!



   Sunday, March 16, 9:30 a.m.


   Room 4G of the Gratz Center


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sevenBibles for Fourth Graders

Fourth graders will receive Bibles from the congregation during this Sunday's 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship. This is just one of the ways we, as a congregation, live out our baptismal pledge to support the children and youth of the church. We hope you'll join us for this special time when we celebrate the maturing faith of our young people!

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eightInterfaith Passover Seder

Each spring, Chicago Sinai Congregation graciously hosts guests from Fourth Church and other congregations at a Passover Seder. This year's Interfaith Seder will take place on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware Pl.).


A limited number of tickets are available by contacting Anne Ellis by Monday, March 31.



   Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.


   Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware Pl.)


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Worship This Week
Sunday, March 16, 2014 * Second Sunday in Lent
8:00 a.m. Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Spirit Born, Spirit Led"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 121
    Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
    John 3:1-17

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. New Members at 11:00
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Seeking Jesus by Night"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 121
    Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
    John 3:1-17

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Adam H. Fronczek, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Living in Dark and Light"
Scripture text:
    John 3:1-17
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/2014/031614no.pdf


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


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

Friday, March 21, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
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)


Friday, April 4, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary  

Svetlana Krasnova, pianist
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women


Friday, April 11, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Lisa Lee, soprano 


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 assists 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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