Blue Bows Volunteers Needed
Remembering with Easter Flowers
Mitri Raheb: Faith and Empire
Hymnal Art
A Lenten Bible Study
oneBlue Bows Volunteers Needed
National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Since 1989, millions of people have joined in displaying and wearing blue bows during the month of April in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Here at Fourth Church we tie those blue bows to the trees along Michigan Avenue, creating a visually stunning and thought-provoking reminder for all who pass by.


Help is needed at Coffee Hour next Sunday, March 30, when we will be tying blue bows on twine in the Commons to later use outdoors in April.


Help is also needed on Tuesday, April 1. The day will begin with a Blue Bows Interfaith Prayer Service and press conference at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Afterwards volunteers will tie blue bows on our Michigan Avenue trees. To volunteer to help on April 1, please contact Anne Ellis.


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twoTravelers Head to Cuba
A Mission Trip to First Presbyterian Church of Havana

Cuba mission trip participants left today to spend a week with the First Presbyterian Church of Havana, a sister congregation of Fourth Church. These travelers will learn about the historical, political, economic, and cultural context for Christian witness in Cuba and will also have opportunity to share in a worship service with and explore the various ministries of First Church.

Please keep these members of Fourth Church and the members of the First Presbyterian Church of Havana
in your thoughts and prayers as together they participate in the worldwide mission and ministry of the church of Jesus Christ.

threeRemembering with Easter Flowers

There is opportunity again this Easter to remember loved ones by making contributions toward the flowers that will decorate the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday. It's easy to do this onlineindicating the amount you'd like to give in the Easter flowers box, then entering the name of the person(s) you'd like to honor in the "Notes" section on the Gift/Payment Information web page.

You can also make contributions by completing the form found in the church literature racks.

Please note that in order for the names of those honored to appear in the Easter Sunday bulletin, all contributions and names must be received by Friday, April 11.


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Author of Faith in the Face of Empire

Palestinian author, pastor, and theologian Mitri Raheb will talk about his latest book, Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes, on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Fourth Church. In light of the current geopolitical turmoil, after the hopes of the Arab Spring, and in the face of the latest round of U.S. shuttle diplomacy, Dr. Raheb asks, Can we imagine another Middle East? Can there be a different future?


Mitri Raheb is President of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, President of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem, and President of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. He is also the Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, and is the author of several books, including I Am a Palestinian Christian and Bethlehem Besieged.



   Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m. 


   Fourth Church 


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fiveHymnal Art
A Lenten Art Project Using Retired Hymnals

A new Presbyterian hymnal has been published, which Fourth Church will begin using this summer. In addition to all the beloved and familiar traditional music, it also includes new settings of more Psalms as well as world music and meditative music from the Taiz� community.


We'll be sharing more information about the new hymnal, and our use of it, in the weeks ahead, butin the meantime, as we prepare to transition from the current hymnals to the new ones, we invite you to take part in a hymnal art project. This Lenten project uses materials from some of the already retired hymnals, which were previously in Blair Chapel. Stop by the Fine Arts Council's table during morning Coffee Hour this Sunday or contact Rob Koon to learn more.


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sixLenten Bible Study
"Journey to the Cross" Study with Adam Fronczek

Associate Pastor Adam Fronczek will lead one of two "Journey to the Cross" Lenten Bible Studies on Tuesday, April 8 at 12:00 noon at Chicago Temple (77 W. Washington). The second study, led by Father Don Senior, will be held on Tuesday, April 15. All are invited to join this opportunity to reflect on the meaningful events in Christ's life leading up to Good Friday and the cross. Light refreshments will be provided.



   Tuesday, April 8 and 15, 12:00 noon


   Chicago Temple, Pierce Hall, Lower Level (77 W. Washington)


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sevenSpringfield Lobby Day

All are invited to join members of the Fourth Church Mission Committee and the Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network as they travel to Springfield this Tuesday, March 25 to take part in a legislative lobby day. For more information about this advocacy opportunity, visit the Mission table at morning Coffee Hour this Sunday or contact Nancy Davis.


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eightMoms' Night Out
A Women@Fourth Connect and Moms' Group Outing

Join Women@Fourth Connect and Fourth Church Moms' Groups for a joint social outing next Thursday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Vineyard Vines, an apparel store on Michigan Avenue. All women are invited to attend and are encouraged to print or bring electronically this coupon to receive 10 percent off purchases and have 10 percent of the evening's proceeds go towards Chicago Lights.


There will also be a drawing for a dinner cruise on the Odyssey. Light refreshments will be offered. RSVP to Liz Nickerson.



   Thursday, March 27, 6:00 p.m.


   Vineyard Vines (540 N. Michigan)


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nineNational Security and the Constitution
A Center for Life and Learning Special-Topic Class

How does the United States protect its national security? What role does the Constitution play? Explore these questions and more at "National Security and the Constitution," a Center for Life and Learning special-topic class led by David Barnum, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 1-10 at 10:30 a.m. in the Gratz Center.


Dr. Barnum will lead discussion about how the U.S. Constitution allocates governmental responsibility in protecting national security for the conduct of foreign affairs and the use of military force.  


An outlined syllabus with reading materials for this four-part course is available upon registration. To register, contact Ashley Elskus.



   Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 1, 3, 8, and 10 at 10:30 a.m.


   Gratz Center


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tenWelcome, New Members!

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


JaCee Burnes

Jennifer Rakstad

Callie Thompson

Michael Wallace


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Worship This Week
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Third Sunday in Lent
8:00 a.m. Communion
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "This Water Tastes Funny"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 95
    Exodus 17:1-7
    John 4:5-42

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Adam H. Fronczek, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Chance Encounters"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 95
    John 4:1-42

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Adam H. Fronczek, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Chance Encounters"
Scripture text:
    Psalm 139:1-18
    John 4:1-42
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/2014/032314no.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 27, 2014
3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Covenant Christian High School Choirs

Free concert   


Friday, March 28, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)


Monday, March 31, 2014

7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Voce Chamber Choir from Xavier High School

Free concert 


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

Members to serve as hosts and offer hot cider to worshipers prior to 9:30 and or 11:30 worship on Easter Sunday


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 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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