Adam Fronczek's New Call
Hearing Shannon's Remarks One More Time
Shamrock Shuffle to Worship
Celebrating Legacy Commitments
Tie a Blue Bow This Sunday
oneAdam Fronczek's New Call
Pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati

This Sunday Adam Fronczek, Associate Pastor for Adult Education and Worship, will be at Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati for a meeting of that congregation. As noted in the letters emailed to the congregation earlier this week and shared on the website and Facebook, Adam has accepted a call to serve as Pastor of Knox.

We are sad for Fourth Church and will miss Adam very much, but we are also so excited for Adam and Knox and this new opportunity to share their gifts in ministry with one another. Please join us in keeping Adam and Knox in your prayers this weekend--and in their future together.


Adam's final Sunday at Fourth Church will be May 11, when he will preach at all four services and we will host special receptions in his honor following both the 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. worship services.


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twoThe Youth Shall Lead Us
Senior Highs and Confirmation Youth Leading Worship

The eighth-grade Confirmation class has been busy planning and writing a worship service for the congregation. This Sunday members of Senior Highs will lead that service at 9:30 a.m., and Confirmation youth will lead at 11:00 a.m. As part of each of those services, youth will also share their reflections with the congregation.


We hope you will join us that morning as we, as a community, live out the promise we made to these youth in their baptism to support and nurture them to be faithful disciples. Eighth-grade youth will make their affirmation of faith when they are confirmed on Sunday, April 27.

threeHearing Shannon's Remarks One More Time

Did you miss the March 2 congregational meeting at which we elected Shannon Johnson Kershner to serve as Pastor of Fourth Church? Or were you there and want to relive the excitement and magic of that moment?


In these between days, as we await Shannon's arrival, check out the videos from the congregational meeting. Hear again Shannon's remarks to the congregation as well as her closing prayer, the PNC's introductions of Shannon, and the announcement of the vote.


Then be sure to mark May 18 on your calendar. That will be Shannon's first Sunday in our pulpit--and the day we celebrate the centennial of our Sanctuary while looking forward with great hope to our next 100 years on Michigan Avenue.


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A Post-Race Snack, Stretch, and Worship

Are you participating in the first big event of Chicago's running season--the Shamrock Shuffle --this Sunday? Did you think this would mean you'd have to miss out on Sunday morning worship and continuing your Lenten reflections?

You can do both! Join members of the Fourth Church community after the Shuffle for a post-race snack and stretch--and then sit with us at the 11:00 worship service. We'll all be going straight to the church, in our running gear, so no need to worry about a shower. Meet us at the steps on the north side of Buckingham Fountain between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. to walk back to the church--or come straight to the Manse between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Contact Hardy Kim
if you're interested or have any questions.

Please help us spread the word by sharing our "Shuffle + Worship" event on Facebook and inviting your running friends to join us!


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fiveCelebrating Legacy Commitments

We will be recognizing, on Centennial Sunday, all those who have remembered Fourth Church in their will. If you have included this congregation in your estate plans, please let Katy Frey Bever know (312.981.3380) so that we can include your name in the May 18 bulletin.


On that day when we mark the 100th anniversary of the Sanctuary and Parish House--and the establishment of our endowment through the surplus from that building project--we will also celebrate legacy commitments to the future of this congregation.


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sixTie a Blue Bow This Sunday
National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Join us this Sunday in tying a blue bow in the Commons following morning worship and help us prepare to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. This coming Tuesday, April 1, we'll tie those blue bows to the trees along Michigan Avenue, creating a visually stunning and thought-provoking reminder for all who pass by.


Prior to blue-bow tying on April 1, a Blue Bows Interfaith Prayer Service will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. All are invited to take part in this opportunity to remember and hold in prayer all those affected by child abuse.


The service will be followed by a press conference, and afterwards volunteers will tie blue bows on our Michigan Avenue trees.


To volunteer to help tie bows on Tuesday morning and afternoon, please contact Anne Ellis.


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sevenLooking for Palm Sunday Hosts
Guide Members of the Islamic Community

Do you have a gift for hospitality? Do you enjoy welcoming guests to Fourth Church? 


The Interfaith Resource Committee is recruiting Fourth Church members interested in hosting members of the Islamic community at the 9:30 a.m. service on Palm Sunday, April 13. Jointly sponsored by Fourth Church and the Niagara Foundation, this opportunity is part of the community education program "Sharing the Faith," an interfaith approach to creating collaborative programs that enhance literacy of Abrahamic faiths.


Hosts will spend a little more than two hours guiding Niagara Foundation members through the Palm Sunday service and will meet around 8:45 a.m. and adjourn around 11:00 a.m.


If you would like to share the Palm Sunday experience with our Muslim brothers and sisters, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) by Wednesday, April 9.


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eightA Marathon Offer from Chicago Lights
Enter the Marathon Lottery and Win Big

Enter the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon lottery and you could win big with Chicago Lights! Still deciding if you will enter the marathon lottery this year? Chicago Lights has just made the decision process a lot easier for you! 

If you place your name in the hat for the 2014 Chicago Marathon by Monday, April 7 and choose to raise funds for Chicago Lights, then thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Chicago Lights can cover your registration fee if you are accepted!

For more information about the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Team Chicago Lights, and having your registration fee covered upon acceptance into the marathon, please contact Kate Solis (312.981.3564).


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nineCome on out for "Spring Cleaning"
A Chestnut Street Players Reading

Join the Center for Life and Learning this coming Thursday, April 3 as their very own acting troupe--the Chestnut Street Players--perform a staged reading of Fibber McGee and Molly's Spring Cleaning at 1:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall.


There is a $3 suggested donation for this event. A reception will follow the reading.



   Thursday, April 3, 1:00 p.m.


   Anderson Hall


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tenInterfaith Seder: Monday Deadline
Hosted by Chicago Sinai Congregation

Tickets are still available for the annual Interfaith Seder, hosted by Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware Pl.). Contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) by this coming Monday, March 31 to reserve your tickets for this opportunity to learn about and share in the Seder, a ritual meal marking the beginning of Passover.


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elevenWelcome, New Members!

Please join in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this past Sunday during the 4:00 service:


Jessica Kirby

Joe Morgan

Marianne Morgan


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Worship This Week
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Fourth Sunday in Lent
8:00 a.m. Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Claiming the Gift of Sight"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 23
    John 9:1-25
    John 9:26-41

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Confirmation and Senior Highs leading
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 23
    John 9:1-41

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Edwin Estevez, Pastoral Resident, preaching
    "What's in a Name?"
Scripture text:
    Psalm 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/2014/033014no.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.

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 Rogers Lee, soprano

Friday, April 11, 2014
8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Lakeside Singers: "Connections to Royalty"
Tickets available at www.lakesidesingers.com


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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