Liturgical Dance at Taizé
A Communion Service for Families
The Congregational Meeting This Sunday
From the Music of Bach to Meditation . . .
Families: Don't Miss Family Camp Fun!
oneLiturgical Dance at Taizé
Featuring the CLASS Dance Ensemble

Join us for tonight's Taizé service, which will feature two liturgical dances by the Chicago Lights CLASS Dance Ensemble under the direction of Cescily Washington.


In addition to these dances, the Taizé service will include contemplative liturgy in a prayerful setting with candles; easy-to-learn songs from various countries, traditions, and languages; and a period of silence--all contributing 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.


We hope you'll join us for this special worship opportunity!



     Friday, April 25 


     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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twoIt's Confirmation Sunday! 

This Sunday, the 2014 class of confirmands will be confirmed and welcomed into membership during 11:00 a.m. worship. Each month on baptismal Sundays, we renew our pledge to support the children and youth of the church; attending the confirmation service is one way to be present with and support them. We hope you will join us for this service and ask that you keep these youth in prayer as they continue with us on their faith journey.    

threeA Communion Service for Families
This Sunday in Buchanan Chapel

Children and their families are invited to learn about Communion this Sunday, at a special Family Communion Service at 12:15 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel. Matt Helms will walk families through a short worship service and talk about what Communion means to the church. He will also explain some of the ways in which our understanding of the sacrament is different from that of other denominations. There will also be opportunity to celebrate Communion together.


Following the service, families will gather for lunch in the Bumpus Room.



     Sunday, April 27, 12:15 p.m. 


     Buchanan Chapel and the Bumpus Room 


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Following 11:00 Worship

A congregational meeting has been called by the Session for this Sunday, April 27 at 12:15 p.m. At that time the congregation will act to dissolve the pastoral relationship with Adam Fronczek, who has accepted a call to serve as Pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati.


Adam's last Sunday at Fourth Church will be May 11, when he will preach at all four worship services. Please plan to be with us for a reception in Adam's honor after the 11:00 service on May 11 as we thank Adam for his ministry among us and wish him Godspeed in this new call.


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fiveFrom the Music of Bach to Meditation . . .
New Academy Classes Begin This Sunday

This Sunday new Academy for Faith and Life classes will explore such topics as the music of Bach, meditation and Christianity, human suffering, and an overview of the Bible. We hope you'll join us for one or more of the opportunities listed below. Registration is available online.


"God and the Problem of Human Suffering"

with Randall Zachman

April 27-May 11 (3 weeks)

11:00 a.m. on the fifth floor of the Gratz Center

What is the response of God to human suffering? Is God ever the source of human suffering? Why do faithful and obedient people suffer? The goal of this course is to begin to develop our own understandings of the relationship of God to human suffering, in dialogue with the positions set forth in scripture.


"Introductory Overview of the Bible"
with Vicky Curtiss
April 27-May 18 (3 weeks)
11:00 a.m. on the fifth floor of the Gratz Center

This introductory class on the Bible continues as we use the framework of "the mighty acts of God" to provide an understanding of how all the books of the Bible reveal God at work with God's people and creation.


"The Path to Bach"
with John Sherer
April 27-May 11 (3 weeks)
12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary Choir Loft
(The April 27 class will begin at 12:45.)

How did Johann Sebastian Bach, who was one of the most popular and influential musicians in all of history, become Bach? This three-week series will try to answer that question as we explore the Bach family tree, Bach's influences, and the relationship between text and Bach's music.


"Meditation, Neuroscience, and Christianity"
with Adam Fronczek
April 27 and May 4 (2 weeks)
12:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Gratz Center
(The April 27 class will begin at 12:45.)

For centuries, Christians have been practicing prayer and reflection in ways that provide many of the same benefits that neuroscience attributes to meditation. In this class, we will rediscover--and practice--some of these styles of meditation and prayer. Join us for one last course taught by Adam Fronczek before he moves to Cincinnati to serve as Pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church!


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sixFamilies: Don't Miss Family Camp Fun!
Spring Family Camp at Camp Geneva

Families, please join us in enjoying a weekend of fellowship, worship, and leisure at Spring Family Camp, held the weekend of Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June 1 at Camp Geneva in Holland, Michigan. You will have opportunity to participate in a BBQ picnic, a campfire, fun along the beach of Lake Michigan, a Communion worship service, "Loaves and Fishes" social time, fellowship with other parents, and a relaxing time together as a family.


A registration form, which is available online and in the 4C Lounge of the Gratz Center, is due to Liz Nickerson by Sunday, May 18.


Don't miss the fun--sign up this weekend!


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sevenVolunteers Needed to Remove Blue Bows
National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

As our April observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month draws to a close, volunteers will come together this Wednesday, April 30 at 9:00 a.m. to remove the blue bows on the trees outside of the Manse. These bows have served as a public witness to all those affected by child abuse.


For more information or to help untie bows, contact Anne Ellis.



     Wednesday, April 30, 9:00 a.m.



     Michigan Avenue, outside of the Manse


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eightSpring Off the Avenue!
With Free Write Jail Arts and the Urban Farm

Come one, come all to an evening of art, poetry, and food at "Spring Off the Avenue" next Friday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.). Hosted by the Chicago Lights Free Write Jail Arts program and the Urban Farm, this event is a wonderful way to kick off spring and support and learn about these two programs of Chicago Lights, the community outreach arm of Fourth Church.


Ticket information is available online.



    Friday, May 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m.


    Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.)


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nineSave the Date for Pancakes
Annual Youth Breakfast Fundraiser

Mark next Sunday, May 4 on your calendar as the day to enjoy a hearty breakfast while supporting Fourth Church youth at the annual youth Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.  


A warm breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, and sausage--for a suggested donation of $12--will be served between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room that day. Made-to-order omelets will be prepared by John Vest for an additional donation of $5.


Proceeds support the annual youth mission trip, which this summer will take the youth to Haiti, where they will work on house repair and construction.


Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast will be available during Coffee Hour this Sunday, April 27 and at the door on Sunday, May 4.


Come on out and enjoy a tasty breakfast, fellowship with fellow members--and support the work of our youth!



    Sunday, May 4, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


    Borwell Dining Room


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Worship This Week
Sunday, April 27, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching
    "Beginning the Walk"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 16
    1 Peter 1:3-9
    John 20:19-31

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Proclaiming the Unknown God"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 119:105-112
    John 20:19-31
    Acts 17:16-34

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Edwin Estevez, Pastoral Resident, preaching
    "I Send You"
Scripture text:
    John 20:19-22
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/2014/042714no.pdf


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


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

Alice E. Feeney 

    April 6, 2014


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

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Chicago Ensemble
Tickets available at thechicagoensemble.org  


Friday, May 2, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Artistry by Twos and Threes
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women


Friday, May 2, 2014
8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Apollo Chorus: "The Beatles and Friends"
Tickets available at www.apollochorus.org   


Friday, May 9, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Chicago Bronze


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

Beginning or experienced handbell ringers for the adult Handbell Choir


Dishwashers for Sunday Night Supper from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., on rotation 


Members to usher during 9:30 a.m. worship


Volunteers to serve meals, sort donations, creative hygiene kits, bake cookies, or pack trail mix bags at an agency supported by Fourth Presbyterian Church

Donations of adult socks, disposable diapers, linens, and CTA Ventra cards are also needed.


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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