Join Labyrinth Walkers around the World
Celebrating Fair Trade
Recognizing Our Officers
Bibles for Kindergartners
Men Making Sandwiches
oneJoin Labyrinth Walkers around the World
This Saturday: World Labyrinth Day

Tomorrow is World Labyrinth Day--join in solidarity with those around the globe also walking labyrinths on Saturday, May 3 by participating in a special guided walk in Buchanan Chapel between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.


A labyrinth is a walking tool for prayer and meditation for those seeking God. Rediscovered in recent years as a fruitful spiritual practice, it is an archetypal sacred pattern for walking a path of pilgrimage and is found in many religious traditions in various forms around the world.


Walking the labyrinth at Fourth Church takes approximately twenty minutes.


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twoGet Ready for Some Pancakes!
Annual Youth Breakfast This Sunday

Enjoy a hearty breakfast this Sunday while supporting Fourth Church youth!


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 this annual Pancake Breakfast will be available at the door.


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

threeCelebrating Fair Trade
Handcrafted Fair Trade Gifts This Sunday

This Sunday is Fair Trade Sunday, when there will be opportunity during morning Coffee Hour to learn from Partners for Just Trade about the impact of fair trade. Gifts handcrafted by fair-trade artisans from Peru, Haiti, Cambodia, and Egypt will also be available for your shopping pleasure.


Partners for Just Trade (PJT) is a nonprofit, fair-trade organization working with impoverished artisans to help them earn a fair income to improve their lives and the lives of their families. PJT blossomed from the Presbyterian Hunger Program's Joining Hands partnership in Peru. Fair trade not only pays the artisan a fair price for their products but also encourages gender equality, provides healthy and safe work conditions, and builds long-term relationships with the producers.



     Sunday, May 4, following morning worship services


     Coffee Hour in Anderson Hall


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Installation and Ordination This Sunday

New officers, elected by the congregation during the Annual Meeting in February, will be ordained and installed this Sunday during 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship.


Among them will be Elders, who will serve on Session, the church's governing body, which meets monthly to conduct the business of the church; Trustees, who are elected by the congregation to manage Fourth Church's financial and physical resources; and Deacons, who are often described as "the heart of the church," those involved in the care of the congregation and various outreach ministries.


Join us this Sunday in congratulating them--and in also thanking for their commitment to this church those officers who are concluding their term of service this spring. They have given much of their time and talent to this congregation over the past three years and we are deeply grateful!


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fiveBibles for Kindergartners

Kindergartners will receive Bibles during this Sunday morning's Children Chapel. 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 keep these children in your thoughts and prayers as we celebrate the faith of our young people!


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sixMen Making Sandwiches
Men's Ministry Next Saturday

Men's Ministry will gather next Saturday at 8:00 a.m. in the Parish House Dining Room to enjoy breakfast and a presentation from Sarah's Circle, an organization that empowers women and offers access to food, clothing, shelter, and clinical services. Following this question-and-answer session, men will have opportunity to participate in a mission activity of sandwich-making for Sarah's Circle.


A suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door. For more information, contact Edwin Estevez.



     Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m.


     Parish House Dining Room


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sevenCountdown to Centennial Sunday
May 18: A Celebration of 100 Years

A day like Sunday, May 18 only comes once every 100 years! Come be part of a truly historic Fourth Church moment that day as we celebrate the centennial of the Sanctuary. We will gather after the 11:00 a.m. service for an anniversary reception--which will include food from Ditka's--to give thanks for our first century on Michigan Avenue.


As part of that celebration we will also launch with great enthusiasm our next century, welcoming Shannon Kershner for her first Sunday preaching as our new Pastor. She will preach at all four services that day.


We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an exciting and memorable day in the history of Fourth Church!


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eightAn Evening with Laurie Wohl
Presenting Her Art "Birds of Longing"

Laurie Wohl, the fiber artist who designed and created the Fourth Church "Unweavings" Ordinary Time banners, will be speaking on her art "Birds of Longing: Memory and Exile" on Friday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. Hosted by Fourth Dimension, this program will coincide with an exhibit of Laurie's work, which will be on display in the Loggia in May.


To register for this event, contact Anne Ellis by Wednesday, May 7.



     Friday, May 9, 6:00 p.m.


     Bumpus Room


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Worship This Week
Sunday, May 4, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Come, Risen Lord"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
    Acts 2:14a, 36-42
    Luke 24:13-35

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Officer Ordination and Installation
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Saved by Our Senses"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
    Luke 24:36-49 (selected verses)

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Saved by Our Senses"
Scripture text:
    Psalm 8
    Luke 24:36-49
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/2014/050414no.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.

Lewis "Lars" Lofgren, April 24, 2014 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.


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

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


Sunday, May 11, 2014
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Chicago Chamber Orchestra
$20 suggested donation

Friday, May 16, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Thomas E. Gouwens, organist
(Associate Organist at Fourth Church)


7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Camerata Chicago Orchestra, conducted by Drostan Hall
     Mathias Tacke, violinist
     Aurélien Pétillot, violist 

Tickets available through Camerata Chicago 


Saturday, May 17, 2014

7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
"Fourth Church's Musical Heritage"
featuring the Fourth Church Choral Society
   and Highlighting Compositions by the Organists
      of Fourth Church, Past and Present


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


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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