A Festive Sendoff for Adam Fronczek
Welcome, Shannon!
Congratulations to John Vest
Thank You to Our Officers
Countdown to 100!
oneA Festive Sendoff for Adam Fronczek

This Sunday is Adam Fronczek's last Sunday at Fourth Church as he prepares to move into his new call to serve as Pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati.


Adam will preach at all four worship services this Sunday, and following the 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. services we will host receptions in his honor. We hope you'll join us then to thank Adam for his ministry among us and congratulate him on this next step in his ministry!


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twoGet Your Mother's Day Flowers Here!
Support Fourth Church Youth This Sunday

Buy a flower this Sunday for someone special--and support the Fourth Church youth program at the same time! Look for the Elevation youth (grades 6-7) with carnations during Coffee Hour following morning worship services.


All donations ($1 per carnation) will support the Elevation urban work camp in Chicago later this summer.



     Sunday, May 11, following 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 worship


     During Coffee Hour in Anderson Hall and the Commons

threeWelcome, Shannon!

As you will have seen on Facebook, Shannon Kershner's first day in the office here at Fourth Church was this past Monday. This weekend she'll be joined by her family as together they return to Fourth Church for the first Sunday since she was called to be our next Pastor.

Since Shannon will not be involved in worship leadership this Sunday morning, she is excited to have the opportunity to experience and learn about all the many other things that go on at Fourth Church on Sundays, from Coffee Hour hospitality to Children's Chapel to youth activities--and much more!


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Congratulations to John Vest, Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry, who this Saturday will receive his doctor of ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary!


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fiveThank You to Our Officers
Ordination and Installation of Officers Last Sunday

Congratulations to our officers--Elders, Trustees, and Deacons--who were ordained and installed during 11:00 a.m. worship last Sunday.


Thank you to all the officers who concluded 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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sixCountdown to 100!
The Centennial of the Sanctuary

The centennial of the Sanctuary is a little more than a week away! Come be a part of a truly historic Fourth Church moment on Sunday, May 18--a day that only comes once every 100 years!


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 on May 18.


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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sevenDedicating the Chapel Sculpture
In Memory of Dana Ferguson Myers

This Sunday during the 11:00 a.m. service we will dedicate the new Buchanan Chapel art installation in memory of Dana Ferguson Myers. Dana joined the Fourth Church staff as Associate Pastor for Mission in 1998 and was named Executive Associate Pastor in 2005, a position she held until her death at the age of forty-two in 2008. The seventeen-foot-long sculpture, created by Alyson Shotz, is the newest piece of the Jeanne and Tom Olofson Collection of Sacred Art at Fourth Church and is made possible by the generosity of the Olofsons and dozens of Dana's friends and family.


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eightJoyce Shin: "A Prophetic Woman of Faith"
Recipient of the 2014 Women of Faith Award

On February 10, we announced that Joyce Shin was named a recipient of the 2014 Women of Faith Award to be presented by the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Now you can read more about the inspiration of Joyce's faith in action--as described in Linda Valentine's recent look-ahead to this summer's PCUSA General Assembly, which will be held in Detroit June 14-21.


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nineCelebrating Our Musical Heritage
A Concert with the Fourth Church Choral Society

The Fourth Church Choral Society will celebrate 100 years of music at Fourth Church through a concert on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The program will highlight compositions by current and former organists of Fourth Church, including Eric DeLamarter, Leo Sowerby, Morgan Simmons, Aaron David Miller, and John Sherer.


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tenBridge Classes with the CLL
From bridge for beginners to competitive bidding, a variety of bridge classes are being offered this month at the Center for Life and Learning. Adults sixty and more are invited to register for the classes below by contacting Julia Bergen (312.981.3386).


Beginning Bridge

Thursdays, through June 12

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Learn the fundamentals of basic bridge: bidding, play, and defense. This course is designed for those who have never played and for those wanting to learn the modern methods of bidding.


Bridge II: Competitive Bidding

Fridays, through June 13

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Learn to compete in the bidding process. Preempts, overcalls, take-out doubles, negative doubles, and cue bids are covered.


How to Play a Bridge Hand

Fridays, through June 13

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Learn to make a declarer plan, develop tricks by finesses, promotion and length, ruffing losers, managing the trump suit, and more tips on play.


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Worship This Week
Sunday, May 11, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Adam H. Fronczek, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Remembering the Point"
Scripture texts:
    Isaiah 40:1-11 
    John 10:1-10

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Baptisms
Adam H. Fronczek, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Remembering the Point"
Scripture texts:
    Isaiah 40:1-11
    John 10:1-10

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Adam H. Fronczek, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Remembering the Point"
Scripture text:
    Psalm 139:1-18
    John 10:1-10
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/2014/051114no.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.
Olin Neill Emmons, May 3, 2014

A memorial service will be held in June.

Mae Mackie, May 7, 2014

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. 


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

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  

Friday, May 23, 2014  12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Sarah Marsh, cellist  


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

Helpers for the Chicago Lights Summer Day program
This high energy, six-week program, serving children entering first through eighth grades and living in Chicago's underresourced neighborhoods, offers instruction in language arts, math, science, music, dance, drama, and art. Opportunities to serve as classroom assistants, art class assistants, meal-time assistants, and field trip chaperones are available. For more information, please attend one of the following volunteer orientation sessions: Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. or Thursday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 4G of the Gratz Center.

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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