Celebrating 100 Years of Music on Saturday
"A Century of Games"
Passing on the Legacy
Making the Urban Plunge
Final Call for Family Camp
oneCelebrating 100 Years of Music on Saturday
"The Musical Heritage of Fourth Church"

This Saturday join us for a concert featuring the Fourth Church Choral Society. They along with Fourth Church Organist and Director of Music John Sherer will lead us in celebrating 100 years of music at Fourth Church. The program, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, will include pieces by current and former Fourth Church organists, including Eric DeLamarter, Leo Sowerby, Morgan Simmons, Aaron David Miller, and John Sherer.


All are invited to attend this musical celebration!


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twoA Centennial and a New Pastor!
Celebrating History This Sunday

Several historic days in the life of our congregation have occurred in the past three years, and they all have one thing in common: those who were at Fourth Church on these days say they won't forget it for as long as they live.


The bright January day when the church bade a fond farewell to its beloved pastor after 27 years of ministry . . . The beautiful September Sunday when--exactly 100 years and one day after our cornerstone was laid at Michigan and Delaware on September 16, 1912--we laid the cornerstone for our wonderful new Gratz Center a half-block west. . . . The joyous grand opening of our entire campus to the community, with fun and festivities on every floor and the mayor of Chicago as a featured speaker . . . and most recently, the electric day back in March of this year when the throngs of members crowding the Sanctuary rose to applaud and then elect Shannon Kershner as our next pastor.


Even if you missed some or all of these previous occasions, you'll want to be present for the last in this series of historic days, on Sunday, May 18.


In fact, this coming Sunday will be a doubly historic day, because not only will we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of our Michigan Avenue campus but our new pastor--Shannon Kershner--will be preaching here for the first time!

Shannon will be leading worship and preaching at all four services this Sunday, and following the 11:00 service, we will all gather for a festive reception, which will include refreshments prepared by Ditka's. Come join us for this joy-filled day!

three"A Century of Games"
For Children and Families This Sunday

This Sunday as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Sanctuary on Michigan Avenue, children and families are invited to join in the festivities through "A Century of Games." Following the 11:00 a.m. service, popular historical and modern games--hopscotch, hula hoops, ring toss, a moonwalk, and more--will be in the Bumpus Room of the Gratz Center and outside in the Day School playground and the Michigan Avenue courtyard.


A time of joyful fun will be had by all!


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Ensure the Vitality of Fourth Church

On this centennial weekend, we are filled with gratitude to God for the blessings of the past 100 years.

As an expression of our thanksgiving and as a commitment to ensuring the continued vitality of this church from one generation to the next, we will be receiving a Centennial Offering this Sunday.


Gifts may be made using the envelopes in the pew racks or by writing "Centennial Offering" on the memo line of a check made payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church.


Gifts can also be made online today under "Other Gifts," noting "Centennial Offering" in the Gift Information section.


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fiveMaking the Urban Plunge
A Mission Weekend with First Church

This weekend Fourth Church members will partner with First Presbyterian Church--a congregation founded in Chicago in 1833 in response to an urgent need to address social and spiritual ills at the time--as part of the annual Urban Plunge "Regeneration: Chicago" mission weekend. Beginning this evening and continuing tomorrow, participants will assist with building maintenance and cleanup at First Church and learn how the congregation works with Angelic Organics and other organizations to improve local access to fresh, healthy food.


The weekend is opportunity for Fourth Church--once a mission church of First Church--to support the South Side congregation of modern urban pioneers as they serve their Woodlawn neighborhood, one of the city's poorest.


Please keep these volunteers in your prayers as they participate in the worldwide mission and ministry of the church of Jesus Christ.


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sixFinal Call for Family Camp
Registration Forms Due This Sunday

This Sunday is the last day to register for Spring Family Camp, where families will spend two nights and two days of fellowship and fun at Camp Geneva in Holland, Michigan. From Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June 1, festivities will include 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 this Sunday, May 18.


Don't miss the fun--sign up now!


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sevenHave Time to Volunteer on Summer Days?
Chicago Lights Summer Day Volunteer Orientation

Join the Chicago Lights Summer Day program June 23 through July 31 at Fourth Church and be a part of an engaging curriculum of writing, reading, science, math, and art workshops for underresourced students in first through eighth grades.


Summer Day is looking for classroom assistants, art class assistants, meal-time assistants, and field-trip chaperones. Interested volunteers are invited to attend one of the following orientation sessions in Room 4G of the Gratz Center:


Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m.

or Thursday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m.


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eightThank You from the Youth

Fourth Church youth have been busy fundraising--and receiving generous support from the congregation. Two weeks ago the annual congregational Pancake Breakfast brought in nearly $4,000 for the Senior High youth work camp trip to Haiti July 11-19. Then this past Sunday Elevation youth in sixth and seventh grades sold Mother's Day flowers, raising nearly $500 for their urban mission weekend in Chicago June 29-July 2.


If you missed the pancakes and the flowers, you'll have another opportunity support the youth: they'll be holding their annual bake sale on Sunday, June 15 during morning Coffee Hours. Mark your calendar for this delicious opportunity to further the mission and ministry of our youth!


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Worship This Week
Centennial Sunday, May 18, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16
    John 14:1-14

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. New Members at 11:00
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16
    John 14:1-14

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture text:
    Psalm 46
    John 14:1-14
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/2014/051814no.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.
Marjorie Bredehorn, April 23, 2014
Upcoming Concerts at Fourth Church
All concerts are free admission unless otherwise noted.

Friday, May 16, 2014

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


Friday, May 30, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)


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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