You're Invited to Encore
It's "Bike the Drive" Sunday
Taizé and Labyrinth Tonight
Interested in Traveling to Colombia?
For Those Experiencing Challenging Times . . .
oneYou're Invited to Encore
An Evening at the Theater

Have you made your reservation yet for Encore?


There are still tickets available for this June 14 benefit, which combines a reception in the Gratz Center with a private viewing of Lookingglass Theatre's In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story.


Proceeds from the evening benefit the Center for Life and Learning (CLL), Fourth Church's program for adults 60 and more.


Thanks to a partnership with the Lookingglass Theatre Company, Fourth Church has the entire house for the Saturday, June 14 performance--so it promises to be a particularly special evening!

Friday, June 6 is the last day to RSVP for this inaugural Encore event. Reservations can be made online


Come join your Fourth Church friends for a fun theater outing!



     Saturday, June 14


     Reception, 5:30 p.m. in the Gratz Center of Fourth Church

     In the Garden production, 7:30 p.m. at Lookingglass Theatre
         (in the old Pumping Station on Michigan Avenue,
         between Pearson and Chicago)


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two"Change Your Story, Change Your Life"
Reclaiming Our Authentic Selves

Many of us spend our lives living out the scripts of others and never author a life tale that reflects our deepest and truest selves. So how might we "change our story"?

Join the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being on Monday, June 2 as Dr. Carl Greer, author of the recently published Change Your Story, Change Your Life, combines his training and personal experience to create a unique program for reclaiming our authentic selves and reworking the narratives of our lives. 


Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase at the end of the evening. Proceeds will support the Replogle Center. 


All are invited to attend this free event. A reception with light refreshments will follow. 



     Monday, June 2, 7:00 p.m.


     Anderson Hall

threeIt's "Bike the Drive" Sunday
A Ride along Lake Shore Drive

Hundreds of bicyclists will take to Lake Shore Drive this Sunday, May 25 for Bike the Drive--the one day of the year when only bikes are allowed on Lake Shore Drive. Those interested in joining the Fourth Church Cycling Club for an early morning ride before worship are invited to meet Mike Ban at 6:30 a.m. at the southwest corner of Columbus and Jackson. (Look for Mike's bright yellow bike.)


To register for the ride, visit www.bikethedrive.org.


Those who usually travel to worship via Lake Shore Drive between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. will want to plan an alternate route.

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A Way to Begin Memorial Day Weekend

A service in the style of Taizé, which incorporates prayer, singing, and silent reflection, will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


The Taizé service provides an opportunity to gather in a contemplative, prayerful setting at the end of a busy week. Candles; easy-to-learn songs from various countries, traditions, and languages; and a period of silence all contribute 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.



     Friday, May 23


     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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fiveInterested in Traveling to Colombia?
A September Mission Trip Opportunity

Be immersed in the country of Colombia, its culture, and the lives of those who benefit from the microfinancing programs of Opportunity International through a mission trip, cosponsored by Fourth Church, this September 21-26.


Participants will see how Colombian churches are coming alongside local people to build income-generating microbusinesses to help sustain their families and community. During this trip, participants will also experience how poverty robs people of their dignity and dreams and will witness the hope and transformation that Opportunity International brings to people through microfinancing.


The deadline to register for this mission trip is Monday, July 21. Registration information is available online.


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sixFor Those Experiencing Challenging Times . . .
The Caring Presence of Stephen Ministry

As part of our congregation's commitment to provide ministries of healing and our desire to be a place where hurting people can receive compassionate care and Christ's healing love, Stephen Ministry provides one-to-one caring relationships to support those who are experiencing challenging times, such as loneliness, unemployment, hospitalization, or loss. For those facing life's struggles or major changes, it provides someone who cares, who listens, who accompanies, and who supports.


Do you know someone who could benefit from the caring presence of a Stephen Minister? Information about Stephen Ministry is available online, in the literature racks, and by leaving a confidential message at 312.573.3365.


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sevenThank You for Making Last Sunday Spectacular!
A Thrilling Beginning to a New Century

Thank you to all who were with us on Sunday for a festive celebration of our Sanctuary's centennial and to welcome Shannon Kershner to the pulpit for the first time as our pastor! It was a stirring reminder that the church is the people and in this church and in our God we all are welcome and at home.


Special thanks to those who planned and hosted a wonderful reception, complete with food from Ditka's and Fourth Church cookies by our own Lori Parrett; to the hosts of the children's "Century of Games"; to Tower Brass, the Chancel and Morning Choirs, the Children and Youth Choirs, and the Handbell Choirs for their beautiful music; to Aaron David Miller for the moving centennial anthem; and to all who in ways seen and unseen contributed to a historic day--and the perfect beginning to our next century!

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eightWelcome, New Members!

Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership on Centennial Sunday:


Renee Aavik, Susan Andersen, James Austin, Walt Bay, Linda Bay, Katherine Bingeman, Gretchen Bioty, Fred Cabrera, Jessica Gill, Gavin Graham, Douglas Gray, David Kimbell, Rebecca Kimbell, Adam Maciasz, Brendan Peters, Tara Price, Heidi Ruppel, Jeff Schwenke, Brad Seiler, Melissa Seiler, Alicia Skruba, Matthew Ward


Also please join us in welcoming the eighth-graders who were confirmed and received as new members on Sunday, April 27:


Skye Ann Balfour, Eliza Bowers-Chen, Keaton Bubala, Eleanor Buchanan, Claire Calkins, Elizabeth Canfield, Peyton Cox, David Dingens, Zarina Foudree, Lauren Freeman, John Grissom, Thomas Hildebrand, Gillian King, Lane Kizziah, Samuel LaSalle, Owen Meyer, Griffin Nuelle, Danny Osafo III, Drake Osenberg, Ana Claire Pranger, Graham Radtke, Anna Rhodes, Anne Satre, Carolyn Shields, Lily Shorney, Mayra Staven,Chandler Stearns, John Thomas, Grace Turner

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Worship This Week
Sunday, May 25, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching
   "To an Unknown God"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 66:8-20
    Acts 17:16-34

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Seized by the Spirit"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 66:8-20
    Acts 17:22-31
    John 14:15-21

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Where Do You Find God?"
Scripture texts:
    John 14:15-21
    Acts 17:16-34
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/2014/052514no.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

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


Thursday, June 5, 2014

8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Lyon and Healy 150th Birthday Festival Concert
   Judy Loman, harpist
   Jana Bouskova, harpist
   The Myriad Trio
Tickets are available at

Friday, June 6, 2014
Angela Presutti-Korbitz, soprano
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women


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 help host the Chicago Presbytery on Tuesday, June 10 at McCormick Theological Seminary 

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.


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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