You're Invited to a Cookout!
Have You Walked the Labyrinth?
With Summer Comes . . . the School Supply Drive!
BBQ on July 9 -- Mark Your Calendars
ThirtiesForties Music in the Park
A Special Iftar Dinner at Fourth Church
oneYou're Invited to a Cookout!
Food and Fun at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm

Enjoy a warm summer afternoon this Saturday at a community cookout from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.). Bring friends and family for food, seasonal activities for kids, and live music. Lunch will be served at noon from the grill and will use ingredients from the Urban Farm.


Also the Farm Stand is now open--stop by and check out the Farm's harvest of fresh veggies!



     Saturday, June 28, 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.


     Chicago Lights Urban Farm

     (444 W. Chicago Ave.)


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twoCandlelit Taizé Tonight
A Service of Meditation and Reflection

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.



     Friday, June 27, 7:30 p.m.


     Buchanan Chapel   

threeHave You Walked the Labyrinth?
A Journey of the Spirit toward God
Prior to tonight's Taizé service, there will be opportunity to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. In walking the labyrinth, the mind, body, and spirit are together focused on following a single path that leads to and returns from the center, symbolizing a sacred pilgrimage.


The labyrinth that is in Buchanan Chapel is also typically available each week for walking on Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walking the labyrinth takes approximately twenty minutes.


Before coming to walk the labyrinth, please check the website calendar or call the church office at 312.787.4570 to confirm that the chapel is not being otherwise used at the time you plan to walk.


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Fill a Backpack, Donate Supplies, Volunteer

While it seems like the school year just ended, it's already time to prepare our children and youth for classes this fall.

With some schools beginning in mid-August, we're kicking off this Sunday our annual School Supply Drive, organized by Women@Fourth Connect. Again this year we'll be collecting backpacks and school supplies for children connected with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Summer Day, and Tutoring programs.


You can help by signing up to fill a backpack for a child, donating school supplies for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program, or helping receive, sort, and distribute school supplies and backpacks.


Stop by Coffee Hour this Sunday to get a supplies list, sign up to volunteer with the drive, or learn more about the School Supply Drive.


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fiveBBQ on July 9 -- Mark Your Calendars
Support the Youth Trip to Haiti

The Fourth Church youth work camp mission trip to Haiti is just three weeks away--but there's still time to support this meaningful work by taking part in the Summer BBQ Party on Wednesday, July 9. Held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard, the evening will include delicious BBQ, live music from BLT, and root beer floats.


A suggested donation of $20 ($12 for children under twelve years) will be collected at the event. Online donations can be made here.


Funds raised from the BBQ party will support travel and other expenses for the Senior Highs Haiti mission trip taking place July 11-19.



     Wednesday, July 9, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


     Michigan Avenue courtyard


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sixThirtiesForties Music in the Park
Grant Park Orchestra Performance of The Planets

Individuals in their thirties and forties are invited to enjoy an evening of "Music under the Stars," a time of fellowship and classical music, on Saturday, July 12 at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The ThirtiesForties fellowship group will gather at 7:00 p.m. on the Great Lawn and will then enjoy a performance of Gustav Holst's orchestral suite The Planets by the Grant Park Orchestra at 8:00 p.m.


All are invited to bring food and beverage to share. To RSVP, contact Anne Ellis by 12:00 noon on Friday, July 11.



     Saturday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. (concert at 8:00 p.m.)


     Great Lawn at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park


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sevenA Special Iftar Dinner at Fourth Church
In Partnership with the Niagara Foundation

Our Interfaith Relations Committee is delighted to be partnering with the Niagara Foundation to cohost next month a special Iftar dinner during Ramadan.


This evening of dialog and friendship will begin with a presentation by Zeki Saritoprak on the role of Jesus in Islam. This presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Saritoprak's talk will be preceded by opening remarks by Martin Marty.


Afterwards, an Iftar dinner will be held in Anderson Hall. As space is limited, tickets are required for this time of shared meal and fellowship, and they can be purchased at www.bit.ly/NFFPCIftar


We hope you will join us in this special event that is part of the "Sharing the Faith" program. As it provides a window into the diverse worlds of the three Abrahamic traditions during religiously significant seasons, "Sharing the Faith" seeks to raise literacy of each of those faiths, create safe spaces and experiences for reflection, and respectfully showcase each tradition in its uniqueness.


Come share this interfaith meal with us!



     Saturday, July 19

         6:30 p.m. Presentation

         8:15 p.m. Dinner


     Buchanan Chapel for the presentation

     Anderson Hall for the dinner


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Worship This Week
Sunday, June 29, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Edwin Estevez, Pastoral Resident, preaching
   "God's Family"
Scripture text:
    Matthew 10:37-42

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 13
    Romans 6:1b-11

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "When We Lament"
Scripture text:
    Psalm 13
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/2014/062914no.pdf


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


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We give thanks to God for the gift of new life together.
Mary Rachel Cutter and Michael Anthony Manske, June 21, 2014


Priscilla Hill Seeds and Nicholas Taylor Angelich, June 21, 2014


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


Monday, June 30, 2014
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Cathedral Festival Chorus and Orchestra
Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest
   conducted by Hugh Floyd
Tickets available at mcp.us   


Music by the Fountain

Free Friday Noonday concerts move outdoors in the courtyard off Michigan Avenue, by the fountain, in July and August.  


Friday, July 4, 2014
Fourth of July 

No Noonday concert

Friday, July 11, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard
Allegrezza Singers  


Friday, July 18, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard
Laura Freeman, vocalist

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

Aspiring gardeners to help at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.) on Saturday afternoons, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.


Beverage pourers for Sunday Night Supper from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Members to serve as ushers during 11:00 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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