Come Hear about Haiti!
Reflecting on Hymns
South Balcony Accessibility
Celebrating Edwin on July 27
A Request for Officer Recommendations
Save the Date for Carnaval!
oneCome Hear about Haiti!
Reflections from Youth This Sunday

Join senior high youth and their leaders this Sunday as they share experiences about their weeklong summer work camp trip to Haiti. The group will lead a time of worship and reflection at 11:00 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


All are invited to come hear the trip participants--who return from Haiti tomorrow--share what God has done in and through them this past week.


More information about the group's time in Les Cayes is posted on their trip journal online.



     Sunday, July 20 at 11:00 a.m.


     Buchanan Chapel 


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twoNeeded: School Supplies and Backpacks
Annual School Supply Drive Underway

We're still collecting school supplies and backpacks for the annual School Supply Drive!


Filled backpacks and school supplies for children and youth connected with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Summer Day, and Tutoring programs are being collected at morning Coffee Hour on Sundays and at the reception desk during the week. You can also sign up there to fill a backpack for a child, donate school supplies, or help receive, sort, and distribute school supplies and backpacks.


Stop by Coffee Hour this Sunday or visit the School Supply Drive web page for more information about how you can help!

threeReflecting on Hymns
Daily Devotions on Familiar and New Hymns

The current theme of Fourth Church daily devotions is "Reflecting on Hymns of Our Faith," inviting us to reflect on the rich and beautiful expressions of faith that are found in hymns--both hymns treasured and familiar and hymns new to some or all of us. 


Each of the hymns can be found in Glory to God, the new Presbyterian Church (USA) hymnal, which Fourth Church will begin using this year on the first Sunday of Advent.


Devotions are available in the literature racks, by email from devotions@fourthchurch.org, and online.


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During Pipe Organ Removal

This past week the removal of the Aeolian Skinner pipe organ and pipes from the Sanctuary began as part of the organ rebuilding project. During this current removal phase, the South Balcony in the Sanctuary is being used as a workspace and will be closed this Sunday, July 20 during worship services.


Over the next weeks, the organ will begin its journey to Missouri, to undergo repair and rebuilding at Quimby Pipe Organ.


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fiveCelebrating Edwin on July 27

Pastoral Resident Edwin Estevez will complete his two years with Fourth Church next Sunday, July 27, when he will preach at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. worship. Receptions in his honor will be held following morning worship services during Coffee Hour.


Please join us that day as we take time to thank Edwin for his ministry among us and wish him Godspeed!


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sixA Request for Officer Recommendations
Nominating Forms Now Available

Do you know someone with gifts for leadership and ministry? Consider recommending them for an officer position with Fourth Church or Chicago Lights.


Nominating forms for the offices of Elder, Deacon, Trustee, and Chicago Lights Board are available in the pew racks in the Sanctuary, in the literature racks, and online. You can place completed forms in the offering plate during a worship service, drop them off at the church reception desk, or mail them to the church. Recommendations will be received through Monday, September 22.    


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sevenSave the Date for Carnaval!

Mark your calendar: Carnaval 2015 will be held on Friday, March 6 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N. Columbus Dr.). Plan to join us for a fun-filled evening of dinner, live music, and more--all benefiting Chicago Lights, the local mission arm of Fourth Church.


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Worship This Week
Sunday, July 20, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Stairway to Heaven"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 139:1-18
    Genesis 28:10-19

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. New Members (11:00)
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
    Romans 8:12-25

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Adventures in Liminality"
Scripture text:
    Genesis 28:10-19
    John 1:35-51
Worship bulletins
for this coming Sunday are 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/2014/072014no.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. 

Mackenzie Caroline DeVar,  

   daughter of William and Carolyn DeVar


Carter-Treme Charles Colbert,  

   son of Joffre and Mary Colbert


We give thanks to God for the gift of new life together.

Bailey Anna Hillger and Michael John Morris,  

   July 12, 2014


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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 25, 2014

12:10 p.m. in the courtyard 

Libby York, vocalist

Friday, August 1, 2014

12:10 p.m. in the courtyard
Paul Marinaro, vocalist

Friday, August 8, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard
Menzie and Michael, cabaret duo

Friday, August 15, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard
Milan and the Sour Goat 

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

Volunteers to wash and dry clothes, on rotation, for a family with a chronically ill child, located in zip code 60618


Dessert bakers for Monday Night Supper, on rotation


Individuals to organize and pack supplies on Sunday afternoon for Monday Night Supper, on rotation

Organizing and packing takes approximately thirty minutes.


Bag lunch assemblers and distributors on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. or 11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., on rotation


Members to serve on the Chancel Guild to prepare the Communion elements on occasional Saturdays from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.


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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