Welcome, Layton!
A Saturday Ride with Cycling Club
Youth Reflections on Haiti
Ministering to Immigrant Children
oneWelcome, Layton!
Two-Year Residency Begins Today

Today Layton Williams joined the Fourth Church staff, as our new Pastoral Resident!  


Layton grew up in Atlanta and went to college at the University of Georgia, where she majored in English and minored in theater. After college she moved out to Austin, Texas, where she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and spent three years working with middle and high school students as a nonprofit educator. She then attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, from which she received her M.Div. this spring.


As she writes, "I have particular passions for theology, teaching, preaching, writing, storytelling, and justice work. I'm deeply invested in the question of how our worship and theology are intertwined with our call to justice and community--and where the church within the walls meets the church beyond the walls. I can't wait to meet all of you!"


In the weeks ahead, please greet Layton and give her a warm Fourth Church welcome!


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twoStill Time to Register for VBS!
VBS Starts August 11; Register by August 6

Vacation Bible School is right around the corner--and it's not too late to register your child!


Held from Monday, August 11 to Friday, August 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., VBS will take children on a journey with Moses and the Israelites into the wilderness.


The deadline to register for VBS is this coming Wednesday, August 6. Registration is available online. A downloadable paper form is available here.

threeA Saturday Ride with Cycling Club
Bike from Oak Street to Hyde Park

All cyclists are invited to join the Fourth Church Cycling Club for a summer bike ride this Saturday! Riders will meet at the Oak Street underpass at 8:30 a.m. and then ride down to the north Hyde Park and south Bronzeville/Kenwood neighborhoods, where they will be led on a neighborhood tour.


Riders will then stop for refreshments on 57th Street and return to Oak Street between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. 


Make sure to wear a helmet during the ride!



     Saturday, August 2, 8:30 a.m.


     Meet on the bike path at the Oak Street underpass


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Mission Trip Writing and Photos Online

Last month, senior high youth and their leaders traveled to Haiti for a weeklong summer work camp mission trip. Since their return on July 19, they've been sharing written reflections, photos, and videos online. Check out the posts to learn about the group's experiences in Les Cayes!


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fiveMinistering to Immigrant Children
A Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Offering

Thousands of immigrant children are flooding to our country to escape dire conditions in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. On Sunday, August 10, Fourth Church will receive a special offering to support the efforts of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) to minister to them. PDA is supporting Presbyterian churches and PC(USA) mid-councils as they provide a compassionate response to the children's needs. 


You can also contribute to this offering online or by mailing a check directly to the Presbyterian Church (USA), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 (designated to DR000095-Refugee Emergencies).


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Worship This Week
Sunday, August 3, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Wrestling a Blessing"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 17:1-6, 15
    Romans 9:1-5
    Genesis 32:22-31

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 17:1-7, 12
    Matthew 14:13-21

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
John W. Vest, Pastoral Resident, preaching
   "You Are"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 23
    Matthew 14:13-21
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/2014/080314no.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. 
Franklin Aristotle Kanakis,
   son of Damon and Joanna Kanakis

We give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life. 

Joe Aguanno,

   July 27, 2014


Peter Tribby,  

   July 27, 2014


Janel Landon, 

   July 28, 2014


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

Michele Rae Grimason and Jonathan Michael Mills,  

   July 26, 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, 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

(featuring Edwin Estevez!)


Friday, August 22, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard
Elaine Dame, vocalist


Friday, August 29, 2014

12:10 p.m. in the courtyard

Arlene Bardelle, 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

Dessert bakers for Monday Night Supper, on rotation  


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

Grocery shoppers for Sunday and Monday Night Suppers


Members to serve as liturgists during morning worship services


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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