Conversations with Shannon
An Invitation to an Open House
Employment Opportunities!
A Potluck for Couples over Fifty
An Evening of Bridge
Welcome, New Members!
oneConversations with Shannon
Informal Chats with the New Pastor
Get to know new Fourth Church Pastor Shannon Kershner during a special time of informal conversation!


There will be opportunity to chat with Shannon on Sundays, September 7 and 14, October 5 and 19, and November 2 and 9 at 12:30 p.m. at the church.


Because the number of attendees at each of the conversations is limited to ensure all present have opportunity for conversation, advance reservations are required. RSVP with Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).


We hope you'll join us as we continue to welcome Shannon to the Fourth Church community!


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twoHonoring Special People and Occasions
Coffee Hour Sponsorship Opportunities

As summer comes to a close, Coffee Hour each Sunday will highlight the many exciting opportunities this fall for children, youth, and adults at Fourth Church. It will also continue to offer a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow members and friends and to welcome visitors.


You can help make these weekly fellowship gatherings possible by sponsoring Coffee Hour in honor or memory of a loved one or in recognition of a special occasion.


For more information about how you can help Fourth Church embody our spirit of hospitality through Coffee Hour sponsorship opportunities, contact Anne Ellis.

threeAn Invitation to an Open House
Enrichment at the Center for Life and Learning

Adults sixty and more are invited to learn about the enrichment opportunities offered through the Center for Life and Learning. Come explore the program's annual Fall Open House this coming Thursday, September 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the fifth floor of the Gratz Center. This vibrant community offers monthly luncheons, weekly excursions, and a variety of classes--from the humanities to wellness and exercise.


Open house guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments, time to reconnect with friends and meet new people, and occasion to discover the exciting things the CLL has planned for this autumn!



     Thursday, September 4, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


     Fifth floor of the Gratz Center 


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Work at Fourth Church

If you know someone looking for a great place to work, encourage them to keep an eye on the Employment page of our website!


Currently, there are three positions we are looking to fill:

  • Senior High Youth Coordinator
  • AV/IT Support Specialist
  • Foundation Relations Officer

Job descriptions for each position as well as information about how to apply can be found online.


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fiveA Potluck for Couples over Fifty
Cornerstones Kicks Off Fall Programming

All couples fifty and over are invited to a Cornerstones potluck and social next Friday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room. This Fourth Church fellowship group typically meets on the first Friday of the month for enriching programs and times of fellowship. Come learn about what Cornerstones has planned for the year!


Advanced registration is required. To register, contact Carol Allerton (312.640.5448) by Wednesday, September 3.



     Friday, September 5, 6:00 p.m.


     Borwell Dining Room


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sixAn Evening of Bridge
Fourth for Bridge to Meet Next Saturday

Calling all bridge players! Fourth for Bridge, the Fourth Church fellowship group that encourages spiritual connection and intergenerational fellowship through playing friendly games of bridge, is meeting next Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. at a member's home. The group typically meets on the first Saturday of the month.


To RSVP and for game location, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).



     Saturday, September 6, 7:30 p.m.


     At a member's home


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sevenWelcome, New Members!

Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month:


Vicki Escarra

Jean Joslyn

Sarah Kelley

John Minoff

Erin Randall

Marquis Roen

Lise Shipley

Elizabeth Teborek

Jeffry Weber


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Worship This Week
Sunday, August 31, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 105:1-11
    Romans 12:9-21
    Matthew 16:21-28

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 105:1-11
    Romans 12:9-21
    Matthew 16:21-28

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
   "Holy Barefoot Vulnerability"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 33
    Romans 12:9-21
    Exodus 3:1-15
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/2014/083114no.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.

Maren Greta Drake,  

   daughter of Steve and Nikki Drake


Catherine Helen O'Donnell,  

   daughter of Josh O'Donnell and Jayme McKellop


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Music by the Fountain
In September, Noonday concerts return indoors to either Buchanan Chapel or the Sanctuary.

Friday, September 5, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Georgia and Louise Mangos, piano duo
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women

Friday, September 12, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Marc Stingley, vocalist


Friday, September 12, 2014

7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Lyric Opera: "A Wondrous Sound"
Tickets available at www.lyricopera.org


Friday, September 19, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Yana Reznik, pianist

Friday, September 26, 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

Audio recording equipment operators for Sunday morning worship services

This volunteer opportunity is available immediately. Training will be provided.


New volunteers for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program are asked to attend an orientation sessions. Details are available here


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


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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