An All-Church Party This Sunday!
Sunday School and Youth Gatherings Kick Off
Ring with the Handbell Choir
Tutor . . . and Change a Child's Life
Marriage: The Master Class
Stuffed Animals for Hospitalized Children
Conversation about Books by Women
Fourth Dimension and the White Sox
oneAn All-Church Party This Sunday!

All are invited to join us this Sunday as we celebrate the beginning of fall programming with an all-church party!


The Fall Kickoff Party will be held following 11:00 a.m. worship and will feature BBQ by our Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry, John Vest, and live music. Children will enjoy bouncy castles and opportunity to dunk Minister for Children and Families Matt Helms--among other special guests!--in a full-sized dunk tank.


We hope you'll join us for this special event hosted by the Children and Family and Youth Ministry Committees. It promises to be a time of fun and fellowship for all!



     Sunday, September 7, 12:00 noon


     Borwell Dining Room, Anderson Hall, Michigan Avenue courtyard


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twoPersonalized Bookplates in Hymnals
Glory to God Sponsorship Opportunities

It's not too late to take advantage of a rare opportunity: Sponsor the new Glory to God hymnals in your own name, a family's name, or in the name of someone you want to memorialize or honor. Sponsorship forms are due by Sunday, September 14.


Personalized bookplates will be placed in each Glory to God hymnal prior to the first Sunday of Advent, when Fourth Church will begin using this new Presbyterian hymnal, which Session approved for purchase in December of last year.


Sponsorship forms, as well as additional information about the hymnals--which contain all of the hymns we sing from our current hymnal as well as wonderful new settings of the psalms, more Taizé music, and songs from around the world--can be found online, in the pew racks, and during Coffee Hour this Sunday morning.

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Programming Resumes This Sunday

Calling all children and youth! This is the weekend our regular Sunday School and youth programming resume--with lots of games and special activities included!


Sunday School classes for three-year-olds through fifth graders will be held at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center. Youth gatherings for grades six through twelve will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Bumpus Room.


Cherub, Children's, and Youth Choir rehearsals also kick off this Sunday, with Youth Choir (grades 6-12) at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5B; Cherub Choir (age 4-grade 1) at 10:30 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel, and Children's Choir (grades 2-5) at 11:00 a.m. in Room 5B.


New this fall, Tunes for Tots, which offers opportunity for parents of infants and toddlers to share in a time of singing and music, will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Nursery on the first floor of the Gratz Center.  


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Rehearsal on Sunday Morning

The Fourth Church Handbell Choir is looking for new members to ring during morning worship! All skill levels--whether you're new to handbell ringing or have been playing for years--are invited to join this five-octave choir, which participates in 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services on the fourth Sunday of each month between October and May.


The Handbell Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings, beginning this Sunday, September 7, at 8:00 a.m. in the Buchanan Chapel Choir Loft.


For more information, contact John Sherer.


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fiveTutor . . . and Change a Child's Life
Volunteer with the Tutoring Program

This fall the Chicago Lights Tutoring program is celebrating fifty years of making a difference in the lives of children from Chicago's under-resourced neighborhoods. Come be a part of this historic year: volunteers are needed to be tutors and mentors to the 400 first- through twelfth-grade students who participate in the program.


New volunteers are asked to attend one of the following orientation sessions at 6:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room: Thursday, September 11; Tuesday, September 16; Wednesday, September 17; or Monday, September 22. RSVP online here.


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sixMarriage: The Master Class
An Eight-Week Series for Couples

Support and strengthen your marriage during the eight-week series "Marriage: The Master Class." Offered through the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, this monthly program offers opportunity to explore the topics of prayer, intimacy, and conflict resolution--in addition to meeting and getting to know other couples.


Sessions are held on the second Monday of most months, beginning this coming Monday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Boyle Conference Room. Advance registration of $40 per couple per session is required. To register, call the Replogle Center at 312.787.8425.



     Second Mondays, beginning September 8, 7:00 p.m.


     Boyle Conference Room


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sevenStuffed Animals for Hospitalized Children
Benevolent Guild Resumes Meeting

All are invited to join the Benevolent Guild and participate in mission work that supports children in need. This fellowship group resumes meeting on Wednesdays, beginning this coming Wednesday, September 10, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5B to create handmade stuffed animals for children in hospitals and shelters.


No sewing experience is necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch and share in a time of fellowship following each work session.



     Wednesdays, beginning September 10, 9:30 a.m.


     Room 5B


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eightConversation about Books by Women
The Warmth of Other Suns to Be Discussed

Books by Women resumes meeting this coming Tuesday, September 9 when the discussion group will talk about Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration about the exodus of African American citizens from the southern United States to the northern and western states between 1915 and 1970.


Books by Women meets on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bumpus Room. A complete reading list for the 2014-2015 program year is online here. Newcomers are always welcome to join in whenever a particular book is of interest and to take part as schedules allow.



     Second Tuesdays, beginning September 9, 6:00 p.m.


     Bumpus Room


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nineFourth Dimension and the White Sox
Gathering and Presentation Next Friday

Fourth Dimension, the Fourth Church fellowship group hosted by individuals in their fifties and over, resumes its monthly gatherings by hosting a program on "The White Sox: From the Very Beginning," presented by Richard Lindberg, White Sox team historian since 1985.


There will also be a time of coffee and fellowship when the group gathers next Friday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 4G.


A $10 registration fee is required in advance. To register, contact Anne Ellis by Wednesday, September 10.



     Friday, September 12, 6:00 p.m.


     Room 4G


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Worship This Week
Sunday, September 7, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "God Sees in 3-D"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 149:1-5
    1 Samuel 16:1, 6-12
    Luke 1:26-38

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 149
    Exodus 12:1-14, 26-27

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "How You Eat It"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 119:105-112
    Exodus 12:1-14
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/2014/090714no.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.

Thomas Michael Joyce III,  

   son of Mike and Lindsay Joyce


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

Katherine Cashman Lees and Gavin William Sharp,

   August 30, 2014 


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

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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