Last Day for Hymnal Sponsorships!
"Get Connected" This Sunday!
Tasty Treats to Support Chicago Lights
Have You Made Family Camp Reservations?
Save the Date for Blessing of the Animals
Needed: Tutors to Mentor Children and Youth
oneLast Day for Hymnal Sponsorships! 
Personalized Bookplates in Glory to God

Have you been meaning to turn in your information for personalized bookplates in the new hymnals but haven't yet?


This Sunday is the last day to sponsor hymnals--for $25 each--in your name, your family's name, or the names of those you want to memorialize or honor.


You can complete those sponsorships online now or fill out the forms during Coffee Hour this Sunday morning.


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twoConversation with Shannon
Get to Know the New Pastor

Opportunity to get to know new Fourth Church Pastor Shannon Kershner in an informal setting continues in the weeks ahead. Congregational Life is hosting several times to chat with Shannon after worship: on Sundays, 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).

three"Get Connected" This Sunday!
Learn about Fall Programming at Fourth Church

This Sunday learn how you can get connected and stay connected at Fourth Church! 


Coffee Hour will feature information about upcoming and ongoing educational, fellowship, and community outreach opportunities, including details about fellowship groups and other ways you can get involved with the church community. Fourth Church representatives will be available to talk about volunteer needs, mission activities, Academy for Faith and Life classes, and more!


"Get Connected" Coffee Hour will take place in Anderson Hall and the Commons following 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. worship services.


We hope to see you there as we welcome all to Fourth Church this autumn and celebrate ways to deepen connections!


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An Associates Board Bake Sale

Treat yourself to a sweet--and support Chicago Lights--at a bake sale, hosted by the Chicago Lights Associates Board, this Sunday, September 14 in the Commons during "Get Connected" Coffee Hour.


Breads, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and more will be available. All proceeds will support the six programs of Chicago Lights, the community outreach arm of Fourth Church.



     Sunday, September 14, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


     Commons of the Gratz Center


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fiveHave You Made Family Camp Reservations?
Families are invited to take part in our annual Fall Family Camp later this month--this year at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

From Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28, families will enjoy a weekend sharing faith, fellowship, and fun! Activities for children and adults are planned, including a worship service, a campfire with singing and s'mores, and free time to explore the camp grounds.


Registration forms, which are due by Tuesday, September 23, are available online or as a PDF download.



     Friday-Sunday, September 26-28


     Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin


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sixSave the Date for Blessing of the Animals
A Special Worship Opportunity with Your Pets

Mark your calendar now--and plan to bring your pets!--for an interfaith Blessing of the Animals service, which will be held outdoors in our Michigan Avenue courtyard (weather permitting) on Saturday, October 11 at 1:00 p.m.


All pets on leashes or in carriers are welcome. Those choosing not to bring a pet are welcome to bring photographs of them to be blessed.


Come help us celebrate the blessing of God's creatures, great and small!



     Saturday, October 11, 1:00 p.m.


     Michigan Avenue courtyard


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sevenNeeded: Tutors to Mentor Children and Youth
Volunteer with the Chicago Lights Tutoring Program

Make a difference in the lives of children from Chicago's underresourced neighborhoods--join Chicago Lights Tutoring during their fiftieth anniversary 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: Tuesday, September 16; Wednesday, September 17; or Monday, September 22. RSVP online here.


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Worship This Week
Sunday, September 14, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching
   "Facing Nineveh"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 103:8-13
    Romans 14:1-11
    Jonah 4:1-11

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Baptisms (11:00)
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 23
    Exodus 14:10-22

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
   "All in the Family"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 67
    Romans 14:1-12
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/2014/091414no.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.

Reese Elizabeth Rocchini,  

   daughter of Michael and Susan Rocchini


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

Megan Ashley Rees and Jordan Taylor Zmick,  

   September 6, 2014


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Concerts at Fourth Church

The Noonday concerts listed here are free.

Friday, September 12, 2014

7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

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


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)


Friday, October 3, 2014

12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Sara Su Jones, violinist
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women


Friday, October 10, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Euclid Quartet 


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 Fourth Church family with a chronically ill child, located in zip code 60618

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


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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