Celebrating 50 Years of Tutoring
World War I and Crisis of Faith
Biblical Storytelling
Purple Bows and Domestic Violence
Immigration and "Divided Families"
Working Well
Family Camp Weekend
Welcome, New Members!
oneCelebrating 50 Years of Tutoring 
Anniversary Reception Today

Tutoring is turning 50 this year! To kick off this special anniversary, we're celebrating with an open house today highlighting fifty years of mentorship and academic enrichment for children from some of Chicago's under-resourced neighborhoods.


Refreshments will be served, noted Chicago journalist and author Alex Kotlowitz will speak, and you'll have a wonderful opportunity to see how Tutoring has evolved over the years as well as hear stories of life-changing impact and amazing bonds--many still intact--that have formed through one-to-one tutoring and mentoring sessions.


Whether you're part of a current or past student-tutor pair, a family member, volunteer, community member, or friend and supporter of Chicago Lights Tutoring, you're invited today in the Gratz Center for an afternoon of memories, history, and celebration.



     Saturday, September 27, 2:00-5:00 p.m.


     Gratz Center


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twoIt's Volunteer Fair Time!
Learn How You Can Serve at Fourth Church

How might you match your gifts of time and talent with the needs of others? Stop by the annual Volunteer Fair this Sunday during Coffee and learn about the many opportunities to serve--opportunities that are available through Fourth Church and a wide variety of community organizations.


Representatives of various Fourth Church programs and an assortment of community organizations will be stationed in Anderson Hall and the Commons to share facts and answer questions about their volunteer openings.


Whether it's tutoring a child through the Chicago Lights Tutoring program; knitting and crocheting for those in need; serving as an usher or recording volunteer during worship; or helping others in any number of other ways, there are a great variety of possibilities for using your gifts.


Join us this Sunday and see how you can make a difference through service!



     Sunday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


     Anderson Hall and the Commons

threeWorld War I and Crisis of Faith
Academy Offering Beginning This Sunday

Beginning this Sunday, Claudia Boatright will lead a four-week exploration of the connection between World War 1 and the resulting global religious revolution.


Held at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5D, this Academy for Faith and Life Class, "World War I and the Twentieth-Century Crisis of Faith," will use Philip Jenkins's critically acclaimed book The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade to guide discussion on how World War I destroyed the global religious order and transformed the Christian faith. In addition to Jenkins's text, participants will also draw upon the BBC documentary The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century.


To register, visit www.fourthchurch.org/academy or contact Ryan Loeckel.



     Sundays, September 28-October 19, 9:30 a.m.


     Room 5D of the Gratz Center


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Creative Writing and Enrichment Opportunity

Also beginning this Sunday, Pastoral Resident Layton Williams invites you to join her on a journey through "Old Stories, New Dimensions: A Creative Writing and Biblical Storytelling Class."


Held at 11:00 a.m. in Room 5E for the next four Sundays, this Academy for Faith and Life class will focus on one or two biblical stories each week--stories both well-known and obscure. Along the way, participants will be invited to reflect on how their own experience informs their reading of the story and to lift up another voice in the story through prose, poetry, or narrative. All are invited to explore these stories from a different perspective and exercise your own creative impulses!


To register, visit www.fourthchurch.org/academy or contact Ryan Loeckel.



     Sundays, September 28-October 19, 11:00 a.m.


     Room 5E of the Gratz Center


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fivePurple Bows and Domestic Violence
Raise Awareness with Presbyterian Women

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and each year Presbyterian Women joins Between Friends to tie purple bows on the trees outside the cloisters along Michigan Avenue as a witness to the issue of domestic violence.


This coming Thursday, October 2 volunteers will tie these purple bows on the trees starting at 1:00 p.m. All are invited to join in this advocacy opportunity. For more information about how you can help, contact Anne Ellis.



     Thursday, October 2, 1:00 p.m.


     Michigan Avenue, outside of the cloisters


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sixImmigration and "Divided Families"
A Documentary Screening and Discussion

Opportunity to learn about immigration in the United States and how this affects the children of immigrant families will take place as part of a screening of Divided Families: Responding with Faith on Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bumpus Room. The documentary explores the impact of current U.S. immigration policies and the penalties and barriers an immigrant family faces as they attempt to gain resident status for their children after the father was brought to the country illegally.


A discussion will follow the screening. All are invited to attend this enrichment opportunity.



     Thursday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.


     Bumpus Room


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sevenWorking Well
"Manage Employment Issues" Series

Many of us struggle with employment challenges that lead to second-guessing and unnecessary stress. Get advice and learn how to navigate some of the more common workplace issues at "Managing Your Employment Issues for Well-Being and Success," a three-part series offered through the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being.


Beginning on Thursday, October 9 and led by workplace expert Elinor Hite, "Managing Your Employment Issues" will offer tips on interviewing, how to handle performance reviews, and how to frame your work history.


To register, call the Replogle Center at 312.787.8425 prior to the first session on October 9.



     Thursdays, October 9, 16, and 23, 6:30 p.m.


     Boyle Conference Room


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eightFamily Camp Weekend
Well Wishes for Families in Lake Geneva

Please keep families, youth, and youth leaders in thoughts and prayers as they participate this weekend in Fall Family Camp at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.


Families are taking part in educational activities, shared meals, and a Communion worship service as they enjoy this time of fellowship and fun with their church family.


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nineWelcome, New Members!

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


Bret Blanton

Victoria Budd

Laura Comiskey

Kelsey Hagberg

Wesley McGowan

Mary Morgan

Tom Payne

Doug Schmidt

Chase Van Bibber

Catherine Vander Ploeg

Frederick Weston

Susan Weston

Jacquenette Wright


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Worship This Week
Sunday, September 28, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
   "Water, Water Everywhere"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 25:1-9
    Philippians 2:1-13
    Exodus 17:1-7

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Commissioning of Ushers
Shannon J. Kersher, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
    Philippians 2:1-13
    Matthew 21:23-32

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 78:1-4, 12-26
    Matthew 21:23-32
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/2014/092814no.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 eternal life.

Robert "Bob" Jillson,

     September 20, 2014


A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 3 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. A reception will follow in Anderson Hall.

Concerts at Fourth Church

The Noonday concerts listed here are free.


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 


Friday, October 10, 2014
7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Camerata Chicago Orchestra
conducted by Drostan Hall
with Joshua Roman, cellist

   Dvoř�k Cello Concerto
   Beethoven Symphony no. 5
   Rossini Overture to Barber of Seville
Tickets available through Camerata Chicago
cameratachicago.org | 630.221.5555

Friday, October 17, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Thomas Gouwens, organist
(Associate Organist 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

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

Audio recording equipment operators for Sunday morning worship services 

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


Instructors for In2it Caf� enrichment courses for children prior to Chicago Lights Tutoring

Share your hobbies and activities! Classes include art, chess, acting, knitting, martial arts, yoga, scrapbooking, crafting, playing guitar, fitness, singing, improv, healthy cooking, science, drumming, cheerleading, dance, computers, creative writing, and more. The time commitment is from 5:25 to 5:55 p.m., one evening a week.      


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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