World Communion Sunday
Our Annual Peacemaking Offering
Explore Our New Hymnal
Tutoring Begins Its Fiftieth Year!
Last Call for Officer Recommendations
Hosting Chicago Sinai
A Closer Look at the Faces of Immigration
Bring Your Pets and Join Us
oneWorld Communion Sunday 
A Worldwide Gathering for the Lord's Supper

We join worshipers around the world this weekend for World Communion Sunday as we gather for the Lord's Supper, enacting the words of the hymn "Come, Risen Lord": "One church united in communion blest; one name we bear, one bread of life we break."


The Communion Table cloth we will use and the stoles that will be worn by the pastors are from a Fourth Church mission trip to Guatemala and remind us of this unity in the global family.


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twoAnd World Mission Sunday!
Learn about Upcoming Mission Opportunities

Tanzania. Havana, Cuba. Les Cayes, Haiti. Villages in Guatemala. The United States Midwest.


All are locations for 2015 mission experiences.


Come learn about these life-enriching opportunities this Sunday during World Mission Sunday. Members of the Mission Committee will be on hand during Coffee Hour to answer questions about these trips. They will also have information available about the mission partners Fourth Church supports.


Applications for the Cuba and Haiti trips are due December 15, 2014, and applications for the Tanzania trip are due January 22, 2015. Application forms are available online.

threeOur Annual Peacemaking Offering
Support the Cameroon America AIDS Alliance

This Sunday Fourth Church will receive a Peacemaking offering, which is historically received on World Communion Sunday. The Peacemaking Offering will support the Cameroon America AIDS Alliance (CAAA), which works with local partners in Cameroon, Africa, to help stem the spread of HIV/AIDS and alleviate the physical and psychological devastation of the disease.


Founded by members of Fourth Church, CAAA is helping individuals and organizations better understand and respond to the AIDS epidemic through prevention education, testing, treatment, counseling, and promotion of healthy lifestyles. It is also committed to operating a highly effective model that can be replicated in other African nations in the battle against this disease.


Gifts to the Peacemaking Offering can be made this Sunday using the envelopes available in the pew racks or by writing "Peacemaking" on the memo line of a check made payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church.


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An Introduction to Glory to God

Thanks to the generosity of many, each of our 1,300 copies of the new hymnal, Glory to God, has been fully sponsored. Now we look ahead to the First Sunday of Advent, when we will begin using them.


Between now and then, John Sherer will be introducing us to the hymnal--complete with plenty of opportunity to sing hymns from it.

The first of these two introductory sessions will be this Sunday, October 5 at 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Come learn about the hymnal and join in singing glory to God!


This session will be repeated on Sunday, November 2, also at 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.


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fiveTutoring Begins Its Fiftieth Year! 
Chicago Lights Program Kicks Off Next Week

This Monday night 400 students will return to Fourth Church as the Chicago Lights Tutoring program begins its fiftieth year! Students in grades one through twelve from under-resourced neighborhoods will meet once a week with their tutors and focus on improving their academic performance, preparing for higher education and meaningful careers, and expanding leadership and social skills. More information about volunteering with the Tutoring program is available online.


This and the other programs of Chicago Lights and Fourth Church are supported by pledges and gifts to the Annual Appeal and are among the many ways this congregation lives out its call to love and serve.

So that together we can commit to continuing the vibrant mission and ministry of Fourth Church and Chicago Lights, please take a moment to prayerfully respond to the Annual Appeal 2015 materials, which have been mailed to member homes and are available in the pew racks. Pledges can also be made online.


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sixLast Call for Officer Recommendations
Submissions Due This Monday

This coming Monday is the last day to submit recommendations of Fourth Church members for officer positions with Fourth Church or Chicago Lights!


If you haven't done so already, please make your recommendations online today. You can also complete nominating forms, which are available in the pew racks in the Sanctuary and in the literature racks, and place them in the offering plate this Sunday during a worship service or drop them off at the church reception desk by this Monday, October 6.


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sevenHosting Chicago Sinai
High Holy Day Services at Fourth Church

We are honored to again this week host in the Sanctuary the High Holy Days services of our friends and neighbors, Chicago Sinai Congregation, who gather this Friday evening for their Kol Nidre service and tomorrow for their Yom Kippur and Yizkor services.


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eightA Closer Look at the Faces of Immigration
Documentary Screening and Discussion

Come learn about the impact of current United States immigration policies and how it affects immigrant families in the U.S. We'll be hosting a screening of parts of the documentary Divided Families: Responding with Faith on Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bumpus Room.


Produced by the Sunday Evening Club, the film explores the struggles of one young family from West Chicago as they attempt to gain resident status for their son. It also highlights the role faith organizations play in keeping families together.


A panel discussion will follow the screening.



     Thursday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.


     Bumpus Room


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nineBring Your Pets and Join Us
A Blessing of the Animals Service

Another expression of the wonderful interfaith relations we share with our neighbors of other faiths is coming up next Saturday, October 11: A Blessing of the Animals service, cosponsored by Fourth Church and Chicago Sinai Congregation, will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Fourth Church courtyard off of Michigan Avenue (weather permitting).


Bring your pets! 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. Associate Pastor Joyce Shin and Rabbi David Levinsky will bless God's creatures, great and small, during this annual service.


For those without pets, PAWS will be on hand to provide information about pet adoption options and to introduce some dogs available for adoption.


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Worship This Week
Sunday, October 5, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 19
    Philippians 3:4b-14

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 19
    Philippians 3:4b-14

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
    "What's in It for Us?"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 23
    Matthew 22:1-14
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/2014/100514no.pdf


from previous weeks are posted online at www.fourthchurch.org/sermons 


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Concerts at Fourth Church

The Noonday concerts listed here are free.

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

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

(Enter "FPCC" for a 20-percent discount)


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


Friday, October 24, 2014 

12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Hamline University A Cappella Choir 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Fourth Church Choral Society 

   and Chicago Chamber Orchestra
Featuring Schubert's
Mass in G Major

$20 donation collected at door 



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.


Instructors for In2it Café 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.      


Volunteers to wash and dry clothes for a Fourth Church family with a chronically ill child


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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