Commitment Sunday: Just One Week Away!
Supplies for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
Art from Esperanza
Schubert's "Mass in G"
A Requiem Service of Remembrance
Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Lock-In
oneCommitment Sunday: Just One Week Away! 
Annual Appeal 2015

Next Sunday, October 26 is Commitment Sunday, a day when we celebrate all that we are able to do together through our generous response to God's blessings in our lives.

As we look ahead to this year's celebration, we encourage everyone to complete a giving response card for the 2015 Annual Appeal for Fourth Church and Chicago Lights prior to worship that day.


If you have not yet had opportunity to complete a response card, please do so today: cards were sent to members' homes and are also available in the pew racks and online.

To those who have already given--thank you! We are deeply grateful for your generosity, which will allow the work and ministry of Fourth Church and Chicago Lights to continue in 2015.


Please join us in being "All In!" and support the 2015 Annual Appeal, as together we continue to be faithful followers of Christ and active citizens of the world in which we live.

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twoYouth Worship in the Chapel
Grades 6-12 in Buchanan Chapel This Sunday

This Sunday Fourth Church youth in grades six through twelve will gather for worship at 10:30 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel. John Vest will lead this special time as Elevation (grades 6-7), Fourth Church Rising (grade 8 confirmation), and Senior Highs (grades 9-12) come together to reflect and grow in their faith.



     Sunday, October 19, 10:30 a.m.


     Buchanan Chapel

threeSupplies for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
Donations Collected at Coffee Hour

As many as 400 unaccompanied immigrant children are in Chicago for a two- to three-week period at any one time as they await help in being united with a relative in the United States or in being taken under care by the federal foster care system. 


How can you help? While these unaccompanied children are in Chicago, they receive housing, meals, and education and engage in recreation and arts and crafts through Heartland Alliance. To assist in meeting the needs of these children, Fourth Church is collecting school and art supplies, books, clothing, and other supplies through Sunday, November 2. A list of needed items is available online here.


Donations can be dropped off at Coffee Hour following Sunday morning worship services or at the reception desk during the week.


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Exhibit on Display in the Loggia

If you haven't already seen the latest art exhibit on display in the Loggia, stop by this Sunday! "Art from Esperanza" features artwork created by participants in the programming at Esperanza Community Services, which supports children and adults with developmental challenges.


The collection represents self-expression and the shared humanity of each of those individuals who receive enrichment at Esperanza, which offers individualized therapeutic and educational programs to increase self-esteem and the ability to live independently.


A reception with the artists will be held on Sunday, November 2 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Loggia. We hope to see you then as we celebrate these gifted artists!


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fiveSchubert's "Mass in G" 
A Choral Society Concert
The Fourth Church Choral Society will join the Chicago Chamber Orchestra for a concert on Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The ensembles will perform Franz Schubert's Mass in G Major.

The orchestra will also perform Tchaikovsky's Serenade for String Orchestra, op. 48; J. W. Harvey's String Symphony; and Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546.


A $20 donation will be collected at the door.


The Choral Society, which is open to all interested singers in the Chicago community, rehearses on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Choral Society and future performance opportunities, contact John Sherer, Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church.



     Thursday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.




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sixA Requiem Service of Remembrance
All Saints' Sunday: November 2

Sunday, November 2 is All Saints' Sunday, a day when we remember the faithful who have gone before us and honor departed loved ones. As part of that observance, the names of all Fourth Church members who have entered the Church Triumphant in 2014 will be read during morning worship.


Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen will be sung by the Morning Choir during a special communion service of remembrance at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.



     Sunday, November 2, 6:30 p.m.




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sevenFourth- and Fifth-Grade Lock-In
An Evening of Food, Worship, and Fun

Calling all fourth and fifth graders! You're invited to our annual Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Lock-In next Friday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Fourth Church. The evening will include a shared dinner, time for worship and reflection at a Taizé service, games, a talent show, and a special flashlight tour of the Sanctuary.


A registration form is available online and in the Sunday School classrooms on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center. For more information, contact Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families.



     Friday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.


     Meet outside Borwell Dining Room


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worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, October 19, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "The Humanity of God"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 99
    Exodus 33:12-23
    Matthew 22:15-22

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. New Members (11:00)
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 96
    Exodus 35:1-29; 36:2-7

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Loyal Citizens"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 99
    Matthew 22:15-22
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/2014/101914no.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.

Dayna Kirk,  

    October 14, 2014

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

Laura Renee Otepka and Robert T. Howell III,  

    October 11, 2014


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musicConcerts at Fourth Church
The Noonday concerts listed here are free.

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


Friday, October 31, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)


Sunday, November 2, 2014
6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
All Saints' Requiem Service with Communion
Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen
sung by the Morning Choir


A complete concert schedule is available online.

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volunteerVolunteer 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

Tutors for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program
Tutors are needed one evening a week--Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday--from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. New volunteers are asked to attend an orientation session. A schedule is available here.

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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