Tutoring Featured on NBC Nightly News!
Sunday Road Closures South of the River
Last Day for GLOW Tickets Online
"Psychology and Faith"
An Invitation to Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving Worship Opportunities
A Contemplative Retreat for Advent
Chanticleer Returns to Fourth Church
Is the Fair Trade Bazaar on Your Calendar?
Contributions for Christmas Flowers and Wreaths
oneTutoring Featured on NBC Nightly News! 
"Making a Difference" Segment with Harry Smith

As you undoubtedly saw on Facebook and the Fourth Church website on Wednesday, the Chicago Lights Tutoring program was featured on NBC Nightly News that evening as the news program's "Making a Difference" segment.


As reported by correspondent Harry Smith, the story highlights the life-changing work of Tutoring, the Chicago Lights staff, and volunteers and shines a light on the commitment Fourth Church has made to Chicago's children for the past fifty years.


The segment is available online and is also posted on the Fourth Church website.

twoInterested in Traveling to Cuba in March?
Mission Trip Opportunity

Fourth Church will continue to foster its fourteen-year relationship with First Presbyterian Church of Havana during a mission trip on March 20-28, 2015. Participants will have opportunity to learn about the historical and cultural context for Christian witness in Cuba and share in the ministries of First Church of Havana.


This intergenerational mission trip is open to those twelve years and older. (Those under eighteen must be accompanied by an adult.)


Applications, available online here, are due by Monday, December 15.

threeSunday Road Closures South of the River
Hot Chocolate Race This Weekend

The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K takes place this Sunday morning, which will lead to some road closures in the Loop and on the near South Side. A map of the race route and listing of the road closures is posted online


Back to top
Associates Board Gala This Saturday

Do you have your ticket to GLOW, this Saturday's annual Chicago Lights Associates Board gala at the Museum of Contemporary Art? Today is the last day to purchase tickets online! Discounted "bring-a-buddy" tickets--along with regular tickets--are available until midnight. Tickets for $120 will be available at the door.


GLOW, a social and philanthropic event hosted by young professionals, will feature a look at the "David Bowie Is" exhibition, Chicago's DJ Sye Young, complimentary drinks, appetizers from Wolfgang Puck Catering, cupcakes from Sprinkles, and an afterparty at Cuvee.


All proceeds benefit the community outreach programs of Chicago Lights.



     Saturday, November 8, 8:00 p.m.


     Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave.)


Back to top 

five"Psychology and Faith" 
New Adult Education Class

Why and when does faith come more readily to some and not to others? How much of a role does our family of origin occupy? Join us this Sunday as we explore these questions and more during the class "A Look into Psychology and Faith" at 11:00 a.m. in Room 5G.


Led by Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being Director Tom Schemper and Human Resources Consultant and Executive Coach Elinor Hite, this three-week Academy for Faith and Life class will discuss what contributes to a vibrancy of faith and how we often can get in the way of our own spiritual growth.



     Sundays, November 9 - 23, 11:00 a.m.


     Room 5G in the Gratz Center


Back to top 

sixAn Invitation to Thanksgiving Dinner
A Time of Fellowship and Giving Thanks

Give thanks and enjoy a time of fellowship with friends old and new at the annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, November 27 at 12:15 p.m. in Anderson Hall. Tickets are required for this traditional dinner and are available online or by contacting Anne Ellis.

Tickets are limited, so don't wait too long to reserve your spot!



     Thursday, November 27, 12:15 p.m.


     Anderson Hall


Back to top
sevenThanksgiving Worship Opportunities

We hope you'll join Fourth Church this month for three opportunities to give thanks through worship! 


Thanksgiving Gospelfest

Sunday, November 23

3:30 p.m. at St. Matthew United Methodist Church

(1000 N. Orleans, at Oak Street)

Sponsored by the Near North Ministry Alliance, of which Fourth Church is a participant, the Thanksgiving Gospelfest will include music sung by the Fourth Church Morning Choir along with several choirs from our partner congregations in the Near North Ministry Alliance. A community meal will follow.


Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 25

7:30 p.m. at Chicago Sinai Congregation

(15 W. Delaware)

Fourth Church joins our partners in faith Chicago Sinai Congregation and Holy Name Cathedral for opportunity to worship in an interfaith setting and express our gratitude through word and song. Shannon Kershner will preach.


Thanksgiving Day Service

Thursday, November 27

11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

A special Thanksgiving Day worship service will be held at Fourth Church, with Joyce Shin preaching.


Back to top
eightA Contemplative Retreat for Advent
Reflect and Prepare for the Birth of Christ

A time of reflection at the annual Advent Contemplative Retreat offers a unique way to prepare, in the busy Advent season, for the birth of Christ.


This year's retreat will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14 at The Well in La Grange Park.

Led by Associate Pastor Vicky Curtiss, the retreat will engage participants in a variety of spiritual practices, including meditation and worship, to open their hearts and minds to reflect on the gift of God's love.


Registration forms are due by Sunday, December 7.



     Saturday, December 13, 9:00 a.m.

         through Saturday, December 14, 3:00 p.m.


     The Well (1515 W. Ogden Ave., La Grange Park)


Back to top
nineChanticleer Returns to Fourth Church
A Concert of Christmas Favorites

Ring in the Christmas season with the award-winning voices of Chanticleer! They will be in concert at Fourth Church on Tuesday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The a cappella ensemble will perform traditional Christmas favorites, from Baroque classics to twenty-first-century carols.


Tickets are available online through the concert's cosponsor, Symphony Center Presents.


For a complete list of Christmas concerts at Fourth Church this season, visit the Fourth Church website



     Tuesday and Wednesday, December 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m.




Back to top
tenIs the Fair Trade Bazaar on Your Calendar?
Handcrafted Gifts from Around the World

Save the date for the annual Fair Trade Gift Bazaar on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7!


From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on both days, Anderson Hall and Borwell Dining Room will be filled with handcrafted merchandise, including jewelry, folk art, toys, textiles, and more.


Groups in countries around the world benefit from the proceeds of this bazaar, making it possible for artisans to earn a fair wage for their labors and thus to provide food, shelter, health care, and education for their families.


We hope you'll mark your calendars and come shop for a difference!



     Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8

     9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


     Anderson Hall and Borwell Dining Room


Back to top
elevenContributions for Christmas Flowers and Wreaths
In Memory or Honor of Loved Ones

Help decorate the Sanctuary and Gratz Center with flowers and garland while at the same time memorializing or honoring loved ones this holiday season.


Names of those remembered through the Advent and Christmas flowers donation will be printed in the Christmas worship bulletin. Contributions can be made online or by completing the Christmas flowers form also available online or in the literature racks.


Forms must be received by Friday, December 12 for names to appear in the bulletin.


Back to top
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, November 9, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 78:1-7
    Matthew 25:1-13

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Baptisms
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Sustained by Religion"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 78:1-7
    Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Faithful Choosing"
Scripture text:
    Psalm 78:1-8
    Joshua 24:1-25
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/2014/110914no.pdf


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


Back to top
We give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life.

Robert D. Marshall, October 5, 2014


Karen Short, October 24, 2014

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 8 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.


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

Caroline Elizabeth Boneham and Brian Rogers Roche,  

    November 1, 2014


Kelly Marie Williamson and Braulio Benitez,  

    November 1, 2014


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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Chicago Ensemble
Tickets available through Chicago Ensemble
www.thechicagoensemble.org | 773.558.3448


Friday, November 14, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary 

Roosevelt University Choirs  


Friday, November 21, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)

Friday, November 28, 2014
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Mary-Christine Stingley, flutist


A complete concert schedule is available online.

Back to top
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

Audio recording equipment operators for Sunday morning worship services 

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


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

Copyright 2014 Fourth Presbyterian Church. All Rights Reserved.

To subscribe to this weekly newsletter, email news@fourthchurch.org
To receive Fourth Church newsletters on specific topics,
click on "Update Profile" below.

Fourth Presbyterian Church

126 E. Chestnut
Chicago, IL 60611.2014