"A Taste of Stephen Ministry"
"Thanks and Giving" Family Night
Caroling before the Lighting Festival Parade
Thanksgiving Worship and Dinner
Communion for Those Who Are Homebound
Mosaic Artist Verdiano Marzi
Layton Williams to Be Ordained
one"A Taste of Stephen Ministry"  
Provide One-to-One Caring Relationships

Do you have gifts of mercy, encouragement, and listening? Join us this Sunday for "A Taste of Stephen Ministry" at 12:30 p.m. to learn how you can use these qualities to help others!


Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one caring relationships to those who need support during challenging times. Training of new Stephen Ministers begins in January.


We hope you'll stop by this Sunday to learn more about this important ministry at Fourth Church!



     Sunday, November 16, 12:30 p.m.


     Page Smith Room

twoDealing with Loss during the Holidays
A Special Grief Group and Worship Service

While the holidays are a time of joy and celebration for many, it can also be a time of sorrow for those experiencing loss. A special Grief Group for those dealing with loss during the holidays will be offered through the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being on Mondays, November 17-December 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Boyle Conference Room.


To register, please call the Replogle Center at 312.787.8425.


Another opportunity to acknowledge grief, loss, struggles, and darkness will be offered through the Longest Night Service on Thursday, December 18. Also known as the "Blue Christmas" service and hosted by our Stephen Ministers, this worship opportunity is for those who may find it difficult to share in the traditional joyous celebration of Christmas. This year's service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.

three"Thanks and Giving" Family Night
An Evening of Gift Giving
Families are invited to learn about the gift of giving at next Friday's "Thanks and Giving" Family Night, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room.


Families will have opportunity to make a variety of crafts that will directly benefit others, from decorating placemats for Sunday Night Supper to writing letters to the four children abroad who receive support from Sunday School offerings to making turkey-feathered gift bags to give to older adults in the community.


Families will also play harvest-themed games and enjoy a shared meal together. We hope to see you next Friday!



     Friday, November 21, 5:30 p.m.

     Borwell Dining Room


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Join Choirs on the Fourth Church Steps

Usher in the holiday season with caroling next Saturday, November 22 on the church steps!


Join us at 5:00 p.m. next Saturday when Fourth Church choirs will lead us in singing carols as a part of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. We will sing on the church steps on Michigan Avenue outside of the Sanctuary for about an hour while enjoying the parade and other holiday festivities.


All are invited and are encouraged to bring family and friends!



     Saturday, November 22, 5:00 p.m.


     Sanctuary steps on Michigan Avenue


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fiveThanksgiving Worship and Dinner
Opportunities to Give Thanks

We hope you'll join Fourth Church this month for three opportunities to give thanks through worship followed by a time of fellowship during a traditional Thanksgiving dinner! 


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.


Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 27

12:15 p.m. in Anderson Hall

Give thanks and enjoy a time of fellowship with friends old and new at the annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Tickets are required for this traditional dinner and are available online or by contacting Anne Ellis.


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sixCommunion for Those Who Are Homebound
A Ministry of the Deacons This December

Do you know homebound Fourth Church members who would like to receive Communion? This holiday season, as part of their ministry, Fourth Church Deacons will be taking Communion to homebound members in December.


Please call Carol Allerton at 312.640.5448 by Sunday, November 30 with names of those who may be interested. Those individuals will then be called to ask about setting up a time for the Deacons to visit.


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sevenMosaic Artist Verdiano Marzi
Chicago Mosaic School to Explore Ancient Art

Get a sneak peak of the mosaic art that will be on display at Fourth Church this coming spring during a presentation by the Chicago Mosaic School--the only classic mosaic school in the United States--this coming Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


Karen Ami and Matteo Randi will explore the ancient art of mosaic making and how it is changing to fit the modern world. They'll also introduce the art of European mosaic master Verdiano Marzi, whose artwork will be on exhibition in the Loggia next year.



     Tuesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.


     Buchanan Chapel


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eightLayton Williams to Be Ordained

Please keep in prayer our Pastoral Resident, Layton Williams, who will be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament this Saturday, November 15 in Austin, Texas. Layton will then return to Chicago to continue her ministry among us for the next year and a half as part of the two-year pastoral residency program.


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worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, November 16, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Risky Business"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 90:1-8 
    1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
    Matthew 25:14-30

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. New Members (11:00)
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 123
    Matthew 25:14-30

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture text:
    Psalm 130
    Matthew 25:14-30
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/2014/111614no.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.

Otis George Allerton, son of Jesse and Ellen Allerton,  

    October 27, 2014


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

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


Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
"A Chanticleer Christmas"

7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available through concert cosponsor  

   Symphony Center Presents 


Friday, December 5, 2014
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Kristina Nyberg, pianist
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women


Friday, December 5, 2014

7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary 

St. Charles Singers: "Candlelight Carols" 

Tickets available online


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

Church members to serve as Nursery caregivers during the 9:30 or 11:00 a.m. worship service

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.


Volunteers to help take down the Fair Trade Bazaar

Volunteers will help pack up unsold items in Anderson Hall and the Commons on Sunday, December 7 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. and then load items onto trucks.


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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