Carol with Us This Saturday
Gospelfest Celebration
Shannon Preaching at Sinai on Tuesday
Thanksgiving Day at Fourth Church
Filling Christmas Wishes
A Chorus of Holiday Concerts
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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Join us tomorrow as we usher in the holiday season with caroling on the church steps!


Starting at 5:00 p.m. 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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Holiday Gift-Giving Opportunity

As you begin to make your Christmas shopping list, let Fourth Church and Chicago Lights help you spread double the joy with your giving: Consider honoring or remembering those on your list with "Light Up a Life" gifts--which also help neighbors whose needs are great this holiday season.


Gifts provide important year-end support for the outreach programs of Fourth Church and Chicago Lights and are easy to make online.

Help "light up a life" this Christmas with gifts that make a difference in the lives of those we serve!

threeGospelfest Celebration
At St. Matthew United Methodist

In celebration of this season of gratitude, the annual Thanksgiving Gospelfest service will take place this Sunday, November 23 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Matthew United Methodist Church (1000 N. Orleans St, at Oak Street).


Sponsored by the Near North Ministry Alliance, of which Fourth Church is a participant, the service will include the Fourth Church Morning Choir singing "Keep Your Lamps!" arranged by Andre Thomas along with music by several choirs from our partner congregations in the Near North Ministry Alliance. A community meal will follow.


All are invited to this celebrated tradition!



   Sunday, November 23, 3:30 p.m.


     St. Matthew United Methodist Church

     (1000 N. Orleans St., at Oak Street)


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Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship

Opportunity to worship in an interfaith setting this Thanksgiving season--with Pastor Shannon Kershner preaching--will be held next Tuesday, November 25 as Fourth Church joins our community partners in faith in expressing our gratitude through word and song.


The annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship service at 7:30 p.m. at Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware Pl., at State) will bring together the faith communities of Chicago Sinai, Fourth Church, and Holy Name Cathedral for a time of joint worship and thanksgiving.



    Tuesday, November 25, 7:30 p.m.


     Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware Pl.)


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fiveThanksgiving Day at Fourth Church
Give Thanks through Worship and Dinner

Opportunities to give thanks through worship continue next week with a service at 11:00 a.m. followed by a traditional dinner on Thanksgiving Day!


This annual Thanksgiving worship service will be held in the Sanctuary, with Joyce Shin preaching.   

Following the service, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which offers opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new friends in the spirit of giving thanks, will be served at 12:15 p.m. in Anderson Hall. Tickets are required for this traditional dinner and are available online or by contacting Anne Ellis.


Parking for the Thanksgiving Day worship service and dinner is available at a discounted rate at the 900 parking garage. Please note, however, that the discount rate will not be the Sunday morning rate but will be the $16 holiday rate set by the garage. The $16 vouchers can be purchased with cash or check at the church reception desk on Thanksgiving morning. There will then be no additional fee when validating your ticket at the garage upon exit.


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sixFilling Christmas Wishes
Gift a Gift to Our Under-Resourced Children

Make Christmas a little brighter for some of Chicago's children from under-resourced neighborhoods: fulfill a Christmas wish! Beginning this Sunday, Chicago Lights Tutoring program students' wish lists will again be available during Coffee Hour following morning worship.


Through the "Christmas Wishes" gift-giving project organized by Presbyterian Women, gifts are being collected through Sunday, December 14 at the church reception desk or during Coffee Hour. A gift-wrapping party will take place that Sunday afternoon.

Volunteers are needed to help collect and sort gifts, do data entry, and prepare for gift distribution. For more information about how you can help, contact Anne Ellis.


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sevenA Chorus of Holiday Concerts
Special Seasonal Musical Opportunities

'Tis the season for holiday music: Mark your calendars for these upcoming musical opportunities at Fourth Church!


From the annual favorite Tower Brass Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m. to the Christmas Cantata sung by the Fourth Church Morning Choir on Sunday, December 21 during 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship, we hope you'll join us throughout the month as we celebrate the season through song!


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


St. Charles Singers "Candlelight Carols"

Friday, December 5


Holiday Pops!

Chicago Chamber Orchestra
with cabaret duo Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael

Sunday, December 7


"Holidays a cappella

Friday, December 12, 2014  

Festival of Advent Lessons and Music

Sunday, December 14: 6:30 p.m. worship service  

Lakeside Singers

Friday, December 19  

Christmas with Tower Brass

Saturday, December 20  

Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 21: 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services


A complete schedule of holiday concerts, which take place in Buchanan Chapel or the Sanctuary, along with times, locations, and ticket information is available online.


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worshipWorship This Week
Reign of Christ Sunday, November 23, 2014
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "God's Kind of Reign"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 95:1-7
    Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
    Matthew 25:31-46

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 100
    Ezekiel 34:11-16
    Matthew 25:31--26:4

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "It's Already Here"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 95:1-7a
    Matthew 25:31-46
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/2014/112314no.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.

Cathy VanderPloeg, November 13, 2014


Ralph B. Loucks Jr., November 15, 2014

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 29 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.


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

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


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


Friday, December 5, 2014

St. Charles Singers: "Candlelight Carols"
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Tickets available online


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Pops!
Chicago Chamber Orchestra
cabaret duo Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael
3:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available


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

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.

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.


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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