It's Fair Trade Bazaar Weekend!
Give Gifts That Make a Difference
Festival of Advent Lessons and Music
Our Tutoring Students' Christmas Wishes
Blue Hymnals Available at Book Nook
"Longest Night" Service
Newspapers for Urban Farm Compost
oneIt's Fair Trade Bazaar Weekend! 
Shop for a Difference and Support Artisans

Do you still have holiday shopping to do? Stop by the Fair Trade Gift Bazaar this Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall and Borwell Dining Room.


This annual bazaar features handcrafted merchandise, ranging from folk art to ceramics, textiles, baskets, jewelry, and more.


Groups in more than thirty countries benefit from the proceeds of this bazaar, making it possible for them to earn a fair wage for their labors and provide food, shelter, education, and health care for their families.


Come shop for a difference!   



     Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7

     9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


     Anderson Hall and Borwell Dining Room

twoA Contemplative Retreat for Advent
Reflect and Prepare for the Birth of Christ

It's not too late to register for the annual Advent Contemplative Retreat! Registration forms--available online here--are due this Sunday, December 7.


This annual retreat, led by Associate Pastor Vicky Curtiss on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14 at The Well in La Grange Park, offers a unique way to prepare, in the busy Advent season, for the birth of Christ.

Participants will engage 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.



     Saturday, December 13, 9:00 a.m.

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


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

threeGive Gifts That Make a Difference
"Light Up a Life" This Season

As you finish--or start--your holiday shopping, consider honoring or remembering those on your Christmas 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!


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Cookies-and-Cocoa Reception to Follow

Join us for one of our beloved traditions at Fourth Church, the Festival of Advent Lessons and Music, next Sunday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.


Pastors and members of Fourth Church will read the scripture lessons of Advent, and Fourth Church's Children's, Youth, Chancel, and Morning Choirs will perform anthems of the season. Together we'll sing Advent hymns and anticipate the birth of Jesus Christ. 


A reception hosted by Presbyterian Women and featuring homemade cookies and hot cocoa will follow the service.



     Sunday, December 14, 6:30 p.m.


     Reception to follow in Anderson Hall 


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fiveOur Tutoring Students' Christmas Wishes
Help Collect and Prepare Gifts

Fulfill a Christmas wish of a Chicago Lights Tutoring student--and make their Christmas a little brighter!


Through the "Christmas Wishes" gift-giving project organized by Presbyterian Women, gifts are again being collected for Tutoring program students from under-resourced neighborhoods. A few wish lists remain--contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) today for more information.


Gifts are being received through next 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 and prepare for gift distribution. For more information about how you can help, contact Anne Ellis (312.640.3369).


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sixBlue Hymnals Available at Book Nook

The blue hymnals, to which we bid farewell on November 23, are going to be given to communities in need of hymnals--but if you would like to have one or more of them, they will also be available on Sunday mornings from the Book Nook for a suggested donation of $10 each.


Stop by Coffee Hour this Sunday to learn more! 


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seven"Longest Night" Service
Worship Opportunity for Those Experiencing Grief

Feelings of grief, loss, loneliness, sadness, and anxiety can become more pronounced during the holidays. The "Longest Night" service--also known as the "Blue Christmas" service--on Thursday, December 18 provides a Christmas worship opportunity for those who may find it difficult to share in the traditional celebrations on December 24 and 25.


This service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


Those dealing with the emotional challenges of the season are also invited to contact the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being at Fourth Church at 312.787.8425.



     Thursday, December 18, 6:30 p.m.


     Buchanan Chapel


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eightNewspapers for Urban Farm Compost
Donations Being Collected Now

Recycle and support the Chicago Lights Urban Farm at the same time! Recycled newspaper is being collected for composting with worms.


The Urban Farm composts kitchen scraps and unused food with worms throughout the winter, and newspaper is needed as part of the composting process. The finished product is a nutrient-rich soil amendment.


Small quantities of newspaper can be dropped off at the reception desk. For large-quantity donations, contact Ben Jaffe to schedule a drop-off time at the Urban Farm.


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worshipWorship This Week
Second Sunday of Advent
December 7, 2014

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
    Isaiah 40:1-11
    Mark 1:1-8

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 
    Isaiah 40:1-11
    Mark 1:1-8

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Uncomfortable Good News"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 85
    Isaiah 40:1-11
    Mark 1:1-8
Worship bulletins
for this coming Sunday are available online Wednesday 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/2014/120714no.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.

Margaret (Greta) Telford, October 26, 2014

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary with a reception following in Anderson Hall.


James Durham, November 9, 2014

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 20 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary with a reception following in Anderson Hall.


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musicConcerts at Fourth Church

The Noonday concerts listed here are free.

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

and at the door (subject to availability) 


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
and at the door (subject to availability)

Friday, December 12, 2014
Embellish Handbell Ensemble
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, December 12, 2014
"Holidays a cappella
8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available online
and at the door (subject to availability)


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.

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.


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


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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