Christmas Cantata This Sunday
Christmas Eve
Streaming of Christmas Eve Service
Christmas Day
An Invitation to Christmas Dinner
Parking on Christmas Eve and Day
New Year's Eve Taizé Service
Learn More about Gala of Hope
Welcome, New Members!
oneChristmas Cantata This Sunday 
Britten's A Ceremony of Carols

This Sunday the Morning Choir will be joined by harpist Kara Bershad for a performance of Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols during both the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services.


A Ceremony of Carols was written by Benjamin Britten in March 1942, while he was at sea, and was originally composed for treble choir and harp. Due to the popularity of the piece, the publishing house Boosey and Hawkes commissioned Julius Harrison to arrange the mixed-chorus version that will be presented Sunday.


We hope you'll join us for this seasonal cantata tradition at Fourth Church!



     Sunday, December 21

     During 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship



twoThere's Still Time to Light Up a Life!
Honor or Remember Loved Ones

Christmas is less than a week away, but there's still time to honor or remember loved ones 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!

threeChristmas Eve
Four Worship Opportunities

Join us this coming Wednesday when, anticipating the birth of Christ, we joyfully gather for four Christmas Eve candlelight services.


     4:00 p.m. Children's Pageant in the Sanctuary

     6:00 p.m. Family Service in the Sanctuary

     8:30 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols in the Sanctuary

     11:00 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols in the Sanctuary


John Vest will preach at the 6:00 p.m. service, and Shannon Kershner will preach during 8:30 and 11:00 p.m. worship.


Christmas Eve child care for infants and toddlers will be provided in the Nursery, which is located on the first floor of the Gratz Center, from 3:30 to 7:15 p.m. (Child care is not available during the 8:30 or 11:00 p.m. services). Please note that there is no reserved seating at any of the Christmas Eve services, including the Children's Pageant.


Reduced-rate parking (with validation) will be available at the 900 North Michigan garage but not the Hancock garage. See below for details.


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Those of you who will be unable to join us on Christmas Eve don't have to miss worship! We'll be offering a live stream of the 8:30 p.m. service, viewable online here and from the Fourth Church home page.


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fiveChristmas Day
Worship at 11:00 a.m.
Celebrate the birth of Jesus on Thursday, December 25 when we'll worship at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Minister for Children and Families Matt Helms will lead this service of Christmas readings and hymns.


Reduced rate parking (with validation) will be available at the 900 North Michigan garage but not the Hancock garage. See below for details.



     Thursday, December 25, 11:00 a.m.




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sixAn Invitation to Christmas Dinner
Tickets Available at Reception

Our Christmas Day celebration will continue with a traditional Christmas dinner at 12:15 p.m. in Anderson Hall. Tickets (required) for the dinner are available at the church reception desk.


Seating is limited, so, if you haven't already, be sure to get your tickets now!



     Thursday, December 25, 12:15 p.m.


     Anderson Hall


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sevenParking on Christmas Eve and Day

For those entering the 900 garage before 5:00 p.m. on December 24, discounted parking will cost $16, which is the holiday rate.


A $16 orange parking voucher for that discount will need to be purchased at Fourth Church on Christmas Eve--cash or check only--and will be available before and after the Children's Pageant that day. Those entering the garage after 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve will be able to park for the current $8 evening rate with a green voucher available at the church.


Parking on Christmas Day in the 900 garage will cost $16. The voucher for discounted parking on Christmas Day must be purchased, with cash or check, at the church on Christmas morning.


There will be no discounted parking at the Hancock garage on either day.


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eightNew Year's Eve Taizé Service
Reflect on the Year to Come

Opportunity to reflect on the year past and look ahead to the year to come will take place during the New Year's Eve Taizé service on Wednesday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


Held in a candlelit setting, this service offers time of contemplative prayer, meditative singing, and silent reflection at the close of the year.


Opportunity to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. will precede the service. This meditative walk takes approximately twenty minutes.  


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nineLearn More about Gala of Hope
Mission Benefit on March 6, 2015

Save the date: Gala of Hope--the mission benefit formerly known as "Carnaval"--will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2015, at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N. Columbus Dr.).

This Sunday morning, Gala of Hope committee members will be at Coffee Hour and circulating in the Commons to share information about this festive event and to answer questions.


We hope you'll join us for this fun-filled evening benefiting the six outreach programs of Chicago Lights and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being!


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tenWelcome, New Members!

Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month:


Dave Caldwell

Debby Caldwell

Pamela Gampetro-Coll

Connie Isenbarger

Nicholas Love

Melissa Mickey

Alex Origitano

Katherine Wise


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worshipWorship This Week
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 21, 2014

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
     Luke 1:26-38

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 126
     John 1:1-14

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, leading
Scripture texts:
     Romans 8:18-23
     Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24


4:00 p.m. Children's Pageant

Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching


6:00 p.m. Family Service

John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching   


8:30 and 11:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols

Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching 


Worship bulletins
for this coming Sunday are available online Wednesday afternoon at
"News and Opportunities"
is the weekly printed newsletter distributed with the Sunday bulletin and is available online Friday afternoon at


from previous weeks are posted online at 


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

Hugh William Chandler,  

    son of Dave and Merri Chandler


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

Quiwie Magnuson, November 19, 2014


Lillian Friedeman, December 14, 2014

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


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

Caitlin Renee Cabaj and John Peter Poulos,

    December 13, 2014 


Claire Nicole Threlkeld and Jonathan Michael Janulis,

    December 13, 2014


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

Friday, December 19, 2014
Lakeside Singers: "Holiday Road"
8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available at the door  

(subject to availability)

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Christmas with Tower Brass
5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
$20 suggested donation will be received at the door

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Christmas Cantata
During 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary
Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols
sung by the Morning Choir
with harpist Kara Bershad


Friday, December 26, 2014
Church office closed
No Noonday concert


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.


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