"January Series" Begins January 7
Angels on Call
"Music and History of Bagpipes"
Monday Night Supper on "Chicago's Best"
Christmas Eve Service Video Stream
one"January Series" Begins January 7 
Live Video Feed at Fourth Church
Live video feed of the January Series at Calvin College kicks off this coming Wednesday with speaker Bobette Buster discussing "Storytelling and the Arc of Transformation." Opportunity to experience the "fifteen days of free liberal arts education" will be offered through free video feed at Fourth Church each weekday, January 7-27, at 11:30 a.m. in the Page Smith Room.


Other topics include "Chemicals to Consciousness: The Mystery of the Human Mind," "iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives," "CEO of the City," "Discovering God's Majesty in the Minuscule," and more.


A complete schedule of speakers, which includes Richard M. Daley, is available online here. A downloadable PDF schedule is available here.

We hope you'll join us for one--or more--of these enriching conversations! 

twoParking Rates to Increase

Parking rates at the 900 North Michigan garage (access from Rush or Walton Street) have increased as of January 1, 2015. The garage is now charging $10 for validated Sunday morning parking and weekday evening parking. Validation tickets for the 900 garage must be picked up during Coffee Hour or from the Chestnut Street reception desk.

threeAngels on Call 
Volunteer to Provide Home-Cooked Meals

Do you like to cook? Use these skills and give back to the community by joining Angels on Call, which provides home-cooked meals to Fourth Church families who have recently welcomed a baby or who are recovering from surgery.


A ministry organized by the Deacons at Fourth Church, Angels on Call offers the gift of a meal as an extension of God's grace and as a sign of love and connection during these times in life when it can be challenging to prepare meals.


To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, contact Judy Watt, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care (312.573.3360).


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Hosted by Cornerstones and Fourth Dimension

Learn about the history of bagpipes--plus enjoy a live bagpipe performance--next Friday, January 9 at 6:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall. Jointly hosted by Cornerstones and Fourth Dimension, "The Music and History of Bagpipes" will be led by George Sims, a bagpipe performer for three decades. He'll talk about the history of bagpipes from their early origins in the Middle East to their significance in the military and their incorporation into celebrations of life's joyous as well as somber events.


The evening will also include a shared meal.


All are invited. To register (required in advance), contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) by 5:00 p.m. this coming Wednesday, January 7.



     Friday, January 9, 6:00 p.m.


     Anderson Hall


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fiveMonday Night Supper on "Chicago's Best" 
Program Featured in "Giving Back" Episode

Monday Night Supper, one of the Meals Ministry programs of Fourth Church, was featured on the television program Chicago's Best in December. The segment highlights how Monday Night Supper, hosted at Catholic Charities, provides meals prepared by local restaurants, including Prosecco.


You can view the segment online here, along with the entire "Giving Back" episode--online here--which features restaurants and organizations that reach out, through food, to those in need.

sixChristmas Eve Service Video Stream
8:30 p.m. Worship Available Online

Were you unable to join us for worship on Christmas Eve? Or maybe you'd like to experience the service again! You can view this year's 8:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service online. Share the link with family and friends and enjoy this special worship service of lessons and carols.


Please note that in order to view the video stream of the service, you will need to have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer. You can download it for free here.


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worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, January 4, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching
    "Mirror Images"
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 98
     Isaiah 60:1-6
     Matthew 2:1-12 

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 72:1-14
     Isaiah 60:1-6
     Matthew 2:1-12

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 72:1-14
     Isaiah 60:1-6
     Matthew 2:1-12
Worship bulletins
for this coming Sunday are available online Friday 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 eternal life.

Kathryn Mullins, December 27, 2014

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, December 31.

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

Friday, January 2, 2015
Cate Hummel, flutist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women

Friday, January 9, 2015
Jonas Benson, violist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, January 16, 2015
Sarah van der Ploeg, soprano
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel


Friday, January 23, 2015
Chicago Trio
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, January 30, 2015
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Saturday, January 31, 2015
St. Olaf Choir
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available through St. Olaf College | 800.363.5487


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

Audio recording equipment operators for Sunday morning worship services  

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


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.

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