Family Ice Skating at the Zoo
Racial Reconciliation Trip
A Gala of Hope!
Taiz and a Labyrinth Walk
Special-Topic Classes with the CLL
Save the Date: Midwinter Conference
oneFamily Ice Skating at the Zoo 
A Winter Outing This Sunday

With a forecast of temperatures in the thirties, this Sunday should be the perfect day for ice skating! Families with children are invited to an outing to the ice rink at Lincoln Park Zoo following the 11:00 a.m. Sunday School hour. We'll meet at the ice rink (located near the farm at the south end of the zoo) around 12:30 p.m. and enjoy an afternoon of skating and fellowship.


Admission to the zoo is $5 per person; skate rental and hot cocoa costs will be covered.


We hope you'll join us for this fun Children and Family Ministry outing!



     Sunday, January 18

     12:30 p.m.


     Meet at the Lincoln Park Ice Rink

     (near the farm at the south end of the zoo)


twoHonoring the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK Jr. Weekend Opportunities

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this Monday, January 19--and there are several opportunities to remember the life and legacy of this influential civil rights leader. The Multicultural Committee at Fourth Church invites all to attend one--or more!--of the following:


"It's Still Time for a Freedom Party!"

Saturday, January 17

9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Grand Ballroom (6351 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)

Sponsored by Reclaim Chicago, this public meeting will focus on racial and economic equality. RSVP with Vicky Curtiss (312.981.3598).


Hosted Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, January 17

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Buchanan Chapel at Fourth Church

This hosted Peace Walk of the labyrinth in Buchanan Chapel will offer a meditative opportunity to remember Martin Luther King Jr. No RSVP is necessary for this free event.


"Faith in Action Assembly"

Monday, January 19

10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Liberty Baptist Church (4849 S. King Dr.)

Sponsored by Community Renewal Society, this public meeting with Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, city and state elected officials, and mayoral candidates will address employment, affordable housing, and violence reduction. RSVP with Vicky Curtiss (312.981.3598).


"The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights"

Tuesday, January 20

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Park Community Church (1001 N. Crosby St.)

This one-woman show follows a Chicago student's personal transformation through studying the Civil Rights Movement. Weaving together real interviews, poetry, hip hop, history, and multimedia projections, the performance features stories of both celebrated and unsung Chicago-based civil rights activists. No RSVP is necessary for this free event.


threeRacial Reconciliation Trip
A Domestic Mission Trip Opportunity

Share music while serving as a witness to racial reconciliation through a mission trip opportunity this coming May 2-9. Trip participants will form a multiracial choir of members from Fourth Church and Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ and will perform in Cincinnati, Atlanta, Memphis, and Ferguson. The tour will offer opportunity to promote dialogue toward racial reconciliation while building relationships with communities through the gift of music.


Participants are expected to attend four weekly gatherings in preparation for the trip. Information about applications, which are due by Sunday, February 15, is available online.


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Benefiting Chicago Lights and the Replogle Center

Plan to join us on Friday evening, March 6 for a fun-filled evening benefiting Chicago Lights, the local mission arm of Fourth Presbyterian Church, and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. This year's Gala of Hope--formerly known as Carnaval--will again be held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, located in the stunning and universally hailed Aqua Tower, designed by acclaimed architect Jeanne Gang.

Festivities will include dinner, dessert, and complimentary beverages; live music courtesy of the Carnaval-favorite Ken Arlen Orchestra; silent and live auctions; a Mystery Wine Sale; and more.

Reserve your tickets to Gala of Hope online here. Early-bird tickets are available only through Friday, February 6.  

     Friday, March 6

     5:30 p.m.

     Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N. Columbus Dr.)


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fiveTaiz and a Labyrinth Walk 
A Time of Meditative Reflection

A service in the style of Taiz�, which incorporates prayer, singing, and silent reflection, will take place next Friday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


The Taiz� service provides an opportunity to gather in a contemplative, prayerful setting at the end of a busy week. Candles; easy-to-learn songs from various countries, traditions, and languages; and a period of silence all contribute to a time to reflect and to open oneself to God.


The service will be preceded by opportunity to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.


sixSpecial-Topic Classes with the CLL
Enrichment for Adults Sixty and More

From discussion of foreign and domestic affairs to an exploration of different comedy genres, special-topic classes, offered through the Center for Life and Learning, bring in expert teachers to provide enriching opportunities for learning! Adults sixty and more are invited to register for the following winter classes:


"1914: Picturing the Great War"

Thursdays, through February 26 

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Register online here

The First World War ushered in profound changes in American society and culture. Studying diverse materials ranging from paintings and novels to periodicals and sheet music, this class analyzes how the Great War affected conceptions of battle, the human body, identity, nationalism, and collective memory.


"Great Decisions"

Open Registration Series

Alternate Tuesdays, February 3-June 9
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Register online here

Men's Group Series

Alternate Wednesdays, February 4-June 10
10:00-11:30 a.m. 

Register online here

Both groups will discuss foreign affairs and domestic issues as they relate to the United States, with study material supplied from the Foreign Policy Association.   


"What Is Comedy?"

Wednesdays, February 18-March 25

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Register online here

Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the many facets of comedy as well as the unifying characteristics of several of its types. This class will include an eclectic mix of video performances of six comedy genres and some of the most memorable comic geniuses who inhabit them!


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sevenSave the Date: Midwinter Conference
"Dying to Know: Life-Affirming Conversations"

Death and dying can often be difficult subjects to talk about. Join the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being as we take a positive approach to the discussion during the Midwinter Conference "Dying to Know: Life-Affirming Conversations about Living and Dying Well" on Saturday, February 28 at Fourth Church.


Through information, insight, and humor, this conference aims to create a safe--and even uplifting--space for inquiry into the many questions and emotions regarding death that often go unexamined and unexpressed in our culture.   


Save the date for February 28 and keep an eye out for registration information online in the coming weeks!


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worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, January 18, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "This Call's for You"
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
     1 Samuel 3:1-10
     John 1:43-49

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.  New Members (11:00)
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
     1 Samuel 3:1-10

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Can Anything Good Come out of . . .?"
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 139:1-18
     John 1:43-51
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 new life.

John Francis Tuscher,  

    son of Seth and Ryan Tuscher

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

June Dudeck, December 31, 2014


Spencer B. Smith, January 5, 2014


Robert L. Coyle, January 11, 2015
A memorial service was held today in Willowbrook.


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

Friday, January 23, 2015
Chicago Trio

Natalia Chernysh, violinist
Irene Schweizer, cellist
Diana Kofman, pianist

12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, January 30, 2015
Piano and Poetry Meditations
John W. W. Sherer, organist
   (Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
Jean Marie Koon, narrator

12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

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


Friday, February 6, 2015

Kithara Trio

Susan Saylor, flutist

Jill Kaeding, cellist

Faye Seeman, harpist

12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women


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


Volunteers to wash and dry clothes, on rotation, for a family with a chronically ill child, located in zip code 60618  


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