Taizé and Labyrinth Walk Tonight
Annual Meeting on February 8
An Invitation to Lunch
From Bible Stories to Spirituals
Visiting First Presbyterian in Havana, Cuba
Welcome, New Members!
oneTaizé and Labyrinth Walk Tonight 
A Time of Meditative Reflection

Join us tonight for an evening of prayer, singing, and silent reflection at our monthly service in the style of Taizé at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


The Taizé 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.


twoGala of Hope Tickets Selling Fast
Support Chicago Lights and the Replogle Center

Have you reserved your tickets to Gala of Hope, the fun-filled evening benefiting Chicago Lights, the local mission arm of Fourth Church, and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being? Tickets are selling fast and seating is limited, so if you haven't done so already, make your reservations now


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 gala-favorite Ken Arlen Orchestra; silent and live auctions; a Mystery Wine Sale; a Spring Splendor Drawing; and more.


     Friday, March 6

     5:30 p.m.

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


threeAnnual Meeting on February 8
Congregational Meeting to Elect New Officers

Mark your calendars: the Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, February 8 following the 11:00 a.m. service. As part of the meeting, the congregation will elect new officers.


All members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting. Child care will be provided.


We hope you'll join us for this important time in the life of Fourth Church!



     Sunday, February 8

     Following 11:00 a.m. worship




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Italian-Themed Congregational Luncheon

Following the February 8 Annual Meeting of the Congregation, all are invited to an intergenerational luncheon with an Italian-themed menu and homemade cupcakes. Tickets for this meal are available at the reception desk.


We hope you'll join us for this opportunity to enjoy fellowship and a delicious meal!



     Sunday, February 8

     Following the Annual Meeting of the Congregation


     Borwell Dining Room


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Adult Education Opportunities

Winter programming with the Academy for Faith and Life begins with two classes on Sunday, February 8. Additional opportunities for enrichment will take place throughout the coming months. For more information or to register, visit


Experiencing the Word of God through Bible Stories

Sundays, February 8-22 (3 weeks)
9:30 a.m. in Room 5D

Led by Tom Payne, Fourth Church member

The Bible is rich with stories--some familiar, some less so. How might we comprehend their message more fully and how might it apply to our lives and times? This is a class for anyone who wants to experience another dimension of God's Word by transporting themselves to the scene of the event by way of imagination and possibility.


The Impact of American Slavery on African American Spirituals:

From Sounds of Defiance to Sounds of Liberation

Sundays, February 8-March 1 (4 weeks)
2:45 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room

Led by A. Alyce Claerbaut,  

   President of Billy Stayhorn Songs, Inc.

The history of the development of spirituals is a journey of a people from the most brutal of human institutions to freedom and conversion to Christ. This course will explore that development of African American spirituals as a reflection of the struggle for freedom. Together we'll chart the course of spirituals from their beginnings as freedom songs to worship songs through the transforming power of the gospel.


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A Mission Trip with Our Sister Congregation

Celebrate the new diplomatic relationship between the United States and Cuba through a mission trip to Havana May 11-18!


Mission trip participants will have opportunity to further our fourteen-year relationship with sister congregation First Presbyterian Church of Havana as it continues to thrive amid scarcity. The group will participate in a worship service in a parishioner's backyard and become familiar with the historical, political, economic, and cultural context for Christian witness in Cuba.


Applications, which are due by Sunday, February 8, are available online


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sevenWelcome, New Members!

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


Timothy Allsteadt

Taylor Corbitt

Grace Fortune

Heather Gayle

Armentra Golas

Josh Hoering

Lisa Hunt

Alaina Peseski

Kira Schenk

Stephanie Schumann

Emilie Suckow

Kate Williams


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worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, January 25, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Call Waiting"
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 62:5-12
     Jonah 3:1-5, 10
     Mark 1:14-20

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 62:5-12
     Selections from Jonah 3

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 62:5-12
     Selections from Jonah 3
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.

Coralie Michal Ocken,  

    daughter of Chris Ocken and Jessica Royer Ocken   


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

Michelle Lynn Cassidy and Jason Michael Moss,

    January 17, 2015 


Katharine Catherine Nuehring and Devlin Su,

    January 17, 2015 


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

Elizabeth Hand, January 8, 2015

A memorial service was held earlier this week in Knoxville, Tennessee.


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

Friday, January 30, 2015
Piano and Poetry Meditations
John W. W. Sherer, pianist
   (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


Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Chicago Ensemble
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel  

Tickets available through Chicago Ensemble | 773.558.3448


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

Helpers to assist with the Identity Arts program and Melting Pot Cooking Club at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm 

Volunteers will help foster creativity and positivity through making art with middle school students or help teach students about the joys of healthy cooking and eating. More information about each opportunity is available online.


Books Nook attendants to staff the Book Nook at Coffee Hour on Sunday mornings on a rotating basis

Volunteers set up the book cart and table before Coffee Hour begins, help people select books, and process sales. Prospective volunteers need to be members of Fourth Church and can sign up for one of the following shifts: Sundays, 8:55-9:30 a.m., 10:25-11:00 a.m., or 11:55 a.m.-12:45 p.m. 


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.

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