Classes on Leviticus and on Islam
A Lenten Contemplative Retreat
Doug Pagitt on "Flipped"
There's Still Time to Get Drawing Tickets!
The Presbytery's L.E.A.D. Conference
Welcome, New Members!
oneClasses on Leviticus and on Islam 
New Adult Education Opportunities

Two new adult education opportunities begin this Sunday: "The Laws of Leviticus" and "The Rise of Modern Islamic Movements," both offered through the Academy for Faith and Life.


"The Laws of Leviticus," led by Jeffrey Stackert at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5E, will explore the sometimes difficult and under-appreciated text of the book of Leviticus, including the Israelite sanctuary, priests, sacrifice, and murky ethics and underpinnings. This four-week class will encourage a better understanding of the text, making it not only comprehensible but relevant to contemporary life.


"The Rise of Modern Islamic Movements" will take a look at the historical and religious context for the growth of such Islamic movements as the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, and ISIS. Led by Azam Nizamuddin at 11:00 a.m. in Room 5F, this two-week class will shed light on various Muslim reformers amid politico-religious movements.


twoMidweek Lenten Services
Join Us for Worship on Wednesdays

As we continue our Lenten journey together, all are invited to join us for worship at Lenten Midweek services. Held on Wednesdays, February 25-March 25 at 6:30 p.m., these worship services offer opportunity for reflection and prayer during this Lenten season.


We also invite you to use our daily Lenten devotions in this season of reflecting upon and deepening our relationship with God. To receive the Lenten devotions by email (if you are not already receiving our devotions), send addresses to


threeA Lenten Contemplative Retreat
"Deep Calls to Deep"

Refresh and renew your spiritual connection with God using spiritual practices of the church at the "Deep Calls to Deep" Lenten contemplative retreat led by Vicky Curtiss on Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28 at the Well in La Grange Park.


Join in worship, guided meditation, journaling, praying with images and psalms, or simply enjoying nature and solitude.


Registration forms--available online or by contacting Nancy Davis--are due by Sunday, March 22.



   Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28


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


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Book Signing and Reading

Get a "flipped" perspective on faith at a book tour event hosted at Fourth Church next Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel. Author Doug Pagitt will read from his recently released book Flipped, which explores what it means to "live, move, and have our being in God" and how we can be encouraged to "flip from an 'if/then' faith to the 'in God' way of life."


Flipped offers ways to stop being guided by fear and instead focus on "a world where the love and life of God are what make us safe."

The evening will include readings, discussion, and live music from Heatherlyn.



     Thursday, February 26

     7:30-9:00 p.m.


     Buchanan Chapel


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fiveThere's Still Time to Get Drawing Tickets!  
Gala of Hope Spring Splendor Drawing

Have you entered the Spring Splendor Drawing? If not, don't miss out on an opportunity to win an extraordinary night out complete with a musical treat on April 18!


This year's Gala of Hope drawing package begins with the winner being whisked away from their Park Hyatt suite in a chauffeured Bentley for a feast at Chef Jean Joho's Everest followed by an evening at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that includes a backstage tour and premier front-row balcony seating for the April 18 performance of works by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. Brunch at NoMi the next morning caps off this exceptional spring fling.

The drawing benefits Chicago Lights, the local mission arm of Fourth Church, and the church's Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being.

Drawing tickets are available online or by contacting Andrea Miller.

The drawing will be held on Friday evening, March 6. Winner need not be present to win the drawing; the drawing package date of April 18 cannot be changed.


sixThe Presbytery's L.E.A.D. Conference
"Ancient Gifts for Modern Times"

An enrichment opportunity for leaders in the church--including congregational officers and those who serve on committees--will be offered at the annual L.E.A.D. Conference, hosted this year at Fourth Church on Saturday, March 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. With the theme "Ancient Gifts for Modern Times: Catching Glimpses of the Divine," the conference will feature keynote speaker John Bell, a minister with the Church of Scotland, and workshops throughout the day.


L.E.A.D. is presented through a covenant with McCormick Theological Seminary, the Chicago Presbytery, and Fourth Church.


A registration form is available online.


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sevenWelcome, New Members!

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


Debra Campbell

Amanda Eden-Fox

Andrew Gordon

Stacy Gordon

Cathy Gray

William Gray

Laura Helmuth

Linda Jenkins

Laura Platt

Kimberly Smallwood

Diane Van Horne


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worshipWorship This Week
First Sunday in Lent
February 22, 2015

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "For the Long Run"
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 25:1-10
     Genesis 9:8-17

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
    "Extravagant Love"
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 25:1-10
     Mark 14:3-9

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
    "Like Jars of Alabaster"
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 25:1-10
     Mark 14:3-9
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.

William Jozef Dee,  

    son of David and Katrina Dee


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

John L. Beem, February 2, 2015


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


Friday, February 27, 2015

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


Friday, March 6, 2015
Sherry Kim, pianist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women

Friday, March 13, 2015
Christine Mild, vocalist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel


Friday, March 20, 2015
Orpheus Choir, Olivet Nazarene University
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Choir of King's College
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available through Symphony Center Presents

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Chicago Ensemble
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Chicago Ensemble 


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.

Fourth Church members
to serve as Nursery caregivers on Sundays at 9:30 or 11:00 a.m.


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.   


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