"We Were There"
NEXT Church at Fourth Church
The Choir of King's College in Concert
one"We Were There"
A Series for Lent

Join us at worship during Lent for "We Were There," a sermon series looking at the events of Holy Week through the eyes of biblical characters who were there. Each Sunday's lectern parament, handcrafted by Vicky Curtiss, evokes the theme of that day. (The previous Sundays' paraments are then placed on the Communion Table.) This Sunday's theme draws on Luke 22:39-53 to take a closer look at the slave with the cut-off ear.


For a complete list of themes, visit the Fourth Church website.

twoFinal Days for Spring Splendor Drawing
A Bentley Ride, an Everest Dinner, and More!

There's still time to enter the Spring Splendor Drawing for 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 still 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.


What's NEXT?

Opportunity for leaders in the church--including congregational officers and those who serve on committees--to engage in conversation about adaptive change within the church will be offered at the annual NEXT Church National Gathering, hosted this year at Fourth Church on Monday-Wednesday, March 16-18, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


With the theme "Beyond Our Walls, Our Fears, Ourselves: Encountering God's Transforming Grace," this event will feature keynote speaker Diana Butler Bass, who will speaking about the "Ark of Awakening" and the changing church culture, and other engaging speakers will present throughout the day.


For details or to register, visit the NEXT Church website.


Want to learn more about the history of the NEXT movement, on whose strategy team Shannon Kershner serves? Attend pastoral resident Layton Williams' talk, "What's NEXT? Discovering the NEXT Church Movement," offered through the Academy for Faith and Life, on Sunday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 5F of the Gratz Center. To sign up, simply register online or contact Ryan Loeckel.


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sixThe Choir of King's College in Concert

The Choir of King's College returns to Fourth Church on Tuesday, March 24 and will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Founded in the fifteenth century in Cambridge, England, the Choir of King's College remains one of the world's best-known and most-loved choral ensembles. The group, led by conductor Stephen Cleobury, will perform a special evening of both traditional and contemporary English choral repertoire.


Tickets are available online through the concert's cosponsor, Symphony Center Presents.


For a complete list of concerts at Fourth Church, visit the Fourth Church website

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worshipWorship This Week
Second Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2015

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 22:23-31
     Luke 22:39-42, 45-53

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 22:23-31
     Luke 22:39-42, 45-53

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 22:23-31 
     Luke 22:39-53
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.

Charles Michael Jennings,  

    son of Stephen and Monique Jennings 


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

Karl Ehmann, October 11, 2014

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 11 at 4:00 p.m. in Stone Chapel. 


Clare H. Coakley, February 18, 2015

Services will be held in Ohio.


David Love, February 22, 2015

A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. 


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


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  


Friday, March 27, 2015
John W. W. Sherer, organist
Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary


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.

Church members
to serve as hosts for upcoming March conferences at Fourth Church (L.E.A.D., NEXT Church, and the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference) 


Database entry assistants onsite at Fourth Church Mondays and Tuesdays  

Volunteers must have PC familiarity. Training will be provided, though volunteers may work remotely once they are familiar with the process.


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