Bid from Home on Silent Auction Items!
Photo Meditation with Tom Schemper
Come Run the Marathon with Us
You're Invited to a Seder
Facing Alzheimer's
John Sherer on the Pipe Organ Project
A "Good News" Lunch
oneBid from Home on Silent Auction Items!
Opportunity to win a fabulous prize or a weekend getaway
You don't need to attend tonight's Gala of Hope in order to have opportunity to win the amazing items up for silent auction!

The silent auction will be open for online bidding tonight between 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. (CST), and all proceeds support the work of Chicago Lights, the community outreach arm of Fourth Church, and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being.

Check out the variety of items available--from
autographed footballs to dinners out to art to jewelry to Fourth Church commemorative plates and so much more.
The auction begins on Friday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. and is open until 10:00 p.m. At the close of the auction, you will be prompted to enter a credit card should you win any items or make a donation. 

twoTime to Set Our Clocks Ahead
Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 8. Be sure to set clocks ahead an hour as we "spring forward"! We don't want to begin worship without you!


threePalm Sunday Hosts for Our Muslim Friends
Join the Niagara Foundation in "Sharing the Faith"

Do you have a gift for hospitality? Do you enjoy welcoming guests? 


The Interfaith Resource Committee is looking for Fourth Church members interested in hosting members of the Islamic community at the 9:30 a.m. service on Palm Sunday, March 29, as we did last year.

Jointly sponsored by Fourth Church and the Niagara Foundation, this opportunity is part of the community education program "Sharing the Faith," an interfaith approach to creating collaborative programs that enhance literacy of Abrahamic faiths.


Hosts will guide Niagara Foundation members through the 9:30 a.m. Palm Sunday service, meeting with them beforehand at 8:30 a.m. and then discussing service afterwards.


If you would like to share the Palm Sunday experience with our Muslim brothers and sisters, please stop by the Interfaith table during Coffee Hour this Sunday or contact Anne Ellis by Wednesday, March 25.


four1Photo Meditation with Tom Schemper
Explore the Landscape of Your Soul

Each Tuesday evening the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being offers an opportunity to gather for meditation.


This coming Tuesday, March 10, the Center's Director, Thomas Schemper, will lead the session, sharing his evocative photo images as a way to  deepen our knowledge of our inner world.


The session meets in the Boyle Conference Room, on the third floor of Parish House, and a suggested donation of $10 will be received at the door.



     Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.



     Boyle Conference Room


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Join the 2015 Chicago Lights Charity Marathon Team

Calling all runners!

Thinking of taking on the Chicago Marathon this October and looking to make the experience more meaningful? Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for details about joining the 2015 Chicago Lights Charity Marathon Team.


Runners will need to register themselves for the marathon, the lottery for which opens this Tuesday, March 10 at 12:00 noon at

Contact Kate Solis Silva to find out more about being a part of an amazing team and supporting life-changing programs in the process!


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sixYou're Invited to a Seder
An Interfaith Opportunity with Chicago Sinai Congregation

Each spring, Chicago Sinai Congregation graciously hosts guests from Fourth Church and other congregations at a Passover Seder. This year's Interfaith Seder will take place on Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware Pl.).


A limited number of tickets are available by contacting Anne Ellis by this Tuesday, March 10. There is a suggested donation of $10.


sevenFacing Alzheimer's
A Conference Intensive

Opportunity for leaders in faith communities to engage in conversation about the effects of Alzheimer's disease in their community will be offered at Wingspread 2015, hosted this year at Fourth Church on Wednesday, March 25 at 4:00 p.m.


With the theme "Facing Alzheimer's: Encouragement and Wisdom for Faith Communities," this event, cosponsored by the Center for Life and Learning, is part of the 2015 Aging in America Conference.


For more information and a complete schedule, visit the To register for "Facing Alzheimer's," contact Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386.

Free for CLL and Fourth Church members
For guest registrants:
$30 for entire Wingspread event
$20 for dinner and play only


eightJohn Sherer on the Pipe Organ Project
A joint event with Fourth Dimension and the CLL

Want to learn more about the organ rebuilding project? Join us next Friday, March 13 at 6:00 p.m. for "Rebuilding the Sanctuary Pipe Organ," a special event hosted by Fourth Dimension and the Center for Life and Learning. All are invited to hear John Sherer, Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church talk about the project and the new pipe organ, which will be the largest in Chicago.


A $15 registration fee is required in advance. Register online or with Anne Ellis by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9.



     Friday, March 13 at 6:00 p.m.



     Borwell Dining Room


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nineA "Good News" Lunch
A Presbyterian Women Event

Join other women of the church for a "Good News" brown-bag lunch this Wednesday, March 11 at 12:00 noon in Room 4F in the Gratz Center. We'll share fellowship and hear about the work of Presbyterian Women. All women are invited!


For more information about Presbyterian Women, contact Anne Ellis.


     Wednesday, March 11 at 12:00 noon



     Room 4F in the Gratz Center


worshipWorship This Week
Third Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2015

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
     "Upon This Rock"
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 19
     Matthew 16:13-19, 21-23
     Mark 14:26-31, 53-54, 66-72

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
     "You Are Not the Exception"
Scripture texts:
     Psalm 19
     Mark 14:28-38, 66-72

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
     "The Peter Principle"
Scripture texts:
     Mark 14:28-38, 66-72
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.

Quinn Evelyn Reimer,  

    daughter of Tyler and Jessica Reimer


Audrey Rose Thompson,  

    daughter of Jack Thompson and Rachel Repke Thompson


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


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


Friday, April 3, 2015
Good Friday, No Noonday Concert

Good Friday Choral Service

Stabat Mater by Frank Ferko
7:30 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 NEXT conference at Fourth Church 


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.


Members to host and pass out cider to waiting worshipers prior to 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. services on Easter Sunday 


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