Jazz at Four in Buchanan Chapel
A Midweek Worship Opportunity
Thank You, L.E.A.D. Volunteers!
Welcome to NEXT and PYM!
A Record-Setting Gala
Travel to Guatemala with Fourth Church Friends
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Join Us for 4:00 p.m. Worship with Shannon This Sunday

As we set the stage this Sunday afternoon to welcome the NEXT Church national gathering to Fourth Church on Monday, setup preparations will begin taking place in the Sanctuary after morning worship.


So for this particular Sunday, March 15, our weekly jazz worship service will move to Buchanan Chapel, where Shannon Kershner will continue our Lenten sermon series "We Were There," and the Lucy Smith Quartet will share the wonderful jazz music they offer weekly.

We will also celebrate Communion and have opportunity to continue bringing our prayers to the cross.



     Sunday, March 15 at 4:00 p.m.



     Buchanan Chapel

twoOne Great Hour of Sharing
Make a Difference This Lenten Season

Each spring Fourth Church joins other congregations in receiving the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, an annual offering of the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1949. Through the gifts of this offering, we share God's love with those in need, helping others find refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen families and communities.

This year, our One Great Hour of Sharing offering supports the Chicago Lights programs of Tutoring and the Elam Davies Social Service Center as well as the Fourth Church Meals Ministry program, which serves bag lunches to those in need in addition to providing hot meals on Sunday and Monday evenings.

A portion of the offering also benefits the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Hunger, and Self-Development of People Programs of the Presbyterian Church (USA).


You can make a gift to this offering

  • online via the Fourth Church website by selecting "OGHS Lenten Offering" from the "To Make a Gift" button
  • by writing "Lenten Offering" on the memo line of a check made payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church (and dropping it off at or mailing it to the church at 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611.2014)
  • by using the special offering envelopes in the pew racks

Thank you for joining us in this one great hour of sharing with those in need!


threeWhat's NEXT for the Church?
A Talk with Pastoral Resident Layton Williams
Want to know more about the NEXT Church conference happening this Monday-Wednesday, March 16-18 at Fourth Church? Want to learn about the history of the NEXT movement and share your own hopes and dreams for the church?


Attend Pastoral Resident Layton Williams' talk, "What's NEXT? Discovering the NEXT Church Movement," offered through the Academy for Faith and Life, this Sunday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gratz Center.

Whether or not you are planning to attend the conference, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the life of Fourth Church and our denomination.

four1A Midweek Worship Opportunity
Join Us for Worship on Wednesday Evenings

As we continue our Lenten journey, all are invited to join us for a brief midweek worship service on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


Come share in a time of candlelit reflection and prayer during this Lenten season.



     Wednesdays through March 25 at 6:30 p.m.



     Buchanan Chapel


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Hosting Leaders from across the Presbytery

This past Saturday, Fourth Church hosted the annual L.E.A.D. Conference of the Presbytery of Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary. Nearly 300 congregational leaders from the presbytery took part in a variety of sessions that day, including a workshop led by John Bell, hymn writer and Church of Scotland minister from the Iona Community.


It the generous gift of time and gracious hospitality of Fourth Church volunteers that made it possible to welcome this conference to Fourth Church. To all who were on hand to make the day run so smoothly, thank you!


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sixWelcome to NEXT and PYM!
Upcoming Conferences at Fourth Church this Week

This coming week Fourth Church will host close to 1,000 people who are traveling to Chicago to attend national conferences hosted by this congregation.


Monday through Wednesday we will welcome more than 600 people to the NEXT Church national gathering, which brings together people in the Presbyterian Church (USA) to foster conversation about how to follow Christ in our particular day and age. This year the focus of these reflective conversations on culture and ministry will be "Beyond Our Walls, Our Fears, Ourselves: Encountering God's Transforming Grace" and will include an evening with church historian and author Diana Butler Bass. For more information or to register for this conference that seeks to make and deepen relational and collaborative connections in the church, visit


Thursday through Saturday we will host nearly 300 people participating in the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference "Fresh Voices, Radical Ideas." This second-annual gathering will bring together a diverse lineup of speakers and youth ministry leaders to share fresh ideas for the theory and practice of youth ministry. It offers a unique opportunity for youth ministry leaders to come together in one place to learn from and support one other while also exploring new ways in which to engage our youth.


To all the many Fourth Church volunteers who have signed up to provide hospitality and assistance during these conferences, thank you! Fourth Church couldn't do this without you!


sevenA Record-Setting Gala
A Thank-You to All Who Supported the Benefit

Thank you to all who supported the Gala of Hope last Friday--whether by attending the event, donating auction items, participating in the Spring Splendor Drawing, helping as a volunteer , serving on one of the committees, sponsoring the evening, becoming a Gala patron, or making a donation to support the benefit!


Thanks to your generosity and hard work, the 2015 Gala of Hope grossed a record-setting $772,000. For the extraordinary impact that will have on supporting the life-changing and hope-filling work of Chicago Lights and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being in the year ahead, thank you!


For fun photos of the evening, check out the Gala of Hope album on the Chicago Lights page on Facebook.


eightTravel to Guatemala with Fourth Church Friends
Work on Projects through Common Hope

Join Tom Schemper, Director of the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, and Spiritual Director Sue Schemper in traveling to Guatemala this July to work on projects through our host, Common Hope. Common Hope, which serves Guatemalans through programs in education, health care, and housing, will provide staff for language translation along with the trip leaders.


Participants will visit families in a local community and help construct a simple home or sort supplies in a warehouse, all while learning about the culture, history, economics, challenges, and gifts of Guatemalan people.


Applications for this July 12-19 trip, which are due Sunday, April 11, are available online.


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worshipWorship This Week
Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 15, 2015

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching
     "Torn Down"
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 84

   Matthew 24:1-8

   Matthew 26:57-68

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
     "We Were There--The High Priest Caiaphas"
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

   Mark 14:53-65

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture text:
     Mark 14:53-65
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 eternal life.

Sebastian Andrew Maggio,  

    son of Nicholette Marie Andrews and James Christopher Maggio

    born February 21, 2015; died March 2, 2015

Services were held at Fourth Church on Friday, March 6. 


Charles Van Gorp, March 6, 2015

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel.  


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


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


Friday, April 10, 2015

Jennifer Woodrum, clarinetist

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

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.

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