Ted Wardlaw to Preach This Sunday
Hosting Our Muslim Friends on Palm Sunday
What Every Christian Needs to Know about Passover
Last Weekend to Make Easter Flower Gifts
Contemplative Retreat Registrations Due
Looking Ahead to Palm Sunday and Holy Week
The Concluding Midweek Lenten Service
Welcome, New Members!
Join Us for 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship

This Sunday we'll welcome to the Fourth Church pulpit during 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services Ted Wardlaw, President of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  


Prior to becoming the ninth president of Austin Presbyterian Seminary in the fall of 2002, Dr. Wardlaw served as Pastor of the historic downtown congregation of Atlanta's Central Presbyterian Church for twelve years. He has also served Germantown Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Tennessee; Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church in Sherman, Texas; and Setauket Presbyterian Church in Setauket, Long Island, New York and has been an adjunct professor of homiletics.


Please join us in warmly welcoming Dr. Wardlaw to Fourth Church!

twoPresenting Bibles to Fourth Graders

Fourth graders will receive Bibles from the congregation during this Sunday's 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship.


This is just one of the ways we, as a congregation, live out our baptismal pledge to support the children and youth of the church. We hope you'll join us in celebrating this special moment in the faith journey of our young people, and we invite you to continue to hold them and their journey in your prayers.


threeA Concert by the Renowned King's College Choir

The Choir of King's College from Cambridge, England, will be in concert at Fourth Church this coming Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The program will feature both traditional and innovative English choral repertoire.


A world-renowned choral group, the Choir of King's College is a preeminent representative of the great British church music tradition and is particularly well known to many for its Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols broadcast annually on public radio stations across the country and the world. This Tuesday's concert offers a unique opportunity to hear the choir in person.


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.

     Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.


four1Hosting Our Muslim Friends on Palm Sunday
Guide Members of the Niagara Interfaith Network

Fourth Church will once again be hosting members of the Islamic community at the 9:30 a.m. service on Palm Sunday, March 29. 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 the Abrahamic faiths.


The Interfaith Resource Committee is recruiting Fourth Church members interested in acting as hosts next Sunday. Hosts will be matched with individuals or couples from the Niagara Interfaith network and spend approximately two hours guiding them through the Palm Sunday service. They will meet around 8:30 a.m. and adjourn around 11:00 a.m.  


If you would like to share the Palm Sunday experience with our Muslim brothers and sisters, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) by this Wednesday, March 25.


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A Book Signing and Reading by Evan Moffic

Join us this Thursday, March 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel for a presentation and book signing by Rabbi Evan Moffic offered through the Academy for Faith and Life.

Rabbi Moffic, who previously served at Chicago Sinai Congregation, will talk about what Passover means and why it matters. He will also have on hand copies of his new book What Every Christian Needs to Know about Passover.



     Thursday, March 26 5:30-7:30 p.m.



     Buchanan Chapel


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sixLast Weekend to Make Easter Flower Gifts
Honor Loved Ones This Easter

This is the last weekend to remember loved ones by making contributions toward the flowers that will decorate the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday.

Gifts may be made online, or you can download and return to the church this flower form. This form is also available in the literature racks.


Please note that in order for honoree names to be printed in the Easter Sunday bulletin, all contributions and names must be received by this Sunday, March 22.


"Deep Calls to Deep" at The Well

Registration for the "Deep Calls to Deep" Lenten contemplative retreat, which offers opportunity to refresh and renew your spiritual connection with God using spiritual practices of the church, is due this weekend. The retreat will also offer opportunity to join in worship, guided meditation, journaling, praying with images and psalms, and enjoying nature and solitude.


Led by Vicky Curtiss, the retreat will begin next Friday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. at The Well in La Grange Park and will end on Saturday afternoon.

Those interested in participating are asked to register by this Sunday, March 22 by downloading and completing a registration form found online and in the brochures in the literature racks. For details, contact
Nancy Davis.


     Friday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. to Saturday, March 28 at 3:00 p.m.



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

eightLooking ahead to Palm Sunday and Holy Week

As we near the celebration of Easter, there will be a variety of opportunities to come together for worship during Palm Sunday and Holy Week. We hope you'll be with us for many of them!


On Palm Sunday, March 29, services will be held at 8:00 (with Communion), 9:30, and 11:00 a.m., with Joyce Shin preaching at 8:00 a.m. and Shannon Kershner preaching at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.


One of Fourth Church's most beloved traditions will take place during 9:30 and 11:00 worship that day: the Palm Sunday processional of children entering the Sanctuary waving palms. Children will gather in their classrooms prior to each service; parents with infants and toddlers will meet in the Loggia at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m.


There will also be a 4:00 p.m. jazz service with Communion, with Shannon Kershner preaching. 


On Maundy Thursday, April 2, there will be a 12:10 p.m. Communion service, led by John Vest, and a 7:30 p.m. Tenebrae service, led by Shannon Kershner, both in the Sanctuary.

On Good Friday, April 3, there will be a 12:10 p.m. service, led by Shannon Kershner, in the Sanctuary. There will also be a 5:30 p.m. children's service led by Matt Helms in Buchanan Chapel and a 7:30 p.m. choral service--featuring Frank Ferko's
Stabat Mater--in the Sanctuary.


An Easter Vigil will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m.--beginning in the Michigan Avenue courtyard around a fire and continuing in the Sanctuary--and will be led by John Vest.


On Easter Sunday, April 5, opportunities to worship will include a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service at Oak Street Beach, with Hardy Kim preaching; 8:00, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m. services in the Sanctuary, with Shannon Kershner preaching; and a 4:00 p.m. jazz service in the Sanctuary, with Hardy Kim preaching. A children's Easter service led by Matt Helms will be held at 9:30 a.m., starting on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center. Please note that the last morning service on Easter Sunday will begin at 11:30 a.m.


nineThe Concluding Lenten Midweek Service
Finish the Lenten Season with Reflection and Prayer

All are welcome to our last Lenten Midweek Service of the season on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This brief service will incorporate prayer and silent, candlelit reflection.


     Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m.



     The Sanctuary

tenWelcome, New Members!

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


     Taposhi Bentley

     Andrew Eskaros

     Jose Garza

     Janice Grant

     Gregory Kershner

     Emily Killmer

     Jon Kirtley

     Kathryn Kirtley

     David Maas

     Elizabeth Maas


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worshipWorship This Week
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 22, 2015

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
     "The Real Tragedy"
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 51:1-12

   Matthew 26:14-16, 20-28

   Matthew 26:47-50; 27:3-5

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Theodore J. Wardlaw, President, Austin Theological Seminary, preaching
     "We Were There--Judas"
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 51:1-12  

   Matthew 26:14-16, 47-50


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 51:1-12   
   Matthew 26:14-16, 47-50
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.

Eleanor Rode Nelson,  

    daughter of Scott and Alyson Nelson 


Grant Fredrik Garstrom,  

    son of Erik and Lauren Garstrom 


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


 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


Friday, April 17, 2015

Joseph Kingma, pianist

12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel


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