Do You Have Your Pancake Breakfast Tickets?
A Communion Service for Families
Light and Leadership Initiative in Peru
Hygiene Kits for PDA
A Workshop with the Chicago Mosaic School
A Retreat Invitation for Young Adults
Last Chance to Join the Marathon Team
Save the Date for the Annual Youth Fundraiser

Mark next Sunday, April 26 on your calendar as the day to enjoy a hearty breakfast while supporting Fourth Church youth at the annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.!


A breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, and sausage--for a suggested donation of $12--will be served between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room that day. Made-to-order omelets will be prepared by John Vest for an additional donation of $5. (You'll definitely want to add an omelet to your breakfast order this year, as it's your last chance to have John make one for you before he heads off to his new Union Presbyterian Seminary position this summer!)


Proceeds support the annual Senior Highs summer mission trip.


Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast will be available during Coffee Hour this Sunday, April 19 and at the door on Sunday, April 26.


Come on out and enjoy a tasty breakfast, fellowship with fellow members--and support the work of our youth!



     Sunday, April 26, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  



     Borwell Dining Room  


Stop by Buchanan Chapel on Sunday, May 3 for this year's children's musical! Fourth Church children and youth will perform the half-hour musical at 10:30 a.m. and again at 12:00 noon. All are invited to attend this free production.



    Sunday, May 3, 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon



    Buchanan Chapel

Opportunity for Fellowship This Thursday

Join other women of the church for a "Good News" gathering this Thursday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the Randolph Room. 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.



     Thursday, April 23, 5:30 p.m.  



     Randolph Room  

four1A Communion Service for Families
This Sunday in Buchanan Chapel


Children and their families are invited to learn about Communion this Sunday at a special Family Communion Service at 12:15 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel. Matt Helms will walk families through a short worship service and talk about what Communion means to the church. He will also explain some of the ways in which our understanding of the sacrament is different from that of other denominations. There will also be opportunity to celebrate Communion together.


Following the service, families will gather for lunch in Borwell Dining Room. 



     Sunday, April 19, 12:15 p.m.



     Buchanan Chapel  and Borwell Dining Room 


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Learn More about Our Global Mission Partner

Opportunity to learn more about our global mission partner Light and Leadership Initiative (LLI) will be offered this Sunday. Representatives from LLI will be here at 12:30 p.m. in Room 4G of the Gratz Center to talk about the work they do. All are invited to this special presentation.


Light and Leadership Initiative serves the Huaycan community on the outskirts of Lima to bring free afterschool and weekend education programs to children and women. Their work specifically focuses on youth development and LLI's Teen Center, a program that Fourth Presbyterian Church supports financially. With more than sixty-five classes offered weekly, LLI serves hundreds of families.



     Sunday, April 19, 12:30 p.m. 



     Room 4G  


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sixHygiene Kits for PDA
Donate Today!

This Sunday--and each Sunday through May 10--Presbyterian Women will be collecting materials and funds for hygiene kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), which cares for communities affected by crises and catastrophic events. One way PDA does this is by working with Church World Service (CWS), a cooperative ministry of thirty-seven Christian-based communions, to provide hygiene kits to areas affected by disaster.


Each kit is estimated to cost about $10 to put together, plus another $2 for shipping and handling fees for distribution with Church World Services. Materials and funds for the hygiene kits will also be collected during the week, at the reception desk.


A list of materials needed for each kit is available online.


Learn Mosaic Basics Next Sunday

Inspired by the work of Italian mosaic artist Verdiano Marzi, whose work is currently on display in the Loggia?

Want to learn the art of creating a beautiful mosaic?

Then come to Room 5G of the Gratz Center next Sunday, April 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a community mosaic workshop taught by instructors from the Chicago Mosaic School.


For details and fee information, please contact Rob Koon at [email protected]


     Sunday, April 26, 1:00-4:00 p.m. 



     Room 5G


eightA Retreat Invitation for Young Adults
Join Us in Michigan April 24-26

Our Young Adults Spring Retreat is coming up next weekend, April 24-26. Hardy Kim and Layton Williams will be leading those gathered in discussion about what it means for us, who wrestle with God and faithfulness, to think of ourselves as covenant people. It will also be a time of energizing fellowship and challenging spiritual exploration.

Information about the Young Adults retreat is posted online: www.bitly/fpcya-0415retreat, as is a registration form.


Since space is limited, if you're interested in going, be sure to register now!


     Friday, April 24-Sunday, April 26

     Grand Beach Inn in New Buffalo, Michigan 


nineLast Chance to Join the Marathon Team

This coming Tuesday, April 21 is the last day to join the Chicago Lights Charity Marathon Team and run for a cause!


Chicago Lights--the community outreach arm at Fourth Church--

has been awarded a limited number of guaranteed entries to the  

2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Runners will serve as ambassadors and raise funds for the six signature outreach programs of Chicago Lights.


All Chicago Lights Charity Marathon Team members will receive training and fundraising tools, a team technical running shirt, and registration reimbursement for exceeding individual fundraising goals--plus opportunity to attend monthly meetings offering support up until race day on October 11.


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


worshipWorship This Week
Third Sunday of Easter
April 19, 2015

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 4
   Luke 24:36-53


9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
New Members (11:00)
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
     "Learning to Say 'I Love You'"
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 117 

   John 21:15-25  


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
     "Was Jesus Born to Die?"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 40
   Luke 24:36-49
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.

Barbara D. Thomsen, March 31, 2015

The burial will be in Wethersfield, Connecticut. 

musicConcerts at Fourth Church
The Noonday concerts listed here are free.
Friday, April 17, 2015   

Camerata Chicago Orchestra 

Conducted by Drostan Hall
Rising Star Series: Emily Frederick, piano
7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Camerata Chicago | 630.221.5555


Friday, April 24, 2015 
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Friday, April 24, 2015
Lakeside Singers Concert
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available through Lakeside Singers

Friday, May 1, 2015
Lyrebird Ensemble
   Ellen Huntington, flutist
   Lillian Lau, harpist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Chicago Ensemble

7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Chicago Ensemble | 773.558.3448



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.

Book Nook attendants to staff the Book Nook at Coffee Hour after the 11:00 a.m. service 


Cooks to prepare and serve breakfast at Lincoln Park Community Shelter on the second Tuesday of each month, on a rotating schedule, 6:30 to 8:00 a.m.   


Aspiring gardeners to work at the Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.) on Saturdays, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

A tour for new volunteers is held each Saturday at 12:00 noon.  


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