A Candlelit Taiz� Service Tonight
"Changing Our Faith Stories" Retreat
Jeanne Bishop on Her New Book
Sign Up for Family Camp!
Learning about Mission Work in Guatemala
Summer Internships for Tutoring Students
Fresh Produce from the Urban Farm!
Welcome, New Members!
oneA Candlelit Taiz� Service Tonight
A Time of Meditative Reflection
Join us tonight for an evening of prayer, singing, and silent reflection at our monthly service in the style of Taiz� at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


The Taiz� service provides an opportunity to gather in a contemplative, prayerful setting at the end of a busy week. Candles; easy-to-learn songs from various countries, traditions, and languages; and a period of silence all contribute to a time to reflect and to open oneself to God.


The service will be preceded by opportunity to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.



    Friday, April 24

    6:00-7:30 p.m. Labyrinth Walk

    7:30 p.m. Taiz� service



    Anderson Hall for the Labyrinth Walk

    Buchanan Chapel for Taiz�


Support Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

Tomorrow, April 25, the Mission Committee's Sunlight Project will host a special labyrinth walk to raise awareness and prayers for victims of human trafficking. The walk will take place between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


Come be guided in how to walk the labyrinth for meditation and prayer and learn about ways in which to offer additional support through Sunlight Project.



    Saturday, April 25, 10:00-11:30 a.m.



    Buchanan Chapel


Annual Youth Fundraiser This Sunday

Enjoy a hearty breakfast this Sunday while supporting Fourth Church youth!


A warm 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. It's also the last Pancake Breakfast at which John Vest will be preparing made-to-order omelets (for an additional donation of $5), so don't miss this opportunity for a special treat!


Proceeds support the annual Senior Highs summer mission trip. Tickets will be available at the door.


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

four1"Changing Our Faith Stories" Retreat
Attend a Women's Retreat May 9
Have you ever wondered why stories matter? What your life stories are? What Bible stories inform your personal journey? How relating to Bible stories can make a difference in your life?


Women of all ages are invited to explore these questions at "Claiming Our Faith Stories," a retreat for women, on Saturday, May 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall. This retreat, led by Layton Williams, Ginger Archer, Janice Lewis, Amanda Love, Risa McDonell, and Clare Rothschild, will offer participants opportunities to weave connections between their personal lives, others, and the biblical story.


Participants will gather as a large group and in small groups. Many different modalities will be offered, including storytelling, journaling, discussion groups, a personal labyrinth journey, and much more.


Space is limited to the first 100 women who make a reservation. The fee is $15, which includes a light breakfast. Please register online or reserve your space by contacting Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).



     Saturday, May 9, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 



     Anderson Hall  


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A Presentation on Change of Heart

This Tuesday, April 28, Fourth Church member and author Jeanne Bishop will give a presentation on her new book, Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister's Killer, a story about Jeanne's compelling journey from grief to forgiveness of the teenager who murdered her sister, Nancy, along with Nancy's husband and their unborn child. The presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer session and will be followed by a reception and book signing.


John Grisham says of the book, "It is a tragic story of senseless violence, horrific loss, and, in the end, forgiveness that is astonishing. I kept asking myself, 'As a Christian, could I be as strong and merciful as Jeanne Bishop?' I have my doubts."


Jeanne is a criminal defense attorney, activist, and author. Since the murders of her family members, she has spoken around the U.S. and the world in support of gun violence prevention, abolition of the death penalty, forgiveness, and the role of victims in the criminal justice system. Her written work has appeared in the Huffington Post,,, the Christian Century, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. She has been featured in several documentary films, including Too Flawed to Fix, Deadline, and The Innocent. A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and a recipient of its alumni award for public service, she practices law with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender.



     Tuesday, April 28, 6:00 p.m. 



     Buchanan Chapel  


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sixSign Up for Family Camp!

Families are invited to take part in our annual Spring Family Camp , when we return to Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

From Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31, families will enjoy a weekend sharing faith, fellowship, and fun! Activities for children and adults are planned, including a worship service, a campfire with singing and s'mores, and free time to explore the camp grounds.


Registration forms, which are due by Sunday, May 17, are available online or as a PDF download.



     Friday-Sunday, May 29-31



     Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin


Register for This Special Presentation Today

Opportunity to learn more about our global mission partner the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in America (CEDEPCA), an educational nonprofit that hosted our 2014 mission trip to Guatemala, will be offered this Sunday. Representatives from CEDEPCA will be here at 12:30 p.m. in the Page Smith Room to talk about the work they do. All are invited to this special presentation.


To register, contact Nancy Davis by the end of today, April 24.


     Sunday, April 26, 12:30 p.m.   


     Page Smith Room


eightSummer Internships for Tutoring Students
Businesses: Host an Intern!

The Chicago Lights Tutoring program is looking for businesses to provide eight-week summer internships for its students!


By offering an internship to an enthusiastic high school student in Tutoring's Career Development program, a business gains an entry-level employee for eight weeks at no financial cost, participates in a meaningful civic partnership, and has the opportunity to help break the cycle of poverty.


Internships take place for sixteen hours a week, from Monday, June 15 through Thursday, August 6.


For more information, contact Tanya Uyigue at 312.274.3828 by this Tuesday, April 28.


nineFresh Produce from the Urban Farm!
Subscribe to a Salad Share This Summer

Want fresh produce but don't have the space or time to garden? Then subscribe to an Urban Farm CSA!


Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA), also known as "subscription farming," provides members with a share, or subscription, of fresh, locally grown produce each week. The Urban Farm CSA "Salad Shares" allow participants to have direct access to high-quality, fresh, organic produce grown onsite at the Farm. In return, those shares help support the Farm and its many community-oriented programs.


More information about CSA Salad Shares through the Urban Farm, which will be available starting Saturday, June 6, is online here or by contacting Ben Jaffe (312.252.3597).


tenWelcome, New Members!

Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month, including our eighth-grade confirmands!



Alexander James Andresen
George Hayes Andrews
Matthew McFarland Bay
Ethan Kristan Belnap
Marleigh Owen Belsley
Samuel Caleb Wells Boord
Bryn Claire Buikema
Katherine Priesing Culver
Thomas Lloyd Douglas
Hayden Wesley Ekern
Julia Livingston Fairbank
Catherine Spencer Fifield
Jonathan Ryan Fifield
Margaret Glenwood Fleming
Christopher Nicholas Freeman
Mallory Joyce Garfield
Emalyn Cameron Gray
William Andrew Guggeis
MacKenzie Grace Guynn

Maura Quinn Haas
Hannah Lee Kershner
Audra Louise Kimbell
Jared Emerson Trewartha Kinney
Alessandra Louise Betty Latherow
Brandon Theodore Dannen Latherow
John Francis Owen McDermott
Hayden John Morgan
Hendrik David Ottens
Owen Spencer Patterson
Mia Elisabeth Pearsall
Campbell Young Phalen
Audrey Marie Ruhana
Isabella Kathryn Saracco
Zachary Lisle Sessions
William Mitchell Walker
Maximilien Andrew Wilkey
Samantha Jacqueline Williams
Michael Alexander Youngblood  


Those received into membership on April 19

Ross Draegert

Emily Earle

Jennifer Elliott

Jordan Freeman

Angela Gholson

Lee Gholson

Bridgette Hayes

Eric Hayes

Mary Christine Oxtoby

Carrie Rake

Robert Starshak

Steven Ursell

Brandon Winikates


worshipWorship This Week
Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 26, 2015

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 23
   1 John 3:16-24
   Acts 3:1-10, 4:5-12


9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 23  

   Ezekiel 34:11-16

   John 10:11-18   


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 23
   John 10:11-18
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.

Erin Olivia Welch, daughter of Lyman Welch and Angi Semler Welch 


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

William A. Anderson, April 12, 2015

Private services have been held. 

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

Friday, May 1 

Apollo Chorus of Chicago | 312.427.5620

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Chicago Ensemble

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

Friday, May 8, 2015

Thomas Gouwens, organist
(Associate Organist 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

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.


Bicyclists to deliver Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) bags in the community, Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 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