Get Your Plant Starts at the Farm!
Did You See . . .
Haydn's Missa Brevis in B-flat on Thursday
Marking Dedication Commemoration Sunday
Sunday's Ecumenical Prayer Service
A Mission Committee Program on "Bright Lights"
"War and Peace in Our Scriptures"
A Plant Show and an Art Sale This Saturday

Grow your own vegetables this summer and support the Chicago Lights Urban Farm at the same time! This Saturday, May 16, stop by the Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.) between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to purchase plant starters for your home garden and view artwork crafted by the Farm's Identity Arts program for sixth through eighth graders.


Vegetable plant starts available for purchase will include lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, onions, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil, parsley, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, melons, cabbage, broccoli. Limited quantities will be available--so arrive early!


Starts at 1:00 p.m. at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm

Pick up your plant starters at the Plant Sale and then attend a workshop from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. about gardening in limited, urban spaces! Learn through a hands-on demonstration how to maximize space and yields in your vegetable garden for a variety of crops.


Taught by Ben Jaffe, Urban Farm Associate Director of Farm Operations and Workforce Development, this workshop will offer opportunity for participants to help plant a six-foot by three-foot vegetable garden.


RSVP for this free workshop to Stephanie Budd (312.274.3801).



     Saturday, May 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m. 



     Chicago Lights Urban Farm

     (444 W. Chicago Ave.) 


threeSunday School and Youth Festivities
A Year-End Celebration and a Thank-You to John Vest

This Sunday, May 17, marks the last day of Sunday School for the school year. There will be a two-week break over Memorial Day Weekend (May 24) and Family Camp Weekend (May 31) before Summer Sunday School (with classes meeting at 9:30 a.m. only) begins on June 7.


In celebration of the end of regular Sunday School programming and in honor of John Vest's ministry, festivities will be held after this Sunday's 11:00 a.m. service. There will be food on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center as well as a barbecue (John Vest's favorite way to celebrate!) in Anderson Hall. Come snack on some tasty treats while highlighting Fourth Church's ministry to children, youth, and families!


fourLast Call for Spring Family Camp!
Registration Forms Due This Sunday

This Sunday is the last day to register for Spring Family Camp, an opportunity for families to spend two nights and days of fellowship and fun at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. From Friday evening, May 29 to Sunday noon, May 31, activities will include a worship service, a campfire with singing and s'mores, and free time to explore the camp grounds.


A registration form, which is available online and in the 4C Lounge of the Gratz Center, is due to Matt Helms by this Sunday, May 17.


Don't miss the fun--sign up now!  


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fiveDid You See . . .

. . . the photos from the delightful performances of the children's musical The Tale of the Three Trees?


Or pictures from the touching visit of Jack the Sit Stay Read dog at Chicago Lights Tutoring and the Day School?


You can find the musical photos and the "reading with a dog" pictures online, along with images of spring at Fourth Church and other glimpses of congregational life and news!


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sixHaydn's Missa Brevis in B-flat This Thursday
A Choral Society Concert

The Fourth Church Choral Society will join the Chicago Chamber Orchestra for a concert on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel. The ensembles will perform Joseph Haydn's Missa Brevis in B-flat. A $20 donation will be received at the door.


For more information about the Choral Society, which is open to all interested singers in the Chicago community, and their future performances, contact John Sherer, Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church.



     Thursday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. 



     Buchanan Chapel 


This Sunday, Fourth Church will observe Dedication Commemoration Sunday, declared by Pastor John Timothy Stone in 1914 to be observed on the third Sunday of each May.

On Sunday, May 10, 1914, the Fourth Church congregation worshiped in the Michigan Avenue Sanctuary for the first time, having moved from its smaller facility on Rush at Superior. A series of dedicatory services were held the remainder of that week, and later that month, the new Sanctuary and Parish House buildings were host the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, including the assembly's communion service attended by more than 1,800 worshipers.


Photos of previous Fourth Church Sanctuaries as well as pictures of the construction of this Sanctuary and of Parish House are posted on the Timeline, accessed on the far right side of the Fourth Church page on Facebook.


eightSunday's Ecumenical Prayer Service
Prayers for Christian Unity

This Sunday, join Fourth Presbyterian Church and Ecumenism Metro Chicago (EMC) for an afternoon of prayers for Christian unity offered by members of the EMC's twenty faith communities.

There will be a reception at 2:00 p.m. in Allison Hall, followed by a worship service at 3:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel at which John Armstrong, president of ACT 3 Network ministry and adjunct professor at Wheaton College, will preach.


For more information or to RSVP, visit  


     Sunday, May 17

     2:00 p.m. Reception

     3:00 p.m. Prayer service


     Allison Hall and Buchanan Chapel   


nineA Mission Committee Program on Bright Lights
A Presentation by Betsy Storm

This Sunday, May 17, Fourth Church member and author Betsy Storm will give a presentation on her book Bright Lights in the Second City: 50 Prominent Chicagoans on Living with Passion and Purpose. In this book, Betsy profiles fifty gifted Chicagoans, from activists and authors to leaders in the academic, artistic, political, and medical communities--including our own organist and director of music, John Sherer! Join us that afternoon at 12:15 p.m. in Room 4G to learn more.



     Saturday, May 17, 12:15 p.m. 



     Room 4G of the Gratz Center 


ten"War and Peace in Our Scriptures"
An Interfaith Event Hosted by Chicago Sinai
Opportunity to take part in interfaith dialogue will be offered at Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware Pl.) this Friday, May 22. Chicago Sinai, in conjunction with the Downtown Islamic Center and Fourth Presbyterian Church, is hosting "War and Peace in Our Scriptures: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives" as part of their weekly 6:15 p.m. Friday service; this interfaith dialogue will take the place of the sermon. It will be followed by a reception with refreshments.

Inamul Haq, Program Coordinator of the Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action and adjunct professor at Elmhurst College and Catholic Theological Union, will deliver the Muslim perspective; Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor at Fourth Church, will deliver the Christian perspective; and David Levinsky, Associate Rabbi at Chicago Sinai, will deliver the Jewish perspective. Seth Limmer, Senior Rabbi at Chicago Sinai, will moderate the discussion.



     Friday, May 22, 6:15 p.m.  



     Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware Pl.) 


worshipWorship This Week
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 10, 2015

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching
     "Why Do You Stand Looking Up?"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 93
   Acts 1:1-17, 21-26


9:30 and 11:00 a.m. New Members (11:00)
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
     "The Spirit as Substitute"
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 29    

   Acts 1:1-17, 21-26      


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
     "Faithfully Unchosen"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 1
   Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
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 this gift of life together.

Heidi Marie Ruppel and Adam John Maciasz, May 9, 2015   
musicConcerts at Fourth Church
The Noonday concerts listed here are free.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Fourth Church Choral Society
and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra
   Haydn's Missa Brevis in B-flat
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
$20 donation collected at the door

Friday, May 22, 2015
Kara Bershad, horn/harp duo
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Chicago SINGS! Choir Festival
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available through Chicago SINGS!

Friday, May 29, 2015
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Chicago Ensemble
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Chicago Ensemble | 773.558.3448

Friday, June 5, 2015
Joelle Lamarre, soprano
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

Attendants to staff the Book Nook after the 11:00 a.m. service


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