Spring Concert of the Choral Society Tonight
Are You or Others You Know Graduating?
Delivery of Fresh Produce
Congregational Meeting on June 7
Chicago "Search" Lights Scavenger Hunt
Welcome, New Members! 
Enjoy the Music of Haydn, Barber, and Britten

Buchanan Chapel will be filled with the music of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and Fourth Church Choral Society this evening, as they come together for their annual spring concert.


The orchestra will perform Bloch's Concerto Grosso no. 1; Bridge's Lament, H. 117; Britten's Simple Symphony, op. 4; and Barber's Adagio for Strings (from String Quartet, op. 11).

The Choral Society will then join them for Haydn's Missa Brevis in B-flat.

Come enjoy an evening of beautiful music! A $20 donation will be received at the door.



     Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.



     Buchanan Chapel


An Evening of Prayer, Singing, and Silent Reflection

Join us this Friday for 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.


threeSunday Is Pentecost
Celebrate the Birth of the Church

This Sunday is Pentecost, which celebrates the birth of the church and the giving of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Jesus. Red, which is the liturgical color for the day, symbolizes the pentecostal fire of the Holy Spirit, as described in Acts 2. In the Jewish tradition, Pentecost (for "fifty" days after Passover) is a harvest festival of first fruits that also celebrates the giving of the Torah, or Hebrew law.


The banners that will be hanging in the Sanctuary that day present Old Testament and New Testament Pentecost themes, including creation, Hebrew law, harvest, Passover, and tongues of fire.


fourHelp Make 27,500 Meals Possible!
Support Fourth Church Meals Ministry

Enjoy the Chicago outdoors and help neighbors in need at the same time!

The Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk will take place on Saturday, June 20, and Fourth Church Meals Ministry is fielding a walking team. We need walkers to join us as well as individuals to support those walking: all points earned and donations received through the team will help provide much-needed food for the feeding programs of Fourth Church Meals Ministry, which this year will serve more than 27,500 meals to hungry neighbors.


To register to walk with the Fourth Church Meals Ministry team, click here and follow the step-by-step instructions on the registration process.


To make a donation toward food credits for Sunday and Monday Night Suppers and weekday bag lunches, visit our team page online


More information is also available by contacting Norman Clearfield, Meals Ministry Coordinator, at 312.981.3599. 


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fiveAre You or Others You Know Graduating?
Honoring Graduates on Baccalaureate Sunday

If you or others you know have graduated or are graduating from eighth grade, high school, college, or a graduate or professional program in 2015, please let Shelley Donaldson (312.981.4036) know!


Graduate names received by Sunday, June 21 will appear in the bulletin on June 28, which is Baccalaureate Sunday.   


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sixDelivery of Fresh Produce
Subscribe to a CSA Salad Share Today!

Want a consistent supply of fresh produce like the veggies sold at last weekend's Chicago Lights plant sale? Subscribe to an Urban Farm Salad Share!


The Urban Farm CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) "Salad Shares" give you direct access to high-quality, fresh, organic produce grown onsite at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm. In return, those shares help support the Farm and its many community-oriented programs.


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


All members are encouraged to attend a congregational meeting that has been called by the Session of Fourth Church for Sunday, June 7 in the Sanctuary at 12:15 p.m.

At the meeting, the congregation will act to dissolve the pastoral relationship between John and Fourth Church so that he might assume his new position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary.


June 7 will also be John's last Sunday with us, and we will have opportunity that day--in a reception following the meeting--to thank John and Anna for their ministry among us and to wish them well as they move to Richmond, Virginia.


eightChicago "Search" Lights Scavenger Hunt
Discounted Tickets Available through Wednesday

The Chicago Lights Associates Board is hosting a Chicago "Search" Lights Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, May 30 and invites all interested participants to take advantage of discounted event tickets that are available through Wednesday, May 27.

The scavenger hunt will offer a fun afternoon of following quirky clues and collecting points while also raising funds for Chicago Lights programs, all to be followed by a party and awards ceremony. Details and tickets are available online here


     Saturday, May 30, 12:00-5:00 p.m.


nineWelcome, New Members!

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


     Siobhan Brannigan

     Emily Conklin

     Matthew Dower

     Lindsey Farrell

     Julie Heintzelman

     Alison Helms

     Charlotte Joslin

     Brad Martin

     David Stults

     Stephanie VanDenburgh

     Brian White

     Whitney White


worshipWorship This Week
Day of Pentecost
May 24, 2015

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching
     "Visions and Dreams"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 104:24-30 
   Ezekiel 37:1-14
   Acts 2:1-17


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

   Psalm 104:24-34    

   Romans 8:22-27

   Acts 2:1-21      


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 104:24-34
   Acts 2:1-21
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.

Brooke Elizabeth Duval and Steven Patrick Kipferl, May 16, 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