Trinity Sunday
An Invitation to a Baby Shower
Volleyball Fun at Oak Street Beach
Have Time to Volunteer on Summer Days?
"Selma": A Free Viewing and Discussion
Celebrating the Mystery of God as Three in One

This Sunday we will observe Trinity Sunday, the day when the church celebrates the mystery of God as Three in One: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; one God who is Creator, Redeemer, and Comforter.


Next Sunday, June 7 all members are encouraged to attend a congregational meeting that has been called by the Session of Fourth Church and will be held 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.


threeHave You Signed Up for Salad Shares Yet?

It's not too late to secure a steady supply of fresh, locally grown veggies for the summer--subscribe to an Urban Farm Salad Share today!


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 next Saturday, June 6, is online here or by contacting Ben Jaffe  (312.252.3597).


fourWe've Got Room for You at Encore!
Enjoy a Reception and Live Music on Saturday, June 20

Have you reserved your tickets yet for Encore?


There are still tickets available for this June 20 benefit, which combines an elegant cocktail reception in the Gratz Center with an engaging musical event in Buchanan Chapel. All proceeds benefit the Center for Life and Learning (CLL), which serves adults sixty and more in our community.


Tom Clear, the popular Music History instructor with the CLL, is putting together an enjoyable evening of music: soprano Desirée Hassler and violinist Zhanna Bullock will join Tom for a selection of pieces from such favorites as Carmen and My Fair Lady.


Friday, June 19 is the last day to RSVP for this second annual Encore event. Reservations can be made online and will be held at the door.

Come mingle with friends and enjoy a fun evening out, all while supporting the CLL!



     Saturday, June 20, 5:00-8:00 p.m.



     Gratz Center

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fiveAn Invitation to a Baby Shower
"Great Expectations": June 14

Parents who have welcomed a child into their home in the last year are invited to a "Great Expectations" Baby Shower at Fourth Church on Sunday, June 14 at 12:30 p.m. in the Page Smith Room. Celebrate the latest addition to the family with other new parents while learning about parenting groups and children's programs at Fourth Church. Lunch will be provided.


To RSVP, contact Matt Helms (312.573.3362).



     Sunday, June 14, 12:30 p.m. 



    Page Smith Room  


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sixVolleyball Fun at Oak Street Beach
Young Adults Kick Off the Summer

What better way to enjoy the summer sun and warm weather than with some beach volleyball!

The Young Adults fellowship group will set up nets on Oak Street Beach on Mondays, starting this coming Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m.


All young adults are invited. Don't worry about skill level! We're just out to have a relaxing evening and enjoy fellowship with one another. To sign up to receive emails on Mondays about weather updates and time changes, email Layton Williams.



     Mondays, starting June 1, 6:30 p.m.



     Oak Street Beach (near Oak Street and Lake Shore Drive) 


Chicago Lights Summer Day Volunteer Orientation

Do you enjoy working with youth? Looking for a fun way to get involved in the community?  


The Chicago Lights Summer Day program at Fourth Church--which will be held Wednesday, June 24 through Friday, July 31--is looking for classroom assistants, art class assistants, meal-time helpers, and field-trip chaperones to work with first through eighth graders from under-resourced neighborhoods.

Interested volunteers are invited to attend one of the following orientation sessions in Room 5G: Thursday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m. or Thursday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. RSVP online at  


eight"Selma": A Free Viewing and Discussion
Addressing Issues of Race through Selma

The Interfaith Call to Action Collaboration (ICTAC) invites Fourth Church, as well as five of our neighboring congregations, for a free viewing of the film Selma this Sunday, May 31 at 2:30 p.m. at LaSalle Street Church (1136 N. LaSalle).

A facilitated discussion led by Martin Marty, who marched in Selma nearly fifty years ago, will follow.


All are invited. Although the event is free, space is limited, so please, contact Nancy Davis (312.274.3815) or visit the Mission Table during Coffee Hour this Sunday to get a ticket.



     Sunday, May 31, 2:30 p.m.



     LaSalle Street Church (1136 N. LaSalle) 


worshipWorship This Week
Trinity Sunday
May 31, 2015

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
     "Ever-Present God"
Scripture texts:
    Psalm 139:1-6
   2 Corinthians 4:5-12
    Psalm 139:7-18


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

   Psalm 29     

   Romans 8:12-17

   John 3:1-17       


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 29
   John 3:1-17
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.

Julia Irina Khnykin and Andrew William Appis, May 23, 2015

Holly Reed McDaniel and Justin Robert Fuller, May 23, 2015
We give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life.

Charles Van Gorp

The memorial service originally planned for this weekend has been postponed until a date not yet determined.

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

Friday, June 12, 2015
Thomas Gouwens, pianist
(Associate Organist at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, June 19, 2015
Grant Park Music Festival
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

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