A Reception Honoring John and Anna Vest
Walking to Support Meals Ministry
Movie Night on the Playground
We're Gathering Graduates' Names
A New Weekly Women's Bible Study

This Sunday is John Vest's last Sunday at Fourth Church as he prepares to move into his new call to serve as Visiting Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.


Following the congregational meeting on Sunday, we will host a Coffee Hour reception in celebration of John and Anna Vest's ministry among us.


Please plan to be with us to join in sharing with John and Anna how deeply grateful we are for all that their presence among us has meant--and to wish them Godspeed on this new chapter in their lives!


Celebrate John Vest's Last Jazz at Four

Join us this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in the Michigan Avenue courtyard (or, in case of rain, Borwell Dining Room and the Commons) for a festive summer Jazz at Four Communion service!


John Vest will commemorate his last Sunday with us as he preaches and serves barbecue (his favorite way to share fellowship) at his final service of worship at Fourth Church. As always, this service will feature the soulful sounds of the Lucy Smith Quartet.


Bring a friend and come enjoy the music, prayer, and BBQ!



     Sunday, June 7, 4:00 p.m.  



     Michigan Avenue Courtyard    


threeCongregational Meeting This Sunday

This 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.


fourSummer Sunday School Begins
Classes at 9:30 a.m. Only

This Sunday, Summer Sunday School for preschool through fifth-grade children begins, with classes meeting at 9:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center. (There will not be an 11:00 a.m. class during the summer; it will resume in the fall.)


Classes will be divided into three sections, with three- and four-year-olds meeting in Room 4B, kindergartners and first graders meeting in Room 4D, and second through fifth graders meeting in Room 4E.


During the 11:00 a.m. worship hour, when we do not have Sunday School, the Nursery on the first floor of the Gratz Center will be welcoming children up to age five. As always, children are also welcome to join their parents in worship and can ask the ushers for one of the children's worship folders.  


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fiveWalking to Support Meals Ministry
GCFD Hunger Walk: June 20

There are only a couple of weeks left to register for this month's Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) Hunger Walk and support the feeding programs of Fourth Church!


The walk will take place on Saturday, June 20, and Fourth Church's Meals Ministry is fielding a walking team. We still 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 Sunday Night Supper, Monday Night Supper, and midweek bag lunches, which together 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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sixMovie Night on the Playground
A Summer Event for Families

Family fun and fellowship begins this Thursday, June 11 with a Summer Movie Night screening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. outside in the Day School playground (or, in case of rain, Anderson Hall). All children and their families are invited to bring blankets and chairs and enjoy a summer evening outdoors!


Summer Movie Nights are held every other Thursday. A complete schedule of dates and movies is posted online.



    Thursdays, June 11-August 20, 6:30 p.m.



     Day School Playground


Baccalaureate Sunday: June 28

There's still time to submit graduate names! 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.    


eightA New Weekly Women's Bible Study
Weekly Seeds at Fourth Begins This Sunday

All women are invited to a new weekly women's Bible study that starts this Sunday, June 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Fourth Church. Weekly Seeds at Fourth will be using a United Church of Christ lectionary-based curriculum. In a discussion-based format, participants will review the focus Bible passage, examine the attached reflection, and share thoughts about the in-depth questions that are provided.  


During the weeks that the Academy for Faith and Life has a Bible class at 9:30 a.m., Weekly Seeds at Fourth participants will join that class and then return to the Weekly Seeds series when the Academy class is finished.


To receive weekly email updates for Weekly Seeds, sign up at this web address.


Weekly Seeds at Fourth will be moderated by Anne Stelle, a Fourth Church member with an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary. She has served as a Trustee, Elder, and Deacon at Fourth Church and is currently serving as a chaplain at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.



     Sunday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. 



     Room 5F of the Gratz Center 


worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, June 7, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching
     "Widening the Circle"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 138
   Mark 3:13-19a 
   Mark 3:19b-35 


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

   Psalm 138 

   Mark 3:19b-35        


4:00 p.m. Outdoor Jazz Service with Communion
John W. Vest, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture text:
   Mark 3:20-35
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.

Andrea Judith Schwartz and Stephen John Stryker, May 30, 2015 
musicConcerts at Fourth Church
The Noonday concerts listed here are free.

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

Friday, June 26, 2015
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

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.


Ushers for the 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. services 


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