Candlelit Taiz This Evening
With Summer Comes . . . the School Supplies Drive!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
oneCandlelit Taiz� This Evening
An Evening of Prayer, Singing, and Silent Reflection

Join us this evening 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.



     Friday, June 26, 7:30 p.m.



     Buchanan Chapel 


A Journey of the Spirit toward God

Prior to tonight's Taiz� service, there will be opportunity to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. In walking the labyrinth, the mind, body, and spirit are together focused on following a single path that leads to and returns from the center, symbolizing a sacred pilgrimage.


The labyrinth that is in Buchanan Chapel is also typically available each week for walking on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walking the labyrinth takes approximately fifteen to twenty minutes.


Before coming to walk the labyrinth in Buchanan Chapel, please check the "Worship and Prayer" website calendar or call the church office at 312.787.4570 to confirm that the chapel is not being otherwise used at the time you plan to walk.



     Friday, June 26, 6:00 p.m.



     Anderson Hall 


threeCLL Summer Film Series
Tuesdays, July 7-August 4

Looking for a way to beat the summer heat? Join the Center for Life and Learning (CLL) on Tuesdays, starting July 7, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 4G of the Gratz Center for weekly film screenings.


Diane Kelliher, a CLL member and instructor, will introduce each film at the start of class and facilitate a discussion after.


This event is free and open to all those 60 and over; there is no RSVP necessary. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the screening.


We hope to see you there!



     Tuesdays, July 7-August 4, 11:30 a.m.



     Room 4G of the Gratz center 


fourTuesdays at Replogle
Join Us for Renewing Meditation Sessions

Are you tired, stressed, overworked? Longing for a sense of peace but don't have time to schedule it?

"Tuesday Evenings at Replogle" offers opportunity for healing and spiritual renewal through meditation.

An introductory meditation session will be held at 6:30 p.m. with meditation immediately following at 7:00 p.m. on June 30 and July 7, 14, and 21. These drop-in sessions, hosted by the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, will meet in the Boyle Conference Room on the third floor of Parish House. A $10 donation will be received at the door.


The Replogle Center is also offering a gong healing meditation session on Tuesday, July 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Bumpus Room. Marian Kraus will invite participants to experience the power of vibrational healing. A $25 donation will be received at the door.



     Tuesdays, June 30 and July 7, 14, and 21

     Introduction to Meditation, 6:30 p.m.

     Regular Meditation, 7:00 p.m.


     Tuesday, July 28

     Gong Healing Meditation, 7:00 p.m.   



     Boyle Conference Room, Bumpus Room


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fiveWith Summer Comes . . . the School Supply Drive!
Fill a Backpack, Donate Supplies, Volunteer

While it seems like the school year just ended, it's already time to prepare our Chicago Lights children and youth for classes this fall.

With some schools beginning in mid-August, we're preparing for our annual School Supply Drive, organized by Presbyterian Women. Again this year we'll be collecting backpacks and school supplies for children connected with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Summer Day, and Tutoring programs.


You can help by signing up to fill a backpack for a child, donating school supplies for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program, or helping receive, sort, and distribute school supplies and backpacks.


To get a supplies list, sign up to volunteer with the drive, or learn more about the School Supply Drive, contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369.


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sixThank You, Thank You, Thank You!

We have a triple thank-you to say this week in gratitude for the generous support of three expressions of Fourth Church mission and ministry this past weekend.


On Saturday morning, the Fourth Church Meals Ministry team and all of you who pledged your support raised more than $13,000 in Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) credits. This will translate into nearly four times that value in food for Sunday and Monday Night Suppers and Bag Lunches, as we are able to get food at a significant discount through GCFD. The Meals Ministry team was the third-highest-fundraising team in the walk, and two of our walkers were among the top six individuals in fundraising. Thank you, one and all!


Then that evening, Encore took the stage in Buchanan Chapel, with a marvelous musical program preceded by a reception in the Commons. More than 150 guests attended this second annual fundraiser for the Center for Life and Learning (CLL), which resulted in more than $15,000 in support of the CLL and its programming for those sixty and over. To the generous sponsors of the event and those who came out and celebrated this program, which begins its fiftieth year this autumn, thank you!


And thank you too to all who enjoyed tasty treats at the youth's bake sale on Sunday morning, helping the Senior Highs and Chicago Lights Tutoring students raise more than $1,600 for their summer "Justice Journey."


Thank you, thank you, thank you!


worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, June 28, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
     "We Have Been Called Beloved"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 130
   Mark 5:21-43


9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
     "The Church and the Suffering"
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 130  

   Mark 5:21-43         


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 130
   Mark 5:21-43
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.

JaCee Marie Burnes and Joseph Richard Trpik Jr, June 20, 2015 

Ashley Elizabeth Iwert and Michael Joseph Beck
, June 20,

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musicConcerts at Fourth Church

Music by the Fountain

Free Friday Noonday concerts move outdoors in the courtyard off Michigan Avenue, by the fountain, in July and August.   

Friday, July 3, 2015
No Noonday Concert, as the church is closed for the Fourth of July holiday

Friday, July 10, 2015
Libby York, vocalist
Jeremy Kahn, keyboardist
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard

Friday, July 17, 2015
Roosevelt University Brass Fest Ensemble and Gaudete Brass
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard

Friday, July 24, 2015
After School Matters HHW Vocal Arts
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard


 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

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