You're Invited to an Iftar Dinner
Coffee Hour Sponsorship Opportunities
oneYou're Invited to an Iftar Dinner
An Evening of Interfaith Dialogue and Fellowship

Our Interfaith Relations Committee is delighted to be partnering with the Niagara Foundation to cohost next week a special Iftar dinner during Ramadan.


This event brings individuals from different religious and cultural communities together to learn about food security and the significance of the month of Ramadan in Islam, to engage in friendly table conversation, and to break fast with an Iftar dinner. Persons of all faiths are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The "A Ramadan Experience" presentation will feature keynote speaker Mari Gallagher, principal of Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group, and a lecture by Omer Mozaffar, adjunct professor of theology and Muslim chaplain at Loyola University Chicago.


We hope you will join us in this special event that is part of the "Sharing the Faith" program. In providing a window into the diverse worlds of the three Abrahamic traditions during religiously significant seasons, "Sharing the Faith" seeks to raise literacy of each of those faiths, create safe spaces and experiences for reflection, and respectfully showcase each tradition in its uniqueness.


Come share this interfaith meal with us! Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP today



     Wednesday, July 8

         6:30 p.m. Presentation

         8:15 p.m. Dinner



     Buchanan Chapel for the presentation

     Anderson Hall for the dinner


For Those Dealing with Significant Losses

A Grief Support Group for those dealing with significant losses is offered through the Replogle Counseling Center at Fourth Church. The next Grief Group will meet on Monday evenings, beginning July 6, for six weeks in the Boyle Conference Room of Parish House.


The Grief Group is professionally led by two experienced counselors--Maureen Garvey, L.C.P.C., and Mary Jo Hubick, L.C.P.C.--and offers support and education. This service is offered free of charge approximately five times a year (based on interest, as a minimum of six people is needed to start a group).


For more information or to register (required), please call the Center at 312.787.8425.


threeOutdoor Movie Fun for Families
Thursdays, July 9-August 20

Family fun and fellowship continue next Thursday, July 9 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 through August. A complete schedule of dates and movies is posted online.



     Thursday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.



     Day School playground


fourMusic by the Fountain Series Begins July 10
Free Noonday Concerts in the Courtyard

Bring your lunch and take a break from the busyness of Michigan Avenue--free Friday Noonday concerts at Fourth Church move to the courtyard next week! Join us at 12:10 p.m. every Friday from July 10 until the end of the summer for "Music by the Fountain," featuring a variety of musical talent, from jazz vocalists to a cabaret duo to a rock band with former Fourth Church Pastoral Resident Edwin Estevez (on August 21).


A complete schedule of "Music by the Fountain" Noonday concerts is available online.


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fiveCoffee Hour Sponsorship Opportunities
Support a Time of Fellowship and Hospitality

One of the treats of summer months is enjoying Sunday morning Coffee Hour outdoors in our beautiful courtyard.


You can help make these special times of fellowship possible by sponsoring Coffee Hour in honor or memory of a loved one or in recognition of a special occasion.


For more information about you can help Fourth Church embody our spirit of hospitality through Coffee Hour sponsorship opportunities, contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369.


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worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, July 5, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 48
   Mark 6:1-13


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

   Psalm 48   

   Mark 6:1-13          


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 148
   Genesis 3
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 new life.

Vivien Leslie Page, daughter of John and Andrea Page   
We give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life.

Velma Berry, April 10, 2015

Billye Jennings
, June 28,
We give thanks to God for this gift of life together.

Ainah Uy Tan and Michael Andrew Lohmeier, June 27, 2015 
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

Friday, July 31, 2015
Lucy Smith's Autumn in Augusta
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