Music by the Fountain Is Back!
Travelers Heading to Guatemala
School Supplies Needed!
Beaches at Drury Lane Oakbrook
Congregational Meeting on Sunday, July 19
oneMusic by the Fountain Is Back!
A Summer of Outdoor Concerts

"Music by the Fountain" kicks off this Friday with a performance by a series favorite: Libby York!


Join us this week--and every Friday through August--at 12:10 p.m., as various musicians perform fun music in the courtyard off of Michigan Avenue.


Bring a lunch and stop by for some free live music on July and August Fridays!


"The Work" Gallery Opening Friday

The Chicago Lights Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy program will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary at a gallery opening this Friday, July 10 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Chicago Art Department (1932 S. Halsted St.).


"The Work: Fifteen Years of Free Write through Icons, Imagery, and Poetry" will feature graphic illustrations, animations, publications of poetry and autobiographical fiction, and recorded poetry and music by current and former students in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The evening will also include live performances by Free Write alumni and teaching artists.


The gallery opening is free and open to the public. We hope you'll join us for this opportunity to connect with Free Write students through their art!



     Friday, July 10

     6:00-10:00 p.m.



     Chicago Art Department (1932 S. Halsted St.)


threeEarly-bird Registration for VBS
Sign Up by This Wednesday, July 15

Vacation Bible School is next month--but until July 15 we are offering early-bird registration rates!


This year's VBS--to be held from Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.--will take children on a Holy Land adventure to Nazareth, Jesus' hometown.


Although the deadline to register for VBS is Wednesday, August 5, the early-bird discount rate is available to those who register before this coming Wednesday, July 15.


Registration is available online. A downloadable paper form is available here.


fourYouth Setting Out on a Justice Journey
A Racial Reconciliation Trip

This Saturday the Senior Highs, Chicago Lights Tutoring students, and their leaders will begin their "Justice Journey" trip. Over the next week, the group will travel through Ferguson, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Selma and Birmingham, Alabama; and Atlanta, Georgia; while visiting important sites in the struggle for African American Civil Rights.


Please keep our youth and their leaders in your thoughts and prayers during their travels and time of work and fellowship.


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fiveTravelers Heading to Guatemala
A Mission Trip with Common Hope

Guatemala mission trip participants leave this Sunday to spend a week in Guatemala with their host, Common Hope, which serves Guatemalans through programs in education, health care, and housing.


While in Guatemala, these fifteen travelers--led by Tom Schemper, Director of the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, and Spiritual Director Sue Schemper--will visit families in a local community and help construct a simple home or sort supplies in a warehouse, all while learning about the culture, history, economics, and challenges in Guatemala and experiencing the rich hospitality and gifts of their Guatemalan hosts.

Please keep these travelers and their hosts in your thoughts and prayers as together they participate in the worldwide mission and ministry of the church of Jesus Christ.


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sixSchool Supplies Needed!
Volunteer Opportunities Also Available

The annual School Supply Drive is off to a great start--but we still have lots of supplies to collect and organize for our children and youth connected with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Summer Day, and Tutoring programs.


Filled backpacks and school supplies are being collected at morning Coffee Hour on Sundays and at the reception desk during the week. You can also sign up there to fill a backpack for a child, donate school supplies, or help receive, sort, and distribute school supplies and backpacks.


Stop by Coffee Hour this Sunday or visit the School Supply Drive web page for more information about how you can help!


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sevenBeaches at Drury Lane Oakbrook
Enjoy Summer Theater with the CLL

Join the Center for Life and Learning (CLL) for a musical afternoon!


On Thursday, August 6, the CLL is taking a trip to Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook to see a production of Beaches. This new musical, which is based on the movie of the same name, tells the story of two friends through thirty years of camaraderie, joy, and grief. Lunch out will also be part of this excursion.


Not a CLL member? Don't worry--this event is open to all those who are sixty and over.


For more information or to register (required), contact Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386 by this Thursday, July 16.



     Thursday, August 6

     10:30 a.m.



     Meet at Fourth Church to go to Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook


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eightCongregational Meeting on Sunday, July 19

Next Sunday, June 19 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 receive the report of the Children and Family Ministry Associate Pastor Nominating Committee and vote on their recommended candidate for this new Associate Pastor position.

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worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, July 12, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "The Folly of Wishing"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 24
   1 Kings 3:3-15 
   Mark 6:14-29


9:30 and 11:00 a.m., Baptisms, New Members (11:00)
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 24    

   Ephesians 1:3-14

   Mark 6:14-29          


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 85:8-13
   Mark 6:14-29
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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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 10, 2015
Libby York, vocalist
Jeremy Kahn, keyboardist
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard

Friday, July 17, 2015
Gaudete Brass Quintet
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

Friday, August 7, 2015
Charles Thomas, vocalist
Scott Hesse, guitarist
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