Congregational Meeting This Sunday
Updating Your Member Profile
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Opportunity to Elect a New Associate Pastor
This Sunday, July 19 all members of Fourth Church are encouraged to attend a congregational meeting that has been called by the Session and that will be held in the Sanctuary at 12:15 p.m.

At the meeting, the congregation will receive and act on the report of the Children and Family Ministry Associate Pastor Nominating Committee. That committee will be recommending that Fourth Church call Matt Helms to the new position of Associate Pastor for Children and Family Ministry.

   Sunday, July 19 at 12:15 p.m.

A Ministry of the Fourth Church Deacons

Do you know Fourth Church members who are unable to attend worship and would like to receive Communion?


As part of their ministry, Fourth Church Deacons will be taking Communion to members who are homebound, in a hospital or other care facility, or in other circumstances that prevent them from attending services of worship.


Please call Carol Allerton at 312.640.5448 with names of those who may be interested. Those individuals will then be called to ask about setting up a time for the Deacons to visit.

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A Ministry of Compassionate Listening

Our congregation's commitment to provide ministries of healing grows out of our desire to be a place where hurting people can receive compassionate care and Christ's healing love.

One way in which we express this is through Stephen Ministry, which offers one-to-one caring relationships to support those who are experiencing challenging times, such as loneliness, unemployment, hospitalization, or loss.


For those facing life's struggles or major changes, Stephen Ministry provides someone who cares, who listens, who accompanies, and who supports.


Do you know someone who could benefit from the caring presence of a Stephen Minister? Information about Stephen Ministry is available online, in the literature racks, and by leaving a confidential message at 312.573.3365.


fourMeditation Tuesdays
Recharge at the Replogle Center

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 July 21. This drop-in session, 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. In this session, Marian Kraus will invite participants to experience the power of vibrational healing. A $25 donation will be received at the door.


   Tuesday, July 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 on July 21
   Bumpus Room on July 28

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fiveUpdating Your Member Profile
Staying Connected with Fourth Church

As reported in Session's May update to the congregation, work is underway to improve the functionality and integrity of our database so that it might serve as a more effective tool for the church and members to build connections with one another. The first steps in this process are ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the basic information, such as addresses, preferred means of contact, connections to various committees, and the like.


To accomplish that, the IT team will be inviting small groups of members, one group at a time, to review their data and update it.


We are doing this in small groups (rather than as a blanket invitation to all 5,000-plus members at once!) to ensure that all the updates are processed correctly and efficiently. 


When in the weeks ahead you are invited to do so, please take the few moments necessary to update your information so as to help us know how to be in touch with you!


For more information about this process, contact Meghan McGee or Chuck Cooper.

Thank you for your help with this project! 


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worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Family Ministry, preaching
   "Church without Walls"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 89:1-8
   2 Samuel 7:1-14a
   Mark 6:30-34, 53-56


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

   Psalm 139:1-18     

   Ephesians 2:11-22        


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 23
   Mark 6:30-44, 53-56
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 the gift of life together.


Michelle C. Yoder and Andrew John Hranka, July 11, 2015    

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musicConcerts at Fourth Church

Music by the Fountain

In July and August, free Friday Noonday concerts are held outdoors by the fountain in the courtyard off Michigan Avenue.   

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

Friday, August 14, 2015
Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, cabaret duo
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