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oneHave You Flagged Fourth Church "See First"?

Did you know that sometimes fewer than 12 percent of the people who "Like" Fourth Church on Facebook actually see our posts?


To make sure that our posts appear in your News Feed, you can now mark Fourth Church as one of your "See First" pages.


Simply go to your News Feed Preferences in Facebook and select "See First" for Fourth Church and your other favorite pages!


You can find News Feed Preferences by going to More (in the bottom right for Apple devices; upper right for Android) of the Facebook app screen, then to Settings, and then to News Feed Preferences.

For those using PCs, simply click on the downward arrow at the upper right.


Once at News Feed Preferences, select Pages, and then in the Follow option, select "See First" for Fourth Church and any others pages whose posts you don't want to miss!

A Candlelit Evening of Prayer, Singing, and Reflection

Join us tonight for our monthly service in the style of Taizé at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.


The Taizé 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. We gather for this service on "fourth Fridays at Fourth Church."  


As it is each month, the service will be preceded by opportunity to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. This meditative walk takes approximately twenty minutes, and members of the labyrinth ministry team are present to offer guidance for first-time labyrinth walkers. 



     Friday, July 24

     Between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m., Labyrinth Walk

     7:30 p.m., Taizé Service



     Anderson Hall, Buchanan Chapel


threeWho Are Your Officer Recommendations?
Nominating Forms Now Available

Do you know someone with gifts for leadership and ministry? Consider recommending them for an officer position with Fourth Church or Chicago Lights!


Nominating forms for the offices of Elder, Deacon, Trustee, and Chicago Lights Board online. Paper forms are also available at the church in the pew racks and literature racks.


The Officer Nominating Committee would greatly appreciate your assistance in helping them gather names this summer so they can begin their review of recommendations this fall. So why not take a moment in the coming week to send your suggestions their way! 


fourJazz and a Communion Service
Every Sunday at Fourth Church

Each Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Fourth Church offers a jazz service with music by the Lucy Smith Quartet--an opportunity for worship that includes the celebration of Communion.


Want to learn more about this unique service? A "Jazz at Four" email

with information about each Sunday's 4:00 jazz service is sent weekly. To subscribe to receive this email, send email addresses to with "Jazz" in the subject line.  


And for a special treat, come hear Lucy Smith perform next Friday's free "Music by the Fountain" Noonday concert outdoors in our Michigan Avenue courtyard!


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fiveWelcome, New Members!

Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month:


Alan Bath

Charlotte Bath

Steve Block

Dick Buell

Rita Flessner

Julie Kang

John Moore

Elizabeth Wanders

Cindy Winland


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worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, July 26, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching
   "Loaves and Wishes"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 145:10-18
   2 Kings 4:38-44
   John 6:1-21


9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families, preaching
   "Loaves and Wishes"
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 145:10-18

   2 Kings 4:38-44

   John 6:1-21      


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Mark Eldred, Coordinator for Worship and Adult Education, preaching
   "God in My Pocket"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 145:10-18
   John 6:1-15
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 eternal life.


Shirley Henniger, July 13, 2015

Plans for a memorial service are pending.  


Kathleen "Kate" Carle, July 21, 2015  



We give thanks to God for the gift of life together.


Suzanne Fathi Elgendy and Nicholas A. Boyan, July 18, 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 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

Friday, August 21, 2015
Milan and the Sour Goat
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