The Organ Installation Project Is Underway!
CLL's 50th Anniversary Open House
Just a Few More Weeks of Music by the Fountain
Have Fun at VBS!

This past week staff from Quimby Pipe Organs arrived from Warrensburg, Missouri, with the first two truckloads of materials for Fourth Church's rebuilt pipe organ.


Over the next several months, Quimby's crew will be installing the instrument's 8,000 pipes in the pipe chambers, as we look toward celebrating the completed instrument in Advent.


We've been sharing photos on Facebook from the installation work this week, so be sure to check them out (you don't need a Facebook account to view them). If you have an account and don't already "Like" us on Facebook, be sure to do so so you don't miss any photos or updates as this exciting work progresses!

Volunteer Opportunities Also Available

We're preparing to distribute school supplies and filled backpacks for children and youth connected with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm this coming week--and we still need your help!


Donations for the annual School Supply Drive, organized by Presbyterian Women, are being collected at morning Coffee Hour on Sundays and at the reception desk during the week. Plastic supply boxes, assignment notebooks, black pens, colored pencils, and folders are especially needed.


We also need volunteers to inventory backpacks and supplies on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 11, 12, and 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.; take backpacks to the Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Avenue) on Friday, August 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; or distribute supplies at the Urban Farm on Friday, August 14 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.


For more information about how you can help, stop by Coffee Hour this Sunday or visit the School Supply Drive web page


threeHave You Considered Being a Tutor?
Volunteer to Mentor a Child

The Chicago Lights Tutoring 2015-2016 program year kicks off on Monday, October 5--and to make that possible, volunteers are needed to be tutors and mentors! Each volunteer will be paired up with one of the 400 first- through twelfth-grade students who participate in the program.


New volunteers are asked to attend one of the following orientation sessions at 6:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room: Thursday, September 10; Monday, September 14; Wednesday, September 16; Tuesday, September 22; or Monday, September 28. RSVP online here.


Come make a difference in the lives of children from Chicago's under-resourced neighborhoods!


fourCornerstones to Explore Christianity in China
Chinese Cuisine and a Presentation

Need an engaging way to kick off your Labor Day weekend? Come to Borwell Dining Room on Friday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m. for "Christianity in China," a special event hosted by Cornerstones, a fellowship group of couples fifty and over.


Jack Lundbom, who has lectured and preached in churches and seminaries in the People's Republic of China, will discuss the way these places of worship operate and show pictures from his trips.


Join us for appetizers at 6:00 p.m. and a dinner featuring Chinese cuisine at 6:45 p.m. prior to the program. 


To register (required), contact Carol Allerton (312.640.5448) by Wednesday, September 2.



     Friday, September 4, 6:00 p.m.



     Borwell Dining Room


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fiveCLL 50th Anniversary Open House
Learn about Programming for Adults Sixty and More

This autumn the Center for Life and Learning (CLL) is celebrating fifty years of serving adults sixty and more in our community. Come celebrate this historic milestone and explore the program's annual Autumn Open House on Saturday, September 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Gratz Center.


At 2:00 p.m. there will be a short program in Buchanan Chapel marking the CLL's fiftieth year. Shannon Kershner will open the program in prayer and thanksgiving; a commemorative video and statements by guest speakers will follow.


Before and after the program, Open House guests will have opportunity to meet CLL teachers, enjoy refreshments, register for classes, and reconnect with friends and meet new people, all while discovering the exciting things the CLL has planned for the coming year!



     Saturday, September 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m.



     Gratz Center


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sixJust a Few More Weeks of Music by the Fountain
Outdoor Concerts in the Courtyard

If you haven't yet had the chance to attend a free Friday Noonday concert in the "Music by the Fountain" series, don't wait--there are only a few weeks of outdoor Noonday music left to enjoy this year!

Every Friday at 12:10 p.m., various musicians perform lively music in the courtyard off Michigan Avenue. So bring a lunch and stop by for some free live music on August Fridays!


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sevenHave Fun at VBS!
Vacation Bible School Next Week

A favorite week of the year for children at Fourth Church begins this coming Monday: Vacation Bible School will be held the mornings of Monday, August 10 through Friday, August 14.


We wish children and volunteers a fun week as they transform part of Fourth Church into "Hometown Nazareth" and learn about life when Jesus was a kid!


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worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, August 9, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
   Keeping the Sabbath: Sanctity and Sanity
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 34:1-8 
   Genesis 1:31--2:3
   Exodus 20:8-11


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

   Psalm 130

   Ephesians 4:25--5:2        


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
   Re-Made for Each Other
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 130
   Ephesians 4:25--5:2
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.


Elizabeth Holt Brandon and Jeff Milhouse Barker, August 1, 2015


Samantha Grace O'Shea and Kirk Eugene Dahlin, August 1, 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, 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

Friday, August 28, 2015
Laura Freeman and Beckie Menzie:
   Broadway Classics
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

Tutors for Chicago Lights Tutoring
Tutors are needed one evening a week--Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday--from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. New volunteers are asked to attend an orientation session. A schedule is available

to staff the Book Nook after the 11:00 a.m. service

for the 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. services

Aspiring gardeners to work at the Urban Farm on Saturdays, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.  

A tour for new volunteers is held each Saturday at 12:00 noon.

Tutors to youth living temporarily in the Cook County Detention Center on mornings or afternoons, twice a week.  


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