VBS Chorus to Sing 9:30 Introit
A Mission Invitation to a Rally
Young Adult Volleyball at the Beach
Edwin Estevez's Band to Perform
Hear What the Children Have Been Singing All Week
Join us this Sunday as the children who attended Vacation Bible School this week will sing at the very beginning of the 9:30 a.m. service. The preschool through fifth graders will sing some of the songs they learned during their VBS adventure to "Hometown Nazareth," where they learned about life when Jesus was a kid.
We hope to see you then!
Lifting Up Those Rebuilding the Instrument
Also at this Sunday's 9:30 a.m. service, we will be commissioning the organ builders from Quimby Pipe Organs, who began installing our rebuilt pipe organ last week. The work--which includes installing nearly 8,000 pipes--is expected to be completed by this Advent.
Please join us as in lifting up with gratitude the talent, dedication, and care of all involved in this project.
threeCLASS Students to Offer Liturgical Dance
Interpreting the Anthem Through Movement
fourHave You Seen the Fun Photos from Nazareth?
This past week was filled with lively learning as preschoolers through fifth graders were transported to Jesus' hometown of Nazareth for Vacation Bible School.

Check out the photos of the fun these children had as they learned through their daily VBS adventures how God guides and provides!
fiveA Mission Invitation to a Rally
"Black Lives Matter": August 29
The World Mission and Social Justice Committee invites individuals to join members of the Interfaith Coalition on Black Lives Matter for a rally, sponsored by the Chicago Alliance against Racial and Political Repression, at Federal Plaza (Adams and Dearborn) on Saturday, August 29 at 12:00 noon. From there those gathered will march to Daley Plaza.
This rally will commemorate the fiftieth anniversaries of the Selma marches, the Voting Rights Act, and the Watts Rebellion by standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters.  
     Saturday, August 29, 12:00 noon
     Federal Plaza (Adams and Dearborn)
sixYoung Adult Volleyball at the Beach
Outdoor Fun through August
Young adults, there are still a few more weeks of summer to enjoy! Join the Young Adults fellowship group for beach volleyball for a fun way to stay active, enjoy the warm weather, and make new friends. The group meets at Oak Street Beach on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. through the end of this month.
All skill levels are welcome to play and join in fellowship with other young adults. To sign up to receive emails on Mondays about any schedule changes due to weather, email Layton Williams.
     Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
     Oak Street Beach (near Oak Street and Lake Shore Drive)
sevenEdwin Estevez's Band to Perform
Noontime Concert This Friday
A familiar face will make an appearance at this Friday's free Noonday musical event. Rock band Milan and the Sour Goat--featuring former Fourth Church Pastoral Resident Edwin Estevez on drums--will be performing at this week's "Music by the Fountain" outdoor concert.
Bring a lunch and stop by to say hello to Edwin and enjoy some lively music in the Michigan Avenue courtyard!
     Friday, August 21, 12:10 p.m.
     Michigan Avenue courtyard
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, August 16, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 111
   Proverbs 9:1-6
   John 6:51-58


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

   Psalm 111

   John 6:51-58         


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 111
   John 6:51-58
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.


Marena Swenson, August 6, 2015

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. 



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


Almay Alday and Ottoniel Girr-Borrayo, August 8, 2015


Rachel Kathryn Mathers and Brandon Douglas Winikates,  

   August 8, 2015


Sarah Christine Thrasher and Jeffrey Kessler, August 8, 2015 

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musicConcerts at Fourth Church

Music by the Fountain

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

Friday, August 21, 2015
Milan and the Sour Goat
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard
(featuring Edwin Estevez!)

Friday, August 28, 2015
Laura Freeman and Beckie Menzie:
   Broadway Classics
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard

Concerts at Fourth Church
In September, free Friday Noonday concerts return indoors.

Friday, September 4, 2015
Christine Steyer, soprano
Marta Johnson Lettofsky, pianist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women


 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