Annual Presbyterian-Muslim Dinner
Make a Difference in the Life of a Child
New Validation Tickets for the 900 Garage
Welcome, New Members!
Honoring Bob Reynolds
This Thursday, August 27 the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) will host its annual Muslim-Presbyterian Interfaith Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Islamic Foundation Mosque (300 W. Highridge Rd. in Villa Park). This year's dinner will be held in honor of the Reverend Bob Reynolds, Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Chicago, before his retirement.

To attend this free event , please send an email to

We hope to see you there! 
     Thursday, August 27, 6:30 p.m.
    Islamic Foundation Mosque (300 W. Highridge Rd. in Villa Park)
Thank you to the students of Chicago Lights CLASS for their beautiful gift of liturgical dance!
This past Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship, the dancers--students in grades five through twelve who spent two weeks at Fourth Church this summer taking part in dance instruction in various styles--accompanied the choir in interpreting the words of the anthem "Bless, O Lord, Us Thy Servants."
Check out our photos to fully experience how the dancers' lyrical movement invited the congregation into deeper engagement with the music and words and enhanced the worship experience.
threeCelebrating 50 Years of the CLL
Join Us for an Open House on September 12
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.
fourAccidental Saints with Nadia Bolz-Weber
A Presentation, Book Signing, and Raffle
Save the date: author and pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber is returning to speak at Fourth Church on Monday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Nadia will talk about her new book Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, which "demonstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives." A book signing will follow the presentation--with books available to purchase--and the evening will conclude with a fun raffle giveaway.
Don't miss a chance to attend this free event!
fiveMake a Difference in the Life of a Child
Be a Tutor!
Have you considered volunteering with Fourth Church? 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!
sixNew Validation Tickets for the 900 Garage
If you park in the 900 N. Michigan garage during Sunday worship or on weekday evenings, please be aware that the garage is replacing its parking validation tickets.
The validation tickets with a magnetic stripe will no longer be accepted after August 23. So please be sure to use the new validation tickets--the ones with a bar code--which you can pick up at the church reception desk.
sevenWelcome, New Members!
Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month:
Linda Barham
Mike Hendon
Anne Nealon
Sally Parnell-Miller
Monique Perlmutter
Dwi Puspitasari
Kevin Rudd
Valerie Rudd
Emily Styrmoe
Susan Weller
Sheila Wicks
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, August 23, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Marking Promises"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 84
   1 Kings 8:22-30 
   Joshua 24:14-18, 25-27


9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Letting in to Go Out"
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 84

   1 Kings 8 (selected verses)          


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
Scripture texts:
   John 6:56-69
   Ephesians 6:10-20 
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.


George M. McCallum, July 6, 2015



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


James Clifford Haugen and Jeffry James Weber, August 15, 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 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

Friday, September 11, 2015
International Chamber Artists
   featuring Patrick Godon, keyboardist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, September 18, 2015
Ian Maksin, cellist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel


 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.


Experienced cooks for the Melting Pot Cooking Club at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm; Thursdays, 3:00-6:30 p.m.; September 17-December 17   


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