Care of Creation
Getting to Fourth Church Sunday
Important Note about Sunday Afternoon Parking
Oak Street Beach Cleanup: September 19
On Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., our Care of Creation Committee is hosting a cleanup of Oak Street Beach in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Ocean Conservancy's International Cleanup.
Come join us for this great opportunity to get outside and care for our lake in fellowship with Fourth Church members. Please consider bringing a bucket or plastic bag from home to reduce the event's environmental footprint.
   Saturday, September 19, 9:00-11:00 a.m. 
    Oak Street Beach
A Replogle Center Event
Save the date: the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being will host "Death over Dinner" on Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room. That evening participants will have opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about end-of-life issues over a meal in a safe space.
This opportunity is being offered in response to the interest shown at the Replogle Center's 2015 Midwinter Conference "Dying to Know."

To register (required) for the September 24 dinner conversation, click here.
For more information about this national project, go to
   Thursday, September 24, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
    Borwell Dining Room
threeA Kickoff for Children and Youth
Sunday School and Youth Gatherings Resume September 13
Sunday, September 13 will be a special Sunday of fellowship and fun as children and youth programming resumes!
In addition to Sunday School classes starting up again at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. and youth gatherings for sixth through twelfth graders beginning a new year, there will be family fun time afterwards, with lunch and outdoor games and activities in the Michigan Avenue courtyard.
Also, do you love working with kids? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach? We're looking for a few volunteers to teach some of the fourth- and fifth-grade Sunday School class sessions--with a partner--during 11:00 a.m. worship. If you're interested, please contact Matt Helms (312.573.3362).
We hope you'll join us for this intergenerational event as we kick off autumn at Fourth Church!
fourCome Sing with Us
Chancel Choir and Choral Society Rehearsals Start in September
Are you interested in offering the gift of music at Fourth Church?
New voices are invited to join the volunteer Chancel Choir, which sings at the 8:00 a.m. worship service each Sunday, September through June. The Chancel Choir rehearses weekly on Thursdays, beginning September 10, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary Choir Loft and again on Sundays at 7:30 a.m.
There is also opportunity to join the Fourth Church Choral Society, which is open to all interested singers in the Chicago community and gathers periodically throughout the year to prepare for a concert. This season the Choral Society will join the Chicago Chamber Orchestra for a concert on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The ensembles will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem that evening. Rehearsals for this concert begin Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.
For more information, contact John Sherer.
fiveGetting to Fourth Church This Sunday
Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Is August 30
The Transamerica Chicago triathlon will take place this Sunday, August 30. Please be advised that those using Lake Shore Drive from Hollywood to Randolph that morning may want to plan alternate routes for getting to worship.
sixImportant Note about Sunday Afternoon Parking
No Reduced-Rate parking after 4:00 This Sunday or Next
If you park in the 900 N. Michigan garage during Jazz at Four worship, please be aware that there will not be reduced-rate parking available after 4:00 p.m. on Sundays, August 30 and September 6.
We have just learned about this and are in conversation about reduced-rate parking for those taking part in this Sunday afternoon service. We hope to have news about that the week of Labor Day.
In addition to the Sunday validation at the 900 garage now being valid only for those entering the garage after 7:00 a.m. and leaving by 4:00 p.m., the old validation tickets (with the magnetic strips) will no longer be accepted. New validations for the 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday period--tickets that have a bar code on them to work with the new machines at the garage--are available at the church reception desk.
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, August 30, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "You Can Stop Now"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 126
   Isaiah 43:16-21 
   John 8:1-11


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

   Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9

   Mark 7 (selected verses)          


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Mark Eldred, Worship Coordinator and Interim Director of Worship,
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 15
   Mark 7:1-8, 14-23 
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
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Forest Presbyterian Church (700 N. Sheridan in Lake Forest).
Shirley Henninger, July 13, 2015
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel. Following the service, a reception will be held in Anderson Hall.
Kathleen "Kate" Carle, July 21, 2015 
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. in Stone Chapel. 
We give thanks to God for the gift of life together.
Jianghong Li and Dennis Walter Thorn, August 22, 2015

Melissa Ann Mickey and Nicholas Adam Love, August 22, 2015 

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musicConcerts at Fourth Church
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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
"Music, Courage, and Remembrance,"
   presented by Kosmologia Vocal Project
      and NON:op Open Opera
7:00 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

Sunday School teachers at 11:00 a.m. for the fourth- and fifth-grade class, with a partner, on rotation

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

Drummers to perform with the Fourth Church Drumming Circle.
The Drumming Circle is open to anyone who enjoys playing percussion instruments; participants of all ages are welcome. During the 2015-2016 season, the group will play in 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship on the first Sunday of each month, October-May, and rehearse before each gathering.
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