We Need Your Officer Recommendations!
Fill Out a Nominating Form Today
We're still in need of recommendations for officer positions with Fourth Church or Chicago Lights!
Nominating forms for the offices of Elder, Deacon, Trustee, and Chicago Lights Board are available online. Paper forms are also available at the church in the pew racks and literature racks.
Why not take a moment in the coming week to send your officer suggestions our way!  
Author Jeanne Bishop to Join Discussion
Books by Women resumes meeting this coming Tuesday, September 8 when the discussion group will talk about the book by Fourth Church member, Cook County Public Defender, and author Jeanne Bishop: Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister's Killer. The book outlines Jeanne's path to reconciliation with the teenager who murdered her sister, Nancy, along with Nancy's husband and their unborn child.
Jeanne will be in attendance to discuss her book, and a reception will follow the regular meeting. Please consider bringing cookies or other refreshments for this free event!
Books by Women meets on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bumpus Room. A complete reading list for the 2015-2016 program year is online here. Newcomers are always welcome to join in whenever a particular book is of interest and to take part as schedules allow.
     Second Tuesdays, beginning September 8, 6:00 p.m.
     Bumpus Room
threeFourth Dimension and Cubs
Gathering and Presentation Next Friday
Fourth Dimension, the Fourth Church fellowship group hosted by individuals in their fifties and over, resumes its monthly gatherings by hosting a program on "Wrigley Field's Last World Series," presented by Charles Billington, author and sports historian.
There will also be a time of coffee and fellowship when the group gathers next Friday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Page Smith Room.
A $15 registration fee is required in advance. To register, contact Anne Ellis by Wednesday, September 9.
     Friday, September 11, 6:00 p.m.
     Page Smith Room
fourAn Open House for CLL's 50th
Join Us Next Saturday, 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 next 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
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, September 6, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "In Need of Favor"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 131
   Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
   James 2:1-10


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

   Psalm 125

   Isaiah 35:4-7 

   Mark 7:24-30        


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 146
   Mark 7:24-30
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.
Louis Houkal, August 24, 2015
Robert B. Volkert, August 25, 2015
We give thanks to God for the gift of life together.
Elizabeth Page Auer and Chase Barrett Keane, August 29, 2015

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

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
"An Intermedia Portrait Concert of the Music of Shulamit Ran"
   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

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Camerata Chicago Orchestra
   conducted by Drostan Hall
   with Grammy Award-winning Sylvia McNair, soprano,
      performing Gershwin classics
         accompanied by Sun Chang, pianist
7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Camerata Chicago | 630.221.5555

 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