Children, Youth, and Families Kickoff!
Programming Resumes This Sunday
Calling all children and youth! This is the weekend our regular Sunday School and youth programming resumes--with lots of games and special activities included!
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 outdoor games and activities in the Michigan Avenue courtyard.
Cherub, Children's, and Youth Choir rehearsals also kick off this Sunday in Room 4G, with Cherub Choir (age 4-grade 1) at 9:00 a.m., Youth Choir (grades 6-12) at 9:45 a.m., and Children's Choir (grades 2-5) at 10:30 a.m.

Tunes for Tots, which offers opportunity for parents of infants and toddlers to share in a time of singing and music with their young ones, will also be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Nursery on the first floor of the Gratz Center.
A Special Open House: 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 this 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.
     Borwell Dining Room
threeAccidental Saints with Nadia Bolz-Weber
An Academy for Faith and Life Event
This Monday, September 14 New York Times best-selling author and Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber will return to speak at Fourth Church 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 in Anderson Hall will follow the presentation, with books available to purchase.
     Monday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.
fourHave You Made Family Camp Reservations?
Families are invited to take part in our annual Fall Family Camp next month at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

From Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11, families will enjoy a weekend sharing faith, fellowship, and fun! Activities for children and adults are planned, including a worship service, a campfire with singing and s'mores, and free time to explore the camp grounds.
Registration, which is due by Thursday, October 1, can be completed online or by filling out the PDF downloadable form.
     Friday-Sunday, October 9-11
     Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
five"Care of Creation" Workday
Next Saturday: Oak Street Beach Cleanup
Next 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 also consider bringing a bucket or plastic bag from home to reduce the event's environmental footprint.
You can register for this event online here.
   Saturday, September 19, 9:00-11:00 a.m. 
    Oak Street Beach
sixA Quick Survey for Mission and Social Justice
The Fourth Church World Mission and Social Justice Committee would appreciate five to ten minutes of your time!
They have created a twenty-question survey to help measure and increase their committee effectiveness, and they are asking all Fourth Church members to take a moment to complete it by Sunday, September 20.
Thank you for helping to make our world mission and social justice ministry vibrant and impactful!
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, September 13, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Struggling to See"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 19:1-10
   Mark 8:22-36


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

   Psalm 19

   Mark 8:27-38       


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 19
   Mark 8:27-38
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.
Emilie Claire Suckow and Anthony James O'Neill, September 5, 2015
Jennifer R. Townsell and Douglass Y. Harth, September 5, 2015

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
"Music, Courage, and Remembrance"
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
Friday, September 25, 2015
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
 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