A Letter from Joyce Shin
On Thursday a letter from Joyce Shin was mailed to members of Fourth Church, sharing the news that Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, will be gathering on September 27 to call Joyce to serve as their new Pastor and Head of Staff.

If you have not yet received your letter--including the details about an October 11 opportunity for us to thank Joyce for her ministry among us and to send her forth with our gratitude and blessings as she continues to embrace new opportunities in her pastoral vocation--you can read it online
Learn about Programming and Volunteer Opportunities
This Sunday learn how you can stay connected and volunteer with Fourth Church! 
Coffee Hour will feature information about upcoming and ongoing educational, fellowship, and community outreach opportunities, including details about fellowship groups and other ways you can get involved with the church community. Fourth Church representatives will be available to talk about volunteer needs, mission activities, Academy for Faith and Life classes, and more!
"Get Connected" Coffee Hour will take place in Anderson Hall and the Commons following 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. worship services.
We hope to see you there as we welcome all to Fourth Church this autumn and celebrate ways to deepen connections and serve others!
threeTasty Treats to Support Chicago Lights
An Associates Board Bale Sale
Treat yourself to a sweet--and support Chicago Lights--at a bake sale, hosted by the Chicago Lights Associates Board, this Sunday, September 20 in the Commons during "Get Connected" Coffee Hour.
Breads, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and more will be available. All proceeds will support the six programs of Chicago Lights, the community outreach arm of Fourth Church.
     Monday, September 20, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m..
     Commons of the Gratz Center 
fourDanish Stained-Glass Artist to Join Us
An Afternoon with Peter Brandes
Want to learn about and create beautiful works of art? Join us this Sunday, September 20 for a presentation and demonstration by Danish stained-glass artist Peter Brandes and his master glasscutter, Jannik Kvetny.
Fellowship begins at 12:15 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room, followed by a showing of a documentary that depicts Peter Brandes creating his latest project: four twenty-six-foot stained-glass windows in the new Christ Chapel at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Brandes will then hold a question-and-answer session, after which he will work alongside attendees to create a one-of-a-kind stained glass window, which will be put on display at Fourth Church.
Come enjoy this educational discussion and opportunity for hands-on learning!
     Sunday, September 20, 12:15-2:30 p.m.
     Borwell Dining Room
five"Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"
A Multicultural Committee Book Series
Save the date: this fall, Fourth Church's Multicultural Committee is sponsoring a three-part book series about mass incarceration.
The first meeting, which will be led by Fourth Church member Claudia Boatright on Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 4F, will revolve around The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, legal scholar and Associate Professor of Law at Ohio State University. The New Jim Crow presents an overview of mass incarceration and, according to Harvard law professor Lani Guinier, "directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness." 
We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a powerful and productive discussion about this pervasive issue.
   Tuesday, October 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
    Room 4F of the Gratz Center
sixJoin in Singing Mozart's Requiem
Choral Society Rehearsals: Thursday Evenings
All are invited 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 take place on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.
For more information, contact John Sherer.
sevenFamilies, Register Now for Family Camp
Come for an October Weekend of Fun!
Join us for a weekend of fun and fellowship at Fall Family Camp next month at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
From Friday evening, October 9 through Sunday afternoon, October 11, we'll be enjoying structured activities as well as plenty of downtime, including opportunity to canoe and scale a climbing wall. Come bring your family and join us!

If you haven't registered yet, why not do so now, so you're sure not to miss out on the fun! 
An online registration form is available here. A paper copy to download and drop off at reception is available here.
We hope you'll join us for one of our favorite weekends of family fun!
     Friday-Sunday, October 9-11
     Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
eightTutor . . . and Change a Child's Life
Volunteer with the Chicago Lights Tutoring Program
Make a difference in the lives of children from Chicago's under-resourced neighborhoods--join Chicago Lights Tutoring during their fiftieth anniversary year! Volunteers are needed to be tutors and mentors to the 400 first- through twelfth-grade students who participate in the program.
New volunteers are asked to attend an orientation session at 6:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room on either Tuesday, September 22 or Monday, September 28. RSVP online here.
nineHave You Made Your Officer Recommendations?
Nominating Forms Are Available through September 30
It's not too late to submit 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.
Please take a moment in the coming week to send your officer suggestions our way! 
elevenWelcome, Chicago Sinai!
We wish our Jewish brothers and sisters a good year! We were honored this week to host Chicago Sinai Congregation on Sunday evening and Monday, as they held their community Rosh Hashanah services at Fourth Church, as they have done for several years.
High Holy Day observances continue in the week ahead, when Chicago Sinai returns for their community Yom Kippur services on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, September 20, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 1
   James 3:13--4:3, 7-8a
   Mark 9:30-37


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

   Psalm 1

   Mark 9:30-37        


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
   "God of the Details"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 1
   James 3:13--4:3, 7-8a 
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 new life.
Jacob Dale Lukens, September 2, 2015

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

Matthew C. Fox, September 11, 2015

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

Kimberly Gail Kruzynski and Jeffrey Douglas Nelson, September 12, 2015
Sarah Patricia Kelley and Matthew Steven Cameron, September 12, 2015

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musicConcerts at Fourth Church
Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

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

Friday, October 2, 2015
Mira Luxion, cellist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women

Friday, October 9, 2015
Emily Nash, violinist
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

Members to assist a child with special needs during 9:30 a.m. Sunday School

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