Exploring the Book of Job
A Class with Mark Eldred
Beginning this Sunday, September 27 Mark Eldred, Worship Coordinator and Interim Director of Adult Education at Fourth Church, will talk about the origins of the Revised Common Lectionary and its role in preaching and congregational formation. Then for the next four weeks, this Academy for Faith and Life class will explore the Book of Job. 

"Revised Common Lectionary and Job: God in the Suffering, the Voice and Context of Humanity" begins at 9:30 a.m. and offers opportunity for dialogue with scripture as well as a parallel reading partner: Ta-Nehisi Coates's New York Times best-seller, Between the World and Me. Participants will examine
a parallel presentation and discussion of the suffering of Job, individual ways to approach God through voice, and various contexts in which each individual voice arises out of Job.

     Sundays, September 27-October 25, 9:30 a.m.
     Room 5B
We Need Your Recommendations!
The deadline for 2016 officer recommendations is this Wednesday, September 30.
If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to fill out a nominating form for the offices of Elder, Deacon, Trustee, and Chicago Lights Board. You can easily submit your suggestions online or use a paper form from the pews or the lit racks.

threeTaizé and a Labyrinth Walk
A Candlelit Evening of Prayer, Singing, and Reflection
Join us tonight for our monthly service in the style of Taizé at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel, led by Shannon Kershner.
The Taizé service provides an opportunity to gather in a contemplative, prayerful setting at the end of a busy week. Candles; easy-to-learn songs from various countries, traditions, and languages; and a period of silence all contribute to a time to reflect and to open oneself to God. We gather for this service on "fourth Fridays at Fourth Church."  
As it happens each month, the service will be preceded by opportunity to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. This meditative walk takes approximately twenty minutes, and members of the labyrinth ministry team are present to offer guidance for first-time labyrinth walkers. 
     Friday, September 25
     Between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m., Labyrinth Walk
     7:30 p.m., Taizé Service
     Anderson Hall, Buchanan Chapel
fourA Congregational Meeting on October 11
All members are encouraged to attend a congregational meeting that has been called by the Session of Fourth Church for Sunday, October 11 in the Sanctuary at 12:15 p.m.

At the meeting, the congregation will act to dissolve the pastoral relationship between Joyce Shin and Fourth Church.

This coming Sunday Joyce will be at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania as that congregation votes to call her as their Pastor and Head of Staff. We hold her, her family, and that congregation in prayer in these important days and in all the days ahead. 
October 11 will also be Joyce's last Sunday with us, and we will have opportunity that day--in a reception following the meeting--to thank Joyce, Michael, and Sophia for their ministry among us and to wish them well.
fiveRemoving a Dying Tree
The tree at Michigan and Delaware,which was planted in the mid-1930s, has, unfortunately, been dying for the past two years. It has now reached the point that it poses a safety hazard, and thus it will be cut down this Monday, September 28. A new tree will be planted in its place either later this year or next spring.
sixRing with the Handbell Choir
Rehearsals on Sunday Mornings
The Fourth Church Handbell Choir is looking for new members to ring during morning worship! All skill levels--whether you're new to handbell ringing or have been playing for years--are invited to join this five-octave choir, which participates in 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services on the fourth Sunday of each month between October and May.
The Handbell Choir, led by Briana Belding-Peck, Family Ministry Coordinator at Fourth Church, rehearses on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the Buchanan Chapel Choir Loft.
For more information, contact Briana.
sevenStuffed Animals for Hospitalized Children
The Benevolent Guild Could Use Your Help!
The Benevolent Guild invites you to join them in the fun of creating handmade taggies for infants in the NICU at Lurie Children's Hospital and stuffed animals for children in hospitals and shelters.

And not to worry: no sewing experience is necessary!
The Guild meets on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5B of the Gratz Center. Each work session concludes with scripture and mission information. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch and stay for a time of fellowship.
For more information, please contact Anne Ellis
eightCornerstones on Submarines
"U.S. Submarine Illinois Commissioning": October 2
Cornerstones continues its fall programming next Friday with a presentation led by Bob Koonce and Chris Gaines about the U.S. Navy's next nuclear-powered submarine, the U.S.S. Illinois, and its expected thirty-three-year lifespan.

All are invited to take part in this event, hosted by couples fifty and over, as Commander Koonce, a former Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Key West, and Mr. Gaines, a nuclear reactor operator of the U.S.S. Von Steuben during the Vietnam War, share their naval experiences and knowledge of these high-powered submarines.
To register (required), please contact Carol Allerton by this Wednesday, September 30.
     Friday, October 2, 6:00 p.m.
     Borwell Dining Room
nineThank You from the CLL
Thank you to all who came to celebrate fifty years of the Center for Life and Learning (CLL) serving adults sixty and more in our community!
On Saturday, September 12 the CLL celebrated this historic milestone at its annual Autumn Open House. Over 300 guests had opportunity to meet CLL teachers and learn about fall programming, enjoy refreshments, register for classes, and reconnect with friends and meet new people. Shannon Kershner opened the CLL's fiftieth anniversary program with prayer and thanksgiving prior to a commemorative video and statements by guest speakers.
To the former faculty, staff, volunteers, committee members, CLL members, and new friends who came together to commemorate this special program, thank you!

And if you weren't there--or want to look back on a fun day--be sure to check out our photos! 
tenOur Annual Peacemaking Offering
Support the PC(USA)
Next Sunday Fourth Church will receive a Peacemaking offering, which is historically received on World Communion Sunday. This Peace of Global Witness Offering will support violence intervention efforts in the city of Chicago by Cure Violence as well as programs in the Presbyterian Church (USA) that foster racial reconciliation, promote peace internationally--including support Syrian refugees--and address domestic and gun violence.

Gifts to the Peacemaking Offering can be made on Sunday, October 4 using the envelopes available in the pew racks or by writing "Peacemaking" on the memo line of a check made payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church.
elevenWelcome, New Members!
Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month:
Ami Aljalal
Shelby Bridges
Amanda Delgado
Jon Larson
Kristin Larson
Mary Lenox
Lilly Willis
Neil Willis
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, September 27, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 104:1-9
   Job 3 (selections)


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

   Psalm 104:1-9

   Job 3 (selections)  


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Deep and Wide"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 124
   Mark 9:38-50 
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.
Chad Jacob Dicks, June 10, 2015

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

Paul Wasielewski, September 15, 2015

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

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

Friday, October 16, 2015
Ani Gorgova, pianist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, October 23, 2015
Si-Yan Darren Li, 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

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