World Communion Sunday
A Worldwide Gathering for the Lord's Supper
We join worshipers around the world this weekend for World Communion Sunday as we gather for the Lord's Supper, enacting the words of the hymn "Come, Risen Lord": "One church united in communion blest; one name we bear, one bread of life we break."
Reminding us of this unity in the global family, the colorful cloth on the Communion Table and the stoles worn by the pastors will be from Guatemala, where several Fourth Church mission groups have traveled.

Hanging from the pulpit will be a banner created by Tamara Davis and Vicky Curtiss to give to the First Presbyterian Church in Havana, Cuba, to celebrate our fifteen-year partnership in ministry with our sister congregation in that country.
A group of eight Fourth Church members will take the banner with them later this month when they travel to Cuba to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the ordination of the Reverend Hector Mendez. There it will have a permanent place in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary.
Learn about Upcoming Mission Opportunities
Mexico. Havana, Cuba. Tanzania and Uganda. Northern Ireland.
All are locations for 2016 mission experiences!
Come learn about these life-enriching opportunities this Sunday during World Mission Sunday Coffee Hour. Members of the Mission Committee will be on hand between services to answer questions about these trips. They will also have information available about the mission partners Fourth Church supports.
Details about and online application forms for each trip are also available online.

threeOur Annual Peacemaking Offering
Supporting Efforts for Peace and Reconciliation
This 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 combat domestic and gun violence.
Gifts to the Peacemaking Offering can be made 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.
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 so that she might assume her new position at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, which this past Sunday voted to call her as their new Pastor and Head of Staff
fiveCelebrating Joyce Shin
Next Sunday is also Joyce Shin's last Sunday at Fourth Church as she prepares to move into her new call in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Following the congregational meeting next Sunday, we will host a Coffee Hour reception in celebration of Joyce's ministry among us.
Please plan to be with us to join in sharing with Joyce, Michael, and Sophia how deeply grateful we are for all that their presence among us has meant--and to wish them Godspeed on this new chapter in their lives!
sixTutoring Begins Its Fifty-First Year!
Chicago Lights Program Kicks Off on Monday
This Monday night 400 students will return to Fourth Church as the Chicago Lights Tutoring program begins its fifty-first year! Students in grades one through twelve from under-resourced neighborhoods will meet once a week with their tutors and focus on improving their academic performance, preparing for higher education and meaningful careers, and expanding leadership and social skills.
More information about the Tutoring program is available online
sevenSharing Hobbies and Interests with Youth
Volunteer with Chicago Lights Tutoring
Do have a passion or talent you'd love to share with our enthusiastic Tutoring students? We're looking for In2It Cafe volunteers to teach forty-five-minute enrichment classes--from yoga to chess to dance to creative writing--on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays, the first week of October through mid-December, from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Alex Cornwell
eight"The Changing Role of Women in the Mosque"
A Fourth Dimension Event
Fourth Dimension continues its fall programming next Friday with "The Changing Role of Women in the Mosque."

All are invited to take part in this event--hosted by individuals fifty and over--as Hind Makki, an interfaith educator who focuses on civic education through interfaith action, speaks about her work promoting women's inclusion in mosques.
To register (required), please contact Anne Ellis by this Wednesday, October 7.
     Friday, October 9, 6:00 p.m.
     Page Smith Room
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, October 4, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "A Feast for All"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 24 
   Isaiah 25:6-10a
   Mark 8:1-10

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
   "Give. Grow. Become!"
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 8

   Acts 2:42-47 

   Deuteronomy 26:1-7 


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
   "Give. Grow. Become!"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 8 
   Acts 2:42-47
   Deuteronomy 26:1-7
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.

Muriel Driel, September 21, 2014
Frances David, September 18, 2015
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
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musicConcerts at Fourth Church
Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

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

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Chicago Ensemble
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Chicago Ensemble | 773.558.3448

 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.; through 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