A 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 this 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 as that congregation's Pastor and Head of Staff.

     Sunday, October 11, 12:15 p.m.
This Sunday is also Joyce Shin's last Sunday at Fourth Church as she prepares to move into her new call at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church.
Following the congregational meeting, we will host a special Coffee Hour reception in celebration of Joyce's ministry among us. Please come join us 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!

Please note that this Sunday's Young Adults Gathering has been canceled, as has the "Thinking Theologically" Academy for Faith and Life class--the latter of which will instead meet for two hours next Sunday--so that its participants may attend this festive reception.

     Sunday, October 11, 12:30 p.m.
     Anderson Hall

threeEasiest Routes to Church This Sunday
During the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Directions for the easiest routes to get to Fourth Church this coming Sunday (during the Bank of America Chicago Marathon) can be found online.
We'll be cheering for the twenty-member team running the marathon in support of Chicago Lights! Good luck!
fourGive. Grow. Become!
This week, 2016 Annual Appeal materials were sent to member homes, with an invitation from Shannon Kershner to--in this giving season--consider how we might together grow through our giving, as we think deeply about how God's claim on us and love for us shapes our lives.
It is when we do that that we become transformed in our relationship to God, in our identity as Christians, and in the work we do together as Fourth Church and Chicago Lights.
If you weren't able to be with us this past Sunday, Shannon's sermon "Why We Give an Offering"--a reminder that our giving is as an act of worship and gratitude--is posted online.
Also online is information about the 2016 Annual Appeal for Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago includes an option for online pledging.
Join us as together we Give. Grow. Become!

Commitment Sunday is November 1, 2015.
fiveChange in Morning Prayer Schedule
Beginning this Wednesday, October 14, Morning Prayer will be held once a week, on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel.
All are invited to join staff for this weekly opportunity to remember in prayer members of the Fourth Church congregation, all those who are in need, and mission partners around the world.
six"Art of Architecture"
A One-Session Sunday Morning Class
In conjunction with the Chicago Architectural Biennial this October 2015-January 2016, Fourth Church is pleased to welcome Carolyn Armenta Davis to the Academy for Faith and Life as she talks with us about Black Diaspora architects and offers an understanding of the different cultural, political, and economic climates in which they create and live.
"Art of Architecture: Today's Black Architects of the Americas, Europe, and Africa" will begin at 11:00 a.m. in Borwell Dining Room. Come hear Ms. Davis, an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, share her expertise and work, which is recognized by many as a catalyst for inclusion.
     Sunday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.
     Borwell Dining Room
seven"Body and Soul" Labyrinth Walk
Benefiting Meals Ministry
The Labyrinth Ministry and Meals Ministry invite you to nourish body and soul with a labyrinth walk focused on remembering our neighbors in need.
Join them this Saturday, October 10 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon in Buchanan Chapel, where hosts will provide background for prayers for those served by Meals Ministry. Participants are also encouraged to contribute snack items for the Meal Ministry's Bag Lunch program, which serves about 200 guests every week with a sack lunch composed of two sandwiches and three snacks (one each fruity, salty, sweet), along with a bottle of water when available.
More information about Meals Ministry and sample snack items can be found on the Meals Ministry web page.
eightPumpkin-Decorating Family Night
An Evening of Fall Festivities and Fun
Get ready for Halloween with Pumpkin-Decorating Family Night next Friday, October 16! From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., all families are invited to an evening of fall-themed activities and games.
Anderson Hall will be transformed into a pumpkin patch, where children will select a baby pumpkin to then decorate in Borwell Dining Room. A fall-themed dinner and dessert will also be served.
We hope to see families next Friday for an evening of October fun!
     Friday, October 16, 5:30 p.m.
     Anderson Hall and Borwell Dining Room
nineAn England-Scotland Concert Tour
Join Us for This Musical Opportunity
Whether you are a singer or not, we invite you to join us for a Fourth Church choir concert tour to England and Scotland in the summer of 2016, as we enjoy the sights and history of these countries and share in beautiful music in beautiful settings!
From June 27 to July 6, participants will tour cities such as York, Durham, and Edinburgh, where the Fourth Church choir will sing informal recitals. The tour includes a choir concert at St. Giles' Cathedral, where Calum MacLeod is Minister.
Those interested in taking part in this musical trip are invited to attend an information session this Sunday, October 11 at 12:45 p.m. in Room 4G, pick up a brochure from the literature racks, or visit the Fourth Church website.
The reservation deadline for the trip is Tuesday, November 17.
tenA Glimpse of the Organ Console
As work on the pipe organ project continues, we are preparing to move the organ console into the choir loft. In the meantime, you can glimpse the new console--which is currently protectively stored in Borwell Dining Room--by looking through the Borwell windows from the Walter Family Courtyard.
Be sure to follow Fourth Church on Facebook for all the latest news and photos about this project!
elevenMission Trip Survey
If you weren't here last week to learn about the exciting 2016 mission trips--Mexico, January 18-25; Uganda and Tanzania, February 20-27; Havana, Cuba, April 16-23; Northern Ireland, July 9-17--you can find information online.
And looking ahead to 2017, as the World Mission and Social Justice Committee works to plan that year's trips, they would greatly appreciate your taking just a couple of minutes to answer a few brief questions.
Thank you for helping to make our world mission and social justice ministry vibrant and impactful!
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, October 11, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "A Trust That Makes Sense"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 22:1-15
   Job 23:1-9, 16-17 

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. with Communion
Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "A Trust That Makes Sense"
Scripture texts:

   Psalm 22:1-15

   Job 23:1-9, 16-17


4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shelley Donaldson, Senior High and Confirmation Youth Coordinator, preaching
   "The Problem of Suffering"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 22:1-11
   Mark 10:17-22
   Job 23:1-9, 16-17
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.

Johanna Daubitz, September 18, 2015
We give thanks to God for the gift of life together.

Kelsey Irene Hagberg and Wesley Ford McGowan, October 3, 2015
Katherine Ann Riddell and Jeffrey Ryan Pekarek, October 3, 2015
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musicConcerts at Fourth Church
Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

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

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Fourth Church Choral Society with Chicago Chamber Orchestra
   featuring Mozart's Requiem
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
A $20 donation will be received at the door.
 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 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