Meet Syrian Artist Etab Hrieb
A Gallery Walkthrough this Sunday
Join us this Sunday for an opportunity to meet Syrian artist Etab Hrieb and hear her talk about her work, which is currently on display in the Loggia.

Ms. Hrieb, who received a degree in fine arts from Damascus University, has participated in many national and international shows since 1985. She was still living in Syria when political unrest began there, and she worked to provide aid for those under siege.

Ms. Hrieb was granted political asylum and moved to Chicago in 2012; she continues to create artwork, participate in shows, and volunteer with children. Her exhibit of watercolor works will be on display in the Loggia until Monday, November 30.

Joining her this Sunday will be
Tamar Wasoian from McCormick Seminary

     Sunday, October 18, 12:15 p.m.
     Meet in the Commons 
First in a Book Discussion Series
A new book discussion series hosted by the Multicultural Committee is helping us delve into the issue of mass incarceration--the disproportionately high rates of imprisonment among young, African American men and the profoundly devastating effects this has on individuals, families, communities, and society.

To help us explore what this means and what we might do about it, we'll begin by reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.

Join us this Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. as Claudia Boatright facilitates our first discussion.

     Tuesday, October 20, 5:30 p.m.
     Room 4F 

three"Being Mortal"
A Conversation with the New CLL Book Club
A thought-provoking work by best-selling author, surgeon, and staff writer for the New Yorker, Atul Gawande, will be the topic of conversation at the first gathering of our newest book group, the CLL Book Club.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End is our October book, and all adults sixty and older are invited to join in this Center for Life and Learning-hosted discussion.
We'll gather on Tuesday, October 20 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 5B for an exploration of this thought-provoking work.   

     Tuesday, October 20, 11:30 a.m.
     Room 5B

fourFall Festival at the Farm
Games, Food, and Fun for the Family
Come celebrate autumn at this Saturday's Fall Farm Festival at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm!

From 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on October 17, the Farm will host games, crafts, and lunch prepared with produce harvested fresh onsite. A menu of salad and traditional and vegetarian chili and hot dogs will be served.

The Fall Farm Festival is free and open to the public. Bring your friends!

     Saturday, October 17, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
     Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.) 
fiveWalter Brueggemann on October 25
Preaching at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Plan to join us next Sunday, October 25 when we welcome back to our pulpit a longtime friend of Fourth Church, Walter Brueggemann.
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia (a seminary of the Presbyterian Church USA), Dr. Brueggemann is a noted scholar and prolific author of more than 100 books, including Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth; The Prophetic Imagination; and the award-winning Theology of the Old Testament, which has become a foundational and classic work in the field.

Dr. Brueggemann, who is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is widely sought after as preacher, teacher, and lecturer. We are honored that he will be with us to preach at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services next Sunday.

     Sunday, October 25, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
sixMozart's and Fauré's Requiems
Upcoming Performances in the Sanctuary
Our music program has two special requiem performances planned for this autumn:
Mozart's Requiem
Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.
     Featuring the Fourth Church Choral Society
     with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra
     A $20 donation will be received at the door.
Fauré's Requiem
Sunday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m.
     As part of an All Saints' Day Communion Service of Remembrance 
     with the Fourth Church Morning Choir 
We hope you will be with us to experience these moving works!
     Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.: Mozart

     Sunday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m.: Fauré

sevenHave You Made Your 2016 Pledge Yet?
Give. Grow. Become!
The 2016 Annual Appeal for Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights is underway! Have you made your pledge yet?

Materials have been sent to member homes, with an invitation to 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--including our giving--we open ourselves to becoming transformed in our relationship to God, in our identity as Christians, and in the work we do together as Fourth Church and Chicago Lights.
An option for online pledging as well as more information about the 2016 Annual Appeal "Give. Grow. Become!" can be found on our website:
Please make your pledge by Commitment Sunday, which is November 1, 2015, when we will celebrate together our commitment to give, grow, and become!
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, October 18, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 107:1-9
   Luke 12:13-21 

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

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
   "Between the Universe and Ashes"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 104:1-9, 24-30
   Job 38:1-7, 34-41
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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musicConcerts at Fourth Church
Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

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.

Friday, October 30, 2015
Roosevelt University Choirs
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
Energetic workers to help with Fair Trade Bazaar setup and takedown; Friday, December 4 and Sunday, December 6

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 leading Junior High Youth on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

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