Join us for worship this Reformation Sunday as we welcome world-renowned biblical scholar and longtime friend of Fourth Church Walter Brueggemann, who will preach at the 9:30 and 11:00 services.
Dr. Brueggemann is a commanding international biblical scholar, author of more than 100 books, and a revered teacher and inspirational preacher. As a student at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, he was influenced by the writings of Reinhold Niebuhr. He has had a distinguished academic career, including being a professor at Columbia Theological Seminary, where he taught countless students, including Shannon Kershner. This week Dr. Brueggemann is receiving his alma mater's highest award, the Niebuhr Medal, in honor of H. Richard and Reinhold Niebuhr, also alumni.
We are honored to welcome Walter Brueggemann back to the Fourth Church pulpit this Sunday!
Sunday, October 25, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
|A Time to Remember Our Heritage|
This Sunday is Reformation Sunday, a day when we recall the rich heritage of the Protestant tradition. The Presbyterian Church (USA) grew out of the Reformation of the sixteenth century under leaders such as John Calvin and John Knox. It was on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, the watershed event sparking the Reformation.
Reformation Day is also a day when we remember and give thanks for Reformation leaders and all others who have kept the faith.
|Pausing for a Time 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.
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 is 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, October 23
Between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m., Labyrinth Walk
7:30 p.m., Taizé Service
Anderson Hall, Buchanan Chapel
The Fourth Church Choral Society will join the Chicago Chamber Orchestra for a concert next Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The ensembles will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626.
The orchestra will also perform Mozart's Overture to The Impressario, K. 846; and Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C Major, K. 299.297C.
A $20 donation will be received at the door.
The Choral Society is open to all interested singers in the Chicago community. For more information about the Choral Society and future performance opportunities, contact John Sherer, Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church.
Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
|New Adult Education Classes Begin Next Sunday|
Join us next Sunday, November 1 for three new adult education opportunities offered through the Academy for Faith and Life.
"Praying with Eyes Open," led by Vicky Curtiss, begins at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5B and will explore different ways to pray through hands-on artistic and experimental experience. Participants will learn to use SoulCollage ™, mandalas, and Zentangle to discover how visual images can touch their hearts and connect with their intuition and imagination.
Later, at 11:00 a.m. in Borwell Dining Room, Walter Hansen will invite participants into conversation with artists, art historians, and leading voices among the organization Christians in the Visual Arts during "God of the Modern Wing." Each week participants will have opportunity to focus on two to three modern artists, share perspectives, and engage in discussion about the spiritual significance of modern and contemporary art in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Then, at 12:15 p.m. in Room 4G, Mark Eldred will lead a guided tour through Donald M. McKim's book Presbyterian Beliefs: A Brief Introduction. Participants in this "Presbyterian Beliefs" class will together discover answers to the questions, "What is being a Presbyterian?" "What is the Reformed tradition?" and, ultimately, "Why am I Presbyterian?"
|All Saints' Day on November 1|
|Requiem Service Featuring Fauré's Requiem |
Next Sunday, November 1 is All Saints' Day, a day when we remember the faithful who have gone before us and honor departed loved ones. As part of that observance, the names of all Fourth Church members who have entered the Church Triumphant in 2015 will be read during morning worship.
Requiem by Gabriel Fauré will be sung by the Morning Choir during a special communion service of remembrance at 6:30 p.m. that day in the Sanctuary.
Sunday, November 1, 6:30 p.m.
Service of Remembrance
|Give. Grow. Become!|
|The Gift of Growing though Giving|
"It is really not an 'ask,'" says Shannon Kershner of our 2016 Annual Appeal for Fourth Church and Chicago Lights. "It is an invitation
. It is an invitation to grow through our giving, as we think deeply about how God's claim on us and love for us shapes our lives."
If you have not yet read Shannon's letter that accompanies the "Give. Grow. Become!" Annual Appeal materials, you can find it at www.fourthchurch.org/giving/appeal
Please join us in this "invitation to make a difference in our church, community, and world, because God in Jesus has made a difference in us, . . . to 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!"
|Congratulations, Hector Mendez!|
|Celebrating with First Presbyterian in Havana|
Representatives of Fourth Church will be in Cuba this weekend, joining with the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Havana as they celebrate their Pastor Hector Mendez's fiftieth anniversary of ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament.
The group is taking with them the banner that hung from our pulpit on World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our relationship with our sister congregation in Cuba. The banner, which will hang permanently in First Presbyterian Church, was made by Tamara Davis and Vicky Curtiss.
We are deeply grateful for the ministry of Hector Mendez and his ongoing faithful relationship with our congregation. Congratulations and best wishes!
|Presbyterian Homes in the News|
We have recently received inquiries about Presbyterian Homes being in the news--specifically the question of what is the relationship between Fourth Church and Presbyterian Homes.
While we have many members who live in the housing of Presbyterian Homes--a nonprofit organization founded in 1904 to provide residential and health care facilities for older adults--we do not have an ownership or board-membership relationship with that organization.
Thus the recent decisions made by Presbyterian Homes to sell three of their apartment buildings that offer subsidized housing--and to inform residents that they must move--are not decisions in which we were involved; our only connection to those buildings is that we have members who live there.
While our identity as a Presbyterian church therefore does not give us any special place in the decision-making process or in the conversation, a few members and staff of our World Mission and Social Justice Committee are exploring what role we might have to help the parties reach a decision that cares for the current residents, whom we especially keep in prayer in this stressful time.
|Welcome, New Members!|
Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month:
|Worship This Week
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching "Sight"
Scripture texts: Psalm 34
Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Mark 10:46-52
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary, preaching
"Being on the Gigantic Stage with Jesus"
4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching "Between the Universe and Ashes"
Scripture texts: Psalm 34 (selections) Job 42:1-6, 10-17
|Concerts at Fourth Church
|Concerts at Fourth ChurchFriday Noonday concerts are free.
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
Friday, November 6
Maia Surace, soprano
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women
A complete concert schedule is available online.
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|Volunteer 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
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