An Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry
Congregational Meeting This Sunday
Plan to join us this Sunday for an important moment in the life of our congregation!
Following the 11:00 a.m. worship service, we will gather for a congregational meeting in the Sanctuary. At that time, the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee will present, for congregational vote, their recommended candidate for Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry.

Come show your commitment to the youth of our church family as we live out our pledge to nurture and support them in their faith journey.
     Sunday, November 8, 12:15 p.m.
Pledge to the 2016 Annual Appeal
This Sunday is also Commitment Sunday for the 2016 Annual Appeal for Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights, a day when we celebrate all we are able to do together through our generous response to God's blessings in our lives.
It is through worship, education and discipleship, and mission and service that we truly are the church together, living out our call to love and serve all of God's children. On Commitment Sunday, we join together to pledge our commitment to the 2016 Annual Appeal, that this community might continue to "Give. Grow. Become!" in our own faith and as a light for this city.
If you have not yet had opportunity to submit a pledge, please do so today: the form can be printed from the website or completed online
Please join us we individually and together "Give. Grow. Become!" through our support of the 2016 Annual Appeal and its expression of living as faithful followers of Christ and active citizens of the world.
three"See First" What's New with Fourth Church
Don't Miss the Latest News and Photos!
To make sure you don't miss the latest news and photos from Fourth Church, simply follow these easy steps:

Go to our page on click on the "Liked" button (which you'll find in the banner photo across the top of the page).
In the drop-down menu that pops up when you click on "Liked" you'll see "See First."
Select that and ensure that news and photos from Fourth Church will be among those that you "see first" when you're on Facebook!
fourTraveling to Cuba with Matt Helms
April Mission Trip Opportunity
Fourth Church will continue to foster its fifteen-year relationship with First Presbyterian Church of Havana during a mission trip on April 16-23, 2016.
Led by Matt Helms--Associate Pastor for Children and Family Ministry at Fourth Church--and Fourth Church member Carol Lobbes, participants will have opportunity to learn about the historical and cultural context for Christian witness in Cuba and share in the ministries of First Church of Havana.
This intergenerational mission trip is open to those twelve years and older. (Those under eighteen must be accompanied by an adult.)
Applications, available online here, are due by Sunday, December 20.
fiveAn Invitation to Thanksgiving Dinner
A Time of Fellowship and Giving Thanks
Give thanks and enjoy a time of fellowship with friends old and new at the annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, November 26 at 12:15 p.m. in Anderson Hall. Tickets are required for this traditional dinner and are available at the reception desk on Sundays and during the week.

Tickets are limited, so don't wait too long to reserve your spot!
For more information, contact Larry Nicholson.
     Thursday, November 26, 12:15 p.m.
     Anderson Hall
sixHomebound Communion in Advent
A Ministry of the Fourth Church Deacons 
Do you know Fourth Church members who are unable to attend worship and would like to receive Communion?
This holiday season, as part of their ministry, Fourth Church Deacons will be taking Communion to members who are homebound, in a hospital or other care facility, or in other circumstances that prevent them from attending services of worship.
Please call Carol Allerton at 312.640.5448 with names of those who may be interested. Those individuals will then be called to ask about setting up a time for the Deacons to visit.
sevenIs the Fair Trade Bazaar on Your Calendar?
Handcrafted Gifts from around the World
Save the date for the annual Fair Trade Gift Bazaar on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6!
From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday (and until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday), Anderson Hall and Borwell Dining Room will be filled with an amazing variety of handcrafted merchandise, including jewelry, folk art, toys, textiles, clothing, and more.
Groups in countries around the world benefit from the proceeds of this bazaar, making it possible for artisans to earn a fair wage for their labors and thus to provide food, shelter, health care, and education for their families.
We hope you'll mark your calendars and come shop for a difference!
Interested in volunteering? We need people to set up and take down the Fair Trade Bazaar on Friday, December 4 and Sunday morning, December 6. For more information about helping out, contact Larry Nicholson.
     Saturday December 5
     9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
   Sunday, December 6
     9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
     Anderson Hall and Borwell Dining Room
eightChristmas Bags for Our Guests
Collecting Donations of Small Items
To brighten Christmas for guests of the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center and Fourth Church Meals Ministry's Sunday Night Supper, we are collecting toiletries and other small items for gift bags.
Instructions and a list of needed items are available at Coffee Hour following morning worship services on Sundays or in the literature racks. Donations, which will be collected through Sunday, December 6, can be dropped off at the reception desk.
They will then be sorted and put into special holiday bags, which will be distributed to the guests of EDSSC and Meals Ministry programs throughout the Christmas holiday.
nineChanticleer Returns to Fourth Church
A Concert of Christmas Favorites
Ring in the Christmas season with the award-winning voices of Chanticleer! They will be in concert at Fourth Church on Tuesday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Alaways a seasonal favorite, the a cappella ensemble will perform traditional Christmas favorites, from Baroque classics to twenty-first-century carols.
Tickets are available online through the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
For a complete list of Christmas concerts at Fourth Church this season, visit the Fourth Church website
     Tuesday and Wednesday, December 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m.
tenMass Incarceration Conversation with Shannon
Book Discussion Series Continues
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. 

On Tuesday, November 17 at 5:30 p.m., Shannon Kershner will lead us in conversation about Ministry with Prisoners and Families as we examine ways that the faith community can provide a holistic response to all who are affected by mass incarceration.

We hope you'll join us as we continue to explore what this issue means and what we might do about it.
     Tuesday, November 17, 5:30 p.m.
     Room 4F
elevenLearn About the Chicago "L"
A Fourth Dimension and CLL Event
Fourth Dimension is teaming up with the Center for Life and Learning--a program offering classes and fellowship to those sixty and older--to present "The 'L': Chicago's Biggest Mover and Shaker" next Friday evening, November 13.
Attendees will discover the world-famous Chicago "L" in all its grit and glory with Greg Borzo, author of The Chicago "L," as he gives a presentation portraying its growth and development. Through photographs and video clips, Mr. Borzo will explain why this 122-year-old Chicago landmark was built and how it changed the city and suburbs.

To register (required), contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369 by 5:00 p.m. this Wednesday, November 11.
     Friday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.
     Page Smith Room
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, November 8, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Ordinary and Not So Ordinary Redeeming"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 146 
   Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17

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

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching 
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 127 
   Mark 12:38-44 
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.
Alice L. Lawson, October 23, 2015
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
We give thanks to God for the gift of life together.

Jennifer Marie Elliott and Paul Joseph Catanese
, October 31, 2015
musicConcerts at Fourth Church
Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

Friday, November 13, 2015
Thomas E. Gouwens, pianist
(Associate Organist at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, November 20, 2015
Mio Nakamura, pianist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Bella Voce Choir with the Callipygian Players
   featuring Handel's Messiah
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available through Bella Voce | 877.755.6277

Friday, November 27, 2015
Embellish Handbell Choir
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary 

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.

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