A New Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry!
Welcoming Rocky Supinger
Unanimously and enthusiastically this past Sunday the congregation of Fourth Church elected Rocky Supinger to serve as Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry!
Rocky comes to us from Claremont Presbyterian Church in California, where he has been Associate Pastor for the past eight years. He will be joining us in ministry on February 1, 2016, and we eagerly look forward to welcoming him and his family to Chicago and to Fourth Church. In the meantime, you can learn more about our newest Associate Pastor here.
Thank you to the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee for their hard work and for recommending Rocky to us!
Reception to Follow 11:00 a.m. Service
Join us this Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. worship service when Matt Helms will be formally installed as Associate Pastor of Children and Family Ministry at Fourth Church. After worship, all are invited to attend a reception--held in Anderson Hall--in Matt's honor.   
We hope you'll join us for this special moment in the life of Fourth Church, most especially for our children and families and for Matt!
     Sunday, November 15, during 11:00 a.m. worship
     Reception to follow in Anderson Hall
threeDeadline for Mexico Mission Trip
Apply by November 16
Applications for the January 18-25 mission trip to build rain cisterns to collect drinkable water in Mexican villages are due this Monday.
Led by Tom Schemper--Director of the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being--and spiritual director Sue Schemper, participants will also have opportunity to learn about projects that involve agriculture and bee-keeping, worship with a local congregation, see Mayan ruins, and enjoy a weekend at Playa del Carmen.
Don't wait--register online today!
fourUK Music Tour Registration Due
November 17 Deadline
Join us for a summer 2016 Fourth Church choir concert tour to England and Scotland!
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.
Registration for this trip is due this Tuesday, November 17. Those interested in taking part in this musical trip are invited to pick up a brochure from the literature racks, visit the Fourth Church website, or contact John Sherer.
Whether you are a singer or not, we invite you to join us as we enjoy the sights and history of these countries and share in beautiful music in beautiful settings!
fiveCaroling before the Lighting Festival Parade
Join Choirs on the Sanctuary Steps
Usher in the holiday season with caroling next Saturday, November 21 on the Sanctuary steps!
Join us at 5:00 p.m. that day when Fourth Church choirs will lead us in singing carols as a part of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. We will sing on the church steps on Michigan Avenue outside of the Sanctuary for about an hour while enjoying the parade and other holiday festivities.
All are invited and are encouraged to bring family and friends!
     Saturday, November 21, 5:00 p.m.
     Sanctuary steps on Michigan Avenue
sixThanksgiving Worship and Dinner
Opportunities to Give Thanks
We hope you'll join Fourth Church this month for two opportunities to give thanks through worship followed by a time of fellowship during a traditional Thanksgiving dinner! 
Community Thanksgiving Worship
Tuesday, November 24
7:00 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral
(735 N. State)
Fourth Church joins our partners in faith Chicago Sinai Congregation and Holy Name Cathedral for opportunity to worship together and express our gratitude through word and song.
Thanksgiving Day Service
Thursday, November 26
11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
A special Thanksgiving Day worship service will be held at Fourth Church, with Vicky Curtiss preaching.
Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 26
12:15 p.m. in Anderson Hall
Give thanks and enjoy a time of fellowship with friends old and new at the annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Tickets are required for this traditional dinner and are available at the reception desk on Sundays and during the week or by contacting Larry Nicholson.
sevenA Book Discussion with Shannon
Mass Incarceration Series Continues
This fall a 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
eightThe Poetry of Mary Oliver
A CLL Special-Topic Class
Explore themes and imagery in the work of poet Mary Oliver with the Center for Life and Learning (CLL) on Mondays, November 30 and December 7!
Led by Susan Quaintance, Program Coordinator for the CLL, participants in this two-session class will read and learn about Mary Oliver's famous and lesser-known works, with some discussion included as desired.
All sixty and over are invited to this enrichment opportunity. Registration is available online here.
For more information, please contact Susan at 312.981.3386.
nineLearn about Mission Work in Cuba
A Special Presentation This Tuesday
Come learn about the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s partnership in ministry with the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba this Tuesday. PCUSA mission coworkers David Cortes-Fuentes and Josey Saez Acevedo will be here at 6:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall South Balcony to talk about the work that they anticipate doing in Cuba during their service. All are invited to this informative presentation.
     Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.
     Anderson Hall South Balcony
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, November 15, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
   "Holy Filibuster"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 16
   1 Samuel 1:4-20 

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Mark 13:1-8 

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
   "Holy Filibuster"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 16 
   1 Samuel 1:4-20
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 new life.
Eleanor Rose Patterson, October 30, 2015
We give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life.
Lewis Watson, October 31, 2015
A funeral was held at Fourth Presbyterian Church on Friday, November 6.

Dorothy M. Koseck, November 4, 2015 
We give thanks to God for the gift of life together.
Elizabeth Leah Van Beek and Nicholas Joseph Cioromski
   November 7, 2015
musicConcerts at Fourth Church
Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

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

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
A Chanticleer Christmas
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available through Chicago Symphony Orchestra 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
A Chanticleer Christmas
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available through Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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