Community Thanksgiving Tonight
Worship with Chicago Sinai and Holy Name
Give thanks tonight as we join our partners in faith this Thanksgiving season to express our gratitude through word and song.
The annual Community Thanksgiving Worship service, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral (735 N. State, at Superior), is cohosted by the faith communities of Holy Name, Chicago Sinai Congregation, and Fourth Church and will include music by Fourth Church musicians. Rabbi Seth Limmer of Chicago Sinai will preach.
    Tuesday, November 24, 7:00 p.m.
     Holy Name Cathedral (735 N. State)
A Worship Service and Traditional Dinner
Celebrate Thanksgiving at Fourth Church!
A special Thanksgiving Day worship service will be held in the Sanctuary this Thursday, November 26 at 11:00 a.m., with Vicky Curtiss preaching.   

Following the service, a Thanksgiving dinner--which offers opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new friends in the spirit of giving thanks--will be served at 12:15 p.m. in Anderson Hall.
Tickets are required for this traditional dinner and are available at the reception desk or by contacting Larry Nicholson.
Parking for the Thanksgiving Day worship service and dinner is available at a discounted rate at the 900 parking garage. Please note, however, that the discounted rate will not be the Sunday morning rate but will be the $17 holiday rate set by the garage. The $17 vouchers can be purchased with cash or check at the church reception desk on Thanksgiving morning. There will then be no additional fee when validating your ticket at the garage upon exit.
threeRemembering Loved Ones with Christmas Flowers
In this season of gratitude, as we give thanks for those people who are important in our life, there is again special opportunity to memorialize or honor loved ones through the donation of Christmas flowers and garlands. Contributions, which will help decorate the Sanctuary and Gratz Center this holiday season, are being received now through Friday, December 11.
Names of those remembered through Advent and Christmas flower donations will be printed in the Christmas worship bulletin. Contributions can be made online or by completing the Christmas flowers form available in the literature racks.
Forms must be received by December 11 for names to appear in the Christmas worship bulletin.
fourFamily Advent Wreath Workshop
Decorate a Wreath This Sunday
Families are invited to observe the first Sunday of Advent at this Sunday's annual Advent Wreath Workshop between 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Parish House Dining Room. Each family will have opportunity to decorate together a wreath using live evergreens and candles and then take it home for use throughout the Advent season.
All materials--wreath forms, evergreens, candles, candle holders, and bows--as well as instructions will be provided. No reservations are required.
Join us for this annual family favorite as we usher in the Advent season!
     Sunday, November 29, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
     Parish House Dining Room
fiveFilling Christmas Wishes
Give a Gift to Our Tutoring Students!
If you're out shopping the sales in the days ahead, why not add to your basket something to make Christmas a little brighter for a Tutoring student!

The Christmas Wishes program collects the wish lists of these children from Chicago's under-resourced neighborhoods and then makes those lists available during Coffee Hour. You're invited to pick one of the items off a student's wish list to get for them and bring it to the church. Volunteers will wrap all the presents, and at the Tutoring party before Christmas, each student will have a gift to open.

Through this "Christmas Wishes" gift-giving project organized by Presbyterian Women, gifts are being collected through Sunday, December 13 at the church reception desk or during Coffee Hour. A gift-wrapping party will take place that Sunday afternoon.

Volunteers are needed to help collect and sort gifts, do data entry, and prepare for gift distribution. For more information about how you can help, contact Anne Ellis.
sixA Chorus of Holiday Concerts
Special Seasonal Musical Opportunities
'Tis the season for holiday music: Mark your calendars for these upcoming musical opportunities at Fourth Church!
From the annual Chanticleer concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. to the Christmas Cantata sung by the Fourth Church Morning Choir on Sunday, December 20 during 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship, we hope you'll join us throughout the month as we celebrate the season through song!
"A Chanticleer Christmas" 
Tuesday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 2
"Holidays a cappella
Friday, December 4  
St. Charles Singers "Candlelight Carols"
Saturday, December 5
Holiday Pops!
Chicago Chamber Orchestra
with cabaret duo Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael

Sunday, December 13
Festival of Advent Lessons and Music
Sunday, December 13: 6:30 p.m. worship service  

Lakeside Singers
Friday, December 18  

Christmas with Tower Brass
Saturday, December 19  

Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 20: 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services
Ticket information is available online along with concert times and locations for these performances, which take place in the Sanctuary or Buchanan Chapel.
We will also be hosting next week the festive finale of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago's second annual Bach Marathon. In a free concert on Thursday, December 3, beginning at 7:00 p.m., you will have opportunity to hear all of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos in one performance.
sevenHandel's Messiah with John Sherer
A New Academy for Faith and Life Class
This Sunday afternoon join John Sherer, Fourth Church Organist and Director of Music, as he leads an Advent-inspired Academy for Faith and Life class on a seasonal favorite, Handel's Messiah. Members of the Fourth Church Morning Choir will also join us to offer musical excerpts and examples.

This four-week course will culminate in a group venture on Sunday, December 20 to Orchestra Hall (220 S. Michigan) to hear a 3:00 p.m. performance of Handel's Messiah by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Seats at the performance are in a reduced-rate, limited block and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis (we have a limit of twenty-five). To purchase a ticket, please contact Mark Eldred.
     Sundays, November 29-December 20
     12:15 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel
eight"Utilizing Your Gifts and Passions"
A Class with Fourth Church Member Tom Payne
Another Academy for Faith and Life class beginning this Sunday will examine what it looks like to serve in a more personally meaningful way as a path to fulfillment.

During "Becoming a Vital Member of a Church Body,"
Fourth Church member and author Tom Payne will guide participants in discovering their own unique gifts and passions. Participants will also look at possible ways in which serving is not aligning with those gifts and passions and thus can be a path to burnout.

Come take a closer look at ways to utilize your gifts and passions to engage and serve this church and beyond. What better gift to give yourself during this Advent season than the gift of seeking how you might serve God in this world!

You can read more about the class and register here.
     Sundays, November 29-December 20
     11:00 a.m.
     Borwell Dining Room
nineText to Give Thanks!
Thanksgiving Gift-Giving Opportunity
In this season of gratitude, we invite you to join us in "Texting to Give Thanks!"
To participate, simply text @fourthchurch and a dollar amount to 52041.
Or make a gift online to the Fourth Church mission and ministry fund.
This is a wonderful opportunity to extend the reach of your gift, as it will be matched 2 to 1 (up to a total of $25,000 for all new and unpledged gifts made by text or online by November 30).
When giving thanks this season, why not consider this easy way to give added expression to your gratitude by giving back!
worshipWorship This Week
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
7:00 p.m. Community Thanksgiving Service
at Holy Name Cathedral (735 N. State)
Rabbi Seth Limmer, Chicago Sinai Congregation, preaching
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 26, 2015

11:00 a.m.
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching

First Sunday of Advent
November 29, 2015
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Old Beginnings and New Endings"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 25:1-10
   Jeremiah 33:14-16
   Luke 21:25-36  

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Old Beginnings and New Endings"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 25:1-10 
   Jeremiah 33:14-16
   Luke 21:25-36

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 25:1-10
   Luke 21:25-36
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, November 27, 2015
Embellish Handbell Ensemble
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

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Civic Orchestra of Chicago
   presents Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Friday, December 4, 2015
Music Celebrations
7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, December 4, 2015
"Holidays a cappella" with Chicago a cappella
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available through Chicago a cappella 

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 takedown; 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 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