"The Cries Will Be Heard"
Michigan Avenue Forums Begin This Month
Join us this month for the return of the Fourth Church Michigan Avenue Forum, offered through the Academy for Faith and Life.
This two-part January series on mass incarceration in the United States will kick off with "Look Around: The Cries Will Be Heard" with Iva Carruthers, professor emeritus and former chairperson of the sociology department at Northeastern Illinois University, on Monday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel. Dr. Carruthers and WBEZ's Natalie Moore will discuss the church's place in the greater conversation about our nation's prison systems and how we, as a people of faith, can find God in this complex issue.
The following Monday a panel discussion--"The Eyes of All"--will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. District attorney John Chisholm, the Presbytery of Chicago's Barbara Wilson, Chicago Theological Seminary's Christophe Ringer, and McCormick Theological Seminary's Reggie Williams will continue to explore the issue of mass incarceration and what we might do in response. Author, Cook County defender, and Fourth Church member Jeanne Bishop will moderate the discussion.
Don't miss the chance to attend one or both of these important educational opportunities!
     Mondays, January 18 and 25
     7:00 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel and the Sanctuary
Bring Your Best Chili This Sunday
Families of children and youth, do you think you have the best chili recipe? Join us this Sunday for the annual Chili Potluck Cook-Off for families of children and youth!

Bring your chili--be it sweet, white, red, chicken, beef, turkey, vegetarian, beans, no beans, corn, pineapple, or something else wonderful!--to share with other families following the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Chili can be stored in Crock-Pots and plugged in in Borwell Dining Room. Awards will be given for the tastiest chili!
     Sunday, January 10
     12:00 noon
     Borwell Dining Room
threeThis Week in the January Series
Live Video Feed Continues
The Calvin College January Series continues next week as live video feed of speakers will again be offered at Fourth Church. The "fifteen days of free liberal arts education" will be streamed at 11:30 a.m. each weekday in the Page Smith Room.
Presenters include Eboo Patel on January 11; Bethany Haley Williams on January 12; David Brooks on January 13; Jill Dougherty on January 14; and Ron Suskind on January 15. A complete schedule of speakers and their topics is available online here.

We hope you'll join us for one--or more--of these enriching conversations! 
fourA Women's Retreat: Telling Our Stories
RSVP before January 30
Do you ever wonder why stories matter? What your life stories are? Which Bible stories inform your personal journey? How relating to Bible stories makes a difference in your life?
Women of all ages are invited to explore these questions at "Claiming Our Faith Stories," a retreat for women, on Saturday, January 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fourth Church. This retreat, led by Layton Williams, Vicky Curtiss, Janice Lewis, Amanda Love, and Risa McDonell, will offer participants opportunities to weave connections between their personal lives, others, and the biblical story.
Participants will gather as a large group and in small groups. Many different modalities will be offered, including storytelling, journaling, discussion groups, a personal labyrinth journey, and much more.
Space is limited to the first 100 women who make a reservation. The fee is $15, which includes a light breakfast. Registration can be completed online.
five"Introduction to Systemic Racism"
RSVP by Monday
The Multicultural Committee invites you to "Introduction to Systemic Racism"--a workshop about the origins and manifestations of the systemic, institutional nature of racism--next Saturday, January 16.
This event, offered from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. that day at Community Presbyterian Church of Clarendon Hills (39 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills), provides participants a forum in which to explore the racism present in our neighborhoods, congregations, and the contemporary world.
Those interested may register online here through this Monday, January 11. For more information, please contact Nanette Sawyer (312.274.3835).
     Saturday, January 16
     9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
     Community Presbyterian Church of Clarendon Hills
     (39 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills)
sixIce Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo
A Family Winter Outing
With a predicted high of 28 degrees, next Sunday, January 17 should be a perfect winter-weather day for ice skating! Families with children are invited to an outing to the ice rink at Lincoln Park Zoo following the 11:00 a.m. Sunday School hour. We'll meet at the ice rink (located near the farm at the south end of the zoo) around 12:30 p.m. and enjoy an afternoon of skating and fellowship.
Admission to the zoo is $5 per person; skate rental and hot cocoa costs will be covered. For more information, please contact Matt Helms.
We hope families will join us for this fun Children and Family Ministry outing!
     Sunday, January 17
     12:30 p.m.
     Meet at the Lincoln Park Zoo Ice Rink
     (near the farm at the south end of the zoo)
sevenThank You to the Many December Volunteers!
A big, big thank you to our many December volunteers, who helped during that vibrant and busy time of the year--from the volunteers who sleeved 5,000 candles to Cookies-and-Cocoa Reception bakers and servers; from those who filled Christmas Wishes to the volunteers who wrapped hundreds of gifts; from those who donated items for Social Service Center and Meals Ministry gift bags to those who ushered at the many concerts and worship services, those who served Christmas dinner, helped with the Christmas pageant, sang in the choirs, and so many, many more!
We are grateful for all everyone did to make December such a special, meaningful, and blessed time at Fourth Church!
eightVolunteering with Sunlight Project
The Sunlight Project at Fourth Church is looking for more volunteers. This mission group seeks to raise awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of Chicago youth and to end it through education, advocacy, and action. Those who would be interested in volunteering with the group are invited to an orientation on Sunday, January 17 at 12:15 pm.
     Sunday, January 17
     12:15 p.m.
     Room 5F
worshipWorship This Week
Baptism of the Lord
January 10, 2016
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 29
   Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Baptisms (9:30)
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 29
   Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 29 
   Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
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.

Alden Oliver Gedey, December 23, 2015
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musicConcerts at Fourth Church
Concerts at Fourth Church 
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

Friday, January 15, 2016
Karl Rzasa, bassoonist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, January 22, 2016
Ryan Loeckel, violinist/violist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, January 29, 2016
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Chicago Ensemble
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Chicago Ensemble
| 773.558.3448

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
Sunday School teachers

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 through May and rehearse before each performance.

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