|An Evening of Prayer, Singing, and Reflection|
Join us this Friday night 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, January 22
Between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m., Labyrinth Walk
7:30 p.m., Taizé Service
Anderson Hall, Buchanan Chapel
|This Monday: "The Eyes of All"|
The Academy for Faith and Life's two-part Michigan Avenue Forum series on mass incarceration will conclude on Monday evening with "The Eyes of All."
This panel discussion will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary on January 25. 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 explore the issue of our nation's jail and prison systems and what we might do in response. Author, Cook County defender, and Fourth Church member Jeanne Bishop will moderate the discussion.
We hope you will attend this important educational opportunity!
Monday, January 25
|RSVP for the Women's Retreat|
|There's still time to register for our winter retreat for women!
Women of all ages are invited to "Claiming Our Faith Stories" next 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.
The fee for the retreat is $15, which includes a light breakfast. Registration can be completed online.
Saturday, January 30
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
|Making a Difference. Changing Lives.|
One of the ways that we, as a congregation, live out our call to be a light in the city is through the work of Fourth Church's nonprofit community outreach organization, Chicago Lights.
Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to Chicago's children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty. It is your support of this Fourth Church mission arm that makes this possible, through the work of the Chicago Lights Dance Academy, the Elam Davies Social Service Center, Summer Day, Tutoring, and the Urban Farm.
This Sunday morning come learn about each of these programs, as Chicago Lights staff will be available during Coffee Hour to talk about what they do.
There will also be opportunity to show your support of Chicago Lights by taking advantage of early-bird ticket sales for Gala of Hope!
Make plans now to join us for a fun-filled evening on Friday, March 4, when we'll enjoy a sit-down dinner and dessert, dance to the music of a live orchestra, and take part in live and silent auctions--all while enjoying the fellowship of Fourth Church friends and supporting our commitment to serve our neighbors in need through the work of Chicago Lights and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being.
|Two Enrichment Opportunities|
Looking for reading recommendations--and conversations about books? Check out our monthly book groups!
All women are invited to monthly Books by Women conversations, which are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Bumpus Room. The group next meets on Tuesday, February 9 for discussion of Euphoria by Lily King. The novel, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award for Fiction in 2014, is based on the life of Margaret Mead and tells the story of a love triangle that takes place in the most remote provinces of New Guinea.
If you're sixty and over, the Center for Life and Learning (CLL) monthly book club also meets that Tuesday! They'll be gathering at 11:30 a.m. in Room 4B for a member-facilitated discussion of A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman.
Grab a great read, and stop by one--or both--of these enriching discussions next month!
|Welcome, New Members!|
Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month:
|Worship This Week
|DeathWe give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life.
Alice M. Korthauer,
January 14, 2016A service was held on Tuesday, January 19 at Drake & Sons Funeral Home.
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|Concerts at Fourth Church
Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.
Friday, January 29, 2016
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in the SanctuaryTuesday, February 2, 2016
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Chicago Ensemble
Friday, February 5, 2016
Yana Reznik, pianist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women
Friday, February 12, 2016
Mark Valenti, pianist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
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
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