"The Music of Lent"
A Presentation by WFMT's Carl Grapentine
This Sunday come explore music for the season of repentance--from chant to Bach chorales, from hymns to spirituals--as we gather at 12:15 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room for a program of music and commentary for the Lenten season.

"'What Language Shall I Borrow?' The Music Of Lent" is a one-session Academy for Faith and Life class that will be led by Carl Grapentine, the host of the Morning Program on WFMT/ 98.7 FM, Chicago's classical fine arts station. Carl first joined WFMT in 1986 after thirteen years as the morning host of the classical music station in Detroit. He also presents pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and several other groups. An accomplished conductor and singer, Carl has twenty-five years of experience as a church music director. Currently he sings in the choir of Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest.
     Sunday, February 21
     12:15-1:30 p.m.
     Borwell Dining Room
"Deep Calls to Deep"
Refresh and renew your spiritual connection with God using spiritual practices of the church at the "Deep Calls to Deep" Lenten contemplative retreat led by Vicky Curtiss on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12 at the Well in La Grange Park.
Join in worship, guided meditation, journaling, praying with images and psalms, or simply enjoying nature and solitude.
Registration forms--available by contacting Nancy Davis--are due by Sunday, March 6.
   Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12
   The Well (1515 W. Ogden Ave., La Grange Park)
threeParenting over Pizza
New Opportunity to Connect with Families
Looking for ways to get to know other Fourth Church parents? This Sunday a new opportunity to connect with parents over lunch--"Parenting over Pizza"--kicks off at 12:00 noon in Room 4G!
These monthly gatherings will open with lunch as a family, followed by a presentation and discussion on various topics while children take part in activities in another room. This month's discussion will be focused on "Nurturing Your Relationship."
So come to the Gratz Center after 11:00 worship this Sunday for a bite to eat and conversation with fellow parents!
     Sunday, February 21
     12:00-1:00 p.m.
     Room 4G
four"Have a Ball" with the Day School!
Learn More about Our Weekday Preschool
Families with young children are invited to stop by the Fourth Church Day School this Sunday to learn more about the weekday preschool program here at the church--and to get a treat for the children!
The Day School's director, Ruthie Hornaday, will be outside the Nursery after the 9:30 and 11:00 services. Come meet her and find out about the fabulous opportunities the Day School offers.

     Sunday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
     The Day School, outside the Nursery
fiveA "Fashion-Forward" Gathering
A Presbyterian Women Event
Presbyterian Women will gather for a "Good News" Fellowship gathering this Thursday, February 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bumpus Room. Kathleen Ochab, stylist from Worth Women's Fashion, will give a presentation to help attendees put a bit of pizzazz into their wardrobes!

All women are also encouraged to bring gently used accessories (no shoes or clothing, please) for the Fourth Church Women's Accessory Swap, which will be held following the presentation. These items will be sold for $2 each, and proceeds will be donated to Presbyterian Disaster Relief.

Unsold accessories will be donated to the women who are served by Sunlight Project, a group at Fourth Church that seeks to raise awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of Chicago youth and to end it through education, advocacy, and action.

Be sure to scour your jewelry boxes for donations and join us for this fashion-forward gathering!
sixFace Painting and Joel Frankel!
Day School's Annual Benefit
Children and their families are invited to the annual Day School benefit on Saturday, February 27 for a fun-filled morning of singing and dancing with Joel Frankel, face painting, and more!   

An open house of the Day School classrooms on the first floor of the Gratz Center, with refreshments served in Borwell Dining Room, will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Face painting will be held in the Commons. A music-and-dance performance with Joel Frankel will take place from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in Anderson Hall.
We hope you'll join us for this family-friendly celebration! Donations received at the door will directly support Day School programming.
     Saturday, February 27
     9:30-11:15 a.m.
     First floor of the Gratz Center and Anderson Hall
sevenVolunteering with the Social Service Center
Register for an Orientation Session Today!
The Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center is looking for volunteers to assist guests in the Share Shop or the Consumer Choice Food Pantry, interact with individuals experiencing homelessness through Good Neighbors Street Outreach, or help with administrative needs.
To learn more about the Social Service Center and how you can help, please attend a one-hour orientation session on Monday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 4D or Thursday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 4G. Opportunity to tour the Social Service Center will take place following orientation.
All attendees must register online here. For more information, contact Jill Keiser (312.981.3590).
eightLate Life Screening
A "Dying to Know" Event
Join the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being in viewing Late Life: A Conversation with Atul Gawande this Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Boyle Conference Room. Light snacks will be provided. 
In this PBS special, Dr. Atul Gawande (author of Being Mortal) talks about his experiences working with patients who are at the end of their lives and with their families in relation to the development of hospice and palliative care programs. Dr. Gawande shares his vision of health care that will help people live each of their last days the very best they can.
To register (required), click here. For more information about this event, which is a continuation of the "Dying to Know" series, call the Replogle Center at 312.787.8425.
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, February 21, 2016
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 27
   Jonah 3:1-9
   Luke 13:1-9, 31-35

9:30 and 11:00 a.m., New Members (11:00)
Rocky Supinger, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 63
   Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Mark Eldred, Worship Coordinator and Interim Director of Worship,
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 122
   Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 
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 new life.

Thomas Edwin Janulis, January 30, 2016
Eleanor Grace Sturrus, February 8, 2016

We give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life.
Barbara Conner, February 13, 2016
A memorial service will be held this Saturday, February 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary with a reception following in Anderson Hall.
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musicConcerts at Fourth Church
Concerts at Fourth Church 
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

Friday, February 26, 2016

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

Monday, February 29, 2016
Aberdeen University Civic Symphony
7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Tuesday, March 1
Chicago Ensemble
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Chicago Ensemble | 773.558.3448
Friday, March 4, 2016
Susan Lageson Lundholm, soprano 
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women

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
"Bucket Brigade" volunteers to help pass organ pipes to the east organ loft

Nursery caregivers during the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services

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 here.

Share Shop volunteers to organize donated clothing items and help Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center guests select clothing.
An orientation session for both new and current volunteers will be offered on Monday, February 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 4D and Thursday, February 25 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Room 4G. Opportunity to tour the Social Service Center will take place following orientation. RSVP for one of these sessions online here.

Sunday School teachers
during the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services 

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