Lenten Taiz� and Labyrinth Walk
A Time of Meditative Reflection
Looking for an opportunity for prayer and reflection this Lent? Please join us tonight for our monthly service in the style of Taiz� at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.
The Taiz� service provides an opportunity to gather in a contemplative, prayerful setting this Lenten season. 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.
The service will be preceded by opportunity to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Support the Gala of Hope
If you didn't get tickets to this year's sold-out Gala of Hope, don't worry--there are other ways to support Chicago Lights and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being from home!
This year's Gala of Hope drawing package features the opportunity for a one-month convertible rental from Berman's Infiniti of Chicago. With 1,500 miles included, the possibilities of where you could go are almost infinite!
Drawing tickets are available online or by contacting Andrea Miller.
There will also be opportunity to bid on live auction items from home. This year's auction features such items as an all-access weekend at the Indy 500 with Bobby Rahal and David Letterman and a Michelin star-studded tour of Alsace, France! You can find a preview of live auction items online here.
To bid by proxy, download and complete this form and submit it to Katy Frey Bever (fax 312.787.4584) by Wednesday, March 2.
The drawing will be held on Friday evening, March 4. Winner need not be present to win the drawing but must be twenty-five years or older and hold a valid driver's license and auto insurance.
threeFlowers for Easter
Honor Loved Ones This Easter
Remember loved ones this season by making contributions toward the flowers that will decorate the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday.

Gifts may be made online, or you can download and return to the church this flower form. This form is also available in the literature racks.
Please note that in order for honoree names to be printed in the Easter Sunday bulletin, all contributions and names must be received by Sunday, March 13.
four"Christian Love, Christian Hate"--and More
New Adult Education Classes
Three new Academy for Faith and Life classes--including "Christian Love, Christian Hate"--begin this Sunday, February 28!
"Roots of American Racism," led by educator and Fourth Church member Claudia Boatright, is the first course of the morning, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5B. Participants in this class will engage with the urgent crisis of mass incarceration in conjunction with racism and slavery in the United States.
Then at 11:30 a.m. in Borwell Dining Room, Clare Rothschild, Jeff Stackert, and Curtis Evans will lead "Christian Love, Christian Hate." They will guide participants through the history of the Golden Rule--"Love Your Neighbor as yourself" or "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31)--in the Jewish and Christian biblical traditions as well as in contemporary public dialogue.
If you're looking for a one-session course, Rebecca Burwell's "Understanding White Privilege" will begin at 12:15 p.m. in Room 5F. This discussion will focus on the concept of "privilege"--what it is, how it operates in the U.S. context, and how Christians can address its pernicious influence on our social institutions.
To learn more about these courses, visit the Academy for Faith and Life web page on the Fourth Church website. We hope you'll join us for one--or more--of these educational opportunities!
fiveFamily Ice Skating at the Zoo
Winter Outing This Sunday
Even though extreme cold and illness forced us to cancel our family skating outing to Lincoln Park Zoo last month, we're ready to try again--on the last day the rink is open for skating! This Sunday 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.
We hope you'll join us for this fun Children and Family Ministry outing!
     Sunday, February 28
     12:30 p.m.
     Meet at the Lincoln Park Ice Rink
     (near the farm at the south end of the zoo)
sixFor Those 70-1/2 and Older
About the IRA Charitable Rollover
Please note that, for those 70-1/2 years or older, the IRA Charitable Rollover was indefinitely extended through recent legislation. This means you are able to exclude from your gross income any qualified charitable distribution from your IRAs, up to $100,000 each year.
For questions about how you might use this opportunity to support the important mission, ministry, and outreach work of Fourth Church and Chicago Lights, contact Katy Frey Bever at 312.981.3380.
sevenA CLL Art Reception
Join Us Next Friday Evening
For fifty years artists have enjoyed creating with their words, their pencils, and their water colors at the Center for Life and Learning.

Next Friday, March 4, we hope you will join us in celebrating the work of this year's CLL artists as we gather for the opening of our annual Art Show, complete with a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall.

This year's collection of student artwork will be displayed in the Loggia until Tuesday, March 22.
     Friday, March 4
     4:00-6:00 p.m.
     Loggia and Anderson Hall
eightOrgan Dedication Concert: March 18
Played by John Sherer
Mark your calendars: on Friday, March 18 John Sherer--Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church--will present an organ dedication concert on the Edith G. and Edward J. Andrew Pipe Organ!
We hope you'll come and enjoy this first in a series of organ dedication concerts
     Friday, March 18
     7:30 p.m.
nineWelcome, New Members!
Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month:
Nancy Benson
Kay Brungs
Mable Buckner-Payton
Victoria Dudley
Brad Graham
Justine Graham
Cynthia Pontier
Sophia Serghi
John Smallwood
Tracy Souder
Lauren Suppes
Beth Wright
worshipWorship This Week
Third Sunday in Lent
February 28, 2016

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Nanette Sawyer, Minister for Congregational Life, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 32
   Luke 15:11-32

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 32
   Luke 15:11-32

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 32
   Luke 15:11-32
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.

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

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 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Charlie Sega, organist 
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

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.

Ushers for the 11:00 a.m. worship service

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