A Glimpse of Organ Pipes High in the Rafters
Working on the Andrew Pipe Organ
Did you know that there are organ pipes in the back of the Sanctuary as well as the front?
There are--and they're in a pipe chamber high above the Great East Window!
That's a long way up, but thanks to a great crew of volunteers, 700 pipes for the antiphonal component of the new Andrew Pipe Organ made their way from the Narthex up to that chamber last Thursday.
You can take a peek inside the chamber--as well as see the pipe brigade hard at work--in these fun pictures.
Thank you to all who helped move the antiphonal pipes as well as the 650 pipes for the positiv chamber in the North Balcony!
Peformed by John Sherer
Join us tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary for a historic moment: the first in our series of organ dedication concerts!
Fourth Church Organist and Director of Music John Sherer will present this inaugural concert on the new Andrew Pipe Organ, performing works by Guilmant, Bach, Saint-SaŽns, Widor, and others.
We hope to see you there!
threeTurning Off Lights for Earth Hour
Participate in This Worldwide Environmental Event
Tomorrow from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fourth Church will be turning off its non-essential lighting in support of Earth Hour, a lights-off event that started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 and has since grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide.

Our participation is part of the work of the Care of Creation Committee at Fourth Church, which is committed to raising awareness and taking actions to help Fourth Church conserve resources and care for our environment.
Want to know more about Care of Creation or ways in which you can care for our planet? Contact Vicky Curtiss, Associate Pastor for Mission, at 312.981.3598.
fourWaving Palms at 9:30 and 11:30
Palm/Passion Sunday Worship
This Sunday, March 20, Palm/Passion Sunday worship services will be held at 8:00 (with Communion), 9:30, and 11:30 a.m., and 4:00 p.m. (with Communion), with Shannon Kershner preaching at all three morning services and Nanette Sawyer preaching at the afternoon jazz service.

Please note that the third service of the morning will begin at 11:30 a.m.
One of Fourth Church's most beloved traditions will also take place during 9:30 and 11:30 worship this Sunday: the Palm/Passion Sunday processional of children entering the Sanctuary waving palms.

Children will gather in their Sunday School classrooms prior to each service; parents with infants and toddlers will meet in the Loggia at 9:25 and 11:25 a.m. They will all then process into the Sanctuary to begin our entrance into Holy Week.
(More information about Palm/Passion Sunday logistics for parents and children is available online here.)
As we begin our Holy Week journey this Palm/Passion Sunday, we hope you'll join us in singing "hosanna, loud hosannas"!
     Sunday, March 20
     8:00, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m.
     4:00 p.m.
fiveTenebrae on Maundy Thursday
As Well as Communion at 12:10 p.m.
Our journey to Easter Sunday continues on Maundy Thursday, March 24 with worship services at 12:10 and 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Both services will include Communion. Nanette Sawyer will preach at the 12:10 p.m. service, and Shannon Kershner will preside at 7:30 p.m.
The evening service will follow the ancient Office of Tenebrae (from the Latin for "shadows"). The service portrays the progression from light to darkness in the passion of Jesus, beginning with his abandonment on Thursday and concluding with his crucifixion. The service ends with the Sanctuary in complete darkness.
     Thursday, March 24
     12:10 and 7:30 p.m.
sixChoral Worship on Good Friday
And Vicky Curtiss Preaching at 12:10 p.m.
Good Friday worship opportunities on March 25 include a noonday service at 12:10 p.m., with Vicky Curtiss preaching, and an evening choral service at 7:30 p.m., both in the Sanctuary. The Good Friday Choral Service will feature the work Stabat Mater by Francis Poulenc.
A Good Friday experience specially designed for children will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel. Children and their families will have the opportunity to attend a short worship service and then explore a variety of stations with activities, crafts, and readings loosely modeled after the Stations of the Cross.
     Friday, March 25
     12:10 p.m. Good Friday Service
     5:30 p.m. Children's Experience
     7:30 p.m. Choral Service
     Sanctuary (except for 5:30 p.m.)
     Buchanan Chapel for Children's Experience
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sevenKindling a Fire in the Michigan Avenue Courtyard
A Saturday Easter Vigil
The deeply moving Easter Vigil will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. This special service, an ancient tradition of the church, invites us into the story of salvation as we mark the conclusion of Lent and the dawning of Easter.
We will begin by kindling a fire in the Michigan Avenue Courtyard and processing by candlelight into the darkened Sanctuary. As Easter draws near and the light of the Sanctuary increases, we will hear readings from scripture that cover the entire story of salvation, from creation through redemption, and join together in sacred song. The evening will culminate in a reaffirmation of our baptismal vows and the celebration of the Lord's Supper.
Your heart, mind, and body will be engaged by this experiential celebration of the new life we are given in Christ. Please join us! 
     Saturday, March 26
     8:00 p.m.
     Beginning in the Michigan Avenue courtyard
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eightA Look Ahead to Easter
Celebrate the resurrection of the Lord with a variety of Easter worship opportunities on Sunday, March 27: a sunrise service at Oak Street Beach, three Easter morning services in the Sanctuary, and afternoon Easter jazz worship with Communion in the Sanctuary.
The Easter sunrise service on Oak Street Beach begins at 6:30 a.m., with Hardy Kim preaching.

There will be three morning worship services in the Sanctuary at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m., at which Shannon Kershner will be preaching.

The jazz service with Communion will be held at 4:00 p.m., with Layton Williams preaching.
Please note that the last worship service of the morning begins at 11:30 a.m. on Easter in order to accommodate the number of worshipers that morning. Also please keep in mind that Sanctuary seating for all morning services fills quickly and early, and there may be possible delays in entering and exiting the parking garages as a result of increased traffic volume. 

On Easter Sunday, nursery care for children under the age of five will be available on the first floor of the Gratz Center between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and children five years of age through fifth grade are invited to participate in our 9:30 a.m. Easter Children's experience on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center, which will be followed by an Easter egg hunt on the fifth floor.
     Sunday, March 27
     6:30 a.m.
     8:00, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m.
     4:00 p.m.
     Oak Street Beach for Sunrise Service
     Sanctuary (except for 6:30 a.m.)
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nineAn Invitation to Brunch
An Easter Sunday Tradition
Join Fourth Church members and friends for the annual Easter brunch at 12:30 p.m. next Sunday, March 27. The menu for the meal will include sliced ham, crisp bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, fresh fruit, waffles and syrup, Danish, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk.
There's still plenty of room at the table, so stop by the reception desk this week to get your ticket and reserve your spot. If there's space, a limited number of tickets may also be available at the door next Sunday.
All are invited for this special time of fellowship and celebration!
     Sunday, March 27
     12:30 p.m.
     Borwell Dining Room 
tenOne Great Hour of Sharing
Since 1949, Presbyterians and millions of other Christians around the world have been receiving the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering as they seek to share God's love with people in need.

At Fourth Church, this annual offering, received during Lent and on Easter Sunday, supports the Presbyterian Hunger, Self-Development of People, and Disaster Assistance programs as well as the programs of Chicago Lights Tutoring and Elam Davies Social Service Center. This video from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance offers a moving look of some of the life-changing work that this offering has made possible.
Gifts to this offering can be made by using the Lenten Offering envelopes that are available in the pew racks, or by noting "Lenten Offering" in the memo line of a check made payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church or made online.  
elevenCider-Passing Hosts Needed
Volunteer on Easter Morning
Do you have time on Easter morning to be a welcoming presence for fellowship worshipers?

We're looking for volunteers to help pass out hot cider to waiting worshipers prior to the 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. worship services next Sunday.
If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) this week.
worshipWorship This Week
Palm/Passion Sunday
March 20, 2016

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:

9:30 and 11:30 a.m. with New Members (11:30)
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Nanette Sawyer, Minister for Congregational Life, preaching
Scripture text:
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.

Sawyer David Stern, child of Benjamin and Carrie Stern
Roman Storm Cavallero Rose and Grayson Lambert Cavallero Rose, children of Michael and Monica Rose
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Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

Friday, March 18
Organ Dedication Concert
   with John W. W. Sherer, organist
   (Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Friday, March 25
No Noonday concert on Good Friday

Friday, March 25
Good Friday Choral Service
   with the Fourth Church Morning Choir
   singing Francis Poulenc's Stabat Mater 
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Friday, April 1, 2016
Chicago Harp Quartet
12:10 Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The Tallis Scholars
   directed by Peter Phillips
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available at |312.294.3000
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
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

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