Confirmation This Sunday
oneConfirmation This Sunday
This Sunday, the 2016 class of confirmands will be confirmed and welcomed into membership during 11:00 a.m. worship. Each month on baptismal Sundays, we renew our pledge to support the children and youth of the church; attending the confirmation service is one way to be present with and support them.

We hope you will join us for this service and ask that you keep these youth in prayer as they continue with us on their faith journey.
Academy for Faith and Life Offerings
Three new Academy for Faith and Life classes begin Sunday, April 3!
"Making Social Action Sustainable: Strategies for Spiritual and Psychological Self-Care," led by licensed clinical professional counselor Alison Toback and Teaching Elder Christine Vogel, is the first course of the morning, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5A. Participants will explore how the process of counseling and spiritual direction can help them improve their relational, emotional, and spiritual well-being and transform difficult feelings like frustration, guilt, and anxiety into opportunities for more meaningful action, interaction, and reflection. Please note that the class is limited to 20 participants; you can register online here.
Then at 11:00 a.m. in Room 5F, Reggie Williams will lead a class guiding participants through his new book, Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus. The book argues that the black American narrative led Dietrich Bonhoeffer to the truth that obedience to Jesus requires concrete historical action which, in turn, continues to shape the nature of Christian discipleship today.
The final offering of the day, "Weaving the Human and the Divine: Stories We Tell about Ourselves," will begin at 12:15 p.m. in Room 5B. This interactive four-week class will be led by Tamar Wasoian, who will guide participants through sharing and weaving their stories together. Dr. Wasoian, an experienced educator in diverse contexts and cultures, received her M. T. S. from McCormick Theological Seminary as a Global Scholar, ministered in Armenia, and pursued her doctorate degree in religious education and congregational studies at Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where she also taught. This class is limited to 10 participants; you can register online here.
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!
     Beginning this Sunday morning, April 3
     (see above for specific class times)
     Fifth floor of the Gratz Center
threeTallis Scholars in Concert
This Tuesday Evening
We are honored to host the Tallis Scholars this Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary as part of the citywide Shakespeare 400 Celebration. Led by director and founder Peter Phillips, this world-renowned a cappella group from the United Kingdom will perform a concert of exquisite Renaissance music, featuring works by William Byrd, John Taverner, Richard Davy, Thomas Tallis, and Alfonso Ferrabosco.
The group, which was founded more than forty years ago, has since become the gold standard for Renaissance sacred music. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Their immaculate intonation and accuracy were a given; their full, pure, clear sound, big enough to fill the hall, distinguished their performance."
Tickets are available online or by calling the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (312.294.3000).
     Tuesday, April 5
     7:30 p.m.
fourCalling All Singers!
Sing with the Fourth Church Choral Society
Interested in singing with the Fourth Church Choral Society as they join with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra to present Mozart's Mass in C Minor?
All singers are invited to join us for rehearsals on Thursdays--beginning this Thursday, April 7--through May 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel. The performance will be on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
For more information about the Choral Society, contact John Sherer (312.787.4570).
     Thursdays, beginning April 7
     7:00 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel
five"The Case for Permaculture"
A Fourth Dimension Event
Fourth Dimension--Fourth Church's fellowship group hosted by individuals fifty and over--will gather in April for a presentation on permaculture, a system of agricultural and social design principles that simulates the patterns observed in natural ecosystems and provides an ethical and holistic foundation for a sustainable culture that focuses on employing regenerative, bio-diverse resources with a goal of producing no waste. 
Fourth Church member and permaculture designer Ruth Mortensen will lead the gathering and discuss guidelines that we, as urban dwellers, can employ to incorporate permaculture principles into our daily lives and create a permanent human culture that works in harmony with nature. 
Registration (required) is due this Wednesday, April 6 by going online or contacting Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

     Friday, April 8 
     6:00 p.m.
     Page Smith Room 
sixThe Second in Our Organ Concert Series
Featuring Organist Paul Carr
Join us for the second in a series of dedication concerts on the new Andrew Pipe Organ. On Saturday evening, April 9 organist Paul Carr--an organist based in Birmingham, England--will perform. Paul studied organ with Roy Massey MBE at Hereford Cathedral and Professor David Saint at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with first-class honors. President of the Birmingham Organists Association for six years, last year Paul was awarded with Honorary Membership in the Birmingham Conservatoire.  

In addition to being a solo recitalist, Paul is Director of Music at St. Paul's in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, and Musician in Residence at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Wordsley, Stourbridge. Paul works frequently with the Birmingham Bach Choir and in April 2015 played for the City of Birmingham Choir's concert tour to Paris, which included accompanying at Notre-Dame Cathedral and organ solos at St. Germain-Des-Pres and La Madeleine.
We hope to see you there! To learn more about Paul, visit our website or go to
     Saturday, April 9
     7:30 p.m.
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sevenPresbyterian and Pluralist
A Panel Moderated by Eboo Patel
This week Fourth Church will be the site of the "Presbyterian and Pluralist: Equipping Presbyterian Colleges and Universities for Interfaith Leadership" conference. As part of that program, the public is invited to a panel discussion on Wednesday evening on Presbyterians and religious diversity.
Eboo Patel, President of the Interfaith Youth Core, will moderate the conversation with panelists Christine Hong of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Rick Ufford-Chase of Stony Point Center and Presbyterian Mission Agency, Majorie Hass of Austin College, Frank Yamada of McCormick Theological Seminary, and our own Nanette Sawyer.
We hope you'll join us for this moderated conversation addressing why and how Presbyterians engage religious diversity and how we seek interfaith cooperation in our communities and institutions in an increasingly pluralistic society. We will explore what forms interfaith cooperation should take in a time of denominational and ecclesial challenge as well as how interfaith cooperation offers an opportunity to engage young adults in an increasingly crowded and changing religious landscape.
Seating will be limited, so please arrive early. Volunteers are also needed to serve as hosts that evening; for more information, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).
     Wednesday, April 6
     7:00-8:30 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel
eightEngage in Dialogue about Racism 
Mission Opportunities This Month
As part of our ongoing commitment to addressing racism at local and national levels, Fourth Church is hosting a variety of events in April:
On Sunday, April 17, the Interfaith Coalition against Racism (ICAR) will present a program by writer and human rights activist Jamie Kalven at 4:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel. Mr. Kalven, who has reported extensively on patterns of police abuse and impunity in Chicago, will speak about specific actions that could promote police reform in Chicago and criminal justice reform in our nation.
Then on Monday, April 25, we will partner with ICAR and Trinity United Church of Christ to present an evening of thought-provoking films that address race and racism. This (In)Justice Film Festival, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.
If you're interested in ongoing discussion about racism, small peace circles composed of people from different racial backgrounds are also forming, with the goals of deeping relationships with one another, being in dialogue about racism, and engaging in advocacy and actions to dismantle racism.
If you would like to be part of one of these peace circles or learn more about the opportunities listed here, please contact Vicky Curtiss.
nine"Aging into Possibility"
A Replogle Center and CLL Conference
On Saturday, April 30 the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being and the Center for Life and learning will present the Replogle Center's annual conference, this year on the topic "Aging into Possibility: Challenging the Myths and Misperceptions of Growing Older," a provocative, powerful, and entertaining day of conversation as we re-envision what it means to grow into the second half of life.

Throughout the day three speakers--Ashton Applewhite, Kyrie Carpenter, and Marvin Israelow--will discuss new perspectives with which to view the opportunities and challenges of aging, moving beyond the lens of stereotypes of limitation and decline. Lunch will provide an opportunity for lively and interactive conversation about both the challenges and opportunities of growing older.    

For more information about the day's activities, click 
here. Registration, which is required, can be done in the following ways.
Early-bird Registration (before Friday, April 15)
$60 for CLL members (Call Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386 to register.)
$75 general admission (Guests must register
online here.)  

Registration after Friday, April 15
online here or at the door
     Saturday, April 30
     9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel
worshipWorship This Week
Second Sunday of Easter
April 3, 2016

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Rocky Supinger, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.,
Confirmation (11:00)
Rocky Supinger, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   John 20:19-31   

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
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 life together.

Alaina Marie Peseski and Timothy Bryan Allsteadt, March 19, 2016
We give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life.

Pamela McGaan, March 25, 2016
A memorial service was held on Friday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
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Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The Tallis Scholars
   directed by Peter Phillips
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available at |312.294.3000

Friday, April 8, 2016
Scott Montgomery, organist
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Friday, April 8, 2016
Lakeside Singers
8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available through
Lakeside Singers 
Saturday, April 9, 2016
A Concert in the
Organ Dedication Series
   featuring Paul Carr, organist
7:30 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
Sunday School teachers for fourth- and fifth-grade classes during 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services

Gardeners to volunteer at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago), Saturdays, 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.

for the 11:00 a.m. worship service 

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.

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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