Magical Music in Saturday's Organ Concert
oneMagical Music in Saturday's Organ Concert
Paul Carr Performs at 7:30 p.m.
If you've been by the church this week, you will have heard the magical sounds of organist Paul Carr preparing to present the second concert in our organ dedication series.
Paul has traveled from Birmingham, England, to perform this Saturday evening's concert, and you won't want to miss it!
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.
To learn more about Paul, visit our website, where you can also see his program list for Saturday's concert!
     Saturday, April 9
     7:30 p.m.
Join Us for 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship
This Sunday Peter Macdonald, leader of the Iona Community in Scotland, will be our guest preacher at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Following the 11:00 service, there will be opportunity for conversation with Mr. Macdonald in Borwell Dining Room, as he talks about Iona's international ecumenical Christian movement.
Ordained in the Church of Scotland, Mr. Macdonald has served as leader of the Iona Community since 2009. Its 250 members and 2,400 associate members, representing 47 countries, work individually and collectively for peace and social justice issues. Each year more than 3,000 people from around the world also travel to the ancient abbey at Iona to be refreshed and inspired to give their lives meaning and purpose in the company of others. Because of the Iona Community, the Iona Abbey is continuing to live its original purpose today.

We hope you'll join us for this opportunity for conversation with Peter Macdonald about this unique community.
     Sunday, April 10
     9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship
     12:15 p.m. conversation
     Sanctuary and Borwell Dining Room
threeGet Your Pancake Breakfast Tickets!
Save the Date for This Annual Youth Fundraiser
Be sure to mark Sunday, April 24 on your calendar as the day to enjoy a hearty breakfast while supporting Fourth Church youth at the annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser!
A breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes (gluten-free upon request), sides, coffee, and juice--for a suggested donation of $12--will be prepared and served by the youth between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room that day.
Proceeds support our sixth through twelfth graders as they travel to participate in Asheville Youth Mission this summer.
Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast will be available during Coffee Hour on Sunday mornings and at the door on April 24.
Come on out and enjoy a tasty breakfast and fellowship with church members--and support the work of our youth!
     Sunday, April 24
     9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  
     Borwell Dining Room 
fourConversation about 8:00 a.m. Worship
This Sunday morning those who worship at 8:00 a.m. are invited to share with the Worship, Music, and Arts Committee what they particularly appreciate about the 8:00 service, as we look to make that service even more meaningful for those worshiping at that time.
Please plan to join the conversation at 9:00 a.m. in Borwell Dining Room!
     Sunday, April 10
     9:00 a.m.
     Borwell Dining Room
five"Parenting over Pizza"
Opportunity to Connect with Other Parents
Looking for ways to get to know other Fourth Church parents? This Sunday opportunity to connect with parents over lunch--"Parenting over Pizza"--will be offered at 12:00 noon in Room 4G.
These monthly gatherings 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 "Ritual and Story in Family Life."
So come to the Gratz Center after 11:00 worship this Sunday for a bite to eat and conversation with fellow parents!
     Sunday, April 10
     12:00-1:00 p.m.
     Room 4G
sixYour Input on Fellowship Opportunities
A short survey asking for input on Fourth Church fellowship opportunities in which you would like to participate was emailed to individuals this past week.
If you haven't yet taken the survey, please take a moment to do so and share your thoughts with the Congregational Life Committee!
If you did not receive a survey and would like to complete one, the link to this online survey is available here.
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sevenSponsoring a Refugee Family
Orientation Offered Next Wednesday
Fourth Church plans to sponsor a refugee family in 2016. We need assistance with furnishing an apartment, stocking its food pantry, welcoming the family, making social visits, and mentoring the family as they become part of their new community.
If you'd like to help or learn what is involved, please attend an orientation meeting on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 4F or contact Vicky Curtiss (312.981.3598).
     Wednesday, April 20
     6:00 p.m.
     Room 4F
eight"Self-Search on the Path to Death and Dying" 
Conversation with Phil Kennedy
Join the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being next Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. in Boyle Conference Room for a conversation about conscious living and conscious dying. Phil Kennedy, a retired therapist and counselor who was widowed in 2007, will lead a conversation on this topic based on his reflections at the Replogle Center's September 2015 "Death over Dinner" event. The discussion will be held over a light supper.
Together participants will explore such questions as Who are my companions on this path? Do I even want to talk with someone about my dying and death? How do I deal with the wonder and mystery of death? Participants are also encouraged to bring their own questions to discuss.
You can register for the event (required) online here.
As part of its commitment to offer opportunities for conversation about conscious living and conscious dying, the Replogle Center is also hosting "Death over Dinner" again on Thursday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall. This event aims to inspire participants to have conversations about end-of-life issues over an evening meal.
To register for this "Death over Dinner" evening (required), click here. For more information about the "Death over Dinner" concept, visit
nineExploring SoulCollage� with Vicky
Register Online Today
Want to discover more about yourself and have fun in the process? Come to a SoulCollage� workshop next Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in Boyle Conference Room!
Participants will use images from magazines and calendars to create their own SoulCollage� cards and learn how to access inner wisdom through them. SoulCollage� cards can help deal with grief, illness, recovery issues, and self-awareness. Creating and reading these cards taps your imagination and intuition, promotes personal growth, and reveals inner wisdom.

Vicky Curtiss will facilitate this April 16 seminar. All materials will be provided. Beginners are welcome. Those who have already had an introduction to SoulCollage� are invited to arrive at 9:30 a.m.
Register (required), online here or call the Replogle Center at 312.787.8425. Space is limited. Scholarships are available.
     Saturday, April 16
     9:00-9:30 a.m. Introduction for beginners
     9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Card creation and group readings
     Boyle Conference Room
worshipWorship This Week
Third Sunday of Easter
April 10, 2016

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Take Nothing for Granted"
Scripture texts:

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.,
Peter Macdonald, Leader of the Iona Community, preaching
Scripture texts:
   John 21:1-19    

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Nanette Sawyer, Minister for Congregational Life, preaching
   "Learning to See"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 30 
   Acts 9:1-9  
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.

Siobhan Leckner Brannigan and Matthew James Dower, April 2, 2016
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Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.
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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Chicago Ensemble
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through
Chicago Ensemble | 773.558.3448

Friday, April 15, 2016
Choirs of America
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
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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