"On Going Green"
one"On Going Green"
An Adult Education Opportunity
As we look ahead to Earth Day on April 22, this Sunday the Academy for Faith and Life will sponsor a conversation about environmental care, led by Lorena Lopez of Faith in Place and Barbara A. Wilson of the Presbytery of Chicago.
Faith in Place uses education, connection, and advocacy to inspire religious people of diverse faiths throughout Illinois to care for the earth--and has just awarded a Smart Energy Mini-Grant to the Presbytery of Chicago as a community partner.
We hope you'll join us for this discussion about engaging faith in the process of considering more closely our environmental surroundings and our planet.
     Sunday, April 17
     11:00 a.m.
     Borwell Dining Room
Jamie Kalven to Present This Sunday
Also this Sunday the Interfaith Coalition Against Racism (ICAR) will gather together seven congregations for a call to action presented by Jamie Kalven, a writer and human rights activist who has reported extensively on patterns of police abuse and impunity in Chicago.
Mr. Kalven has been honored for journalistic valor for his role in breaking the Laquan McDonald story and for helping launch an interactive database of complaints against Chicago police officers, and he will inspire those in attendance to take specific actions that promote police reform in the city of Chicago and criminal justice reform in our nation.
All are invited to join this interfaith gathering in Buchanan Chapel Sunday afternoon.
     Sunday, April 17
     2:30 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel
threeLeaving for Cuba This Saturday
A Mission Trip to First Presbyterian Church in Havana
Cuba mission trip participants leave this Saturday to spend a week with the First Presbyterian Church of Havana, a sister congregation of Fourth Church. Together they will reinforce the fifteen-year relationship between the two churches as we live into our shared faith.

While in Cuba, these travelers--led by Associate Pastor for Children and Family Ministry Matt Helms and Fourth Church member Carol Lobbes--will learn about the historical, political, economic, and cultural context for Christian witness in that country. They will also have opportunity to share in a worship service with and explore the various ministries of First Church.

Please keep these members of Fourth Church and the members of the First Presbyterian Church of Havana in your thoughts and prayers as together they participate in the worldwide mission and ministry of the church of Jesus Christ.
fourSave the Date for a Children's Musical!
It's Cool in the Furnace
Stop by Buchanan Chapel on Sunday, May 1 for this year's children's musical, a production of It's Cool in the Furnace!

Fourth Church children and youth will perform the half-hour musical at 10:30 a.m. All are invited to attend this free production.
    Sunday, May 1
     10:30 a.m.
    Buchanan Chapel
fiveSponsoring a Refugee Family
Orientation Offered This Wednesday
Fourth Church plans to sponsor a refugee family in 2016. As part of that effort, 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
sixShannon Kershner on Sacred Spaces
A Presbyterian Women Event
Presbyterian Women will host their next "Good News" Fellowship gathering, "Spiritual Influences of Church Architecture," on Thursday, April 28.
All women are invited to join us that evening as Shannon Kershner and architect Leslie Ventsch share their insights on the spiritual influences of church architecture and how these sacred spaces influence our faith journey.
     Thursday, April 28
     5:30 p.m.
     Bumpus Room
seven"Aging into Possibility"
Embracing the Second Half of Your Life
Come reenvision your future as a time of new beginnings, new opportunities, and new hope when we gather on Saturday, April 30 for the one-day "Aging into Possibility: Challenging the Myths and Misperceptions of Growing Older."

This provocative, powerful, and entertaining day of conversation and presentations will invite those in their forties and older to reenvision what it means to grow into the second half of life.    

For more information about the day's activities, offered as the annual conference of the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, click 
here. Registration, which is required, can be done in the following ways.
Be sure to take advantage of the early-bird registration, which ends April 15!
Early-bird Registration (through April 15)
$75 general admission (Guests must register
online here.)  

Registration after tomorrow, April 15
online here or at the door
Adults sixty and over who are members of the Center for Life and Learning can register for $60 by calling Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386.
     Saturday, April 30
     9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel
eightHost a Tutoring Intern
The Chicago Lights Tutoring program is looking for businesses to provide eight-week summer internships for its students this year.
By offering an internship to an enthusiastic high school student in Tutoring's Career Development program, a business gains an entry-level employee for eight weeks at no financial cost, participates in a meaningful civic partnership, and has the opportunity to help break the cycle of poverty.
Internships take place for sixteen hours a week, from Monday, June 20 through Thursday, August 11.
For more information, contact Shatoya Harper at 312.981.3384 by Friday, April 22.
nineA Communion Service for Families 
Next Sunday in Buchanan Chapel
Children and their families are invited to learn about Communion together when they gather next Sunday at a special Family Communion Service at 12:15 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.
Matt Helms will walk families through a short worship service and talk about what Communion means to the church. He will also explain some of the ways in which our understanding of the sacrament is different from that of other denominations.
There will also be opportunity to celebrate Communion together.
Following the service, families will gather for a light meal in the Bumpus Room. 
     Sunday, April 24
     12:15 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel and the Bumpus Room
tenLocked in a Box Screening
A Documentary on Immigration Detention
On the first Sunday in May, the Academy for Faith and Life will host a viewing of the documentary Locked in a Box, facilitated by Presbyterian Church (USA) Disaster Assistance Representative Susan Krehbiel.
This short film follows individuals held in the U.S. immigration detention system, which has expanded in the past two years to now encompass approximately 200 facilities, many of which are for-profit prisons.
Ms. Krehbiel works part-time as the Catalyst for Refugees and Asylum to coordinate Presbyterian Church (USA) humanitarian response and advocacy on behalf of refugees, asylum seekers, and other forced migrants and also leads other task forces to equip congregations in their respective ministries. A conversation regarding the film and our denomination's continuing place in the world of immigration will follow.
To register for this event, please click here. For more information, visit the Academy for Faith and Life page on the church website.
     Sunday, May 1
     12:15 p.m.
     Borwell Dining Room
worshipWorship This Week
Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 17, 2016

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Good Works, Acts of Charity, Salvation"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 23 

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.,
New Members (11:00)
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 23 
   Acts 9:36-43     

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
Worship bulletins

for this coming Sunday are available online Friday afternoon at
"News and Opportunities"
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from previous weeks are posted online at 

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We give thanks to God for the gift of new life.

Brooke Ann Gordon, child of Andrew and Stacy Gordon
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Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

Friday, April 15, 2016
Choirs of America
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Friday, April 22, 2016
Thomas E. Gouwens, organist
(Associate Organist at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Friday, April 29, 2016
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Friday, April 29, 2016
Camerata Chicago Orchestra
7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Camerata Chicago 
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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