Come Hungry for Pancakes!
|Annual Youth Fundraiser This Sunday |
Enjoy a hearty breakfast this Sunday while supporting Fourth Church youth!
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. And, for a suggested donation of a few extra dollars, Rocky Supinger will be preparing extra-special pancakes!
Proceeds support our sixth through twelfth graders as they travel to participate in Asheville Youth Mission this summer. Tickets will be available at the door.
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
This week Vince Gerasole of CBS Chicago stopped by to explore our new Andrew Organ pipe chamber, hear the wide range of sounds produced by the new organ, and chat with Chris Soer of Quimby Pipe Organs about building such complex instruments--and their meeting was featured on CBS Chicago's 5:00 p.m. newscast Wednesday night!
If you haven't yet had a chance to watch it, the link can be found online here.
|An Evening of Prayer, Singing, and Reflection|
Join us tonight for our monthly service in the style of Taizé at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.
The Taizé service provides an opportunity to gather in a contemplative, prayerful setting at the end of a busy week. 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. We gather for this service on "fourth Fridays at Fourth Church."
As it is each month, the service will be preceded by opportunity to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. This meditative walk takes approximately twenty minutes, and members of the labyrinth ministry team are present to offer guidance for first-time labyrinth walkers.
Friday, April 22
Between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m., Labyrinth Walk
7:30 p.m., Taizé Service
Anderson Hall, Buchanan Chapel
Through Sunday, May 1 Women at Fourth is collecting materials and funds for hygiene kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), which cares for communities affected by crises and catastrophic events. One way PDA does this is by working with Church World Service (CWS), a cooperative ministry of thirty-seven Christian-based communions, to provide hygiene kits to areas affected by disaster.
Each kit is estimated to cost about $10 to put together, plus another $2 for shipping and handling fees for distribution with Church World Services. Materials and funds for the hygiene kits will be collected at Coffee Hour this Sunday morning and next and at the reception desk during the week.
A list of materials needed for each kit is available online.
|Come for a Spring Weekend of Fun!|
Join us for a weekend of fun and fellowship at Spring Family Camp next month at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, led by Matt Helms and Shannon Kershner!
From Friday evening, May 20 through Sunday afternoon, May 22, we'll be enjoying structured activities as well as plenty of downtime, including opportunity to scale a climbing wall or take a walk into town. Come bring your family and join us!
If you haven't registered yet, why not do so now, so you're sure not to miss out on the fun!
Registration forms, which are available online here, are due by Sunday, May 8.
We hope you'll join us for one of our favorite weekends of family fun!
Friday-Sunday, May 20-22
Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
If you weren't selected for the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago Lights just might have your bib!
Team Chicago Lights has a limited number of guaranteed entries to award by May 23. Runners will serve as ambassadors and raise funds for the community outreach programs of Chicago Lights.
All Team Chicago Lights members will receive training and fundraising tools and a team technical running shirt, along with opportunity to attend monthly meetings offering support up until race day on October 9.
Contact Kate Solis Silva to find out more about being a part of an amazing team and supporting life-changing programs in the process!
|Mission Coworker Kurt Esslinger, Sunlight Project
|"Sex-Trafficking Web of Japan, Korea, and the United States" |
This Sunday Kurt Esslinger--PC(USA) Mission Coworker and former Fourth Church Youth Ministry Associate--will return to Fourth Church to give a presentation on "The Sex Trafficking Web of Japan, Korea, and the United States." Kurt and his wife, Hyeyoung, work in South Korea, and their work there includes participating in efforts to bring justice for women affected by the sex trade.
Kurt will also show the documentary Butterflies Fly towards Peace, which was created by the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan. This forum is sponsored by Fourth Church's Sunlight Project and World Mission and Social Justice Committee.
We hope you'll join us for this engaging presentation on a heartbreakingly relevant topic.
Sunday, April 24
An (In)Justice Film Festival
On Monday you are invited to watch some thought-provoking short films that address race and racism and then to hear a panel discussion with some of the filmmakers. Fourth Church is one of this year's venues for the (In)Justice for All Film Festival annually sponsored by Trinity United Church of Christ. Sponsoring partners include the Interfaith Coalition Against Racism and the Fourth Church World Mission and Social Justice Committee and Multicultural Committee.
Films to be shown during this event, which is free and open to the public, include All Is Forgiven, directed by Eliot Grigo; Ketchup and Blood, directed by Bret Hamilton; Hymns of Three Cities, directed by Lisa Mills; The Greens, directed by Sam Spitz; Trick Bag from Kartemquin Films; and Voices of Cabrini Green, directed by Ronita Bezalel.
Monday, April 25
"Lake View Neighborhood"
|A Cornerstones and Fourth Dimension Event|
Learn about Chicago's Lakeview area on Friday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room.
Jointly hosted by Fourth Dimension and Cornerstones, "Lake View Neighborhood" will be led by Chicago historian Matt Nickerson. Mr. Nickerson, author of the book Lake View, will discuss this storied north-side neighborhood, from its days as America's celery capital to its heyday as a German community and finally to the locale it is today.
All are invited. To register (required), contact Carol Allerton (312.640.5448) by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4
Friday, May 6
Borwell Dining Room
Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month, including our eighth-grade confirmands!
Katherine Nichole Ausman
Katherine Sue Buchanan
Christian Sander Calian
John Michael Wattleworth Collins
Derek McKee Dingens
Peter James Grissom
John "Jack" Taylor Hallinan
Robert William Koch
Peter Smith Kurschner
Luke Richardson Meyer
Emma Christine Morley
Carl Roy Stromberg Ohlhaber
Dayna Lily Osafo
Clara Grace Radtke
Livia Franzen Satre
Lucy McIntyre Shapiro
Jane Catherine Wahlfeldt
Christian Marcel Yonan
Those received into membership on April 17
G. Walter Hansen
|Worship This Week
Fifth Sunday of Easter
April 24, 2016
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
"A Matter of Life and Death"
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
for this coming Sunday are available online Friday afternoon at www.fourthchurch.org/worship/this-week.html
"News and Opportunities"
is the weekly printed newsletter distributed with the Sunday bulletin and is available online Friday afternoon at www.fourthchurch.org/news/2016/042416no.pdf
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|We give thanks to God for the gift of new life.
Elinor Nancy Jenetopulos,
child of Matthew Jenetopulos and Malorie Medellin
|We give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life.
Laura Liu, April 15, 2016
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 25 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
|We give thanks to God for the gift of life together.
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Lauren Kelsey Gray and Timothy Ross Gilbert, April 16, 2016
|Concerts at Fourth Church|
|Friday Noonday concerts are free.
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
with Julian Schwarz, cellist
7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel Tickets available through Camerata Chicago (use coupon code FPCC for a 20% discount)
Friday, May 6, 2016
Janice Larson Razaq and Olga Bornovalova, piano duo
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women
Friday, May 6, 2016
Apollo Chorus of Chicago
7:30 p.m. in the SanctuaryTickets available through Apollo Chorus | 312.427.5620
A complete concert schedule is available online.
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|Volunteer 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