Artist Reception This Evening
oneArtist Reception This Evening
Meet Janet Krehbiel Pieracci
Tonight all are invited to a reception for artist Janet Krehbiel Pieracci, whose artwork is on display in the Loggia until Sunday, July 31. Ms. Pieracci's sketches and paintings reflect her journey on the Camino de Santiago, pilgrimage routes in Europe that lead to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain.

We hope to see you there--and, if you can't make it this evening, we hope you'll stop by the Loggia to see this moving collection of work.
     Friday, April 29
     6:30-8:30 p.m.
     Anderson Hall
Lead a "Summer Bizarre" Course
Are you an expert on some thing (or some place) that's little-known but fascinating? Can you knit? Are you passionate about climate change? Can you recite the Gospel of Mark from memory? Would you be willing to share your interest or knowledge with the teenagers of Fourth Church?
This summer we want to expose Fourth Church Youth to the broad range of knowledge, skills, and interests possessed by the adults in their church--so if the answer to any of the above questions is "yes," we invite you to propose a course that you might lead on a Sunday morning in June or July. The course can be one week, eight weeks, or anything in between, and it can take place here at the church or in the immediate vicinity.
If you have something you care about and want to share that you can teach on a Sunday morning, simply fill out the form online here and submit it by Sunday, May 15. We look forward to reading your proposals!
threeIt Will Be Cool in the Furnace This Sunday!
See the Children's Musical
Stop by Buchanan Chapel this Sunday 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., and all are invited to attend this free production.
    Sunday, May 1
     10:30 a.m.
    Buchanan Chapel
fourOfficers to be Ordained and Installed
New officers elected by the congregation during the Annual Meeting in February will be ordained and installed this Sunday during 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship.
Among them will be Elders, who will serve on Session, the church's governing body, which meets monthly to conduct the business of the church; Trustees, who are elected by the congregation to manage Fourth Church's financial and physical resources; and Deacons, who are often described as "the heart of the church," those involved in the care of the congregation and various outreach ministries.
Join us this Sunday in congratulating them--and in also thanking for their commitment to this church those officers who are concluding their term of service this spring. They have given much of their time and talents to this congregation over the past three years and we are deeply grateful!
fiveLocked in a Box
A Documentary on Immigration Detention
This Sunday 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.
     Sunday, May 1
     12:15 p.m.
     Borwell Dining Room
sixA Need for Hygiene Kit Items
Final Weekend to Donate
Through this Sunday 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 the reception desk today and tomorrow and at Coffee Hour this Sunday morning.
A list of materials needed for each kit is available online.
sevenFibber McGee and Molly Returns
A Chestnut Street Players Production
Join us this Thursday for a production--complete with sound effects and talented performances--by the Chestnut Street Players, the Center for Life and Learning's (CLL) acting troupe!
The group, composed of members age sixty and over, will present a Fibber McGee and Molly radio show reading of "Fibber McGee and Molly's 50th Wedding Anniversary," originally broadcast on May 28, 1946.
Come for a laughing good time and to show support for these CLL members as they share their gifts with us.
     Thursday, May 5
     2:00 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel
eightPlant Sale at the Farm
Get Your Greens This Saturday
Grow your own vegetables this summer and support the Chicago Lights Urban Farm at the same time! On Saturdays, May 7 and 14, stop by the Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.) between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to purchase plant starters for your home garden.
Plants for sale will include lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, onions, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil, parsley, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, melons, cabbage, broccoli, zinnias, nasturtiums, and more. Support a local organization, and start your garden with healthy plants grown in our state-of-the-art greenhouse! Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.
If you'd like to have a consistent supply of fresh produce from the Farm, there is also opportunity to subscribe to an Urban Farm CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) "Salad Share." Salad Shares give you direct access to high-quality, fresh, organic produce grown onsite at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm. In return, those shares help support the Farm and its many community-oriented programs. More information about the Salad Shares, which will be available starting Saturday, June 4, is available online here or by contacting Ben Jaffe.
Want to grow even more of these yummy veggies yourself? Try the Farm's allotment gardening program! Gardeners choose the foods they want to grow and harvest produce from their own plots, which are available to community members living--or organizations operating--within a five-block radius of the Urban Farm. Participants also help maintain communal plots; the harvest from those areas is shared with the community and local hunger programs.  For more details about allotment gardening, click here.
nineThe Improvisation of Aaron David Miller
A May 16 Organ Concert
You won't want to miss hearing Aaron David Miller utilize his impressive improvisational skills on Monday, May 16 as he presents the third concert in our organ dedication series.
In addition to having won numerous international awards and given concerts across the country, Dr. Miller's performances have been heard on American Public Media's radio program "Pipedreams" and many television programs.He is currently Music Director at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul and is also a Forensic Musicologist for Donato Music.
To learn more about Dr. Miller, visit our website, where you can also see his program list for his May 16 concert!
     Monday, May 16
     7:30 p.m.
Make the Urban Plunge
On Saturday, May 14 Fourth Church members will once again partner with our sister congregation, First Presbyterian Church, to assist in building maintenance and cleanup at First Church's site in Woodlawn on the South Side of Chicago.
The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at First Church and will end at 5:00 p.m. Lunch and supplies will be provided, and participants will have opportunity to learn about the First Church congregation, which was founded in Chicago in 1833 in response to an urgent need to address social and spiritual ills at the time. It is First Church which eventually also founded our congregation!
To register to help (required), please contact Nancy Davis (312.274.3815) by Monday, May 9.
Fun pictures of our youth working at First Church earlier this month as part of the Presbytery of Chicago's A Work of Love (AWOL) program are posted online.
     Saturday, May 14
     9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

     First Presbyterian Church (6400 S. Kimbark)
worshipWorship This Week
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 1, 2016

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 67   

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 67
   John 14:23-29   

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, preaching
Scripture texts:
Worship bulletins

for this coming Sunday are available online Friday afternoon at
"News and Opportunities"
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Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

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 Sanctuary
Tickets available through Apollo Chorus | 312.427.5620

Friday, May 13, 2016
Christopher Henley, organist 
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
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

Summer Day volunteers to work with under-resourced students in first through ninth grades for six weeks, June 27-August 4.
Available Summer Day roles include classroom assistants, art class assistants, mealtime helpers, and field trip chaperones. Times vary based on position. New volunteers are asked to attend an orientation session in Room 5G on Thursday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m. or Thursday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. RSVP online here 

Dining Room helpers
for Sunday Night Supper

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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