Join Labyrinth Walkers around the World
oneJoin Labyrinth Walkers around the World
Celebrate World Labyrinth Day This Weekend
Tomorrow is World Labyrinth Day. Join in solidarity with those around the globe also walking labyrinths on Saturday, May 7 by participating in a special guided walk in Buchanan Chapel between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
A labyrinth is a walking tool for prayer and meditation for those seeking God. Rediscovered in recent years as a fruitful spiritual practice, it is an archetypal sacred pattern for walking a path of pilgrimage and is found in many religious traditions in various forms around the world.
Walking the labyrinth at Fourth Church takes approximately twenty minutes.
If you'd like to learn more about the history and purpose of this meditative practice, join us for a new three-week Academy for Faith and Life Class--"What's That Labyrinth Thing Anyway?"--starting this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in Room 5B.
Marsha Heizer, certified Labyrinth Facilitator and Fourth Church member, will recount the history of labyrinths around the world and their use in Christian churches, guide participants through contemplative prayer practices and the logistics of walking the labyrinth, and then lead participants through a labyrinth walk in Buchanan Chapel.
     Saturday, May 7
     7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon: Open labyrinth hours
     1:00 to 2:00 p.m.: Guided labyrinth walk hours
     Sundays, May 8-22
     11:00 a.m.: Labyrinth class
     Buchanan Chapel for the labyrinth walks
     Room 5B for the labyrinth class
Thank you to everyone who supported the annual congregational Pancake Breakfast, helping the Fourth Church Youth raise $3,000 for their July 9-16 summer mission trip to Asheville, North Carolina. If you haven't already, be sure to check out our photos of this fun (and delicious!) event.
If you missed the pancakes, you'll have another opportunity to support this trip: Fourth Church Youth will be holding their annual bake sale on Sunday, June 19 during morning Coffee Hours. Mark your calendar for this delicious opportunity to further the mission and ministry of our youth!
And if you'd like to serve as an adult leader on this summer mission trip, please let us know
threeStudy Poetry with the CLL
Workshops from the University of Chicago
Want to learn about poetry but don't want to go back to school? The Center for Life and Learning (CLL) will welcome four teachers from the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults at the University of Chicago, who will lecture on different poets over the course of three weeks in May.
Katia Mitova will discuss Wyslawa Szymborska on May 17; Amy and Charles Thomas Elder will lecture on Robert Frost on May 24; and Raymond Ciacci will explore poems by Browning, Yeats, and Wilbur on May 31. All sessions will take place at 1:00 p.m. in Room 5F.
Those sixty and older are invited to sign up for any (or all!) of these enrichment opportunities. Registration details are available online here.
Another opportunity to explore poems--specifically to explore the sacred through poetry--will be offered for all adults by the Academy for Faith and Life. Join Mary Lenox--author of Threads of Grace: Selected Poems and Fourth Church member--for a two-week interactive poetry class that starts next Sunday, May 15 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5B. Ms. Lenox will lead participants in discovering poetic words and images that touch the heart.
You can register for the Academy course here or by contacting Mark Eldred, and be sure to bring an open mind; pen and paper or a notebook; a sacred object; and a willingness to look within to access spiritual dimensions through poetry.

     Tuesdays, May 17-31 at 1:00 p.m. for the CLL class
     Sundays, May 15-22 at 9:30 a.m. for the Academy class
     Room 5F for the CLL class
     Room 5B for the Academy class
fourEnjoy Fresh Produce from the Farm
Farmstand Opens This Saturday
Thinking about planting a garden--or at least a few plants--this season?

Stop by the Chicago Lights Urban Farm Plant Sale this Saturday or next between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to get your plant starts while also supporting the work of the Farm.  
Available plants and produce for sale may include lettuce, spicy greens, kale, onions, peas, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, zinnias, nasturtiums, and more. Cash, check, credit cards, and FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program) coupons are accepted. 
If you'd like someone else to grow your produce instead, sign up for a "Salad Share" from our Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program! By buying a share, or subscription, from the Urban Farm, each week this summer and fall you will receive a "share" of fresh, locally grown produce!
The Chicago Lights Urban Farm CSA Salad Shares allow members to have regular, direct access to high-quality, organic produce grown on site. In return, those shares help support the Urban Farm and its community outreach programs. You can learn more or sign up here.  
     Saturdays, May 7 and 14
     10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
     Chicago Lights Urban Farm
     (444 W. Chicago Ave.)
fiveForming a Care Team for UYM Interns
Extend a Warm Welcome This Summer
We are excited to welcome this June and July four college students who will be spending the summer with us, working with our Urban Youth Mission (UYM) program. We are looking for individuals and families to extend Fourth Church hospitality to these interns by providing a meal and perhaps inviting them to join you for a church, community, or city event.
If you're willing to join this team, we ask that you please fill out this form.
For details, contact Rocky Supinger (312.981.4037).
sixSave the Date for Encore
Support the CLL
If you enjoyed the prelude during last Sunday's 9:30 and 11:00 worship services, played by the Chen family quartet, then plan to join us on Saturday, June 18, for Encore, a fun-filled event and musical program!
Robert Chen--Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster--and his family will return to Fourth Church to delight attendees with a musical string quartet performance in Buchanan Chapel. The performance will be followed by a cocktail reception in the Gratz Center Commons.

Come mingle with friends and enjoy a fun evening while supporting the Center for Life and Learning at this their third annual benefit!
You can purchase your tickets online here; all reservations will be held at the door.
     Saturday, June 18
     5:00-7:30 p.m.
     Gratz Center Commons and Buchanan Chapel
worshipWorship This Week
Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 8, 2016

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 97   

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 47

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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Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.
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

Monday, May 16, 2016
A Concert in the Organ Dedication Series 
   featuring Aaron David Miller, organist
7:30 p.m. concert in the Sanctuary
Sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Friday, May 20, 2016
Boulanger Ensemble
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

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 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. 

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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