Shareholder Certificates Available This Sunday!
oneShareholder Certificates Available This Sunday!
Take Stock in Our Youth's Summer Mission Trip
Looking to invest in a worthwhile cause? Become a shareholder in the Fourth Church Youth mission trip to Asheville, North Carolina, and receive a special stock certificate!
Stock supports the youth's summer mission work, and all shareholders will be invited to the shareholders meeting later this summer.
The only day to get the special stock certificate is this Sunday, May 15 during Coffee Hour, so be sure to stop by the youth table in Anderson Hall after morning worship and take advantage of this unique investment opportunity!
This Monday Evening in the Sanctuary
We hope you'll clear your schedule for this Monday evening, because you won't want to miss hearing Aaron David Miller invoke his musical improvisational skills 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. You may also remember him from his time as Associate Organist at Fourth Church from 1999 to 2001 or from the anthems he composed for the interfaith service marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and the November 22 dedication of the organ.
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.
three"Finding the Sacred through Poetry"
An Academy for Faith and Life Class
Explore poetry and see the sacred in the ordinary through a new Academy for Faith and Life class beginning this Sunday.
This interactive two-week class led by Mary F. Lenox--a published poet, the author of Threads of Grace: Selected Poems, and a member of Fourth Church who has a certificate of advanced studies from Chicago Theological Seminary--will give participants opportunity to discover poetic words and images that touch the heart.
Participants are encouraged 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. For more information, visit our website.
     Sundays, May 15-22
     9:30 a.m.
     Room 5B
fourDance Academy to Share Liturgical Dance
During Pentecost Morning Worship Services
We are grateful for the artistic gifts of the students of the Chicago Lights Dance Academy--under the direction of Cescily Washington--who will offer a liturgical dance to enhance our Pentecost worship experience this Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
The dancers, students in grades five through twelve, spend four weeks at Fourth Church during the summer taking part in dance instruction in various styles. This Sunday they will accompany the choir in interpreting the words of the anthem "Every Time I Feel the Spirit."
fiveCelebrating the Day of Pentecost
This Sunday is Pentecost, the day when we celebrate the birth of the church and the giving of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Jesus. Red, which is the liturgical color for the day, symbolizes the pentecostal fire of the Holy Spirit, as described in Acts 2. In the Jewish tradition, Pentecost (for "fifty" days after Passover) is a harvest festival of first fruits that also celebrates the giving of the Torah, or Hebrew law. The banners hanging in the Sanctuary this Sunday present Old Testament and New Testament Pentecost themes, including creation, Hebrew law, harvest, Passover, and tongues of fire.
sixMarking Dedication Commemoration Sunday
This Sunday, Fourth Church will also observe Dedication Commemoration Sunday, declared by Pastor John Timothy Stone in 1914 to be observed on the third Sunday of each May.

On Sunday, May 10, 1914, the Fourth Church congregation worshiped in the Michigan Avenue Sanctuary for the first time, having moved from its smaller facility on Rush at Superior. A series of dedicatory services were held the remainder of that week, and later that month, the new Sanctuary and Parish House buildings were host to 1,800 attendees of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church.
sevenNatalie Moore on "The South Side"
A Reading and Book Signing
Later this month we will welcome back WBEZ's Natalie Moore, who participated in our January Michigan Avenue Forum on mass incarceration, as she returns to Fourth Church to read from her new book The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.
In this important narrative, Chicago native Ms. Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation on the South Side of Chicago through reported essays, showing the life of these communities through the stories of people who live in them. The South Side shows the devastating impact of Chicago's historic segregation--and the ongoing policies that keep it that way.
Copies of Ms. Moore's book will be available for purchase at the event, and there will be a book signing after the reading.
     Monday, May 23
     7:00 p.m.
     Anderson Hall
eightHelping a Refugee Family
Household Items Needed
Fourth Church is sponsoring a refugee Muslim family from Syria that will arrive on Tuesday, May 31. As part of that effort, we need a few household items to furnish an apartment for them.
If you're interested in making a donation, a list of needed items will be available at the Mission table during Coffee Hour this Sunday morning or by emailing
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, May 15, 2016

8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 104:24-33   

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
, New Members (11:00)
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:

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"
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 eternal life.

Sarah Jane Flynn, April 8, 2016
A memorial service was held offsite.
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Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.

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
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Chicago Ensemble
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Chicago Ensemble | 773.558.3448

Friday, May 27, 2016
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
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

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 volunteer at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago), Saturdays, 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.

Greeters and ushers
for the 4:00 p.m. jazz worship service 

Nursery caregivers
during the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services 

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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