Taizé and Labyrinth Walk Tonight
oneTaizé and Labyrinth Walk Tonight
A Time of Meditative 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, May 27
     Between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m., Labyrinth Walk
     7:30 p.m., Taizé Service
     Anderson Hall, Buchanan Chapel
Next Friday in the Sanctuary
Mark your calendars for next Friday, when organist Ken Cowan will present the fourth concert in our organ dedication series!
Mr. Cowan, Associate Professor and Head of the Organ Program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, has played in major concert venues across America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Feature performances have included appearances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa California, Philadelphia's Verizon Hall, Spivey Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as concerts in Germany and Korea. 
Mr. Cowan has also been a featured artist at the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) held in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, has performed at many regional conventions of the AGO, and has been featured at several conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Many of Mr. Cowan's recordings and live performances are regularly featured on the nationally distributed radio show Pipedreams from American Public Media.
To learn more about Mr. Cowan, visit our website, where you can also see his program list for his June 3 concert!
     Friday, June 3
     7:30 p.m.
threeWelcoming A Refugee Family
We welcome the arrival of a refugee Muslim family from Syria this Tuesday, May 31. This family of four will be living in Skokie in an apartment furnished by church members, who will also serve as mentors and community guides under the support of RefugeeOne.
Thanks to everyone who has given generously in preparing for their arrival! Please pray for their safe journey.
fourVolunteer with Summer Day!
Sign Up for Volunteer Orientation
Do you enjoy working with youth? Looking for a fun way to get involved in the community?  
The Chicago Lights Summer Day program at Fourth Church--which will be held Monday, June 27 through Thursday, August 4--is looking for classroom assistants, art class assistants, meal-time helpers, and field-trip chaperones to work with first through ninth graders from under-resourced neighborhoods.

Interested volunteers are invited to attend one of the following orientation sessions in Room 5G: Thursday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m. or Thursday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. RSVP online here.   
five"Evolving Mission Partnership in Cuba"
Join Cornerstones on June 3
Cornerstones will host their last event of the program year--which will feature a discussion of Fourth Church's mission partnership with the First Presbyterian Church in Havana, Cuba--next Friday, June 3.
"Evolving Mission Partnership in Cuba" will be led by Associate Pastor Vicky Curtiss and Fourth Church member Gretchen Wahl. They will discuss how this mission partnership has evolved over the years and also outline the goals our denomination pursues when developing relationships with mission partners around the world.
A Cuba-themed meal will be served prior to the presentation. All are invited. To register (required), contact Carol Allerton (312.640.5448) by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1.
     Friday, June 3
     6:00 p.m.
     Borwell Dining Room
sixA Sunlight Project Presentation
On Tuesday, June 7 Sunlight Project and the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force will host "The Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Engaged in Survival Sex." This research-informed discussion with Meredith Dank--Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute and author of The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children--will be held at 1:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room that day.
All attendees must register online at by this Tuesday, May 31.
     Tuesday, June 7
     1:00 p.m.
     Borwell Dining Room
sevenWelcome, New Members!
Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month.
Mary Brittany Gholson
David Nelson
Aaron Schlines
Lori Schlines
Andrew Yaworski
worshipWorship This Week
Sunday, May 29, 2016
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 96   

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching 
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 96
   Luke 7:1-10  

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Pleasing People"
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, June 3, 2016
Mary-Christine Stingley, flutist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women

Friday, June 3, 2016
A Concert in the Organ Dedication Series
   featuring Ken Cowan, organist
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Cosponsored by Michael Quimby

Friday, June 10, 2016
Andrew O'Brien, pianist 
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, June 17, 2016
Thomas Schmidt, 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

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, meal-time 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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