Summer Sunday School Begins
|Classes at 9:30 a.m. Only|
This Sunday, Summer Sunday School for preschool through fifth-grade children begins, with classes meeting at 9:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center. (There will not be an 11:00 a.m. class during the summer; it will resume in the fall.)
Classes will be divided into three sections, with three- and four-year-olds meeting in Room 4B, kindergartners and first graders meeting in Room 4D, and second through fifth graders meeting in Room 4E.
During the 11:00 a.m. worship hour, when we do not have Sunday School, the Nursery on the first floor of the Gratz Center will be welcoming children up to age five. As always, children are also welcome to join their parents in worship and can ask the ushers for one of the children's worship folders.
|Classes and Fellowship Opportunities|
Our Youth Summer Bizarre classes kick off at 11:00 a.m. this Sunday! All Fourth Church Youth are invited to come to the fifth floor of the Gratz Center that morning and choose from classes about a wide variety of topics, from architecture to public speaking to hair braiding to religion in art.
Classes will be offered every Sunday until July 24, so if you can't come one Sunday, join us the following week. We hope to see you for what promises to be a fun and bizarre series of summer Sundays at Fourth Church!
If you're in grades 9-12 and can't make the classes but still want to catch up with friends, the Senior Highs will gather for weekday fellowship throughout the summer. This coming Thursday, June 9 they'll meet at Fourth Church at 4:30 p.m. to head to the Art Institute of Chicago. If you'd rather visit some undersea creatures, then join the group on Tuesday, June 14, when they'll meet at Fourth Church at 2:30 p.m. for a trip to the Shedd Aquarium.
|A Summer Event for Families|
Family fun and fellowship begins this Thursday, June 9 with a Summer Movie Night screening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. outside in the Day School playground (or, in case of rain, inside the Day School). All children and their families are invited to bring blankets and chairs and enjoy a summer evening outdoors!
Summer Movie Nights are held every other Thursday. A complete schedule of dates is posted online.
Thursdays, June 9-August 18
Day School Playground
|Baccalaureate Sunday: June 26|
There's still time to submit graduate names! If you or others you know have graduated or are graduating from eighth grade, high school, college, or a graduate or professional program in 2016, please let Rocky Supinger know.
Graduate names received by Monday, June 20 will appear in the bulletin on June 26, which is Baccalaureate Sunday.
|You're Invited to a Cookout!|
|Festive Fun at the Urban Farm|
Mark your calendars for a community cookout at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm on Saturday, June 25! Bring family and friends to the Farm (444 W. Chicago) from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. for food and live music from the Mazz Trio.
Lunch will be served at noon from the grill and will use ingredients from the Urban Farm.
We hope to see you there as we welcome the summer season!
Saturday, June 25
12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.
Chicago Lights Urban Farm
(444 W. Chicago)
|Worship This Week
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching
"Hungry for Miracles"
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Layton Williams, Pastoral Resident, 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/2016/060516no.pdf
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|We give thanks to God for the gift of new life.
Claire Madeleine Perkins, child of Bradley and Sarah Perkins
|We give thanks to God for the gift of life together.
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Catherine A. Helmuth and Sebastien Vendette, May 28, 2016
|Concerts at Fourth Church|
|Friday Noonday concerts are free.
Friday, June 3, 2016
A Concert in Our 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
Friday, June 24, 2016
Pacific Boychoir Academy
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
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
Physicians, nurses, or pharmacists to serve as a medical resource to guests of Sunday Night Supper, 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Sundays
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
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