Early-Bird Registration Deadline for VBS

oneEarly-Bird Registration Deadline for VBS

Sign Up by Next Friday, July 15

Vacation Bible School is next month--but until July 15 we are offering early-bird registration rates!
This year's VBS--to be held from Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.--will take children on an adventure to ancient Egypt, where they will learn about the story of Joseph and his brothers.
Although the deadline to register for VBS is Monday, August 1, the early-bird discount rate is available to those who register before next Friday, July 15.
Registration is available online. A downloadable paper form is available here.
Mission Trip Participants Leave This Weekend

Young adult mission trip participants traveling to Northern Ireland depart this coming weekend. These seven travelers--led by Hardy Kim and Layton Williams--will spend a week learning about the expressions of Christian witness in Northern Ireland and gaining resources for dealing with societal division and conflict.

Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as together they participate in the worldwide mission and ministry of the church of Jesus Christ.

threeYouth Setting Out for Asheville

A July 9-16 Mission Trip

Also this weekend, Fourth Church youth and their adult leaders will leave for Asheville, North Carolina, where they will spend a week doing mission work. To follow the youth on their journey and read about their experiences, visit their blog on the Fourth Church website.
Please keep these thirty youth and their six leaders in your thoughts and prayers during their travels and time of work and fellowship.

fourSchool Supplies Needed!
Donate or Help Receive, Sort, and Distribute

While it seems like the school year just ended, it's already time to prepare our Chicago Lights children and youth for classes this fall.

With some schools beginning in mid-August, we're preparing for our annual School Supply Drive, organized by Women at Fourth. Again this year we'll be collecting backpacks and school supplies for children connected with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Summer Day, and Tutoring programs.
You can help by signing up to fill a backpack for a child, donating school supplies for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program, or helping receive, sort, and distribute school supplies and backpacks. A list of needed backpack supplies is available here; a list of needed Chicago Lights Tutoring supplies is available here.
To volunteer with or learn more about the School Supply Drive, stop by Coffee Hour this Sunday morning or contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369.
fiveSave the Date for a Hymn Festival
Join us in the Sanctuary later this month for an inspiring hymn festival played on the new Andrew Pipe Organ!
The festival, sponsored by the National Association of Lutheran Musicians, will be led by Michael Burkhardt, cantor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Livonia, Michigan; artist-professor of organ at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan; and artistic director of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble and the Hearts, Hands, and Voices worship and fine-arts program for children.
Dr. Burkhardt has performed and led seminars at both national and regional events for the American Guild of Organists, the Hymn Society, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and the American Choral Directors Association. Since 2003 he has made six performance-teaching tours to South Korea and Singapore.
More information about the Andrew Pipe Organ can be found on our website.
     Wednesday, July 27
     7:30 p.m.
worshipWorship This Week

Sunday, July 10, 2016

8:00 a.m. with Communion

Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching

   "On a Wing and a Prayer"

Scripture texts:

   Psalm 89:1-8        

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
, Baptisms

Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching

   "On a Wing and a Prayer"

Scripture texts:

   Mark 1:14-20 

   Mark 9:30-35      

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion

Mark Eldred,

   Worship Coordinator and Interim Director of Adult Education, preaching

Scripture texts:

   Psalm 25

   Luke 10:25-37   

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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Music by the Fountain
Join us for these free concerts! 
Friday, July 15, 2016

Heartland Marimba Ensemble

12:10 p.m. in the courtyard

Friday, July 22, 2016

After School Matters HHW Vocal Arts

12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Friday, July 29, 2016
Donnie Norton Jazz
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary 

Other Concerts at Fourth Church

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 
Hymn Festival

   led by Michael Burkhardt, organist

7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary 
Sponsored by the National Association of Lutheran Musicians

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

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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