Stories from the Youth Mission Trip

oneStories from the Youth Mission Trip

Read about Their Experiences

Thirty Fourth Church youth and their six adult leaders have been doing mission work in Asheville, North Carolina, this week. They have been blogging online about their experiences and will continue to do so until they return tomorrow.
They'd love for you to follow them on their journey, so be sure to check out their blog and photos!
The Final Concert in Our Spring/Summer Organ Series

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 27, when an inspiring hymn festival will be 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.
He is known for leading inspiring and innovative hymn festivals, so the evening of July 27 promises to be a moving one!
More information about the Andrew Pipe Organ can be found on our website.  
     Wednesday, July 27
     7:30 p.m.

threeVolunteer with the Social Service Center

Register for the Orientation Session Today!

The Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center is looking for volunteers to assist guests in the Share Shop or the Consumer Choice Food Pantry, to interact--through Good Neighbors Street Outreach--with individuals experiencing homelessness, or to help with administrative needs.
To learn more about the Social Service Center and how you can help, please attend a one-hour orientation session on Thursday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 4E. Opportunity to tour the Social Service Center will take place following orientation.
Advance registration for the orientation is required and can be done online here. For more information, contact Jill Keiser (312.981.3590).

fourJust What Your Salad Needs!
Farmstand Veggies and Salad Shares

Fresh, organic produce is offered for sale throughout the summer at the Farmstand at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.). Stop by on Saturdays anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to pick out fresh veggies harvested directly from the Urban Farm. Produce typically available includes lettuce, mixed greens, flower bouquets, onions, peas, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, a variety of herbs, and more.
For those who would like a regular supply of produce, check out the Urban Farm's Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, or "subscription farming." Members purchase subscriptions, or weekly "shares," of fresh produce from a local farmer. The Urban Farm CSA "Salad Shares" allow members to have direct access to high-quality, fresh, organic produce grown on-site. In return, those shares help support the Farm and its many community-oriented programs.
More information about CSA Salad Shares through the Urban Farm is available online here or by contacting Ben Jaffe (312.252.3597).
fiveWe're Looking for Officer Recommendations
Nominating Forms Now Available

Do you know someone with gifts for leadership and ministry? Consider recommending them for an officer position with Fourth Church or Chicago Lights!
Recommendations for the offices of Elder, Deacon, Trustee, and Chicago Lights Board can be made online. Paper forms are also available at the church in the pew racks and literature racks.
The Officer Nominating Committee would greatly appreciate your assistance in helping them gather names this summer so they can begin their review of recommendations this fall. So why not take a moment in the coming week to send your suggestions their way! 
sixThank You to the Women's Choir!
We are grateful for the gifts of the members of the Women's Choir, who have enhanced the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services this summer with their musical leadership.
Beginning next Sunday, July 24, the Men's Choir will be singing in Sunday morning worship through September 4. The full Chancel and Morning Choirs will resume music leadership on September 11.

Anyone interested in joining a Fourth Church choir is encouraged to contact John Sherer (312.981.3592).
sevenRocky Supinger's Installation
Next Sunday during 11:00 Worship

Join us next Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. worship service when Rocky Supinger will be formally installed as Associate Pastor of Youth Ministry at Fourth Church. After worship, all are invited to attend a reception--held in Anderson Hall--in Rocky's honor.   
We hope you'll join us for this special moment in the life of Fourth Church, most especially for our youth and for Rocky!
     Sunday, July 24
     During 11:00 a.m. worship
     Reception to follow in Anderson Hall
worshipWorship This Week

Sunday, July 17, 2016

8:00 a.m. with Communion

Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching

Scripture texts:

   Psalm 15        

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
, New Members (11:00)

Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching 

Scripture texts:
   Psalm 15        

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion

Nanette Sawyer, Minister for Congregational Life, preaching

   "Fully Known"

Scripture texts:


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Music by the Fountain
Join us for these free concerts! 
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

Friday, August 5, 2016

Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, cabaret duo

12:10 p.m. in the courtyard

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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