A Hymn Festival with the New Organ!

oneA Hymn Festival with the New Organ!

Led by Organist Michael Burkhardt

This Wednesday evening 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 Wednesday evening promises to be a moving one.
This will also be the final concert in our spring/summer series dedicating the new Andrew Pipe Organ, so we hope to see you there!
     Wednesday, July 27
     7:30 p.m.
A Candlelit Evening of Prayer, Singing, and Reflection

Join us tomorrow night 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, July 22
     Between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m., Labyrinth Walk
     7:30 p.m., Taizé Service
     Anderson Hall, Buchanan Chapel

threeRocky Supinger's Installation

Reception to Follow 11:00 a.m. Service

This Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. worship service, 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

fourWishing Layton Williams Godspeed
Two-Year Residency Ends Next Sunday

Next Sunday we will say good-bye to Layton Williams, who will complete her two years as Pastoral Resident with Fourth Church at the end of July. Layton will preach at 4:00 p.m. worship on July 31, and receptions in her honor will be held following morning worship services during Coffee Hour that day.
Please join us that day as we take time to thank Layton for her time among us and wish her Godspeed in the next chapter of her ministry!
fiveNeeded: School Supplies and Backpacks!
Volunteer Opportunities Also Available

The annual School Supply Drive is off to a great start--but we still have lots of supplies to collect and organize for our children and youth connected with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Summer Day, and Tutoring programs.

Filled backpacks and school supplies for these children and youth are being collected at morning Coffee Hour on Sundays and at the reception desk during the week. You can also sign up there to fill a backpack for a child, donate school supplies, or help 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; and a list of School Supply Drive volunteer opportunities 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.
sixDance Academy Performs Next Week
Thursday and Friday in Buchanan Chapel

All are invited to attend a free showcase of dances presented by the Chicago Lights Dance Academy next Thursday evening or Friday morning in Buchanan Chapel.
The dancers, students in grades five through twelve, have spent the past four weeks in a Summer Dance Intensive, engaging in focused dance instruction in varied styles and participating in advanced classes that challenged their technical and performance dance skills while building upon their dance foundation.
We hope you'll join us as these students share their artistic gifts!
     Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m.
     Friday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m.
     Buchanan Chapel
sevenTake Part in a Stewardship Focus Group
Fourth Church has engaged the Alford Group, a national nonprofit-management consulting firm, to conduct an assessment of the fundraising function of both the church and our nonprofit community outreach arm, Chicago Lights.
The Alford Group will be hosting a focus group discussion designed to learn more about your experience with the church's fundraising efforts. We would especially like to learn about how your engagement with the church impacts your giving to Fourth Church and Chicago Lights.
This confidential group conversation will take place on Sunday, July 31 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Randolph Room.
Please note that to facilitate discussion, space is limited; to confirm your attendance, RSVP to Andrea Miller (312.640.2576) by this Tuesday, July 26.
     Sunday, July 31
     12:30-2:00 p.m.
     Randolph Room
eightWelcome, New Members!
Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month.
Blair Bookman
Ryan Gardner
Charles Hand
Kailey Hand
Brooke Harwood
Abigail Hodges
Mark Hodges
Hwala Hong
Christina Murdoch
Michael Patterson
Andrea Quinn
Edward Quinn
Megan Yopchick
worshipWorship This Week

Sunday, July 24, 2016

8:00 a.m. with Communion

Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching

   "Roots and Wings"

Scripture texts:

   Psalm 85        

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching 

Scripture texts:
   Psalm 85       

   Luke 11:1-13   

4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion

Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching

Scripture texts:

   Psalm 85

   Luke 11:1-13     

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"News and Opportunities"

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We give thanks to God for the gift of new life. 
Thomas James Howell, child of Robert Howell and Laura Otepka
Ella Louise Gulinson Pettit, child of Shaun Pettit and Amy Gulinson 

We give thanks to God for the gift of life together.  

Elizabeth Kimball Wanders and John Carroll Moore Jr.
, July 16, 2016
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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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