Tonight: Labyrinth Walk and Taizé
one Tonight: Labyrinth Walk and Taizé
A Candlelit Evening of Prayer, Singing, and Reflection
Join us tonight for our monthly service in the style of Taizé at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel, led by Nanette Sawyer.
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 happens 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, August 26
     Between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m., Labyrinth Walk
     7:30 p.m., Taizé Service
     Anderson Hall, Buchanan Chapel
Open House on September 8
Join the Center for Life and Learning as it kicks off its autumn programming with its annual Open House on Thursday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Gratz Center Commons.
Drop by then to learn more about this community for men and women sixty years and older and how to participate in its offerings of college-level courses, exercise classes, special events, and more!
     Thursday, September 8
     10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
     Gratz Center Commons
threeRing with the Handbell Choir
Rehearsals Begin September 11
The Fourth Church Handbell Choir is looking for ringers! Whether you have years of handbell experience or are new to the instrument, all levels are welcome. Rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings, beginning September 11, from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. in the Buchanan Chapel Choir Loft.
The five-octave Handbell Choir periodically participates in the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services and performs a variety of handbell literature.
For more information about joining the Handbell Choir, contact Briana Belding-Peck.
fourRacial Justice and the Vocabulary of Faith
An Event with Princeton Theological Seminary
" Racial Justice and the Vocabulary of Faith" will be the topic of a Saturday morning program on September 10 at 9:00 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel.
Hosted in partnership with Princeton Theological Seminary, the event will begin with Shannon Kershner framing the conversation. Yolanda Pierce of Princeton Seminary will present the keynote address and then moderate a panel discussion on the role of the church in the present racial crisis in our cities. Dr. Pierce is an Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature at Princeton Seminary and the Director of Black Church Studies.
Panelists will include Shannon Kershner; Jonathan Walton, Professor of Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School; Byron Brazier, Pastor of the Apostolic Church of God here in Chicago; and Timothy Knowles, Director of the University of Chicago Urban Labs.
After a time for audience questions, Craig Barnes, President of Princeton Seminary, will lead us in closing prayer.
All are invited to this timely and critically important, thought-provoking conversation on the role the church can play in the racial crisis!
For details, see
     Saturday, September 10
     9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
     Buchanan Chapel 
fiveSave the Date for Gala of Hope
Benefit for Chicago Lights and the Replogle Center
Save the date: the Chicago Lights Gala of Hope, cochaired by Elaine Scales and Martha Sabol, will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Upper Wacker).
We hope you'll join us for this fun-filled evening benefiting the five outreach programs of Chicago Lights and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being!
To see pictures from last year's event, visit the Chicago Lights page on Facebook.
sixWelcome, New Members!
Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month.
Suzanna Flood
Vincent Flood
Kathleen Gaynor-Dickey
Susan Gernant
Clark Griffiths
Kimberly Gunderson
Jo-El Lacy
Constance Mussa
Farris Turmen
Sarah van der Ploeg
Greg Welch
Shana Whitehead
Tanya Whitehead
William Whitehead
Kacie Wikierak
worship Worship This Week
Sunday, August 28, 2016
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "A Humble Feast"
 Scripture texts:
   Psalm 112         
   Hebrews 13:1-8
   Luke 14:1, 7-14    

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 81:1-3, 10-16
   Luke 14:1, 7-14          
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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We give thanks to God for the gift of new life.  
Margaret Genevieve Brougham, child of Alex and Carolyn Brougham
Adalyn Dianne Hooper, child of Justin and Amanda Hooper
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Concerts at Fourth Church
In September, free Friday Noonday concerts return indoors.  

Friday, September 2, 2016
Ondas Ensemble
   Jason Deroche, guitarist
   Victoria Holland, soprano
   Julie Koidin, flutist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women

Friday, September 9, 2016
Richard Gowers, organist
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Friday, September 16, 2016
Thomas E. Gouwens, organist
(Associate Organist at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Friday, September 23, 2016
Roderick Demmings Jr., organist
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

A complete concert schedule is available online.
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volunteer 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
Good listeners and typists to transcribe recorded audio interviews for the Fourth Church Oral History program.
Volunteers must be church members. Transcriptions can be typed on one's home computer or at the church using a provided laptop.

Greeters and ushers
for the 4:00 p.m. jazz worship service

Pianists to play during Children's Chapel at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays

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