Race, Theology, and the Church
one Race, Theology, and the Church
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 Byron Brazier, Pastor of the Apostolic Church of God, Chicago; Shannon Kershner; Timothy Knowles, Director of the University of Chicago Urban Labs; Jonathan Walton, Professor of Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School; Reggie Williams, of Trinity United Church of Christ; and Frank Yamada, President of McCormick Theological Seminary.
After a time for audience questions, Craig Barnes, President of Princeton Seminary, will lead us in closing prayer. Dr. Barnes will also be preaching at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services next Sunday, September 11.
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 
The Lost Tudor Princess to Be Discussed
Looking for something to read over the holiday weekend? Books by Women has you covered!
Books by Women resumes meeting on Tuesday, September 13 when the discussion group will talk about the book The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas by Alison Weir. The book outlines the life of Margaret Douglas, the niece of Henry VIII of England who used her intelligence and cunning to influence the succession in England and Scotland after the death of Elizabeth I.
Why not pick up a copy of this engaging read and join the group this month!
Books by Women meets on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bumpus Room. A complete reading list for the 2016-2017 program year is online here. Newcomers are always welcome to join in whenever a particular book is of interest and to take part as schedules allow.
     Second Tuesdays, beginning September 13
     6:00 p.m.
     Bumpus Room
threeHear from the Author of Prosecuting Jesus
Mark Osler to Speak on September 12
We are honored to host author Mark Osler on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel. That evening Professor Osler will talk about his new book, Prosecuting Jesus. The book is a memoir of reenacting the trial of Jesus in various places, including at Fourth Church in January 2012.
Be sure to join us on Monday, September 12 as we explore this engagement between Jesus and our contemporary law and culture !
     Monday, September 12
     7:00 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel
fourKickoff and "Get Connected" Sundays are Coming!
Mark Your Calendars for September 11 and 18
Next Sunday will be a special Sunday of fellowship and fun as children and youth programming resumes!
In addition to Sunday School classes starting up again at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. and youth gatherings for sixth through twelfth graders beginning a new year, there will be family fun time afterwards, with lunch and outdoor games and activities in the Michigan Avenue courtyard.
We hope you'll join us for this intergenerational event as we kick off autumn at Fourth Church!
The following Sunday, September 18, is "Get Connected" Sunday, when you can learn how to stay connected and volunteer with Fourth Church. Coffee Hour will feature information about upcoming and ongoing educational, fellowship, and community outreach opportunities, including details about fellowship groups and other ways you can get involved with the church community. Fourth Church representatives will be available to talk about volunteer needs, mission activities, Academy for Faith and Life classes, and more!
Join us after 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. worship services that day to welcome all to Fourth Church this autumn and celebrate ways to deepen connections and serve others!
worship Worship This Week
Sunday, September 4, 2016
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
 Scripture texts:  
   Deuteronomy 30:15-20
   Psalm 139     

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Deuteronomy 30:15-20
   Psalm 139      
4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "The Things We Won't Give Up"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 139:1-18
   Luke 14:25-33          
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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passages Passages
We give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life.  
Martha L. Payne, August 6, 2016
A private interment will be held on Saturday, September 10 at Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana.
We give thanks to God for the gift of life together.  
Kristen Abigail Ban and Andrew James Benjamin, August 27, 2016
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Concerts at Fourth Church
In September, free Friday Noonday concerts return indoors.  

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

Friday, September 16, 2016
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music 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

Friday, September 30, 2016
Thomas E. Gouwens, organist
(Associate Organist at Fourth Church)
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 Neighbors" to greet and offer lunches, hygiene kits, and toiletries to our homeless and at-risk-of-homelessness neighbors. Volunteers will perform daytime street outreach in small groups on Tuesdays and Fridays. All volunteers are invited to attend an orientation session. A schedule can be found online here.

Sunday School teachers
to teach during 9:30 and 11:00 worship services two Sundays each month

for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program

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

To sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities or to learn more about them, stop by Coffee Hour on Sunday morning.
A complete list of volunteer needs is available online