Welcome, Abbi!
one Welcome, Abbi!
Two-year Residency Began August 1
On Monday Abbi Heimach-Snipes joined the Fourth Church staff as our new Pastoral Resident! Abbi is a recent graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary in Hyde Park and brings with her experience working in ministries focused on social and environmental justice.
In the weeks ahead, please greet Abbi and give her a warm Fourth Church welcome!
Pick One up at 9:30 or 11:00 a.m. Worship
Sunday School does not meet again until the Children, Youth, and Family Fall Kickoff on September 11, and so we are particularly pleased to welcome children and youth to worship this month.
To assist in the worship experience, each Sunday ushers will have activity sheets, based on that morning's scripture texts, for the youngest children, and for older children they will have an annotated version of that Sunday's 9:30/11:00 worship bulletin, filled with explanations, questions, and space for notes.
We hope your children and youth will try out these bulletins this Sunday!
threeNeeded: 73 More Backpacks with School Supplies
Donate to the School Supply Drive
Our School Supply Drive, organized by Women at Fourth, wraps up this month, but we still need 27 elementary school backpacks and 46 junior high and senior high backpacks by this coming Tuesday, August 9!

Next week we will be distributing the supplies and backpacks to the children and youth connected with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, and we want to make sure we have enough for everyone.
We will be collecting these donations--as well as monetary contributions to purchase any missing materials--this Sunday during Coffee Hour and, through Tuesday, at the reception desk. 
A list of needed items is available online, at Coffee Hour this Sunday morning, or by contacting Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).
fourAlso Needed: VBS Volunteers Next Week
Help Lead Our Tribes August 8-12
Vacation Bible School kicks off at Fourth Church next week, and we still need more volunteers to lead our grade-school tribes!
Volunteers would be responsible for leading a group of ten to twelve children to and from each of their daily activities, as well as reading a short Bible story together. The volunteer hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., from Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12--and, as an added bonus, you'll receive free validation tickets so you don't have to pay to park each day.
If you, your middle-schooler, or high-schooler are interested in helping out during a week of VBS fun, please contact Matt Helms.
fiveHave You Considered Becoming
   a Stephen Minister?
Applications Due August 31
If you're someone who feels compassion for others in their life challenges and wants to lend a listening ear, then please consider pursuing Stephen Ministry training.
Stephen Ministers offer one-to-one caring relationships to support those who are experiencing challenging times, such as loneliness, unemployment, hospitalization, or loss. Each Stephen Minister goes through fifty hours of training, the first session of which will be offered on Saturday, September 10.
Those interested in becoming a Stephen Minister are encouraged to complete an application--available online or by contacting Carol Allerton (312.640.5448)--and return it to the church office by Wednesday, August 31.
More information about Stephen Ministry is available online or by contacting Judy Watt.
sixEnjoy Some Fabulous Music by the Fountain
Outdoor Concerts in the Courtyard
If you haven't yet had the chance to attend a free Friday Noonday concert in the "Music by the Fountain" series, don't wait--there are only a few weeks of outdoor Noonday music left to enjoy this year!
Every Friday at 12:10 p.m., various musicians perform lively music in the courtyard off Michigan Avenue. So bring a lunch and stop by for some free live music on August Fridays!
As a special treat, next week's concert will feature Lucy Smith Jazz, from our Jazz at Four Sunday worship service.
worship Worship This Week
Sunday, August 7, 2016
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Rocky Supinger, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 33:1-9          

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "What's in Your Treasure Chest?"
Scripture texts:
4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Hardy H. Kim, Associate Pastor, preaching
   "Stories from the Other Side"
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 50
   Isaiah 1:10-20      
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 life together.  
Caroline Ann Lindsey and Mitchell Allen Meneau, July 30, 2016
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Music by the Fountain
Join us for these free concerts! 

Friday, August 12, 2016
Lucy Smith Jazz
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard
Friday, August 19, 2016
Libby York, vocalist
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard

Friday, August 26, 2016
Wydetta Carter, vocalist
12:10 p.m. in the courtyard 

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

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