Christmas Eve Worship
Live Streaming the 8:30 p.m. Service
Worship This Week
Upcoming Music Events
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Four Worship Opportunities
We hope you'll join us this Saturday when, anticipating the birth of Christ, we will joyfully gather for four Christmas Eve candlelight services.
4:00 p.m. Children's Pageant in the Sanctuary
6:00 p.m. Family Service in the Sanctuary
8:30 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols in the Sanctuary
11:00 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols in the Sanctuary
Shannon Kershner will preach during 6:00, 8:30, and 11:00 p.m. worship.
Christmas Eve child care for infants and toddlers will be provided in the Nursery, which is located on the first floor of the Gratz Center, from 3:00 to 7:15 p.m. (Child care is not available during the 8:30 or 11:00 p.m. services). Please note that there is no reserved seating at any of the Christmas Eve services, including the Children's Pageant.
For those entering the 900 garage before 5:00 p.m. on December 24, discounted parking will cost $17, which is the holiday rate. The $17 parking voucher for that discount will need to be purchased at Fourth Church on Christmas Eve--cash or check only--and will be available before and after the Children's Pageant that day. Those entering the garage after 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve will be able to park for the usual $8 evening rate with an evening voucher available at the church. There will be no discounted parking at the Hancock garage on Christmas Eve.
one Live Streaming the 8:30 p.m. Service
Those of you who will be unable to join us on Christmas Eve don't have to miss worship! We'll be offering a live stream of the 8:30 p.m. service, viewable online here and from the Fourth Church home page.
If you are busy at that time or will be with us but want to enjoy the service again at another time, you will also be able to view the service later at that same link.
two Christmas Day Worship
This Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Celebrate the birth of Jesus this Sunday, December 25 when we gather for worship at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary!
Pastor Shannon Kershner will lead this service of Christmas readings and hymns. Families are encouraged to worship together that morning, as there will be no Nursery, Sunday School, or youth gatherings.
threeAn Invitation to Christmas Dinner
Reservations Still Available
Our Christmas Day celebration will continue with a traditional Christmas dinner at 12:15 p.m. in Anderson Hall.

Reservations (required) for the dinner can be made by calling Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369 before 12:00 noon on Friday, December 23. After that time, you may call the reception desk at 312.787.4570. 
Seating is limited, so if you haven't already, be sure to reserve your spot now!
     Sunday, December 25
     12:15 p.m.
     Anderson Hall
fourLast-Minute Gifts and Thank-Yous
"Light Up a Life" This Season
Still trying to complete your Christmas shopping? "Light Up a Life" gifts, which provide important year-end support for the programs of Fourth Church and Chicago Lights, are easy to make online at .
They are also a great way to say "thank you" to those who have made your Christmas season special this year.
Help "light up a life" this Christmas with gifts that make a difference in the lives of those we serve!
fiveNew Year's Eve Taizé Service
Next Saturday: Reflect and Look Ahead
Opportunity to reflect on the year past and look ahead to the year to come will take place during the Year's Eve Taizé service next Saturday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.
Held in a candlelit setting, this ecumenical service offers time of contemplative prayer, meditative singing, and silent reflection at the close of the year.
Time to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. will precede the service. This meditative walk takes approximately twenty minutes. 
     Saturday, December 31
     Labyrinth Walk: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
     Worship Service: 7:30 p.m.
     Anderson Hall, Buchanan Chapel

sixOne Service on New Year's Day
Worship at 11:00 a.m.
Next Sunday, New Year's Day, there will be just one worship service. Minister for Congregational Life Nanette Sawyer will preach at 11:00 a.m. that day.
Since there will be no Nursery, Sunday School, or youth gatherings that Sunday, families are encouraged to worship together, using the family version of the bulletin, which is available from the ushers each week.
sevenThank You from Meals Ministry!
The Fourth Church Meals Ministry steering team--and the guests they serve--are grateful to everyone who contributed to this year's Holiday Bag drive.
They received enough donations of toiletries and other small items to fill almost 400 beautifully decorated holiday gift bags, which were distributed to the guests of Sunday and Monday Night Supper on December 18 and 19. The response from recipients was that of joy and deep appreciation.
Thank you for your generosity in this season of giving!
nineWelcome, New Members!
Please join us in welcoming those who were received into Fourth Church membership this month.
Margaret Anderson
Edie Glavey
Anthony Hipp
Alyson Kung
Nicole Lehman
David Marshall
Rosemaria Martinelli
Karen Muller
Alexandra Webber
worship Worship This Week
Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24, 2016

4:00 p.m. Children's Pageant
Matt Helms, Associate Pastor, preaching

6:00 p.m.
Family Service
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
8:30 and 11:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching

Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25, 2016

11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
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Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.  

Friday, December 23, 2016
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Friday, December 30, 2016
Beena David, mezzo-soprano
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Friday, January 6, 2017
Leighann Daihl Ragusa, flutist
Anna Steinhoff, violist da gamba
David Walker, theorbist
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Cosponsored by the Musicians Club of Women

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Chicago Ensemble
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through
Chicago Ensemble 
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
To sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities or to learn more about them, stop by Coffee Hour on Sunday morning or email
A complete list of volunteer needs is available online