A Post-Election Pastoral Letter
Gratitude for Shining Lights
Worship This Week
Upcoming Music Events
garage A Post-Election Pastoral Letter
Working for a Better, Fairer World
"...Our work as those who follow God in the way of Jesus continues. We trust in God's grace to strengthen us for our witness and proclaim that our labors will not be in vain," wrote the Fourth Church pastoral staff in a post-election letter emailed to the congregation yesterday.

You can use this link to share the letter or read it again: 
Gratitude for Shining Lights
Thank You for Your 2017 Pledge!
We would like to give a huge thank-you to those who have made pledges to the 2017 Annual Appeal for Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights. Because of the generosity of so many we are 68 percent of the way to our 2017 Annual Appeal goal of $3 million for Fourth Church and 87 percent of the way to our $500,000 goal for Chicago Lights--and we are 45 percent of the way to our goal of having 1,200 households pledging for 2017!
As an expression of our gratitude, there will be a special Coffee Hour after morning worship services this Sunday hosted by the Resource Development Committee. We hope everyone will join us as we celebrate all that we can do together in living out our call to love and serve.
For all you do, in so many ways, to make it possible for all of us together to continue to be a light shining in the city, thank you!
two Animals at Family Night!
Enjoy a Wild Evening on Friday
Calling all animal lovers! On Friday evening Animals for Awareness, a nonprofit group that specializes in rescuing exotic animals that people no longer want as pets, will put on an animal show for children and their families.
Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room and will be followed by the show at 6:00 p.m. The show will conclude around 7:15 p.m., with opportunity for audience members to get a photo with a giant tortoise!
Past shows have featured such animals as fennec foxes, large snakes, and even a Canadian Lynx--so you won't want to miss this one!
   Friday, November 18
   5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Borwell Dining Room
threeCaroling before the Parade
Sing with Choirs on the Sanctuary Steps
Usher in the holiday season with caroling next Saturday, November 19 on the Sanctuary steps!
Join us at 5:00 p.m. that day when Fourth Church choirs will lead us in singing carols as a part of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. We will sing on the church steps on Michigan Avenue outside of the Sanctuary for about an hour while enjoying the parade and other holiday festivities.
All are invited and are encouraged to bring family and friends!
    Saturday, November 19
   5:00 p.m.
    Sanctuary steps on Michigan Avenue
fourSoup and The First 1000 Days
Roger Thurow to Discuss New Book
This coming Thursday, November 17, the World Mission and Social Justice Committee and Opportunity International will host a soup supper remembering Opportunity International's clients who live on less than $2 per day.
Author and journalist Roger Thurow will discuss his book The First 1000 Days, which explores the impact of malnutrition on children and how to prevent and reverse it.
Those interested in attending are asked to send RSVPs to 
    Thursday, November 17
    6:00 p.m.
    Anderson Hall
fiveA Food Drive Labyrinth Walk
Support Chicago Lights
All are invited to join Chicago Lights for a special labyrinth walk next Sunday afternoon, November 20 to give thanks through meditation and reflection--and give back to the community at the same time!
Participants are asked to please bring nonperishable food items or monetary resources to donate to the Consumer Choice Food Pantry at the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center.

For more information, contact Patty Thomas (312.981.3388).
   Sunday, November 20
   3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
   Buchanan Chapel

sixAn Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
November 22 in the Sanctuary
We will once again have opportunity to worship with our partners in faith this Thanksgiving season as we gather on Tuesday, November 22 to express our gratitude through word and song.
The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Cohosts include Chicago Sinai Congregation, Holy Name Cathedral, and partners from the Muslim community.
Our preacher at this service will be Father Greg Sakowicz, the new cathedral rector of Holy Name Cathedral.

    Tuesday, November 22
    7:00 p.m.

sevenThanksgiving Day at Fourth Church
Join Us in Giving Thanks
On Thanksgiving Day, November 24 we will gather for worship at 11:00 a.m. This annual Thanksgiving worship service will be held in the Sanctuary, with Vicky Curtiss and Kent Organ preaching. 

Following the service, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which offers opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new friends in the spirit of giving thanks, will be served at 12:15 p.m. in Anderson Hall. Tickets are required for this traditional dinner and are available online here.
    Thursday, November 24
    11:00 a.m. Worship
    12:15 p.m. Dinner 
    Sanctuary and Anderson Hall 
nineOrgan Dedication Anniversary Concert
Renowned Organist Stephen Tharp to Give Concert
Mark your calendars for next Friday evening, when organist Stephen Tharp will be in concert to commemorate the first anniversary of the dedication of our new Andrew Pipe Organ.
Mr. Tharp, who has been hailed as one of the great concert organists of our age, has played more than 1,400 concerts across 48 tours worldwide and has given master classes at such institutions as Yale University; chapters of the American Guild of Organists, and more. In April 2008, he was named the Official Organist for the New York visit of Pope Benedict XVI, playing for three major events that were broadcast worldwide and attended by more than 60,000 people.
Mr. Tharp's repertoire for Friday's concert includes works by Durufl é , Wagner, and more. It will also include works by Morgan Simmons, former organist at Fourth Church.
    Friday, November 18
    7:30 p.m.
tenA Top Chicago Workplace!
Fourth Church a Great Place to Work!
We are honored that Fourth Presbyterian Church has been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune, which is denoted by the banner on display in the Commons! Almost 250 organizations applied for this distinction, and Fourth Church received 29th place in the "small organization" category.
We are proud of this achievement and look forward to maintaining our organization as a top workplace in the years to come.
worship Worship This Week
Sunday, November 13, 2016
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Judith L. Watt, Associate Pastor, preaching
 Scripture texts:
   Psalm 139:1-12
   Genesis 28:10-19a

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:  
   Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21
   Isaiah 65:17-25
4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Abbi Heimach-Snipes, Pastoral Resident, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 29
   Luke 21:5-19

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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Concerts at Fourth Church

Friday, November 11, 2016
Chicago Ensemble
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Tickets available through Chicago Ensemble

Friday, November 18, 2016
Lily Guerrero, soprano
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, November 18, 2016
Stephen Tharp, organist
7:30 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

Sunday School teachers for 9:30 a.m. Sunday School classes

for a traditional dinner served at Fourth Church on Thanksgiving, November 24, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Volunteers will greet ticketed guests, set tables, pour beverages, serve meals, and clear dishes.

Sunday School office assistant to perform administrative tasks one Sunday each month from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays

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