An Organ Concert by Stephen Tharp
Caroling before Saturday's Parade
garage An Organ Concert by Stephen Tharp
This Evening in the Sanctuary
Don't miss the concert commemorating the first anniversary of the installation of our new Andrew Pipe Organ: renowned organist Stephen Tharp will play a recital this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
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 tonight'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.
one Caroling before Saturday's Parade
Join Choirs on the Sanctuary Steps
Usher in the holiday season tomorrow evening with caroling on the Sanctuary steps!
Join us at 5:00 p.m. this Saturday, 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
two Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
This Tuesday in the Sanctuary
We will once again have opportunity to worship with our partners in faith this Thanksgiving season as we gather this coming 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. Partners include Chicago Sinai Congregation, Holy Name Cathedral, LaSalle Street Church, and Niagara Foundation.
The service will include an Arabic call to prayer from Muslim participants as well as a prayer in Hebrew offered by a leader from Chicago Sinai. 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.
threeThanksgiving Day at Fourth Church
Give Thanks through Worship and Dinner
On Thanksgiving Day, November 24 there will be opportunity 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. Prepaid reservations are required for this traditional dinner and are available online here.
Parking for the Thanksgiving Day worship service and dinner is available at a discounted rate at the 900 parking garage. Please note, however, that the discounted rate will not be the Sunday morning rate but will be the $17 holiday rate set by the garage. The $17 vouchers can be purchased with cash or check at the church reception desk on Thanksgiving morning. There will then be no additional fee when validating your ticket at the garage upon exit.
fourDecorating the Sanctuary for Advent and Christmas
Remembering Loved Ones with Christmas Flowers
In this season of gratitude, as we give thanks for those people who are important in our life, there is again special opportunity to memorialize or honor loved ones through the donation of Christmas flowers and garlands. Contributions, which will help decorate the Sanctuary and Gratz Center this holiday season, are being received now through Sunday, December 11.
Names of those remembered through Advent and Christmas flower donations will be printed in the Christmas worship bulletin. Contributions can be made by completing the Christmas flowers form available in the literature racks or online at
Forms must be received by December 11 for names to appear in the Christmas worship bulletin.
fiveAn Advent Photo-a-Day Challenge
Join us in reflecting on a word of the season each day this Advent!
A list of each day's words is posted online here
As part of our Advent journey this season, we invite you to take and post to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter a photo that captures or conveys what each day's word means to you in the context of the season.
More information can be found online here.

sixFilling Christmas Gift Bags
Meals Ministry Collecting Donations for Our Guests
To brighten Christmas for guests of the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center and Fourth Church Meals Ministry's Sunday Night Supper, Meals Ministry is collecting toiletries and other small items for gift bags.
Instructions and a list of needed items are available at the Meals Ministry cart at Coffee Hour following morning worship services on Sundays. Donations, which will be collected through Sunday, December 11, can also be dropped off at the Meals Ministry cart.
They will then be sorted and put into special holiday bags, which will be distributed to the guests of the Social Service Center and Meals Ministry programs throughout the Christmas season.
sevenRun the Marathon with Shannon
Sign Up through November 28
There's still time to sign up to run the fortieth Chicago Marathon next year with Shannon Kershner as part of Team Chicago Lights!
Recruitment for guaranteed entries for the October 2017 marathon--available on a first-come, first-serve basis--will be held through the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 28.
Marathon team members commit to paying the registration fee ($195 in 2017) and raising at least $1,000 for Chicago Lights. If you join Team Chicago Lights and recruit a friend, you will receive a $100 fundraising credit to your goal. We'll even reimburse your registration fee if you exceed your fundraising goal by $500!
Come help us field a team of forty runners!   

For more information, contact Kate Solis Silva.
nine26 Percent of Pledges Are Outstanding 
Making Ministry and Mission Happen
As we look to a busy final six weeks of the year in the mission and ministry of this congregation--serving people in need, gathering in Advent and Christmas worship, and so much more--we are very much aware that 26 percent of the gifts pledged for 2016 remain outstanding as of the first week of November.
To ensure the budgets of Fourth Church and Chicago Lights can be met, we are counting on those pledges being fully fulfilled by year end. At the same time we also understand that sometimes circumstances make that difficult. If you will be unable to fulfill your 2016 pledge, please let Andrea Miller know (; 312.640.2576) so we can plan accordingly. Thank you!
tenA Visit to the Art Institute
"God in the Modern Wing" Concludes This Sunday
Walter Hansen, a member of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), will host the final session of the adult education class "God in the Modern Wing" this Sunday. Participants have spent the last couple of weeks exploring the spiritual significance of modern and contemporary art in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The course will conclude that day with a presentation from Leah Samuelson of Wheaton College at 11:00 a.m. in Borwell Dining Room. Participants will then be invited to meet at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute at 1:30 p.m. to explore firsthand some of the art and artists discussed.
    Sunday, November 20
    11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    Borwell Dining Room and the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan)
elevenA Labyrinth Walk and Food Drive
Support Chicago Lights This Sunday
Prior to the 4:00 p.m. jazz worship service this Sunday, all are invited to join Chicago Lights for a special labyrinth walk to give thanks through meditation and reflection--and give back to the community at the same time!
Participants in the walk are asked to bring nonperishable food items or monetary gifts to donate to the Consumer Choice Food Pantry at the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center as a way of sharing our gifts.
For more information, contact Patty Thomas (312.981.3388).
    Sunday, November 20
    3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Buchanan Chapel
worship Worship This Week
Reign of Christ Sunday, November 20, 2016
8:00 a.m. with Communion
Rocky Supinger, Associate Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 46

   Luke 23:33-43  

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.,
New Members (11:0 0)
Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, preaching
Scripture texts:
4:00 p.m. Jazz Service with Communion
Nanette Sawyer, Minister for Congregational Life, preaching
Scripture texts:
   Psalm 46
   Luke 23:33-43 
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 new life.
Max Davidson Ryder, child of Robert and Joan Ryder
We give thanks to God for the gift of eternal life.
Philip Guentert
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Julia Toman, November 8, 2016
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m. 
We give thanks to God for the gift of life together.
Christine M. Gillott and David Preston Crabill, November 12, 2016
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Concerts at Fourth Church
Friday Noonday concerts are free.  

Friday, November 18, 2016
Stephen Tharp, organist
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Bella Voce Choir
   with the Callipygian Players
featuring Handel's Messiah
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets available through Bella Voce

Friday, November 25, 2016
John W. W. Sherer, organist
(Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church)
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Civic Orchestra of Chicago
   presents Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Free event; no tickets required  

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

Greeters and ushers for worship services
Sunday School teachers for 9:30 a.m. Sunday School classes

Shower Ministry Greeters
to check in and provide supplies to guests of the Meals Ministry program; Tuesdays, 1:15-4:00 p.m., on a rotating schedule .

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