A Pastoral Note from Abbi

It can be hard to get back to work after a long weekend, especially after the gorgeous warm weather we had in Chicago last weekend. It was like the city had come alive again as everyone took advantage of that precious Chicago sun!  
On Monday evening, as I sat in the glory of a day off, my power went off. So much for that dinner I was about to cook, so much for the fans that were cooling me off in my no-A/C apartment, so much for that movie I was going to watch. As shallow as it was, after having a full and great weekend, losing power was a bit of a buzz kill. I awoke Tuesday morning with the power still off, which just made me grumpy.  
As silly as it was, the grumps overtook me. In the end my building got the power back on. The food in my fridge survived. Really there was no harm done. Yet, the grumps still overtook me. Maybe the grumps overtook you after this past long weekend, and if not this week, maybe last week, or maybe next. Here's a prayer that I hope can reignite you. I'm also happy to report that the next day was pretty grump free.
"Sacred Heart Psalm" (Edward Hays, Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim)
O Divine Beloved
So often I am casual and half-hearted
In my love for you, my God.
Come and set my heart ablaze
With the fire of your love.
Inflame my heart and prayers
As you did for your chosen son Jesus.
His holy heart was constantly on fire
With a consuming love for you, his God.
Envelop me in your flaming Spirit,
That my lukewarm prayers and acts may spring alive with the fire of faith.
Make my heart, like the heart of Christ,
Burn with compassion for the outcast,
With comfort for the lonely
And all who are in need.
May my heart thus formed
In the pattern of his Sacred Heart
Become a fiery furnace
Where the Kingdom will be forged
And the age of peace and justice.
Grant this prayer
In the name of your Son,
Who dwells with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.
With peace,

May SpeakEasy Tonight! 

SpeakEasy is tonight! We'll be meeting up at Sheffield's in Lakeview for some great craft beer and delicious appetizers.
SpeakEasy is our monthly night out at a Chicago establishment for food, drinks, and fellowship. SpeakEasy is a great way to catch up with friends if you've been coming for a long time, and it's an easy introduction to the group if you're new!

As always, we're open to suggestions for new places to for future SpeakEasies, so if you have any ideas or you just want to return to a past site, please let Abbi know.
Time and place
Thursday, May 31
7:00 p.m.
Sheffield's (3258 N. Sheffield Ave.)

Gathering: Sharing Stories Together

What is the purpose of Gathering? It's a chance to build relationships and community with one another and a place where we can grow in our faith. We can ask big faith and life questions. We can share what we're going through. We can check out this community as people in our twenties and thirties who seek to be Christians in the world.

This week we're continuing a series in which we're getting back to the basics. We'll have a little less content than usual and a lot more space for getting to know one another. We'll pose some questions to help get the conversation going--one that's focused on connecting with each other.We hope to see you this week!
Time and place
Sunday, June 3
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Gratz Room 5A 
Volleyball on Oak Street Beach Starts Monday, June 4!
Volleyball is back! It begins Monday, June 4 and will continue every Monday through the end of the summer.  
Every Monday we will set up nets on Oak Street Beach for a relaxed, enjoyable evening of volleyball. Don't worry about skill level--we're just out there to have a great time and enjoy the beautiful Chicago summer. We hope to see you there for some fun and fellowship. Just look for the Fourth Church sign! 
We need people to help us set up the nets and to take care of the equipment each week. This is an easy job--it only requires you to stop by the church and pick up the equipment fifteen minutes before our usual start time. Contact Abbi if you're able to help, or if you have questions about what's involved.
Time and place
Mondays, June 4 though August 27
6:30 p.m.
Oak Street Beach

Give Us Some Feedback: Take Our Young Adults Survey!

This year a group of young adults in our group have been gathering as a reflection team to lead a process of assessing and reflecting on our young adult ministry. We've been doing this to begin a discernment process for how God might be calling us into the next phase of our ministry together.

Before we make any changes, or even see if changes are necessary, we want to hear from all of you. What have your experiences been in this ministry? What ideas or feedback do you have? What's been working well? What hasn't?

You can give us feedback by setting up a coffee appointment with Abbi or one of our team members, and you can fill out this survey.
It will only take a few moments, and it will be valuable for us to hear from you.
We look forward to hearing your feedback. Thank you! 

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Thursday, May 31
May SpeakEasy
7:00 p.m.
Sheffield's (3258 N. Sheffield Ave.)

Sunday, June 3 
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Room 5A   
Mondays, June 4 though August 27
6:30 p.m.  
Oak Street Beach

Young Adults Ministry at Fourth Church welcomes those twenty-two to thirty-five or thereabouts, whether new to the city or native to Chicago, whether single or married, gay or straight.

We provide meaningful ways to connect through fellowship, enrichment, and service opportunities.

Fourth Presbyterian Church 
126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611
312.787.4570  www.fourthchurch.org