Joyce Shin preaching | Communion
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Brian K. Blount preaching | New Members (11:00)
--Installation of Shannon J. Kershner at 11:00--
Hardy H. Kim preaching | Jazz Communion Service
Join Us for a Historic Day on Sunday, September 21!
Please join us this Sunday, September 21 as we formally install Shannon Kershner as our Pastor. This is only the fourth time we’ve changed our pastoral leadership in the past 100 years, so it will be a truly historic day.
Shannon will be installed during the 11:00 a.m. service.
Afterwards we’ll enjoy a festive reception as we welcome Shannon, Greg, Hannah, and Ryan into the Fourth Church family and celebrate the promise of a future in which we partner in ministry together.
Brian Blount to Preach
at Installation Service
On September 21, Dr. Brian Blount, President of Union Presbyterian Seminary, will return to the Fourth Church pulpit to preach at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. service. During the 11:00 service, Shannon Kershner will be formally installed as our Pastor. Dr. Blount’s previous sermon at Fourth Church was received with such great appreciation that we’re delighted he’ll be with us for this historic day!
Marking the Anniversary of Our Cornerstones
On Sunday, September 17, 1912, at 4:45 p.m. the congregation of Fourth Church laid the cornerstone for what the ceremony bulletin described as “the New Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.” In doing so, they prepared to move from the church’s then-location at Rush and Superior to “Lincoln Parkway [now Michigan Avenue] and Delaware Place.”
Dr. John Timothy Stone (center), Pastor from 1909 to 1930, presided, and the congregation joined in singing “The Church’s One Foundation” and “How Firm a Foundation.”
In the photo above, the cornerstone is at left, suspended from a crane, by the front steps of the church. You can still see that stone to the right of the steps as you enter the church (see also the left side of the banner at the top of this page; the stone says “AD1912”).
One hundred years later, on Sunday, September 16, 2012, we marked that anniversary by giving thanks for the previous 100 years on Michigan Avenue as we laid a second cornerstone—this one for the Gratz Center—and in so doing affirmed our continued commitment to mission and ministry in this place.
The Nominating Committee is looking for recommendations of Fourth Church members they should consider to serve as Elder, Deacon, Trustee, or a member of the Chicago Lights Board beginning in spring 2015. In particular, the committee is searching for individuals who have demonstrated gifts for leadership and a commitment to the life and ministry of this congregation.
If you have not done so already, please take a moment to complete the recommendation form online, or pick up a copy from the pew racks or literature racks and return it to the church office. The last day to submit recommendations is Monday, October 6.
This fall, the committee will review those submissions and then prepare a slate of candidates to recommend to the congregation at the February 8 Annual Meeting.
This week’s banner photograph depicts the Fourth Church cornerstones, which were laid, respectively, 102 and 2 years ago this month (see story above).
Annual Appeal 2014