On Friday evening, April 28—as on the fourth Friday of each month—we will gather in Buchanan Chapel at 7:30 p.m. for a time of quiet reflection, prayer, meditative singing, and renewal at the end of a busy, noisy week.
This service in the style of Taizé will be preceded by opportunity to participate in a hosted labyrinth walk in Anderson Hall between 6:00 and 7:30
Rhonda Nass’s Drawings
on Exhibit in the Loggia
A new exhibition has been installed in the Loggia—“Scratchings of a Madwoman: Personal Stories and Colored-Pencil Drawings Illustrating Intimacy with God”—where it will be on display through Labor Day.
Using colored-pencil techniques developed over decades as a professional artist and instructor, Rhonda has created these works to annihilate the myth that God prefers to be aloof, to honor God, and to invite viewers to examine their own journeys in faith and the imagery that might accompany their stories.
Artwork: “Spirit-Filled” © Rhonda Nass
Celebrating the Life of David
Pictured here in his Fourth Church office in the early 1990s, David Donovan possessed a kindly, caring demeanor—infused with a subtle but strong sense of wit—that made him a gifted and universally respected pastoral counselor.
On Friday, April 21 we gathered in the Sanctuary for a memorial service of witness to the resurrection in celebration of the life of David A. Donovan, Associate Pastor Emeritus.
“Dave Donovan was a wonderful colleague and very dear friend,” recalls John Buchanan, Pastor Emeritus. “Dave served the Presbyterian church, the Presbytery of Chicago, and Fourth Presbyterian Church faithfully and well for his entire ministry. It was a great privilege to share ministry with him on the staff of Fourth Church.”
A graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary, David served Fourth Church for two decades, from 1978 until his retirement in 1998. Prior to his ministry here, he had also served as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Evanston (1962–65), Associate Pastor of Winnetka Presbyterian Church (1965–74), and Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Chicago (1974–78).
Tom Rook, who served as an associate pastor along with David Donovan, remembered that “as a colleague on staff, Dave was sure to bring his blessed relief of humor, even within difficult times. As ‘Mr. Pastoral Care,’ he faithfully walked beside members and friends of the church who might easily have slipped out of sight. Dave Donovan was a true Christian gentleman, the genuine article.”
“Dave loved Katy, his children and their spouses, his grandchildren, Ohio State football, and the Chicago Cubs,” John Buchanan added. “He was, quite simply, one of the very best and most effective pastors God ever called to ministry. People trusted, respected, and loved Dave Donovan.”
We join in giving thanks to God for Dave’s ministry among us; for his good and faithful life; and for the promise of eternal life we’ve been given in Christ. And together we hold in prayer David’s wife, Katy, and their family, this day and in the days to come.
The website banner photo depicts the blue bows tied to the trees outside the Manse as part of our observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. With these bows we remember all who are affected by child abuse.