Worship on Sunday,
September 23

8:00 a.m. Lucy Forster-Smith preaching | Communion

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Shannon J. Kershner preaching

4:00 p.m. Abbi Heimach-Snipes preaching | Jazz Service with Communion

Do You or Those You Know Have Gifts for Leadership?

Church Officers at Fourth Presbyterian Church        
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 2019. 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 by Sunday, September 30.

Fourth Presbyteriah Church Day School Preschool
Complimentary Classes
in New Toddler Program

On Tuesdays, October 2 and 9 we are offering complimentary classes in our new “Together We Play” toddler program, a weekly interactive class for parents and their children ages 18–24 months.
       For more information or to register for this class that meets on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., email Josie Phelps. Come meet other families while engaging in play, songs, and stories!

Have You Updated Your Fourth Connect Interest Profile?

Connect with Fourth Connect at Fourth Presbyterian Church       
Are you looking to meet new people at Fourth Church? Build a community? Grow in faith? Engage in learning and conversation? Share your gifts with others?
       Fourth Connect helps us identify activities that match your talents, gifts, and interests, so if you haven’t yet updated your Fourth Connect interest profile, please take a moment to do so.
       Forms are available this Sunday during Coffee Hour. You can also fill out the online form at Fourth Connect or print an interest profile to complete and return to the church office.

Joseph Ellwanger to
   Speak September 30

The Racial Equity Council of Fourth Church invites you to a discussion with Lutheran minister and author Joseph Ellwanger about his new book, Strength for the Struggle, on Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.
       In his book, Joseph Ellwanger talks candidly about race relations in the United States and particularly in Birmingham, Alabama, during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
        In his time with us, Pastor Ellwanger will revisit “Bloody Sunday” and share his experience as a white minister who marched with Dr. King. He will also lead us in exploring where the church in this country stands today and look at strategies for it to move forward creatively and boldly toward its mission of racial justice and equity.
     To RSVP for the 12:15 p.m. lunch being held prior to the presentation, email Anne Ellis by Thusday, September 27.

Calling All Creatures Great and Small ...

Blessing of the Animals at Fourth Presbyterian Church       
Get your pets ready for an outing to the Michigan Avenue courtyard on Saturday, October 6. We’ll be gathering that day at 10:00 a.m. for a Blessing of the Animals service of song and story, giving thanks to God for the creatures that bless our lives. If you’d rather not bring your pets, please bring photographs of them and join us as we celebrate the wonders of God’s creation and our relationships with its creatures, great and small! 

The website banner photo: The fountain in the Michigan Avenue courtyard, which was a gift from architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1914, the year the Sanctuary and Parish House buildings were dedicated.

Chicago Lights
Annual Appeal 2018
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