Mission and Service
At Fourth Presbyterian Church, we believe that through mission outreach, we can serve our brothers and sisters in need, sharing in their struggles and hopes and working together for a world of compassion, peace, and justice.
Mission is essential to what it means to be church. As followers of Christ we are called to love our neighbors in ways that proclaim the good news of the gospel. Fourth Presbyterian Church has claimed the call to reach out in many meaningful ways. Our outreach efforts include bringing hope and relieving suffering through compassionate service, building partnerships with people in other countries, advocating for justice and peace, and sharing God’s unconditional love for all persons. As we give we also receive and are blessed by neighbors in our city and around the world.
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2018 Peace and Global Witness Offering
Each World Communion Sunday we join other Presbyterian congregations in receiving a Peace and Global Witness Offering. This offering enables the church to promote the peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world and furthering peacemaking.
Twenty-five percent of the offering we receive will support CureViolence in reducing gun violence in the city of Chicago. The Presbytery of Chicago will use 25 percent for its ministries of peace and reconciliation, and the remaining 50 percent will be used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.
At the national level, this witness is done in direct support of those working to heal the divisions in violent contexts such as South Sudan. This witness creates educational materials to equip congregations in dealing with a wide range of important issues, from disagreements between members of Session to bullying to gun violence. It brings together leaders who have made a profound witness for peace around the world and deploys them as a resource to congregations. The Offering also strengthens the collaboration of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations with the reconciliation work of global partners through World Mission. Through a seat at the United Nations table this witness speaks up for the vulnerable around the world.
Gifts to the Peace and Global Witness Offering also provide relief, shelter, and hope to families who’ve fled their homes in search of safety. Now at the highest levels ever recorded, the global refugee crisis represents one of the greatest humanitarian needs around the world: worldwide 65.3 million people—mostly women and children who have fled their homes to escape violence and persecution—need our help. In Colombia, for instance, even as it works to resolve decades of conflict, Colombia has still reported 6.9 million people without homes due to the violence. In Central Africa, amid decades of fighting, nearly 4.5 million people have sought refuge from violence and famine in South Sudan, Ethopia, and Kenya, and in Syria in 2016, 13.5 million people required humanitarian assistance, having fled their homes to escape the continued violence and civil war in Syria.
Through our gifts to the Peace and Global Witness Offering we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by violence. Together we can be part of the work to proclaim the peace of Christ with sisters and brothers around the world.