Women at Fourth

Women at Fourth is a community of women at Fourth Presbyterian Church who care for and nurture each other, deepening relationships with one another and with God through ongoing programming and special events. This fellowship group offers opportunities for women to connect through participation in service projects, faith-building gatherings, and more!

To learn more about how you can become involved in Women at Fourth or to sign up for the monthly email newsletter, contact staff liaison Anne Ellis (312.573.3369). All women at Fourth Church are invited to join Women at Fourth!

Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups
Women at Fourth Monthly Gatherings
Save the Date

Ongoing Groups of Women at Fourth

   Benevolent Guild
   Books by Women
   Knitting and Crocheting
Women at Fourth Annual Projects and Program
Child Abuse Awareness: Resources and Hotlines
School Supply Drive 2017


Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups

   Horizons: A Monthly Women's Bible Study
   Second Wednesday of the month May through September
   12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
   Room 4J in the Gratz Center

Interested in taking part in a Bible study that has been field tested by women's groups all over the country? Join us for a monthly women's Bible study, offered through Women at Fourth, based on the guide from Horizons magazine.

Contact Anne Ellis for more information and to sign up (which is required, as space is limited).

   Weekly Seeds at Fourth: A Weekly Women's Bible Study
   Every Sunday
   9:30 a.m.
   Room 5H in the Gratz Center

All women are invited to a weekly women's Bible study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at Fourth Church. Weekly Seeds at Fourth will be using a United Church of Christ lectionary-based curriculum. In a discussion-based format, participants will review the focus Bible passage, examine the attached reflection, and share thoughts about the in-depth questions that are provided. 

To receive weekly email updates for Weekly Seeds, sign up at this web address.

Weekly Seeds at Fourth is moderated by Anne Stelle, a Fourth Church member with an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary. She has served as a Trustee, Elder, and Deacon at Fourth Church and is currently serving as a chaplain at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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Women at Fourth Monthly Gatherings

   July Monthly Gathering
   Preparing Backpacks!
   Thursday, July 27
   5:30 p.m.

   Bumpus Room

We will be preparing backpacks for distribution, and if that doesn't entice you, remember that is also our ice cream social! You bring your favorite topping—nuts, chocolate, cherries, etc—and we will provide the ice cream and whipped cream. You may even want to bring little wine to start the evening.

Questions? Contact Anne Ellis.

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Save the Date

   Summer Day Backpack Distribution
   Wednesday, August 2 
   (Afternoon, exact time TBD)
   Borwell Dining Room  

Come help us distribute backpacks to Chicago Lights Summer Day students.

   Preparing Backpacks for Urban Farm Students 
   Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10 
   2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
   (Fourth Church, room TBD)

In August we will be preparing backpacks to give to participants in the Chicago Lights Urban Farm program.

   Urban Farm Distribution Preparation 
   Friday, August 11  
   (Afternoon, exact time TBD)

We are looking for someone with a good-sized vehicle to load backpacks at the church and take them to the Chicago Lights Urban Farm at 444 W. Chicago Ave.

   Urban Farm Backpack Distribution 
   Saturday, August 12 
   11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
   Chicago Lights Urban Farm 

We will be distributing backpacks at the Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.) during their monthly cookout. Come enjoy smiles and food and the Urban Farm in full summer glory!

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Ongoing Groups of Women at Fourth

Benevolent Guild
   Wednesdays at 9:30–11:30 a.m.
   Room 5B in the Gratz Center

Do you have some time to share on Wednesday mornings? The Benevolent Guild invites you to join them in the fun of creating handmade stuffed animals for children in hospitals and shelters and taggies for infants in the NICU at Lurie Children’s Hospital (no sewing experience necessary!).

For more information, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

Books by Women
   Second Tuesdays from 6:00–7:15 p.m.
   September through June
   Bumpus Room in the Gratz Center

Details and a reading list are available here.

Knitting and Crocheting
   Fourth Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
   Room 4F in the Gratz Center

Join this active group of women who knit and crochet items for those in need (items such as hats and scarves for adults and children, children’s pajamas and clothes, baby booties and crib caps, lap robes, and more). The group is designed to accommodate individuals’ own schedules, allowing participants to drop in for as much or as little of each gathering as they’d like.

The group meets at Fourth Church for a time of fellowship, to drop off items they have completed, and to pick up yarn and material for new projects. Items are then donated to children and families in shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes.

For more information, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

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School Supply Drive

The annual School Supply Drive, sponsored by Women at Fourth, kicks off in July—and we need your help! Join us as we collect school supplies and backpacks for children connected with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Summer Day, and Tutoring programs and whose families have difficulty buying the tools necessary for learning.

More information available here.

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