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 Events
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


Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups

   Horizons: A Monthly Women's Bible Study
   Second Wednesday of the month
   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.

Upcoming Women at Fourth Events

   Different Pathways to Serving Others
   Thursday, September 28
   5:30 p.m. Fellowship
   6:00 p.m. Program
   Bumpus Room

The Chicago Lights and the Elam Davies Social Service Center provide hope and opportunity to children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty. Our guests will be Stacy Jackson, Director of Chicago Lights, and Jackie Lorens Harris, Director of the Elam Davies Social Service Center. Don't miss this engaging and interactive discussion about their mission, accomplishments and volunteer opportunities.

The Chicago Lights Social Service Center and Fourth Church Meals Minsitry are trying to collect 10,000 snack items—a two-month supply of single servings of granola bars, chips, pretzels, and fruit cups—that Meals Minsitry will pack in the bag lunches they serve Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and the Social Service Center will include these items in emergency snack packs for neighbors in need during September and October. We will be collecting donations at our gathering on Thursday, September 28.

   Domestic Violence Awareness Bow Tying 

   Friday, September 29
   10:00 a.m. 
   Michigan Avenue

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Women at Fourth will again join Between Friends in marking this month by tying purple bows on the trees along Michigan Avenue outside the Fourth Church cloisters. Contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) if you can help this Friday, September 29.

   A New Song to Sing
   Thursday, October 19
   6:00 p.m.
   Anderson Hall

While serving Fourth Church in 2010, Linda Loving was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. During Linda’s recovery, Fourth Church member Karen Johnson proposed her vision to Linda about starting a breast cancer support group and together they began shaping that vision. That group, "Going Fourth," still exists. It was in those days that Linda was inspired to begin working on her book A New Song to Sing. Please join us to welcome Linda back to Fourth Church and hear about her book and how it is being used in many communities. Wine and cheese reception; signed copies available.

   Presbytery Mini Gathering
   Saturday, October 28
   9:00 a.m.
   New Deliverance Church (11200 S. State St.)

Melissa Ban Sevier, the author of our Horizon Bible Study "Cloud of Witnesses," will join us as our speaker. Melissa Bane Sevier is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church who in 2015, after more than twenty-three years as a pastor, chose to leave the pastorate and focus on her longtime ministry of writing and photography. Melissa has a degree in elementary education (Kings College), an MCE from Reformed Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Louisville Seminary, and a D.Div. from McCormick Seminary. We will carpool to this event.

   Discovering Those Amongst Us –
   Thursday, November 16
   5:30 p.m. Fellowship
   6:00 p.m. Program
   Bumpus Room

Our Women at Fourth have a variety of skills and backgrounds. We are a group of very diverse and talented women. Join us as we highlight a few of our members and learn more about them and each other.

Questions? Contact Anne Ellis.

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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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