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
Save the Date: Annual Women's Retreat 2018


Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups

   Horizons: A Monthly Women's Bible Study
   Second Wednesday of the month
   Next meeting on Wednesday, December 13
   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.

We will next meet on Wednesday, December 13, at 12:00 noon.

We are all so caught up in the preparations for Christmas, the joys, stress, parties, baking, decorations, shopping—let's take some time and pause and remember the angels, the biblical stories of angels and the thought of entertaining angels.

Our Bible readings for this study are: Genesis 28:10-22; Daniel 3:8-30; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:5-17, 1:26-38, 2:8-14; Hebrews 1:3-14, 13:1-2.

Things to think about: What is your favorite Bible story that includes an angel? What does an angel look like to you? Why do people who claim "not to be religious" still have an interest in angels?

Contact Anne Ellis for more information.

Upcoming Women at Fourth Events

Cookies-and-Cocoa Reception

Sunday, December 10
7:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall

What a great opportunity we, Women at Fourth, have to extend our hospitality in fellowship with the congregation each Advent! Our annual Cookies-and-Cocoa Reception will follow the Festival of Advent Lessons and Music worship service on Sunday, December 11.
We are still looking for volunteers to assist that evening; please note the following ways you may help. We look forward to your participation. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Anne Ellis.

We are in need of

  • cookie bakers (cookies to be dropped off ahead of time)
  • cocoa mixers 5:30 p.m.
  • cookie platers 6:00 p.m.
  • setup crew 6:30 p.m.
  • cocoa servers 7:15 p.m.
  • whip cream servers 7:15 p.m.
  • cleanup crew (following the reception)

Christmas Wishes

As Christmas approaches, it's that time of year when Women at Fourth start collecting Christmas gifts generously given by members of the congregation for the Chicago Lights Tutoring students. These gifts may be the only present some students receive this Christmas: how magical it is to give in this way!

All women are invited to explore the many joyful volunteer opportunities available, which include gift wrapping, decorating, helping distribute gift lists at Coffee Hour, gift processing, and data entry.

A full list of volunteer opportunities is listed below. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Anne Ellis.

Volunteer Opportunities

Distribute Lists at Coffee Hours
Sundays, November 26; December 3 and 10
   After 8:00 a.m. service (8:50-9:30 a.m.)
   After 9:30 a.m. service (10:20-11:00 a.m.)
   After 11:00 a.m. service (11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Collect Gifts at Coffee Hours  
Sundays, November 26; December 3 and 10  
   After 8:00 a.m. service (8:50-9:40 a.m.)
   After 9:30 a.m. service (10:20-11:10 a.m.)
   After 11:00 a.m. service (11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Gift Inventory
(Three to four people per shift)
Monday, December 4 and Thursday, December 7 
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Volunteers will check gifts and gift cards against original requests. 
Wrapping-Party Elves
(Ten to fifteen people)
Sunday, December 10
12:30-3:30 p.m.

Tutoring Party Preparations
Monday-Thursday, December 11-14
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (possibly ending earlier)
Volunteers will ensure all children at that night's Tutoring party will receive an appropriate gift. They will check gifts and gift cards, make quick expeditions to purchase necessary gifts, wrap gifts, and check against Tutoring lists. 

If you are interested in volunteering, or for more information,
please 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.

December 12
   A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (2007; Mystery). During the Christmas season,
   Miss CC de Poitiers was electrocuted on a frozen lake, in front of the entire town,    during the annual curling tournament in the small town of Three Pines, Quebec.    Inspector Gamache digs beneath the surface of village life to find long buried    secrets.

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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Save the Date: Annual Women’s Retreat
Women of God’s Story

Saturday, January 27
8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Fourth Church

Mark your calendars for this women's event! Watch your inboxes in December for an email with more information about this winter’s retreat on finding ourselves in God’s story

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