Worship on Sunday,
Shannon J. Kershner preaching | Communion
Livestream and in person
Shannon J. Kershner preaching | Jazz at Four Service
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Our annual School Supply Drive, hosted by Women at Fourth, is underway!
Since we are not accepting supplies dropped off by individuals, Chicago Lights Tutoring, Summer Day, Dance Academy, and the Urban Farm have shared with us their Amazon Wish Lists so that you can order the needed supplies and have them sent directly to these Chicago Lights programs!
For more information, see our School Supply Drive page or email Simon Crow. You can also make a monetary contribution to be used for the purchase of school supply items (designate School Supply Drive). Gifts can be given by check or on our website, using the To Make a Gift button at the top left.
You are invited to join us in person in the Michigan Avenue courtyard for our annual outdoor summer concert series, Music by the Fountain, on Fridays at
Although we are not livestreaming or recording these performances, if you prefer to listen to concerts from Fourth Church online, we invite you to enjoy one of the many concerts available on our YouTube channel (www.bit.ly/fpcvideos)—perhaps one you missed seeing, a favorite one you would like to hear again, or the 2020 performance by our July 30 musicians, Chicago cabaret duo Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael!
Are you interested in traveling to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan in June 2022 with Fourth Church and our interfaith partners?
Registration is open through this September 1, 2021, for those who would like to join us for “Peace and Compassion: A Music and Travel Seminar Trip to the Middle East,” an opportunity to share the gift of music, to learn about daily life in the Middle East, and to build community among ourselves and all we encounter.
Register online at www.bit.ly/mideast2022, or to learn more about fees, travel arrangements, and other logistics, contact John Sherer.
The Nominating Committee would appreciate your help identifying candidates for positions opening in 2022 for Elder, Deacon, Trustee, Nominating Committee, and the Chicago Lights Board. 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. Please take a moment to complete the online form at www.bit.ly/nominating2022.
The congregation of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago was officially dedicated in worship on the morning of February 12, 1871. So on the second Sunday of February 2021 we kicked off our sesquicentennial celebration!
You can watch that February 14 worship service online on our YouTube channel.
We also encourage you to read our short monthly historical accounts as well as letters from Chicago’s faith leaders and view greetings from Fourth Church friends from across the globe and memories from pastors who formerly served at Fourth Church. These collections will grow over the coming year and can be found on our 150th page: www.fourthchurch.org/150
“Rhythm and Word: Midweek Music and Prayer” is a new online opportunity for perceiving God and the sacred through spoken word and vernacular forms of music offered by the Jazz at Four Quartet.
This weekly summer offering on YouTube weaves together scripture, prayer, and American vernacular music, specifically jazz and its related genres blues, soul, and Gospel.
Joe Morrow, Rocky Supinger, and the Jazz at Four Quartet have put together the first of these online midweek worship experiences—about 15 minutes in length and made available on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.—which invite us into an experience bringing together the sacred and everyday life.
To receive the weekly “Rhythm and Word” video by email each week, sign up at www.bit.ly/rhythmandwordemail
If you are joining us online for worship this summer, please note that our summer worship schedule is Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (Central) (The organ prelude begins at approximately 9:45 a.m.) If the 10:00 time does not fit your schedule, our services are also available to view later in the day and week.
On Sunday, August 1 we will be celebrating Communion during the 10:00 a.m. service, and so we invite those joining us online to have bread and juice on hand so we might share together in the Lord’s Supper.
You can welcome friends and family to join in this online worship experience by directing them here to our website or by sharing the link www.bit.ly/FPCworship. The Sunday, July 25 worship bulletin is available here to download.
We also share Sunday services via Facebook Live and—for those who use smart TVs or TV streaming devices—via our YouTube channel (www.bit.ly/fpcvideos) at 10:00 a.m. (Central).
Those who do not have Internet access can listen via the phone by dialing 888.916.9166 at the time of the service.
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All who would like to worship in person at Fourth Church are invited to do so!
Our summer Sundays worship schedule is as follows:
10:00 a.m. service in the Sanctuary (also livestreamed)
4:00 p.m. Jazz at Four service in Buchanan Chapel
There are no capacity limits.
Masks and social distancing are required for those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. For those who have received the COVID vaccine, the wearing of masks is optional.
We are not checking vaccination status, but anyone coming on site certifies by doing so that they do not currently have COVID-19, are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have no reason to quarantine, and will wear a mask and practice social distancing if you are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
The front section of the Sanctuary is for those required to or choosing to wear masks, with socially distant seating by households. The remainder of the Sanctuary is open seating, with masks optional.
Doors open a half hour before each service. Access is by Michigan Avenue doors only for the morning service and by the Delaware doors to the Gratz Center only for the Jazz at Four service.
Nursery care and child care is not available; Sunday School continues to be held online.
There is no congregational singing, though humming is permitted.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday, whether online or in person!
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Continuing to Be Church and Community Together
If you would like to have a phone conversation with a Stephen Minister, please leave a confidential message at 312.573.3365. In this season when many of us are struggling to sort things out, Stephen Ministers are available to be God’s listening presence.
If you would like to talk to a pastor, please call the church (312.787.4570), and your request will be forwarded to someone on the pastoral staff.
If you would like to explore options for teletherapy with our Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, the Center invites you to call them at 312.787.2729, ext. 2260.
If you have a prayer request, please contact Dave Handley, our Interim Minister for Pastoral Care, who is receiving these requests as part of our Morning Prayer and Deacon Prayer Ministries.
Website banner photo depicts tulips in full bloom on the Michigan Avenue median in front of the church.