With in-person worship suspended, we invite you to join us online for worship
Shannon J. Kershner preaching
The organ prelude begins at approximately 10:45 a.m.
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The Nominating Committee is looking for recommendations of Fourth Church members they should consider to serve as Elder, Deacon, Trustee, or a member of the Nominating Committee or Chicago Lights Board beginning in spring 2021. 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 recommendation form online.
With the Illinois Graduated Tax Amendment on the general election ballot in Illinois this November, the Equitable Education Committee at Fourth Church invites you to a Zoom panel discussion about the amendment—with special emphasis on the impact on education funding—on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.
David Greising, President and CEO of the Better Government Association, will moderate the conversation of panelists Ralph Martire (President of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and Arthur Rubloff Endowed Professor of Public Policy at Roosevelt University), Leslie Munger (Former Illinois State Comptroller and Deputy Governor), and Robin Steans (President of Advance Illinois).
For the Zoom details, register at www.bit.ly/taxamendment
We hold in prayer all those affected by the wildfires in the west. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is at work in the area, helping to support feeding programs and emergency housing for displaced residents as well as working with local presbyteries to assess and address needs in their communities.
Gifts to support these efforts can be made online through PDA.
We hope you will join us for worship on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. ( organ prelude begins at approximately 10:45 a.m.). The September 20 worship bulletin is available here if you would like to download and print it prior to watching that service.
You can invite 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.
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 11:00 a.m. (Central).
For those who do not have Internet access, we are also making our worship service available to listen to via the phone. If you know of someone for whom this audio opportunity would be welcome, please encourage them to call 888.916.9166 (toll-free) at the time of the service.
If the 11:00 hour does not fit your schedule, the service is available for viewing throughout the week at www.bit.ly/FPCworship.
We also invite you to subscribe to our worship and sermon podcast on iTunes or Spotify and sign up to receive the weekly sermon by email.
We continue to offer weekly Noonday Concerts online each Friday at 12:10 p.m. You can invite others to watch these online performances by directing them to our website or by sharing the link www.bit.ly/fpcprograms, where you can also enjoy previous performances throughout the week.
Do you miss connecting with people before and after worship? If so, plan to join us online on Sundays following the postlude (around 12:00 p.m.) for Coffee Hour via Zoom!
Zoom link: bit.ly/fpcfellowship
Meeting ID: 963 5583 1751
Phone: Dial (312) 626-6799 and enter meeting ID number 963 5583 1751#
As was shared with the congregation on July 27, at their July 26 meeting the Session and Trustees approved plans for how we will be community together beginning September 1 and continuing for the foreseeable future. Those plans include having only online worship, with the service at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. The church campus will remain closed except for limited activities, and programming and fellowship opportunities will be offered online.
You can read their email to the congregation here. We also invite you to view the August 23 Virtual Town Hall Meeting at which we answered questions about those decisions and highlighted opportunities for the months ahead.
“It is our Christian responsibility to raise our voices and to say stop to the myriad ways in which our culture does not value Black lives in the same way as White lives. … Thus the Session of Fourth Church has voted to give public voice to the statement that Black lives matter to God and to us. This banner hanging above our Sanctuary entrance affirms for this community what we believe, and it also reminds us of the work we have to do.” Read more ...
Caring for Those in Need:
How You Can Help
Our commitment to reflecting Gods love by caring for those in need and remaining connected while apart depends on all of us. How can you help?
Give online or via Venmo (@Fourth-Church). Your gifts to Fourth Church matter now more than ever! Our expenses continue, as we provide essential services to those in need and find ways to be church together in new ways. We aren’t passing offering plates on Sunday (although we are encouraging people to make an offering gift online). So your generosity in this time makes a big difference!
Provide essential items for those in need. While we can no longer receive individual donations of canned goods, clothing, or hygiene items direct from households, you can order and have shipped to the church the items on our emergency distribution list. as well as the items needed for Meals Ministry to continue to serve those who are hungry.
Sew face masks for health care workers and other providers of essential services. For information about helping our Benevolent Guild sew face masks, contact Nanette Sawyer.
Continuing to be Community and Church Together
In this time while we are not in the same place, we remain committed to living out our care for one another and remaining together while apart, we very much we want to hear from you!
Our pastors, Deacons, Stephen Ministers, and other volunteers are available to connect with you by phone and email.
Please let us know by contacting our Pastoral Care Office if you are—or someone you know is—experiencing anger or grief; are in self-quarantine or feeling isolated, lonely, anxious, or sick; or if you are a medical professional or are a provider of essential services, as we want to reach out and care for you in these challenging days.
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.
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 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 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.
The website banner photo shows the banner hung over the Sanctuary to give public voice to what we believe—that black lives matter to God and to us—and to remind us of the work we have to do.
Annual Appeal 2020