Sunday, February 23
Communion | Lucy Forster-Smith preaching
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Jazz | Communion | Nanette Sawyer preaching
In her book Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story that leads to Easter.
During this Lenten season our associate pastors invite you to join them in taking part in this exploration, as we read this book together and, along the way, consider the ethical and spiritual questions raised by the texts.
This exploration will be the focus of this year’s Path of Discipleship Lenten series, which will meet on Tuesdays, March 3–April 7 at 6:00 p.m. Each evening will begin with a meal together, followed by a presentation and small group exercises, concluding with a brief time of worship.
Preregistration by Monday, February 24 is required.
Eack week the 11:00 a.m. service of worship is livestreamed here. It is also available for viewing later in the week. You can invite friends and family to view by sharing the link www.bit.ly/FPCworship.
Ash Wednesday Services
12:10 and 7:30 p.m.
This Wednesday, February 26, we will begin our Lenten journey together. All are invited to join us in a time of worship that day. Shannon Kershner will preach at both services, which will each include Communion as well as the opportunity to receive the imposition of ashes.
“Ashes on the Way”
If you are unable to be with us for worship on Ash Wednesday, between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. that day pastors and Fourth Church members will be present in the Narthex and outside the Sanctuary. They will be available to impose ashes for those in our community who are unable to be with us for worship but who find the ashes a meaningful way to mark the beginning of this season of repentance and reflection.
During the season of Lent, we are invited to thoughtfully take up the gifts of faith—worship, study, prayer, and service—in preparation for Holy Week and Christ’s journey to the cross.
One way we do that is through our daily Lenten devotions, which this year offer reflections on Lenten hymn texts. Written by Fourth Church members and staff, the devotions are available daily via Facebook and Twitter and by email (sign up by completing this form, clicking on “Get Email Updates” at the upper right of this page, or sending email addresses to email@example.com). The devotions will also be posted online and be available in print format in the church literature racks.
We hope you will find these devotions useful in your personal prayer and reflection during this Lenten season.
Morehouse College Glee Club Returns on March 9
Mark your calendar and plan to join us Monday evening, March 9 for a stirring musical treat: a concert by the Morehouse College Glee Club.
During its storied 109-year-history, the Glee Club has sung at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., performed at President Jimmy Carter's inauguration, participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics closing ceremonies, and sung at Super Bowl XXVIII.
We are honored to welcome them back to Fourth Church for their performance on Monday evening, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. (A suggested freewill donation of $20 will be received at the door.)
While there are many ways to support the life-changing work of Fourth Church’s nonprofit community outreach organization, Chicago Lights, as well as our Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, one of the most fun is through the annual Gala of Hope!
You can ensure we have a place for you at this year’s benefit by making your reservations online today. Then mark your calendar for Friday, March 6, when we’ll gather at the Radisson Blu Aqua for an elegant evening of dinner and dancing—paired with fabulous live and silent auctions—all to support the work of serving those in need in our community.
The website banner photo: An aerial view of the Fourth Church courtyard and Children’s Fountain in the snow.
Annual Appeal 2020