Our worship together will be online only
Shannon J. Kershner preaching
With in-person worship suspended indefinitely, we invite you to join us online for worship
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Information about the schedule for our Palm/Passion Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter worship, which will all be online, can be found on our Lent and Easter page.
“Dear Friends, I have decided to retire from Fourth Presbyterian Church on June 1, 2020. I want to spend more time with my family, work on the Leadership Team of Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (CROAR), and hopefully be a co-pastor again with my husband, Kent Organ, in a shared interim role...”
Read Vicky’s letter to the congregation
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—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 be in phone contact with a Stephen Minister, please leave a confidential message at 312.573.3365.
While we stay at home, we still have opportunity to gather online for worship at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays! Although
staff can no longer come in to the church to stream the service from the Sanctuary, Shannon Kershner is streaming the service from her home.
So please join us for worship on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. You can invite friends and family to join in this online worship experience by directing them to our website or by sharing the link www.bit.ly/FPCworship.
If the 11:00 hour does not fit your schedule, the service is available for viewing throughout the week. The March 29 worship bulletin is available here if you would like to download and print it prior to watching that service.
You can also subscribe to our worship and sermon podcast and sign up to receive the weekly sermon by email.
On Friday, March 27 we enjoyed a wonderful online piano performance by our organist John Sherer direct from his living room!
Plan to be with us on Friday, April 3 at 12:10 p.m. when John will again be sharing with us another live-from-home piano concert online. You can also invite others to join in this online concert by directing them to our website or by sharing the link www.bit.ly/fpcprograms.
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?
Reach out via phone and email to friends, family, neighbors, and those you know who might be feeling isolated. If you have availability to call or email others in our community, please let our Pastoral Care Office know.
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 as we enable staff who can work remotely to do so and and we continue to pay any of our staff whose jobs can only be done on site but who are now at home. We won’t be passing offering plates on Sunday (although we will be 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. In the days ahead we will also be making available a list of needed food items that can be shipped for delivery to Meals Ministry.
“O God, may we take a special measure of care for those who are alone. May our collective hands reach out to others, harboring the lost and speaking your word of peace to the lonely. May our eyes hold your vision for a future where your realm arises from the deep and shadowy places, with your peace, your shelter, you as our dwelling place so present and so close...”
Prayers of the People
During these days of the stay-at-home order, we will still be livestreaming Sunday morning worship from Shannon Kershner’s home, providing “to go” bag lunches and “to go” Sunday Night Supper for our neighbors in need, and meeting emergency needs through curbside pickup from the Chicago Lights Social Service Center. We also want to be in touch with you!
Learn about resources and opportunities during these days
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). The devotions are also posted online.
We hope you will find these devotions useful in your personal prayer and reflection during this Lenten season.
The website banner photo depicts the cross in the chancel of Buchanan Chapel.
Annual Appeal 2020