Worship on Sunday,
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.
Continuing to Be Church and Community 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.
We also invite those who are reaching out to others to join us for a Saturday morning virtual workshop, “Loving Our Neighbor in a Time of Social Distancing,” on January 23 at 10:00 a.m. This two-hour online event will be led by David Hogue, Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and Counseling at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and will offer a theological and biblical framework for the ministry of making phone calls to those who may be isolated during this season. Topics will include, among others, loneliness and depression, the COVID context of isolation and social distancing, and fears of the virus and the prospect of treatments, including hospitalization and ventilators. For Zoom details, email Carol Allerton.
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, please let us know by contacting our Pastoral Care Office. 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.
On Tuesday, January 19 we joined with others across the nation in tolling bells in remembrance of those who have died from COVID-19. Our bells tolled once for every 10,000 individuals in this country who have died from the novel coronavirus.
That evening we also joined with Chicago Sinai Congregation for an online prayer vigil as people across the City of Chicago turned off lights at 6:00 p.m. and observed a moment of silence for those who have died from COVID-19. This brief time of reflection included Shannon Kershner and Rabbi Seth Limmer leading us in prayers of remembrance and prayers for healing.
Join us online over the lunch hour each Friday for our weekly Noonday Concerts, which are livestreamed at 12:10 p.m. You can watch them by clicking on the graphic above or by going to our YouTube channel (www.bit.ly/fpcvideos) or via Facebook Live.
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.
The video of this powerful January 14 discussion of “Faith in Uncertain Times: Reflecting on the Past and Envisioning the Future” is available on our YouTube channel, at www.bit.ly/faithinuncertaintimes
Moderated by Lucy Forster-Smith, the discussion features conversation among panelists Shannon Kershner, Pastor of Fourth Church; Horace Smith, Pastor of Apostolic Faith Church; Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ; David Crawford, President of McCormick Theological Seminary; and Ozzie Smith Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Covenant United Church of Christ.
Listen in as they explore together questions such as
What is the role of faith and religious institutions in these unsettled times?
How can our faith communities work together to rebuild society and become a unifying force in Chicago? What have you learned about faith and humanity from the pandemic? How do we survive, thrive, and flourish in these historic times? What is your biggest hope for the future?
Committed to Moving the Dream Forward
We remember and give thanks for the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was born on January 15, 1929. The banner above the Sanctuary doors is a continued expression of our commitment to embrace racial equity by purposely including all people, striving for radical hospitality, and modeling an antiracist approach in all areas. We remain steadfast in our theological conviction that the lives of our Black siblings matter both to God and to us and that their lives are sacred. We are committed to putting that theological conviction into practice and continuing to express it in a variety of ways.
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one ministry of care and supportive listening for those who are experiencing life’s challenges.
We invite Fourth Church members who have gifts for listening to consider applying for our next Stephen Minister training course—a fifty-hour series that culminates in making a two-year commitment to serve as a Stephen Minister. That course will next be offered this spring.
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 January 17 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). 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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Do you miss connecting with people before and after worship? If so, plan to join us online this Sunday following the congregational meeting 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#
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Website banner photo: The Martin Luther King Jr. “Moving the Dream Forward” banner above the Sanctuary doors is a continued expression of our commitment to living out the theological conviction that the lives of our Black siblings matter both to God and to us and that their lives are sacred.