Worship on Sunday,
With in-person worship suspended, we invite you to join us online for worship
Matt Helms preaching
The organ prelude begins at approximately 10:45 a.m.
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On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, we invite you to join us online at 11:00 a.m. for a Thanksgiving service. As part of this service we will receive Thanksgiving greetings from our interfaith partners as well as hear short readings and presentations representing their religious traditions. Nanette Sawyer will also offer a sermon on interfaith relations in Christian scripture, the calling to treat our neighbors of other faiths with love and respect, and the spiritual foundation of generosity and thanksgiving
The service will include traditional Presbyterian worship as well as musical offerings from Holy Name Cathedral and the Niagara Foundation as well as our own Fourth Church musicians. Other participating partners and friends are the Council of Islamic Organization of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, LaSalle Street Church, the Muslim Community Center, Chicago Sinai Congregation, and others.
You can join us for Thanksgiving worship online at www.bit.ly/FPCworship
The Thanksgiving Day worship bulletin is available here if you would like to download and print it prior to watching the service.
Remember loved ones and recognize those who are special in your life with contributions toward the purchase of Christmas flowers and garlands. These will decorate the Sanctuary for our online services this coming Advent and Christmas season.
A list of those remembered will be printed in the Christmas bulletin. (Contributions must be received by Friday, December 11 in order for names to be included in the bulletin.) An online gift form can be found here.
In this season of gratitude and giving, we invite you to join us in making preparations to share Christmas joy with our neighbors and those in need.
Christmas Gift Bags: Sunday and Monday Night Supper guests will again be receiving Christmas gift bags from Fourth Church, this year prepared by staff and volunteers. Donations are needed to cover the cost of the items to be included in the bags: a food gift card, gloves, hygiene items, and a mask. These donations can be made online at www.bit.ly/giftbags2020
Christmas Wishes: Again this year Women at Fourth is coordinating our Christmas Wishes efforts to provide gifts for Chicago Lights Tutoring students. This year each student will receive a gift card, a book, and a mask. To help fill these Christmas wishes, you can order the selected books online at www.bit.ly/christmaswishes20; contributions toward gift cards can be made online at www.fourthchurch.org/give-online (choose “Congregational Life” as your designation, and type “Christmas Wishes” in the comments).
Light Up a Life Offering: Gifts to the Light Up a Life offering help us serve our Meals Ministry and Chicago Lights Social Service Center guests throughout the cold winter months. Gifts can be made online at www.fourthchurch.org/give-online (type “Light Up a Life” in the comments).
Join us in a time of daily prayer and reflection this Advent season as we set aside time to prepare our hearts and lives to receive the gift that comes to us in the stable. Daily Advent devotions will be available beginning Sunday, November 29.
To receive them daily by email, sign up online. Devotions will also be posted on Facebook, on Twitter (@FourthChicago), and on our devotions web page. We look forward to sharing in this Advent journey with you.
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 November 29 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.
Read more about our worship online...
Do you miss connecting with people before and after worship? If so, plan to join us online this Sunday following the postlude 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#
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.
“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 ...
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.
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.
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.