Fourth Dimension

Fourth Dimension is a friendship group for individuals fifty and over who gather together to explore ideas, socialize, and reinforce their faith in God.

This group typically gathers on the second Friday of each month. Most programs start at 6:00 p.m. with coffee and fellowship; a presentation by a speaker begins at 6:30 p.m. Following the talk, there is a reception with refreshments. All are welcome!

To receive the Fourth Dimension email newsletter, simply send email addresses to Anne Ellis.

Upcoming Events

A Fourth Dimension Christmas Party

   Friday, December 11, 2015
   6:00 p.m. in the Manse

Join us for the annual Christmas Party hosted by Fourth Dimension!

Festivities will include a catered Christmas dinner, Christmas music, and a white elephant gift exchange. Each white elephant gift should be a gender neutral, new or gently used item valued at approximately $10.

Be sure to wear your Christmas best, as we will offer a prize to those with the most festive attire! 

A $20 registration fee is required in advance. Register online or by contacting Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) by 12:00 noon on Monday, December 7.

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“The Lure of the Relic: Collecting the Holy Land”

   Friday, January 8, 2016
   6:00 p.m.
in the Page Smith Room
   Presented by Morag Kersal

Current news often tells the stories of Middle Eastern holy sites that have been damaged or destroyed. Archaeologist Morag Kersal will share her experience of working on such sites in Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. Ms. Kersal, an expert on the movement of holy land antiquities and the looting of archaeological sites, will discuss the implications of the destruction of holy land artifacts.

A $15 prepaid reservation with Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) is required by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6.

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“Building the Canal to Save Chicago”

   Friday, February 12, 2016
   6:00 p.m.
in the Page Smith Room
   Presented by Richard Lanyon

Reversing the flow of a river wouldn’t be possible today—but at the end of the nineteenth century, this technique allowed Chicagoans to survive. Author Richard Lanyon will discuss the massive and complex public works engineering system that saved Chicago from a perilous nuisance and a public health crisis.

A $15 prepaid reservation with Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) is required by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10.

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“Illinois Fights the Civil War”

   Friday, March 11, 2016
   6:00 p.m.
in the Page Smith Room
   Presented by Robert Girardi

Illinois is not only the home state of President Abraham Lincoln—it also played a crucial role in the “war between the states.” 

Please join us as we host historian Robert Girardi, who will provide an overview of the contribution and importance of the state of Illinois in the Civil War. 

A $15 prepaid reservation with Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) is required by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9.

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“The Case for Permaculture”

   Friday, April 8, 2016
   6:00 p.m.
in the Page Smith Room
   Presented by Ruth Mortensen

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles that simulates the patterns observed in natural ecosystems. It also provides an ethical and holistic foundation for a sustainable culture that focuses on employing regenerative, bio-diverse resources with a goal of producing no waste. 

Fourth Church member and permaculture designer Ruth Mortensen will join us for our April meeting to discuss guidelines that we, as urban dwellers, can employ to incorporate permaculture principles into our daily lives and create a permanent human culture that works in harmony with nature. 

A $15 prepaid reservation with Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) is required by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6.

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Organ Dedication Concert

   Friday, May 13, 2016
   6:00 p.m.
Fellowship in the Page Smith Room
   7:30 p.m. Concert in the Sanctuary

   Performance by John W. W. Sherer

Fourth Church anticipates celebrating the intallation of its completed pipe organ in Advent 2015. The new instrument, which will have nearly 8,000 pipes, will be the largest throughout the Midwest! 

For our May gathering, we will attend an organ concert—played on this new pipe organ—performed by John Sherer, organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church. Fourth Dimension will serve light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. concert in the Fourth Church Sanctuary.

A $15 prepaid reservation with Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) is required by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11.

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A registration fee for most events is required in advance. To register, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) by the Wednesday prior to each event. Registration will not be available at the door. 

Please write “Fourth Dimension” on the memo line of a check made payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church. Checks can be mailed to the church (126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611) or left in an envelope with the receptionist at the Chestnut Street entrance. Please be sure to put “Attn: Anne Ellis” on the envelope and let Anne know that you are mailing it or dropping it off so she can be on the lookout for it.  To pay by credit card, contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369.

To receive the Fourth Dimension email newsletter or for more information about Fourth Dimension,
contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).