Young Adults

Looking to make deep relationships and grow in discipleship at Fourth Church with others in their twenties and thirties? Consider joining Young Adults!

We are an open, welcoming, and growing community with weekly Sunday discussions, monthly social outings, and a variety of other service/social opportunities.

The easiest way to receive up-to-date information about our group is to subscribe to receive our weekly e-newsletter. To subscribe, email youngadults@fourthchurch.org.


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Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 7
   Gathering
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

Thursday, February 18
   February SpeakEasy
   7:00 p.m.; location TBD

Friday, March 4
   Gala of Hope
   5:30 p.m. at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N Columbus Dr.)

Saturday, March 19
   Karaoke for a Cause
   7:00 p.m. at Duffy's Tavern and Grille (420 W. Diversey)

Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8
   Young Adults Spring Retreat
   Grand Beach Inn in New Buffalo, Michigan

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Gathering: Paying Attention—What Now?

This Sunday we'll be ending our series about the value of paying attention to things we might otherwise avoid addressing in the world around us, in our own lives, and in our hearts and minds.

Last week we discussed how paying attention doesn't pay off right away and how the things we hope to gain from our efforts—whether through attentiveness or hard work—can often take a long time to come to fruition. This was the latest in a list of discussions that asked us to think more carefully about the work of our baptism in our lives and about our experiences of loss.

This week we're going to close with a discussion that asks, “So what?” What are we supposed to do with the insights we gather from paying attention to the things that are hard, or that make us sad, or that don't seem directly aimed at getting us what we want right now?

Here's an article that will help you get started in your thinking about this. Some of you heard about this article last week and may have read it already, but even if you don't get to look at it at all, come join us to talk about what might be on the other side of time spent paying attention to the hard things in life.

Time and Place
Sunday, February 7     
12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

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February 18 Is Our Next SpeakEasy

On Thursday, February 18 (one week earlier than usual) we'll gather for SpeakEasy, our monthly night out at a Chicago establishment for food, drinks, and fellowship. SpeakEasy is a great way to catch up with friends, meet new ones, and invite your friends and coworkers to check out the great fellowship we enjoy!

We hope you'll all be as brave as you were in venturing out into the cold weather for the last SpeakEasy and continue that good attendance and fun fellowship again this month. As always, we'll have some tasty food waiting and some drink specials too, so come and join in the fun. Stay tuned for location details.

Remember, we're open to suggestions for new places to try for this and future SpeakEasies, so if you have any ideas (or you just want to return to a past site), please let Hardy know so that we can get some space reserved.

Time and place
Thursday, February 18
7:00-10:00 p.m., location to be determined

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Other Opportunities


A “Joy Ride” Drawing for Gala of Hope!

Gala of Hope tickets are almost sold out! Thanks to everyone who reserved their spot at this annual event benefiting Chicago Lights and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. If you don't have your ticket yet and still want to go, you can check on ticket availability by contacting Andrea Miller at amiller@fourthchurch.org or 312.640.2576.

But even if you don't attend the Gala of Hope you can still support Chicago Lights through the Gala's “Joy Ride Drawing.” One lucky winner will have the opportunity for a one-month Q60 Infiniti convertible rental from Berman's Infiniti of Chicago. And with 1,500 miles included, the possibilities of where you'll go are almost infinite. Drawing ticket information is online here.

Gala of Hope (and drawing!) date
Friday, March 4

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“Karaoke for a Cause” Is Back!

Join the Chicago Lights Associates Board for a fun-filled evening of singing and raising funds for Chicago Lights! Save the date: “Karaoke for a Cause” is Saturday, March 19.

Chicago Lights Executive Director Stacy Jackson has agreed to come back this year and sing a crowd-favorite song to help raise even more money for Chicago Lights! Last year's event was a sold-out success, so be sure to get your tickets now.

Time and place
Saturday, March 19
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Duffy's Tavern and Grille (420 W. Diversey Pkwy)

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Save the Date for the Spring Retreat

It might be wintry out right now, but it's not too early to put on your calendar our annual Spring Retreat at the Grand Beach Inn.

Plan to join us May 6, 7, and 8 for a weekend of stimulating discussions, fun fellowship, great food, and the perfect chance to find deeper connection with other young adults at Fourth Church.

Date to save 
Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8
Grand Beach Inn in New Buffalo, Michigan
Leaving from the church at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6
Returning to the church at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 8

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Young Couples’ Groups

Join a Couples Group! You do not need to be a member of the congregation to participate in a small group, and these groups are intended for both married and nonmarried couples alike.

We are also looking for couples who would be willing to lead or colead a small group. This would involve being the contact couple for the group, organizing meetings, and planning activities.

To join a group or for more details, please contact Ken Nicholson.

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For more information about Young Adults, contact Hardy Kim (312.981.3399).