Victoria G. Curtiss preaching | Communion
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Shannon J. Kershner preaching
John W. Vest preaching | Jazz Communion Service
Come Sing in the Season as Part of the Lights Festival
Join us this Saturday, November 22 at 5:00 p.m., as we carol on the Sanctuary steps prior to the Lights Festival parade. Come spread Christmas cheer to the thousands gathered for the Michigan Avenue festivities!
With songs of thanksgiving and praise we will again join our Near North Ministry Alliance partners for the annual Gospelfest on Sunday, November 23 at 3:30 p.m.
Members of our choirs (shown here at a previous Gospelfest) will sing, as will choirs from the other congregations. Afterwards we’ll share in fellowship and a community meal with our neighbors as together we give thanks. The service and meal will be hosted by St. Matthew United Methodist Church (1000 N. Orleans, at Oak Street).
Then on Tuesday, November 25 we will continue our Thanksgiving celebrations with our neighbors, gathering at Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware, at State) at 7:30 p.m. for the Community Interfaith Service. Shannon Kershner will preach, and we will be joined by Holy Name Cathedral.
On Thanksgiving Day, Joyce Shin will preach at our annual Thanksgiving Day Service at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. We will share Thanksgiving dinner together afterwards in Anderson Hall. Tickets, which are required (space is limited, so make your reservations soon!), are available online.
Thanksgiving Day parking for the Thanksgiving Day worship service and dinner is available at a discounted rate at the 900 parking garage. Please note, however, that the discount rate will not be the Sunday morning rate but will be the $16 holiday rate set by the garage. The $16 vouchers can be purchased with cash or check at the church reception desk on Thanksgiving morning. There will then be no additional fee when validating your ticket at the garage upon exit.
As you begin to look toward doing Christmas shopping, please consider including in your gift-giving those gifts that are life changing.
Gifts to “Light Up a Life”—the Fourth Church Christmas gift-giving program—honor family, friends, teachers, neighbors, and colleagues while also making a difference in the lives of those served by Fourth Church and Chicago Lights.
This important year-end support of outreach and ministry programs provides gifts of hot meals for those who are hungry, educational opportunities for those in underresourced areas, global outreach to our brothers and sisters around the globe, and so much more.
What could be better than gifts that change lives and are easy to make online!
Gratitude for the
Two years ago, on Sunday, November 18, 2012, we dedicated the Gratz Center to the glory of God and opened it for use.
Today we give thanks for the vibrant mission and ministry that this wonderful space supports.
We also remain deeply grateful for the generous gifts of treasure, time, and talent that made possible not only building this addition to our campus but also the ongoing support of all that takes places within its walls.
About the website banner photo: Autumnal leaves color the trees outside the cloister and next to the Sanctuary entrance.
Annual Appeal 2015