At Fourth Presbyterian Church, we believe that through mission outreach, we can serve our brothers and sisters in need, sharing in their struggles and hopes and working together for a world of compassion, peace, and justice.
Mission is essential to what it means to be church. As followers of Christ we are called to love our neighbors in ways that proclaim the good news of the gospel. Fourth Presbyterian Church has claimed the call to reach out in many meaningful ways. Our outreach efforts include bringing hope and relieving suffering through compassionate service, building partnerships with people in other countries, advocating for justice and peace, and sharing God’s unconditional love for all persons. As we give we also receive and are blessed by neighbors in our city and around the world.
Fair Trade Bazaar
Saturday, December 3
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Anderson Hall and Borwell Dining Room
The Fourth Church Fair Trade Bazaar is coming up the weekend of December 3-4. This annual event supports artisans and their families from more than thirty developing countries, making it possible for them to earn a fair wage for their labors or start a small business. It features handcrafted merchandise—folk art, ceramics, textiles, baskets, jewelry, gourmet coffee, and chocolate—and gifts toward micro-financing projects.
Africa Circle of Hope
Blue Meets Blue
Chicago Fair Trade
Colombia Vive Chicago
Creatively Empowered Women
Light and Leadership
Partners for Just Trade
Ten Thousand Villages
Tree of Life Imports
The sales at last year's Fair Trade Bazaar supported more than forty families with a year's income, allowing them in turn to provide food, housing, education, and health care for their families. We hope you will come shop with us!
We also need volunteers to help set up the bazaar on Friday evening, December 2 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., and to help take it down on Sunday afternoon, December 3 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
We are also looking for volunteers to work the bazaar on Saturday and Sunday. If you can help staff a shift, please contact Nancy Davis at 312.274.3815.
Interracial Peace Circles
Fourth Church is forming small, interracial groups to participate in Peace Circles that deepen relationships with one another, are in dialogue about racism, and engage in advocacy and actions to dismantle racism. If you would like to be part of an interracial peace circle, please contact Vicky Curtiss. These dialogues are cosponsored by Interfaith Coalition Against Racism and the Fourth Church Multicultural Committee.
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For more information about Mission at Fourth Church,
contact Vicky Curtiss, Associate Pastor for Mission (312.981.3598).