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Each week our News and Opportunities bulletin insert highlights upcoming events and resources, some of which invite signups or inquiries. You will find details about those here.

Of course you will also find information about many other opportunities by browsing our website and calendar. We hope you will connect with one or more of them!

Blessing of the Animals
Chicago Lights Marathon Team
Chicago Lights Tutoring Orientation

Coffee Hour
Contemplative Retreat
Cornerstones

Handbell Choir

Horizons Bible Study
Hurricane Relief Donations
Inquirers' Class

Interfaith Relations Committee "Predestination"
Men's Bible Study
Men's Faith Discussion Group
Music Mission Trip to Cuba
Racial Equity Council Surey
Social Service Center Salesforce Volunteer
Volunteer Opportunities
Women at Fourth

 

Blessing of the Animals

Calling all creatures great and small! We’re having our annual Blessing of the Animals service this Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. outdoors in the Fourth Church courtyard (or in Buchanan Chapel if there’s rain). All pets on leashes or in carriers are welcome.


If you’d rather not bring your pet, you’re invited to bring your pet’s photo to be blessed instead. Come help us celebrate God’s creatures!

We are also in need of ushers for the Blessing of the Animals service on Saturday. If you can help, please contact Robert Crouch!


Chicago Lights Marathon Team

Those running the Chicago Marathon are invited to join the Chicago Lights Marathon Team in raising support for Chicago Lights, our nonprofit community outreach arm. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Laura Woods (312.981.3564).

 

Chicago Lights Tutor Orientation

Chicago Lights is also offering a one-session tutor orientation several times in September. If you are interested in tutoring, visit www.bit.ly/cltutor2019 to learn more.

 

Coffee Hour

To sponsor Coffee Hour, please contact Anne Ellis.

 

Contemplative Retreat

Our Spiritual Formation Council invites you to take part in a weekend contemplative retreat at St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wisconsin, from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13. Guests are offered a place to reset, pray, contemplate, and revitalize their relationships with God. Register online here.

 

Cornerstones

"Making Prisons More Humane" is the topic for the October 4 program.

Founded in 1901, the John Howard Association (JHA) has provided critical citizen oversight of the state’s adult and juvenile correctional facilities. It is the only non-partisan, independent prison watch dog and correctional policy organization in Illinois, receiving no state or local government funding.

Join us as we hear from JHA’s Executive Director, Jenny Vollen-Katz, who will share more about the organization’s mission, as well as some of its key challenges and successes related to monitoring prison conditions and programs, advocating to improve the criminal justice and prison system, and providing targeted direct services to inmates and their families.

As usual, our evening will begin with appetizers, followed by dinner and the presentation.

Reservations ($25 per person) must be made no later than the morning of Wednesday, October 2.

Click here to register.

 

Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir welcomes new ringers to their rehearsals, which begin on Sunday, September 8 at 8:00 a.m. Please contact Briana Belding-Peck for more information on joining the choir.


Horizons Bible Study

Horizons Bible study will be studying the story of Ruth this summer. The study is based on the book The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules by Carolyn Custis James.

For more information and to sign up (required), contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369.

 

Hurricane Relief Donations

We are receiving a special offering for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to rspond to immediate and long-terms needs of those in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Gifts can me made here or here.

 

Inquirers' Class

Inquirers’ Class provides opportunity to learn about Fourth Church and is a prerequisite for membership. It meets next on October 13 and 20 from 12:15 to
1:45 p.m. in the Page Smith Room. Those interested in attending these sessions may register here.

 

Interfaith Relations Committee "Predestination"

Presented by Rev. Jay Moses and Imam Hassan Aly

The Interfaith Relations Committee invites you to an interfaith dialogue on the subject of “Predestination.” This event is co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Interreligious Work Group of the Presbytery of Chicago, along with the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

Thursday, September 26
7:00-9:00 p.m.

The Mecca Center
16W560 91st St.
Willowbrook, IL 60527
www.meccacenter.org

RSVP to interfaith@mccchicago.org

Men's Bible Study

A Men’s Bible Study focusing on lectionary readings from the pulpit meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 a.m. in the Loop.

For more information or to RSVP (required), contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369.

 

Men's Faith Discussion Group

A new Men's Faith Discussion Group begins on Friday, September 20 at 7:00 a.m. to bring together seven to ten men for conversation about the ways in which scripture intersects with their lives. Contact Anne Ellis to register (required).


Music Mission Trip to Cuba

Share the gift of music and be inspired by the faith of our Cuban Christian sisters and brothers! Join members of Fourth Presbyterian Church and
St. John’s Episcopal Church of Chicago on this weeklong music mission trip to Cuba from March 2 to 9, 2020. Our hosts will be the Reverend Liudmila Hernández and her congregation, the First Presbyterian Church of Havana, with whom Fourth Church has had a partner relationship for more than nineteen years.

Register here.

 

Racial Equity Council Survey

The Racial Equity Council would appreciate your taking the time to complete a brief survey here. The results of this survey will help the council develop recommendations for our moving toward becoming a fully multiculural, antiracist church.

 

Social Service Center Salesforce Volunteer

The Social Service Center is looking for a volunteer who can advise and support us with improving the efficiency of how we use Salesforce, including helping us to keep our data consistent and tid,y and advising us on integrating database systems. Salesforce is a vital part of how we support guests, since we use it to maintain updated guest information, track services, schedule food/clothing appointments, and track progress/case notes.

This information is also shared with Chicago Lights Development team to use in grant proposals, and analyze gaps and opportunities in services. Work can be completed remotely, but prefer volunteer who is willing and able to train SSC staff in Salesforce development.

Main tasks:
Ongoing maintenance and development of Salesforce • Involvement in coding and development projects • Advising on the efficiency of Salesforce processes • Advising us on integrating database systems

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Director of Volunteer Ministry, Robert Crouch (312.981.3382, rcrouch@fourthchurch.org), if you are interested in the following volunteer opportunities:

Ushers are needed for the 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:00 Jazz at Four services.

We are also looking for individuals to wrap silverware, to cook, and to serve food for our Meals Ministry Sunday Night Suppers.

Meals Ministry is also in need of medical professionals and nonmedical volunteers to help with prodiving medical services to guests beginning Sunday, September 8. Please contact Mike Usiak, Meals Ministry Coordinator, for more details and to sign up.

 

Women at Fourth

Women at Fourth is having their kickoff event this Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. to talk about "The Church (big C) in a New Day." They will discuss the the Church's past, present, and future.

Women at Fourth will also by tying ribbons for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 4. Contact Anne Ellis for more information.