Presbyterian Women at Fourth Church

Presbyterian Women is a community of women at Fourth Presbyterian Church who care for and nurture each other, deepening relationships with one another and with God through ongoing programming and special events. This fellowship group offers opportunities for women to connect through participation
in service projects, faith-building gatherings, and more!

To learn more about how you can become involved in Presbyterian Women or to sign up for the monthly email newsletter, contact staff liaison Anne Ellis (312.573.3369). All women at Fourth Church are invited to join Presbyterian Women!

Presbyterian Women Bible Study Groups
Christmas Wishes
Christmas-and-Cocoa Reception
Claiming Our Faith Stories: A Women's Retreat
Ongoing Groups of Presbyterian Women

   Benevolent Guild
   Books by Women
   Moms’ Groups
   Knitters and Crocheters
Presbyterian Women Annual Projects and Program
Presbyterian Women Mission Funds
Child Abuse Awareness: Resources and Hotlines

Presbyterian Women Bible Study Groups

   Horizons: A Monthly Women's Bible Study
   Second Wednesday of the month through September
   12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
   Room 4J in the Gratz Center

Interested in taking part in a Bible study that has been field tested by women's groups all over the country? Join us for a monthly women's Bible study, offered through Presbyterian Women, based on the guide from Horizons magazine.

Contact Anne Ellis for more information and to sign up (which is required, as space is limited).

   Weekly Seeds at Fourth: A Weekly Women's Bible Study
   Every Sunday
   9:30 a.m.
   Room 5F in the Gratz Center

All women are invited to a weekly women's Bible study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at Fourth Church. Weekly Seeds at Fourth will be using a United Church of Christ lectionary-based curriculum. In a discussion-based format, participants will review the focus Bible passage, examine the attached reflection, and share thoughts about the in-depth questions that are provided. 

To receive weekly email updates for Weekly Seeds, sign up at this web address.

Weekly Seeds at Fourth is moderated by Anne Stelle, a Fourth Church member with an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary. She has served as a Trustee, Elder, and Deacon at Fourth Church and is currently serving as a chaplain at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

   North Side Women's Bible Study Group

A new women’s Bible study, taking place on the North Side, is forming! Contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) if you are interested in taking part.

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Christmas Wishes

Fall is here, and that means it's time once again for Presbyterian Women to start collecting Christmas gifts from the congregation for the Chicago Lights Tutoring students. These gifts may be the only present some students receive this Christmas—how magical it is to give in this way!

In addition to giving gifts, many volunteers are needed to make this gift drive a success—from distributing and collecting requests at Coffee Hour to wrapping presents and making other preparations for the Tutoring parties.

A full list of volunteer opportunities is listed below. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Anne Ellis.

We hope you will join us in taking part in this longstanding Presbyterian Women tradition!

Volunteer Opportunities

Distribute Lists at Coffee Hours
Sundays, November 29; December 6 and 13
   After 8:00 a.m. service (8:50 to 9:30 a.m.)
   After 9:30 a.m. service (10:20 to 11:00 a.m.)
   After 11:00 a.m. service (11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Collect Gifts at Coffee Hours  
Sundays, November 29; December 6 and 13  
   After 8:00 a.m. service (8:50 to 9:40 a.m.)
   After 9:30 a.m. service (10:20 to 11:10 a.m.)
   After 11:00 a.m. service (11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Data Entry
Mondays and Tuesdays, November 23 through December 8 
at own location
Volunteers will enter data received from Coffee Hour tables into Excel spreadsheets for staff.

Gift Inventory
(Three to four people per shift)
Wednesdays, December 2 and 9 
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers will check gifts and gift cards against original requests. 
Wrapping-Party Elves
(Ten to fifteen people)
Sunday, December 13
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Tutoring Party Preparations
Monday through Thursday, December 14 through 17
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
(ending earlier depending on workload)
Volunteers will ensure all children at that night's Tutoring party will receive an appropriate gift. They will check gifts and gift cards, make quick expeditions to purchase necessary gifts (in neighborhood), wrap gifts, and check against Tutoring lists.

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Christmas-and-Cocoa Reception

   Sunday, December 13
   7:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall

What a great opportunity we, Presbyterian Women, have to extend our hospitality in fellowship with the congregation each Advent! Our annual Cookies-and-Cocoa Reception will follow the Festival of Advent Lessons and Music worship service on Sunday, December 13.

Please note the following ways you may assist that evening. We look forward to your participation. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Anne Ellis.

We are in need of

  • cookie bakers (cookies to be dropped off ahead of time)
  • cocoa mixers 5:30 p.m.
  • cookie platers 6:00 p.m.
  • setup crew 6:30 p.m.
  • cocoa servers 7:15 p.m.
  • whip cream servers 7:15 p.m.
  • cleanup crew (following the reception)

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Claiming Our Faith Stories: A Women's Retreat

   Saturday, January 30
8:30 12:30 p.m.
   Fourth Presbyterian Church

Save the date for a special morning of “Claiming Our Faith Stories”!

This retreat will offer you opportunities to weave a connection between your personal life, others, and the biblical story. In large and small groups, we’ll discuss the following questions:

Why do stories matter?
What are your life stories?What Bible stories inform your personal journey?
How can relating to Bible stories make a difference in your life?

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Anne Ellis.

The fee is $15, which includes a light breakfast.

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Ongoing Groups of Presbyterian Women

Benevolent Guild
   Wednesdays at 9:30–11:30 a.m.
   Room 5B in the Gratz Center

Do you have some time to share on Wednesday mornings? The Benevolent Guild invites you to join them in the fun of creating handmade stuffed animals for children in hospitals and shelters and taggies for infants in the NICU at Lurie Children’s Hospital (no sewing experience necessary!).

For more information, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

Books by Women
   Second Tuesdays from 6:00–7:15 p.m.
   September through June
   Bumpus Room in the Gratz Center

Details and a reading list are available here.

Moms’ Groups
If you’re expecting or have a child age 0–4 or 5–12, you’re invited to join a Fourth Church Moms’ Group. Joining a Moms’ Group is a great way to make new friends and explore how faith can be a strong resource during these exciting and challenging times.

Details and a meeting schedule are available here.

Knitters and Crocheters
   Fourth Tuesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
   September through June
   Room 4K in the Gratz Center

Join this active group of women who knit and crochet items for those in need (items such as hats and scarves for adults and children, children’s pajamas and clothes, baby booties and crib caps, lap robes, and more). The group is designed to accommodate working women as well as those who stay at home, allowing participants to produce their wares on their own time.

The group meets at Fourth Church for a time of fellowship, to drop off items they have completed, and to pick up yarn and material for new projects. Items are then donated to children and families in shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes.

For more information, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

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