Women at Fourth

Women at Fourth 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 Women at Fourth 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 Women at Fourth!

Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups
Women at Fourth Monthly Gatherings
School Supply Drive 2016
Ongoing Groups of Women at Fourth
   Benevolent Guild
   Books by Women
   Knitting and Crocheting
Women at Fourth Annual Projects and Program
Child Abuse Awareness: Resources and Hotlines

Women at Fourth 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 4H 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 Women at Fourth, based on the guide from Horizons magazine.

On Wednesday, January 13, the group began a new study called Come to the Waters. Participants examine the role of water in the book of Genesis and the book of Revelation.

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 5H 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.

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Women at Fourth Monthly Gatherings

Mark your calendars for these upcoming monthly gatherings!

   School Supply Drive: Summer Day Distribution Preparation
   Thursday, July 28
   5:30 p.m. in the Bumpus Room

Help us assemble backpacks for Chicago Lights Summer Day students at our July gathering! We will inventory backpacks, confirm backpacks for delivery, and sort and count selected supplies.

   Elephant Revival Concert
   Thursday, August 18
   6:30 p.m. concert at Millennium Park (200 E. Randolph)

Join us on the third Thursday in August for a free outdoor concert in Millennium Park! We will gather before the concert (exact time TBD) and go to Millennium Park together.

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School Supply Drive 2016

The annual School Supply Drive, sponsored by Women at Fourth, kicks off this month—and we need your help!

Join us as we collect school supplies and backpacks for children connected with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Summer Day, and Tutoring programs and whose families have difficulty buying the tools necessary for learning.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Coffee Hours
Sundays through August 14
8:50–9:40 a.m.
10:20–11:10 a.m.
12:00 noon–12:40 p.m.
4:50–5:10 p.m.
Hand out supply lists | Answer questions | Collect supplies

Data Entry
The week of July 18

Inventory Day
Monday, July 25, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Come for an hour or the whole scheduled time.
Sort and count collected supplies | Inventory backpacks

Chicago Lights Summer Day Distribution Preparation
Thursday, July 28 (with Women at Fourth monthly gathering!)
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Inventory backpacks | Confirm backpacks for delivery
   Sort and count collected supplies

Summer Day Backpack Distribution
Wednesday, August 3
Time TBD
Distribution at Fourth Church (Borwell Dining Room)

Calling Chicago Lights Urban Farm Families
The week of August 8

Inventory Day and Urban Farm Distribution Preparation
Wednesday–Thursday, August 10–11
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Inventory backpacks | Confirm backpacks for delivery
   Sort and count collected supplies

Urban Farm Distribution Preparation
Saturday, August 13
10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Load backpacks at Fourth Church and take them to the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago, at Hudson and Chicago)

Urban Farm Backpack Distribution
Saturday, August 13
12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.
Distribution of supplies at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm

Chicago Lights Tutoring Distribution Preparation
Wednesday, August 17
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Sort and count selected supplies | Pack boxes for Tutoring

In addition to volunteers, we need donations! Backpacks filled with school supplies are being collected for 280 children and youth, and we're also collecting school supplies for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program. Supply lists are available online here or by contacting Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

We hope you'll join us as we help students start the school year prepared with all of the supplies they need to focus on learning!

For more information or to sign up to help, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

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Ongoing Groups of Women at Fourth

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.

Knitting and Crocheting
   Fourth Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
   September through June
   Room 4J 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 individuals’ own schedules, allowing participants to drop in for as much or as little of each gathering as they’d like.

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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