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!

Christmas Wishes
Cookies-and-Cocoa
Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups

Women at Fourth Monthly Gatherings
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


Christmas Wishes

As Christmas approaches, it's that time of year when Women at Fourth start collecting Christmas gifts generously given by members of 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!

All women are invited to explore the many joyful volunteer opportunities available, which include gift wrapping, decorating, helping distribute gift lists at Coffee Hour, gift processing, and data entry.

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Distribute Lists at Coffee Hours
Sundays, December 4 and 11
   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, December 4 and 11  
   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 through December 6 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, November 30 and December 7 
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 11
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Tutoring Party Preparations
Monday through Thursday, December 12 through 15
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
(possibly 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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Cookies-and-Cocoa Reception

   Sunday, December 11
   7:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall

What a great opportunity we, Women at Fourth, 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 11.

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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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 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 Women at Fourth, 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 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

Check back here in the coming weeks for more information about the next Women at Fourth monthly gathering!

For more information, 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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