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
“Good News” Fellowship
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.

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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“Good News” Fellowship

Mark your calendars for these 2016 “Good News” Fellowship gatherings!

   “February: Twice the Fun!”
   Thursday, February 25 in the Bumpus Room

   5:30 p.m. gathering; 6:00 p.m. presentation

Women who attend this meeting are encouraged to bring any gently used accessories to donate to Presbyterian Women's fashion table. All items will then be on sale for $2 each, and proceeds will be donated to Presbyterian Disaster Relief.

We will also host a special guest speaker who will help us put a bit of pizzazz into our wardrobes, so be sure to attend this fashion-forward February gathering!

   “Discerning Our Call . . . Discovering Our Spiritual Gifts”
   Thursday, March 17; location TBD

   5:30 p.m. gathering; 6:00 p.m. presentation

Vicky Curtiss will lead us in a variety of activities to help us explore the talents, abilities, and skills that God has given us as individuals and as a group. By knowing our gifts, we are able to perform the mission and ministry to which God has called us.

   “Spiritual Influences of Church Architecture”
   Thursday, April 28 in the Bumpus Room

   5:30 p.m. gathering; 6:00 p.m. presentation

Shannon Kershner and architect Leslie Ventsch will share their insights on the spiritual influences of church architecture and how these sacred spaces influence our faith journey.

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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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