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
Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups

Women at Fourth Monthly Gatherings
Save the Date: A Women’s Retreat on Discipleship
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

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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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 week for details about the next Women at Fourth monthly gathering!

For more information, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).  

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Save the Date: A Women’s Retreat on Discipleship

   Saturday, February 4
  8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fourth Church 

Mark your calendars for this women's event! Watch your inboxes for an email with more information about this year's retreat on discipleship. 

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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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