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!


Christmas Wishes
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


Christmas Wishes

As Christmas approaches it’s that time of the year when Presbyterian Women begins collecting gifts from the congregation for the Chicago Lights Tutoring students. These gifts may be the only ones our 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 gifts at Coffee Hour, gift processing, and data entry.

Distribute Lists at Coffee Hours
(Two to three people per shift) 
Sundays, November 23 and 30; December 7 and 14
   After 8:00 a.m. service (8:509:30 a.m.)
   After 9:30 a.m. service (10:2011:00 a.m.)
   After 11:00 a.m. service (11:50 a.m.12:30 p.m.)

Collect Gifts at Coffee Hours  
(Two to three people per shift) 
Sundays, November 30; December 7 and 14 
   After 8:00 a.m. service (8:509:40 a.m.)
   After 9:30 a.m. service (10:2011:10 a.m.)
   After 11:00 a.m. service (11:50 a.m.12:30 p.m.)

Data Entry
Monday, November 24Tuesday, December 8
at own location
Volunteers will enter data received from Coffee Hour tables and inventory into Excel spreadsheets for staff. 

Gift Inventory
(Three to four people per shift)
Wednesdays, December 3 and 10
2:004:00 p.m.
Volunteers will check gifts and gift cards against original requests. 

Wrapping-Party Elves
(Ten to fifteen people) 
Sunday, December 14
12:303:30 p.m.

Tutoring Party Preparations
MondayThursday, December 1518
11:00 a.m.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.

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

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Ongoing Groups of Presbyterian Women

Benevolent Guild
   Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
   Resuming Wednesday, September 10
   September through December; March through June
   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 (no sewing experience necessary!). You are also encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch and stay for a time of fellowship following the work session.

The group meets on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and concludes around noon with scripture and mission information followed by a brown-bag sandwich lunch together.

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


Books by Women
   Second Tuesdays from 6:00 to 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.

For more information, contact Liz Nickerson (312.573.3366).


Knitters and Crocheters
   Fourth Tuesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
   September through June (except December)
   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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