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!

Blue Bow Campaign
Fierce Women of Faith
Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible Study
Presbyterian Women (PCUSA) Spring Gathering
Claiming Our Faith Stories: A Women's Retreat

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

Blue Bow Campaign
Help Us Recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Since 1989, millions of people have joined in displaying and wearing blue bows during the month of April to raise awareness for the observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Presbyterian Women at Fourth Presbyterian Church urges you to make a difference in the lives of our country’s most precious resource.

   Sunday, March 29
   Blue Bow Sunday

On Sunday, March 29, we will be tying blue ribbon on twine in the Commons during coffee hour. These ribbons will become part of the display on Michigan Avenue later that week. Please come and tie a ribbon! We are also looking for hosts to help supervise the ribbon-tying and to answer questions about this important witness.

For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Anne Ellis.

   Wednesday, April 1
   Blue Bows Interfaith Prayer Service and Press Conference:
      "Ending Child Abuse and Neglect of Illinois Children
       Starts with You"

   9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by 10:00 a.m. ribbon-tying

Come learn about and be inspired to take action in the efforts against child abuse. Our interfaith prayer service will include Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Family Ministry, and some of our interfaith neighbors. It will be followed by a press conference by the Blue Bow Committee of Illinois, joined by some of Chicago’s leading voices in child abuse prevention. This press conference and the ribbon-tying afterwards are the kickoff events for the month long, statewide campaign.

Volunteers are needed to tie bows, to hand out fliers to passerby, and to provide baked goods for volunteers; to sign up, contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369.

   Saturday, April 25
   Labyrinth Walk
   Hosted by Sunlight Project
   7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Buchanan Chapel

The Sunlight Project of Fourth Presbyterian Church seeks to raise awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of Chicago children and to end it through education, advocacy, and action.

   Thursday, April 30
   Blue Bows Removal Workday
   9:00 a.m. into the afternoon on Michigan Avenue

Volunteers are needed to help remove bows from the trees along Michigan Avenue. To sign up to help, contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369.

   Thursday, April 30
   Blue Bow/ Sunlight Project Film Screening
   6:30 p.m. in Room 4G in the Gratz Center

Come learn more about how you can be a part of the solution to child abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. A short film will be viewed followed by a panel of experts for questions and answers.

For more on the history of the Blue Bows campaign, click here.

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Fierce Women of Faith

   Celebration of Faith in Honor of International Women’s Month
   Tuesday, March 31, 2015
   9:00 12:00 noon
   McCormick Theological Seminary (5460 S. University)
   Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

This Celebration of Faith will include guest speakers from various faiths, including Christians, Muslims, Jews, Baha’I, and others, speaking on the work of peace within their faiths. There will be a panel discussion with peace influencers, including Roberta Glick (first female neurosurgeon in the State of Illinois), Wanda Carter (CC News Media), and Monica Moss (Trinity United Church of Christ), who will discuss the topic, “Taking a look through the eyes of human trafficking , gun violence, and the media .”

 Following the Celebration of Faith’s plenary session, watch the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which features Christian and Muslim sisters from Liberia joining together to address the issue of violence in their country, at 12:30 p.m.

For more information about this event, please call 312.675.2570.

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Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible Study

   Wednesday, April 8
   12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
   Room 4J in the Gratz Center

Come take part in a monthly women’s Bible study using the Horizon Bible Study.

Contact Anne Ellis for more information and to sign up (which is required, as space is limited).

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Presbyterian Women (PCUSA) Spring Gathering

   “Standing in the Gap for Disaster Survivors”
   Saturday, May 25
   9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
   First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange
   (150 S. Ashland Ave., LaGrange, IL 60525)
   Keynote Speaker: Laurie Ann Kraus,
      Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Coordinator

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church (USA), provides Presbyterians with a trusted framework through which to extend care to communities affected by crisis and catastrophe.

Join other Presbyterian Women groups from our presbytery as keynote speaker Laurie Ann Kraus, Presbyterian Disaster Coordinator, addresses questions such as, What is the church doing? What can we do?

Please register by Monday, April 20 with Leslie Tabor at 708.354.0771.

For more information visit the Chicago Presbytery Women web page.

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Claiming Our Faith Stories: A Women's Retreat

   Saturday, May 9
   8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
   Fourth Presbyterian Church

Why do stories matter?
What are your life stories?
What Bible stories inform you personal journey?
How can relating to Bible stories make a difference in your life?

You are invited to join us for “Claiming Our Faith Stories.” This retreat will offer you opportunities to weave a connection between your personal life, others, and the biblical story .

We will gather as a large group and in small groups. Many different modalities will be offered, including storytelling, journaling, discussion groups, Story Weaving, a personal labyrinth journey, and much more.

Space is limited to the first 100 people who make a reservation. The fee is $15, which includes a light breakfast. Please reserve your space by contacting Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).


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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.

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
   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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