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!

Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups
Women at Fourth Monthly Gatherings
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Sunlight Project and Selah Freedom Volunteer Connect Meeting
Soulspace Interfaith Fall Retreat
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

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.
   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. The next session will be held on Wednesday, August 10 in Room 5H. 

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

Mark your calendars for the next Women at Fourth monthly gathering!

   Love after Love: Self Encountering God

   Thursday, October 27  
   5:30 p.m. in the Bumpus Room
   Presented by Nanette Sawyer 

God's love for us is often called steadfast and unconditional love, but how can we experience that love in moments when we don't love ourselves?

Our October gathering will focus on this question and the fact that, in the stories of our lives, sometimes God has a hard time getting a word in edgewise. Nanette Sawyer will give a presentation, and small group discussions and poetic "sparks" will get us thinking and sharing in a safe space about some of the deepest life experiences that have shaped us and helped us or hindered us from feeling God's love.

For more information, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).  

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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Removing purple bows on Friday, October 28 at 1:00 p.m.

Earlier this month, Women at Fourth joined Between Friends in tying purple bows on the trees outside the Manse. These bows along Michigan Avenue stand as an annual witness to the issue of domestic violence.

On Friday, October 28 we need your help removing the bows. We'll gather at 1:00 p.m. near the Manse trees.

We hope to see you then!

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

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Sunlight Project and Selah Freedom
Volunteer Connect Meeting

   Saturday, October 29
   9:30 a.m. in the Gratz Center 

This Saturday Fourth Church's Sunlight Project will host a volunteer connect meeting for Selah Freedom, a nonprofit organization working to end sex trafficking. The organization is opening a home in Chicago for survivors of sex trafficking.

Selah Freedom CEO and President Elizabeth Fisher, who previously presented at the Women at Fourth November 2015 gathering, will explain how to join the organization's volunteer team and the various opportunities available to make a difference in the lives of these survivors.

To RSVP (required), contact volunteer@selahfreedom.com. For more information about Selah Freedom, visit www.selahfreedom.com

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Soul Space Interfaith Fall Retreat  

   New Avenues of Understanding an Interfaith Engagement 

   Sunday, October 30 
   2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Beth Emet Synagogue
      (1224 Dempster St. in Evanston)
   Suggested donation: $10
   Register online here 

Soul Space invites all women of faith to explore how interfaith encounters have challenged and enhanced their personal faith journeys and broadened our world. Together participants will discuss such questions as 

  • How does interfaith engagement allow understanding?
  • What has interfaith engagement added to or challenged us on in our lives?
  • What has it stirred within us?

More information about the retreat is available online here.

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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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