Our worship together will be online only
Victoria G. Curtiss
With in-person worship suspended, we invite you to join us online for worship
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We hope you will join us for worship on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. You can invite friends and family to join in this online worship experience by directing them to our website or by sharing the link www.bit.ly/FPCworship.
An eleven-minute slide show for Dedication Commemoration Sunday will immediately precede the service this week.
If the 11:00 hour does not fit your schedule, the service is available for viewing throughout the week. The May 24 worship bulletin is available here if you would like to download and print it prior to watching that service.
We also invite you to subscribe to our worship and sermon podcast on iTunes or Spotify and sign up to receive the weekly sermon by email.
As Vicky Curtiss prepares to retire from Fourth Church effective June 1, she is preaching for the final time during our worship services on Sunday, May 24.
While we are not able to gather at this time to celebrate her ministry among us, we hope you will take a moment to email Vicky your messages of gratitude and wish her Godspeed in her retirement!
At its May meeting, the Session of Fourth Church approved plans for how we will be community together in the summer of 2020. Those plans for June through August include having only online worship this summer, with the service continuing at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. The church campus will be closed through August, with our usual summer programming being offered online whenever possible.
If during this time you’ve missed hearing our Andrew Pipe Organ, be sure to listen to our online Noonday Concert from Friday, May 22.
That concert features music recorded last fall to share with couples selecting music for their wedding. In addition to hearing John Sherer playing our pipe organ and Sarah van der Ploeg singing solos often part of weddings, you can enjoy accompanying photographs of our Sanctuary.
You can also invite friends and family to join in watching and listening at www.bit.ly/fpcprograms.
In this season when many of us are struggling to sort things out, Stephen Ministers are available to be God’s listening presence. Trained in providing emotional and spiritual care, Stephen Ministers are here to help during this difficult time. If you would like to be in phone contact with a Stephen Minister, even for just one or two conversations, please leave a confidential message at 312.573.3365.
Caring for Those in Need:
How You Can Help
Our commitment to reflecting Gods love by caring for those in need and remaining connected while apart depends on all of us. How can you help?
Give online or via Venmo (@Fourth-Church). Your gifts to Fourth Church matter now more than ever! Our expenses continue, as we provide essential services to those in need and as we enable staff who can work remotely to do so and as we continue to pay any of our staff whose jobs can only be done on site but who are now at home. We won’t be passing offering plates on Sunday (although we will be encouraging people to make an offering gift online). So your generosity in this time makes a big difference!
Provide essential items for those in need. While we can no longer receive individual donations of canned goods, clothing, or hygiene items direct from households, you can order and have shipped to the church the items on our emergency distribution list. as well as the items needed for Meals Ministry to continue to serve those who are hungry.
Sew face masks for health care workers and other providers of essential services. For information about helping our Benevolent Guild sew face masks, contact Nanette Sawyer.
In these days of pandemic we stand together with all God’s beloved children around the world, praying for healing, expressing gratitude to medical professionals and essential workers, and using the power of our generosity to feed the hungry, provide emergency items to those in need, support employees, offer a listening ear, and nurture connections. Gifts to support these ongoing efforts can be made online, by Venmo, or by check payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church.
As the world around us changes in uncertain ways, meditation can connect us to a deep stillness and source of calm, a peace that quiets and strengthens us.
Each Tuesday and Saturday morning, Tom Schemper guides us in a time of meditation—a virtual Sacred Pause. You can join him online at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being’s page on Facebook on Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
Continuing to be Community and Church Together
In this time while we are not in the same place, we remain committed to living out our care for one another and remaining together while apart, we very much we want to hear from you!
Our pastors, Deacons, Stephen Ministers, and other volunteers are available to connect with you by phone and email.
Please let us know by contacting our Pastoral Care Office if you are—or someone you know is—in self-quarantine or feeling isolated, lonely, anxious, or sick or if you are a medical professional or are a provider of essential services, as we want to reach out and care for you in these challenging days.
If you have a prayer request, please contact Dave Handley, our Interim Minister for Pastoral Care, who is receiving these requests as part of our Morning Prayer and Deacon Prayer Ministries.
If you would like to talk to a pastor, please call the church (312.787.4570), and your request will be forwarded to someone on the pastoral staff.
If you would like to explore options for teletherapy with our Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, the Center invites you to call them at 312.787.2729, ext. 2260.
The website banner photo shows the banner hung over the Sanctuary entrance to thank essential workers and declare that we are #allinillinois in this time of pandemic.
Annual Appeal 2020