Our worship together will be online only
Shannon J. Kershner preaching
With in-person worship suspended indefinitely, we invite you to join us online for worship
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For information about helping the Benevolent Guild sew face masks, please contact Nanette Sawyer.
The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering that we receive throughout Lent and Holy Week offers critical support to the ongoing ministry of Fourth Church Meals Ministry and Chicago Lights Social Service Center, which are both providing essential services during this time.
OGHS gifts also support the work of Chicago Lights Tutoring, Fourth Church Meals Ministry, the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Hunger, and Self-Development of People Programs.
Gifts to this offering (which our Sunday School children are also collecting with their Fish Banks) can be made online or by making a check payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church, writing “Lenten Offering” on the memo line, and mailing it to Fourth Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611.2014.
Join in the Palm Sunday spirit! Download and print this palm from Illustrated Ministry. Have it on hand for our online Palm/Passion Sunday worship as we sing “all glory, laud, and honor.”
And be sure to take a photo of your palm or of you and your palm and share it on social media, tagging @FourthChurch. Together we can create a virtual crowd welcoming Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem!
As we begin our Holy Week journey, we hope you will be with us online to join millions around the globe who, on this Palm/Passion Sunday, will be raising loud hosannas!
We livestreamed Palm/Passion Sunday worship from Shannon Kershner’s home at 11:00 a.m. (Central). The service will be available for viewing throughout the week.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.
To join in the spirit of this day that is both festive and somber, we encourage you to download and print this palm. The April 5 Palm/Passion Sunday 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 and sign up to receive the weekly sermon by email.
Our Holy Week journey, which begins with joyous Palm Sunday hosannas, quickly turns its focus to the cross. We recall—in the days of this week we call holy—Jesus’ passion, from his Last Supper on Maundy Thursday to his lonely desolation and betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane to his crucifixion on Good Friday. Join us as we gather in prayer and reflection in these solemn days.
Our Holy Week services will be livestreamed from home at www.bit.ly/FPCworship. To read more about these services—including preparing for Communion at home—see our Lent-Easter page.
Maundy Thursday, April 9
7:30 p.m. Tenebrae with Communion
Good Friday, April 10
12:10 p.m. Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, April 11
8:00 p.m. with Communion
Join us online for our joyous Easter service livestreamed from Shannon Kershner’s home.
Easter Sunday, April 12
11:00 a.m. (Central)
Online at www.bit.ly/FPCworship
“Dear Friends, I have decided to retire from Fourth Presbyterian Church on June 1, 2020. I want to spend more time with my family, work on the Leadership Team of Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (CROAR), and hopefully be a co-pastor again with my husband, Kent Organ, in a shared interim role...”
Read Vicky’s letter to the congregation
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 be in phone contact with a Stephen Minister, please leave a confidential message at 312.573.3365.
If you would like to explore options for tele-therapy with our Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, the Center invites you to call them at 312.787.2729, ext. 2260.
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?
Reach out via phone and email to friends, family, neighbors, and those you know who might be feeling isolated. If you have availability to call or email others in our community, please let our Pastoral Care Office know.
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.
The website banner photo: Palm/Passion Sunday services begin our Holy Week journey to the cross.
Annual Appeal 2020