Advent and Christmas at
Fourth Presbyterian Church


Advent and Christmas Devotions
Advent Photo-a-Day

Sharing Christmas Joy:
Light Up a Life

Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
| Christmas Dinner

Christmastide Lessons and Carols

Nursery Care | Parking

Video of the 2018 Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols service.

Looking ahead to Advent and Christmas 2020

Christmas Flowers 2020
Fair Trade Bazaar 2020
Festival of Advent Lessons and Music 2020
Sharing Christmas Joy:
Christmas Wishes, Holiday Gift Bags


Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Worship with Candlelight
—Tuesday, December 24, 2019—

4:00 p.m.
Children’s Pageant
6:00 p.m. Family Service | Shannon J. Kershner preaching
8:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols | Shannon J. Kershner preaching
10:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols | Shannon J. Kershner preaching

The 8:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols service will be live streamed at www.bit.ly/FPCworship.

On Christmas Eve nursery care will be available from 3:00 to 7:15 p.m.

Discounted parking on Christmas Eve is available only at the 900 N. Michigan garage and only for those entering the garage at 3:00 p.m. or later. Those who enter the garage after 3:00 p.m. will be able to park for $6 with a validation ticket that can be picked up for free that day at the church.

For those worshiping at 6:00, 8:00, or 10:00 p.m., all entry to the Sanctuary will be from Michigan Avenue entrances. Worshipers arriving before the Sanctuary has been emptied following the previous service will be invited to join the queue in the Loggia (accessible through the glass doors on Michigan Avenue). After that queue has entered the emptied Sanctuary, access will be allowed via the Michigan Avenue Sanctuary doors.

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Christmas Day

Christmas Day Worship
—Wednesday, December 25, 2019—

11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Worship | Rocky Supinger and Joe Morrow preaching

On Christmas Day nursery care will not be available. Children are always welcome to worship with their families!

Discounted parking on Christmas Day is available only at the 900 N. Michigan garage. To receive a discounted rate during worship, be sure to pick up a free validation ticket at the church that day; the parking rate will then be $8, payable at the garage.

A Christmas dinner (tickets required) will be held in Anderson Hall following the service, offering opportunity to share a traditional Christmas meal with friends new and old. As space allows, tickets will be available from the church reception desk.

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First Sunday after Christmas

—Sunday, December 29, 2018—

8:00 a.m. Communion | Joe Morrow preaching
9:30 a.m. Christmastide Lessons and Carols
11:00 a.m. Christmastide Lessons and Carols
4:00 p.m. Jazz Communion | Nanette Sawyer preaching

There is no Sunday School on December 29. The Nursery will be open for children up to age five; families are encouraged to have their chileren join them in worship.

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Nursery Care

On Christmas Eve nursery care will be available from 3:00 to 7:15 p.m.

On Christmas Day nursery care will not be available. Children are always welcome to worship with their families!

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Parking

Discounted parking on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is available only at the 900 N. Michigan garage.

Discounted parking on Christmas Eve is available only for those entering the 900 N. Michigan garage at 3:00 p.m. or later. Those who enter the garage after 3:00 p.m. will be able to park for $6, payable at the garage, with a validation ticket that can be picked up for free that day at the church.

To receive a discounted rate at the 900 N. Michigan garage during Christmas Day worship, be sure to pick up a free validation ticket at the church that day; the parking rate will then be $8, payable at the garage..

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Advent and Christmas Devotions

As we await the coming of the Messiah, we remember that the season of Advent is not simply about readying ourselves for the observances of Christmas but about setting aside time to prepare our hearts and lives to receive the gift that comes to us in the stable.

On this Advent journey, we invite you to join with us in using our Advent devotions, which are written by members and staff of Fourth Church.

Daily Advent and Christmas devotions are available in a variety of ways:

Via email: Sign up by clicking here or on “Get Email Updates” at the upper left of this web page (or send addresses to devotions@fourthchurch.org)

On Facebook

Shared on Twitter

In printed booklets: Available in the church literature racks

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Sharing Christmas Joy

In response to God’s gift to us, we too seek to give to others in this season, to share the love that came down at Christmas.

Thus Fourth Church offers a variety of ways from which you might choose to share that Christmas joy.

• “Light Up a Life” Offering
Gifts to the “Light Up a Life” offering support congregational programs, mission, and community outreach—including Chicago Lights programs—as well as denominational efforts.

In this season when needs for many are great, “Light Up a Life” gifts make it possible for us to provide meals for those who are hungry, a shower and clean clothing for those living on the street, a warm place to escape the winter cold, a listening ear for those searching for a supportive community, and so much more.

“Light Up a Life” gifts can be made using the envelopes in the pew racks or online.

Or to make a gift to Fourth Church using Venmo. Tap the Pay button in the app and search for Fourth Church (@Fourth-Church). Enter a gift amount, write a quick note, and tap Pay.

• Christmas Wishes
The “Christmas Wishes” project collects gifts for Chicago Lights Tutoring students who might not otherwise receive presents at Christmas. Wish lists are made available for those who want to purchase gifts. Volunteers also help with collecting and sorting the gifts, wrapping them, and distributing them in mid-December. For more information, contact Anne Ellis.

• Holiday Gift Bags
Toiletries and other small items for gift bags are collected for guests of the Fourth Church Meals Ministry Sunday and Monday Night Suppers. Bags to decorate and a list of requested items are available during Coffee Hour in November and early December. Decorated and filled bags are needed by the second Sunday of December for distribution in mid-December. For information, contact Mike Usiak.

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Advent Worship Opportunities


Festival of Advent Lessons and Music

The annual Festival of Advent Lessons and Music—which is typically held on the second Sunday of Advent at 6:30 p.m.—brings together our choirs of all ages as they sing Advent anthems and we read again the texts that lead us on our journey to the manger. The evening concludes with Women at Fourth hosting the seasonal favorite “Cookies and Cocoa” reception. We hope you will join us for this special evening in 2020.


Memorial Gifts for Christmas Flowers

Each year we offer opportunity to memorialize or honor loved ones at Christmas by contributing to the purchase of flowers, wreaths, and garlands to adorn the Sanctuary and the Gratz Center during the Christmas season. A list of those remembered and honored is printed in the Christmas bulletin.

The deadline for 2019 Christmas flower contributions has past. However, we invite you to take advantage of a similar opportunity in the spring, when we will recognize those in whose name Easter flower contributions are made.

 

Advent Worship Opportunities

Each Advent, we gather for festive worship services on the four Sundays of the season. We light the Advent wreath at the beginning of the services, sing Advent hymns, and prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child. In addition to our four regular services each Sunday, we also come together for the following special services as well.


Longest Night Service


Typically held on a weeknight the week prior to Christmas, this worship opportunity, which is also known as a “Blue Christmas” service, acknowledges that grief, loss, struggles, and darkness can make it difficult to share in the traditional joyous celebrations of Christmas.


Christmas Cantata


On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Morning Choir sings a Christmas Cantata as part of the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services.

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Holiday Concerts
Including Christmas with Chanticleer and a Tower Brass Christmas