Calendar of Events

THE SNOW GOOSE by Paul Gallico

November 12, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
and November 14, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.

Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
Michigan Avenue at Delaware
312-787-2729, ext 455

A staged reading adapted and directed by Sue Pellowe, Presented by Fourth Acts Theatre Ensemble of Fourth Presbyterian Church.

THE SNOW GOOSE is produced in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the battle of Dunkirk. This moving story tells of a snow goose as catalyst in love and in battle. The performance runs just over an hour. Friday night the 12th there is an Admission Fee of $10 to include Reception afterwards; RSVP to 312-573-3369 by noon of the 10th. No Admission Fee on Sunday the 14th.

Sue Pellowe presents Susanna Wesley and Passion for Theatre as Ministry through the Arts

April 25, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
Academy of Faith and Life: The Performing Arts
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
Michigan Avenue at Delaware

Susanna will tell of her own background and strong beliefs, shaped by her marrying an Anglican minister, by her nineteen children, and especially by her father, ordained a Presbyterian minister in the seventeenth century.

Sue will discuss how she and Susanna affect each other in the twenty-first century. Sue will also speak to her passion for theatre and her involvement at Fourth as Coordinator of Visual Arts, Artistic Director of Fourth Acts, and Fine Arts Council staff as Ministry through the Arts.

Biblical Witnesses: Ayala, performed by Sue Pellowe

April 11, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
Michigan Avenue at Delaware
312 787 2729, ext 455
Fourth Acts “At a Glance” series

Ayala's husband, Josh, was a thief and a murderer. For that he was crucified. Did he deserve that kind of death? Does anyone? Does Ayala deserve punishment too, as his wife? On the cross next to him was the carpenter from Nazareth, of whom Ayala is now a follower. A firsthand glance at Calvary and its promise. The author describes his “Book of Witnesses” as being about the sort of people who "must have been there," watching or participating in amazing happenings.

Cultures Down Under ­ A Merry Mix of Cornish, Australian, New Zealand, Aboriginal, and Maori

March 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
Peoria Women’s Club, Peoria, Illinois
Guests welcome at 301 NE Madison Avenue, Peoria
Contact 309-673-1277 to RSVP for lunch following

Susan tells of her recent stimulating merry two-month trip to perform and meet with the Cornish in Australia and New Zealand! While she was there, her instinct and love of indigenous cultures led to seeking out Aboriginal art, Maori performances and festivals, sacred sites, and a number of meaningful conversations. Bonus Tip: what does the rest of the world look like from Down Under?!

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

December 12, at 9:00 a.m.
and December 13, at 12:30 p.m.
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
126 E. Chestnut
Contact 312-787-4570, ext 455

Susan directs this delightful staged reading for six voices reliving favorite Christmas capers, people and carols! ­ from Deck the Halls to Silent Night. The setting is Wales but children and Christmas time are everywhere. Presented by Fourth Acts, the theatre ensemble of Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Uh-oh: A Preacher’s Kid Remembers!

Sunday September 27, 2009
First United Methodist Church in Port Huron, Michigan
9:30a.m. Service

Uh-oh: A Preacher’s Kid Remembers! recalls Susan’s growing-up years in Port Huron - the childhood haunts and habits that have stuck through the years. It is part of Homecoming, a 175th Anniversary Celebration of First United Methodist Church in Port Huron, in Michigan’s thumb.

Strangely Warmed

Sunday May 24, 2009, Aldersgate Sunday
Long Gully Uniting Church, Bendigo, Australia
Cornish Pleasant Sunday Afternoon, 2:00p.m.

Strangely Warmed refers to John Wesley’s experience on May 24, 1738, when he felt his heart strangely warmed by a fresh resurgence of faith in Christ as he attended a service in Aldersgate Street in London. Pellowe’s sermon touches on the effects of devastating fires in Australia recently, a similar experience for the Wesley family when their house burnt to the ground, the meaning of fire, and John’s heartwarming. The afternoon celebration includes band, organ, and singing.

Cornish Ministers Who Came to Michigan

Saturday May 23, 2009, 2:00p.m.
Open May Meeting of Cornish Association of Victoria
Derek Trewarne, President

An informal session of anecdotes ­some most amusing!— about the 80+ young men from Cornwall who were recruited or who joined what is called “the Cousin Jack syndrome”* to migrate to Michigan between 1900-1930 specifically to become Methodist ministers. The impact of these men and their wives from one small peninsula to the U.S. state made up of two peninsulas was tremendous. *a kind of ‘Are there any more at home like you?’

Hymn Fest

Thursday May 21, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
Malvern Uniting Church, south of Adelaide, South Australia

Hymns featuring Charles Wesley’s over 8,000 hymns (we’ll only sing a very few of them!) and a visit with Susanna Wesley, his mother. Susan Pellowe will portray Susanna and share some stories about the hymns as well as the unusual 18th century Wesley family.

Service and Workshop

Wednesday May 20, 2009
Parkin-Wesley College, Flinders University
Brooklyn Park, South Australia

The regular daily worship service at 12:15 includes Holy Communion and today special guest Susanna Wesley sharing her own devotions. After lunch, at 2:00 an interactive workshop with Susan Pellowe, a Wesley family historian, will highlight the month of May from Pellowe’s A Wesley Family Book of Days, examining stories of the Wesley family and Susanna as that rare thing in the 18th century, a woman scholar.

Pasties & Saffron Workshop

Tuesday May 12, 2009, 2:00 pm
Wesley Uniting Church Hall & Kitchen, Kadina, South Australia

Pellowe provides lore of the pasty! She addresses issues such as whether to crimp on top or on side, and whether one uses traditional ingredients or vegetarian, curried, “ancient”, Stilton-and-steak, Mexican-inspired ­ a plethora of pasties!

Sacred Concert in Uniting Church

Tuesday May 12, 2009, 7:30 pm
Wesley Uniting Church, Kadina, South Australia

The evening features the Sing Australia Choir, Susanna Wesley, and the Revd. June Ladner.