Midweek Devotional and Update

Dear Fourth Church Family,

Today we look at the high priestly prayer recorded in John 17 and are reminded of the heart of Jesus for his church; that she may be one. As we prepare for an eventual reopening, we will discover how timely a word Jesus’ prayer is for us in these days
Two notes:
  • Remember to join us for Congregational Prayer tonight at 5:30 p.m. Right after prayer, I will discuss the question “Why Are We Not Doing Online Communion?” live on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. Just stay on the call to take part.
  • Our food drive resumes this afternoon and Saturday. Details below.

Grace and Peace,


Ministry Announcements

Congregational Prayer Online, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Join our churchwide online prayer time by video or phone. See the information sent to the Fourth community this morning via email. If it’s your first time joining us, you can get familiar with Zoom video-conferencing ahead of time here.
Questions for church staff? Call: 301-320-3600, x205, or email sholdrich@4thpres.org.

Q&A Right After Congregational Prayer

Following our time of congregational prayer, join the pastors at 6:00 p.m. as they discuss various topics and answer questions. To participate, remain on the prayer Zoom call.

“Drive-Through” Food Drive

The neighborhood and church are invited to contribute to a food drive conducted by Fourth Presbyterian Church Youth with our Missions Local Outreach, today, Wednesday, May 20 (3:00-5:00 p.m.), and Saturday, May 23 (1:00–4:00 p.m.). Collected food will be distributed to our ministry partners.

  • Mark your contributions “Food Drive” and place them in the trunk or rear of your vehicle.
  • Please wear a mask.
  • Drive to the covered entrance on the Ridgefield Road side of the church. Note that the church building is closed and the food drive is set up outside.
  • Use the outer lane and remain in your car for safe social distancing.
  • See tables set up for sorting donations.
  • Release the trunk, and youth staff or volunteers wearing masks and gloves will unload your contribution.
  • Please bring any quantity of the following:
    • pasta
    • canned spaghetti sauce (NO GLASS)
    • canned tuna
    • canned meats
    • peanut butter
    • canned soups
    • canned beans
    • dried beans
    • toilet paper
    • facial tissues
    • paper towels
    • cooking oil
    • diapers
    • grocery store gift cards in any amount
Please share this opportunity and invite everyone in the community to participate.
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Scripture for Sunday, May 24

Old Testament: Psalm 51
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Children’s Ministry

Take advantage of your time at home to enjoy this week’s Fourth Family Huddle reading. We encourage you to read, sing, and pray together with your families this week as we explore the Book of Acts.

Special Blessings Zoom Gatherings

Please join us for a virtual Bible/board game trivia gathering:
  • Tuesday, June 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Additionally, we have our regular Wednesday Zoom meeting, 6:15-6:45 p.m. Our next Moms’ support group is June 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m. via conference call/Zoom. Contact: amuteru@4thpres.org.

Fourth Fellows

A full class of fellows arrives this fall. To host (we have four committed families) or help fellows connect with employers (one fellow employed), visit 4thfellows.org for more information. Contact: dfrerichs@4thpres.org or jredd@4thpres.org.

Women’s Summer Bible Study

A five-week Women’s Bible Study (via Zoom) begins the week of June 8. Elijah, A Man Just Like Us, by Liam Goligher, is available at Westminster Books and Amazon.
Seven time slots are being offered:
  • Monday – 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday – 10:00 a.m., 8:00 p.m.
Contact jbronson@4thpres.org to receive a Zoom invitation.

Adult Sunday School | Combined Pastor’s Class | Revelation May 17-July 19

It’s not too late to sign up online. Groups are meeting virtually. Dr. Norris’s lectures will be available at 4thpres.org/resources no later than the Friday before class. See the Adult Sunday School page for more information. Contact: klofberg@4thpres.org.

Praise for Missions Contributions

We praise God and are thankful for the generous congregational giving of $24,016.42 to support a school in a poor area of Venezuela. Because of their current situation, parents cannot afford to pay full costs to run the school. This contribution will help pay teachers wages and purchase food for the children. It is part of the ministry of our missionary Xiomara. A video clip from Xiomara was shared at the Missions banquet in March.