Midweek Devotional and Update

Dear Fourth Church Family,

In today’s devotional we reflect on Paul’s exhortation for believers to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” These timely words from Ephesians 4 call us to closely guard and plead and pray for the unity of the body of Christ.

Also, three notes for you (more details below):

  • This coming Sunday we transition to a livestream service, which will begin at 9 a.m.
  • No Q&A/discussion following our congregational prayer time tonight; we will resume next week.
  • Today and Saturday, consider participating in the latest round of our food drive to serve our neighbors in need.

Grace and Peace,


Ministry Announcements

This Sunday: Livestream at 9 a.m.

We are transitioning from a prerecorded service to a livestream from the Sanctuary. The livestream service will be a hybrid of the two in that the hymns will continue to be the prerecorded congregational singing from past services at Fourth. Look for the link in the email you will receive on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. The service will be recorded and available on demand as well. For more context, see Todd’s remarks in today’s video.

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 videoconferencing ahead of time here.
Questions for church staff? Call: 301-320-3600, x205, or email sholdrich@4thpres.org.

“Drive-Through” Food Drive

The neighborhood and church are invited to contribute to a food drive, collected by Fourth Presbyterian Church Youth in partnership with our Missions Local Outreach and distributed to ministry partners and neighbors in the DMV. See instructions below.

  • Wednesday, June 10, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 13, 1:00-4:00 p.m.


  • 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 (NO GLASS):
    • canned soups, especially meat stew
    • boxed milk (nonrefrigerated)
    • pasta and rice
    • canned spaghetti sauce
    • canned tuna and meat
    • peanut butter and jelly
    • canned or dried beans
    • paper goods: toilet paper, facial tissues, paper towels
    • cooking oil
    • diapers (any size) and wipes
    • baby food
    • 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, June 14

Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:31-34
New Testament: Romans 8:5-8

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

Our next Moms’ Support Group via Zoom, Friday, June 19, 7:00-9:30 p.m., will host Diane Dokko Kim, author of the book we have been discussing, Unbroken Faith. Please join us for Bible Trivia/Game Night, June 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Contact: amuteru@4thpres.org or 301-320-3434, x217.

Youth Ministry

The middle and high school youth continue to have virtual gatherings. Details are in the weekly newsletter. To receive the newsletter, email mleduc@4thpres.org.

Community Groups

Most of our community groups are meeting online for fellowship and conversation during the pandemic. Find a group to join online: 4thpres.org/groups.

Adult Sunday School

“Themes in Revelation” continues through July 19, and it’s not too late to sign up online. Groups meet virtually and newcomers are welcome. Each week, we study a different theme in the book of Revelation; Dr. Norris’s lectures will be available at 4thpres.org/resources no later than the Friday before class. See the Adult Sunday School page at 4thpres.org/ministries/sunday-school or email klofberg@4thpres.org for more information.

Fourth Fellows

As we prepare to receive a full class of fellows in just 10 weeks, we are looking in earnest for host families and employment opportunities. Visit 4thfellows.org for more information. Contact: dfrerichs@4thpres.org or jredd@4thpres.org.

Samaritan Inns Six-Month Residential Program

Samaritan Inns is beginning a new program to provide housing, treatment, and life skills training for women struggling to overcome substance abuse. For more information and to learn how you can help, email proylance@4thpres.org.