Midweek Update: Nominating Church Leaders

Dear Fourth Church Family,

Today, I speak with Steve Liston and Ted Smith, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Nominating Committee, respectively. These two elders lead this committee that prayerfully prepares the slate of nominees for the annual congregational meeting, those who will potentially serve Fourth as Ruling Elders, Deacons, and Congregation-at-Large representatives on the Nominating Committee. I invite you to prayerfully consider nominating church members in good standing for these roles. More information can be found in this FAQ sheet and in the announcement below.

Please read on below for further info on the following:

  • Today, September 16:
    • 3:00-5:00 p.m., Drive-Through Food and School Supplies Drive
    • 5:30 p.m., Congregational Prayer
  • Saturday, September 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Drive-Through Food and School Supplies Drive
  • Sunday, September 20, Join us for worship at 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m., or 6:00 p.m. Reservations open each Wednesday morning for the Sunday to come.
  • Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 p.m., “Teaching on Tuesdays”

Grace and Peace,


Worship Services, Sunday, September 20

We extend a warm invitation to everyone in the community to join us for on-campus worship services! Please note that because of physical distancing, advance reservations are required for all four services.

Outdoor Services | 8:00 & 9:30 a.m.
Lower (east) Parking Lot

Indoor Services | 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Face coverings required
11:00 a.m. also available via livestream

Children’s Church
All ages are welcome in Sunday worship services. For now there is no childcare during our worship services, children age 4 through 3rd grade are invited for Children’s Church during the 9:30 a.m. outdoor service. See details below.

Classes and activities are available for children, youth, and adults throughout the week.

 Reservations open each Wednesday morning for the Sunday to come. If you need to cancel your reservation, please email Rebecca Sparks-Korossy, rkorossy@4thpres.org.

Morning Sermon
“Spiritual Fruit” | Galatians 5:22-24
First in the series, “The Fruit of the Spirit in the Life of Jesus”

Evening Sermon
“Behold the Greatness of God” | Job 32-37

Communion at Evening Service
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at the 6:00 p.m. service this Sunday, September 20, using prepackaged communion wafers and grape juice. Prepackaged gluten-free wafers will also be available.

Church Leadership Nominations

Contact: Steve Liston, nominations@4thpres.org

The Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations of Fourth members for consideration as Ruling Elders, Deacons, and Congregation-at-Large Members for next year’s Nominating Committee. Additional information regarding qualifications and how to submit a recommendation is available.

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 Sallie Holdrich, sholdrich@4thpres.org.

Teaching on Tuesdays

“Cinderella with Amnesia”
Taught by Fourth Pastors
Tuesdays | 7:00-7:45 p.m. | Online
Contact: Sallie Holdrich, sholdrich@4thpres.org
Join us via Zoom as we examine the most significant New Testament metaphors for the church. This series of studies is designed to help us understand both the privileges and challenges of what it means to be the Church today. For more information, visit the webpage.
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 Sallie Holdrich, sholdrich@4thpres.org.

Drive-Through Food Drive

Wednesday, September 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The neighborhood and church are invited to contribute to a food and school supplies drive collected by Fourth Presbyterian Church Youth, in partnership with our Missions Local Outreach, which is distributing the supplies to our ministry partners: Clark Inn, a ministry of Samaritan Inns; the Rockville Women’s Center; the teen moms of YoungLives, a ministry of YoungLife; and, neighbors in the DMV.


  • Mark your contributions FOOD DRIVE and place them in the trunk 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
  • You will see tables set up for sorting donations
  • Release the trunk, and youth staff or volunteers wearing masks and gloves will unload your contribution.
  • September only, we are also collecting specific school supplies.
    • #2 Pencils
    • Glue Sticks
    • Pink Eraser
    • Washable Markers
    • WIDE RULE ONLY (No College Rule please) Spiral Bound notebook
    • Pocket Folders
    • Colored Pencils
  • Please bring any quantity of the following:
      • canned soups, especially meat stews
      • boxed milk (non-refrigerated)
      • baby formula
      • men’s full sized toiletries
      • pasta and rice
      • canned spaghetti sauce (NO GLASS)
      • canned tuna
      • canned meats
      • peanut butter
      • jelly (NO GLASS)
      • canned or dried beans
      • toilet paper
      • facial tissues
      • paper towels
      • cooking oil
      • diapers (any size) and wipes

    40 Days for Life

    Pray with others from Fourth at a late-term abortion facility in Bethesda on Tuesday, October 6 (7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.), and/or Wednesday, October 7 (1:00-6:00 p.m.). More information to follow; email 40days@4thpres.org with questions.

    Alpha Course

    Invite your friends and neighbors to discover Jesus through this online class about faith, life, and God. The basics of the Christian faith are explored in a friendly, honest, and informal online environment, Mondays, 7:00-8:15 p.m., beginning September 21. Registration is open; email alpha@4thpres.org to sign up.

    Ministry Announcements

    Adult Sunday School
    Contact: Kathy Lofberg, klofberg@4thpres.org

    Classes have resumed and will continue through December 6. Weekly group meetings will take place online. Leaders will be in touch with dates, times, and meeting instructions. Registration is still available and there is also an option to register for independent study. Visit the Adult Sunday School webpage for more information.

    Children’s Ministry
    Contact: Marie LeDuc, mleduc@4thpres.org

    Children’s Sunday School | Online lessons are available and sent via email weekly.

    Children’s Church | Sundays, during the 9:30 a.m., outdoor service. Children age 4 through 3rd grade will be dismissed before the sermon and will be accompanied by their teachers to the tent adjacent to the Upper Parking Lot.

    Preschool Story Time | Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., at the tent adjacent to the Upper Parking Lot.

    Bible Studies for 4th and 5th Graders | Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., outside. Drop-off for boys, Upper Parking Lot; girls, nearby host home. Email for location.

    ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
    Contact: Matilde Palmer, mpalmer@4thpres.org

    Online ESOL classes have begun and registration is ongoing. Please invite people to visit 4thpres.org/esol for information and registration.

    GriefShare Support Group
    Contact: Charlotte Fitzgerald, cfitzgerald@4thpres.org

    Continues Thursdays through December 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m., online, registration ongoing. GriefShare is a 13-week video and sharing course on navigating through grief. The course is free of charge except for the cost of the workbook ($15.00). Register at griefshare.org.

    New Opportunities to SERVE
    Contact: Pamela Roylance, SERVE@4thpres.org

    Prepare a Sunday dinner in October for 24 women and children at Clark Inn (one of Samaritan Inns). Email Pamela to find out how you can share the love of Christ with a meal.

    Rockville Women’s Center (RWC) Gala
    Contact: Charlotte Fitzgerald, cfitzgerald@4thpres.org

    Plan to attend either night of “Embrace Life: Your Legacy”, the RWC 2020 Gala, held virtually October 15 and 16. Be inspired by personal testimonies about how God is moving at RWC. Register online.

    Romanian Christian Enterprises (RCE) Event
    Contact: Charlotte Fitzgerald, cfitzgerald@4thpres.org

    Please join RCE online, October 3, 7:30 p.m., for a livestreaming event instead of an in-person gathering. This is our annual event to raise funds for Darius Houses, Amy’s House, and Sunshine School in Romania. We hope you can join us for our visit to Romania via video.

    Special Blessings
    Contact: Audrey Muteru, amuteru@4thpres.org

    Sunday School | Class resumed last week via Zoom. Our new curriculum is Compassion, the first study in Jill Miller’s Bethesda Series.

    Moms’ Support Group | October 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m., via Zoom. We will continue our study of Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special Needs Parent, chapter 22.

    Dads’ Support Group |September 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m., via Zoom. We will continue our study of Common Man, Extraordinary Call: Thriving as the Dad of a Child with Special Needs, chapter 3.

    Women’s Ministry
    Contact: Jean Bronson, jbronson@4thpres.org

    Women’s Cancer Support Group | We will meet virtually, Sunday, September 20, 2:30 p.m. If you have been recently diagnosed, in treatment, or in the stage known as NED (no evidence of disease), please join us for our monthly dose of encouragement and prayer! If you are new to our group, please contact Jean for a Zoom invitation.

    Annual Fall Hike | It is time for our annual fall hike, Saturday, September 26. We will meet at a local trail at 9:30 a.m. More information to follow. Email if you’re able to attend, and we’ll get back to you with details.

    Women’s Fall Bible Studies | Bible studies have begun, but ladies are still welcome to join us as we study Hosea: A 12-Week Study (Knowing the Bible), by Lydia Brownback. Order your own study guide, available at this writing from Westminster BookstoreAmazon.com, and Christianbook.comContact Jean to register and to receive a zoom invitation.

    Young Adults
    Contact: David Frerichs, dfrerichs@4thpres.org

    Young Adults (20-30s, single, or recently married) Sunday school class began last week, 10:45 a.m., in the Upper Room. The class is also available via Zoom for those unable to join in person. The Zoom link will be provided via email to the Young Adult email list at the end of this week. Request to be added to the list to receive the link.

    Youth Ministry
    Contact: Marie LeDuc, mleduc@4thpres.org
    Sign Up: Weekly Youth Newsletter

    Youth Sunday School | Join us for online teaching about Joseph from the book of Genesis. Video links are sent Sunday mornings by email and also are posted on the website.

    Youth Bible Studies | Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Bible studies meet by grade and gender. For locations, see the newsletter.

    Middle School Going Deep with Brad and Rachel, Middle School Directors | Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join our Zoom call to go deeper into God’s word. See newsletter for the link.

    Middle School Friday Night Club (FNC) | Friday, September 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., outside at church in the Lower Parking Lot. Invite your friends to our Hawaiian Luau theme kickoff.

    High School Friday Night Live | Friday, September 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., outside at church. Our kickoff event is a Spikeball tournament. Bring your friends.