Midweek Update: Sunday Services Survey Results

Dear Fourth Church Family,

As promised, today’s video includes the results of the Sunday Services Survey. Thank you to everyone, over 550 of you, who filled it out and provided some great feedback.

Please read on below for further info on each of the following:

  • September 2: 5:30 p.m., Congregational Prayer
  • September 6: Join us for worship. Reservations open each Wednesday morning for the Sunday to come.
  • Beginning Sunday, September 13, 9:30 a.m., Children’s Church will resume.
  • Beginning Sunday, September 13, evening worship will resume.
  • Beginning Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m., we will start a new program on the Doctrine of the Church, “Teaching on Tuesdays.”

Grace and Peace,

Todd


Worship Services, Sunday, September 6

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 three services.

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

Indoor Service | 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Face coverings required
Also available via livestream

Sermon

“God’s Preservation of the Persecuted” | Psalm 129

Communion at All Three Services
Communion will be served at all services this Sunday, September 6, using prepackaged communion wafers and grape juice (individually wrapped). Gluten-free wafers will be available (individually wrapped).
  • If you need to cancel your reservation, please email Rebecca Sparks-Korossy, rkorossy@4thpres.org.
  • For now there is no childcare or on-site Sunday school, but online classes and activities are available for children, youth, and adults. All ages are welcome in Sunday worship services.

Evening Service Resumes

Sunday, September 13 | 6:00 p.m. | Sanctuary

Rev. Tommy Myrick will continue preaching through Job, a book that reveals the majesty of God’s goodness to frustrated believers living in trying times. Services will include the Lord’s Supper on days when the morning service does not. Reservations open Wednesday morning, September 9 (and each Wednesday thereafter for the Sunday ahead).


Teaching on Tuesdays

“Cinderella with Amnesia”
Taught by Fourth Pastors
Beginning September 15 | 7:00-7:45 p.m. | Online
Contact: Kathy Lofberg, klofberg@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.

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 drive collected by Fourth Presbyterian Church Youth, in partnership with our Missions Local Outreach, which is distributing the food 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.

Instructions

  • 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

    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.


    Ministry Announcements

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

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

    Community Groups
    Contact: Tommy Myrick, tmyrick@4thpres.org

    Community Groups resume the week of September 13. We invite everyone who has not yet joined a community group to come build new friendships with us this fall. All groups meet for fellowship online by discussing the morning sermon, applying Scripture to our lives, and prayerfully sharing needs with one another. Find a group at 4thpres.org/groups.

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

    Online ESOL classes begin September 9 and registration is now open. We are in need of new volunteer teachers and new students. Please invite people to visit 4thpres.org/esol for information and registration.

    Family Ministries
    Contact: Marie LeDuc, mleduc@4thpres.org

    Children’s Sunday School | Online lessons will resume September 13.

    Children’s Church | Begins September 13 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 in the Upper Parking Lot.

    Preschool Story Time | Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. at the Tent, Upper Parking Lot. Begins September 8.

    Bible Studies for 4th and 5th Graders | Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the church. Begins September 9.

    Youth Sunday School | Our virtual Sunday School resumes September 6.

    Youth Bible Studies | Bible study by grade and gender resumes after Labor Day.

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

    September 3-December 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m., online. 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.

    Media Center
    Contact: Jennifer Horst, jhorst@4thpres.org

    Materials from the Media Center and Children’s Library are available for checkout. Log into your Atriuum account to check availability, and we will put your items at the front desk table for pickup.

    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.

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

    Sunday School classes resume September 13. Our new curriculum is Compassion, the first study in Jill Miller’s Bethesda Series. Lessons will be via Zoom and will bring Scripture to life through reading, drawing, and role play.

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

    Fourth Circles | Our monthly neighborhood gatherings for women of all ages begin this month and will continue via Zoom until it’s safe to meet in person. Circles focus on friendship, prayer, and mentoring as women explore God’s Word together in a neighborhood near you.

    Women’s Fall Bible Studies | Registration is now open for six Bible studies meeting via Zoom, September through November. We will 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.com.

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

    Young Adults (20-30s, single, or recently married) Sunday school class begins September 13, 10:45 a.m., in the Upper Room. We will broadcast the class 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.

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