Midweek Update: Music Ministry During the Pandemic

Dear Fourth Church Family,

Good morning! In today’s video, Ted Bickish and I talk about Fourth’s Music Ministry during the pandemic and our evolving plans for the Advent season.  Singing God’s praises is a vital part of our worship, and I’m grateful our musicians are finding creative ways to help us glorify the Lord in song each week.

Here is the schedule we have outlined for the Sunday evenings in Advent:

  • Sunday, November 29 | Advent Evening Service with Communion
  • Sunday, December 6 | Carol Sing
  • Sunday, December 13 | Lessons and Carols
  • Sunday, December 20 | Advent Evening Service with Communion

Please read on for the latest announcements.

Grace and Peace,


Worship Services, Sunday, November 1

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 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 to 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.

If you require the accessible entrance for indoor worship, first make your reservation, then email Rebecca Sparks-Korossy, rkorossy@4thpres.org, so that we may accommodate you.

 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
“The Goodness of Jesus” | John 10:11-18

Evening Sermon
“Is It True?” | Jude 5-8

Communion at Evening Service
Communion will be served at morning services this Sunday, November 1, using prepackaged communion wafers and grape juice. Prepackaged gluten-free wafers will also be available.

Plans for Sunday Services Beginning November 29

Our final outdoor service of 2020 will be the Thanksgiving service on Thursday, November 26, at 10:30 a.m. Beginning November 29, all four worship services will be held inside.

Service Times and Locations:

8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. | Upper Room
11:00 a.m. | Sanctuary (available via livestream and on demand)
6:00 p.m. | Sanctuary

Current health and safety measures will be augmented with additional steps to sanitize surfaces and purify the air. Please email Corey Gray at cgray@4thpres.org with questions or to volunteer to serve.

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.
Call: 301-320-3600, x205, or email Sallie Holdrich, sholdrich@4thpres.org.

Deacons’ Annual Thanksgiving Bag Nominations

Contact: Charlotte FitzGerald, cfitzgerald@4thpres.org

The deacons need your assistance to share the love of Christ this Thanksgiving by suggesting those who may need help this holiday. Deadline to nominate recipients online is this Sunday, November 1. Drive-through pickup is scheduled for Sunday, November 15.

Teaching on Tuesdays

“Cinderella with Amnesia”
Taught by Fourth Pastors
Tuesdays | 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.
If it’s your first time joining us, you can get familiar with Zoom videoconferencing ahead of time here.
Call: 301-320-3600, x205, or email Kathy Lofberg, klofberg@4thpres.org.


Ministry Announcements

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

Two classes, Galatians and Joshua, continue through December 6. More information may be found on the Adult Sunday School webpage.

Candy Drive
Contact: Pamela Roylance, proylance@4thpres.org

Drop off any leftover Halloween candy during the next Food Drive on November 11 or 14. The candy will be distributed at Christmas or frozen for use at Easter.

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.

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

Sunday School | Every Sunday, 11:00 a.m., via Zoom. Bethesda Series lesson on Compassion.

Leadership Meeting | Sundays, 12:15-12:45 p.m., via Zoom.

Moms’ Support Group | November 13, 7:30-9:00 p.m., via Zoom. We will continue our study of Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special Needs Parent, chapter 23.

Dads’ Support Group | November 14, 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 6.

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., via Zoom. See newsletter for the link.

Middle School Friday Night Club (FNC) | Friday, November 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Middle school students and their friends in 6th-8th grades are invited to a night of ski trip-themed fun.



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