Week-at-a-Glance and Ministry Announcements

Here are a calendar of events for the coming week plus the latest announcements from the ministries of Fourth. Also, don’t miss today’s update from our Senior Pastor, Dr. Todd M. Smedley. See the footer of this page to subscribe.


Wednesday, November 18
6:00 a.m. | Reservations open for Sunday services
5:30 p.m. | Congregational Prayer, Online
6:30 p.m. | Family Ministries Bible Studies, Various Locations

Thursday, November 19
1:00 p.m. | Grief Share, Online
5:00 p.m. | 8th Grade Celebration, Offsite
7:00 p.m. | Blended Family Meeting, Online

Saturday, November 21
9:30 a.m. | Women’s NOVA Circle, Online
10:00 a.m. | Women’s Mary Circle, Online

Sunday, November 22
8:00, 9:30, 11:00, & 6:00 | Sunday Services
10:45 a.m. | Young Adult Class, Online
11:00 a.m. | College Sunday School, Online
1:00 p.m. | Youth Guys Football Game, Offsite

Monday, November 23
6:00 a.m. |  Reservations open for Thanksgiving service

Tuesday, November 24
7:30 p.m. | College Gathering, Offsite

Throughout the Week
Pastor’s Classes meet at various times
Women’s Fall Bible studies meet at various times


Adult Sunday School

Fall semester classes continue through December 6. Spring semester classes begin on January 10. Newcomers are welcome at any time. See the Adult Sunday School webpage for more information. 

Contact: Kathy Lofberg, klofberg@4thpres.org

Children’s Ministry

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.

Family “Advent in a Box” Drive-Through Event  | Tuesday, December 1, 4:00–5:00 p.m., or Saturday, December 5, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Register online to pick up a Christmas family devotional and Advent calendar, an Advent wreath (available with advance purchase), plus Christmas crafts, prepackaged cookies, and hot chocolate! The event is free, however, if you wish to purchase an Advent wreath, there is a $35.00 fee. The drive-through will be held under the Ridgefield Road Portico. 

Contact: Marie LeDuc, mleduc@4thpres.org

Christmas Outreach

This year our Christmas outreach is to support ministry partners who reach out to people in the name of Christ. For information or to request a child’s wish list please contact Pamela.

Contact: Pamela Roylance, proylance@4thpres.org

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Practice English with ESOL Students | Many ESOL students are requesting a volunteer to meet with them via Zoom for about an hour per week to practice conversational skills. Timing is flexible. 

Contact Matilde Palmer, mpalmer@4thpres.org.

Finance Office

Giving envelopes are mailed every three months to those who request them. We are happy to continue to send them, but if you no longer wish to be on the list, please email us by tomorrow, November 19. 

Did you know? 

  • If you give by check, an envelope is not necessary; your check has all we need to record your gift for tax purposes.
  • An envelope with your name and address is needed for tax credit only when you are giving cash.
  • Please note that online giving on Fourth’s website is easy and secure.

Contact: Ruth Williams, rwilliams@4thpres.org

SERVE Opportunities at Clark Inn

Serve a Sunday “Fellowship Dinner”, December 13 or January 10, for 24 women and children at Clark Inn (Samaritan Inns’ Women with Children Program). Provide a main course, side dish, dessert, or beverage and deliver to a Bethesda home.

Contact: Pamela Roylance, SERVE@4thpres.org

Special Blessings

Sunday School | Every Sunday, 11:00 a.m., via Zoom. Bethesda Compassion Series, lesson 9 

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

Contact: Audrey Muteru, amuteru@4thpres.org

Women’s Ministry

Christmas Celebration | In lieu of our annual Christmas luncheon and dessert, we will be celebrating Christmas with music, Scripture, and reflections virtually, on demand, December 5-11.  It will last less than an hour and be a special time to encourage women to gather virtually and watch as they celebrate the birth of our Savior.  

Women’s Bible Studies | We will meet via Zoom during the 2021 winter session. Join us during one of the various time slots as we explore the book of Galatians using Galatians, The Gospel of Free Grace, by Jon Nielson and Philip Ryken. If you are not currently in a group and would like to join us or if you need to change to another time slot, please email Jean.

Contact: Jean Bronson, jbronson@4thpres.org

Youth Ministry

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Youth Sunday School | Join us for online teaching about “Why are there hypocrites in the church?”  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. 

Football for 8th-12th Grade Guys  | November 22, 1:00-230 p.m., Wood Acres Elementary School Fields. Join us as the guys gather for a game of COVID-safe football (modified rules). Email for the address.

Contact: Marie LeDuc, mleduc@4thpres.org



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