Midweek Update: A Devotional for Election Week
Dear Fourth Church Family,
In tumultuous times it’s important to be anchored in scriptural truth. Today, I want to remind you that Christ Our King, the Lord of Glory, is on his throne, ruling and reigning, and nothing happens outside of his will or power. As Daniel 4 tells us, “none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘what have you done?'”
If you find this week disconcerting, I encourage you to turn to Scripture and prayer. Congregational Prayer tonight is a great opportunity to do just that. Please join us at 5:30 p.m. See details below.
Please read on for the latest announcements.
Grace and Peace,
Worship Services, Sunday, November 8
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
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.
“The Faithfulness of Jesus” | Matthew 3:13-17
“Is It Wise?” | Jude 9-13
Communion will be served at the evening service this Sunday, November 8, using prepackaged communion wafers and grape juice. Prepackaged gluten-free wafers will also be available.
Thanksgiving Day Worship Service
Join us to worship our faithful God and give thanks together for his bountiful provision.
Outdoors | Thursday, November 26 | 10:30 a.m.
Lower (east) Parking Lot
This will be our final outdoor service of 2020.
Services Moving Indoors
Starting November 29, all four Sunday worship services will be held indoors.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com.
Teaching on Tuesdays
Call: 301-320-3600, x205, or email Kathy Lofberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Sunday School
Contact: Kathy Lofberg, email@example.com
Two classes, Galatians and Joshua, continue through December 6. More information may be found on the Adult Sunday School webpage.
Contact: Marie LeDuc, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com
Practice English with ESOL Students | Many ESOL students are requesting a volunteer to meet with them via Zoom for about 1 hour per week to practice conversational skills. Timing is flexible.
Contact: Audrey Muteru, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday School | Every Sunday, 11:00 a.m., via Zoom, using Compassion: Bethesda Series.
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.
Thanksgiving SERVE Opportunity
Contact: Pamela Roylance, email@example.com
This year, our Thanksgiving outreach will focus on the ministry of YoungLives, a ministry of YoungLife, in the District. The family of Fourth will provide a meal. Food will be dropped off at church ahead of time for volunteers to deliver. Sign up online. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will not be serving in person on Thanksgiving Day.
Contact: Jean Bronson, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. More information to come.
Youth Sunday School | Join us for online teaching “How does God describe his 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.
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.
Girls’ Fireside Chat for 8th-12th Grade Girls | Friday, November 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Offsite. For location, see the newsletter or contact Taylor Davis.