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 Dr. Todd Smedley. See the footer of this page to subscribe.


Wednesday, December 2
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

7:00 p.m. | Session Meeting, Online
7:00 p.m. | English Classes for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Online

Thursday, December 3
1:00 p.m. | Grief Share, Online

Saturday, December 5
10:00 a.m. | Family “Advent in a Box” Drive Through, Lower Portico

Sunday, December 6
8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 | Sunday Services
10:45 a.m. | Young Adult Class, Online
11:00 a.m. | College Sunday School, Online
6:00 p.m. | Starlight Carol Sing, Lower Parking Lot (face coverings required)

Tuesday, December 8
7:00 p.m. | Deacon Meeting, Online
7:00 p.m. | Women’s Esther Circle, Online
7:30 p.m. | College Gathering, Offsite

Throughout the Week
Pastor’s Classes meet at various times


Adult Education

Sunday School | Fall semester classes conclude this Sunday, December 6. See the Adult Sunday School webpage to find out about spring semester classes beginning January 10. Newcomers are welcome at any time.

Teaching on Tuesdays, “Jesus Answers Job” | Taught by Fourth Pastors, Tuesdays, January-March, 2021, 7:00-7:45 p.m., online. Join us via Zoom, as we examine the great questions asked by Job that were answered by the Lord Jesus Christ. More information to come.

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., service. Children age 4 through 3rd grade will be dismissed before the sermon and will be accompanied by their teachers to their classrooms, then escorted back to their parents during the closing hymn. Children must be checked in at the Welcome Table before worship to receive a temperature check and a name tag.

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  | 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 box 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. Registration ends December 3.

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

Drive-Through Collection and Food Drive

Wednesday, December 9,  3:00-5:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m. The neighborhood and church are invited to contribute to a food, clothing (especially socks), and household items collection by Fourth Presbyterian Church Youth, in partnership with our Missions Local Outreach, which is distributing items to our ministry partners and neighbors in the DMV. Find more information.

Contact: Pamela Roylance, proylance@4thpres.org

GriefShare Holiday Session

Please come to “Surviving the Holidays”, a stand-alone session of GriefShare, December 17, via Zoom. Register at griefshare.org.

Contact: Charlotte FitzGerald, cfitzgerald@4thpres.org

Romanian Christian Enterprises (RCE)

Give a gift that changes lives!  Romanian Christian Enterprises will deliver your gift of a little fat pig, baby lamb, or load of firewood for a poor family or “Grant a Wish” gift for abandoned children at Darius House.  Go to rcenterprises.org for more details, and thank you for Making Mercy Happen for people in need this Christmas.

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 and Leadership Meeting | Sundays, 11:00 am via Zoom. Bethesda Compassion Series, lesson 10.

Moms’ Support Group | December 11, 7:30-9:00 p.m., via Zoom. We will continue our study of Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special Needs Parent, chapter 24.

Dads’ Support Group | December 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m., via Zoom. We will continue our study of Common Man, Extraordinary Call, chapter 7.

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 | Zoom Bible Study on Galatians using Galatians: The Gospel of Free Grace, by Jon Nielson and Philip Ryken, begins the week of January 5. If you aren’t presently in a group and would like to join us or need to change to another time, please email Jean.  Currently groups meet Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday mornings at 10:00 or 11:00 a.m., and Thursdays at 1:30 or 8:00 p.m.

Contact: Jean Bronson, jbronson@4thpres.org

Youth Ministry

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Youth Sunday School | Join us for online teaching about “What Should We Do When We Are Tempted to Leave the Church?”  Video links are sent Sunday mornings by email and also are posted on the website.

Youth Bible Studies | December 2, 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.

Contact: Marie LeDuc, mleduc@4thpres.org



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