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 highlighting the 2021 Missions Conference and the Week of 24/7 Prayer that follows. See the footer of this page to subscribe to weekly updates from Fourth Church.


Wednesday, April 28
6:00 a.m. | Reservations open for Sunday services
5:30 p.m. | Congregational Prayer, Online
7:00 p.m. | English Classes for Speakers of Other Languages, Online

Thursday, April 29
1:00 p.m. | Grief Share, Online
6:45 p.m. | Spanish Bible Study, Online

Friday, April 30
Missions Conference begins. Sign up to attend online and in-person events.
7:00 p.m. | Missions Conference Panel Discussion and Prayer, Online

Saturday, May 1
6:30 a.m. | 8th Grade Hike, Offsite
11:00 a.m. | Romanian Christian Enterprises Virtual Fun Run, Online

Sunday, May 2
8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday Morning Services, Sanctuary, Upper Room, & Lower Lot
5:00 p.m. | SERVE Day for Clark Inn, Offsite
6:00 p.m. | Sunday Evening Service, Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 4
10:30 a.m. | Preschool Story Time, Outdoor Tent
7:00 p.m. | Missions Fair, Online

Ongoing activities: Adult Sunday School, College Students and Young Adults, Children’s Sunday School, Youth Sunday School, Special Blessings Sunday School, Women’s Bible Studies, and Community Groups.


Adult Education

Pastor’s Class, Nehemiah and Esther or 1 & 2 Peter and Jude | Through May 9.

New Testament Overview | Sundays, 4:00 p.m., through May 9. 

Summer Class, Song of Songs | June 6—July 18, online.

See the Adult Sunday School webpage for more information. 

Teaching on Tuesdays | Through June 8, 7:00-7:45 p.m., “Great Questions Christians Ask.” Sessions examine the pages of Holy Scripture to address some of the great questions believers have concerning the Christian faith. Learn more. Look for the link to the Zoom gathering in the Teaching on Tuesdays reminder email sent each Tuesday. There will be no class next week on May 4. Register for Missions Week activities instead. We resume May 11 and continue through June 8. Please note this series is not being recorded, and no registration is required.

Contact: Kathy Lofberg, klofberg@4thpres.org

Alpha Ministry

Do you have a friend you could bring to the next Alpha course? Alpha is a practical introduction to the Christian faith organized and run by a small team of Fourth members. Two classes begin in May: Wednesdays, May 5–June 23, 7:00 p.m., at a home near the Medical Center Metro station, and Thursdays, May 6–June 24, 6:00 p.m., at a home near Fourth Church. Classes will be held outdoors observing COVID-19 safety protocols. Learn more.

Contact: alpha@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 2.5 through 3rd grade will be dismissed before the sermon and will be accompanied by their teachers to their classrooms and 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. All children must wear masks in the classroom.

Preschool Story Time | Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Join us at the Tent by the Upper Parking Lot for a Bible story, craft, and games. Facial coverings/masks are required.

4th/5th Grade Bible Study | Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Girls will meet at the Malkus’ house, and boys will meet in the Upper Lot.  Pick up is at the church. Facial coverings/masks are required.

Contact: Paige Malkus, pmalkus@4thpres.org

Congregational Care

Grief Share | Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., online, through May 20. A small support group for anyone who has lost a loved one, at any stage in the grieving process, that explores relevant topics using a Christian curriculum. Participation is welcome any time. Register in advance at griefshare.org.

Contact: Charlotte FitzGerald, cfitzgerald@4thpres.org

Giving Envelopes

Did you know? 

  • Online giving on Fourth’s website is easy and secure. Go to 4thpres.org/giving.
  • If you give by check, your check has everything 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.
  • Giving envelopes are mailed every three months to those who request them. We are happy to send them if you want them.

If you no longer need or want giving envelopes, please email to be removed from the envelope mailing list.

Contact: Ruth Williams, rwilliams@4thpres.org

Missions & Outreach 

2021 Missions Conference | Friday, April 30–Wednesday, May 5. Registration is now available. View the Missions Conference Event Schedule.

24/7 Prayer |  May 9–May 16 Sign up for 30- or 60-minute time slots and join others for a week of continuous intercession. Coordinate with your family and friends to pray together at a specified time in your home, over the phone, in a Zoom meeting, or in person during limited hours. Register at //tinyurl.com/4thpres24-7/ 

Contact: missions@4thpres.org

SERVE Opportunities

Drive-Through Collection & Food Drive | Saturday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Please note the date change. Contribute gently used large suitcases (needed for teen moms to attend the YoungLives summer camp), food, diapers, clothing (socks, underwear, shoes, and boots), and household items. Donated items go to Fourth’s ministry partners and neighbors in the DMV. Check out the updated donation lists.

Contact for Clothing and Household items: Pamela Roylance, proylance@4thpres.org
Contact for Food items: SERVE@4thpres.org

Drivers Needed | Help is needed to deliver food to individual’s homes after our monthly food drives.  

YoungLives Meal Opportunity | Tuesday, May 18, 5:00 p.m. Provide dinner, bottled drinks, and dessert for 20 teens and leaders for a 6:00 p.m. meeting. Food can be dropped off at a home in Bethesda by 5:00 p.m.

Contact: SERVE@4thpres.org

Special Blessings

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Sunday School | Discoverers & Seekers, 10:45 a.m., and Explorers, 11:00 a.m., via Zoom; meeting with Melinda Lyons with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Young Adult Women’s Meet Up Group | Thursday, May 6, 5:00–6:00 p.m., via Zoom

Dads’ Support Group | May 8, 7:00-9:00 p.m., via Zoom. We will continue discussing Common Man, Extraordinary Call.

Moms’ Support Group | May 14, 7:30-9:00 p.m., via Zoom. We will continue discussing  Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special Needs Parent.

Needed: volunteers, buddies, and mentors to serve and minister to our students.

Contact: Audrey Muteru, amuteru@4thpres.org

Women’s Ministry

Women’s Zoom Bible Study | Through the week of June 6, based on Loving Jesus More, by Philip Ryken. If you would like to join this study or need to change to another time slot, please contact Jean. Groups are meeting Monday and Thursday evenings and Wednesday and Thursdays during the day.

Women’s Outdoor Hike | Saturday, May 22, 9:00 a.m., Lake Frank. Join women from Fourth as we enjoy the outdoors on our traditional spring hike. Bring your lunch. To sign up and for more information, email womenshike@4thpres.org.

Women’s Zoom Book Clubs | Tuesdays, June 22-July 27, 7:00 p.m., online. Learn more and sign up today for one of three options at 4thpres.org/women.

Women’s Ministry Spring Program | Women of Fourth tell about the faithfulness of God in what has been a challenging year. For an hour, listen to a symphony of praise to our faithful God. Available now at 4thpres.org/women.

Contact: Jean Bronson, jbronson@4thpres.org

Youth Ministry

Sign Up: Weekly Youth Newsletter

Youth Sunday School | Join us for online teaching about “How Should I Treat Believers Who Are Different From Me? Video links are sent Sunday mornings by email and are posted on the website.

Youth Bible Studies | Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Bible studies meet outdoors; see newsletter for specific locations and please dress accordingly.

Contact: Stefan Wiltz, swiltz@4thpres.org



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