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 and the chance to sign up for the Week of 24/7 Prayer. See the footer of this page to subscribe to weekly updates from Fourth Church.
Wednesday, May 5
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
7:00 p.m. | Alpha Course, Offsite
Thursday, May 6
1:00 p.m. | Grief Share, Online
5:00 p.m. | Special Blessings Young Adults’ Women’s Meet Up Group, Online
6:45 p.m. | Spanish Bible Study, Online
6:00 p.m. | Alpha Course, Offsite
Friday, May 7
6:00 p.m. | Middle School Friday Night Club (FNC), Lower Parking Lot
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.
Spring semester online Sunday school classes conclude this Sunday.
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 (online) | June 6—July 18.
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. Please note this series is not being recorded, and no registration is required.
Contact: Kathy Lofberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
Two new classes begin tonight and tomorrow night. Do you have a friend you could invite? Alpha is a practical introduction to the Christian faith organized and run by a small team of Fourth members. The first class begins today, May 5, 7:00 p.m., and continues weekly on Wednesdays through June 23, at a home near the Medical Center Metro station. The second class begins tomorrow, May 6, 6:00 p.m., and meets weekly on Thursdays through June 24, at a home near Fourth Church. Classes will be held outdoors observing COVID-19 safety protocols. Learn more.
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Missions & Outreach
24/7 Prayer | May 10–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.
Missions Offering | This year’s offering supports Philemon Project’s Grow Center in Beirut, Lebanon, a Christian preschool and adult mentoring program severely impacted by the devastating explosion in the Port of Beirut in August 2020. To donate online, got to 4thpres.org/giving. Designate your gift by selecting “Missions Special Offering 2021” under the “Select Gift Fund” drop down list.
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 including first aid kits/emergency items. Donated items go to Fourth’s ministry partners and neighbors in the DMV. Check out the updated donation lists.
YoungLives Meal Opportunity | Tuesday, May 18, 5:00 p.m. Provide dinner, bottled drinks, or 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.
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Sunday School | Discoverers & Seekers, 10:45 a.m., and Explorers, 11:00 a.m., via Zoom; Mother’s Day craft.
Leadership Meeting | Sundays, 12:15–12:45 p.m., via Zoom.
Special Blessings 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.
Young Adult Golf Outing | May 16, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Topgolf, 20101 Century Blvd., Germantown, MD.
Needed: volunteers, buddies, and mentors to serve and minister to our students.
Contact: Audrey Muteru, email@example.com
Women’s Cancer Support Group | May 16, 2:30 p.m., online. Ladies who are recently diagnosed or under treatment or have recently concluded treatment are invited to an online meeting for prayer and encouraging conversation. Please contact Jean Bronson for meeting instructions.
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, 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, Rockville, MD. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org