Week-at-a-Glance and Ministry Announcements

In this post you’ll find the calendar of events for the coming week plus the latest announcements from the ministries of Fourth. Also, don’t miss today’s Midweek Update email. See the footer of this page to subscribe to weekly updates from Fourth Church.


Wednesday, September 15
10:00 a.m. | Women’s G2G Bible Studies, Online
10:00 a.m. | Women’s G2G Bible Studies with Children’s Program, Rooms 132 and 142 (Chapel)
1:00 p.m. | Women’s Esther Circle, Silver Spring, Offsite
5:30 p.m. | Congregational Prayer, Online
6:30 p.m. | Middle and High School Bible Studies, Lower Parking Lot
6:30 p.m. | Youth Parent Fellowship, Upper Parking Lot Tent
6:45 p.m. | Adult Class: Beyond the Grave, Online
7:00 p.m. | English Classes, Online
7:30 p.m. | Women’s G2G Bible Study, Online
8:00 p.m. | Youth Band Practice, Rooms 007 (High School) and 102 (Middle School)

Thursday, September 16
1:00 p.m. | Grief Share Support Group, Room 132
6:00 p.m. | Celebration Choir Rehearsal, Room 144
6:00 p.m. | Covenant Choir Rehearsal, Room 144
7:00 p.m. | Blended Family Support Group, Room 132
7:45 p.m. | Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
8:00 p.m. | Women’s G2G Bible Study, Online

Friday, September 17
10:30 a.m. | Women’s Reformed Reading Group, Room 132
5:00 p.m. | Youth Senior Weekend, Offsite

Saturday, September 18
10:00 a.m. | Women’s Mary Circle, Gaithersburg/Germantown/Frederick, Offsite

Sunday, September 19 
8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday Morning Services, Sanctuary
8:30 a.m. | Congregational Prayer, The Commons
12:15 p.m. | Youth Parents Meeting, Upper Parking Lot Tent
12:15 p.m. | Women’s Cancer Support Group, Room 132
4:00 p.m. | Bells of the Trinity Rehearsal, Room 146
5:00 p.m. |TIC-TAC Youth Sunday Evenings, Lower Parking Lot
5:15 p.m. | Ring Forth! Rehearsal, Room 146
6:00 p.m. | Evening Worship, Sanctuary

Monday, September 20
7:15 p.m. | Women’s Rebekah Circle, Bethesda/Potomac, Offsite
8:00 p.m. | Men’s Study – Proverbs, Online

Tuesday, September 21
7:00 p.m. | Divorce Care Support Group, Emmaus House Sunroom
7:00 p.m. | Missions Committee Meeting, Room 131

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


Adult Education

Fall Sunday School Classes through December 12. Learn more; registration is open.

9:30 a.m.

  • Pastor’s Class, Mark 1-9: A Biography of Jesus, Upper Room
  • Confessing Christ—Second Helvetic Confession, Room 130
  • New Members Class, Room 131

11:00 a.m.

  • Pastor’s Class, Ecclesiastes: Living in the Light of Eternity, Upper Room
  • GENtoREV—Bible Overview (Old Testament), Room 131
  • Young Adult/Young Married, Chapel

Online Pastor’s Class | Book of Ephesians, week of September 26—week of December 5. A recorded lecture will be posted each week on the Adult Sunday School webpage. A limited number of online group meetings will be offered. Online registration will open later this month.

Wednesday Night Adult Class | “Beyond the Grave”, September 15-November 10, 6:45-7:30 p.m., via Zoom. This series, taught by Rob Norris, examines Biblical teaching on the hope of eternal life. Look for the Zoom link in the Midweek Updates sent every Wednesday morning. No registration is required.  If you are not receiving the Midweek Updates, email Genna Repich, or call the Church Office. For more information on adult classes, email Kathy Lofberg.

Alpha Course

Bring a friend to Alpha | The Alpha course is a place to explore the Christian faith with others. Invite a friend to a home in Bethesda, Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., September 23–November 11.

Contact: alpha@4thpres.org

Children’s Ministry

Parents, please check in your children before classes at the computers at the Children’s Welcome Center on the first floor or the computers outside the Children’s Library on the second floor. Face masks are required for Sunday School and Cherub and Children’s Church.

Nursery | Sundays during the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services, infants-2 years old. Face masks are not required.

Sunday School | Classes during the 9:30 a.m. service for age 2 through 5th grade.

Cherub Church | Sundays, 11:00 a.m. service, age 2 to Prekindergarten. Children start out in their classrooms and are escorted by their teachers to Cherub Church where they sing songs, learn Catechism, and hear a lesson based on the sermon that is adapted to their level. They are escorted back to their classrooms for crafts and activities. Parents please pick up your children in their classrooms after the service.

Children’s Church | Sundays, 11:00 a.m. service, Kindergarten to 3rd grade. Children will be dismissed before the sermon and accompanied by their teachers to their classrooms. Parents please pick up your children from their classrooms immediately after the service. 

Contact: Paige Malkus, pmalkus@4thpres.org

Community Groups

Join a Community Group | Find a group that meets in your neighborhood or at a time that fits your schedule. Contact the group host to learn the meeting address and next meeting date; meeting times and frequency vary. See the webpage at 4thpres.org/groups.

Contact: Tommy Myrick, tmyrick@4thpres.org

Congregational Care

Divorce Care Support Group | Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., through December 7, Emmaus House. Register at divorcecare.org. For more information contact Nate Robbins.

Grief Share Support Group | Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., through December 9, Room 132. Register at griefshare.org. Contact Nate Robbins for more information.

New Visitors Meet & Greet | New visitors come meet members and pastors and learn more about membership and the ministries of Fourth, Sunday, October 3, 12:15 p.m., The Commons. RSVP by September 19 at 4thpres.org/event/free-new-visitors-meet-greet/. An RSVP is helpful and appreciated, but not required. Email Nate Robbins for more information.

Men’s Ministry

Men’s Online Proverbs Study | Mondays, through December 20, 8:00 p.m., led by Steve Liston and Richard Morris, via Zoom. An informal study of Proverbs, chapter by chapter for men of all ages. Contact menproverbs@4thpres.org for the Zoom link and more information.

Men’s Conference | Saturday, November 20, Upper Room. Led by Dr. Todd Smedley.

Men’s Retreat | March 11-13, 2022, Sandy Cove Retreat Center, North East, MD. Registration will open in January 2022.

Contact: Dr. Robert Norris, rnorris@4thpres.org

Missions & Outreach 

English Classes | Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., beginning tonight, September 15-December 8. Non-native English speakers are invited to join our online English classes. Register online at 4thpres.org/ministries/englishclasses/. Contact: englishclasses@4thpres.org.

Rockville Women’s Center (RWC) | Join RWC for the Steadfast Embrace Life Gala to hear stories of some of the lives saved and transformed this year, September 23 or 24, 7:00 p.m., Derwood Bible Church, Derwood, MD. A virtual option will also be available. RSVP at rwcdonors.com/2021-embrace-life-gala/.

Romanian Christian Enterprises (RCE)  | Join RCE for their Annual Event, Saturday, October 2, 6:00 p.m., Upper Room. Register at www.rcenterprises.org/october-event-invite.

Contact: Janie Randell, missions@4thpres.org

Music Ministry

Music Groups Restarting | Registration is open for the following groups.

Celebration Choir (grades 1-2; director, Anna Tope; begins September 16)
Covenant Choir (grades 3-8; director, Ted Bickish; begins September 16)
High School Choir (grades 9-12; director, Wyeth Duncan; begins September 30)
Sanctuary Choir (adults; director, Ted Bickish; began September 9)

Fourth Strings (age 6 and up; director, Briannah Steele; begins September 23)
Fourth Orchestra (high school and adults; director, Mary Clark)
Bells of the Trinity Handbell Choir (grades 3-6; director, Mary Clark; begins September 19)
Ring Forth! Handbell Choir (grades 6-12; director, Mary Clark; begins September 19)

Contact: Erin Jones,  ejones@4thpres.org

Women’s Ministry

Bible Studies and Circles | Visit the Women’s Ministry webpage for a full list of resumed activities.

Women’s Cancer Support Group | Sunday, September 19, Room 132, following 11:00 a.m. service. Please join us for an abbreviated meeting with time to meditate on a Psalm, share updates, and pray together.

Contact: Jean Bronson, jbronson@4thpres.org

Young Adults

Silent Retreat | October 1, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Spend a day in prayer and contemplation – “alone together” – in a beautiful and peaceful setting on the Eastern Shore. There is no cost. Online registration is required and the deadline is September 24. Email Dave for more information.

Fall Retreat | Camp Wabanna, Edgewater, MD, October 29-31. Come for a weekend of growth in Christ and connection with one another. Our speaker is Dr. Bill Davis of Covenant College, who will explore the Ten Commandments and their role in the Christian life. Online registration is required and the deadline is October 10. The cost is $175. Financial assistance is available. Contact Dave before registering to receive a promo code.

Contact: David Frerichs, dfrerichs@4thpres.org

Youth Ministry

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Youth Parents Meeting | September 19, 12:15 p.m., Upper Parking Lot tent. We invite all parents of 6th-12th grade students to join us for our fall parents meeting starting with pizza at 12:15 p.m. We’ll preview upcoming youth classes and activities, present the findings of the assessment prepared by Ministry Architects, and share the interim plan for our youth ministry’s leadership as we search for a new Director. Questions? Contact Pastor Corey Gray (301) 320-3600.

Parent Fellowship | Wednesdays, beginning tonight, September 15, 6:30-8:00 p.m. We will begin with refreshments in the Upper Parking Lot Tent and then move to Room 130. While your child is attending the youth Bible studies, come gather for encouragement, prayer, and discussion.

TIC-TAC (Truth in Culture-Truth and Culture) on Sunday Nights | Beginning September 19, 5:00 p.m., Lower Parking Lot. Middle and High School students are invited to come explore culturally relevant topics and learn how to practice sharing their faith. Attend the 6:00 p.m. Evening Service with the youth staff and enjoy ice cream together afterward. For more information email Rachel Andre.

Bible Studies | Begin tonight and continue Wednesdays, through November 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Lower Parking Lot. Email Rachel Andre for more information.

Contact: Corey Gray, cgray@4thpres.org



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