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 22
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)
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 Portico
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 23
10:30 a.m. | Women’s Thursday Bible Study, The Commons
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. | Rockville Women’s Center Gala, Offsite
7:45 p.m. | Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
8:00 p.m. | Women’s G2G Bible Study, Online
Friday, September 24
6:00 p.m. | Middle School Grade Hangout, Offsite
7:00 p.m. | Rockville Women’s Center Gala, Offsite
Saturday, September 25
7:30 p.m. | High School Hangout, Offsite
Sunday, September 26
8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday Morning Services, Sanctuary
8:30 a.m. | Congregational Prayer, The Commons
12:30 p.m. | Young Adult Lunch, Offsite
12:30 p.m. | Women’s Council Meeting, 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 27
8:00 p.m. | Men’s Study – Proverbs, Online
Tuesday, September 28
7:00 p.m. | Divorce Care Support Group, Emmaus House Sunroom
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.
Fall Sunday School Classes through December 12. Learn more; registration is open.
- Pastor’s Class, Mark 1-9: A Biography of Jesus, Upper Room
- Confessing Christ—Second Helvetic Confession, Room 130
- New Members Class, Room 131
- 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, begins the week of September 26 through the 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”, through 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.
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.
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, Cherub Church, 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 Pre-Kindergarten. Children start out in their classroom and are escorted by their teachers to Cherub Church for singing and teaching. They are escorted back to their classrooms for crafts and activities. Parents please pick up your children in their classroom 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 Children’s Church. Parents please pick up your children from their classroom immediately after the service.
Contact: Paige Malkus, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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. Email Nate Robbins for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com
Missions & Outreach
English Classes | Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., through December 8. Non-native English speakers are invited to join our online English classes. Register online at 4thpres.org/ministries/englishclasses/. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com
Music Groups Restarting | Registration is open for the following groups.
Celebration Choir (grades 1-2; director, Anna Tope; began September 16)
Covenant Choir (grades 3-8; director, Ted Bickish; began 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; began September 19)
Ring Forth! Handbell Choir (grades 6-12; director, Mary Clark; began September 19)
Contact: Erin Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
Drive-Through Collection & Food Drive | Saturday, October 2, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Contributions of food, diapers, clothing (socks, underwear, shoes, and boots), and household items in brown paper bags with handles are appreciated. Donated items go to Fourth’s ministry partners and neighbors in the DMV.
Contact for Clothing and Household items: Pamela Roylance, email@example.com
Contact for Food items: SERVE@4thpres.org
Fellowship Dinner | Provide a portion of a dinner 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. Next opportunity is October 10.
Contact: Janie Randall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bible Studies | Our weekly Bible study, G2G, began last week, but women are welcome to join anytime. We have four options available including in person and via Zoom. Visit the Women’s Ministry webpage for a full list of resumed activities.
Contact: Jean Bronson, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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TIC-TAC (Truth in Culture-Truth and Culture) on Sunday Nights | 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 | Wednesdays through November 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Lower Parking Lot.
Email Rachel Andre for more information.
Parent Fellowship | Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. After you drop off your kids at Bible Study, join us under the Upper Portico (facing Ridgefield Rd.) at 6:30 p.m. for a lite bite, then we’ll move up to The Commons (by Halverson Hall) at 7:00 p.m. for topical conversation. At 7:30 p.m., join us in praying for one another, our kids and the youth ministry. You’re welcome to come and go during those times — and please spread the word to other parents!
Contact: Corey Gray, email@example.com