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 29
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 30
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. | Alpha Course, Bethesda, Offsite
6:00 p.m. | Celebration Choir Rehearsal, Room 144
6:00 p.m. | Covenant Choir Rehearsal, Room 144
6:00 p.m. | High School Choir Rehearsal, Room 144
7:45 p.m. | Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
8:00 p.m. | Women’s G2G Bible Study, Online

Friday, October 1
10:30 a.m. | Young Adult Silent Retreat, Offsite

Saturday, October 2
10:00 a.m. | Yarns for Hope, Middle School Lounge, Room 111
10:00 a.m. | Drive-Through Collection and Food Drive, Upper Portico
6:00 p.m. | Romanian Christian Enterprises Fall Gala, Upper Room

Sunday, October 3
8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday Morning Services, Sanctuary
8:30 a.m. | Congregational Prayer, The Commons
12:15 p.m. | New Visitors Meet & Greet, The Commons
4:00 p.m. | Bells of the Trinity Rehearsal, Room 146
5:15 p.m. | Ring Forth! Rehearsal, Room 146
6:00 p.m. | Evening Worship, Sanctuary

Monday, October 4
8:00 p.m. | Men’s Study: Proverbs, Online

Tuesday, October 5
7:00 a.m. | 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil, Offsite
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.


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, 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.

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., through 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, 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, pmalkus@4thpres.org

Congregational Care

Divorce Care Support Group | Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., through December 7, Emmaus House. Register at divorcecare.org.

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

New Visitors Meet & Greet | Sunday, October 3, 12:15 p.m., The Commons. New visitors come meet members and pastors and learn more about membership and the ministries of Fourth.

Contact: Nate Robbins, nrobbins@4thpres.org

Instructions on Giving

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

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 | Volunteer to be a conversation partner with a student. Contact: englishclasses@4thpres.org.

Romanian Christian Enterprises (RCE)  | Join RCE for their Annual Gala, Saturday, October 2, 6:00 p.m., Upper Room. Register at 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; 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; began 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,  ejones@4thpres.org

SERVE Opportunities

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, proylance@4thpres.org
Contact for Food items:  SERVE@4thpres.org

Women’s Ministry

Bible Studies | Our weekly Bible study, G2G, has begun 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, jbronson@4thpres.org

Young Adults

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

Sign Up: Weekly Youth Newsletter

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. At 7:00 p.m., we’ll move to The Commons (by Halverson Hall) for topical conversation and prayer at 7:30 p.m. Email Noel Bradley for more information.

Contact: Corey Gray, cgray@4thpres.org



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