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, December 1
5:30 p.m. | Congregational Prayer, Online
7:00 p.m. | Stated Session Meeting, Online
7:00 p.m. | English Classes, Online
7:00 p.m. | High School Girls/Guys Night, Offsite

Thursday, December 2
10:30 a.m. | Women’s Thursday Bible Study, The Commons
6:00 p.m. | Celebration Choir Rehearsal, Rooms 142, 144
6:00 p.m. | Covenant Choir Rehearsal, Rooms 130, 144
6:00 p.m. | High School Choir Rehearsal, Rooms 144
7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Friday, December 3
7:00 p.m. | Family Advent Celebration, Upper Room

Saturday, December 4
9:00 a.m. | Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra Rehearsal, Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. |Drive-Through Collection and Food Drive, Upper Portico

Sunday, December 5
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
3:30 p.m. | Bells of the Trinity Rehearsal, Room 146
5:00 p.m. | TIC-TAC Youth Sunday Evenings, Rooms 007, 102
6:00 p.m. |  A Service of Lessons and Carols, Sanctuary

Monday, December 6
8:00 p.m. | Men’s Study: Proverbs, Online

Tuesday, December 7
5:00 p.m. | Special Blessings Young Women’s Get Together, Online
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 conclude December 12 and will resume January 9. Learn more.

9:30 a.m.

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

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.

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 begin 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.

Family Advent Celebration | Friday, December 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Upper Room. Today is the last day to sign up for an evening for families with children of all ages to enjoy Christmas carols, seasonal crafts, Advent wreath decorating, and Christmas cookie bags. (Please note dinner is not included this year.) The event is free, but advanced registration is required. If you would like an Advent wreath to decorate and take home, you may purchase one for $35.

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.

Contact: Sam Eligwe, seligwe@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 Retreat | March 11-13, 2022, Sandy Cove Retreat Center, North East, MD. Registration will open in January.

Men’s Conference Audio | Audio of the lectures from the conference are available.

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

Missions & Outreach

English Classes | Volunteer to be a conversation partner with a student. For more information contact englishclasses@4thpres.org.

Rockville Women’s Center | December 3, 7:30-8:30 a.m. To participate in First Friday Prayer on the phone, call 605-313-4415 and enter code 357470 followed by # (pound sign).

Contact: Janie Randell, missions@4thpres.org

Mission DMV Opportunities

Drive-Through Collection & Food Drive | Saturday, December 4, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Bring contributions of food, diapers, clothing (socks, underwear, shoes, and boots), and household items in brown paper bags with handles. 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: Janie Randell, 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 opportunities are December 12 and January 9.

Contact: Janie Randell, SERVE@4thpres.org

Women’s Ministry

Bible Studies | Our weekly Bible study, G2G, resumes January 12 with a new study on II Corinthians. We have four options available including in person and via Zoom. Visit the Women’s Ministry webpage for more information.

Women’s Christmas Gathering | December 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m., $5.00, Upper Room. Enjoy Dr. Robert Norris share “Reflections on Christmas” in addition to flower arranging, carols, games, and cookies/wassail to go. Registration is open.

Women’s Ministry Retreat | Saturday, February 26, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, VA. Hear author/speaker Ellen Vaughn at our one-day retreat discuss “Bold Hope” based on 2 Corinthians 3:12, “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.” We will have small group discussions, two workshops, and good food. More information to follow.

Contact: Jean Bronson, jbronson@4thpres.org

Young Adult Ministry

Young Adult Lunch | Sunday, December 5, 12:30 p.m., Offsite at the home of a church member. Come for a chance to get to know both the host family and other young adults. There is no cost, and no registration is required. For location and more information, contact Dave.

Contact: Dave Frerichs, dfrerichs@4thpres.org

Youth Ministry

Sign Up: Monthly Youth Newsletter

High School Girls/Guys Night | Tonight, December 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Offsite. Join us at gender-specific locations for 8th through 12th grade students to hang out, eat food, and discuss what it means to live as a woman or man of God from men and women from Fourth.

Contact: Corey Gray, cgray@4thpres.org



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