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 8
5:30 p.m. | Congregational Prayer, Online
7:00 p.m. | Deacon Meeting, Online
7:00 p.m. | English Classes, Online
7:00 p.m. | High School Grade Hangout, Offsite

Thursday, December 9
7:30 p.m. | Women’s Ministry Christmas Gathering, Upper Room

Friday, December 10
6:30 p.m. | Middle School Friday Night Club (FNC), Room 102
7:30 p.m. | Special Blessings Moms’ Support Group, Online

Saturday, December 11
4:30 p.m. | Young Marrieds Potluck with a Purpose, Offsite
7:00 p.m. | Special Blessings Dads’ Support Group, Online

Sunday, December 12
8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday Morning Services, Sanctuary
8:30 a.m. | Congregational Prayer, The Commons
5:00 p.m. | SERVE Day for Clark Inn, Offsite
6:00 p.m. | A Service of Lessons and Carols, Sanctuary

Monday, December 13
7:15 p.m. | Women’s Martha Circle, Bethesda/Potomac, Offsite
8:00 p.m. | Men’s Study: Proverbs, Online

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 this Sunday, 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

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.

Contact: Paige Malkus, pmalkus@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, “Faithful Men in a Pagan World,” 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.

Men’s Breakfast |  Fellowship breakfasts are resuming January 11, 6:30 a.m., Upper Room.

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

Missions & Outreach

Romanian Christian Enterprises (RCE) | This Christmas give a baby lamb, flock of chickens, or fat little pig to a poor family in Romania or send an abandoned child to summer camp through RCE’s alternative Christmas gift program. See these and many other giving options that change lives at rcenterprises.org.

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

Contact: Janie Randell, missions@4thpres.org

Mission DMV Opportunities

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 | Begin the new year with our weekly Bible study, G2G,  with a study on II Corinthians, Knowing the Bible, J. I. Packer, Dane C. Ortlund  There are four options (in person and via Zoom) to gather, all beginning the week of January 10 and concluding the week of  March 21, to be followed by a six-week study on the I AM’s of Jesus. Visit the Women’s Ministry webpage for more information.

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 Marrieds Potluck with a Purpose | December 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Offsite. Come to our monthly gathering for couples in the early years of marriage to  discuss a variety of practical topics around the theme of thriving together in Christian marriage. Email John Kimbrough at ymf@4thpres.org for more details.

Contact: Dave Frerichs, dfrerichs@4thpres.org

Youth Ministry

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High School Grade Hangout | Tonight, December 8, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Offsite. Join us at grade-specific locations to  spend time with your friends and Bible study leader. Locations and details can be found in the weekly high school newsletter or from your Bible study leader.

Contact: Corey Gray, cgray@4thpres.org



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