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 15
1:00 p.m. | Women’s Esther Circle, Silver Spring, Offsite
5:30 p.m. | Congregational Prayer, Online

Thursday, December 16
7:45 p.m. | Sanctuary Choir rehearsal, Sanctuary

Friday, December 17
10:30 a.m. | Women’s Reformed Reading Group, Room 132
8:00 p.m. | Youth High School Christmas Party, Offsite

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

Sunday, December 19
8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday Morning Services, Sanctuary
8:30 a.m. | Congregational Prayer, The Commons
9:30 a.m. | Youth Middle and High School Carol Sing, Room 007
12:20 p.m. | Women’s Cancer Support Group, Room 132
6:00 p.m. | Advent Communion Service, Sanctuary

Monday, December 20
7:05 p.m. | Women’s Rebekah Circle, Bethesda/Potomac, Offsite
8:00 p.m. | Men’s Study: Proverbs, Online

Ongoing activities: Children’s Sunday School, Youth Sunday School, Special Blessings Sunday SchoolYoung Adults, and Community Groups.


Adult Education

Fall Sunday School Classes have concluded and will resume January 9. Learn more.

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.

December 26 Sunday School classes | The 1st through 5th grade Sunday School classes will not meet on December 26. At 9:30 a.m., classes for age 2 through kindergarten will meet; at 11:00 a.m., Cherub and Children’s church will meet. Nursery will be provided at both 9:30 and 11:00. a.m. services.

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

Drive-Through Collection & Food Drive | Saturday, January 8, 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

Samaritan Inns Fellowship Dinner | Share a Sunday evening meal with residents at Samaritan Inn, Fairmont Inn (all men) and Huff House (all women). Volunteers will prepare, deliver, and share a meal with residents who are in a 3- to 6-month substance abuse treatment program and demonstrate God’s love and care for those in vulnerable stages of life.

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 January 9.

Contact: Janie Randell, SERVE@4thpres.org

Music Ministry

Join one of the many ensembles for adults and children. Registration is open.

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

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

Contact: Erin Jones, ejones@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



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