Week-at-a-Glance & 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, November 16
9:30 a.m. | Women’s G2G Bible Study with Children’s Program, Rooms 112, 130
5:30 p.m. | Congregational Prayer, Online
6:00 p.m. | Fourth Strings Rehearsal, Room 142
6:30 p.m. | Children’s Choir Rehearsal, Room 144
7:00 p.m. | Youth Bible Studies, Rooms 007, 102, 111
7:00 p.m. | English Classes, Various Rooms
7:00 p.m. | Youth Parent Fellowship, Room 200
7:45 p.m. | Middle and High School Band Rehearsals, Room 102
Thursday, November 17
6:25 a.m. | Youth High School Thursday Breakfast Club, Room 102
10:30 a.m. | Women’s Thursday Bible Study, Room 231
1:00 p.m. | Women’s Esther Circle, Silver Spring, Offsite
7:00 p.m.| Blended Family Support Group, Room 130
7:00 p.m. | DivorceCare Support Group, Room 231
7:45 p.m. | Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Upper Room
8:00 p.m. | Women’s G2G Bible Study, Online
Friday, November 18
10:30 a.m. | Women’s Reformed Theological Reading Group, Room 132
5:00 p.m. | Youth Middle School Boys 7th & 8th Grade Camping Trip, Offsite
7:00 p.m. | Special Blessings Moms’ Group, Online
Saturday, November 19
10:00 a.m. | Women’s Mary Circle, Gaithersburg/Germantown/Frederick, Offsite
10:00 a.m. | Youth High School Paintball, Room 007
6:30 p.m. | Youth Middle School Girl’s Movie Night, Offsite
6:30 p.m. | Youth High School Senior Class Friendsgiving, Offsite
Sunday, November 20
8:00 & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday Morning Services, Upper Room
8:30 a.m. | Congregational Prayer, Room 233
9:30 a.m. | Sunday School Hour, Various Rooms
12:20 p.m. | Women’s Cancer Support Group, Room 132
4:00 p.m. | Ring Forth! Handbell Rehearsal, Room 146
5:00 p.m. | Bells of the Trinity Handbell Rehearsal, Room 146
6:00 p.m. | Evening Service, Upper Room
Monday, November 21
7:00 p.m. | Women’s Rebekah Circle, Bethesda, Offsite
8:00 p.m. | Men’s Proverbs Study, Online
Tuesday, November 22
6:30 a.m. | Men’s Breakfast, Upper Room
7:45 p.m. | Sanctuary Choir Optional Rehearsal, Upper Room
Ongoing activities: Adult Discipleship, Children’s Sunday School, College Students, Community Groups, Men’s Ministry, Mission DMV, Missions, Music, Special Blessings, Women’s Ministry, Young Adults, and Youth Ministry.
Fall Adult Sunday School | Through December 11, 9:30 a.m. hour
Fall Adult Sunday School classes are underway. See the Adult Discipleship webpage for information on class offerings.
Contact: Kathy Lofberg, email@example.com
Parents, visit the Children’s Ministry webpage for full information on all our offerings for children on Sunday mornings.
Opportunities abound during the busy Christmas season to serve in Children’s Ministry.
- November 27 – Advent Kit distribution at the Upper Portico, 12:15 p.m.
- December 9 – Children’s Christmas Party, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
- December 24 – Family Christmas Eve Worship Service, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
If you would like to sign up to help, contact Jean Bronson.
Family Advent Kit
Families can purchase an Advent kit that includes a wreath, candle holder, set of traditional candles, and a copy of “The Wonders of His Love, Finding Jesus in Isaiah” by Champ Thornton, offering short daily devotions to guide your family through Advent. Come for a cup of hot chocolate at pickup on Sunday, November 27, 12:15 p.m., Upper Portico. Cost is $25; registration is open.
For more information, see the Children’s Ministry webpage.
Contacts: Jean Bronson, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Marce Bettridge, email@example.com
Blended Family Support Group | November 17, Room 130
Adults meet the third Thursday of each month for a light dinner, discussion, fellowship, and support.
DivorceCare | Thursdays, through December 8, 7:00 p.m., Room 231
This Bible-centered support group offers a nonjudgmental place of hope and healing from the pain of separation or divorce. To register and learn more, see the DivorceCare webpage at divorcecare.org. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
For more information, visit the Congregational Care webpage.
Contact: Kathy Lofberg, email@example.com
Online Proverbs Study | Mondays, 8:00 p.m., led by Steve Liston and Richard Morris, via Zoom
Men of all ages are welcome. Learn more.
Men’s Breakfast | Tuesday, November 22, 6:30 a.m., Upper Room
Men of all ages are invited to gather to share praises, prayer needs, and fellowship over a hot breakfast as Dr. Norris teaches from the Scriptures. Cost is $4.50. No reservations are required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For more information and to learn of upcoming events, visit the Men’s Ministry webpage.
Mission DMV Toy Drive
Sign up and purchase gifts for Mission DMV partners, “Operation Christmas Miracle” with Central Union Mission and YoungLives, to provide Christmas gifts for children of families in need. Stop by the table by the Lower Lot Entrance on Sundays, November 27, December 4 and 11. Deadline for drop off is December 11.
For more information of ways to volunteer, visit the Mission DMV webpage.
Contact: Janie Randell, email@example.com
Thanksgiving Disaster Relief Fund
Fourth Church has given $10,000 to help with flood relief in Pakistan, $10,000 to Ukraine through our missionaries on the ground there, and $10,000 through World Relief this year. Because of the many needs, our emergency fund is getting very low. You will have the opportunity to give to this fund at the Thanksgiving Day Worship Service or online via our website and designate “Disaster Relief.”
Sign up to receive our biweekly email with information about missionaries and opportunities to serve our community through our ministry partners.
English Class International Christmas Potluck | Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 p.m., Upper Room
All are invited to bring a dish to share, enjoy an international carol sing, and meet some of our wonderful students. All ages are welcome. Contact Maria Korossy for more information.
Contact: Janie Randell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Blessings Ministry
Moms’ Group | November 18, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Online
Moms of children/young adults with special needs meet online to provide mutual support, prayer, and encouragement for one another. We are currently discussing, “Parenting and Disabilities: Abiding in God’s Presence,” by Stephanie O. Hubach. All are welcome.
Contact: Tricia Han, email@example.com
Christmas Dessert | Thursday, December 8, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Upper Room, $10
Invite your friends and hear author Susan Yates speak on “Finding Peace in a Season of Uncertainty.” We will sing carols, decorate centerpieces, and enjoy some holiday fun. Additionally, through our partnership with Mission DMV and YoungLives (an organization that supports pregnant and parenting teens), there will be an opportunity to provide Christmas gifts for families in need. More details will be provided at the dessert. Registration is open.
Women’s Cancer Support Group | Sunday, November 20, 12:20-2:00 p.m., Room 132
Ladies who have been recently diagnosed, are under treatment, or recently concluded treatment are invited to gather for lunch, prayer and encouraging conversation. Email Rebecca Sparks-Korossy for more information.
Contact: Rebecca Sparks-Korossy, firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Thursday Breakfast Club (TBC) | Thursday, November 17, 6:25-7:00 a.m., Drop off/pickup at Lower Lot Entrance
What better way to start your day than to bring your friends to Thanksgiving TBC? Come before school and enjoy pancakes, games, and even fruit.
7th & 8th Grade Boys Camping Trip | November 18-19
This camping overnight will be an excellent opportunity for real Christ-centered brotherhood to take root. This short getaway will be the perfect time to talk about what it means to be a man of God. Contact Middle School Coordinator, Clay Stevens, for more information. Registration is open.
Middle School Girls Movie Night | Saturday, November 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Offsite
Bring your friends to watch “Princess Diaries”. Contact Gabbi Hickly for location information.
High School Paintball | Saturday, November 19, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Pickup/drop off at Lower Lot Entrance
Bring your friends and muster your courage as we fight honorably on the battlefield. Registration is open; limited slots available. Contact Jesse Ritterpusch with questions.
High School Senior Class Friendsgiving | Saturday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
It’s a senior class-only Friendsgiving event! Bring your senior class friends for a fun hangout with food. Contact Jake Willeman for more information and location.
High School Sunday Night Live (SNL) | November 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Room 007
Come to the evening service and then stay and spend an hour together with games, skits, and a devotional to start the school week. Contact Jesse Ritterpusch with questions
Wednesday Bible Studies | Wednesdays, through December 14, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Rooms 102, 007
Middle and high school students, come hear God’s word and reflect on Jesus’ teaching as we read through the Book of Matthew. Bring a Bible and notebook.
Parent Fellowship | Wednesdays, through December 14, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Room 200
Spend time getting to know parents of other middle and high school students during the youth Bible Study.
For information, visit our Youth Ministry webpage.
Contact: Noel Bradley, email@example.com