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 30
5:30 p.m. | Congregational Prayer, Online
6:00 p.m. | Fourth Strings, Room 142
6:30 p.m. | Children’s Choir Rehearsal, Room 144
7:00 p.m. | Youth Bible Studies, Room 102
7:00 p.m. | Youth Parent Fellowship, Room 200
7:00 p.m. | English Classes, Various Rooms
8:00 p.m. | Middle and High School Band Rehearsal, Rooms 007, 102
8:00 p.m. | Middle and High School Pizza Hangout, Room 102

Thursday, December 1
10:30 a.m. | Women’s Thursday Bible Study, Room 231
7:00 p.m. | DivorceCare Support Group, Room 231
7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Upper Room

Friday, December 2
6:30 p.m. | Middle School Friday Night Club, Room 102
8:00 p.m. | High School Overtime, Offsite

Sunday, December 4
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
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. | Festival of Lessons and Carols, Upper Room
7:30 p.m. | High School Sunday Night Live, Room 007

Monday, December 5
7:00 p.m. | GriefShare, Online
8:00 p.m. | Men’s Proverbs Study, Online

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.


Adult Education

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, klofberg@4thpres.org

Children’s Ministry

Parents, visit the Children’s Ministry webpage for full information on all our offerings for children on Sunday mornings.

Contacts: Jean Bronson, jbronson@4thpres.org, and Marce Bettridge, mbettridge@4thpres.org

College Ministry

Youth Group Reunion Christmas Party | Sunday, December 18, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Offsite
Did you graduate from high school during the years 2014-2022? If so, please join us for the first annual youth group reunion Christmas party. We will gather after the evening service; Christmas attire is encouraged! No RSVP necessary. For the location contact college@4thpres.org.

College Retreat | January 8-10, $50, Offsite
Spend time together on the Eastern shore where we’ll have plenty of time to hang out, eat great food, and talk about our faith. Registration is open; scholarships are available.

Sunday School Class | 9:30–10:30 a.m., Room 142 (Chapel)
College-aged young adults are invited to attend an in-depth look at the Christian community through the lens of the “one another” passages of the New Testament with Rev. David Frerichs. Afterward, we will attend the 11:00 a.m. service.

Summer Staff Application
“Summer Staff” is our Youth Ministry’s summer internship program open to college-aged young adults. Learn more about the program for 2023 and apply here and/or contact Rob Henneberg

For more information, visit our College webpage.

Contact: Rob Henneberg, rhenneberg@4thpres.org

Congregational Care

Yarns for Hope | Saturday, December 10, 10:00 a.m., Room 111
Once a month, we gather to create beautiful, useful items for several church-related ministries. For more information, email yarnsforhope@4thpres.org.

GriefShare | Mondays through December 12, 7:00 p.m., Online.
Email griefshare@4thpres.org with questions.

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 divorcecare@4thpres.org with questions.

For more information, visit the Congregational Care webpage.

Contact: Kathy Lofberg, klofberg@4thpres.org

Men’s Ministry

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, December 13, 6:30 a.m., Upper Room
Plan to attend this special breakfast as we bid farewell to Dr. Robert Norris. Cost is $4.50. No reservations are required. Email mof@4thpres.org for more information.

For more information and to learn of upcoming events, visit the Men’s Ministry webpage.

Mission DMV

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 after morning services and Sunday School on Sunday, December 4. Deadline for drop off is December 11.

Rockville Women’s Center | Friday, December 2, 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).

Drive-Through Collection & Food Drive | Saturday, December 10, 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 ministry partners and neighbors in the DMV.

Contact for Food items: Noel Bradley, SERVE@4thpres.org
Contact for Clothing and Household items: Pamela Roylance, proylance@4thpres.org

For more information of ways to volunteer, visit the Mission DMV webpage.

Contact: Janie Randell, jrandell@4thpres.org


English Class International Christmas Potluck | Wednesday, December 7, 7:00-9:00 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, jrandell@4thpres.org

New Visitors Reception

If you are a new or recent visitor to Fourth, you are invited to our next reception on Sunday, December 11. Join us for an informal meet-and-greet with pastors, staff, and members in The Commons immediately after the 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. services. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact: Lydia Rothbard, lrothbard@4thpres.org

Special Blessings

Dads’ Group | December 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Online
Dads of children with special needs meet online to provide mutual support, prayer, and encouragement for one another. The group is currently discussing “Parenting and Disabilities: Abiding in God’s Presence” by Stephanie O. Hubach. All are welcome.

Contact: Tricia Han, than@4thpres.org

Women’s Ministry

Infertility Support Group | Sunday, December 4, 12:30 p.m., Room 132
Please join us for our first meeting for women experiencing infertility. We will gather for lunch, discussion, and prayer. To learn more or to RSVP, please email Jessica de Voest and Rebecca Sparks-Korossy at ISG@4thpres.org. RSVP is not required.

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. Registration is open.

Contact: Rebecca Sparks-Korossy, rkorossy@4thpres.org

Young Adults

Monthly Dinner | Thursday, December 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Offsite
Come for a delicious meal, intentional conversation, and a time when the entire young adult community (20s, 30s, married, single) can gather and meet new people. A great place for those who can’t make Sunday morning class to reconnect or stay connected with each other and with those frequently involved. For more information, email Dave Frerichs.

For more information, visit our Young Adult webpage.

Youth Ministry

Middle School Friday Night Club | December 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Room 102
Bring your friends to a fun-filled night of playing games and making new friends, followed by a faith message. Contact Clay Stevens for more information.

High School Overtime | Friday, December 2, 8:00-10:30 p.m., Offsite
Bring your friends and hang out at one of our open houses, held at different church members’ homes. There will be pizza. For location information, contact Jesse Ritterpusch or Genna Repich.

Senior Class Breakfast | Saturday, December 3, 10:00 a.m., Offsite
All seniors are invited to enjoy breakfast and fellowship at a classmates’ home. Contact Genna Repich for details and location information.

Grades 6-12 Girls Advent Devotional | December 4, 12:30 p.m., and December 21, 6:00 p.m., Youth Lounge
Come gather to read “The Dawning of Indestructible Joy” by John Piper; books are provided. For more info, contact Genna Repich or Gabbi Hickly.

High School Sunday Night Live (SNL) | December 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Room 007
Come to the evening service, A Festival of Lessons and Carols, and then stay and spend an hour together with games, skits, and a devotional to start the school week.

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 with parents of other middle and high school students during the youth Bible Study.

For information, visit our Youth Ministry webpage.

Contact: Noel Bradley, nbradley@4thpres.org



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