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, December 7
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 Christmas Potluck, Upper Room
7:30 p.m. | Stated Session Meeting, Room 130
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 8
7:00 p.m. | DivorceCare Support Group, Room 231
7:30 p.m. | Women’s Christmas Dessert, Upper Room

Friday, December 9
6:00 p.m. | Family Christmas Party, Upper Room

Saturday, December 10
10:00 a.m. | Drive-Through Food Drive & Collection, Upper Portico
10:00 a.m. | Yarns for Hope, Room 111
7:00 p.m. | Special Blessings Dads’ Group, Online

Sunday, December 11
8:00 & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday Morning Services, Upper Room
8:30 a.m. | Congregational Prayer, Room 233
9:15 a.m. | New Visitor Reception, The Commons
9:30 a.m. | Sunday School Hour, Various Rooms
9:30 a.m. | Mission DMV Toy Drive Drop-Off, Lower Lot Entrance
12:15 p.m. | New Visitor Reception, The Commons
12:30 p.m. | Young Adult Second Sunday Lunch, Offsite
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

Monday, December 12
7:00 p.m. | GriefShare, Online
7:15 p.m. | Women’s Martha Circle, Bethesda/Potomac, Offsite
8:00 p.m. | Men’s Proverbs Study, Online

Tuesday, December 13
6:30 a.m. | Men’s Breakfast, Upper Room
5:00 p.m. | Special Blessings Young Adult Fellowship, 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 | Classes end this Sunday, December 11, 9:30 a.m. hour

Special Christmas Class | December 18, 9:30 a.m., Upper Room
Hear Dr. Robert Norris teach about the history of Christmas and its traditions.

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
If you signed up to purchase gifts for Mission DMV partners, “Operation Christmas Miracle” with Central Union Mission and YoungLives, drop off your unwrapped gifts at the same table after morning services and Sunday School on Sunday, December 11. If you cannot make this time, the last drop-off opportunity is Thursday, December 15, 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the old Welcome Center. Please only drop off your gifts at these times.

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.

Young Adult Fellowship | December 13, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Online
A great opportunity for young men and women (ages 21+) to gather and build friendships through fun conversation, music, and games.

Contact: Tricia Han, than@4thpres.org

Young Adults

Second Sunday Lunch | December 11, 12:30 p.m., Offsite
Enjoy lunch and the chance to get to know other young adults as well as the different Fourth families who open their homes. Held once a month after the 11:00 a.m. service.

For more information, visit our Young Adult webpage.

Contact: Dave Frerichs, dfrerichs@4thpres.org 

Youth Ministry

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.

Volunteer Opportunities | December 9 & 10
Middle and high school students are needed to help with the Family Christmas Party and Drive-Through Collection & Food Drive. For more information and to sign up, contact Noel Bradley.

For information, visit our Youth Ministry webpage.

Contact: Noel Bradley, nbradley@4thpres.org



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