"Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise." —Luke 10:36-38
SERVE DAY – OCTOBER 15, 2022
Join us for an all-church Serve Day as we work in teams to serve our mission partners Central Union Mission, Samaritan Inns, Camp Bennett, and Rockville Women's Center.
How to Prepare
We invite you to take time before Serve Day for prayerful reflection. Dr. Smedley preached a sermon called “Neighbor-Loving Service” based on Matthew 25:31-46 on January 31, 2016. Please take 30 minutes to listen to this sermon.
Questions for Prayerful Reflection
• Spend some time thinking of the many and various ways that the Lord has met your needs. What stands out to you? How has the Lord used others to minister to you?
• Consider a particular time in your life that you especially enjoyed serving others in some way. What was it about that experience that brought you joy?
• What heart attitudes do you pray the Lord will grace you with as you serve others? Does Matthew 25:31-46 offer you any insights on the heart of those who serve the Lord well?
• Take a moment to consider what you would like to bring to prayer from the sermon and these reflection questions. Spend time in prayer.
• Enrich this time by sharing your thoughts and experience with a friend.
OUR VISION & MISSION
Our vision is a community in which all people have the opportunity to experience spiritual, social, and tangible, economic flourishing. Acknowledging our mutual brokenness, we purpose to love our neighbors in the greater Washington area (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) by mobilizing resources to support organizations which serve the poor and broken.
OUR APPROACH TO HELPING
We cultivate relationships with non-profits, churches, and schools who serve the vulnerable — the homeless, addicted, marginalized, sick and disabled, victims, families in crisis, and immigrants and refugees.
We collaboratively identify needs and mobilize Fourth volunteers to provide “relief” such as food, clothing, and facility upkeep; and “transformational help” such as mentoring/coaching, life skills, and professional assistance.
Show Christ’s Love
We demonstrate Christ's love and compassion by committing to corporate prayer, Gospel sharing, and fellowship. We aim to strengthen our partners through grantmaking and financial gifts.
Share the Blessing
We seek to radiate within the body of Fourth the blessing of serving by sharing stories and rejoicing in the recognition of our own need for rescue.
To participate or learn more about these opportunities, email SERVE@4thpres.org or fill out the form below.
- Setting up tables and food drive flags before start of food drive
- Working outside under the Upper Portico, watching and monitoring 10-12 volunteers as they unload items from cars
- Assigning volunteers to count cars and hand out tax forms
- Breaking down tables and flags at end of food drive
- Once a month commitment at church, from 9:45-1:00 p.m. on the second Saturday each month
MEET OUR PARTNERS
Central Union Mission
Central Union Mission is the oldest private social services agency in Washington, DC. In addition to an emergency shelter, the Mission operates a holistic, Christ-centered transformation and workforce development program for men; a food and clothing distribution center; a camp (Camp Bennett) for underprivileged children; and a ministry to families and senior citizens.
Cornerstone School provides a Christ-centered, nurturing, and academically rigorous education to the children of Washington, D.C., equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to become leaders who serve others in light of Christ and His Truth.
Rockville Women's Center
Rockville Women’s Center is a faith-based, nonprofit, charitable medical clinic and pregnancy counseling center helping women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.
Samaritan Inns is a Christian organization that provides residential substance use disorder treatment and recovery services to formerly homeless men, women, and families. Through a highly structured and progressive continuum of program services, Samaritan Inns helps individuals and families experience transformation and become independent members of the community. Samaritan Inns maintains eight properties in Washington, DC.
YoungLives is a unique intergenerational and multiracial ministry of Young Life. They touch the lives of teen moms and their babies, as well as church leaders and women of faith.
Christ calls us to spread the good news of his saving love far and wide and to build up his church. Both calls point to the many ways we can serve inside and outside the church walls. Complete a quick form that lists our many service openings. It will connect you with a Fourth Church staff member who can help you take next steps.