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Wycliffe Presbyterian
A Weekly Publication
Week of January 13
From Our Pastor

Dear Friends,

This Sunday is Baptism of the Lord Sunday, when we simultaneously remember that Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan, and that we have also been baptized. Jesus’ baptism was one of repentance and a great voice as from heaven spoke, “This is my Son, the beloved, in whom I am well pleased.” Our baptism was in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, and contains a promise that we are claimed as God’s own beloved children—inseparably linked by God’s own promise. With that back drop, and remembrance of our baptism, we also this day ordain and install elders to serve on the session. These men and women have been identified and elected by the congregation, and are prepared to serve God’s people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.
Last week in worship, I drew out the star-word “collect.” These days I collect many things—I collect words. I collect memories. This Sunday I will collect (as in gather) all ordained elders in church for the laying on of hands for the newly ordained. This symbolic act and gesture confer both the transfer of wisdom and power, as well as the great cloud of witnesses that support the work of our session. The laying on of hands is enacted prayer, and in ordination is as close as we get to apostolic succession; in that moment, a mantle is passed. 

With this incoming class, we recognize the faithful service of Class of 2018: Garland Miles, Francie Brake, Bob Prestridge, Jackie Alcorn, David Gangwer, and Josie Collier. Thank you for your leadership, your wisdom, your maturity, and your faithfulness as you have exercised the duties of your office. 

See you Sunday!

Pastor Bugg
 Surging waters cannot quench love; floodwaters cannot overflow it.
Song of Solomon 8:7
Wycliffe Elders

Class of 2019
Robin La Vigne, Darrell Kennedy          
Lee Uittenbogaard, Chuck Steenburgh & Lisa Sowell

Class of 2020
Mark Via, Pat Carney, John Werner
Laurie Coyne & Cathy Maston

Class of 2021
Jim Basnight, Dohan Bell, Bess Mann
Thad Brake, Bill Wahab         

Clerk of Session
Gail C. Schwartzer
This Week at Wycliffe
The Week at a Glance

Sunday, January 13
  • 9:00 Adult & Teen Sunday School
  • 9:00 Confirmation
  • 9:30 Choir Rehearsal
  • 10:00 Worship
  • 10:00 Children's Classes
  • 11:15 Worship Comm. Mtg.
  • 11:15 Member Care Comm. Mtg.
  • 11:15 CS&M Comm. Mtg.
  • 11:20 AS&F Comm Mtg.
  • 4:00 Cub Scouts
  • 5:00 Youth Group
Monday, January 14
  • 9:00 Bridge
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts (Room 105 & 107)
  • 7:00 Boy Scouts (FH)
Tuesday, January 15
  • 10:00 Coffee & Conversation
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts (Room 107)
Wednesday, January 16
  • 9:30 & 10:30 Music Together
  • 5:30 Kids Club
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts
  • 7:00 Yoga
Thursday, January 17
  • 9:00 Garden Club
  • 9:30 & 10:30 Music Together
  • 3:30 Grief Support Group
  • 6:30 Handbells
  • 7:00 Fit 4 Mom
  • 7:30 3rd Thursday Note Check
Friday, January 18
  • 9:30 & 10:30 Music Together
  • 7:30 AA
Saturday, January 19
  • 9:00 Mid Winter Cleanup

Click HERE to download the calendar for January
Menu features:
Chili, cornbread, salad
and sherbet for dessert.

Fellowship invites you to join us for our

 Chili Luncheon  

Sunday, January 20th
following the worship service

Cost is $5.00 per person. 
Children are free.

(See the insert in this Sunday's bulletin for sign ups!)
Homeless Shelter Week

Homeless Shelter Week

Wycliffe will host the Judeo Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) Winter Homeless Shelter again this year from January 30th through February 6th. There will be plenty of opportunities for volunteers, leadership, fellowship and to help our less fortunate neighbors. Sign-ups will be going up January 13th; this is one of Wycliffe’s largest single mission projects. Please see Dohan or Joe Bell at Sunday Services or contact them at for more information.  
Note from fellowship regarding Homeless Shelter Week

In anticipation of the homeless shelter week and their need for refrigerator space, both refrigerators in the kitchen will be cleared out of old items on Jan. 26th. If you have any personal items that you want to retain, please remove them by Jan. 25th. Thank you for your consideration. POC - Thad Brake 757-481-4528.
General Announcements

Worship Flowers
Please help the worship committee beautify the sanctuary by donating Sunday flowers. There are several dates available between now and April. Please sign up early and often. POC, Thad Brake - 757-481-4528
Mid Winter Cleanup
Team up to clean up! Come one, come all! Lake shore pruning and general leaf raking around our Church. Please bring rakes, pruning sheers, gloves & Chain Saws! Scheduled for Saturday, January 19th from 9 am - 12:00 pm.

Hope to see you there! Thank you, Bill Wahab
Kids Club Returns!!!
Animals of the Bible – Part 2

The winter session of Kids Club begins Wednesday, January 9, 2019. The 5-week term continues on Wednesdays with stories about Animals of the Bible. Each Wednesday includes dinner, a bible story, crafts, science experiments and music. Children 3 years through 5th grade are welcome to join us. Children should arrive by 5:30 pm, when dinner is served. Pickup is at 7:15 pm (Jan. 30th ends at 7 pm). 

To join the fun please fill out the information on our website click here.

We can’t wait to see you there!
Wycliffe Coat donation

For the last couple of years the  adult Sunday school class, lead by Bob Prestridge, has raised money for those in need in depressed economic environments. This year we have partnered with Bill Austin’s class and are making a joint effort to collect coats for those in need in our community.

We will kick off this short term effort Sunday the 6th and complete by Sunday the 20th. We  will have a box for collection in the fellowship hall for coats that can be cleaned and distributed to needy individuals. We are asking the congregation to take a look in their closet to see if they have a coat or two that they haven’t worn in some time. If you have a coat that you no longer need
please consider donating it to the Wycliffe coat collection.
Wycliffe Wanderings
Luxury Coach Trip
Lancaster, PA 
(April 10-12, 2019)
Sight & Sound Theaters invites you to experience the greatest rescue story of all time! JESUS is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever.

Click here for registration form and trip itinerary which will be in this Sundays bulletin.

Click here for more information or the video to watch the trailer.
Bunko Starting in January

Come and play Bunko with us! It is a wonderful way to fellowship with others. We need twelve enthusiastic women to begin our new game. Our first Bunko game will begin on Monday, January 14 at 6:30p.m. At my home, 2208 Scallop Road, which is located in Lynnhaven Colony. Please call me or email me to let me know if you would like to join our Bunko group.

I hope to see you there.
Thank you,
Betty Oliver
New Upper Room Booklets Are Here

The new edition of the Upper Room for January and February 2019 is now available. This is a nice devotional booklet to use during your daily prayer and reflection time. You can find the booklet in the office reception area and in the narthex. Ask an usher to help you.
Grief Support Group

Our Grief Support Group here at Wycliffe meets every third Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm in the parlor. In Grief Support the emphasis is SUPPORT as we help each other through the challenge of grieving. You don’t have to talk, you can just listen to others if that works for you. Please join us in January and through the sharing that goes on, understand that you are not alone.
Adult Sunday School - With Bob Prestridge
Starting Sunday January 6th and leading up to Easter, the adult Sunday School will be examining the Book of Psalms. We meet in room 207 just off the Fellowship Hall. Ever wonder how many psalms there are? Who wrote them? We will be reading directly from the Bible as we explore these and other questions about Psalms. No homework is required. Come and join our discussion of this treasury of prayers and hymns. 
The “Kitchen Forum” adult Sunday School class meets at 9 AM in Room 209, just off the Fellowship Hall. Our Fearless leader, Rev. Dr. Bill Austin, plans to teach the Letter of James.
Lady Monarchs
Chuck Steenburgh is looking for 4 couples (or pairs) to share a box at the ODU Women’s basketball game vs Marshall on Sat, Mar 2 at 4 pm. A possible alternate game is ODU vs Charlotte on Sat, Feb 23, 4 pm. If interested see Chuck at Sunday service, or call/email 681-8025 Tickets are FREE... First come, first serve....

2019 Flower Chart is Posted

The flower chart for next year has been posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall (near the kitchen.) Sign up for dates that are meaningful to you and your family. There is a small space to describe your reason for donating the flowers. (In celebration of our 50th anniversary, in memory of my mother, etc.) Your description will be included in the announcements on Sunday morning. Check boxes to indicate whether you want to keep the flowers after the service or have the Member Care Committee give them away. Flowers are $45. Make your check payable to Wycliffe Presbyterian Church and write Worship in the memo line. 
Churches Can Thrive through transformative Pastoral Leadership
A Letter From Rev. Chris Carrasco
Minister of King’s Grant Presbyterian Church

Are you concerned about the future of your church or the PC(USA) denomination? Are you wondering what can be done to foster a healthier church environment poised for growth? How can pastors have a positive impact in creating a thriving church that meets the needs of people in this new digital age?

Over the past 12 months, Rev. Chris Carrasco has researched and studied pastoral leadership in the Presbyterian Church as part of her doctoral program at Columbia Theological Seminary. She will be sharing her findings and receiving feedback on her research after the Presbytery meeting at  The Hilton Presbyterian Church in Newport News on Sat. January 26 at 2:00 pm.

Everyone is welcome to come and listen to her presentation about how pastoral leadership can foster a thriving church in a new age, focusing primarily on preaching and governance. Afterward, she will entertain questions and then ask for additional comments regarding her work.

Refreshments will be provided for this 1½ hour event. She hopes you will walk away with deeper insight and a few ideas of how your church can better thrive in this new age through transformative pastoral leadership. 
Martin Luther King Day Worship Service
The PEVA Chapter of the National Black Caucus and
the PEVA Peacemaking Ministry
The PEVA Chapter of the National Black Caucus and the PEVA Peacemaking Ministry Team invite you to the Annual PEVA MLK Service will be held on Sunday, January 20, at 4:00 p.m. at King’s Grant Presbyterian Church (745 Little Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452).

This year, the Rev. Chris Carrasco (Pastor, King’s Grant) will deliver the message “God Will Make a Way.” The music will be provided by the 30+ MLK Choir (made up of singers from several PEVA churches), the Virginia Children’s Chorus Chamber Singers, and the FalsoNotes of Huguenot High School in Richmond, VA, all under the direction of Dr. Matthew Russel (Assist. Professor of Music, NSU and Minister of Music at Bank Street Baptist Church, Norfolk, VA).

Please join us as we celebrate the life of the
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Music Ministry
Third-Thursday Note-Check 7:30 pm, 3rd Thursday of the month, for choir members (and potentials!) who enjoy additional work on the anthems beyond the regular Sunday morning rehearsal.
Around The Community
Scouting opportunities in our area
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Recently Girl Scouts added several new badges in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), laying the groundwork to help girls enter these important career field. There are several Girl Scout troops that meet at Wycliffe. For more information or to join a troop, visit their website.

Cub Scouts
A program for children in Kindergarten thru 5th grade. The focus is on fun and adventure but there is also an emphasis on character development, spiritual growth, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, friendly service and much more. Cub Scout Pack 493 meets at Wycliffe Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoons. Contact Mr. Paul Reins at 757-620-9629 or email

Boy Scouts 
This is a program for boys starting 6th grade thru high school. It offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth. Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others. Boy Scout Troop 493 meets at Wycliffe Presbyterian on Monday evenings. Contact Mr. Wayne Richardson at 757-285-0261 or
Birthday Celebrations
Birthday Blessings This Week
  • January 13 - Chris Lemmon
  • January 14 - Sarah Grady
  • January 19 - Joe McGrath
  • January 19 - Delia Storer
Look with favor we pray, on your servants, as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Written by Charles Price (Presbyterian Book of Common Worship)
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church

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