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Weeks of December 3-9
Deck the Hall - Saturday, December 2

Although it is the season of Advent, it is time to start decorating for Christmas. The Worship Committee has been hard at work this week putting up lots of trees that need to be decorated. Please join us this Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 am as we prepare our church with our Christmas decorations and enjoy the fellowship of our members! Come hang a wreath or an ornament or two and get into the spirit with us.

There is a special invitation for the children to attend. We will decorate the children's tree, add Christmas details to the education wing, and make a craft. This is always a fun event so don’t miss out!
This Week at Wycliffe

The Week at a Glance

Sunday, December 3
  • 9:00 Sunday School (Adults/High School/Confirmation Class)
  • 9:30 Choir Rehearsal
  • 10:00 Worship (Youth Sunday)
  • 10:00 Children's Church
  • 11:15 CS&M Meeting
  • 11:15 Facilities Committee Meeting
  • 4:00 Handbell Concert
  • 4:00 Cub Scouts
Monday, December 4
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts
  • 7:00 Boy Scouts
  • 7:00 Young Life
  • 7:00 Christian Education Meeting
Tuesday, December 5
  • 10:00 Coffee & Conversation
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts
Wednesday, December 6
  • 9:30 & 4:00 Music Together
  • 7:00 Yoga
Thursday, December 7
  • 9:30 Music Together
  • 10:00 Sandwich Making & Fellowship Mtg
  • 6:15 Culture Club
  • 6:30 Handbells
Friday, December 8
  • 9:30 Music Together
  • 7:30 AA
Saturday, December 9
  • 10:00 Choir
  • 3:30 Culture Club
Click HERE to download the calendar for December.
General Announcements

The Virginia Handbell Consort This Sunday, Dec. 3
The Virginia Handbell Consort presents “Glad Tidings We Bring” this Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm here in our sanctuary.  Under the direction of Alan Reese, this impressive 15-member ensemble of professional ringers will present both sacred and secular holiday music including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” and “Holly Jolly Christmas,” just to name a few.  The ensemble performs on 6 octaves plus 4 additional octaves of Schulmerich handbells, 3 octaves of Petit and Fritsen bells, 7 octaves of Malmark and Schulmerich chimes, and assorted percussion instruments. The concert is presented in memory of Harry Kuper and Lloyd Robertson with the support of memorial gifts made in their memory. Both were active members of the Wycliffe choir, and Harry was a key player (and our ace repairer of bells) for the Wycliffe Ringers.    
Youth Sunday This Sunday
This Sunday is Youth Sunday. Our young people will present a special worship service as we celebrate the Advent season and begin to prepare for the coming of Christ.  Please join us for worship on Sunday and support the youth of Wycliffe.
Culture Club Events
On Thursday, Dec 7, the Culture Club will head to Virginia Wesleyan University for a second lecture in the religious persecution series. Topic: Iraq and the Hunting of Christians by author Mindy Belz. From Syria into Iraq, Christians are being brutalized and killed by Islamic State fighters (ISIS). Journalist Mindy Belz has spent more than a decade reporting from the ground in the Middle East and has seen first-hand the stark reality of this escalating genocide. Based in part on those personal experiences, Belz explores the complex dynamics at play in war-torn Iraq and Syria and shares stories of Christians who refuse to abandon their faith - even in the face of losing everything, including their lives. We will leave Wycliffe at 6:15 pm. The program begins at 7 pm in Blocker Hall Auditorium at VWU.
On Saturday, December 9 we will participate in the Walk to Bethlehem. King’s Grant Presbyterian Church, in partnership with St. Nicholas Catholic, Lynnhaven UMC and St. Aidan's Episcopal Churches, is sponsoring this meaningful Christmas experience. All members of Wycliffe, children and adults, are invited to join us. It isn't a play or a pageant. It is encountering Christ and the mystery of Christmas the way we believe it all began. Register your family with the census taker, walk the crowded streets, visit the bustling marketplace and talk with the busy vendors. Hear a story at the well, worship with the rabbi in the synagogue, but beware of the Roman soldiers who patrol the streets. See the shepherds watching their flocks under the winter sky. Listen to the villagers talking in hushed voices about seeing angels and the birth of a very special baby. Keep your eyes and ears open for miracles! But don't plan to stay overnight - the inn is full! (King’s Grant PC, 745 Little Neck Rd., Va. Beach 23452)

Contact Rene Hudgins or Lee Uittenbogaard to make reservations or for more information.
Advent Bible Study
December 3, 10, & 17
This Advent the Adult Sunday School class will read the Christmas stories in the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a unique story with its own special elements. Somehow through the years, the two stories have been merged into one. Join us for a very thought-provoking discussion and learn something new about the Christmas story.
Request for Christmas Cookies
Everyone has a favorite Christmas cookie. Some are traditional goodies and some are long-guarded family recipes. On Sunday, December 17, the Fellowship Committee asks everyone to bring a plate of their favorite cookies to share at coffee hour. There is nothing like a Christmas cookie to make an occasion festive!
Christmas Joy Offering
As we look toward the collection of our final special offering of 2017, The Christmas Joy Offering, please consider the words of this beautiful modern hymn, "All I Have Is Yours", by Sojourn:
 
Creator, Giver of all things, All I have is Yours.
Accept my humble offering, All I have is Yours.
When I was chained to greed and pride,
Tight-fisted, destined just to die
You paid my debt and bought my life, All I have is Yours.
 
This offering is a means of grace: All I have is Yours.
You show me this to grow my faith: All I have is Yours.
The more I give the less I need,
I learn that you'll provide for me
Was blind to this, but now I see: All I have is Yours.
 
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, All I have is Yours.
You'll finish all that You've begun, All I have is Yours.
That You would use the gifts I bring
In service to the coming King
Is reason now to praise and sing! All I have is Yours.
Youth Group - December 10
Get into the spirit of giving. We will deliver cookies to our friends at Westminster Canterbury to wish them a Merry Christmas! We meet at 5 pm. Be sure to wear your favorite Christmas sweater! 
2018 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. New this year are 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.
Volunteers Needed for the Nursery
Do you enjoy working with young children (infants through 3 year olds)? Consider signing up to spend a Sunday morning in the church nursery. We offer the youngest members of our church family a safe environment in which to play (or sleep). Contact Rene Hudgins or Lee Uittenbogaard if you are willing to help.
Kids Club Resumes January 10
Kids Club may have ended for the fall BUT we will be back soon. Join us January 10 – February 7 for 5 more weeks of music, crafts, parables, science, food and fun!!
Advent
Fear Not: Messengers of
Comfort and Joy
Advent begins this Sunday, December 3 and Wycliffe has a host of great opportunities to deepen your walk to the manger plus special opportunities perfect for inviting a neighbor or friend to join you at Wycliffe!
 Special Music Opportunities
The Virginia Handbell Consort
Sunday, December 3rd at 4:00 pm
Glad Tidings We Bring” - The Virginia Handbell Consort will present a concert of sacred & secular Christmas music here at Wycliffe on Sunday, December 3, at 4:00 pm.  It’s FREE (although donations will be accepted to defray expenses) and a perfect time to invite neighbors and friends to join you here!
 
A Service of Hope & Light
Sunday, December 10th at 3:00 pm
The Chancel Choir and members of the Virginia Symphony will offer a time of music and the spoken word for those who have suffered loss, are struggling to find the light in a world filled with darkness. The hour-long service will be followed by a reception by the Fellowship team. If you know someone who is challenged by the holidays, invite them to join you for the warmth of Wycliffe’s great fellowship. 

Advent & Christmas Worship at Wycliffe
Sunday services at 10:00 am

Advent I - Dec 3: Youth Sunday (Holy Communion)
Advent II - Dec 10: Baptism
Advent III - Dec 17: A Celtic Christmas featuring the Christmas Pageant
Advent IV - Dec 24: There will be a morning service

CHRISTMAS EVE - Dec 24
3:00 pm - Children’s Christmas Eve Worship
Carols and the Christmas story for little ones. Each child will receive a special Christmas blessing.

5:00 pm - Candlelight, Carols & Communion
Wycliffe’s traditional Christmas Eve worship through congregational singing, choral anthems, the spoken word and the sacrament of communion.
Advent: Why blue?

Happy New Year! This Sunday we begin the season of Advent - the beginning of the Church Year. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30th, and ends on Christmas Eve. Ironically, this year the fourth Sunday of Advent actually is Christmas Eve.

Traditionally Advent is a time to prepare our hearts and souls to receive and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent helps us move thematically from hope to joy. On Sunday, you may notice that our paraments are blue and blue fabric is hung in the sanctuary. Blue is the color of hope. Blue symbolizes the sky or heaven, where heralds proclaimed Jesus' birth. It also symbolizes the waters of Genesis 1, the beginning of a new creation. Have a blessed season of Advent.
Outreach
Opportunities

Thanks for Help with Vets House
Coffee and Conversation would like to thank everyone who donated paper and cleaning products to Vets House. These supplies were greatly appreciated. Special thanks to the Steenburghs for delivering everything to the vets.
Angel Tree Update
Thanks to everyone who is supporting our Angel Tree by providing Christmas gifts to homeless children and their families. Please remember to return all the wrapped gifts by December 10th. Thanks again for your kindness and generosity in providing for those in need.
Samaritan House Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 12
The Samaritan House Christmas Party will be hosted on Tuesday, December 12th. Lots of volunteers are needed to help with this annual event. Sign up sheets are now posted in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up to volunteer and help spread Christmas cheer to children and their families.
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Celebrations
Birthday Blessings This Week
  • December 7 - Callen Moore
  • December 8 - Steve Rotch
  • December 9 - Betty Robertson
O God, our times are in your hand; 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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