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Wycliffe Presbyterian
E-News
A Weekly Publication
Weeks of October 8 - 21
Office Schedule
Our Office Administrator, Mary Lou Crifasi, will be out of the office the week of October 9 - 13. There will be NO E-News that week so this issue contains calendar events for the next two weeks.
From Our Pastor

Dear Friends,

When Jesus traveled to Jericho, there was a man, Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector, and perhaps like my dachshund, Penny, had a “Napoleon complex” regarding his height. In any case, the vertically challenged Zach climbed up a tree so he could see over the crowd and catch a glimpse of Jesus. People back then, much like now didn’t care much for the IRS, and so no one in particular wanted to make room for Zach. Then Jesus walked by and stopped, squinting through the sunlight at this figure up the tree. “Zach, hurry and come down! For I must stay at your house today!” Zach was thrilled and despite the crowds writing the incident off as this celebrity is gonna slum it with the sinners (we’ve seen that reality show before), Zach is changed by the encounter with Jesus. Zach determines then and there and says with Jesus listening (talk about full accountability!): half of my possessions I will give to the poor; and if I have defamed anyone, I’ll pay it back four times as much.” Miserly Zach became generous. His proclamation extravagant, his promise true.
  
You can’t love Jesus and not be generous! It just isn’t possible—because we have a need to give to the things that change us, make us better, make others better. We are generous because God was generous to us. Because God loves us. Because as we encounter the risen Lord in worship, in music, in study, in relationship with others . . . has changed our lives. I recall the many individuals we help through our service and mission ministries, yes. But my mind focuses on the adults—the ones who gather to read a book about parables, or those who meet to write cards and send well wishes. I recall the younger ones who still talk about being heroes for God, and who begin to recognize that faith is something real to them. I think of the way we meet families and people at their best and at some of life’s lowest points. All of this takes generosity—generosity of time, generosity of money, generosity of spirit, and generosity of grace. It is extravagant. Grace always is and we give with grace. Robert Schnase says, those who practice extravagant generosity have a God given vision and faith to plant seeds for trees whose shade they’ll never see.”

Today salvation has come to this house, because Zach, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

Pastor Bugg

This Week at Wycliffe

The Week at a Glance

Sunday, October 8
  • 9:00 Sunday School (Adults)
  • 9:30 Choir Rehearsal
  • 10:00 Worship
  • 10:00 Children's Church
  • 11:15 Worship Committee Meeting
  • 11:15 Outreach Meeting
  • 11:15 Pastor's Class
  • 11:20 AS&F Meeting
  • 11:20 Youth Group Lunch @ Y Not
  • 4:00 Cub Scouts
Monday, October 9
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts
  • 7:00 Boy Scouts
  • 7:00 Fit4Mom
  • 7:00 Young Life
Tuesday, October 10
  • 3:30 Planning & Review Meeting
  • 6:00 Zumba Gold
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts
  • 6:30 Culture Club
Wednesday, October 11
  • 9:30 & 4:00 Music Together
  • 11:45 Ladies Lunch Out
  • 5:30 Kids Club
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts
  • 7:00 Yoga
Thursday, October 12
  • 9:30 Music Together
  • 6:30 Handbells
  • 7:00 Fit4Mom
  • 8:00 Naranon
Friday, October 13
  • 9:30 Music Together
  • 7:30 AA
Saturday, October 14
  • 9:00 Clean Up Day
Sunday, October 15
  • 9:00 Sunday School (Adults/Youth/Confirmation Class)
  • 9:30 Choir Rehearsal
  • 10:00 Worship
  • 10:00 Children's Church
  • 11:15 Pastor's Class
  • 11:20 Member Care Meeting
  • 3:00 TRADOC Band - Reed ensemble
  • 4:00 Cub Scouts
Monday, October 16
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts
  • 7:00 Boy Scouts
  • 7:00 Fit4Mom
  • 7:00 Young Life
Tuesday, October 17
  • 10:00 Coffee & Conversation
  • 6:00 Zumba Gold
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts
  • 6:30 Culture Club
Wednesday, October 18
  • 9:30 & 4:00 Music Together
  • 5:30 Kids Club
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts
  • 7:00 Yoga
Thursday, October 19
  • 9:30 Music Together
  • 1:00 Blood Drive
  • 6:30 Handbells
  • 7:00 Fit4Mom
  • 8:00 Naranon
Friday, October 20
  • 9:30 Music Together
  • 7:30 AA
Saturday, October 21
  • 9:00 Quilt Workshop (Fellowship Hall)

Click HERE to download the calendar for October. UPDATED
General Announcements

Congregational Meeting - October 8

This Sunday, October 8, there will be a short meeting following the worship service. The purpose of the meeting is to elect five new Elders to our session. The Class of 2020 will include Pat Carney, Laurie Coyne, Cathy Maston, Mark Via and John Werner. (See their bios at the end of this section.)
Youth Group - October 8 & 29
All 6th - 12th graders are invited to join the Youth Group for pizza following the worship service on Sunday, October 8. We will have lunch at Y Not. Please bring your appetite.

Sunday, October 29 is our annual Reverse Trick-or-Treating event. Trick or Treating is about giving and receiving. Usually young people are the "receivers" but at youth group we are going to reverse that and go in search of special people to give our treats to. So put on a costume or Halloween attire, bring some baked goods, and join us for some fun at 5 pm.
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Culture Club - October 10
On Tuesday, October 10, the Culture Club will visit Tinto Wine & Cheese shop (Hilltop West Shopping Center.) It is grilled cheese sandwich night! This is a very popular event so we need to make reservations soon. EVERYONE is welcome to participate. Please contact Rene Hudgins (481-9606) if you plan to attend.
Ladies Lunch Out - October 11
Thanks to Carol Stanton for agreeing to coordinate Ladies Lunch Out. Our October lunch is Wednesday, October 11 at 11:30 am at Le Yaca (741 First Colonial Rd). Click HERE to view the website. Please call Carol if you plan to attend. (481-4470).
Fall Cleanup Day - October 14
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 14 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. We will work together to care for our beautiful church grounds. All ages are welcome to participate! Continental breakfast will be served to all volunteers.
TRADOC Concert - October 15
On Sunday, October 15, at 3:00 pm, the Eastern Reeds, a part of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band, will offer a concert at Wycliffe. The group features a reed quintet, vocalist and percussionist. Mark your calendars now for this wonderful event and be sure to bring your friends and neighbors.
Blood Drive - October 19 
The American Red Cross Fall Blood Drive is Thursday, Oct. 19 from 1 - 6 pm. Volunteers are needed to greet donors & to offer refreshments in the canteen area. Please contact Jodi Rossman at (757) 235-3903 or jsrossman@verizon.net if you have 1-2 hours to help out. Appointments to donate can be made online at redcrossblood.org or contact Jodi. Each donation saves 3 lives. Hope to see you there!
 
Consecration Sunday - October 29
Offering our financial commitment to our church
Making a difference in the world
Strengthening our relationship with God
 
On Consecration Sunday you are invited to a free luncheon following the worship service. Menu will include BBQ, cole slaw, baked beans, chips and key lime & lemon meringue pies.
Kids Club Runs Through November 1
Kids Club is now meeting on Wednesday evenings. All children ages 3 years through 5th grade are invited. At 5:30 pm the children will gather under the storytelling tree for an introduction to the evening. Then dinner will be served. Following the meal, children will participate in activities to reinforce the lesson. Science, movement, crafts and music will help children respond to the evening's focus.