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A Weekly Publication
Week of December 9
From Our Pastor

Dear Friends,

Small bulbs by the thousands illuminate the season. Candles burn sharing light with us all. This is a season of light, a season to shine all the brighter. And speaking of shining—I have to sing the praises of our middle and high school youth who were fantastic at leading worship last week! What a treat to hear their voices and see their talents and even to read faith in their own words. I couldn’t have been more proud of you all! Well done!

If you missed the youth Sunday service, you missed a great one. But this week, the choir and guest musicians present “Where Glory Shines” a true feast for the ears as our worship service guides us through the stories of the season! 

We know this season is the season of light—where we remember God’s promise of redemption in Jesus Christ is fulfilled. We remember even in the midst of the shadows of early sunsets, of strife and war, of death and sadness, of grief and loneliness—God’s light shines. It shines for you, who hope beyond hope the family gets along this holiday. It shines for you who so keenly misses the one you love this season. It shines for you who in between diapers and dishes and midnight feedings, feels the glint of a Christmas hope in your child’s eye. It shines for you who have experienced trauma and feel trapped in the cheerfulness of the holiday. It shines for you who have gone to war and come back changed. God’s light shines for hope—reminds us that the darkness will not overcome us—and most of all reminds us that God is ultimately with us and for us. 

Wherever you find yourself this year—happy or hopeful, struggling or coasting, worrying or content—God promises to be with you. In the candles and bulbs and all the reflective lights of the season try to see the reflection of a brighter light. Shine.

See You Sunday!

Pastor Bugg

Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance

We remember 77 years ago the attack on Pearl Harbor and remember those who valiantly fought to save ships and lives that day. 

We hold in our hearts family members and loved ones who grieve and continue to suffer as a consequence of war. As a community of faith, may we support them now and in days ahead. 
Sharing Pastoral Time with Academics

Upon acceptance at Lancaster Seminary in Pennsylvania in 2016, Pastor Bugg began work to attain his Doctor of Ministry as a three-year program. Researching and writing his thesis is the last step. His thesis - on Moral Injury - will entail interviewing pastors, research and writing his thesis. March 1, 2019 is the completion date. To complete with excellence this will demand time for research, interviews and writing throughout December, January and February.   
Over the past 2 years he has coordinated his pastoral duties with his academic studies, but for these last 3 months, he will need some “uninterrupted time”. Upon the Session’s suggestion Pastor Bugg has agreed to block off specific times per week during this time which will provide him with time needed for research, interviews and writing his thesis. He will continue his pastoral duties and as a congregation we will have the opportunity to actively practice a “pastoral duty” for him.

As a congregation we can support this final part of his academic efforts through March, 2019:

  •         By honoring the “academic work times” scheduled per week throughout December, January and February for his interviews, research and writing, these will be published weekly in the E-news and Bulletin.

  •         Contact Wycliffe’s Office Administrator, Judy Dodaro to make appointments, or contact Pastor Bugg in case of an emergency.

This is an exciting challenge and opportunity for Wycliffe congregation to cooperate in a unique way with Pastor Bugg to produce a very special result – for both our church and our pastor. Thanking you ahead of time for your cooperation in sharing Pastor Bugg’s time with academics for a few months.

Gail C. Schwartzer                                                    
2018 Clerk of Session   
This Week at Wycliffe
The Week at a Glance

Sunday, December 9
  • 9:00 Sunday School
  • 9:30 Choir Rehearsal
  • 10:00 Worship
  • 10:00 Children's Classes
  • 11:15 Worship Mtg.
  • 11:15 Member Care Mtg.
  • 11:20 AS&F Mtg.
  • 11:20 CS&M Mtg.
  • 3:00 Cub Scouts
  • 5:00 Youth Group Christmas Caroling
Monday, December 10
  • 9:00 Bridge Group
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts (Room 107)
  • 7:00 Boy Scouts (FH)
  • 7:00 Fit 4 Mom
Tuesday, December 11
  • 12:00 The Quiet Center Service
  • 3:30 Planning & Review Mtg.
  • 5:00 Samaritan house Christmas party
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts (Room 107)
Wednesday, December 12
  • 9:30 & 10:30 Music Together
  • 10:30 TLC
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts (Room 107)
  • 7:00 Yoga
  • 7:00 Session Meeting @ Gangwer's
Thursday, December 13
  • Office Closed
  • 9:30 & 10:30 Music Together
  • 9:00 Garden Club
  • 6:30 Handbells
  • 7:00 Fit 4 Mom
Friday, December 14
  • 9:30 & 10:30 Music Together
  • 7:30 AA
Saturday, December 15
  • 8:30 Church Clean Up Day

Click HERE to download the calendar for December
General Announcements

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 First come, first served.
Team up to Clean UP!
Volunteers needed for Facilities Clean-up of the grounds Scheduled for Saturday, December 15th from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm. Thank you, Garland.

Volunteers please bring your rakes and gloves!!
Adult Sunday School in Advent 

The adult Sunday school facilitated by Bob Prestridge will be studying Mike Slaughter’s Book Down to Earth for 5 weeks in Advent. Classes will be in room 207 just off the Fellowship Hall starting on Sunday, December 2nd at 9:00 am. 
Have you ever really grasped the miracle that took place in Jesus’ birth? Mike Slaughter and Rachel Billups explore what the Christmas miracle means to each of us. They challenge us to respond during Advent with down-to-earth love, humility, lifestyle, and obedience. The book is an easy read and each class will start with a DVD session from Mike & Rachel so you can get by  without doing the reading if your schedule gets hectic.
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. 
CSM invites anyone who may be interested to attend the Human Rights Commission forum on Human Trafficking.

Visit for more information.
November Meeting
  • Approved 2019 Budget and Terms of Call
  • Received Joel Wilhelm by affirmation of faith, Oct. 7 to Wycliffe Presbyterian.
  • Received Ginny Jones Lambright & Scott Allen Lambright by affirmation of faith November 17 to Wycliffe Presbyterian.
  • Approved December 12 for December Session meeting date @ David & Kelly Gangwer’s house @ 7:00pm.  
  • Approved Pastor Bugg be allowed to alter his scheduled office hours in support of his doctoral study and thesis preparation until May 2019. Pastor Bugg will provide the schedule modifications and post his hours via the Wycliffe Translation no less than monthly.
  • Approved scheduling guest minister once a month to accommodate Pastor Bugg with academic studies December, 2018, January, February and March, 2019.
Music Ministry
Where Glory Shines

This Sunday, our 10:00 am worship will include “Where Glory Shines,” a service of scripture, reflections, congregational singing, and choral music accompanied by members of the Virginia Symphony.

It’s a great opportunity to invite a friend or neighbor to join you in church!

“Let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your Father in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:16)  
The Quiet Center
This Tuesday, December 11, Wycliffe will host composer Thomas Keesecker in his presentation of “The Quiet Center” at 12:00 pm in the sanctuary. The hour of scripture, prayer, and Keesecker’s arrangements of Advent/Christmas piano music will offer a quiet moment in this very busy month. 

Keesecker is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music and Catholic University. His compositions for both keyboard and choral music are in publication with numerous major American publishing houses, and he has served as church musician in Lutheran and Catholic churches.  

It’s another great time to invite a friend to join you at Wycliffe!  Light refreshments will be served by the Fellowship Team.
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.

Angel Tree Update!

Thank you to all who have already chosen an Angel Tree gift for a child this Christmas. There are still a few gifts needed that would then complete the wish list. The instructions are on the bulletin board. Please remember to sign your name and phone number by your selected gift, and then find the corresponding Tag on the Angel Tree. (So that we know which gifts still need to be fulfilled, if you have taken a tag, please sign your name by the corresponding gift). Thank You!

The deadline for all returned gifts is December 9th.
Samaritan House Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 11
The Christian Service and Missions Committee is now busy planning for the Samaritan House Christmas party, which will be on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Once again, we are asking for your help. We desperately need to confirm at least 2 volunteers to stay in the nursery during the party. Also, we would like to borrow any group games/activities, such as large Legos, floor puzzles, large Jenga, corn hole, etc. for children/teens to play after the dinner. Please see Ruth Ann Steenburgh or Anne Zach if you can help us out. Sign up sheets for other volunteers will be coming soon. Many, many thanks!!!
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 Blessings This Week
  • December 9 - Betty Robertson
  • December 11 - Raymond Cheng
  • December 11 - David Uittenbogaard
  • December 12 - Bess Man
  • December 13 - Reese Lemmon
  • December 14 - Wayne Woolwine
  • December 15 - Henry Bell
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)
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