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A Weekly Publication
Week of July 21
From our Pastor

Wycliffe at its Best.

To remember and to dream. So often these words are seen as opposites, we either remember the past or dream about the future. And yet, without knowing the past, we cannot effectively move into the future. When we gathered in June to remember and to dream there was sense of energy in the Fellowship Hall. That energy arose as we took time to listen to each other and revel in the joy of the stories shared. I left the luncheon with a significant feeling of hope as I heard the vigor and enthusiasm of your conversations.

The discussions focused on what you recalled as “Wycliffe at its best” and you answered questions about the way we relate to each other. Responses were collected and considered by the elders of the church, who identified themes emerging from the answers. The dominant theme emerging from the question about when you felt most alive was that purposeful work created a sense of abundant life. Perhaps this doesn’t come as surprising, many of the answers you gave pointed to working together to make a difference in God’s world. From feeding the hungry, to Christmas Eve pew construction, to serving on session, this purposeful work helped you connect to the promise of abundant life.

When asked about the relationships at the church, the themes of belonging and community appeared along with caring and concern. Again, these themes are often based on a shared sense of life together. Building community is a critical piece of who we are and who we will be. Community is built on the connections made through belonging and caring, by listening, being present, talking, and trusting that whoever you are with has something of value to offer to you, just as you have something of value to offer to them.

These themes from the past help to share the foundation of the future—the best of what was and is needs to be carried in the future. The foundation of any plan for the future must be built on a shared vision. Session has taken the input received from the Congregation and from Session members going back as far as their retreat last November, and with that input, have created and approved a Vision Statement that will serve as our ultimate goal for the next several years. The new Vision Statement is: We are a beacon of light in our community; growing in numbers, growing in our Christian faith; growing in our ability to serve. As a congregation of believers, we are energetic, warm, welcoming, caring, and compassionate. We pray together, we learn together, we have fun together, and sometimes we cry together. Most importantly, we actively encourage everyone to be a part of our church family. 

See you Sunday

Dr. Bugg
But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
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
This Week at a Glance

Sunday, July 21
9:30 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship
4:00 pm Cub Scouts

Monday, July 22
9:00 am Bridge Group
7:00 pm Boy Scouts (FH)
7:00 pm Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday, July 23
7:00 pm Yoga

Thursday, July 24
9:30 am Music Together
4:30 pm Music Together

Friday, July 25
9:30 am Music Together
6:00 pm Cub Scouts (FH)
7:30 pm AA

Click HERE to view a PDF version of the calendar for June
or to view via google Click Here
General Announcements
Young Leaders Sunday - July 28

We’ll celebrate “Young Leaders Sunday” on July 28 when the children of the church lead in worship. If your children or grandchildren are willing to take part, touch base with Pat Carney 757-496-8648.
2019 Summer Women’s Bible Study

Summer Women’s Bible Study - July 22nd
Proverbs: The Way of Wisdom
4 weeks of discovery
Mondays - July 22 & 29 at 7 pm
We continue with our study on Monday night, July 22nd, at the home of Pat Carney.
Proverbs: The Way of Wisdom, gathers a selection of wisdom sayings from throughout the Book of Proverbs into daily thematic readings. Each day’s reading is followed by a short series of questions to help you grasp the meaning of the text and then apply that day’s wisdom to your own life. This study is meant to be contemplative, light on the quantity of verses but heavy on the thoughts, questions, and prayers that flow from them. If you have any questions please contact Pat Carney 496-8648.
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 on July 15th, and through the sharing that goes on, understand that you are not alone. 
Fellowship Snacks

Fellowship would like to thank all the members that have so generously donated after worship snacks. They are always appreciated and needed.
If so inclined, please continue to furnish after service snacks such as: cookies, coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, fresh veggies, fruits etc.

Contact - Thad & Francie Brake, 757-481-4528.
Wycliffe Tumblers

The Wycliffe tumblers are now for sale for $10.00 each.

BPA Free 16 oz Insulated, microwave, dishwasher & freezer safe.

Made in the USA!
Be sure to check out our beautiful flat screen in the Narthex. Please send any pictures of church events to

We will be adding pictures and future events weekly.
Free Health First Aid Training

Virginia Beach Behavioral Health and Wellness Prevention Services is offering a FREE training opportunity for individuals interested in Adult Mental Health First Aid. The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, psychosis, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a person developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan.

For more information or to register, please contact Sabrina Pugh at 757-385-0827 or Seating is limited to the first 15 people.
Flower Exchange

Wycliffe sits in a beautiful, natural setting and has a rich history of master gardeners- Gordon Griffin, Robert Stifler, John Foil, and many, many more.
In the joy of spring, Fellowship would like to invite all to participate in our flower mart. Stop at the coffee table by the window in the Fellowship Hall and make a selection. If you see a flower or herb you’d like to take home for your yard, help yourself. If you’re thinning out your yard, have an unwanted potted plant, or feel like buying an extra at Lowes, feel free to leave a donation. The table is meant to give and to take. 

Come by the fellowship hall any day and take part in our flower exchange.  Take a plant or give a plant.