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Wycliffe Presbyterian
A Weekly Publication
Week of June 17 - 23
The 223rd General Assembly Begins June 16
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meets biennially in even-numbered years. It consists of commissioners elected by each of its 173 presbyteries. The GA is full of activities: business sessions, committee meetings, an exhibit hall, daily worship services, and mission tours. The 223rd General Assembly (2018) will be held in St. Louis, Missouri - June 16 - 23.

But so what? How will this impact local congregations? What difference will it make if the General Assembly makes a statement on X, Y or Z? Where is Jesus in all of this?
How can you NOT care? How can any self-respecting Presbyterian be unfamiliar with proposed denominational restructuring? Haven’t they heard that we’re losing members? That young people don’t go to church? That people are hungry and homeless? We have mission to do!

What if those who really care about the General Assembly and those who don’t even know what it is gathered together in the same room to discuss the really important questions? How does this denominational work draw us closer to Christ and send us out into the world in his name? What challenges and hopes to do you have in your congregation, home and community? Where does Jesus abide where you are? Where is the fire and wind of the Spirit at work in your ministry? These questions need to be asked and answered by each other every time we gather. 

We all need to recognize our shared purpose. To glorify God and to go out and make disciples, teaching all Jesus commanded and baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, perhaps. To proclaim Good News to the poor and release to the captives, maybe. To feed and tend Christ’s sheep. If all Presbyterians realized that shared purpose, then the world would notice the difference we make. 

From Our Church Administrator

Recently I received a statement from the Social Security Administration informing me that I have been working for over 50 years. It made me feel tired. After long consideration, I have decided that it is time for me to retire. This has been a difficult decision because I enjoy my work and the people at Wycliffe. The past three years have flown by. I sincerely appreciate the support and patience that everyone at Wycliffe has given me during this time.

I will now become full-time grandmother and world traveler. I am looking forward to meeting my newest granddaughter, Zoe, who was born in April. I know I will enjoy my retirement, but I will miss everyone and especially Pastor Bugg, who has been so delightful to work with.

My final day is July 10. I plan to return around September to provide whatever assistance necessary for a smooth transition with my successor.

Again, I am grateful to my Wycliffe family for everything. You have made my job feel like a ministry.

Mary Lou Crifasi

This Week at Wycliffe

The Week at a Glance

Sunday, June 17
  • 9:30 Choir Rehearsal
  • 10:00 Worship
  • 10:00 Children’s Church
  • 11:15 Facilities Meeting
  • 4:00 Cub Scouts
Monday, June 18
  • 9:30 Bridge Group
  • 7:00 Boy Scouts
Tuesday, June 19
  • 10:00 Coffee & Conversation
Wednesday, June 20
  • 7:00 Yoga
Thursday, June 21
  • 3:30 Grief Group 
Friday, June 22 (Office closed)
  • 7:30 AA

Click HERE to download the calendar for June.
General Announcements

Summer Office Hours
Beginning on June 15, the office will be closed on Fridays throughout the summer. The office will also be closed for the 4th of July.
Grief Support Group
June 21 at 3:30 pm
Grief is the normal emotional response to the loss of a loved one. Wycliffe is hosting a grief support group (meets on the 3rd Thursday.) Our next meeting will be June 21 at 3:30 pm. It is open to anyone suffering a loss. Contact Bob Prestridge for more information. (335-2661)
Youth Group in June
All 6th - 12th grade students and their friends are invited to participate in these youth group activities.

June 24 - End of year picnic
Women's Bible Study Begins June 25
Summer is a busy time but it is also a good time to try something new. Beginning Monday, June 25 at 7 pm, an informal women's Bible study will be held in the home of Rene Hudgins (1709 North River Rd.)
We will study 1&2 Corinthians. As a basis of our study we will use the study guide from She Reads Truth. When the Apostle Paul wrote 1 & 2 Corinthians, the early Church was struggling to grow together as a group of believers. They came from vastly different backgrounds—Jewish and Greek, rich and poor, religious and nonreligious—and they were learning how to live as one people. In these two letters, Paul challenges the Corinthians to fight for unity and to embrace their identity as one body made of many different parts—a challenge still relevant to us today.
Please join us when you can. The group will meet June 25 - August 6. (We will not meet July 16 due to VBS.) Locations will change, but for the first 2 weeks we will meet at Rene’s. Books are now available for a suggested donation of $25. Contact Lee Uittenbogaard at or 757-816-1550 for more information.
Coming in July
Bingo & Ice Cream Social
July 25 at 7 pm

Everyone is invited to attend a special Fellowship evening. It will be mid-summer and a great time to catch up with your Wycliffe family. Enjoy some cool, delicious ice cream and a few games of Bingo. Fun for all ages!

Sunday Afternoon Concert
July 29 at 3 pm

Join us for an afternoon of music by the Hampton Roads Metro Band featuring Patriotic, Folk, and Broadway show tunes. (no charge, but donations will be accepted) It’s another great time to invite a friend to join you at church!.
Survey to Help Seminary Doctorate Student
Wycliffe Presbyterian, you've got a great church! Tell me about it. My name is Rev. Chris Carrasco, a pastor in Virginia Beach and a Doctorate Student at Columbia Theological Seminary near Atlanta. I am studying the role of pastoral leadership in creating a healthy church in the PC(USA). I want to learn how preaching impacts you as well as the relationship between your pastor and the congregation. I'd love to hear what you think through a short survey (15 minutes at the most) on these matters. Please click HERE to take the survey on-line  or pick up a hard copy of it in the narthex beginning June 3rd and return it to the church office by June 30th. I'm hoping that I and others can learn what's going right at Wycliffe and apply some of that knowledge to our own leadership skills. Thank you in advance for your help and I can't wait to learn more about who you are. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns at
Thanks for Helping with PiN Breakfast
A big THANK YOU goes out to the early risers who served breakfast to those in need at the PIN center in Virginia Beach Saturday. We estimate about 45 people were served by the following:

Egg Cracker Colleen Capps
Sausage Grillers Carol Gunter & Steve Hackney
Pancake Duo Dotty Ballow & Mark Via
Biscuit and Bacon Baker Jodi Rossman
Utensil Wrapper Carol Gunter
Kitchen Cleanup Runner Sharon Capps
Egg Scrambler Garland Miles

Following the meal service the Breakfast Team cleaned the preparation area and the dining room.    

Your Service is greatly appreciated!! 
CS&M Committee

VBS News

Time to Register for VBS!
Join us for Vacation Bible School from July 16 – 19 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. During VBS at Rolling River Rampage, children will experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God. As rafters on the river, they will explore how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives. As always VBS includes engaging storytelling, creative crafts, melodious music, raucous recreation, exciting science and tons of fun! All children age 4 through 5th grade are invited to participate. There are two ways to register. 1) Pick up a registration form from the narthex and return it to Lee Uittenbogaard. 2) Register on-line. Click HERE to go to the website.
Looking for Volunteers
Do you enjoy working with young children and a committed team of adults and teens? We need several volunteers to help with VBS from July 16~19 at 5:30 pm. We are looking for group guides and workshop leaders and assistants. If you are interested, contact Lee Uittenbogaard at or 757-816-1550.
Can We Borrow???
The Christian Education Committee is eager to begin decorating our space to create a feeling of the “great outdoors”! We are looking for items to borrow for our Rolling River Rampage.  If you have any of these items that we can borrow - rafts, canoes, small pop up tents, oars, life vests, camping chairs, small Christmas trees - please contact Lee Uittenbogaard at or 757-816-1550

Around the Community
The Center for Sacred Music
at Virginia Wesleyan University presents
Join your friends this summer to sing through some of your favorite works with some of your favorite conductors and organists as Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church joins the Center for Sacred Music at Virginia Wesleyan University to present 4th-Thursday Summer Sings!

Modeled after the area’s annual Messiah Sing-a-long, summer singers will have an opportunity to learn a new work, sing an old favorite, practice sight-reading, or work with a new conductor. There’s no “preparation,” just come and enjoy! Dress is casual and listeners are welcome. Click HERE to visit the website.

JUNE 28 - Handel's Messiah, HWV 56
(parts II & II, selected choruses)
Billye Brown Youmans (Great Bridge Pres.) conductor
Kevin Kwan (Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal) organist
JULY 26 - Mozart's Requiem in D minor, K.626
Kevin Kwan (Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal) conductor
Brad Norris (St. Andrew's Episcopal) organist
AUGUST 23 - Mendelssohn's Elijah, Op. 70
(selected choruses)
Chuck Woodward (St. Paul's Episcopal) conductor
Stephen Cook (First Presbyterian, Norfolk) organist
Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal Church
560 W. Olney Rd. Norfolk
Check-in - 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Rehearsal - 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
SING - 8:00 p.m.
Participation Fee
$10 per person per SING
(pay on site)
To register
Email Sandi Billy ( with your name, voice-part, dates you’re are singing, and if you will bring your own score or need to borrow one. 

Birthday Blessings This Week
  • June 18 - Michael McGrath
  • June 22 - Lilla Kuper
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)
Congratulations to the Haislips
Congratulations to Dick and Mary Haislip who are celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary. We wish you many blessings and much joy and happiness as you celebrate another year of your wonderful journey together.
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church

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