Wycliffe
Presbyterian Church
July 5, 2020
Communion will be celebrated the morning of July 12—distribution of the elements will occur at the end of the morning worship service for those coming in person; drive-thru communion distribution will run from 11:00-12:15 on July 12.
From our Pastor
Dear Friends,

Happy Independence Day! 

As we celebrate this anniversary, we give thanks for this nation. We give thanks to God for this country we call home. For the opportunities afforded us, for the ideals that guide us, for the hope given to us as we seek to fulfill the signer’s intent of a more perfect union, we are profoundly grateful. 

John Adams, in July 1776, spoke in the Congress at Philadelphia at the passage of the Declaration with prescient words about our Independence Day celebrations. Toward the end of his remarks is this striking phrase that seems appropriate for us to remember today. 
I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory.

In the midst of our current crises, our election cycle, and our fears for the future, let us be reminded of the immense cost of our freedoms. In our nation, those costs are measured in the lives given to achieve freedom. Through the gloom of this cost, Adams could envision a brighter more glorious morn. 

We can too. And yet freedom for us Christians ultimately comes from another source. We have freedom not earned by our hard work. That freedom is a free gift earned solely by Jesus Christ’s life and death and resurrection. On this independence day, let us celebrate our nation. And let us also celebrate our faith which reminds us of the more glorious day in Jesus Christ. 
 
 
“Call this war by whatever name you may,
only call it not an American rebellion;
it is nothing more or less than a
Scotch Irish Presbyterian rebellion.” 
--A Hessian Officer writing home during
the War of the American Revolution.



Pastor Bugg

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his uniquely existing Son so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life
John 3:16

Worship and Study
Opportunities
Sunday Worship
Facebook and YouTube at 10 am
(click to follow the links)
Zoom "check in"
with Pastor Bugg
Be sure to check in with Pastor Bugg and your Wycliffe friends each Wednesday from 12:30-1:30 pm. Click here and the page will open... We are looking forward to seeing you!
ID: 987 2053 6027
Password: 115378
Women's Bible Study

Dates: July 13, 20 & 27 at 7 pm.
Hosted on Zoom Click HERE to join us!

Women's Bible study will not meet this week. We will resume Monday, July 13th and we are still discussing chapter three.
Bible Study

Led by Pastor Bugg
Thursday's at 7 pm, we will be studying in the book of Romans 5 & 6
Join us by clicking HERE
ID: 991 6814 2869
Password: 037190
Online Sunday School for Adults

The Forum
led by Dave Carney
Sunday at 9 am. Join us by clicking here.
ID 833 7350 7522
Password 770138

Faith Explorers Sunday school is off for the summer...see you in the fall!!
Join us each & every Tuesday at 10 am for Coffee & Conversation on Zoom.

Click here.

ID: 856 9374 0959
Password: 573626
Announcements
Many groups are meeting on the internet using zoom video and are finding ways to stay connected. If you would like to host a zoom get together, please contact Judy in the church office at wycliffepresbyterian@gmail.com
With the resumption of in person services in the Sanctuary, the florist will be delivering flowers each week. If you have signed up on the flower chart to furnish flowers in the sanctuary, please drop a check for $45.00 in the offering basket or mail to the church office. Please indicate flowers in the memo line.


The flowers this Sunday, July 5th, are given to the Glory of God by Lee and David Uittenbogaard and in celebration of Megan’s birthday.
 
Dear Wycliffe friends,

I have a book of poems coming out this fall from Finishing Line Press. It's called What Passes for Wisdom.

The more people I can get to pre-order it, the bigger the press run will be, so I'd appreciate it if you'd consider ordering one.

The majority of the poems are riffing on everyday proverbs (The road to hell, people who live in glass house, the squeaky wheel) and there are some Bible poems. I think you would enjoy it.

To order, click HERE.

Thanks, I miss seeing you.

Bill Ayres
Text "Wycliffe" to 73256 to give using your mobile device. Then follow the prompts.
From AS&F
As we continue our faith journey in times of self-quarantine, stay at home orders, Sunday worship on Facebook, and meetings on Zoom, your Admin, Stewardship, and Finance Committee (AS&F) has a simple request: If you are not already doing so, please consider online giving. During these challenging times, and in the absence of collection plates, our giving can be done by online giving or by mailing your offerings to the church. Online giving is convenient and easy to set up. Merely click HERE, or you can access the "Donate Now" box on our website and follow the prompts. You can set it up to automatically contribute weekly, monthly, or quarterly.

Also, if feasible for you, please have your contributions come from a bank account via ACH transfer vs. from a credit card. We are charged a processing fee for credit card donations, lessening the value of your contribution.

Consider a contribution to the COVID-19 Assistance Fund. Click HERE to give online, or send a gift to the church office. These funds are available to help congregation members and non-members alike.

Faithfully,
Bob Prestridge
AS&F
Caring for Others
For those that would like to donate food in support of the Eastern Shore Food Pantry, please take your donations to the Eastern Shore Chapel at 2020 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. They are open Monday through Friday 9:00-4:00. If you have questions or need directions you can call 757-428-6763 or go to https://foodbankonline.org/directory/listing/eastern-shore-chapel . If you are not familiar with the area they are located next to Capt. Georges on Laskin Road behind the Episcopal Church.  
Wycliffe Helpers are here to assist you with essential errands. Contact Judy in the church office to sign up to volunteer or to share a need. Email office@wycliffepresbyterian.org
Cloth Masks
If you would like to donate cloth masks please email wycliffepresbyterian@gmail.com

Click here for a Face Mask with filter.