Wycliffe Presbyterian Church
January 16, 2021
From our Pastor

Dear Friends,

As Saturday dawns, we give thanks to God for the day we have to rejoice. Throughout this past week, I heard tell of some members of Wycliffe receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine! That’s great news and we rejoice with you! 

Covid-19 continues to spread in the Virginia Beach community. As we have entered a cooler season and more time is spent inside, we all (me included!) have the temptation to forget the stakes especially for some of our members. I heard several stories this past week about folks I know who were “sure” they “just had a cold” or a “sinus infection” and who tested positive for Covid-19. If you have a cold or sinus infection in this season err on the side of safety and please worship from home.

When Wycliffe resumed in-person worship in June, we did so according to the following set of guidelines. I’ll admit I’ve not been an excellent enforcer of the no congregating rule, but I’ll redouble my efforts and I hope all of you who worship in person will continue to follow the guidelines, and thus care for yourself and others.

  • Occupancy no greater than 200 people (50% of allowed occupancy of 399)
  • With the exception of family units, those attending must sit 6 feet apart. Congregants are encouraged to move to the middle of the pew if they are the first to arrive. This will avoid people having to pass in front of others in the pew.
  • Participants will wear a mask in the sanctuary and anywhere else in the Wycliffe building. Ushers will provide a mask to those who do not have one.
  • No one should attend the in-sanctuary service if they are feeling ill or have a fever. 
  • There will be no hugging or handshaking.
  • The Pastor will direct dismissal by row with attendees at the rear of the sanctuary leaving first.
  • There will be no congregating in the aisles or Narthex either before or after the service.

Pastor Bugg
The beautiful flowers in the chancel this Sunday are given to the Glory of God and Wycliffe Presbyterian Church
Worship and Study
In Person & Online
Worship Services at Wycliffe
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Sunday School for Adults ~ Online at 9 am

The Forum
Led by Rev. Dr. Bill Austin
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Faith Explorers
Led by Bob Prestridge
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Coffee & Conversation
Every Tuesday at 10 am
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Zoom "check in" with Pastor Bugg

Be sure to check in with Pastor Bugg and your Wycliffe friends every Wednesday at 12:30 pm. We can't wait to see you! Click here to join us...

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The Upper Zoom
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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

On this observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we recall his bold dreams for all people. We remember his words, his faith, and his actions. Excerpted below are parts from his Sermon “The Drum Major Instinct".

I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others.
I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry.
And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked.
I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison.
I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.

Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right or your left side, not for any selfish reason. I want to be on your right or your left side, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. But I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world.
Grief Support 

When we think about “grief support” we usually think about the loss of a loved one. But what else have we lost lately? Loss of employment? Loss of sending our children off to school? Loss of being able to go to the gym without a reservation and a mask? Loss of being able to congregate together? Loss of being able to shake hands or, more importantly, to hug one another? If you are experiencing loss of any kind, you are invited to meet with our Grief Support Group on Zoom, Thursday, January 21st at 3:30 pm. Join by clicking here and share your thoughts and feelings with others.
I send a belated but very sincere thanks for all the prayers, cards and calls I received during my recent illness. They were all greatly appreciated. Also, Dick and I thank all the people who have worked so hard to make the virtual Sunday services so good.

The music, production and messages have been excellent and also the "Drive Through" Communions have really meant a lot to those of us who could not attend church.

Special thanks also to Dr. Bugg for his calls and visits. We pray we can soon all be back in church.

Mary Haislip
Covid-19 Vaccinations

Our highest priority is your health and safety. We strongly encourage you and your family to get the COVID-19 vaccination when it becomes available to you. The safety profiles of the currently approved vaccines are similar to those of the regular “flu” shot, and their effectiveness in preventing serious illness is even better. Our national and local physician leadership strongly advocate for you to protect yourself from this serious illness.

The final distribution of the vaccine is determined by each state, generally based on recommended CDC guidelines. The initial distribution was tiered to deliver vaccines to the highest risk patients -- nursing home residents, healthcare providers, patients with chronic conditions, and then patients over 65. The exact order is determined by the state.

The vaccine itself is funded by the United States government. The cost of the actual administration of the vaccine will be sent to your insurance plan on file and we anticipate it to be paid as part of your preventative care benefits. 

Possible side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine may include mild pain in the arm receiving the shot, feeling tired, and/or a mild fever lasting 1-2 days, all of which are similar to the flu shot. More serious complications are very rare. The vaccine is not yet approved for children under 16. Obstetric patients and those seeking to become pregnant should speak with their physician.
While you wait to receive the vaccine, we urge you to continue following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) safety guidelines: wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, avoid crowds & wash your hands! 
2021 Flower chart is Posted
The flower chart 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 weekly e-news and on Sunday. 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 flowers in the memo line.
Bedtime-Anytime Stories ~ with Pastor Bugg
This Bible-story gift to your children, grandchildren, or favorite young friends pops up at 6:00pm every Wednesday on the Wycliffe Facebook page. Be sure to share it with your Fb-friends! (but it's also enjoyable for adults).  click here and you will be redirected to Wycliffe's facebook. 
Caring for Others
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
Caring for Yourself ~ Counseling
By appointment, email or call to schedule a mutually convenient time (home # 757-340-2036, mobile # 609-240-2204 email pastorbugg@wycliffepresbyterian.org)
Birthdays this week
Doris Bauer
Joe McGrath
Anne Walker
Jens Islev-Peterson