Wycliffe
Presbyterian Church
Week of March 22
Dear Friends, 

A brief check in today on how the self-quarantine/isolation/distancing is going. In our home, Emilia has three hours of school each morning via Zoom. Pretty impressive for a six-year-old. Her main complaint: the teacher doesn't call on me as much. Joey doesn't understand why his sister can't play or why he can't scream full volume while Emilia (or Mom, or Dad) is on a video conference. Penny is thrilled that she now has humans in the house 24/7, but complains about the lack of treats that she used to receive in her Kong while we were gone. Each day presents some challenge, but there is a rhythm that is familiar. Granted, it is the same exhausting, joy filled rhythm of parenting, but now in consistently closer proximity. 

Here's a vignette: The kids wanted peanut butter and jelly for lunch. I began to prepare the sandwiches. I washed my hands, got out all the necessaries from the drawers and fridge. Then I sneezed. I washed my hands again. I spread the peanut butter. Then Joey wanted to help. We washed hands again. We were about to spread the jelly when he needed to go potty. Off we went. Mommy offered to help. "No! Daddy will help!" We washed hands again. Eventually we will eat. Our life in suds. 

What a transition we have been under. And with so much to change day by day, there hasn't seemed to be for me, a restful moment. That will change as we get into a routine. 

The moments now that could be restful, I end up reading the newspaper or watching the news where the coverage is breathless. This is the opposite of restful. We can't look away and we can't ignore it. A friend of mine from my school days is a pastor in Italy. She recently shared a reflection which implored look to the future with hope as we face the present with patience
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah reminds us that God does have a future in store for us. In this time of contagion when we are forced to stay apart from each other physically, we are connected by spirit. Thanks be to God for hope. For a future. For science and those who commit their lives to caring for us—doctors, nurses, researchers, first responders. And thank God for our bodies that are fearfully and wonderfully made. 
Now, on to the sink to wash my hands. 
 
Pastor Bugg
Be sure to join us for Worship every Sunday at 10 am. Just click the facebook icon, like our page and select to receive live notifications. If you need help, call Judy at 757-472-3033.
Church Events—Church planned events and outside group events at Wycliffe until May 10 are postponed. The object is to prevent spread of this virus, to protect the least among us who are at high risk for infection, and to seek the welfare of the city. As the period of isolation/quarantine, or as we may call it, sabbath, continues, we may seek your help in delivering critical supplies to those who ought not leave their house. This might involve dropping off groceries or a meal on a door-step. If you are interested in serving in this way, please let Judy know wycliffepresbyterian@gmail.com
Congratulations to Grandparents Kelley and David Gangwer on the birth of Elizabeth Louise Gangwer. 5 lbs. 4 oz. 18 1/2 inches. Born 3/16/2020. Mom is doing great! Still at the hospital but making such wonderful progress!
Downloadable Children Sunday School Activities

Dear Parents,

While Children's Sunday School is suspended we would like to recommend another available resource by Illustrated Ministries Click Here

These downloadable Sunday school activities are emailed every Friday and include a lesson, coloring and activity page. We encourage you to take photos of your coloring pages when you are finished and email them to wycliffepresbyterian@gmail.com.

We will put them on our e-news/Facebook site to help us to stay connected as a church community during this time.

Blessings,

Wycliffe Christian Education
It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our beloved Julie Mainard, who died March 17th. We give thanks for Julie's life and ask your prayers for her family at this difficult time.

Gracious God, in whose presence live all who die in the Lord, receive our sister Julie into your merciful arms and into the joys of your heavenly home. May she and all the departed rest in your peace. Amen
In this time of COVID-19, we pray:

When we aren't sure, God,
help us be calm;
when information comes
from all sides, correct and not,
help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, God;
help us to reach out with our hearts,
when we can't touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected,
when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can,
knowing that "perfect love casts out all fear."
For the doctors, we pray,
for the nurses, we pray,
for the technicians and the janitors and the
aides and the caregivers, we pray,
for the researchers and theorists,
the epidemiologists and investigators,
for those who are sick,
and those who are grieving, we pray,
for all who are affected,
all around the world...
we pray
for safety,
for health,
for wholeness.
May we feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty,
house those without homes;
may we walk with those who feel they are alone,
and may we do all that we can to heal
the sick—
in spite of the epidemic,
in spite of the fear.
Help us, O God,
that we might help each other.
In the love of the Creator,
in the name of the Healer,
in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all,
we pray.
May it be so.