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Wycliffe Presbyterian
A Weekly Publication
Week of June 18 - 24
Father's Day
This Sunday is Father’s Day. It is a day to be grateful for our fathers, by birth or adoption, who love us and support us through life. For those men  - teachers, pastors, scout leaders - who have taken on a parental role guiding us through our challenges and adventures. Not all fathers are perfect, but they have all taught us life lessons. They have all contributed in some way to the persons we are today. Fathers' Day is a good time to contemplate these things.

In an essay reflecting on fathers, Pastor Todd Stevens wrote "Recently I spoke to several friends and family members who said final good-byes to their fathers. I asked them all the same question; 'What do you miss most about your dad?' I thought they might mention a good-natured ribbing or receiving Dad’s good advice. Without hesitation I was given the same one-word answer; 'conversation.'"  Fathers' Day is a good time to get in touch.  Or to reminisce with family and friends about a father who is no longer with you. Whatever your tradition, be sure to let the men who have impacted your life know that you appreciate all that they have done.
Happy Fathers' Day, Pastor Bugg!
Loving God, Heavenly Father, we thank you for fathers.  We thank you for biological fathers, adopted fathers, and fathers in spirit. We thank you for fathers who love and nurture children who are not their own, who teach us to be upright and courageous in adversity and make us strong enough to go out into the world. 

We thank you for fathers who work hard every day to help fulfill the needs of their families, who fix broken things and teach us how to do it ourselves, who embrace us and guide us, who love us even when they don't understand us. We know they reflect and embody your love for us as our heavenly Father. 

Comfort those of us who miss our fathers this day, and strengthen and bless those fathers who work so hard to love, protect, and nurture their families this day and every day. Amen. 

This Week at Wycliffe

The Week at a Glance

Sunday, June 18 (Father's Day)

     9:00  Sunday School (Adults)

     10:00  Worship

     10:00 Children's Church

     4:00 Cub Scouts

Monday, June 19

      7:00 Boy Scouts

Tuesday, June 20

     10:00 Coffee & Conversation

      3:30 Personnel, Planning & Review Meeting

WednesdayJune 21

     9:30  Music Together

     7:00 Yoga

Thursday, June 22

     9:30  Music Together

     7:00  Young Life

     8:00  Naranon

FridayJune 23  (Office closed)

     7:30 AA
Reminder: Women Sing! 
This Sunday, all women are invited to meet in the music room at 9:30 am to prepare to lead in worship that morning. We’ll learn a simple song to sing and review the hymns and service order.  No robes required!
Summer Office Hours Begin This Week
Beginning on June 23, the office will be closed on Fridays throughout the summer. Please note that the office will also be closed July 4. Please plan accordingly. 
General Announcements

Join TLC 
TLC is a ministry that stays in communication with church members who are ill or grieving by sending greeting cards and letters.  The group meets monthly to write their notes.  Please consider joining this important ministry.  It meets on the 2nd Wednesday at 10:30 am.  The next meeting is July 12 in classroom 212.
Volunteer in the Gardens
We are fortunate to have lovely gardens surrounding the church.  But weeds thrive in the summertime.  Help us out by spending a few minutes weeding your favorite garden patch.  There are lots of shady spots available.  Talk to Cathy Rotch for suggestions.
Women's Bible Study
Begins June 26

Summer is a busy time but it is also a good time to try something new.  Beginning Monday, June 26 at 7 pm, an informal women's Bible study will be held in the home of Rene Hudgins  (1709 North River Rd.) As a basis of our study we will use the book Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine. It offers a different perspective of the parables, recovering the sense of provocation and challenge they would have presented to their first-century audiences. At each meeting we will discuss a parable or two for its unique insight.

Please read the introduction and first chapter (Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son) for the first gathering and be prepared to discuss.

Each study is stand-alone, so it is not necessary to attend every meeting. Please join us when you can. The group will meet every other week. (Books are available for a suggested donation of $10.) Contact Rene for more information. (481-9606)
Summer Music Opportunities
“Men Sing!” 
On Sunday, July 2, all men are invited to meet in the music room at 9:30 am to demonstrate how much better they are at learning their music than the women!   We’ll learn a simple song, review the hymns and service order and lead the congregation in worship.  
VBS Meeting - June 29

On Thursday, June 29 at 7 pm there will be a planning meeting for all VBS volunteers.  Please join us to ensure that our program is a big success.  If you have not signed up to help, contact Rene Hudgins (481-9606.)
This July VBS is Hero Central
Mark your calendars now! Vacation Bible School will be held on the evenings of July 17 - 20.  At Hero Central, your children will enjoy an interactive, energizing, Bible-based good time as they discover their strength in God. They will become Heroes and explore how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives. As always VBS will include engaging storytelling, creative crafts, melodious music, raucous recreation, exciting science experiments and tons of fun! All children age 4 through 5th grade are invited to participate. Please plan to join us!  Click HERE to download the registration form OR click HERE to register on-line

Cooking for the Homeless - July 6

VBFEST (Virginia Beach Family Emergency Shelter Team) is a faith based organization that houses homeless families in the summer, when motel temporary housing is not available due to high costs.  Once again we are supporting the Church of the Holy Apostles by providing the evening meal on Thursday, July 6th.  This year we are purchasing the key items on the menu, BUT we need volunteers to prepare dessert items.  These items should be appropriate to be served at Wycliffe after the service, if we don’t use them all at the meal.  We need six volunteers (3 couples) to deliver, serve and dine with the guests