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Wycliffe Presbyterian
A Weekly Publication
Week of March 17
From Our Pastor

Dear Friends,
A Taizé song runs through my head as we continue our Lenten journey this week. “Wait for the Lord, whose day is near. Wait for the Lord; be strong; take heart. (Listen here.) The simple melody and words, which are derived from Psalm 27:14, are listed in our hymnal’s “Advent” section. And indeed, in Advent, we do wait for the Lord. But here we are now, in Lent.

The Lord has come (as a baby), lived (and grown), started his ministry, and now looks toward Jerusalem. We, on this side of the cross and resurrection of the Lord, use this season as a time to seek the Lord, to reflect on our lives and our faith. We’ve lived long enough to know something of what we want and when we want it—usually now.

Our impatience may be our undoing. The psalmist tells us after a protracted introduction listing many enemies and troubles, “‘Come,’ my heart says, ‘seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, do I seek.” Seeking takes time and patience. N.T. Wright conveys a story about an explorer who had two locals carrying his luggage. “After a couple of days the followers refuse to go any further. . . They aren’t tired, they explain. They are waiting for their souls to catch up.” How true for this day and age, too.

What is your heart saying this season? Shall we seek God’s face? Will we give the search enough time? And what of our enemies? 

“This is psalm you need . . . to remind yourself where your real stronghold lies.

Lord, be my light and my salvation,
today, this week, and forever. Amen.

See You Sunday!

Pastor Bugg

Lord, give me strength not to give up;
to reach for your word,
to remember what you are calling me to be and to do
and, with your help, to persevere through
whatever tests may come. Amen.

(Quotation and prayer from N.T. Wright, Lent for Everyone)
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Wycliffe Elders

Class of 2019
Robin La Vigne, Darrell Kennedy          
Lee Uittenbogaard, Chuck Steenburgh & Lisa Sowell

Class of 2020
Mark Via, Pat Carney, John Werner
Laurie Coyne & Cathy Maston

Class of 2021
Jim Basnight, Dohan Bell, Bess Mann
Thad Brake, Bill Wahab         

Clerk of Session
Gail C. Schwartzer
This Week at Wycliffe
The Week at a Glance

Sunday, March 17
  • 9:00 Pastor's Class
  • 9:00 Teen Sunday School
  • 9:30 Choir Rehearsal
  • 10:00 Worship
  • 10:00 Children's Classes
  • 11:00 Fellowship Luncheon
  • 4:00 Cub Scouts
  • 5:00 Youth Group
Monday, March 18
  • 9:00 Bridge Group
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts (Rm 105 & 107)
  • 7:00 Fit 4 Mom
  • 7:00 Boy Scouts (FH)
Tuesday, March 19
  • 9:00 Born 2 Move
  • 6:00 Girl Scouts (Rm 107)
Wednesday, March 20
  • 9:30 Music Together
  • 4:00 Music Together
  • 5:30 Kids Club (FH)
  • 7:00 Girl Scouts (RM 107)
  • 7:00 Yoga
Thursday, March 21
  • 9:30 Music Together
  • 9:00 Garden Club
  • 3:30 Grief Support Group
  • 4:00 Music Together
  • 6:30 Handbells
  • 7:00 Fit 4 Mom
  • 7:30 3rd Thursday Note Check
Friday, March 22
  • 9:00 Music Together
  • 7:30 AA
Click HERE to download the calendar for MARCH
General Announcements

Pastor’s Class

This is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith, review the basics, and ask questions that have been on your mind about the church. It is also the primary path to Church membership. If you can't make all classes talk to Pastor Bugg.
Pastor’s Final Class will meet:             
  • Sunday March 17   9:00 – 9:45 Church Parlor  
All are welcome to attend the classes. We will meet in the Church Parlor, located in the Sunday School wing. Child care is provided. Please let the Church office know if you'll be able to attend. Phone: 757- 496-2620 - Please note that the church office is open Monday - Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. If you call on the weekend please leave a message to have a return call during office hours.

Mark Your Calendar for opportunities to support CS&M 2019 People In Need Mission
We are in need of Volunteer Time, Food or Donations to support the PIN events. 
*Saturday, April 6th. We will carpool from the church at 6:15 am to the PIN center at the ocean front where we will prepare, serve breakfast and cleanup. (8 MAXIMUM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED). A sign up sheet will be available Sunday March 17th.
*Thursday, June 27th we will meet at the church to prepare a dinner meal which we will transport to the PIN center to serve & cleanup. A sign up sheet will be  available in June.
*Saturday, Sept 28th we will carpool from the church at 6:15 am to the PIN center at the ocean front where we will prepare, serve breakfast and clean up.
(8 Maximum volunteers needed). A sign up sheet will be available in September.
It’s Beach Bag time again
This is when our church helps the students at First Colonial High School with food supplements for the weekend. 
This year we will be supplying 20 bags each week, from April 4th to May 2nd, see list below. If you can’t fill a bag, just donate an item or two and if you would like to donate money make sure you put “Beach Bags” on the memo line of your check. Thank you in advance, this means so much! Ruth Ann Steenburgh & the CS&M Committee.
Beach Bag Food List (2 each)
  • Individual cereal boxes, or oatmeal pouches. (1-3 oz)
  • 8 oz. shelf stable milk cartons (juice box sized)
Shelf stable individual -sized meals:
  • Ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs
  • beef stew, chicken & dumplings, chunk soups
  • tuna/chunk chicken
  • macaroni & cheese
4 oz. (or larger) Fruit cups or 100% juice box snack items:
  • Granola bars, Toaster pastries, Cereal bars, Pudding cups
  • Raisins, Pretzels, Trail mix, Snack crackers
  • Peanut butter crackers & cheese crackers
A complete "Beach Bag" contains a minimum of 10 items from the list above. You may provide a complete beach bag or your choice of any item from the list above.
Please place donations in the basket provided.
Fill an Ark!

Our Kids Club is exploring Animals of the Bible this year. The “Fill an Ark Challenge” from PEVA is a  perfect fit with our theme. The kids will be collecting money at Kids Club and would like the church to join them in this project. The kids will be stationed outside of the sanctuary on the next three Sundays to collect your pocket change and fill our ark. 

Grief Support Group

Our Grief Support Group here at Wycliffe meets every third Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm in the parlor. In Grief Support the emphasis is SUPPORT as we help each other through the challenge of grieving. You don’t have to talk, you can just listen to others if that works for you. Please join us and through the sharing that goes on, understand that you are not alone. Our next Grief Support Group gathering is on March 21st, we look forward to seeing you.
Golf survey

We used to have a golf outing followed by a potluck supper. Would there be any interest in resurrecting that event. Captain’s choice best ball. 

Great event for families and you don’t have to play well. 

Anyone interested please email the office at or call Dave Carney at 757-496-8648.
Bottle Caps

The collection of “bottle caps” has been discontinued. The supported school now has other means of raising funds. Thank you for your past participation.

Donice Schumm CSM
Fellowship Snacks

Fellowship would like to thank all the members that have so generously donated after worship snacks. They are always appreciated and needed.
If so inclined, please continue to furnish after service snacks such as: cookies, coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, fresh veggies, fruits etc.

Contact - Thad & Francie Brake, 757-481-4528.
2019 Flower Chart is Posted

The flower chart is 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 announcements on Sunday morning. 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. 
Worship Flowers
Please help the worship committee beautify the sanctuary by donating Sunday flowers. There are several dates available between now and the end of December. Please sign up early and often. Contact, Thad Brake - 757-481-4528
Be sure to check out our beautiful flat screen in the Narthex. Please send any pictures of church events to

We will be adding pictures and future events weekly.
Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School for Lent

The Easter Experience – 6 lessons for the Sundays in Lent, started March 10th and leading up to Easter Sunday. A 20 minute DVD followed by class discussion as we seek to grasp the eternal message of Easter. You are invited to join the Faith Explorers Adult Sunday School group, 9 AM, in room 207, just off the Fellowship Hall.

The “Forum” Adult Sunday School class meets at 9 AM in Room 209, just off the Fellowship Hall. Our stalwart leader, Rev. Dr. Bill Austin, guides us as we joyously explore the Bible as it relates to our lives today. We are currently studying I Peter. Join us for coffee and a time of sharing perspectives of our faith journeys.  
LENT: Giving up sugar for a while

I try not to think about
how young Jesus was
when he gave up
writing in the dirt with his finger,
when he gave up making mud
 of his spit to cure the blind,
the legs that carried him everywhere,
eyesight, hearing, smell and taste,
the ability to swallow,
his breath moving in and out,
his heartbeat,
the heat at the core of his body.

                    Bill Ayres
Kids Club is BACK!
Animals of the Bible – Part 3
The spring session of Kids Club has begun. The 5-week term continues on Wednesdays with stories about Animals of the Bible. Each weekly session will include dinner, a bible story, crafts, science experiments and music. Children 3 years through 5th grade are welcome to join us. Children should arrive by 5:30 pm, when dinner is served. Pickup is at 7:15 pm. To join the fun please fill out the information on our website listed below. or call the office at 757-496-2620.

We can’t wait to see you there!
Fellowship Lunch - This SUNDAY!!!

Join us this Sunday, March 17th for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon. The meal will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the worship service. Hope to see you there!

Menu features:
Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, Potatoes, Rolls & Cake.
Blood Drive – April 11th

The American Red Cross Spring Blood Drive is Thursday, April 11th from 1 - 6 pm. We are looking for 6 volunteers to greet donors & 3 volunteers to offer refreshments in the canteen area. Please contact Jodi Rossman at (757) 235-3903 or if you have 1-2 hours to help out. Appointments to donate can be made online at or contact Jodi. Each donation saves 3 lives. Hope to see you there! Click here for flyer.
Wycliffe Bunco Night

We had our second Bunco game on February 25 at Wanda Hudgin's home. There were fourteen people attending. After remembering the rules, we enjoyed every minute of playing. Amelia Moore has graciously offered her home on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 pm for our next Bunco game. She lives at 2348 General Longstreet Drive. If interested in playing, please contact Betty Oliver at
Music Ministry
Third-Thursday Note-Check 

Every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm for choir members (and potentials!) who enjoy additional work on the anthems beyond the regular Sunday morning rehearsal.
Sunday's Sermon is available on the Church Website and on CD
Don't forget that you can listen to Sunday's sermon through the church website.

Or click on the Listen Now button under LATEST SERMON on the Wycliffe web page. If you'd rather have the CD from Sunday's service to play in your car or home please contact the church office 757-496-2620.  
The Department of Human Services is pleased to offer the following training events which are open to the public. Each class is limited to 15 participants. Please see flyers for additional details and contact information.
  • When:       Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Where:     Witchduck Annex 258 North Witchduck Rd, Ste 2B Virginia Beach, 23462. 
  • Time:        9:00 am – 5:00 pm

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • When:  Thursday & Friday, April 4 - 5, 2019
  • Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St, Meeting Room 2-D, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
  • Time:    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day 

Around The Community
Scouting opportunities in our area
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Recently Girl Scouts added several new badges in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), laying the groundwork to help girls enter these important career field. There are several Girl Scout troops that meet at Wycliffe. For more information or to join a troop, visit their website.

Cub Scouts
A program for children in Kindergarten thru 5th grade. The focus is on fun and adventure but there is also an emphasis on character development, spiritual growth, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, friendly service and much more. Cub Scout Pack 493 meets at Wycliffe Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoons. Contact Mr. Paul Reins at 757-620-9629 or email

Boy Scouts 
This is a program for boys starting 6th grade thru high school. It offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth. Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others. Boy Scout Troop 493 meets at Wycliffe Presbyterian on Monday evenings. Contact Mr. Wayne Richardson at 757-285-0261 or
Birthday Celebrations
Birthday Blessings This Week
  • March 18 - Jane Storer
  • March 19 - Sharon Rock
  • March 22 - Rex Lemmon
  • March 23 - Manning Merritt
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)

Wycliffe Presbyterian Church

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Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed for lunch 12:30-1:30 pm