News from the Pews
August, 2021
Rector’s Reflection
 
These Summer Olympics from Tokyo remind me that I have never been a great fan of boxing. The blood, the dizziness, the count down until the punches disable the eventual loser all rub me the wrong way. Fortunes change quickly in boxing. On minute, the favorite is doing well, “holding his own” as they say. Then out of nowhere comes a “sucker punch” right to the solar plexus, and with a large thud the favorite is “down and out for the count.”
 
  • This COVID Pandemic has been like a boxing match to me. We first heard about from the World Health Organization (WHO) describing cases of an unknown pneumonia in Wuhan, China, discovered on December 31, 2019.
 
  • On January 10, 2020, we learned that a regular customer at the Wuhan seafood market was made sick. By January 31, 2020, there were 213 deaths and 9,720 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in China alone.
 
  • On January 21, 2020, Washington State Department of Health reported the first case of the new coronavirus COVID-19 in the United States in a man who had returned from Wuhan, China.
 
Early cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. were thought to be limited to people who had traveled from China and those they interacted closely with. But on February 26, the CDC confirmed a case in California with no reported travel connection to China or exposure to another person with COVID-19. This marked the first possible instance of community spread—the spread of an illness with an unknown source of infection. 
 
On March 26, the U.S. had more confirmed global COVID-19 cases than any other country. As of December 22, 2020, the CDC reported 17,790,376 cases—both confirmed and presumptive. In one year, this unseen, unknown, and mutating malady spread across the planet infecting many and killing many more. As of July 2021, Florida had reported 2,590,699 cases. My hands on the keyboard are shaking as I am copying these statistics from our beloved Florida.
 
Just as we thought it was “over” COVID-19 had mutated into a variant COVID-19-D. When is enough, enough? It almost seems like a well-crafted fictitious novel, but it is REAL, really REAL.
 
So now, in eight months of thinking we are ok, we let our guard down and we find that we are not OK. Why? Not enough (less than 50% of eligible people) vaccination saturation across the United States, the North American continent, and the world. WHEN is ENOUGH, ENOUGH?
 
Today I immediately prayed for enough to be enough.
 
Please cooperate with the advice of Vestry, your Rector, and our Parish Nurses: Lori Uhrig, and Mary Saab-Baker. These groups have one agenda: your safety and the advancement of our corporate and spiritual life of this congregation. “Jesus said: I am the bread of life, those who eat my flesh shall live forever.” (John 6)   
 
 Fr. Charles Cannon, Rector

SUNDAY SCHOOL
The start of Sunday School is to be determined based on registrations
AND Covid Safety Guidelines

The following events will take place as scheduled:

Blessing of You and The Backpacks
Sunday, August 8 and Sunday, August 15
During the 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist

Sunday School Registrations
(two sessions scheduled, for your convenience)
Sunday, August 22 and Sunday, August 29
11:15 AM in front of the Sanctuary

Sunday School Teacher and Helper Training
(you need only attend one session)
Sunday, August 22 and Sunday, August 29
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM, Ed Wing
Are you tired and hate to exercise? 
We need you! 

We are going to start an exercise/balance program on Monday August 9th at 9:00 AM in Browning Hall. Just bring two towels, one to sit on, one to dry off with, water and YOU. Please email me at parishnurse@sainthilarys.org or call Chris in the office if you are interested.


HEIGHT OF HURRICANE SEASON IS APPROACHING

If a hurricane warning is issued or we have sustained winds of 40 mph or higher, no services will be held. Due to the possible danger to people and/or property, all church facilities will be locked & secured. 
Parish Nurse (Faith Community Nurse) Information

COULD IT REALLY HAPPEN?? SCAMMED

This comes from the heart and is very scary as we all can become a victim so very easily to "phising or vishing." This really happened to a close family member and is so very scary. Scammers have become very sophisticated in trying to steal your money and your personal information for their gain. You have worked too hard to earn your money. Do not give it away!
Our electronic world has exploded over the last couple of decades and with the pandemic last year we are grateful for some of the benefits. Being able to see each other and stay in touch when personal interaction was not allowed helped us to feel connected to the rest of the world. Personally, nothing is better than a hug
I want to begin by offering some definitions of some terms you may have heard -
 
First, let me define "Phising" - this is a type of social engineering where a "fraudster/attacker" sends a fake message via email or text to trick you into revealing sensitive information. Another extension of this is "spear phising", these emails are more targeted and personalized to a specific individual, group or organization. You may receive an email from what "looks like" a known or trusted sender in hopes you will reveal confidential information.
So, what is "vishing" or voice phising? Your telephone is used conduct similar attacks as phising. These fraudsters purport to be from a reputable company to induce you to reveal personal information, such as bank details and credit card numbers.
Here are some tips on how to stay safe-
 
1)   No reputable bank will contact you out of the nowhere to ask for your personal information- social security number, online password, or any other personal information. The person on the other end of the computer or phone may have some of your personal information but do not let that fool you. Turn off your computer or hang up the phone. Call your bank using the number on the back of your credit card or a statement. Your bank will never be part of a scam. Talk to your bank tellers they will help you. Call the company or business being referenced to see if it is legitimate.
 
2)   While working on your computer it freezes up and does not let you work-what do you do? Next you get a message stating you must call Microsoft to get your account unlocked and to see what is happening and are given a number to call - DON'T call the number, it is the fraudster wanting information and will try to talk you into getting into your computer. All your personal information is at their fingertips if you let this happen. Turn off your computer!
 
3)   NEVER click a link in an email unless you are ABSOLUTELY sure where it is coming from. Remember, these folks are good at what they do and can make it look like it is coming from someone you know or who you have dealt with. This link can be malicious infecting your device with malware and now gives the bad guy's access to your computer. Remember, people you know may have had their email hacked and now the crooks are trying to target you. I got an email last week from someone I knew but who has never emailed me. It was a generic email stating, "Can you help me with something?" The "from" address looked legitimate. I deleted the email. It just happened we have been in a group email in the past. Always look for misspellings or poor grammar and emails or web addresses that resemble but do not quite match the real address.
 
4)   Never send gift cards, Western Union transfers, or money to a bank account not familiar to you. Stop entering sweepstakes.
 
5)   Stop giving out your Social Security Number-Your doctor does not need it so why does the person on the other end of the phone or computer need it?
 
6)   Freeze your credit report. It is free-you must contact all three credit reporting agencies- Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. You can always temporarily unfreeze it if you want to access your credit.
 
7)   Add your name to the DO NOT call Registry- from the phone you want to register call 888-382- 1222 or go to donotcall.gov. You may not get rid of all the annoying calls but a lot of them will go away.
 
8)   BE prepared to HANG UP!
 
9)   Watch what you share on social media AND do not reveal your location. Wait until you are back from vacation to post pictures and share your stories, knowing you are not home will lend opportunity to break-ins and theft. Be wary of Public WI-Fl.
 
10) Consider Identity theft protection there are many low-cost monthly options available. Check with your insurance company to see what they offer.
 
11) If you feel you are a victim or may have been scammed, call the police.
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your parish nurses. The Lee County Sherriff's office are extremely helpful. AARP is a great resource. They have a fraud watch network- go to aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or call the helpline toll free 877-908-3360

 
There are six things the Lord hates seven that are detestable to HIM: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes.
Proverbs 6:16-18

Blessings,
 
Joanne Sanford BSN, RN, FCN
Nancy Roberts RN, BSN, FCN
Thank you to:

Fr. Charles for his wise leadership through this pandemic, making decisions that were necessary, but not always popular.

The Altar Guild for preparing the church for worship.

The readers for both the 8 and 10 service: Bob Eagan, Sybil Edgar, Ron Danielson, Dorothy Marshall, Gene Montooth, Margi Ehle, Lester Erich, Kristina Hodge, Darleen Knowles, Jo Lane, Kelly MacDonald, Ro Mathews, Sue Moore, Tom Robbins, Winston Smith, Chai Voris.

The greeters for both the 8 and 10 service: Al Zirkle, Anne Brown, Claire Sloss, Clay Spikes, Iris Mitchell, Jim Walter, Lovelyn & Tom Robbins, Petie Radicchi, Ro Mathews, Sue and John Miller

Our wonderful soloists: Angela Blasi, Paula Kalemeris, Ro Mathews and Chai Voris

Parish Nurses: Lori Uhrig and Mary Saab-Baker for all that they do, especially setting up a COVID vaccination clinic here at St. Hilary’s

Ro Mathews for coordinating coffee hours, and the following coffee hour hosts: Ro Mathews, Lovelyn and Tom Robbins, Robinanne and Alan Wales, Margi Ehle, Kelly MacDonald, Ann and John Cassidy, Lorrain and Fred Beckmann, Jo Lane, Iris Mitchell, Maria Lombardo, Susanne Brown and Diane Rief.

Lovelyn and Tom Robbins for doing a thorough inventory of the storage areas and kitchens of Browning Hall and the Music Wing, and the outdoor storage sheds, sometimes in 90 plus degree heat.

Betty and Charles Finkbeiner for picking up all the monthly Pantry Sunday food donations and transporting them to the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Nancy and Bill Terrell for helping during the reception after Martie Danielson’s Celebration of Life.

Peggy Herbst for her greeting card ministry.

Ellie Newman who helped both the office and the Men’s Action Guild to earn some community service hours.

Margaret Lane, assisted by Betsey Lunsford, who handles the streaming of the 10:00 service on Sundays.

The Youth and Families volunteers: Bev Swanson ad Karin Winter, The Entire Sanford Family, Ro Mathews, Fred and Carrol Henry, Kelly MacDonald, with Abby, Liz and Maddie, Betsey and Shelley Lunsford, Sue and John Miller, Margi Ehle and Susan Price with Madilyn Montgomery

The dedicated counters, who come once a week: Claire Sloss, Dorothy Marshall, Jim Walter, Jay Walters, Rick Wagner.

Margaret Lane, and Ray LaGrange, our Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer who make take care of all our finances

Special thanks from Debi Hunter to the Counters and Treasurer for their patience and assistance in teaching her the accounting/counting system for the collection plate.

Kelly MacDonald for organizing two great events for St. Hilary’s; The Airing of the Quilts in March, and For the Fallen Memorial Day Event

Ray LaGrange for his beautiful donated quilts and his Blankets of Love Ministry.

Fred Leffingwell for installing the much needed extra hand rail in the Choir Loft.

Ron Danielson for his continuing care of the Columbarium.

And sincere thanks to anyone who was inadvertently left off this list, and to all those who do a myriad of small tasks that they think no one notices. Believe me, you are noticed and appreciated.