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What's Happening
at St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church and School
August 5, 2022 to August 11, 2022
St. Wilfrid's is a Christian community seeking to know and unconditionally share God's unfailing love.
This Sunday, August 7, 2022
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
In-Person Services at
8:30 and 10:30 am
RECTOR'S CORNER
Every day this week, we had about a dozen and a half young children engaging with our riveting Vacation Bible School (VBS) program. It was delightful to hear them sing a song about Noah’s ark and to watch then engage in various hands-on activities. With special snacks, like rainbow cake, the children interacted with the story of Noah and the flood in a variety of creative ways. Many of the children were excited to come to church and learn this biblical story. So many people in congregation worked hard to make our VBS program such a success and I want to thank them once again. Thank you to all of the volunteers that are listed below. You made this year’s VBS truly special!
 
You also might have noticed something special that arrived in your physical mailbox. If you haven’t received it, I anticipate that you will receive it in the next couple of days. This week, we officially launched our Pipe Organ Project. You may have noticed over the past few years, that our organ will sometimes emit pitches and sounds that seem a bit off. 
 
Although our masterful organist Fr. Bill+ does his best to compensate for these off-tones, our organ needs some significant attention. In order to prevent further deterioration to this wonderful instrument, the Vestry has approved replacing the control system, updating the console, cleaning the pipe chambers, updating the digital voices, and making other repairs to the pipes and pipework as needed. 
 
When our current sanctuary was built in 1992, Fr. Charles+ and Wendell Ballantyne overcame many obstacles and challenges to secure our current organ. Together, they drove on a multi-day road trip to pick up the organ, and rebuild it with the help of many parishioners and their children. Because of their hard work, talent, and dedication, the organ has served us well thirty years, despite being constantly exposed to sea-salted air. 
 
Our organ is a treasure that we want to keep working in the years and decades to come.
 
Will you help us? We are asking for you to offer your financial support.  Our goal is to raise $140,000 to fully revitalize the organ. We are looking to raise these funds over the next twelve months.  
 
The music ministry of St. Wilfrid’s has always been an important part of our identity. Will you prayerful consider what you can give to ensure that organ continues to delight and inspire future generations who will worship at our parish?
 
A donation can be made here:
 
The Pipe Organ Restoration Project brochure, including a pledge card, is coming to you in the mail, if you haven’t already received these items, you can click on this link: St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church | Organ Campaign (stwilfridschurch.org) for more information.

God’s blessing be upon you,
 
Fr. Nathan Biornstad+
We'd like to thank all of the volunteers who made Vacation Bible School such a success! Father Steve, Marcia Cray, Joanie Pashley-Baynes, Debbi Campana, Lois Borutzki, Linda Mendelssohn, Lin Callaghan, Annalee Dorff, Lynette Hansen, Sharon and Dan MaKa'ena, Lucy O'Connell, Lucinda O'Connell, Gretchen Hughes, Martha Lockwood, Kim Ufholtz, Don Sinclair, Vihaan Jacob, Naomi Jaskowiak, Rachel Jaskowiak, Nick Fortune, Jim O'Connell, Sharan Mercer, Rachel O'Connell, Matt Martin, Debbie Pratt, Steven Nadolny and Jim Schweitzer.
  • Saturday, August 6th:
The Sparrow Initiative Concert, 7:00 pm in the church. (see below)
  • Sunday, August 7th:
Healing Ministry Meeting, 9:30 am in Sacquety Hall.
  • Monday, August 8th:
Stewardship Meeting, 4:00 pm in Father Nathan's office.
  • Tuesday, August 9th:
Rector's Bible Study, 11:00 am in Sacquety Hall.
  • Saturday, August 13th:
19th Annual Ecumenical BBQ, noon to 3:00 pm at Jim and Steven's House (see below)
  • Sunday, August 14th:
Adult Forum: "Mid-Year Budget Review," 9:30 am in Sacquety Hall.
CPR and First Aid Class, 1:00 pm in Sacquety Hall (see below) to RSVP please contact Rachel O'Connell at rachel.oconnell85@gmail.com or call (714) 414-6574. The cost is $65.00 per person.
Concert in Park, 5:00 pm, HB Central Park. (see below)
  • Tuesday, August 16th:
Grief Group, 9:30 am in Sacquety Hall.
Rector's Bible Study, 11:00 am in Sacquety Hall.
Preschool Commission Meeting, 5:00 pm in Father Nathan's office.
  • Wednesday, August 17th:
Finance Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm in Father Nathan's office.
Laundry Love, 6:00 pm - Huntington Coin Laundry 234 Adams Ave. HB 92648
  • Thursday, August 18th:
Alzheimer's Lunch, 11:00 am in Sacquety Hall
Children, Youth and Families Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Sunday, August 21st:
Backpack Collection Day! (see below)
Healing Ministry Meeting, 9:30 am in Sacquety Hall.
  • Monday, August 22nd:
Vestry Meeting, 6:00 pm in Sacvquety Hall
  • Tuesday, August 23rd:
Rector's Bible Study, 11:00 am in Sacquety Hall.
  • Tuesday, August 30th:
Rector's Bible Study, 11:00 am in Sacquety Hall.
At St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church, our transportation ministry provides a means of transportation for all who are in need and desire to come to worship at St. Wilfrid’s or a St Wilfrid’s event. Our volunteers are eager to help by providing a safe and convenient way for anyone interested in attending various church services and functions. If you are in need of our transportation ministry or know someone that is, please feel free to contact St Wilfrid’s Church at (714) 962-7512 during office hours.
CHILDREN'S CHOIR
Young people love to sing and St. Wilfrid's has loved to hear them sing! It's been 3 years since we heard them sing and we're looking for interested families. Do you have school age children who would like to learn about music, attend rehearsals once per week and sing for worship one Sunday per month? If so, let Fr. Bill know right away. (william@stwilfridschurch.org). The program would run September 15 - May 25 and tuition costs would be low so that all children could participate. We would need interest from several families to make this program a success.
CONCERT IN THE PARK
Come join St. Wilfrid’s on Sunday, August 14th for another concert in Huntington Central Park (we will be by the "arrow" to the left of the bandstand, towards the front). The concert begins at 5 pm, but we will be there around 4 pm to reserve our spot and to visit. The evening’s band is the Golden West Pops featuring marches, show tunes, popular favorites and more. Dance lessons start at 4:15 pm. Bring your family, friends, chairs, blankets, picnic dinner, and drinks. For more information, contact: Debbi Campana at 714-883-1386. If you can’t find us, call or text Debbi!
BACKPACK COLLECTION    
  
Serve City HB will again be collecting backpacks for students in Oak View schools. As we did last year, St. Wilfrid’s will be participating in this effort. There are several ways you can help: donating money after services, place monetary donations in an envelope marked “Backpacks” in the Sunday collection, or by purchasing a backpack yourself and placing it in boxes in the Narthex. If you purchase a backpack (e.g. JanSport), it needs to be sturdy and able to hold a 15” computer. 

Donations will be collected through Sunday, August 21st. Please contact Steven Nadolny of the Vestry Outreach Commission for further details at 714-536-5172 or steven@jimbocosw.com. Thank You!
SELF HELP INTERFAITH PROGRAM

Our church is providing meals for Self Help Interfaith Program (SHIP) from Saturday Aug 20, through Friday Sept 2.  SHIP (www.shipinoc.org) is a sober living, required work program that helps get people back into a home. We help them by providing meals, listening hearts, and most importantly, eye contact.
 
Please help us provide for those who are struggling.
 
Thank you for your generous support for this ministry.  Jim and Steven will be accepting donations and signing up cooks on the courtyard after services.
 
Covid is still present, Jim and Steven can take the meals to the SHIP house in Garden Grove if necessary.
The Wednesday Morning Prayer at 7:15 a.m. in the main sanctuary, is an opportunity to connect with God and others to be spiritually nourished mid-week.
A welcoming time of worship, the service begins with a thoughtful exploration of Holy Scripture, Eucharist and concludes with a meaningful time of prayers of intercession for God's people.
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SCRIP Cards
What is this “SCRIP” program?
 
After each service you might notice people around a table buying scrip.

How does this help the church? 

St. Wilfrids can buy gift cards at a reduced rate. A $100 gift card for Walmart, Arco, Amazon, and many others costs the church less than the $100, some cards 2% less, some cards 9% less. Then the church pockets the difference.

I believe that most of us shop without using cash these days. Then at the end of the month you pay off cards through the bank. You can buy your groceries, your fast food, your gasoline with the scrip cards from St. Wilfrid's.

We have dozens of different cards. Please come over to the table and talk to us. Buy some cards and see how easy it is to give money to the church at no cost to yourself.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks.
Roger Leachman
Donation Checks
We have decided to go back to depositing donations checks twice a month. Deposits will occur on the 15th and last business day of the month. If these days fall on a weekend or holiday, the checks will be deposited on the closest business day. July deposit date: Friday, July 29th; August dates: Monday, August 15th and Wednesday, August 31st.

GODLY PLAY
  • Ages 4 years to 5th grade
  • Visiting children are welcome
  • Montessori based
  • Bible story, art and prayers
  • The children will join families for the Eucharist

On summer hiatus. Godly Play will resume after Labor Day. Families with young children are reminded that the Cry Room is available.
We'd love to hear from you!

Email The Rev. Nathan A. Biornstad, Rector

Email The Rev. Wiliiam E. Wells, Associate & Minister of Music

Email the Rev. Steven P. Swartzell, Associate Rector

Email Terry Roberts, Parish Administrator

Email the Preschool office here:

Include your announcement in the Sunday Times:

Reach out for Pastoral Care here:

Submit your prayer request here:

Be a part of St. Wilfrid's growth in 2022: