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at St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church and School
February 19th, 2021 - February 26th, 2021
St. Wilfrid's is a Christian community seeking to know and unconditionally share God's unfailing love.
A Word About In-Person Worship
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week regarding the closing of churches during the pandemic, many people are asking when we will once again resume in-person worship at St. Wilfrid's. As we keep an eye on the COVID numbers in Orange County, our decision to return to in-person worship will be dictated by the guidance and directives of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. The current (2/09/2021) 7-day average of infections is still 20% higher than the peak days during our 2020 summer surge when we all felt like the virus was out of control. The good news, though, is that those numbers have been consistently declining for the past month. In other words, what we have been doing most recently is finally beginning to produce dividends. But now is not the time to grow complacent. So we will remain apart a little longer. Our primary concern is for the health and wellbeing of the members of our congregation, and we don’t wish to put anyone in jeopardy by our actions. Meanwhile, the COVID task force of the parish is now beginning to have conversations about what life will look like once we are able to safely reopen our campus for worship. We will keep you apprised of any decisions made regarding our worship life together. 
 
Faithfully, 
 
Bob Honeychurch, Interim Rector 
Welcome to St. Wilfrid's Virtual Service
We welcome you to join us live on Zoom for Morning Prayer on Sunday, February 21st, at 9:00 AM. It is recommended that you view the bulletin on a separate device, or print it before joining the service, so you can sing, pray, and follow along with the service. 

The service will also be available on our website later for you to view at your convenience.

Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 874 7144 1482
Evening Prayer
On Wednesday evenings at 8:00 PM, evening prayer services led by Rev. Nancy will be broadcast on our Facebook page. Services will alternate between Compline and New Zealand Night Prayers each week. Join us virtually on Facebook on February 24th, at 8:00 PM, for a service of New Zealand Night Prayer.

A Facebook account is not necessary to watch our services. Click here to be directed to our Facebook page.

Can't make it at a specific time? The service was prerecorded and will be available on our website for you to view at your convenience. Click the link below to be directed to our website:
Food Drive
FOOD DRIVE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27th

The Huntington Beach Host Lions Club is holding a food drive during the month of February. We are looking for any non-perishable food items. These will be donated to H.O.P.E., which provides safety net services to abandoned and abused women and children from disadvantaged families in Orange County. http://www.hopebiz.org/

Collection date: Saturday, February 27 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ St. Wilfrid's parking lot

Questions? Contact Jeff Campana at jcampana520@gmail.com
Zoom Lenten Book Study
5 Weeks - Wednesdays at 7:00 PM, February 24th - March 24th

We will be using +Bishop Curry's "The Way of Love," led by The Rev. Dr. Bob Honeychurch. The ZOOM book study will start on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 pm and it will go for 5 weeks, ending on Wednesday March 24th. We have 30 books available for purchase in the church lobby, Mon-Fri, 7:00 am to 12:00 noon. The cost of the book is $18.00. For questions, please contact Terry at admin@stwilfridschurch.org.

Topic: Lenten Book Study

Time: Feb 24, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Every week on Wed, 5 occurrence(s)
    Feb 24, 2021 07:00 PM
    Mar 3, 2021 07:00 PM
    Mar 10, 2021 07:00 PM
    Mar 17, 2021 07:00 PM
    Mar 24, 2021 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 879 9387 8788
Online Giving
Here are a set of instructions for setting up and changing recurring pledge payments through CloverGive.
Feedback Requested for Worship Formats
As a part of our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 24, we had the chance to experiment with a different worship format for our service that day. Instead of providing a pre-recorded service for the week, we instead had a “live” service via Zoom. Each of the worship formats provides its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

The pre-recorded version allows us to pre-tape the various components of service individually inside the church and then stitch them together into a final product. The in-person version allows us to worship in real-time, and to see and interact with one another. The in-person service would be recorded for later viewing for those not able to be present for the church at the specified hour.

And so we now turn to you for your thoughts. If you have a preference for one format or the other, or if you have questions about our worship, we encourage you to reach out to Bob Honeychurch, the interim rector, for your feedback. You can reach him by email at bob@stwilfridschurch.org, or by leaving a message at his church phone at (714) 962-7512, ext. 202. In advance, thank you for your input. 
Readers Needed for Sunday Virtual Services 
St. Wilfrid's is looking for individuals and families to take part in reading the lessons and prayers for Sunday virtual services! 
 
If you or your family is interested, please contact Steve Swartzell by email at steve@stwilfridschurch.org, or by leaving a message at his church phone at (714) 962-7512, ext. 205. No prior experience is necessary. We would love to get as broad a representation of the St. Wilfrid's community as possible. 
Self Help Interfaith Program (SHIP)
Thank You St. Wilfrid’s! We provided one week of support for the SHIP house in Garden Grove. SHIP is a local faith based sober living transitional environment for those seeking employment. Our cooking helped fill their bellies and warm their souls. There were generous donations to help SHIP weather the current COVID storm. Please continue to keep the people at SHIP in your prayers. Their website is www.shipinoc.com.
 
If you have any questions about SHIP, feel free to contact Jim (jrs@jimbocosw.com) or Steven (steven@jimbocosw.com).  
 
Thank you for supporting the SHIP program.
David Hayward
David Hayward thanks people for their support and prayers. He is feeling better and glad to be back at home after 10 days in the hospital.
Pandemic Office Hours During January
As the COVID virus numbers continue to increase in Orange County, the St. Wilfrid’s Church Office is making accommodations to reflect this reality. For the remainder of the month of January, for their own protection and the protection of the community, the church office staff will be working remotely as much as they are able. Following is a list of office staff, and their hours of availability:

Terry Roberts: In the office Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 12 noon. Working remotely in the afternoon.

Steve Swartzell: In the office on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and on Fridays from 7 a.m. to 2:30 pm. Other times working remotely. Available by phone on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bob Honeychurch: Available for appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In all cases, please call the church office to make an appointment. For the time being, as many appointments will be conducted by telephone or video conference as possible. We will reevaluate this office hours policy at the end of January, based on conditions at that time. Thank you for your understanding.
SCRIP Cards
Please stop by the office to purchase SCRIP cards for your holiday gifts. Before coming, please email Terry at admin@stwilfridschurch.org to check office hours and card availability.
Save the Date!
Lenten Book Study | Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM, February 24th - March 24th
Donation Checks
We are only depositing donation checks every two weeks in an effort to limit the number of people coming into the office. Checks sent to the church at this time will be deposited on February 15th and 26th
Giving Statements
2021 pledge envelopes and 2020 giving statements are available for pick-up in the office lobby. Office hours will be 7:00 am to noon. Please wear a mask. We have volunteers that are willing to drop these off to you. Please email Terry at admin@stwilfridschurch.org if you are not able to come to the church and would prefer to have them dropped off to your home.
Resource Roundup
CDC, Mayo Clinic, LA County Health Dept. provide COVID-19 vaccine information

Vaccines for COVID-19 have been developed and are being distributed, but many people lack basic reliable information about their safety and efficacy.

Following are links to several useful fact sheets and answers to frequently asked questions from reliable sources, including the Center for Disease Control, the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the Mayo Clinic. They were collected by retired Archdeacon Joanne Leslie, who had a long career in public health, a field in which she holds master's and doctoral degrees.

Covid-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Addresses concerns about the vaccine. This information is available in several languages.

Myths About Covid-19 Vaccines. This document from the Los Angeles County Department of Health debunks misinformation about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. For more resources in English, Spanish and several other languages, click here.

CDC Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) This resource from the Center for Disease Control is designed for physicians, and so far is available only in English.

COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked, from The Mayo Clinic. This article addresses common mistaken information and fears about the COVID 19 vaccine.

Answers to common questions about whether vaccines are safe, effective and necessary. This additional article from a Mayo Clinic review team is a narrative discussion of vaccine efficacy and safety.
COVID-19 testing is now available through an appointment-based drive-thru site at the Anaheim Convention Center that can serve more than 1,000 people daily. Testing is available to OC residents at no-cost for people who meet Public Health priorities for testing and cannot get a test through their medical provider (doctor). 

The test offered at this site is called a PCR test. The test will show if someone is currently infected with COVID-19 and may be contagious.

When: Wednesday to Sunday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Starting on Wednesday, August 26, Orange County will open a second drive-thru supersite that will operate Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.
 
Testing is available to people who live or work in Orange County at no-cost. To be tested, you must meet Public Health priorities for testing and cannot get a test through your medical provider or doctor. 
 
·     People with symptoms
·     Close contacts with people known to have COVID-19
·     Health care workers, first responders
·     Residents and employees of congregate living facilities
·     Essential workers (grocery store, food supply, utility workers, public employees and teachers)
 
Appointments are required. Questions can be directed to 360 Clinic representatives at 800-446-8888. For more details about testing as well as other testing sites across Orange County visit the OC Health Care Agency Testing Network.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION:



https://stpauls.org/called-to-serve/sunday-supper
COVID-19 Testing

Virtual Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

COVID-19 Tracker

Suicide Prevention
  • https://www.suicideispreventable.org/

Older Adult Mental Health Resource Guide

Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance
  • https://www.ocapica.org/mental-health.html

Senior Assisted Living
  • https://www.senioradvice.com/assisted-living

Psychological First Aid

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

Casa Youth Shelter

COVID Conversations Tools

OC Health Care Agency’s Behavioral Health Services 

CHOC - resources for parents and caregivers 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

PBS Kids

Healthikids

The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Mental Health and Coping with Stress:
 
High Risk Population:
  • Elderly
  • Those with Chronic conditions (Heart Disease, Diabetes, Lung Disease)
  • Immunocompromised Patients
 
Education on how it is spread and emphasize prevention:

How to identify symptoms:

What to do if you are sick:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Coronavirus Updates in Huntington Beach

HB Quarantine Cuisine

Care Connection: meal deliveries for older adults
  • Contact Carolyn Ross (714-381-0581)

Council on Aging Southern California: Medicare Scams

US Small Business Administration: Disaster Assistance

Youth Employment Service

NAMI Peer Mentoring Program

Apply for WIC

Mental Health Resources During School Closure
Important reminders:

1.  Accept your emotions. Anger, fear, anxiety, etc. are all normal. Be gentle on yourself and offer patience to others. We’re in this together!
2.  Limit exposure to media and remember that official communications from the CDC are the best source of up-to-date information (more info on that below!)
3.  Move! (more info on that below!)
4.  Connect with others (more info on that below!). It helps improve your physical health and psychological well-being.
Families can call 211 from any phone in OC for help with anything from legal aid to mental health emergencies to housing and transportation.

The NAMI warm line is open to residents of OC or LA. Calling or texting can connect someone with support and resources in their respective counties.

The Trevor Project - If you are a young person in crisis, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.

The Crisis Text Line - Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor

Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 1-800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863 to receive free and confidential support, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

California Youth Crisis Line - Call 1-800-843-5200 to connect with the statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12-24) and families in crisis.

Robyne’s Nest: If you are a student who is living independently without parental support, Robyne’s nest can provide you with resources.

CareSolace - a free resource to help you find a therapist that is right for you and is covered by your insurance. Right now, they are available 24/7 to assist you and your family (in English, Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese), specifically in helping setup online/virtual services. Call 1-888-515-0595 or email at weserve@caresolace.org.
Please Note: If you already have a counselor or therapist (even if you haven't seen them in a while), you can call their office and ask about “telehealth” services or virtual counseling/therapy. Many offices now offer these services that do not require you to come into the office.

Be Mindful of Media Exposure
It is important to keep up to date on the frequently changing information regarding COVID-19 and the measures being put in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. As you are likely aware, it’s hard to turn on the TV or open the internet without being exposed to 24 hours of breaking news banners, podcasts, memes, and stories from around the world. The more we watch or listen to this media, the more it can affect our mental health and stress. You may feel better if you limit your exposure to this kind of media, and use reputable sources (i.e. WHO, CDC, OC Health Agency).
Here are some links to the above mentioned health related resources:

Positive Coping Skills
  • Reach out for support; text/call friends or a supportive person
  • Acknowledge your emotions and find active ways to divert your attention
  • Meditation--this can help create a healthy immune response and reduce anxiety
  • Deep Breathing; Inhale 4 seconds, hold for 4, exhale for 4. There are a lot of variations, so find what works best for you
  • Use an app to relax or connect to emotional support
  • Take time to rest and stay healthy
  • Focus on things you can control; wash hands, hydrate, and nourish
  • Create a routine and structure for your day at home
  • Play with a pet or take your dog for a walk
  • Exercise (run, walk, find a youtube workout)-- only if you are feeling well.

Yoga With Adriene is offering all classes for free.

Les Mills has a free 3 week trial to do online yoga, pilates, barre, weight lifting, cardio, etc.

Down Dog App is offering free online yoga through the end of March.
  • Challenge your friends to push up challenges, pull up challenges, who can reach 10,000 steps in one day first (your phone tracks this!), etc.
  • Write (poetry, stories, journal)
  • Listen to music
  • Learn a new Tik Tok dance (better yet: CREATE one!)
  • Clean something
  • Organize something
  • Read--libraries have digital books you can access with your library card!
  • Cook or bake
  • Play games; board games or online games--if you don’t have internet at home, click here.
  • Facetime, Facebook Live or Instagram Live with your friends and relatives--especially those you can’t visit because they have compromised health.

Apps for self care
Many of these apps have waived their in-app purchase fees, but they all have free options that can help with managing the stress of the news and media.

Stop, Breathe & Think A short “check in” with this app provides 1-5 minute mindfulness activities that can help keep you calm and create a little space between your thoughts, emotions and reactions.

UCLA Mindful App This app has basic meditations and wellness meditations and includes how-to videos and a built-in timer. There are also cool podcasts you can listen to--there’s one called the Mindfulness of Washing Hands up right now!

SAM app This app can help you manage anxiety (SAM stands for self anxiety management) by helping you be aware of your triggers and understand your thoughts and behavior better. There’s even a cool tracking feature!

Calm This app contains audio content that strengthens mental fitness and tackles some of the biggest mental health challenges of today: stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

Mindshift This app uses cognitive behavior therapy based tools to offer quick relief from anxiety, worry, and panic. It offers coping cards, a thought journal, and a check-in system to create healthy habits and set goals.

7 Cups This app connects you to caring listeners for free emotional support, 24/7. Listeners are specifically available for teens (ages 13-17). Chat rooms and community forums are also available, so you can talk to others who understand how you feel.
Contact Us!

Email The Rev. Dr. J. Robert Honeychurch, Interim Rector

Email The Rev. Bill Wells, Associate & Minister of Music

Email The Rev. Nancy Sinclair

Email Terry Roberts, Parish Administrator

Email the Rev. Steven P. Swartzell, Associate Minister:

Email Dustin Nguyen, Director of Communications, Outreach,
and Intergenerational Ministries:

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 2020: