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What's Happening
at St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church and School
August 12, 2022 to August 18, 2022
St. Wilfrid's is a Christian community seeking to know and unconditionally share God's unfailing love.
This Sunday, August 14, 2022
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
In-Person Services at
8:30 and 10:30 am
RECTOR'S CORNER
Often times, most people enjoy coming to church to connect with God, to connect with other people, and to engage in community building activities (like giving school supplies or backpacks to needy school children). These, among other reasons for attending worship either online or in-person at St. Wilfrid’s, are all wonderful reasons to be a part of our congregation. Add to the fact that we have a beautiful, well-maintained campus and a slew of gifted volunteers, I know that we are truly blessed. These are just some of the things that cause me to be thankful for all of the ministry that is happening at St. Wilfrid’s. I also enjoy all the ways that we worship; worship is a big part of who we are at St. Wilfrid’s.
 
Before I was called as your rector a year ago (it’s hard to believe that it has already been a year!), I heard about our beautiful choir and music program. When I heard about the creative expression of the Table Singers, I was intrigued because it isn’t a style of music that is offered at most Episcopal Churches. I liked that St. Wilfrid’s was willing to be musically creative and customize music based upon what our faith community desired. This musical customization reminded me of how Jesus reached out to people, fully accepting all. Personally, I enjoy worshipping with the Table Singers because it helps me recall what worship music is all about – glorying God.
 
When I first listened to the St. Wilfrid’s choir, I was delighted. Over the past year, there have been numerous moments – too many to count – where I have been so enraptured in the choir performance that I nearly lost my place in the service! I was captivated by choir and the organ. In those moments, it sometimes felt like I was experiencing a transient moment.
 
Thankfully, we have such a beautiful space for worship music, whether it is the Choir or the Table Singers. The music re-vibrates off the walls and carries through the sanctuary beautifully. The leaders of our parish who designed our worship space had great foresight.  
 
In this moment, we want to keep our worship space amazing, with a particular focus on our 70 year-old Moller pipe organ. Last week, we launched our Pipe Organ Project, which seeks to restore to this beautiful instrument back to its optimal condition. I am excited about this project because we have an opportunity to ensure that our organ continues to play beautiful music for the coming decades. Over the next year, we seek to raise $140,000 to replace the organ control system, updating the console, cleaning the pipe chambers, updating the digital voices, and making other repairs to the pipes and pipework as needed. 
 
Many of you have already given or made a pledge to this Pipe Organ Project, and I thank you. If you would like to donate right now, please click this link: 
 
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.
 
Mid-Year Budget Review
This Sunday, between services at 9:30 am, we are offering you an opportunity to learn more about where we are financially mid-way through the year. Even though every week the Sunday Times Year To Date Financial Report offers a once a month updated financial report, we thought it important to offer a more interactive forum for people to engage with the Finance Committee and myself directly. This will give you a chance to see how our expenses and revenues are aligning or not aligning with our projections. The goal of this meeting is to provide as clear as possible picture of where we are financially, and to offer a formal way to engage with our budget more than just at the annual meeting. The Vestry and myself want to make this information available to you in a forthright and helpful way. I hope that you will join us.

God’s blessing be upon you,
 
Fr. Nathan Biornstad+
  • 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 (see below)
  • 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

St. Wilfrid’s has had a long-term relationship with the Self-Help Interfaith Program (SHIP) program. The program helps “shipmates” make the transition from homelessness to employment and self-sufficiency. Their website address is www.shipinoc.com. St. Wilfrid’s usually helps out by providing dinners, etc. at least twice a year.
 
We will be providing dinners for SHIP from Saturday, August 20th through Friday September 2nd.  We will be doing this in a COVID-safe manner. Please contact Jim Schweitzer (714-614-1468 or jrs@jimbocosw.com) if you can help provide a dinner, part of a dinner, scrip donation or a donation to cover a dinner for the guests at SHIP.  You do not have to stay for the meal in person, but you may to be supportive. If desired, Jim and Steven can meet you at St. Wilfrid’s, your favorite take out place, etc. and they can transport the food to the SHIP house in Garden Grove. 
 
We will also be providing household items along with groceries for breakfast and lunches.  As the dates get closer, we will be able to provide better head counts. Expect 8-ish guests.  Tuesdays are higher because the counselors are also in the house as well. Steven and Jim will take care of the supplies and shopping.  SHIP can always use Stater Brothers scrip cards (i.e. it’s the closest grocery store near the SHIP house). The Stater Brothers scrip cards come in very handy for the grocery store runs.  Other $10 food script cards (e.g. El Pollo Loco) can also help the house manager. If you want to support with scrip, you can purchase them on Sundays after services, or please send a check into the office (and notify Jim). Jim can coordinate with the parish office.
 
Thank You for your support!
 
 
James R. Schweitzer and Steven Nadolny
714-614-1468                    714-536-5172
LAUNDRY LOVE
 
Laundry Love in Huntington Beach has restarted!

Laundry Love helps give dignity by supporting low income and homeless people do laundry. Volunteers are needed to help Jim Schweitzer and Steven Nadolny, its new coordinators. Laundry Love will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

It happens again this Wednesday, August 17th!

Our new location is Huntington Coin Laundry at 234 Adams St. in Huntington Beach, CA 92648. 

Volunteers are needed at 5:30PM to help setup. Laundry Love runs from 6PM-10PM when the laundromat closes.

Please contact Jim 714-536-5172 jrs@jimbocosw.com or Steven
714-536-5172 steven@jimbocosw.com for more information or to volunteer. 

Thank You!
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: