Dea Podhajsky

Dea Podhajsky

The Diocesan Search Committee wants to ensure that every member of the diocese has a chance to present their opinions for the search of the sixth Bishop of Arizona. If you wish to participate, an electronic version of the survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DioAZsurveyEng

Announcements

 

The first Sunday of each month is Family Sunday. Children are invited to serve as acolytes, chalice bearers, ushers, readers and gift bearers

 

Enrollment for Sunday School will be held at the church entrance this morning following both services.

 

Please join us for Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall following both services. Adult Formation is at 9:15 a.m.; Choir practice is at 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

 

Tickets are now on sale for $13 after coffee hours or in the office for the ECW Spring Fashion Show, Luncheon and Basket Raffle to be Saturday, March 17. Seating is limited-Buy Early!! 

 

Intercessory and Healing prayers will be offered today after the 10:00 service by Ann Williamson and Pat Gutsch. Please go to the front, right side of the sanctuary if you wish to receive prayers

 

Contemplative Prayer Group—Some parishioners are beginning to plan a regular contemplative prayer group. Please see Fr. Bob if you are interested.

 

The Crazy Chile Farm is ready to again receive your dried coffee grounds (no filters, containers or bags, please) Grounds may be dumped in the active compost bin located at the west end of the Field #1 behind the Parish House.    

                    

The Diocesan Search Committee wants to ensure that every member of the diocese has a chance to present their opinions for the search of the sixth Bishop of Arizona. If you wish to participate, an electronic version of the survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DioAZsurveyEng

 

Sunday, February 11 and 18 we will again have a display of African jewelry and crafts available to purchase.

 

If you know of anyone who is in need of a prayer shawl or quilt please contact Joan Crossman, Linda Jo Johnson, Jan Saik or the office.

 

Food Bank suggestions for next week: canned fruits, puddings, gelatin.

 

We ask your prayers for all being held in prayer by our Prayer Circle, for those whose names we do not know and for the following who have requested prayers:

Tracy A.

Shona

Chet & Margie

Karl

Heidi B.

Larry & Wanda

Dan H.

Zach

Charmaine

Jon

Wayne

Karen D.

Debbie

Mary

Larry & Elena

Steve S.

Marlene

Kris F.

Ruth

Suzy H.

Del & Lorraine R

Shelley

Fred

Barbara Damron

Carly

Barbara P

Judy N.

Ronald B.

Roger

Ken & Lydia

Gareth L

Marshall

Robin & Nate P.

Vera Lee

Char

Judy W. & family

Millie L.

Jodene

James S.

David

Crystal

Christine U.

Reid B.

Dylan

Tom K.

Stephanie

Don

The Hugill family

Paul G.

Aaron

Cindy J.

Fred E.

Kenneth L.

Billy Damron

Ryan F.

Penni

Richard & Roger D.

Wayne

Heather

Bonnie O.

Prayer Circle names will remain on the list for at least a month. Please call the office at 480-986-1145 or update the sheet with additions/deletions, noting those who should remain on. Thank you for understanding when names are removed.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Monday, February 5 is Project Ministry in the Parish Hall. If you are interested in assisting, please come for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and for work at 8:30.

 

Wednesday, February 7 at 8:00 a.m. is Walking group; 9:30 a.m. is Holy Eucharist; 10:00 a.m. is Bible Study; at 11:00 is Cursillo Gathering.

 

Friday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m. is computer training.  At 7:00 p.m. is a candlelight  AA meeting in the Parish Hall. Please consider joining this group. Contact Donald at 435-231-3432 if you have questions about AA.

 

Saturday, February 10 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. will be a Celebration of Our Volunteers in the Parish Hall sponsored by the clergy, staff and vestry. Join us for food, fun, fellowship, prizes and world class entertainments. Everyone is welcome! 

 

Tuesday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m. is the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The Vestry  meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, February 14 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. are Ash Wednesday services.

 

Thursday, February 15 begins our Lenten Series with a potluck at 5:00 p.m. We will discuss prayer and focus on prayer found in scripture using the book  Prayer : Its Not About You. Copies of the book are available from Jan Saik for $16.20 or on Kindle for $5.13.

 

Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall is Book Discussion Group. We’re using The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. For more information send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Saturday, February 17 at 9:00 a.m. John Christopher, Episcopal priest and director of Recovery Ministries, will provide education on the issues of addiction and will discuss the spiritual consequences of addiction. Please join us.

 

Sunday, February 18 we will celebrate February birthdays. Please check the birthday list in the narthex and add your birthday if we do not have it.

 

Saturday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Marks Episcopal Church is a Celebration of Life for Larry Foukas who formerly attended Transfiguration. A memorial fund has been started. Please contact the office if interested.

 

Next Week’s Readings – February 11, 2018 - Last Sunday after Epiphany

2 Kings 2:1-12 - Psalm 50:1-6 - 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 - Mark 9:2-9

 

We made it to Mt. Tabor and we are now on our way home. This is an ambitious route so we need your help. In fact we need your friend’s help, your neighbors help, and your dog’s help!

  • Istanbul
  • Zurich
  • Brussels
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Canterbury
  • Scotland
  • Cardiff
  • Belfast
  • Camino de Santiago (500 miles)
  • Morocco
  • Cairo to Cape (Includes Khartoum, Addis Ababa, Nairori, Dodoma, Lusaka, Gaborone) (7,731 miles)
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Polynesia
  • Chile
  • Brazil
  • Central America (Stopping to visit El Hogar)
  • Mexico
  • Phoenix

February's Book Club Selection is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. This work of historical fiction is set in South Carolina before the Civil War. The novel is told from the point of view of Sarah Grimke, the daughter of a prominent Southern family and a noted abolitionist and Handful a slave.
The novel focuses on issues like friendship, equality, slavery, belonging and religion. Please join us on February 16th at 10 am in the Parrish Hall.
“To remain silent in the face of evil is itself a form of evil.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings

Transfiguration has a new director of Children’s Ministry, Eileen Chandler. Eileen brings passion, enthusiasm and a great deal of experience to the job. Eileen has had a long history of supervisory and high level management roles in hospitals and business venues. Her career included 43 year in nursing. As part of her nursing training, she visited ill and special needs children. Eileen recalls one boy of around three or four who walked up to her, gazed into her eyes, and established an immediate connection. The other nurses were astounded as the boy had not reached out to anyone for months.

 

This special connection with children extended into her personal as well as professional life. She and her family took in a 15 month old foster child who lived with their family for almost 10 years. 

 

In the area of Christian Children’s’ ministry Eileen became involved with St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee when her son Christopher was not quite 5 and her daughter Carolyn was almost  2 ½.  Eileen was soon appointed Christian Education Director. Eileen states of this experience, “It was like a part-time job as teachers were recruited, oriented and trained, not to mention my learning curve! I taught pre-school on up, having fun with the curriculum, and even leading an adult group (not my idea) for I am not a cradle Episcopalian having been raised Catholic.  I had a lot of scriptural catching up to do.”

 

Eileen feels that her biggest challenge as Director of Children’s Ministries at Transfiguration will be to build a dedicated Sunday School teacher base. Two keys to sustain success in the building of the base will be instilling confidence in the teachers and offering fun training.

 

Recently Jana Sundin from the Diocesan Office came for a visit to offer ideas for building the Children’s Ministry.  Her suggestion included that Eileen should write her own job description as director after consultation with Fr. Bob and Bobbie Lafford. 

 

Summing up her plans Eileen stated, “There may be enough energy and resources surrounding nursery development for me to separate from those initiatives and focus on family faith formation through experiential learning and family worship.  Specifically, I'd like to guide our efforts toward a lectionary based curriculum that transfers to home life and to enhance children/youth involvement in church worship. . .  for example, the use of music and musicians.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfiguration has updated its web page. You can view it at www.transfiguration-mesa.org. Some of the features include prayer requests, a daily devotional, our calendar, news, events, sermons, the Deacon’s Blog and basic information about our mission and services.

 

To help people learn to use the web page and our social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) I will be available on the  second Friday of the month from 10-12 in the Parish Hall to answer questions. Along with questions concerning Transfiguration’s on line presence, I will be glad to answer simple questions about applications, photography, and how to manage your Facebook feed. If you have a non hardware question we can look for the answers together if nothing else and I unlike your grandchild will not roll my eyes.

A little over a year ago we began our Walking on Wednesday group. Throughout the year there have been changes as the hot weather and the exodus of our winter members for the summer necessitated a system where people reported their mileage or steps in lieu of actually walking together. We also set a goal of walking to Mt. Tabor, the home of the Basilica of the Transfiguration in Israel. The journey was over 7,000 miles but we made it.

 

We had twenty-five walkers and two dogs reporting mileage. Our walkers walked in Ontario, Washington, British Columbia, Kentucky and Arizona. Our congregation also got in on the action as the steps from the parking lot to communion and back to the parking lot were included.

 

Currently we are walking as a group starting at 8am on Wednesday mornings from the Parish Hall. However, we still want your mileage even if you cannot physically join us. Also just because we reached Mt. Tabor does not mean we are resting on our laurels. We need to get home. We may decide to take some side trips on the way. If you have a suggestion of someplace in the world we should visit, please email your idea to dpodhajsky @yahoo.com.

 

Thank You

Thanks to all who donated items and worked before during and after the Rummage Sale. Due to your efforts our ECW Annual Sale was a success. This is a major fund raiser for ECW. A special thanks to Jo Lazlo who chaired the event.
It is easy to become discouraged. The news is full of natural disasters and stories of man's inhumanity to his fellow man. However, research shows an antedote for the negativity around us can be found in seeing and recognizing the kindness that surrounds us. Instead of focusing on the driver who cut you off on the freeway, think of the person who kindly let you ahead of her in the grocery line because you only had a few items. Instead of listening to the rants of the tv commentators take time to listen to the voice of God in the wind, and the song of a bird. When we look for the kindness and acknowledge it with gratitude we start a ripple that can become a wave. To help us on this quest Fr Bob has asked us to take those moments of kindness, write them down and send them to the office or to give them to him. They are published in the Weekly Bulletin and on our Web Page. Be a part of Transfiguration's Kindness Movement. It is just one example of how we live up to our name and our mission.

Our Services

Rite I 8 am Sunday Rite II 10 am Sunday Youth Education 9:45 Sunday Adult Formation 9:15 Sunday Choir Practice 11:45 Sunday Holy Eucharist 9:30 Wednesday Bible Study 10:00 Wednesday Vestry Second Tuesday 7:00 pm
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