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
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!
- Westminster Abbey
- Camino de Santiago (500 miles)
- Cairo to Cape (Includes Khartoum, Addis Ababa, Nairori, Dodoma, Lusaka, Gaborone) (7,731 miles)
- New Zealand
- Central America (Stopping to visit El Hogar)
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.
Rite I 8 am Sunday Rite II 10 am Sunday Youth Education 9:45 Sunday (Will Resume in the Fall) Adult Formation 9:15 Sunday (Will Resume in the Fall) Choir Practice 11:45 Sunday (Will Resume in the Fall) Holy Eucharist 9:30 Wednesday Bible Study 10:00 Wednesday Vestry Second Tuesday 7:00 pm
The Festival Report
Last Saturday marked the 2nd Annual Desert Harvest Festival, sponsored by The Crazy Chile Farm, Transfiguration Episcopal Church, and the Maricopa County Community Garden Association. Heartfelt thanks to the many, many, people who pitched in to make the event a success! Celebrities in attendance included Mesa Mayor John Giles, Phoenix Opera star Johnny Huerta, folk and rock star Chris Rutledge (recently returned from his European tour), professional chef and chile cook-off winner Gordon Noyes, Laura Ward from House of Clydesdales, Troy Haviland from Haviland Shires, and Verde Valley based Leslie Fox from the Arizona Department of Agriculture Advisory Board for Food and Agriculture.
The Farmer's Market portion of the Festival was noticeably larger than last year with more fresh produce, two egg producers, and a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) Garden. Our exhibitors consisted of Tenth Generation Farms (eggs and horses), Haviland Shires, True Garden Mesa (hydroponic produce/CSA), The Crazy Chile Farm, St. Andrew's Sedona (chile powders, jams, jellies, and salsas), Mesa Urban Gardens, Mesa HEART Studio (vegetable art), Local First Arizona, The Garden Gal, Vermiculturist, BG&P Fresh Roasted Green Chile, Transfiguration Prayer Shawls with Linda Jo, CAAFA (Community Alliance Against, Family Abuse, Harvest of Hope Community Garden, and The Maricopa County Master Gardener Program.
An increased number of activities for children (and an increased number of children attendees!) received lots of favorable comments--Art projects from Jaime Glasser, a free-throw contest, and curry-combing of the two Clydesdales. Thanks again folks.
Subject: The Farm Report B
The Crazy Chile Farm ,officially, now has two growing fields and has more than doubled in size! Field 2, the new field that Bob DeSpeilgeleare plowed with the John Deere last week, with be the new home of the 2018 Campo Dorado chile crop. Field 1, the original field, will support a crop of Native American blue corn from Feb to June, and a pumpkin crop from June to the end of Oct. Field 1 and Field 2? Too prosaic? Actually I think it sounds quite Dr. Seussy--like something out of The Cat in The Hat.
By Bill Robinson