General Meeting 2020

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Mesa, Arizona

2020 Annual Meeting

January 26, 2020

The Reverend Bob Saik, Rector

Gary Quamme, Music Director

Linda Ostmeyer, Office Manager

 

2019 Wardens and Officers

Miriam Waddington, Senior Warden

Pat Mack, Junior Warden

Debbi Bloom, Treasurer

Ann Williamson, Clerk

2019 Vestry

Ruby Seyffert                                    Pat Gutsch                                         Lynn Graff

Eileen Chandler                                 Gordon Noyes                                    Heidi Kinney

Dea Podhajsky                                   Barbara Turner                                     Dave Milton

  1. Annual Meeting Agenda

 

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Appointment of Clerk, Recorders and Tellers
  3. Minutes of 2019 Annual Meeting
  4. Appointment of Senior Warden
  5. Election of Junior Warden
  6. Election of Treasurer
  7. Election of Vestry
  8. Election of Diocesan Convention Delegates
  9.  Rector’s Report
  10. Senior Warden’s Report
  11. Junior Warden’s Report
  12. Ministry Reports
  13. Recognition of Outgoing Officers and Vestry Members
  14. Financial Reports
  15. Presentation of 2020 Budget
  16. Celebration of Our Ministry
  17. Closing Prayer
  18. MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING

January 27, 2019

  1. Call to Order / Opening Prayers

The meeting was called to order at 12:06 am by Fr Bob Saik.

  1. Appointment of the Clerk of the Meeting.

Joan Crossman moved that Ann be appointed as Clerk of the Annual Meeting, seconded, passed

  1. Appointment of Recorders and Tellers

Ruby Seyffert moved to approve Linda Sandoval and Vivian Ware as tellers, seconded, passed

  1. Minutes of the 2018 Annual Meeting:

Margie Wauters moved to approve the minutes from last year as presented, seconded and passed

  1. Appointment of Senior Warden

Miriam Waddington has been reappointed as Sr Warden.

  1. Election of Junior Warden

Ruby Seyffert moved that we approve Pat Mack as our Junior Warden.

  1. Election of Vestry

Lynn Graff nominated Debbie Bloom as Treasurer, seconded and passed.

We have nine member-at-large members of the vestry, plus the officers.  They rotate at 3-year intervals.

Nominees are Lynn Graff, Heidi Kinney, and David Milton.  Meg Stresen-Reuter moved to accept the slate as presented, seconded, passed

  1. Election of Diocesan Convention Delegates

Clergy, Sr Warden, and Jr Warden are automatically selected.  Four lay positions are available.  Candidates don’t have to be Vestry members.

Automatic:  Clergy, Sr Warden, Jr Warden,

Nominees: Ann Williamson, Pat Gutsch, Bill* Robinson, Dea* Podhajsky, Ruby *Seyffert, Peg* Wier, Linda* Sandoval, Barbara Turner

Top 5* elected, the rest are alternates.

  1. Rector's Report

Fr began his remarks earlier during the sermon.  He forgot to mention Jan during the 10 am service.  There are many wonderful things going on in this church.  Fr's old office is being turned into a nursery.  We are getting closer to being able to serve food from our kitchen.  We need drivers to bring people to church.  We need improvement in pastoral care.  Fr wants to start a Saturday evening service (unstructured) in the chapel located in the house.  Thanks to Terry Ostmeyer, Freda Laing and Meg Stresen-Reuter for working in the kitchen today.

  1. Senior Warden’s Report

Miriam expressed an “Attitude of gratitude”, thanking Fr Bob for his service.  She is grateful for lay presence.  Her own message is to love and serve the Lord, worship on his Holy ground.  A written report is in the booklet.

  1. Jr Wardens’ Report

Written report is in the booklet.  Pat thanked all the volunteers who have helped throughout the year as listed in the report or otherwise mentioned.

  1. Ministry Reports

In the packet, attention was called to the Daughters of the King report, Outreach report, the Altar Guild report, the Improvement Fund report, the Stewardship report, the Chile Farm report, the Social Media report, the ECW report, and the Children’s Ministry report.  Fr thanked Nancy Robinson for her work in the garden.  Bill Robinson presented a video about the Chile Farm.

Intermission - Singing with Gary

  1. Recognition of Outgoing Officers and Vestry Members

Joan Crossman is the outgoing Treasurer.

Meg, Steve Dingle and Elena are outgoing Vestry members.

Thanks to Linda Ostmeyer and Gary Quamme,

  1. Financial Reports

Fr reviewed Joan's notes in the booklet for the Balance Sheet and the Treasurers Report, noting the effect of the stock market on our investments.  James Stines moved to accept the reports as presented, seconded and passed

  1. Presentation of 2019 Budget

The notes at the end of the report were reviewed, including changes.  Bonusses for employees were explained.  Since this has already been approved by the Vestry, no further discussion occurred.

  1. Celebration of Our Ministries

Meg is thankful for the having more land than we did (land abandoned to us by the county), Ruby for the Altar Guild.  Jan and Linda thanked all those who have assisted in the office.  Shirley thanked all our winter members, especially the Canadians.  Pat G thanked those who have helped her with the nursery.  Bill R thanked all the chile farm volunteers,

  1. Closing Prayer
  2. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1:16 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Ann B Williamson   Clerk of the Vestry

 

  • Candidate Information

 

Appointment of Senior Warden\

Appointment of Lynn Graff as Senior Warden

Election of Junior Warden

Re-election of Pat Mack, our current Junior Warden

Election of Treasurer

Re-election of Debbi Bloom, our current Treasurer

   Selection of Diocesan Convention Delegates

The candidates for Diocesan Convention are Heidi Kinney, Pat Gutsch, Barbara Turner and Ruby Seyffert.

 

  1. Rector’s Report for the Annual Meeting – January 26, 2020

 

Last Sunday, January 19th, I celebrated the sixth anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. This week, January 26th, we join together as a Transfiguration community to celebrate the past year in our church life and look forward to another year. It is a special blessing for me to be your rector. Jan and I have received many positive comments from the people of this church. I am fortunate that we have so many volunteers who help out. I am thankful for those who welcome newcomers and I ask you to continue to show your care for everyone who comes to the church. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and strengthen us.

Our liturgy is the central activity of the church. Thanks to Steve Dingle, Chris Whitehead, and Ann Williamson for coordinating the volunteers. I so appreciate all that Susan Smith-Allen does for us. And I am thankful that Philip Stowell, retired priest, has come back to help at the altar. My special thanks go out to Ruby Seyffert and the altar guild members who prepare and clean up after each service. I thank all the lay readers, acolytes, chalice bearers, and ushers. Thanks to Gary Quamme who so faithfully leads our music program and thanks to the dedicatedmembers of the choir for providing music.

We continued many regular events and invite you to join us at any time. We have coffee and fellowship after each service in the Parish Hall and my thanks go out to

Terry Ostmeyer for cleaning up after the coffee hours. On Monday mornings, a group of men and women gather for breakfast and fellowship followed by completing projects to keep our church property functional and working in the garden. Thanks to Dea Podhajsky for continuing the walking group and a book club. On Wednesday, we have either Morning Prayer or Eucharist in the Parish Hall followed by Bible Study. Altar Guild, Daughters of the King and ECW meet on the first Saturday of the month. Thanks to Bobbie Lafford who helps plan Adult Formation discussion which we hold on Sunday between services.Our Lord’s soup kitchen continues to offer tasty soups thanks to Bob and Mabel Wilk. Please feel free to take one and give itto a person in need. I think about all the events and activities of the past year including the Spring Fashion Show, the Rummage Sale, trips to Detour Theater, and Organ Stop Pizza.

We have held Newcomer’s Dinners. Our vestry held a successful retreat to help us focus on our 2019 activities. We have fun together, learn together, worship together and eat together. Our church is a place to engage with people spiritually. Some new ministries started in 2019. Several people converted an office into a nursery and Catherine Walicki takes care of young children during the 10:00 AM service. We started a Saturday evening service with slightly different liturgy and music. After a pause, we will restart the Saturday service at 5:00 PM in the Parish House. Susan Smith-Allen leads a group called spirituality for the second half of life every other Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Pam Mack started a monthly game night. We are fortunate that generous people give money to keep our ministries active. This past year people gave money to help our Capital Campaign.

Outreach continues to be a major focus of our activities. Our interaction with local nonprofit organizations has significantly increased this year. Please see Peg

Weir’s report in this booklet. As we look to the future, I hope that we can seek new ways to interact with people who need our help. Our Facebook page and web site continue to be an important way for us to keep in touch with regular members of the church and those who are just learning about us. Thanks to all those who work in our children’s ministry programs. Sadly, our Sunday school does not have children attend most of the time.

Most especially, I wish to thank those who have served on our vestry, our treasurer, Debbi Bloom, Joan Crossman who continues to help, and our clerk, Ann Williamson. I am so appreciative of all the assistance that Miriam Waddington, our senior warden, has given to me. Thanks to Pat Mack for serving as our junior warden. We are grateful for the service of retiring vestry members Dea Podhajsky, Eileen Chandler, and Ruby Seyffert. I am sure that I have missed many people who have volunteered their time and made this the joyful and loving and welcoming place that it is. Thanks to you as well. A special thanks to Linda Ostmeyer, our office manager, for seeing that the orders of service are prepared weekly and the office runs smoothly. I would also like to thank my wonderful wife, Jan, who has been such a dedicated volunteer and companion on this journey. We have many opportunities to grow our ministries to families, neighbors, visitors and those in need. I hope that we will become a food distribution site for needy people. Please pray that we will all find a way to do God’s work in this world.

Blessings to each of you,

Bob Saik, Saik, Rector

 

  1. Senior/Rector Warden’s Report

 

My report this year comes in a spirit of love and thanksgiving. We at Church of the Transfiguration are SO privileged to have Fr. Bob as our Rector, along with Jan, his dedicated wife and partner, in his ministry. Fr. Bob has such a kind and loving spirit "The Spirit of the Lord" that he shares with all of us. He is happy to be here in God's service and we are so blessed that he answered God's call. 

I give thanks to God for each of you, just your presence makes a difference. To those of you who are able to volunteer we give our gratitude and love. All of our amazing Outreach programs and ministry opportunities are included in this report. I encourage all of you to read them, I hope you are as impressed as I am with what we can accomplish as a group.  I do feel that in all these situations the Holy Spirit is working in amazing ways. The Spirituality is visible, Thanks be to God for the love and caring we share with our Church Family, our City and the World.

I have been honored and blessed to work closely with Fr. Bob the past 2 years and have gotten to know many of you. Thanks to Jan Saik and Linda Ostmeyer for all of your support and to Fr. Bob for the opportunity to serve in the capacity of Senior Warden.

Blessings and Prayers, Miriam Waddington, Senior "Rectors" Warden

 

  1. Junior/People’s Warden Report 2019

2019 was a very busy and productive year, primarily with moving the offices to the Parish House and repurposing rooms in the Parish Hall.

 

General Maintenance

 General maintenance is pretty much the same every year. A/C filters are changed in all buildings as needed. Septic system is treated weekly. Light bulbs, inside and out are replaced as needed. This year termite inspections were done with good results and a new contract was signed with Blue Sky. Weekly and monthly critter and pest control is performed.

A/C Units were inspected and checked out well for their age.

The parking lot was repaired and sealed and more will be done there at the end of January.

Parish Hall

 The kitchen, nursery, and library all have new poured concrete floors. A new dishwasher was installed in the kitchen. Batteries for thermostats are changed on a yearly timetable for the Parish Hall and the Sanctuary. The water softener is maintained by Don Strachota. The walls of the new nursery were beautifully painted with murals by Pat G. and friends. Thank you very much for all of your work. The remainder of the floors in the Parish Hall were stripped, waxed and polished. Required backflow was completed without need for repair. Required annual inspections for fire prevention systems in kitchen and church were completed with passing grades. Motion sensor lights were installed where needed. Kitchen certification is being delayed indefinitely.

 Parish Offices, Chapel (house)

 New cameras, motion sensor lights and a handicap ramp with rails were installed for the safety of office personal and others. Flower beds were removed for better insect control and were paved over. New, programmable by phone, thermostats were installed in the church and later on will also be in the parish office and parish hall, we hope! An overhead fan with light was installed in the small chapel

Chapel

 All Maintenance was performed according to schedule.

Junior Warden attended Arizona Diocese Convention!

 I want to thank ALL of the people who helped with all of the work throughout the year. Especially Fr. Bob. Every Monday morning at our weekly meeting and work day he gives me a list of things that need to be taken care of. He always asks me what he can do to help me and then jumps right in and helps. A very, very special thanks goes to Don Strachota, my unofficial Executive special assistant Junior Warden! Also to Walter Devonshire, who will do whatever I ask of him. He also does many things around the property without being told. These 2 and Fr. Bob make my job so much easier. Sometimes(often) we are referred to as THE 4 STOOGES, but we get things done. And my LOVING thanks goes to the late James Stines. He came in every Monday when he was able to give us his help, and/or his humorous advice. His quick wit and presence will be sorely missed by me and many others. Rest in Peace my Friend.

Here’s to another wonderful year at Transfiguration!

 Respectfully submitted, YOUR Peoples/Junior Warden.

Pat Mack

 A special PS. Thanks so much to Ruby and Mother Susan for coming in every Monday morning to prepare a wonderful breakfast for all who work!

  • Ministry Reports

 

Daughters of the King

 The St. Teresa of Avila Chapter of the Daughters of the King was reestablished at the Church of the Transfiguration in 2014.  The current officers are Lynn Whayne Graff, President, and Miriam Waddington, Secretary.  We usually meet monthly at 10 a.m. on the same Saturday that the Episcopal Church Women meet.  Membership has been stable with 10 members.

 Three of our members attended the annual Daughters of the King Province VIII Spring meeting in Tucson.  The program centered on the development of a strategic plan for the organization as a whole to provide some direction and growth to all the chapters and members.

 The focus of the Daughters of the King is prayer, service, and evangelism. Prayer concerns for the church or individuals are discussed at each meeting.  The Daughters pray for these needs throughout each month.  Our service has centered on providing receptions following funerals, memorial services or special events. There were two such events during 2018.  We also strive to support the minister in his work.  We will begin the new year with recruiting and training new members.            Respectfully submitted,  Lynn Whayne Graff, President

 

             Outreach Report 2019        

                                    

Apache Junction Food Bank             974 pounds of food plus 13 turkeys

Apache Junction Healthcare  Various Hug A Bears and shawls

Banner Baywood Medical Center 6 Hug A Bears

Brinton Elementary School          $50; 359 units of school supplies; 40 Christmas presents; tissue; antibacterial bottles; underwear

CAAFA (Community Alliance Against Family Abuse)        $912.50  to UFB for food

Camp Genesis   $300 for dioceses camp for children of incarcerated parents

Cruzando Fronteras  $500 for medical attention for immigrants in Nogales

El Hogar school in Honduras   $305 for Christmas presents

Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska $270 for flood victims

Lutheran Social Services  $500 for asylum seekers

Million Meals for our Neighbors       1,375,390 meals since the start of Transfiguration involvement

Native Health Mesa  $100

Project Help           $150 for student athletic participation

Rachel’s Vinyard     Shawls

Rosarito, Mexico Boys and Girls Club 250 assorted items of school supplies and packs of pencils

Soup ministry  Approximately 30 per month homemade soup and bread delivered to persons who are shut in or ill

United Thank Offering  $471.5 from fall ingathering

 

Submitted by Peg Wier

 

Altar Guild

 In the early days of the church, the duty of caring for the altar and sanctuary was the concern of the priests and attendants.  Nuns do the work in certain parts of the world, but for some years in most churches, these duties are performed by a group of women and men knows as the Altar Guild.

 The Altar Guild is an important element in the celebration of all services, such as Sunday communion services in the church, Wednesday services in the parish house, memorials, funerals and any other special services.

 We will be gearing up for the Lenten/Easter season. We just finished the Advent/Christmas season; which is also a busy season.  Our members enjoy the greening of the church at this time; even though it is a busy time.

 We have a meeting monthly, normally on the first Saturday of the month at 11;00 a.m. in the church. These meetings are informational and for preparations needed for our Sunday services and any other services that may be scheduled in that month.  There are special church seasons that require us to come together for seasonal preparations.

 We have one fund raiser a year;  and that is a bake sale in the month of December.  We had an awesome bake sale this past December, raising close to $600.  We will be using some of these funds to purchase a missal stand for the chapel in the parish house in memory of our guild member Elaine Sweet who passed away in November of this year.

 We as a guild work harmoniously together; lovingly preparing the Lord’s table, the sanctuary and other areas for the Eucharist celebrations and other services.

 We have increased our guild by 2 members this year and look forward to having more join our guild.  Should you be interested in joining our guild; preparing the Lord’s table for the Eucharist services; you would be welcomed and we would love to have you as a part of our guild.

 If you are interested, feel free to call me: Ruby Seyffert (602) 318-0568 or just catch me at church and we can chat about the guild.  You can also talk to any member to get an idea for what we do.

 We would love to have you as part of our altar guild family.

 

Respectfully submitted,  Ruby Seyffert, Altar Guild Director

Music Ministry

Dear Friends,

 2019 was a wonderful year for music at Transfiguration. The choir, at its peak, had 16 singers, giving us opportunities to sing more advanced literature. And our cantors continue to lead us beautifully at every occasion. Our December Evensong, which included more congregational participation than in the past, proved to be a model for future Evensongs, and a wonderful moment of Advent respite in the busy holiday season.

I wish to thank our cantors: Eileen Chandler, Peter Lafford, Bill Robinson, and Meg Stresan-Renter. And, special thanks to Eileen Chandler for managing our choral library so efficiently. To them, and to all of our volunteer musicians who show such commitment every week to the glory of God, and to all who support them, I am forever grateful.

 Respectfully Submitted, Gary Quamme, Director of Music

 

Stewardship

Our 2020 Stewardship theme was “Shining Our Light.”  This year we tried something different.  We partnered with St. Matthews in Chandler. Our churches selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.  New Consecration Sunday was based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. 

On November 10th we had Fr. Dominic Moore from St. Matthews preach about stewardship and later had the consecration of the pledges as we concluded our stewardship campaign.  As of January 21, 2020 we received 83 pledges totaling $186,008.  Last year we had 87 pledges totaling $188,206 so we have slightly decreased our pledge amount with four less pledges.  We actually received 9 new pledges for 2020 but also lost several pledges from 2019.  Our total budget for 2020 is $220,720 so we will need to take in additional funds from the offering plate and other sources to cover the difference between pledge income and budget.

We are so blessed that Transfiguration is a growing and vibrant congregation.  I am thankful that people have volunteered their time and talent and given generously to our church.  So many make pledges and give money for our ministry. I’d like to thank everyone who generously contributed to Transfiguration.  Without your support this church would not exist.  I’d also like to thank you for all of the volunteer work that occurs at Transfiguration.  It continues to amaze me how blessed Fr. Bob, myself and the church are to have so many dedicated people pitching in where needed.   You are an answer to our prayers.                    -Faithfully yours,      Jan Saik

 

The Crazy Chile Farm 2019

2019 The Year in Review

 

We began 2019 with high hopes and great expectations, partially because of the extraordinary success of 2018. In 2018, you may recall, Bob DeSpiegelaere’s tractor and Laura Ward’s Clydesdales blessed us with a new 5000 sq. ft. field behind the parish hall. This allowed us to begin rotating crops between the two fields and dramatically increased our yield. 800 lbs. of chiles were harvested that year, along with a beautiful crop of blue corn, tepary beans, and squash in Field #1. 2019, however was a different story.

We began the year by expanding the original field (#1) by 1000 sq. ft., which brought us up to 10,000 sq. ft. total. Then, with the guidance of Jim Soper, we revised and improved the irrigation system. However, the work on infrastructure ended up involving the bulk of our labor force, which delayed the planting of our new crops. Most crops didn’t get in the ground until late May or early June, by which time the heat was upon us…32 days of temperatures over 110°, with little or no rain. Ground temperatures exceeded 150° and some of the PVC irrigation pipe joints actually melted, causing flooding and driving up our water bill. Corn tassels were cooked before the silks on the corn ears could form, causing lack of pollination. 44 hills of squash, with 3-4 seeds/hill were planted. Exactly one squash sprouted. Only the chile plants made a good showing, with enough production to keep up with demand and to sustain our revenue through this winter. Additionally, a late planting of tepary beans fared very well. We learned some valuable lessons. This year, 1000 peat-pots have already been planted in the greenhouse. Chile, corn, beans and squash will be planted in the ground beginning in early March, and the irrigation is being simplified by setting up what’s called a flood/row system. Also, we already have all of our seeds in house and ready to plant! What’s more we have set up a Farm Advisory Board that meets monthly to work on finances, capital expenditures, marketing, and schedules for labor, planting, harvesting, processing and packaging. Board Members are Lynn Graff, Heidi Kinney, Gerry Ewert, Catherine Schuyler, Dea Podjasky, Lee Podjasky, and Fr. Bob. 

The bright spot for 2019 was our increased involvement with Native Americans. We now use one of our fields to generate revenue to pay our expenses and for outreach, while the other field is used to grow indigenous seed stock to support the traditional tribal agriculture of the low desert and San Juan Basin. Our expanding reserves of rare seeds for endangered traditional crops have increased dramatically. We have now successfully developed seed transfer agreements (and sales relationships) with a number of tribes and service organizations. For example, we now buy blue corn from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado that we process and package as blue cornmeal for a generous profit. We provide a significant volume of seeds to the Yaqui, Tohono O’odham, Akimel O’odham (Pima), Omaha, and Diné (Navajo) tribes, Native Health in Mesa, St. Vincent DePaul Community Garden, and the St. Andrew’s Outreach Garden in Sedona. The Native American communities, whose tribal lands make up a third of the area of Arizona, are gradually regaining access to the water that was denied them in the late 19th and early 20th century. To successfully make their agricultural comeback, they will continue to need the support and assistance of people like us. While there is still much to do, we are making great progress. This has come as a result of the truly dedicated support of our volunteer farmers, the kind and loving hearts of the people of our parish, and a bishop and diocesan staff who not only encourage us, they promote us. I cannot tell you how much that moves me.

In Christ, Bill Robinson

For The Crazy Chile Farm  

2019 Native Plant Landscape Ministry

 

2019 has been a year of both celebration and challenge. The annual desert Bluebells and Mexican Gold Poppies provided abundant Easter color (far beyond where they were originally planted). The invasion of Globe Chamomile (a truly noxious weed from Africa, the seeds of which blew in from county land on the east side of Mountain Rd.) caused the entire parish property to require professional spraying to eliminate it. Englemann’s Prickly Pear, Buckhorn Cholla and an Ocotillo were added to the area between the Church and the Parish House. Candelilla were planted along the sidewalk and in the St. Francis beds. A Strawberry Hedgehog, two Arizona Fishhook Mammalarias and a Blue Elf Aloe were also added to the St. Francis beds. In spite of the summer Non-soon and triple teen temperatures, most of our plantings survived. Then “The Great Flood”, on the last day of the summer Monsoon Season, did its worst. It flooded the property, wiped out our plantings, blew through the check dam on the dry stream bed between the Church and the sign, and literally washed tons of dirt into both of our retention basins. But… thanks to a long Saturday work day with Chile Farmers and Friends and a rented Bobcat, barrels of trash were collected and 7 cubic yards of dirt was removed from the south retention basin. There is still much more dirt that needs to be removed, but it was a great start. Since then, watering basins have been rebuilt, replacement plants have been put in, and an uprooted Red Fishhook Barrel Cactus has been moved next to the Big Saguaro. The winter rains have come, and the Desert Bluebells and the Mexican Gold Poppies are again growing in the planters in front of the Church.          Nancy Robinson

 

Book Group Report   Dea Podhajsky

The book discussion group meets monthly October through April. We normally meet on the third Friday at 10 am in the Parish House.

The books for this year include The Nickel Boys by Colsun Whitehead (October), Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (November), The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (December), The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia (January).  At Play in the Field of the Lord by Peter Matthiessen, February, Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin (March) and Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimandi Ngozi Adichie (April).

The books are selected to elicit discussion on topics such as morality, the role of the church in society, and respect for all of God’s people. For more information or to have your name added to our email, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Book Ministry General Membership Report

Vivien Warr, Lynn Graff, Dea Podhajsky

This year saw the creation of a new Book Ministry. We sell donated books for $1.00 each. The profits from the book sales funds camperships at Camp Genesis at Chapel Rock. This is a camp for youth whose parents are currently incarcerated.

The books are located in the Outreach Room in the Parish Hall. This room previously housed the church office.

We have a wide range of books in varied genres. The ministry depends on the sales of the books to reach our goal to provide camperships. Please take the time to walk back and browse our selection. We are confident that you will find something to appeal to your tastes.

 

Social Media Report    Dea Podhajsky

 YouTube (Transfiguration Mesa)

  • We have 5 subscribers.
  • Cheryl Podhajsky, Dea Podhajsky and Peter Lafford are authorized to post.

Twitter ([email protected])

  • We have 12 followers.
  • Elena Little and Dea Podhajsky are authorized to post.

Facebook (Episcopal Church of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

  • The following people have publishing rights. Dana Witmann, Bill Robinson, Gary Quamme, Chris Whitehead (pending) as Editors. Jan Saik, Bob Saik, Peter Lafford and Dea Podhajsky are administrators.
  • We have 253 followers.

Instagram (transfigmesa)

  • We have 23 followers.
  • Gordon Noyes and Dea Podhajsky are authorized to post.

Web Page (https://www.transfiguration-mesa.org )

  • The following people are authorized authors: Jan Saik,* Bob Saik, Cheryl Podhajsky,* Susan-Smith Allen, Dea Podhajsky* and Bill Robinson. Stars indicate they actively post. The ones without stars have content listed by them but it is posted by me.
  • People looking for a church come to the Web Page.
  • The audio of the sermons automatically is sent from YouTube to the Web Page. The audio is on the Worship Menu.
  • The sermons average about 150 views. They are only on the Home Page for two weeks. Then they are found on the Worship Menus.

The Newsletter

  • The newsletter is in a print and electronic format.
  • It is published on a monthly schedule with some exceptions.
  • If you are not receiving a copy of the newsletter, it may be because we do not have a current email address of because the newsletter is being sent to your junk mail folder. The newsletter is sent from the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Included with the newsletter is a letter from Fr Bob.

Submissions

  • Submissions of ideas, photographs or articles for any of the above are encourage.
  • You may email the submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • You may also drop them off in the office during regular business hours.

 

Walking On Wednesday         Dea Podhajsky

This was a busy year for our Walking on Wednesday group. We accumulated enough miles to return to Transfiguration from our around the world tour by Easter 2019. To celebrate our return, we had a special breakfast after both the 8 and 10 am service which features dishes from places that we had virtually visited.

Having completed our world tour, it was time for new challenges. We adopted a mascot, Flat Charlie. The idea was to keep our community connected no matter where we travelled. Flat Charlie is based on the concept of Flat Stanley a program used worldwide in elementary schools. To participate in our Flat Charlie Program, one needs only pick up a picture of Flat Charlie on our bulletin board, take it with you as you travel, and send a picture of you and Flat Charlie wherever in the world you might be to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pictures are posted on our bulletin board in the Parish Hall. By doing this you are automatically a part of the Walking on Wednesday group and will receive a monthly reminder to submit your mileage. If no mileage is submitted, I use 50 miles as the default. An average person walks 2 miles a day; 50 miles is a conservative default. The miles for all participants are kept on a spread sheet.

A review of the creation of Walking and Wednesday follows for those who are unfamiliar with the program.

 

  • Walking on Wednesday is a program at Transfiguration which strives to build community and encourage healthy living.
  • In the winter those who wish meet at the Parish House and walk together. Our normal walk is a little over two miles, the terrain is flat, and the company is good. We also have variations on our walk which are shorter.
  • Walkers don’t have to be present on Wednesday to be part of the group. We encourage you to invite your friends and family to keep track of their miles and submit them. (See the first bullet).
  • We have group mileage goals and special corresponding activities. Currently we are accumulating our miles as we have not established an itinerary for our next journey. If you have ideas on where we should virtually walk, tell Dea, Jan or Fr Bob.

 

Episcopal Church Women

As I reflect back on 2019 I realize how incredibly blessed our church is. The ladies of our church and their husbands also give of themselves on a daily basis without expectation of acknowledgement for their participation and support of all the ECW activities during the year.  We continue to meet the first Saturday of the month to plan and discuss ways to contribute to the community at large. 

Ongoing projects of this group include supporting - Brinton school with items such as kleenex, clothing for the children and school supplies and of The Christmas Angel tree.   This past year 40 gifts were donated to the children of Brinton from the members at large of our church.  Turkeys were donated to the AJ food bank.  Members also created and donated Prayer Shawls, Scarves and hats for children, and bears for the Hug a bear progam.   A request came in for us to somehow create Clothing protectors for the Rehab homes.   That request is being fulfilled and donations are coming in and being delivered. 

- The Secret Prayer Sisters of 2018 were revealed in January at a luncheon.   The ladies enjoyed finding out who prayed for them during the year.  It was a successful ministry and new sisters for 2019 were picked.  The revealing will be in February of this year.  This ministry encourages members to pray for each other, send little notes of encouragement and even small gifts to let them know they are being thought of throughout the year.   

- The Lords soup kitchen was formed in 2018 and  met every month to create wonderful soups to be distributed to anyone who may be in need of comfort.   This past year approximately 260 quarts of soup were distributed. 

- Church support group continues to support members by providing rides and other needs.  Even helping folks move.    

ECW donated $356.00 to Project Help. 

The annual Rummage sale was a success once again earning $2,767.90.   The attendees of the sale seemed to need the items offered for a goodwill offering.  It was well attended and appreciated by the community at large.   It takes many hands to run the sale and the ladies of ECW are always ready and willing to help.

ECW hosted many events this past year Flower for Mothers day, Donuts for Dads, Clergy appreciation to name a few. 

Spring Luncheon and Style show was once again a great success.  The raffles were enjoyed by all. It was well attended and everyone had a good time.  

Once again the ladies supported Transfiguration by donating $5000 to the general fund and have pledged an additional $5,000 for 2020.

This group is extremely busy.   It never ceases to amaze me that when the call goes out for help so many ladies show up to help.  All the events and activities could not happen if not for the commitment of all the ladies of ECW.   These ladies give of themselves freely and willingly.  The support of these women, the parishioners, Fr. Bob and Jan Saik and the faithful officers of ECW make my commitment so much easier.   I am most grateful to all the ladies and gentlemen for their ongoing encouragement, knowledge and support.  

Respectfully Sumitted,  Jo Laslo   President

 

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