Annual Meeting Report

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Mesa, Arizona

2021 Annual Meeting

January 24, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Reverend Bob Saik, Rector

Gary Quamme, Music Director

Linda Ostmeyer, Office Manager

 

2020 Wardens and Officers

Lynn Graff, Senior Warden

Pat Mack, Junior Warden

Debbi Bloom, Treasurer

 Dea Podhajsky, Clerk

2020 Vestry

Barbara Press                                      Heidi Kinney                                   Karl Shepstead

Pat Gutsch                                           Pam Mack                                         Jo Laslo

Barbara Turner                                     Catherine Schuyler                            Bob Wilk

 

 

Table of Contents                                                                                                   Page

  1. Annual Meeting Agenda             2
  2. Minutes of 2020 Annual Meeting             3, & 4
  • Candidate Information 4, 5 & 6
  1. Rector’s Report 7 & 8
  2. Senior Warden’s Report 8 & 9
  3. Junior Warden’s Report 9 & 10
  • Ministry Reports 10-19
  • 2020 Financial Statements Review                                     20-22
  1. Budget for 2021 23-24

 

 

  1. Annual Meeting Agenda

 

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Appointment of Clerk, Recorders and Tellers
  3. Minutes of 2020 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 2021 Budget
  16. Celebration of Our Ministry
  17. Closing Prayer

 

 

 

 

 

  1. MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING

January 26, 2020

  1. Call to Order / Opening Prayers

The meeting was called to order at 12:03 pm by Fr Bob Saik.

  1. Appointment of the Clerk of the Meeting.

Ann Williamson was appointed Clerk of the Meeting by Fr Bob.

  1. Appointment of Recorders and Tellers

Jan Saik was appointed as Recorder.  Laura and Lynn Graff were appointed as Tellers.

  1. Minutes of the 2019 Annual Meeting:

Ron (unintelligible) moved to approve the minutes from last year as presented, seconded and passed

  1. Appointment of Senior Warden

Lynn Graff is appointed as Senior Warden, and to serve as statutory agent and President, effective as of February 1, 2020.

  1. Election of Junior Warden

Pat Mack has agreed to serve another year as Junior Warden. Paul Gutsch moved to accept Pat as Sr Warden, seconded and passed by acclamation.

  1. Election of Treasurer

Pam Mack moved to accept Debbie Bloom as Treasurer, seconded and passed by acclamation

  1. Election of Vestry

We have nine member-at-large members of the vestry, plus the officers.  They rotate at 3-year intervals.  This year we will need 5 members, 3 new and 2 to fill vacant seats. 

The candidates are Bob Wilk*, Jo Laslo*, Pam Mack*, Catherine Schuyler*, Karl Shepsted* are the candidates.  Chris Whitehead was nominated by Ruby Seyffert.  Ballots were passed out later in the meeting.  The ones elected are indicated by an asterisk (*).

  1. Election of Diocesan Convention Delegates

Clergy, Sr Warden, and Jr Warden are automatically selected.  The top five lay (*)are elected, the rest will be alternates.  Candidates don't have to be Vestry members.

The candidates are Pat G, Ruby S*, Heidi K*, Pam Mack*, Barb T*, Bill Robinson*.  (Note: Miriam had volunteered to be an alternate at the last Vestry meeting.)Ballots were passed out later in  the meeting.

  1. Rector's Report

Fr's report is in the Annual Report. Ann Williamson is retiring as Clerk of the Vestry, so a new person will be needed.  Thanks to Lindo O for her work in the office.

  1. Senior Warden's Report

In addition to her report in the Annual Report, Miriam thanked Bob for the opportunity to serve this congregation and encouraged parishioners to keep volunteering.  She asked for support for Lynn. 

  1. Jr Wardens' Report

Pat thanked Don S, the late James Stines, and the congregation for the opportunity to serve the parish.  Fr Bob add his own thanks and comments.

  1. Ministry Reports

The reports are in the Annual Report.  Bill Robinson reported for the Crazy Chile Farm and One Million Meals.  The farm sales covered all expenses this year, helping the various tribes to re-establish their native agricultures.  Peg Wier reported for Outreach.  The numbers are probably low.  Proud of this church and the outreach we do.  Ruby Seyffert reported for Altar Guild, noted that men are welcome to join.  Dea reported for the social media ministries.  Gary Q reported for the music program.  Lynn G reported for DOK. Mabel Wilk moved to accept the reports as presented, seconded and passed.

Intermission - Singing with Gary

  1. Recognition of Outgoing Officers and Vestry Members

Miriam Waddington, Eileen Chandler, Dea Podhajski, and Ruby Seyffert were recognized for their work on the Vestry.

  1. Financial Reports

The Financial Reports can be found in the Annual Report booklet.  Fr Bob explained some of the items in the reports in addition to the following:

Balance Sheet: noted were the Capital Improvement Balance, Diocesan Outreach Balance, and Million Meals Balance.

Treasurer's Report:  Highlighted were General Fund Income, Rector Stipend Expense, Administrator Expense, Children's Sunday School Expense, Convention Expense,  and Music Director Expense.  Our income exceeded our expenses.

  1. Presentation of 2020 Budget

Balanced at $220,720.  $637 has been added to income due to a change passed at the last Vestry meeting.  The budget was officially approved at the January Vestry meeting.

  1. Celebration of Our Ministries

Speakers were: Ann Williamson, Shirley Johnson for Nancy R, Pam Mack, Pat Neff, Jan Saik, Jim Myers, Ruby Seyffert, Jo Lazlo, Bill Robinson, Eileen Chandler, Miriam Waddington, and Marge Connolly.  Miriam gave Lynn the Sr Wardens badge.

  1. Closing Prayer
  2. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1:07 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Clerk of the Vestry

 

 

  • Candidate Information

 

Appointment of Senior Warden

 

Re-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

Election of Vestry

 

Ellen Jackelen

 

Since October, 2019, when I became a permanent resident here in Mesa, I’ve been attending the Church of the Transfiguration.    I looked for a faith community that demonstrates care and concern for its members and looks beyond its own needs to see the needs of others in our community and beyond.  I found that here.    Attending church services, ECW meetings, Evening Prayer sessions, and Book Club have provided wonderful ways to worship, pray, serve and meet more church members.  In my previous Episcopal congregation in Bemidji, Minnesota, I served on the Bishop’s Committee, served as ECW president, taught Sunday school, attended Cursillo and served on several Cursillo teams.    In addition, I served as Treasurer of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, the Bemidji Refugee Resettlement Committee and the United Way.    

 

Before retirement I worked as a Business Manager for the Minnesota DNR and then quit to work with my husband to establish and grow our private business which provided children’s mental health services in northern Minnesota.    My husband passed away suddenly in 2016 and I stayed in Minnesota as my father’s caregiver until his death in August, 2019, at age 101.

 

My goal as a Vestry member would be to contribute to the well-being of the Church of the Transfiguration and to maintain its very active ministry within the congregation and within the community.  My purpose as a member of the Vestry is to provide whatever support I can to our Rector, the staff and fellow congregants.

Bill Paleck

 

Bill grew up in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1970.  He spent 37 years working for the National Park Service; rising through the ranks to retire as a senior park manager in 2007. Upon retirement he completed the course work and practicum to become a certified mediator in the state of Washington and conducted some 500 mediations.  He was active in Rotary International and served on the Board and later as president of the county homeless shelters and food kitchen.

 

Bill and his wife Marcie began spending winters in the San Tan Valley in 2013 and purchased their home in Solera at Johnson Ranch five years ago.  He has served on the Board of Directors for his HOA and presently serves on the Finance Committee for Transfiguration as well as helping with various church events and projects when called upon and available.

 

Barbara Press

I am an active member at Transfiguration church.  I’m on Altar Guild and a member of ECW where I’m doing Secret Prayer Sister.  I participate in the church book club, compline every weekday evening, morning prayers on Wednesday, and Bible Study on Tuesday morning.  I also help with Sunday reading in the church.

 

The church is my peace and keeps me centered.  I finished out Gordon Noyes term on the vestry.  I have been asked to finish another term for one year.  I do this with honor and integrity.

 

Peg Wier

 

I have been Episcopalian since I was 6 and have been active throughout the years with clubs and activities.   I was on the vestry where we lived in central Illinois.  I have a bachelor’s degree in family living and child development from the Home Economics Dept at Western Illinois University.   

My primary work was at a community mental health center which covered two rural counties in central Illinois.  I provided direct service to individuals and groups including emergency services for many years.  Eventually, I moved to the administrative team where I coordinated the center becoming accredited and supervised the billing and support team.   I retired in 2005 after 32 years at the center.  I also helped start a program for victims of domestic violence and rape in the county where we lived.  I think that social services is in my blood. 

 

My husband, Chuck, and I have two children who both live in Lansing, MI.  We have no grandchildren.   We came to AZ in 2005 as snowbirds and moved here full time in 2013.  We live in a park model in a park in Apache Junction.  We love to travel.

 

At Transfiguration I am active in ECW, coordinate the spring luncheon and style show, help with rummage sales and ECW activities, and compile the Transfiguration outreach report.  My interest for my involvement at Transfiguration is to find better ways to support and report outreach activities.   We can be very proud of the great amount of community and state support and donations which come from this organization to which we belong.

 

Election of Diocesan Convention Delegates

 

The candidates for Diocesan Convention are Dea Podhajsky, Pam Mack, Bill Robinson, Miriam Waddington and one additional candidate.

  1. Rector’s Report for the Annual Meeting – January 24, 2021

This past year has been both a difficult time and a joyous time for the Church of the Transfiguration.  For many Sundays we were unable to meet as we followed the guidelines of the diocese.  Our inability to meet created so many other challenges.  We could not come together after service for coffee hour and we had no other gatherings.  We could not meet in person for adult bible study.  But in the midst of all those challenges, we found new ways to be together.  We learned how to use Zoom to meet online rather than in person.  We recorded church services and shared them on Youtube and Facebook.  New ministries were started online including a weeknight Compline service.  One benefit of online services is the opportunity to include people living outside of Arizona.  It has been nice to stay in touch.  On Christmas Eve we held our first outdoor service and I hope we will be able to continue having services outside. Another new ministry was the delivery of gift bags to members who are at home.  We delivered gift bags two times in 2020. 

It is a special blessing for me to be your rector.  Jan and I have been supported in so many ways by the people of this church community.   I appreciate all those who have volunteered to keep us together.   May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and strengthen us. 

Our liturgy is the central activity of the church.  In spite of the many times when we could not have a service in the church, so many people help me keep this part of our church life vibrant.  Thanks to Steve Dingle, Chris Whitehead, and Ann Williamson for helping.  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 dedicated members of the choir for providing music. This year, Peter Lafford recorded many services.  He edited the recordings and put them on Youtube.  When Peter was no longer able to help, Gary Quamme did the recording for us.  Steve Dingle also helped out. 

Despite the pandemic, we have several activities you can join.  We have a weekly Evening Prayer service and Wednesday Morning Prayer via Zoom.  Thanks to Dea Podhajsky for continuing the book club.  Altar Guild, Daughters of the King and ECW have continued to meet on zoom monthly.  Our Lord’s soup kitchen still offers tasty soups.  Please feel free to take one and give it to a person in need. 

We are fortunate that generous people give money to keep our ministries active.  So many people have continued to give to this church even though they do not visit in person.  Thanks to all of you. 

Outreach continues to be a major focus of our activities.  Our interaction with local nonprofit organizations has significantly increased this year.  The vestry decided to give money for homelessness and feeding programs.  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.   Social Media has become so important as we try to stay connected.  We wouldn’t be able to share our services on-line without YouTube.  Thanks to Dea Podhajsky and many others who are active on our various social media sites.   

Most especially, I wish to thank those who have served on our vestry, our treasurers, Debbi Bloom and Joan Crossman, and our clerk, Dea Podhajsky.  I am so appreciative of all the assistance that Lynn Graff has given to me.  Thanks to Pat Mack for serving as our junior warden.  A special thanks to Linda Ostmeyer, our office manager.  We are grateful for the service of retiring vestry members Barbara Turner and Pat Gutsch.  I am sure that I have missed many people who have volunteered their time and made this the joyful, loving and welcoming place that it is.  Thanks to you as well.  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. Please pray that we will all find a way to do God’s work in this world.  

 

Blessings to each of you.  May you be safe and healthy,

 

Bob Saik, Rector

 

 

  1. Senior/Rector Warden’s Report

 

As Senior Warden I have the privilege of working with Fr. Bob and have found it a pleasure and a learning experience.  He has been amazing during this challenging year and stayed flexible, creative, caring, and patient dealing with all of the difficulties and changes.  The vestry strives to support his work and to find ways to best serve the church and meet the needs that arise.  Jan, Linda, Debbie, and Joan are to be commended for all of the time and efforts they give to keep the business of the church going on in spite of all that is happening or not happening.

 

This church is such a shining example of all that it means to be a Christian, especially when you consider the demographics.  The people who work with the Crazy Chile Farm, the Soup Crew, ECW, Altar guild, phone callers, gift bag makers and deliverers, those that do yard work, property upgrades and repairs, or continue to donate food, supplies, books, games, and money to help those in need have been so generous.

 

While not always easy, our church family has managed to learn new ways of doing things in order to stay in touch, to study, to worship, to pray, and to gather.  Music, sermons, readers, filming and communicating on-line in different ways have been a result of people sharing their time and talents.

 

Thanks to all who have extended their hand and gifts in expressing their love as members of the Church of the Transfiguration.

Blessings and Prayers, Lynn Graff, Senior "Rectors" Warden

 

  1. Junior/People’s Warden Report 2021

 

The year began rather normally, but things did change!

Landscapers spruced-up the campus, making it all look beautiful in anticipation of a Joyous Easter Celebration that did not happen.  Blue Sky completed the annual termite inspection…we don’t have any!  Halo completed all inspections for The Arizona Water Company and State of Arizona, which includes exit lights at all outside doors, kitchen fire suppression system and fire extinguishers, also backflow prevention system, and we passed.

 

The ramp in front of the parish house entrance was given a facelift which made it much safer and more sturdy.  The thermostats in all building were replaced and can now be controlled remotely.  One of the toilets in the parish house was replaced.   Some of the other toilets needed parts replaced and that was done.  General maintenance is done as needed.  Septic tank maintenance is done weekly and spraying outside for weeds and inside for bugs is done monthly.

 

As for Covid-19: I purchased and installed motion sensor paper towel dispensers and also new toilet paper dispensers in all bathrooms.  Fr. Bob and I removed all bench cushions from the church and all of the cushioned chairs from the parish hall were also removed and replaced with wood or metal folding chairs for ease of disinfection.  During the time when Fr. Bob was giving “drive through” communion I made signs with the information and put them out on Broadway and Mountain Rd. each Wednesday…and later returned to put them away.  I am presently helping to set up on Sundays for the outdoor service.

 

I really miss Don Strachota and all of his 1st class help!  I am thankful that Walter Devonshire is back with us.  Walter is good help and also fun to work with!  And of course, Fr. Bob is always around to help and he is also FUN to work with!  A big Thank You to everyone who helps around the church…especially those who help ME!  Looking forward to a better year in 2021!

Respectfully submitted, Pat Mack, Jr. Warden

 

 

  • Ministry Reports

 

Book Group Report   

 

There are two forms of book ministries at Transfiguration. We have a book room where people may buy donated books for one dollar. The closing of the church has shut down our operations temporarily, but we are still committed to our mission of providing camperships to Camp Genesis at Castle Rock. Camp Genesis is a project of the Diocese that provides a free camp experience to children of those incarcerated.

 

Our other group is our monthly book discussion group. We have met each month via Zoom. Highlights of the year were author visits by Leah Hagar Cohen and Kate Pullinger. These award-winning international authors joined us for a discussion of their works. Ms. Cohen’s novel was Strangers and Cousins. Ms. Pullinger’s The Mistress of Nothing.

 

The zoom format works well for us as our members who leave the valley in the summer were able to participate all year long. If you are interested in taking over this ministry please let Dea know.

 

Submitted by Dea Podhajsky

 

Altar Guild

 

Altar guild is more of a force in the parish than the holy housekeeping tasks they perform.  It is a spiritual community—the spirit ripples throughout the whole congregation.  Altar guild members are team players.  The senior members are neither rulers giving orders nor doers taking care of everything themselves.  Instead, they are leaders and teachers. 

 

Another spiritual issue is hospitality. Transfiguration welcomes new members and are using their altar guild service to build relationships.  We feel this creates the mood of our church to be considerably warmer and friendlier.

 

A certain spirit floats out of our sacristy the way an aroma floats out of the kitchen.  It sets the tone of the worship and more than that it sets the tone of congregational life.  A well-set service with the corporal and lavabo towel in the just the right place is a good thing.  However, there are more important intangibles in this ministry—care for each other, building up another’s confidence, welcoming and including new members; and above all prayer and fellowship.

 

Though we’ve had many changes throughout this year (2020). As many others have had, we are truly a very flexible guild.  Many of our guild members did not return from their summer residences to Transfiguration.  Therefore, though we are few, we are a mighty and service-oriented guild.

 

We have monthly meetings, normally on the first Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m. in the church.  These meetings last about one hour.  The meetings include preparations needed for our Sunday services and any tidying up that is needed.  There are special seasons that require us to come together for seasonal preparations.  We are so thankful to our Monday project team and our junior warden coming together with the guild to make our Easter and Christmas services festive and meaningful.

 

We would love to have you join our family to work harmoniously together while lovingly preparing our lord’s table for the eucharist celebrations as well as other services.

 

Respectfully submitted,     

Ruby Seyffert, Altar Guild Director 

Improvement Fund Capital Campaign

Transfiguration has been so blessed by the generosity and hard work of so many people.  We are thankful for those who came before and helped this church to be a beautiful place. 

In 2012, Transfiguration started an Improvement Fund to help us pay for needed changes to our facility.  That fund lasted until 2019.  As of January 1, 2021, we have received $48,616 in gifts to the Capital Campaign. In 2019 we purchased a new dishwasher for the Parish Hall and we replaced the flooring in the Parish Hall Kitchen and two former offices.  We repaired the parking lot and we added handicap access to the new offices in the Parish House.  

In 2020, we sent $7,000 to an organization called RIP Medical Debt to pay off the medical debt of people in need in Arizona.  We purchased a new wireless microphone for the church and also purchased devices to help those who have hearing issues.  We purchased equipment to provide internet for the church.  We purchased paper towel dispensers and toilet paper dispensers for all of the bathrooms.  We purchased a new storage shed

Thanks for your generosity,   

Bob Saik

 

 

 

Outreach Report 2019        

                                    

 

Music Ministry

 

Dear friends in Christ,

 

I wrote recently in a Facebook post to the Association of Anglican Musicians, of which I am a member, that describing this past year is like trying to describe a tornado to occupants of the house it just passed over—words seem woefully inadequate.

 

COVID mandated many changes in how our music program functions. For example, we were forced to cancel a planned Evensong in March, and hope of rescheduling was dashed not long after. We were able to host the Glee Club of Occidental College in January, but other planned concerts were canceled not long thereafter. The continued presence of COVID in our community made it necessary to rethink the role music plays in our liturgies, especially congregational singing. For example, hymns sung in the context of corporate worship, with everyone present in the same space together, is a much different experience than when sung in front of the TV with only a few family members. And different still when sung alone.

 

This year has given us a chance to establish a larger presence on social media, and, therefore, to a larger community. Exactly what that means for us is still not clear; but, it has meant that those who live away from the Phoenix area part of the year can remain participants in our worship life. 

 

Still, even during this period of uncertainty, we have been able to count on our volunteers, whose efforts have brought some sense of normality in a year chuck full of new normals. I must thank our soloists, in particular, who contribute selflessly to our cause—Eileen Chandler, Peter Lafford, Bill Robinson, and Meg Stresen-Reuter.

 

Who knows what the future will look like; though, I am glad to be making the journey with all of you.

 

May Almighty God continue to bless you and all who seek to the further the kingdom of Jesus Christ Our Lord. To him be glory for ever and ever.

 

Very Truly Yours,

 

Gary Quamme

Director of Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewardship

 

Our 2021 Stewardship theme was “Faith-Filled Generosity.”  Due to Covid-19 we had to take a different approach to our stewardship campaign.  Since we were not able to always meet in person we emailed the stewardship letters to those who allowed us to use email and sent letters to the rest of the church community.  We received pledges online, through the mail and by in person drop off.  Then, we blessed the pledges during one of our recorded services.

 

As of January 13, 2021, we received 71 pledges totaling $174,115.  Last year we had 83 pledges totaling $186,008 so we have slightly decreased our pledge amount with 12 less pledges.  We actually received 9 new pledges for 2021 but also lost several pledges from 2020.  Our total budget for 2021 is $211,009 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.

 

 

                                                             2021 Pledge  2020 Pledge

Total Amount Pledged                    $174,115         $186,008

Total Number Pledged                          71                    83

Budget                                                $211.009        $220,000

Amt over/under budget                   $(36,894)        $33,992

Amt pledged this yr. & last yr.       $162,155        $177,129

Amt new pledges (9)                         $11,960            $8,879

 

 Because we were unable to worship in person, in 2020 we had to invest in technology to allow us to be able to stream, video and broadcast services.  Thanks to your generosity in keeping up with our 2020 donations we were able to buy the necessary equipment. 

 

Your pledges for 2021 are much appreciated. They will allow us to continue providing church services and online meetings as well as help those who are in need in our church family and our community.   I’d like to thank the many volunteers who helped me with the mailings, recording and other work for the stewardship campaign.   Fr. Bob and I appreciate all of the various ways that you support us and the church.   May God shine his light upon you each and every day. 

 

 

Faithfully yours,      

Jan Saik

 

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another
with whatever gift each of you has received.
– 1 Peter 4:10

Daughters of the King

 

Daughters of the King met regularly at the beginning of the year.  As a service we do for the church, we provided two receptions following memorial services.  Classes were held for prospective members and finished just as the church was closing down for COVID.  While the church was closed, members continued to meet our purpose of service, prayer, and sharing our faith but it was done a little differently - at a distance, using phones, mail, and on-line means.  When the church reopened, we were fortunate to have the Bishop do the installation service for our three new members -Vivien Warr, Linda Doering and Caryll Prokosch.  While the Daughters are scattered from Washington to Virginia and Canada to Flagstaff, we try to meet on zoom and to offer prayer for our church, the clergy, those in need, and for God’s blessings for the coming year.

 

Respectfully submitted,  Lynn Whayne Graff, President

                              New DOK members:                       Vivien Warr                  Linda Doering         Caryll Prokosch

 

The Crazy Chile Farm 2020

 

In 2020 the Farm took a new direction as relationships were fostered and developed with indigenous Tribal Nations. While we still grow the Campo Dorado chiles as a commercial crop (the registered land race we developed), well over half of our field space is now used to grow seed crops for indigenous farmers in AZ and NM, who are trying to re-establish traditional agriculture. Rare Native varieties of corn, beans, squash and chile now occupy 7000 square feet at the farm. Yet, what we can grow is only a small fraction of what is needed.  Sooo…we have developed very lively partnerships with other

growers in four different Southwestern States, not only to build our inventory of seeds, but to acquire farm-fresh indigenous foods to distribute to COVID sequestered Tribes and farmers. Most people have heard about the horrible infection rate and death-toll in Diné-tah (the Navajo Nation). However, many other Tribal Nations have fared even more poorly. Especially the Hualapai, Havasupai, White Mountain Apache, Tohono O’odham and Yaqui. Fortunately, the farm has been very blessed by the support of many individuals, organizations, and other growers of indigenous crops. Together, without any Federal or State support, the Crazy Chile Farm and our partners have been able to provide significant relief to these tribes, with deliveries of food, water, OTC medical and cleaning supplies, hay, livestock feed and, most importantly, indigenous seeds. And who are these partners?  Thanks, I’m glad you asked! Our heartfelt thanks go out to these REAL heroes:

Native Health Services Phoenix/Mesa, for connecting us to the Tribal Council Chairpersons in Hualapai and Havasupai, and their 32,000 Urban Native clients via video and newsletter; Transfiguration Episcopal Church for providing the very land we plant with crops, and the parishioners who buy our products, that we might cover our expenses and equipment; The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, which graciously allows us to operate under their 501(c)3 non-profit certification and promotes us in their news releases. The Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Farm in Colorado which provides us with seeds and sells us the blue corn and blue cornmeal we process and package; The Episcopal Diocesan Council for Native American Ministries, which opens doors for us with Tribal officials and other churches; The Agrarian Ministries of the Episcopal Church, which provides a truly National audience; The Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture, including the Ajo Café; St. Vincent DePaul Community Garden, NM State University Agricultural Research Farms in Alcalde and Las Lunas, NM; Native Seed/SEARCH in Tucson; The Community Gardeners of Maricopa County and, of course, the many volunteers  that show up at the Farm on Mondays to plow, plant, pick, process and package.

 

Bless you all!

Bill Robinson???

 

 

 

Social Media Report    Year End Summary 2020

 

YouTube (Transfiguration Mesa)

 

  • We have 82 subscribers. That is an increase of 68.
  • The increase was driven by our switch to online services,
  • Cheryl Podhajsky, Dea Podhajsky Gary Quamme and Fr Bob Saik are authorized to post.

 

Twitter ([email protected])

 

  • We have 13 followers. That is an increase of one.
  • 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, as Editors. Jan Saik, Bob Saik, Peter Lafford and Dea Podhajsky are administrators.
  • We have 347 followers. This is an increase of 94 for the year

 

Instagram (transfigmesa)

 

  • We have 29 followers. This is an increase of six for the year.
  • Gordon Noyes and Dea Podhajsky are authorized to post.

 

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

 

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Policy: We are looking for people to create policies dealing with social media. If you are interested, please contact the office. We are also looking for new members for our social media team. We particularly are seeking a person with experience in designing and maintaining a web page and someone to join the Instagram team.

 

Submitted by Dea Podhajsky

 

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Walking On Wednesday        

 

This year our 30 registered walkers amassed 48,219 miles. Outdoor exercise was one of the few pleasures in this year of Covid. Walking on Wednesday attempted to give its members a reason to go outside and exercise.

Jan Saik once again logged the most miles. Walking on Wednesday needs new leadership and vision. Please notify either Fr. Bob or Dea Podhajsky if you would like to take over this ministry. The time commitment is small. It is helpful to know how to use a spread sheet but that isn’t necessary. All that is needed is enthusiasm and some fresh ideas.

 

Submitted by Dea Podhajsky

 

 

 

 

 

Episcopal Church Women

 

Looking back at 2020 I realize that despite the restrictions coming from Covid-19 ECW has managed to keep meeting via Zoom and keep participating in our outreach programs. 

 

We started out the year busily planning the Spring Luncheon.  Tickets were sold and the stage was set for a beautiful day to happen, but Covid-19 changed our plans.   The luncheon had to be cancelled.   The purchasers of tickets were offered a refund.   Most of our loyal attendees told us to just keep the money.   When the time comes that we can once again have a luncheon, we will offer to honor the tickets.   An issue arose as to what to do with the 25 baskets that were donated to raffle off at the luncheon.  Should we store them for the future?   ECW decided to offer them for sale and managed to sell all but a few.  We thank everyone for supporting our cancelled luncheon.

 

Secret Prayer Sisters was launched after a few months delay and is still active today.   Planning for the big reveal will take place soon. 

The Lord’s soup kitchen has continued to meet and make soup on a monthly basis.  This outreach has benefited many individuals within our community.

 

Our group, along with the members of our church have continued to support Brinton Elementary school with donations of clothing, school supplies and in December games for the children. 

 

In November, we decided to hold our annual rummage sale with social distance parameters and safety  measures in place.   We were thanked by many residents of our outreach area for doing so.  Thank you to all who helped to make this event a success.   Some of the monies earned were sent out as donations to different organizations in the month of December. 

 

All in all, even though the year had a dark cloud looming over it we all managed to walk through the darkness and continue to do what needed to be done.

 

Respectfully Submitted,  Jo Laslo, President

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 2019 Financial Statements Review

 

Treasurer’s Notes

 

Our financial results for the 2020 year were positive.  Our income for the year exceeded expenses by $13,992.  Almost half of the surplus came in December when income exceeded expenses by $6,121.  We were greatly benefitted by the Federal Government Payroll Protection money.  We received $26,689 from this program.  Without that money, our expenses for the year would have exceeded income.  Thanks to everyone for continuing their pledge and for all the contributions we received.

The vestry decided to move an additional $30,000 from our checking account into a money market account which is part of our Investment accounts.  Our investment accounts have continued to grow.

Our 2020 expenses were about $10,000 less than planned. The 2021 expenses have been reduced from 2020 because we anticipate income to be less than last year.  Most of the reduced income comes from non-pledge and plate income because we do not have many guests attending services.  The budget expects that pledge income will be slightly less than 2020.

 

 

Treasurer's Report as of December 2020)

                 

Account Name

Period Activity

Monthly Budget

YTD Balance

Budget YTD

 
                 

INCOME

Fed. Grant Income

2,100.00

 

28,689.04

   

General Fund Income

0.00

0.00

0.00

5,000.00

 

Non Pledge Income

1,060.00

3,500.00

8,946.00

17,500.00

 

Plate

417.00

1,500.00

3,465.00

10,100.00

 

Pledge Account Income

22,741.20

20,048.00

177,461.55

184,833.00

 

Visitor

0.00

100.00

475.00

1,750.00

 

Total Income

$26,318.20

$25,148.00

$219,036.59

$219,183.00

 

EXPENSES

RECTOR EXPENSE

Rector Education

0.00

30.00

204.88

360.00

 

Rector Health Insurance

696.00

663.00

7,989.00*

7,956.00

 

Rector Pension Expense

2,100.00

1,050.00

12,600.00

12,600.00

 

Rector Phone Expense

20.00

20.00

240.00

240.00

 

Rector Stipend Expense

5,833.34

5,834.00

70,000.08*

70,000.00

 

Rector Travel

0.00

38.00

0.00

500.00

 

Spouses Health Ins. Exp.

66.25

66.00

795.00

795.00

 

Total Rector Expense

$8,715.59

$7,701.00

$91,828.96

$92,451.00

 

ADMINISTRATION EXPENSE

Administrator Expense

1,583.34

1,579.00

19,000.08*

18,940.00

 

Adult Education

20.55

30.00

324.76

360.00

 

Audit Expense

350.00

37.00

350.00

400.00

 

Childrens Sun. School Exp.

0.00

25.00

0.00

300.00

 

Convention Expense

0.00

75.00

480.00

900.00

 

Copier Lease Expense

215.52

300.00

2,817.71

3,135.00

 

Music Director Expense

1,583.34

1,575.00

19,000.07*

18,900.00

 

Office Phone Expense

0.00

250.00

3,700.67*

3,000.00

 

Office Supplies Expense

16.20

150.00

1,601.72

2,000.00

 

Payroll Administration Expense

45.00

40.00

540.00*

480.00

 

Payroll Taxes Expense

242.24

230.00

2,907.00*

2,760.00

 

State Corporation Fees

0.00

0.00

10.00

10.00

 

Supply Music Director Expense

500.00

125.00

500.00

1,500.00

 

Supply Priest Expense

0.00

0.00

300.00

1,300.00

 

Youth Sunday School Expense

0.00

25.00

0.00

300.00

 

Total Administration Expense

$4,556.19

$4,441.00

$51,532.01

$54,285.00

 

OPERATING EXPENSE

Audio/Visual Expense

0.00

41.00

305.57

500.00

 

Cleaning Service

400.00

400.00

4,800.00

4,800.00

 

Diocesan Assessment Exp.

4,092.88

3,000.00

32,168.74

36,000.00

 

Electric Expense

651.00

550.00

7,585.76*

6,600.00

 

Fire Protection & Insp. Expense

0.00

500.00

2,068.00

2,500.00

 

Grounds Maintenance Expense

0.00

200.00

1,460.00

2,400.00

 

Kitchen Expense

0.00

 

311.66

   

Property Insurance

1,640.25

1,500.00

6,464.25*

6,000.00

 

Refuse Expense

0.00

0.00

532.88*

504.00

 

Repair & Maint  Exp

0.00

400.00

3,535.45

4,800.00

 

Water Expense

141.52

180.00

2,451.28*

2,160.00

 

Total Operating Expenses

$6,925.65

$6,771.00

$61,683.59

$66,264.00

 
                 

Total Expenses

$20,197.43

$18,913.00

$205,044.56

$213,000.00

 
     

Difference

 

$6,120.77

$6,235.00

$13,992.03

$6,183.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Budget for 2021

Budget Report

Account #

Account Name

Yr Beg 01/2021

Yr Beg 01/2020

Yr Beg 01/2019

 

INCOME

       

4.100.001

Pledge Account Income

174,115.00

184,833.00

184,833.00

 

4.100.002

Non Pledge Income

5,000.00

17,500.00

21,873.00

 

4.100.004

Plate

3,900.00

10,100.00

6,800.00

 

4.105.000

General Fund Income

5,000.00

5,000.00

5,000.00

 

4.700.000

BALANCE THE BUDGET

22,194.00

0.00

0.00

 
 

Total Income

$210,209.00

$219,483.00

$226,116.00

 

EXPENSES

       

RECTOR EXPENSE

       

5.506.001

Rector Stipend Expense

70,000.00

70,000.00

68,000.00

 

5.506.003

Rector Pension Expense

12,600.00

12,600.00

12,600.00

 

5.506.004

Rector Health Insurance

8,352.00

7,956.00

7,692.00

 

5.506.007

Rector Phone Expense

240.00

240.00

240.00

 

5.506.009

Spouses Health Ins. Exp.

795.00

795.00

900.00

 
 

Total Rector Expense

$91,987.00

$92,451.00

$90,992.00

 

ADMINISTRATION EXPENSE

       

5.508.001

Music Director Expense

18,900.00

18,900.00

18,540.00

 

5.508.002

Supply Music Director Expense

1,500.00

1,500.00

800.00

 

5.509.001

Supply Priest Expense

1,300.00

1,300.00

1,300.00

 

5.519.005

Administrator Expense

18,940.00

18,940.00

18,510.00

 

5.520.000

Convention Expense

900.00

900.00

850.00

 

5.532.000

Payroll Taxes Expense

2,760.00

2,760.00

2,760.00

 

5.533.000

Payroll Administration Expense

480.00

480.00

480.00

 

5.543.001

Office Supplies Expense

2,000.00

2,000.00

2,000.00

 

5.551.006

Office Phone Expense

4,200.00

3,000.00

3,720.00

 

5.558.003

Copier Lease Expense

2,800.00

3,135.00

3,135.00

 

5.655.001

State Corporation Fees

10.00

10.00

10.00

 
 

Total Administration Exp.

$53,790.00

$54,285.00

$55,595.00

 

OPERATING EXPENSE

       

5.150.001

Cleaning Service

4,800.00

4,800.00

5,000.00

 

5.220.000

Altar Guild Expense

200.00

1,000.00

1,000.00

 

5.563.005

Electric Expense

7,512.00

6,600.00

8,952.00

 

5.564.006

Water Expense

2,500.00

2,160.00

2,160.00

 

5.566.006

Refuse Expense

600.00

504.00

440.00

 

5.568.000

Fire Protection & Insp. Expe.

2,500.00

2,500.00

2,900.00

 

5.574.006

Repair & Maint  Exp

4,800.00

4,800.00

4,800.00

 

5.580.000

Grounds Maintenance Exp.

1,400.00

2,400.00

2,400.00

 

5.591.001

Property Insurance

6,800.00

6,000.00

6,000.00

 

5.629.000

Audio/Visual Expense

320.00

500.00

500.00

 

5.630.000

Social Media Expense

500.00

500.00

250.00

 

5.711.000

Diocesan Assessment Exp.

32,500.00

36,000.00

36,000.00

 
 

Total Operating Expenses

$64,432.00

$73,264.00

$73,402.00

 
 

Total Expenses

$210,209.00

$220,000.00

$219,989.00

 

If the accounts in the subtotals have changed or if ledger and subsidiary account attributes have changed, totals for prior years may not represent a valid comparison.

 

 

 

 

 

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