Dea Podhajsky

Dea Podhajsky

by Dea Podhajsky

The mayor of my town recently issued a proclamation on masks. He refused to mandate their use citing individual freedom as his rationale. When I was a sophomore our English teacher decided that what our high school needed was a debate team. Trying to ingratiate myself to her, I went to the introductory meeting.

There were only two of us– me and Mike Meyers. Mike was not interested in debate, his parents made him attend. I, however, was interested in Mike. I had fantasies of nights working on our case. He had fantasies of heading to Colorado to ski.

We were the least prepared debate team in the state of Iowa. When we got the judges’ comments from our first and only appearance in competition, they were filled with examples of the fallacies, we had used to cover our lazy ineptitude: Begging the question, hasty generalizations, non sequitur, bandwagon , ad hominin and the one employed by the mayor either/or.

This fallacy occurs when one builds an argument upon the assumption that there are only two choices or possible outcomes when there are more. The mayor assumed that individual liberty equated to a no mask mandates. There are limits on personal liberties which the mayor must be aware of. We are mandated to wear seat belts. We are mandated to have driver’s licenses. We are taught that crying fire in a crowded theater is not appropriate.

The idea that one is either for something or against it contributes to the toxic divisions that define our times. Issues including abortion, gun control, immigration, police reform, removal of statues, and systemic racism, see us retreating to our corners. We have bought into the idea that nuance is surrender.

The mayor next wrote, “If you feel at risk, then stay home.” If/then statements on their face are preferable to either/or statements. There is a choice. However, the mayor constructed only one of several if/then statements that could have been appropriate. He might have said, “If you feel you can’t wear a mask, then stay home” or “If you are uncomfortable in a store that does not require masks, then take your money and shop in the neighboring town where masks are required.

Religion like politics has its either/ors and if/thens. An example is worship as I do or go to hell or everyone one knows the Bible is a metaphor. And then there are the determinists who believe that all events that happen are pre-ordained, and/or predestined to happen which to is the ultimate either or.

Recently I found the following list of if/then statements on

If Jesus is Lord, then how must I respond to refugees?

If Jesus is Lord, then how must I treat all neighbors?

If Jesus is Lord, then telling the truth is important.

If Jesus is Lord, then stealing from or deceiving others is wrong.

If Jesus is Lord, then my allegiance is to the Kingdom of God.

If Jesus is Lord, then we are all one in Christ Jesus and have no divisions.

If Jesus is Lord, then all life has intrinsic worth given by the Creator.

If Jesus is Lord, then I must resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.

If Jesus is Lord, then I must serve him as my Lord, in union with the Church

We need to learn to listen and reflect. We need to be less arrogant in our positions. We need to remember we are called to love our enemies.

But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you. Matthew 5:44.

It’s on us.


Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 21, 2020


The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

514 South Mountain Road  Mesa, AZ 85208

Ante Communion





Welcome to the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration!




Hymn at the Entrance                                                                                      Hymn 372


Opening Acclamation                                                     Book of Common Prayer, p. 355

Blessed be God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.    Amen.

Canticle 13                  A Song of Praise                Benedictus es, Domine      S-236













































The Lord be with you.     And also with you.    Let us pray.                         


The Collect of the Day 


O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.    Amen. 


First Reading               Genesis 21:8-21


A Reading from Genesis

The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.” The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink. God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.         The Word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God.


Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17      Inclina, Domine   congregation reads the bold


Bow down your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and in misery.

Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; save your servant who puts his trust in you.


Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; I call upon you all the day long.

Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.


For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, and great is your love toward all who call

upon you.

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, and attend to the voice of my supplications.


In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, for you will answer me.

Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, nor anything like your works.


All nations you have made will come and worship you, O Lord, and glorify your Name.

For you are great; you do wondrous things; and you alone are God.


Turn to me and have mercy upon me; give your strength to your servant; and save the child of your handmaid.

Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.


The Epistle                                                                             Romans 6:1b-11


A Reading from Romans

Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

The Word of the Lord.    Thanks be to God.


Hymn at the Sequence                                                                                    Hymn 675


The Holy Gospel                                                                                Matthew 10:24-39


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Jesus said to the twelve disciples, “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

The Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, Lord Christ.




Nicene Creed


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.  We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of  God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.  He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen. 


Prayers of the People                                                                                     Form IV                                    

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.


Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.
Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.
Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer. 


Help us to honor the knowledge of our Indigenous neighbors, to listen through them to your call to renew the life of the earth, and to live together as your people.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer


Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.
Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.    Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.


Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.
Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.    

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.


Bless Our Fathers


Heavenly Father,
Today we ask You to bless our earthly fathers for the many times they reflected the love, strength, generosity, wisdom and mercy that You exemplify in Your relationship with us, Your children.

We honor our fathers for putting our needs above their own convenience and comfort;
for teaching us to show courage and determination in the face of adversity; for challenging us to move beyond self-limiting boundaries; for modeling the qualities that would turn us into responsible, principled, caring adults.

Not all our fathers lived up to these ideals. Give them the grace to acknowledge and learn from their mistakes. Give us the grace to extend to them the same forgiveness that you offer us all. Help us to resist the urge to stay stuck in past bitterness, instead, moving forward with humility and peace of heart.

We ask your blessing on those men who served as father figures in our lives when our biological fathers weren't able to do so. May the love and selflessness they showed us
be returned to them in all their relationships, and help them to know that their influence
has changed us for the better.

Give new and future fathers the guidance they need to raise happy and holy children,
grounded in a love for God and other people -and remind these fathers that treating their wives with dignity, compassion and respect is one of the greatest gifts they can give their children.

We pray that our fathers who have passed into the next life have been welcomed into Your loving embrace, and that our family will one be day be reunited in your heavenly kingdom.   Amen.

Celebrant adds a concluding collect

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.


Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.  Amen.  


The Peace


Pri            The peace of the Lord be always with you.    And also with you.


Gracious Lord we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all, presenting to you not bread and wine, because we cannot be together this day to share them, but our lives, our world, our concerns, our hopes, and all of creation. We pray you gracious God, to accept our offering of ourselves and to transform us as Jesus did the bread and wine when he took them from his disciples, broke, blessed, and gave them once again as a sign of their new life in him. Take us, bless us, open us, and make us new. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty God, now and for ever.   Amen.


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.   Amen.


A Prayer for Spiritual Communion      


Grant, O Lord Jesus Christ,  that as the hem of your garment,  touched in faith, healed the woman  who could not touch your body,  so the soul of your servant may be  healed by like faith in you,  whom I cannot now sacramentally receive;  through your tender mercy,  who lives and reigns with the Father  in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God,  world without end.   Amen.


The Blessing


The Lord bless you and keep you.   Amen.

The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.  Amen.

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.   Amen.

May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.    Amen.


Hymn at the Closing                                                                                        Hymn 537




Thanks be to God. 




Happy Father’s Day! We wish all of our fathers a wonderful day and we pray that God will bless everyone who has been a father to us.


New Forward Day by Day booklets (both regular and large print) may be picked up in the office.

Sunday services will continue to be available on our YouTube channel. You can easily access the YouTube channel through the Facebook page. We welcome Fr. Philip Stowell as our celebrant today.


June Newsletter Available-The latest version of the newsletter was emailed on Friday. This new publication has some wonderful pictures and stories. Please contact the office if you need any assistance receiving the newsletter.


Reopening the Church: As we continue our dialog about reopening the Church we need your input whether you will attend. Please respond to the recent email or call the office. We are still not opening the church because the number of COVID-19 cases has not decreased over a 14-day period.


Compline and morning prayer will be offered during the week through ZOOM. Call or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign-up.  Please check Facebook and the web page for the schedule.      Fr. Bob.


New Adult Forum Topic-I am considering starting a new Adult Forum to discuss the issue of racism. My wish would be that people with every perspective would feel comfortable expressing their feelings and seeking new insights. If you have suggestions, please contact me.  Father Bob


We will have the office staff coming in from 8:00 a.m. until Noon Monday through Thursday.  If you need immediate assistance, please call my cell phone at either

480-980-1981 (no Texts) or 614-589-0173 (personal cell phone).   Fr. Bob


Bob Saik is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Bob Saik's Zoom Meeting - Coffee Hour

Time: Jun 21, 2020 11:00 AM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 848 4936 9330


Volunteers Needed: Feeding Mesa Food Distribution Events-Volunteers are needed to help distribute boxed food, as well as take basic information from residents waiting in line to receive food box assistance at the Feeding Mesa Food Distribution Events occurring every Wednesday and Friday.  This is a contact-less event and social distancing will be practiced.  The events will all take place at the Mesa Convention Center (263 N Center St).  All volunteers will receive a volunteer lanyard, meal during their shift, and plenty of water, snacks, and shade.  To learn more and to see all available time slots and dates, please visit . 

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.  Thank you!!


If you know someone who could use soup, please stop by the office. It has been made available by The Lords Soup Kitchen workers.


We ask your prayers for those in our Prayer Circle, others whose names we do not

know and for the following who have requested prayers:




Mary Ann

Ernest D

Len G



Del R

Pat G


Bill S




Michael M

Amy W

Robbie F




Doris H



Paul & Peter G


Jane K




Robin & Nate P





Casie J

Ken & Lydia



Chet & Margie


Linda S

Linda Jo



Harry W

Dave D

Allen D

Tiffany Ann


Tara A



Cleta R

Charlene & Ray




Pat U


Bobbie H





Jane F

Debbie &family


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


Next Week’s Readings-June 28, 2020—Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 22:1-14-Psalm 13-Romans 6:12-23-Matthew 10:40-42

The Reverend Bob Saik, Rector  480-980-1981 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr. Gary Quamme, Music Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

Ms. Debbi Bloom, Treasurer

Ms. Linda Ostmeyer, Office Manager 480-986-1145 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:00 a.m.-Noon

O God the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice and truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen BOCP #7

Episcopal Church of Transfiguration Mesa, AZ

Meeting Minutes

April 14, 2020


  1. Call to order

The meeting was called to Order by Fr. Bob Saik.

  1. Roll call

The following vestry members were in attendance: Pat Gutsch (2020), Gordon Noyes (2020), Heidi Kinney (2021), Pam Mack (2021), Catherine Schuyler (2021), Jo Laslo (2022), Karl Shepsted (2022), Bob Wilk (2021). Also in attendance were Bob Saik, Rector; Lynn Graff, Senior Warden, and Pat Mack, Junior Warden.

  • Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the March 10, 2020 meeting were approved.
  1. Financial Financial Reports (previously distributed) were discussed.
    1. The Finance Committee has met.
    2. The Financial Reports will be revised and distributed for approval by email.
    3. Issues to be resolved include Electrical and Refuse Expense and some bookkeeping issues.
  2. Reports from Ministries and Others:
    • Women’s Ministry Report was given by Jo Laslo.
      • ECW is not currently meeting.
      • The Style Show has not been rescheduled.
      • When the stay at home order has been lifted the ECW will proceed with the purchase of First Aid Kits as authorized in the March Vestry Meeting.
    • There was no Children’s Ministry Report.
    • The Chile Farm report was submitted in writing.
    • Social Media Report was given Fr. Bob Saik
      • The church is using all its online platforms to continue our services ad programs. These include YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Web Page.
      • We have added Zoom as a platform.
      • The following were acknowledged for their contributions: Dea Podhajsky, Cheryl Podhajsky, Dana Wittmann, Gordon Noyes. Elena Little, Peter Lafford, and Jan Saik
    • Junior Warden’s Report was given by Pat Mack
      • Landscaping work has been ongoing.
        • Spot Spraying of grounds
        • Bushes Trimmed
        • Weeds in back removed
        • Clean up of waste around campus
      • Walt Devonshire has been painting.
    • Senior Warden’s Report was given by Lynn Graff
      • Daughters of the King has completed its training. The formal ceremony for new members will be scheduled when possible.
      • The Soup Kitchen is still operating.
      • Susan Smith-Allen has organized a phone tree to keep parishioners informed of events and to check on people’s welfare.
    • Rector’s Report was given by Fr Bob Saik
      • The Deanery is meeting via Zoom/
      • We are currently staying in touch by recorded services, Zoom Services and the phone tree.
      • Peter Lafford has been recording our services. He has a videography business. In lieu of payment for his services he has requested any fee be donated to the discretionary fund.
      • Bishop Reddell has extended the ban on in person services until May 25th.
      • Plans for the sabbatical are on hold.

We qualify for a small business loan from the federal government under the Paycheck Protection Program

  1. Open Issues
    • WiFi Capability Update by Heidi Kinney
      • A new box has been installed by the office.
      • A separate WiFi system has been created for the church.
      • We have received an free upgrade for the month from Cox.
    • Million Meals Update
      • There has been a $1,000 donation to this ministry.
      • Grants have been made to the following food banks: Oasis Food Pantry in Payson, Silver Creek Senior Center in Snowflake and Taylor, Desert Manna Food Pantry in Mesa, Gila Commmunity Food Bank in Globe and Old Concho Community Association in Concho
    • Diocesan Rebate Money
      • There is $3,100 available
      • The following suggestions were made.
        • A celebration with flyers in the neighborhood for the resumption of our children’s programs.
        • Using money to support vets. A committee consisting of Catherine Schulyer, Barbara Turner, Pat Mack and Karl Shepsted will research and make recommendations for possible recipients.
        • Food Programs
        • Adopt a Grandparent Program in Mesa
        • Vacation Bible School
      • Adjournment

Fr. Bob Saik adjourned the meeting.

Minutes submitted by:  Dea Podhajsky


Our book discussion group will be meeting via Zoom of Friday June 20th at 10am. We will be discussing The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. If you would like to attend and are not on our mailing list email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an invitation.

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

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


 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



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 ( )

  • 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 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


Episcopal Church of Transfiguration Mesa, AZ

Meeting Minutes

March 10, 2020


  1. Call to order

The meeting was called to Order by Fr. Bob Saik.

  1. Roll call

The following vestry members were in attendance: Pat Gutsch (2020), Gordon Noyes (2020), Barbara Turner (2020), Heidi Kinney (2021), Pam Mack (2021), Catherine Schuyler (2021), Jo Laslo (2022), Karl Shepsted (2022), Bob Wilk (2021). Also in attendance were Bob Saik, Rector; Lynn Graff, Senior Warden, and Pat Mack, Junior Warden.

  • Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the February 11, 2020 meeting were approved as amended.
  1. Financial Financial Reports (previously distributed) were discussed and approved subject to audit.
  2. Reports from Ministries and Others:
  • A written report was submitted by Women’s Ministry. There were no written reports from Children’s Ministry, the Chile Garden, or Social Media. The following oral reports were given. (Summaries are attached) Jr. Warden, Senior Warden. Rector, Lay Leadership Retreat.
  • During the discussion of the Women’s Ministry first aid kits were discussed. The vestry authorizes the purchase of four of the more expensive first aid kits. The money for the purchase shall be taken from the Improvement Fund. The motion was made seconded and passed. *Fifty dollars was discussed as the price of the kits.
  • During the Rector’s Report funding for Fr. Saik’s sabbatical was discussed. The vestry authorizes $3,000 for costs associated with a supply priest for Fr. Saik during his sabbatical. The motion was made seconded and passed.



  1. Open issues
    1. Vestry Retreat: The retreat will be held in the Parish Hall on Saturday March 14, 2020. The goal of the meeting is for the vestry to come together as a team and to prioritize goals for the coming year.
    2. WIFI Capabilities: An update was given by Heidi Kinney. Cox is close to completing their upgrades. There will be an early termination penalty for changing providers. Heidi and her husband will install the needed equipment to provide internet access to the church. Three hundred dollars shall be authorized for expenses related to installing internet capability to the church. The motion was made, seconded and passed.
    3. The church finance committee has been meeting regularly. They have discussed paying for Fr. Saik’s sabbatical, conducting an audit, and reviews of financial reports and practices.
    4. Diocesan Rebate Money: Members brainstormed ideas for the use of this money. (See attached)
    5. Chile Garden Update: Heidi Kinney, Catherine Schuyler and Lynn Graff reported on the recent meeting of the Chile Garden advisory committee. Field One is completely planted. Seeds from the garden will be given to Native people to help replenish their agriculture. We have the traditional three sisters in our garden: corn, beans and squash.
    6. Audio Visual Update: New microphones and head sets for people with hearing problems have been purchased.
  • New business
  • Lynn Graff is contact person for the month.
  • The following items were added to the calendar: Pops Concert at St. Marks @ 7 pm on Tuesday the 24th of March, Daughters of the King Installation on Sunday the 29th of March.
  • Motion The vestry accepts the Parochial Report. The motion was made, seconded and passed.
  • Adjournment

Fr. Bob Saik adjourned the meeting after a Compline service was held.

Minutes submitted by:  Dea Podhajsky

In this time of home isolation, we have ceased to walk together on Wednesday yet we continue our community. Walking within the rules of social distancing is an approved and encouraged activity. So keep on walking and at the end of the month email your mileage total to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As you walk please take a picture of something beautiful, interesting or unique that you see. Email the picture with your mileage totals and they will be shared with the group.

Governor Ducey issued a Stay at Home Order for the State of Arizona beginning at 5 pm on March 31st. Even as we stay at home and shelter in place we can still maintain the loving community that makes us here at Transfiguration family.

Although we are disappointed that we will not be able to be in the same space, share a hug, and have coffee and fellowship in the Parish Hall during this the most sacred season in the Christian calendar there are many ways we can still be together.

We are lucky to have a strong internet presence. On the last page of this newsletter there are links to our web page, our Facebook page, our YouTube Channel, our Instagram account and our Twitter account. We have also recently added Zoom to our lists of ways to communicate.

Below is a summary of what is available to us. A Sunday Worship Service can be found on our YouTube Channel and on the Worship Menu on our web page. Both Facebook and Twitter allow us to communicate on a timely fashion. To make sure you see our posts you need to “Like” and “Follow”.

We also can communicate through our email list. If you are getting this, you are on our list.

We are very excited about Zoom. We will begin to hold morning prayer, compline, and meetings of our different groups using this platform. You will be emailed an invitation to participate in the meetings. Please join us.

But even with all of these opportunities many of us our disappointed that the excellent Lenten study of The Grace of Les Miserables had to be cancelled. But here too we have an alternative. Lynn Graff, Bobbie Lafford, and Fr Bob have written out discussion notes for the remaining chapters. If you have the book you will find the discussion questions and notes to help guide your reading thought provoking.




We have now added the link to our online services to our Worship Menu.