Dea Podhajsky

Dea Podhajsky

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.  The only change occurred when one person moved away. We now have 10 members.

 

Five of our members attended the annual Daughters of the King Province VIII Spring meeting at Litchfield Park.  We learned about other Chapters and their work here in Arizona.  The program centered on the Navajoland Area Mission, the churches there, their development, special projects and plans.  The communion service was done with Native American influence in the processional, the readings, the sermon and the music.

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 seven such events during 2017.  We also strive to support the minister in his work.

 

Our vision as Daughters is to know Christ, to make him known to others, and to reflect God’s love throughout the world.  As an order we undertake a Rule of Life which includes a Rule of Prayer and a Rule of Service.  We fulfill these vows by praying daily and seeking to do God’s will as service to Him each day.

 

Respectfully submitted,  Lynn Whayne Graff, President

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

Our Services

Rite I 8 am Sunday

Rite II 10 am Sunday

Youth Education 9:45 Sunday

Adult Formation 9:15 Sunday

Choir Practice 11:45 Sunday

Holy Eucharist 9:30 Wednesday

Bible Study 10:00 Wednesday

Vestry Second Tuesday 7:00 pm

The Reverend Bob Saik
Rector 480-980-1981
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Ms. Eileen Chandler
Director of Children's Ministry

Mr. Gary Quamme
Music Director
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Ms. Joan Crossmen
Treasurer

Ms. Linda Ostmeyer
Office Manager
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Barbara Lafford, Senior Warden

Don Strachota, Junior Warden 

Vestry: Pat Gutsch, Steve Dingle, Meg Stresenreuter, Steve Lazlo, Lynn Graff, Elena Little, Ruby Seyffert, Eileen Chandler, Dea Podhajsky

Our Mission

Come join us on Sunday at 8 or 10 and see first hand how our caring, loving community is living into our name.

Harvest Festival

The Festival Report
Bill Robinson

Last Saturday marked the 2nd Annual Desert Harvest Festival, sponsored by The Crazy Chile Farm, Transfiguration Episcopal Church, and the Maricopa County Community Garden Association. Heartfelt thanks to the many, many, people who pitched in to make the event a success! Celebrities in attendance included Mesa Mayor John Giles, Phoenix Opera star Johnny Huerta, folk and rock star Chris Rutledge (recently returned from his European tour), professional chef and chile cook-off winner Gordon Noyes, Laura Ward from House of Clydesdales, Troy Haviland from Haviland Shires, and Verde Valley based Leslie Fox from the Arizona Department of Agriculture Advisory Board for Food and Agriculture.

The Farmer's Market portion of the Festival was noticeably larger than last year with more fresh produce, two egg producers, and a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) Garden. Our exhibitors consisted of Tenth Generation Farms (eggs and horses), Haviland Shires, True Garden Mesa (hydroponic produce/CSA), The Crazy Chile Farm, St. Andrew's Sedona (chile powders, jams, jellies, and salsas), Mesa Urban Gardens, Mesa HEART Studio (vegetable art), Local First Arizona, The Garden Gal, Vermiculturist, BG&P Fresh Roasted Green Chile, Transfiguration Prayer Shawls with Linda Jo, CAAFA (Community Alliance Against, Family Abuse, Harvest of Hope Community Garden, and The Maricopa County Master Gardener Program.

An increased number of activities for children (and an increased number of children attendees!) received lots of favorable comments--Art projects from Jaime Glasser, a free-throw contest, and curry-combing of the two Clydesdales. Thanks again folks.

Bill Robinson??

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