Dea Podhajsky

Dea Podhajsky

Wow Update

Yay! We made it to Australia. Thanks to all our walkers. Since we began Walking on Wednesday our group has logged 27,210 miles. We have traveled across the US from West to East. We have been in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and now Australia. But most important has been the benefit to each of us not only from the exercise but also the community we have shared. We are over half way home. Let's continue our adventure together. Check those fitbitits: it's time to roll.

Our New Chapel

We have a chapel in our new space in the Parish House. Holy Eucharist was held there for the first time on the 31st of October. The chapel features the old altar from the church. Please feel free to come look at our new facilities and you are checking us out feel free to look in the new chapel and perhaps tarry for a prayer.


The church offices were relocated to the Parish House recently. The old offices will become part of our Children's Ministry space. Our new home gives us additional storage, another kitchen, a library and meeting space and a chapel. The original altar which had been in storage has been moved to the chapel. Please stop by and check out our new digs. Our office hours are 8-12 Monday - Thursday.


All Saints Day is being celebrated during the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services today. You may join in the procession and carry the picture of a saint with you.


Today we welcome Rev. Laura Adelia as our supply priest.


The first Sunday of each month is Family Sunday. Children are invited to serve as acolytes, chalice bearers, ushers, readers and gift bearers.


Altar flowers are given today by Ruby Seyffert in Thanksgiving and by Terry and Linda Ostmeyer in celebration of the birthday of their daughter Sara Melvin.


Please join us for Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall following both services.


Open house in the Parish House following both services (no adult ed.). Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who assisted us in moving. We could not have done it without you!


Education for our young people is 9:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall; Choir practice is 11:45 a.m.


Fall UTO Ingathering concludes today. ECW thanks you for supporting this outreach.



The Church received a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle which we would like to sell. Contact Fr. Bob is you know someone who might be interested.


A sign-up sheet for November Birthdays is in the narthex. If your birthday is not listed, please add it. We will celebrate at the November 18 coffee hours.


Turkey Drive donations for the Apache Junction Food Bank are due by Sunday, Nov. 18. We need volunteers to deliver the turkeys. Please contact the office to help.


The year-end edition of Transfiguration Newsletter is available in the narthex. Thanks to Joan Crossman, Jan Saik and all parishioners who contributed articles.


Diocesan Winter Family Camp will be January 4-6 at Chapel Rock in Prescott. Ring in Epiphany with stories, a campfire, carols, crafts and holiday fun. Information and registration is available at  faithevents


The Episcopal Journal is currently updating their mailing list. If you do not receive this publication and would like to, please contact the church office.


The Vestry would like to encourage people with questions to call Miriam Waddington, contact person for this month. Her phone number is 559-707-5810.


The office is seeking parishioners who would enjoy writing articles for the church newsletter. Please let us know if you would be interested in this fun ministry.


Food Bank suggestions for next week: canned meat or peanut butter.


THANK YOU!!!  On behalf of the chile farmers, the church office, the clergy, all of our volunteers, and the recipients of our parish outreach programs, we offer our heartfelt thanks to this entire wonderful parish for your support for, and astounding help with The Chile Harvest Festival. 


In support of Brinton Elementary School, ECW is collecting elastic waist pants and

T-shirts sizes 5-12 for boys and girls. Anti-bacterial wipes and Kleenex are also needed.


If you know of anyone who is in need of a prayer shawl or quilt, please contact Joan Crossman, Linda Jo Johnson, Jan Saik or the office.

Reaching out to our Members-Please notify the office if you know of someone who needs to receive a card, phone call or a visit for any reason.


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:



Ann P.


Chet & Margie


Heidi B.

Ken & Lydia

Dan H.

Jack C.

Gretchen P.


Kristen M.

Tiffany Ann



Larry & Elena


Lynn M.

The Hugill family

Ed C.


Del & Lorraine

Lisle H.


Laurie & family


Ivor C.

Robin & Nate P.

Sue Ellen

Bill S.

Mel & Russ



Steve & Linda


James S.

Ronnie & Stacey A.


Tom G

Reid B.

Betty H.


Ruth & Mac F.

Tom D.


Mike & Mary



Danielle H.

Paul G.


Kreitzer Family



Alexis R.


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.


Upcoming Events


Monday, November 5 is Project Ministry breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall and work at 7:30 a.m. Garden staff is on hand by 7:30 a.m.


Wednesday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m. is Morning Prayer; at 10:00 a.m. is Bible Study; at 11:00 a.m. is Cursillo Gathering.


Wednesday, November 7 the Walking on Wednesday group will start again. We meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall and would love to have you join us.


Sunday, November 11 we will remember all of our Veterans. A list from last year is in the narthex. Please highlight names you wish to remain on and add new ones.


Tuesday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m. is the next gathering of the new ECW ministry: The Lords Soup Kitchen. Please contact the office if you need food assistance or to join the group of cooks!

Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. is Vestry.


November 13, 14 and 15 are work days for the Rummage Sale. Chairman Jo Laslo has provided a book in the narthex where you may sign-up to help with this project.


Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17 is the annual Rummage Sale.  Please hold the dates. We are now accepting contributions in the Parish Hall.


Friday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. Book Club will resume in the Parish House using the selection Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Hope to see you there! Please contact Dea Podhajsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.


Saturday, December 8 will be the Advent Dinner starting at 5:00 p.m.


Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. parishioners Peter and Bobbie Lafford will be participating in the Chrisians in Concert fundraiser for the Diocese’s Disability Ministries. Peter will be directing the singers. A flyer is posted in the narthex.


Friday, November 16-Sunday, November 18 the Diocese is sponsoring the 2018 Fall Men’s Retreat “The Journey Within”.  For more information, a flyer is posted on the narthex bulletin board and hand-outs are on the table.


Sunday, November 25 we Bless the pledge gifts. Extra forms are in the narthex.


Fr. Bob and Jan Saik will host their annual Christmas Open House Sunday, December 16 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Please save the date.

Rev Jennifer Anne Reddal was elected as the VI Bishop of the Diocese of Arizona at the annual convention held on October 19th and 20th.

The book group will hold its first meeting for this season at 10 am Friday November 16th in the Parish House. Our selection is Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. If you have questions contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please join us for thoughtful discussion, camaderie and a laugh or two.  All are welcome. 


The purpose o fECW to empower the women of The Episcopal Church to carry out Christ’s work throughout the world. As the eyes, ears, hands, and heart of Christ in the world, we will persist in the work of healing, justice, and peace.

ECW of Transfiguration meets the first Saturday of each month. Jo Laslo is president. The following is a synopsis of some of the actions from the September meeting.

  • Secret Prayer Sisters continues to grow.
  • Over 400 items were donated to Brinton Schools from our Back to School Drive.
  • Five bags of clothing have been donated to Sunshine Acres.
  • A new project for our group is the Soup and Bread Ministry. Soup will be made and frozen by members and given to parishioners who are ill or recovering from surgery.

Dates for following upcoming events were announced.

  • Clergy Appreciation October 21
  • Turkey Drive First Sunday in November
  • Rummage Sale November 16th and 17th
  • Spring Luncheon March 16th.

Vestry Update September

Vestry meets the second Tuesday of the month. Members include Bob Saik, Rector; Miriam Waddington, Senior Warden; Pat Mack, Junior Warden; Joan Crossman, Treasurer; Ann Williamson, Clerk; Steve Dingle; Elena Little; Meg Stresen-Reuter, Eileen Chandler; Dea Podhajsky; Ruby Seyfert; Pat Gutsch; Gordon Noyes; and Barbara Turner.

A quorum was not present for the October meeting so no formal actions were taken. Informal discussion was held on the following topics:

  • Fr. Bob, Miriam Waddingham and Bobbi Lafford will meet soon to discuss the progress on Strategic Planning.
  • The status of moving offices to the Parish House was discussed
  • The confirmation class has been completed. A time for confirmation will be announced.
  • Schedule of Adult Formation topics will be listed in the bulletin. October's topic is the book of Proverbs.
  • An update on the Bishop Selection was presented. Information about the candidates is available on our web site. The decision on the Bishop will be made at the Diocesan Convention. Input on the candidates should be given to Fr Bob.t
  • The vestry contact for the month is Meg Stresen-Reuter.
  • Recycling was discussed
  • A report on Social Media was given
  • Possible uses for the Diocesan Rebate money was discussed
  • The kitchen preparedness is progressing.
  • Another Newcomers Dinner has been scheduled.  Check the dates in our calendar.

Hail the Hale!

The final summer social event was a trip to the Hale Theater. We saw Sister Act. Afterwards we went to Joe's BBQ. The play was great, the food was great, and the fellowship was the greatest. Thanks to Jan Saik for planning these events.

Meetings Resume

Meetings to resume Saturday, September 8 are DOK at 10:00 a.m., Altar Guild at 11:00 a.m. and ECW with a Noon potluck followed by the business meeting.

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