Dea Podhajsky

Dea Podhajsky



Please join us for coffee hour in the Parish Hall following both services. Today we are celebrating August Birthdays.


Altar flowers are given today by Caryll Prokosch in celebration of the birthdays of her daughters, Caryn  M.D. Clements and Kassie DeCrosta.


We are completing our preparation for the nursery. If you are willing to help with running the nursery, please speak with Fr. Bob or Miriam Waddington.


Book Club will resume in October reading The Nickel Boys by Colsun Whitehead; November Pachinko by Min Jin Lee; December The Hate U Give by Angie Thompson and January The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia. Dates and other titles will be announced later.


The book ministry wants to thank the vestry for supplementing our funds in order to sponsor a camper to Camp Genesis this summer. We are switching to a summer schedule. We will sell books in front of the church on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. You may purchase books on other Sundays in the Parish Hall.


Every other month our newsletter will feature a short essay by one of our members on their reflections. Please consider submitting an essay of between 300-400 words.


Transfiguration Newsletter August edition is available to pick up in the narthex, along with earlier copies if you missed one. Thanks to Dea Podhajsky for directing this publication and those who contribute articles. If you have not been receiving your electronic newsletter, try adding This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your contacts.


Food Bank suggestions for next week: canned vegetables, instant potatoes, rice.


Members of The Lords Soup Kitchen encourage everyone to take a container of soup for your family or a shut-in that you know.

The Vestry would like to encourage people with questions to call Pat Mack contact person for this month. His phone number is 480-404-4541.


Instead of a destination, Walking on Wednesday has changed its goal. We want to create a community where we walk together (physically or virtually) sharing our pictorial walking stories with of our version of Flat Stanley - Flat Charlie aka Chillin’ Chile. Take a picture of you and Charlie, while traveling or in your summer community, and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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


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:



Jerry S

Mary Ann

Ernest D

Len G


Pat K


Mel & Russ


Chris R

Monica E

Bill S



Amy W

Robbie F

Nona & Sterling



Callum Mac.



Paul & Peter G


Jane K




Robin & Nate P



Mabel & Bob W


Casie J

Ken & Lydia



Chet & Margie


Linda S




Harry W

Laura W




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, August 19 is Farm Workers at 6:00 a.m.; breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall and Project Ministry at 8:30 a.m.


Tuesday, August 20 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. is a meeting of Al-Anon in the Parish House. Parishioners are welcome to attend.  At 1:00 p.m. is Spirituality Workshop, also in the Parish House.

Wednesday, August 21 at 9:30 a.m. is Holy Eucharist; at 10:00 a.m. is Bible Study; at 11:00 a.m. is Cursillo Gathering, all in the Parish House.


Thursday, August 22 the office will be closed due to staff schedules.


Saturday, August 24 at 4:30 p.m. our August event will be a potluck and pool party at Fr. Bob & Jan’s house. A sign-up sheet and directions are available on the narthex table.


Mark your calendars for these upcoming Fall events: the Harvest Chile Festival on October 26 and the annual ECW Rummage Sale in November (date to be announced). Rummage sale contributions may be left in the Parish Hall storeroom.


We welcome new families and children at all of our services.


While in church, please be mindful of the sacredness of time and place.  Silence any personal communications devices.  We hope that you will warmly greet others while respecting those who wish to pray in the church.


Next Weeks Readings August 25, 2019 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 1:4-10 - Psalm 71:1-6 - Hebrews 12:18-29 - Luke 13:10-17


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.

Mrs. Debbi Bloom, Treasurer

Mrs. 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



The books for our next season of book group. We will meet on October 11th and will read The Nickel Boys by Colsun Whitehead. November we meet on the 15th and read Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. December’s meeting is on the 20th and the selection for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. In January we will read The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia. 

For our meeting on February 21st we will read At Play in the Field of the Lord by Peter Matthiessen. On March 20thwe will discuss Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin. Our final meeting will be April 17th and the selection will be Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimandi Ngozi Adichie.

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by Chris Whitehead

One of the most devastating things that can happen to any person is the diagnosis of a major medical disease. However, the disease is only the first devastation, the second devastation is the receipt of the medical bills that come after treatment. My personal experience with this is so evident of this issue. Upon passing out on an air flight to Miami I was admitted to Hialeah Hospital and Annette will tell you that I was more stressed out about how much this would cost than about what had happened on the plane, and I had medical insurance! When Annette was diagnosed with breast cancer we sat down and made a prioritized list of what we would sell to pay for her medical treatment. Sad to think that these are the first things we think about when our health is endangered.


As part of our capital campaign at Church of the Transfiguration we have committed to donate 10% of funds collected to RIP Medical Debt. This not for profit organization focuses on working with people who are in danger of bankruptcy or who fall below the poverty level and who have overwhelming medical debt. RIP Medical Debt negotiates with the hospitals and medical agencies to negotiate down the debt and then pay it off. The person with the debt will get a large yellow envelope in the mail that informs them that their medical debt has been forgiven and paid off. Imagine the feeling getting that envelope in the mail?


RIP Medical Debt will forgive $100 of medical debt for every $1.00 donated. An Episcopal church in Chicago retired $1.5 million of debt with a $15000 donation. This means that if we can raise the $70000 for the capital campaign a total of $7000 will be sent to RIP Medical Debt and $700000 of medical debt will be erased by our donation! Currently RIP Medical debt has a campaign in Arizona that would allow 85% of this money to be spent in Maricopa County. The other 15% will be used in the other Arizona countries. Please consider supporting this cause, that not only benefits our church, but also accomplishes our goal of sharing our wealth with others for as the Bible says we who give generously will receive back in greater measure.



By Ruby Seyffert, Altar Guild Director

If you are looking for a way to contribute to our church family, take a few minutes to check out the flower chart in the church narthex. There are dates to sign up for altar flowers.  More than one person can sign on the same date.

Just sign your name on the date you chose, the occasion for which you wish to have honored and the type of flower you would prefer. * We will do the rest. Linda Ostmeyer and I check the chart weekly. Feel free to call Linda O. or me Ruby Seyffert (602) 318-0568. 

The cost for Altar Flower is $35. The florist sells us our arrangements at cost, so we are very blessed. Some ideas for flowers on the altar include: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Memorials, Blessing/Thanksgivings received.


Thanks for helping make our church festive.

During a recent Spirituality for the Second Half of Life meeting, I shared one of my favorite scenes from the movie The Color Purple. Shug and Celie are looking down on a church, Celie comments, “That’s the house of the Lord.” Shug’s response was that God resides in the people not the building,
“‘Here’s the thing,’ say Shug. ‘The thing I believe. God is inside you and inside everybody else. You come into the world with God. But only them that search for it inside find it.’”

The discussion went on to the power of sacred places; but my mind had gone walkabout as minds do when an idea demands reflections. In my life there have been more years when I did not step into a church than those in which I did.  The priest at the church I attended in Lakeside/Pinetop once asked in a sermon why we were there as opposed to being at Darby’s, a popular local restaurant, eating breakfast. I thought about the questions throughout the week as I had often wondered why I had stopped attending church and why I had started again. I came up with three reasons. I am certain that the reasons of those present although probably overlapping were unique to each individual. I also know that the three reasons I came up with on that occasion; although still true would not be the reason I would give today.

Today I would tell you that although those three reasons: community, transcendence and social justice still motivate me; the thing that motivates me more is that every Sunday sometime between the opening procession and the closing recession I will be struck by the knowledge that God is here.

Instead of having a destination, Walking on Wednesday has changed its goal. We want to create a community where we walk together either physically or virtually  sharing our pictorial walking stories by taking pictures of our version of Flat Stanley - Flat Charlie aka Chillin’ Chile. Take a picture of you and Charlie, while traveling or in your summer community, and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you do not have a copy of Flat Charlie, pick one up on our bulletin board in the Parish Hall or Dea will email one to you.

The painting of the mural in the nursery is complete. With the recent pouring of a new floor the nursery will soon be up and running. Thanks to all who worked on this project.


The audio of the weekly sermon can be found in the Worship Menu. The location of this menu depending on how you are viewing the web page but menus are indicated by the following image:

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The leaders of our spirituality group recently posed a question to the group, “What name do you use for God?”  If we believe Juliet this question wouldn’t elicit much thought, after all a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But many people disagree with Shakespeare believing that the name of a thing or a person does matter.

 I know that my name has influenced the course of my life. An example is when I married, I went from being a Dunlap to being a Podhajsky.  People suddenly assigned me a different ethnicity and because people are often sorted alphabetically, I met different people than I would have as a Dunlap. But a more lasting influence was the uniqueness of my first name. People looked at the name and had questions.  Was Dea a nickname? What nationality was I? Why did my parents give me the name? Because of the questions I felt a little special. I had an exotic name so perhaps I should create a life to match the name.

 But the reason for the original question about our name for God was an underlying premise that the name we used would reveal something about us not God. If we used Father, did that mean we embraced a patriarchal theology? What did selecting ‘my Lord’ say about us or “Creator” or any of the hundred names that we were given.

I thought about the question off and for several days. I realized that when I am talking about God with others, I use the word God. However, if it is just me, I don’t use a name. God is a mystery, a concept beyond the capacity of my vocabulary. But like Juliet and her rose, I believe that God by any name is still God. It doesn’t matter what name a person uses; what matters is their acknowledgement that the universe is God’s. God being God does not change depending on the name assigned to her. To return to the rose analogy. Shakespeare  tell us that the essence of the rose is its sweet smell. The essence of God is love. Therefore, “What’s in a name?  That which we call God by any name, would still be love.”


by Lynn Graff

Following the Diocesan workshop in December we are continuing to have a Spirituality discussion group.  Some of it is based on Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward, A Spirituality for The Two Halves of Life.  Below are some comments from the beginning of this book.

Rohr talks about two halves in life but these are not determined by age but more by experience and learning on our spiritual maturity journey, in response to that sense of seeking “something more”.

Many people are spiritually lazy (as referred to in Scott Peck’s book The Road Less Traveled) and tend to stay with the familiar and habitual.  Many learn to do and focus on the “survival dance “and never get around to our “sacred dance”.

The survival dance refers to the business of life, building a strong “container”, family, work, home, identity, reputation, community involvement etc.  It is often when this part seems full or done, or involves a change (like retirement) that the question may arise about this being all there is to life.   Thus people seek to find the “something more”.

The sacred dance involves finding the “contents” that the container was designed for, working on the spiritual aspect of our lives and relationship with God, living into God’s plan and purpose beyond ourselves, a sense of meaningfulness to our lives, realizing there is something more than everyday life on earth.

Everyone is invited to join us as we explore and expand our understanding and relationship with God.  In Jeremiah 29 God promises “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all you heart.” We learn from each other since each person’s spiritual journey is unique. Questions and discussions help form the direction of the workshop.

Next meeting will be in the Parrish Hall on Tuesday May 7 from 2pm – 3:30pm.

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