Dea Podhajsky

Dea Podhajsky

Flat Charlie has his mask and is ready for adventures. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get a copy of the masked Flat Charlie. Take your picture with him and submit it to the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for publication.

On Wednesdays from 1-3 pm you can drive up to pick up a to go communion packet.

On Sunday, July 26th, we continue to pray for a reduction in the number of Covid 19 cases throughout the United States and especially in Arizona .  We pray for the medical workers who are dealing with large numbers of patients.  May they find time to rest and may they be comforted knowing that they are doing everything they can to help.  We have quite a few people in our congregation who are dealing with an illness or are recovering from surgery.  We pray for all who are sick including those in our congregation and those who are close to members of our church.  

The bulletin for Sunday, July 26th is attached.  You may follow the services with it by going to the Youtube link or the Church Facebook page.

Below are the links to the various platforms that you can access.

Below are links to the various platforms you can access:

My Sunday service is recorded on Wednesday.   So, I will once again offer communion to everyone who is able to stop by the church on Wednesday, July 29th between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.  Please stop by and see me.  I invite you to bring some food for the food bank when you come for communion.  I will have the Food bank container with me.  If you are unable to come to the church, please call the office and we will find a way to deliver communion to you at your house. 

Compline will be offered Monday through Friday at 7:00 pm through Z00M and Morning Prayer will be offered on Wednesday at 9:30 am. 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.  

We will have someone in the office on Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM until noon. If you need immediate assistance, please call my cell phone at either 480-980-1981 (no Texts) or 614-589-0173 (personal cell phone). 


Our plan for the reopening of the Church of the Transfiguration has been approved.  I am slightly encouraged by the latest information about cases in Arizona but we cannot open the church  because the number of coronavirus cases is still at a dangerous level in Maricopa and Pinal counties.  


May you be safe and healthy.  Father Bob++




Episcopal Church of Transfiguration Mesa, AZ

Meeting Minutes

June 9, 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: Heidi Kinney, Catherine Schuyler, Gordon Noyes(2021), Pam Mack Jo Laslo Karl Shepstead , Bob Wilk,). Also, in attendance were Bob Saik, Rector, Lynn Graff, Senior Warden and Pat Mack, Junior Warden

Approval of Minutes The minutes of the April XX, 2020 meeting were approved.

  • Financial Reports (previously distributed) were discussed.
  1. It was moved and seconded that the financial report be approved.
  2. Transfiguration, through the Diocese, has received a loan under the Payroll Protection Act. The loan will not have to be repaid as Transfiguration is still paying the staff on its payroll.
  3. Reports from Ministries
    • Women’s Ministry Report was given by Jo Laslo.
    • Social Media Report was submitted in writing.
    • Junior Warden’s Report was given by Fr. Bob Saik.
      • Landscaping work has been ongoing. Weeds in the back were removed
      • Walt Devonshire has finished the painting of the stanchions.
      • The ECW shed has been removed.
      • Pew cushions have been removed from the church for hygienic reasons in anticipation of in person services.
    • Senior Warden’s Report was given by Lynn Graff. Lynn provided a list of positive things that are happening. Her list follows:
      • We are still the church.
      • We have a diverse online presence which is working.
      • Our outreach efforts are continuing.
      • The phone tree is effective in reaching our members.
    • Rector’s Report was given by Fr. Bob Saik
      • The last newsletter featured stories about parishioners and how they find joy in the time of Pandemic.
      • The church cannot reopen until May 30th at the earliest.


  1. Open Issues
    • The vestry via email approved two items.
      • The purchase of a new sign for University and Mountain.
      • A transfer of money to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.
    • A discussion on the reopening of the church was held.
      • Bob and Sr. Warden Lynn Graff attended a meeting on the reopening of churches in the diocese.
      • The Bishop and a task force have created a Three Phase Plan for reopening.
      • An oral summary of the plan was provided.
      • Before a parish can begin to have in person services a local plan must be submitted and approved by the diocese.
      • Vestry members gave input on reopening.
      • Pat Gutsch, Jo Laslo, and Catherine Schuyler volunteered to serve on the Parish committee on reopening.
    • The vestry expressed its desire to continue food distribution assistance.
    • WiFi is now available throughout the campus.


  1. Adjournment

Fr. Bob Saik adjourned the meeting.

Minutes submitted by: Dea Podhajsky

The book group will meet on Friday August 14th at 10 am via Zoom. Our election is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. If you would like an inmvitation please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sometimes God Whispers

A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver.  The only religious influence is his life came from his outspoken Christian friend.  The young diver never really paid much attention to his friend’s sermons, but he heard them often and just listened.

One night the diver went to the indoor pool at the university he attended. The lights were all off, but as the pool had big skylights and the moon was bright, there was plenty of light to practice by.  The young man climbed to the 12 meter diving platform and as he turned his back to the pool standing on the edge and extending his arms out, he saw his shadow on the wall.

The shadow of his body was in the shape of a cross.  Instead of diving, he knelt down and asked God to come into his life.  As the young man stood, a maintenance man walked in and turned the lights on.  The pool had been drained for repairs!   (This was a true story – something to think about)

Submitted by Cathy Haig





Altar flowers are given this morning by Terry & Linda Ostmeyer in celebration of his birthday.

You may pick up Communion wafers and wine cups on Wednesday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 p.m. I will be sitting outside the church door. Please drive up and I will give you communion. Father Bob

The Food Donation Box will be outside the Parish Hall on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Suggested donations for this week are canned meat or peanut butter.

Sunday services will continue to be available on our YouTube channel. You can easily access the YouTube channel through the Facebook page. 

Transfiguration Sunday-Next Sunday, August 9th, we will celebrate The Feast of the Transfiguration. That event inspired our church name. In celebration of that event we are hoping to deliver a package to people who are in the Mesa area. You may wish to keep an eye out for a package next Saturday or Sunday. Fr. Bob

Online group study-I will be starting a series of meetings to have a group study.  This will be similar to our Sunday Adult Forums but will be done via Zoom.  If there is a particular topic or Bible study that you would like to discuss, please let me know.   

Father Bob

Several members of the vestry have expressed concern about everyone in our parish.  They want to make sure that we take care of people. If you are experiencing problems with food or housing or medical care or something job related, please contact me.  All discussions will be confidential.  May God bless you.   

Father Bob

Reopening the Church: Our plan for reopening the church has been approved. Thank goodness! We cannot open the church until the number of Covid-19 cases goes down over a 14-day period. I will let you know when things change. Fr. Bob 


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. 

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

August Newsletter Available-The latest version of the Transfiguration newsletter has been emailed. This new publication includes pictures and articles on various activities of our members. Please contact the office if you need any assistance receiving the newsletter. Thanks again to Dea Podhajsky for putting this all together.

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 

The Farmers to Food Box program sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture is handing out boxes of fruits and veggies at the Apache Junction High School. Starting last April due to the lack of school and restaurant sales, the US Dept. of Ag started buying up food that otherwise would have gone to waste in the fields.  It is boxed and given away FREE - with no identification asked for or information given.  It is at AJ high school every Thursday until the end of August from 7:30 to 9 am.

Cans and plastic recycling may be brought to the Parish House and left in designated bins in the garage.

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 

Jenny H 

Linda S 

Linda Jo 



Harry W 

Dave D 

Allen D 

Tiffany Ann 


Tara A 



Cleta R 

Charlene & Ray 




Pat U 


Bobbie H 


John A 



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-August 9, 2020—Feast of the Transfiguration 

Exodus 34:29-35-2 Peter 1:13-21-Luke 9:28-36-Psalm 99  


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 


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.


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