Dea Podhajsky

Dea Podhajsky

POW Flag Donated

Thanks to Art and Dawn Vernon who recently donated a  POW/MIA Flag to Transfiguration. The POW/MIA flag was created for the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia. On November 7, 2019, the National POW/MIA Flag Act was signed into law, requiring the POW/MIA flag to be flown on certain federal properties on all days the flag of the United States is flown.

The Annual Meeting was held on Sunday January 26, 2020. Elections reports were the main order of business. Lynn Graff was appointed Senior Warden  replacing Miriam Waddingham. Pat Mack will continue on as Junior Warden.

Our elected delegates to the Diocesan Convention in Tucson in October of 2020 are Heidi Kinney, Ruby Seyffert, Barbara Turner, Bill Robinson and Pam Mack. Also attending will be Fr. Bob Saik, Sr. Warden, Lynn Graft and Jr. Warden, Pat Mack.

The new vestry members elected at the meeting are:

 Bob Wilk: After working for 40 years as an upholsterer, my wife and I are now retired and living in San Tan Valley. We have attended the Church of the Transfiguration for the past two and a half years enjoying ourselves making soup in the Lord’s Soup Kitchen every month. We moved here from Pennsylvania where I served on the vestry at St. James Episcopal Church in Mundy and as the assistant treasurer for four years.

Jo Laslo: I have been a member of Transfiguration for the past three years.  In those years, I have made many friends and served on many committees.  Currently, I am the ECW President. I love this church and being of service. We moved here almost four years ago from California.  I was very active in our church there.  I served on the Vestry as well as many other ministries.  I was an usher for years, Holiday Baskets chairperson for over  ten years, and an Altar guild member. I also participated in Alpha and small groups study and served as ECW president.  I enjoy being of service. I am more than willing to serve on the Vestry. 

Pam Mack : I was born and raised in Southern California. My husband Pat and I moved to Mesa in 1992. I first attended an Episcopal Church in 2010, St. Marks in Mesa. While there I joined the Cursillo Ministry and am still a part of that. I have been a member of Transfiguration since May of 2017. The Episcopal church was what I was looking for all my life. You all are the most loving and kind people I have ever known. I will be honored to serve you as a member of the Vestry here.          

Caththerine Schuyler: I was born in NYC .My father was a military man, diplomat and shipping broker. I moved to Arizona in 1984 and currently reside in Mesa.  I have experience in government and industry.  I also have a long history of volunteer work with police, first responding (includes training the trainers), schools, PTA's, and currently Salt River Wild Horse Management Group as well as this church (mostly with the Chile Farm.) I feel strongly that we are all equal in God’s eyes and that we have a responsibility to help others at all points in our lives.

 Karl Shepstead: I was born in Arizona and raised on Long Island. When I left school I went into the Army. I trained to jump out of airplanes.  When I came out I got together with Bert, who I had  known since we were 11 years old.  We were married in 1997 in the little white church. We left N.Y. and went to California for about a year before we came to Arizona.  I have been going to this church on and off since my father-in-law died in 1985. Father John did his memorial service.




Lenten Study will be every Thursday during Lent. We will begin with a pot luck in the Parish Hall. The text used will be The Grace of Les Miserables by Matt Rawle. To obtain a copy of the book see Jan Saik.

Bulletin 2.2.20



Please join us for Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall after 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. services.


Today at 9:15 is Adult Formation; at 9:45 a.m. is Education for our young people, both in the Parish Hall. Choir practice is at 11:45 a.m.


The nursery, under the direction of Catherine Walicki, is open between 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall.


Transfiguration Newsletter February and March edition is available in the narthex. Thanks to Dea Podhajsky for directing this publication and those who contributed articles.


Large print copies of Forward Day by Day may be picked up in the narthex.


Saturday,  March 28 at 11:00 a.m. is the ECW  Hats Galore  Luncheon and  Style Show with clothing by Christopher and Banks. Tickets are $15 and will be available in the office or on Sundays until tickets are sold. We need donations for raffle baskets and grab bags.  Find a friend, join together to fill a raffle basket.  Sign up in the narthex or see Caryll Prokosch to donate. 


Clerk of  Vestry-Please speak with Lynn Graff or Fr. Bob is you are willing to serve as Clerk taking minutes at meetings. We thank Ann Williamson for 17 years of service.

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



Del R



Bill S

Monica E


Kia K

Leonard L

Amy W

Robbie F



Alex I

Doris H



Paul & Peter G


Jane K

Karen D



Robin & Nate P





Casie J

Ken & Lydia



Chet & Margie


Linda S




Harry W

Dave D

Allen D

Tiffany Ann


Tara A


Blair S

Cleta R

Charlene & Ray



Corina H



Rev. Roger C



Michael M


Linda Jo



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.


Horizon Health and Wellness in Apache Junction is having a Horizon Family Fun Fest. The event is from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22. Flyers are in the narthex.


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.


Upcoming Events


Monday, February 10 at 8:00 a.m. is breakfast in the Parish Hall; at 8:30 a.m. is Farm Workers and Project Ministry; at 10:00 a.m. is a meeting of the Finance Committee in the Parish House.


Tuesday, February 11 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. is a meeting of Al-Anon. Parishioners

are welcome to attend. At 1:00 p.m. is Spirituality Workshop; at 7:00 p.m. is Vestry, all in the Parish House.


Tuesday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m. is the next meeting of the Lords Soup Kitchen in the Parish Hall

Wednesday, February 12 at 8:00 a.m. is Walking on Wednesday; at 9:30 a.m is Holy Eucharist; at 10:00 a.m. is Bible Study.


Saturday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. is a Saturday evening service in the Parish House.


Sunday, February 16 during both coffee hours we will celebrate February birthdays. If your birthday is not on the list in the narthex, please add your information.


February 18 at Noon will be our Secret Sister reveal gathering. Please come and bring an item for the potluck lunch.


Friday, February 21 at 5:00 is our next game night in the Parish Hall. Ken & Lydia Sobiech will be leading Bingo for us so bring your cash.


Save the dates: Pancake Supper, Tuesday, February 25; Ash Wednesday services 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. February 26.


Thursday, February 27 at 5:00 p.m. our Lenten potluck and study begins and will continue each week through Lent. We will use the book The Grace of Les Miserables. See Jan Saik for a copy of the book.


The next newcomer’s dinner is Friday, February 28th at 5:30 p.m.  Please sign up if you haven’t been to one.  This is a fun social night with dinner provided.


                       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 ReadingsFebruary 16, 2020Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 - Psalm 119:1-8 - 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 - Matthew 5:21-37


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

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Ms. Debbi Bloom, Treasurer

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

James 4:13


13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that. As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Whoever knows what is right to do it and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

I recently returned from a cruise around the southern tip of South America. On the cruise I attended a symposium hosted by the resident historian. Her topic was history, facts, and changing perspectives. Her point was that history has many filters among them are the culture which creates it, the time it was created and the biases of those reporting it. Therefore, history is dynamic and not static.

To illustrate her point, she talked about statues. Statues of Confederate Army members have been removed from public areas in the South in recent years causing protests and counter protests. Some believe that the statues must go as they celebrate the evils of slavery while others believe the statues should stay as they represent a reality that once existed. But to make the discussion less likely to elicit strong emotions, our historian chose  to discuss statues in Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There a 15-meter-high statue of freedom fighter Juana Azurduy replaced the more traditional icon of the region, Christopher Columbus. Replacing a man with a woman and a “colonizer with a “guerrilla,” led many to note that the change made a statement beyond the statue’s physical presence. It symbolized a change in the way the culture viewed history.

My mind immediately made two connections the first was to Percy Shelley’s poem Ozymandias and the second to the final shot in the original Planet of the Apes movies. (Graphics of the poem and the movie are  included). Both echo the ideas expressed in the passage from James above. The statues, as our lives, are mere mists which appear for a little while and then vanish.

Which raises the question. If our lives are merely a mist, why bother?  Why bother to go to church? Why bother to vote? Why bother to help the poor, the prisoner, the stranger? The answer is also found in the passage from James. “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this and that.” Jesus did not sit around waiting to be called to heaven. He ministered to the poor, the sick, and the stranger. He challenged authority. Turning water into wine probably was not viewed positively by the local wine merchants. Calling out the money lenders in the temple would not have endeared him to those whose businesses he disrupted. But Jesus modeled for us how we should live and James tells us that “whoever knows what is right and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

Tomorrow is our holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In his 1963 Letter from the Birmingham Jail he wrote, "But the judgement of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions,. and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century." His words are as true now as they were then. We must not become complacent or the church will meet the same fate as Ozymandias.






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) ) and Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimandi Ngozi Adichie (February).Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin (March)

The books are selected to illicit 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..

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.


The audio of our sermons is available under the worship menu of this website.


Each moth we email our newsletter to our members. If you are not receiving it, please notify the office. The mailing address from which the newsletter is sent is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your may need to add this to your address book.

The Book Ministry, Apache Junction Food Bank and Brenton Schools outreach programs are now located in the old church office in the Parish Hall. Check out our large selection of books for sale for only one dollar. Profits from books sales are used for camperships  to Camp Genesis. The collection bins for the AJ Food Bank and Brinton Schools are also located in the old office.