Dea Podhajsky

Dea Podhajsky

The book discussion group will meet at 10 am on November 13th via Zoom. Contact Dea Podhajsky for an invitation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Girl Who Smiled Beads was a selection of the Episcopal Migration Ministries Book Club. A description follows "The plot provided by the universe was filled with starvation, war and rape. I would not--could not--live in that tale." Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety--perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive. When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged. Though their bond remained unbreakable, Claire, who had for so long protected and provided for Clemantine, was a single mother struggling to make ends meet, while Clemantine was taken in by a family who raised her as their own. She seemed to live the American dream: attending private school, taking up cheerleading, and, ultimately, graduating from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. She felt at the same time six years old and one hundred years old. In The Girl Who Smiled Beads, Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of "victim" and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.

Churches around the world recently celebrated something that St. Francis of Assisi started almost 800 years ago: blessing our animals. It was Francis who first introduced the idea that human beings are only one of a myriad of creations of God and all are blessed in God’s “eyes.” At Transfiguration Fr. Bob did a service for blessing of the animals as well as blessing animals in the church parking lot. In Kelowna, British Columbia a service was also held. Our Canadian parishioners who currently cannot travel to Arizona had pets blessed there by retired Canon Julia Craig who is a member of our evening zoom compline group.


The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

514 South Mountain Road   Mesa, AZ 85208

Rite II Holy Eucharist


You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”                                                                    

















Welcome to the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration!


Prelude                        Vater Unser in Himmelreich                  Dieterich Buxtehude                               

Introit                             sung by Cantor                                             Psalm 105: 3, 4, 1

Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

Seek the Lord and his strength seek his face evermore.

Give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon his Name tell the people what things he hath done. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.


Opening Acclamation                                                   Book of Common Prayer, p. 355


Blessed be God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.    Amen.


Glory to God in the highest, and peace to Gods people on earth.  Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.  Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.  For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.


The Lord be with you.     And also with you.    Let us pray.


The Collect of the Day 


Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.    Amen.


First Reading                                                                         Deuteronomy 34:1-12


A Reading from Deuteronomy

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended. Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses. Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.                    The Word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God.


Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17               Domine, refugium         congregation reads the bold


Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, from age to age you are God.

You turn us back to the dust and say, "Go back, O child of earth."

For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past and like a watch in the night.

You sweep us away like a dream; we fade away suddenly like the grass.

In the morning it is green and flourishes; in the evening it is dried up and withered.

Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? be gracious to your servants.

Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us and the years in which we suffered adversity.

Show your servants your works and your splendor to their children.

May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; prosper the work of our hands;
prosper our handiwork.

The Epistle                                                                                1 Thessalonians 2:1-8


A Reading from 1 Thessalonians

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

The Word of the Lord.    Thanks be to God.

Organ Interlude


The Holy Gospel                                                                               Matthew 22:34-46

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”  Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’?      The Gospel of the Lord.     Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Organ Interlude


Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.  We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of  God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.  He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.    Amen. 


Prayers of the People             Form VI       Book of Common Prayer, page 392      


In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

For reconciliation with Native American peoples;

For healing and justice with all who share this land.
For the peace and unity of the Church of God

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.
We pray for our church leaders including Michael, our presiding bishop, Jennifer, our bishop, Bob our rector, and all who minister in Christ.      

For all who serve God in his Church.
For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

Silence - The People may add their own petitions

Hear us, Lord;            For your mercy is great.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

Silence - The People may add their own thanksgivings

We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your Name for ever and ever.
We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

Silence - The People may add their own petitions
Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;     Who put their trust in you.

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord, in your mercy      Hear our prayer. 

The Celebrant offers a concluding collect.

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.


Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.


The Peace


The peace of the Lord be always with you.     And also with you.   


The Holy Eucharist 

Offertory      Dear Lord and Father of Mankind     Charles Hubert Hastings Parry                                                   

Eucharistic Prayer A                                           Book of Common Prayer, page 361


Celebrant    The Lord be with you.                          People     And also with you.

Celebrant    Lift up your hearts.                              People      We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People         It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


Sanctus                        sung by Cantor                                      Holy, Holy, Holy Lord                          
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.  He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world. On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.     Christ is risen.     Christ will come again.

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom. All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.  Amen.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,                                                    

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:

Therefore let us keep the feast, Alleluia

The Gifts of God for the People of God.

The Holy Communion     This is the Hour of Banquet & Song    Sidney Watson                                

Post-Communion Prayer 

Let us pray,

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.     Amen.

The Blessing

Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the gentle night to you. Moon and Stars pour their healing light on you. Deep peace of Christ, of Christ the light of the world to you. Deep peace of Christ to you. And may the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.   Amen




Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  Alleluia. Alleluia.

Thanks be to God.   Alleluia.  Alleluia.


Postlude           Postlude in D     Healey Willan





Altar Flowers are given today by Terry & Linda Ostmeyer in celebration of the birthday of their daughter, Sara.


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

Stewardship Campaign has begun. I am thankful for everyone who has supported Transfiguration with their time, talent and treasure especially during the pandemic. 

With our limited ability to be together things may be a little different this year.  I ask

you to prayerfully consider how you might help Transfiguration in 2001.     

Fr. Bob


Please contact the church office by Thursday morning each week if you wish to attend either 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. Sunday service unless you are on the permanent list. If on the permanent list, please let us know if you will not be here. After hours, call or text

Jan Saik at 614-589-0172.

If you know someone who could use soup, please stop by the office. It has been made available by The Lord’s Soup Kitchen workers. This month’s is Tomato Basil.

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

The Episcopal Journal is currently updating their mailing list. If you do not receive this publication and would like to or if there are changes in your information, please contact the church office with updates.

The Book Room in the Parish Hall will be open from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday afternoons. Masks are required and disposable gloves are available. Only two people will be allowed into the room at one time. We have a diverse selection of books for children as well as adults. Jigsaw puzzles are available for exchange or purchase. Proceeds from the sale of books fund camperships at Camp Genesis at Chapel Rock. While picking up reading materials, you can drop off recycling, donate food to the food bank, buy some of our world famous chile powder and blue corn meal, browse drop off items for the rummage sale and donate to the Million Meals for our Neighbors Fund.

Suggested donations next week for the Food Bank are canned or dehydrated soups.

Due to Covid-19 ECW was unable to have the spring luncheon.  The baskets to be raffled at that function have been sitting and waiting just like the rest of us. An email has been sent to all parishioners with pictures and descriptions of baskets available to purchase.     Thank you for supporting ECW.   Jo Laslo

Our Vestry Contact is Heidi Kinney. Her number is 630-605-4922.

New Forward Day by Day booklets may be picked up in the Church or the Parish Hall.


Upcoming Events


Sunday, November 1 we will celebrate All Saints Day. Please let the office know names of saints you would like to have prayers for.

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.

Sunday, November 15 Bishop Jennifer Reddall will visit Transfiguration. More details will be coming in future bulletins.

Plans are underway for the annual ECW Rummage Sale which will be Friday and Saturday, November 20 & 21 in the Parish Hall. Set-up work days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please bring items you wish to donate for the sale to the Parish Hall.

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

Bobbie H

Len G



Del R

Pat G


Bill S




Michael M

Amy W

Robbie F







Paul & Peter G

Walt D

Jane K

Pam M



Robin & Nate P



Nancy R


Casie J

Ken & Lydia



Roy W



Debbie &family



Harry W

John A


Tiffany Ann

Pat U




Jane F

Chet & Margie








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-November 1-All Saints Day

Revelation 7:9-17 - Psalm 34:1-10, 22 - 1 John 3:1-3 - Matthew 5:1-12



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



A blog by Dea Podhajsky

Today my Spanish Duolingo streak reached 200 days. On 90% of those days I have also walked. I live at the base of the Superstition Mountains in an area our realtor described as horse properties. Lots are one acre and although most roads are paved, there are neither sidewalks nor streetlights. There have been days when I have seen no vehicles during my walk. Instead I encounter coyotes, deer, horses, javelinas, rabbits, lizards, birds, and other walkers

Walkers who walk on the wrong side of the road annoy me. The rule is clear. Pedestrians walk against traffic. There are reasons for this. Walkers can establish eye contact with an approaching motorist which increases their ability to make quick judgements which in turn enhances their safety. Researchers found that pedestrians walking against traffic have on average a 77 percent lower risk of being struck and injured by a car. Why then do people walk on the wrong side of the street? Are they reckless? Are they ignorant? Are they anarchists? Are they purposely trying to annoy me? Is one side of the road more esthetically pleasing to them than the other?

Perhaps it is the lack of distractions or the rhythmic, repetition of my footfalls but walking makes my mind go walkabout. One day my mind wandered from why not all people walk against traffic to a post that was trending on social media.

The post speculated on why some people fail to return their grocery carts to the designated collection point in the parking lot. The post theorized that what people did with their shopping cart was a test of whether they would do right in other circumstances without being forced. The tweet stated, “No one will punish you for not returning the shopping cart, no one will fine you, or kill you for not returning the cart . . . You must return the shopping cart because it is the right thing to do, because it is correct.”

For years I taught with a man who had vastly different views from mine on issues ranging from teaching practices to politics. He often reminded me during our discussions on civil rights, women’s rights, and students’ rights that with rights come responsibilities. Rights, according to my colleague, are freedoms we have that are protected by our laws, while responsibilities are duties or things that we should do to be good citizens or members of a community.

My walk offers me a great view of the Praying Hands formation in the Superstition Mountains. I always stop when I walk by to admire the beauty of God’s creation and to raise up the name of my secret prayer sister to the Lord. One such pause was the catalyst for another mind detour. Rights are a term for societies created by men. God, however, does not bestow us with rights; rather he gives blessings. The biggest blessing is his unconditional love.

Frequently, I have attended meetings with a man who was falsely accused and convicted of murder. He was released through the diligent work Arizona’s equivalent of the Innocence Project. At a recent event while discussing his life story and his current work of helping others who have suffered injustice he said, “I do not own my blessings.”

God’s unconditional love is our ultimate blessing. What then is our corresponding responsibility? The Bible provides an answer. In it we read, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”.

But there are other responsibilities we have for the blessings we have received that would be the secular equivalent of returning our shopping carts or walking on the correct side of the road. Stewardship is one of these. Churches depend on the generosity of their parishioners to provide money to support programs, to fund salaries, and to cover overhead.

I believe in free will. Walkers are not predestined to walk on the wrong side of the road. Fate does not determine whether people return their shopping cart. Why then do people act as they do? Scientists, writers, philosophers, and theologians have considered that question for centuries. Transfiguration is currently having its stewardship drive. We will be asked to pledge for next year. Pledges allow the vestry to construct a budget. Pledges income allows Transfiguration to continue to carry on God’s work. Not pledging, has no obvious negative consequences. You will continue to be welcomed and loved. You will still be a valued part of the church family.

Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher, believed that when we act out of duty and do something simply because it is right, the deed then and only then has moral worth. Returning one’s shopping cart, walking against traffic, and filling out the pledge card fall into Kant’s definition of actions with moral worth. When the pledge card arrives, you will have a decision to make. As you reflect on whether to pledge or not think about the good that will come from you pledge, remember God’s blessings to you, and reflect on the moral duty of being part of a community. The choice as always is yours.

Juan 3:16 por Dios amó al mundo, que dio a su único hijo. The 200 days weren’t completely wasted.

“Faith-Filled Generosity” is our theme for this year’s stewardship campaign. I need not remind you of the disruptions, losses, and anxieties that this year has brought to our communities, for we are all still living with the impacts. I can say, however, that although the coronavirus pandemic has tested our resolve, it has not tested our faith. We are stronger, more resilient, and more connected than we have ever been as a Church and as a community of neighbors. Thank you for doing your part in your homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our church.

Our stewardship and our mission this year have been focused on service. Together we have learned new skills (like online services) and new ways to worship (like our weeknight compline services).  Everyone has discovered, developed and used their gifts to serve God and one another.

Thanks to everyone for continuing your pledge.   The ways you have supported the church and each other are inspiring and hopeful. Our generosity is energized by our faith and how we are led into relationship with each other as we share our gifts,  This is what we mean by “Faith-Filled Generosity.”

How will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help our church this year? How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and respond with generosity? As I look at each family, each individual in our community, I realize that we are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received.


I appreciate the words of Paul which we read on September 27th from Philippians 2:1-3.                            “If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. “


This year, we will be sending you a packet with your pledge card and an appeal. I invite you to receive this with grace and prayer as you consider how you will share with God and God’s Church from what you have received.


In the spirit of generosity and love,



Fr. Bob Saik

Episcopal Church of Transfiguration Mesa, AZ

Meeting Minutes

August 11, 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, , Pam Mack Jo Laslo, Karl Shepstead , Bob Wilk. Also, in attendance were Bob Saik, Rector, Lynn Graff, Senior Warden and Pat Mack, Junior Warden. The meeting was conducted via Zoom.

he minutes of the July14, 2020 meeting were approved.

  • Financial Reports (previously distributed) were discussed.
  1. Father Bob highlighted the following:
    1. Payroll Protection Plan money will be used to fund salaries, and Rector’s pension and medical insurance
    2. Because of changes in the guidelines related to Payroll Protection Plan money there was an overpayment to the diocese.
    3. Pledge contributions are close to the budget amount. Visitor and plate revenues are down. The Payroll Protection Plan money has compensated for this loss of revenue.
    4. The line item for office phone includes internet services.
    5. Fire protection is a yearly expense. Refuse is a quarterly expense.
    6. Our Fund Balances fluctuate based on the stock market.
    7. The financial report was approved subject to audit.
  2. Reports from Ministries
    • Women’s Ministry Report was included in packet.
    • Social Media Report was included in packet.
    • Junior Warden Report: Pat Mack
      • Weekly and monthly maintenance was completed.
      • The installation of touchless fixtures has been completed.
      • The installation of the sign on University and Mountain is complete.
      • Sheds for the ECW were investigated with Jo Laslo, ECW, and Fr Bob Saik.
      • The ramp to the parish house will be repaired using steel.
    • Senior Warden’s Report was given by Lynn Graff who commended everyone who is working hard to keep the church vibrant.
    • Rector’s Reflections was given by Fr. Bob Saik
      • The time off discussed at the Ju;y meeting was taken.
      • Although the number of Covid cases is decreasing no new directions from the Bishop have been given.
      • The Deanery will meet to discuss virtual stewardship drives.
      • A review of the package deliveries to parishioners for the Feast of Transfiguration was given. Thanks were given to all who worked on the project. Vestry members who delivered packages said that the deliveries had gone smoothly, and people were appreciative. Fr Saik said that positive responses had been received by him and the office staff.
  1. Farewell to Gordon Noyes: Gordon will be moving to Massachusetts in August. He was thanked for his service on the vestry.


  1. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned.


Minutes submitted by Dea Podhajsky






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Dear Friends,

This past Sunday was an exciting day for me. We had our first open service in the church since March. It was wonderful to see everyone in the church and to pray and praise God together. We held the 8:00 am service in the Parish Hall with 14 people in attendance. I love using the dark wood altar with the three dimensional Lamb of God on the front for that service. The 10:00 am service was held in the church. We had 28 people in attendance. There was room for more people in both services. The service was beautiful but felt different as everyone dutifully wore their mask and stayed socially distant from non family members. I felt the Holy Spirit in each service. 

Please remember to call the office if you wish to come on Sunday. The office is open Monday to Thursday from 8 am until noon. Reservations may NOT be made on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

An bridged version of our plan for the reopening of the church that was approved by both the diocese  and the vestry is included. Please read it and see the care we have taken to insure everyone’s safety


The cross of Christ has a depth of meaning that makes it hard to describe.  It can be different to each person and the meaning can change based on what is happening in each person’s life.  Regardless of the meaning, it marks us as a beloved child of God.

The Daughters of the King all wear a cross, a specially designed cross, as part of their commitment to follow Christ.  The members are active individually and as a group in the church through service, prayer, and evangelism.  It is easy to identify a Daughter of the King anywhere in the world because we wear our cross daily.  Below are listed some of the comments about the cross from members of the Daughters of the King at Transfiguration.

“When I think of the cross, what comes to my mind is love; God’s love for us as individuals and God’s love for all of us collectively as part of God’s creation.  Knowing that I am one of His children and will always be loved by Him no matter what I do is so comforting.  I also think about the sacrifice God made for us and yet how He is always there for us.”      Jan S.

“I have been a member of the Daughters of the King for over 30 years.  Each day, as I put on my cross, I am reminded that Jesus is always beside me . . . to comfort, guide, and sustain, as we all work to spread God’s love in this world.”      Nancy R.

“I love wearing it because it reminds me of the bond of love through Jesus Christ for all of our sisters both local and world wide and the privilege we have to pray for each other!”         Miriam W.

“The cross is where Jesus suffered and died.  Though gruesome, it is very special.  God says He loved us so much that He gave His only son to die in our place.  I lost my youngest son 8 years ago.  It was hard enough to watch him die . . . but I cannot imagine choosing to let him die . . . to die in someone else’s place. But that is what Jesus did for us.  I was the one who sinned.  I deserved to be up there, not Jesus.  He took my place.  I owe Him my whole life! So, the cross is a beautiful reminder of my Saviour and what He went through so I can be reconciled to Him.  It also is empty.  Jesus did not stay dead but rose again!  He is now alive in heaven, watching out for me, and someday I will go to be with Him in heaven.  So, yes . . . the cross means everything!   Mari F.

“For me, the cross is a touch stone, a physical reminder of God’s presence with us and His gifts to us.  Putting on the cross each day is representative of putting on the ‘armor of God’ so that we are equipped to do His work.  Seeing people wear a cross says that we are all connected, linked by history, traditions, beliefs, and a way of life.  We are “one body with many different parts”, making us capable of being the church, the body of Christ here on earth.”      Lynn G.

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