Dea Podhajsky

Dea Podhajsky

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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.

 

Adult Education is at 9:15 a.m. We have returned to our series on the Apostles and today will be discussing the apostle Nathaniel.

 

Altar Flowers are given today by Ruby Seyffert in celebration of the wedding anniversary of her granddaughter Jeni and Mark.

 

Please join us for coffee hour in the Parish Hall following both services. Come over and look at the new flooring, but we ask you not to walk on it yet.

 

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.

 

Transfiguration Newsletter June 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 contributed articles.

 

Cursillo Weekend will be Thursday, September 5 through Sunday, September 8. Please see Fr. Bob if you are interested in attending this Christian renewal weekend.

 

The Vestry would like to encourage people with questions to call Dea Podhajsky, contact person for this month. Her phone number is (509)392-2053.

 

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

 

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.

 

In support of Brinton Elementary School, ECW has learned there is a current need for elastic waist shorts sizes 5-12 as well as underwear sizes 5-8 for boys and girls. Ongoing needs are anti-bacterial wipes, Kleenex and flushable toilet wipes.

 

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

 

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:

 

Amanda

Jerry S

Mary Ann

Ernest D

Len G

Cherie

Pat K

Terry

Mel & Russ

Rene

Chris R

Monica E

Bill S

Kim

Tiffany Ann

Amy W

Robbie F

Tim

Brenda

Ashley

Callum Mac.

Bill

Suzy

Paul & Peter G

Juan

Jane K

Bridgette

Karl

Patricia

Robin & Nate P

Carolyn

George

Mabel W

Ruth

Casie J

Ken & Lydia

Patty

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Capital Campaign! Many generous people have already made a contribution. We have received $8,588.00 so far. With matching funds we now have $17,176.00. We have used $650.00 to add cement to the Parish House sidewalk. The kitchen floor was replaced on June 3 and 4. The cost of $4,227.00 included new flooring for the nursery and old office. Work has begun on a ramp into the Parish House. Thanks to everyone for what you have done so far! Please help us continue our projects.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Monday, June 10 is Farm Workers and Project Ministry breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

 

Tuesday, June 11 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. is a meeting of Al-Anon in the Parish Hall. Parishioners are welcome to attend.

 

Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. is Vestry meeting in the Parish House.

 

Wednesday, June 12 in the Parish House at 9:30 a.m. is Holy Eucharist; at 10:00 a.m. is Bible Study.

 

Saturday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m. is a Holy Eucharist service in the Parish House Chapel.

 

Sunday, June 16 we will celebrate June birthdays. A sign-up sheet is in the narthex where you may add your birthday if it is not listed.

 

We welcome 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 Week’s Readings – June 16, 2019 – Trinity Sunday

          Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 - Psalm 8 - Romans 5:1-5 - John 16:12-15

 

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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Mrs. Debbi Bloom, Treasurer

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Office Hours: Mon-Thurs  8:00 a.m.-Noon   www.transfiguration-mesa.org

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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Recently we held our first game night. Thanks to Pam Mack for organizing it. Those in attendance enjoyed playing Sequence and Mexican Train. Hopefully there will be more Game Nights in the future. Check the calendar for announcements.

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.

Our Book Ministry is off to a good start. Books are available in the Parish Hall during coffee hour for both services. Profits from the sale of books go to Project Genesis. If you have a book for us please donate it by leaving it on the cart. If you wish to purchase a book please leave the dollar in the provided box. Rules and information are located on the book cart.

We're Back

Our Walking on Wednesday group returned from our virtual world tour in time to celebrate Palm Sunday. After both services members of the group treated our congregation to foods we learned to love along the way. Although this adventure is complete, a new journey awaits. Check back for details. We think you will want to be a part of our group as we continue to improve our fitness and grow in community.

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