Dea Podhajsky

Dea Podhajsky

Our book discussion group will meet on May 15th at 10 am via Zoom. Our selection is Lost Children Archive by Valerie Luiselli. The novel was longlisted for the Booker Prize, an Andrew Carnegie Medal Finalist a Kirkus Prize Finalist and longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. If you would like an invitation to the meeting email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Announcements

 

A special thank you to everyone for continuing your pledge payment even though you are not coming to church. Income for the month of March was $16,367 versus our expenses of $17,208. On a year to date basis our income is $54,739 versus expenses of $52,458.

 

We are thankful to everyone who has given to my discretionary account and to the Million Meals account. As you know, the need is great. We have increased our giving to individuals in need and we have contributed to several organizations that provide food. This past week the Million Meals program contributed to United Food Bank to keep 19 small food banks in operation.   Thank you, Fr. Bob

 

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

 

The latest Newsletter will be sent out this week. If you don’t receive it, please call the office. We are still looking for pictures of things you are doing during this time. Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or to the office.

 

Medical Debt elimination-In January, the Vestry decided to proceed with a payment of $7,000 from the Capital Campaign to pay off medical debt for people in Mesa. This was always part of the plan for our Capital Campaign. We have just learned that our $7,000 donation eliminated $840,000 of medical debt for 71 people in Mesa. Thank You

 

New Forward Day by Day booklets (both regular and large print) may be picked up in the office.

 

We will have the office staff coming into the office at periodic times and they will check for voice mails. 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

 

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

 

Coffee Hour ZOOM-Please join us today (Sunday) at 11:00 a.m. for virtual Coffee Hour. Click on the link below: 

Join Zoom Meeting    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82345755382

Meeting ID: 823 4575 5382

 

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.

 

Thank you to everyone who is helping us keep in touch. A special thank you to Dea, Cheryl, Jan, Dana, Gordon, Elena, Bill and Peter for helping with social media.

A special thank you to Peter Lafford for recording and editing the 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:

 

 

Bee

Jacob

Mary Ann

Ernest D

Len G

Lois&daughters

Tim

Del R

Jenny

Rene

Bill S

Dave K

Fred

Kim

Michael M

Amy W

Robbie F

Rachael

Nathan

Gary

Doris H

Ken

Nancy

Paul & Peter G

Terry

Jane K

Karen D

Karl

Patricia

Robin & Nate P

Allen

George

Beth

Ruth

Casie J

Ken & Lydia

Patty

Todd

Chet & Margie

Ashley

Linda S

Linda Jo

Susan

Norma

Harry W

Dave D

Allen D

Tiffany Ann

Janet

Tara A

Randy

Andrew

Cleta R

Charlene & Ray

Cherie

Bill

Reva

Mari

Billy

Isabel H

Clint

Juan

Theresa

Steve P

Frances

Bobbie H

 

 

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.

We remember Edith Derbyshire, aunt of Margie Wauters, who has died.

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Mesa, Arizona

2020 Annual Meeting

January 26, 2020

The Reverend Bob Saik, Rector

Gary Quamme, Music Director

Linda Ostmeyer, Office Manager

 

2019 Wardens and Officers

Miriam Waddington, Senior Warden

Pat Mack, Junior Warden

Debbi Bloom, Treasurer

Ann Williamson, Clerk

2019 Vestry

Ruby Seyffert                                    Pat Gutsch                                         Lynn Graff

Eileen Chandler                                 Gordon Noyes                                    Heidi Kinney

Dea Podhajsky                                   Barbara Turner                                     Dave Milton

  1. Annual Meeting Agenda

 

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Appointment of Clerk, Recorders and Tellers
  3. Minutes of 2019 Annual Meeting
  4. Appointment of Senior Warden
  5. Election of Junior Warden
  6. Election of Treasurer
  7. Election of Vestry
  8. Election of Diocesan Convention Delegates
  9.  Rector’s Report
  10. Senior Warden’s Report
  11. Junior Warden’s Report
  12. Ministry Reports
  13. Recognition of Outgoing Officers and Vestry Members
  14. Financial Reports
  15. Presentation of 2020 Budget
  16. Celebration of Our Ministry
  17. Closing Prayer
  18. MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING

January 27, 2019

  1. Call to Order / Opening Prayers

The meeting was called to order at 12:06 am by Fr Bob Saik.

  1. Appointment of the Clerk of the Meeting.

Joan Crossman moved that Ann be appointed as Clerk of the Annual Meeting, seconded, passed

  1. Appointment of Recorders and Tellers

Ruby Seyffert moved to approve Linda Sandoval and Vivian Ware as tellers, seconded, passed

  1. Minutes of the 2018 Annual Meeting:

Margie Wauters moved to approve the minutes from last year as presented, seconded and passed

  1. Appointment of Senior Warden

Miriam Waddington has been reappointed as Sr Warden.

  1. Election of Junior Warden

Ruby Seyffert moved that we approve Pat Mack as our Junior Warden.

  1. Election of Vestry

Lynn Graff nominated Debbie Bloom as Treasurer, seconded and passed.

We have nine member-at-large members of the vestry, plus the officers.  They rotate at 3-year intervals.

Nominees are Lynn Graff, Heidi Kinney, and David Milton.  Meg Stresen-Reuter moved to accept the slate as presented, seconded, passed

  1. Election of Diocesan Convention Delegates

Clergy, Sr Warden, and Jr Warden are automatically selected.  Four lay positions are available.  Candidates don’t have to be Vestry members.

Automatic:  Clergy, Sr Warden, Jr Warden,

Nominees: Ann Williamson, Pat Gutsch, Bill* Robinson, Dea* Podhajsky, Ruby *Seyffert, Peg* Wier, Linda* Sandoval, Barbara Turner

Top 5* elected, the rest are alternates.

  1. Rector's Report

Fr began his remarks earlier during the sermon.  He forgot to mention Jan during the 10 am service.  There are many wonderful things going on in this church.  Fr's old office is being turned into a nursery.  We are getting closer to being able to serve food from our kitchen.  We need drivers to bring people to church.  We need improvement in pastoral care.  Fr wants to start a Saturday evening service (unstructured) in the chapel located in the house.  Thanks to Terry Ostmeyer, Freda Laing and Meg Stresen-Reuter for working in the kitchen today.

  1. Senior Warden’s Report

Miriam expressed an “Attitude of gratitude”, thanking Fr Bob for his service.  She is grateful for lay presence.  Her own message is to love and serve the Lord, worship on his Holy ground.  A written report is in the booklet.

  1. Jr Wardens’ Report

Written report is in the booklet.  Pat thanked all the volunteers who have helped throughout the year as listed in the report or otherwise mentioned.

  1. Ministry Reports

In the packet, attention was called to the Daughters of the King report, Outreach report, the Altar Guild report, the Improvement Fund report, the Stewardship report, the Chile Farm report, the Social Media report, the ECW report, and the Children’s Ministry report.  Fr thanked Nancy Robinson for her work in the garden.  Bill Robinson presented a video about the Chile Farm.

Intermission - Singing with Gary

  1. Recognition of Outgoing Officers and Vestry Members

Joan Crossman is the outgoing Treasurer.

Meg, Steve Dingle and Elena are outgoing Vestry members.

Thanks to Linda Ostmeyer and Gary Quamme,

  1. Financial Reports

Fr reviewed Joan's notes in the booklet for the Balance Sheet and the Treasurers Report, noting the effect of the stock market on our investments.  James Stines moved to accept the reports as presented, seconded and passed

  1. Presentation of 2019 Budget

The notes at the end of the report were reviewed, including changes.  Bonusses for employees were explained.  Since this has already been approved by the Vestry, no further discussion occurred.

  1. Celebration of Our Ministries

Meg is thankful for the having more land than we did (land abandoned to us by the county), Ruby for the Altar Guild.  Jan and Linda thanked all those who have assisted in the office.  Shirley thanked all our winter members, especially the Canadians.  Pat G thanked those who have helped her with the nursery.  Bill R thanked all the chile farm volunteers,

  1. Closing Prayer
  2. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1:16 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Ann B Williamson   Clerk of the Vestry

 

  • Candidate Information

 

Appointment of Senior Warden\

Appointment of Lynn Graff as Senior Warden

Election of Junior Warden

Re-election of Pat Mack, our current Junior Warden

Election of Treasurer

Re-election of Debbi Bloom, our current Treasurer

   Selection of Diocesan Convention Delegates

The candidates for Diocesan Convention are Heidi Kinney, Pat Gutsch, Barbara Turner and Ruby Seyffert.

 

  1. Rector’s Report for the Annual Meeting – January 26, 2020

 

Last Sunday, January 19th, I celebrated the sixth anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. This week, January 26th, we join together as a Transfiguration community to celebrate the past year in our church life and look forward to another year. It is a special blessing for me to be your rector. Jan and I have received many positive comments from the people of this church. I am fortunate that we have so many volunteers who help out. I am thankful for those who welcome newcomers and I ask you to continue to show your care for everyone who comes to the church. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and strengthen us.

Our liturgy is the central activity of the church. Thanks to Steve Dingle, Chris Whitehead, and Ann Williamson for coordinating the volunteers. I so appreciate all that Susan Smith-Allen does for us. And I am thankful that Philip Stowell, retired priest, has come back to help at the altar. My special thanks go out to Ruby Seyffert and the altar guild members who prepare and clean up after each service. I thank all the lay readers, acolytes, chalice bearers, and ushers. Thanks to Gary Quamme who so faithfully leads our music program and thanks to the dedicatedmembers of the choir for providing music.

We continued many regular events and invite you to join us at any time. We have coffee and fellowship after each service in the Parish Hall and my thanks go out to

Terry Ostmeyer for cleaning up after the coffee hours. On Monday mornings, a group of men and women gather for breakfast and fellowship followed by completing projects to keep our church property functional and working in the garden. Thanks to Dea Podhajsky for continuing the walking group and a book club. On Wednesday, we have either Morning Prayer or Eucharist in the Parish Hall followed by Bible Study. Altar Guild, Daughters of the King and ECW meet on the first Saturday of the month. Thanks to Bobbie Lafford who helps plan Adult Formation discussion which we hold on Sunday between services.Our Lord’s soup kitchen continues to offer tasty soups thanks to Bob and Mabel Wilk. Please feel free to take one and give itto a person in need. I think about all the events and activities of the past year including the Spring Fashion Show, the Rummage Sale, trips to Detour Theater, and Organ Stop Pizza.

We have held Newcomer’s Dinners. Our vestry held a successful retreat to help us focus on our 2019 activities. We have fun together, learn together, worship together and eat together. Our church is a place to engage with people spiritually. Some new ministries started in 2019. Several people converted an office into a nursery and Catherine Walicki takes care of young children during the 10:00 AM service. We started a Saturday evening service with slightly different liturgy and music. After a pause, we will restart the Saturday service at 5:00 PM in the Parish House. Susan Smith-Allen leads a group called spirituality for the second half of life every other Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Pam Mack started a monthly game night. We are fortunate that generous people give money to keep our ministries active. This past year people gave money to help our Capital Campaign.

Outreach continues to be a major focus of our activities. Our interaction with local nonprofit organizations has significantly increased this year. Please see Peg

Weir’s report in this booklet. As we look to the future, I hope that we can seek new ways to interact with people who need our help. Our Facebook page and web site continue to be an important way for us to keep in touch with regular members of the church and those who are just learning about us. Thanks to all those who work in our children’s ministry programs. Sadly, our Sunday school does not have children attend most of the time.

Most especially, I wish to thank those who have served on our vestry, our treasurer, Debbi Bloom, Joan Crossman who continues to help, and our clerk, Ann Williamson. I am so appreciative of all the assistance that Miriam Waddington, our senior warden, has given to me. Thanks to Pat Mack for serving as our junior warden. We are grateful for the service of retiring vestry members Dea Podhajsky, Eileen Chandler, and Ruby Seyffert. I am sure that I have missed many people who have volunteered their time and made this the joyful and loving and welcoming place that it is. Thanks to you as well. A special thanks to Linda Ostmeyer, our office manager, for seeing that the orders of service are prepared weekly and the office runs smoothly. I would also like to thank my wonderful wife, Jan, who has been such a dedicated volunteer and companion on this journey. We have many opportunities to grow our ministries to families, neighbors, visitors and those in need. I hope that we will become a food distribution site for needy people. Please pray that we will all find a way to do God’s work in this world.

Blessings to each of you,

Bob Saik, Saik, Rector

 

  1. Senior/Rector Warden’s Report

 

My report this year comes in a spirit of love and thanksgiving. We at Church of the Transfiguration are SO privileged to have Fr. Bob as our Rector, along with Jan, his dedicated wife and partner, in his ministry. Fr. Bob has such a kind and loving spirit "The Spirit of the Lord" that he shares with all of us. He is happy to be here in God's service and we are so blessed that he answered God's call. 

I give thanks to God for each of you, just your presence makes a difference. To those of you who are able to volunteer we give our gratitude and love. All of our amazing Outreach programs and ministry opportunities are included in this report. I encourage all of you to read them, I hope you are as impressed as I am with what we can accomplish as a group.  I do feel that in all these situations the Holy Spirit is working in amazing ways. The Spirituality is visible, Thanks be to God for the love and caring we share with our Church Family, our City and the World.

I have been honored and blessed to work closely with Fr. Bob the past 2 years and have gotten to know many of you. Thanks to Jan Saik and Linda Ostmeyer for all of your support and to Fr. Bob for the opportunity to serve in the capacity of Senior Warden.

Blessings and Prayers, Miriam Waddington, Senior "Rectors" Warden

 

  1. Junior/People’s Warden Report 2019

2019 was a very busy and productive year, primarily with moving the offices to the Parish House and repurposing rooms in the Parish Hall.

 

General Maintenance

 General maintenance is pretty much the same every year. A/C filters are changed in all buildings as needed. Septic system is treated weekly. Light bulbs, inside and out are replaced as needed. This year termite inspections were done with good results and a new contract was signed with Blue Sky. Weekly and monthly critter and pest control is performed.

A/C Units were inspected and checked out well for their age.

The parking lot was repaired and sealed and more will be done there at the end of January.

Parish Hall

 The kitchen, nursery, and library all have new poured concrete floors. A new dishwasher was installed in the kitchen. Batteries for thermostats are changed on a yearly timetable for the Parish Hall and the Sanctuary. The water softener is maintained by Don Strachota. The walls of the new nursery were beautifully painted with murals by Pat G. and friends. Thank you very much for all of your work. The remainder of the floors in the Parish Hall were stripped, waxed and polished. Required backflow was completed without need for repair. Required annual inspections for fire prevention systems in kitchen and church were completed with passing grades. Motion sensor lights were installed where needed. Kitchen certification is being delayed indefinitely.

 Parish Offices, Chapel (house)

 New cameras, motion sensor lights and a handicap ramp with rails were installed for the safety of office personal and others. Flower beds were removed for better insect control and were paved over. New, programmable by phone, thermostats were installed in the church and later on will also be in the parish office and parish hall, we hope! An overhead fan with light was installed in the small chapel

Chapel

 All Maintenance was performed according to schedule.

Junior Warden attended Arizona Diocese Convention!

 I want to thank ALL of the people who helped with all of the work throughout the year. Especially Fr. Bob. Every Monday morning at our weekly meeting and work day he gives me a list of things that need to be taken care of. He always asks me what he can do to help me and then jumps right in and helps. A very, very special thanks goes to Don Strachota, my unofficial Executive special assistant Junior Warden! Also to Walter Devonshire, who will do whatever I ask of him. He also does many things around the property without being told. These 2 and Fr. Bob make my job so much easier. Sometimes(often) we are referred to as THE 4 STOOGES, but we get things done. And my LOVING thanks goes to the late James Stines. He came in every Monday when he was able to give us his help, and/or his humorous advice. His quick wit and presence will be sorely missed by me and many others. Rest in Peace my Friend.

Here’s to another wonderful year at Transfiguration!

 Respectfully submitted, YOUR Peoples/Junior Warden.

Pat Mack

 A special PS. Thanks so much to Ruby and Mother Susan for coming in every Monday morning to prepare a wonderful breakfast for all who work!

  • Ministry Reports

 

Daughters of the King

 The St. Teresa of Avila Chapter of the Daughters of the King was reestablished at the Church of the Transfiguration in 2014.  The current officers are Lynn Whayne Graff, President, and Miriam Waddington, Secretary.  We usually meet monthly at 10 a.m. on the same Saturday that the Episcopal Church Women meet.  Membership has been stable with 10 members.

 Three of our members attended the annual Daughters of the King Province VIII Spring meeting in Tucson.  The program centered on the development of a strategic plan for the organization as a whole to provide some direction and growth to all the chapters and members.

 The focus of the Daughters of the King is prayer, service, and evangelism. Prayer concerns for the church or individuals are discussed at each meeting.  The Daughters pray for these needs throughout each month.  Our service has centered on providing receptions following funerals, memorial services or special events. There were two such events during 2018.  We also strive to support the minister in his work.  We will begin the new year with recruiting and training new members.            Respectfully submitted,  Lynn Whayne Graff, President

 

             Outreach Report 2019        

                                    

Apache Junction Food Bank             974 pounds of food plus 13 turkeys

Apache Junction Healthcare  Various Hug A Bears and shawls

Banner Baywood Medical Center 6 Hug A Bears

Brinton Elementary School          $50; 359 units of school supplies; 40 Christmas presents; tissue; antibacterial bottles; underwear

CAAFA (Community Alliance Against Family Abuse)        $912.50  to UFB for food

Camp Genesis   $300 for dioceses camp for children of incarcerated parents

Cruzando Fronteras  $500 for medical attention for immigrants in Nogales

El Hogar school in Honduras   $305 for Christmas presents

Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska $270 for flood victims

Lutheran Social Services  $500 for asylum seekers

Million Meals for our Neighbors       1,375,390 meals since the start of Transfiguration involvement

Native Health Mesa  $100

Project Help           $150 for student athletic participation

Rachel’s Vinyard     Shawls

Rosarito, Mexico Boys and Girls Club 250 assorted items of school supplies and packs of pencils

Soup ministry  Approximately 30 per month homemade soup and bread delivered to persons who are shut in or ill

United Thank Offering  $471.5 from fall ingathering

 

Submitted by Peg Wier

 

Altar Guild

 In the early days of the church, the duty of caring for the altar and sanctuary was the concern of the priests and attendants.  Nuns do the work in certain parts of the world, but for some years in most churches, these duties are performed by a group of women and men knows as the Altar Guild.

 The Altar Guild is an important element in the celebration of all services, such as Sunday communion services in the church, Wednesday services in the parish house, memorials, funerals and any other special services.

 We will be gearing up for the Lenten/Easter season. We just finished the Advent/Christmas season; which is also a busy season.  Our members enjoy the greening of the church at this time; even though it is a busy time.

 We have a meeting monthly, normally on the first Saturday of the month at 11;00 a.m. in the church. These meetings are informational and for preparations needed for our Sunday services and any other services that may be scheduled in that month.  There are special church seasons that require us to come together for seasonal preparations.

 We have one fund raiser a year;  and that is a bake sale in the month of December.  We had an awesome bake sale this past December, raising close to $600.  We will be using some of these funds to purchase a missal stand for the chapel in the parish house in memory of our guild member Elaine Sweet who passed away in November of this year.

 We as a guild work harmoniously together; lovingly preparing the Lord’s table, the sanctuary and other areas for the Eucharist celebrations and other services.

 We have increased our guild by 2 members this year and look forward to having more join our guild.  Should you be interested in joining our guild; preparing the Lord’s table for the Eucharist services; you would be welcomed and we would love to have you as a part of our guild.

 If you are interested, feel free to call me: Ruby Seyffert (602) 318-0568 or just catch me at church and we can chat about the guild.  You can also talk to any member to get an idea for what we do.

 We would love to have you as part of our altar guild family.

 

Respectfully submitted,  Ruby Seyffert, Altar Guild Director

Music Ministry

Dear Friends,

 2019 was a wonderful year for music at Transfiguration. The choir, at its peak, had 16 singers, giving us opportunities to sing more advanced literature. And our cantors continue to lead us beautifully at every occasion. Our December Evensong, which included more congregational participation than in the past, proved to be a model for future Evensongs, and a wonderful moment of Advent respite in the busy holiday season.

I wish to thank our cantors: Eileen Chandler, Peter Lafford, Bill Robinson, and Meg Stresan-Renter. And, special thanks to Eileen Chandler for managing our choral library so efficiently. To them, and to all of our volunteer musicians who show such commitment every week to the glory of God, and to all who support them, I am forever grateful.

 Respectfully Submitted, Gary Quamme, Director of Music

 

Stewardship

Our 2020 Stewardship theme was “Shining Our Light.”  This year we tried something different.  We partnered with St. Matthews in Chandler. Our churches selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.  New Consecration Sunday was based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. 

On November 10th we had Fr. Dominic Moore from St. Matthews preach about stewardship and later had the consecration of the pledges as we concluded our stewardship campaign.  As of January 21, 2020 we received 83 pledges totaling $186,008.  Last year we had 87 pledges totaling $188,206 so we have slightly decreased our pledge amount with four less pledges.  We actually received 9 new pledges for 2020 but also lost several pledges from 2019.  Our total budget for 2020 is $220,720 so we will need to take in additional funds from the offering plate and other sources to cover the difference between pledge income and budget.

We are so blessed that Transfiguration is a growing and vibrant congregation.  I am thankful that people have volunteered their time and talent and given generously to our church.  So many make pledges and give money for our ministry. I’d like to thank everyone who generously contributed to Transfiguration.  Without your support this church would not exist.  I’d also like to thank you for all of the volunteer work that occurs at Transfiguration.  It continues to amaze me how blessed Fr. Bob, myself and the church are to have so many dedicated people pitching in where needed.   You are an answer to our prayers.                    -Faithfully yours,      Jan Saik

 

The Crazy Chile Farm 2019

2019 The Year in Review

 

We began 2019 with high hopes and great expectations, partially because of the extraordinary success of 2018. In 2018, you may recall, Bob DeSpiegelaere’s tractor and Laura Ward’s Clydesdales blessed us with a new 5000 sq. ft. field behind the parish hall. This allowed us to begin rotating crops between the two fields and dramatically increased our yield. 800 lbs. of chiles were harvested that year, along with a beautiful crop of blue corn, tepary beans, and squash in Field #1. 2019, however was a different story.

We began the year by expanding the original field (#1) by 1000 sq. ft., which brought us up to 10,000 sq. ft. total. Then, with the guidance of Jim Soper, we revised and improved the irrigation system. However, the work on infrastructure ended up involving the bulk of our labor force, which delayed the planting of our new crops. Most crops didn’t get in the ground until late May or early June, by which time the heat was upon us…32 days of temperatures over 110°, with little or no rain. Ground temperatures exceeded 150° and some of the PVC irrigation pipe joints actually melted, causing flooding and driving up our water bill. Corn tassels were cooked before the silks on the corn ears could form, causing lack of pollination. 44 hills of squash, with 3-4 seeds/hill were planted. Exactly one squash sprouted. Only the chile plants made a good showing, with enough production to keep up with demand and to sustain our revenue through this winter. Additionally, a late planting of tepary beans fared very well. We learned some valuable lessons. This year, 1000 peat-pots have already been planted in the greenhouse. Chile, corn, beans and squash will be planted in the ground beginning in early March, and the irrigation is being simplified by setting up what’s called a flood/row system. Also, we already have all of our seeds in house and ready to plant! What’s more we have set up a Farm Advisory Board that meets monthly to work on finances, capital expenditures, marketing, and schedules for labor, planting, harvesting, processing and packaging. Board Members are Lynn Graff, Heidi Kinney, Gerry Ewert, Catherine Schuyler, Dea Podjasky, Lee Podjasky, and Fr. Bob. 

The bright spot for 2019 was our increased involvement with Native Americans. We now use one of our fields to generate revenue to pay our expenses and for outreach, while the other field is used to grow indigenous seed stock to support the traditional tribal agriculture of the low desert and San Juan Basin. Our expanding reserves of rare seeds for endangered traditional crops have increased dramatically. We have now successfully developed seed transfer agreements (and sales relationships) with a number of tribes and service organizations. For example, we now buy blue corn from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado that we process and package as blue cornmeal for a generous profit. We provide a significant volume of seeds to the Yaqui, Tohono O’odham, Akimel O’odham (Pima), Omaha, and Diné (Navajo) tribes, Native Health in Mesa, St. Vincent DePaul Community Garden, and the St. Andrew’s Outreach Garden in Sedona. The Native American communities, whose tribal lands make up a third of the area of Arizona, are gradually regaining access to the water that was denied them in the late 19th and early 20th century. To successfully make their agricultural comeback, they will continue to need the support and assistance of people like us. While there is still much to do, we are making great progress. This has come as a result of the truly dedicated support of our volunteer farmers, the kind and loving hearts of the people of our parish, and a bishop and diocesan staff who not only encourage us, they promote us. I cannot tell you how much that moves me.

In Christ, Bill Robinson

For The Crazy Chile Farm  

2019 Native Plant Landscape Ministry

 

2019 has been a year of both celebration and challenge. The annual desert Bluebells and Mexican Gold Poppies provided abundant Easter color (far beyond where they were originally planted). The invasion of Globe Chamomile (a truly noxious weed from Africa, the seeds of which blew in from county land on the east side of Mountain Rd.) caused the entire parish property to require professional spraying to eliminate it. Englemann’s Prickly Pear, Buckhorn Cholla and an Ocotillo were added to the area between the Church and the Parish House. Candelilla were planted along the sidewalk and in the St. Francis beds. A Strawberry Hedgehog, two Arizona Fishhook Mammalarias and a Blue Elf Aloe were also added to the St. Francis beds. In spite of the summer Non-soon and triple teen temperatures, most of our plantings survived. Then “The Great Flood”, on the last day of the summer Monsoon Season, did its worst. It flooded the property, wiped out our plantings, blew through the check dam on the dry stream bed between the Church and the sign, and literally washed tons of dirt into both of our retention basins. But… thanks to a long Saturday work day with Chile Farmers and Friends and a rented Bobcat, barrels of trash were collected and 7 cubic yards of dirt was removed from the south retention basin. There is still much more dirt that needs to be removed, but it was a great start. Since then, watering basins have been rebuilt, replacement plants have been put in, and an uprooted Red Fishhook Barrel Cactus has been moved next to the Big Saguaro. The winter rains have come, and the Desert Bluebells and the Mexican Gold Poppies are again growing in the planters in front of the Church.          Nancy Robinson

 

Book Group Report   Dea Podhajsky

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).  At Play in the Field of the Lord by Peter Matthiessen, February, Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin (March) and Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimandi Ngozi Adichie (April).

The books are selected to elicit 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..

 

Book Ministry General Membership Report

Vivien Warr, Lynn Graff, Dea Podhajsky

This year saw the creation of a new Book Ministry. We sell donated books for $1.00 each. The profits from the book sales funds camperships at Camp Genesis at Chapel Rock. This is a camp for youth whose parents are currently incarcerated.

The books are located in the Outreach Room in the Parish Hall. This room previously housed the church office.

We have a wide range of books in varied genres. The ministry depends on the sales of the books to reach our goal to provide camperships. Please take the time to walk back and browse our selection. We are confident that you will find something to appeal to your tastes.

 

Social Media Report    Dea Podhajsky

 YouTube (Transfiguration Mesa)

  • We have 5 subscribers.
  • Cheryl Podhajsky, Dea Podhajsky and Peter Lafford are authorized to post.

Twitter ([email protected])

  • We have 12 followers.
  • Elena Little and Dea Podhajsky are authorized to post.

Facebook (Episcopal Church of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

  • The following people have publishing rights. Dana Witmann, Bill Robinson, Gary Quamme, Chris Whitehead (pending) as Editors. Jan Saik, Bob Saik, Peter Lafford and Dea Podhajsky are administrators.
  • We have 253 followers.

Instagram (transfigmesa)

  • We have 23 followers.
  • Gordon Noyes and Dea Podhajsky are authorized to post.

Web Page (https://www.transfiguration-mesa.org )

  • The following people are authorized authors: Jan Saik,* Bob Saik, Cheryl Podhajsky,* Susan-Smith Allen, Dea Podhajsky* and Bill Robinson. Stars indicate they actively post. The ones without stars have content listed by them but it is posted by me.
  • People looking for a church come to the Web Page.
  • The audio of the sermons automatically is sent from YouTube to the Web Page. The audio is on the Worship Menu.
  • The sermons average about 150 views. They are only on the Home Page for two weeks. Then they are found on the Worship Menus.

The Newsletter

  • The newsletter is in a print and electronic format.
  • It is published on a monthly schedule with some exceptions.
  • If you are not receiving a copy of the newsletter, it may be because we do not have a current email address of because the newsletter is being sent to your junk mail folder. The newsletter is sent from the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Included with the newsletter is a letter from Fr Bob.

Submissions

  • Submissions of ideas, photographs or articles for any of the above are encourage.
  • You may email the submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • You may also drop them off in the office during regular business hours.

 

Walking On Wednesday         Dea Podhajsky

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.

 

Episcopal Church Women

As I reflect back on 2019 I realize how incredibly blessed our church is. The ladies of our church and their husbands also give of themselves on a daily basis without expectation of acknowledgement for their participation and support of all the ECW activities during the year.  We continue to meet the first Saturday of the month to plan and discuss ways to contribute to the community at large. 

Ongoing projects of this group include supporting - Brinton school with items such as kleenex, clothing for the children and school supplies and of The Christmas Angel tree.   This past year 40 gifts were donated to the children of Brinton from the members at large of our church.  Turkeys were donated to the AJ food bank.  Members also created and donated Prayer Shawls, Scarves and hats for children, and bears for the Hug a bear progam.   A request came in for us to somehow create Clothing protectors for the Rehab homes.   That request is being fulfilled and donations are coming in and being delivered. 

- The Secret Prayer Sisters of 2018 were revealed in January at a luncheon.   The ladies enjoyed finding out who prayed for them during the year.  It was a successful ministry and new sisters for 2019 were picked.  The revealing will be in February of this year.  This ministry encourages members to pray for each other, send little notes of encouragement and even small gifts to let them know they are being thought of throughout the year.   

- The Lords soup kitchen was formed in 2018 and  met every month to create wonderful soups to be distributed to anyone who may be in need of comfort.   This past year approximately 260 quarts of soup were distributed. 

- Church support group continues to support members by providing rides and other needs.  Even helping folks move.    

ECW donated $356.00 to Project Help. 

The annual Rummage sale was a success once again earning $2,767.90.   The attendees of the sale seemed to need the items offered for a goodwill offering.  It was well attended and appreciated by the community at large.   It takes many hands to run the sale and the ladies of ECW are always ready and willing to help.

ECW hosted many events this past year Flower for Mothers day, Donuts for Dads, Clergy appreciation to name a few. 

Spring Luncheon and Style show was once again a great success.  The raffles were enjoyed by all. It was well attended and everyone had a good time.  

Once again the ladies supported Transfiguration by donating $5000 to the general fund and have pledged an additional $5,000 for 2020.

This group is extremely busy.   It never ceases to amaze me that when the call goes out for help so many ladies show up to help.  All the events and activities could not happen if not for the commitment of all the ladies of ECW.   These ladies give of themselves freely and willingly.  The support of these women, the parishioners, Fr. Bob and Jan Saik and the faithful officers of ECW make my commitment so much easier.   I am most grateful to all the ladies and gentlemen for their ongoing encouragement, knowledge and support.  

Respectfully Sumitted,  Jo Laslo   President

 

Episcopal Church of Transfiguration Mesa, AZ

Meeting Minutes

March 10, 2020

                                                         Approved

  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), Barbara Turner (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 February 11, 2020 meeting were approved as amended.
  1. Financial Financial Reports (previously distributed) were discussed and approved subject to audit.
  2. Reports from Ministries and Others:
  • A written report was submitted by Women’s Ministry. There were no written reports from Children’s Ministry, the Chile Garden, or Social Media. The following oral reports were given. (Summaries are attached) Jr. Warden, Senior Warden. Rector, Lay Leadership Retreat.
  • During the discussion of the Women’s Ministry first aid kits were discussed. The vestry authorizes the purchase of four of the more expensive first aid kits. The money for the purchase shall be taken from the Improvement Fund. The motion was made seconded and passed. *Fifty dollars was discussed as the price of the kits.
  • During the Rector’s Report funding for Fr. Saik’s sabbatical was discussed. The vestry authorizes $3,000 for costs associated with a supply priest for Fr. Saik during his sabbatical. The motion was made seconded and passed.

 

 

  1. Open issues
    1. Vestry Retreat: The retreat will be held in the Parish Hall on Saturday March 14, 2020. The goal of the meeting is for the vestry to come together as a team and to prioritize goals for the coming year.
    2. WIFI Capabilities: An update was given by Heidi Kinney. Cox is close to completing their upgrades. There will be an early termination penalty for changing providers. Heidi and her husband will install the needed equipment to provide internet access to the church. Three hundred dollars shall be authorized for expenses related to installing internet capability to the church. The motion was made, seconded and passed.
    3. The church finance committee has been meeting regularly. They have discussed paying for Fr. Saik’s sabbatical, conducting an audit, and reviews of financial reports and practices.
    4. Diocesan Rebate Money: Members brainstormed ideas for the use of this money. (See attached)
    5. Chile Garden Update: Heidi Kinney, Catherine Schuyler and Lynn Graff reported on the recent meeting of the Chile Garden advisory committee. Field One is completely planted. Seeds from the garden will be given to Native people to help replenish their agriculture. We have the traditional three sisters in our garden: corn, beans and squash.
    6. Audio Visual Update: New microphones and head sets for people with hearing problems have been purchased.
  • New business
  • Lynn Graff is contact person for the month.
  • The following items were added to the calendar: Pops Concert at St. Marks @ 7 pm on Tuesday the 24th of March, Daughters of the King Installation on Sunday the 29th of March.
  • Motion The vestry accepts the Parochial Report. The motion was made, seconded and passed.
  • Adjournment

Fr. Bob Saik adjourned the meeting after a Compline service was held.

Minutes submitted by:  Dea Podhajsky

Welcome to Church of the Transfiguration!

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

   

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.   Silence may be kept.

 

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.

 

Lord, open our lips.     And our mouth shall proclaim your praise

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.  Alleluia.

 

Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed. Come let us adore Him. Alleluia.

 

Jubilate               Psalm 100

 

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song. Know this: The Lord himself is God; he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; give thanks to him and call upon his Name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

 

Alleluia. The Lord is Risen Indeed: Come let us adore Him. Alleluia.

 

Psalm 16           Conserva me, Domine                      congregation reads the bold

Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; I have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord,my good above all other."

All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, upon those who are noble

among the people.

But those who run after other gods shall have their troubles multiplied.

Their libations of blood I will not offer, nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.

O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; it is you who uphold my lot.

My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night.

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.

My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also shall rest in hope.

For you will not abandon me to the grave, nor let your holy one see the Pit.

You will show me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in

your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

 

First Reading                                                                                        Acts 2:14a, 22-32

 

A reading from the book of Acts

Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ “Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.’ This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”      The Word of the Lord.    Thanks be to God.

 

Canticle 13                        A Song of Praise                            Benedictus es, Domine


Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; you are worthy of praise; glory to you.
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; on the throne of your majesty, glory to you. Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you, beholding the depths; in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.
Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;we will praise you and highly exalt you

for ever.

 

The Epistle                                                                                                1 Peter 1:3-9

 

A reading from Peter

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith-- being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire-- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  The Word of the Lord.    Thanks be to God.

 

Canticle 18    A Song to the Lamb          Dignus es          Revelation 4:11, 5:9-10, 13

 

Splendor and honor and kingly power are yours by right, O Lord our God,
For you created everything that is, and by your will they were created and have their being; And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, for with your blood you have redeemed for God, From every family, language, people, and nation, a kingdom of priests to serve our God. And so, to him who sits upon the throne, and to Christ the Lamb, Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, for ever and for evermore.

 

The Holy Gospel                                                                                  John 20:19-31

 

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Christ according to John.     Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.        The Gospel of the Lord.    Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

Sermon

 

The Apostles' Creed             Officiant and People together, all standing

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth; I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins the resurrection of the body, and

the life everlasting.   Amen.

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

 

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.

 

Suffrages A

 

Show us your mercy, O Lord;    And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;   Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;   For only in you can we live in safety.

Lord, keep this nation under your care;  And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;  Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;  Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;  And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

 

The Collect

 

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

A Collect for Sundays

 

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

 

A Collect for Grace

 

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.    Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion       

 

Grant, O Lord Jesus Christ,  that as the hem of your garment,  touched in faith, healed the woman  who could not touch your body,  so the soul of your servant may be  healed by like faith in you,  whom I cannot now sacramentally receive;  through your tender mercy,  who lives and reigns with the Father  in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God,  word without end. Amen.

 

The General Thanksgiving     Officiant and People

 

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages.    Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.   Thanks be to God.

 

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit.   Amen.

 

Announcements

 

Altar flowers are given by Barb Press in memory of her mother, Barbara E. Press.

 

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

A special thank you to everyone for continuing your pledge payment even though you are not coming to church. Our March income was down some, but our year-to-date income has exceeded our expenses.

 

Do you have photos and info of something that has brought you joy and comfort during this time of social distancing? Dea Podhajsky would love to use them in the next newsletter. Please submit your contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We will have the office staff coming into the office at periodic times and they will check for voice mails. If you need immediate assistance, please call my cell phone at either 480-980-1982 (no Texts) or 614-589-0173 (personal cell phone). Fr. Bob

 

Compline and morning prayer will be offered during the week through Z00M. 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.

 

Thank you to everyone who is helping us keep in touch. A special thank you to Dea, Cheryl, Jan, Dana, Gordon, Elena, Bill and Peter for helping with social media.

 

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:

 

 

Bee

Jacob

Mary Ann

Ernest D

Len G

Lois&daughters

Tim

Del R

Jenny

Rene

Bill S

Dave K

Fred

Kim

Michael M

Amy W

Robbie F

Rachael

Nathan

Gary

Doris H

Ken

Nancy

Paul & Peter G

Terry

Jane K

Karen D

Karl

Patricia

Robin & Nate P

Allen

George

Beth

Ruth

Casie J

Ken & Lydia

Patty

Todd

Chet & Margie

Ashley

Linda S

Linda Jo

Susan

Norma

Harry W

Dave D

Allen D

Tiffany Ann

Janet

Tara A

Randy

Andrew

Cleta R

Charlene & Ray

Cherie

Bill

Reva

Mari

Billy

Isabel H

Clint

Juan

Theresa

Steve P

Frances

Bobbie H

 

 

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. We remember Margie Wauters aunt, Edith Derbyshire who has died.

In this time of home isolation, we have ceased to walk together on Wednesday yet we continue our community. Walking within the rules of social distancing is an approved and encouraged activity. So keep on walking and at the end of the month email your mileage total to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As you walk please take a picture of something beautiful, interesting or unique that you see. Email the picture with your mileage totals and they will be shared with the group.

Governor Ducey issued a Stay at Home Order for the State of Arizona beginning at 5 pm on March 31st. Even as we stay at home and shelter in place we can still maintain the loving community that makes us here at Transfiguration family.

Although we are disappointed that we will not be able to be in the same space, share a hug, and have coffee and fellowship in the Parish Hall during this the most sacred season in the Christian calendar there are many ways we can still be together.

We are lucky to have a strong internet presence. On the last page of this newsletter there are links to our web page, our Facebook page, our YouTube Channel, our Instagram account and our Twitter account. We have also recently added Zoom to our lists of ways to communicate.

Below is a summary of what is available to us. A Sunday Worship Service can be found on our YouTube Channel and on the Worship Menu on our web page. Both Facebook and Twitter allow us to communicate on a timely fashion. To make sure you see our posts you need to “Like” and “Follow”.

We also can communicate through our email list. If you are getting this, you are on our list.

We are very excited about Zoom. We will begin to hold morning prayer, compline, and meetings of our different groups using this platform. You will be emailed an invitation to participate in the meetings. Please join us.

But even with all of these opportunities many of us our disappointed that the excellent Lenten study of The Grace of Les Miserables had to be cancelled. But here too we have an alternative. Lynn Graff, Bobbie Lafford, and Fr Bob have written out discussion notes for the remaining chapters. If you have the book you will find the discussion questions and notes to help guide your reading thought provoking.

 

 

 

We have now added the link to our online services to our Worship Menu.

The Crazy Chile Farm was informed by Steve Dingle that an important gourmet restaurant chain has closed its doors until 4/20. We were asked if we had any partnerships where we could redistribute about 2000 pounds of fresh and frozen food. Our first call was to Native Health, which services 30,000 urban Native Americans and has an extremely active feeding program. Thanks to an enthusiastic "pick-up" team from Transfiguration, Native Health, and the managers and families of the restaurant, every pound was moved by noon!

This is the real and understated function of The Farm...to use our resources and our efforts to serve our community and our neighboring Native Americans, especially where there is a need for food and sustenance. Normally, we do that by growing and distributing indigenous seeds to those trying to grow their own food. Or we use funding derived from the sale of chile powder and blue cornmeal. This time, we did it with a spur-of-the-moment cooperative effort from a broad spectrum of our community! The restaurant wishes to remain anonymous and I didn't catch the names of the kids that materialized out of nowhere. Nor did I get the names of all the people at Native Health. However, MANY THANKS to Steve, his wife Marrianne, and his daughter, Kristin; to Chariti Stern from United Food Bank; to Susan Levy, Danny Nunez, and three others from Native Health; to Mallory from Native Health and the Dine (Navajo) Community, and to Eddie Perrea and the children of the restaurant team.❤️❤️❤️

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

I pray that this note finds you safe, healthy and comfortable.  Each day of our lives seems to bring us new issues that we must deal with.  I am sad to share with you that our church life is changing as well. 

We have been instructed by Bishop Jennifer Reddall that we are to cancel all public meetings until April 20thhttps://www.azdiocese.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3201970 . Bishop Reddall’s directive means we will not have services on Wednesday at 9:30 AM, Saturday at 5:00 PM, or Sunday at 8:00 or 10:00 AM.  It also means that we will not have weekly Bible Study on Wednesday and we will not have our Lenten study on Thursday evening.   The only meeting we will have at church is the AA meeting which happens on Tuesdays.

 The church office will be open on the regular schedule.  It is our plan to be here for our normal office hours during the morning from Monday through Thursday.   Please be understanding if you do not get someone right away when you call. 

During this time it is important that we stay in touch.  If you are having trouble with food or medicines, please call the church and we will find someone to help.  If you need someone to visit you with communion, please call the church and we will respond.  The church number is 480-986-1145.  You may call my cell phone at 480-980-1981 (local).  You may also call my personal cell phone which is 614-589-0173.  We are concerned about people who may be shut in.  If you know of someone that we should contact, please call the office. 

We are trying some news ways to worship together.  We plan to record our Sunday service and put it on YouTube.   We encourage you to access our Facebook page and our presence on other social media platforms.  We will be setting up some joint prayer sessions using a product called Zoom (more information to follow).

Below are links to the various platforms you can access:

  In our reading from Sunday, March 15th, Jesus told the woman at the well that there will be a time when we will worship God in places other than where we expect.  That time has come for us now,

May God bless you each and every day.

Bob Saik, Rector Church of Transfiguratiom