Dea Podhajsky

Dea Podhajsky
Altar flowers are given today by Cleta Robbins in celebration of the birthday of her daughter, Julianna.
 
We are deep saddened to share with you that Pat Gutsch, a long-time parishioner, died in her on sleep on June 1. At the time this bulletin was printed plans for a service had not been finalized. May the angels take her into paradise.
 
Suggested donations for the Food Bank are canned or dehydrated soups.
 
Food will be provided outside following both services. We would appreciate volunteers to provide food and help set up prior to the 8:00 and take down after the 10:00. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet if interested. Thank you.
 
Mesa Hydration Campaign-I hope that some of you will join me to provide water for people in need this summer. We will collect bottled water and deliver it through United Food Bank. You may drop off water outside church or in the Parish Hall. Thanks for your help. Fr. Bob
 
Donations to the Birthday Church Bank go to Project Help, an organization that assists needy families in the Apache Junction School District. ECW sends all contributions from the bank to Project Help.
 
Aluminum cans and clear plastic bottles recycling may be brought to the Parish House and left in designated bins in the garage.
 
If you know someone who could use soup, please stop by the office. It has been made available by The Lords Soup Kitchen workers.
 
Chile Garden help needed: We are desperately in need of workers for the Chile garden. If you would be available to assist, please contact Bill Robinson or Lynn Graff.
 
Plastic bags and tablecloths requested--Eileen Chandler has a need for plastic bags to use for a project making plastic mats for the homeless. Please leave donations in a designated box in the narthex or drop them off in the office Monday through Thursday mornings. You may contact Eileen at 480-983-2336.
 
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.
 
Tuesday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. is Adult Bible Study via Zoom.
 
Tuesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. is Vestry in the Parish Hall.
 
ECW Secret Sisters reveal will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 9 in the Parish Hall. Please bring your own sack lunch.

 

a personal opinion reflection

by Dea Podhajsky

 

As more people are vaccinated and COVID restrictions are lifted, we are faced with new challenges. The year has taken its toll on the mental health of many. In a recent issue of the New York Times Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, wrote an article entitled There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing. Languishing is defined in that article as “a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield”

Our Transfiguration book group recently read The Rent Collector. It was about life in the Phnom Penh dump. The members of our group were universally impressed with the message of hope that permeated the novel. Sang Ly’s, the protagonist, learning to read was the catalyst for many positive changes in the lives of the characters. The author’s description of the moment in which Sang Ly first realized that she was reading was beautifully written and poignant.

I was transported back to firsts in my life. I believe that “first” are the opposite of languishing. Think back to some firsts in your life: the first time you rode a bike, the first day of kindergarten, the first time you fell in love, the first time you held your child. Everyone’s list will differ, but firsts are never stagnant, foggy, or muddled. Even when the first is negative like the first time a friend died, the first time you were turned down for a job you really wanted, or the first time you were bullied, the experience is focused, intense, and powerful.

Roberta Flack’s song The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face employs beautiful images to capture a first.

 

The first time, ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars
Were the gifts you gave

And the first time, ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hands
Like the trembling heart
Of a captive bird

That was there, at my command
My love

 

John Denver’s hit of the early 70’s Rocky Mountain High powerfully described a first,

 

He was born in the summer of his twenty-seventh year
Coming home to a place he'd never been before
He left yesterday behind him
You might say he was born again
You might say he found a key for ev'ry door

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When he first came to the mountains his life was far away
On the road and hangin' by a song
But the string's already broken, and he doesn't really care
It keeps changin' fast, and it don't last for long


I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight
Is softer than a lullaby
Rocky Mountain high
Rocky Mountain high

 

He climbed cathedral mountains
He saw silver clouds below
He saw everything as far as you can see
And they say that he got crazy once
And he tried to touch the sun
And he lost a friend but kept his memory

 

Now he walks in quiet solitude
The forests and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside
Himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake

 

And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply
Rocky Mountain high
Rocky Mountain high

 

There is nothing stagnant, empty, muddled or foggy in these songs. The artists are engaged with their lives. Later in the article by Grant, he states “Part of the danger is that when you’re languishing, you might not notice the dulling of delight or the dwindling of drive. You don’t catch yourself slipping slowly into solitude; you’re indifferent to your indifference.” Again, the songs do not describe dulled delight nor is there a slow slide into solitude or indifference.

Experts have given steps to combat languishing which can be found on the internet. But I want to suggest Rabindranath Tagore advice, “Do not say, 'It is morning,' and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.”

And if you are having difficulty recreating the feeling of a first, try taking time to remember important firsts in your life. This is a reflection on a church web page here are some religious possibilities for reflections.

  • First communion
  • First solo in the choir
  • First day at church camp
  • First day at Sunday School
  • First time you had a part in the Christmas pageant
  • First time you deeply felt the power of communion
  • First miracle
  • First time you were angry with God

 

Although cliches are often derided as simplistic and without nuance, image this to be the first time you’ve heard this and feel its power. “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

The  the bulletin is available under the About Us Menu. The video of our services can be found under Worship. Vestry Minutes can be found under News and Information.

Announcements

 

Altar flowers are given today by Jan Saik in celebration of  Fr. Bob’s birthday.

 

Suggested donations for the Food Bank are canned fruits, puddings, gelatin.

 

Food will be provided outside following both services. We would appreciate volunteers to help set up prior to the 8:00 and take down after the 10:00. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet if interested. Thank you.

 

Donations to the Birthday Church Bank go to Project Help, an organization that assists needy families in the Apache Junction School District. ECW sends all contributions from the bank to Project Help.

 

A new batch of soup: Chicken Noodle (gluten free) has been prepared by The Lord’s Soup Kitchen. You may pick some up in either the Parish Hall or Parish House. Thanks to all who give their time to this ministry?

 

Chile Garden help needed: We are desperately in need of workers for the Chile garden. If you would be available to assist, please contact Bill Robinson or Lynn Graff.

 

We are so thankful to everyone who has contributed bottle caps for the children in Mexico who need cancer treatments. We must stop our bottle cap collection because COVID-19 has made it too difficult to get the caps to Mexico. Please do not bring any further bottle caps to the church. Fr. Bob

 

The Church received a generous donation of a motorized scooter. We are deciding how it may be best used. Please let us know if you have someone in need.   Fr. Bob

 

Pat Mack is the Vestry contact for May. You may call him at 480-404-4541.

 

Aluminum cans and clear plastic bottles recycling may be brought to the Parish House and left in designated bins in the garage.

 

Plastic bags and tablecloths requested--Eileen Chandler has a need for plastic bags to use for a project making plastic mats for the homeless. Please leave donations in a designated box in the narthex or drop them off in the office Monday through Thursday mornings. You may contact Eileen at 480-983-2336.

 

Upcoming Events

 

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.

 

Tuesday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. is Adult Bible Study via Zoom.

 

Wednesday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m. is Cursillo Grouping in the Parish House. We have

a group for women and a group for men. All are welcome.

 

ECW Secret Sisters reveal will be at June 9 in the Parish Hall. Please bring your own lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

 

 

Clint

Nori

Mary Ann

Bobbie

Len

Carolyn

Tim

Del

Allen

Rene

Bill

Frances

Ruby

Kim

Michael

Jen

Robbie

Koerner Family

Nathan

Shirley

Marge

Susan

Catherine

Elaine & Rich

Doug

Mari

Pam

Tarod

Patricia

Robin & Nate

Cherie

George

Nancy

Dan

Casie

Ken & Lydia

Jean

Todd

Roy

Danny

Gregg

Hartford Family

Kristen

Norma

Harry

John

Jim

Bert & Tiffany

Liz

Sara

Randy

Steve

Carol

Chet & Margie

Beth

Debbie

Shona

Miriam

Arlo

Jerry&LeAnn

Jerry

Janell

Ben

Liz

Peter

 

 

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 – May 30, 2021 – First Sunday after Pentecost

Romans 8:12-17 - John 3:1-17 - Psalm 29 - or Canticle 13 (or Canticle 2) -  Isaiah 6:1-8

 

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   www.transfiguration-mesa.org

 

Vestry Members

 

Lynn Graff-Senior Warden   Pat Mack-Junior Warden   Diane Klock,-Clerk

Jo Laslo, Catherine Schuyler, Heidi Kinney, Ellen Jackelen, Bill Paleck,

Barbara Press, Peg Wier, Caryll Prokosch

 

 

 

By Cathy Haig
Currency of truth is what ignites the passion behind the justice work in which the church must engage in order for the church to be relevant in restoring the spiritual, economical, and social wellness in our communities. I often wonder why Jesus put the word “the truth” between “the way” and “the life”. Both way and life are multi-dimensional. A way is traveled through time; there is a direction, a movement from one place to another.

A life is lived over a period of time in different places. A life involves a past, a present and  a future. The way also has a beginning, a movement through different environments, and a destination. The “spirit of truth” in John 14:16-17 is a difficult concept for the world to receive. Why? Because we live in a world conditioned by the paradigm of either or thinking – something is true or false. Remember all those “true or false” tests we took is school. It is not black or white. The spirit of truth calls us to attempt to understand multiple points of view. The truth emerges out of the exploration and understanding of the many different points of view based on different experiences of the people in the community. Truth is a way of being – a journey, a process, a spirituality, a relationship with God through Christ. A way to see the world as God sees it, and a way that leads to action to restore the blessings that flow from God to all. So how can we get to this truth process? Perhaps this chart will help.

The currency of truth challenges church members to rethink how they use their time, and the places to which they have access. It also ignites church members’ passion for justice. The ability to discern the truth with the neighbourhood, town, city or even wider environment will create social, economic and ecological wellness.
- Cathy Haig

Announcements

 

Altar flowers are given today by Chet & Margie Wauters in celebration of their 51stwedding anniversary and Cleta Robbins in celebration of the birthday of her daughter,Bonnie.

 

Suggested donations for the Food Bank are canned vegetables, instant potatoes, rice.

 

Next Sunday is the Day of Pentecost. We often read the passage from Acts in multiple languages. If you would like to read the scriptures in a language other than English, please contact Fr. Bob.

 

Food will be provided outside following both services. We would appreciate volunteers to help set up prior to the 8:00 and take down after the 10:00. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet if interested. Thank you.

 

Donations to the Birthday Church Bank go to Project Help, an organization that assists needy families in the Apache Junction School District. ECW sends all contributions from the bank to Project Help.

 

A new batch of soup: Chicken Noodle (gluten free) has been prepared by The Lord’s Soup Kitchen. You may pick some up in either the Parish Hall or Parish House. Thanks to all who give their time to this ministry?

 

Chile Garden help needed: We are desperately in need of workers for the Chile garden. If you would be available to assist, please contact Bill Robinson or Lynn Graff.

 

The Church received a generous donation of a motorized scooter. We are deciding how it may be best used. Please let us know if you have someone in need.   Fr. Bob

 

Pat Mack is the Vestry contact for May. You may call him at 480-404-4541.

 

Aluminum cans and clear plastic bottles recycling may be brought to the Parish House and left in designated bins in the garage.

 

Plastic bags and tablecloths requested--Eileen Chandler has a need for plastic bags to use for a project making plastic mats for the homeless. Please leave donations in a designated box in the narthex or drop them off in the office Monday through Thursday mornings. You may contact Eileen at 480-983-2336.

 

Upcoming Events

 

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.

 

Tuesday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. is Adult Bible Study via Zoom.

 

Wednesday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. is Cursillo Grouping in the Parish House. We have

a group for women and a group for men. All are welcome.

 

Friday, May 21 is a 10:00 a.m. meeting of Book Club via Zoom using “The Rent Collector”. Contact Dea Podhajsky if you wish more information about this activity.

 

ECW Secret Sisters reveal will be at June 9 in the Parish Hall. Please bring your own lunch.

 

 

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:

 

 

Clint

Nori

Mary Ann

Bobbie

Len

Carolyn

Tim

Del

Allen

Rene

Bill

Frances

Ruby

Kim

Michael

Jen

Robbie

Koerner Family

Nathan

Shirley

Marge

Susan

Catherine

Elaine & Rich

Doug

Mari

Pam

Tarod

Patricia

Robin & Nate

Cherie

George

Nancy

Dan

Casie

Ken & Lydia

Jean

Todd

Roy

Danny

Gregg

Hartford Family

Kristen

Norma

Harry

John

Jim

Bert & Tiffany

Liz

Sara

Randy

Steve

Carol

Chet & Margie

Beth

Debbie

Shona

Miriam

Arlo

Jerry&LeAnn

Jerry

Janell

Ben

Liz

Peter

 

 

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 – May 23, 2021 – Day of Pentecost

Ezekiel 37:1-14 - Acts 2:1-21 - John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 - Psalm 104:25-35, 37

 

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   www.transfiguration-mesa.org

 

Vestry Members

 

EpiscopalChurchofTransfiguration, Mesa, AZ

                                   Vestry Meeting Minutes    April 13, 2021                    

  1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Fr. Bob Saik. A quorum was present. The meeting was held at the parish hall.

  1. Roll Call. The following vestry members were in attendance. Jo Laslo, Heidi Kinney, Barbara Press, Ellen Jackelen, Bob Wilk, Bill Paleck, Peg Wier, Catherine Schuyler. Also in attendance were Bob Saik, Rector, Lynn Graff, Senior Warden, and Diane Klock, Clerk.
  2. Minutes. It was moved, seconded and passed that the March minutes be approved.

III.                   Financial Report.

  1. Treasurer’s Report for March 2021 was included in the meeting packet.
  2. Fr. Bob pointed out that the income reflected was more than expected. The monthly expenses were more, but the church is $6,665.06 ahead. This is because of a large amount of non-pledge income. Fr. Bob also stated that the expenses listed are close to the budgeted amount.
  3. Property insurance was discussed. The premiums are paid on a quarterly basis.
  4. Balance Sheet
  5. The Balance Sheet as of March 31, 2021 was included in the meeting packet.
  6. The Balance Sheet shows that there is currently $52,013.82 in the checking account. Fr. Bob stated that this amount should be left in the checking account because summer expenses are often more than income.
  7. The Diocesan Outreach Balance grows quarterly. The vestry can decide how to spend the money in this account.
  8. Changes Made to Balance Sheet Accounts.
  9. An explanation of Changes to the Balance Sheet was included in the meeting packet.
  10. Social Media expenses, Music Fund expenses, and reimbursements reflected in the report were discussed.
  11. It was moved, seconded and passed to approve the Financial Report, subject to audit.
  12. Daughters of the King Report. (Included in packet.)
  13. Lynn Graff noted that they have been meeting by Zoom.
  14. They were able to offer support for the Karl Shepstead memorial, which was held outside.
  15. They have been including a topic for discussion in their meetings for some inspiration and growth.
  16. Social Media Report. (Included in packet)
  17. The Report stated that there are 487 subscribers total for all social media platforms.
  18. Fr. Bob noted that social media is a place where the church connects with people from all over.
  19. Chili Farm Update (Submitted by Bill Robinson and included in packet)
  20. Lynn Graff noted that planting is in progress using a method of planting crops together, a method used by Native Americans.
  21. The Report stated that over 600 chili plants are doing well and should be producing by May.

VII.                 Outreach Report (Included in packet)

  1. Peg Wier asked for input on needs that Outreach could be addressing.
  2. She stated that people in the Congregation continue to bring food and 60 pounds of food was donated to the Superstition Community Food Bank (AJ) during the first quarter.
  3. Soup continues to be made, with 25-35 pounds of soup made each time. The soup crew will be taking April off.

VIII.               Junior Warden Report

  1. Fr. Bob reported on the work of the Junior Warden because Pat Mack was unable to attend the meeting.
  2. There has been lots of work to the grounds of the church. Flowers are starting to bloom and the basins are much cleaner.
  3. The locksmith fixed the door to the parish hall.
  4. A leak outside of the kitchen was fixed by Walt.
  5. Pat helped a lot with the outdoor services.
  6. Fr. Bob will ask Pat about any delayed repairs that need to be done.
  7. An air conditioning company will be coming on May 1 to check on all air conditioners, this is done every year.
  8. Senior Warden Report: Lynn Graff
  9. Lynn gave thanks for everyone who has pitched in to help during difficult times.
  10. She especially included thanks for Fr. Bob’s work for the Easter season and holy week, the Altar guild ladies, ushers, audio-visual people, and those who helped set up for services in the parking lot, including setting up the canopies.
  11. Rector’s Report.
  12. Services in church.
  13. Fr. Bob stated that the expectation is that service will be held inside the church from now on.
  14. Fr. Bob provided the vestry with a copy of the results of the questionnaire about services filled out by members of the Congregation. People are interested in having services at 8 and 10 inside the church and are not in favor of outdoor services (especially during the heat).
  15. The church will continue using the existing protocols. The Bishop has a committee to help identify what churches can do. There have not been many changes yet.
  16. A discussion was held about holding services safely inside. Catherine Schuyler stated that, with so many people vaccinated, it should be ok. She noted that there are CDC guidelines for post-vaccinated people.
  17. Bill Paleck agreed to clean the church between services.
  18. Services will continue to be recorded. Fr. Bob stated that the recording equipment is always in flux. There is always something they are trying to fix. Gary Quamme was able to fix the problem of an echo at the beginning of the service. Lynn Graff stated that the cables for the equipment could be dangerous. Fr. Bob reported that the church had been using Peter Lafford’s camera. The church now has a new camera that can be closer to the front of the church, which will eliminate some of the cables. Peter and Gary have been working to make it work the best way possible.
  19. Fr. Bob reported that there was no response to the offer to use the church as a vaccination site.
  20. Fr. Bob reported that he took some time off after Easter and spent time resting and walking. He is planning vacation time June 15 through June 29. Philip Stoll will fill in. Fr. Bob stated that he had hoped to take a 2-month sabbatical last year but was not able to because of the pandemic.
  21. Open Items.
  22. Heidi Kinney reported regarding the Diocesan proposal for solar power. The Diocese asked to have access to the church’s SRP account. The church has allowed access to the account and the Diocese will be looking into it. At this point, the church is waiting for their recommendation.
  23. The issues of benefits for clergy and staff and the creation of an HR policy for clergy and staff were discussed together. Fr. Bob reported that the Diocese has an employee handbook. He has asked for a copy. He has also obtained a copy of an employee handbook from Michigan from a clergy friend. This will be a topic for future discussion.
  24. Racial reconciliation. Fr. Bob stated that this is something that the national Episcopal Church has been encouraging for the last 5 years. There is a committee from the Diocese to help churches deal with this. Fr. Bob recently met with a member of the A.M.E. church. He stated that there is value in working together. He noted that he has felt strong pushback from some members of the church who do not want to work in this area. Fr. Bob stated that he has decided that we are going to work in this area. He stated that a way to start would be with telling our stories. Fr. Bob, Heidi Kinney, and Catherine Schuyler then shared stories about their experiences with racial discrimination. Fr. Bob stated that we can start by identifying an issue and telling stories. He plans to start with the Tuesday morning Adult Bible Study group. He also stated that we may have a facilitator come. Bill Paleck shared a story about a positive experience when he was working with the park service of having a sister park in Bhutan and the Italian Alps and learning from people with different backgrounds. The idea of a sister church - which could be Jewish, Muslim, Asian or Black – was discussed.  It was pointed out that members of the congregation need to know that this is voluntary and members will not be required to participate. 
  25. Review of Vestry Plans from Planning Meeting.
  26. The time to help with vaccinations is over.
  27. Transition. This is a space Fr. Bob needs to work in.
  28. Touch and calling. Discussion of trying to reach people we haven’t heard from.
  29. Physical outreach and creating events and options. Bill Paleck brought up the possibility of working with POWWOW – Produce on wheels without waste. This organization is looking for locations to distribute food. Jo Laslo stated that this would be a good thing to do. Jo and Bill will check into it.

XII.                 Calendar. Included in packet. Will be changed to reflect that the 8:00 service is not a Zoom service.

XIII.               Vestry contact for the month is Catherine Schuyler.

XIV.               The meeting was adjourned.

 

Next meeting May 11, 2021

Episcopal Church of Transfiguration, Mesa, AZ

Vestry Meeting Minutes       March 9, 2021

I.                Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Fr. Bob Saik. A quorum was present.

II.             Roll Call

The following vestry members were in attendance. Heidi Kinney, Bob Wilk, Barbara Press, Jo Laslo, Ellen Jackelen, Peg Wier, Bill Paleck. Also in attendance were Bob Saik, Rector, Lynn Graff, Senior Warden, and Pat Mack, Junior Warden. The meeting was conducted via Zoom.

III.           Election of new clerk of the vestry. Barbara moved, Jo seconded and it was approved by the vestry that Diane Klock will be the new clerk of the vestry. She was contacted and joined the meeting.

IV.           Election of new vestry member. Jo moved, Heidi seconded and it was approved by the vestry that Caryll Prokosch will be the new member of the vestry. Caryll then joined the meeting.

V.             Minutes. It was moved, seconded and passed that the January minutes be approved. It was moved, seconded and passed that the February minutes be approved.

VI.           Financial Report.

1.     Treasurer’s Report for February 2021 was included in the meeting packet.

a.     Fr. Bob explained that the income for February was less than expected and was less than February expenses. However, January income was higher so year-to-date income and expenses are on the positive side and there is nothing unusual for January and February.

b.     Fr. Bob also pointed out the increase in the office phone expense, which was approved by the vestry.

c.     There were no questions from the vestry.

2.     Balance Sheet

a.     The Balance Sheet as of February 28, 2021 was included in the meeting packet.

b.     A suggestion was made that more detail be included in the future.

3.      Changes Made to Balance Sheet Accounts.

a.     Fr. Bob explained the $1450 payment to Arnulfo Gonzalez in February. Gonzalez was hired to trim bushes on the west side of the parking lot but then was assigned additional work to make the grounds look nice. The grounds now look really nice.

b.     Fr. Bob explained that $2200 was received in the Million Meals account in January and February. A parishioner gave $1000 to donate to Texas. A total of $2000 was then given to the Houston Food Bank.

4.     It was moved, seconded and passed to approve the Financial Report, subject to audit.

VII.         Women’s Ministry Report. (Included in packet.)

1.     The Report was included in the packet.

a.     Jo Laslo added that the $65 from Sunshine Acres was lower than usual but this was because they have been closed a lot due to the pandemic so their income is down.

2.     Jo also said that they are looking for ideas for Easter ministry.

3.     The Rummage Sale is set for April 23-24.

VIII.      Social Media Report. (Included in packet)

1.     Discussion of the fact that the church’s online presence during the pandemic made a huge difference in reaching people and has drawn people to the church.

2.     Jo Laslo and Catherine Schuyler will be meeting to address standards for the Facebook page.

IX.           Junior Warden Report: Pat Mack

1.     A locksmith will be changing the door handle on the parish hall door.

2.     He has been taking care of setting up and taking down chairs for Sunday parking lot services.

3.     Keeping everything running.

X.             Senior Warden Report: Lynn Graff

Lynn gave a special Thank You to Fr. Bob and all who make the Sunday parking lot services happen.

XI.           Rector’s Report.

1.     Parochial Report, sent by email prior to meeting.

a.     Fr. Bob discussed the report, including the need for the vestry to discuss Racial Justice and Reconciliation.

b.    Changes to the report were discussed and the report will be amended as follows:

1.     Radio streaming will be added.

2.     Financial information in the report will be reconciled with the Treasurer’s Report and Balance Sheet.

3.     Peg will provide additional information about outreach.

4.     Typo on page 3 will be corrected.

c.     Lynn stated that Fr. Bob did a great job on the report. It was moved, seconded and passed that the Parochial Report is approved with the suggested changes.

2.     It was reported that attendance at the Sunday parking lot services has been good. Attendance was 60 last Sunday and 79 the Sunday before that. Discussion of holding some Holy Week Services inside. Discussion of holding inside services in the future. Fr. Bob will be asking the diocese about policy changes due to vaccinations.

3.     Benefits for clergy and staff. Health Insurance Cost document from diocese was sent by email prior to the meeting. Discussion of creating HR policy for benefits offered for clergy and full-time staff. Fr. Bob will ask the diocese to send a copy of the diocese policy. The goal is to create a common policy. This will be discussed at the convention.

4.     Racial reconciliation. Racial Justice and Reconciliation is one of three things the diocese is asking the church to work on. A positive discussion was held regarding possibilities for pursuing this goal. More information will be provided for further discussion.

5.     Discussion of using the church as a vaccination site with positive response from the vestry.

XII.         Open Items.

1.     Diocesan Proposal for Solar Power. Heidi has just received the information about the proposal. Fr. Bob will check into having people come in to give more info.

2.     Planning.

a.     Help with vaccinations. Appreciation was expressed for Heidi’s work helping people, 12 so far, get vaccinations. Also, Pat Mack has volunteered to drive people to vaccination appointments.

b.     Transition. Suggestions were made for increased church activities. Lynn recommended starting with small steps. Some things can be tried for Easter.

c.     Touch and calling. Discussion of ideas for keeping in touch with people who are part of the congregation, including finding ways to ask people the best way to keep in touch with them. Fr. Bob and Lynn will make a recommendation.

d.     Discussion of physical outreach and creating events and options was deferred, with the focus to be on the first three planning items for now. However, it was pointed out that having a vaccination site at the church could be considered  creating an event.

XIII.      Chile Garden Update.

People are working. Blue corn is sprouting. Chile starter plants are going, the hothouse is working fine. Using Native American methods and organic method to get rid of Bermuda grass.

XIV.       Calendar. Included in packet.

XV.         Vestry contact for the month is Heidi Kinney.

XVI.       The meeting was adjourned.

 

Next meeting April 13, 2021

 
 

 

 

 

The Transfiguration Book Club has announced the selections for next year. Each month a different member of the group will lead the discussion. Meetings are on the 3rd Friday of the month at 10 am via Zoom.

 

May The Rent Collector by Camron Wright leader Laura

June: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson leader Linda

July The Book Women of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson leader Judy

August: The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett leader Sue

September: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah leader LeAnn

October: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout leader Ellen

November The Return by Nicholas Sparks leader Barbara

December The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley leader Dea

January: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce leader Lynn

February: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield leader Ann

March: The House in the Cirulean Sea by T.J. Klune leader Terri

April: Deacon King Kong by James McBride leader Jane

 

May 21, 2021

June 18, 2021

July 16, 2021

August 20, 2021

September 17, 2021

October 15, 2021

November 19,2021

December 17. 2021

January 21, 2022

February 18, 2022

March 18, 2022

April 15, 2022

Announcements
Many thanks to all of those people who helped with the Holy Week and Easter Services. So many
people helped me that I cannot thank everyone individually. Please know how much I appreciate your
help. Without you, it would not have been possible. Father Bob


Heidi Kinney is the Vestry contact this month. You may call her at 630-605-4922.

If you are having difficulty signing up for a Covid-19 vaccine appointment due to internet access or
computer issues, please call Linda O in the Church office.

ECW has decided to hold a Spring Rummage Sale April 23 and 24. Small items may be dropped off now
during office hours, but large items will need to wait until closer to the sale date. Mark items as Rummage Sale.

Aluminum cans and clear plastic bottles recycling may be brought to the Parish House and left in
designated bins in the garage.

Suggested donations for the Food Bank are canned vegetables, instant potatoes, rice

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.

Monday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. will be a meeting of the Finance Committee via Zoom.


Tuesday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. is Spiritually Workshop in the Parish Hall; at 7:00 p.m. Vestry will
meet via Zoom.


An in-person study of the book The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom will continue at
2:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Parish Hall.


Friday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. Book Club will meet via Zoom.