From the Rector
I just wanted to write and say thank you to you all for your participation in and presence in our Easter Festival celebrations. So many people make festivals like this possible. I am grateful for the work of my colleagues in the parish office, Monica, Noreen and Cyril, for music, administration and leadership of worship. I also want to thank the volunteer extraordinaire, Fran Tornquist who gave so much of her time over Holy Week.
Thank you to Holly and the Altar Guild who do so much to clean, prepare and make our space beautiful. Thanks also to members of the choir and musicians who came and joined us for the festival eucharist on Sunday. Thank you to Dace for playing on Maundy Thursday, and on Sunday morning. Thank you to Ty for playing for our dawn Eucharist.
Matt and Julia led an amazing group of volunteers on a work day on Easter Saturday who cleaned the church, prepared our grounds and planted flowers. Noreen also volunteered as our flower team leader for this event. Michele, Kristen and Tania supervised coffee hour and so many of you brought wonderful treats for our time together. Julia and George stuffed and hid eggs for our Easter egg hunt (please don't tell children, we are maintaining that the bunny did all that!)
For Maundy Thursday thanks to the team that brought food, helped us tidy up, and those who kept vigil.
Finally, I want to thank Gari and Skip for sharing incredibly moving testimonies on Good Friday, Ruth and Barbara who led us in a meditation on the seven last words of Christ at 2:30pm on Good Friday, and Betty and Patt who told stories from the history of salvation at the Easter Dawn service.
Thank you to everyone who made the weekend great!
Executive Council News
Our diocesan Executive Council meets monthly to discuss matters that effect the whole diocese. Our Rector, Matthew is a member of this body. At their recent meeting the following items were discussed and recommended for circulation.
1. The diocesan capital campaign is already a success. During the Bishop's phase of the campaign we received a commitment for the largest single donation ever made to an Episcopal Diocesan Capital Campaign - $10 million. The next phase of our work will be to assist congregations to be successful in their individual efforts.
2. Bishop Marc will be leading a Youth Pilgrimage to Haiti April 2-10. Please keep Bishop Marc and our Youth in your prayers that week.
3. The next Equipping the Beloved Community event will be held on May 14th at St. Paul's in Burlingame. More information is available at diocal.org/equipping-beloved-community.
Ministry Team Feedback: Sunday Service Times
Following our Wondering Together process the Ministry Team and clergy had a great conversation about our service times. This conversation was prompted by two things:
1. Comments by Joyful Noise participants that we were cutting this service too often.
2. Concerns that the regular change in service times was making it difficult for new congregants to feel part of our community.
We reflected on the fact that our combined services were created in 2012 to help achieve two goals:
1. To help families transition from the Joyful Noise Eucharist to the Musical Eucharist.
2. To help us rethink some elements of the Musical Eucharist so that it is better suited to families graduating from the Joyful Noise Eucharist.
In the intervening years we added a factor that impacted the frequency of combined services. This was the fact that we did not have sufficient ordained clergy on staff to sustain three services year round.
Recently I did an audit on how many Sundays had only 1 or 2 services on them and discovered that we had done this for 50% of the year last year. In its discussion the Ministry Team realized that rather than helping us to make people feel welcome at Transfig, this number of changes in service time was becoming a barrier to attending. We also recognized that our initial two goals for the combined services had been achieved over the last four years. They have recommended the following therefore:
1. That we return to a 3 service schedule on most Sundays of the year at 8am 9:30am and 10:30am.
2. That we retain combined services on major festivals, but add two combined services to our schedule.
We are still discussing exactly which services should be combined, but on these Sundays there will only be a single service at 10am. The suggested days for this are:
* Epiphany or Annual Meeting Sunday (January)
* Palm Sunday (March/April)
* Pentecost Sunday (May/June)
* Transfiguration Sunday (August)
* All Saints', All Souls' Sunday (October/November)
3. On the first Sunday of the month at the 10:30am service we keep the idea of experimental liturgy alive and are willing to try different things each month.
I would appreciate your input on these recommendations, as the Vestry will be discussing them on May 5th with a view to implementing them from the start of June. If you have any thoughts or comments please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News & Announcements
Equipping the Beloved Community (ETBC): The Sacrament of Time
Mark your calendars for May 14th from 10am to 5pm.
The deanery is sponsoring another of our annual training days with some of the best content ever provided at a diocesan training event. Come along and find out about:
* Recruiting, managing and supporting volunteers.
* Leading small groups.
* Environmentally friendly wheat.
* How to create prayeful experiences with your children at home.
There will be many more training opportunities also. Please see the flyer that will be available in church over the next few Sundays.
Youth Confirmation Sessions continue
The next session of "Confirming Our Faith in the World" will be April 24 (9am-noon ) led by Monica Whitaker & Dawn Bailey.
May 21-22 (TBD) Monica Whitaker, Matthew Woodward, Dawn Bailey, Bethany Lukach, Aidan Jobe Sea
The General Confirmation will be at Grace Cathedral on June 4th and we will be celebrating our new confirmands the next morning at Transfiguration. Join in and support them!
Rector and Assistant Rector schedules this week
Matthew will be here until April 6th when he flies to Israel in the late evening. Monica is away to preside at her grandson Benjamin's Baptism and returns to the office on the morning of April 6th.
Through April 6th - For pastoral emergencies, call Matthew.
April 6th and onwards -For pastoral emergencies, call Monica.
Matthew Woodward on Saturday.
Sunday, April 3
The Second Sunday of Easter
8:00am The Traditional Eucharist
10:00am The Community Eucharist
6-9pm Sine Nomine Rehearsal (church)
Monday, April 4
10:30-1 God Group (Parish Hall)
3:15pm Snake Dragon Club storytime(classrooms)
7pm FA Meeting (Parish Hall)
Tuesday, April 5
9am Morning Prayer(Good Shepherd, Belmont)
6:30pm New Millennium Chamber Orchestra rehearsal (Church)
7pm AA Meeting (Parish Hall)
Wednesday, April 6
9am Morning Prayer (Chapel)
10:30am Gospel Preview (Parish Hall)
3:15 -5:45pm Looking Glass Korean Learning Center (classrooms)
4-5:30pm Looking Glass -Dance class (Parish Hall)
7pm FA Meeting (Parish Hall)
7pm Zen Meditation Group (in Chapel)
Thursday, April 7
9am Morning Prayer (Chapel)
10am Transfig Fireflies (Parish Hall)
2pm Staff Meeting (Parish Hall)
7:15pm Penin. Young People's AA (classrooms)
Friday, April 8
Saturday, April 9
8:45-11:15am Looking Glass Learning Ctr (classrooms)
Sunday, April 10
The Third Sunday of Easter
8:00am Traditional Eucharist
9:30am Joyful Noise Eucharist
10:30am Musical Eucharist
Mark Your Calendars:
May 14 - Equipping the Beloved Community
May 15 - Day of Pentecost - Festival Eucharist at 10am
June 4 - General Confirmation at Grace Cathedral
August 13 - Friends & Family Community Connection (FFCC) Food packaging Outreach project
August 19-21 - Parish Retreat