8:00 am The Traditional Eucharist 9:30 am The Joyful Noise Eucharist 10:30 am The Community Eucharist
From the Rector: on feedback
We started up our new program year on September 13th with a flurry of new initiatives, a new web site, some new ways of approaching established parish practices and some new locations for furniture and changed the Altar in church.
It is great starting things up – I love trying new things, and reimagining old favorites. When we do that we sometimes ask for feedback from you, the people who know and love our parish and have a vested interest in the way we do things.
Long gone is the time when there is immediate negative feedback from parishioners when things change. I am not sure you have ever been like that since I have been your rector. There are many old jokes about Episcopalians not liking change, but I have never felt that with the Transfiguration community.
We have often been honest about the fact that our common life is always a work in progress and can always change and evolve. So the feedback I get often takes into account that I am not asking you to do something forever, but just for now, and that we should work out the best way forward - together.
I wanted to say thank you to you all for that attitude, and just let you know that we have been getting feedback. I have heard from you on the following:
Positive feedback on the new healing space.
Not so keen on the hanging in that space.
One person not so sure about the new layout of the space.
Positive feedback on using the larger Altar in the main worship space.
Positive feedback on liturgical changes at the 8am, introducing Rite II there.
Positive feedback on the new space arrangements for Chapel Time and Kids Club (once we got a bit used to it).
Positive feedback also on our new material for Chapel Time and Kids Club, with some mixed reviews for the video element of our classes, but a real sense that they have created good conversation.
I have really enjoy getting your feedback, reading how thoughtfully you engage with the developing life of the parish. I particularly enjoy the spirit in which you offer it. I get a sense that you appreciate that we are building something together, and working as partners in an ongoing project.
I think there is also a sense that when you tell me what you think, you are aware that other people may not agree with you. There is an understanding that the vestry and staff team have to react to the balance of views we get from the parish.
Finally, I am very excited about the number of people who have responded to the invitation by the Vestry to join them for dinner and “Wondering Together.” The first of these evenings took place on Tuesday, October 6th and a great conversation is reported to have taken place. This is another way in which we get feedback, as we continue to tell the Transfiguration story to each other, and figure out ways to tell that story to the wider world.
If you haven’t let me know what you think please do. Or tell Monica, Fran, one of the Vestry or anyone whose name you see on the back of the announcement sheet.
We really listen to feedback, talk about it at the staff meeting and consider how we can balance it, respond to it, and integrate it into our practice. I love being a part of a community that moves forward in this way. If you have not yet told us what you think of something, drop me a line, be constructive, but don’t be afraid to disagree, be prepared for your voice to be heard as one of many and be ready to keep talking.
News & Announcements
PNEUMA Matthew is heading up to Bishop’s Ranch to lead worship for Pneuma, a conference for Christian educators that takes place at this time each year. This year, Monica is also attending and they will both be listening to the work of Eric Law on Sustainable Ministries. For any pastoral needs please call Matthew on his cell phone and he will be able to return to the parish if need be at any point throughout the week.
Morning Prayer will take place as usual at Good Shepherd on Tuesday. Please check with Gari or Bob to see if they are meeting Wednesday or Thursday for Morning Prayer. Please also note that Gospel Preview will be taking place on Wednesday as usual, but convened by Ruth Ciranni.
Wondering Together Our Wondering Together dinners have begun this week. If you have not yet rsvp’d, please do so via email or talk to Virginia Fox at church today. Thanks!
New Web site - www.transfig-sm.org If you go to www.transfig-sm.org you should see some changes! Thanks to all who helped put this together! Please let us know if you have feedback. We are working ot make it a great way to communicate and need your help to do that.
Lock In Thank You Thank you to leaders and youth who came to the Lock In last weekend. We all had a great time, and were exhausted but exhilarated to participate in the blessing of animals the next morning. Particular thanks to George, Julia and Bethany.
Leader Sign-Up for Kids’ Club & Chapel Time There are several openings for Kids’ Club and Chapel Time leaders for October through December. A sign-up sheet will be available at coffee hour today if you would like to compare your calendar with open dates and sign up for leading. We will also offer the sign-up through SignUpGenius on Transfiguration’s new interim website within the next few weeks.
Home & Hope Walk Run coming up in November The 3rd Annual “The Journey Home” Walk/Run Fundraising Event is to be held on Sunday, November 8th at 1:00pm at Seal Point Park in San Mateo. This is a sponsored event to raise funds for Home & Hope. Please go online to join our team at: https://journeyhome.homeandhope.net
Oktoberfest Coming Soon! Come one and all to Oktoberfest at Transfiguration Episcopal Church! Saturday October 24th , 4:00pm in the Parish Hall $10 per plate*, at the door We’ll be serving Bratwurst, Sprussen, Pretzels, Himmel und Erde... Traditional German fare. There will be frankfurt sausages (hotdogs) and kaese spaetzle (OK.. mac & cheese) for the kids. Beverages of every kind for all. It’s the 205th wedding anniversary of King Ludwig (the 1st) to Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. But it’s also the kickoff of our Stewardship campaign! Come be sociable, eat well und trinken Sie ein Bier oder Limonade! (*ten dollars is a requested donation but we will accept any amount, and suggest no families pay more than $25)
Distil - for the Fall Distil (young adult group) will have a new format for the Fall - faith conversation around the dinner table! Sunday night potluck dinners, 6:15-8pm: Sunday, Oct. 25th - “On Thor and Food” at Dawn’s in Palo Alto Sunday, Nov. 29th - “Muddy Field vs. Bright Field” Sunday, Dec. 20th - “Fast and Slow”
Distil is also still hosting Sanctuary Yoga with yogi, Yael. Please join us for yoga on Thurdays, Oct. 22nd, Nov. 12th and Dec. 10th, 6:15-7:15pm.
Questions? Speak to Dawn Bailey.
Transfig Fireflies Fireflies, a preschooler play group (ages 0-5), meets in the parish hall every Thursday, 10am-noon. The group is free and everyone is invited, church member or not. We have a play time, story time with musical instruments, healthy snacks and finish with a craft project and/or game activity. We have fun, make new friends and share our joy, wisdom and sometimes frustrations of family life with other parents and caregivers. Stop by and check us out. Even if you do not have the children in this age group, please, let your friends, neighbors and family members of preschool age children know that we would love to welcome them at our playgroup. Questions? Contact Dace Samta.
Transfiguration Preschool Openings Our preschool is still registering new students for this year and would welcome anyone from the parish to enquire, particularly in the three year old class. Please pass along the information to friends and neighbors. For details please look at the web site. and contact our director Karen Indorante for more details.
Fall 2015 at Transfiguration - Mark Your Calendars! Various dates in October Wondering Together dinners (questions? see Virginia Fox) Thursday, October 22, 6:15pm Sanctuary Yoga, sponsored by Distil, in the church Saturday, October 24, 4-7pm Oktoberfest at Transfiguration in the Parish Hall Sunday, November 1, 10am Dia De Los Muertos (All Souls/All Saints Day) One parish-wide worship service at 10am Sunday, November 29 The First Sunday of Advent Sunday, November 29 (pm) Home and Hope Hosting Week in the Parish Hall thru Sunday, December 6 (am) Sunday, December 6 Lessons and Carols Community Eucharist at 10am Sunday, December 13 Bishop Marc Andrus visitation at Transfiguration Saturday, December 19, 4-6pm Snow Day at Transfiguration Thursday, December 24, 5pm Christmas Eve Joyful Noise Eucharist and Pageant Thursday, December 24, 10pm Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist Friday, December 25, 10am Christmas Day Eucharist
Regularly Scheduled programs: Morning Prayer Tuesday mornings at 9am @ Good Shepherd, Belmont (with Good Shepherd, Belmont)Wednesday mornings at 9am@ Transfiguration Thursday mornings at 9am@ Transfiguration
Gospel Preview Wednesday mornings, 10:30 - noon in the Parish Hall (bible study and conversation)
Transfig Fireflies Thursday mornings, 10am - noon in the Parish Hall (playgroup for 0-5 yr olds and their caregivers)
Sanctuary Yoga, sponsored by Distil 2nd Thursdays, 6:15 - 7:15pm in the church
NightSong, a Young Adult evening with Bishop Marc Second Tuesdays, 7pm in Berkeley Financial Basics for Young Adults (3-session program) Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 27 & Nov. 3 in S www.diocal.org/discipleship/young-adults
LOOKING AHEAD in 2016: Men’s Retreat@ St. Dorothy’s Rest Friday, January 8 - Sunday, January 10 Annual Meeting and Brunch Sunday, January 31 (following parish-wide 10am service) Women’s Retreat@ The Bishop’s Ranch Friday, February 26 - Sunday, February 28 Parish Retreat @ The Bishop’s Ranch Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21
8:00 The Traditional Eucharist Presider & Preacher: The Rev. Monica Whitaker Lector: Gari Patton Usher: Frank Mercer Coffee Hour: Jane and David Lintott
9:30am The Joyful Noise Eucharist Presider: The Rev. Matthew Woodward Storyteller: Jeanette Garbo Coffee Hour: Dace Samta
10:30am The Community Eucharist Presider & Preacher: The Rev. Monica Whitaker Assisting: The Rev. Frances Tornquist Acolytes: Desmond Hart, Sophia Philipp, Lydia Villa Eucharistic Ministers: Jan Jensen, Peter Jensen Lectors: Skip Howie (Scripture) John Tornquist (Prayers) Director of Music: Eric Choate Welcoming/Greeting: Phuong Thai and Greg Spurrier Kids Club: Matthew Woodward, Virginia Fox Chapel Time: Jeanette Garbo Childcare: Veer Singh, Nikki Singh Coffee Hour: Dawn Bailey
Altar Flowers: Gari Patton Altar Guild: Jane Lintott, Judy Castillo, Nancy Burnett Sunday Bankers: Margaret Jadallah, George Philipp
Dedication The Altar Flowers today are given to the Glory of God by Phuong Thai and Greg Spurrier in thanksgiving for their wedding anniversary.
This Week Sunday, October 11 The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 8am The Traditional Eucharist 9:30am The Joyful Noise Eucharist 10:30am The Musical Eucharist 6-9pm Sine Nomine Rehearsal (Parish Hall)
Monday, October 12 3:15pm Snake Dragon Club -Japanese language storytime(classrooms) 7pm FA Meeting (Parish Hall)
Tuesday, October 13 9am Morning Prayer (at Good Shepherd, Belmont) 6:30pm New Millennium Chamber Orchestra rehearsal (Church) 7pm AA Meeting (Parish Hall)
Wednesday, October 14 9am Morning Prayer (Chapel) 10:30am Gospel Preview Bible Study (Parish Hall) 3:15 -5:45pm Looking Glass Korean Learning Center (classrooms) 4-5:30pm Looking Glass Korean Learning Center (Parish Hall)