Celebrating Our Feast
Father Casey

This weekend is a big deal at Transfiguration – which you might expect, since we’re celebrating the Feast of the Transfiguration!

It’s always a special day in a church’s life when you remember the saint or story from which you take your name, and I continue to thank God for the blessing of being named for this remarkable moment in the life of Christ. It is a story that abounds with power and relevance, no matter how often we remember it, and every time I read it, I come away with fresh inspiration for the work of following Jesus.

To help us celebrate this weekend, there will be not one, not two, but three special events! First, the Outreach Committee is hosting our first ever “Great Fig Bake Off.” 20 brave and talented bakers are preparing tasty treats for us to enjoy, and at the end of the morning we’ll crown a winner. There is a small “tasting fee,” with the proceeds going to Aunt Betty’s Pantry, a ministry of St. Philip’s School and Community Center in south Dallas. So save your breakfast carbs until you get to church, because it’s going to be awesome.

Faithful Departed

We are sad to share the news of the death of long-time parishioner, William (Bill) Duke on August 3. Bill is the husband of Lupe Ancira. They have been members at Transfiguration for several years, during which time Bill has been passionate about outreach, especially to non-native English speakers. A Requiem Eucharist will be held in the Church on Saturday, August 20 at 2:00pm. Please keep Bill and his family in your prayers in the days to come. 
 
Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.
This is Transfiguration Sunday

This Sunday, August 7, we observe our namesake feast
with service and celebration!
Join us for:
  • Figworks Bake-off
  • Baptisms at 9:00am
  • The St. John’s Bible debut!
  • Commissioning of our Solar Roof
  • Peace Post meets
  • Health screenings with the Parish Nurses
  • Meet the Vestry
Who Will Win The Golden Spatula?
It's the First Outreach Bake-off! Our bakers are ready! Now we need your help deciding the best baker at The Fig.

Join us in Roper Hall this Sunday between services. Sample all the tasty creations and make your vote known by placing tickets in the collection jars of your favorite bakers.

Tickets will be sold at the door:

$5 per person or $15 for a family.
Extra tickets are available for $1 each.
All proceeds benefit Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry.
St. John's Bible Debut

We are overjoyed to debut the newly-acquired St. John’s Bible – regarded as one of the greatest pieces of devotional art in the modern world. This illuminated master work includes over 160 illustrations and took a team nearly 8 years to complete.

We will read the Gospel in the Eucharist from the volume of the Gospels and Acts, and the other six volumes will be on display in the Gathering Space this weekend.

The next opportunity to see all seven volumes on display in the church will be September 18 when we welcome a special guest from St. John’s Abbey to give a presentation.

We are in the process of developing a permanent display for these books so they have a secure yet accessible home at Transfiguration. In the meantime, we hope you will flip through the pages with one of our docents for a glimpse of the myriad treasures within.
Welcome Our Baptismal Candidates

Sunday at the 9:00am Eucharist, we will joyfully welcome into the household of God

Felix William Typaldos
Roman Michael Typaldos
Georgia Claerwen Williams Youngblood
Solar Roof Commissioning

We will celebrate the completion of our solar roof installation at all three of our worship services. This project represents the fulfillment of a goal to reduce our reliance on carbon-based energy and was made possible through the Transfiguring Our Foundations capital campaign.

Meet The Vestry

This weekend, before and after each service, two Vestry members will be at a table in the Tower Cloister. The Vestry provides leadership and oversight to the mission and ministry of our church and they are eager to meet you, answer your questions, and learn more about what’s on your mind.

Health Screening

The parish nurses are available this weekend to screen for blood pressure before and after services. Come see them in the Library on Saturday from 5:00 - 6:30pm and on Sunday from 8:30am until 11:00am.
Peace Post This Sunday

We’ll be writing short notes to our elected officials today in the Staff Conference Room from 10:00 until about 2:00. While you’re free to address anything that’s on your mind, today we’re suggesting three topics connected to current legislation: the crying need for bipartisan immigration reform, helping to protect forests around the world, and returning to Congress the responsibility for any and all declarations of war. Politicians respond to the voices of their constituents, and as Christians we have a duty to make our voices heard!
Racial Justice Ministry
Remembering Commodore Jones

We have been involved in commemorating this event in the history of our city for several years now. Many of you have joined for prayer and work at his grave site.

The anniversary of his lynching death is August 11. We will remember him at the noon Eucharist on that day. Please come if you can and help us to remember and grieve this time in our past and commit again to working for change in our city and our country.

Next Sunday
Celebrating Sabbaticals

Join us August 14 in Roper Hall for refreshments, immediately after the 9 o’clock service, to wish safe travels to Father Casey as he prepares for his sabbatical. This time away promises not only to be spiritually invigorating, but a welcome period of rest and renewal for our Rector.

We will simultaneously celebrate the return of our intrepid Music Director, Joel Martinson, fully refreshed and eager to share all he has learned these past few months from his own well-deserved sabbatical.
Foyer Groups Return

Foyer groups are a great opportunity to connect with fellow parishioners by sharing and hosting meals together in small groups. We will kick-off our next season in the Parlor, August 14 at 4pm.

Contact Sheila MacLennan Runnels at sheila.s.runnels@gmail.com
if you are interested in participating.

We look forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and sharing good meals together!
Youth Group News
Third Grade
Bibles

August 14 will be a big day at that Fig. This year’s third grade Bible presentation will take place on at the 9:00am service as we recognize those entering the third grade.
Youth Open
House Invitation

The Youth Council would like to invite all youth (6th-12th grade) to an Open House & 6th Grade Welcome at the Youth Center on August 14. Youth leaders will be available to give tours and share with you the exciting plans for the upcoming year.
For more information on the Youth Open House, Transfiguration's Youth Ministry, or to become a Youth volunteer contact Delynda Moravec at dmoravec@transfiguration.net
Back-to-School Blessing of the Backpacks

We will honor and bless all students and teachers returning to school as we observe our annual blessing of the backpacks at both the 9:00am and 11:15am services! All children, youth, and adults are encouraged to bring their backpacks, bags, or briefcases for a blessing.

Summer Fun for Figs with Kids

Figs with Kids is our fellowship group for parents with children currently living at home. As this summer draws to a close, they are hosting an event you will enjoy!

August 13, 5:00pm-9:00pm - Family Movie Night

To learn more, click the button below and follow Figs with Kids on Facebook.
Deepen Your Prayer Life with HeartPaths

HeartPaths, an ecumenical group focused on education and spiritual direction, is now forming weekly training and contemplative prayer groups for September 2022 start dates. Groups can meet either online or in person, in the DFW area. Applications between now and August 15 are encouraged in order to take advantage of the reduced tuition for the 40th anniversary year of HeartPaths!
 
 
Reception Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to help staff our main reception desk. Duties include answering the phone, greeting members and visitors, responding to inquiries, and directing folks to the appropriate area or staff person. Times are Monday through Friday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm with the occasional possibility of a morning shift. If you are interested, please contact Fred Ellis, 972-233-1898 Ext. 230 or fellis@transfiguration.net
Bookstore Corner

Store Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sundays from 8:30am – 1:00pm.

All proceeds benefit St. Hilda's Guild and our church's ministries.

For questions about books or gifts, contact Carolyn by phone at (972) 231-1634.
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