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CURRENT PROJECTS

St. Philip’s School & Community Center Mother’s Day Store

April 29 – May 7

Please donate NEW items for the St. Philip’s School and Community Center Mother’s Day Store. The young students will “shop” Saturday, May 13 so we will collect items through  Sunday May 7. Suggestions include: frames, accessories, costume jewelry, soaps and perfumes, “mom” items. Volunteers are also needed Saturday May 13  from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to help the students “shop” and gift wrap  for their moms!  Questions?  Please contact Susan Fisk. This is the fourth year Transfiguration has supported this event. The kids truly enjoy choosing that “just right”  item for their moms!

Refugee Ministry Training

Saturday, May 6

The Outreach Committee is leading an effort in order to create a sustainable framework to both assist those parishioners currently supporting refugee families and potentially support future refugees. We are partnering with Gateway of Grace, a local Episcopal organization lead by the Rev. Samira Izadi Page, that helps refugees start over in Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Join us on Saturday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for a training to help all prospective volunteers learn how to get involved and be effective. Please email outreach@transfiguration.net to RSVP.

Brown Paper Bags for the Food Pantry

 

The Food Pantry is collecting brown paper bags for their food distribution ministry. You can drop them off at the Welcome Desk for the next several weeks. We prefer bags with handles. Thanks for your help!

Impact Kids Canned Food Drive

May 7 – 21

The ImpactKids (Transfiguration 4th and 5th graders) need your help collecting canned goods to benefit our community partner, North Dallas Shared Ministries. Bring your donations to church the first three weekends in May. Canned goods can be dropped off in the southwest corner of the Gathering Space. Watch for a special building project by the kids!

FOOD PANTRY

Transfiguration’s food pantry was founded in 2015 and is a Community Distribution Partner (CDP) of Crossroads Community Services and serves food-insecure families in north Dallas. As a CDP, Transfiguration buys food at a cost of 12 cents per pound and gives it to the hungry at no cost. Member families receive a week’s worth of groceries each month. We currently serve 18 families on the third Monday of each month, and can accept applications for more. To learn more or get registered, contact Ellen Dingwall, Minister for Congregational Life and Outreach, at edingwall@transfiguration.net.

Despensa de alimentos de la transfiguración fue fundada en 2015 y es un socio de distribución comunitaria (CDP) de Crossroads Community Services (enlace a www.ccsdallas.org) y sirve a las familias con inseguridad alimentaria en el norte de Dallas. Como CDP, transfiguración compra alimentos a un costo de 12 centavos de dólar por libra y se lo da a los hambrientos, sin costo alguno. familias miembros reciben valor de una semana de comestibles cada mes. Actualmente atendemos a 16 familias en el tercer lunes de cada mes, y podemos aceptar aplicaciones por más. Para obtener más información o ser registrado, póngase en contacto con Ellen Dingwall, Ministro de Vida Congregacional y Alcance, en edingwall@transfiguration.net.

LOCAL PARTNERS

Austin Street Center – AustinStreet.org

Since 1983, Austin Street Center has provided a free, safe overnight shelter for 350 – 400 homeless men and women each day. The Center provides food, clothing, medicines, education and pastoral care for residents. Transfiguration parishioners prepare and serve an evening meal for all residents once each month and provide and serve a complete Thanksgiving Dinner for residents each Thanksgiving Eve. The Parish also supports requests from the Center for special needs, such as clothing, food and personal care items throughout the year.

Genesis Women’s Shelter – www.genesisshelter.org

Genesis Women’s Shelter exists to provide safety, shelter and support for women who have experienced domestic violence, and to raise awareness regarding its cause, prevalence and impact. Their hotline to help find a safe way out of an abusive situation is available 24/7 by calling 214-946-HELP (4357).

Gateway of Grace – www.GatewayofGrace.org

Gateway of Grace helps refugees start over in Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Many of the refugees are survivors of severe trauma. They offer opportunities to directly support refugee families as they are resettled in the metroplex.

The Gathering – www.edod.org

Founded with the mission of creating a spiritual home for the homeless, The Gathering is a church whose purpose and reality is a ministry to, with and for the homeless community that is always amongst us but seldom seen by us, The Gathering provides weekly lunches, personal hygiene items and financial assistance to its participants.

Habitat for Humanity – www.DallasAreaHabitat.org

A faith based international organization that builds houses with no interest mortgages for low-income families. Volunteers do most of the construction of the home. In 2012, Transfiguration and Parish Episcopal School teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build a home in Plano for a single mother and her 5-year-old daughter. We are working to coordinate a few build days during Advent.

North Dallas Shared Ministries – www.ndsm.org

An inter-denominational food bank providing the needy temporary help with food, some cash, and ESL classes. Transfiguration collects food throughout the year and a number of parishioners volunteer monthly.

Spring Valley Elementary School

The school is part of Richardson Independent School District. It is in our church neighborhood but serves many disadvantaged students. Parishioners volunteer in a variety of ways at the school. Children from the church participate in collection projects for students and, occasionally, we fund special requests.

St. Philip’s School and Community Center – www.StPhilips1600.org

This entity, located in South Dallas at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, exists to enhance the lives of children and families regardless of economic background, but with an emphasis on low and moderate income families, through educational excellence, Christian principles, and compatible community services. Transfiguration provides financial support and volunteers for activities such as the annual Mother’s Day Store.

Voice of Hope – www.VoiceofHope.org

Provides year round quality out -of -school time programs for youth ages 4 – 18 in West Dallas, through ASPIRE after school programs, Bible Clubs, Summer Day Camp and their Out of Boundz youth ministries. Voice of Hope also has Family and Community outreach services that provide families with food, a listening ear, encouragement and various assistance.

Youth First Texas – www.YouthFirstTexas.com

The mission of this organization is “to provide a safe space for LGBTQ youth and their allied friends to strengthen opportunities for life skills, leadership development, peer support and educational advancement.” Funds from Maundy Thursday Soup Supper are donated to the group.

EPISCOPAL PARTNERS

Episcopal Peace Fellowship – www.EPFNational.org

The North Dallas Chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship meets at Transfiguration once a month. The EPF’s national mission is to pray, to study/educate and act on behalf of peace and justice. During this year the local EFP is focused on working together to end capital punishment in Texas. For more information, contact Ron Damholt (link to rdamholt@att.net), or look for an upcoming meeting here.

Episcopal Relief & Development – www.EpiscopalRelief.org

Episcopal Relief & Development works with Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. They rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Working in close to 40 countries, their programs impact the lives of approximately 3 million people around the world. Transfiguration supports them through our Advent Gift Market, through disaster relief fundraising, and with other opportunities throughout the year.

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

Happy Homes Africa School

The school is Transfiguration’s international outreach program in the northeast region of South Africa. The school serves 112 pre-school children ages 3 to 6 most of whom have been orphaned by AIDS. It is supported by donations from parishioners, students and staff of PES and the Africa Foundation. A pilgrimage to South Africa in 2017 will include a visit to the Happy Homes School. Interested in learning more? Contact Fr. Casey Shobe at cshobe@transfiguration.net.