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Update from Fr. Casey after the November 10-12 Work Trip:

I am proud to have been a part last weekend of a team of 16 who traveled to the coastal bend area to help hurricane victims continue to clean up. Led by Colin Hills, our team consisted of folks from three churches in the Diocese of Dallas, including seven from Transfiguration. We drove down to Corpus Christi on Friday, worked a twelve-hour day on Saturday and another six hours on Sunday, then drove back to Dallas in the evening. We divided into two teams of eight, with each team equipped with a disaster response trailer filled with tools and materials that Colin brilliantly assembled in recent weeks. One team worked to help the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Refugio that got blasted by wind and rain from Harvey. That team, led by our own Jon Herber (who used his considerable knowledge from years of working with Habitat for Humanity), removed and replaced a destroyed fence. The other team bounced around Rockport, which suffered a direct hit by Harvey and still looks devastated three months later. The team put tarps on damaged roofs, removed destroyed fences and yard debris, and removed ruined furniture and household items from damaged homes.

It was exhausting work. Except for Jon’s skills in building the fence, it was mostly unskilled labor, grunt work that didn’t require much particular know-how or expertise. Just loving hearts and willing hands. And I’ll admit that the level of need in the area can feel overwhelming at times. But many times during our short stay people pulled up next to our team and called out words of thanksgiving that we were there. Simply being there was possibly the most important thing we did, as it showed that these folks are not forgotten. I know the Augustine family, and Mrs. Sanchez, and Ms. Sylvia, and the folks at Ascension all appreciate the work we did for them, but they expressed just as much gratitude for us simply showing up.

I hope you’ll consider joining one of the future trips to the area. You don’t have to be skilled with tools. You don’t have to have the strongest back. You just have to care and be willing to work hard. That’s what compassion is all about. Letting your feelings of sympathy turn into fuel for your hands and feet. That’s when we go from thinking Christian thoughts to living Christian lives. See photos from the trip, taken by Richard Alan Anderson, here.

Hurricane Relief Work Trip Training | December 2

The next hurricane relief trip to the Coastal Bend area is December 8-10. Work teams are for those age 18 and up who are able to do unskilled labor. Groups leave at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning and return at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday evening. In order to travel, participants must attend a mandatory volunteer training on Saturday, December 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the church. If you’re interested in participating you can sign up here or by clicking the Hurriance Relief button above. Questions? Email Colin Hills, Disaster Relief Coordinator, at

Adopt a Food Pantry Family

Adopt a Food Pantry Family

For the second year in a row, the Outreach Committee has prepared angels to represent each child whose family is enrolled in Transfiguration’s food distribution ministry. Pick up an angel from the table in the Gathering Space on Sundays, December 3 and 10, and please shop and return gifts by Sunday, December 17.

Stocking Stuffer Collection for Our Friends Place

Help us fill Christmas stockings for Our Friends Place, a not-for-profit organization that provides supportive and transitional living resources for young women, ages 18-24, in the Dallas area who are struggling to find stability due to neglect, abuse, poverty or homelessness.

This year at our Advent Festival (December 3) we will be stuffing Christmas stockings filled with items we hope to collect for the young girls living at Our Friends Place. Please help us collect the following items by sending them with your child to class on Sundays or by dropping items off in the box located in the gathering space:

  • African American Hair Products (Brand names: Motions, Dr. Miracle & Shea Moisture)
  • Nail Polish
  • Mascara
  • Body Butter or Body Creams (for very dry skin)
  • Fun socks
  • Lip balm
  • 2 or 3 HE laundry soap PODS (in a small Ziploc)
  • Candy
  • Small toothpaste
  • Purse size Kleenex
  • Small soaps
  • Deodorant

For more information contact Cindy Hauser at

Holiday Blanket Drives

Advent Blanket Drive for Vogel Alcove

Our Children’s Ministries will be collecting blankets this Advent season to benefit children attending Vogel Alcove. For 27 years, Vogel Alcove has provided free, quality child development services for Dallas’ youngest victims of poverty: homeless children six weeks to five years old. Vogel Alcove is the only comprehensive early childhood education program in the city of Dallas whose primary focus is to provide free childcare and case management for children and their families referred by 21 local emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters, housing programs and organizations that serve homeless families. You can drop off blankets in the designated baskets in the Gathering Space through December 17. Contact Cindy Hauser at for more information or to help deliver our donations to Vogel Alcove.

Christmas Blanket Drive for The Gathering

Beginning December 17 through Christmas Eve services, you’re invited to bring new and lightly used blankets to benefit The Gathering, a spiritual community for those in the Dallas area who are homeless or have insecure housing.

North Dallas Shared Ministries Volunteers

Transfiguration has a long-standing partnership with North Dallas Shared Ministries that has focused on donations of clothing, food, and monetary resources. Now, they are badly in need of volunteers. Our group of regulars has shrunk to only three people. If you are seeking a deeply rewarding volunteer experience and can spare a half-day once or twice a month (or more!) please contact Dorothy Baker at or 972-241-4554. They are especially in need of people with IT expertise.

Austin Street Center Wish List

Donate to Austin Street Center

Our community partner, Austin Street Center, is in need of the following items. A quick and easy way to give is through their Amazon Wishlist; when you purchase through it, you can have your gift sent directly to the shelter. Visit their Amazon Wishlist here to send items directly to the Center.

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!


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

Despensa de alimentos de la transfiguración fue fundada en 2015 y es un socio de distribución comunitaria (CDP) de Crossroads Community Services (enlace a 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


Austin Street Center –

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 –

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 –

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 –

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 –

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 –

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 –

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 –

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 –

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 Peace Fellowship –

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, or look for an upcoming meeting here.

Episcopal Relief & Development –

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.


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