Celebrating with Our Siblings

by Fr. Casey

I’ve enjoyed a wonderful few days of déjà vu. This week, General Conference of the United Methodist Church overwhelmingly decided to remove old restrictions on LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage. It is a remarkable new day for our sister church, one long-hoped-for by many. Reading the news, hearing from Methodist friends around the country, and seeing images of exaltation among our Methodist siblings, has brought me right back to our own joy in 2016, when the Episcopal Church took similar actions toward full inclusion. It is always a great day when Christians widen our embrace, and choose to honor the God-given goodness and equality of all.

I know that more than a few never thought this day would come. The division in the United Methodist Church was thought to be too great, and the opposition to LGBT inclusion too strident. More than a few were unwilling to wait any longer for change and chose to leave their parishes. I thank God that some of them were led to us at Transfiguration, for we have been blessed immeasurably by their gifts and faith. But I also grieve all those who...

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In this E-news:

  • Open Door Kickoff Social
  • Pew Removal Begins
  • Parish Nurses Health Screening
  • Formation For All
  • Peace Post
  • Tea & Talis: Transfigured Nights
  • Ross Organ Farewell
  • Fig Youth Baby Supplies Drive
  • St. Philip's Mother's Day Store
  • Mom's Night Out
  • St. Elizabeth's Potluck
  • Pentecost Readers Needed
  • Mother's Day Confections
  • Handling Emergencies
  • The Gathering After The Table
  • EMF Annual Meeting & Cookout
  • Ramp Project Dallas Volunteers
  • Art Music Monday
  • Outreach Blood Drive
  • Endowment Fund
  • Final Call For the Class of 2024
  • Collecting VBS Snacks
  • Calling all VBS Volunteers
  • Supporting St. Hilda's

This Week at The Fig

Open Door Kickoff & Social

If you have been a part of the Open Door community in the past, or if you are interested in learning more about this supportive community for LGBTQ+ individuals, we invite you to join us this Saturday, May 4 at 6:30pm in the Parlor. This event marks the revitalization kickoff of the Open Door Ministry, where we will introduce our new council members, share our strategic plan, vision, and mission, and enjoy fellowship with one another. Pizza and soda will be provided, and you are welcome to bring additional food and drinks to share. You may also bring your own wine and/or beer.

For more information, contact Open Door

Pew Removal Begins

Our operations team has begun the work removing the pews from the church, as we prepare for the renovations that commence in June. Due to a busy May schedule of events, we needed to take advantage of a window of opportunity to begin this tricky work, starting with the North Transept. The removed pews are stored in a Roper Hall Conference Room, until their relocation to Godwin Chapel at the Midway Campus of Parish Episcopal School this summer. We continue to invite sponsorships of the brand new chairs and pews that will be installed in the church later this year. Visit transfiguration.net/sixthyear to learn more and donate.

Parish Nurses This Weekend

Our Parish Nurses will provide the monthly health screening after The Table on Saturday evening at 5:30pm and between services this Sunday adjacent to the Labyrinth. Stop by for a blood pressure check and consultation.


For All

Formation for all ages is well underway but there is still time to jump in and grow during Eastertide.

For class descriptions and details visit:

Our Formation Pages

Peace Post Sunday

Episcopal Peace Fellowship will be addressing the following issues today: a continued call for a cease-fire in Gaza, reducing food waste in the Farm Bill, and preventing nuclear escalation. We’ll be writing in the church offices from 10:00am to 1:30pm and we welcome your participation.

Transfigured Nights: Tea & Tallis

Transfigured Nights pulls out all the stops for its fourth Tea & Tallis this Sunday, May 5, at 5:00pm. A spring Gala benefitting the Transfiguration Choir’s 2024 Pilgrimage to Scotland. Enjoy works for choir, solo voice, piano, harpsichord and other instruments, as well as, some favorites of an English high tea, including scones with jam, finger sandwiches, and desserts. Childcare will be provided. Advance ticket purchase required. Adults: $30; Students: $15. For an additional gift of $100, you may host your own reserved table of 8 for tea and receive a special hostess gift. 

Purchase Tickets Here

Ross Organ Farewell

As we prepare for our move to Roper Hall, Joel Martinson will be playing portions of the Sunday services on the Howard Ross Organ in the South Transept. This instrument was given to the church by the Robert Wiley family and was installed in the gallery at the end of 1971. Intended to be a temporary instrument for the church until a major organ could be purchased, it led the music for worship for 38 years until the arrival of our J. D. Godwin Organ in the summer of 2009. Originally designed for a 100-plus seat chapel to be built on the Transfiguration campus, the organ was dedicated in 2013 to the memory of Transfiguration’s first director of music and organist Howard Eddins Ross. In order to transform the South Transept into a much smaller chapel with flexible seating, we have worked diligently over the past two years to find the organ a new home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Work is still in process to relocate the instrument. The Organ will be dismantled and removed from the church at the end of May.

The Fig Youth

Collecting Baby Supplies for Mother's Day.

Donate supplies to help struggling mothers.

Items needed: diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, powdered formula, baby bottles, pacifiers

Please keep all donated supplies in their original packaging and bring your donations before May 12. There will be a collection box in the Gathering Space.

For more information contact,

Delynda Moravec.

Outreach Committee

Collecting Gifts for the St. Philip's Mother's Day Shop

Donate new items for children at the St. Philip's School and Community Center to give to their mom.

Items such as: 'Best Mom' mugs, notepads, books, journals, lotions, frames, and costume jewelry are requested. Bigger gift bags also are needed. Items may be left in the St. Philip's basket this Sunday, May 5

Volunteer to help at St. Philip's store on Saturday, May 11 from 9am-1pm. Assist students in shopping, gift wrapping, and card decoration. 

To volunteer contact

Susan Fisk (214-729-2166)

Mom's Night Out

This Wednesday, May 8, Figs with Kids will host a get-together for moms of children living at home. They'll meet at 6:30pm in the Parlor. It's going to be a BYOB potluck-style gathering, so make sure to bring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share. To help with the planning, please reach out to Jacqui Neylon and let her know what you plan on bringing.

St. Elizabeth's Potluck

St. Elizabeth's monthly potluck supper will be Thursday May 9 in Roper Hall. Please make plans to join us. Come at 5:30pm to socialize and enjoy appetizers. Our meal at 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to form closer bonds with your community of friends at the Fig.  Alisenne Turner will present this month's Spotlight Ministry: Open Door.

Members of the St. Elizabeth's Potluck Realm Group can RSVP here. If you are not already a member of our Realm group, click here to join and RSVP.

You may also contact Nancy Korman or

simply show up with a side dish or dessert!

Pentecost Readers Needed

As part of our worship on the weekend of Pentecost, May 18 and 19,

we hear the story from the Book of Acts in many languages. If you can read the story in a language other than English, at any of our three services, please sign-up today.


Fr. Ted Clarkson

Coming Up

Mother's Day Confections

Transfiguration is proud to partner with Kent Fine Chocolates, who creates artisan bonbons and other confections from our own Transfiguration Kitchen! Next Sunday, May 12, parishioner and owner Robert Kent will have a booth available in the Tower Cloister, where you can purchase special treats for Mother’s Day. You can learn all about this fabulous Fig-related business, and place online orders, by visiting kentfinechocolates.com

Handling Emergencies

Download Document

The Safety and Security Committee of the Vestry has adopted a new Emergency Procedures Guideline this year, which has already been introduced to specific ministry groups, including our Ushers and Greeters.

This document addresses locations of our first aid kits and fire extinguishers, emergency evacuation procedures, shelter in place procedures in the event of severe weather, and response to active threats, and contains a copy of our emergency exit maps. You may find this guideline on Realm—look under “Groups” then “Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration” then “Files”. A hard copy of this guideline is available at the reception desk and in the office. Questions? Contact Alyson Thompson, Safety and Security Committee Chair.

Register by May 31

We are offering the opportunity to learn or refresh your CPR and AED skills on Saturday, June 8, from 10:00am to noon at church. Registration deadline is May 31 and the cost is $15/participant. Please note that no certification card is earned with this class eventhough the same material is taught. Space is limited so sign up now! For more information contact Alyson Thompson.

Volunteer for The Ramp Project

The Dallas Ramp Project is calling for volunteers for Saturday, May 11 at 7:30am. Help us build ADA compliant ramps for low-income elderly and disabled individuals with the local chapter of the Texas Ramp Project at Texas Ramp Warehouse. No experience required. Must be 16 or older to participate. We have 12 slots to fill so sign-up now.  Sign-up close the Monday before the event.

Sign-Up Here by May 6

The Gathering

After The Table

On Saturday, May 11, immediately follow The Table, we invite you to enjoy a small picnic snack. If the weather permits, we’ll gather at the picnic tables outside by the bell tower. Make your dinner reservations a little later so you can share a snack and socialize with fellow parishioners.

EMF Annual Meeting & Cookout

The EMF Annual Meeting with Board Elections and Cookout will be on Thursday, May 16th around the bell tower. Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches are on the menu as usual.  Registration is $25/person and includes food and beverages.

Register Here

Art Music Monday

Mark your calendar for Monday, May 13 at 7:30pm. Featured music and performers are:

Fanny Mendelssohn – Vier Lieder ohne Worte Op. 8 

Robert Muczynski – Third Piano Trio

Gabriel Fauré – Piano Trio in D minor Op. 120

Maria Schleuning, violin

Gayane Manasjan Fullford, cello

The Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund awards annual grants to support the mission and ministries of our parish. Each sub-fund, from Outreach to Youth, has a calculated spend amount available to support needed projects and programs.


Recently grants for the Choir Scotland trip and the Youth Scotland trip have been given to supplement their own fund-raising efforts and make the trips affordable for some of their members. Both of these ministries are wonderful representatives of Transfiguration as they travel aboard to the country that provided the historical first Bishops that help found the Episcopal Church of United State.

If you would like to know more about the Endowment Fund grant process, please contact Elizabeth Jenkins, Development Chair.

Final Call for the Class of 2024!

If you are a high school senior, we want to recognize and celebrate you on Sunday, May 19 at the 9:00am service. As part of the celebration, we are asking for your picture, where you are graduating from, and what your plans are for the future (ex. college and major). We ask that you submit your information and photos by this Sunday, May 5. Please note that photos are limited to 2MB in size for uploading. You can contact Delynda Moravec for more info if needed

Submit Your Info Here
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VBS Snack Collection Underway

We have begun collecting individually wrapped snacks for VBS. Donations can be dropped off in the blue tent located in the tower cloister.


Suggested items: Goldfish, cheez-its, pretzels, fruit snacks, veggie straws, fruit bars, granola bars, animal crackers, teddy grahams etc.


VBS Volunteers Needed

Vacation Bible School gets closer and closer: June 3-7 from 9:00am - Noon and offering an afternoon option for the first time. Be sure to sign-up your campers below! We also need Volunteers to help. Sign-up as a volunteer now so we can help you start preparing.

Become a Volunteer

Support St. Hilda's Guild

The members of St. Hilda's Guild faithfully serve the Fig by staffing the Kay Andrews Bookstore and Gift Shop and the Clothes Horse Resale Shop.

The Kay Andrews Bookstore

Our Bookstore and Gift Shop, located in the hallway near the Memorial Garden and the Children's wing are making adjustments to their hours of Operation. Until further notice the they will be open and ready greet you at the following times:

Thursdays: 10am - 2pm

Sundays: 9am - 1pm

The Clothes


The Clothes Horse is a resale shop providing the community with a place to donate gently worn clothing and offering budget-minded customers a source of reasonably-priced, good-quality apparel. 

Tuesday: 10am - 2pm

Thursday: 10am - 2pm

Saturday: 10am - 2pm

Clothing donations are accepted at any time the shop is open.

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