Roper Hall: a Love Song

by Father Ted

The very first time I set foot in Roper Hall was sometime around January 2008. A college friend of mine, who was singing in the Transfiguration Choir at the time, invited me to a potluck dinner with (what was then called) the Gay and Lesbian Ministry, GLM. Most of the potluck dinners for that ministry were in people’s homes, but this one had a short Eucharist in the nave beforehand. If memory serves, I brought corn muffins.

The next time I went into Roper Hall was after the Easter Vigil, also in 2008. I arrived about five minutes before the service was supposed to start, and by that time the church was packed to the gills. I ended up sitting behind a pillar towards the back. But, of course, the Easter Vigil at the Fig is magnificent, no matter where you sit. I wasn’t expecting the party that followed, the Break-the-Fast-Feast, but a few members of neXtgen spotted me, and invited me to their corner of the conference room where they had squirreled away a few bottles of...

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In this E-news:

  • Gathering After The Table
  • VBS Closing Celebration
  • The Clamor for a King
  • Blood Drive This Sunday
  • Evensong at St. Mark's School
  • St. Elizabeth's Potluck Dinner
  • The Fig and the Search For A Bishop
  • Kneeler Needlepoint Preservation Volunteers
  • Second Half Lunch Bunch
  • Food Pantry Coming Up
  • Figs With Kids Crawfish Boil
  • Youth Center Clean-up Day
  • Youth Sunday Funday
  • Youth Unofficial Crossover
  • We've Got The Power
  • The Bookstore and Clothes Horse

Sixth Year Progress

65 Remaining Chairs

28 Remaining Pews

4 Remaining Lights

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This Weekend

Gather After The Table this Saturday following our 5:30pm celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

If you have not had an opportunity to experience our relaxed and informative Saturday evening worship service called The Table this is a perfect chance. Following the service there will be refreshments and time to visit and build relationships.

This year's VBS will draw to a close with a Sunday morning celebration. Our Camp Firelight Campers will perform their favorite songs from VBS at the 9:00am service this Sunday.

Families are then invited to join us at 10:00am in the Gathering Space for our closing puppet show, singing, dancing, and a slideshow of the week's activities. We will share a hotdog picnic.

The Clamor For A King

We continue our summer-long journey through one of the greatest epics of the Bible, 1 and 2 Samuel, telling of the rise of the monarchy in Israel. These are stories of faithfulness and failure, of sin and redemption, of virtue and vice. And just as we did with Genesis last year, each sermon will explore the story for insight, wisdom, and application to our own lives as we struggle to make good decisions in a world where we ofttimes are tempted to shift our allegiance from the Almighty to human rulers. So join us for this Biblical adventure! If you missed last Sunday's sermon on how Samuel was called to be a prophet, you can get up to speed by listening to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or our website.

This Weekend – 1 Samuel 8:4-20 – The People Clamor for a King

June 15&16 – 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 – Samuel Anoints David to Replace Saul

June 22&23 - 1 Samuel 17: 1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 – David Battles Goliath

June 29&30 - 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 – David Mourns for Jonathan

Outreach Blood Drive

Help save a life by donating blood this Sunday, June 9. Carter BloodCare will be on-site at Transfiguration. Visit the website below to schedule an appointment to donate between 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Register Today

Solemn Evensong

at St. Mark's

This Sunday, June 9 at 5:00pm in the chapel of St. Mark's School of Texas, Transfigured Nights closes out it 2023-2024 season with evensong commemorating St. Columba, the founding Abbot of the monastery of Iona.

Due to our nave renovations, this service is being held in the chapel of St. Mark's School of Texas located at 10600 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75230. The chapel is accessible from the Preston Road parking lot and is visible by its prominent bell tower.

St. Elizabeth's Potluck Dinner

Join St E’s for the June Potluck Dinner this Thursday evening, June 13 in the Gathering Space. Our agenda for the evening is:

5:30pm socialize / appetizers

6:30pm dinner 

Bring a dish to share and BYOB. St. E's will provide ice for beverages, water, and plates & eating utensils.

The kitchen will be available for keeping food warm but there may or not be appropriate serving utensils available for the dish you bring, so consider bringing your own.

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!

Important News

The Fig and the Search for a Bishop

Following Bishop Sumner’s recent call for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor, the Standing Committee and Executive Council elected a Search Committee of 10 clergy and 10 lay people. We are thrilled that our very own Cathleen Dolt, (Parish Administrator) and Stevi McCoy (parishioner) were nominated and elected to serve. 

Over the next year, the Search Committee will listen, pray, build a profile, accept nominations, and discern a slate of 3-7 nominees that they will present to the diocese for election.

We will share regular updates on this process– including information on a survey and listening sessions designed to best understand the needs across all parishes in our diocese. 

Kneeler Needlepoint Preservation Volunteers

Our church renovations are underway and we are looking for volunteers to assist with the removal and preservation of the lovingly handmade needlepoint kneeler cushions from our old pews. No special skills are required, but the task involves meticulous staple removal. Volunteer hours are flexible, and tools and training will be provided. Come add your labor of love to the labors of those came before. For more details, please contact Olga Ruff

Coming Up

Second Half

Lunch Bunch

Those who are in the Second Half of Life are invited to join our monthly Lunch Bunch on Sunday, June 16 at12:45pm to share a meal and fellowship. We will meet at

Cafe de France

17370 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX, 75252

Please register so we can make plans with the restaurant.

Register by June 16

Food Pantry Distribution Day

Monday, June 17, will be our Food Distribution day. We invite anyone interested to join us in assisting our efforts to provide food for those in need. During the building renovation, we will setup in the Gathering Space. Join us as little or as much as you like:

  • 10:30am to 11:00am — Setup
  • 11:00am to Noon — Unloading
  • Noon to 3:30pm — Sorting and Bagging
  • 3:30pm to 6:00pm — Distribution

For more info contact

Jodi Dalton or Alan Justice

Figs With Kids Crawfish Boil

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 22 for the Figs With Kids summer kickoff at the Kent's house for a crawfish boil and swimming from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. More details to come- watch the Figs With Kids Facebook page.

Youth Center Clean-up Day

Youth Center Clean-up Day is this Saturday, June 8! As we prepare for the exciting changes at the Youth Center, we're calling all youth to help us spruce up our space. Drop in and us for as long as you can, between 10:00am and 6:00pm, as we tackle every room, especially the closet, to make it shine. Food will be provided.

For more information, contact

Delynda Moravec

Youth Sunday Funday June 16

Join Fig Youth on June 16 for our first Sunday Funday of the summer. In celebration of the upcoming summer Olympics, we're hosting a fun-filled event with games, dinner, and exciting activities at the Youth Center starting at 5:00pm. Wear something you can get wet and messy in, and get ready for a chance to win awesome prizes!

For more information, contact

Delynda Moravec

We've Got The Power

Even though we have moved our worship to Roper Hall for the next several months, the roof of the Church continues to work hard on our behalf. For the month of May we:

  • generated 4.54 Mwh of electricity
  • offset 3.6 tons of carbon
  • contributed the equivalent of planting of 55 trees, charging 408,771 phones, or powering 5 electric cars to drive across the U.S.

Our numbers are a bit lower than this time last year due to the abundance of rain and overcast conditions for the last few months. In the July 5 E-news we will update you on the total production for the first half of 2024.

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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