Welcoming everyone to walk through our doors on the journey to Christ

14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.

~ 1 Corinthians 14.14-15
Worship at St. David's Services:

In person services be held outside 
Sundays @9 am in the courtyard for up to 25 people.
Weather Permitting
An email will be sent out Saturday Evening if we have to cancel. 
In this case the online service will be at 10am.
Please bring your lawn chair and mask.
Sunday Services on St. David Episcopal Church Face Book page at 10 am

Please see link below on left of page

St. David's Episcopal Church
Moving forward

All this COVID weirdness has produced all of us to wonder what the future looks like. St. David’s Vestry, seeking to clarify as much of the future as lies in the power to do, has begun the process of calling me as St. David’s next rector. I arrived last year on the bishop’s appointment as priest-in-charge with a one-year contract. The contract was what we jokingly refer to as “rent-to-own,” meaning that if all went well, St. David’s would have the option of calling me as rector.

Rather than renew the contract as priest-in-charge, the Vestry has opted to begin the process of calling me as rector. We are working with Canon Carrie Schofield-Broadbent to make sure we do things right. There are several steps the diocese requires in order to call a priest-in-charge as rector. We have to check the following boxes: is our parochial report up-to-date (yes); can we afford me (yes); is our audit up-to-date (yes, before COVID struck, and that counts).

The big box to check is a mutual ministry review. The process listed on the diocesan website makes more sense for a large parish than for a parish our size, so Carrie is helping us walk through a modified process. Last month, the Vestry members and staff filled out a questionnaire about communication in the parish. Vestry reviewed at our last meeting. The responses were overwhelmingly positive. Within the vestry, we feel like things get communicated well, there are no hidden conflicts, and all feel included.

This coming month, we will find a way to include a much broader portion of the parish in giving feedback. The wardens, myself, and Canon Carrie will design some questions for all who wish to participate. With those responses in hand, the Vestry will write a letter to the bishop requesting permission to call me as rector.

I have to say, the last year has been an interesting one, made all the more so by COVID. At the Vestry meeting, Carrie said that for a long time, the diocese thought they needed to “fix” St. David’s, but with the progress we’ve made during this year, they now understood that what the parish really needed was a priest who would love and enjoy them. I have certainly come to love and enjoy this place. When COVID struck, we had been engaged in a conversation about where St. David’s might go next in ministry after the Celebration of the Arts. Given the pandemic, we couldn’t have held the celebration even if the Vestry hadn’t decided to forgo it. I believe the process of calling me as rector will give us a chance to continue that conversation
September 6, 2020

Fourteenth Sunday of Pentecost

In person services be held outside 
Sundays @9 am in the courtyard for up to 25 people.
Weather Permitting

See link below

To get The Book of Common Prayer:

Contact St. David's

Contact information for, Parish Office
St. David's Episcopal Church-14 Jamar Drive DeWitt, NY 13214
Office hours Monday -Thursdays 9:00am-12:00pm or by appointment



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Keep in your prayers:

Pam Steele
Susan Meyer
David Levee
Roberta Heirath
Sara Townsend
Josh Echols
Maureen Kimber
Frank Beadel
Isabella Songco
Daniel Healey
Warren Bickerton
Hall Orcutt
Frank Cinque
Judy McCumber
James McDermott
Françoise Boulanger
Renate Seel
Lois Shaffer
Rose Demagio
Mary Lou Crowley
Tim Orcutt
Yvonne Shaw
Diana Smith
Judy Finlayson
Colleen Bain 
Miggs Coleman
Corinne Farnham
Lisa Smith
Msr. Robert Yeazal

Everyone is invited to participate in bringing our newsletter to life. If you have an opinion, article, idea, event, organization or any other relevant topic of interest, please let us know. This is everyone's newsletter, we welcome your participation.

Email either Kristen, Dan, or Cherie if there is something you would like to see posted.
Peter, Satan and the Cross: the failings of good intentions…

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me

Approximately 2000 years after the fact, many people don’t comprehend what the cross signified. Today, we wear crosses to recall Jesus’s sacrifice but in the time of Christ, no Jew, Roman or anyone would seek the cross as it was – as told in the hymn Old Rugged Cross – the emblem of suffering and shame. 

The cross was the ultimate form of public violence – a painful, shameful, traumatic death – similar in our lifetime to lynching, gang-rape/murder and the slaying of George Perry Floyd Jr and other innocents at the hand of those entrusted to protect and serve. The explosive outrage at the garage-pull noose rope in Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR was an instinctive reaction to the possibility that such race hatred continued. 

Again sharp, swift and significant protests particularly by Black sportspersons erupted at the police shooting of Jacob Blake. LeBron James, NBA superstar said, “I know people get tired of hearing me say it but we are scared as Black people in America. Black men, Black women, Black kids, we are terrified.” NBA coach Doc Rivers spoke about the daily fear that Black men, women and children, “We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot…We keep loving this country and this country doesn’t love us back.”

In withdrawing from the Western & Southern Open to protest yet another killing, Naomi Osaka stated, “before I am an athlete, I am a Black woman. And as a Black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.” 

Emphasising black lives matter doesn’t insinuate that other lives don’t matter. Black Lives Matter is not the opposite of white lives matter but opposes black lives not mattering. Black Lives Matter is aspirational, the cry of Black people to white America across 401 years for themselves, Indigenous and People of Colour to end systemic racism and racial injustice towards a more perfect Union...

Written By: The Reverend Ambassador Guy Hewitt

Virtual Bible Study

We will resume Bob;e study this Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00pm

We will resume our Bible study on September 1st. The readings the bible study that would have been this coming Tuesday are below.

Please join us Tuesdays at 7pm. Our normal Bible Study continues this week by virtual meeting because of the limitations the Covid-19 virus has put on all of us.

A zoom link with be emailed to anyone who has expressed an interest.

Join by Zoom:

Meeting ID: 393 321 833

Please email the Church Office to request a Zoom invitation to our weekly Bible Study, which resumes next Tuesday at 7 pm.
Prayer List

We are trying to be sure that our prayer list is as updated as possible and certainly don't want to remove someone that should be on it. If you know of someone who should be removed please let the office know. Thank you.


Pastoral Care:

* If you or a family member is sick or in the hospital.
* You are planning a meeting or scheduling an event so it can be placed on the church calendar.
* A baby is expected in your family.
* You want to arrange a baptism, affirmation of baptism, wedding or house blessing.
* When a family member has died.
* Your telephone, email or address is changed or if you are planning to move locally or out of town.
* You feel the church can help you in any way.


(Community of DeWitt Friends in Service Here)
Is a volunteer transport service to medical and dental appointments at no cost for residents of the Town of DeWitt. For more information please visit our website  

Altar Guild

If you'd like to have flowers on the altar in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion please contact the office (315-446-2112).

Plants at St. David's

Our plants at St. David's are on a set watering and feeding schedule. The flower guild asks that ONLY guild members attend the plants.
Birthdays and Anniversaries

Deb Meyer
  Sherry Tyley
Jeff Bastable       
 Cassandra Finkbeiner
Tony Sidoni

No Anniversaries

Save the date!

Friday September 25th

Our next blood drive will be September 25th. In the meantime save the date and tell your friends and co-workers where they will be able to donate.

This will be a "Drive n' Drive" Blood Drive
Along with The American Red Cross,
Carrabba's in Fayetteville will be giving everyone who donates
a free dessert with dinner in appreciation for their donation

Please tell your friends, neighbors and co-workers about
the drive.

If you would like to sign up for the drive CLICK HERE

Our sponsor code is: Stdavidsdewitt

To pre- register with Rapid Pass CLICK HERE

We will need people to help set up before the drive and 3-5 people to help the day of the drive. If you can help please call or email Cherie Finkbeiner.

Samaritan Update

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic we have not been making our sandwiches, Instead Linda has been buying the items necessary and bringing them to the center for them to make the sandwiches.

But we can help in other ways:

Donations are needed to service for our Samaritan Center clients
……$100 seems to be the average
……Any amount would be accepted
·       …… Pre-packaged cookies are needed and can be dropped off at the church while Kristen is there

The Samaritan Center is also in need of these items:

  • Prepackaged cookies
  • To go containers
  • Plastic forks & spoons
  • Bottled water
  • Bottled juices
  • Sandwiches or any kind on any bread
  • And the "bad" plastic bags if anyone cares to give them up 
Please contact Cherie, or myself email: lindaverniwiliiams@gmail.com, 315-637-6952
Thank you for all you have done so far. Please be safe yourselves.


Need Help? Want to help?

During this unprecedented time, you may find yourself wanting to help out, or needing a little extra help. Several people at St. David’s have volunteered to help our more vulnerable members. If you have difficulty getting groceries, those volunteers would be happy to pick up a curb-side order for you, and deliver it to your house. We can also help you place an order for curb-side pick-up, if you’ve never done that before. If that would be helpful to you, please call Cherié Finkbeiner at:
Or Email Cherie:

September 25 ~

Red Cross Blood Drive at St. Davids

September 28 ~
Good Morning Everyone, 

We're putting together a virtual coffee hour as part of our Sunday Services. Can you please send me either individual pictures of yourselves or you and your spouse if applicable, Click Here to send the pictures to my my email for St. David's projects.


David Burgess
(315) 875-3572
September 6, 2020

Exodus 3:1-15

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.” But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’“ God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’:

This is my name forever, 
and this my title for all generations.

Romans 12:9-21

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Matthew 16:21-28

Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”