Welcoming everyone to walk through our doors on the journey to Christ
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Mark 4: 12-13
Worship at St. David's Services
Sunday Services will be held live on St. David Episcopal Church Face Book page at 10 am
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There will be no in person worship until further notice
St. David's Episcopal Church
Many of us are wondering when things can get back to ‘normal,’ whatever that may look like. Bishop DeDe hosts a Zoom conference with all the clergy of the Diocese on Tuesday afternoons, and this past Tuesday, she said that even if the State of New York should lift restrictions on May 15 (which was the date announced for a reconsideration of the stay-at-home orders), she would not be likely to allow in-person worship immediately. Phase One of the re-opening plan would include things like manufacturing, provided distance could be maintained. As Bishop DeDe pointed out, the population of the Episcopal Church in Central New York has a higher median age than the rest of the population (that’s a polite way of telling us we’re old), and so Episcopalians are at greater risk than other samples of the population. It seems like sometime in June (or possibly July) is a reasonable expectation.
She also said that she and the Diocesan Board are working on guidelines for what re-opening our churches would look like. She said we could be certain that masks would be required, and maintaining distance in the pews (here, it’s a good thing to be a smaller congregation). And clearly, there would be no hugging, let alone hand-shaking at the peace. I have begun to wonder about how communion would work, and thinking through the practicalities is non-trivial.
Besides the practical issues, there will be what I can only call the emotional issues. How do we deal with the fear that will remain? I saw a wonderful meme on Facebook, when some churches were meeting despite the advice to stay shut down, and were suggesting that Jesus would protect them. The meme said, “I trust Jesus, but I also wear a life-jacket when boat. I wear my seat belt in the car.” Risk is an emotional issue – which risks are we prepared to live with, and which ones are we willing to disrupt our lives for? One of the newspapers carried an article that claimed there had been 10,000 fewer deaths in America from asthma and other respiratory diseases during this time because of the improvement in air quality. That doesn’t mean our worry about being together isn’t justified, however.
So, be thinking about what you will need to feel comfortable and safe when we get back together. Until there is a vaccine, any gathering will pose a certain risk, but then so does driving to church. We will want to do this in a way that is livable.
This time of being shut-in has certainly forced us to think through why community is important. After sitting in on any number of Zoom meetings, many of the clergy had begun to notice how tired it makes us. There was recently an article in the New York Times that explained why: in person, we are very good at reading emotional cues from one another. The article even pointed out that we mimic one another’s facial expressions to minute detail when we are together. With the small delays and facial flattening of Zoom (not to mention all those faces on one screen), we have a really hard time sensing the emotional content of the communication, so we work extra hard to fill it in.
That’s partly why we are so hungry to be together. Singing with one voice is next to impossible on Zoom, and breathing together is a big part of praying. Each congregation has its own unique phrasing to all the unison prayers in the Prayer Book (a thing you notice the first time you visit another congregation – you’re slightly off the beat).
I’m sure it will feel awkward the first time we’re back together, but it will give us the opportunity to think through exactly why St. David’s is so important to us. As we consider the changes we will have to make to be comfortable together, we will be forced to identify what is essential, and what we can safely change. Part of my task when I came to St. David’s was to help us think through our way to the future. I hadn’t expected the task to be this drastic, but this will put everything on the table for consideration. We’ll come out of this stronger than we went in, and more certain that we can not only survive anything but live through it with grace and humor intact.
May 3, 2020
Forth Sunday of Easter
Service will be held live on St. David Episcopal Church Face Book Page
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No in person worship until further notice
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
Keep in your prayers:
Rejoice in the Lord, and Again I say Rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
I remember the rampant fear – or at least severe anxiety – aroused by the
and perhaps you do, too. Retirees made up half the membership of the parish I served in those days, and near-retirees made up the third quartile – all people concerned that they might lose their homes, have to return to work, or be forced to work more years than they’d planned. One of my parishioners, Judy, was trained in the psychology of wealth transfer within rich families. She was smart, and together we offered an adult education series called simply,
Spirituality and Money.
Judy asked people,
Fill in the blank, she’d tell them.
What if half your nest-egg disappears?
(And, for some, it had.)
What if you can’t retire on schedule? Or have to return to work? What if you have to move? What if, what if, what if?
questions served their purpose. Most people (in Episcopal semi-affluent parishes) were going to be fine at the end of the day – at the end of the Great Recession. Will be fine at the end of coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. This exercise of
helped people come to grips with the violence of the unanticipated disruption to their lives.
Virtual Bible Study
Please note the time change from ^pm to 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.
Join by Zoom:
Meeting ID: 393 321 833
One tap mobile:
Please email the
to request a Zoom invitation to our weekly Bible Study, which resumes next Tuesday at 7 pm.
We welcome you to worship with us.
Let’s go live!!
In this time of physical distancing, let’s connect on social media. If you haven’t like St. David’s Facebook page yet, make sure you do it now. Go to
, and so that we know you’ve found you’re way there, tell us what you had for supper Friday night!
Also, you can find Morning Prayer there every morning at 6:40 am.
Also, we’re having to learn to hold meetings by Zoom. You can find Zoom at
. You have to download a little program first. Go to St. David’s Facebook page, and you can find a video showing you how to install the Zoom app on your computer. If you need help navigating Zoom, you can give the Priest-in-charge a phone call at 314-443-1123, and he’ll walk you through getting online.
Red Cross Blood Drive at St. David’s
Our newest endeavor to help our neighbors is coming in May. We will hold an American Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, May 26
from 2 – 7 pm. Though the need for blood was reduced by factors such as fewer elective surgeries and less travel, there also were lower donations due to the lockdown. With elective surgeries now starting to be scheduled again, the need for blood is increasing.
Blood is the gift of life, a very basic need we can all answer. Blood donation is safe as always and the American Red Cross who always practiced safe blood donation, have made sure that during this time with the Corona-Covid-19 virus, donations are just as safe now if not safer with the additional safety practices put in place.
Please spread the word so we can fill all our spaces. Send the link to all, share on FaceBook and other social media platforms so everyone knows about our drive.
Contact Cherie (email and phone above) to help out with the drive or if you need advertising links to email or send to friends or flyers to post in the community.
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
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
Stephen Whisenand Jr.,
Son of Lucia Whisenand (3)
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,
to send the pictures to my my email for St. David's projects.
Samaritan Sunday Sandwiche 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
Thank you for all you have done so far. Please be safe yourselves.
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 should be removed please let the office know. Thank you.
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:
Do you have a sewing machine and some extra fabric?
Syracuse School food workers need masks for handing out take-home meals.
Our own Jim Slayton will deliver them.
Click the link below to find a pattern.
If you can make some masks, put them in a ziplock bag and drop them in the blue bin on the Church porch, and Jim will make sure they get to the people who need them.
Let us know if you can help out.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
STAY SAFE & HEALTHY
AKE OUT CONTAINERS - LARGE & SMALL CLAM SHELL ZIPLOCK SANDWICH BAGS
NEW PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS - HILARIOUS RIGHT? HAND SANITIZER
NAPKINS TOILET PAPER KLEENEX
PACKAGED COOKIES AND SNACKS INDIVIDUAL BREAKFAST SNACKS/SWEETS INDIVIDUAL BUTTER PACKETS
PLASTIC FORKS AND SPOONS FRUIT CUPS OR FRUIT
INDIVIDUAL JUICES, WATER, & MILK FINANCIAL SUPPORT
GOOD THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
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215 N. State Street, Syracuse NY 13203 -315-472-06
May 3, 2020
Those who had been baptized devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
1 Peter 2:19-25
It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”