Welcoming everyone to walk through our doors on the journey to Christ
30  Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

~\ Isaiah 40: 30-31
Worship at St. David's Services :

Sunday Services will be held live on St. David Episcopal Church Face Book page at 10 am

Please see link below on left of page

There will be no in person worship until further notice
St. David's Episcopal Church
Cautiously regathering.

Bishop DeDe has given permission for congregations to begin cautiously regathering for in-person worship. For now, permission is granted for indoor gatherings of 15 or fewer people, and for outdoor gatherings of 25 or fewer people. At its last meeting, the Vestry decided to begin with outdoor gatherings. We decided to meet at 9:00 on Sunday mornings, in order to offer the opportunity for both 8:00ers and 10:00ers to attend.

On July 12 (weather permitting), we will gather outdoors (in the courtyard between the office entrance and the parish hall) for worship. We are permitted to celebrate eucharist and share communion in bread only. We’re still working out the details, but to facilitate maintaining appropriate attendance, we will ask for reservations, so we know how many people will come. Currently, singing is not allowed, and masks are required. We will have disposable masks for anyone who forgets a mask.

For those who do not feel comfortable attending a gathering this large, we will livestream the service. We will also record a service on DVD for those who have been joining us in this way.

I know we’ve been longing for this day for months, and yet, it somehow feels a little weird to me. I know there are those who will not feel comfortable in a gathering this large, even outdoors, and joining by livestream will feel like ‘second best.’ I also know it will seem odd to receive communion in only one kind (no wine). Without singing, and with no wine, it will feel like we’re only half-way back to normal.

Perhaps we can think of this half-way period like the ancient catechumenate. The early church was extremely cautious about admitting new members. People wanting to become Christian spent a period anywhere from 40 days to 3 years as catechumens (learners). After a certain period of time, they would be allowed to attend the first part of the service (the liturgy of the word) up to the sermon. They would be dismissed before the recitation of the Creed (or in some places, before the reading of the Gospel). They would never see “the mysteries” – the liturgy of the table.

During this time, the congregation would monitor the catechumens’ way of living. For example, if they had a job as an actor in the theater, they would have to quit and find other employment. They would have to demonstrate they were serious about becoming Christian. This require a complete change in way of life.

In our day, living as a Christian doesn’t require anything so drastic as it did in those first three centuries of the church’s existence. But this pandemic has required us to change the way we live in many ways. We could think of this as a form of asceticism, or of catechesis – learning to live in new ways.

Recent events have required us to examine our assumptions about race in our society. The pandemic has required us to examine how we care for ourselves and others, and forced us to see an interconnectedness we have been able to seeing for a long time. I think we can use this time of partial gathering as a way of thinking about the nature of community – what is it that binds us one to another? We often think of Church like any other consumer commodity, asking what it is that we get from it. No doubt, you’ve heard the phrase, “Church shopping.” When people arrive in a new town, they go from Church to Church, looking for one that checks all their boxes: good sermon, good music, etc.

But I think Church is really about a network of mutual obligation. We do one another small favors (pray for each other, ask after each other, offer to cook a casserole when needed, come to work days, and thousands of other little things) and build up a store of what anthropologists call social capital. Think of it as stewardship. When we call another member to ask how they’re doing when we haven’t seen them for a while, when we send a card during a hard moment, we are being stewards of community.

Half-way gathering will give us the opportunity to think about how much we owe one another and how much we receive from one another. By not being able to have Church as normal, we will be reminded just how much it means to us. It will remind us that our relationship to God and to one another in Jesus Christ really is a life-and-death matter, that it keeps us alive. Missing it will be a good reminder of the grace we receive.
Our St. David's family would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Carol Murphy and her family.

Carol's husband Tom, passed away Thursday, June 25th. As many of you know, Tom has had ongoing medial issues for the past few years. Tom served his community in the Sheriffs office as a captain, was also a lawyer. He loved his family, community and the St. Lawrence River.

Please hold Carol and her family in your hearts and prayers.

To view Tom's obituary CLICK HERE
June 28, 2020
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

10 am

Service will be held live on St. David Episcopal Church Face Book Page

To get The Book of Common Prayer:

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



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 Keep in your prayers:

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
Louise Crozier
Fran ç oise Boulanger
Renate Seel
Lois Shaffer
Owen Hunter
Tom Murphy
Rose Demagio
Mary Lou Crowley
Tim Orcutt
Yvonne Shaw
Diana Smith
Judy Finlayson
Colleen Bain  
Miggs Coleman
Corinne Farnham
Lisa Smith
Msr. Robert Yeazal
Lessons in Prayer

When my kids were little, we really enjoyed watching Disney movies. No, let me be honest—we still do even now that the kids are grown. Before our kids were born, my husband and I were unashamed to go see Disney and Pixar movies even without a child along with us as cover. One of our favorites,  Aladdin , came out two years before we had our first child—and we couldn’t wait to share it with her and her siblings when they were old enough. The genius casting of Robin Williams as the Genie made this film and its lessons about love, friendship, integrity and personal honesty just about perfect (after they fixed some troubling song lyrics).
And yet, as much as we have all at one time, wished for a genie of our own, I remember that as I was growing up and putting away childish things (except a love of animated movies) I noticed that I had a tendency in my prayer to try to make God into a genie. When I would pray each night, I would catch myself reciting a laundry list of wants and wishes. Some of them were exceedingly shallow—“please help me get through this test”— and others were just as misguided, like praying that there would be less fighting and yelling in my home. God is NOT a genie, or a wish-fulfillment device. The only people each of us can pray to God about changing is—yep, each of us ourselves.

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By Rev. Leslie Scoopmire

Virtual Bible Study

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.

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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 should be removed please let the office know. Thank you.

Do you have news to share?

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.


 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

No Anniversaries

Sydney Radka
Corinne Farnham


Tom Murphy
Husband of Carol Murphy

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:

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.


July 4th Independence Day
July 12 In person services to resume 9am *

July 27 Vestry
*Keep a look out in the coming days for information about in person services resuming on July 12th
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
June 28, 2020

Genesis 22:1-14

God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.

When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Romans 6:12-23

Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 10:40-42

Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple-- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”