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

When I look at the heavens, the work of your hands, the moon and the stars that you have made; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, children of the earth that you care for them? You have created us a little lower than the angels, and crowned us with glory and honor.

~ Psalm 8:3-5

Worship at St. David's Services:

Sunday October 18 Services will held online at 10am on Facebook


Beginning Sunday October 25, 2020 We will return to indoor worship
at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
Will also be live-streamed.

Attendance will be limited to 46 people
Reservations required
Masks required
Social distancing required

Enter through office side entrance
Exit through front door

Please see link below on left of page

St. David's Episcopal Church
Introducing Erica Olson-Bang

The Rev. Paul Frolick, chair of the Diocesan Commission on Ministry, has asked me if I would be willing to mentor an intern this fall, winter, and spring. Erica Olson-Bang is a postulant for ordination to the priesthood here in the Diocese of Central New York. I have spoken with the wardens, and they think this is a good idea. Erica will join us for worship, bible study, and other responsibilities as we figure out what will best help her prepare for ordination. Welcome, Erica!


Colorado was placed on New York State’s restricted list while I was there, so now I am into my second week of quarantine since returning. This has forced me to slow down considerably. After a couple of days, I started to go a little crazy, so I decided to clean and organize my home office. I sorted through and threw out stacks of papers that I no longer need, and organized those that I am keeping. Now I can find things like back tax years’ returns, auto titles, and things like that. Life is better with lower entropy.

While I was in Colorado, Vestry members conducted cottage meetings to share the results of the Vestry’s own assessment of communication within the parish. I am grateful for everyone who participated. It was a step in courage and faith for the Vestry to manage the Zoom meetings, and open those conversations.

On question came up in one of the meetings that I would like to address widely. Someone asked if my compensation would change as rector, rather than priest-in-charge. The answer is no. My compensation is figured on the basis of the time I work: I will continue half-time as rector. Each year, the Convention sets recommended rates of compensation, usually with a small cost-of-living increase over the previous year. My compensation will be based on this resolution at Convention, but it won’t be a dramatic increase.

The people who participated in the cottage meetings liked the idea of increasing communication. One thing the wardens thought would work well is posting the Vestry minutes on St. David’s website (since we don’t have access to the bulletin boards in the church!). We’ve started doing that. They also suggested that I put my sermons up on the website. I’ve started doing that also.

One warning about my sermons, though: I don’t always preach exactly what I write! I write my sermons on Thursday (a discipline I got into very early in my ministry) and then leave it alone. Sometimes, a different story or example than the one I used in the manuscript will occur to me between Thursday and Sunday, and rather than rewriting, I’ll just adjust on the fly. Sometimes, something will happen between Thursday and Sunday that just calls for a completely different point, and again, I’ll do that on the fly. So, as you read my sermons on the website, you may think, “Huh, I don’t remember him saying that,” and you’d be right.

However, in these days of COVID, I have found myself sticking more closely to the text (that’s one of the disadvantages of preaching to a camera – it’s harder to ad lib).

On the home page of St. David’s website, if you scroll down a bit, on the right hand side, you’ll see a block entitled “Posts.” Just under that title, you’ll see links to “Sermons” and “Vestry Notes.” You can find those things there. Or, if you want to try it right now, you can click either “Sermons” or “Vestry Notes” in this email. I think these are both great ideas, and am grateful that they came out of the cottage meetings.

I continue working at home for the next several days. Our first in person worship will be October 25. You can make reservations on the home page of the St. David’s website. Just click on the time of the service you’d like to attend.

St. David’s Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Parish in DeWitt, NY

Due to circumstances beyond our control
Indoor Worship has been delayed until…

                                                       Sunday, October 25th, 2020
                                                       We will return to Indoor Worship
                                                                                             8:00 am
                                                                                            10:00 am
                                                                               (also live-streamed)

In the interim we will continue to
Worship on-line at 10 a.m. on Facebook/StDavids

Attendance will be limited to 46 people per service

Enter through Side Door near the Parish Office
Exit through Front Door, going forth into the world!

The Virtual Coffee Hour will continue on Zoom, at 1:00 pm.
A Zoom link will be sent on Sunday Morning.
Reservations can be made by:
  • Clicking on the appropriate time in the Monday E-Mail.
  • Going to the St. David’s Website and clicking on the appropriate
link for the service you wish to attend.
  •  Calling or emailing David Burgess. Please be sure to indicate which
service you wish to attend.

It's fall, although it is a beautiful time of year, it also brings fallen leaves that need to be cleaned up. We will be having our annual fall clean up:

  • When: October 31st
  • When: 9:00 am
  • Who: All able bodied folks

Please bring your rakes, pruning tools, gloves and any of your favorite gardening tools.
Don't forget your masks...how creative will yours be?

October 18, 2020

Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost

Service will held online at 10am on Facebook

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



Dan's Blog:  

St. Davids Dewitt:

CNY Episcopal Diocese:

Episcopal Church:

Keep in your prayers:

Debbie Menter
Judy McCumber
Cherie Finkbeiner
Debbie Menter
Marilyn Cleary
Susan Meyer
Roberta Heirath
Josh Echols
Maureen Kimber
Frank Beadel
Isabella Songco
Daniel Healey
Warren Bickerton
Hall Orcutt
Frank Cinque
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.
Weeds and Kingdom
Try as I might, I simply could not weed creeping grass from the perennial bed. The grass had grown too thick, shooting rhizome roots into the garden, entangling the roots of iris bulbs, daisies and yarrow. At first, I tried grabbing the grass firmly at ground-level to loosen it before pulling it upward and out of the garden. That didn’t work. The grass broke-off just below ground, leaving grassroots in tact and ready to sprout green anew.

Jesus told an agricultural parable about this very same problem. One night, while everybody was asleep, a farmer’s enemy sowed tares (weeds) among the farmer’s wheat. When the farmer’s servants told him the bad news, they also asked the farmer whether he wanted them to weed the tares out. The farmer, who had undoubtedly lived through many agricultural crises over the years, demurred. Instead, he told them, wait until the harvest and then separate the wheat from the tares. 
Mine, however, was a perennial garden whose spring and summer harvest had already past. Idaho snow will soon cover the ground, so I needed to untangle the grass from the perennials now, not later. I have to confess – a quick run to the local hardware store for some Round-up crossed my mind.

Thoughts of Round-up notwithstanding, I started the hard work of digging-up the entire flower bed. First, I marked the boundary by slicing through the grass with my shovel. Second, I dug the shovel under sections of the garden, pulling them out chunk by chunk. Third, taking each chunk, I sifted the soil from all roots to let the soil fall back into the flower bed. Fourth, I untangled the grass roots from the roots of the iris bulbs, daisies and yarrow. And finally, I divided and replanted all plants but the grass. Well – except for the perennials that I discovered near the back of the bed. Their roots were entangled with those of the iris, daisies and yarrow just like the grassroots, so I removed these plants to the nearby beds of their parents.

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Virtual Bible Study

Tuesday, October 13th at 7:00pm

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

Jessica Stappenbeck

Kathleen Cleary
No Anniversaries


David Levee, friend of Marcia and Bill Hannett (4)

Samaritan Update

The Samaritan Center can our 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 Linda Williams email: lindaverniwiliiams@gmail.com, 315-637-6952

If you are dropping off something to be picked up please contact Linda ahead of time so she knows wheter to stop to pick up items.

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:
October 18 Online Service only at 10am on

October 25 - in person Worship begins

October 26 Vestry
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

October 18, 2020

Exodus 33:12-23

Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.”

The Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Show me your glory, I pray.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The Lord’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.” And the Lord continued, “See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.”

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace.

We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead-- Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

Matthew 22:15-22

The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.