Oneida Lakes Arts & Heritage Center
This weekend is the Grand Opening of the Oneida Lake Arts and Heritage Center, Linda Williams, new venture. To learn more, visit the website.
One of our missions is to support the arts and music. As St. David's begins to further the musical talent of our community and its students, Linda has been working hard to complete her vison in music and art. Lets make sure to spread the word for her. Go to her website and share it with your friends.
Welcoming everyone to walk through our doors on the journey to Christ
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
~ Ephesians 2: 4-10 NIV
Worship at St. David's Services:
In - Person
8am and 10 am
as well as streaming
online at 10 am
Please find the service at the following links
Registration for the
8:00 In-Person Service
Registration for the
10:00 In-Person Service
Password is proper22
Sunday 10:00 Service on Facebook Live:
Please see link below
in Participation Quick Links
The Eighth Day
From its earliest days, the Church has observed Sunday as its day of worship. Every Sunday is, in some sense, a commemoration of Easter – all of the Gospel accounts of the resurrection occur on the day after the Sabbath, the first day of the week. But from earliest times, Christians have also seen Sunday as the Eighth Day.
Jews observe the Sabbath as a day of rest, because after the six days of creation, God saw all that God had made and blessed it (called it good), and then rested on the seventh day. A seven-day week does a pretty good job of accounting for the length of a year. Fifty-two times seven is 364, one day off from a 365 day year. As Jews rest on the Sabbath, they understand themselves to be participating in the divine nature. They, too, are blessing all that God has created by sharing in the divine rest.
Early Christians chose not to observe the Sabbath as the day of their worship, but instead observed Sunday, which for most was still a work day, so gathering for Eucharist often had to take place before dawn. They came to see Sunday as the eighth day, the first day of God’s new creation, or better yet, God’s re-creation of the world.
Human sin had damaged the world and impeded humanity’s ability to participate in the divine creation. The human vocation was to be the priesthood for God’s creation, offering the creation back to God in thanksgiving in order that God’s blessing might continue to flow through creation. As a priesthood, humanity was to offer thanks to God for the goodness of creation and sing creation’s praises to God. Human sin broke the cycle of thanksgiving (eucharist) and praise.
Jesus took on created nature in order to offer the whole of creation back to God. In our baptism, we share in Jesus’ human nature and are restored to our priestly vocation. In our Eucharist, we offer the creation (though the signs of bread and wine) back to God in thanksgiving, and give voice to creation’s praise. Sunday is the first day after the Sabbath, the restoration of creation to its intended purpose.
And as the eighth day, Sunday also proleptically participates in the age to come. Clearly, as we look around us, we can see that creation is not yet restored to its full glory, and human sin continues to impede that restoration. But at Eucharist, we live into the age to come, we dream of that full glory, and participate in it even now. Early Christians understood their Eucharist to be a foretaste of the age to come. In our translations of the bible, we often hear the phrase “eternal life.” In Greek, the phrase is “the life of the age [to come].” For early Christians, we already live that life in our eucharistic worship, and that worship is the sign to the world of what the life of the age will be.
The eighth day provides us a foretaste of creation’s glorious restoration, and gathers the whole of creation back into the cycle of praise and thanksgiving that was its purpose from the beginning.
Update - Meal Request Still Needed
The Tsibulski's could still use a few meals through November. You can sign up here
As many of you know, Diane Tsibulsky, a long time parishioner of St. Davids,
is very ill and has asked for meals to be delivered a couple of times per week
for her and her husband Dave. For those who don’t know Diane, she was the
head of the Christian Education program in the 1980’s and 90’s and has been
involved in many aspects of our church life and activities.
Wendy Flynn is organizing these meals through a program called Meal Train.
You can make a meal or purchase a prepared meal and deliver it to their home
in Erie Village. You can sign into the Meal Train website with this link:
This link will take you directly to her page. You will need to sign in and create a
password for yourself. Once you do that you will be able to view her information,
food choice preferences, a calendar showing available dates to sign up,
and what other people have made or planning on making for the future days.
OR You can email or call me with your name and email and I can have Meal Train
send you an invite so you can log in and follow the same directions as above.
Diane is so very appreciative of the meals and the support from our St. David’s’
family. Many volunteers make it easier for all of us. Thank you!
Next Blood Drive December 3rd 2021
Thank you so much for the help on our last blood drive. We are going to continue our efforts on Friday, Dec. 3rd at 2:00. We provide a vital partnership with the American Red Cross to our community. Please continue to spread the word of our drives so we continue to help.
Here is the link to our drive.
Or go to the Red Cross Donate and type in stdavidsdewitt
Particapation Quick Links
Getting involved in our services is making this darn pandemic tolerable,
at least on Sundays and a few other moments.
We invite everyone to help us in making our community stronger than ever through prayer. As you may know we have become acquainted with Zoom and Facebook Live to help bring us together to commune with each other. Please use these links to sign up to participate in our different prayer services and gatherings.
To sign up for Sunday Service click on the links above
If there are questions on how to sign up for Sunday participation or daily prayers please contact either Cherie
If you are already pre-registered for every Sunday,
or are a lay participant,
please don't register again to lessen the confusion of redundant reservations..
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-1:00pm or by appointment
Keep in your prayers:
Msr. Robert Yeazel
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.
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.
How to cast down dragons
Today is the Feast of All Angels, and, by name, of one of them, the Archangel Michael.
Michael is not portrayed in the Bible singing Christmas carols (à la Luke 2:8-14) but doing battle against the forces of evil, the angels of empire (Daniel 10, 12:1) and the dragons of the devil (Revelation 12:7-9). To entertain Michael and their troops is to find oneself unawares at the heart of an apocalypse.
But if a warrior for righteousness conjures up images of uncomfortable and perhaps uncompromising judgement, there is another story of Michael, referenced by Jude, in which the archangel defends the body of Moses against the devil when Satan brings up the skeleton of Moses’ homicide back in Egypt (Jude 9[i]). Although it did not see in life the Promised Land, Moses’ body is rescued and redeemed to appear again upon the Mount of the Transfiguration, and Michael is an instrument not of its judgement but of its redemption; Michael, whether by secret burial (Deuteronomy 34:6) or by Assumption, [ii] refuses to relinquish Moses’ body to corruption, no matter what his hand had wrought in the days before he raised it over the Red Sea.
I wonder if it was because they had their hands thus full that Michael did not in that moment raise a flaming sword, but instead relied upon the judgement of God: “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 9; Zechariah 3:2) Here is an image of the archangel without their armour, their arrows, their angel hordes. With the obstinate gentleness of a woman who attends the body with oil and spices, turning their back on the devil Michael chose to give instead their full attention to the funeral arrangements of God’s messenger, Moses.
Even the archangels find strength in tenderness, at times choosing restraint over rebuke, finding it more important to administer love than judgement. They are not untouched by grief.
It is not difficult, sometimes and in these days, to find or imagine myself in the maelstrom of an apocalypse, unsure which way is up or out. I can pray for the help and defence of the angels,[iii] for the example of Michael; but perhaps what I need more than a flaming sword is that moment of patience, that moment of enshrouding tenderness, to pay attention to the simplest task before me, to let love weigh down my hands, and let the Lord rebuke the rest.
Written By Rosalind Hughes
Virtual Bible Study
Tuesday, October 5th Bible Study this week
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
Call the Church Office to request a Zoom invitation to our weekly Bible Study, which is held on Tuesday's at 7 pm.
* 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
Sydney and Roger Radka
Mary Coons, Former parishioner (2)
Edna Northrup, Aunt of Sherry Tyler (3)
Rebert Salisbury, Friend of Bill and Marcia Hannett (3)
October 11 ~ Columbus Day Parish Office Closed
October 25 ~ Vestry Meeting
During this time of pandemic, St. David’s has continued to support the Samaritan Center. Since we haven’t been able to be together to make sandwiches, we have supported them with a monthly cash donation. They have been extremely grateful for our support, and we would like to continue it until such time as we can make sandwiches again. If you would like to help St. David’s with that effort, you can write a check and put “Samaritan Center” on the memo line, and we will use that to support our monthly donation.
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
If you are dropping off something to be picked up please contact Linda ahead of time so she knows whether to stop to pick up items.
Thank you for all you have done so far. Please be safe yourselves.
Good Morning Everyone,
As of June 6th we have returned to In-Person Coffee Hour, which will be either in the Air-Conditioned Parish Hall or outside in the Courtyard weather permitting. Hosts are needed and can be signed up on the lay participation link or by contacting David Burgess at (315) 875-3572.
Making a Reservation for Sundays is easy!
- On or after 5 PM on Sunday, you can go to St. David’s website, www.stdavidscny.org and click on the time you wish to attend on the next Sunday. It will take you to a Google document for you to complete.
- In the ‟ Monday Mailer ”, you can click on the time you wish to attend and complete the Google document to make your reservation.
- In the ‟ Friday Newsletter ” you can also click the time and complete the Google document.
- If at any time you have a problem or question; or if you are interested in being on the ‟ Automatic ” reservation system, contact David Burgess. Phone: (315) 875-3572 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 3, 2021
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.
One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason.” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives. But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes.
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere,
“What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
or mortals, that you care for them?
You have made them for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned them with glory and honor,
subjecting all things under their feet.”
Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying,
“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”
Some Pharisees came, and to test Jesus they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.