Pastor’s Update

February 29, 2024

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’
Maya Angelou


On Thursday and Friday, I will be attending the Board of Ordained Ministry Retreat where we will be interviewing Candidates for Provisional Membership in the Upper New York Conference. Please keep the Board Members and Candidates in your prayers.

Thanks to those who signed up to participate in the Erwin First Strategic Planning Workshop on Saturday. Below is the link for those who plan to join online.

Topic: Strategic Planning Workshop
Time: Mar 2, 2024, 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 837 2528 3523
Passcode: 245663

This Sunday’s Sermon will be delivered by Rev. Lois O. Yauchzy, titled: Goin Back to the Future.
The Scripture reading is from John 2:13-22.

The following are the links to the service:

Online Lenten Bible Study: If you plan to attend, please contact the church office at 315-472-7091 or sign up on the sheet at the back of the sanctuary.
Topic: Witness at the Cross: An Introduction to the events of Holy Friday
Every week on Tue, at 6:30 pm
Mar 5:       The Women
Mar 12:     Joseph of Arimathea
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 916 0711 9682
Passcode: 280547

Easter Plants for Purchase for our Easter Sunday
Order forms are out for those who would like to help decorate our sanctuary by purchasing spring flower plants (at rate below our cost ). They will beautify our Easter morning Service! Then afterwards, you can take them home, all the while, honoring your loved ones.
On the order form, tell us who you want to honor or memorialize.  Your names and your honorees’ names will appear in the Easter Sunday worship bulletin. Checks made out to Erwin First. Forms are attached to this email. There are also printouts on our Community Board table (w envelopes). You may put orders in the donation box in Sanctuary. Checks can be made out to Erwin First UMC.

The House of Light Bible Study
Young Adult Bible Study, Dinner & Fellowship -University students and community members explore their Christian faith with perspectives from all around the world. 
Meeting every Friday, 5:30 pm to 7:30pm.
Meet new people. At Erwin First – ground floor in Wesley Space, unless otherwise notified.
Volunteers are needed to supply and serve dinner for a Friday meeting.  It’s a great opportunity to connect with our younger adult church members, some who are from around the world. For more information, contact Dorcas at There is a sign-up sheet in the Church foyer area at the Community Board near the restrooms.  Your help is much appreciated!

Thu.     2/29     A coin for every sweatshirt
Fri.       3/1       House of Light College Ministry, 5:30 pm (Erwin-Wesley Space)
Fri.       3/1       A coin for every pair of jeans or pants
Sat.      3/2       A coin for every coat
Sat.      3/2       Strategic Planning Retreat for all members of Erwin First, 11am-2pm
Mon.     3/4       A coin for every ball or piece of athletic equipment
Tues.    3/5       A coin for every electronic video game
Tues.    3/5       Witness at the Cross: Online Bible Study, 6:30 pm
Wed.    3/6       A coin for every smart device (phone, tablets, etc.)
Wed.    3/6       Church Council Meeting
Thu.     3/7         A coin for every television
Fri.       3/8       House of Light College Ministry, 5:30 pm (Erwin-Wesley Space)
Fri.        3/8        A coin for every doll or stuffed animal
Sat.       3/9        A coin for every board or card game
Sun      3/10     Westcott Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting Event, 3:00 – 6:00 pm, Friendship Hall
Mon.     3/11      A coin for every box of band aid
Tues.     3/12      A coin for every bottle of vitamins
Tues.    3/12     Witness at the Cross: Online Bible Study, 6:30 pm
Fri.       3/15     A coin for every toothbrush and tube of toothpaste
Sat.      3/16     A coin for every cough drop in your house
Mon.    3/18     A coin for every room in your home
Tues.    3/19     A coin for every electrical outlet in your home
Wed.    3/20     A coin for every chair in your home
Thurs.  3/21     A coin for every desk in your home
Fri.       3/22     A coin for every bathroom in your home
Sat.      3/23     A coin for every bed in your home
Sun.     3/24     Palm Sunday
Mon.    3/25     A coin for every Bible in your home
Tues.    3/26     A coin for every book of hymns or sacred songs in your home
Wed.    3/27     A coin for every cross in your home
Thur.    3/28     A coin for every prayer you say today
Fri.       3/29     A coin for every story of Jesus you can tell
Fri.      3/29     Good Friday Service, 7:00 pm
Sat.      3/30     A coin for every person in your family
Sun.     3/31     Easter Sunday
Sat.      4/20     TASTE OF SUMM  (save the date – more info coming)

Let us remember and pray for those who find themselves in harm’s way: particularly people in Israel, Gaza, Ukraine, and Sudan whose leaders are participating in military conflict. Pray for those around the world who are victims of natural disasters: floods, storms, fires, and earthquakes.  Pray for the ever-growing populations of refugees around the world, who are driven from their homes. Pray for humanitarian relief efforts around the world. Let us pray that our elected officials and all other leaders may be guided to serve with a spirit of love, humility, and compassion, seeking the welfare of the people above all else. Pray for the family of Neva Pilgrim, who passed away on January 21 after a short illness. She played an integral part of our music community for 54 years and will be sorely missed by many.  Pray for Pearl (Alison’s daughter) with her continued illness, Rev. Maidstone, Sarah, Carlette, Anthony, Myrta, Tony, Sylvia, Nancy, and all others with health concerns. Pray for Marci and her family and all those who are mourning the loss of loved ones. Pray for two of our congregants with ailing parents in other parts of the world; pray for Amelia, Asriel, Chrish, Ali, and all students in their final year of high school or college. Pray for all our travelers. Pray for our upcoming UM General Conference and all delegates. Pray for our United Methodist of Upper NY Conference Staff, Bishop Héctor Burgos, and the members of the Cabinet; pray for each other, pray for God’s peace and mercy. 

Prayer Requests
A book has been set out on the entry pulpit where we place the service bulletins for you to write your prayer concerns.


Join with clergy and members of Syracuse United Methodist Ministries online on
Wednesday mornings at 7 am.
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 868 7582 7407
Passcode: 076716

SUMM Bottle and Can Drive:
The Syracuse United Methodist Ministries (SUMM) has organized a yearlong bottle and can drive. You are encouraged to start saving your bottles and cans. One option for depositing your bottles and cans is at Express Bottle Return at 2312 Erie Blvd. East. Please let them know that you are depositing toward the Syracuse United Methodist Ministries Fundraiser. Proceeds from this are to assist the ministries of SUMM

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 20, 2024- TASTE OF SUMM- more information to come.

The RESTART Ministry Needs Casserole Dishes in good condition especially the 13×9 size?
This is something all the families we help need and we run out of them quickly, and please they must be in good condition. Thank you!
Mondays: 1 – 3pm at the RESTART headquarters – to help sort and put away donated items, focusing mostly on linens and kitchen supplies.
Tuesdays – Picking up and delivering donations. 2 different shifts: 12pm – 4:30pm  & 5pm – 6:30 pm
Your help would be so much appreciated!
If interested, call or email Evelyn: 315-857-7634, or THANK YOU!

 You can help the missions at  Brown Memorial United Methodist Church with free donations whenever you shop online with A certain percentage of what you purchase will be donated to Brown. A little effort can make a large difference. There are over 1800 socially responsible online stores and services related to anything you can think of, including travel services like Expedia, airlines & hotels, car rentals, health clubs & services like Weightwatchers, medical supplies, financial and other services like PayPal, Ticketmaster, & FTD, technology like Verizon Wireless & DirecTV Stream & Dell Refurbished, name brands like New Balance, and countless retails stores like Scholastic, Disney, Rite Aid, Walmart, Highlights for Children, Kohls & Best Buy. Sorry to see some stores disappear? Pier One! And some on the list have discount coupons. Hoping you’ll give it a try and support the ministries at Brown Memorial UMC as we seek to be a Beacon of Hope on the Westside. Use the link below to learn more or to sign up. Thank you! (click to see a spreadsheet list of all the stores and services).

Since 2016, our Blessings in a Backpack (BIBP) Bellevue Heights UMC Chapter has ensured that no child attending Delaware Primary School goes hungry on weekends during the school year. Located on Syracuse’s West Side, the need is great at Delaware, where some 90 percent of students live below the poverty line and reside in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. All of the children receive free school breakfast and lunch during the week. Our BIBP program fills the weekend hunger gap. Every Friday, all 444 PreK – 5 th grade students leave school with a bag of healthy, “kid friendly,” ready-to-eat food – typically 2 breakfasts, 2 entrees and 2 snacks. Fueled by the weekend meals, students return to school on Monday nourished and ready to learn. The children look forward to these meals – made possible by the support of kind and caring people, like you. We need your help. It now costs $3.44 to feed one child for a weekend. That amounts to nearly $60,000 for the current 2023-2024 school year! We are grateful for our dedicated supporters who have joined us on this mission to provide nutritious food so no child goes hungry over the weekend.
Thank you for your kindness with a gift today. Together, we will ensure that Delaware students have the nutrition for success both in and out of school.
BIBP Bellevue Heights UMC Chapter Steering Committee: Jeanie, Charlie, Charles, Doreen, Laura, Steve, Susan, Terry
Program Contact: 315-478-6188
GIVE ONLINE: | GIVE BY MAIL: Use form below ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Yes, I/we want to help make sure no child goes hungry on the weekend. Enclosed is my gift in the amount of __ $25 __$50 __ $100 __ $150 __$250 Other $_________ $150 feeds one child for the entire school year! Check enclosed. Made payable to Bellevue Heights UMC with BIBP in the memo line.

Name _________________________________________ Email________________________________ Address _______________________________________ Phone _______________________________ City ____________________ State ____ Zip_________ Your gift is tax deductible. Bellevue Heights UMC | 2112 S. Geddes Street | Syracuse, NY 13207 | 315-475-0011 |

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES from the Interfaith Community Co-op
Contact Galyn Murphy-Stanley, University United Methodist Church


Meet with the UNY General Conference Delegation    The Upper New York (UNY) delegates are offering a time to meet with United Methodists of Upper New York ahead of General Conference, to be held April 23-May 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The delegation will meet with individuals or small groups (2-3 people) as part of a listening session on Saturday, March 16. Individuals and groups must sign up ahead of time for either a morning or afternoon meeting time. The deadline to submit a request is 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1. 
Reserve a time
Meet the delegates
Join UNY on a trip to Africa University    Registration is open to join Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez on a trip to Africa University (AU) Feb. 12-21, 2025. The focus of the trip is to spend time at the AU campus in Mutare, Zimbabwe to see classes and meet faculty and students (including students who have received scholarships funded by UNYAC). A visit to Victoria Falls and a day long Safari in Botswana are also included in the basic itinerary. A post trip add-on to tour Soweto’s Mandela House Museum and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa is available. 
Register here


A designated large bin is located in the sanctuary area.
The WCC has become quite an extraordinary service to our community. They have services for the elderly, basic needs and food, youth, legal, mental health and learning and education. They offer employment services and work training programs. They also collaborate with other community organizations in the city. To take a closer look, check out their website:
Thank you to whose who recently donated. WCC collected the donations just today!

Westcott Neighborhood Association actively engages the greater Westcott neighborhood in order to strengthen the quality of life in the community. They seek to enable local residents to collectively enjoy and improve “their” neighborhood.
They will be holding their annual meeting at Erwin First UMC, Sunday, 3/10 3-6pm. All are invited.

To see WNA’s calendar of events or how you can get involved click the link to their website:

Have a blessed week!

Online giving is now available through our website

1. Click on this link:

2. Simply follow the instructions.

NOTE: there is a 1% cost for payments from the donor’s bank account and a 2.9% fee added to credit or debit card transactions. The fee is deducted from the donation: (American Express transactions are 3.5% + $0.30).