Pastor B.J.’s Update

Hi Everyone:

Week three of live streaming went reasonably well. It is interesting to be learning on the fly and adapting as we go. This is how movements function and transitional change is engaged. Thank you for your patience though our learning curve. For some reason our equipment wouldn’t let us live stream on both YouTube AND Facebook at the same time. REMEMBER to go to first and follow the link, it will take you to our YouTube channel for morning worship.

We are deeply indebted to Rod who has done the yeoman’s work on getting this up and running. Thank you Rod!

Thank you Charlotte for a moving and inspiring “It is Well” on Sunday morning. If you missed it go to Sunday’s video and watch it – if you skip everything else your heart will be touched by Charlotte’s song.

Join me in saying thank you Pastor Karen and the entire Erwin First Worship team – including special guest Marci who sang the verses in Bless the Lord.

ON LINE (ZOOM) Bible Study meets tonight at 7:30. We are discussing Luke Chapter 22 – if you want to join us let me know and I’ll send you the Zoom Meeting link. As this group grows we’ll add other times and subjects!

Below is a downloadable Palm Sunday coloring page for the kids (and the young at heart). Here’s what you do:
A. Print the page and color it
B. put your FIRST NAME ONLY on your page
C. Take a picture (or copy)
D. Email to

We will be using your works of art for a multimedia Palm Sunday “processional.”
Of course we will be live streaming this Sunday and at least through the end of April. I’m looking for some possible subtitles for our Sunday worship cast:
a. Brunch with Erwin First
b. Pastor BJ in our PJ’s
c. Virtual spiritual (you have to pronounce spiritual with an Okie accent)
Have you got something better? Let me know!

We will be live at 6:00 PM on Holy Thursday (April 9) with a Syracuse United Methodist Ministries City Wide Tenebrae. Pastor’s Andy, Alicia, Jee Hae and I (along with the Erwin Worship Team) will be leading a Holy Thursday observance. Watch for more details.

All who are on the front lines battling Covid19 (especially our medical personnel, nurses, etc.
All our shut-ins and those in managed care.

Just a friendly reminder to keep our tithes and offerings to Erwin First as current as you can.  Online giving is available through the web site: or you can mail checks to 920 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse 13210.
That’s it for now,
I am praying for all of you and miss seeing your smiling faces!

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