VBS 2016 Recap

vbs2016Barnyard Roundup was a wonderful time of learning about Jesus. Each day was a blessing. The five teaching Bible lessons were:

Day 1 – Jesus is the Good Shepherd, Jesus cares now and forever. Day 2 – Jesus Feeds 5000 People, Jesus provides now and forever. Day 3 – Jesus Tells about a Sower, Jesus leads now and forever. Day 4 – The Prodigal Son, Jesus forgives now and forever. Day 5 – Jesus Appears to Mary in the Garden, Jesus is our Savior now and forever.

The children learned how graciously Jesus gathers us together with His abundant provision and saving protection, now and forever. The music, opening, and closing activities were all focused around these lessons. The crafts and games were exceptional, and the snacks that our kitchen helpers provided were really, really, great!

Janice Whitaker, Christian Education Chair
Kelly Dopp, VBS Director

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Youth News – July 2016

sym_logoIt has been an exciting couple of months of ministry for the youth and children here at Starkdale.  The Starkdale youth helped out at the Vacation Bible School and did a great job. In addition to supporting Bible School, SYM students have also been participating in the STRONG Youth Anti-Drug coalition.

The Allegheny Angels performed at the Rising Stars Music Night, and at the Hometown Talent Concert here in Steubenville.  May all of us be as the scripture says “salt and light” (Matt.5:13-16) wherever we go so that people see “Christ in us, the hope of glory”. Colossians 1:27

Pastor Bobbyjon

 

Message from Rev. Danielson – July 2016

This week, we will have crossed the boundary from Spring to Summer. One of the early great promises of God is found in Genesis 8:22:
“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”

Even though the world seems to be doing a lot of shaking these days, God is keeping His Word. Speaking of His Word, two Bible studies began this week on the book of Daniel. At Tuesday’s 10:00 A.M. class, 27 were present. At Wednesday’s 6:00 P.M. class, 21 were present. Your math is probably better than mine, but with a church of about 150 attendees, 48 or 1/3rd were in Bible Study. There is no reason that this could not grow to 1/2 in no time. You pick the study time that is best for you.

Come and make it happen!
Pastor Paul

Message from Rev. Danielson – May 2016

Dear Starkdale Family and Friends,

May has come, and June will soon follow.  My, how time flies!   I continue to be amazed at the unity of the saints gathered here at Starkdale, and that is the place where God dwells.  I can only encourage you to stay close to God and close to each other.

I am praying that our God will be pleased to pour out His Spirit upon us in new ways and beyond measure.

Lord, bless your people gathered here!

Rev. Paul Danielson

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Message from Rev. Danielson – April 2016

Dear Starkdale Members and Friends,

Spring is sprung but our work is never done.  There is a healthy busyness to the happenings at Starkdale.  The various departments are humming along like busy bees, each doing their part to make our hive whole.

Easter-week events involved a lot of preparations which were done with joy and skill and were clearly received by our congregation through their participation.

Matters are already coming together for the summer Vacation Bible School. Not only has the material been carefully chosen but also our staff is stellar.  You will find detailed information in this month’s issue of the Chimes.

The Bible studies are continued both on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Revelation and on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the Psalms.  It’s never too late to get started.

Again, I want to thank you for your evident desire to know the Word of God.  In these days of entertainment worship you are precious in the sight of the Lord!

Rev. Paul Danielson