Message from Rev. Danielson – March 2016

Dear Starkdale Members and Friends,

Pardon the pun, but the months just keep marching along, one after the other. I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet; nevertheless, I can promise you that if this snow keeps up, it won’t come down!

I continue to be encouraged by your faithful attendance and evident desire to hear and know the Word of God.

God’s blessing is upon you for good. Also, it is good to hear your godly conversation one with another. Your searching questions and comments to me about various aspects of the messages tell me you are not only listening but desiring to go deeper into the understanding and application of a given passage. Such was the response of the Berean Christians as they searched the Scriptures daily to verify that the things they were hearing were true. (Acts 17:11)

Please pray earnestly for the elders as they continue their search for God’s man to minister to God’s people and to the community around us. When the leaders led in Israel, the people followed willingly, and the Lord blessed! (Judges 5:2)

Rev. Paul Danielson

Youth News – February 2016

Distributing Gifts to Dixon Nursing Home

          Distributing Gifts to Dixon Nursing Home

It has been a wonderful youth ministry year, and I truly have been blessed to work with all of you at Starkdale.  In December, we received by Profession of Faith, four youth into membership. Several youth have joined the Starkdale Youth group for the first time this fall.  We have had our largest turnouts for youth meetings  (25+) since I have been here, which is a great sign for the future of the youth in our community and here at Starkdale.   The youth have several upcoming events:

Feb 7  “Super Bowl Party” – Leave at 6:15  P.M. from church and return when the game is over or sooner if there is a blowout.  There will be tons of food, games,  and a Bible study at halftime,  It will take place at the Bauman home.

Feb 14  “Ice Skating Night” – Leaving Starkdale at 5:00 and return at 9:30. Will take place at PPG place in Pittsburgh.  Cost is $10 each for skates and admission to the skating rink.

Feb. 21 “Brennan The Movie Night! Come out and see this dynamic film chronicling the life story of author Brennan Manning who had a huge influence on the CCM artist Rich Mullins who wrote “Our God Is An Awesome God.” The cost is $10 per ticket.  6:00-7:45 P.M.

With Joy,  Pastor Bobbyjon

Message from Rev. Danielson – February 2016

Welcome to the month of February! Congratulations, date-wise as I write, we are halfway through the Winter without a major snow storm! But yes, I know, it’s not over until it’s over.

Let me take this opportunity to commend you as a congregation for your commitment to the Lord here at Starkdale during this important time of transition from one pastor to another. It is not easy or comfortable to go from the known to the unknown. Yet, I praise you for the wonderful spirit in which you are working together. Attendance is excellent. Patience and trust in your leaders is admirable. Keep them in your prayers!

May I also commend you for your commitment to the Word of God. You clearly evidence a genuine desire to know and understand the Bible. Nothing pleases this pastor more or makes his ministry a joy than to see your hunger for the Scriptures.

Yes, there is need for structure and programs, for out-reach and care ministries. But in it all, keep falling in love with Jesus.  Keep your faith growing and He will bless beyond all you can ask or think.

Rev. Paul Danielson

 

Youth News – December 2015

sym_logoDear Starkdale Youth, Parents & Friends,

It has been a wonderful youth ministry year and I truly have been blessed to work with all of you at Starkdale.  We just had two youth get baptized and two others make profession of faith so we have had four youth join the church in the last two weeks. We have had a number of youth join our group for the first time this fall and have had our largest turnouts for our youth meetings ever (25+) since I have been here which is a great sign for the future of the youth in our community and here at Starkdale.  We had around 500 attend the Valley’s Got Talent Competition and have three new youth group members that come regularly as a result of it (Glory Dami and Paul and Jacqueline Shea).  The Allegheny Angels also sang at the Light Up Night at the Fort which over the four hour period of time had 3000 people there.  The Sonshine Bible Club has had 130 children involved in it as well.  We have some exciting events upcoming in the next few months highlighted by a rap star named “Jericho” who opened for Lacrae coming in for a “Hip Hop & Hope” night at the Fort Steuben Mall on January 18th at 4:30 and much more!  Please see the Winter Schedule for more details.  Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Blessings!
Pastor Bobbyjon

 

Youth News – November 2015

IMG_8470We had 126 children at the Sonshine Bible Club on October 12th! We really could use some volunteers to help. Please pray about it and know that even if you can give just an hour or a half hour that would be helpful. The Sonshine Club meets from 2:30 – 4 P.M. at First Westminster Presbyterian Church on 4th Street every Monday that school is in session. It is a wonderful opportunity to touch the hearts of the children of this city!

Blessings,
Pastor Bobbyjon Bauman