Rally Day Sept. 25, 2016

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A big thank you to our children, parents, and teachers for making Rally Day very special!

Kindergarten through 5th grade teachers this year are Jeanne Cox, Esther Harris, Cindy McMasters,  Janice Whitaker, and Toni Zajdowicz.  The Jr. High, High School class is taught by Rev. Carl Moore. We begin each Sunday in the Sanctuary for  a brief opening of prayer and songs, then dismissed to individual classes.

Janice Whitaker

Christian Education Chair


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


VBS 2016

Jesus Gathers Us Together

JUNE 6-10, 2016
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Mark your calendars for this very  exciting week of fun, Bible stories, music, crafts, games, and snacks. Registration forms are available in the narthex and church office.   Pre-registration would be very helpful in ordering crafts and for a smooth registration the first day of VBS.

VBS 2016 is “Farm-tastic!”

The Starkdale Vacation Bible School staff is excited for a farm-tastic VBS!  In Barnyard Roundup VBS, children learn that Jesus gathers us together! They’ll look into the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and explore five biblical accounts where Jesus graciously gathers us together to be with Him with His abundant provision and saving protection, now and forever. God’s children of all ages will hear the Good News that Jesus, their Savior, is with us.

Registration is open for ages Preschool through Sixth Grade to attend VBS from Monday, June 6th to Friday, June 10th from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm.  Come along with us as we sing fun songs, do engaging crafts, eat yummy snacks and play awesome games.  Plus, you’ll learn all about Jesus our Savior and how He gathers us together! We can’t wait to see you there! To register fill out a registration form or call the church office (740-264-5309) for more information.

How Can I Help?

Be part of Barnyard Roundup VBS! We have many ways to be involved to suit your schedule and interests. We will also need helpers to set up (Sunday, June 5th after church) and tear down (Friday, June 10th after the Closing Celebration).  Join us to see how Jesus gathers us together!

Spread the word! Invite your children, grandchildren or neighbors to Barnyard Roundup VBS.  Let them know that the week will be a fun opportunity of Jesus centered learning.  Pray for the children attending Barnyard Roundup VBS!  Ask God to bring children to our program so they can know and grow in Jesus, our Savior.  Ask God for the children’s hearts to be opened to the Word and for the leaders to have endless energy and patience during the week.

Cub Scout Troop Pack 415 at Starkdale

scoutsI was blessed beyond measure to speak to the Cub Scout Troop Pack 415 at Starkdale Church tonight for their God and Country badge. I spoke about what Christianity was as well as some of the programs and teachings of our church. The boys were firing questions at me left and right for 25 minutes after my talk was done. They were really interested in learning more about the church and the Christian Faith. I was blown away at the fascinating questions these young boys asked. It was a great night!

Pastor Bobbyjon



From the Session – March 2016

The Starkdale EPC Session has installed two new Ruling Elders to the Class of 2018.

Denise Franckhauser (previously ordained) was installed on January 31, 2016, and Michael Paris was ordained and installed on February 28, 2016.