From the Session – February 2016

The Starkdale Session has unanimously extended  the Stated Supply invitation to Rev. Paul Danielson to continue serving the needs of the Starkdale Congregation until a permanent pastor is called.  He has graciously agreed, and we are thankful that he and his wife, Heather, are willing to continue to serve our congregation through this  transition period.


From the Session – December 2015

We are striving  to keep the congregation updated on the pastoral searches (both interim and called pastors) every step of the way. We have made significant progress toward our goals. Thank you for your patience in understanding the seriousness of the task before each committee and realizing these processes must be followed through with thoroughness.


The Interim Search Committee has interviewed several candidates and is in the process of selecting a candidate to recommend to Session for approval.

The Pastoral Search Committee  has posted the Church Information Form on the EPC website and will be studying the Personal  Information Forms as we receive them from pastoral candidates and begin the interviewing process.

As always, if you have any questions, please refer to the EPC Book of Order or any of the Ruling Elder representatives on the search committees:

ISC-Bob Burns, Jeanne Cox, Esther Harris, Scott Murison (chair), or Bob Sagrilla.

PSC-Dr. Tom Brown, Jane Gambos, or Carolyn Glaub (chair).

Above all, please continue to pray.

Live Nativity 2015


POA Ministry Effectiveness Meeting

On Saturday, November 14th, the Presbytery will gather at Bethany EPC in Mercer, PA from 9AM to 4PM for a Ministry Effectiveness meeting. This is not a stated meeting and no business will be conducted. All Teaching and Ruling Elders are encouraged to attend as well as church staff and lay leaders. This meeting will be an opportunity to learn more about effective leadership development, best practices regarding small group ministry, specific ways to be more effective in outreach, hear what’s actually happening with ministry networking, and learn what initiatives are developing at GA to help presbyteries and churches be more effective. This day will be interactive; a time to learn from and about each other. And of course, we will worship and enjoy a meal together. This is an opportunity that is not always available at our stated meetings.

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Rev. Dr. Makari Elected Pastor Emeritus

Philip15On October 25th, the Starkdale congregation was moved by affection and gratitude to continue an association in an honorary relationship with our recently retired pastor. The congregation voted unanimously to elect Rev. Dr. Philip Makari as Pastor Emeritus.

The title, Pastor Emeritus, is the highest honor given to a pastor, and that is what the Session and congregation intended for our beloved pastor of ten years. The title may be seen as an expression of 1 Timothy 5:17, “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”

Emeritus comes from the Latin word emereri, which means to earn one’s discharge by service. It is an honorary title bestowed upon one who has retired from a position (pastor, professor, or other professional) and implies no official duty or responsibility.

Conferring the status of Pastor Emeritus upon our retiring pastor is a way for our congregation to say, “Reverend Makari, we hold you in a special place in our hearts, and you will always be a pastor in our congregation.”

The authority to give this honorary title to Rev. Makari was unanimously approved and placed in effect by the Presbytery of the Alleghenies of the EPC.

Rev. Dr. Philip Makari is the first Pastor Emeritus in Starkdale’s history.  An induction service will take place at a date and time TBD. Stay tuned to the weekly announcements for details.