From the Session – November 2015

The Interim Pastoral Search Committee and the Pastoral Search Committee have been working diligently in regard to their respective responsibilities and duties during our current interim process.

We are receiving some applications (Pastor Information Forms) for the posted interim position, and the ISC is in the process of reviewing those applications to set up interviews with candidates.

The PSC has completed the Church Information Form and it is in the process of being posted on the EPC website. Once we begin to receive Pastor Information Forms, we will begin the interviewing process. The committee is preparing interview questions and reviewing the interview process and techniques.

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.


Message from Rev. Bullard – October 2015

Dear Friends,

It has been my pleasure to go visiting with Pastor Philip for the past two years.  As a pastor for forty years, Pastor Philip has had great insight and wisdom to impart with me.  I will miss our time together in making our visits to the hospitals, nursing homes, funeral homes, and people’s homes.

I will continue my ministry of pastor care and visitation.  And the wonderful thing is there are some people from the Outreach Committee who are looking forward to going with me.

Let me say as a pastor for almost forty years myself, I never had an Outreach Committee who would like to visit others in the church and the community on their own, or in twos, or with me.

How truly blessed Starkdale is to have such a committee.  Yes, they will come with me as I take communion to those who need and/or desire it.

Thank you Starkdale for blessing me with such a wonderful fellowship of believers and ministry.

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Tom


Kids Rock Returns – October 2015

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Kids Rock is returning on October 11th, 6:00 – 7:15pm. This year, activities will include special music, Bible lessons, chapel time, skits, plays, and lots of fun activities.

Please invite your friends and plan to join us on Sunday, October 11th.





Youth News – October 2015

 sym_logoHere are some youth ministry highlights from the last month…

 We had an average of around 35 people out for our last four youth meetings.

The Valley’s Got Talent event is coming again in November and will be bigger and better than ever and will feature celebrity guest judge Brian Johnson from “The Voice” TV show.  It will take place on Sunday night Nov. 8th at 6:00 at the Big Red Auditorium.  There also will be open tryouts at the center court of the Fort Steuben Mall Oct. 24th from 2:00-3:30 with registration from 1:30-2:00.

Maurice Clarett spoke to around 350 people at the All Valley Youth Rally and also to 650 students at Big Red HS.  He shared his testimony even at the school event!

The Toronto Jr. High Fellowship of Christian Athletes Program has started and after one week has doubled in size from 12 to 24 students!  The HS group at Toronto will begin soon!

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Envisioning Meetings

In order to move forward with our pastoral search, we, as members of the congregation, must meet together to objectively examine ourselves, evaluate our current ministries, consider what we do well and what needs improvement, determine our church’s strengths and challenges, and reset our goals, if needed, to ensure all that we say and do at Starkdale is truly focused on Christ, and all glory is given to God. We must have everything in order and know who we are as a church in order to correctly present ourselves on our Church Information Form, so that we are able to call a pastor who shares our vision.

On the Sundays of October 11th and 18th, Session will conduct an envisioning meeting in the fellowship hall at 12:15 P.M. (following the 11:00 Sunday worship services).

All members are urged to participate, for we as the body of Christ, have been given the responsibility to be excellent in all we do in His name.

Lunch will be served. Please email or call the
office to RSVP by October 8th.