Sermon for January 16, 2022

“I Am the Light of the World”
Dr. Ted Whitaker

Exodus 3:14, John 8:12-18

Exodus 3:14

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “This is what you shall say to the sons of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

John 8:12-18

12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; the one who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to Him, “You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I am testifying about Myself, My testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. 16But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. 17 Even in your Law it has been written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.”

Sermon for January 9, 2022

“The Baptism of The Lord”
Dr. Ted Whitaker

Isaiah 42:1-3, Matthew 3:13-17

Isaiah 42:1-3

1 “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry out nor raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street. 3 A bent reed He will not break off And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.

Matthew 3:13-17

13 Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan, coming to John to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have the need to be baptized by You, and yet You are coming to me?” 15But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 After He was baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and settling on Him, 17 and behold, a voice from the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

10th Annual Live Nativity


The 10th Annual Live Nativity at Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Wintersville is scheduled for December 12th, 2021, with six (6) presentations repeated every half-hour starting at 5:00 pm, with the final one beginning at 7:30 pm. The Live Nativity is an indoor/outdoor production about the birth of Jesus, followed by an opportunity to pet the animals, meet the cast, and enjoy refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. The Pastor of Starkdale, Rev. Carl Moore, will also be present to welcome and visit with guests in the Fellowship Hall. This is one of the church’s ways of sharing the gift of Jesus Christ to the community during the Christmas season.

The journey begins at the Bethlehem Inn (indoors) where guests are greeted by the Inn Keepers. They explain that they have no room at the Inn due to Caesar Augustus’ order that each person must register in his hometown for the census. They will explain that they just turned away a young couple, who is expecting a child. Along with the Inn Keepers, Centurion Guards and Tax Collectors will be on hand to make sure every person registers and pays taxes, per order of Caesar Augustus.

The guests are summoned by a Shepherd and led through the streets of Bethlehem (the church hallway) and into a field (Church Sanctuary) where another Shepherd begins the narration of the birth of Christ. An angel appears to the crowd and sings, “Mary Did You Know?” and is then joined by a myriad of angels (Starkdale Choir) with heavenly voices.

The guests are then led outside to the Nativity Scene of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. Angels, shepherds, and animals will also be at the manger. The angels will continue the narration and lead the crowd in singing Christmas Carols. The Three Kings also make an appearance as they bear gifts to all the guests in attendance. After the Nativity Scene has concluded, the guests are led to the fellowship hall (indoors) and treated to homemade cookies and hot drinks prepared by the Starkdale Congregation.

A shuttle van service and additional parking will be available in the parking lot of the former Riesbeck’s Food Market to accommodate all guests. For more information about the presentations or other Starkdale activities, please feel free to contact the church office at (740) 264-5309 or visit us on Facebook at

Sermon for November 28, 2021

“Stay Awake”
Rev. R. Douglas Reinard

Jeremiah 31:31-37, Mark 13:33-37

Jeremiah 31:31-37

31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

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An Evening with Michael Franzese

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
7:00 P.M.

Steubenville High School Auditorium

Michael Franzese grew up as the son of the notorious Underboss of New York’s violent and feared Colombo crime family. At his most affluent, Michael was generating an estimated $5 to $8 million per week from legal and illegal businesses and in 1986, was named one of the biggest money earners the mob had seen since Al Capone, by Vanity Fair. At the age of 35, Fortune Magazine listed him as number 18 on its list of the “Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses,” just 5 behind John Gotti.

All that was to change when Michael met a beautiful dancer from California named Camille Garcia whose beauty and faith would turn his world upside down causing Michael to do the unthinkable – walk away from the mob. Nobody of his rank had ever just walked away – and lived. Until now.

This former “Prince of the Mafia” is now a man on a mission determined to use the compelling experiences of his former life for the benefit of others seeking redemption and forgiveness and continues to bring record attendance to events all over the country.