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.


Chicken Grill Photo 2015

IMG_7055Some of the Chicken Grill Team-Thank you to everyone who helped and came for dinner!







Sunday School Rally Day 2015

On September 13th, the Sunday School children at Starkdale celebrated Rally Day, inviting their friends and reminding them to attend Sunday School every week at 9:30 A.M.  Our Rally Day theme was “Back to the Bible Sunday.”  The new Communicants Class for 6th through 12th grade also began with a wonderful turnout.  The celebration continued at the Fellowship Hour.  Balloons were released after Sunday School.  It was really great, as a huge wind came up and our balloons with John 3:16 written on the tags, lifted off so fast that we were all surprised!!  All the children at Fellowship who attended church also had a great lunch, ice cream dessert and a balloon to release.  It was a very special day at Sunday School, Church and Fellowship.  If you would like to come to Sunday School at 9:30, there are classes for everyone Kindergarten up!
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Photos from Pastor Philip’s Farewell Service

A Message from Pastor Philip Makari

Philip15Dear Starkdale Family of Faith,

Glowing with the light of the Word, genuine in your faith in the Lord, gracious in your dealings with others, and generous in your giving of yourselves and of God’s blessings to you, these are only a few of the obvious characteristics that I have seen in you and experienced about you since I became the pastor of Starkdale on May 1, 2005.

On Sunday, August 9, 2015, the day you extravagantly provided for my retirement celebration at St. Florian hall, was a day on which all those amazing characteristics of you reached their highest point. I still keep reminiscing over what took place during the course of that evening. Surrounded by my spiritual brothers and sisters, members of our biological families (Vickey’s and mine), out-of-town friends, community people, Presbytery representatives, and the Valley’s Ministerial Network, made the evening pleasantly very special. I can assuredly say that since I was born I had never been in such company, or in such spotlight. The GIFTS, the WORDS, the CARDS, the HUGS, the SMILES, and of course, the TEARS, will continue to be to Vickey and me a river of flowing memories of pure love.

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