Pastor’s Posts

  • Choosing Not to Pass By

    Dear Starmount Friends, This last week in worship we all heard once again the words of Jesus reminding us of the “Greatest Commandments.”  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.  You shall love your neighbor as […]

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  • The Grace of Giving

    Dear Starmount Friends, As we continue through this season of stewardship in the life of the church, it is certainly helpful for us to ponder Biblical examples of financial giving.  In 2 Corinthians 8 we find Paul in the midst of a stewardship campaign.  It seems that in the effort he uses some of the […]

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  • Stewardship Season?

    Dear Starmount Friends, Last week in worship we heard from a faithful member of our congregation who shared a moment for mission introducing the beginning of what is commonly referred to as Stewardship Season in the church.  Unfortunately, those words, “Stewardship Season,” don’t often stir up too much excitement within us.  For many of us […]

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  • Congressional Nominating Committee & Hurricane Relief

    Dear Starmount Friends, Last Sunday we held a congregational meeting that elected five new elders to serve as the class of 2021. These new elders are May Williams, Kevin Shoffner, Joy Kronenfeld, Slade Lewis, and Donna Bailey. Now that these new elders have been elected, they will spend the next five weeks in new officer […]

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  • World Communion Day

    Dear Starmount Friends, This coming Sunday, will be a busy and a wonderful day in the life of our church.  First, we will be concluding our sermon series focused on Starmount’s Core Values.  Our focus will be on Christian education and the concept of life-long faith formation.  We have received some good feedback from this […]

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  • Hurricane Relief Information

    As many of you have been asking for ways you can help those affected by Hurricane Florence, the Mission Committee would like to offer the following options. Item Donation We will collect the following items over the next two weeks.  These items will be donated to the Harrelson Center in Wilmington, NC, a non-profit that […]

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  • 9-20-18

    Our prayers continue to go out to the people of Eastern North Carolina as they are still suffering from the effects of historic Hurricane Florence.  Many of you have been asking me how Starmount can help.  Let me first say that I have been in contact with First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington as well as […]

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  • 9-13-18 Starmount’s Core Values

    We will begin a new sermon series on Sunday entitled, “Who we are.”  It will run for four weeks and will be focused on each of the “core values” that were identified in the mission study that was conducted during the interim period before I arrived to serve as pastor. I have shared these core […]

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  • 9-6-18: Kick-off Sunday

    The kick-off – it is the play that begins every football game. The kicking team spreads their players out, lining them up across the field. Their muscles are tight, poised and ready, like a spring that is compressed to its limit. Their eyes are locked on the oblong leather ball that is balanced precariously on […]

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  • “Traveling Mercies” Sermon Series

    Dear Starmount friends, This past Sunday we began a new sermon series entitled, “Traveling Mercies.” In last week’s sermon, I explained how this phrase was found in the journals of traveling missionaries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They would write back home and give thanks for the “traveling mercies” granted to them […]

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  • “Who Cares” about the General Assembly?

    Dear Starmount Friends, Last week in worship we were delighted to have former Starmount member, Matthew Copple, fill the pulpit. Matthew joined Starmount in 2010, attended Union Theological Seminary, has been serving at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, and will now be ordained and installed as the next pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Henderson, […]

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  • Fellowship Hall Renovation

    Dear Starmount Friends, I would like to share with you some exciting news about an upcoming project that came out of our June Session meeting. First, here’s some background information. In 2017 a Lillian Steele Ministry Grant was approved by Session to update the “entryway” or “lobby” between the chapel and the fellowship hall. The […]

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