Pastor’s Posts

  • Welcome Rev. Dr. Kate Guthrie

    Starmount is pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Kate Guthrie, who will provide temporary pastoral support during the months of February and March.  Rev. Dr. Guthrie had previously agreed to serve our church in this way prior to our staffing transition.  She will provide worship leadership in the areas of preaching and liturgy.  She will […]

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  • God is with us.

    This Sunday in worship we will be reading Matthew 1:18-25.  This scripture gives a brief description of the circumstances leading up to the birth of Jesus.  In these verses, we hear the story from Joseph’s perspective.  Joseph finds himself in a scandalous situation. His bride-to-be is with child. However, an angel visits him in order […]

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  • The Longest Night

    Last year, Starmount held a service for wholeness and healing that is commonly known as “The Longest Night.”  Sometimes these services are also called a “Blue Christmas” service or a “Service of Hope and Remembrance.”  In them, we acknowledge, as the Body of Christ, that there are many for whom the holiday season is not […]

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  • Preparing the Way

    This week, we are privileged to be led in worship by both the Starmount and Oak Ridge choirs in our annual cantata service. This service will be structured differently than our usual services, in that it will be filled with a mix of music and readings.  One of the most powerful aspects of a service […]

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  • Grateful

    In this time after we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I am guessing that many of you may still be enjoying time with extended family and friends.  Perhaps you are traveling today, returning home from a family gathering.  Some of you are still cleaning up from a Thanksgiving meal you hosted in your own home.  If […]

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  • Thoughts on Stewardship

    “Stewardship is not simply paying our dues; rather it is tending our souls so that we can see our wealth properly as an instrument to invest in God’s kingdom.” As we draw closer to the celebration of Stewardship Sunday at Starmount Presbyterian Church, this statement, penned by David King of The Lake Institute on Faith […]

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  • Terrified of Testimony

    “At fashionable dinner parties in this town, you can talk about anything.  You can talk about politics, you can talk about intimacy, you can talk about money, you can talk about anything you want.  But if you mention God more than once, you probably won’t be invited back.”  Author, Professor, and Pastor, Thomas Long, uses […]

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  • Gratitude

    This Sunday, we will turn our attention to the topic of gratitude.  We will be reading from Luke 17, which describes an encounter Jesus has with 10 lepers.  In this encounter, the group of individuals suffering from a skin disease that would have made them outcasts in their society, cry out to Jesus for healing. […]

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  • World Communion Sunday

    It was back in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that a Presbyterian congregation by the name of Shadyside Presbyterian Church held the first World Communion Sunday.  It was an effort to foster and celebrate unity and connection among those churches who held the Christian faith in common.  What began in that single congregation eventually spread to […]

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  • Help Us Invest in the Future of Starmount Presbyterian Church

    In my newsletter article this month, I reference a story found in Matthew 25 that is called the parable of the talents.  In this story, Jesus tells of a land owner who entrusts his servants with significant resources while he is away.  Two of those servants make use of those resources, so that when the […]

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  • Discovery Meeting

    I want to invite and encourage you all to join us for an important gathering in the life of our church.  Sunday, Oct. 6th from 11:15-12:30 we are holding an event called a “Discovery Meeting” after church in the fellowship hall. What is a “Discovery Meeting?”  I’m glad you asked.  This “Discovery Meeting” is step […]

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  • Tiny House – Big Difference

    It is official!  Starmount Presbyterian Church is building a Tiny House.  As you may have heard, over the last several months the Mission Committee has been exploring a partnership with Tiny House Community Development, Inc.  This is an organization based in Greensboro whose mission is to address the issue of homelessness in our community by […]

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