Pastor Letter

Letters from Home | Pottsville Associate Reformed Presbyterian ChurchDear Starmount Family,

My Thanksgiving morning has been full of memories that we have experienced together over the years. Watching God do wonderful things among us has been an overwhelming joy. I am so thankful for God giving me the opportunity to be a pastor in the midst of you, for watching you grow in the Lord, for strengthening our relationships and love for one another, for watching Starmount grow into a beautiful cross-cultural community of believers, for God bringing resources and mature leadership to guide Starmount forward, for your love to Susan and I, and especially your patience, forgiveness and love for me as I continue to learn how to be a better pastor. As we gather around our tables, may joyful thanksgiving from our God of peace rest upon you and your families.

To those who are experiencing illness and isolation due to the pandemic, know that our hearts and prayers are with you. May the Lord shower on you a spirit of love, peace, and the joy of His comfort and presence. And may healing come soon!

As we begin the Advent Season, let us all look to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with Thanksgiving and praise! May He fill our hearts with the joy of our deliverance!

For the LORD comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song. (Isa 51:3 ESV)

God Bless You All,
Pastor Anthony

Online weekly schedule

Zoom prayer meeting / Zoom reunião de oração / Zoom reunión de oración 

Wednesday at 7:00pm – Anthony Pizzuti – (704)998-9762
Tusday at 8:00pm – Lemuel Rodrigues – (704)345-0275
Saturday at 1:00pm – Alex Lott – (828)550-7113

Please contact the coordinator to give them your email address so you can be added to the Zoom invite list. If you don’t have Zoom, it is available on Apple, Android, and PC.

Quarta-feira às 19:00 – Anthony Pizzuti – (704) 998-9762
Terça-feira às 20:00 – Lemuel Rodrigues – (704) 345-0275
Sábado às 13:00 – Alex Lott – (828) 550-7113

Entre em contato com o coordenador para fornecer seu endereço de e-mail para que você possa ser adicionado à lista de convites do Zoom. Se você não possui o Zoom, ele está disponível no Apple, Android e PC.

Miércoles a las 7:00 pm – Anthony Pizzuti – (704) 998-9762
Martes a las 8:00 pm – Lemuel Rodrigues – (704) 345-0275
Sábado a la 1:00 pm – Alex Lott – (828) 550-7113

Póngase en contacto con el coordinador para darles su dirección de correo electrónico para que pueda ser agregado a la lista de invitaciones de Zoom. Si no tiene Zoom, está disponible en Apple, Android y PC.

Weekly home worship /  Adoração Semanal em casa / Adoración Semanal en el hogar 

The pastoral team will continue to publish a weekly devotion and liturgy for home worship on the church website and Facebook page each Monday.
You are encouraged to choose a day of the week for you and your family to spend this special moment in God’s word and prayer.

Download www.starmountchurch.com/weekly-devotional/

A equipe pastoral continuará publicando uma devoção semanal e liturgia para o culto em casa no site da igreja e na página do Facebook toda segunda-feira.
Você é incentivado a escolher um dia da semana para você e sua família passarem esse momento especial na palavra e na oração de Deus.

Faça o download de www.starmountchurch.com/weekly-devotional/

El equipo pastoral continuará publicando una devoción semanal y una liturgia para la adoración en el hogar en el sitio web de la iglesia y en la página de Facebook cada lunes.
Se lo alienta a elegir un día de la semana para que usted y su familia pasen este momento especial en la palabra y oración de Dios.

Descargar www.starmountchurch.com/weekly-devotional/

Live streaming worship service / Culto Online / Culto en línea

Every Sunday at 11:00 am on our FaceBook page

www.facebook.com/starmountarpchurch

Todos os domingos às 11:00 da manhã na nossa página do Facebook

www.facebook.com/starmountarpchurch

Todos los domingos a las 11:00 am en nuestra página de Facebook

www.facebook.com/starmountarpchurch

COVID-19

COVID Update December 21, 2020

To all our family and friends in Starmount Church and the Starmount neighborhood,

The latest North Carolina Executive Order 181 is in effect until January 8. Additional controls include a modified stay at home order from 10pm until 5am; nighttime closure for certain business and activities; and requires face coverings in all public indoor settings where non-household members are present.

This change does not affect our indoor worship services, but does encourage everyone to continue to practice safety precautions, especially when attending indoor gatherings.

With the recent approval of a vaccine, mass distribution will begin by end of year. Please continue to pray for God to end the virus.

In keeping with our desire to connect with our Starmount family and neighborhood according to the current restrictions, please be reminded of events that have been scheduled as follows:

Churchwide Events
December 24th – Please join us for a Candlelight Service in the sanctuary at 6pm for a joyful time of worship, singing through the Christmas Story and encouraging fellowship!

The threat of Covid-19 remains and the Starmount leadership are committed to minimizing the risk of coronavirus spread in our worship services. In light of the increasing number of cases and for everyone to feel comfortable in our indoor worship services, please be reminded of the need to wear masks during the entire worship service. Your sensitivities in this area would be greatly appreciated.

For the most vulnerable members of the congregation and community, we still offer the option to participate in worship through watching the livestream on the Starmount Church Facebook site. Also, our Sunday morning service may be heard live over the radio on 88.1 FM in the church parking lot, so any members or visitors interested in hearing the service from their vehicles may park and listen.

Please consider participating in our continuing ZOOM prayer meetings and Bible studies:
Portuguese Prayer Meeting: Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00pm (Will re-start in January)
Thursday Bible Study at 7:00pm (Jack Blake). Last ZOOM meeting for the year is December 17th.
English Prayer Meeting: Wednesday at 7:00pm (Will re-start in January)

Advent Season – Week 5 Christ Candle
On the fifth week, the white center candle is called the “Christ Candle” and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The color white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. Those who receive Christ as Savior are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow.

Luke 2:1-7 – In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.  And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in waddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Matthew 1:23 – “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

Merry Christmas!

Grace and Peace to all – Starmount Church Pastoral Staff

Atualização do COVID em 21 de dezembro de 2020

A todos os nossos familiares e amigos da Igreja Starmount e do bairro Starmount,

A última Ordem Executiva 181 da Carolina do Norte está em vigor até 8 de janeiro. Os controles adicionais incluem uma ordem de permanência em casa modificada das 22h às 5h; fechamento noturno para certos negócios e atividades; e requer coberturas faciais em todos os ambientes internos públicos onde não haja membros da família.

Esta mudança não afeta nossos cultos internos, mas incentiva todos a continuar a praticar as precauções de segurança, especialmente ao participar de reuniões internas.

Com a recente aprovação de uma vacina, a distribuição em massa começará no final do ano. Continue orando para que Deus acabe com o vírus.

Para manter nosso desejo de nos conectarmos com nossa família Starmount e vizinhança de acordo com as restrições atuais, lembre-se dos eventos que foram programados da seguinte forma:

Eventos em toda a igreja
24 de dezembro – Junte-se a nós para um Culto à Luz de Velas no santuário às 18h para um momento de adoração alegre, cantando a História de Natal e incentivando a comunhão!

A ameaça da Covid-19 permanece e a liderança do Starmount está comprometida em minimizar o risco de disseminação do coronavírus em nossos cultos de adoração. À luz do número crescente de casos e para que todos se sintam confortáveis ​​em nossos cultos internos, lembre-se da necessidade de usar máscaras durante todo o culto. Sua sensibilidade nesta área seria muito apreciada.

Para os membros mais vulneráveis ​​da congregação e da comunidade, ainda oferecemos a opção de participar da adoração assistindo à transmissão ao vivo no site da Igreja Starmount no Facebook. Além disso, nosso culto de domingo de manhã pode ser ouvido ao vivo no rádio 88.1 FM no estacionamento da igreja, de modo que qualquer membro ou visitante interessado em ouvir o culto de seus veículos pode estacionar e ouvir.

Por favor, considere participar de nossas contínuas reuniões de oração e estudos bíblicos ZOOM:
Reunião de Oração em Português: terça e quinta às 20h00 (recomeçará em janeiro)
Estudo da Bíblia na quinta-feira às 19h (Jack Blake). A última reunião ZOOM do ano é 17 de dezembro.
Reunião de oração em inglês: quarta-feira às 19h00 (recomeçará em janeiro)

Época do Advento – Semana 5 – Vela de Cristo
Na quinta semana, a vela central branca é chamada de “Vela de Cristo” e representa a vida de Cristo que veio ao mundo. A cor branca representa pureza. Cristo é o Salvador imaculado, imaculado e puro. Aqueles que recebem a Cristo como Salvador são purificados de seus pecados e tornados mais brancos que a neve.

Lucas 2: 1-7Naqueles dias, foi publicado um decreto de César Augusto, convocando toda a população do império para recensear-se. Este, o primeiro recenseamento, foi feito quando Quirino era governador da Síria. Todos iam alistar-se, cada um à sua própria cidade. José também subiu da Galileia, da cidade de Nazaré, para a Judeia, à cidade de Davi, chamada Belém, por ser ele da casa e família de Davi, a fim de alistar-se com Maria, sua esposa, que estava grávida. Estando eles ali, aconteceu completarem-se-lhe os dias, e ela deu à luz o seu filho primogênito, enfaixou-o e o deitou numa manjedoura, porque não havia lugar para eles na hospedaria.

Mateus 1:23Eis que a virgem conceberá e dará à luz um filho, e ele será chamado pelo nome de Emanuel (que quer dizer: Deus conosco).

Feliz Natal!

Graça e paz para todos – Equipe Pastoral da Igreja Starmount

Actualización de COVID el 21 de diciembre de 2020

A toda nuestra familia y amigos en Starmount Church y el vecindario de Starmount,

La última Orden Ejecutiva 181 de Carolina del Norte está en vigor hasta el 8 de enero. Los controles adicionales incluyen un pedido domiciliario modificado de 10 pm a 5 am; cierre nocturno para determinados negocios y actividades; y requiere cobertura facial en todos los ambientes interiores públicos donde no haya miembros de la familia.

Este cambio no afecta nuestros servicios internos, pero anima a todos a seguir tomando precauciones de seguridad, especialmente cuando asisten a reuniones internas.

Con la reciente aprobación de una vacuna, la distribución masiva comenzará a finales de este año. Siga orando para que Dios detenga el virus.

Para mantener nuestro deseo de conectarnos con nuestra familia y vecindario Starmount bajo las restricciones actuales, recuerde los eventos que se han programado de la siguiente manera:

Eventos de toda la iglesia
24 de diciembre – ¡Únase a nosotros para un culto a la luz de las velas en el santuario a las 6 pm para un momento de adoración alegre, cantando la historia de Navidad y alentando el compañerismo!

La amenaza Covid-19 persiste, y el liderazgo de Starmount está comprometido a minimizar el riesgo de propagación del coronavirus en nuestros servicios de adoración. Ante el creciente número de casos y para que todos se sientan cómodos en nuestros servicios internos, recuerde la necesidad de llevar máscaras durante todo el servicio. Su sensibilidad en esta área será muy apreciada.

Para los miembros más vulnerables de la congregación y la comunidad, todavía ofrecemos la opción de participar en la adoración viendo la transmisión en vivo en el sitio de Facebook de la Iglesia Starmount. Además, nuestro servicio del domingo por la mañana se puede escuchar en vivo en la radio 88.1 FM en el estacionamiento de la iglesia, para que cualquier miembro o visitante interesado en escuchar el servicio de su vehículo pueda estacionar y escuchar.

Por favor considere participar en nuestras reuniones de oración y estudios bíblicos ZOOM en curso:
Reunión de oración portuguesa: martes y jueves a las 8 pm (comenzará de nuevo en enero)
Estudio bíblico el jueves a las 7 pm (Jack Blake). La última reunión ZOOM del año es el 17 de diciembre.
Reunión de oración en inglés: miércoles a las 7 pm (comenzará de nuevo en enero)

Temporada de Adviento – Semana 5 – Vela de Cristo
En la quinta semana, la vela central blanca se llama “Vela de Cristo” y representa la vida de Cristo que vino al mundo. El color blanco representa la pureza. Cristo es el Salvador sin mancha, sin mancha y puro. Aquellos que reciben a Cristo como su Salvador son limpiados de sus pecados y se vuelven más blancos que la nieve.

Lucas 2: 1-7 – En esos días, se publicó un decreto de César Augusto, convocando a toda la población del imperio a registrarse. Este, el primer censo, se realizó cuando Quirino era gobernador de Siria. Todos fueron a alistarse, cada uno a su propia ciudad. José también subió de Galilea, de la ciudad de Nazaret, a Judea, a la ciudad de David, llamada Belén, porque era de la casa y la familia de David, para alistarse con María, su esposa, que estaba encinta. Mientras estaban allí, los días llegaron a su fin y ella dio a luz a su hijo primogénito, lo vendó y lo acostó en un pesebre, porque no había lugar para ellos en la posada.

Mateo 1:23 – He aquí, la virgen concebirá y dará a luz un hijo, y será llamado por el nombre de Emmanuel (que significa: Dios con nosotros).

¡Feliz navidad!

Gracia y paz para todos – Equipo Pastoral de la Iglesia Starmount

Marriage Seminar

Keys to strengthen your marriage

Dates
January 24-25, 2020

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Program

Friday Night – 7-9:30 pm
Session 1            God’s Design for Marriage
Session 2a          Marriage Roles for Men
Session 2b          Marriage Roles for Women

Saturday Morning – 8:30am – 1:00pm
Continental Breakfast – 8:30-9:00am
Session 1            Keys to Preserving and Strengthening Your Marriage
Session 2            Communication in Marriage
Session 3a          Sex in Marriage for Men
Session 3b          Sex in Marriage for Women

Cost and Materials
$30 per couple
Each couple will receive one book and materials for the seminar
Nursery will be provided during all sessions

Speakers

Dr. James (Jim) Newheiser, is the Director of the Christian Counseling Program and Associate Professor of Christian Counseling and Pastoral Theology at RTS Charlotte.
For 25 years, Dr. Newheiser served as the Preaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Escondido, California. He is also the Director of the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly CCEF West) and an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College. Furthermore, Dr. Newheiser serves as a board member at both the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC) and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Dr. Newheiser teaches many of the counseling courses as well as some practical theology courses.

Caroline Newheiser is an ACBC certified counselor and has earned her master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary-Charlotte.  She is the Assistant Coordinator of Women’s Counseling. She has many years of experience counseling women in the local church and has a passion to help women view their lives in a biblical way.

Jim and Caroline have been married for many years and they have 3 adult children.

God’s Great Story of Hope

Starting May 12, we begin a new series on the greatest story ever written – “God’s Great Story of Hope”. We live in a country with people from many backgrounds and cultures. Many have been taught different versions of this great story. As with most great stories that remain in focus for thousands of years, it can be hard to stay aligned with the original intent of the author and we can lose its impact on our lives. When this happens, it becomes necessary to go back to the original source of the story and hit the “reset” button for a better understanding.

The intent of this new series is to hit the “reset” button on God’s Great story of Hope by going back to its source, the Bible for a fresh understanding of this impact on our lives.

Assurance of God’s Love

Join us for our sermon series on the book of First John entitled “Assurance of God’s Love”. The apostle John warns us of false teaching that attempts to draw people away from the truth of the Gospel, spreading the disease of unbelief by denying that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. The antidote for this false teaching is founded upon the truth in God’s word which declares that Jesus Christ is God’s Son who came in the flesh to rescue people from their sins. Through vivid comparisons of light versus darkness, truth versus error, love versus hate, Christians are called to know the truth of the Gospel, love one another, and abide in God. Rather than succumb to the ungodly desires of the world, God’s people are to overcome the world through their relationship with Jesus Christ who is greater than those who deny him.

All of this springs from God who first loved us: “God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” This “Assurance of God’s Love” breeds confidence in those who believe in the name of the Son of God – that they may love one another and know they have eternal life.

Easter

April 13 – Saturday 
Easter Festival
from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Food, Games, Fun Activities,
Easter Egg hunt
Abril 13 – Sábado 
Festival de Páscoa
das 10:00 as 14:00
Comida, Jogos, Atividades divertidas,
Caça ao Ovo de Páscoa
April 19 – Friday
Bilingual Service
7:30 pm
Come celebrate the good Friday
Abril 19 – Sexta
Culto Bilingue
19:30
Venha celebrar a Sexta da Paixão
April 21 – Sunday
11:00 am
Easter Sunday morning service
He is Risen.
Abril 21 – Domingo
11:00
Culto de Páscoa
Ele vive.

 

Sunday Bible School

Sunday Bible School is offered for adults, youth and children from 10:00am – 10:45am. We have classes in Portuguese and English for all ages. Winter and spring schedules are as follows:

A Escola Bíblica Dominical é oferecida para adultos, jovens e crianças das 10h às 10h45. Temos aulas em Português e Inglês para todas as idades. A tematicas de inverno e primavera são as seguintes:

Fall Winter
Adult Class 1-English Basics of Reformed Faith TBD
Adult Class 2-Portuguese Conhecendo a Deus e sua vontade Conhecendo a Deus e sua vontade
Youth (12 and up) Conhecendo a Deus e sua vontade Conhecendo a Deus e sua vontade
Children (3 and up) Global
Commission Series
Global
Commission Series