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 -19 UPDATE

We hope at this time most of you have been vaccinated against Covid-19. But If you not yet, just let us know. We would like to help you in your needs to have you with us again at the church. We encourage you to be with us again. Some of you are getting back and we are glad for that. We are planning to have our EASTER SERVICE on April 4th. Please, consider carefully to be with us worshipping the Lord. We continue to pray for you, and we hope to see you soon at Starmount Church. Below are the latest relevant updates from the state of North Carolina about Covid-19.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Gov. Roy Cooper announced that 1.1. million people in North Carolina have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but that more work remains to provide vaccinations for the nearly 8 million adults in the state. “This is not the time to abandon our prevention efforts,” he said. “In fact, until the vaccine is widely available, preventing the spread of this virus must continue to be a focus.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said that even though the percent of positive COVID-19 has been consistently around 5%, cases and hospitalization numbers remain elevated. “With the introduction of new variants of the COVID-19 virus that are more contagious, we need to safeguard our progress and keep protecting each other while we get everyone a spot to get their shot,” she said. “So, keep doing the three Ws for now – wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart and wash your hands.

More Information: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/latest-updates

Blessings, Pr. Daniel Albuquerque de Freitas

ATUALIZAÇÃO DO COVID -19

Esperamos que neste momento a maioria de vocês tenha sido vacinada contra Covid-19. Mas se ainda não, é só nos avisar. Gostaríamos de ajudá-lo em suas necessidades de tê-lo conosco novamente na igreja. Nós o encorajamos a estar conosco novamente. Alguns de vocês estão voltando e estamos felizes por isso. Estamos planejando ter nosso CULTO DE PASCOA em 4 de abril. Por favor, considere cuidadosamente estar conosco adorando ao Senhor. Continuamos a orar por você e esperamos vê-lo em breve na Igreja Starmount. Abaixo estão as atualizações relevantes mais recentes do estado da Carolina do Norte sobre a Covid-19.

Terça-feira, 9 de março de 2021

O governador Roy Cooper anunciou que 1.1 milhões de pessoas na Carolina do Norte foram vacinadas contra COVID-19, mas ainda há trabalho a fazer e necessidade de  fornecer vacinas para os quase 8 milhões de adultos em todo Estado. “Este não é o momento de abandonar nossos esforços de prevenção”, disse ele. “Na verdade, até que a vacina esteja amplamente disponível, prevenir a propagação deste vírus deve continuar a ser um foco.”

O Secretário de Saúde e Serviços Humanos, Dr. Mandy Cohen, disse que embora o percentual de COVID-19 positivo tenha sido consistentemente em torno de 5%, os números de casos e hospitalizações permanecem elevados. “Com a introdução de novas variantes do vírus COVID-19 que são mais contagiosas, precisamos salvaguardar nosso progresso e continuar protegendo uns aos outros enquanto oferecemos a todos um lugar para serem vacinados”, disse ela. “Então, continue praticando estas três ações: use uma máscara, mantenha distância de 2 metros e lave as mãos.

Mais informações: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/latest-updates

Bênçãos, Pr. Daniel Albuquerque de Freitas

 

ACTUALIZACIÓN DE COVID -19

Esperamos que a esta altura la mayoría de ustedes se hayan vacunado contra Covid-19. Pero si no es así, háganoslo saber. Nos gustaría ayudarlo en sus necesidades de tenerlo nuevamente con nosotros en la iglesia. Te animamos a que vuelvas a estar con nosotros. Algunos de ustedes volverán y estamos felices por eso. Estamos planeando tener nuestro SERVICIO DE PASCUA el 4 de abril. Por favor, considere cuidadosamente estar con nosotros en la adoración del Señor. Continuamos orando por usted y esperamos verlo pronto en la Iglesia Starmount. A continuación se muestran las actualizaciones relevantes más recientes del estado de Carolina del Norte sobre Covid-19.

Martes, 9 de marzo de 2021

El gobernador Roy Cooper anunció que 1,1 millones de personas en Carolina del Norte han sido vacunadas contra COVID-19, pero aún queda trabajo por hacer y la necesidad de proporcionar vacunas a los casi 8 millones de adultos en todo el estado. “Este no es el momento de abandonar nuestros esfuerzos de prevención”, dijo. “De hecho, hasta que la vacuna esté ampliamente disponible, la prevención de la propagación de este virus debe seguir siendo un tema central”.

La Secretaria de Salud y Servicios Humanos, Dra. Mandy Cohen, dijo que si bien el porcentaje de COVID-19 positivo ha sido consistentemente alrededor del 5%, el número de casos y hospitalizaciones sigue siendo alto. “Con la introducción de nuevas variantes del virus COVID-19 que son más contagiosas, debemos salvaguardar nuestro progreso y continuar protegiéndonos unos a otros mientras ofrecemos a todos un lugar para vacunarse”, dijo. “Entonces, sigue practicando estas tres acciones: usa una máscara, mantente a 2 metros de distancia y lávate las manos.

Más información: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/latest-updates

Bendiciones, Pr. Daniel Albuquerque de Freitas

 

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