Welcome to The Communicator, your weekly guide to the life at Sardis.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Help Us Ring In Easter!

Calling all families, friends, small groups, and individuals! Help us communicate to the Lord and community our excitement of His coming and the celebration of Easter by ringing the church bell each day during Lent! Use our Sign Up Genius to sign up for a day to ring the bell, February 22 - April 8, and pick a time between 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. that you'd be available to ring! If you have any questions, or need to adjust your arrival time, please contact Paul Green (704.634.3587).

This Week at Sardis

Joe B.'s Bible Study: The Book of Romans

Joe B. will lead us as we explore Paul's theology in his Letter to the Romans. This class is offered on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in Room 210 and via Zoom. Also on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. with the Robert Pharr Sunday School class in Room 212.

  • Click here to join the Wednesday session on Zoom or use Meeting ID: 881 2720 1311 and Passcode: Sardis
  • Click here to join the Thursday session on Zoom or use Meeting ID: 891 6468 1585 and Passcode: Sardis

Missed week 6? You can watch it here!

Renda Brinson's Bible Study: Sermon on the Mount - The Great Commission

This class meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in room 210 and via Zoom. We are covering the Sermon on the Mount through the Great Commission. To register (must register to receive the Zoom link) or for more information, please contact Renda Brinson (704.458.0366).

Friendship Connection, February 21

Friendship Connection is our fellowship group for retirees and older adults. You are invited to join us in the Sardis House at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21 as we welcome Lynn Ivey, CEO and Founder of The Ivey. Her topic is Brain Health Matters. She will help us understand the importance of building brain healthy routines to keep our brains sharp as we age. Lunch is $11.50 per person. Register for lunch online or by contacting Sue Chowning (704.366.1854 ext. 208) by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16.

Ash Wednesday, February 22

Worship with Sardis on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary or live on Facebook and YouTube. We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. If you are joining us from home, please feel free to set up a table with communion elements to join us in breaking bread.

Opportunities to Serve

St. Lloyd Presbyterian Church Cemetery Clean-Up Day: Saturday, February 25

The St. Lloyd Presbyterian Church Cemetery is a locally large and well-preserved burial site of African Americans that contains graves dating from roughly 1868 until about 1926. The St. Lloyd Presbyterian Church cemetery is the only surviving remnant of St. Lloyd Presbyterian Church, a Christian congregation that established its own house of worship in response to the newly-gained liberation of African Americans from bondage. Last year, Sardis members joined others from the community and the Presbytery of Charlotte for a clean up day and invite you to join us once again, on Saturday, February 25 at 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. For more information, click here. If you'd like to join the team, email Andy Lankford.

Volunteer in the Nursery

The nursery is open for both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services and we need your help to keep it running smoothly! We're so excited about our new nursery location, the former Resource Room next to the Adult Library, and hope that you'll check it out! Sign up to volunteer here! Contact Sarah Dianne Jones with any questions. 

Church Life News & Announcements

Thank You From Families Forward Charlotte

Dear Sardis,

It was an honor to be with you a couple of weeks ago at your Sardis Serves Together day. I really appreciate Rev. Allysen's thoughtful approach to sharing about mission and how to intentionally and respectfully serve our community. And I cherish the time spent with each of you to share our mission, the reason our organization exists, and how you can serve with Families Forward Charlotte.  

Our staff has already begun distributing Essentials Baskets and Weekend Food Packs that you took the time to carefully pack and transport to our Program Center. Families in our program are excited to have these supplies and the relief on their household budget that these items provide.  

I am grateful for our continued partnership as we work together to empower families in our community to overcome intergenerational poverty!  ~Carrie Christian, Executive Director, Families Forward Charlotte~

WAM Children Share Their Gifts In Worship

It's always a gift to be led in worship by our children! Thanks to our WAM kids for sharing their offerings to God in worship this past Sunday! If your child wants to join us for Worship, Art, & Music (WAM) on Sunday evenings, contact Sarah Dianne Jones for more information.   

Room In The Inn Volunteer Day

On Sunday, February 12, Sardis adults and children participated in the Volunteer Day with our Room in the Inn ministry. Volunteers decorated the Sardis House for a Super Bowl party, made appetizers, made beds, placed welcome cards on each bed and packed lunches, all to share God’s love and welcome with our neighbors experiencing homelessness that stay overnight at the Sardis House. 

Here’s how this event impacted both our Sardis parents and children as well as our RITI neighbors:   

RITI neighbors shared that they loved the decorations and the extra appetizer snacks with dinner. Our neighbors said, “this feels really special” and that it was a “very fun Super Bowl.” Several neighbors enjoyed watching the game with Sardis volunteers Glenn and Sallie Crossley who offered an extra thanks to all of the families that decorated, “it made a difference.” 

Our Church Family

Our Sympathy: to the family of Norma Burton; and to the family of Catherine Marsh.

Your church family wants to pray for you. If you have a procedure or are in the hospital, please let the church office know so we can, as a church family, be praying your healing.

Coming Soon

Tickets Available for Friends Empowering Haiti Fundraiser

You are invited to join Friends Empowering Haiti in celebrating 30 years of supporting our brothers and sisters in Bayonnais with a festive evening of food, drinks, and a silent auction on Thursday, March 9. Actionnel Fleurisma, pastor and founder of the ICB School, will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $100 per person. Purchase your tickets here. Questions? Contact Betsy Liles (704.791.6166)

Bayonnais Student Sponsorship Drive - March 12

On March 12 Sardis will host a Student Sponsorship Drive for the OFCB School in Bayonnais, Haiti. Melissa Hoffman, Executive Director of EWO, will be in the Gathering Place after the 9:00 service and near the Sanctuary exit after the 11:00 service, to share information about available students and discuss the importance of student sponsorship. $40 a month will directly connect you with a student through letters interpreted by EWO employees in Bayonnais, and help support the education and lunch for students at the school. Actionnel Fleurisma, one of the founding members of OFCB, is also planning to be at Sardis that day to participate in worship. During the Sunday School hour Actionnel and Melissa will be in the Dining Room for an informal chat about the OFCB School and Student Sponsorship. 2023 is the 30th Anniversary of OFCB-come hear all the good things that have happened in Bayonnais! 

Courageous Conversations: When Bad Things Happen

Save the date! Faith Formation invites you to the next event in their Courageous Conversations series! Join us in the Sardis House on March 21. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a time of catching up over dessert, then at 7:00 p.m. we will hear from Rev. Ashley-Anne Masters on When Bad Things Happen. Rev. Masters' presentation will also be available on Zoom. There is no cost. RSVP's will be open on February 28. Questions? Contact Anne Shoaf.

Vacation Bible School

3-year-olds (potty-trained) through rising 4th grade children are invited to join us for our 2023 Vacation Bible School: Hero Hotline on July 10 - 14! Through music, art, and games, we’ll be learning about different heroes in the Bible, what makes a hero, and how we can be heroes too! Registration opens next week!

Montreat Youth Conference

The Montreat Youth Conference will be July 23 - 29. This is the classic Youth Group experience. Young people from all over the country gather in the mountains for a week of fellowship, worship, and recreation. Read about it here! Registration is now open for rising 9th grade - graduated 12th grade students. Register online here through March 1.

Sardis Music & Art Summer Hoopla

Children, rising 2nd – rising 6th are invited to join us August 7 - 11 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) for SMASH! We will work on learning a musical to present on Sunday, August 13. During each day there will be music, art, movement, and drama where participants will work on preparing props and learning their lines. Registration will open next week!

Click here to explore our church calendar and see all the meetings and events coming up at Sardis. Don't forget to add anything of interest to your calendar!

Opportunities to Share & Updates

Ways To Give

We invite you to continue to uphold our ministry with your gifts as you are able. Sardis depends on your weekly donations to keep exploring faith and changing lives through the work of our ministries. Use the giving option:

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  • Mail: 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270 . 

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