Welcome to The Communicator, your weekly guide to the life at Sardis.
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Celebrating 10 Years of Serving Sardis: Nikki Bolton, Director of Communications
It seems like yesterday when Nikki joined Sardis’ staff as a part-time receptionist in 2012. Her multiple skills and flexibility were great additions to the staff as she filled many roles including helping with the Youth, general administrative tasks, and communication needs. In June 2013, when the full-time communications role was open Nikki was a natural fit.
She continues to maximize her flexibility while leading our ministries and staff with their communication needs. She loves to creatively find ways to tell how Sardis and its ministries are changing lives by using our website, social media channels, weekly newsletters, and other mediums.

Nikki was born in upstate NY and grew up in Boca Raton, FL where she played club and high school soccer. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications and Media Studies.

Her greatest joys are her husband, Mike and their two children, Myles (4) and Lily (2). Nikki also enjoys spending time with her family, reading, playing soccer and softball, hiking, and catching up on the latest true crime story on Netflix.
Next time you see Nikki congratulate her on her 10 years of serving Sardis Presbyterian! She may even throw in a book recommendation or Netflix show! Nikki…Thank you for all you do for Sardis!
This Week at Sardis
This Sunday at 10:00 a.m. : Summer Choir for All Ages
All ages are invited to join the choir this Sunday! No weekly rehearsal commitments! No musical experience required! Meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Choir Room for coffee and learning the anthem:

July 10 at 10:00 a.m.: Adult Summer Sunday School
On Sunday, July 10, the summer adult Sunday School class will be lead by Sara Martin in room 210 and via Zoom. Sara will lead us in "Faith Journeys", a study of Ruth 1:1-18. Click here to join the Zoom (or use Meeting ID: 845 5102 0644 and Passcode: sardis). Coming up:
  • July 17: Rev. Katie Harrington leading on "The Spiritual Practice of Hospitality"
  • July 24: Intergenerational Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall
  • July 31: Jonathan Lee leading
This Sunday at 10:00 a.m.: Youth & College Sunday School
All rising sixth graders through college students are invited to join together for fellowship and Bible study at 10:00 a.m. in Room 102.
This Sunday at 10:00 a.m.: Children's Sunday School
All children (preschool through 5th grade) will gather on the playground at 10:00 a.m. for a time of fellowship and learning together! If weather keeps us from outdoors, we'll meet in Room 205. We will learn about The Lord's Prayer in July and August!
July 11 - 15 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Vacation Bible School
This VBS invites our children to pray as Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6:11; “Give us this day our daily bread.” These words serve as a reminder that everything we have comes from God — and that it’s by turning to God in prayer that all of our daily needs are met. If you can volunteer for VBS, please contact Sarah Dianne Jones. We also invite you to join the VBS mission component by donating needed items for Loaves & Fishes / Friendship Trays. Click here for more information.
Opportunities to Serve
July 17 at 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Blood Drive
Sardis Presbyterian Church is proud to sponsor our next blood drive with the American Red Cross on July 17, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If you are eligible, please come out to donate. Most donations take about an hour, so please book your appointment, roll up your sleeve and become a part of the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross and Sardis. Schedule your appointment here.
Share your gifts to help Sardis’ Contemporary Worship Service
The Contemporary Worship Music Leader Search team and Worship Ministry were so excited to announce that Sardis has hired Beth Williams as the Contemporary Worship Music Leader in last week's email! We are excited to offer some great opportunities for people of all ages to get involved with the contemporary worship service including:
  • Singing or playing an instrument in worship
  • Helping with AV/Tech (i.e. advancing projector slides etc) during 9am worship starting this Fall
  • Assisting with liturgical art material preparations (July/August/September)

If you are interested please contact Rev. Allysen Schaaf.. 
Volunteer in the Nursery
Our nursery is open during the 9:00 a.m. worship service! We would love some volunteers to come enjoy time playing and sharing God's love with our youngest disciples. Sign-up to volunteer here. If you are new to volunteering with children and youth, please take a moment to complete our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection training. Questions? Please contact Sarah Dianne Jones.
Church Life News & Announcements
Thank you, Elizabeth!
As previously announced, Elizabeth wrapped up her immensely successful 4-year tenure leading the Sardis Weekday School, serving children ages 1-5 years old. She is always one to embrace a challenge- she transformed the Weekday School over the last 4 years by instilling a wonderful curriculum, building a fabulous staff, and unwavering attention to her students and their wonderful families.
Such accomplishments do not go unnoticed, and Elizabeth is excited about her next adventure in the education field.

With a career in education spanning for close to 30 years, Sardis Weekday School is so grateful to have had Elizabeth as part of the Sardis Presbyterian community. Whether engaging with students, leading staff, creating early childhood programs, meeting with families, events, or designing curriculum she always gave her students 100%. Sardis Weekday School and the Sardis Presbyterian families want to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to Elizabeth and especially to her family for sharing her with us…her husband and childhood sweetheart (Charles) and their sons, Matthew & Zachary. Elizabeth’s commitment to education and our children is best expressed in one of her favorite quotes she noted in a recent spotlight of Sardis’ staff…“When you get, give. When you learn, teach.” Dr. Maya Angelou. You will be missed and we wish you the best Elizabeth!
Our Church Family
Congratulations: to Renda and Earl Brinson upon the birth of their grandson, Rowan Reid Brinson.

We Remember in Prayer: Everett Hall in Hemby Children's Hospital.

Our Sympathy: to the family of Saralyn "Joanne" Miller.
Coming Soon
July 18 at 10:00 a.m.: Youth Mission Monday
All rising 6th through graduated 12th grade youth are invited to meet at Sardis at 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for a mission project and lunch. Mission project TBD. Click here to RSVP.
August 8 - 12 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Sardis Music & Arts Summer Hoopla
Rising 2nd - rising 6th grade children are invited to bring a friend or a few! We'll be bringing back a musical this year and our days will be filled with theater, art, music, and games.
Students must provide their own lunch and water bottles. Volunteers needed and appreciated! Register online by July 24.
September 10 at 9:00 a.m.: Treble Trot 5k Fun Run & Kid's Dash
Our 5K Fun Run and Kid's Dash will help support all the Children and Youth involved in the growing Music Program at Sardis Presbyterian Church. Be sure to bring the family. Runners and walkers of all fitness levels welcome!! There will be door prizes and games before and after the run. 
T-shirts are guaranteed to runners that register by August 31. Price will increase on August 31. For more information and to register, click here.
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
May Financial Highlights
Thank you for contributing to Christ’s work through Sardis Presbyterian Church.
Three 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:  
  • Give Online: From your computer or smartphone give online here
  • Text: Sardis + Amount to 73256
  • Mail:6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270
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