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

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Poinsettia Sale Fundraiser Order Deadline This Monday, November 7

The Sardis Sanctuary Choir is again selling Christmas poinsettias as a fundraiser, and we are asking for your support. The plants, obtained from Kings, will be gorgeous and will make a nice holiday addition to your home or a wonderful gift to a friend. Funds raised will be used for special musicians and other special music presentations. Click here to place your order!

This Week at Sardis
This Sunday's 9:00 Playlist
9:00 Worship All Time Playlist

Joe B.'s Fall Bible Study

Beginning today, Joe B. Martin will lead us in a study of the Book of Luke. We will use the skills we learned in his Equipped to Explore Scripture class. Same class, three different options:

  • Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in room 210 and Zoom (Meeting ID: 881 2720 1311 and Passcode: Sardis)
  • Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in room 210 and Zoom (Meeting ID: 891 6468 1585 and Passcode: Sardis)
  • Sundays in the Robert Pharr Men's Sunday School Class in room 212.

Missed last week's class? Click here to watch week 5

Saturday, November 5: Missions Pickleball Tournament

This Saturday, Sardis will be hosting a pickleball tournament to benefit Charlotte Supportive Housing Communities. The tournament is open to everyone ages 12 and up. For more information click here.

Sunday School Classes for All Ages

There will be Sunday School classes for all ages at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall and Education Hall. Click below to explore more details on classes available: 

Salty Fish Sunday School to Host A Time of Prayer

The Salty Fish Sunday School class will be spending some time in prayer for the upcoming election this Sunday, November 6. There will be no political slant or discussion. The time will be structured and should be comfortable for all who attend. The class is open and all who would like to attend are welcome to join the group at 10:00 a.m. in Room 210 or via Zoom.

Tuesday, November 8: Last Meeting of Renda's Mid-Week Bible Study This Fall

Join us on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 210 and on Zoom as we take an in-depth look at small segments of scripture from the Gospel According to Matthew, so that in our understanding, we may know how God is calling us to apply it to our lives. Come with your questions and join in the discussion. Please contact Renda Brinson (704.458.0366) for the Zoom link.

Opportunities to Serve

Angel Tree Will be Up This Sunday!

Our Angel Tree is part of our Planting Seeds of Hope partnership with Rama Road Elementary School. The school identifies families who need some help for the holidays, then sends us the list of little angels who we will be helping have a merry Christmas. Again this year, we will be using Sign Up Genuis to pick our angels. 

We will share the link with you through our weekly emails and a QR code you'll find at our tree set up in the new Mission Corner in the Gathering Place. Our Sign Up Genius will provide you with all the angels listed along with age and helpful gift suggestions. If shopping isn’t an option, you can still help by making a donation to our Angel Tree fund. Everything collected is used to help the children and families at Rama Road Elementary School. As the need grows, your support is appreciated more than ever. Thank you Sardis!

9:00 Worship AV Volunteer Sign-ups Open

We are looking for volunteers to join the AV and tech team for our 9:00 Contemporary Worship service. We need one volunteer each Sunday to help advance slides and assist with other easy AV and tech support tasks. Our Technical Arts Coordinator, John Nipe, will provide instructions and training. Click here to sign-up for a Sunday (or two)! 

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 brand 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

Announcing New Director of Youth Ministry

The Director of Youth Ministry search committee is thrilled to announce that Betsy Kelly will be our next Director of Youth Ministry! After a long, nationwide search, we discovered that God had already placed our next youth director right in our pews, as Betsy joined Sardis in March 2022.

Betsy is coming to us from Myers Park Presbyterian where she served as the Assistant Director of CROSS Missions. She is organized and passionate about youth ministry. Kaylee Hilston, one of her references, shared this about Betsy: “She is compassionate for people, the earth, and clearly has a heart for this work. You can see the love of God working through her in all that she does.” Betsy has great ideas and is excellent at communicating them. We are excited about her warmth, her faith, and her commitment to leading a youth program that will make any teen feel welcome.

Betsy shared with us: “Growing up at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC, I have been heavily involved with the Presbyterian world since I started middle school. From my primary leadership role in the Presbyterian Episcopal Campus Ministry (PECM) at App State to serving as the Assistant Director of CROSS Missions, I have had a strong commitment to creating a positive and welcoming environment for youth and young people to grow personally and spiritually. I believe that it is important to meet youth where they are and create programming that caters to their ever-changing spiritual and emotional needs, particularly in the post-Covid era.”

Betsy’s first day at Sardis will be Monday, November 14. We are very excited to see what the future holds for our youth and we know you will join us in welcoming Betsy into the Sardis Family.

With gratitude to God,

The Director of Youth Ministry search committee: Christa Sumwalt, Jim Deerkoski, Steve Coleman, Jesse Tall, Matthew Wilkinson, and Katie Harrington (staff liaison)

A Musical Greeting from Bayonnais, Haiti

Our friends and mission partners in Bayonnais, Haiti have shared this musical greeting with us! Thank you for keeping them in your prayers and for your continued support. 

Prayer Shawls Providing Comfort for Family, Friends, and Neighbors 

Do you have a friend, neighbor, or family member that would appreciate a prayer shawl? These are made with loving hands from Sardis members and can be a source of great strength especially during times of distress. Please reach out to Katie Harrington or Stephen Yount for more information on receiving one.  

Our Church Family

We Remember in Prayer: Louise Chamberlain in Atrium Main; and Doug Dawson.

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

November 12: Mid-Carolina Handbell Festival Concert

All are invited to come enjoy the free handbell concert at the 26th annual Mid-Carolina Handbell Festival in the Sardis Presbyterian Fellowship Hall at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12.

December 7: Christmas Dinner

Our annual Christmas Dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We hope you'll join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ with dinner, music from Throne Together, and a musical performed by our children and youth. The cost is $9 for adults. $6 for children ages 6 - 10. Free for children ages 5 and under. Registration is now open! Click here to register your family by December 2. 

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

September Financial Highlights

Thank you for contributing to Christ’s work through Sardis Presbyterian Church.

Ten Cents A Meal Collection This Sunday

This Sunday we will have our 10 Cents a Meal Collection during both worship services. When you give to Ten Cents a Meal, you are providing food security assistance to local organizations fighting hunger. You can contribute anytime online ›› (select Ten-Cents-A-Meal from the funds dropdown box), or by texting "Sardis Meal" + Amount to 73256. 

Prayerfully Consider the Impact You Can Make with a Pledge

Your financial support and participation in the work of Sardis will continue to create an impact – an IMPACT in the name of Jesus Christ that will change our world NOW and shape us for the future toward which God is leading us!

You can pledge as early as it is convenient for you: pledges can be submitted online, pledge cards can be returned by mail, or dropped in the collection plate. We will dedicate all of our pledges in worship on Sunday, November 13. 

Three Ways to Give to the Support the Ministry of Sardis

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 ››
  • Text: Sardis + Amount to 73256
  • Mail:6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270
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