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

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

October 30 Stewardship Congregational Lunch

Sardis, come celebrate the impact your gifts have had on our community and around the world at a Fish Fry Potluck hosted by the Stewardship Ministry, on Sunday, October 30 at noon in the Fellowship Hall. We'll enjoy a time of fellowship and have the opportunity to hear about the impact your giving is having. A bus will be available to transport Matthews Glen residents bac home. Please RSVP by October 23 by clicking here. Please indicate if you would like fish or chicken tenders and what side or dessert you will bring. We are looking forward to celebrating with you!

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 3

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Sardis Presbyterian Church is proud to sponsor our next blood drive with the American Red Cross on October 23, 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. Click here to book your appointment

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: 

October 18: New Midweek Bible Study

Join us for a Bible study, led by Renda Brinson. We meet on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in Room 210 and on Zoom. We are taking 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

Volunteer at Rama Fest

Rama Road Elementary PTA is hosting RamaFest on Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. They have many opportunities for volunteers at the festival. One of the PTA's main missions is to foster community connections, and this is their premier event. There will be bouncy house rides, games, raffles, food trucks, and music. Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities. 

Trunk or Treat Volunteer Opportunity

Pumpkinpalooza is October 29 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and we need YOU to help with Trunk or Treat! You don't need to be artistic or even creative. Just buy some candy, open up the trunk of your car, and enjoy all the smiles and joy on the faces of neighbors from all over our community. You can sign-up to become a trunk or treat volunteer here.

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

Pastor Appreciation Month Spotlight on Rev. Allysen Schaaf

October is Pastor Appreciation Month! We will be highlighting a member of our pastoral team in The Communicator each week. This week, the spotlight is on our Associate Pastor for Contemporary Worship and Community Building, Rev. Allysen Schaaf. If you’d like to share a note of appreciation for Allysen, please click here.

Allysen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and lived there until moving to Thomasville, NC in 6th grade. When she was in elementary school, she wanted to be a Forensic Scientist or Marine Biologist. Her first job was working as an office assistant at Thomas Built Buses (where her dad worked as Director of Sales for North America). Allysen loves to be creative whether it be with water colors, poetry or pie dough. She especially loves to decorate pies with festive designs for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Decorating pies is what she is known for among her friends! You may be surprised to know that Allysen used to be a certified personal trainer and lead all kinds of exercise classes from women’s weight classes and boot camp to exercise classes with seniors. She also used to volunteer her time in the Physical and Occupational Therapy section of the hospital and work with their summer camp for kids with Cerebral Palsy. 

CROP Walk Fundraising Goal within Reach!

28 Sardis members of all ages joined other

Charlotte community members at Memorial

Stadium for a beautiful afternoon of raising

awareness of the hunger that exists locally, nationally and internationally. Fellowship

Ministry provided a pizza lunch to energize the walkers, the children made posters and several participants boarded a church bus for the ride downtown. Thank you for sharing God’s love though your financial

donations. You have graciously contributed $5,000 so far! We will continue to take donations until Nov. 1, so there is still a chance to see Joe B. wearing the Sardis Super Sneaker costume when we reach our $8,000 goal. If you would like to

donate you can do so online through our team page or through Sardis. Or you can mail a check made out to Sardis Presbyterian with "CROP Walk" in the memo line.

Music Ministry Poinsettia Sale Fundraiser

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!

Registration Open for 2022-23 Basketball Season

Sardis will once again be partnering with the Metrolina Ministries Youth Basketball League (“MMYBL”) for the 2022-2023 basketball season! Registration is open for ages 6 - 17. The registration period will be open through October 31 with practices beginning the first week of November, and the first games are scheduled for the first weekend after Thanksgiving, running through FebruaryRegister Online  ››

2022 Fall Program Guide

This fall we have many options for in-person and hybrid programming as we live into our mission. Download our Fall Program Guide or pick up your copy from the Gathering Place, Narthex, or Church Office to explore our offerings and get involved!

Our Church Family

Our Sympathy: to Marie Cutlip upon the death of her brother, and to Elizabeth Campbell upon the death of her uncle, Gene Jewell. 

We Remember in Prayer: Susan Harmon in Atrium Main.

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

October 29 Pumpkinpalooza

Mark your calendars, invite your neighbors and join us for our community trunk-or-treat event! From 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., we'll have games, food, and more!

November 1 Courageous Conversations Series 

Registration is now open for the next event in our Courageous Conversations series! The Faith Formation Ministry invites you to come engage in our “End of Life Care & Conversations” program. We will hear from a hospice professional to discuss end of life care, and Rev. Katie Harrington will facilitate a discussion about end of life conversations.

We will meet on Tuesday, November 1 in the Sardis House and via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. We’ll meet for some social time and dessert. Our program will begin at 7:00 in person and on Zoom. RSVP HERE

November 5 Missions Pickleball Tournament!

Ages 12 and up are invited to join us for a Pickleball tournament on Saturday, November 5, supporting a great cause in our community! All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Supportive Housing Communities of Charlotte. SHC is a leader in Charlotte for ending homelessness. Besides pioneering the concept of providing permanent supportive housing to homeless people with disabilities, we pride ourselves on a 97% success rate of keeping our residents in stable housing. 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

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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