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

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Sardis is Hosting a Pickleball Tournament to Benefit Supportive Housing Communities of Charlotte

Everyone, ages 12 and up, are invited to join us for a fun 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. Registration closes on October 31. For more information and to register, click here ››

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 4

This Saturday, October 29: Pumpkinpalooza

Invite your neighbors and friends to join us for our community trunk-or-treat event! From 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. this Saturday, October 29, we'll have games, food, and more for all to enjoy! Costumes are encouraged! 

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: 

This Sunday, 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, this 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 back home. Please RSVP 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!

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

You can join via Zoom by CLICKING HERE or using Meeting ID: 821 9749 5564 and Passcode: sardis. 

Opportunities to Serve

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. Dr. Joe B. Martin

October is Pastor Appreciation Month! We have been highlighting a member of our pastoral team in The Communicator each week. This week, the spotlight is on our Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Joe B. Martin. If you’d like to share a note of appreciation for Joe B., please click here.

Joe B. was born in Duke Hospital and baptized in Duke Chapel in Durham, NC, but moved to Charlotte just before he started first grade. Ever since he was in 3rd grade, Joe B. knew, he wanted to be a Presbyterian Minister when he grew up. Yes, his 3rd grade friends thought that was weird. Surely they still do! Joe B. started his first two jobs the same year in 7th grade. He had a Charlotte News afternoon paper route and also vacuumed floors and scrubbed bathrooms at Paul Simon Menswear.

Now, Joe B’s three main hobbies are playing basketball, coaching basketball, and watching basketball. That might have something to do with his baptism location, but most of his cheering is for his alma mater Davidson College, the Golden State Warriors (only because Stephen Curry went to Davidson), and the Sardis Senior High Girls 2022 championship team he coached and will coach again this year. He reads a lot of fiction, too, but not about basketball. Ever. His favorite somewhat recent book is A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. If you liked that book and have an audible account, he recommends listening to The Didomenico Fragment, by Amor Towles and read by Jonathan Lithgow. It is not in print and runs about 1:45.

With basketball taking its toll on his ankles and knees Joe B. keeps planning to get serious about golf, but he keeps forgetting to go play. Maybe some reminders from our Sardis family will help him get those clubs out.

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 Closes Monday!

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  ››

Update From Our Mission Partners in Haiti

Many thanks to all of you who currently support the ICB School/Students and Bethesda Clinic in Bayonnais, Haiti. Now, more than ever, this support is so very important. Political unrest and gang activity continues in the cities (not in Bayonnais) causing a country-wide delay in school, a lack of fuel, and decreased access to food and clean water. School employees in Bayonnais are paid year round, so your support and student sponsorship funds are still at work. Monies that are sent to Haiti, from both Friends and EWO, are deposited directly into a Charlotte based bank account and are not intercepted by anyone else. If you have questions about the school or clinic, please contact Brenda McKay. Please pray for peace and safety for the people of Haiti.

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

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 6: Angel Tree

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 Missions Corner in the Gathering Place. Our Sign Up Genius will provide you with all the angels listed along with age, gender, 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!

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.

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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