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

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

CROP Out Hunger in Our Community!

On Sunday October 16, Sardis members will be taking part in the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk. We will have lunch in the Sardis House at noon (RSVP to Vicky Hovis by October 10), then participate in the walk at American Legion Memorial Stadium. The Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk will support three local agencies to help the fight against hunger in our community (Loaves and Fishes/ Friendship TraysSecond Harvest Food Bank, and Crisis Assistance Ministry).


How can you make an impact? 

  1. Join our team and use your steps to raise awareness of the hunger crisis in our community. You can also fundraise to make an even bigger impact.
  2.  Make a gift to support the Sardis CROP Walk team's fundraising efforts.
  3. Through Sardis, make a gift online or with a check made out to Sardis Presbyterian Church with CROP Walk in the memo line.
This Week at Sardis
9:00 Worship Playlist
9:00 Worship All Time Playlist

Fall Food & Clothing Drive: Drive-thru Drop Off Today!

Through October 9 we will be making a big impact in our community and collecting the most needed items for Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays and Crisis Assistance. Donations can be dropped off in the donation bins in the Education Hal during this time. Today is a drive-thru drop-off day! Drop-off your donations under the Sanctuary Covered Drive at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For the full list of items needed and Amazon wishlists, click here

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 1

Small Group Ministry Meet & Greet this Sunday

Are you curious about the different small groups that meet throughout the week in the Sardis community? Come meet and greet some of the members of our various adult small groups and see if there is a group you feel called to join - this Sunday in the Gathering Place after the 9:00 worship service, and under the Sanctuary covered drive after the 11:00 worship service. 

Mustard Seed Groups, Women's Circles and other small groups are a great way to find community, grow in faith and develop deeper, caring relationships with others in the church community. Click here to learn more about our small groups.

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: 

The Sardis Bus Ministry Needs Drivers - Training This Sunday!

Become a Sardis bus driver and make a big impact in the life of our church! Sardis bus drivers mostly help on Sunday morning with picking up and dropping off members who live at Matthews Glen, but can also help with other ministries like Room In The Inn, youth, and other needs! You do not need a special license to drive a Sardis bus. Just attend our bus driver training session on Sunday, October 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Sardis Parking Lot. Call or text John Carriker at 704.650.4884 if you can attend or have any questions. 

This Sunday: Sunday Night Programing for Families

We have begun a new Sunday evening programming opportunity for families for K-12th grade children and youth. We'll have a time of music, dinner, fellowship, and faith formation together! The new Sunday night schedule will be as follows:

  • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. | Youth Handbells
  • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m. | Youth Choir
  • 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Children & Youth Dinner
  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Children & Youth Programming. Also a time for parents to gather with Katie Harrington. 

October 11: 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 of the Gospel of 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. 

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

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

October is Pastor Appreciation Month! This is a time to recognize our pastors for their hard work, dedication, and the individual blessings they provide each of us every day. While each pastor's call to ministry is unique – God has entrusted to each of them one of the most precious of assignments – ensuring the spiritual well-being of His flock. We hope you’ll take some time this month to lift up our pastors in prayers of support, and words of appreciation and affirmation. If you’d like to share a note of appreciation, please click here to send a note to our pastors. In honor of Pastor Appreciation Month, we will be highlighting a member of our pastoral team in The Communicator each week!

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!

Coming Soon

October 15 Family Movie Night

Pack a picnic dinner and drinks, grab your picnic blankets and chairs, and invite your friends to join you on the South Lawn at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 as we enjoy a time of fellowship and watch Encanto together. Please RSVP to Sarah Dianne Jones.

October 18 Friendship Connection

Friendship Connection is our fellowship group for older adults and retirees, but we invite everyone to come join us for our October meeting on Tuesday, October 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sardis House (and on Zoom). We’ll hear from Liz Clasen-Kelly, CEO of Roof Above. Lunch at noon is $11.50. Please register by October 13 online or with Sue Chowning (704.366.1854 ext. 208).


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!

Volunteers are invited to help make this event amazing! Decorate your car (provide a bag of candy to hand out) or help set up and run games! Click here to sign up for a volunteer spot!

November 1 Courageous Conversations

Save the date for our 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. Rev. Katie Harrington will facilitate a discussion about end of life conversations. We will meet on Tuesday, November 1 in the Sardis House. At 6:30 p.m. we’ll meet for some social time and dessert. Our program will begin at 7:00 in person and via 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

August Financial Highlights

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

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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