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

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Fall Food & Clothing Drive

Our fall food and clothing drive will begin this Sunday, September 25. We will be collecting the most needed items for Loaves & Fishes/ Friendship Trays and Crisis Assistance Ministry through October 9. To view the full list of collection items, click here. Donations can be placed in the bins in the Education Hall. There will also be two drive-thru drop-off opportunities on September 28 and October 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. under the Sanctuary covered drive. 

Please remember, we cannot accept glass jars for the food drive. Also, clothing donations should be seasonally appropriate, clean, removed from hangers, and folded in bags. 

In Luke 3:11, John tells a crowd, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same”. Thank you for helping our neighbors in our community.

This Week at Sardis
9:00 Worship Playlist
9:00 Worship All Time Playlist

Joe B.'s Fall Bible Study

Joe B. Martin will lead us in exploring questions like, What is the Bible? How did it come to be as it is? How can we dig deeper into scripture to learn more without going to seminary? Join this study to get answers and be equipped with the tools you can use to discover more answers from and about God’s Word to us in Holy Scripture. 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 the lesson!

Pickleball Every Thursday

Don't forget - all youth and adults are welcome to join Pickleball each Thursday at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall! You don't know how to play? That is ok, you can come and we will teach you! This is a great time of fellowship and exercise. 

September 25: 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: 

September 25: 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. 

September 27: 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

The Sardis Bus Ministry Needs Drivers - No Special License Required

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. 

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)! 

Join a Families Forward Charlotte Volunteer Interest Meeting

You can change the life of a family right here in Charlotte! There are several upcoming virtual (zoom) Interest Meetings where you can learn more about the Family Success Program and ways to get involved! Sign Up Here ›

Don't miss out...the next Family Liaison mentor training session will be held this month!

Calling All Homework Helpers

It’s that time of year! Kids are returning to school providing us with an opportunity to work with teachers and students at Rama Road Elementary School. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, from 2:30 to 4:00. You can help a first or second grader improve their reading, literacy and math skills — and have fun doing it. If you are wondering if we really make a difference...last year two of our students received End-Of-Year awards from their teachers for the improvements they made. The school attributed their success to our Homework Helpers. If you’d like to learn more or you’d like to volunteer, let Pam Stirling know. 

Volunteer in the Nursery

Starting September 11, the nursery will be 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 that we'll be in a brand new 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

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 with practices beginning the first week of November and the first games are scheduled for the first weekend after Thanksgiving, running through February. Register Online  ››

Making Sardis a More Caring Place

We can all help make Sardis a more caring place with a bright smile, a sincere greeting, a warm hug, or a word of encouragement. As you greet people on campus throughout the week, let them know how much you care. Remember, when you meet someone with extra needs, tell them about our Stephen Ministry. Contact Joe B. Martin for more information.

Our Church Family

We Remember in Prayer: Dave Greife in the hospital out of town; and Willie Able in Novant Matthews.

Coming Soon

Middle School Fall Retreat

Middle School and Confirmation students - registration is now open for our Middle School Fall Retreat! We will be going to the Montreat Conference Center on Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2 for a weekend of faith formation and fellowship. Register online here ›› Contact Beth Williams with any questions. 

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 16 CROP Walk - Join the Team & Start Fundraising!

The Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk takes place each fall as a part of a nationwide endeavor to raise money to alleviate hunger and poverty in our local communities and overseas. The Walk is an opportunity for Charlotte residents of all ages, faiths, and circumstances to join together to demonstrate their concern for those who are poor and do not have enough food to eat, both across the globe and in our own backyard. 100% of funds raised by walkers go directly to hunger fighting agencies and people who need it most. 25% of the funds stay in Charlotte to benefit Crisis Assistance Ministry, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Loaves & Fishes/ Friendship Trays. Click here to learn more, join the team, start fundraising, or make a donation!

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! You can view the Fall Program Guide here.

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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