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

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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  ››

This Week at Sardis

This Sunday we will be celebrating World Communion Sunday, where we will be gathering around the table with Christians all around the world. The items you will see on our communion tables this Sunday are from our mission partners in Haiti and Kenya. We will also will have scripture readers from Haiti and Kenya.

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. There will also be drive-thru donation days on September 28 and October 5 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 the Equipped to Explore Scripure class: Click here to watch the series!

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. 

This Sunday: Contemporary Worship Chat & Feedback

Join Beth and Allysen in the Dining Room between 9:50 - 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, October 2. Light breakfast snacks provided. Beth and Allysen want to spend time getting to know more of our Contemporary Worship community. We will also facilitate conversation to share feedback on what you have appreciated so far about the music and worship in the Fellowship Hall this fall and what you would like to see more of. Whether you worship online or in-person at 9 a.m. you are invited to fill out this electronic survey to offer your feedback and insights.

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: 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 4: 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)! 

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

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. Orders open on October 1! Click here for more informaiton.

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 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!

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 hlep 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 6:00 p.m. we’ll meet for some social time and dessert. Our program will begin at 6:45 in person and via Zoom. Registrations will open on October 1. 

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

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. 

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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