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Church Life A Publication of Sardis Presbyterian Church

July 2013

Building God’s Kingdom Through Worship ● Service ● Fellowship ● Evangelism ● Discipleship

Ministry is about life in Christ which affects everything we do.

Session Highlights, June 2013

Diaconate Highlights, June 2013


Finance Ministry Chairperson Janice Abluton made a presentation on the church finances and the need to keep pledges current during the summer months while people are away and on vacation.

Approve the following transfers of membership: 

Richard Earl Washofsky, Rose Jackson Washofsky, and Kendell Jane Washofsky to Kirk of Kildaire, Presbyterian in Cary, NC

Richard and Susan York to First Presbyterian Church, Winston Salem, NC.

Approve the following baptisms: 

Ella Grace Preslar and Emily Claire Preslar, daughters of Daniel and Michelle Preslar on August 18, 2013 at the 10 AM service.

The 2nd Saturdays at Sardis was discussed and the role of the Special Duty Deacon during these services. There are still two more of these on July 13 & August 10. Congregational Life is working hard on having everything set up for the pictorial directory and everyone should be seeing the information in the communicator and it is available online. We are working towards being on and using social media more and want people to check out and like our Facebook page.

MINISTRY REPORTS: CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: Approved slate of volunteers for VBS, July, 2013; approved slate of volunteers for Sunday School 2013-2014. PERSONNEL: Approved a motion from the Personnel Ministry that the search for a Youth Director be expanded to include both Ordained and Non-ordained candidates. A congregational meeting to approve the members of that search committee as well as the committee to search for an Ordained Associate Pastor for Family Ministry will be called “when the way be clear.”

Community Service is coordinating Camp Holiday which is June 17-28, July 22-Aug 2 and August 5-16 .

From The Cover

Sardis does a whole lot more than worship on Sundays. As you can see from our front cover, your giving is impacting thousands of lives all around Charlotte through Mission Interpretation and Community Service YOUTH MINISTRY: Approved a recommendation from projects. the Youth Ministry that the 2014 International Youth Thank you for being so faithful in providing for those in Mission trip be a trip planned by Son Servants for the need. Your good stewardship of your financial third week in June, 2014 to Belize. The Son Servants resources and time means that Sardis can continue to be organization was also used for the 2012 trip to Jamaica. a key partner with ministries and organizations right in The Session was pleased to hear the very positive reports our backyard! from the Middle School and High School Mission trips. Are you looking for a place to serve, or considering These trips and the Triennium trip later in the summer will involve 50 youth. Other good news involved hearing increasing your giving? Check out serve to find ongoing service opportunities and shortabout the Mission groups from other churches who are term needs. using the Sardis House on their trips this summer. Complete minutes for recent meetings are at, and also available along with archived minutes in the Library.

Below are financial results for our most current closing month. As we approach the summer months please remember that the work of the church doesn’t go on vacation! Our buildings will be busy all summer long with Vacation Bible School, Camp Holiday for children with Down’s Syndrome, Summer worship, and more; our financial support for mission agencies continues, our youth are going on mission trips and retreats—the list goes on. Sardis is so grateful for your continued financial support of the work of the Lord here at Sardis. You can make a gift online under the “give” tab at

Sardis Presbyterian Church · 6100 Sardis Road · Charlotte, NC 28270 · 704.366.1854 ·


Pledges, gifts and other revenue

MTD actual $155,573.96

MTD expected $158,517.50

YTD actual $740,212.18

YTD expected $814,860.83

Program expenses





Net Total





Sardis Presbyterian Church ~ The Communicator ~ July 2013

Ministry is about life in Christ which affects everything we do.

Church Life

Make your photography appointment today for our new Pictorial Directory!

Church Life

Ministry is about life in Christ which affects everything we do.

Congratulations College Graduates! Alexander D. Almeida University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with Honors Tori Anderson Middlebury College, Bachelor of Arts, Religion

You can sign up online at and click the photo on the homepage. Alternatively, beginning Monday, July 1, you may schedule an appointment by calling 866-577-2253. The dates of photography are July 25-27 and September 3-7. * Residents at Plantation Estates may sign up there – sheets are located on bulletin board in the central building (photos made on July 29 and 30). If you have questions or concerns, call or email Jackie Camp at 704-817-8193 or

Hannah Cranford University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Accounting

Are You Called to Lead?

Andy Clifford Washington and Lee University Bachelor of Science with Special Attainments in Commerce

Participating in a Mustard Seed Group, our small group ministry at Sardis, is a wonderful way to: ~ Form a genuine connection with others ~ Grow in faith and your understanding of the Bible

James H. (Trey) Eskridge, III Georgia Southern University, Bachelor of Arts, History; Minor Coaching

~ Strengthening your prayer life ~ Put your faith in action

Carter Hoots University of South Carolina, Bachelor of Science, Finance and Real Estate

We have a number of MSG’s, small groups, that have provided this experience for our members, and we want to increase the opportunity for more members to join a small group. In order to grow our number of groups, we need to increase the number of trained leaders to lead these new groups.

Charles W. Kepley University of Alabama, Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science; Minor in Biology Cum Laude

Do you feel called to lead a new, small group? Are you already a member of a regular group that would like to be enriched by including the emphases of small group ministry. If so, mark your calendar and plan to attend the two part training event: Sunday, August 25 - 11:30 am - 1 pm and Wednesday, Sept. 4, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Questions? Contact Jane Fobel, 704-366-1854 or

Katherine Lisciani University of Alabama, Bachelor of Arts, Communications Michael Little University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Arts, Public Policy

Give prayerful consideration to whether God is calling you into small group leadership? Plan to attend this two part event to explore how God might be speaking to you!

Dylan C. Smith Clemson University, Bachelor of Science Degree: Cum Laude; Biological Sciences

Support for women who have lost spouses or children

Ministering to Our College Students The Church Mouse Program is designed to help college students continue to feel part of the Sardis family while they are away living on college campuses. Collegians interested in having a “mouse” apply; members of the congregation volunteer to be “mice.” The mice then anony -mouse-ly send cards and inexpensive items to their collegian several times during the year. For more information about the program, please contact Georgia Pressly: 704.364.9299/

Brad Surles Campbell University School of Law, Juris Doctor Degree Jeremy White University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

A new Mustard Seed Group has been formed by women who have lost spouses or children. Currently there are 12 participants who meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month in the Sardis House from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. If you have experienced these losses in your life and would like support, please join us in a casual, relaxed, caring atmosphere where there is sharing only on a voluntary basis as you feel comfortable. Make friends and learn from others. Find acceptance of your loss and the positive energy to move forward with your life. For further information, contact Vicka Conder Dohmann at or 704/236-3089.

Lauren Hollenbach Zachary University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy with Highest Honors and Distinction

Consider Writing an Advent Devotional We will once again create an Advent Devotional Book for 2013 with devotions written by our Sardis Church Family. This year the theme is: Making Room for Jesus: In Advent and Always. Share your Advent reflections with Sardis by responding to the verse: “She gave birth to her first born son…and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7) Specifically, you may want to complete one of the following prompts:

Our Church Family Our Christian Sympathy: to Tut Farrell on the death of her father, Samuel Edwards; to the family of Betty McLeod; to Cary Campbell on the death of his mother, Grace Campbell; to Ruth Storey on the death of her sister, Dorothy Davis; and to the family of Robert Simon.

When I read “there was no place for them in the inn” I feel_____ because__________ The way I/my family make room for Jesus is__________________________ It is good news to me/to humankind that Jesus was born in a stable because________.

Congratulations: to Tom and Wendy Reeder on the birth of a grandson, Beckett Brown Reeder. Beckett’s parents are Jonathan and Kindsay Reeder. Sardis Presbyterian Church ~ The Communicator ~ July 2013

The Church Mouse Program:

Submissions may be written reflections (200 words), poetry, or art. The deadline for submitting a contribution is October 21. Send submissions to the church office to the attention of Jane Fobel, or by email: 3


Sardis Presbyterian Church ~ The Communicator ~ July 2013

Ministry is about life in Christ which affects everything we do.

Church Life

Have you noticed?


“Let the little children come unto me.”

After a very long and historic run, the Miller-Peoples Sunday School class has ended.

As an outcome of various recommendations submitted by the “Investing in Our Future” implementation teams, quite a few changes have been happening around Sardis. Here are a few highlights! We held our inaugural 2nd Saturdays at Sardis service on June 8 in the Sardis House, with over 170 in attendance. Additionally, young families were involved as greeters, ushers and worship leaders. A nominating committee for an Associate Pastor for Families will be presented this summer to the congregation for approval. Our New Member Class now includes a young parent sharing about opportunities for families with young children

The Miller-Peoples class was formed in the 1940’s following WWII and was named for two Sardis members who lost their lives during the war: Staff Sergeant Julian Sidney Miller, Jr. and Lieutenant Richard Preston Peoples. Members of the class have been invited to join other Sunday School classes. Lieutenant Richard Preston Peoples

A morning yoga class was offered in the spring at a time convenient for young moms. A new Mustard Seed Group for young moms launched this spring, as well.

Sergeant Julian Sidney Miller, Jr.

Rama Road Books On May 29, Sardis members delivered new books to Rama Road Elementary students. Each student received 2 books thanks to generous donations from Sardis!

Give One Day 2013 was an opportunity for families and members of all ages to participate in a local, one-day mission project. More than 180 people volunteered, and it was a huge success. “Sardis Under The Stars,” a fellowship camping event for families, is planned for the fall.

And, thanks to ticket sales for the Magic of Christmas benefit concert in 2012, Sardis was also able to provide over 400 books to Rama Road for fourth grade classroom libraries to use next year. This will allow children access to a variety of quality books that coordinate with their curriculum.

Kingdom Rock, our 2013 VBS curriculum, was selected because of its strong musical component. Our VBS participants will lead an entire worship service on July 14.

Forgiveness of Jesus Tuesday mornings through July 23

Creative activity options for nursery volunteers will be available this fall. A member will be trained to implement Musikgarten for young children on Sunday mornings.

(skipping July 9th for VBS)

10 - 11:30am

A selection committee for our new Director of Music is in place and is working diligently to meet the expectations of Sardis members.


Youth have been involved in worship, leading the prayer of dedication at the 9am service, with plans to continue throughout the summer and into the fall. The August 11 service will be an opportunity to hear highlights from youth about their summer experiences, including mission trips and camps. Many new, vibrant, exciting graphics have been implemented with communications in our newsletters, bulletins and website. Tom’s Blog contains engaging posts and receives more than 350 hits per week from Sardis members and the community. Worship has adopted more casual attire for those greeting, ushering and preaching at the 9am service. The complete responses by committees are available at As you can see, many recommendations have resulted in the changes noted above. Some others were already in place. There are additional recommendations that are directly related to the congregation’s financial support in the areas of music, youth ministry and an Associate Pastor for Young Families. Your continued giving will enable us to offer the finest in programming and ministry here at Sardis. Sardis Presbyterian Church ~ The Communicator ~ July 2013


Shoes 4 Kids A Huge Success! Last summer, our youth went on a mission trip to Jamaica, where they visited The Hanbury Home for Girls and Boys. Caroline Bowen and Meredith Banks worked at The Hanbury Home for 10 days and saw that shoes were an overwhelming need for the children there. Caroline and Meredith decided to enlist the help of Sardis, and together, 364 pairs of shoes were collected to send to the Hanbury Home in Jamaica. The girls were also featured in the Charlotte Observer. You will find the link to that article on our website at under the News & Events tab. 6

Sardis Presbyterian Church ~ The Communicator ~ July 2013

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LOAVES & FISHES FOOD DRIVE Loaves & Fishes mission is to provide a week's worth of nutritious groceries to people within our community facing economic hardships. Priority needs are canned meats, 100% juice, canned fruit, canned pastas and cereal. The second Sardis Food Drive of 2013 to support Loaves & Fishes will start Sunday, July 14, when bags labeled with priority needs will be available for pickup in the Narthex, in the Gathering Place, and in the Education Building. Filled bags of non-perishable food should then be returned to the collection bins near the Library in the Education Building July 14-28. Please help our neighbors in need through your generous participation.

July 22 August 16 Questions? Contact Kathryn Lariviere, Executive Director for DSAGC

SAVETHE DATE Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013

Community Service Reminder: July 7 10 Cents A Meal & Spaghetti Sauce Sunday (30 lbs. collected in June!)

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It is Christmas time! Well, really time to mark your calendars for two Fellowship events. Wednesday, December 11, 2013: Annual Sardis Christmas Dinner and what an evening it will be! The dinner will be in the Fellowship Hall at Sardis and the theme this year is “Rejoice Emmanuel.” The evening includes dinner, music, processional, costumes and more. Thursday, December 19, 2013: dinner at the Billy Graham Library for their annual Christmas event. The evening will include dinner, live nativity, access to the exhibits, live music, and more. The Fellowship Ministry is excited to offer both of these special events – look for more details in upcoming Communicator issues and on If you have any questions about either event contact Kristen Taylor at 704-577-2147 or

DID YOU KNOW? Sardis hosts the Shining Stars Adult Day Respite Program each week! Shining Stars is a non-profit adult day respite program for members of our community with early to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. Activities include games, social interaction and exercise designed to encourage and stimulate participants. The program is hosted by St. Gabriel Catholic Church on Mondays and Wednesdays and by Sardis Presbyterian Church on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10amto 3pm. Shining Stars also offers support to families dealing with memory loss. Their Caregivers Support Group is available the last Monday of each month at St. Gabriel from 10:00 to 11:30am and the third Tuesday of each month at Sardis in room 105 from 1:30 to 3:00pm. This service is free and open to the public. For more information call Suzanne Bach at 704-335-0253.

8am-12pm With many national disasters occurring over the past few months, the need for blood is high. Thanks to generous donations, a new mother recently received 32 units of red blood cells, 15 units of cryoprecipitate, 10 units of platelets and 10 units of plasma after complications from childbirth. Sign-ups are available at or by emailing Mike Bowen at

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