The Communicator ~ January 2018
Ministry is about life in Christ which aﬀects everything we do.
Happy Anniversary, Alfredo!
On January 15, Jose “Alfredo” Mendoza will be celebrating 10 years of service to Sardis Presbyterian Church!
Alfredo handles much of the behind the scenes details, so we wanted to publicly acknowledge his tenure. He is a great mentor to the other Facility Team members and always willing to serve when asked. Thank you, Alfredo, for all you do.
Music Reading Class
In February, Jared will begin teaching a music‐reading class on Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Conference Room. If you love music but feel like there is a barrier between you and participating in our music ensembles, this class is for YOU! Or if you would like to know more about the dots on the page, then this class is for YOU! If you are interested in signing up for this class, email Jared at email@example.com.
Ringing to the Lord!
Our two Handbell ensembles, Alpha Ringers and Coventry Ringers, need additional members. If you have thought about ringing bells, this could be your way to serve Sardis through the music ministry. A minimal amount of music‐reading ability is necessary, but we can teach you! If you’re interested, contact Jared at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singing to the Lord!
Sanctuary Choir is always warm to accept new singers! There are exciting musical opportunities on the horizon. Join us on Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. to get a sneak peek at what the spring may hold, including a choral work that has never been performed at Sardis. If you’re interested, contact Jared at email@example.com.
The church oﬃce will be closed on Monday, January 1 for New Years Day, and on Monday, January 15 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Any closings or delays due to inclement weather will be announced on WSOC, WCNC, and WBTV, in an email to the congregation, and on sardis.org.
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Ministry is about life in Christ which aﬀects everything we do. Fobel Anniversary Scholarship Fund Update
The funds that were collected for Jane Fobel’s 20th Anniversary have been transferred to Friends of OFCB and have become the Bayonnais Education Foundation Fund; the amount transferred was $22,000. The fund will be the basis for a student loan program to enable students in Bayonnais to enroll in college. Students selected by the OFCB School will be eligible to apply for a loan that will be repaid when the student graduates and is employed. Pastor Actionnel Fleurisma has said of the ministry in Bayonnais. “If you are planting for a year, you plant grains. If you are planting for a decade, you plant trees. If you are planting for a generation, you plant people.”
Thank you Sardis for planting seeds that will grow people and enable young adults to make a positive impact on their community. Meet the First Four Recipients:
Eliguens graduated at
Féniel had the fifth‐
Amicasler plays in the
the top of his class and
highest score on the
worship band at the
Norguens plays in the
is currently studying
National Exam. Féniel
Bayonnais Church and
worship band at the
Civil Engineering at the
is studying Engineering
is currently studying
Bayonnais Church. He
Université Notre Dame
at the Université Notre
is studying business at
Dame des Gonaïves.
School of Agronomy
the School of Business
in Port au Prince.
in Port Au Prince.
November 2017 Haiti Trip
From November 9‐15, Sardis members traveled to Bayonnais, Haiti. Thanks to all of you who participated in the shoe collection. We took 85 pairs of shoes that the Deacons of the church who will distribute as needed. During the week we spent time with the nurses and met with 20 pregnant women to learn about prenatal care and delivery in their community. Our hope is to help make improvements in this area to decrease the maternal and infant mortality rates. We also met with a member of the agronomy team who discussed the poultry business and vegetable farming. A gift shop and mercantile are being built and will open later this year. Each of us brought back many memories of our experiences and the people we met. If you are interested in meeting your brothers and sisters in Bayonnais and being part of an amazing story of hope, watch for a 2018 travel date! Contact Pressly Gilbert or Brenda McKay if you have any questions.
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Ministry is about life in Christ which aﬀects everything we do.
Tuesday, January 16 Program at 11:00 a.m. and lunch at noon Sardis House
Lent Is Around the Corner
“The Care and Feeding of a New Pastor” led by members of the Pastor Nominating Committee
The season of Lent begins on February 14.
$10 per person
Special midweek studies are planned; check the February Communicator for details.
Register by noon on Friday, January 12
It’s Not Too Late to Make a Diﬀerence
www.sardis.org or 704.926.1590 Jeﬀ Wilkinson, Chair Stewardship Ministry 2017
As I compose this article, it is Friday, December 15. The excitement of Christmas surrounds us. Friends and neighbors are preparing to spend time with their families, plans are being made for upcoming travel, and people are frantically trying to put that final stamp on what they hope will be a special Christmas. As you read this, Christmas will have come and gone. I hope each of you found the Advent season to be a special one, and you are reminded of the special gifts you received this year and in previous years – those special gifts that stand the test of time and generate memories and stories to be shared for a lifetime.
Just as those Christmas memories will stand the test of time, so too will those memories of how Sardis has impacted our lives. Thank you to those of you that made a pledge for 2018 so that the lives of those at Sardis, in our community and our world may share in your love of Jesus Christ. For those of you that have not yet made a pledge for 2018, please prayerfully consider making a pledge. It is not too late to make a diﬀerence for all of those around us. You may fill out a pledge card, or pledge online at www.sardis.org.
November Financial Highlights
This year so far
This year so far expected
Pledges, gifts, and other revenue
Annual Budget: $2,076,000
Our Church Family Our Christian Sympathy: to the family of Nancy Enochs; to Rev. Alice Johnson upon the death of her mother, Betty Johnson; to the family of Mike Denny; to Jeﬀ Wilkinson upon the death of his father, Don Wilkinson; to Lucinda Myers upon the death of her mother, Betty Sigmon; to Harley Yancey upon the death of his brother, Michael Yancey; to Jane Gilbert upon the death of her brother‐in‐law and Sam Coleman upon the death of his uncle, Richard Scearce Jr.; to the family of Nancy Boyce; to Jo Ann Parry upon the death of her brother‐in‐law, David Moody; and to the family of Neal Huntley. Mr. Huntley served as the groundskeeper for the cemeteries for 40 years.
Congratulations: to Phyllis Thompson upon the birth of her great‐granddaughter, Mitchell Kathryn Thompson. 4 The Communicator ~ January 2018
The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.
Thank you for making the 2017 Angel Tree another
We appreciate all who participated. We even
had an exercise class that uses our facilities, contribute too. In all, our church made Christmas special for 164 angels from 79 diﬀerent families at Rama Road Elementary School. In addition, we were also able to provide Food Lion Gift cards to all of the homeless McKinney Vinto families. This is just one of the many projects we support through the Planting Seeds of Hope.
Soup for the Sardis Soul
It’s soup season! Since September 2016, we have prepared 149 quarts of chicken soup with the help of 26 volunteers, both individuals and groups. Seniors, shuts‐ins, members, friends and neighbors who’ve had surgery, experienced a loss, or time of sadness have received a caring visit and a quart of soup. Ten quarts made by the Sardis Youth were sold at their Spring ‘17 Auction. Starting again in January 2018, there will be opportunities for new volunteers to cook or help deliver. This is a fun way to get involved and connect with your larger church congregation. Interested in getting involved? Contact Barbara Lansche at 704.974.1941.
2018 Room In The Inn Needs
RITI is grateful for all of the volunteers and donations during the cold days of December. Our needs for the new year are as follows:
Wednesday, Jan. 17: 1 male Social (7:30 p.m. ‐ 10:30 p.m.); 1 Owl (10:45 p.m. ‐ 4:45 a.m.)
Sunday, February 18: 1 male, 1 female Social
Wednesday, March 7: 1 Owl, male or female
Wednesday, March 21: 1 Owl, male
Volunteers for these positions are much needed, and much appreciated (register at sardis.org or email Marilyn Taylor at mtaylor6604 @gmail.com)! Peace and blessings from RITI.
Our Newest Mission Co‐Worker
Doug Dicks has replaced Kate Tabor in the Middle East to become the newest mission co‐worker supported by Sardis. Doug facilitates relationships between PC(USA) and the church’s mission partners in Israel and Palestine. He cultivates connections that encourage Middle Eastern Christians and inspire U.S. Presbyterians. Christians in the Middle East work tirelessly for reconciliation and render valuable service to people of all faiths. In his role, Doug says he strives to express the broader Christian calling to “employ the unique gifts, talents, and skills that we possess to further God’s reign here on earth.”
We are excited to accompany Doug on his journey through our prayers and financial support.
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“…set an example for the believers… 1 Timothy 4:12.”
Youth Bake Sale: Big Success!
The bake sale fundraiser for Sardis’ Youth programs was a
Youth Sunday is Sunday, March 4 and we are
great success and will help support the St. Louis Mission
looking for youth who would like to have a part
Trip, The Great Escape, and the Montreat Youth Conference.
in the worship service. If you would like to assist
Thank you so much to those who volunteered their time and
in either the 9:00 contemporary or 11:00
their baked goods for our sale. We had plenty of help to
traditional worship services, please contact
make everything run smoothly. Your support is greatly
Adrian Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
appreciated by our youth and their families!
Sunday Night Fellowship
Our Sunday Night Fellowship program will resume on Sunday, January 7 from 6:00‐7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is served from 6:00‐6:30 with a separate Middle School and High School devotion and program following dinner until 7:30. Join us as we continue “Following Jesus” in 2018!
We hope all 6th through 12th grade students will join us for this meaningful time on Sunday evenings this year. For more information, please contact Adrian Martin at 704.366.1854.
Middle School Snow Tubing
The Middle School Youth will go snow tubing on
It is time to register for the summer trips to the
Saturday, February 3. If you would like to participate
Middle School Great Escape, High School St. Louis
in this event, please register with Adrian Martin by
Mission Trip, and High School Montreat Youth
January 21. The cost is only $35 and covers your
Conference. To register, please visit www.sardis.org/
tubing, lunch, and transportation. Come join us!
ministries/youth and use the online registration tools. You may also grab a summer trips brochure from the
Jubilate Ringers and Agape Voices
Youth Room and register that way.
New Year Party
Youth (6th grade – 12th grade)
You will not want to miss out on these exciting and life‐ changing opportunities for spiritual growth during the summer!
On January 7 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. we will have a New Year Party filled with games and activities to kick‐oﬀ the New Year and welcome new friends to youth music. We have enjoyed really beautiful music making in our time together during the fall. We are excited to see what more we can do together in our upcoming season. Please come and bring a friend.
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“Let the little children come unto me.” Worship Orientation
For our young people, at times what we do during worship can be confusing. So, during the month of January, we will hold worship orientation classes for our kindergarten through second grade students. They will gather for worship in the sanctuary at our 11:00 a.m. service and be dismissed to the Upper Room prior to the sermon. In the class, we will be learning about how and why we worship while we are worshipping. Students will return to their families in the sanctuary during the doxology. We look forward to learning and growing together in our worship of God. Contact Katie Harrington (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Elementary Students Serve at RITI
January 7, 4:30 ‐ 5:30 p.m. in the Sardis House
For our elementary fellowship event in January, our students will be giving back! We will gather at the Sardis House at 4:30 p.m. to get it ready for our neighbors, and to prepare their beds, their lunches, and their dinners. Join us! Watch your email for a sign‐up genius on other ways you can help.
Children’s Choir New Year Party
(Kindergarten – 5th Grade)
We have had such a great fall season with the young voices at Sardis! We have been energized by the growth in children’s music and want to welcome even more of the children at Sardis and our community. Join us for a kick‐oﬀ party for the new season on January 10 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room located in the Administration Building. The evening will be filled with fun games and activities. If you have any questions, please contact Kaitlyn at email@example.com.
Sardis Weekday School Updates! SWS Registration
Registration for the upcoming 2018 ‐ 2019 school
Pictured are a few angels
year will take place in January. Currently enrolled
from the Sardis Weekday
families and Church members not currently
School Christmas Pageant on
enrolled may begin to register on January 2. Public
December 14! All of the kids
registration will open on Monday, January 22.
gave a great performance and
Contact Louise Lippi by calling 704.366.9681 or
certainly set the mood for the
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy New Year!
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