April 5, 2015
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Pick out from among you…[those]…of good repute, full of the Spirit, and of wisdom, whom we may
appoint to his duty. —Acts 6:3
The 2015 Officer Nominating Committee seeks suggestions from the congregation for nominations to the Session and Diaconate. There are many talented, qualified people in Sardis Church and your help is needed in identifying them.
Elders should be persons of faith, dedication, and good judgement. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel, both within the church and in the world. An Elder should exercise leadership, government, and discipline, and have responsibilities for the life of a particular church as well as the church-at-large.
Deacons should be persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgement. Deacons minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to anyone who may be in distress. An Elder or Deacon should regularly attend public worship, participate in church activities, be of service to the church, financially support the ministry of Sardis and demonstrate Christian living in his or her daily life.
NAMES WILL BE ACCEPTED by the commitee through April 12.
Please submit your nominations in the offering plate on Sundays or by submitting the confidential form below:
A gift has been given to Sardis from the estate of Maida Frye, who died in December of 2013. For many years she was a teacher at Eastover Elementary School. She was a member at Sardis for 52 years and served in numerable ways. She was elected a deacon and an elder, was active in the Christian Education ministries, served as a Room-in-the-Inn captain, tutored at Rama Road Elementary, participated in local and international mission trips, and served at the Salvation Army Women’s Shelter. Maida was extremely active in the music ministry at Sardis. She was a member of the Sanctuary Choir for over 40 years, rang in Alpha Ringers, from 1977 – 1987 was a chaperone for youth attending the Worship and Music Conference in Montreat, directed the middle school youth choir, assisted with the Children’s Choir, assisted with direction of the Sanctuary Choir, and directed a chime choir for the Friendship Club.
The gift from her estate was designated in a way that reflects Maida’s service at Sardis. The major portion of the estate, 75% has been given to the Music Ministry for the purchase of a piano for the Sanctuary. The remaining 25% has been directed to mission.
A piano has been purchased and is now in the Sanctuary. It is a Mason & Hamlin 7’ Grand Piano, Model BB. It was originally built in 1912 and has been beautifully restored, by Alexandar Brusilovsky of Richmond, Virginia in 2014, with a refinished mahogany case, new spruce soundboard, maple pinblock and bridges, composite action, and keys made of bone and ebony, to the level of a new piano. According to Mason & Hamlin, this Model BB has redefined what a 7’ piano should be, with a substantial tone and perfectly balanced scale. A dedicatory recital will be given at a future date.
Maida’s family directed that the portion of the gift for mission be used to support the OFCB Ministries School in Haiti. A designated fund will be established as the “Maida Frye Haiti Education Fund.” Mission Interpretation will disperse a monthly gift, through Friends of OFCB Ministries, to the school’s operation fund, until all funds are used.
We are grateful to Maida’s estate for this gift and rejoice in the ways that this gift will keep on giving. For years to come the music from the piano will inspire our worship of God and the gift of education for children in Haiti will transform countless lives. These gifts will be a joyful reminder of Maida’s gracious spirit for whom no job was too unimportant or unappealing, if it was the job needed to be done to serve Jesus Christ. To God be the Glory!
We are excited to welcome Pastor Actionnel Fleurisma as our guest preacher on Sunday, October 12! Actionnel has helped create the school, the ministry and all of the programs in Bayonnais. He served as headmaster of ICB school from 1993 –2012. He has been senior pastor of The Christian Church of Bayonnais, since its founding in June, 1995. Actionnel grew up in Cathor, Bayonnais and, after graduating from High School in Gonaives (17 miles from Bayonnais), he received formal education at Central Piedmont Community College and in Haiti where he studied law and attended seminary.
We hope you will help us welcome Actionnel! You are invited to enjoy coffee and pastries during the Sunday School hour on October 12 for a meet and greet with Actionnel. This is a great opportunity to ask your questions and learn more about our mission in Haiti.
Anybody interested in participating in the Haiti mission trip in 2015 is also invited to attend an interest meeting on Sunday, October 26 at 5:00 p.m.
The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) took place on June 14-21 in Detroit, Michigan. To help answer some questions you may have, we want to provide you with some highlights from the General Assembly. Click on the links below for more information:
Please contact a pastor if you have any more questions, 704.366.1854.
For the past year, our confirmation class has been learning, exploring their faith, and getting to know one another through outings, retreats, and weekly classes. Confirmation is a time not just of fun and relationship building, but a time of reflection and decision-making. We are so proud of this year's confirmation class!
CAROLINE MARGARET ALBA
GRACE SHEPHERD BARTEL
ROBERT TANNER BOYLAN
CALLIE ALICE CAIN
ANDREW CLAYTON CARROLL
PAUL VICTOR COPE
BENJAMIN MITCHELL DUYCK
PAUL FRANKLIN GREEN
ANNA ISABEL HUDNALL
JACKSON STUART JELENICK
JANE ELIZABETH KEADY
GRACE IRENE KOCH
JULIA CAROLINE LUECK
CAMDEN MACY NELSON
ANDREW JOSEPH PETERSON
CHASE ALEXANDER RIDDELL
HOLLY CHRISTINE SAPP
TAYLOR ALYSSA SELEMBO
THOMAS CARLISLE SESSOMS
ABIGAIL GRACE TUCKER
EMMA CAROLINE WALKER
On April 27, the Sardis congregation pulled up their sleeves for an afternoon of giving back. Families, Mustard Seed Groups, Sunday School classes, and individuals: 222 people beautified the Sardis cemetery, sanitized the Sardis Weekday School, sang at Sardis Oaks Nursing Home, organized the kitchen and Room In The Inn closet in the Sardis House, planted flowers and cleaned up the yards at Rama Road Elementary School, Elizabeth House-Family Promise, and at three homebound members of Sardis. They also served ice cream sundaes at the Samaritan House, The Relatives Home, Carriage House, and Hospitality House. They Made 860 sandwiches for the Urban Ministries Center, 115 get-well cards for the Levine Children's Hospital, and 238 post cards and 37 placemats for Room In The Inn. Amazing things happened on this day. Some participants of Give One Day even found places they will volunteer at more often. Our participants gave an equivalent of over $9,700 in volunteer hours (independentsector.org). God is good, and Give One Day is good! Thank you for all of your giving Sardis.
THANK YOU AGAIN, SARDIS! Rather than two books each, your generous contributions made it possible for us to provide three books for each Rama Road Elementary student to take home this summer! Once again, you’ve proved that Sardis is a truly caring congregation. Thank you from all the children at Rama!
Congratulations to Jennie Dishman for receiving the 2013 "Weenie Daniel" Award for her 25 years of support to raise money for the annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk. In 2013 Jennie raised $9,015 for the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk. It is estimated that Jennie has raised approximately $100,000.00 over the years.
The “Weenie Daniel” Award is one of Charlotte’s CROP Hunger Walk’s most distinguished awards. It is given in honor of Frances “Weenie” Daniel who was the Church World Service/CROP Organizer in Charlotte for over 15 years. It is meant to honor exceptional individuals who best exemplify her enduring, selfless commitment and service to the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk.
To learn more about the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk and how you can be involved visit their website.
The 2013-14 Room in the Inn season is in full swing. At the time of the writing of this article, we are hosting our homeless neighbors for the fourth time this year. We’ve had a full house each night with thirteen neighbors each time. Our volunteers have been great, and everything is going smoothly. We are also very pleased that we have many of our members volunteering to help for the first time. This is great as it allows us to sustain our continued participation in the Room in the Inn Program. Speaking of volunteers, if any of you don’t mind getting up early in the morning, we could sure use your help as we have some Rooster slots we need to fill. This is probably the easiest shift. We arrive at Sardis House a few minutes before 5:00 a.m., wake up the neighbors, feed them breakfast, give them their bag lunch, and bid them good-bye as they are taken back into the city to start their day. After they leave, we strip the bed linens and clean up the kitchen. We’re generally finished and leaving the church between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. If you are an early riser (or could force yourself to occasionally be one) and would like to help, please call me at 704-654-5194.
So what about the simple pleasures of life? Think about a nice big bowl of chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Maybe a little (or a lot) of chocolate or butterscotch syrup drizzled over it. And perhaps a chocolate chip cookie just to have a little crunch to balance everything out. My wife and I just got home from serving dinner to tonight’s Room in the Inn guests. Earlier today we discussed what we should do for dessert and settled on ice cream and cookies. My experience in the past has been if you ask someone if they want a bowl of ice cream right after they have their dinner, many times they will say no, but perhaps later. However, if you open the tub of ice cream and stand-by with a scoop and a stack of bowls, you’ll have takers. First a couple, and then just about everyone else follows. This is what happened tonight; we scooped up almost a gallon of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, and the cookies were gone in no time. One of the Neighbors said he couldn’t remember the last time he had ice cream (I think this was when I was scooping his third serving).
This got me thinking about what Room in the Inn is all about. It is about hospitality and doing a simple thing that most of us take for granted as an everyday event, and turning it into something special for our guests. A simple pleasure which, quite frankly, most of the folks we host don’t get the opportunity to enjoy often enough. Oh, and the man who had the three bowls of ice cream? He had something else to be excited about. He’s a cook by trade and has only been in Charlotte for five days and has landed a job at a restaurant in the Uptown and starts work on December 16th. Room in the Inn provides him the opportunity to have a warm safe place to spend the evenings until he gets his first paycheck and puts a deposit down on an apartment. Thank you for your support of this extremely important ministry.
This past Saturday, Pack 33 and Sardis Presbyterian Church partnered together to band the beautiful oaks on the church campus to prevent canker worm infestations. Pack 33 has set goals to give back to their community in ways that the boys will see their work first hand in their own communities. The home of Pack 33’s community is Sardis Presbyterian Church where the church kindly provides sponsorship. The PRAY program and the church education facilities have housed the activities for 90 cub scouts and leaders throughout the year since 1951.
Peter Wasmer, Jim Monroe and David Blackley began planning the project this past summer with the intention that the boys provide service to the church by earning the “Conservation Good Turn” award through tree-banding on the campus.
The boys and leaders met at the church this past Saturday morning. While the boys were learning the life cycle of the canker worm, the leaders were trained by Jim Monroe on how to band the trees. Mr. Monroe then spoke to the boys, leaders and parents utilizing his expertise as an extension agent and his dedication to the preservation of the natural campus at Sardis Presbyterian. There were forty cub scouts that set out to band 12 trees. All the boys participated in insulation application, wrapping and applying “tangle foot”.
The project closed with hot chocolate and doughnuts, of course! Many thanks go to Jim Monroe, David Blackley (especially for his donation of materials), Pack 33 leaders, the parents, and the Cub Scouts. (The boys will be monitoring the trees through out winter.)
Jim closed with “I’ll see you in the spring to take the bands down” Perhaps Pack 33 can provide this every fall for the church!
We are pleased to announce Jared Daugherty as our new Director of Music Ministries. Jared will be introduced to the congregation on Sunday, November 3rd.
Jared Daugherty was born in New Orleans, and grew up in the southern suburbs of Atlanta. He developed a deep love for God, the Church, and music as a child. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Georgia Southern University, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Western Michigan University. He also studied Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Jared has taught middle school chorus and general music in Coweta County, Georgia, and served as director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings, Michigan, and was the minister of music at Herndon United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia. As a singer, he has sung with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He has appeared as a tenor soloist for the Athens Choral Society in Athens, Georgia, and served as a staff singer for Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and enjoys bringing communities together through music. Jared has recently finished his course work at the University of Georgia toward earning the degree Doctor of Musical Arts, and has recently served on faculty as the conductor of Men’s Glee at Clemson University.
Jared has a passion for worship in many styles, and enjoys helping to facilitate an uplifting experience with each opportunity. Jared comes to us from Monroe, GA, with his wife, Katie, and daughters, Lauren (6) and Lydia (15 mos.).
Jared said “It is my calling and desire to facilitate and share in worship by encouraging others to glorify God through song. . . I aim to inspire true art by encouraging others to open their souls to experience for themselves and create an experience for the listener that is unique, emotionally stirring, thought-provoking, and spiritual. I believe that children and youth are the future of the church, and teaching them to use their talents for the Glory of God and how to lead others in their worship experience through music is important to me.”
Jared will join the Sardis staff on November 1, 2013. Thank you to the Music Search Committee for their hard work and effort during this search: Otis Crowder, Lynne Ellison, Steve Harmon, John Hovis, Jenny Kaeppler, Jim Naumann, Sallie Robinson, and Sam Thompson, Canon Moore.
Two levels of yoga will be offered on Tuesday and Friday mornings:
9:30-10:30 Slow Flow -- a slow flow, alignment-based yoga class. Beginner to intermediate levels welcome.
10:45-11:45 Gentle Yoga -- yoga for those who want to move at a slower pace. Focus will be on improving balance, coordination, strength, flexibility and breathing.
No prior yoga experience necessary. Modifications will be offered in both classes. Everyone please bring a yoga mat. Bring a yoga block, yoga strap, blanket or towel as needed for modifications. Class instructor is Sardis member, Cay Moore PT, RYT 200.
The classes will be held in the Sardis House, beginning 9/17/13. Fee: $5 per class (checks payable to Sardis Presbyterian). Feel free to email Cay with questions, email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
A selection committee for our new Director of Music is in place and is working diligently to meet the expectations of Sardis members.
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.
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.
The complete responses by committees are available here. 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. Worship has adopted more casual attire for those greeting, ushering and preaching at the 9am service.
A cold, rainy day turned into an amazing day full of blessings last Sunday! Our youth and advisors had fun washing cars in the rain, holding signs advertising the car wash and dollar dogs in the rain, grilling hot dogs in the cold outdoors, preparing and serving hot dogs to our church family and having a hot dog eating contest! After all that fun, eight of our youth attended a Triennium meeting! May 5 was a Sunday full of surprises, fun and fellowship! Including the sale of an autographed football, we exceeded our goal of $900 and grossed over $2,000! Many thanks for the hard work and support given to our youth!
These funds will help pay for transportation costs for our high school youth going to serve for a week at The Pittsburgh Project this summer. To stay up to date with Sardis Youth, make sure to like our facebook page!
Dear Sardis Members,
The old saying is so true: "everyone likes change until it affects them!" Well, we are changing in many ways at Sardis, particularly with our staff. I wanted to write to you personally and share an update on the work of your Session as we move forward during this time of transition.
Youth Ministry: As previously communicated, there is a selection committee in place seeking to find a non-ordained Director of Youth Ministry. The members of that committee are Chuck Bohlen, Doug Banks, Mary B Saclarides, and Andrea Kepley. They are receiving résumés, and welcome any names you might suggest. In the meantime, we are blessed that our youth programs are thriving under the interim leadership of Dean Bowen, Mike Bowen, Missy Banks, Jeff Weston, and the wonderful advisors and parents.
Music Ministry: With the retirement of Ken and Sharon DeBoer, the Session has directed the Personnel Ministry to form a selection committee to hire a Director of Music. This is the first step in discerning overall future staffing for music as we move forward. The members of this committee are: John Hovis, Otis Crowder, Lynne Ellison, Canon Moore, Jenny Kaeppler, Steve Harmon, Jim Naumann, Sallie Robinson and Sam Thompson. This is an opportunity to shape the future of music for the glory of God. This committee will be seeking input from the congregation as they move forward in this search.
Associate Pastor for Families: As an outgrowth of last year’s discussion groups, with over 250 members participating, the need for an Associate Pastor for Families became very clear. In our vision to attract, retain and nurture families, this position is critical as we move in sharing the faith from generation to generation.
Within the next month or two, the Personnel Ministry will be bringing to session a recommendation of persons to serve on this Associate Pastor Nominating Committee for Families. Those names will then be recommended to the congregation at a congregational meeting. The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee must be approved by the congregation. Calling a pastor is a lengthy process, often taking 18 months or more, dictated by the Presbytery requirements and standards.
As we consider all of these changes, we need to be diligent in prayer. God has promised to guide his church and to direct our path. As the psalmist says, "Through all the circling years….God is with us."
The Rev. Dr. J. Thomas Kort
Saturday, March 23, is the Habitat for Humanity Matthews Home Dedication for the Mercedes-Rodriguez Family. The build has been a successful effort by the Four Church Coalition consisting of Sardis Presbyterian, Carmel Baptist, St. Stephen United Methodist and Philadelphia Presbyterian. The dedication ceremony will be short and light refreshments will be served. The address is 329 Linden Street, Matthews.
The Habitat team is grateful for your support on this mission opportunity whether you pounded a nail, painted some trim and walls, dug a few trenches, set flooring and cabinets, took photos, supplied refreshments and meals for the volunteers, solicited volunteers, etc. Special thanks to Dan Norman, Walt Donham, and Dick Puryear, who kept volunteers focused on their work tasks and were responsible for educating volunteers their development of new construction skills!
To learn more about Sardis' partnership with Habitat for Humanity, contact Dan Norman.
Sardis Presbyterian Church’s middle and high school youth participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring offering on February 3, 2013. Those in attendance gave more than $4,000 toward this offering, which benefits the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte.
The offering at Sardis is the 2nd highest in North Carolina, and Sardis Youth leaders and advisors are excited about future plans for serving with middle and high school youth.
CROP Walk is a community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local volunteers to raise funds to end hunger.
Sardis participants raised $14,460.00 for this year's CROP Walk. In addition to the money raised by Sardis walkers, Sardis provides annual support to Church World Service and many other agencies that fight hunger through your pledges and gifts. Thank you!
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March 22- April 6: Gather your gently-used clothing for our friends at Crisis Assistance Ministry.