June 29, 2017
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Your Pastor Nominating Committee has been busy reviewing Personal Information Forms (resumes), listening to sermons and gathering referrals! So far we have either received resumes and/or contacted about 150 potential candidates in our search for Sardis’ next Senior Pastor.
Technology can be a wonderful tool and we have used it to listen or view sermons online (over 270 sermons so far) as well as conduct research on candidates and their present churches.
We have narrowed our list of candidates but continue to receive interest and welcome any referrals! The next step will be to conduct phone interviews.
Please continue to pray for us, especially if you can at noon each day.
The construction on the Sanctuary porte cochere has begun. The porte cochere entrance will be unavailable for the next three months. You may use the walkway near the handicap parking area to enter the Sanctuary side doors or Narthex door.
2017 Legacy Award Recipient: Mr. Jack Umberger
Each year, the Presbytery of Charlotte’s Leadership Development Committee honors older adult church members within the Presbytery who “actively live out his/her faith in service to the church and community”. This award is formerly known as The Outstanding Older Adult Award. The Session of each church is encouraged to nominate one church member and, after a tough and close vote, the Session of Sardis nominated Mr. Jack Umberger.
Jim Naumann had this to say about Jack:
“Jack is a long time member of Sardis. He is an ordained Elder and has served on most of the various session ministry committees over the years. His wife passed away a number of years ago and sense that time Jack has immersed himself even more in the life of our church and its ministry. He is well known throughout the church and loved by so many. Jack has a very strong faith in Jesus Christ and loves to study the word of God. He is an encourager and actively ministers to those he is involved with. To get to know him is to love him. He is a prayer warrior and is very passionate about lifting people up and praying for them.
He is in one of our men's Mustard Seed Groups that has about 15 members with ages varying from 40 to 88. He has been such a role model to the young and old alike. If you need someone to pray for you, Jack would be one of the first you would ask, because you know his heart and faith and that he will faithfully keep you in prayer daily. He keeps a prayer list and will follow up with you to see how things are going. He also has a special ministry to widows and widowers in our congregation.”
Upon learning of his nomination for this award, Jim said this of Jack’s response, “He is humbled beyond measure and feels so unworthy of such an honor. He would be delighted and proud to accept the nomination from Sardis to the Presbytery.”
The award recipients will attend a luncheon in their honor this month, along with their family and friends, hosted by the Charlotte Presbytery’s Leadership Development Committee.
Congratulations to Mr. Jack Umberger on this well-deserved honor!
For more than eight years, the congregation of Sardis Presbyterian Church has given their support to Rama Road Elementary School, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school less than a mile away from the church. Sardis’ partnership with Rama, Planting Seeds of Hope, helps provide school supplies, Christmas gifts, summer reading books, health room supplies, and tutoring programs for the students and teachers.
On April 12, Sardis was honored with the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service for its eight year commitment to the children and teachers at Rama Road. One of twelve honorees, the award was presented to Sardis by Mayor Jennifer Roberts. Under the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, this year marks the 37th anniversary of the annual award.
Volunteers from Sardis are weekly lunch buddies, reading buddies, tutors, media assistants and supporters for the many children at Rama Road. They also support and encourage the dedicated teachers at Rama by hosting appreciation luncheons and a school supply drive during the summer. Each year, Sardis hosts A Book of My Own, a drive to raise money in order to provide books for the students at Rama for summer reading. This year, Sardis has raised enough money to send three books home with each of the 675 students at Rama.
Sardis Presbyterian Church celebrates its 226 year anniversary this year. It is a church that emphasizes outreach and encourages all to join the efforts of their Planting Seeds of Hope partnership with Rama Road Elementary School.
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!
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