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The Discovery Phase- Take the SVS Survey

We are excited to begin the "discovery phase" of our search for a new pastor. The Visioning Task Force has been formed to lead us through this process and determine the "vision" for Sardis Presbyterian Church going forward-and ultimately lay the foundation for the Pastor Nominating Committee (still yet to be formed).
 
This initial process will include a variety of opportunities for the people of Sardis to share their hopes and dreams for our church. We will accomplish this through a survey, focus groups and leadership retreats to gather honest feedback, ideas, suggestions and concerns. We will also collect essential demographic/ethnographic information from the community around us. We have retained an experienced consulting firm to facilitate this process and provide guidance along the way.*

To get us started, we ask that you and your family complete the Sardis Visioning Survey. It will ask your input on a variety of topics including communications, outreach, member satisfaction, financial matters and others. Please take time between now and Monday, February 15 to complete the survey. 
 

 

Taking the Survey 
1.Log on to the website:
 
2.Enter the Password for Sardis: spc0116
 
3.  Answer each question according to the instructions. When you have finished each set of questions, click "Next" at the bottom of the page. You may use the "Previous" and "Next" buttons to navigate pages and change your answers at any point while you are logged on. When you click "Done" on the last page, your answers will be saved and you cannot change them.
 
4.Do not labor over your responses - your first instinct is usually right. The survey will take you about 20-30 minutes to complete. You will need to complete the survey in one sitting. Your responses will be completely confidential.
 
5. Each member of a family, age 16 and older, should participate individually.

Next Steps
The consulting firm will tabulate our results and combine it with other information we are collecting. The task force will share regular updates on our progress and findings. Then, once the discovery phase is complete, a pastor nominating committee will be formed, and the search for our next pastor will effectively begin.
 
We thank you in advance for your participation,


The Visioning Task Force,
Chuck Bohlen, Brad Helms, Niki Koesel, Brooke Neal, Jason Solomon, Harry Tatum and Rhonda York

*This consulting group has extensive experience nationwide guiding hundreds of congregations through transformational processes, and we believe they will provide an impartial perspective on our church and where we are heading. Some of you will recall that we took a similar approach in recent years with our focus on youth programs and young families. An outside consultant proved very beneficial to facilitating discussions, summarizing the findings, adding in best practices from other churches, and ultimately shaping our strategy, hiring and programming.

Purchase a New Hymnal

The session has approved the purchase of the new Presbyterian Hymnal, Glory to God, which was released in 2013. This new hymnal has over 850 hymns and songs where we will find the beloved and familiar, as well as some new and challenging hymns.

But why a new hymnal? The "blue hymnal" has mattered and retiring it is significant. Equally noteworthy is our complete excitement about Glory to God. Just as previous hymnals have brought our worship to greater life, so will this wonderful new collection. We sing all kinds of songs, not because everything "floats our boat", but because all of it together "floats a larger boat" of the community. The excitement of the new hymnal supports diversity that will engage us in amazing new ways in worship. Our response may, at times, be a joyful dance, and at other times, be a wrestling match, as is the whole life of faith.

Leaving an old friend is not easy. Trusting a new friend takes time. With perseverance and patience, we will continue singing and giving Glory to God!

We will be welcoming into our pews Glory to God early this year! Please consider investing in this hymnal that will inspire future generations of members at Sardis. May the words and melodies of this hymnal shape our faith for years to come.

You may purchase a hymnal as a memorial or honorarium or make a donation to help us toward our goal. Purchases are available online by clicking here. When you check out, remember to click on "Add to note to seller" and let us know who your hymnal is in memory or in honor of. You can also pick up an order form from the Narthex or Gathering Place.

If you have any questions, please contact Kaitlyn Davros at 704.366.1854 or kaitlyn.davros@sardis.org.

Drive the Sardis Bus

Learning how to drive the Sardis bus opens up a few volunteer opportunities for you! You can help with Room in the Inn, help pick up Plantation Estate residents on Sundays, or even help with the Rama Road tutoring program. There will be a bus driving training session in February. If you are interested in learning how to drive the Sardis buses, or are already certified and would like to take a refresher course, you are welcome to join the training session. Contact John Carriker if you are interested- 704.650.4884.

Sardis Announces Interim Pastor

Sardis welcomes The Rev. Dr. David G. McKechnie as Interim Pastor. Dave has shared the love of Jesus Christ through the ministry of the Word in Presbyterian churches in New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and California, as well as leading retreats and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. He will begin at Sardis on Tuesday, September 8 and will be in the pulpit at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services on Sunday, September 13. 

Dave served twenty-five years as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston, a church which grew under his leadership to some 4,500 members. That growth included the participation in twelve annual international mission trips, small group experiences, and a $8.5 million capital campaign. Dave retired and was honored as Pastor Emeritus. Following his retirement, Dave has served as Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church Houston, and at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, Kansas. His most recent interim pastorate was with Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. 

He continues to have a passion to educate and mentor young pastors for the 21st century, serving as President of the Texas Theological Foundation and launching the Houston Regional Campus of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Dave says, "I wake up enthusiastic about each new day- anticipating new things happening in my life, in the lives of my family, and in the lives of other members of the Body of Christ."

Dave and his wife, Linda, are uniquely blessed to enjoy their family, experience God's work through travel, and continue to energetically serve the Lord. Dave says, "There are three sources to my joy: First is the love of God revealed to me in Jesus Christ. The second is my wife, Linda, and our two children, Peter and his wife Mindy, and Sheri and her husband, Michael. Add to that my grandsons, Ian, Reid, Baker, and Bo. Third, the parish ministry gives me the privilege of exciting people about the Christian faith."

 

 

Pool for School Tools- A Success

Thank you, Sardis, for your donations of school supplies for our Pool for School Tools drive. The drive was a resounding success again this year. We were able to provide each Rama Road staff member with a bag of supplies at their Welcome Back Orientation held on Friday, August 14 at the Sardis House.

The Rama Road staff was treated to breakfast and lunch prepared by the Planting Seeds of Hope Committee at Sardis. The Rama staff spent the day in team building activities before heading off to Bank of America Stadium for a visit. They thanked Sardis for their constant support. 

A Rama teacher said, "Thank you to all the members at Sardis Presbyterian for all the incredible teacher supplies. The bags were awesome, and I heard lots of teachers saying how wonderful and useful they were. You all make us feel so loved and help us feel enthusiastic about the upcoming school year. Please share a heartfelt thank you with everyone."

High School Youth Serve in D.C.

Sixteen members of the Sardis Youth program left for Washington D.C. on Monday, July 6. We ask that you keep them in your prayers.

Youth:

Rebecca Alba Caroline Alba Claire Bartel
Gracie Bartel Caroline Bowen Tanner Boylan
Katie Cross Maddie Muldoon Clay Sellers
Abby Tucker Cole Weber

Advisors:

Sheri Bartel Kyle Bartel Heather Eddy
Adrian Martin Charlotte Owens

 

You can follow their adventures on their blog here.

A Gift Has Been Received from the Estate of Maida Frye

maidaA 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.

pianoA 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.haiti

 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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