Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2016
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As part of the Visioning Process, the Session held two retreats at the Sardis House. During those meetings, they reviewed the Discovery Report results in detail and worked to discern the core values and focus areas for Sardis. Below are the five core values that were established:
• A Family Growing in Faith Together
• Where You Never Walk Alone
• Discover and Follow Your Calling
• Appreciating Our Past; Embracing Our Future
• Serving God by Serving Others
In addition, three areas of focus were identified that could help Sardis grow to be a healthy, vibrant community of faith:
• Small Groups
• Making Sardis a church were children want to bring their parents.
The consultants are developing a report of these themes and will continue working with us as we transition to the pastor nominating process. The next steps include getting approval from the Presbytery to form a Pastor Nominating Committee, calling that committee and holding a congregational meeting to approve it. Once that PNC has been formed, the consultants will also hold a debrief meeting with them to ensure they understand the values and areas of focus. We are also planning a debrief meeting that will be open to you, the congregation. We will notify you as soon as that meeting is scheduled.
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.
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."
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."
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.
|Rebecca Alba||Caroline Alba||Claire Bartel|
|Gracie Bartel||Caroline Bowen||Tanner Boylan|
|Katie Cross||Maddie Muldoon||Clay Sellers|
|Abby Tucker||Cole Weber|
|Sheri Bartel||Kyle Bartel||Heather Eddy|
|Adrian Martin||Charlotte Owens|
You can follow their adventures on their blog here.
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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