Focus on Our Family
"Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Dean and Barbara
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church ….. We would like you to meet Dean and Barbara Riggin and Rebekah Curtis. This family unit has lived in Sardis for the last ten years. Dean has been a member of Sardis since the early 60’s when his dad served at Sardis as pastor. Dean and Barbara married in 2008. Barbara, Rebekah and Audrey joined Sardis in 2007. The Riggins enjoy camping, being on the lake and spending time with family. Dean is a Shriner of the Little Rock Scimitar Chapter and participates in the Clown unit. You will find him ”clownin’ around” everywhere. His clown name is “PK”. Dean is in the Holy Grounds café Sunday mornings; he serves at Canvas Community Church, UMM and is a sheep dog that helps protect our church. Dean was present during the children’s lock-in over the summer to ensure the safety of our kiddos. Barbara is active in all community activities. Her spiritual gift is serving others and she is the best at it. She is the first to volunteer to provide meals to anyone that needs one after surgery, had a newborn or had a loss of a family member. She loves everyone she meets, always has a smile on her face and lights up whatever room she is in. Barbara serves SUMC as a greeter, Dare to Share, Bunko Bash and Canvas Community Church. Rebekah is in her first year of college at Pulaski Technical Collee where she is interested in Early Childhood Education. She has grown up at Sardis and has been active with the betweenagers and youth. She is currently attending the Thursday night college class and helps in the nursery Sunday morning loving on our babies. Rebekah helps with Dare to Share and Bunko Bash. This family loves Sardis, loves people but most of all LOVE the Lord. Sardis is blessed to have this family to serve alongside. I feel confident if I ever need anything this family would come to my rescue. If you want that type of friendship/family come visit us Sunday and meet Dean, Barbara and Rebekah!
Jeff and Peggy
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Jeff and Peggy Denman. The Denmans joined SUMC a year and half ago. They moved from DeWitt to be closer to family. Jeff and Peggy have two grown children daughter Sara (husband Stony) and son Brian (wife Megan). They have been blessed with two grandchildren Sage (2 ½ years) and Hattie (Born on March 2, 2018). Jeff enjoys duck hunting and flying (yes an actual plane). Peggy likes to shop, visit with friends and decorate (I need her to come and decorate my house!). The Denmans enjoy spending time with their family and two grandchildren. When the grandchildren need a break from all the loving they give them, Jeff and Peggy travel as far as their pocketbook will allow and enjoy sightseeing all of God’s creation. Peggy is retired from teaching (she taught for 31 years) and Jeff retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Jeff serves as a forestry consultant for several hunting clubs and families. The Denmans serve SUMC by attending The Sermon Discussion class for Small groups and they participate in Tuesday evening Bible Study at the Wilson’s. Peggy has been a part of a ladies book study led by Frances Red and now attends Pastor Troy’s Revelation Study. They attend TNT group, UMW, UMM, serve at Canvas, volunteer for Dare to Share as well as attend Dinner for 8. Jeff serves as a Lay Speaker in SE Arkansas to fill the pulpit when there’s a need. When asked what they like most about SUMC they said; ‘Being new to the area 2 ½ years ago, after visiting several local churches we were invited to SUMC by our next door neighbor. We quickly found Sardis to welcome us as friends and family in Christ. The church offers wonderful Bible Study groups and has such a strong service ministry for people.’ The Denmans exemplify God’s love to everyone. Sardis is blessed that this God fearing family joined our church and jumped in alongside us to serve as Jesus served. If you don’t know the Denmans I urge you to spend some time Sunday to get to know them, you will be blessed because of them!
Clay and Sharissa
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church...We would like you to meet Clay and Sharissa Ferrell. They’ve been married for 17 years. Clay and Sharissa have been at Sardis for ten years. They have been blessed with two children: Hunter (13) and Rylee (8) who both attend Bauxite. They are constantly following the kids around with all of their activities which include, baseball, basketball, football, track...just to name a few.
Clay is currently going through the process to become a candidate for ministry. Clay works at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and Sharissa works at Malvern National Bank. Clay enjoys spending Sharissa’s money.
Clay and Sharissa have been very instrumental in leading our Small Groups. Clay currently teaches a Wednesday night class in the Book of Judges and Sharissa teaches a Womans group on Wednesday night as well. Clay currently serves on our Finance Committee and Sharissa serves on our Communications Committee. They both have been on several committees over the years and are always willing to do whatever the church needs.
Hunter and Rylee are pretty much superstars. Hunter is a starter in all of Bauxite’s school activities and Rylee recently had a 22 point basketball game, dominating all of her competition. Hunter is active in our Youth Group and Rylee loves our Children’s program and is often an Acolyte during our Worship services.
They are all active in our missions to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world and to serve those in need. It’s never surprising to see Clay with his sleeves rolled up swinging a hammer or Sharissa working on a Church project.
Their favorite thing about Sardis is that Sardis is a church of service. The Ferrell family loves the fact that everyone at Sardis is eager and willing to serve Christ in whatever manner He calls us do to so. Join us in celebrating this wonderful family this week.
Michael and Karen
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Michael and Karen Guinn. They’ve been married for 33 years. Michael has been a member of SUMC for 30 years and Karen has been a member for 43 years. The Guinn family consists of son Maddison (wife Hanna, son Greyson and daughter Sloane) and daughter Hannah (husband Chad and daughter Paxton). Michael enjoys the outdoors. His passion is hunting and sharing his game with others. Karen enjoys spending Michael’s money on her kids and grandchildren. They both serve the church by helping with mission projects (they were a host home for the Uganda kids’ choir, which Michael wanted to adopt every one of the kids) and by giving. This couple does a lot behind the scenes that most don’t realize; they help clean up the church, haul things around for the church, cook meals (or buy them if Michael doesn’t cook them) for anyone in need. They also host meetings in their home, genuinely love on families and offer to help all members of the church in any way possible. Karen has a heart for Sardis. SUMC has been a part of Karen’s life since she was 9. She has seen God do big things through Sardis and she is excited to see what else God has up His sleeve for our church. They both have been on several committees over the years and are always willing to do whatever the church needs. When asked what they like best about SUMC their response was...It’s HOME! They get to serve side by side with the best church family ever! Karen also says she LOVES HER JOB! SUMC is blessed with The Guinns, they show all of us God’s love and will always offer everything they have to anyone that needs it! Join us this Sunday to get to meet this amazing couple and see how we are to be God’s hands and feet!
Mike and Angela
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church...We would like you to meet Mike and Angela Glover. Mike and Angela have been at Sardis for eight years. They have been blessed with two children: Benjamin (8) and Jacob (5) who both attend Davis Elementary. The Glovers love movies, music and traveling! They will often watch movies together whether it's at home or in a theater. This awesome foursome love music! Benjamin and Jacob both take music lessons at Jettway Performance in East End; therefore Mom and Dad spend some time there volunteering as well. The Glovers love to travel as often as their pocketbook will allow. They enjoy exploring new places. When the Glovers have down time (doesn't sound like that happens often) they enjoy family game nights and putting puzzles together. We are blessed at Sardis with this family because even with the busy schedule, plus the fact that they both work crazy hours (nights and weekends), they still serve SUMC. They help teach the youth Sunday school, attend bible studies and small groups as often as possible. Ben and Jacob are very active in the children's ministry and you can hear and see them running the halls of our children's wing with the other kiddos. When asked what they like best about SUMC they said THE PEOPLE! "From the time we walked through the doors at SUMC, we've always felt welcomed. Everyone is open and inviting. Our boys have made great friendships and learned so much about God through the Children's Ministry and we know that will continue through Youth. We are so thankful our boys can be raised in a church full of love." Say Hello to Mike, Angela, Ben and Jacob, who knows you may be able to get the boys to perform for you!
Kenny and Beverly
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Kenny and Beverly Copeland. Beverly started visiting SUMC in 1990. The Copelands joined the church in 2012. They have been blessed with 16 years of marriage. They have four children and seven grandchildren. If you know Beverly you know she loves children. One of her favorite pastimes is spending time with her grandchildren (she may spoil them a little….). She has loved on many of our children here at the church as well as keeping some of them at her home during the day. Kenny is an avid deer hunter; I challenge all the hunters to swap hunting stories with Kenny. He also enjoys tinkering with old vehicles to restore and enjoys his chickens. It’s safe to say he is an outdoorsman. Kenny is HVAC tech at ACH and Beverly is retired from St Vincent’s Family Clinics. The Copelands attend the Sermon Sunday School class as well as small group on Tuesday night at the Wilson’s home. They have developed many loving relationships that they cherish and hold close to their heart. The Copelands help greet on Sunday mornings during the contemporary service and they love to hear the praise band. Kenny serves SUMC by helping usher and being present. Beverly attends UMW; she helps with bereavement dinners, UMW yard sale and Dare to Share. When asked what they enjoy most about Sardis they said “We feel loved and were immediately made a part of the family.” SUMC is blessed to have this loving couple as part of our family. They always greet you with a smile and hug, their presence alone can make you feel at home. You will be blessed to meet them!
Dallas and Jennifer
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Dallas and Jennifer Henry. The Henry’s have been members of SUMC for 10 1/2 years. They have four sons, Stephen, Andrew, Nathan, and Michael. The Henry’s have two grandchildren that they enjoy spending time with, just hoping they do not ending doing the things they did has a kids………. (Joys of Grandparents)! They still have Nathan and Michael living at home, but their other kiddos are over most of the time. Dallas and Jennifer have led or are currently serving as leaders for youth small groups and have been a part of this ministry for over a decade. Jennifer also volunteers to help with children’s ministries, and Bunko Bash to benefit Dare to Share. Dallas has taught Sunday school, has served on several church committees when called upon, and is active in UMM. Nathan and Michael are both active at Sardis by serving on leadership team, youth praise band, and both have served on mission trips and local missions. SUMC is so thankful for the Henry’s passion for their church and the love they have for the Lord. The Henry’s enjoy hunting, fishing, and going to the lake. You can find them at home, enjoying cookouts (crawfish boils) with family and friends or just cutting up as much as they can. When asked what they enjoy about Sardis they say “It’s really not so much WHAT we love about Sardis as WHO we love about Sardis. From the first moment we stepped inside the doors in 2007, we felt welcome and have shared our lives with this family ever since. There are just so many amazing people. It doesn’t matter what we have had going on in our lives…the good, the bad, or the ugly…our Sardis family has been right there suffering with us through the tough times, celebrating with us in the good times, and doing whatever we needed through the ugly times. There’s not another group of people on the planet that loves like Sardis.” Join us Sunday to get to know the Henry’s. You will be blessed to meet them!
Smitty and Elaine
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Smitty and Elaine Galusha. Smitty and Elaine have been members since 2002. This spunky duo has served in many capacities over the years. They have two children and one grandson. They have a Pomeranian named Ebenezer who is 14 years old that they adore and spoil daily. Smitty and Elaine are members of the Wesleyan Sunday school class, attend early Sunday morning bible study, attend Thursday midday bible study and prepare communion for our Traditional service. They enjoy going to yard sales and flea markets. They garden, do yard work, watch TV, play cards together (I want to be them when I grow up!). Smitty’s favorite pastime is watching sports while Elaine is clipping coupons. Smitty serves/has served at president of UMM, President of TNT and Director of Church Directory since 2008. Elanie serves/has served as member of UMW, co-chair (with Tina Jones)of the bereavement dinners, member of TNT and chairman of the annual UMW yard sale. When asked what their favorite part of Sardis is they said “The total love and acceptance of everyone. Our church family is so important to us. In our combined sadness, only the love of these folks got us through it all”. These two bring so much JOY to SUMC! We are blessed to have them a part of our family. Join us Sunday to get to know The Galusha’s. I promise you they both will greet you with a smile and hug.
Walter, Linda, and Beth
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church… We would like you to meet Walter, Linda and Beth Spaul. Walter and Linda have been members since 1994, 24 years of worship at Sardis. Beth became a member in 1996, 22 years of worship. Walter and Linda are blessed with three children: Beth, Holly and James. Holly currently lives in Fayetteville, James and his wife Haydee live in Sherwood while Beth lives at home keeping both Walter and Linda in line. The Spauls enjoy helping with church projects and actively worshipping with other believers. They enjoy going to see movies, watching the Razorbacks, eating out, fishing, shopping and gardening. Walter helps unload the trucks at Healing Waters. Linda is District UMW (United Methodist Women) secretary and is secretary on the Saline Habitat for Humanity Board. Beth volunteers at Saline Memorial Hospital and attends TOPS one day a week. The Spauls appreciate being a part of the loving congregation at Sardis, they enjoy learning more through Sunday school and small group study and that SUMC has a focus on Christian missions. Walter, Linda and Beth are active in the Traditional Choir, Journey Sunday school class, Wednesday Night Alive, Dare to Share, and other small group opportunities such as: ‘What it means to be a Methodist’ taught by Pastor Troy on Sunday mornings. Walter is Treasurer of UMM (United Methodist Men) and Linda is the secretary of UMW, and Beth collects the coupons for education for UMW. Walter will be attending the upcoming Thursday morning ‘Revelation study’. Walter also mows the church lawn with Jim Crone and takes off the aluminum cans to be recycled. They pour their heart and soul into Sardis and the entire Methodist denomination. The Spaul family is a treasure. They will prepare a meal for you, pray with/for you and genuinely love you.
Eddie and Holly
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet The Butlers. Eddie and Holly have been members of SUMC since 2005. They have been married for 10 years. They are blessed with two awesome kiddos, Trenton (9) and Autumn (8). Both children go to Davis Elementary in Bryant. Trenton enjoys playing football and riding his dirt bike while Autumn participates in competitive gymnastics, which Holly helps coach. Eddie is a Shriner of the Little Rock Scimitar Chapter and participates in the Clown unit. You will find him ”clownin’ around” everywhere. Eddie is an active member of the United Methodist Men and Holly teaches the Betweenagers. Holly is famous at SUMC for her chili. She ‘thought’ she won The Chili cook-off in 2016 but really got 3rd, but in 2017 she got 2nd, so what will 2018 bring? When asked what they like about Sardis they said “It’s family! SUMC feels like home, Trenton and Autumn know they have a purpose and connection to the church through their friends and leaders.” Sardis is blessed to have such a giving, loving family at our church. They will go out of their way to help anyone with anything. It is an honor to worship and serve alongside this family. Join us Sunday to meet the Butlers; who knows maybe Holly can cook you some chili.
We would like you to meet David and his wife, Sylvia (deceased) became active in Sardis UMC back in 1981, when they built their home here in Sardis on Caple Drive. Sylvia worked on Sundays, so David brought his sons William and Jeffery, because of our nursery! David was able to enjoy church and visiting with adults.
David enjoys sharing his God given talents by being a faithful member of the choir in the first service. He loves singing. David has gone on numerous mission trips to the Philippines and Guatemala.
David is retired from Baptist Hospital where he was an LPN. He graduated from nursing school when he was 48 years old. Never too old to learn! David still works for CADC driving a bus and for Care IV, a home nursing service in Hot Springs. He also does private duty nursing. (Doesn’t sound like he is retired).
Jeffery is now a member of Grace where in attends with his son, Rainan, who is now 9 years old. Williams attends the second service here at Sardis. David loves spending time with his grandson, Rainan, in his free time.
He loves the people of Sardis because they show love for one another and stand by each other. They practice the gospel.
We are blessed to have David as a church member who is willing to share his God given talents with us! In the past David has served as choir director and has sung with two different gospel groups (Jubilee Gospel Singers and Friends from Sardis).
Lavelle and Melinda
We would like you to meet Lavelle and Melinda Wilson. The Wilsons have been members of SUMC for 16 years. These two servants of the Lord exemplify what it means to walk with Christ daily. They have been blessed with 30 years of marriage. They have three children (Shanna, Amanda and Zachary). The Wilsons have four grandchildren that they enjoy spending time with and allowing them to do things they would never have let their kids do while they still lived at home (joys of Grandparents)! They are empty nesters, but still have their precious German Shepherd Sam at home to love on. Lavelle and Melinda lead a small group that has been a vital part of our church for over a decade. This small group has ministered its members through the loss of loved ones, new beginnings, tragedies as well as day to day victories. SUMC is so thankful for the Wilsons’ passion for small groups and the love they have for the Lord. What else do The Wilsons do for Sardis? Glad you asked, they teach and have taught Sunday school classes, they pray for SUMC members, offer a helping hand if the need arises and always offer a smiling face, hug or pat on the back to everyone that they encounter. You can see Melinda praising the Lord in the praise band and serving at Canvas Community Church on the last Wednesday of every month (if you would like to know more about this ministry, please reach out to her). The Wilsons enjoy hunting and fishing (they love to harvest a deer or catch ‘the big one’, but simply enjoy being in God’s magnificent creation outdoors). You can find them gardening at home, enjoying cookouts with family and friends or traveling as much as they can. When asked what they enjoy about Sardis they say “It’s all the genuine Christian walks that they have come to know, as well as the influence, that Sardis’ members have made in their lives. Join us Sunday to get to know the Wilsons. You will be blessed to meet them!
Nick and Audrey
We would like you to meet Nick and Audrey Villegas. Nick and Audrey have been coming to SUMC since they were in high school. (Nick 9th grade and Audrey 10th grade). The Villegas’s just bought a home in Bauxite close to the church. Although they don’t have children (we are waiting!) they have been blessed with two precious fur babies: Bella and Bailey. Nick and Audrey enjoy being outside spending time with family and friends. Nick and Audrey‘s favorite part of Sardis is the family atmosphere. They say SUMC has shown unending love and support that has been so important to both of their lives. How do they serve SUMC, you ask? Nick loves to beat the drums during the contemporary service while Audrey sings. Recently, Audrey began working in the nursery loving on our babies and is also on the SPRC committee. Nick is a part of the United Methodist Men and currently serves on the Trustees committee. They are both active in small group with the 20-30 year olds. They enjoy the diverse opportunities to serve in different missions; no matter what season of life they are in the church has somewhere they are being led to help serve. We are blessed at Sardis to have this young couple that demonstrates God’s love daily and will eagerly serve wherever the Holy Spirit is calling them. They are great role models for each of us! If you don’t know Nick or Audrey, join us Sunday and get to know them. You will be blessed to know them!
Chase and Shelby
We would like you to meet Chase and Shelby Nowlin. Chase has been a part of Sardis since 2012 when he began courting Shelby…… Shelby, however, has been a part of Sardis since she was just a young lady in junior high school. They have two wonderful pups: Grizzy and Pepper. They both are very active at Sardis because Shelby has been our Contemporary Service Worship Leader the past four years. Chase has some wonderful talents as well and being married to the worship leader means he is also part of the worship team. If they could play all the instruments at once, they could be their own band. Apart from playing music together, they both keep very busy. Chase is a Professional Chef and is always preparing and serving for others. Shelby is in graduate school and serving a dietetic internship in Texarkana. Sardis to Texarkana can be a long drive, but God wonderfully placed them in Arkadelphia, AR, which is about the half way mark. When they have a little free time, which not very often, Shelby loves to show Chase how to cook………they love watching moving and hanging with their little doggies. Shelby loves when duck season arrives, because Chase loves to duck hunt and she has the house to herself so she can bring her crafty ideas to life. They play such a vital part of making Sardis a very loving and friendly church to be a part of. If you have not gotten to know Chase and Shelby, take some time and visit with them. You will love their fun loving and friendly personalities.
Greg and Kim
We would like you to meet Greg and Kim Wertenberger. Greg and Kim have been members of SUMC since 2008. God has blessed them with two children: Becca (16) and Ben (13). Becca goes to Bryant High School while Ben goes to Bethel Middle School. The Wertenbergers enjoy camping together, playing board games, cooking and eating dinner together most nights and going to the movie theater to watch movies (especially Harry Potter & Star Wars). Greg and Kim enjoy riding in their convertible and going to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Greg serves SUMC by leading the Journey Sunday school class, being a chaperone on youth trips and will assist in leading the congregation during special holiday services (Thanksgiving). Kim serves SUMC by teaching Sunday school classes when needed, leading the Operation Christmas Child mission and is an active member of the Journey Sunday school class. Becca serves by being present in the youth group, helping during children’s church and working the nursery when needed. Ben is active in the youth group, will help during children’s church and he just started working in the sound booth during worship service. The entire Wertenberger family enjoys helping with VBS, youth group activities as well as greeting during the 2nd service. The Wertenbergers are a true blessing to Sardis. They are the first ones that will volunteer to help with the children’s ministry, youth events and participate/lead adult bible studies. The Wertenbergers say that SUMC is full of loving people: they check on you when you aren’t present and they’ll pray with you and for you. They enjoy the praise band, the youth group and their Sunday school classes. Please join me this week honoring The Wertenbergers! If you would like that kind of church family, come visit us on Sunday and get to know the Wertenbergers and see for yourself what SUMC has to offer!
Robert and Julie
We would like you to meet Robert and Julie Brown and their family. Robert and Julie have been members of SUMC since 2001. God has blessed them with three children: Robann (22), Jaisa (20) and Harris (15). Robann currently attends Lyon College, Jaisa attends Harding University and Harris goes to Bryant High School. Robert and Julie are always busy running around visiting kids at college, working or at band practice. When they are all together they like watching Christian movies, playing video games, listening to music and enjoying a good meal. Robert serves SUMC by working in the sound booth while Julie attends bible studies and participating in Christmas plays. Robann (when home from college) serves by helping her dad in the sound booth, Jaisa (when home from college) serves by attending Sunday school and helps in the nursery while Harris serves by filling the sanctuary candles, setting up the stage, turning on equipment and filling in as an acolyte when needed. The entire family supports numerous church missions and activities. The Browns are a blessing to Sardis because they love each member by caring for them, helping them and always offering a smile and a hug to everyone. If you often wonder how the words get on the screen during service, how the lights change, or how the volume of microphones/instruments work, Robert is one of many that are behind the scenes making it happen. The Browns favorite part about Sardis is the friendships that have turned into family. Please join me this week honoring The Browns! The Browns say that SUMC is full of loving and caring people that are there for you anytime you ask. If you would like that kind of church family, come visit us on Sunday and get to know the Browns and see for yourself what SUMC has to offer!
Troy and Shelli
We would like to recognize how Christ has shown his love to Sardis by sending the Conrad family. Troy and Shelli joined our wonderful family in late June of this year. They are blessed with three sons, Corey who is active duty Air Force, Aric who is an intern at the Wesley Foundation at University of Central Arkansas, and Brandon who attends University of Arkansas. With all three sons spread across the country, they keep in contact with one another thru Skype or Xbox chat. Skype is used for heart to heart conversations such as ‘How is your week going’, ‘I love you’ and ‘See you soon’ while the Xbox chat room is used for friendly family competition. How would you like to be a part of that? Since arriving the Conrad’s have made an impact on SUMC. They have come in with open hearts and open minds while doing the work of the Lord. When asked what they love about Sardis, their response was the kind, warm, and happy people. Shelli shares her voice in the choir during our traditional service, attends The Wesleyan Sunday school class and women’s bible study. To say that Troy is a go-getter is an understatement. If he is not writing a Sermon, he is most likely writing a book, or cooking for someone. Troy and Shelli love to serve their congregation as well as the community in which they live. We are truly blessed to have this wonderful family to worship/serve alongside. Join us Sunday to hear what the Lord has laid on Troy’s heart to share with us all!
Sammie Lou and Ben
We would like you to meet Ben and Sammie Lou Clardy. Ben and Sammie Lou are among the oldest living and active members of SUMC. Ben has been a part of SUMC since he was a very young boy and Sammie Lou became active in 1965. This wonderful duo has served in many capacities over the years. They have three children and seven grandchildren whom they love dearly. Ben and Sammie Lou are members of the Wesleyan Sunday school class which Ben teaches on rotation. They love visiting with friends and family, when they are not busy attending the Symphony, a production at Murray’s, or the Royal Theater. Well that is what Sammie Lou enjoys! Ben loves to sing ‘This is the day that the Lord has made’ while catching fish. Their smiling faces bring a bright light to the church as well as the community. You will find Ben shaking hands and greeting everyone with a smile on Sundays. Sammie Lou serves SUMC in the food pantry as well as providing financial reports for the church. Ben enjoys golfing and gardening, while Sammie Lou prefers to read, research genealogy, play bunko and spend time with family. Ben and Sammie Lou love the Lord, their family, and their church; they feel wonderfully blessed to be members of SUMC. Join us Sunday to get to know The Clardy’s. I promise you they both will greet you with a smile and the word of God..
Nick and Emily
We would like you to meet The Bakers. Nick and Emily joined our church family last month. They have been visiting our church and prayerfully considering joining for a few years. Nick and Emily are blessed with two children, Carter (8) and Jack (1). The Bakers are expecting another child in January. God is definitely blessing them! Nick and Emily live in the East End community where Carter takes guitar lessons from Jettway Performance. Carter also is a member of Cub Scouts where he enjoys learning about the outdoors, playing with friends and learning to be a team player. When Nick and Emily aren’t running around chasing the kids they enjoy anything outdoors. They love to go fishing and camping. Nick enjoys hunting while Emily enjoys a nap. (Ha!). The Bakers feel at home at Sardis and have felt welcomed since the first day they visited SUMC. Since joining they have gotten plugged into Men’s and Women’s groups. They serve Sardis by being present, donating to the outreach programs at the church and showing Christ’s love to others. We are so excited to see how God uses Nick and Emily at Sardis. Please be in prayer that they allow God to use them where he sees the need and that they open their hearts, mind, and spirit to the outpouring love that Sardis shows its members! Join us Sunday to get to know the Bakers, they won’t disappoint!
Kris and Julie
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church….
We would like you to meet The Flugers. Kris and Julie have been members of SUMC since 2009. They are blessed with two beautiful girls, Kaylee (11) and Brooke (8). Both girls enjoy going to school in Bryant and are heavily involved in sports. Brooke plays soccer while Kaylee competes in triathlons. When Kris and Julie have free time from running their two girls around, they enjoy spending it with family and friends. They enjoy doing outdoor activities together as a family. Kris and Julie coach soccer in the Bryant community. The Flugers enjoy the praise band and the church family atmosphere at Sardis. They serve the church by being present in a small group, serving communion to the congregation, and by tithing. Sardis is blessed to have this family of four as part of our growing church.
Some say they are the ‘Chip and Joanna’ of Sardis.
Jared and Jessica
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Jared and Jessica Butler and their family. Jared and Jessica have been members of SUMC since 2004. God has blessed them with four children: Mia (21), Monica (19), Jodi (12) and Wade (10). Mia and Monica are currently attending the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Jodi and Wade attend school in Bryant. Jared and Jessica are always busy running around chasing kids at college, dance competitions and swim meets. When they do have time to spend together as a family, they enjoy swimming, binge watching TV and playing video games. Jared serves SUMC by working in the sound booth and attending a small group that meets on Tuesday mornings. If you often wonder how the words get on the screen during service, how the lights change, or how the volume of microphones/instruments work, Jared is one of many that are behind the scenes making it happen. Jessica serves SUMC as the Children’s Minister and enjoys attending women’s Bible studies. Their favorite part about Sardis is the fellowship and community of the church. The Butlers are a blessing to Sardis because so many times they put others’ needs in front of their own. They have housed the kids from the Ugandan Kids Choir for a weekend. They spend countless hours setting up for the Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Carnival, Lock-Ins, swim parties, paint parties, Vacation Bible School and Camp Tanako trips. The entire Butler family volunteers their time and energy into these projects. Please join me this week honoring The Butlers! If you don’t know them, please join us Sunday and get to know them. They will not disappoint!
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Jamye Miller. Jamye started visiting SUMC in 2012 and became a member in 2014. Jamye lives in Little Rock and is a Dental Hygienist at Dr. Ned Alley’s office. Jamye enjoys anything to do with the outdoors. She loves to kayak, hike, go camping with friends, and hang out at the lake. When she isn’t outdoors she enjoys watching Arkansas Razorback Football and has made it a mission to travel as much as her pocketbook will allow. Jamye has a love for the Olympics (summer and winter). Her personal goal is to have a different USA shirt every day of the Olympics. Jamye’s favorite part of Sardis is the relationships that she has developed and the friends that have turned into family. She serves Sardis by being present in small group, helping lead Bunko Bash as well as the Dare to Share ministry. Jamye is a blessing to Sardis; she devotes her time to work with the ministries of the church and she greets everyone with a smile. Jamye has several young children who look forward to seeing her every Sunday. She is modeling the Christian way by showing love to each of them. If you don’t know Jamye, join us Sunday and get to know her. You will be blessed to know her!
Gus and Janell
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church… We would like you to meet Gus and Janell Butler. Gus and Janell have been members since 1997, 20 years of worship at Sardis. Gus and Janell live in Mabelvale on Butler Lake surrounded by their wonderful family which includes 6 children, 3 daughters-in-law, 2 sons-in-law, 13 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. They love to ride their golf cart around Butler Hill to visit the family. They find pure joy living so close to their family and enjoy the blessing of getting to help raise their grandkids. For 35 years they have been active member of the Scimitar Shrine and Gus has been an award winning Clown the entire time. Gus is an active member of the community he is a member of the Sardis Water Department Board as well as a board member for Butler and McPherson Cemeteries. When Sardis UMC constructed the new Sanctuary, Gus helped with landscaping of the Church grounds. Janell is one of the most fun loving people you will ever meet. From her warm smile to her caring heart, she has a personality you will never forget. Janell and Gus have made so many friendships at Sardis through the Sunday school class they teach together 'His Family'. They both love the Lord with all their Heart, all their Mind, and all their Soul. If you don’t know Gus and Janell, join us Sunday and get to know them. I can assure they will have a seat saved for you!
Chris and Diane
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Chris and Diane Wright. Chris and Diane have been at Sardis for two years. They have been blessed with three children: Dillon (10), Michael (6) and Jason (2). Dillon and Michael attend Booker Arts Magnet while Jason still has a few more years before he starts school. Chris and Diane live in Little Rock and enjoy cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks! When they aren’t chasing around the boys, they love to watch college and NFL football. Dillon enjoys playing both football and soccer; he has the best cheerleaders in Michael and Jason. They will one day be on the field too. In the off season the entire Wright family enjoys spending time together in the outdoors. Chris serves SUMC by playing bass guitar in the praise band and plays a vital role during service as a congregational steward. Diane is the youth director and also enjoys serving by singing in the seasonal choir. Chris and Diane attend the Journey Sunday school class. Dillon and Michael serve by being acolytes during the contemporary service. All three boys have been a part of the children’s Christmas program the last several years. Their favorite part of Sardis is the family-like atmosphere. They have felt welcomed from the beginning. We are honored to have the Wrights at Sardis.
Waylon and Faye
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Waylon and Faye Moren. Waylon and Faye are among the oldest living and active members of SUMC. Faye has attended SUMC since a very young girl, making her public confession for Christ and dedication to the church at the age of 18. Waylon made his public confession at the age of 14, then a member of Fairview Baptist Church. He joined SUMC in 1973. These two jewels of our church have served in many capacities over the years. They have been blessed with 62 years of marriage. They have three children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Waylon and Faye are members of the Wesleyan Sunday school class of which Faye helped organize and serves as the first teacher, Waylon has also lead the class. They are members of TNT group, rumor is Faye’s fried potatoes and onions are famous. Waylon was instrumental in helping organize the group. He is also on the McPherson Cemetery board. Faye is an active member of the UMW (United Methodist Women), serves on their food committee and sews for the unit’s mission project and prepares ‘gifts of kindness’ kits for AR Children’s Hospital. Waylon enjoys yard work and deer hunting while Faye prefers to garden, work with her flowers, cook Sunday lunches and spend time with family. Waylon and Faye love the Lord and their church family; they feel richly blessed to be members of SUMC.
We would like you to meet Connie Smith. Connie has been a member of SUMC for 47 years. She has been in the Methodist faith her entire life. Connie has raised two God-fearing sons, Kent and Kerry, as well as being blessed with 7 grandchildren whom she adores. Connie lives in the Sardis Community and enjoys reading, working in her yard, volunteering at the church and spending time with family and friends. Connie has a servant’s heart for the Lord. Her favorite part of Sardis is the love and care that the members of the church show to one another. Connie serves the church by leading Sunday school, being a member of the UMW (United Methodist Women) and a member of TNT. She loves serving the community by volunteering in SUMC’s food pantry and she devotes her time and energy into guaranteeing that it is well stocked and organized. Connie is a blessing to Sardis because each month she drives to our homebound members’ houses to serve communion to them. Connie also volunteers her time to fold the weekly bulletins, clean and organize all of the empty Easter eggs after the annual Easter egg hunt, as well as help with recycling in the church office.
Mel and Rosemary
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Mel and Rosemary Kirby. Rosemary has been a part of Sardis since she was in the 7th grade (not too long ago). What brought them to Sardis, you ask? Her parents purchased the store on the corner, formerly known as Tull Mercantile. Mel became a part of Sardis after marrying Rosemary over 32 years ago. This wonderful duo has served in many capacities over the years. They love visiting with friends and family, babysitting great grandchildren when possible and playing cards with friends and loved ones. Mel enjoys fishing when he can work it into his schedule. (He is good at catching branches and stumps. Ha!) Their smiling faces bring a bright light to the church as well as the community. Did you know Mel enjoys bringing God’s word to others? If you haven’t heard him speak, you are missing out! He has a love for the Lord like no other! Mel has served as president of the United Methodist Men in the past as well as a Sunday school teacher. He enjoys Bible studies and the men’s group. Rosemary is active in the United
Methodist Women organization on a local, district and conference level and served as chairperson of the missions committee. She also enjoys singing with the choir at the early services. She is a “Martha” and enjoys serving others. Mel and Rosemary are both past lay directors of the Walk to Emmaus. Mel was a pilgrim on walk #98 and Rosemary was a pilgrim on walk #102. The Kirby’s favorite part of Sardis is being part of a large family and knowing that they are accepted for who they are. They say Sardis is a great place to call HOME! They stated that “Our church family has stood beside us in difficult times with their prayers, love and support”. Sardis is blessed that the Kirbys call our church HOME. If you ever want to have an example of how Jesus served his people, come and meet the Kirbys, they are a great example for all of us to follow.
Michael and Lorelei
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Michael and Lorelei Aulenback. Michael and Lorelei have been members of SUMC since 2010. God has blessed them with three children: Abigail, Presley, and Mckaylee. The Aulenback’s enjoy camping together, fishing and they also love to swim, obviously they love the warm weather months. Speaking of warmth, Michael and Lorelei absolutely love the warmth that the Sardis Church family has provided and continues to provide to their family. The Sardis Church family has provided everything from prayers, food, personal visits, among other things when the Aulenback’s were in need. Most of all they were provided with love during the struggles of premature babies, surgeries, and bed rest. Abigail, Presley, and Mckaylee were all baptized at Sardis United Methodist Church and they love Sunday school time with all the other kiddos. Lorelei has become involved with Sardis’ new support mission of Methodist Children’s group home and Canvas mission. Christ is using Lorelei and her wonderful family to show His love to others through these missions. The Aulenback’s say that SUMC is a family of loving people. Please join me this week honoring The Aulenback’s!
This week at Sardis United Methodist Church…We would like you to meet Tina Jones . Tina married John “Sonny” Molock in 1959 and joined Sardis UMC about the same time. He passed away in 2007 and a couple of years later she married her next door neighbor and “yard boy”, Jerry Jones. (He’s a Baptist).
Tina has two daughters Holley Zarlingo and Hope Price and her husband John and 4 grandchildren Ashtyn, Brooklyn, Travis and Ethan who are the light of her life!
Tina enjoys reading, taking pictures and working in the yard. She and Jerry enjoy playing Mexican dominoes. Tina goes to eat once a month with a group of retirees from Bryant School District.
She attends the Wesleyan Sunday School class, UMW, Thursday morning small group and a member of the Trustees. She has served on various committees through the years. Tina said that Sardis UMC is her strong hold. These wonderful people have stayed by her side thru thick and thin. SUMC is special to her and she loves each and everyone! Sardis UMC is a wonderful place to be a part of.