5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
October 11 , 2017

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Beth Klaes
  • Beth Rivers' father
  • Betty Fleenor
  • Craig Lemrow
  • Dan Viveros
  • Jerry & Donna Kirkland's granddaughter
  • Jody Sullivan's uncle
  • Joe and Judy Durham's son-in-law
  • Jon Myers
  • Joyce Murphy's mother
  • Leslie Mullins
  • Meredith Jenkins' mother
  • Nicole Daichendt
  • Stephen Stewart
  • Terry Cagle's father
  • Tim Houghtaling
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Bea Amsler
  • Betty Fleenor
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Connie Woodham
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Donnelle Glatz's mother
  • Esther Bennett's sister/Kelly Delk's aunt
  • Jackie Mims
  • Jamie Porth's sister
  • Jana Gunter's mother
  • Jimmie Rooks' sister/Stephanie McGee's aunt
  • John Burbage
  • Jon Myers
  • Jule Bland
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Kyle Anderson's mother
  • Leslie Clark's father
  • Marshall Edens
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Mike Merck
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Sunny Jewell's parents
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Wanda McCarthy
 (Non-Combat Zones)
  • Adam Gilmore - Air Force
(Combat Zones)
  • Jessica Glatz
  • B. J. Manis (HI)
  • Brian Bishop
  • Connor Lundkovsky
  • Jamie Glatz 
  • John"Tripp" Bartlett - Army (AK)
  • Ken Culbertson - National Guard (SC)
  • Michael Smoak - Marines
  • Robert Holder (AK)
  • Ron Culbertson
  • Sean Spence - Coast Guard (AK)
  • Steven Shealy (SC)
  • Sumner Thomas (RI)
  • Wyatt Hughes - Army (Ft. Bragg, NC)
Please call the church office to make updates to our prayer list!  To see a complete list of prayer request policies, please refer to our  Prayer webpage.
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Jim casual 8-2014
Dear Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ,

You can still participate in this Friday's Charity Golf Tournament! In fact, you can even come that day at 9:00 am and register! Youth 18 & under can participate at a discount! All of the proceeds will go to reduce our mortgage debt. A Fellowship Dinner will follow on the patio near the clubhouse with a raffle and prizes awarded.

The Tournament will begin with a 10:00 am shotgun start. Prizes will be given for A Hole in One, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. This will be a 4 person, Captain's Choice event held at the Windermere Golf Club, 1101 Longtown Road East, Blythewood, SC. Cost will be $75 per person or $300 for a 4 person team. 18 & under enjoy a discount of $50. Please register by calling Gable Dulin at 803-206-8013 or by emailing gableddulin@yahoo.com as soon as possible. Please also connect with Gable if you would like to be a tournament sponsor.

Last year's Tournament was a great event and a lot of fun - it's also  a great way for you to introduce a friend to members of Saxe Gotha!

In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for October:   Please pray for the lost and unchurched.  

Save the Date :  
Remembrance and Hope Service: Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 pm (Sanctuary)
Griefshare: Surviving the Holidays: Nov. 19 at 3:00 pm (Welcome Center)

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to www.saxegotha.org/media.

VBS 2018 Date Change:  Please note that VBS will be 5 days this coming summer and will be held June 18-22.  
The Tournament is just a few days away!  
Saxe Gotha Debt Free in Three Golf Tournament: Friday, October 13, Windermere Golf Club.  To register: saxegotha.org/events.  All proceeds benefit the Debt Free in Three campaign.  Contact Gable Dulin with questions: gabledulin@yahoo.com.  Please register as soon as possible.  
2017 Wild Game Night:  Men, Save the Date! Wild Game Night is Thursday, October 26.  This event will be held at 6:00 pm at Harmon's Open Air Tractor Barn, 3152 Augusta Hwy., Gilbert, SC.  The guest speaker for the evening will be Scott Moore of Wild About Christ Ministries.  

Wild About Christ Ministries connects men to Christ through their love of the outdoors and all things wild.  Within the chest of every man beats a heart that longs for wild places and adventure.  Come & hear his message!

The Menu for dinner will be Venison Sausage, Venison Cube Steak, Grilled Quail, Catfish Stew, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Home Fries, Wild Boar Sliders, Fried Pepper Rings, plus whatever road kill is available! Suggested donation of $15 per person. Men of all ages are invited.  To register for the event, click here.  
Wednesday Night Dinner!
10/11 Menu:  Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and brownies.
Cost:  Adults $5, Kids 3-11 $3, Family Max of $20.  Make reservations by completing the tear-off form on the bulletin or call the church office 359-7770 by noon on Wednesday if possible.

PAID Part-time Kitchen Help Needed:  Contact Alisha if interested:  ahudson@saxegotha.org .
Young Adult Ministry (YAM) Bible Study: Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Haven Coffee House on Main St. in Lexington.  We'll start at 7:00 pm and anyone between the ages of 21-35 years old are invited to attend.  We will continue our series on "Discovering God's Will" by Andy Stanley.  For more information, please contact Micah McCall at 803-600-3657 or check out the YAM's Facebook Group at Saxe Gotha Young Adults Ministry.
Bus Driver Wanted:   The CDC has a temporary position (which might develop into a permanent position) available picking up two elementary schools Monday-Friday from 1:00-3:30. The driver must have a CDL license.  Please contact Hope Andrews if interested handrews@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext. 26. 
Fall Semester Classes! 
We have a number of Adult classes on Wednesday nights, Sunday nights and Monday mornings.  Please click here for the full listing of  Adult Classes.  For the children's/youth ministry class, as well as some multi-generational classes, please click here:  Children's/Youth Ministry Classes.

It's not too late to join a Wednesday night class!  Three new six-week classes will start TONIGHT at 6:30 pm:  "Echoes of the Reformation" led by Brad Farrar, "Journaling Your Faith" led by Lee Ann Alexander (see below), and "The Book of Hosea" led by Joel Brantner.  To register for these classes or for more information, please contact HH Coker at  hcoker@saxegotha.org  or 359-7770. 

Journaling Your Faith: Begins TONIGHT at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall.  This multigenerational
class is for women and girls (3rd grade & up) of all ages. We will explore the idea of journaling prayers, thoughts, scriptures and even art using a wide variety of methods, mediums and "out of the box" ideas.  We will explore color, painting, doodling, writing prompts, fonts, scriptures, coloring books and much, much more!  Join the fun as we explore ways to connect with God through creative outlets! Suggested supplies: a Bible and a journal of your own.  Please let Lee Ann know if you plan to attend:  lalexander@saxegotha.org
Annual Saxe Gotha Fall Festival:  Sunday, October 29 (4:00 - 6:00 pm).  Trunk or treat, cakewalk, carnival games, Choo-Chee the Train and inflatables! Wear your favorite costume! Free Event! Open to the Community!

To volunteer, please contact Lori Lowman at llowman@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext. 28.

Discovery Classes - Sunday, Oct. 22 and 29: (9:45 am, Light House Café) New members and active guests are invited to discover your spiritual gifts, what it means to be a Presbyterian and how to "Give God Joy" as a fully engaged member of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church! Please contact Renee Starnes  at  rstarnes@saxegotha.org  or (359.7770, ext. 37) if you have questions.
It's time for Football Frenzy!  
Most of you are aware of the Flamingo Flock fundraiser.  Your friend makes a donation to a worthy cause and suddenly 15 or more plastic pink flamingos appear in your front yard. 
  Click here for the flyer.
In support of the Debt Free in Three campaign, the youth here at Saxe Gotha have decided to expand on this concept and take advantage of the college football rivalry that exists here in Lexington.  So instead of pretty pink flamingos, you can have rival college football signs placed in your friend's yards. For just a small fee, your die-hard Clemson fan can wake up to Carolina football signs covering their front yard.  

We currently offer Carolina, Clemson and Georgia signs.  Not the school you're looking for? Don't despair! We are happy to create signs for the school of your choice.  All questions can be sent to:  sgpcfootballfrenzy@gmail.com.
SuperStart is an exciting, high-energy event specifically designed
for our Club 45 group, 4th and 5th graders. This event takes place in Georgia on Oct. 20-21 and the cost is $90 for children and just $45 for chaperones. If you're interested in attending please see any leader at Club 45, Sundays from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Lighthouse. Contact Lori Lowman at llowman@saxegotha.orgor 359-7770 ext. 28.
Upcoming Fall Events:
High School Fall Retreat, Nov. 11-12 (Awanita Valley- Register asap). To register online:  https://www.easytithe.com/f/f2.asp?formid=a0da245c-740f-478c-8eab-05ec782eeda0.

Weekly Before School Student Ministry S mall Groups meet on  Wednesday mornings.
Middle School  - 6:45 - 7:45 am at Joel's house.  Shuttle to school is available for middle school students.  RSVP to: jbrantner@saxegotha.org . Breakfast is available-no cost. 

High School  - 6:45 - 7:45 am at Chick-fil-A (across from church). Students need transportation to and from small group. You will have time to purchase your breakfast. 

NEW-High School Girls Bible Study -Monday evenings at 6:00 pm at Gaby Gonzalez's apartment.  Contact Gaby to let her know you are coming and get her address:  803-873-7316.   The group will grow closer together to the Lord through a study of the book of Hosea.   
If you like to knit, or would like to learn to knit, we invite you to join the Prayer Shawl Ministry group. Meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month (will meet on Oct. 19) in the Main Building, Room 154 from 10:00-11:30 am.  Questions?  Please call Polly Askew at 803-359-7263.
Upward Basketball and Cheering- Boys and Girls K5-6th grade. Evaluations in  late October.  First practice will be the week of November 6.  All games are played on weeknights and practices are held on Saturday. For additional details: call Terry at 803-331-1622 or Pete at 803-608-9835. To register:  http://registration.upward.org/UPW64947.
Lexington One Backpack Program:
Saxe Gotha will be partnering with Lexington School District One to support the Backpack Program. As a partner, we will help fill backpacks and send them to schools for weekly distribution to children who have great need.
Each child identified as having need will receive a backpack filled with child-friendly, nutritious, easy-to-open food to last over the weekend.
 Items Needed for Backpacks:
  • juice boxes
  • cereal/granola bars
  • snack crackers
  • single serving cereal boxes/bowls
  • raisins
  • peanut butter
  • fruit cups/pouches (please no applesauce cups)
  • pudding cups
  • oatmeal packets
  If you, your family, SGPC circle or small group is interested in donating food or packing bags to assist with this Lexington One effort, please contact Holly Waldrip ( waldrip@sc.rr.com ).  Also, you can place donations in the blue bin in the church main office.   Thanks for caring for children in need in our community!
Hurricane Relief:  If you would like to give to Hurricane Relief, 
please donate to Saxe Gotha's Mission Initiative Fund by writing the check to Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church with "Hurricane Relief" on the memo line.  We are not gathering items such as food and clothing at this time.  
Stephen Ministry  is our congregation's one-to-one care giving ministry. These connections are confidential and matched up by gender. God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in a person whose life seems barren and forlorn because of crisis or tragedy.  What do Stephen Ministers do?  These individuals listen to people in need, explore feelings, pray, share Christ's love, maintain confidentiality, and attend to the care-giving process, while leaving the results to God.  Stephen Ministers have big hearts.  If you are feeling unloved or need a friend, contact  Jon Myers  at (803)727-0322 , referral coordinator for men, or  Carol Perrin  at (803)917-6690 , the referral coordinator for women. Please know that your identity and requests are kept confidential.
Walk for Life:  Please join our Saxe Gotha Aerobic Angels at Spirit Communications Park on October 14.  To register, go to  WalkforLifeColumbia.org , team name: Saxe Gotha Angels.
Cardio for the Cure:  Please join our Saxe Gotha Aerobic Angels on Saturday, October 21 at 9 am in the Welcome Center for a special aerobics class.  The class is appropriate for all levels.  A $5 donation will be accepted.  All money collected will be donated for breast cancer awareness. 
Nailbenders  meet at 8:00 a.m. (Second Saturday of the month) at the Lexington Chick-fil-A (5560 Sunset Blvd.) then leave from there to assist individuals in need.  Everyone is welcome to help! Contact Keith Hall with questions:  Nailbenders.sg@gmail.com .
Tips for Giving By Text:  
Saxe Gotha's Text Giving #: 803-302-3499
  • If you text a monetary value, the funds are attributed to the church's default fund.
  • If you text a monetary value + a fund name, the funds will be attributed to that fund name.
  • You can also text the following: "Funds" (will  give you a list of fund names), "Help" (to get assistance with gifting via text), or  "Reset" (will remove saved credit card information).
October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
Please click here  to see  some ideas for supporting our pastors.  
F.I.S.H. Teams:                                                         
10/15: Team 6, 10/22: Team 1, 10/29: Team 2
Debt Free in Three

  Year 1 - Ended July 31, 2017

Year 2 - Ends July 31, 2018
(Raised as of Oct. 8, 2017)  

To give to the Debt Free in Three Campaign or General Budget, click here.

Hebrews 12:1 "Let us strip off every weight that slows us down ... and run with endurance the race."