5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
November 8 , 2017

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Carol Landreth's cousin
  • Doris Jordan's mother
  • Eugenia Stanfield's sister
  • Graham Gardner's father
  • Jody Sullivan's sister-in-law
  • Josh Nichols' father
  • Laura Hendrix's mother
  • Lee Ann Alexander's mother
  • Meredith Jenkins' mother
  • Pam Cope's mother
  • Ransom Cooper's uncle
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Betty Fleenor
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Connie Woodham
  • Craig Lemrow
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Donnelle Glatz's mother
  • Esther Bennett's sister/Kelly Delk's aunt
  • Jackie Mims
  • 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 (Kuwait)
  • 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,

I confess that I am finding it difficult to process the shooting tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas that claimed the life of 26 worshipers at the First Baptist Church.  About half of the victims were children. To see some of the faces of those that perished and learn more about them,  click here.    So tragic!
The Bible tells about the untimely and tragic deaths of God's people.  Take for example, John the Baptist, whom Jesus declared was "more than a prophet" (Matthew 11:9).  In Matthew 14, we have the sordid story of John's death and his head being delivered to Herod on a platter.
Then we read in Matthew 14:12: "John's disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus." Sometimes there are things that happen that are so horrible, that defy explanation, that seem so senseless, that all we can do is go and tell Jesus. 
This is why the great old hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" has endured the test of time.  People have valued the hymn's encouragement to take the harsh realities of evil to the Lord in prayer.
What a friend we have in Jesus, 
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer
O what peace we often forfeit, 
O what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
And as you take this brutal, senseless tragedy to the Lord, let him remind you of the precious truths of gospel of Jesus Christ: 
  • The Living Christ is near the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18).
  • Death is not the end but only the beginning for the same power that raised Jesus will raise us up (Romans 8:11).  
  • Evil will not have the last word but will stand before the judgement of God (Revelation 20:11-15). 
  • Those who have perished in Christ are alive!  We will be reunited with them when God ushers in a new heaven and new earth. We will be perfectly one with God and one with each other - forever! (Revelation 21:1-5).  
So, as we seek to process this horrible tragedy, let us go and talk with Jesus. 
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for November: Please pray about being good stewards of God's blessings.

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Jamie Porth on the death of his sister.  

Joe and Judy Durham would like to thank you all for the prayers for their son-in-law.  

Griefshare: Surviving the Holidays: 
Sun., Nov. 19 at 
3:00 pm (Welcome Center). Those in grief  after the loss of a loved one can learn practical strategies for making it through the holiday season.  Call 
803-359-7770 to RSVP. Please register by Thursday, November 16.

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to www.saxegotha.org/media.
Poinsettia Sales: 
Sunday mornings  on the Children's Hall,  in the  Welcome Center and in the Light House Atrium. 
Wednesday Night Dinners!
11/8 Menu: Chili, cornbread and dessert.  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.

This is the last Wednesday night dinner; however, please join us for the OCC packing party next Wed., Nov. 15 - pizza dinner in the gym before packing.  See below for details.   Regularly scheduled Wednesday night dinners resume Jan. 10.   
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party:  
Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6:15  - 7:30 pm in the Light House Atrium.  Pizza dinner before packing in the gym from 5:15 - 6:00 pm.  Come hear Shoebox  Recipient, Alex Nsengimana tell his life changing story before packing.  

www.saxegotha.org/events for the current list of items needed or the display table in the church office.  Please deliver the donated items to the church office by Nov. 12.  If you or your family packs boxes on your own, please have them  turned in to the church office or during the Children's moment at the 11:00 traditional service on Nov. 19.  

To Volunteer to sort items, run stations during the event or assist in the prayer room, please  click here.

Saxe Gotha's 23rd Operation Turkey:  Nov. 22 from (3:30 - 8:30 pm) and Nov. 23 from (10 am - 1 pm) .
You Can Serve Others By:  
  • Donate money to purchase foods
  • Cook/Slice Turkeys and deliver to church by Wed. at 6:00 pm
  • Help with Food Preparation and Kitchen Duties on Wed. afternoon or Thurs. morning
  • Deliver meals to the needy on Thanksgiving morning
To Volunteer, email Missions@saxegotha.org.  

To donate online, please click here.

Operation Turkey needs volunteers willing to be trained to be the leaders of this important missions outreach for 2018. We are looking for people to shadow the current volunteer leaders during our 2017 Operation Turkey event in preparation for leading the 2018 Operation Turkey. We will train you and support you so that you are fully ready for this position. Without strong volunteers, Operation Turkey could not happen. If you have questions, please talk to Eve Barker. If you are interested and willing to give this a try, please email Missions@saxegotha.org.
Children's Christmas Events: 
Children's Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 3rd from 9:45-10:00 am in the gym. All children and their parents ages 2 & up are invited to join us. We will enjoy the telling of the Christmas Story through song, make a keepsake craft and have breakfast together!  Last name A-L bring something sweet, last name M-Z bring something savory to share. Hot cocoa, drinks and coffee will be provided. We are also collecting donations for LICS-please bring a new board game as your gift for a child in need that morning!
Town of Lexington Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3:00 pm in downtown Lexington. Next Generation Ministries invites our entire church family to represent SGPC in the parade. You can walk, push the stroller or ride on our trailer in the parade. All ages are invited! Parade begins at 3:30 pm. Let Lori know if you will be participating:  llowman@saxegotha.org.
Next Gen Family Party in the Light House i mmediately following the parade. Contact Mary for more details: mknobeloch@saxegotha.org.
H2O Ski Retreat:  Dec. 28-30, Winterplace, WV . Middle School and High School students will have a great time of fun and fellowship. Students can either ski for the day, tube for 2 hours or hang out in the lodge.  Pricing is as follows:
Skiers- $190, Tubers- $130, Lodge Crew- $115.  Bibs and helmets can also be rented for $10 each.  The registration deadline is 11/19.   *No first-time snowboarders allowed on H2O ski trips. 
Please register online at the link below:
Youth Events:
High School Fall Retreat, Nov. 11-12 (Awanita Valley) - Please pray for our over 45 youth and leaders who will be away this weekend for the retreat.  

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. 

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.   
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. 

Afterschool Teachers Wanted: 
The CDC is looking for someone who loves to work with children and is able to work Extended Care Monday-Thursday 1:30-5:30/6:00and Friday 7:30-5:30 (hour for lunch) or Afterschool Monday-Friday 2:30-5:30/6:00. Please contact Kip Davis if interested at kdavis@saxegotha.org or 359-2058.
Senior Adults Luncheon:  Please let us know if you are interested in having luncheons several times a year.  Beginning Nov. 16 with a luncheon cooked by Jim David with entertainment by Cathy McGill and Carolyn & Michael Sosebee at 11:30-1:30 pm in Room 151.  $7 per person (payable at the door).  Volunteers are needed to set-up and clean-up. Reservations Required-please RSVP to Carol Harden at 217-652-2768 or carol031569@yahoo.com by Nov. 14.  
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.
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 Practices: 
  • "B" Teams (3rd & 4th grade) will practice on Mon., 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
  • "A" Teams (K5-2nd grade) will practice on Tues., 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
  • "C" Teams (5th & 6th grade) will practice on Thurs., 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
  • All teams will practice on Sat., 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  

Please call Terry 803-331-1622 or Pete 803-608-9835 with questions. 

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.
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).
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 .
F.I.S.H. Teams:                                                         
11/12: Team 4, 11/19: Team 5, 11/26: Team 6

Debt Free in Three

  Year 1 - Ended July 31, 2017

Year 2 - Ends July 31, 2018
(Raised as of Nov. 5, 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."