5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
December 6 , 2017

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Carol Landreth's granddaughter
  • Charles Brooks
  • Doris Jordan's mother
  • Ethelyn Mims' sister-in-law
  • Eugenia Stanfield's sister
  • Jan Harrison's daughter
  • Jimmie Rooks
  • Judy Gilmore
  • Kim Eubanks' grandmother
  • Lee Ann Alexander's mother
  • Louise Viveros' uncle
  • Mallison Smoak
  • Marilyn Welborn
  • Meredith Jenkins' mother
  • Robert Zeigler
  • Terry Cagle's brother
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Marshall Edens
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Mike Merck
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • 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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Can you believe it?! Advent is here! During this time of year we are reminded of the Hope, Love, Joy and Peace that only comes through knowing Christ as Lord! It was exciting this past weekend to begin the Advent season with the annual Christmas concerts of the Lexington County Choral Society. Little did I know, when I started this community organization 21 years ago, how much God would bless us. Our special guests this year were the Lexington District One Honors Children's Choir. We had a combined group of about 140 adults and children raising their voices in praise. Thank you Saxe Gotha family for being a host to our concerts for the many years that I have served as your Director of Worship and even before that. It is indeed a blessing to help bring the community into our church sanctuary, many of whom may not have been to a church in a while.
And now you have a unique opportunity to invite friends and family and neighbors and others in our community to hear the message of Christ proclaimed through our annual Worship Arts Team offering for Christmas 2017. "FOREVER GLORIA" is our cantata this year. This is a comprehensive Worship Ministry effort involving our Sanctuary Choir, Youth Ensembles, Children's Choirs, Drama Team and Orchestra. Our story this year revolves around a single mom, Julie, trying to raise a young high school son, Max. She is a new waitress in the local neighborhood restaurant, "The Grill". As the story unfolds some of the guys from the local church choir have a unique opportunity to share the love of Christ with Julie and Max. The surprise ending shows that God is indeed working in the hearts of people around us even if we sometimes feel that our witness falls on deaf ears.  We just need to keep sharing the good news that Jesus really did come to die for us. We truly are saved by grace! 

Please pray with us and embrace with us as a ministry that our efforts will be a great opportunity for evangelism here at Saxe Gotha. Invite everyone you know to these special Dramatic Musical offerings. Share the story of Jesus working in the lives of everyday people. Share the story of His love for us. 

Saturday night, December 16 at 7:00 pm and 
Sunday morning, December 17  at 11:00 am
(One Service Sunday)

May the peace of Christ be with you!
Prayer Focus for December: Please pray for those with heavy hearts.  

Library: Our Church library contains materials that are very useful to church members.  For example, there are a number of excellent resources that deal with grief.  For specific listings, please see the library catalog.  
Christian Love & Sympathy  is extended to Harold Wray on the death of his father.  

New Members:  Please join us in welcoming new members Mitchell & Ramona (Romy) Jacocks.  They will join Saxe Gotha during the 11 am Traditional Worship Service on December 10. 
Congratulations to Sean and Katie Rankin on the birth of their son, Logan Andrew, born on October 2, 2017.  The proud grandparents are Milton and Jane Wilmesherr.  

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to www.saxegotha.org/media.
Thank you! During Children's Christmas Celebration, children donated new board games for needy families. Our children donated 49 new games to LICS to support that cause! We also enjoyed riding in the Lexington Christmas Parade Sunday with our Next Generation families and had over 60 people walking and riding and we handed out over 5000 items to the community! 
Candles for Sale:  
Battery powered candles are for sale to benefit the Debt Free in Three Campaign.  Please pay cash or check.  A set of two candles is $1.00.  They can be picked-up beside the reception desk in the church office.  

Sunday Night Live Children's Choir Schedule:
December Schedule
Sunday, December 10 - Christmas Cantata Rehearsal for Elementary Choirs (1st 5th) - 5:00-6:30 in the Sanctuary 
Wednesday, December 13 - Christmas Cantata Rehearsal for Elementary Choirs (1st-5th) - 6:30 - in the Sanctuary.  Ending time pending Hal.

Saturday, December 16
              Rehearsal - 5:00 in S anctuary
              Pizza Dinner - 6:00
              Performance - 7:00

Sunday, December 17 - Christmas Cantata- 11:00 in Sanctuary

Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Service - 11:00 in Sanctuary
             All of our Sunday Night Live Choirs ( Preschool and 
              Elementary) will participate in this service
              Call time - 10:30 AM
Sunday Night Live Choirs will resume on Sunday, January 21 - 5:30 - 6:30.   This will also be AUDITION NIGHT for our Elementary Musical.
Love a Family assists families in need via local agencies.  The trees
are in the Narthex and Light House Atrium.  Please select a recipient tag off of the tree to purchase the requested gifts.  All gifts are due by Dec. 10.   Questions? Contact Kathy Seymour 4kathys@gmail.com
Love Offering: We will again collect a Christmas Love Offering for the SGPC staff members this year on December 10.   If you would like to make a contribution, please use the Love Offering envelopes and/or note in the memo line of personal checks "staff love offering".  Thank you for all that you do in support of our church employees in recognizing their dedication to the mission of Saxe Gotha.
H2O Ski Retreat:  Dec. 28-30, Winterplace, WV . MS and HS students time of fun and fellowship. Students can either ski for the day, tube for 2 hours or hang out in the lodge.  Pricing: Skiers- $190, Tubers- $130, Lodge Crew- $115.  Bibs and helmets can also be rented for $10 each.   Contact Justin Hall for space availability.  Final balances are due December 10.   Pay online: saxegotha.org/events .
Saxe Gotha Mission Trip to Belize: July 30 - August 6, 2018
We are once again planning to serve in two villages in the southern area of Belize by hosting  VBS and Women's Bible Studies.  Anyone under the age of 19, must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  The cost is $1500 and includes travel, lodging, food and needed supplies.  It does not include passport fees, food purchased in airports while travelling, costs for snorkeling/diving or souvenirs.  There is a maximum of 20 people that that can be included on our team.  If you are interested in going and/or have any questions about the trip, please contact Eve Barker at  evebarker@netscape.net.
After School/Summer School Coordinator and After School Teachers Wanted:   The Saxe Gotha Child Development Center is looking for individuals that love children, are compassionate, energetic, organized, and have strong leadership skills. For additional information, please contact Hope Andrews handrews@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext. 26.
Wednesday Night Dinners!
Regularly scheduled Wednesday night dinners resume Jan. 10.  

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.
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.
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 .
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.
F.I.S.H. Teams:                                                         
12/10: Team 2, 12/17: Team 3, 12/24:  Team 4, 12/31:  Team 5

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).
Debt Free in Three

  Year 1 - Ended July 31, 2017

Year 2 - Ends July 31, 2018
(Raised as of Dec. 3, 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."