5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
February 14 , 2018

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Auddie Brown
  • Betty Fleenor
  • Bob Wall's brother
  • Carol Gose
  • Donna Suhrstedt's sister
  • Elain Crewdson's brother-in-law
  • Greg Force
  • Greg Force's brother-in-law
  • Irene Baerwalde's mother
  • Jackie Mims
  • Joyce Murphy's mother
  • Judy Gilmore
  • Larry Bost's mother
  • Pat Glasscock's son
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Betty Fleenor
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Craig Lemrow
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Donnelle Glatz's mother
  • Gary and Edie Athey's son
  • 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
  • Lee Ann Alexander's mother
  • Leslie Clark's father
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Marshall Edens
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Meredith Jenkins' mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Mike Merck
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Susan Herndon's sister
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Wanda McCarthy
 (Non-Combat Zones)
  • Adam Gilmore - Air Force
  • Chad Nabors
(Combat Zones) 
  • Robert Holder (Afghanistan)
  • B. J. Manis (GA)
  • Brian Bishop
  • Connor Lundkovsky
  • Jamie Glatz 
  • Jessica Glatz
  • John"Tripp" Bartlett - Army (AK)
  • Ken Culbertson - National Guard (SC)
  • Michael Smoak - Marines
  • 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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Dear Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ, Jim casual 8-2014

Today is Valentine's Day! On this day many a young man will pop the question and ask his sweetheart to marry him. Second only to Christmas, Valentine's Day is a big day for wedding engagements.

But given the current divorce rate, we know that about half of those who do get married will end up divorced. This is one of the great tragedies of our modern society.

Because we want a marriage to be a joyful, life-long union between a man and a woman that is founded on a strong relationship with Jesus Christ, we have certain requirements for couples preparing to be married here at Saxe Gotha. One requirement is that the couple regularly attend church together. We believe that marriage is more than two becoming one, rather it is two becoming one to serve God. We want couples to cultivate a strong spiritual relationship as they work to develop a strong emotional relationship.
We also require 4 to 6 sessions of pre-marital counseling to be led by one of the pastors. Weddings need to be scheduled through our wedding coordinator Cindy Williams and far enough in advance to complete this process. Ordinarily, this means beginning the counseling sessions at least 3 months prior to the wedding day.

During this counseling, we explore what it means to have a relationship with Christ as husband and wife. We discuss important issues such as commitment, communication and conflict resolution. We believe that those who take the counseling process seriously will find that it will enrich their marriage. It will help them avoid dangerous pitfalls that could be detrimental to their relationship.

Christians have long understood that the wedding ceremony is a worship service. The word worship comes from the old English word "worthship". Through our worship of God, we attribute him worth for who he is and what he has done. Yet so often in our society, a wedding service easily becomes a display of the family of the bride's cleverness, wealth and tastes, and undue focus is placed on the couple. However, these services are not so much for the edification of the couples as they are for the glory and honor of God. Our prayer is that each couple who enters into the covenant of marriage will enjoy a life-long union in the service of Jesus Christ.

So, let's be sure to pray for those who will be asking and answering the question sometime today, "Will you marry me?"
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for February:  Please pray for our relationships with family and friends.  

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Mary Bost on the loss of her brother and Jeff Jordan on the loss of his mother and  Barry and Stacey Morgan on the loss of his mother and Maddie Hall and Elaina Morgan on the loss of their grandmother.  

New Members: John and Dianne Anderson will join Saxe Gotha on February 18 during the 11:00 am Traditional Service.  

Baptism: Mila Elise Elkins will receive the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday,  February 25 during the 11:00 am Traditional Service.  

Ash Wednesday Service will be held at  6:30 pm TONIGHT in the Sanctuary.  We will have the Wednesday Night Dinner.  All children's programming (Preschool - 5th grade) is cancelled so that the children can attend the Ash Wednesday Service with their parents.  

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to www.saxegotha.org/media.
Born to be Brave Event -
Friday, April 13 at 6:30-9 pm in the Light House.
From the creators of Secret Keeper Girl, this "Boys Only" event is a one-night father-son adventure where fathers and father figures will learn to lead their sons in becoming Godly men. There will be live worship featuring the Allan Scott Band. Fathers will be given the tools to connect without feeling awkward.

This will without a doubt, be an action-packed guys night out!
Become a better Dad in just 2.5 hours!
If you know a boy age 7 - 17, this is a night you don't want to miss!   Purchase tickets at https://borntobebrave.brushfire.com or at the church office receptionist desk (General Admission Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. There are also a few Premium reserved seating tickets available for $30).

Please let Lori Lowman know if you are able to volunteer: llowman@saxegotha.org .
Lily Sales:   February  25, March 4 and 11  in the Preschool Sunday EasterLily School hall and LH Atrium. Will be displayed during Easter. Lilies are $15 and checks should be made the SG Presbyterian Women.  Contact Sandy Walker: swalksan@aol.com.

Respite Care - Volunteers Needed!
On-site care, love & support for special needs families.

Join in the fun and personal reward of serving others as we provide on-site care, love and support for special needs families and their guests. Volunteers younger than 14 years can come and serve with their families. Youth above 14 do not need parents to attend. This is a terrific way to share God's love with families in our community.  To Volunteer, contact Sara Webber 957.9421, Kathy Collins 996.0103 or email missions@saxegotha.org.

Every 3rd Saturday of the Month
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
(SGPC CDC/Preschool area)
Boy Scouts BBQ: BBQ tickets will be sold on Sunday February 18  and 25 after the 8:30 am service and before and after the 11:00 services. We will have limited ticket sales on the day of the BBQ (March 4) outside the kitchen. We will deliver chicken meals on March 4 after Sunday School (take out 10:30-11:00) and again at the completion of the 11:00 services (after 12:00). At 12:00, individuals can choose to eat in the gym or take out. Chicken meals are $8.00 and chicken strips meals for children are $3.00. 
SGPC Prayer Garden Dedication:
In the early 1990's, Shirley Murray started the prayer garden and added a memory stone to honor her husband Tom, who had gone to be with the Lord. Since 2007, Jane Jones has planted and cared for the garden. A beautiful arbor was built and installed by Evan Birchmore for his Eagle Scout project.

Most recently, a generous gift was given to Caring Connections from Esther Ferrell's family, the Werners and the Koons, because of CC members who had faithfully visited Esther. Caring Connections then placed an a ngel with a plaque in t he pr ayer garden in memory of Esther and cross with a plaque to honor Jane.  

We thank Jane Jones for her quiet ministry of hope that allows for a special place of prayer for all to enjoy.
Senior Adult Dinner & LCCS Concert (Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:30 pm)  Please join us in Room 151 for dinner, followed by the Lexington County Choral Society's concert at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  Reservations required by Tuesday, February 27.    Please call Pansy at 359-7770, ext. 11 or  pfloyd@saxegotha.org .  Dinner $8/Concert $12.
Classics Senior Adult Luncheon
Thursday, March 15, 2018
(11:30 am - 1:30 pm) SGPC Gym. Please 
Note:  Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. which allows the students time to return to school Cost:  $7.00 payable at the door (cash preferred).  Entertainment:  Saluda River Academy for the Arts Student Choir.  Lunch prepared by Jim David.  Reservations required by March 12.  Please call Pansy at 359-7770, ext. 11 or pfloyd@saxegotha.org .
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Wednesday Dinners: 
Menu (Feb. 14): shrimp and grits, garlic bread, spinach salad and dessert
Menu (Feb. 21): Greek chicken, roasted potatoes, salad, bread and cakes.
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 Monday if possible.
Presbyterian Women's Spring 2018 Luncheon: SAVE-THE-DATE 
April 29 at 12:30 pm in the Gym. Tickets will be sold in advance - details to follow. Sherry Thrift Bradshaw will be speaking on "The Courage to Be Different," focusing on John 15:11.

Renewal:  Scripture Memorization
Don't forget to join the Scripture memory challenge, Renewal!  It's not too late to begin. For more details and to stay up to date, check out the Renewal Facebook page.  All you need to do on the 1st and 15th of the month is post your name, city, state and scripture.  Let's join together and fill our hearts with scripture! 
Volunteers Needed for The Bereavement Ministry:  
If you enjoy cooking, baking or serving others, please prayerfully consider volunteering to help with the Bereavement Ministry. We provide light food for receptions following funerals for Saxe Gotha members or a meal for family members on the day of a funeral. This could not happen without help from Saxe Gotha members. If you think you may be interested in helping with this much needed Ministry please call Vicki Williamson at 803-957-5068 for more information.
Belize Mission Trip: July 3 0 - August 6, 2018: 
There is still time to sign up to be a part of the Saxe Gotha Mission team going to Belize. If you missed the initial meeting but are still interested, please let Eve Barker know before Feb. 25 The cost of $1500 covers travel, lodging, food and needed supplies but does not include costs for passports, souvenirs, spending money and snorkeling/diving.  The money can be paid in installments: $500 due on Feb 25,  April 2 and June 4.  Anyone under 19, must be accompanied by a parent. Please contact   Eve Barker at evebarker@netscape.net .
In today's economy, many individuals are facing the difficult reality of finding a new position or alternative employment. This ministry assists individuals with writing a resume, improving interviewing skills, or providing support as one goes through this time of transition. The group is available to meet with you on an as needed basis.  Please contact Kathy Arrowsmith (803.238.6905 or at kca21@yahoo.com) to schedule a meeting with the Christians in Career Transition Ministry.
Volunteer Needed to Coordinate Flowers for the Altar Table: 
We need a person or two to volunteer to be the coordinator for the altar flowers in the sanctuary. Jan Harrison would be happy to train a new volunteer as she passes the torch.

Saxe Gotha Child Development Center Registration (2018-2019): 
Preschool/Extended Care Registration  for 2, 3 and 4 year olds is now open. Summer/Afterschool Registration: Current Student (Mar. 5-16), Siblings (Mar. 19), Church Member & Prior Student (Mar. 20) and Registration Opens to Public (Mar. 23). Questions?  handrews@saxegotha.org.
Lexington Medical Center FREE Health Assessments:
Monday, March 26, 2018 (7:30  - 10:00 am in Room 155 MB).  Requires 12 hour fasting except water.  Free Screening include:  Blood Pressure Assessment, Glucose (blood sugar), and total Cholesterol testing.  Must make an appointment, email Pansy Floyd pfloyd@saxegotha.org or call 359-7770.
Summer Youth Conferences:  
Word of Life Camp (July 8-13)  - NEW DATE and LOCATION.  Youth Retreat for Middle School students. Please register by March 25.  To register, click here.

RYM Colorado (June 11-16): High School Youth Retreat. The RYM  conference is now full.  At this time, students that register will be put on a waiting list.  
Contact Mary Knobeloch: mknobeloch@saxegotha.org .
Youth Before-School-Small-Groups meet on Wednesday Youth H20 logo mornings. 
Middle School - 6:40 - 7:25 am at Joel's house (108 Arnwood Court, 29072).  Shuttle to school is available for middle school students.  RSVP to Joel Brantner at   jbrantner@saxegotha.org . Breakfast is available-no cost.   Small Group Study: Ephesians: What is the Gospel ?
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. Small Group Study: Book of 1 Corinthians. 

Middle School Youth Wednesday Morning Small Group Location change for Feb. 21: Please join us in the Light House Café.  High School will meet at Chick-Fil-A like usual.  
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 .
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 in the MB, Room 154  (10:00-11:30 am).  Questions?  Please call Polly Askew at 803-359-7263.
F.I.S.H. Teams:                                                         
2/18: Team 6, 2/25: Team 1

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  Carol Perrin  at (803)917-6690 , the referral coordinator. 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).
Debt Free in Three

  Year 1 - Ended July 31, 2017

Year 2 - Ends July 31, 2018
(Raised as of Feb. 11, 2018)  

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."