5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
February 15 , 2017

Remember All  
in Your  Prayers!
  • Bob Wall
  • Corley McMillan
  • Jimmie Rooks' mother
  • Jon Myers
  • Keith Walker
  • Kelly Coyle's mother
  • Nidsa Stokes
  • Trudi Greene's brother
  • Alice Peck
  • Bea Amsler
  • Betty Fleenor
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Brad Kneece's father
  • Connie Woodham
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Donnelle Glatz's mother
  • Esther Bennett
  • Esther Bennett's sister/Kelly Delk's aunt
  • Houston Jones' brother
  • Jackie Mims
  • Jamie Porth's sister
  • Jana Gunter's mother
  • Jean Cochran's mother
  • Jeff Fuller's daughter
  • Jimmie Rooks' sister
  • Jon Myers
  • Jule Bland
  • Katie Atkinson
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Kyle Anderson's mother
  • Leslie Clark's father
  • Mark Lang's father & great nephew
  • Marshall Edens
  • Merritt Wham
  • Mike Merck
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Robin Wilkes' sister
  • Sheila Werner's mother/Kim Koon's grandmother
  • Stephanie McGee's aunt
  • Sunny Jewell's mother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Tina Stallard
  • Wanda McCarthy
  • Adam Gilmore - Air Force (CO) 
  • B. J. Manis (HI)
  • Brian Bishop
  • Connor Lundkovsky
  • Jamie Glatz (KY)
  • Jessica Glatz (HI)
  • John"Tripp" Bartlett - Army (AK)
  • Justin Smith - Air Force (Hawaii)
  • Ken Culbertson - National Guard (SC)
  • Ray Hammond - Air Force (SC)
  • Robert Holder (AK)
  • Ron Culbertson
  • Sean Spence - Coast Guard (AK)
  • Steven Shealy (SC)
  • Sumner Thomas (RI)
  • Wyatt Hughes - Army (Japan)
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.
Forward to Friends!
Jim casual 8-2014
Dear Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ,

During a week in which we celebrate Valentine's Day, let's be sure to show Christ's love to our church officers. We especially appreciate the dedication of our officers who worked so diligently during their terms of active service and demonstrated such compassion, wisdom and competence. Please be sure to thank the following whose terms end at the close of this month:
Ashcraft, Candi -Deacon/Worship
Black, Tara - Elder/Personnel
Blackwell, Mel - Deacon/Next Gen, High School, College
Cagle, Terry - Deacon/Recreation & Health
Collins, Kathy - Deacon/Missions
Gibbons, Rob - Deacon/Finance
Hall, Marcy - Deacon/Vision
Johnson, Chip - Elder/Finance
Lemrow, Pandra - Deacon/Missions
McCluney, Tony - Deacon/Worship
McGee, Brent - Elder/Vision
Moore, Madonna - Elder/Vision
Seymour, Bill - Deacon/Adult Discipleship & Prayer
Taylor, Grace Ann - Elder/Stewardship/Giving
Welborn, Scott - Elder/Vision

Also, be sure to welcome those officers whose term began this past Sunday when they were ordained and/or installed. These include:
Brooks, Mike - Deacon/Worship
Cochran, Dawn - (currently Deacon to be Elder/ Personnel)
Dulin, Gable - Deacon/Adult Ministries
Eckert, Pete - Elder/Missions
Gobbel, Loretta - Deacon/Missions & Outreach
Harrison, Don - Deacon/Missions & Outreach
Herndon, Matt - Deacon/Operations, Facilities, IT
Hunter, Tripp - Deacon/Recreation & Health
Koon, Kim - Deacon/Next Gen, HS, College
Lundy, Nancy - Elder/Vision
Mangum, Marceil - Deacon/Missions & Outreach (2 yr term)
McCarter, Bart - Elder/Finance
Murphy, Bo - Elder/Vision
Shirley, Chuck - Deacon/FISH
Taylor, Scott - Elder/Vision (1 yr term)
Walker, Keith - Deacon/Recreation & Health

Through the calling of God and the affirmation of our congregation, our officers have been entrusted with an awesome responsibility. By electing them to serve, you as a member of the congregation have placed your confidence in them. Please offer our elders and deacons your encouragement, respect and prayers as they seek to lead our congregation in obeying our Lord's call to "make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19).

In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for February - Our Family and Friends:  
During the month of February, our culture focuses on romantic love between two individuals. Yet, God has placed many more people in our lives so that we can show them the transforming love and hope of Christ Jesus. Pray that your family and friends will come to know God's unconditional love in a deeper, richer way.
For our Family and Friends
Blessed are You, loving Father, For all your gifts to us. Blessed are You for giving us family and friends To be with us in times of joy and sorrow, To help us in days of need, And to rejoice with us in moments of celebration. Father, We praise You for Your Son Jesus, Who knew the happiness of family and friends, And in the love of Your Holy Spirit. Blessed are you for ever and ever.  Amen.

Baptism:  "Wade" Hamilton Norris, son of Jonathan and Staci Norris, will receive the Sacrament of Baptism on Feb. 19 at the 11:00 am traditional service.  

Celebration:   Priscilla Raymond will be recognized at the 11 am traditional service in celebration of her 90th birthday.

Congratulations: Katie Beth and Rob McBride had a baby boy, Weston on February 13th.  
The Church Office will be Closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents' Day. 
Adult and youth programming will not be held on Sunday, February 19th due to the holiday on Monday.

To RSVP online for Family Day: Click Here.
Next Generation Family Retreat - (May 5 - 7, Blue Ridge Assembly - Black Mountain, NC).  The Next Gen Ministry invites all families that have a child or grandchild participating in the Next Gen Ministry.  The Weekend Focus will be "Family" in God's Kingdom.  Click here for the full brochure.  To register online, click here.

Girl Scout Cookie For Sale! (Sundays, Feb.19 and 26)
- Girl Scouts will be in the courtyard outside of the sanctuary selling cookies.

Crew, Greeters and Ushers:  NEW!  You can now sign-up to serve during one worship service every 6 weeks. You no longer have to serve during both services.  Serving God is just one of the ways we worship Him.  To join one of our 6 teams, contact Leah Hall at  lehall98@yahoo.com or contact Melissa Peel at the church office  mpeel@saxegotha.org or 359-7770.
F.I.S.H. Teams for February:
2/19:  Team 2
2/26:  Team 3
Lexington's Race Against Hunger:  Our Seventeenth Annual Race is  February 25, 2017 .  This year's race will include a 10K Run, 5K Fitness Run/Walk and a 1-mile Fun Run.  Enjoy the exercise, fellowship, music, and post-race pizza.  Best of all, enjoy knowing that 100% of your registration will work to feed the hungry.  For more information or to register online, go to  www.lrah.org .  Registration forms are also available outside of the Library (Room 152).
LRAH NEEDS LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS!!!  On Saturday, February 25th , we have shifts from 5:00 - 11:00 a.m.  We need help with breakfast, food and drinks, packet pick up, course monitors, and water stations. Contact Ray Renner at  rrenner@lrah.org   or Warren Herndon lawyerherndon@yahoo.com to volunteer.
Seniors Classics Dinner & LCCS Concert (March 10 at 5:30 pm)    Please join us in RM 151 (next to kitchen) for dinner,  followed by Lexington County Choral Society's concert at 7:30 pm (Sanctuary). Reservations required by March 7.  RSVP to Pansy Floyd (359- 7770)  or  pfloyd@saxegotha.org .  Must pay for each event separately - concert $12 & dinner $7.
Saxe Gotha Child Development Center Registration (2017-2018): 
Preschool  and Extended Care Registration will remain open until all programs are filled.  Preschool classes available for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.  

Summer and Afterschool Registration Dates:
March 6 -17: Current Student registration
March 20: Sibling registration
March 21: Church Member and Prior Student registration
March 22: Registration opens to the public

Contact Mandy Lane with questions  mlane@saxegotha.org .
IF Conference - Ladies!  Join us Feb. 24-25 for IF:Lexington 2017.   IF seeks to gather, equip and unleash women to live out God's calling on their lives.   During this event, we will look at one of the most influential generations that have ever lived - the early church.  The way God moved through them was simple and pure. We believe they are the model we need right now.
Where: Mt. Horeb UMC
When:  Friday, February 24, 2017  (6 pm  -  9 pm) and
Saturday, February 25, 2017  (9 am  -  4 pm)
Cost: $20. Plus a min. of a $1 donation to IF (Fri. evening session will include coffee and dessert. Sat. session will include snacks, lunch, coffee, water and tea).
Please contact Helen Harrison Coker with questions hcoker@saxegotha.org.  To register for this event, Click Here .
Lexington Medical Center Free Health Assessments: 
March 27 at 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. in Room 155 (MB).  Must make an appointment.  Email Pansy Floyd ( pfloyd@saxegotha.org ) or call 359-7770. Check cholesterol (HD & LDL, Triglycerides), blood pressure & glucose (blood sugar).  12 hour fasting required.
food wed night supper
Wednesday Night Classes & Dinners 
Menu:  Ham and scalloped potatoes, corn, rolls, drinks 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. 
Food Truck:  Wolf Pizza Co.(5:30 - 7:30 pm)  
Next Week's Menu: Chili, cornbread, Asian coleslaw, drinks and desserts. 

COOKS NEEDED  for Wednesday Night Dinners - Please contact Kathy Seymour if you are able to help:  4kathys@gmail.com .
Belize Mission Trip - 
(July 23 - Aug. 1) 
Cost: Approx. $1,500 (including travel/food/lodging).  Children 6th grade & up can participate with an accompanying adult. Saxe Gotha members will join 1st Calvary Church of Batesburg-Leesville travelling to Monkey River Town, Belize.  Members can refurbish the church structure, participate in VBS, and there will be opportunities for one-on-one evangelism with local people. This English-speaking community is only reached via boat.  Please contact Eve Barker (evebarker@netscape.net) if you are interested. A $500 deposit is due by Feb. 19. 
Christians in Career Transition - 
Are you seeking a new career or a job opportunity within your current company?  If so, these workshops are helpful in making that possible.  

Workshop #1-Resumes & Competencies 
(Feb. 25, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm)  
This workshop will focus on creating a new, or revising a current resume and will also help identify your competencies. Please register by Feb. 12.
Workshop #2-Interview Techniques
(Mar. 25, 8:30 am - 11:00 am)  
This workshop will focus on interview techniques that are impactful, as well as creating a cover letter that will get hiring managers' attention.  Please register by Mar. 12.
Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church (LH - RM 112/113). 
Cost: $25 per person/per workshop.
To register: please contact Melissa Peel or visit  www.saxegotha.org/adults.

***Please note: On Monday, Feb. 20, CICT will meet at Panera Bread at 9 a.m. due to the church office being closed.  
SONPOWER - Week of wors hip, mission, Bible study for rising 9th to 12th grade (June 19-23: Orlando, FL).  For  more information, www.lifeway.com/sonpower Cost is approx. $350 (includes hotel, conference, Disney, transportation, breakfas t, with some meals covered ).  Deposit of $50 is due March 12. To see the full flyer, please click here

Weekly Before School Student Ministry small groups meet on Wednesday mornings. Middle School - 6:45 - 7:45 a.m. at Joel's house (108 Arnwood Court, 29072).  Shuttle to school is available for middle school students.  RSVP to jbrantner@saxegotha.org Small Group Study: What's Up? Discovering the Gospel, Jesus, and Who You REALLY Are . Breakfast is available-no cost. High School - 6:45 - 7:45 a.m. at Chick-fil-A (across from church). Students need transportation to and from small group. Breakfast is on your own.
The Middle School Ministry is happy to announce that we will be going to The Edge. T his summer conference is full of exciting activities, sports tournaments, church group times, worship and gospel-centered teaching. 

Who?   All students rising 6th though rising 8th are eligible to join in!  What?   The Edge is a middle school conference hosted at Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA).  When?  June 19th - 23rd.  Why?   To build Gospel centered relationships between our middle school students and leaders.  Cost?  $375 - This includes the cost of the conference, lodging, and all meals while we are at the conference and transportation. Deadline? S ign-up by March 26th. We will need a $100 deposit to secure your spot and space is limited.   To sign-up, find a brochure around campus or  CLICK HERE .
This summer, our high school students will be headed to RYM's High School Conference in Panama City Beach, Florida! This conference will bring classroom time for personal growth, small group time for our group to bond together, large group time with a keynote speaker and worship, personal devotions and free time to enjoy the beach and all it has to offer. 
Who? This event is for high school students (rising 9th graders through graduating 12th graders). What? This is one of the high school conferences hosted by Reformed Youth Ministries.
When? July 10th - 15th. Where? Laguna Beach Christian Retreat Center in Panama City Beach, FL.  Why? To encourage our high school students to grow together and be built up in their faith.
Cost? $500 - This includes the cost of the conference, lodging, all meals while we are at the conference and transportation.  Deadline? The deadline to sign-up is March 26th. We will need a $100 deposit to secure your spot (space is limited).

Please join us for this amazing experience as we grow
together as a group and individually in our relationship with God. CLICK HERE to register.
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Hebrews 12:1 "Let us strip off every weight that slows us down ... and run with endurance the race."