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

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Amy Quinn's niece
  • Auddie Brown
  • Cheryl Bopp
  • Joan Branning's mother
  • Jon and Judy Myers' grandson
  • Judy Gilmore
  • Judy Nell Chambers
  • Mary Knobeloch's sister
  • Pansy Floyd's sister
  • Tim Houghtaling
  • Tristan Groscost
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Auddie Brown
  • 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
  • Trudi Greene
  • 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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I can hardly believe it's less than one month until the Born to Be Brave Tour arrives at Saxe Gotha! This ministry has been in the works for over one year and we are expecting God to show up and show out! We are excited to welcome the Born to Be Brave team and hundreds of guests on Friday, April 13 from 6:30-9:00 pm in the Lighthouse.
Born to be Brave (which we call the boys equivalent to Secret Keeper Girl) was born of a vision from Dannah and Bob Gresh from Pure Freedom Ministries. Secret Keeper Girl has been to Lexington twice, and it has had a powerful impact on Saxe Gotha and the Lexington community! We are excited to see the same impact on boys and dads with the Born to Be Brave Tour.
Why Born to Be Brave?  We understand dads. They have questions. "Do I have what it takes to lead my son? To connect with him in a meaningful way? Am I the man that he needs me to be?" The answers to all of those questions is a bold "YES!". You are the man that God has put in his life. And God has qualified you and equipped you for the job. Here is the truth: dads don't need a bigger to-do list. And sons don't need a perfect father. All your son needs is you!

At Born to be Brave, You'll learn how to: connect with your son in ways that are NOT awkward and discover the simple things you can do to go from being an active father to a strategic father. Most importantly, instead of leaving with more TO DO's, you'll leave knowing all that has already BEEN DONE for you to be the role model you've always wanted to be for your son. And you're going to leave feeling brave. After all, you were Born to be Brave!
Tickets are on sale in the narthex and atrium after each service on Sundays, at the church office or online at https://borntobebrave.brushfire.com/events/441791. If ticket price is an issue for you or someone you would like to see attend this event, please see me!
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email me at llowman@saxegotha.org. We need lots of hands on deck to open the doors to our neighbors for this event.

In Christ's love,
Lori Lowman
Prayer Focus for March: Our pastors, church staff and officers.  Click here for "Nine Ways to Pray for Church Leaders."   

New Members: Please join us in welcoming 2 new families! Jared & Heather Faison (children - Caleb & Holden) will join this Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the 8:30 Traditional Worship Service.  Michael & Elizabeth Gibson (children - Emma & Anna Marie)  will  join this Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the 11:00 Traditional Worship Service.

Palm Sunday Processional: All children ages 4's-5 th grade are invited to join waving palm branches at the 8:30 and  both 11:00 worship services. If interested, please have your child join us in the narthex or the Light House atrium 10 mins prior to each service. Questions: Lori Lowman, llowman@saxegotha.org.

Would you like to help out by being an Usher, Greeter or Crew member?  If you would like to enjoy fellowship in serving, join the FISH Team. Contact Deck Hudson 359-5482 or email  spursusc@aol.com

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 .
Youth Fundraising Opportunity - Join us for Breakfast at Mellow Mushroom (Saturday, March 24, 7:00 - 10:00 am): Must pre-purchase tickets by March 21! Don't miss the French toast pizza!  This event will help cover a part of the retreat trip this summer.  Middle Schoolers going to the retreat will be selling tickets for $10 each to attend the event, and High Schoolers going to RYM will be serving as wait staff for the breakfast. Find your favorite middle schooler and purchase a ticket or contact Justin Hall for tickets: jhall@saxegotha.org.  
Wednesday Dinners: 
Menu (Mar. 14): Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread and dessert.  
Menu (Mar. 21):  Chicken Parmesan, pasta, salad, yeast rolls, dessert. 
This is our last Wednesday Night Dinner for the spring semester.

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.
Summer Interns - Children's Ministry
(June 4-Aug. 2):
Must be hard working, love children, love Jesus, and completed the senior year of high school. 30 hours per week. MUST be available to work the days of June 9-22, but you do have a week of vacation.  Interested? Contact Lori Lowman:  llowman@saxegotha.org or Lee Ann Alexander: lalexander@saxegotha.org.
Drive Thru Prayer: (Beginning April 17, 7:00-8:00 am, SGPC Parking Lot) Join together as we love and support community members in need of prayer. We will need prayer warriors, enthusiastic sign holders and traffic directors. To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email missions@saxegotha.org .
Looking for a Few Good Women!  The Sistercare Ministry provides dinner for 20-25 women and their children to the West Columbia shelter. If you are willing to furnish one dish, once a month for this vital ministry, please contact Stacey Rowlette, 803-312-5570 , srowlette@sc.rr.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 or email 2webber4@gmail.com or email missions@saxegotha.org.

Every 3rd Saturday of the Month
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
(SGPC CDC/Preschool area)
Fellowship Hall Kitchen Face Lift: We received an anonymous donation for our Fellowship Hall Kitchen.  This is to present a good impression to visitors attending visitation after a memorial service, w edding receptions, as well as SGPC events.
South Sudan Update: In February, Saxe Gotha's Greg Force spent a week in a South Sudanese Refugee Camp in Kenya.  With the conflict continuing and a World Food Program assessment that looks like this, you can understand why over 2.1 million have fled the country.  Greg and the rest of the team did a great job of treating ill refugees; distributing Talking Bibles (about $5,000 worth); preaching about Christ's commands and the necessity to obey them; and training on forgiveness, trauma healing and peacemaking.  

We will be collecting for Change for Sudan on April 8.  Please help us to continue this work.
The list of people joining our Belize Mission trip team is growing but we are hoping to add some more members. The dates are July 30 - August 6 and the total cost is $1500. We will be working with children in two different villages in southern Belize.   If you would like to sign up or just want more information, please contact Eve Barker at  evebarker@netscape.net .
Get Connected - Church Life App: All Saxe Gotha members have access to church member contact information and church events via the Church Life App.  To download the free app and create your account, search the ACS Church Life app in your app store.  
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! 
Saxe Gotha Summer Camps and Summer Activities -
Registration Now Open!
Art Camp, Bible Book Club, VBS, Kelly's Be Your Own Hero Camp, Basketball Camp, Tech-Know Time LEGO Robotics Camps, Kelly's Flip-Fly Gymnastics and Kelly's Survivor Ninja Challenge Camp.  

To find out more and register: 
www.saxegotha.org/ministries/recreation-health and click on Summer Camps. If you have questions, please contact Pansy Floyd at pfloyd@saxegotha.org or call 803-359-7770 ext. 11.
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.

Presbyterian Women's Spring 2018 Luncheon:
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.

Lexington Medical Center FREE Health Assessments - Only a few spots remaining!
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.
Amazon SmileWhen shopping on Amazon. com, please remember to go through smile.amazon.com. This sends donations to Saxe Gotha with each purchase.

3x your impact! From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/57-0763076 and Amazon donates to Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church.

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 .
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.
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.
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.
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. 
Summer Youth Conferences:  
Middle School Youth Retreat:  Asheville, NC (June 25-29) -Youth Retreat for Middle School students.  Register by April 1: click here.  Final payment due May 6.

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 .
F.I.S.H. Teams:                                                         
3/18: Team 4, 3/25: Team 5.

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.
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.
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 March 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."