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

Remember All  
in Your  Prayers!
  • Benjamin Bledsoe's father
  • Caden DeRouen
  • Corley McMillan
  • Gladys Davis
  • Jeff Ashcraft
  • Jimmie Rooks' mother
  • Kelly Coyle's mother
  • Miki Keisler
  • Nick Cochran's step father
  • Nidsa Stokes
  • Alice Peck
  • Ashley Cagle Morris
  • 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
  • Marshall Edens
  • Merritt Wham
  • Mike Merck
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Robin Wilkes' sister
  • Stephanie McGee's aunt
  • Sunny Jewell's mother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Tina Stallard
  • Wanda McCarthy
  • Adam Gilmore - Air Force
  • Jamie Glatz 

  • B. J. Manis (HI)
  • Brian Bishop
  • Connor Lundkovsky
  • 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!
Dear Saxe Gotha Family,

In February, I accompanied the Trinity South Sudan medical and theological mission team to the Rhino and Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement Camps located in northwest Uganda.  The doctor and three nurses with the medical mission team served over 500 South Sudanese Refugees and provided 400 people with reading classes.  The theological team distributed Talking Bibles, translated into various languages, to South Sudanese Pastors from multiple denominations within the settlement camps.  Trauma healing seminars were also conducted for the Pastors who are personally struggling with violence and atrocities that they have witnessed.  With this vital assistance, they can begin helping their own congregations deal with the trauma inflicted upon them and begin the healing and reconciliation process. 

With the generous support from Saxe Gotha's Change for Sudan ministry, I purchased a chlorine generator, bleach maker and supporting equipment for the use of purifying and sanitizing water at the refugee settlement camps.  I trained the refugees and camp personnel to set up and operate the chlorine generator in order to treat rainwater captured in cisterns at both settlement camps.  Use of the chlorine generator in one village alone will increase the potable water capacity by a factor of five to 50,000 gallons per day.  Utilizing additional chlorine generators will have a significant impact, since there are limited water sources for the 300,000 South Sudanese refugees who have fled to the Ugandan settlement camps (an average of 4,000 people per day since August 2016).  Personnel at both camps are buying large quantities of bleach, so they were excited to discover how to make their own with the bleach maker.  The bleach will disinfect water storage tanks and jerry cans used for carrying water.  Thank you again for your support and I look forward to sharing more during our Change for Sudan collection on March 24th.  

In Christ's love,
Greg Force
Prayer Focus for March -  Please pray for our pastors, church staff and officers.  

Youth Sunday is March 19th -  It will be a One Service Sunday followed by a Potluck in the gym.  There will be no children's worship (Splash) on Youth Sunday, all children ages 4 and up are invited to worship with their families.
Please bring a dish according to the first letter of your last name:
Meats/Casseroles/Main Dish:  A - J
Sides/Salads: K - S
Dessert:  T- Z
Volunteers are needed to help with the potluck from:
9:30 - 10:00 am  (Food drop off)
10:45 - 11:45 am (Set up)
1:00 - 2:00  pm (Clean up)
If you can volunteer, please contact Jennifer Gibbons at  jgibbons@marriedtomylove.com or 356-8359.
The Finance Team will provide a semi-annual update on the church's finances  during the latter part of the Potluck Dinner. Childcare will be provided  by the Next Generation Team. Ages 0-3 will go to the nursery, and  ages 4 year old through elementary will watch a movie in the library.
Palm Sunday is April 9th: All children ages 4's-5th grade are invited to join us in the waving of palm branches at the 8:30 and 11:00 traditional worship services. If you are interested, please have your child join us in the narthex 10 minutes prior to each service.
Presbyterian Women's Spring 2017 Luncheon:  April 2 at 12:30 pm in the Gym. All women of the church are invited to join us. Tickets will be sold in advance in the Welcome Center, Preschool Sunday School hall and the Light House Atrium. Our featured guest speaker is Laura Christy - Christian singer, teacher and author.  Her topic is "Supernatural Joy," and she will be giving a moving message that focuses on John 15:11. Contact Michelle Smoak with questions: smoakfamily199@gmail.com.
Discovery Classes - Sun., Mar. 26 & April 2: (9:45 - 10:45 am, Light House Café)   We invite new members and active guests to discover your spiritual gifts, what it means to be a Presbyterian and how to "Give God Joy" as a fully engaged member of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church! Periodically throughout the year, SGPC offers a Discovery Class to help new members get plugged into Saxe Gotha. The class lasts for only a few hours, but it is extremely helpful in introducing individuals to all aspects of our church and its ministries. Please contact  Melissa Peel  at mpeel@saxegotha.org or (803.359.7770, ext. 63) if you have questions.
World Vision Writers Needed: Proceeds from (LRAH) Lexington's Race Against Hunger pays the sponsorship fees for sevenWorld Vision Children.
We need volunteers who will write to these WV children only four times a year. We will pay the postage for all correspondence.  Contact Pansy Floyd at  pfloyd@saxegotha.org  or (803) 359-7770, est. 11, for more details.  Please consider bringing some joy into the lives of these less fortunate children by sending them a note from America!
SGPC Summer Camps/VBS/Activities:  Please see a complete list of summer camps/activities on our website www.Saxegotha.org - Recreation & Health - Summer Camps. For more information
 please contact Pansy at 
pfloyd@saxegotha.org or 803-359-7770, ext. 11.
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.  Deposit due by April 5.
Easter Lily Sales - The Women of the Church will sell lilies on March 19 and 26. The ladies will be in the Welcome Center, Preschool Sunday School Hall and the Lighthouse Atrium. The lilies are $15 each and will be displayed in the Sanctuary for the Easter season.  The final deadline for lily purchases and dedications is March 28. Contact Sandy Walker with questions: swalksan@aol.com.
Wednesday Night Classes & Dinners 
Menu: 3/15 -  Ribs, baked beans, coleslaw, 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:  Next Food Truck on March 22 (5:30 - 7:30 pm).  Next Week's Menu:  3/22 -  Chicken Tetrazzini, spinach salad, rolls, bread pudding.
Belize Mission Trip:
(August 1 - 8) 
Cost is $1500.  Please keep our team in your prayers as we prepare to serve God in Belize.  We currently have 17 people on  our team and have room for 3  more  people.   A deposit of $750 is  due on Sunday, March 19 .  You may contact Eve Barker for more information at evebarker@netscape.net .
Church-wide Lenten Media Fast: 
(Mar. 19, 26 & April 2 & 9) 
Give Up
 media for 12 daylight hours each Sunday in Lent.  
Free Up time to focus on God.  
Build Up stronger relationships & forge new ones.

We are asking that you give up TV, Radio, Social Media, Video Games, etc. Instead, invest time into your relationship with God and with family & friends. 

Scripture Memorization for Week #2:  (Proverbs 11:1-3)
The Lord detests dishonest scales,
but accurate weights find favor with him.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
The integrity of the upright guides them, 
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
NEW Thursday Mother's Morning Out Program!   We will meet Thursday mornings from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. The program will run April 20th-May 25th (6 weeks) and the fee is $135 with a $10 registration fee. The program is for children ages 3 months to 2 years. If interested, please contact Alisa Dunovant:  adunovant@saxegotha.org.
Lexington Medical Center Free Health Assessments: 
March 27 at 7:30 - 10:00 am 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.
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.
Senior Adult Movie Night -
 March 16 at 5:00 pm in Light House Room 112-113. We will be showing "A Prairie Home Companion," and popcorn, drinks and tea will be provided.  Please bring an appetizer to share.  Reservations are not required.  
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 .
Christians in Career Transition -
Are you seeking a new career or a job opportunity within your current company?  If so, the CICT workshop may be helpful in making that possible.  

Workshop: 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 asap by calling the church.
Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church (Light House - RM 112/113). 
Cost: $25 per person/per workshop.
To register: please contact Melissa Peel or visit  www.saxegotha.org/adults.
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 .
RYM's High School Conference is FULL! 
SONPOWER - Week of worship, mission, Bible study for rising 9th to 12th grade (June 19-23: Orlando, FL).  Cost is approx. $350 (includes hotel, conference, theme park, transportation, breakfast, with some meals covered). Deposit of $50 due asap.  Just a few spots remaining! For info, go to www.saxegotha.org/ministries/music-arts . 
Weekly Before School Student Ministry S mall Groups meet on Wednesday mornings. Middle School - 6:45 - 7:45 am 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 am at Chick-fil-A (across from church). Students need transportation to and from small group. You will have time to purchase your breakfast. 
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:
3/19: Team 6
3/26: Team 1
Debt Free in Three:   Year 1: August 2016 - 17 (YTD)

Hebrews 12:1 "Let us strip off every weight that slows us down ... and run with endurance the race."