5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
March 7 , 2018

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Aliza Bolton
  • Amy Quinn's niece
  • Auddie Brown
  • Cherly Bopp
  • Don Harrison's daughter
  • Joan Branning's mother
  • Jon and Judy Myers' grandson
  • Judy Gilmore
  • Judy Nell Chambers
  • Mary Knobeloch's sister
  • Pansy Floyd's sister
  • Sean O'Brien's mother
  • Tim Houghtaling
  • Tristan Groscost
  • Trudi Greene
  • 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
This weekend you will be robbed! That's right! Every single person in our congregation will be robbed one precious hour of sleep! And we will be asked to cover up this crime by moving our clocks ahead Saturday night as we "spring forward!" Please don't forget, or you will be late for church!
The change to Daylight Savings Time causes me to think about the nature of time. Time management experts remind us that we can't make time - we can only use time. And this of course raises the question of stewardship, "How do I use the time that God has entrusted to me?"
Paul encouraged the Christians in Colossae to "make the most of every opportunity" (Colossians 4:5). This phrase literally means, "buy up the time." We are to buy back the time from Satan and apply it to furthering the kingdom of God.
The word "time" is important here. The New Testament uses two words for time. The first is "chronos" in which we get the word "chronological." It is sequential time or calendar time. The second is "kairos" which is an appointed time. In the Bible, there is an appointed time for the purposes of God.
Please reflect on this: Our days contain "kairos" - appointed time for the purposes of God. The question is not whether we have these moments. The question is whether we use them. Do we look for opportunities to share the love and good news of Christ in our words and deeds? Do we seize these moments for the kingdom of God?
You see, the Christian life is an adventure. God sets before us opportunities - kairos moments -- to further his kingdom by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through our words and actions. Let's us make the most of every opportunity to invite others into a relationship with God through his Son Jesus.
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for March: Our pastors, church staff and officers.  Click here for "Nine Ways to Pray for Church Leaders." 

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Larry Bost on the death of his mother, Pat Glasscock on the death of her son, Bob Hawks on the death of his mother, Scotty Mill on the death of his mother, Dan Viveros on the death of his nephew, Louise Viveros on the death of her uncle.  

New Members: Please join us in welcoming James (Jimmy) and Janelle Hinson and their children (Will - 9, Andrew - 6 and Charlie - 2) during the 8:30 Traditional Service on Sunday, March 11.
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:  March 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.

Youth Fundraising Opportunity - Join us for Breakfast at Mellow Mushroom (Saturday, March 24, 7:00 - 10:00 am): Must pre-purchase tickets! Don't miss the French toast pizza!  This event will help cover a part of the trip to Word of Life Camp this summer.  Middle Schoolers going to Word of Life camp 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.  
SGPC Yard Sale:  Planning Meeting, Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 pm in the Light House Atrium.  
It's that time of year again to start thinking about another successful SGPC Garage Sale.   If you are interested in being involved this year and would like to know more, see you there!  Contacts: Gary & Jerra Kirchner, glktchr@gmail.com.
Wednesday Dinners: 
Menu (Mar. 7): Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans , dessert. 
Menu (Mar. 14): Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread 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 by noon on Monday if possible.
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.  
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 .
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)
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.
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 .
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.

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 .
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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 .
F.I.S.H. Teams:                                                         
3/11: Team 3, 3/18: Team 4, 3/25: Team 5.

Summer Youth Conferences:  
Middle School Youth Retreat (June 25-29)  -Youth Retreat for Middle School students.  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. 
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.
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 4, 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."