5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
April 19 , 2017

Remember All  
in Your  Prayers!
  • Ann Milligan's father
  • Barry Morgan's mother
  • Carole Huggins
  • Fred Suhrstedt
  • Jeff Ashcraft
  • Pam Cope's sister
  • Rhonda Force's cousin
  • Scott Wallace's father
  • Sharon Gause
  • Alice Peck
  • Ashley Cagle Morris
  • Bea Amsler
  • Betty Fleenor
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Connie Woodham
  • Corley McMillan
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Donnelle Glatz's mother
  • Esther Bennett
  • Esther Bennett's sister/Kelly Delk's aunt
  • Jackie Mims
  • Jamie Porth's sister
  • Jana Gunter's mother
  • Jean Cochran's mother
  • Jimmie Rooks' sister/Stephanie McGee's aunt
  • Jon Myers
  • Jule Bland
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Kyle Anderson's mother
  • Leslie Clark's father
  • Marshall Edens
  • Merritt Wham
  • Mike Merck
  • Miki Keisler
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Robin Wilkes' sister
  • Sunny Jewell's parents
  • 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 Friends,

Christians all over the United States of America will be gathering on Thursday, May 4th for the National Day of Prayer.  We would like to encourage you to take time out of your day on May 4th to pray for our country.  We would also like to invite you to come to the Light House Auditorium that day (from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm) for a quiet space for prayer and reflection. There will be prayer stations set up in the Light House auditorium and you can come at any time.  Prayer stations give people an opportunity to encounter their faith in a way that is tangible, meaningful and reflective. By participating in prayer stations, prayer can be inter-generational, reflective yet active and creative. These five prayer stations will be appropriate not only for adults but also for youth and children, so please bring your family and friends.

This day of prayer has been organized and created for our church family by our new Young Adult Ministry (YAMs).  Our YAMs meet at least monthly for Bible study, service outreach and social opportunities.  This group is for both members and non-members, men and women, singles and married couples.  If you are between the ages of 21 - 35, or if you know of someone who is, we'd love to invite them to our next YAM gathering.  For more information about YAMs, please contact Micah McCall  Mallory.micah@gmail.com, Elizabeth Sturgis  elizabeth.sturgis3@gmail.com, Kalie Wehunt  kaliewehunt@gmail.com, or Helen Harrison Coker  hcoker@saxegotha.org.

Please bring your family and friends and join us in praying for our country on Thursday May 4th.  Please also remember to pray for our men and women in uniform, which will be our monthly prayer focus for May.  A list of specific names of our church's servicemen and women is always included in this weekly newsletter and the bulletin.  Thank you for your commitment to lifting up our country and these brave men and women. 

Grace and peace,
Helen Harrison Coker
Prayer Focus for April: Please pray for our government leaders.

Christian Love and Sympathy is extended to Holly Vaucher on the death of her mother and Nick Leventis on the death of his brother and nephew.

Birth Announcement - Brian and Miki Keisler's twins were born on Monday, April 17.  Maddox, Isabella and mom are all doing well.  

Service Opportunities at Saxe Gotha Spreadsheet - The Stewardship Team is working to create an inclusive list of all volunteer opportunities. Click here to view the spreadsheet. If you know of a volunteer opportunity that is not listed, please contact Meredith Cully at mcully@saxegotha.org or 767-7676. 

Church Office: New Office Hours on Fridays (8:30 am to 1:30 pm)  beginning May 5.
Choir Rehearsals this Week:  
Wednesday, April 19 - No Choir Rehearsal
Sunday April 23 - No Choir in Loft   
Wednesday, April 26 - Regular Wednesday night rehearsal 6:30 pm.
Star Quest Musical:
Search for the Stolen Scriptures Musical, featuring 1st - 5th graders, will be performed on Saturday, April 29 at 4 pm and on Sunday morning, April 30 at 11 am.  Both performances will be in the Sanctuary.  This year's musical focuses on memorizing God's word with a space exploration theme. 

April 30 will be a One Service Sunday with No Splash.
Lynn and Bob Hawks
New Members:  Bob and Lynn Hawks recently joined Saxe Gotha.  They live in Lexington and have a 4-month old baby girl, Marie Alexis. Also,  Alberto and Marlene Gonzalez joined Saxe Gotha (not pictured).  

Sistercare is a ministry that provides dinner for 20-25 women and their children at the West Columbia shelter.  If you are willing to provide one dish each month, please contact Stacey Rowlette at  803-312-5570 or  srowlette@sc.rr.com .
Crew, Greeters and Ushers:   We need volunteers! If you are interested in being an Usher, Greeter or Crew Member, please contact Leah Hall at  lehall98@yahoo.com .
Saxe Gotha Men's Fish Fry will be held Thursday, May 11 at 6:00 pm at The Barn at Harmon's, 3152 Augusta Hwy. , Gilbert. Invite your family, friends, neighbors & coworkers to join us for an inspirational message, worship and plenty of time to fellowship with other men for His Glory.
Speaker: Scott Moore- Wild About Christ Ministries connects men to Christ through their love of the outdoors and all things wild. Within the chest of every man beats a heart that longs for wild places and adventure. Come & hear Scott's message!
Menu includes: Fried Fish, French Fries, Coleslaw, Fried Pepper rings, Baked Beans, Hush Puppies & Tea .
Tickets are $10 each.  Click here to purchase.  Additional donations are accepted to  provide tickets to those unable to pay and assist with other event expenses.
Pray for Our Country:  May 4, National Day of Prayer.  Inter-generational Prayer Stations will be set-up in the Light House from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Please come and pray during the day and bring family and friends.  Contact Helen Harrison Coker at  hcoker@saxegotha.org
TABLES OF 8: Fellowship Opportunity
Get to know others in the church, build new friendships, and enjoy a monthly meal at someone's home. By participating in this unique small group ministry; we are following in the footsteps of Jesus who so often enjoyed meals with his friends. It's as simple as that-the simple act yet enriching experience of sitting down together over a meal and building community.

A Table of Eight grouping is assigned for a three-month session (June, July, August). Deadline for the spring session is May 14th. How it works: The Adult Ministries team will group eight people from those who sign up. If a couple signs up, they are counted as two of the eight. Each Table of Eight decides the day and time they'll meet.  Hosting is rotated among the group. The host is responsible for the main dish and beverages, and the remaining members bring the rest of the meal, e.g. appetizer, salad and bread, vegetable, and dessert. Contact:  Helen Harrison Coker at hcoker@saxegotha.org
NEW Thursday Mother's Morning Out Program!   We will meet Thursday mornings from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. The program will run April 20 - May 25 (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. For the registration form, click here . 
Missionaries:  Jeff and Heather Ladine will be with us on home assignment from September until January. They need a 2-3 bedroom house or apartment and a car to use while they are here. They are able to pay some rent (max of $800/ month).  Along with Jordy, they are looking forward to reconnecting with us and would appreciate any help you can provide.  If you have an idea, please contact Bill Andress at billandress@aol.com .
Change for Sudan:  The fundraising for our Sudan/South Sudan effort raised $3,625-including $1,400 collected on Sunday and $2,200 received in checks and through the collection plate.  We appreciate your generosity and assure you that we will continue to be good stewards and use the funds wisely to benefit the people of South Sudan in ways that glorify God.  Thank you.
Piano Concert - Two Sisters, One Sound:   Our own Cathy McGill and her twin sister, Carolyn Sosebee, will be presenting a 1-piano/4-hands concert Sunday evening, April 30, 2017 at 6:30 PM, at Cedar Creek Baptist Church.  The church is located at 1920 Cedar Creek Road in Blythewood, SC 29016.  They would love to see you there.
Girl Scout Troop 2228 Registration: The troop is now accepting membership requests for next school year for girls who will be in grades K-3rd.  Priority will be given to Saxe Gotha families. Please contact Kristen Gilliam at krisgilliam@yahoo.com  for more information.  
NEW Young Adult Bible Study:
This group will be meeting next Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 pm. We're studying "Discovering God's Will" by Andy Stanley. We'll meet at John and Elizabeth Sturgis' home for dinner and conversation. Please contact Micah McCall at Mallory.micah@gmail.com or HH Coker at hcoker@saxegotha.org
for more info. And join our Facebook group for more info and updates!
Summer Interns - Children's Ministry:  The Children's Ministry at Saxe Gotha is currently taking applications for 2 summer interns.  One intern will be hired for a two week period; one week before VBS and  the week of VBS. The other intern will be hired for 10 weeks at up to 30 hours per week.  Applicants must have completed high school or be at least 18 years of age.  The deadline to apply is May 8. Please contact Lee Ann Alexander at: lalexander@saxegotha.org.  
Veterans' Support Group  continues to meet on Wednesday nights
at 6:30 in MB RM 155, even though the 'semester' is over.  This support group brings Veterans together to strengthen, to share and to improve their lives; to empower them to make choices using biblical principles; to heal themselves and help other Veterans. Contacts:  Bob Speaks (622-0262) or Chad Nabors (239-8302).  Next Meeting: April 26.
Debt Free in Three Yard Sale:   (June 3, Light House Atrium) 
When spring cleaning, please set aside items that can be donated to the church for the yard sale. The items can be brought to the church one week before the event. Contact Gary Kirchner with questions: glktchr@gmail.com. 
NEW! "The Every Other Sunday" - Sunday School Class: This class is geared toward folks who work shifts and regularly miss every other Sunday because of work. Therefore, the lessons will be repeated two weeks in a row. James Dunovant will be leading the class. They will be studying the Sermon on the Mount, following the sermon series. This class will begin meeting on May 7th in LH Room 129.
Seniors Classics Movie Night (Thursday, April 20 in Light House Room 112-113 at 5:00 pm).   Movie, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" starring Aubrey Hepburn, will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Bring appetizers
or desserts to share with friends.  Popcorn, tea and water will be provided.  Reservations not required.
Seniors Classics Dinner & LCCS Concert (Friday, May 12th  at 5:30 p.m.)  Please join us in Room 151 for dinner,  followed by Lexington County Choral Society's concert at 7:30 p.m. in Sanctuary.  Reservations required  by Tuesday, May 9th.  Call Pansy at 359-7770 or pfloyd@saxegotha.org .  Dinner $7/Concert $12.
H2O Nights Out:
Middle School Nights Out- Middle School Girls and Middle School Guys will be going out  separately for a night of fun on Friday, April 21 , from 5:00 pm- 12:30 am.  To register,  click here.
High School Nights Out- Friday, May 19.  To register, click here.

Youth Important Dates:    Downpour continues until May 10th. We have two more "regular" Wednesday nights (4/19 and 4/26).    Finally, we'll have our Volunteer banquet on May 10th.
F.I.S.H. Teams:                                                   
4/23:  Team 5     
4/30:  Team 6
Blended and Blessed:  FamilyLife Ministries is presenting a special free one-day event for blended and stepfamilies.  "Blended and Blessed:  Keys to Stepfamily Success" livestream event will be hosted locally by Christian Life Church.  Click here to learn more about the event:   http://www.blendedandblessed.com/. Christian Life Church is located at 2700 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC.  This free event will be held on Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Free childcare is available from birth to 11 years old.  Registration required: https://familylife.brushfireapp.com/blended-blessed/436347.  
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 - Ending July 31, 2017
(Raised as of April 16, 2017)

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

Click here for the financial presentation 
from the March 26, 2017 Financial Update Meeting.