5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
May 17 , 2017

Remember All  
in Your  Prayers!
  • Bobby Smith's sister
  • Cathy Herndon
  • David Lanier's son
  • Fred Suhrstedt
  • John Burbage
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Nidsa Stokes
  • Nidsa Stokes' mother
  • Vicki Beatty's daughter
  • Alice Peck
  • 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
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Robin Wilkes' sister
  • Sunny Jewell's parents
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Tina Stallard
  • Wanda McCarthy
  • Adam Gilmore - Air Force
  • Jessica Glatz
  • Jamie Glatz 
  • B. J. Manis (HI)
  • Brian Bishop
  • Connor Lundkovsky
  • John"Tripp" Bartlett - Army (AK)
  • Justin Smith - Air Force (Hawaii)
  • Ken Culbertson - National Guard (SC)
  • Ray Hammond - Air Force
  • 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.
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Dear Fellow Servants of Christ, Jim casual 8-2014

"So that the next generation 
would know..."     Psalm 78:6

Saxe Gotha takes the responsibility to pass our faith on to the next generation seriously! We put a lot of energy and effort into supporting our families in training their children to be faithful followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have been blessed with an excellent staff and lay leadership in the area of children and youth ministry to help us in this critical work.

This Sunday at the 11:00 am traditional service, we will be celebrating the culmination of years of Christian nurture and educational accomplishment as our seniors graduate from high school and college. Later in that evening, our graduates and their families will be gathering for a special banquet honoring them and their achievements. This will truly be a special weekend!

Please come and celebrate with us what the Lord has done among the next generation at Saxe Gotha! We also ask that you keep our graduates in prayer as they close this chapter of their lives and enter into the next pursuing God's call upon their lives.

In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Betty Fleenor and Carol Gose on the death of their sister (also Cindy Inman's aunt) and Scott Welborn on the death of his father.  

Prayer Focus for May: Please pray for our men and women in uniform.  
Graduate Recognition Sunday:  This coming Sunday, May 21st is Graduate Recognition Sunday.  The SGPC High School Senior banquet will be held on Sunday evening at 6:00 pm in the Light House Atrium. We congratulate our graduates!

Jack Christopher Petty,  son of Chris and Justine Petty, will receive the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, May 21st at the 11:00 am traditional service. 
The Church Office will be closed on May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.
Liturgical Dance Ministry: We hope you enjoyed the liturgical dance presented by some of our youth on Easter morning. We are excited to begin a new liturgical dance ministry to enhance the worship life of Saxe Gotha. There will be an interest meeting and open dance class for any children and youth who want to participate in the new ministry group on Sunday, May 21  at 4:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Please come prepared to complete a form with your availability for week-to-week rehearsals and for Sunday mornings throughout 2017. Please also dress in conservative clothing that allows for movement. If you have any questions, please contact Micah McCall at mallory.micah@gmail.com or by phone at 803-600-3657 . We pray that this new ministry will be a blessing to our church and community!
VBS at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church:
(June 26 - 29, 2017) /  COST - FREE / Rising 3 year olds to Rising 6th grades
AM Session - 9:00-12:00 and PM Session - 6:30-8:00
Our SGPC Vacation Bible School is always an exciting time for children to learn  about God's Word. To register or volunteer: www.saxegotha.org/ministries/children  or call Lori at 359-7770 ext. 28 or llowman@saxegotha.org   or Lee Ann Alexander at 359-7770 ext. 42 or lalexander@saxegotha.org  .
Bible Book Club:  Rising 4 year olds through Rising 5th graders. 
Book Club meets 4 times during the summer: June 7, June 21, July 12 and July 26 from  10:00-11:30 am. Crafts, snacks and Bible stories. Cost: $20/child and $10 each for siblings.  To register-see above contact info. Register by June 1 to ensure that your book will arrive in time.
Please help our Missionaries find a temporary home!    
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 .
UNITED HEROES USO 4th of July Drive:    Donation Sundays: May 28, June 4,11 and 18.    Donate items for the local USO.   
Needs list:    individually-wrapped snacks (no homemade items), energy bars, beef jerky, microwaveable popcorn, hard candy, travel-size toiletries (razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen), individually-packaged disposable wipes, chapstick, candy, gum.   

Place in marked blue UNITED HEROES bins in the Narthex, Welcome Center, Light House Atrium and church reception area.   
Thank you for your help!
Backpack Ministry Thank You: Over 750 bags of food were packed at Saxe Gotha this school year for elementary age children in need to take home and eat over the weekend.  We greatly appreciate all of the donations and those who volunteered to pack bags each month.  A special thanks goes to Cliff Blanton who delivered all of the bags to Pelion Elementary.  We look forward to participating in this ministry with you again in the fall!  Thank you for showing God's love by caring for our local children.
Child Development Center Director Position Available
To find out more about the Director of the Child Development Center position that is currently open, please  click here.   
Our "Sermon on the Mount" sermon series is full of rich insights.  Dig deeper by logging onto Right Now Media to access several of their online resources.  Our church library also has several wonderful books on the Sermon on the Mount in the New Testament section.  Dig deeper and grow stronger in your faith this summer by studying the Sermon on the Mount. Contact HH Coker if you need a Right Now Media password:  hcoker@saxegotha.org.
Summer Bible Study for Ladies!  Join this inter-generational and
interactive group on Tuesday nights starting June 6th at 7 pm (LH, RM 112/113).  We'll be studying "Finding I AM:  How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart" by Lysa TerKeurst.  Books are $18.00.  For more information on this six week study, please contact Helen Harrison Coker at  hcoker@saxegotha.org .  
Young Adult Ministry Bible Study This group will be meeting Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm. We're studying "Discovering God's Will" by Andy Stanley. We'll meet at  Moses and Jenny Andrews' home for dinner and conversation. Please contact Micah McCall at Mallory.micah@gmail.com or Helen Harrison Coker at hcoker@saxegotha.org
Aerobics:  NEW CLASS!  Pilates will be taught Thursday Nights (6:15 to 7:00 pm, Welcome Center). Class fee is $5.00  per class or $25.00 per month (which can include all the other classes on the schedule).  For the complete schedule: www.saxegotha.org/ministries/recreation-health.  Contact: Vicki Beatty at vpbeatty@gmail.com or 803-260-5817.
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 .
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. 
  • NEEDED: People with trucks to pick up items to bring to church. Please contact Gary Kirchner at glktchr@gmail.com or 417-987-1396
  • Do you have items that you cannot get to church yourself? Please contact Gary Kirchner at glktchr@gmail.com or 417-987-1396. Pick up service may be available.
  • The Yard Sale cannot accept mattresses or weapons.
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 .
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.  
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). 
Movie Night - Senior Adults:  Thursday, May 18, 2017
"The Lion in Winter"
5:00 p.m.  (Movie begins at 5:30 p.m.)
SGPC  Light House - Room 112-113
Bring appetizers or desserts
to share with friends.
Popcorn, tea and water will be provided.
NOTE:  We will have normal classroom chairs,
but feel free to bring more comfortable chairs with you.
Reservations not required .
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 meets in LH Room 129.
F.I.S.H. Teams:                                                        
5/21: Team 3
5/28: Team 4
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 May 14, 2017)

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