5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
July 12 , 2017

Remember All  
in Your  Prayers!
  • Allison Floyd's father
  • Alysia Kehoe's mother
  • Barry Morgan's mother
  • Byron and Marge Sonner
  • Carol Landreth's nephew
  • Fiorella Sancho's mother-in-law
  • The Hobb Family
  • John Mackenzie's brother-in-law
  • Joe Durham's brother
  • Kathy Kennerly
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Mike Graves
  • Mike Gulledge's Family
  • Mike Merck
  • Mitchell McGee
  • MJ Hutto
  • Molly Upton
  • Pandra Lemrow's son
  • Pat Richardson's granddaughter
  • Ransom Cooper's mother
  • Sara Ruth Chettinger
  • Shannon Hill's mother
  • Wendy Thomas' brother
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Bea Amsler
  • Betty Fleenor
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Connie Woodham
  • Corley McMillan
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Donnelle Glatz's mother
  • Galina Weir
  • Esther Bennett's sister/Kelly Delk's aunt
  • Jackie Mims
  • Jamie Porth's sister
  • 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
  • Leslie Clark's father
  • Marshall Edens
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Mike Merck
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Robin Wilkes' sister
  • Sunny Jewell's parents
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Tina Stallard
  • Wanda McCarthy
 (Non-Combat Zones)
  • Adam Gilmore - Air Force
  • Jessica Glatz
(Combat Zones)
  • 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)
  • 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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Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ,
Summer is a time when many folks may be out of town taking vacations. As you know, Saxe Gotha's ministries and weekly services continue! 

Giving to the church typically drops during the summer, and we are seeing the effect of this right now.
If you have made a commitment to the 2017 church budget and are up to date with your giving, thank you!
If you have not made a commitment or are behind with giving, it is never too late!
Here are Options to Commit and Give:
Automatic bank draft offers a convenient way to keep up your commitment to the church budget even when out of town.
Text2Give - Directions under the GIVE tab on the website.
Worship service - Cash or check via our weekly offering.
Mail - SGPC, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, SC 29072
Debt Free in Three-Year 1:
During the campaign year ONE for Debt Free in Three, Saxe Gotha has taken a substantial chunk out of our mortgage principal. Gifts to DF3 are an "over and above" commitment to the yearly church budget. The yearly church budget takes priority!
Your regular and consistent giving has an amazing IMPACT on God's work here at Saxe Gotha. Your giving makes all the difference. Please pray that God will take these gifts offered and multiply them!
With your help, let's make this the best summer of giving!
In Christ's Love,
The Stewardship Team
Prayer Focus for July:  Please pray for Missions and Outreach Ministries. 

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Dottie Sistare on the death of her sister, Gary Kirchner on the death of his father, and Helen Harrison Coker on the death of her father.

New Members:  Michael and Terrie Walley and their daughter, Bella Grace will join Saxe Gotha on July 16th at the AWE service.

Saxe Gotha Choirs will sing the "National Anthem" and "God Bless America" at the Lexington Blowfish game on Saturday night, July 15th.  Come out and support the group!

2017 Mother's Day Offering: The Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina would like to thank us for our congregation's gift of $638.  The support of congregations like ours is important to sustaining our shared ministry to older adults.  
CHANGE FOR SOUTH SUDAN  is this Sunday, July 16th.  
What began many years ago as "Cents for Sudan" is our method of funding our work in South Sudan.  It began as a children's program where pennies were collected and a counting party was held.  As our effort grew, we became "Change for Sudan." Then, when South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan, it became "Change for South Sudan."

"Change" at first meant that we were responding to a greater need with "change" instead of "Cents".  Now as we continue to mature, "Change" reflects our efforts to bring about change in the horribly war-torn nation.

Our "Change for South Sudan" program supports two South Sudanese pastors Rev. Orozu (which means "Dog") Lokine and Rev. James Zeelu who are our local missionaries in Boma State.  They seek to bring about peace through a program we call "peace through evangelism" which targets the very volatile youth.  We also support education, mission and peacemaking through our partnerships with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan. 

Here are three specific ways that you can help.

1.   Continue your generous support of our work.  Your support is critical.

2.   We need someone to join us who can create a logo and a letterhead, create and maintain a website, and help us to raise statewide awareness.

3.   Last, we ask for your special prayers for our partner Rt. Rev. Peter Gai who is both the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and Chairman of the South Sudan Council of Churches.  He is in the hospital with a badly swollen leg with an unknown cause.  

Fall Mother's Morning Out! We are excited to announce that our fall program will run for 13 weeks on both Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am-1 pm. We will begin on Sept. 12th and end on Dec. 14th. You can register for one or both days. This program is for children ages 3 months to rising 3's. The cost of the program is $240 for one day (Tuesday or Thursday) or $440 for both days. Please contact Alisa Dunovant at adunovant@saxegotha.org if interested. 
Summer Youth Weekly Events - Friends are Welcome! 
Sunday School: 9:45 - 10:30 am, Rising grades 7-12 ( MS: RM 145-146 / HS : RM 143-144)
Small Groups:   Middle School small groups meet Sunday afternoons from 5-6 pm; girls meet in The Well and boys meet in the Café.  MS small groups are for rising grades 6-9.    High School small group meets Wednesday mornings from 10-11 am at Chick-Fil-A on Sunset Blvd near Saxe Gotha.  Grades rising 9 and up.
Wednesday Nights:   6-7:30 pm.  Grades rising 7 and up .
Lunch Bunch Meets weekly at 11:53 am at a local restaurant.  Please bring money to cover the cost of meal.  Grades rising 6  and up.
Migrant Ministry Volunteers will meet every Tuesday evening  until Tuesday, August 8. Anyone interested should meet at the SGPC church office at 6:00 pm on Tuesdays and ride the bus to Batesburg/Leesville. 
Note: Some of the rural roads may be too rough for your car. Contact Pete Eckert 608-9835 for additional information.  
Blood Drive
Monday, July 17 ( 2 pm - 7 pm), Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church Gym.   To schedule an appointment, go to:   www.redcrossblood.org (Enter Sponsor Code: LexingtonUMC) or call Pansy Floyd at the Saxe Gotha Church Office at 359-7770 ext. 11.  This blood drive is sponsored by Saxe Gotha and Lexington UMC.
July Children's Ministry Events: 
13 - Mission Day
8:30 am-1 pm.  Rising 4th-6th Graders, Cost: $15-includes lunch.
We will serve our friends lunch at Turner AME church in West Columbia.  We will need a few volunteers if parents are interested.
21- Marathon of Madness
12:00 pm-10:00 pm, Rising 2nd Grade - Rising 5th Grade, Cost: $50.  This "marathon" event covers all things fun around town! Some things we might do are bowling, skating, painting, Japanese food, mini golfing and maybe a few more exciting things! Don't miss it!
27 - Mission Day
9 am-11:30 am , Rising 4's, K5, and 1st grade, $10 per child. We will spend the morning doing a small mission project around town and enjoy a yummy treat together!

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  .
Saxe Gotha Positions Available:  
We would like to announce job openings for two new part-time staff positions at Saxe Gotha.  The following positions are open: Coordinator of Membership and Coordinator of Congregational Care.  After much prayer and consideration, leadership believes that separating this single position into two new positions will better serve our congregation and provide exciting new growth opportunities at Saxe Gotha. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact Alisha Hudson at ahudson@saxegotha.org.  
Summer Choir Sundays - Now to August 13, join us at 10:30 in the choir room and then proceed to the sanctuary to sing familiar hymns for the anthem during the worship service.  If you are interested in being in the choir, but can't make Wednesday practice or just want to try it out-this is perfect for you!  Everyone who likes to sing is welcome!
Senior Adult Move Night - Thursday, July 20 at 5:00 pm (movie begins at 5:30 pm), in Light House Room 112-113. Bring appetizers or desserts to share.  Popcorn, tea and water will be provided.  Featured movie:  REAP THE WILD WIND.
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).
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:                                                        
7/16: Team 5,  7/23: Team 6,  7/30: Team 1       
Debt Free in Three:   Year 1 - Ending July 31, 2017
(Raised as of July 9, 2017 )

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

To give to the Debt Free in Three Campaign or General Budget, click here.