5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
August 9 , 2017

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Allison Floyd's brother/Gail Kimble's son
  • Barry Morgan's mother
  • The Burke Family
  • Carol Landreth's nephew
  • JoJo Horres' sister
  • Jody Sullivan's uncle
  • Lelia Balliet's brother
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Mike Merck
  • MJ Hutto
  • Pat Richardson's granddaughter
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Bea Amsler
  • Betty Fleenor
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Connie Woodham
  • 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
  • Sunny Jewell's parents
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Tina Stallard
  • Wanda McCarthy
 (Non-Combat Zones)
  • Adam Gilmore - Air Force
  • Jessica Glatz
(Combat Zones)

  • B. J. Manis (HI)
  • Brian Bishop
  • Connor Lundkovsky
  • Jamie Glatz 
  • 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 (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 friends,
One of the blessings of my seminary education was the time I spent working as an intern. My internship church welcomed me in and gave me the daily opportunity to try on the hat of ministry. I helped lead worship, visited shut-ins, taught Bible studies and participated in staff meetings. I am grateful that Saxe Gotha is also committed to providing the same kind of experience to young people who are also exploring a call to the ministry. Please find below an article written by one of this summer's interns, Bryce Long. Bryce is an active member of our church and will be attending Anderson University this fall.

"As I reflected back on my 8 weeks here on staff, I was filled with joy and gratitude. The opportunity given to me this past summer (and past 5 years) have been extraordinary. Y'all truly do not look down on those who are young, and for that I thank you. As I was reflecting, I felt compelled to write a short little article on Church Work entitled "Church Work; Not Perfect, but Necessary" Thank you for all y'all do for the church and for the kingdom." https://medium.com/@Bryce_Long8/church-work-not-perfect-but-necessary-47ab56957d

Thank you Saxe Gotha for investing into the Next Generation by supporting our interns. Please keep all of them in your prayers as they return to college this fall.

Grace and peace, 
Prayer Focus for August:  Please pray for the Next Generation, not just ours but all the kids and youth, especially as they go back to school. 

The flowers in the sanctuary on August 6th were given to the Glory of God by Rick Lundy.  

Please check the Lost and Found baskets located near the Library, Room 152, and near the lobby elevator. All items will be donated at the end of August.

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to www.saxegotha.org/media.
Night of Worship 2017 will be August 20 at 6 pm in the Light House Auditorium. The AWE Worship Team will be leading fun and Spirit-filled worship and will be joined by guest artists and groups from different backgrounds. The theme of the event this year is " The Light of The World!"  The purpose of this event is to bring the people of the church together for worship no matter their race or ethnicity. Guest speakers will also be giving a short message between each set. Food trucks will be here at 5 pm - The Belgian Waffle Truck and The Haute Dog Lady.  Childcare will be provided for ages 3 and under.

We have new "Jesus" merchandise to be sold at this event including new shirts, mugs and tumblers. All profits made will benefit the Debt Free in Three campaign. 

 We hope to see you there!
Promotion Sunday-New SPLASH Location-August 27th:  Beginning on Aug. 27, SPLASH children's worship will be held in rooms 203-205. Children will be brought to the Sunday School rooms after the designated time in each service, but will be picked up on the 2 nd floor of the main building. Also, on August 27, promotion Sunday, all children who are current 4's, K5, or 1 st graders will come to children's worship. Children entering the 2 nd grade will remain with their family in any worship service.
Substitute Teachers: The CDC is looking for people who want to invest their time and love into our young children.  We are looking for individuals who would be willing to substitute in our Two, Three or Four year old classrooms.  For more information  please contact Hope Andrews at 803-359-2058 or email at handrews@saxegotha.org.
Hungry?  Then come join us for the church wide Fish Fry on the afternoon of Sunday,  August 27th All the good eating will start at 4:45 pm in the gym.  Menu includes: Fried Fish, Baked beans, fries, slaw, Mac & cheese & fried pepper rings.  If you can bring a dessert to share, please contact Stephanie Carter at thecarolinacarters@gmail.com or 803-808-9415.  If you can volunteer with set-up, serving, or clean-up, please contact Gable Dulin at gabledulin@yahoo.com or 803-206-8013.  Donations will be accepted at the door with proceeds going toward the Debt Free in Three Fund.
Fish Ministry Invitation:
The Fish Ministry is holding a training for those currently serving as an usher, greeter or crew member and to those who are interested in serving.   The training will begin at 6 pm on Wednesday, August 23 with a light supper in the Fellowship Hall.  We will then break into groups for a 30 minute hands-on training.  Please RSVP  by emailing Leah Hall at   lehall98@yahoo.com .
Your Fish Ministry Deacons,
Leah Hall, Deck Hudson, and Chuck Shirley
F.I.S.H. Teams:                                                        
8/13: Team 3,  8/20: Team 4,  8/27: Team 5.     
Senior's Summer Suppers & Speakers meet on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. in Room 151 to share a meal (please bring your own bag meal).  After the meal, we will move to Room 152 for an interesting presentation.   All Senior adults are welcome.  Please come enjoy the fellowship. Reservations not required. 
Belize Mission Trip: Our 20 member mission team went to Belize
August 1-8.  The team conducted Bible School for approximately 300 children in two locations for four days.  

Thank you for praying for the team and the work that God set before them to share the message of God's love and grace that is offered to everyone.  
Fall Mother's Morning Out is Full!   Please contact us at  smccarter@saxegotha.org  if you are interested in being added to the wait list.  Sara McCarter is our new coordinator for Mother's Morning Out.  Please join us in welcoming her to our staff!
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.
Summer Choir Sundays - This Sunday, August 13, is the last Sunday to 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!
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.

Upcoming Fall Events:
Wednesday Night Kick-off is August 30.
Next Gen Family Day is Sunday is September 10.
Sunday Night Kick-off is September 17.
Middle School Fall Retreat is September 22-24.
RBHS vs LHS tailgate is Friday, September 29.
High School Fall Retreat is November 11-12. 
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 .
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
(Raised as of July 30, 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.