5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
September 13 , 2017

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Allison Floyd's brother/Gail Kimble's son
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Edie Athey's son
  • Jack Barber's bother-in-law
  • Jody Sullivan's uncle
  • Leah Hall
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Mike Merck
  • Ty Thomas' stepsister
  • 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
(Combat Zones)
  • Jessica Glatz
  • 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 Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ, Jim casual 8-2014
Thank you for your flexibility and being willing to gather for one service to hear an amazing message by well-known author and speaker Francis Chan.  Many found Chan's vision of the church compelling and suggested that it needs to be our focus here at Saxe Gotha.  If you missed the service or would like to watch the video again, you can find Chan's video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQz6R_RqHsg .
Please also remember that a new Sunday School class entitled "Bible 101" begins this Sunday, September 17th in Room 235 (under the Fellowship Hall).  Eric Bopp and I will be teaching an introduction to the Bible for those who have limited or no exposure to it. In fact, we will begin, "Here is the Bible, and it is divided into 2 parts" and continue from there.  Eric and I will be using a book entitled "The Bible for Dummies" as the basis for the class, but participants will not be required to have a copy.  Please help me invite people to this new Sunday School class. 
Please continue to pray for those who are recovering from the hurricanes that have left incredible damage.  If you would like to contribute to hurricane relief efforts, please make a check out to Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church with "Hurricane Relief" on the memo line. 
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for September:  Please pray for the sick and suffering.  
Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Judy Fisher on the death of her mother, Matt Patterson on the death of his mother and John Rooks on the death of his brother.  

New Members: Please join us in welcoming Elaine Thorp and her daughter, Laura Thorp.  They will join Saxe Gotha during the 11:00 am traditional service on September 17th. 

Saxe Gotha has been selected for the 2017 Best of Lexington Awards - Places of Worship. 
Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to www.saxegotha.org/media.

Thank you from the Flanagans:
Our family would like to thank everyone at Saxe Gotha for all of your love and support over the last few months. Your prayers, meals, calls, texts, cards and so many other ways you all have helped us have been completely overwhelming, and I know I will never be able to adequately thank each of you individually. It has been amazing to see the body of Christ at work at our church - you all have truly been the hands and feet of Jesus to us. We love you and are so very thankful to be a part of this church family.
Rebekah, Jack and Rylee Flanagan
Saxe Gotha Debt Free in Three Golf Tournament: Friday, October 13th, Windermere Golf Club.  To register: saxegotha.org/events.  All proceeds benefit the Debt Free in Three campaign.  Contact Gable Dulin with questions: gabledulin@yahoo.com.  Please register by Sept. 30th.  
3 DAYS UNTIL... THE HOUSE WARMING FOR THE LADINES  : Our  missionaries, Jeff, Heather and Jordy Ladine, are coming home from Egypt for a visit.  Through the generosity of two of our Saxe Gotha families, they will have the use of a town home for their approximately two month visit.  The town home has been recently renovated and will be outfitted with basic furniture needs.  However, they will need a vehicle to borrow.

Still needed are:
1.  Full size top mattress, no box spring needed,  linens for queen size master bed and full size for other bedroom, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, etc. 
2. Microwave
3. Pots and pans
4. Kitchen cloths
5. Cutting board
6. Silverware 
7. Large utensils, spatula, slotted spoons, etc.
8. Hand towels for half bath
9. Dishes, plates, bowls, glasses, pitcher
10. Broom, dust pan, mop
11. TV
12. Basic food needs
On September 16, we will have a housewarming for them from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 217 Browning Lane, Columbia, SC at the Village at Lake Murray. Come by and enjoy a cup of coffee or punch and some cookies and bring an item to help the Ladines get started right.
Contact Bill Andress: BillAndress@aol.com or 803-951-3025 and let him know what you are bringing.  Then, the list will be updated to minimize duplication.
It's time for Football Frenzy!  
Most of you are aware of the Flamingo Flock fundraiser.  Your friend makes a donation to a worthy cause and suddenly 15 or more plastic pink flamingos appear in your front yard. 
  Click here for the flyer.
In support of the Debt Free in Three campaign, the youth here at Saxe Gotha have decided to expand on this concept and take advantage of the college football rivalry that exists here in Lexington.  So instead of pretty pink flamingos, you can have rival college football signs placed in your friend's yards. For just a small fee, your die-hard Clemson fan can wake up to Carolina football signs covering their front yard.  

We currently offer Carolina, Clemson and Georgia signs.  Not the school you're looking for? Don't despair! We are happy to create signs for the school of your choice.  All questions can be sent to:  sgpcfootballfrenzy@gmail.com.
Annual Saxe Gotha Fall Festival:  Sunday, October 29 (4:00 - 6:00 pm).  Trunk or treat, cakewalk, carnival games, Choo-Chee the Train and inflatables! Wear your favorite costume! Free Event! Open to the Community!

To volunteer, please contact Lori Lowman at llowman@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext. 28.

Senior Adults Movie Night: Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 pm in Room 112-113 in the Light House. Movie:  Rooster Cogburn, starring John Wayne and Aubrey Hepburn begins at 6:00 pm. Bring appetizers or desserts to share with friends. Popcorn, iced tea and water will be provided. NOTE:  We will have normal classroom chairs, but feel free to bring a more comfortable chair with you.  Reservations not required.
Kirkin' O' The Tartan:  Sunday, October 1st at 11:00 am.  Join us in the Sanctuary as we celebrate Saxe Gotha's 35th anniversary and the heritage of our church. This One Service Sunday features special music by The Palmetto Pipes & Drums.

A church picnic will follow after the service in the gym. 
We ask each family to bring a dish to feed your family PLUS 3 others as follows below (based on first letter of last name):

A-O :  Sides (C asseroles, Vegetables, Starches, Salads      
P-Z :  Desserts
RSVP by September17 : SGPC Main Office 803.359.7770 or
Jennifer Gibbons (jgibbons@marriedtomylove.com).
Volunteer to help set up and/or clean up:  Contact Jennifer Gibbons.
Wednesday Night Dinner!
Sept. 13th Menu: Chicken bog, cole slaw, green beans, rolls and cake.
Sept. 20th Menu: Pork tenderloin, 7 layer salad, corn, rolls 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 Wednesday if possible.

Part-time Kitchen Help Needed:  Contact Alisha if interested:
Wednesday Night Classes! 
We have a number of Adult classes on Wednesday nights, Sunday nights and Monday mornings.  Sunday night classes kick off on Sept. 17th.  Please click here for the full listing of  Adult Classes.  For the children's/youth ministry class, as well as some multi-generational classes, please click here:  Children's/Youth Ministry Classes.
Hurricane Relief: If you would like to give to Hurricane Relief, please donate to Saxe Gotha's Mission Initiative Fund by writing the check to Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church with "Hurricane Relief" on the memo line.  We are not gathering items such as food and clothing at this time.  
SPLASH - Sunday Morning Worship for Kids:  NEW!!!
(8:30) Only 4's and younger will go to nursery for worship.  
(11:00) 4s, 5s & 1 st graders will be dismissed from worship services & picked up in Rm. 205.
Upcoming Fall Events:
Sunday Night Kick-Off, Sept. 17. SNL (5:30 -6:30) - All Children's choirs begin.

Middle School Fall Retreat, Sept.22-24. (Camp Greenville- Register by TODAY!)

RBHS vs. LHS tailgate, Friday, September 29.

High School Fall Retreat, Nov. 11-12 (Awanita Valley- Register by Oct. 8.)

Parents Night Out - Friday, Sept. 15 from 6:30-9:00 pm. This is for ParentsNightOut children nursery aged-5th grade and is a free event but reservations are required. Call 803-359-7770 ext. 28 or email Lori at: llowman@saxegotha.org to sign up for this fun night!

Weekly Before School Student Ministry S mall Groups meet on
Wednesday mornings. STARTS TODAY!
Middle School  - 6:45 - 7:45 am at Joel's house (108 Arnwood Court, 29072).  Shuttle to school is available for middle school students.  RSVP to: jbrantner@saxegotha.org . Breakfast is available-no cost. 
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. 

Fall Youth Retreats: 
Middle School Fall Retreat: (September 22-24, YMCA Camp Greenville) The deadline to register for the MS retreat is TODAY. To register online:   https://www.easytithe.com/f/f2.asp?formid=ec92dc16-c22b-4aa4-bafe-d847cd517845.
High School Fall Retreat: (November 10-12, Awanita Valley)  The deadline to register for HS retreat is 10/8. To register online:  https://www.easytithe.com/f/f2.asp?formid=a0da245c-740f-478c-8eab-05ec782eeda0.
Upward Basketball and Cheering- Boys and Girls K5-6th grade. Evaluations in  late October.  First practice will be the week of November 6th.  All games are played on weeknights and practices are held on Saturday. For additional details: call Terry at 803-331-1622 or Pete at 803-608-9835. To register:  http://registration.upward.org/UPW64947.
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 (will meet on Oct. 5th and 19th) in the Main Building, Room 154 from 10-11:30 am.  Questions?  Please call Polly Askew at 803-359-7263.
Lexington One Backpack Program:
Saxe Gotha will be partnering with Lexington School District One to support the Backpack Program. As a partner, we will help fill backpacks and send them to schools for weekly distribution to children who have great need.
Each child identified as having need will receive a backpack filled with child-friendly, nutritious, easy-to-open food to last over the weekend.
 Items Needed for Backpacks:
  • juice boxes
  • cereal/granola bars
  • snack crackers
  • single serving cereal boxes/bowls
  • raisins
  • peanut butter
  • fruit cups/pouches (please no applesauce cups)
  • pudding cups
  • oatmeal packets
  If you, your family, SGPC circle or small group is interested in donating food or packing bags to assist with this Lexington One effort, please contact Holly Waldrip ( waldrip@sc.rr.com ).  Also, you can place donations in the blue bin in the church main office.   Thanks for caring for children in need in our community!
Walk for Life:  Please join our Saxe Gotha Aerobic Angels at Spirit Communications Park on October 14.  To register, go to  WalkforLifeColumbia.org , team name: Saxe Gotha Angels.
Cardio for the Cure:  Please join our Saxe Gotha Aerobic Angels on Saturday, October 21st at 9 am in the Welcome Center for a special aerobics class.  The class is appropriate for all levels.  A $5 donation will be accepted.  All money collected will be donated for breast cancer awareness. 
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.
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 .
October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
Please click here  to see  some ideas for supporting our pastors.  

F.I.S.H. Teams:                                                         
9/17: Team 2, 9/24: Team 3
Debt Free in Three

  Year 1 - Ended July 31, 2017

Year 2 - Ends July 31, 2018
(Raised as of Sept. 10, 2017)  

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."