5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
January 16 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Coke Floyd's sister-in-law
  • Hope Jordan's grandmother and family
  • Jeff Wilson
  • Lisa Blackwell's grandson
  • Lois Ann Tuell and her granddaughter
  • Nancy Boykin
  • Sheila Hucks and Herby Hucks' sister
  • Ty and Wendy Thomas' nephew
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Auddie Brown
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Brian and Wendy Thies' son 
  • Carol Gose's nephew
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Emily Fraser
  • Jody Sullivan's husband
  • John Burbage
  • Jon Myers
  • Joyce Murphy's mother
  • Jule Bland
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Marshall Edens
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Nickie Nickles' father
  • Pansy Floyd's sister
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Stephanie Jones-Fitts
  • Steve Robert's brother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tillman Kyzer
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Tristan Groscost
  • Trudi Greene
  • Wanda McCarthy
 (Combat Zones) 
  • Greg Adams (Afghanistan)
  • Trevor Beattie (Qatar)
 (Non-Combat Zones) 
  • Chad Nabors
  • Ray Hammond's nephew
  • Aaron Thies
  • Adam Gilmore
  • B. J. Manis
  • Bob Rabon
  • Brian Bishop
  • Jamie Glatz 
  • John"Tripp" Bartlett
  • Ken Culbertson 
  • Michael Smoak
  • Ram Matthews
  • Robert Holder
  • Ron Culbertson
  • Sean Spence 
  • Steven Shealy 
  • Sumner Thomas
  • William Moore 
  • Wyatt Hughes
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
One of the most exciting aspects of our ministry together has been our short-term mission projects. Once again, we will be offering a short-term mission trip to Belize with the goal of conducting Vacation Bible School in two villages and possibly some Bible studies for women. The dates are July 29 - August 5 and the cost per person is $1,650.
The first informational meeting will be held in the church library at 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 3. If you are interested in being a part of our team and/or have questions regarding the trip, please contact Eve Barker at evebarker@netscape.net .
Here are 7 -- a good biblical number! -- reasons for participating in this trip or any short-term mission experience:
1. Getting a glimpse of the challenges of mission work. It is one thing to read about what our mission partners do, but it is quite another to experience it for yourself.
2. Encouraging our mission partners. Your willingness to come alongside our mission partners by being physically part of their work is a true encouragement to them, as well as the believers working with them.  
3. Learning about the struggles of Christians in different cultures. Most of us lead comfortable lives, while most of the world struggles to survive day-by-day. The faith of the Christians who literally trust God for their daily bread is impressive and inspiring.
4. Being taken out of your comfort zone. It is remarkable how God uses our being taken out of our comfort zone to help us identify areas in our lives that need to be addressed and placed under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
5. Serving others. You will have concrete opportunities to serve others perhaps in ways you never have before.
6. Sharing your faith. Our short-term mission trips give people an occasion to share their faith in Jesus Christ in both word and action. A number of people on our trips discovered that they have grown in their ability to share their faith with others.
7. Glorifying God. People come away from these trips often tired and exhausted yet praising God for the work He has done through them and in them. Lives have been changed, including their own.
Please keep our Belize team in your prayers! And please consider being part of the trip!
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for January:  The persecuted church.  

Christian Love and Sympathy is extended to Todd Smoak on the death of his stepfather.  

The Church Office will be closed on Monday, January 21 to observe Martin Luter King, Jr. Day.  
Save-the-Date: 2019 Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, April 29 at Golden Hills Country Club. 
Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .
Winter/Spring Sermon Series - John:  
What gospel is unlike the 3 others, has Jesus telling us "I am,"is filled with symbolism, possesses the most metaphors for Jesus, loves to talk about love and is written for people like us who have not seen Jesus?  The answer, of course, is the Gospel of John.  For many John's gospel is the first book of the Bible they have read and contains the first passage of Scripture that they have memorized - John 3:16. During our Sunday morning sermons, we will be studying together this remarkable book as we enter the new year and journey through Lent and Easter.  This study will deepen our understanding of God's love for us and our call to love others thereby equipping us to be more faithful followers of Christ.  This will be a wonderful series to invite a friend to attend!
SNL Children's Musical Auditions:
Sunday, January 27 at 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary (1st - 5th grade students). Audition packets will be mailed or can be picked up in the Children's Ministry Office. The musical will be performed in the Light House Auditorium on May 4 at 5:00 pm and May 5 at 10:45 am during the AWE service. This year's musical will be a classic "Whodunit" Mystery.  

NEW THIS YEAR:   If your child only wants to be in the choir, he or she does not have to attend the auditions. Also, any parents that have children only interested in dancing, can wait while their child has a quick audition from 5:30-5:45 pm.
Wednesday Night Dinner at 5:30 and Classes at 6:30:
Menu (Jan. 16): Chicken Bog, slaw rolls, dessert.
Menu (Jan. 23): Greek chicken, roasted potatoes, green beans, caramel pound cake and lemon pound cake.  

Cost:   Adults $5, Kids 3-11 $3, Family Max of $20.  Make reservations by completing the tear-off form on the bulletin, call the church office 359-7770 by noon on Monday or make online reservations.  

Online Reservations:

For the complete list of 2019 Winter/Spring Classes, please click here.  
The  Valentine's Dinner hosted by the Youth will be on Friday, February 15. D inner reservations can be made online,
please click here
Mission Trip to Belize: We will once again be taking a team to Belize this summer to do VBS in two villages and possibly some Bible studies for women.  The dates are July 29 - August 5 and the cost per person is $1,650.  Our first informational meeting will be held in the church library at 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 3.  If you are interested in being a part of our team and/or have questions regarding the trip, please contact Eve Barker at evebarker@netscape.net.
Lexington Choral Society Concert: 
Friday, January 18 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Message from Hal McIntosh, LCCS Director: "Thank you all for your support of the LCCS in our 23rd season. This upcoming concert, January 18, will be a joy! Long time friends, Sylvia Looney and Jim Ingram -pianists will be joined by Soprano - Bailey Slice for a fun-filled evening of popular classics. This is a specially priced ticket of only $5.00 for this particular concert... so that is a treat as well!  I know you will enjoy hearing these fabulously talented people!  
We are looking forward to sharing some great music with you in 2019."
Senior Adult Dinner & LCCS Concert -  
Friday, January 18 at 6:00 pm in Room 151 followed by the LCCS Concert at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  This concert will be one night only.
Dinner $8/Concert $5 to be paid separately. Reservations required by Tuesday, January 15.  Contact Pansy at 359-7770, ext. 11 or
INVITE A FRIEND TO COME WITH YOU!!!  Let's make this event fun for everyone.  We look forward to seeing you.
Caring Connections Brotherhood: Men - looking for a local band of brothers?  Then check out the Caring Connections Brotherhood.  This group of gentlemen meets weekly to provide fellowship and support for men in our church family and in the greater community. Join them each Tuesday at 12:00 noon at the Flight Deck Restaurant here in Lexington (109-A Old Chapin Rd.) The Brotherhood does more than just meet for lunch and laughter - on occasion they also have special speakers, take day excursions, and visit other men who are homebound. To get involved in the Caring Connections Brotherhood, please contact: Mike Graves (703-481-8166) or at digger7006@yahoo.com.
Drive Thru Prayer:  (February 19, 3rd Tuesday of the month) 7 :15-8:15  am, SGPC  Parking Lot.  Join together as we love and support community members in need of prayer. We will need prayer warriors, enthusiastic sign holders and traffic directors. In January, despite the cold a misty weather, 11 volunteers came and 8 cars stopped in. One person event took the time to call the church office praise this ministry. To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@saxegotha.org .
Saxe Gotha Child Development Center Positions Available:  The CDC is looking for individuals who love working with children from K5-5th grade.  The hours are Monday-Friday, 2:30-5:30. Please contact Hope Andrews for more information at  handrews@saxegotha.org  or 803-359-2058.

Saxe Gotha Child Development Center Registration Dates: Registration has already begun for in-house students.
January 29: Saxe Gotha Member Registration and Prior Student Registration
January 30: Wait List Registration
February 4: Open to the Public
Unclaimed Free Directory Pictures:
We have  many unclaimed pictures. Please stop by the church office and pick up your family's free LifeTouch 8x10 picture. 
Mother's Morning Out Spring Registration is open! 
Children 3 months - 24 months join us for our upcoming semester starting February 5.  We meet Tuesday through Thursday each week from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, but you can create your own schedule.  To register or find out more, contact Sara McCarter at smccarter@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext. 49.  Click here for the full program brochure.
Flower Ministry:  The presence of flowers in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings brings added beauty and Glory to God during worship. There is a notebook available on the podium in the Narthex to sign-up to provide flowers or you can contact Robin Wilkes at: 803-530-7603.
Temporary Location Change for Nailbenders :
Meet at 8:00 a.m. (Second Saturday of the month) at the Lexington IHOP (while the Chick-fil-A at 5560 Sunset Blvd. is under construction) then leave from there to assist individuals in need.  Everyone is welcome to help! Contact Keith Hall with questions: 
Nailbenders.sg@gmail.com .
Lexington One Backpack Program: Saxe Gotha partners with Lexington School District One to support the Backpack Program. 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 or your small group is interested in donating food or packing bags to assist with this effort, please contact Holly Waldrip:  waldrip@sc.rr.com . Also, you can place donations in the blue bin in the church main office. Thank you for your help! 
Memory Café (Next Meeting will be January 31) Last Thursday of the month, 10:30-11:30 am in the Light House Atrium) provides a gathering place for friends with Alzheimer's (or other dementias), along with their caregivers and families, to relax and enjoy socialization, refreshments, discussion and Christ-centered encouragement. Contact Renee Starnes: 
  or 359-7770 if you are interested in volunteering or attending.
Amazon SmileDid you know that when shopping Amazon they will make a donation to Saxe Gotha that will go towards Debt Free in Three, with no additional cost to you? The only requirement is to  go through  smile.amazon.com   instead of Amazon.com and choose Saxe Gotha as your charity of choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service, but with each purchase you help reduce the debt.
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).
F.I.S.H Teams:   1/20: Team 6, 1/27: Team 1, 2/3: Team 2. 2/10: Team 3,  2/17: Team 4, 2/24: Team 5.

Debt Free in Three
  Year 1 - Ended
July 31, 2017: $504,811
Year 2 - Ended
July 31, 2018: $371,954

Year 3 - Ending
July 31, 2019
(Raised as of Dec. 30, 2018)  
To give to the Debt Free in Three Campaign or General Budget, 
Hebrews 12:1 "Let us strip off every weight that slows us down ... and run with endurance the race."