5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
January 8 , 2020

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Bob Hinson
  • Charlie Brooks
  • Christi Butel
  • Dawn Merck
  • Joe Hall's mother
  • Judy Chettinger
  • Kate Eckert
  • Kathy Medlen
  • Katie Koon
  • Louise Viveros
  • Meredith Inman Shirk
  • Merry Taylor
  • Nita Bailey's daughter
  • Parris McBride
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Anna Kirby's father
  • Anne Burdette
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Bobby Zeigler
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Eloise Faircloth
  • Greg Avedisian
  • Herby Hucks' sister
  • Jody Sullivan's husband
  • Joyce Murphy's mother
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Lois Ann Tuell's granddaughter
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Regan Kolwyck
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Robin Foy
  • Sarah Raines' mother
  • Scott and Marilyn Welborn
  • Steve Robert's brother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tillman Kyzer
  • Trudi Greene
  • Wanda McCarthy
  • Daniel Warren
  • Josh Lance
  • Michael Smoak
  • Ray Hammond's nephew
  • Aaron Thies
  • Adam Gilmore
  • B. J. Manis
  • Bob Rabon
  • Brian Bishop
  • Greg Adams
  • Jamie Glatz
  • John"Tripp" Bartlett
  • Ken Culbertson 
  • Kyle Peck
  • 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: 803-359-7770.
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Dear Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ,

The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus - a god of 2 faces, one looking back toward the past and the other looking forward to the future. Dealing with the past and the future can be challenging. Someone said that we are continually being crucified between two thieves - the regrets of yesterday and the worries about tomorrow.
Certainly, the regrets as well as the pain and hurts of yesterday can be devastating. Some people are in bondage to the guilt or resentment of the past for the things they did or failed to do, or for the things done to them. Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti said, "Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all." The good news is that Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin, guilt and resentment. The Apostle John said, " If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9). Jesus forgiving our sins frees us to forgive others. " Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other , just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32). In Christ, we are free from even a painful, broken and dysfunctional past so that we can live for God in the present and the future!
The worries of the future can be as devasting as the pain of the past. People can be paralyzed with anxiety over what the future holds. Corrie Ten Boom, who lived a cruel existence in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, once said, "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus commanded his followers: "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them." (Matthew 6:31-32). We combat worry with faith in our loving Heavenly Father who cares and provides for his children. Such faith frees from anxiety about tomorrow.
Have a blessed new year, 
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for January:  The persecuted church.

Christian Love is extended to the family of Emily Fraser, Grace Ann Taylor's mother, on her recent passing and to Sandy Walker on the death of her brother-in-law.

New Babies: John and Jennifer Fisher welcomed their newborn twins, Eleanor Grace Fisher and Theo Michael Fisher on December 24, 2019.  Proud grandparents are Jim and Judy Fisher.

Babysitter List: If you have a need for a Babysitter, one that is Red Cross certified, please email Renee' Starnes in the church's office at Rstarnes@saxegotha.org for the names of babysitters that are part of the SGPC family.

Weekly Sermon and Scripture Schedule: To find the upcoming sermon topics and scriptures, please click here.  

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .

Saxe Gotha Career Opportunities: To see open positions, please go to www.saxegotha.org/careers.
Wednesday Night Suppers and Classes Are Back - TONIGHT!
January 8 at 5:30 pm in the gym with classes following at 6:30 pm.
1/8 Menu:  Deep dish lasagna, salad, garlic bread, dessert. 
1/15 Menu: Chili, cornbread, dessert.
Cost:  Adults $5, Kids 3-11 $3, Family Max of $20. 

Make reservations at saxegotha.org/events . Deadline to RSVP is Monday at noon.

To see the complete list of Winter/Spring Classes, please go to saxegotha.org/events.    
Upcoming Sermon Series - Blessed Evangelism:
Beginning January 12

BLESS is a new approach to prayer and evangelism. It's less about downloading information or memorizing scripts, and more about loving our neighbors well. It helps us get "unstuck" and practice evangelism more effortlessly. BLESS is an intentional pathway for persons of all ages who follow Jesus to become like Jesus and join the mission of Jesus. BLESS is an initiative to  Make and Deepen Disciples .    
BLESS Small Groups:
BLESS is a new way of thinking about loving our unchurched neighbors and friends and living our faith effectively among them. BLESS consists of five missional practices that help us introduce people to Jesus. We have some groups that are doing the BLESS curriculum that goes along with the sermon series.  These groups are open to any adult of any age, marital status, etc. Please join them to dig deeper into the new year's sermon series and learn how to BLESS people.
Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 pm
Led by Bo Murphy
Room 154
Sundays Mornings from 9:45 - 10:30 am
Families in Faith
Fellowship Hall

Foundations SS Class
Room 130 in the Light House
The Explorers SS Class
Room 139
In the Light House
For more information, please contact HH Ham at:
hhham@saxegotha.org or 359-7770. 
Please RSVP by TODAY, Wednesday, January 8:
SNL Children's Musical Auditions:
Sunday, January 26 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 2 at 5:00 pm and May 3 at 10:45 am during the AWE service.  Please contact Madonna Moore: uscfan@sc.rr.com or Kay Lee at grandmamakay@gmail.com with questions.
Please Note:   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.
It hurts to lose a loved one. GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend and offers a weekly support group led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. This group offers understanding and ideas to help you through one of life's most difficult experiences. Saxe Gotha will be holding our GriefShare group meetings Sundays, January 5, 2020 through March 29, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. You can register online, or contact Renee' Starnes at 
Rstarnes@saxegotha.org  for more information. There is a cost of $15 for the workbook. Please share this information with friends and neighbors that may be dealing with a loss.

Click here for Online Registration.
Senior Adult Luncheon:  Thursday, January 16 at 11:30 am in Room 151.  An overview of the Belize Mission Trip will be presented by Jim Hickman. Reservations due by Tuesday, January 14.  Please contact Pansy at pfloyd@saxegotha.org or 358-7770, ext. 11.
Senior Adult Dinner/LCCS Concert:  Friday, January 31 at 5:30 pm in Room 151 (near Kitchen).  Followed by the LCCS Concert at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  Dinner:  $8 - LCCS Concert $12 to be paid separately at the door.  Reservation are required by Tuesday, January 28.  Contact Pansy at 359-7770, ext. 11 or   pfloyd@saxegotha.org
Lexington County Choral Society Concert: Friday, January 31 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. "Share a Song of Sisters" This concert features the dynamic duo of "Sisters" Sharon Hudson Rattray and Allison Hudson Hilbish. Also, Cathy McGill and her twin sister Carolyn Sosebee will be featured. Master percussionist Matthew Jones will also join the festivities.   Order tickets online at LexCoChoralSoc.org .
Drive Thru Prayer:  
(January 21, 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 December, we had 9 volunteers and 10 cars stopped for prayer despite the wind and rain.  Also, many people shouted their support while waiting in traffic.  To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@saxegotha.org .

Prayer Shawl Ministry:
Will resume January 16. Meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month in Room 154, MB  (10:00- 11:30 am). If you like to knit, or would like to learn to knit, this group is for you. Questions? Call Polly Askew at 803-359-7263.
The Compassionate Care Meals Ministry provides meals to our families when they are going through the loss of a loved one. This ministry is in need of additional members.  If this is an area you could help with, please call Renee' Starnes at 359-7770 ext. 37 or email Rstarnes@saxegotha.org .                   
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. Also, Robin will deliver the flowers to the nursing home of your choice if you do not have plans for them after the service.  

We would like to encourage members to donate flowers in memory or celebration of family milestones.
Covered with God's Love Blankets :
As part of Congregational Care, free soft blankets are available for any seriously ill child or a child who has lost a parent or sibling. Call Patti Schmitz at 467-6379 or Renee Starnes at 359-7770 ext. 37 or rstarnes@saxegotha.org .
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 . You can place donations in the blue bin in the church main office.  
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.
Nailbenders : 
Meet at 8:00 am (January 11, 2nd Saturday of the month) at the Chick-fil-A at 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 .
Amazon Smile During the fourth quarter of 2019, we received $89.93 towards DF3 from Amazon! Did 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 to https://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.
F.I.S.H Teams:  1/12: Team 3, 1/19: Team 4, 1/26: Team 5.

Calling All Acolytes... 
We are looking for new acolytes this fall.  Any child that will be in 3rd grade or above can be an acolyte.  It is a great opportunity for your child to serve during the 11:00 am traditional worship service.  If you are interested, contact Meredith Cully at  mcully@saxegotha.org or sign up online:
Giving Envelopes are Now Available in the Narthex.
If you would like to start receiving or discontinue the printing of your church
offering envelopes, please contact Andrea Summers: 
asummers@saxegotha.org  or 803-359-7770 ext. 34.
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).
Online Giving:  
Your tithes and gifts are vitally important to the ministry of our church! We ask that you prayerfully consider how God is leading you to give. "Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it."
- I Corinthians 12:27

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