5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
January 9 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Coke Floyd's sister-in-law
  • Hope Jordan's grandmother and family
  • Lois Ann Tuell and her granddaughter
  • Nancy Boykin
  • Ty and Wendy Thomas' nephew
  • FIA Family
  • 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
  • Edie Athey's son
  • 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
  • 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
Our Wednesday classes start tonight! You will not want to miss out on a delicious meal at 5:30 pm followed by our engaging class offerings at 6:30 pm. These classes are a great way to help fulfill a New Year's resolution to grow in your understanding of the Bible. Here are the classes being offered this spring:
The Bible from Scratch: The Old Testament for Beginners - taught by Jim Glatz and Jeremy Hunt - Room 152 MB
This class will be an accessible, easy-to-understand overview of the OT for adults who have (or fear they have) little or no Bible knowledge. Jim and Jeremy will teach the basic tools and skills for Bible study and present the basic themes, histories, personalities and meanings of the Bible. Book $13.00. Please also bring your Bible.
Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ by Ravi Zacharias & Vince Vitale - taught by Brad Farrar - Room 151 MB.  This 6-week class will challenge the popular "isms" of the day (atheism, scientism, relativism, and more), skillfully pointing out the fallacies in their claims and presenting compelling evidence for revealed absolute truth as found in Jesus. Explore the claims of Christ and learn how to articulate why Jesus is God - in a fallen world clinging to false gods. Book $13.00
God Owns It All: Finding Contentment & Confidence in Your Finances by Ron Blue - taught by Scott Dill - Rm 155 MB.  We live in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. So why don't we feel rich? This 6-week study tackles the money question we all ask: How much is enough? Ron Blue presents biblically based financial principles that are affirmed by the authority of Scripture and tested by the marketplace, principles that will equip us to approach money management and financial planning with freedom, generosity, contentment and confidence. Book $13.00
Multiethnic Conversations: An 8-Week Journey toward Unity in Your Church - taught by HH Coker - Room 154 MB.  In this class we will talk about our attitudes and actions and how we can be better neighbors in the midst of cultural change. Structured around eight weeks of daily readings and thought-provoking questions, this study is a Christ-centered, biblically accurate guide that facilitates authentic personal exploration and small group discussion of race, class, and culture. This book brings people together beyond the distinctions of this world that so often and otherwise divide. Book $18.00
The Gospel of John - taught by Matt Gissendanner, Bart McCarter, Brent McGee, & Scott Taylor - Room 112/113 LH.  Join this interactive study that will complement the new year's sermon series on the Gospel of John. Please bring your questions and your own Bible.
I look forward to seeing you this evening for a great time of growing closer to the Lord and to each other!
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for January:  The persecuted church.  

Christian Love and Sympathy is extended to Leslie Clark on the death of her father.  

Save-the-Date: The Valentine's Dinner hosted by the Youth will be on Friday, February 15. D inner reservations can be made online beginning January 13 at  www.saxegotha.org/events
Save-the-Date: 2019 Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, April 29 at Golden Hills Country Club. 

Saxe Gotha is participating in the Grinding of the Greens again this year if you need a place to recycle your live Christmas tree. Drop off is the area to the right of the Light House building.
Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .
Upcoming 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!
Calling All Volunteers for the Children's Musical:
Please join us for a brief meeting this Sunday, January 13 at 5:30 pm in Room 205 (MB).  This year Madonna Moore and Kay Lee will be leading the team of volunteers.  We would love to have you join us.  This year's musical will be a classic "Whodunit" Mystery.  
Wednesday Night Dinner at 5:30 and Classes at 6:30:
Menu (Jan. 9):  L asagna, salad, Italian bread with butter and garlic, vanilla ice cream with fruit and chocolate syrup. 
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.  
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.
Elementary Sunday School Location Change:
Elementary Sunday School will not begin with the large group. Elementary age children will now go directly to their Sunday School Classrooms.

Love Offering Thank you!  
Thank you from the Saxe Gotha staff for your Love Offering.  We certainly appreciate your generosity.  We wish all of you a Happy New Year, and we look forward to working with you in 2019!
GriefShare: It's not too late to join us on a journey of faith, hope and healing.  GriefShare is a 13-week seminar and support group designed for those who have experienced loss. Each session includes a video featuring some of the foremost Christian experts on grief, followed by a group discussion. Grief Share meets every Sunday in the Welcome Center from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, beginning January 6.  Cost is $15 for the workbook.  To register, call Renee Starnes at 803-359-7770 or email her at rstarnes@saxegotha.org.

If you have a friend, neighbor or coworker that is going through the loss of someone, please pick up a business sized card GriefShare invitation at the Sanctuary Welcome Desk and pass it along to them. 
Young Adult Ministry - Upcoming Events:
The YAMs have two new studies kicking off in January - if you're approximately between the ages of 21-35 years old, please come join them! The Young Adult Sunday School class, YAMming in the Bible, started a study on spiritual disciplines called  "Liturgy of the Ordinary."  Sunday School meets from 9:45 - 10:30 am, and they meet in room 235 underneath the Fellowship Hall.  For more information please text Kalie Wehunt at 803-727-0696 or Kathleen McDonagh at 803-606-9745.  
South Sudan Update from Bill Andress:   This week we received two pieces of news from our partners in South Sudan that assure us that our work there is worthwhile and producing fruit.  First, Rev. Orozu Lokine Daky, whom I have known since 2005, reported that the politicians from Boma State, South Sudan (where our ministry is focused), have published a promise to help stop cattle rustling by the people of the state.  Orozu has been working on stopping cattle raids since about 2009, but the politicians have been undercutting him for their personal gain.  With Saxe Gotha's support and training by the Church of Scotland, Orozu and the church have made great progress in bringing about an end to tribal violence so that the state is now one of the most peaceful in the nation.  His approach to peace, forgiveness and reconciliation is Bible-based!
Similarly, the Southeastern Jonglei Presbytery, whose Executive Secretary is Rev. James Alyei Zeelu, published an uplifting New Year's message in which they have set a goal to reach all the people in Boma State with the Gospel in 2019.  We supported Rev. James's family while he attended seminary.  As the new Executive Secretary, James is bringing that Presbytery out of its office and into support of the congregations throughout Boma State.
Your support makes this possible.  Thank you and please continue to pray for a just and lasting peace for the South Sudanese people. 
Saxe Gotha Child Development Center Positions Available:
The CDC is looking for individuals who love working with CDC logo children from K5-5th grade.  The hours are Monday-Friday, 2:30-5:30 pm. Please contact Hope Andrews for more information at handrews@saxegotha.org or 803-359-2058.

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.
Drive Thru Prayer:  (January 15, 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, 13 volunteers came and 13 cars stopped in. Two people even stopped to pray for our ministry. To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@saxegotha.org .
Thank You for All of the Families that gave to Love A Family this Christmas.  Here is a picture from Mission of Hope of one of the Love A Family families receiving their gifts.

Thank you to all of the families that donated to benefit
 the families served by the SC Dept. of Mental Health.  Please see the attached letter of thanks.
Church Blueprints and Drawings:  The Session Facilities Committee is attempting to gather all of the
church construction drawings and other documents into one area and make them available via computer to those needing them. We are still missing drawings of some of the phases of expansion. If you have, or know of someone who has (such as past members) any plans or drawings, please bring them to Alisha Hudson or Jennifer Dever at the church office, or call or email Flip Law at 803-727-7795 or  cu1969tiger@gmail.com.
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. 
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.
Renewal:  Scripture Memorization
Don't forget to join the Scripture memory challenge, Renewal!  It's not too late to begin. For more details and to stay up to date, check out the Renewal Facebook page.  All you need to do on the 1st and 15th of the month is post your name, city, state and scripture.  Let's join together and fill our hearts with scripture! 
F.I.S.H Teams:   1/13: Team 5, 1/20: Team 6, 1/27: Team 1.

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: $504,811
Year 2 - Ended
July 31, 2018: $371,954

Year 3 - Ending
July 31, 2019
(Raised as of Dec. 23, 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."