5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
October 2 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Anna Kirby's dad
  • Coke Floyd's sister and cousin
  • Dawn Merck
  • Diana Patterson's nephew
  • Don Pike
  • Edie Athey's Son
  • Jimmie Rooks' mother
  • Marti Evans' sister
  • Michelle Samsamck's daughter
  • Rhonda Tuttle Knotts
  • Vickie Williamson's nephew
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Anne Burdette
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Emily Fraser
  • 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
  • Sarah Raines' mother
  • Steve Robert's brother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tillman Kyzer
  • Tristan Groscost
  • 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
  • Trevor Beattie  
  • 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,
World Communion Sunday is this week! We will be gathering with Christians around the world to remember our Lord's body that was broken and blood that was spilled for our redemption. Many Christians throughout the world will gather in threat of persecution as they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.
The church in China is enduring increasing persecution. Christianpost.com recently reported that the Chinese Communist Party is working to "Sinicize" churches by forcing churches to display devotion to the state and conform to the government's agenda. Yesterday, October 1st was China's National Day. Catholic churches run by the Chinese state were ordered to host events that required Christians to sing the national anthem, pray for the nation and raise the Chinese flag. Crack downs on Christianity have involved Christians being arrested, brutally interrogated and imprisoned.
The Bible is under attacked in China. Not only are Bibles and Christian books being destroyed, but the Bible itself is also being altered. The Chinese government is currently "retranslating" the Bible to make it more Chinese friendly by incorporating quotes from the teachings of Buddhism and Confucianism as well as the writings of President Xi Jinping. The words "Bible," "God" and "Christ" have been erased from classic children's stories, including Robinson Crusoe.
Church ministries are being closely monitored through China's extensive surveillance network that incorporates close to 200 million surveillance cameras across the country. This amounts to approximately one camera per seven citizens. Facial recognition is being used to track Christians and their church involvement. You can learn more about this surveillance system here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNf4-d6fDoY. Clearly, China resembles an Orwellian state.
As we prepare our hearts to celebrate the Lord's Supper, let us remember to pray for those who suffer for the name of Christ - especially our brothers and sisters in China. For as Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it." (1 Corinthians 12:26)

In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for October: The lost and unchurched. 

Congregational Meeting: A Congregational Meeting will be held this Sunday, October 6 following the 11:00 am traditional service to approve the slate of officers.

The Flowers that grace our sanctuary this coming Sunday are dedicated to the Glory of God and in celebration of John and Ebba Kelbaugh's 57th wedding anniversary.

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Sally Pickel on the death of her mother, Greg Force on the death of his father, Judy Durham on the death of her sister, and to the family and friends of Jerry Boykin on his passing.

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.
Fall Sermon Series and Small Groups: Our current   sermon series is called "Fruitfulness on the Frontline: Making a Difference Where You Are."  This is an 8-week series that will encourage and challenge us to see how we are missionaries right where we are.  

Fruitfulness on the Frontline Small Groups for Adults
Sunday Mornings (During Sunday School) from 9:45 am - 10:30 am
Families in Faith, meets in the Fellowship Hall. 
Contact: Patricia Zeigler at pdmz@rocketmail.com
Foundations, meets in room 130 of the Light House
Contact: Sharon Capps at  sharon@sharoncompany.com or 960-2264

The Explorers, meets in room 139 of the Light House
Contact: HH Ham at hhham@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext 40
Musicians in the Word, meets in the Choir Suite in the Main Building
Contact: Hal McIntosh at hmcintosh@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext 13
Sunday Evenings at 5:30 pm
In the Hope Ferry Rd/Corley Mill Rd area of Lexington, hosted by Jenni and Sean Gannon
Contact: Jenni Gannon at  jgannon129@gmail.com  or 543-0097

Wednesday Evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
M eets in room 155 of the Main Building
Contact: HH Ham at hhham@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext. 40
Saturday Evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
   In the Oak Grove section of Lexington, hosted by Brian and Wendy Thies.  
wdelmater@usa.net .

Please contact the small group leaders above to join the groups.

There is a DVD and small group curriculum (that you can download for free!) that goes along with it. To learn more: https://www.licc.org.uk/ourresources/fruitfulness.  Please let Helen Harrison Ham know if you have questions:  hhham@saxegotha.org .
Wednesday Night Classes and Dinner are back! 
Please join us!   Dinner at 5:30 / Classes at 6:30.    
Menu for 10/2: Brisket, baked beans, coleslaw and bread pudding.
Menu for 10/9: Roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, green beans, rolls and pound cake.

Cost:  Adults $5, Kids 3-11 $3, Family Max of $20. Make reservations by clicking on the link below.  Reservations due by noon on Monday.

To register for dinner:  saxegotha.org/events

To see the complete list of classes:
Annual Saxe Gotha Fall Festival:

October 20 (4:00 - 6:00 pm)
Trunk or treat, cakewalk, carnival games and inflatables! Wear your favorite costume!
Free Event! Open to the Community! 

Contact: Lori Lowman at llowman@saxegotha.org 
or 359-7770 ext. 28. 

To Volunteer, please sign-up online:  

You can help support Mission Lexington by bringing a can of soup to donate at this event!
Church Directories Are Here!
If you had your picture made last Fall with LifeTouch, your free directory is now available. The new directories are smaller and more user-friendly.

Wednesday Night Distribution (TODAY, Oct. 2 and 9) 5:00 to 6:15 in gym.
Sunday Distribution (Oct. 6 and 13)
8:30 Service - Distribution in the Narthex before and after service-from 8:00 to 8:25 am and after service from 9:30 to 10:00 am. 
AWE Service - Distribution from 10:20 until 10:45 am in the Light House Atrium.
11:00 Service - Distribution after the 11:00 am service ends in the Narthex. 

Contact Renee Starnes at rstarnes@saxegotha.org with questions.  
 Sunday, October 27 - One Service Sunday at 11:00 am in
the Sanctuary followed by a church picnic in the Gym. 

Let us know you're coming! Please help us plan for you and your family. Our church will provide the chicken, drinks and paper products, while members will bring the sides (list by last name):
                            A-O: Sides (Casseroles, Vegetables, Starches, Salads)
 P-Z: Desserts
Please bring enough food for your family plus five people. Please drop off items prior to the start of worship. Lunch served in the Gym immediately following the 11:00 Kirkin' service.

If you are available to Volunteer to set-up, serve or clean-up, please email Jennifer Gibbons at jgibbons@lexington1.net

Please RSVP by October 21 online at saxegotha.org/events.
Wild Game Night:  
Thursday, November 7 at 6:00-8:00 pm (Saluda Shoals Park, Cattail Shelter) 
An evening of food and fellowship for men of all ages. 
Speaker: Adrian Despres, Former Team Chaplain of the University of South Carolina Football Team. 
Tickets $10 at the door.  Register online: saxegotha.org/events.
Contact: Gable Dulin at 803-318-9544.
Saxe Gotha Stephen Ministry Training Event Well Attended by Area Churches:

Saxe Gotha welcomed 102 attendees to the recent Stephen Ministry training. O ur church and this ministry have both reached far out into our community and beyond to share God's love and desire to help others.  We received a call from one of the attendees, and she had the following to say about the event:  
She said "thank you" to the organizers and participants at the Stephen Ministry Seminar. She said it was best seminar they had attended.  It was very well organized and the people were welcoming and friendly.
This event was also included as an article in the Lexington  Chronicle and the local Lake Murray publication , The Fish Wrapper.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that made this event a success!

Would you like to be a part of Stephen Ministries? 
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that talks individually with those that are in need.  If you would like to become a Stephen Minister please email Renee' Starnes at Rstarnes@saxegotha.org  or call 359-7770, ext. 37 to sign-up.  Your experiences and compassion are gifts to be shared.
Pastor Appreciation Month:  October is Pastor Appreciation Month, so let's shower our pastors with thank you notes, a cup of coffee, a sweet treat or something special to show our appreciation. 

Giving Envelopes: 
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.

Children's Ministry Events:
Attention 4th and 5th graders, join us for SuperStart  A preteen worship experience in Duluth GA, October 18-19. To register: https://saxegotha.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/279548
Upward Fall Basketball 2019:  (Girls and Boys: 5K - 6th Grade)
Games are held on weekdays and practices are on Saturdays. Cost is $80; after October 21, $90. First Practice: Monday, November 4. First Game: Monday, November 25. Evaluations: October 14, 15 and 17 (6-8 pm) / Make-Up Evaluations: October 19 (9 am-12 pm). Contact: Terry Cagle at 803-331-1622 or Pete Eckert at 803-608-9835. 
All players must be evaluated in order to participate. Registration is currently open. To Register: https://registration.upward.org/UPW68798 .
Presbyterian Discovery Class:  Sundays, October 13 and 20 (9:45 - 10:30 am, Light House Café) 
We invite new members and active guests to discover your spiritual gifts, what it means to be a Presbyterian and how to "Give God Joy" as a fully engaged member of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church! Periodically throughout the year, SGPC offers a Discovery Class to help new members and guests get plugged into Saxe Gotha. The class lasts for about an hour, but it is extremely helpful in introducing individuals to all aspects of our church and its ministries. Please contact Gaby Gonzalez Hackett at ggonzalez@saxegotha.org or 803-359-7770, ext. 45  if you would like to attend.
10 th Annual Operation Christmas Child Packing Party 
Wednesday, November 13
Dinner: 5:00-5:45 pm in Gym / Packing: 6:00-7:30 pm in Light House
To find the updated list of items that are needed, please go to: 

Help us reach our goal of packing 500 shoeboxes to be sent around the world! Drop off at the church office receptionist desk labeled Lori Lowman. If you would like to make a monetary donation to this ministry simply write your check to Saxe Gotha with OCC in the memo line.

Operation Christmas Child Requests:
Pencil Pouches:
If you have made pencil pouches, please bring them to Lori Lowman by this Sunday, October 6.
OCC Sorting:
If you are available to help count/organize items from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm during the week, please contact Irene Baerwalde at irene@baerwalde.com .
These poinsettias will be used to decorate our Sanctuary and the Light House Auditorium during the holidays. You may dedicate them in honor of or in memory of someone special.
Change for South Sudan: 
Our Fall donations were collected last Sunday.  Thank you for your generosity!
Prayer Shawl Ministry:
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.
Church Security and Intruder Awareness Training:
This training will be held on October 9 (8:00 am - 4:30 pm in the Light House). The course is entitled: 1 Day Intruder Awareness and Response for Church Personnel -Lexington, SC.   Saxe Gotha will get a few free registrations, but these will be reserved for our security team members and/or staff. For other Saxe Gotha members, registration and payment is required.

If you would like to register:   saxegotha.org/events.
The TALK: An Open Discussion About Parenting Today 
Join us on Wednesday Nights from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Light House Cafe through November 6.

We've all wished that our children came with an instruction manual or handbook. Parenting is wonderful, but also extremely difficult. It only seems to get harder in an age of rapidly changing technology, new pressures, and emerging dangers. We are all trying to figure it out! God may not have given us all the instructions, but He did give us community. The old African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child" is very true. We need all the help we can get, and it is time to pool our collective knowledge and wrestle with these big topics together!
This Fall we are offering a new opportunity for parents to have discussions around the big topics of our day. We are calling it "The TALK". Yes, we will likely discuss the birds and the bees in today's highly sexualized culture, but we are going to talk about much more. This is not a class or a lecture. There will be no workbook. What we will have is some battle worn parents, some coffee and drinks, and some open conversations about the things that really matter to today's parents. Come talk and join the discussion!

Click here to register.
CDC Afterschool Position: 
The CDC is looking for afterschool teachers (Monday -Friday, 2:30 - 5:30 pm). Qualified applicants can contact Hope Andrews at 803-359-2058 or  handrews@saxegotha.org . We appreciate you spreading the word and covet your prayers that the Lord will bring people that will be a good fit with our center.
A Note from Kathy Seymour about Friendship Dinners:

Dear Friends,

We, here at Saxe Gotha, have been serving some of the mentally ill in our community by hosting a dinner and some kind of faith-based entertainment 6 times a year for 25 years.  These folks have become our friends, thus the name Friendship Dinners.

Our guests/friends love to come and get a warm welcome, hugs, conversation, a wonderful dinner and entertainment. Most of them live on a very tight budget and can barely afford to buy their medications, let alone entertainment.

We are looking for a group or individual performer, who specializes in music, drama or dancing and would be interested in volunteering to help us make life a little happier for our Friends.  A short 20 to 30 minute program is best.  Upcoming dates are October 18 and December 6.

Please contact Kathy Seymour at 4kathys@gmail.com or 803-920-7385.
Stretch and Balance for Seniors and Beginners:
(NEW SESSIONS: Sept. 20 - Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 - Dec.13) Please join us for an exercise class on Fridays in the Welcome Center/Fellowship Hall from 10:15 - 11:00 am to improve strength and balance. The class is $30 per each 6-week session. The class is for beginners up to intermediate participants. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  Contact Vicki Beatty at  vpbeatty@gmail.com  or 803-260-5817 for information and to register. 
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 .                   
Memory Café:   (October 31, the 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 Jennifer Dever:    jdever@saxegotha.org  or 359-7770 if you are interested in volunteering or attending.
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.
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.
Drive Thru Prayer:  
(October 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 September, we had 7 volunteers and 11 cars stopped by for prayer.  To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@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.  
Nailbenders : 
Meet at 8:00 am (October 12, 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 .
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:

Amazon Smile: During t he second quarter of 2019, we received $55 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 through 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.
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:   10/6: Team 1, 10/13: Team 2, 10/20: Team 3, 10/27: Team 4.

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 September
 22, 2019)  
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."