5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
November 27 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Anna Kirby's father
  • Bob Hinson
  • Carol Landreth's granddaughter
  • Christy Bailey Dawkins
  • Joe and Judy Durham's daughter and granddaughter
  • Kathy Medlen
  • Meredith Inman Shirk
  • Nancy Wood
  • Nickie Brierley
  • Nidsa Stokes
  • Parris McBride
  • Sadie Price
  • Scott and Marilyn Welborn
  • Sean Gannon's stepfather
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Anne Burdette
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Don Pike
  • Eloise Faircloth
  • 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
  • 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!  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,
In his book Mediations, the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius begins by listing 16 key people and the contributions each made in his life. So, he starts by writing:
Character and self-control.
Integrity and manliness.
Her reverence for the divine, her generosity, her inability not only to do wrong but even to conceive of doing it. And the simple way she lived - not in the least like the rich.
This list goes on for 9 pages and includes a brother, his first teacher, friends, the gods, and his adopted father -- whom Aurelius writes more about than even the gods! A remarkable feature of this list is that it, along with the rest of Meditations, were written for his own personal use rather than for publication. Apparently, Aurelius felt it necessary to remind himself that he was the person he was because of others. Even as an emperor, he was grateful for those who through their wisdom, example and training made him the person he was.
Who are the people in your life whom God has used to make you the person you are? Who has invested in you, molded you and shaped you? Perhaps a good exercise for us this Thanksgiving week is to sit down and list all the people to whom you are indebted for their influence in your life.
Please know that I am grateful for you! God has used your devotion to our Lord and your faithfulness in serving Him, as well as your personal love and encouragement, to make me who I am. "I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus." (1 Corinthians 1:4).
Happy Thanksgiving!
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for December: Those with heavy hearts.

The Church Office will be closed on Thursday, November 28
in observance of Thanksgiving.

New Member:  Please join us in welcoming new member David Ludwig, Jr. during the 11:00 am traditional service this coming Sunday.  

The flowers that grace our sanctuary this coming Sunday are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Dianne and John Anderson's 52nd Wedding Anniversary.

Thank you to the Abigail Circle for the beautiful Harvest Table that was in our sanctuary the past two Sundays!

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.
25th Annual Operation Turkey: TODAY, Nov. 27 from (3:30 - 9:00 pm) and Nov. 28 from (7:30 am - 2:00 pm). You can serve others by: donating money to purchase foods, cook/slice turkeys, help with food preparation and kitchen duties on Wed. afternoon or Thur. morning or by delivering meals to the needy on Thanksgiving morning. Contact: Mary McIlwain Fuller at scmcilwains@gmail.com .

Click here to make an online donation.

Friendship Dinner:  (Friday, Dec. 6) 
Our next big Christmas Party dinner is coming up, and we hope you will be able to come join in the fun.  We will have great gifts for our friends this year, as the Missions Ministry has raised our budget for Christmas gifts, we'll have dancers and singing, beautiful table decorations, delicious food and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here, too.  We will start decorating at 4:00, so come whenever you can. Please contact Kathy Seymour with questions: 4kathys@gmail.com.
You are invited to join us...  

Advent Sermon Series:  
"Standing on the Promises: Moses, David and Jesus" 

SUNDAY: DECEMBER 1, 8, 22 and 29
Normal Worship: 8:30 and 11:00 AM Traditional Services in Sanctuary, 10:45 AM AWE Contemporary Service in Light House.

SATURDAY: DECEMBER 14 at 7:30 PM and
SUNDAY: DECEMBER 15 at 11:00 AM - 
"A Baby Changes Everything" - A full scale musical, complete with
Sanctuary, Youth and Children's choirs, drama cast and orchestra.
11:00 AM Traditional Service in Sanctuary (One Service Sunday)


4:00 PM Children's Service for Families in Sanctuary
5:30 PM Contemporary Service in Light House Auditorium
7:00 PM Traditional Family Service in Sanctuary

* Childcare provided at the 4:00 & 5:30 PM services only.  
Christmas Program:  
Spread Christmas love by purchasing gifts for a local person or family in need. The trees will be up in the Narthex and the Light House.   The last day to bring the gifts to church is Sunday, December 8.  Gifts should be wrapped with the back copy (green flower) securely attached.  Please fill out your contact info on the top copy (red flower) and leave that in the small bag near the tree. You can leave the gifts under the tree or in the reception area of the office. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Seymour at 920-7385  or 
Children's  Christmas
Please join us on Sunday, December 8 from 9:45 am-10:30 am in the gym for the annual Children's Christmas Celebration. Our preschool choirs will be performing their Christmas songs, we'll do a craft and share breakfast together! Last name: A-L bring savory breakfast item, M-Z bring a sweet breakfast item to share. Drinks will be provided. There will be no children's SS or nursery this morning so that all families can share the morning together. 

Children should bring a new stuffed animal to benefit the Chris Myers House.

Also, on December 8 the Next Generation Ministries will be walking in the Town of Lexington Christmas Parade. Please click here to sign-up online to walk in the parade, so we know you'll be joining us. This is for all ages and is a great way to be a warm and welcoming congregation to our Lexington neighbors.
Immediately following the parade, please join us in the Light House for a Chili Dinner with all the fixings! 
Christmas Cantata
Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 15 at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary, "A Baby Changes Everything." Brimming with well-crafted dialogue, dynamic characters, thrilling songs and a timeless message, this dramatic musical tells the story of three individuals in the tiny village of Bethlehem. Initially turning away from the promised Messiah, the trio almost sleeps through the first Christmas night -- until they are awakened in time to experience the life-changing miracle in a manger.
Youth Ski Retreat:
January 2-4, 2020 
Ober Gatlinburg

Students will have the opportunity to ski Ober Gatlinburg, enjoy some no ski activities at the park or walk around downtown Gatlinburg. 

Registration will close on 12/1, and we will need a $100 deposit to secure your spot. Any registration without a deposit when registration ends will not be guaranteed a spot since we will need to reserve hotel rooms at that time.

Click here for  Online Registration.
South Sudan Ministry Update
On an aerial assessment from Gumuruk to Likuangule. South Sudan, October 2019. © MSF
The decision has been made to cancel our planned mission trip to South Sudan for January 2020.  Our partners on the ground do not believe that the airstrip will be dry in time for the team's planned arrival.  Multiple options were considered before cancellation.  Ultimately, it was decided to cancel the trip to South Sudan and donate cash to our partners for recovery.  Relief is not feasible for us because the expense of delivery exceeds the relief we could provide.  In December, the Boma Assistance Group (funded by contributions to Change or South Sudan) will donate about $10,000.  We already have sent $4,955.  In January, we hope to send another $15,000 from Trinity Presbytery.  The funds will be provided directly to our church partners, Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, Eastern Jonglei Presbytery and SALT (Serving and Learning Together).  Funds will be used to purchase: clothing, household goods such as pots and pans, blankets, gardening tools, seeds, etc. and to repair damage to the church in Pibor, the SALT compound and the Kondako School.  Once the school is cleaned out, the children are expected to return to school in February 2020.  Right now,the school is partially flooded.  Thank you for your support of these wonderful, but oppressed people. 

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj last Tuesday,  the deputy governor of Boma State John Abulla said that at least 70 people, mostly children and the elderly, have died due to heavy floods in Boma State since October. The areas of greater Likuangule, Pibor, Kubal and Pochalla were the most flood affected areas. Except for Kubal, these are the areas on which our ministry is focused. "According to an assessment that was conducted by the government, national and international aid agencies last week, 400,000 people were identified as the most affected.  They lack food, health services and shelter," Abulla explained.

Last month, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir declared a state of emergency in all the flood-affected areas, but no funds have been provided by the Government of South Sudan.  The great bulk of the funds provided for relief has been provided by the United States Agency for Development (USAID).
Staff Love Offering: (Dec. 1 and Dec. 8)  We will again collect a Christmas Love Offering for the SGPC staff members.  Please use the envelopes provided in the pews and put "Staff Love Offering" in the memo line of your check.  Thank you!
Lexington County Choral Society
Christmas Concert:
Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  "Sing We Now of Christmas" A professional string quartet and soloist, Katie Gatch will join the LCCS for this most wonderful concert of the year!  Order tickets online at LexCoChoralSoc.org
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 Dinner/LCCS Concert:  Friday, December 6 at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall (note change of location). Followed by the LCCS Concert at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  Dinner: $8/ Concert: $12 to be paid separately at the door. Reservations are required by Tuesday, December 3 . Contact Pansy Floyd at 359-7770, ext. 11 or pfloyd@saxegotha.org .
Prayer Shawl Ministry:
Will resume in January. 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 .                   
Drive Thru Prayer:  
(December 17, 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 November, we had 12 volunteers and 14 cars stopped for prayer.
To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@saxegotha.org .

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 .
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.
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.
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.  
Amazon Smile During the third quarter of 2019, we received $66.99 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.

Nailbenders : 
Meet at 8:00 am (December  14, 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:
F.I.S.H Teams:  12/1: Team 3, 12/8: Team 4, 12/15: Team 5, 12/22: Team 6, 12/29: 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 November 24, 2019 - including monthly mortgage payments): $757,562 

Only $225,020 Remaining to Satisfy this Debt By Year End!

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."