5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
December 6 , 2018

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Amy Elias' father
  • Brian and Wendy Thies' son
  • Ellie Davis'mother
  • Jerry Kirkland
  • Lois Ann Tuell's granddaughter
  • Lydia Ropp's son
  • Robin Wilkes
  • Roseanne Mankin
  • Susan Neil
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Auddie Brown
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • 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
  • Leslie Clark's father
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Marshall Edens
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Nickie Nickles' father
  • Pansy Floyd's sister
  • Rhonda Russell
  • 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
  • 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
Christians love this time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. One of my favorite Christmas carols is "Go Tell It on the Mountain," which encourages us to share the great news "over the hills and everywhere" that a Savior has been born.
The Global Prayer Digest devotional for Monday, December 3, 2018 reminds us that while we will be singing Christmas carols, there are people who are afraid to learn more about Jesus. The Global Prayer Digest shares this story:
Noor, a Yemenite girl, was listening to some beautiful music being played on a guitar by a younger girl. "Matria, where did you learn to play like that?" She responded, "I received free lessons from music teachers. It helped me get my mind off the fear and pain of the war."

Noor replied, "The music is soothing! I have found something too that is calming my heart each day. A friend gave me some verses from the Bible. One was from Psalm 25:5, 'Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.' Whenever I am angry, sad or afraid, I recite this verse. There is another verse about Isa, Jesus, that says..."

Matria cut her off. "I do not want to hear this kind of talk! Things are hard enough here in Yemen, and if people read the Bible rather than the Qur'an, it will get even worse!"
The Global Prayer Digest went on to say that the ongoing war has led many Yemenis disenchanted with Islam to come to know Jesus.
Living in the "Bible Belt" makes it easy for us to forget that there are people in the world who either have never had the opportunity to hear about Jesus or find that doing so is very dangerous. There are so many ways for a person here to encounter the good news of Christ, but such is not the case in many places abroad.
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, let us remember our responsibility to tell the world what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. If you would like to pray regularly for those who either don't know Jesus or find that following him is very dangerous, you may want to visit www.globalprayerdigest.org. This excellent site offers practical ways to intercede for various people groups each day.
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus For December: Those with heavy hearts.
Congregational Meeting: The Session has called a meeting of the congregation of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church for Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the 11:00 am service for the purpose of hearing the report of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee and acting on its recommendation to approve the terms of call and extend a call to fill the position of Associate Pastor of the Next Generation.

Retirement Reception for Lee Ann Alexander  following the 11:00 Service and the Congregational Meeting in the gym on December 9.  Click here to sign-up to bring refreshments.
New Baby: Josh and Amy Arrington's first baby arrived on 11/25/18 at 5:18 pm.  Her name is Ansley Jean and she was 6 lbs. 10 oz and 20 inches long.  

Upcoming Baptism:  Alaia Kate  Ossa, daughter of Edward Ossa and Eliana Agudelo will receive the Sacrament of Baptism - this baptism has been rescheduled to January 2019.

Congratulations to Russell M. and Karina O. in winning the 2 Gift Cards from our Fall Festival. 

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .
Lessons & Carols Service:
Sun., Dec. 9 at 11:00 am (Sanctuary). Join the Saxe Gotha Choirs, Ensembles & Musicians as we sing Christmas carols.
Christmas Service Project:
Sun., Dec. 23-Sunday School will be at 9:00 a.m. then all services come together for a brief message at 10:00 am followed by a service project at 11:00 am.
Christmas Eve Services:
Mon., Dec. 24, at 4:00 pm (Families), 5:30 pm (AWE Contemporary in LH); 7:00 pm (Traditional). Childcare is provided at the 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm services.
Dec. 30 Worship:
Traditional Services at 8:30 and 11:00 am. Contemporary Service at 10:45 am. Sunday School at 9:45-10:30 am.
Church Offices will be closed on December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1.

Amahl and the Night Visitors Musical 
Friday, Dec. 14 and 15 at 7:30 (Saxe Gotha Light House)

This musical tells the story of the Three Kings who visit a poor, crippled boy and his widowed mother. This is an exciting production for us at Saxe Gotha. It is unique that we have a young man playing Amahl and his actual mother playing the role of his mother! Our stage director has worked internationally, and members of the USC voice faculty will be involved in this unique Christmas performance. You do not want to miss this family friendly event!

Tickets will be available for $5 one hour prior to the musical or may be purchased in advance online: 
Love Offering:  We will again collect a Christmas Love  Offering for the SGPC staff members this year on  Dec. 9.  The envelopes are in the pews and can be turned in to the offering plate or church office.  If you would like to make a contribution, please use the Love Offering envelopes and/or note in the memo line of personal checks "staff love offering".  Thank you for all that you do in support of our church employees in recognizing their dedication to the mission of Saxe Gotha.
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. Please contact Hope Andrews for more information at handrews@saxegotha.org or 803-359-2058.

GriefShare: 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 is self-contained and 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.
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.
Wednesday Night Dinner at 5:30 and Classes at 6:30:
Wednesday Night Dinner and Classes will resume on January 9. 
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 .
Drive Thru Prayer:  (December 18, 3rd Tuesday of the month) 7 :00-8:00 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, 13 volunteers came and 20 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 .
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 Jennifer Dever: jdever@saxegotha.org   or 359-7770 ext. 63 if you are interested in volunteering or attending.
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! 
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! 
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:   12/9: Team 6, 12/16: Team 1, 12/23: Team 2, 12/30: Team 3.

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 Nov. 25, 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."