5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
February 5 , 2020

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Bob Hinson
  • Bobby Frierson
  • Carol Landreth's brother
  • Charlie Brooks
  • Christi Butel
  • Dawn Merck
  • Joe Mergo's mother
  • Kay Luthren's grandson
  • Larry Bost
  • Marti Evans' sister
  • Meredith Inman Shirk
  • Pam Cope's mother
  • Parris McBride
  • Patti Schmitz's son and daughter-in-law
  • Peggy Wehunt's brother
  • Sunday Cogburn
  • Wayne Hall's brother
  • 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
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Lois Ann Tuell's granddaughter
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Nita Bailey's daughter
  • 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
  • Ray Hammond's nephew
  • Aaron Thies
  • Adam Gilmore
  • B. J. Manis
  • Bob Rabon
  • Brian Bishop
  • Greg Adams
  • Jamie Glatz
  • John"Tripp" Bartlett
  • Josh Lance
  • Ken Culbertson 
  • Kyle Peck
  • 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: 803-359-7770.
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Dear Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ,

We are sending another team to Belize this summer! Saxe Gotha has sent teams to Belize over the past several years to conduct vacation bible schools in local villages. These mission trips have always been met with great success. Team members have returned deeply moved not only by how the Lord worked through the team to serve others, but also by the vibrant faith of the Belizean Christians.
A Belize Team information meeting will be held on Sunday, February 23 at 5:30 pm in the Church Library (Room 152). The trip is planned for July 27 to August 3.
The trip is a great way for you to grow spiritually as you serve others in a cross-cultural setting. Even though the official language of Belize is English, many of the people the team will be serving will be speaking Spanish. This trip is also a marvelous opportunity for families to serve on the team together. Think about your family interacting with the children of Belize during VBS!
Please pray for the team as it prepares for this trip. Any time we send out teams to spread the Gospel, we engage in spiritual warfare. We need your prayers!
Please consider being part of this exciting adventure as we seek to share the good news of Jesus Christ to the children of Belize!
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for February: Our relationships with our family and friends.

Baptism: Receiving the Sacrament of Baptism is Joseph (Jay) Jordan IV, son of Joseph and Hope Jordan at the 11:00 am traditional service this Sunday.

New Member:  Please join us in welcoming a new member Heather Garrett this Sunday. She will be joining during the AWE Service. Heather has two children. Holly Tant is 17 and is in 11th grade and Nathan Garrett is 11 and is in 5th grade.

Please Note:   Sunday, February 23 is Youth Sunday at the 8:30 and 11:00 am Traditional Services. There will be no AWE Service that day.  

Christian Sympathy is extended to Elizabeth Neal on the death of her father and to JoJo Horres on the death of her sister.  

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:
Dinner at 5:30 pm in the gym with classes following at 6:30 pm. Cost: Adults $5, Kids 3-11 $3, Family Max of $20. 

2/5 Menu:   Fried fish and chips, slaw & dessert.
2/12 Menu:   Chicken bog, slaw, rolls & cookies and ice cream.
2/19 Menu: Ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans & dessert.  

To ensure dinner for all that attend, please remember to 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.    
Save the Date - Debt Free in 3 Celebration: (Sunday, March 22)
One Service Sunday.  We will have a special service at 11:00 am in the sanctuary with lunch following in the gym.  Come and celebrate this great accomplishment with us! 

Debt Free in 3 is complete! Having the burden of this mortgage off our back frees us to better support the work of advancing the good news of Jesus Christ throughout our community, state and world! 
Saxe Gotha 2019 Highlights: 
Please take a few minutes to review the amazing work that Saxe Gotha Ministries participated in  during 2019! Click here to review the:  Saxe Gotha 2019 Highlights .
Parents Night Out:  Friday, March 6 from 6:30-9 :00 pm. 
This is a free event (reservations are required) for babies through 5th graders. Please contact Lori Lowman for more details: llowman@saxegotha.org.

Confirmation Class Blessing Video Shoot and Work-In RSVP: Lonnie Wehunt will be available on Sunday, February 23 (2:30-6:30 pm) and Thursday, February 27 (4:00-7:00 pm) for your blessing video shoot. Please RSVP to Mary at mknobeloch@saxegotha.org to set-up your appointment with Lonnie.  Please also RSVP for the family dinner on February 28 that will kick-off the confirmation work-in (include the number in your family attending the dinner).  All RSVPs are due by Sunday, February 16.
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.  

Currently, our schedule is open, so please sign-up in the Narthex.  
Meditation and Solitude Retreat
Do you long for a time of silence and stillness to focus on your relationship with the Lord? Then mark your calendar now a prayer and meditation retreat on Friday, March 20 - Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Fellowship Camp and Conference Center on Lake Greenwood.  This retreat is for adults only and space is limited.  Registration information will be available soon.  Contact:  HH Ham for additional information at hhh@saxegotha.org .
Middle School Snowbird Mission Camp: (Aug. 3 - 8) Students will serve around Western NC and Eastern TN. The cost of the trip is $500, there will be fundraising opportunities. Register at  saxegotha.org/events  and pay the $100 deposit due at the time of registration. Registration closes on Sunday, February 23. 

High School RYM Summer Conference: 
(July 6-11) High School students will be going to The Laguna Beach Christian Retreat Center in Panama City Beach, FL, for Reformed Youth Ministries' High School Summer Conference. The cost of the trip is $550; there will be fundraising opportunities.  Register at saxegotha.org/events and pay the $100 deposit due at the time of registration.
Belize Mission Trip Interest Meeting:
Sunday, February 23 at 5:30 pm in the Church Library. This year's trip will be July 27th- August 3rd. Come see what is included in this wonderful trip working with Belizean children during VBS. Contact Michelle Faust: 803-604-2923.
Saxe Gotha Child Development Center Registration (2020-2021): 
2 - 4 year old Preschool spaces are available. Questions?  handrews@saxegotha.org. Public Registration is now open.
Current Sermon Series - Blessed Evangelism:
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. 
New Sermon Series - Beginning February 16:
How healthy is our church? 
What would Jesus say to Christians in America? 
During the season of Lent, we will be studying the letters written to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation. These ancient churches existed in what is now known as modern Turkey. Jesus affirms the things they did well while condemning those things that demonstrated their compromise with the world. These letters serve as encouragement in our faithfulness to Christ as well as a warning in our unfaithfulness. While many people are reluctant to read the Book of Revelation, it promises to bless those who hear its message and take it to heart (Revelation 1:3). Please don't miss out on this blessing!
Drive Thru Prayer:  
(February 18, 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 January, 27 degrees didn't stop 10 church members from doing God's work in serving 9 cars that stopped for prayer.  One lady said, "This must be for real if y'all are out here in this kind of weather."  To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@saxegotha.org .  
Lexington Medical Center FREE Health Assessments: 
Monday, March 23 at 7:30  - 9:30 am (Room 155).  Requires 12-hour fasting, except water.  
Free screening includes:
Blood Pressure Assessment 
Fasting Glucose Test 
Lipid Profile: Total Cholesterol, HDL/LDL/Triglycerides
Appointment required.  Email Pansy at
pfloyd@saxegotha.org  or call 359-7770, ext. 11.
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.
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.
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 .
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. Although classes have begun, you are welcome to join the group.
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.
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:
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 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 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 (March 7, generally the 2nd Saturday of the month) at the Chick-fil-A at 5560 Sunset Blvd, then leave from there to assist individuals in need.   This month the date is moved up so that the Nailbenders can participate in the HomeWorks "Love on Lexington" project.
 Contact Keith Hall with questions:
Nailbenders.sg@gmail.com .
F.I.S.H Teams:   2/9: Team 1, 2/16: Team 2, 2/23: Team 3.
Giving Envelopes: If you did not pick-up your giving envelopes yet, please contact Andrea Summers at asummers@saxegotha.org or Alisha Hudson at ahudson@saxegotha.org.  

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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