5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
March 13 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Debbie Bailey
  • Ethelyn Mims
  • Irene Baerwalde's mother
  • Jerry Gobbel's mother
  • Nita Bailey's sister
  • Paul Seiser 
  • Regan Kolwyck
  • Trilvia Hutto's granddaughter 
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Auddie Brown
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Brian and Wendy Thies' son 
  • Carol Gose's nephew
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Emily Fraser
  • Jody Sullivan's husband
  • Jon Myers
  • Joyce Murphy's mother
  • Jule Bland
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Nickie Nickles' father
  • Parris McBride
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Sheila Hucks
  • Stephanie Jones-Fitts
  • Steve Robert's brother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tillman Kyzer
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Tristan Groscost
  • Trudi Greene
  • Wanda McCarthy
  • Greg Adams 
  • Josh Lance
  • Ray Hammond's nephew
  • Sumner Thomas
  • Trevor Beattie  
  • Aaron Thies
  • Adam Gilmore
  • B. J. Manis
  • Bob Rabon
  • Brian Bishop
  • Jamie Glatz 
  • John"Tripp" Bartlett
  • Ken Culbertson 
  • Kyle Peck
  • Michael Smoak
  • Ram Matthews
  • Robert Holder
  • Ron Culbertson
  • Sean Spence 
  • Steven Shealy 
  • 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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Debt Free in Three Update:
With a just little over four months to go in our Debt Free in Three campaign, Saxe Gotha members have demonstrated their generous giving and stewardship - we have reduced the Saxe Gotha mortgage debt from $2.1 million to $713,000 through a combination of targeted gifts, year-end operation surplus funds, regular mortgage payments and reduced interest of almost $76,000. This is outstanding progress for two-and-a-half years, and we're in the home stretch! We are grateful for the commitment of such faithful givers, and through their efforts and example, we know that we can reach our goal of being debt free in the next several months! Together, with our combined energies and His continued blessings, we can do this!
Many thanks must be given to our Finance Committee, the Stewardship Committee and the Debt Free in Three Committee for their leadership and dedication to this important and meaningful endeavor. And through the insight and stewardship of our various church committees, we were able to commit $59,000 from 2018 operating surplus directly toward our mortgage principal.
So, we're close - but not quite at the finish line. We've got a couple of fundraising events in the next few months - the golf tournament and the yard sale - specifically for our Debt Free in Three campaign. Whether you have already given or not given toward this effort, I ask you to prayerfully consider what you can do to help put us over the top.
If you have questions about how to give, why to give or when to give, just let me know or contact a member of the Finance, Stewardship or Debt Free in Three committees, and we'll strive to answer them for you.

Alisha Hudson
Prayer Focus for March: Our pastors, church staff and officers. 

Baptism: "Kate" Marie Petty, (DOB - 7-26-18) daughter of Chris and Justine Petty, will receive the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, March 17 at the 11:00 am Traditional Service by Pastor Jim Glatz.

New Baby:  Jeff & Stefanie Cain welcomed a son, Caleb Thomas Cain, on February 21, 2019.  Proud Grandparents are Jim and Donnelle Glatz.  There will be a cradle cross and rosebud in the Sanctuary this Sunday.

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Jane Lee on her passing.

- The Discovery Class for new members and guests will be held on March 31 & April 7 during Sunday School (Light House Café).
- Church Yard Sale: July 27
Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .
Wednesday Night Dinner at 5:30 and Classes at 6:30:   
Menu (March 13):  Chicken bog, slaw, roll, and cobbler dessert.
Menu (March 20): Chicken pot pie, salad and dessert. 
Menu (March 27): R ibs, baked beans, slaw and dessert.

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 Medical Center FREE Health Assessments:
Monday, March 25 (7:30 - 9:30 am in Room 155 MB).  Requires 12 hour fasting except water.
Free screening includes:  Blood Pressure Assessment, Glucose (blood sugar), and total Cholesterol testing. Must make an appointment, email Pansy Floyd at pfloyd@saxegotha.org or call 359-7770, ext. 11.  We can take appointments until the slots are filled or Monday, March 18.
There are just a few spots left.  Call today to schedule your appointment!
Lexington's Race Against Hunger: (Saturday, March 16) LRAH continues with a new course, beginning and ending at Lexington High School. Choose from the certified 10k, 5k or 1 mile fun run. Runners, walkers, children and strollers are invited and welcome! All proceeds benefit Mission Lexington and provide assistance to families in crisis across Lexington County. Not interested in running? There are volunteer opportunities available on Thursday 3/14, Friday 3/15 and on the race day, Saturday 3/16. Visit lrah2019.org  to register or for more information on volunteer opportunities. 

Come join us at Saxe Gotha for the new GriefShare Program, 
Loss of a Spouse, on Sunday, April 7, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the Lighthouse, Room 112/113. There is no cost and all are welcome! 
Widowed? Help is here and hope is possible.
Do you dread the lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your spouse's belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you'll go on?
At a Loss of a Spouse seminar you'll discover:
Other people understand and have found ways to make it through
Why it won't always hurt so much
Reasons for hope
Practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse

Contact Renee Starnes with questions:  rstarnes@saxegotha.org.
Summer Interns - Children's Ministry (June 2 - August 5): 
Must be hard working, love children, love Jesus, and completed the senior year of high school. 30 hours per week. MUST be available to work the days of June 10-28, but you do have a week of vacation.  Interested? Contact Lori Lowman: llowman@saxegotha.org.  

Click here for the application form.
Trip to Israel: 
Have you ever longed to walk where Jesus walked? Then , please attend an informational meeting on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm (MB, Library)  to learn more about a trip to Israel in November 2019 that will strengthen your faith and expand your horizons.  No obligation required to attend this informational meeting. For more information about the tour, please go to: 
http://Faithbasedexpeditions.com  and in the upper right corner under tour code type BE1119BJ.
Easter Lily Sales:  March 17,  24 and 31 lilies will be sold via envelopes in the bulletin. EasterLily Lilies are $15 each and will be displayed during Easter. Checks made to SG Presbyterian Women.  Contact Sandy Walker:  swalksan@aol.com .

Children's  Summer Event  Registration
is Now Open!

Vacation Bible School: "In the Wild" will be held June 24-28, 2019.   

Summer Church Events:

Summer Kids Camps:
Registration Now Open! (Ages 3-11) 
Our SGPC summer camps continue to be a big hit for the children in our community each summer. Kids play and learn about art, basketball, soccer and much more! We welcome the children of SGPC members, as well as any children in the community who are not a formal part of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian. So make plans to join us this summer for a LOT of FUN in a very wholesome, Christian environment! 
YAMs Bible Study: The next YAMs Bible study will be March 14 at 6:30 pm at Kathleen McDonagh's house.  We will have pizza and pie since it's Pie Day (3.14)!  Please text or call Kathleen at 803-606-9745 to RSVP and for directions.
We are looking for a new Director of Children's Ministry. Are you interested in joining our team or know of someone who might be a good fit? See the link for more information and feel free to share.

Women of All Ages are Invited!   
Tickets ($15 for Adults, $5 for Children) will be sold on
March 10, 17, 24 and 31 via envelopes in the bulletin,
as well as in the Welcome Center, Children's Sunday School hall and the Light House Atrium. 
Memory Café: (March  28, 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. 

Memory Cafe was featured in the Lexington Chronicle last week:  

Come Join us for the 2019 Saxe Gotha Golf Tournament at the Golden Hills Country Club.

Time: 10:00 am Registration, 11:00 am Shotgun Start
Format: 4 person Captain's Choice
Cost: $75/person OR $300/4-person team
Prizes: Hole in One, Longest Drive & Closest to the Pin

Fellowship Dinner follows on the patio by the Golden Hills Clubhouse with raffle and prizes awarded. All proceeds benefit SGPC to help reduce building debt. Make checks payable to SGPC with GOLF noted. Come join the fun!
Covered with God's Love Blankets:
Free soft blankets available for any seriously ill child or a child who has lost a parent or sibling. Call Patti Schmitz at 803-467-6379 or Renee Starnes at SGPC office 803-359-7770 ext. 37 or rstarnes@saxegotha.org.
MIX - Middle School Summer Conference (July 1-5, Lake Yale, FL)
Hosted by CIY (the same group that hosts Superstart). Cost: $450. This event is open to all current 5th through 8th graders. A $100 deposit is required to finalize your registration. To register:
click here .
Drive Thru Prayer:  (March 19, 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 February, we prayed for 12 cars that came thru and about 10-12 more on the street that rolled down their window for prayer while traffic was backed up for an accident further up 378.  We had 8 church members brave the elements of wind, rain and falling temperatures to share the love of God.  
To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email 
missions@saxegotha.org .
Would you like to be a part of Stephen Ministries? 
We will be training new members soon.  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.
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.
Mission Trip to Belize: (July 29 - August 5) 
If you are interested in being a part of the team, please contact Eve Barker at  evebarker@netscape.net or you can click here to  register 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 . Also, you can place donations in the blue bin in the church main office. Thank you for your help! 
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 .
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:  3/17: Team 2, 3/24: Team 3, 3/31: 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 March 10, 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."