5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
March 20 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Bill Hobbs
  • Bob Arrowsmith
  • Byron Sistare's sister
  • Debbie Bailey
  • Herbie Hucks' sister
  • Ethelyn Mims
  • Irene Baerwalde's mother
  • Nita Bailey's sister 
  • Regan Kolwyck
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Brian and Wendy Thies' son 
  • Carol Gose's nephew
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Emily Fraser
  • Jody Sullivan's husband
  • 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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Dear Saxe Gotha Family and Friends, Jim casual 8-2014
A wonderful treat awaits our women on Sunday, April 7th at 12:30 pm! Mary King, who co-anchors Sunrise Weekday on WISTV, will be our keynote speaker for our Women's Luncheon.
Mary's message will focus on our identity in Christ. We often fall into the trap of placing our identity in our careers or the accomplishments of our children. This often leads to us trying to "keep up with the Joneses" not only in terms of net worth, but also in our own personal achievements as well as those of our spouse and children. Comparing ourselves to others can led to feelings of inferiority and defeat. However, if our identity is in Christ then we can experience inner peace and security knowing that our Lord loves us unconditionally.
I am sure that you know someone who needs to hear this important message. And, moms, your daughters need to hear what Mary has to say! Comparing oneself to others through social media is a common, unhealthy practice that is emotionally and spiritually damaging. Who will you bring to hear this wonderful message of healing and hope?
Women of All Ages are Invited! Tickets ($15 for Adults, $5 for Children) will be sold on March 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.
Please don't miss this life transforming event!
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for March: Our pastors, church staff and officers. 

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 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.  

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.

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. 
Discovery Class: Sundays, March 31 and April 7 (9:45 - 10:45 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 Tonya Douglass at tdouglass@saxegotha.org    or (803-359-7770, ext. 56)  or Warren Herndon (803-413-6712) if you would like to attend .
Change for South Sudan: 
Our spring donations will be collected on Sunday, March 31.  A brief report of the recent mission trip will be provided by Lee Ann Alexander and Greg Force as a Minute for Missions video at the beginning of the service.  

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.
UNITED HEROES/USO Drive: Through April 7, we will collect items for our Military Heroes. Items needed: individually wrapped snacks (no homemade items), energy bars, beef jerky, microwaveable popcorn, hard candy, travel-size toiletries (razors, shaving cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen), individually-packaged disposable wipes, chapstick, candy, gum. We will also collect homemade cards and letters from your children. Place items in marked blue bins in the Narthex, Welcome Center, LH Atrium and reception area.
Easter Lily Sales:   EasterLily
March 24 and 31 lilies will be sold via envelopes in the bulletin. 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! 

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!
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.
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:  
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 March, we prayed for 10 cars that came thru.  We had 8 church members and one senior minister 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 .
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 .
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.
Would you like to be a part of Stephen Ministries? 

Join Us for the Stephen Ministry Workshop on Sep. 21, 2019, a ONE day event!

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.
Nailbenders : NOTE: CHICK-FIL-A has reopened! 
Meet at 8:00 a.m. (Second 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 .
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! 
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:   3/24: 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."