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This Week at Saxe Gotha 
March 25, 2020

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
 
PRAYER LIST 
  • Amanda Pike
  • Bill Baerwalde's father
  • Christi Butel
  • Eloise Faircloth
  • Houston Jones' brother-in-law
  • Julian Mims
  • Lois Ann Tuell's granddaughter 
  • Mary Bost's brother
  • Parris McBride
  • Peggy Wehunt's brother
  • Sean McIntyre
  • Tillman Kyzer
ONGOING PRAYER CONCERNS
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Anna Kirby's father
  • Anne Burdette
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Bobby Zeigler
  • Charlie Brooks
  • Christi Butel
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Dawn Merck
  • Eloise Faircloth
  • Greg Avedisian
  • Herby Hucks' sister
  • Jody Sullivan's husband
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Meredith Inman
    Shirk
  • 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
DEPLOYED
  • Daniel Warren
  • Ray Hammond's nephew
SERVING WITHIN THE USA
  • 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,
 
Our first live streaming of our services was a huge success! I am proud of the way our staff worked tirelessly to provide a way for us to connect together for worship. Their efforts paid off. The feedback we received has been very positive. As of this writing, the services garnered 1,600 plus hits! What a blessing to be able to reach people through this medium! Please be sure to join us again this Sunday!
 
We may not be able to gather in person, but ministry is still happening. Our Children's Ministry Team has put some creative ideas into action. Last week, we put together over a hundred activity bags for children and their families to pick-up for our Drive Thru Kid's Mission Project. 
 
As a part of these activities, families were encouraged to put together thank you cards to be returned to the church. These cards were then shared with various service industry workers that are working so hard during this time to restock shelves with vital necessities for our community. More mission projects are being planned for the near future.This week, the kids will be BLESSing their Neighbors through their mission project. 
 
Our Wednesday night series on the Spiritual Disciplines has moved online. Both our adults and students are leveraging technology to engage in this study. Please be sure to access the Saxe Gotha YouTube channel for the latest studies and devotionals. Our students are gathering through a live stream on social media. Your small group or Sunday School class may want to follow their lead and do likewise.  
 
As our congregation continues to minister during this challenging time, please remember to be faithful in your financial giving. You can give through our website, by text, through an automatic draft and mail. Please click here: https://saxegotha.org/give to contribute. Your generous contributions are needed for us to continue to reach people during this pandemic.
 
Blessings!
Jim
Prayer Focus for March:  Our pastors and church staff and officers.

Christian Love is extended to Peggy Wehunt on the death of her brother, Foster Henley, and Sharon Pair on the death of her brother, Chuck Hembree.

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 saxegotha.org/media. To watch past sermons, please go to our Saxe Gotha YouTube Channel and make sure to subscribe.

Special Holy Week Announcement: 

Following the recommendations of our government officials, we will continue to suspend in person worship through the end of April. We will be live streaming our Sunday worship services including our Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunrise services. We encourage our families to celebrate communion in their homes with us on Maundy Thursday. Families are asked to provide their own elements of bread and wine/grape juice and take communion will worshiping via our live stream service.

Let's proclaim the hope we have in Jesus during this unsettling time!

We invite you to join us for Online Worship Services:
(Onsite Service for March 29 in cancelled.)
We plan to live stream our 8:30 am Traditional Service and our 10:45 am AWE Contemporary Service. If you prefer to view the Traditional Service at 11:00, you can re-play the 8:30 service at that time.

To view the Saxe Gotha Services and other resources, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/SaxeGothaPres. Please note, that comments will not be enabled this week during the live stream as an additional safeguard.
During this time of high traffic on the internet, we recommend that you use your computer or your Smart TV, rather than your phone to stream Saxe Gotha's services and classes.  These devices should give you the best audio and video available at that time. 
Daily Devotionals:
Welcome to our daily devotionals that your church staff will be offering. Our prayer is that you and your family will use these devotionals to enrich your family's spiritual life.  Perhaps these devotionals can be used as a conversation starter for your mealtimes together.
 
Our prayer is that you will look back on this crisis years from now and see that it was a turning point in your being the family God intended you to be - a family built on the foundation of Jesus Christ who loves each other as Christ loves you.   
 
In case you have missed one of our daily devotionals, the video links to each devotional are included below.

Monday, March 23: Jim  Glatz - "Family Matters"
Tuesday, March 24: Patrick Cherry - "Fear's Story or God's Story"
Wednesday, March 25: Helen Harrison Ham - ""Around the Table"
Postponed and Suspended Events:
- Sunday School is postponed until further notice.
- Wednesday night dinners are cancelled.  Wednesday night class is available online.
- All gatherings of more than 10 are cancelled.
- The Saxe Gotha Child Development Center is closed until further notice. 
- The Friendship Dinner on April 17 has been cancelled.  
Closing of Saxe Gotha Church Office: 
In keeping with the response of offices and agencies at the national, state and local levels during the current public health situation, and being mindful of the well-being of our members and staff, the Personnel Team and SGPC leadership have determined that the SGPC offices will be closed to outside visitors effective today, Wednesday, March 25.  The Church Staff will be working remotely during this time.
DownPour is Streaming Live - Catch Us Live Tonight At 6:30 On Youtube Live and Facebook Live!
We loved being welcomed (digitally) into your homes last week, and we hope you can join us again tonight for Downpour. Students, parents, grandparents, kids and anybody else is welcome into our time tonight. We'd like to invite you to join us tonight at 6:30 on Youtube Live (@SaxeGothaPres) and on Facebook Live (on Justin's personal page). We'll have worship and a message, as well as some follow up questions that we hope can lead your family in some great discussion. If there are technological difficulties, we appreciate your patience, but our goal in all of this is to serve you and your families well during this strange time. So you'll find everything you need below to have your own time of family worship with Downpour!
Being the Hands and Feet of Christ:  
Our Missions Ministry has people standing by to help our 
congregation by running errands, picking up groceries or any essential items you may need.

Please contact Kathy Seymour at 4kathys@gmail.com or 803-920-7385 if you need this service.
The Wednesday Night Lenten Series Class is online for the remainder of the semester:
 
Indoor Garage Sale (Tentative Save-the-Date): 
Saturday, July 25.
Please remember to keep items that you would like to donate to the sale.   Please save items you wish to donate until July 20 thru 23 when we start taking donations.  For more information, please contact Kathy Seymour at 4kathys@gmail.com or 803-920-7385.
Drive Thru Prayer: 
(April 21, 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. 

Ongoing Ministry, even during Social Distancing:
For March, nine members served ten cars in the rain this morning. One lady still had the cross in her car that we gave her last year when we prayed with her. We worked from the passenger side to keep a safe distance for everyone. While stopped at the light a law enforcement officer told us on his PA that he appreciates what we do. 

This month will conclude our 2nd year of this rewarding experience.  Please join us.

To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@saxegotha.org .  
          

Saxe Gotha Kid's Mission Project - BLESS Your Neighbors:
Thank you to all who participated in last week's mission project. Join us this week in a BLESS Your Neighbors Project. Saxe Gotha will provide some craft supplies to spread the love of Jesus to your neighbors and your neighborhood. Please let us know you are coming by responding to the RSVP. We look forward to you dropping by between 10:00 am - 12:00 pm on Thursday, March 26 at the Saxe Gotha Child Development Center awning. See you then! You can contact Melinda Boyle with questions: mboyle@saxegotha.org.
South Sudan Ministry Report:

The response to our Change for South Sudan collection was incredibly heartening for those of us who work in this ministry on your behalf.  With attendance low because of the Coronavirus concerns, the response was expected to be less than we hoped for and needed.  However, the giving "online" was so great that we exceeded the goal of $3,500 and are happy to report that the total was $4,912.35.  

Thank you for this outpouring of support.  With half of South Sudan's population still "food insecure" as defined by the United Nations, minimal health and sanitation requirements still unmet and minimal development, the needs continue.  We were unable to pay our school teachers in January, but this donation will alleviate that shortfall.  Thank you for your support.  Please keep the people of South Sudan in your prayers.  Pray that the newly installed government will lead to a just and lasting peace and that the leaders will put the people first.  
 
Thank you,  Bill Andress

Did you know that Saxe Gotha has its own customized library on Right Now Media?
Here is the specific link to it if you already have your account set up:  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/CustomLibrary/8737 . Right Now is like the Netflix of Christian media and Bible studies.  And if you're already tired of watching TV and scrolling the internet, then feed your mind and heart with good stuff!  We have several different channels within Saxe Gotha's custom library: Adults, Youth, Children, Worship and the Arts, Missions and Outreach, Marriage, and Parenting. 

If you need help setting up your Right Now account, you can contact one of the following:
Patrick Cherry:  pcherry@saxegotha.org
Justin Hall:  jhall@saxegotha.org
Melinda Boyle:  mboyle@saxegotha.org
Hal McIntosh:  hmcintosh@saxegotha.org

The studies and videos inside Saxe Gotha's library on Right Now are just suggestions from our staff.  Please feel free to explore and enjoy the many wonderful videos on Right Now while you are at home!
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.
Lexington Medical Center FREE Health Assessments: 
Rescheduled for Monday, May 11 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. ONLY A FEW SPOTS REMAINING. Email Pansy at
pfloyd@saxegotha.org  or call 359-7770, ext. 11.

Women of All Ages are Invited!
Spring Luncheon - Postponed Until Further Notice
Keynote Speaker, Melanie Shull.

Current Sermon Series:
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!

If You are Interested in Diving a Little Deeper: 
On Right Now Media, there is a great video series called 
The Eyewitness Bible Series' Revelation Series. Please contact HH Ham if you need a Right Now Media login: hhham@saxeogtha.org.

If You Would Like a Book to Read: 
(books listed in light to hard order)
Revelation for Everyone 
by N.T. Wright  (also available in e-versions)
 
Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination by Eugene H. Peterson
 
Reading Revelation Responsibly  by Michael J. Gorman (also available in e-versions)
Saxe Gotha Child Development Center is closed following Lexington School District 1.

Registration (2020-2021): 
2-4 year old Preschool spaces are available. Questions?  handrews@saxegotha.org. 2's classes are now full, but there is a wait list. 3's and 4's classes have limited spaces available.

Afterschool and Summer Registration Dates:
Please hold registration materials until our center re-opens.  Additional details will follow.
2020 Saxe Gotha Kids: VBS, Activities & Camps
We have many fun and exciting activities to offer children this summer through our 2020 Summer VBS, Activities & Camps! 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 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! Be sure to check out the  Children's ministry webpage too, for other activities for kids that are planned!

To register for Summer Camps: 
https://saxegotha.org/ministries/summer-camps

Save-the-Date:  Vacation Bible School  
Concrete and Cranes: June 22 - 26.
Loss of a Spouse: (April 19, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Welcome Center)
Class designed for those dealing with the loss of a spouse and the many aspects of life that are changed. It involves a journey of faith, hope and healing with a video and group discussion through GriefShare.
Prayer Shawl Ministry:
Cancelled until further notice.  Please work on shawls at home.  
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.
Caring Connections Brotherhood: Cancelled Until Further Notice
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.
Amazon Smile $88.76 was received from Amazon for the 1st Quarter of 2020 !  Did you know that when shopping Amazon, they will make a donation to Saxe Gotha with no additional cost to you. Please 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.
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:
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 .
Nailbenders : 
Meet at 8:00 am (April 11, the 2nd Saturday of the month) at the Chick-fil-A at 5560 Sunset Blvd, then leave from there to assist individuals in need. 
 Contact Keith Hall with questions:   Nailbenders.sg@gmail.com .
F.I.S.H Teams:   Services are online for 3/29, so teams will not be serving onsite.
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

If you would like to Give Online Today, please click here
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).
Giving Update: