5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
April 10 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Anne Burdette
  • Bill Schwarz's granddaughter 
  • Bob Arrowsmith
  • Byron Sistare's sister
  • Carol Landreth's granddaughter
  • Greg Avedisian
  • Herby Hucks' sister
  • Kay Luthern's mother
  • Keith Horres
  • Meredith Greco's father
  • Miki Keisler's grandmother
  • Nita Bailey's grandson
  • Regan Kolwyck
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Brian and Wendy Thies' son 
  • Carol Gose's nephew
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Debbie Bailey
  • Emily Fraser
  • Jody Sullivan's husband
  • Joyce Murphy's mother
  • Jule Bland
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Nickie Nickles' father
  • Parris McBride
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • 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 Friends,
Please make plans to join me on Thursday, April 14 for a special dinner at 6:00 pm. Instead of our traditional Maundy Thursday service in the Sanctuary, we will have a Seder Meal in the gym. A Seder meal is like the Passover meal that Jesus and his disciples celebrated the night before his death, a feast that included reading, telling stories, eating special foods and other traditions. Jews still celebrate the Passover today as they remember God's deliverance of their ancestors from Egypt. We will celebrate it, and remember how God fulfilled all His promises in Jesus Christ. Instead of lamb, we will feast on delicious roasted chicken (which many Jews do as well), potatoes, green beans and coconut macaroons. Reservations are required by this Sunday, April 14 as this Seder Meal is a seated dinner, and we must make specific preparations. Childcare is provided for those under five years old.  Please reserve your meal by calling the church office at 359-7770 or by registering online: 

Our Seder Meal is just one of the many special services we will have in the coming days as we prepare for the greatest day of all, Easter. Please join us this Sunday for Palm Sunday in all three services.  We welcome this year's confirmation class into membership at the 11:00 am Traditional Service. On Good Friday, April 15, join us at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary for the Tenebrae Service and Cantata "Song of the Shadows." Then on Easter Sunday, we will gather around the Bell Tower at 6:30 am for our Sunrise Service, followed by our three services at their regular times: 8:30 Traditional, 10:45 am AWE, and 11:00 am Traditional (there is no Sunday School on Easter Sunday).

I look forward to seeing you as we prepare to celebrate Christ's victory over the grave on Easter!

Grace and peace,
Helen Harrison Coker
Prayer Focus for April:   Our government leaders.  

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Coke Floyd on the death of his son.  

Our Confirmation Class of 2019 will be confirmed together at the 11:00 am traditional service this Sunday, April 14.  Two students will be baptized that day. These students are Robbie Baerwalde and Connor McIntyre.  Two other students from this class will be confirmed in the AWE service on Sunday, May 19.  These students are Delaney Lutz and Eli Gannon.  

Elementary Choirs and Club 45 will NOT meet on April 14 or 21. We will resume normal programming on April 28.

Church Yard Sale: July 27
Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .
Children are invited to wave palm branches 
at all three services on Palm Sunday, April 14.
Meet 10 minutes prior to each service in the narthex or atrium.

Seder Dinner on Maundy Thursday, April 18 - Please join us for this special dinner as we celebrate the Passover as Jesus would have with His disciples. The meal will start in the gym at 6:00 pm. Reservations are required and the deadline this Sunday, April 14th. We will share a meal of chicken, potatoes, green beans, macaroons and special Seder elements. A donation of $5 per adult (12 years and older) and $3 per child (5 - 11 years) is suggested. Childcare is provided for those under 5 years. To register: https://saxegotha.churchcenter.com/people/forms/36896.

The Pastors and Staff of Saxe Gotha would like to take a moment to express our appreciation for the many acts of service our volunteers provide using their God-given time and talents.  We appreciate you throughout the year, but especially wanted to thank you this week since it is National Volunteer Week! 
Prayer Shawl Ministry hard at work!
These shawls go to those who have suffered a loss or a difficult time.  
Please join us - no experience necessary!  The 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. 
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.
Compassion Sunday, April 29:  We are looking for current sponsors that would be Compassion would be willing to talk about their experience during the Minute for Mission on April 29.  Please contact Pete Eckert if you are interested: peteeckert53@gmail.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! 
NEW Exercise Class - Stretch and Balance for Seniors and Beginners:
Please join us for a new exercise class on Fridays in the Welcome Center/Fellowship Hall from 10:15 - 11:00 am to improve strength and balance. The class is $5 per session.  We will use chairs, balls and exercise bands for stretching to improve flexibility, while learning proper breathing techniques.  We will do feet/ankle exercises to improve circulation and flexibility of lower extremities.  The class is for beginners up to intermediate participants. We will gradually work up to beginner yoga. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  
Contact Vicki Beatty at vpbeatty@gmail.com or 803-260-5817 for information and to register.  
Senior Adult Dinner & LCCS Concert:  Friday, May 10 at 6:00 pm in Room 151 followed by the LCCS Concert at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Dinner $8/Concert $12 to be paid separately at the door.  Reservations require by Tuesday, May 7.  Contact Brenda Platzer at 803-356-1807 or email aplatzer@windstream.net or Pansy at 359-7770, ext. 11.

Tickets for the LCCS Concert will also be available at the door.
If you have a family member serving in the military , please send their address to Patty Holder at kirkholder@mindspring.com or Kristin Nabors at kristinsnabors@gmail.com .

Substitute Bus Drivers Needed - We are looking for substitute bus drivers for the Saxe Gotha Child Development Center.  A CDL license is required, but Pete Eckert and Tony McCluney are happy to train new drivers.  In addition to serving as a substitute bus driver, there are many other opportunities to serve by driving a church bus. For example, we would love to have you volunteer to drive the bus for Migrant Ministry this summer. 
Contact Pete Eckert if you are interested: peteeckert53@gmail.com.

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.
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.
Drive Thru Prayer:  (May 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.
In April, it
rained the whole time but we still had 14 cars that stopped and 7 church member volunteering.  Two cars had stopped the previous month and wanted to tell us about the positive results prayer had in their lives.  
We are looking for more people to help because two of our regular volunteers are no longer available due to scheduling conflictsTo 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 .
Memory Café: (April  25, 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. 
Would you like to be a part of Stephen Ministries? 
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.
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! 
Nailbenders : 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 .
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).
Amazon SmileThis quarter we received $100 towards DF3 from Amazon!
Did 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.
F.I.S.H Teams:   4/14: Team 6, 4/21: Team 1, 4/28: Team 2.

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 April 7, 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."