5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
April 25,  2018

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Allison Floyd
  • Barbara Whittington
  • Bernadine Daichendt
  • Bob Speaks' sister
  • Carol Gose & Betty Fleenor's nephew
  • Carol Landreth's granddaughter
  • Gaby Hackett
  • Jan Harrison
  • Jule Bland
  • Kim Eubanks' brother
  • Lois Ann Truell's granddaughter
  • Pansy Floyd's sister
  • Ryleigh Nabors
  • Ted Lightle
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Auddie Brown
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Betty Fleenor
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Craig Lemrow
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Donnelle Glatz's mother
  • Gary and Edie Athey's son
  • Jana Gunter's mother
  • Jimmie Rooks' sister/Stephanie McGee's aunt
  • John Burbage
  • Jon Myers
  • Judy Gilmore
  • Jule Bland
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Kyle Anderson's mother
  • Lee Ann Alexander's mother
  • Leslie Clark's father
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Marshall Edens
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Meredith Jenkins' mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Mike Merck
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Trudi Greene
  • Wanda McCarthy
 (Non-Combat Zones)
  • Adam Gilmore - Air Force
  • Chad Nabors
  • Ray Hammond's nephew
(Combat Zones) 
  • Robert Holder (Afghanistan)
  • B. J. Manis (GA)
  • Brian Bishop
  • Connor Lundkovsky
  • Jamie Glatz 
  • Jessica Glatz
  • John"Tripp" Bartlett - Army (AK)
  • Ken Culbertson - National Guard (SC)
  • Michael Smoak - Marines
  • Ron Culbertson
  • Sean Spence - Coast Guard (AK)
  • Steven Shealy (SC)
  • Sumner Thomas (RI)
  • Wyatt Hughes - Army (Ft. Bragg, NC)
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,

One of my favorite women in the Bible is a lady named Lydia.  Have you met her in Acts 16:11-15?  Luke, who wrote the book of Acts, describes Lydia as a "dealer of purple cloth," which means she was a wealthy merchant of the well-to-do.  Luke also describes her as a "worshiper of God" indicating that she was a Gentile who had forsaken the pagan idols to worship the one true God of the Israelites.  And when Paul preached the Gospel in the town of Philippi, God ordained that Lydia would become the first Christian convert on European soil.  In response to God's gift of grace, Lydia wisely stewarded her resources to help Paul plant and lead the first church there. 

I love that Lydia served God's church inside and outside the walls; she didn't just do church work by going to a church building.  She did God's work by going out into the community and sharing her faith in her everyday life.  She was an everyday person doing everyday things with gospel intentionality. 

This Sunday we will recognize and celebrate the gifts that God has given to women and the gifts that women have invested back into God's Church.  Each and every one of us - men and women, young and old -  have been entrusted with gifts by the Holy Spirit, gifts to be developed and deployed to build up the Church in a unique way.  Have you followed Lydia's lead, by being wise stewards of the gifts God has graciously placed in your care? How have you shared the good news in your everyday life?

Grace and peace, 
Helen Harrison Coker

P.S. If you would like to learn more about what your spiritual gifts are and how to use them, please contact me at hcoker@saxegotha.org or 803-359-7770, ext. 40. 
Prayer Focus for April: Our government leaders.
Prayer Focus for May:  Our men and women in uniform.     
Christian Love and Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Eugenia Stanfield on her passing, to Kay Crapps on the death of her stepfather, to the family and friends of Noi Dreyer on her passing and to George Wham on the death of his grandmother.

Would you like to help out by being an Usher, Greeter or Crew member?  If you would like to enjoy fellowship in serving, join the FISH Team. Contact Deck Hudson 359-5482 or email  spursusc@aol.com

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .
If you have already purchased your tickets, you can pick them up at the table outside of the luncheon on Sunday.  Tickets sales have now closed.
Danny and the Shacks Elementary Choir Musical:
The Elementary Choirs (grades 1-5) will give a preview of the musical by singing for the 11:00 AWE  Service on April 29.  All children need to report to the Light House Auditorium at 10:15 am for a sound check.   We will be singing 2 selections from "Danny and the Shacks"; "Faith Believes the Impossible" and "Better Is One Day." 

The Elementary Choirs will present the whole musical, the following Saturday and Sunday:
Drive Thru Prayer: (3rd Tuesday of the Month, 7:00-8:00 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. To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email missions@saxegotha.org .
New Online Event Registration: 
Saxe Gotha has a new online event registration system.  To see all of the events that are open for registration, please 
click here .  
Men's Fish Fry - May 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Saluda Shoals Park.  Please join the men of Saxe Gotha for good food and fellowship.  Patrick Tyndall, from Ironman Outdoors, will provide the "iron sharpening" to connect men to Christ in the Outdoors.  Tickets are $10 each, donations accepted.  Order tickets online: saxegotha.org/events. 
Menu includes: Fried fish, French fries, coleslaw, fried pepper rings, baked beans, hush puppies and tea.  
Flower Ministry: The presence of flowers in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings brings added beauty and Glory to God during our weekly gatherings for 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.

Registration is Now Open for Saxe Gotha
Vacation Bible School and Summer Activities:

Game On VBS (June 18-22) - (Rising 4's to Rising 6th Grade) 
Click here to register.

Children's Summer Activities (Rising 4's to Rising 5th Grade)
Click here to register.  
  • Mission Day: June 14 from 8:30-1:00 for rising 2nd/3rd graders: $15
  • Bible Book Club: Rising 4K-5th graders meet June13, July 11, July 25, August 8 from 10:00-11:30; $20 for the first child ($10 for each additional child): $20 - $40
  • Water Day: June 28 from 9:00-12:00 for rising 4K/5K/1st graders: $5
  • Mission Day: July 10 from 9:00-1:00 for rising 4th/5th/6th graders: $15
  • Marathon of Madness: July 20 from 12:00-10:00 for rising 2nd-5th graders: $50
  • Mission Day: July 26 from 9:00-12:00 for rising 4K/5K/1st graders: $10
Please contact Lori Lowman with questions: llowman@saxegotha.org.  
Debt Free in Three Yard Sale: The Saxe Gotha Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, July 21, from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm in the Atrium of the Lighthouse. The yard sale will benefit the Debt Free in Three program. Please consider volunteering, donating items and spreading the word.  Contact: Gary Kirchner  glktchr@gmail.com or 417-987-1396. 
Renewal:  Scripture Memorization
Don't forget to join the Scripture memory challenge, Renewal!  It's not too late to begin. For more details and to stay up to date, check out the Renewal Facebook page.  All you need to do on the 1st and 15th of the month is post your name, city, state and scripture.  Let's join together and fill our hearts with scripture! 
Looking for a Few Good Women!  The Sistercare Ministry provides dinner for 20-25 women and their children to the West Columbia shelter. If you are willing to furnish one dish, once a month for this vital ministry, please contact Stacey Rowlette, 803-312-5570 , srowlette@sc.rr.com .
Wednesday Dinners will resume in the Fall.  Cost: Adults $5, Kids 3-11 $3, Family Max of $20.  
Nailbenders  meet at 8:00 a.m. (Second Saturday of the month) at the Lexington Chick-fil-A (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 .
Get Connected - Church Life App: All Saxe Gotha members have access to church member contact information and church events via the Church Life App.  To download the free app and create your account, search the ACS Church Life app in your app store.  If you do not have an account set-up, go to the Member Login button at the top right corner of the Saxe Gotha home page at www.saxegotha.org and go to Need a Login and enter your e-mail address, first and last name and go to Find Me. Once set-up your Member Login and password will also be your Church Life Login and password. If you do not remember or have your password, please call the church office and provide your name, phone number and e-mail address and we will reset the password and send you an e-mail. 803.359.7770.
Summer Interns - Children's Ministry
(June 4 - Aug. 2):
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 9-22, but you do have a week of vacation.  Interested? Contact Lori Lowman:  llowman@saxegotha.org or Lee Ann Alexander: lalexander@saxegotha.org.
Saxe Gotha Summer Camps and Summer Activities -
Registration Now Open!
Art Camp, Bible Book Club, VBS, Kelly's Be Your Own Hero Camp, Basketball Camp, Tech-Know Time LEGO Robotics Camps, Kelly's Flip-Fly Gymnastics and Kelly's Survivor Ninja Challenge Camp.  

To find out more and register: 
www.saxegotha.org/ministries/recreation-health and click on Summer Camps. If you have questions, please contact Pansy Floyd at pfloyd@saxegotha.org or call 803-359-7770 ext. 11.
Stephen Ministry  is our congregation's one-to-one care giving ministry. These connections are confidential and matched up by gender. God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in a person whose life seems barren and forlorn because of crisis or tragedy.  What do Stephen Ministers do?  These individuals listen to people in need, explore feelings, pray, share Christ's love, maintain confidentiality, and attend to the care-giving process, while leaving the results to God.  Stephen Ministers have big hearts.  If you are feeling unloved or need a friend, contact  Carol Perrin  at (803)917-6690 , the referral coordinator. Please know that your identity and requests are kept confidential.
Amazon SmileWhen shopping on Amazon. com, please remember to go through smile.amazon.com. This sends donations to Saxe Gotha with each purchase.

Volunteers Needed for The Bereavement Ministry:  
If you enjoy cooking, baking or serving others, please prayerfully consider volunteering to help with the Bereavement Ministry. We provide light food for receptions following funerals for Saxe Gotha members or a meal for family members on the day of a funeral. This could not happen without help from Saxe Gotha members. If you think you may be interested in helping with this much needed Ministry please call Vicki Williamson at 803-957-5068 for more information.
Saxe Gotha Child Development Center Registration (2018-2019): 
The CDC has 2 year - 4 year old Preschool spaces available. The 3's and 4's Extended Care is full, but you can submit a waitlist form. Afterschool/Summer School is also full, but we are accepting waitlist forms, which can be found on our website: www.saxegotha.org/ministries/CDC . Questions?  handrews@saxegotha.org .
If you like to knit, or would like to learn to knit, we invite you to join the Prayer Shawl Ministry group. Meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month in the MB, Room 154  (10:00-11:30 am).  Questions?  Please call Polly Askew at 803-359-7263.
Youth Before-School-Small-Groups meet on Wednesday Youth H20 logo mornings. 
Middle School - 6:40 - 7:25 am at the Light House.  Shuttle to school is available for middle school students.  RSVP to Joel Brantner at  jbrantner@saxegotha.org . Breakfast is available-no cost.   Small Group Study: Ephesians: What is the Gospel ?
High School  - 6:45 - 7:45 am at Chick-fil-A (across from church). Students need transportation to and from small group. You will have time to purchase your breakfast. Small Group Study: Book of 1 Corinthians. 
Summer Youth Conferences:  
Middle School Youth Retreat:  Asheville, NC (June 25-29) -Youth Retreat for Middle School students.  Register asap: click here.  Final payment due May 6.

RYM Colorado (June 11-16): High School Youth Retreat. The RYM  conference is now full.  At this time, students that register will be put on a waiting list.  
Contact Mary Knobeloch: mknobeloch@saxegotha.org .
F.I.S.H. Teams:                                                     
4/29: Team 4. 5/6: Team 5, 5/13: Team 6, 5/20: Team 1, 5/27: Team 2.
In today's economy, many individuals are facing the difficult reality of finding a new position or alternative employment. This ministry assists individuals with writing a resume, improving interviewing skills, or providing support as one goes through this time of transition. The group is available to meet with you on an as needed basis.  Please contact Kathy Arrowsmith (803.238.6905 or at kca21@yahoo.com) to schedule a meeting with the Christians in Career Transition Ministry.
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).
Debt Free in Three

  Year 1 - Ended July 31, 2017

Year 2 - Ends July 31, 2018
(Raised as of April 22, 2018)  

To give to the Debt Free in Three Campaign or General Budget, click here.

Hebrews 12:1 "Let us strip off every weight that slows us down ... and run with endurance the race."