5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
May 15 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Bobby Zeigler
  • Dawn Merck
  • Don Pike
  • Irene Baerwalde's mother
  • Judy Chettinger's father
  • Judy Durham's sister
  • Kay Luthern's mother
  • Linda Seiser
  • Lois Ann Tuell's granddaughter
  • Pansy Floyd 
  • Patti Schmitz
  • Sandy Dunovant
  • Sarah Raines' mother
  • Susan McMillan
  • Ted Lightle
  • Todd Watson's sister
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Anne Burdette
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Brian and Wendy Thies' son 
  • Carol Gose's nephew
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Debbie Bailey
  • Emily Fraser
  • Greg Avedisian
  • Herby Hucks' sister
  • Jody Sullivan's husband
  • Joyce Murphy's mother
  • Jule Bland
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Nickie Nickles' father
  • Parris McBride
  • Regan Kolwyck
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Stephanie Jones-Fitts
  • Steve Robert's brother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tillman Kyzer
  • Tristan Groscost
  • Trudi Greene
  • Wanda McCarthy
  • Josh Lance
  • Ray Hammond's nephew
  • Sumner Thomas
  • Trevor Beattie  
  • Aaron Thies
  • Adam Gilmore
  • B. J. Manis
  • Bob Rabon
  • Brian Bishop
  • Greg Adams
  • 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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 Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ, Jim casual 8-2014
So that the next generation would know
- Psalm 78:6
Saxe Gotha takes the responsibility to pass our faith on to the next generation seriously. We put a lot of energy and effort into supporting our families in training their children to be faithful followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have been blessed with an excellent staff and lay leadership in the area of children and youth ministry to help us in this critical work.
This Sunday at the 11:00 am Traditional Service, we will be celebrating the culmination of years of Christian nurture and educational accomplishment of our graduates. Later that evening, our high school graduates and their families will be gathering for a special banquet honoring them and their achievements. This will truly be a special weekend!
Please come and celebrate with us what the Lord has done among the next generation at Saxe Gotha! We also ask that you keep our graduates in prayer as they close this chapter of their lives and enter the next as they continue to answer God's call.
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for May:   Our men and women in uniform.  

Confirmation:  Delaney Lutz and Eli Gannon will be confirmed on May 19 in the AWE Service.

Baptism:  On Sunday, June 9 at the 11:00 am service, Ansley Jean Arrington, daughter of members Josh and Amy Arrington will be baptized.  Ansley was born on 11/25/18. 

New Position:  Please join us in congratulating Gaby Gonzalez Hackett on a full-time position here at Saxe Gotha.  She is our Assistant Director of Youth Ministry and Membership Coordinator.  

Sanctuary Flowers: The flowers that will grace our sanctuary on May 19 are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Mickey and Carol Perrin's 29th Wedding Anniversary.

***On June 2, there will be a Special Message from Jen Thompson of Lighthouse for Life.  Due to the nature of the sermon, children's worship is extended for all children through 5th grade at all 3 services.***

  • Graduate Recognition on Sunday, May 19 and 
    Senior Banquet Sunday evening at 5:30 pm.
  • Launch New Saxe Gotha Website, May 19.
  • Church Yard Sale: July 27
Golf Tournament:  The proceeds from this year's event are: $4,340. These funds will go to the DF3 campaign. Thank you to all who participated!  

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .

O ur new sermon series focuses on one of the most incredible personalities  in the Old Testament - King David. David's story contains all of the elements of a blockbuster film. He rises from obscurity to fame, becomes an outlaw then king, and seeks after God's own heart and yet becomes a murderer and adulterer. Fighting against insurmountable odds, military campaigns, political intrigue and beautiful women are all a part of David's amazing life. This story of a shepherd who becomes the King of Israel offers us not only rich drama, but also life lessons that can help us in our relationship with the Lord. In David, we find a person who experienced both the guilt of heinous sin and the depth of God's love and forgiveness. When we look at the person of David, we see elements of ourselves including our weaknesses and inconsistencies in our walk with the Lord. Let us learn together from a man who did great things as well as awful things before God.
Children's  Summer Event  Registration
is Now Open!

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

Summer Church Events:
Children's Promotion Party- June 2nd in your normal Sunday School Class, then go to your new Sunday School Class on Promotion Sunday, June 9.  For specific class locations, see the attached letter:  Promotion Letter to Parents.

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! 
Wedding Shower: SGPC women will be having a drop-in for Helen Harrison Coker this Sunday, May 19, in the Fellowship Hall from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.  Ladies of all ages are invited.  Kathy Seymour is coordinating a group to decorate: 4kathys@gmail.com.
Contact Kathy Arrowsmith with questions: 
kca21@yahoo.com  or 803-238-6905.

Message from Mrs. Lydia Agolory, Minister of Women, Children and Gender for Boma State, South Sudan
Note:  Boma State is the focus of our South Sudan ministry. We work with Mrs. Agolory to assist getting girls into schools by providing hygiene kits.
She reports, "Right now I'm in Juba attending a workshop about women's land rights.  Women's rights including land rights, are hot issues in South Sudan.  Ten days ago, we (the Government of Boma State) were able to recover ten abducted children, four from Jonglei State and six from Bieh State." (Note: These are areas which are primarily inhabited by other ethnic groups.  Returning kidnapped children is a powerful way to promote inter-tribal peace.) " My work is not easy because of many challenges, but I must overcome all these challenges - for these are my people. "
"What I want from you is prayers for me and my family because being away from them for long time is not easy.  And continue praying for Boma State in general.  Two weeks ago, some of our Murle youth attacked the Jie tribe and abducted 61 children, 43 women and about 100 cattle.  I am frustrated and annoyed because our state government seems unable to do anything about this incident."
YAMS Bible Study: Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm at Jenny and Moses Andrews' house.  Please contact Kalie Wehunt with questions: kaliewehunt@ gmail.com.
Flower Ministry: The presence of flowers in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings brings added beauty and Glory to God during 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. Also, Robin will deliver the flowers to the nursing home of your choice if you do not have plans for them after the service.  

We would like to encourage members to donate flowers in memory or celebration of family milestones.
Babysitter List: We would like to create a babysitter list for our members and visitors.  If you or your child is a Red Cross Certified Babysitter and would like to be on this list, please email Renee Starnes your name, contact information and your child's name to:  rstarnes@saxegotha.org .  If you are interested in becoming certified, the Red Cross offers an online course.  The Red Cross link is:  www.redcross.org/take-a-class/babysitting-child-care or you can search "Red Cross Babysitter Course Lexington SC" in your browser.
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.
Aerobics: Exercise with the "SG Angels"- aerobics, body sculpting and strength and balance classes. M, W and F (9:00 - 10:00 am) and M and Th (6:15 - 7:15 pm). Senior/beginner balance class on Friday mornings (10:15 - 11:00 am).  All classes are in the Welcome Center. $25 for unlimited classes for the month or $5 per class. This energetic group also participates in a number of service projects each year. Please contact Vicki Beatty with questions (803) 260-5817 or  vpbeatty@gmail.com  or information and to register.  

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.
Senior Adult Luncheon - Thursday, May 23 - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in the SGPC Gym.   Entertainment provided by:  Cathy McGill and Carolyn & Michael Sosebee.   Reservations required by Tuesday, May 21.   Please call  Traci Burns at the church office: 803-359-7770 or tburns@saxegotha.org.   Cost:  $7 per person, payable at the door.
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.

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 .
Trip to Israel: 
Have you ever longed to walk where Jesus walked? T o learn more about our trip to Israel in November 2019, please go to:   http://Faithbasedexpeditions.com  and in the upper right corner under tour code type BE1119BJ.
Memory Café: ( May 30, 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. 
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 . Deadline May 19.  
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.
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.
Nailbenders : Meet at 8:00 am (June 8, 2nd 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! 
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 Smile: During t he first quarter of 2019, 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:   5/19: Team 5, 5/26: Team 6.

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 May 12, 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."